January 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Nets Granted $5.7M Disabled Player Exception

Jan 22, 2021 4:38 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have been granted a disabled player exception worth $5.7 million for the loss of Spencer Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie tore his ACL in December and will be out for the rest of the season.

The Nets have until April 19th to use the exception.

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Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Acquire Kevin Porter Jr. From Cavaliers

Jan 21, 2021 10:45 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to acquire Kevin Porter Jr. from the Cleveland Cavaliers for a future protected second round pick.

The Cavaliers were prepared to waive Porter if they were unable to trade him.

Porter wa a first round pick in 2019.

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Rockets Asked 76ers For Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, Three First Round Picks

Jan 19, 2021 10:45 AM

The Houston Rockets asked for Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey and three first round picks from the Philadelphia 76ers for James Harden, sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

The 76ers declined and the Rockets traded Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a package that netted them four first round picks, three picks swaps, cap relief and Victor Oladipo.

If the 76ers eventually decide the Simmons' pairing with Joel Embiid is not maximizing their collective talents, they could attempt to trade for someone like Bradley Beal or Zach LaVine.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, James Harden, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nets Were Unsuccessful Trying To Trade Landry Shamet For First Round Pick

Jan 18, 2021 9:33 PM

The Brooklyn Nets tried to acquire a first round pick for Landry Shamet as part of the James Harden trade in order to keep Jarrett Allen, but were unsuccessful. The Houston Rockets preferred a future first round pick originating from the Milwaukee Bucks via the Cleveland Cavaliers and salary relief instead of trading for Allen.

The Nets will be limited in how they can upgrade their roster based on their limited asset base beyond Harden, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Joe Harris.

"I don't know what sort of trade value they have left on their roster," said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. "I talked to two different teams that the Nets offered Landry Shamet to in the last week, attempting to get a first round pick. They were trying to keep Jarrett Allen, as you can imagine. To get the fourth first round pick, they were trying to find a team that would give them anything. And so they shopped Landry Shamet pretty hard from what I understand.

"I mean I talked to two teams that just mentioned it in passing. I didn't do an entire sweep of the league. My guess is they offered him to numerous teams trying to get that first round pick. Maybe Landry gets hot playing alongside all of these stars. If that's a guy they deem movable, you know, maybe that changes. I just don't see a lot of assets on the roster. And of course they have no first round picks they can trade."

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Tags: Landry Shamet, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers 'Ultimate Purpose' In James Harden Trade Talks Was To 'Provide Rockets Leverage'

Jan 18, 2021 4:09 PM

Sources tell The Athletic that the Philadelphia 76ers "ultimate purpose in the [James Harden] negotiations was to provide the Rockets with the leverage needed to maximize the return wit the Nets."

The 76ers had real interest in trading for James Harden, but Brooklyn's willingness to increase their offer reached a point where Philadelphia could no longer compete.

Sources also tell The Athletic that the Boston Celtics were involved in the later stages of trade talks as well.

Daryl Morey joined Philadelphia from the Rockets this past offseason and has a long relationship with Rafael Stone. With the 76ers and Nets sharing a division, Philadelphia benefits long-term from Brooklyn sending out the trade package they did for Harden.

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers To Trade Or Waive Kevin Porter Jr.

Jan 18, 2021 1:36 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will trade or waive Kevin Porter Jr. following a screaming match with team officials on Friday.

Porter was upset that his locker was moved to an auxiliary area to accommodate Taurean Prince.

Porter was told to clean out his locker and other members of the roster were informed he'd no longer be on the team.

The Cavaliers picked up an option in Porter's contract last month; he has one year at $1.7 million left on his deal.

Porter was arrested on Nov. 15 after a middle-of-the-night crash when he flipped his Mercedes SUV. In October, Porter raised alarms when he posted a black square on his Instagram with the message "Do you ever wish to see the end of your time?" After Cavs officials and teammates reached out, Porter deleted his Instagram account.

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Tags: Kevin Porter, Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Heat Have 'High' Level Of Interest In Trading For Bradley Beal

Jan 15, 2021 4:43 PM

The Miami Heat continue to have a "high" level of interest in trading for Bradley Beal, a source told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

The Washington Wizards have maintained Beal is not available.

The Heat could offer first round picks in 2025 and 2027 along with Tyler Herro and either Duncan Robinson or Pracious Achiuwa. 

