October 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Pelicans Unlikely To Trade J.J. Redick Following Stan Van Gundy Hire

Oct 22, 2020 5:27 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are unlikely to trade J.J. Redick following the hiring of Stan Van Gundy. Redick played a role in the Pelicans hiring Van Gundy.

"I would be surprised if they trade J.J. Redick," said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. "Redick was one of the drawing cards for Van Gundy there. He coached him in Orlando.

"Early in the process, I was told Griff came to J.J. to sort of get a scouting report on Stan Van Gundy and it was J.J.'s strong recommendation that helped continue to pursue him."

Redick has one season remaining on his current contract at the age of 36.

"I think J.J. is going to end up being Stan's right hand man on the roster."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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Pacers Offered Four-Year, $80M Extension To Victor Oladipo Before 19-20 Season

Oct 22, 2020 1:52 PM

The Indiana Pacers and Victor Oladipo discussed an extension before the start of the 19-20 season.

Sources tell Ian Begley of SNY.tv that a four-year, $80 million extension was broached but talks didn't progress much from there.

Oladipo signed a four-year, $84 million extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016 prior to becoming an All-Star, but before a significant quad injury. 

Many teams across the league believe Oladipo could become available in a trade over the coming months.

Ian Begley/SNY.tv

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Pacers Interested In Trade For Gordon Hayward

Oct 22, 2020 1:46 PM

The Indiana Pacers have interest in trading for Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics, sources tell Ian Begley of SNY.tv.

Hayward is expected to exercise his player option for the 20-21 season worth $34.2 million and become a free agent again in 2021.

Hayward is from Indiana and played collegiately at Butler. 

The Pacers have an expensive core of Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner, which some have speculated they may break up via trade.

Ian Begley/SNY.tv

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Pelicans Receive Trade Interest In Jrue Holiday From 10 Teams

Oct 21, 2020 10:18 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have received interest from approximately 10 teams on Jrue Holiday. The Denver Nuggets are one of the teams to express interest in trading for Holiday. The Nuggets are one of the title contenders with the most appealing collection of assets to pull off a trade for a star of Holiday's caliber.

Holiday can become a free agent in 2021.

Many teams believe the Pelicans will explore shedding some salary going into the 20-21 season.

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Knicks Will Take Fit With RJ Barrett Into Consideration For Any Major Move

Oct 21, 2020 4:25 PM

The New York Knicks selected RJ Barrett with the third overall pick in the 2019 draft and he figures into the team's calculus for how they approach the 2020 offseason.

"One other note on the offseason approach: several people in touch with decision-makers at MSG say they expect that the Knicks will take a player’s fit with/impact on RJ Barrett into account when considering a potential move."

The Knicks have been linked with a potential trade for Russell Westbrook or Chris Paul this offseason.

New York also is believed to have LaMelo Ball at the top of their draft board.

Ian Begley/SNY.tv

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NBA Offseason Could Have Fewer Dollars Spent But Sizable Amount Of Player Movement

Oct 21, 2020 1:55 PM

The Athletic spoke anonymously to a number of agents to get their opinions on what to expect in what will be the most unusual offseason in modern NBA history given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on league revenues.

“My fear is there will be a lot of teams and ownership groups that sit out free agency," said one agent. "In terms of player movement, I think there will be a lot. Not just signing guys. Nobody wants to pay the tax. Everybody is going to try to clear space for 2021. I can definitely see a sizable amount of player movement. But not a lot of dollars spent.”

Another agent countered that theory because most players with options on the contract will opt-in and delay their free agency until 2021.

“I assume that every player, almost every player is going to opt-in," said the second agent. "That’s not common. I think it’s uncommon that almost every player opts in, and I assume everyone opts in. I assume there is reduced player movement because of that. There’s only a half dozen teams with cap space. … And there are questions amongst those teams. Are they going to spend to the cap or are they not going to spend to the cap? … I think there’s going to be significantly less player movement than a normal year.”

A third agent believes centers will find very limited offers and that some teams will be more inclined to sign rookies or minimum contract veterans.

“Big effect," said the agent. "Salary cap lower. Centers will get hit the hardest. Teams putting the most value on those who can play 1-4. As for movement, we’ll see. Teams might go with rookies or minimum contracts to keep their books low while dealing with cap uncertainty.”

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Tilman Fertitta Believes Rockets' Window Remains Open, Commits To Keeping Stars

Oct 20, 2020 8:32 PM

While the Houston Rockets are replacing their general manager and coach this offseason, Tilman Fertitta expects the roster to largely remain the same next season.

“You have James Harden and Russell Westbrook and you have almost 90 percent of your salaries tied up in them and Eric Gordon,” Fertitta said in his weekly CNBC appearance “But anytime you have players like Eric, P.J. (Tucker), James and Russell, there’s no reason to blow up your roster.