The recent trend in trades involving stars have been for teams to send out their entire suite of future draft picks and swaps, which limits Miami's ability to trade for Beal depending on how Washington values the young players already on the Heat.

The Heat were unwilling to give up Herro, Robinson and Achiuwa for James Harden.

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Ben Simmons Happy To Still With 76ers Following End Of James Harden Trade Possibility

Jan 15, 2021 1:06 PM

Ben Simmons had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 34 minutes in his first game since the possibility of the Philadelphia 76ers trading him for James Harden came to an end.

"I mean, this a business," Simmons said when asked if he was happy the Harden trade rumors were behind him.

"Things like that happen. Only thing I can control is, you know, how I approach my workouts, the games and my day-to-day thing. So, you know, I'm just trying to be professional and to do the right thing and help my team get wins."

When asked Thursday if he felt a need to discuss what happened with Morey or anyone else in management, Simmons said he can only control what he can control.

"I come in here and work every day," Simmons said. "So my job is to get better and get wins -- all the other stuff I can't control. As I said before, all I can control is how I come in with my mindset, with practices and on the floor, and I had a great time tonight. I'm blessed. I get to play the game I love every day at the highest level in the world. ... There's far worse things going on the world, so, you know, I'm in a blessed position. If you told me I would never play the game again, that'd be a different story."

When asked if he was happy to still be in Philadelphia, Simmons added, "Of course."

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Timberwolves Expected To Re-Engage P.J. Tucker Trade Talks

Jan 15, 2021 1:05 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have maintained contact with the Houston Rockets over a possible trade for P.J. Tucker and are expected to re-engage discussions, sources told Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

The Athletic adds that the Wolves have been monitoring Tucker's situation since the draft.

The Rockets have received interest from multiple teams for Tucker, and are looking for three second-round picks in a deal. 

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Tags: P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Woj: Nets 'Gained A Little Leverage Over' Kyrie Irving By Trading For James Harden

Jan 14, 2021 5:20 PM

Kyrie Irving remains away from the Brooklyn Nets as he deals with an undisclosed personal issue and his ability to influence the franchise may be less strong now that they have traded for James Harden.

"I think Kyrie is going to have to explain what's transpired here in the last week," said Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN. "Ultimately, teams have to be able to count on you. If there's issues, if there are things they need to help Kyrie Irving work through, like any organization with a great player, they are going to be there to do that. 

"Ultimately, they need to know you have seriously committed to this endeavor, this group, this team. Kyrie Irving has to be a leader on this team. He has to be a leader for good.

"I think for the Nets, they need to know that. Bringing James Harden in changes that dynamic. This is a team now that has three MVP-level players on it. I do think, perhaps, the organization gained a little leverage now over Kyrie and over his future by landing James Harden."

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Receive Interest From Multiple Teams On P.J. Tucker

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Victor Oladipo Still Prefers To End Up With Heat

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76ers 'Just Fine' With Not Trading Ben Simmons For James Harden

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Danny Ainge: Price For James Harden Was Really High For Us

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76ers Offered Ben Simmons, Matisse Thybulle, Picks To Rockets For James Harden

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Kyrie Irving Currently Has 'Wild' Trade Value Range Across NBA

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Ben Simmons 'Was Absolutely On The Table' To Rockets, 'Was Prepared To Be Traded'

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Kevin Durant 'Very Much Wanted' Nets To Trade For James Harden

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James Harden Hired Wasserman To Facilitate Trade From Rockets

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Cavaliers Waive Thon Maker, Yogi Ferrell

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Rockets Trade Caris LeVert To Pacers For Victor Oladipo

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Nets Acquire James Harden From Rockets For Four FRPs, Four Swaps

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Rockets Pursuing Trade Of James Harden With 76ers For Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey

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Rockets Plan To Keep James Harden Away From Team Until Trade Complete

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Rockets Moving Closer To James Harden Trade, Evaluating Offers From Nets, 76ers

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Rockets Losses To Lakers 'Reinforced' James Harden's Desire To Be Traded

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James Harden Says Situation Can't Be Fixed, Rockets Want Young Franchise Player In Trade

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Heat Expected To Remain Interested In James Harden, Bradley Beal

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Wizards Apply For $4.2M Disabled Player Exception For Thomas Bryant

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Heat Were Open To Trading Multiple Young Players In Deal For James Harden

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