“This is still our window, the next couple years. James and Russell are in their early 30s. We’re not blowing up anything. We plan on contending. I always said you want to set yourself up to be one of the top four teams in your conference each year and then it takes a little luck to win. You look at every year, it always takes a little luck.

“So, we’re going to set ourselves up to make the moves, to be one of the top teams. We’re going to do whatever we have to do to win. I can promise that to my fans and compete for the NBA championship this year.”

The Rockets finished last season as the No. 4 seed and were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round in five games.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks Believed To Be Prepared To Take Situation To 2021 Free Agency

Oct 20, 2020 5:49 PM

Neither the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo are expected to position themselves in a way during the 2020 offseason that would lead to a trade, similar to the path taken during the 15-16 season by Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"All of the intel I've gotten for years is Giannis is not going to do that with Dallas or any other team," said Zach Lowe on his podcast. "And the Bucks, as a result, will take it to the end as the Thunder did with Durant. If he doesn't sign the supermax, you just live in this world all year. If he doesn't sign the supermax and he doesn't say 'I'm leaving', then the Bucks are not trading him. And they're going to try to win the championship and convince him to stay. Or get to The Finals and convince him to stay. Get to The Finals and make a trade that convinces him... Whatever. Somehow convince him to stay.

"I think they take it to the end and that only changes if Giannis tells them now 'I want to go to this place' or 'I'm not re-signing.' Which I don't think will happen."

Lowe also anticipates Antetokounmpo won't sign the supermax this offseason. 

Antetokounmpo has publicly said he won't request a trade this offseason.

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Victor Oladipo Could Be Targeted By Bucks

Oct 20, 2020 5:32 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks allowed Malcolm Brogdon to join the Indiana Pacers last offseason in a sign-and-trade, but could potentially replace him this offseason with Victor Oladipo.

Oladipo has one season remaining on his contract with the Pacers and has an uncertain future, while the Bucks are expected to be active in trade talks to upgrade their roster ahead of Giannis Antetokounmpo's supermax decision this year, or perhaps free agent decision in 2021. 

"I'll give you a team I'm keeping an eye on with Victor Oladipo," said Zach Lowe on his podcast. "Milwaukee. Just keeping my eye on them. That's all I'm going to say. I'm keeping my eye on them.

Oladipo was an All-Star in his first two seasons with the Pacers, but was uneven in 19-20 as he worked his way back from a ruptured quad tendon suffered in January 2019.

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Pistons Could Have Trade Market For Blake Griffin

Oct 20, 2020 5:22 PM

Blake Griffin has two seasons remaining on his contract with the Detroit Pistons after having an All-NBA Third Team season in 18-19. Griffin was limited to just 18 games during the 19-20 season after having two surgeries on his left knee.

"Enough people have asked me what I've heard about Blake Griffin and how he's looking," said Zach Lowe on his podcast. "What am I hearing? This and that. That I think Detroit is going to have a market for him.

"I don't think it's going to be, like, strong. They're not going to have two first round picks, or even a first round pick unless they take back something onerous too. But I've had enough teams ask me about Blake Griffin that I think there's still interest in what he can do to help you win."

The Los Angeles Clippers traded Griffin to the Pistons in January 2018 just a few months after signing him to a five-year contract.

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Nuggets Continue To Signal Michael Porter Jr. Is Untouchable In Trade

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Nets, Pelicans Discussed Jrue Holiday Trade At Deadline

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Victor Oladipo's Value Not As High As 'Name Brand Would Suggest'

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Bucks Emphatic They Won't Trade Giannis Antetokounmpo If He Passes On Extension

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Leon Rose 'Amenable' To Carmelo Anthony Returning To Knicks

Marc Berman/New York Post

Mavericks Willing To Take On Bad Money To Acquire Star Player

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Bucks To Pursue Bogdan Bogdanovic

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Knicks Could Be Interested In Trade For Russell Westbrook

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Wolves Interested In Trading Out Of First Overall Pick For Win-Now Player

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

NBA To Reopen Transaction Window Before Nov. 18th Draft

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Mavericks Will Be 'At Head Of Line' Pursuing Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Knicks Interested In Trading Down If James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball Off The Board

Marc Berman/New York Post

Magic Express Interest In Trading For Dennis Smith Jr.

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Execs Believe Heat Have Become Top Destination For Next Star Who Wants Exit

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Knicks Would Reportedly Have To Include Kevin Knox In Potential Chris Paul Trade

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Knicks Reportedly Prefer Trading For Victor Oladipo Over Chris Paul

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Chris Paul On Future With Thunder: 'I Just Love To Hoop'

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