March 2021 Basketball Wiretap

J.J. Redick Voices Displeasure With Pelicans For Trade To Mavericks

Mar 31, 2021 2:39 PM

J.J. Redick spoke on his podcast about his displeasure with the New Orleans Pelicans for trading him to the Dallas Mavericks.

Holiday revealed he asked for a trade before the start of the season and that David Griffin promised to oblige him if the situation didn't work out during the season.

"Obviously, he did not honor his word," said Redick of Griffin.

"I don't think you're going to get honesty from that front office, objectively speaking," added Redick. "That's not an opinion, I just don't think you're gonna get that. I don't think what happened with me is necessarily an isolated incident. I think front offices around the league operate in their best interest. I get that. I understand that. Truthfully... I think I was a little naive thinking I was in Year 15 and I attempted to do things right throughout my career.

"But in terms of this front office, yeah, it's not something where I would expect certainly the agents who worked on this with me to ever trust that front office again."

Redick was "jarred" by the trade to the Mavericks as they weren't one of the teams discussed with him. Redick has no set timetable for reporting to the Mavericks. 

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Tags: J.J. Redick, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Rejected Brooklyn's Offer Of Spencer Dinwiddie For Kelly Oubre

Mar 30, 2021 4:46 PM

The Brooklyn Nets offered Spencer Dinwiddie to the Golden State Warriors in a trade package for Kelly Oubre.

The Warriors rejected the offer as they continue to seek a playoff berth. Golden State evaluated numerous trade scenarios involving Oubre, but none materialized that would also help them in the short-term.

Dinwiddie is out for the season and can become a free agent in the offseason.

“I think a lot of people thought he might be available, but we value him, too, as evidenced by not trading him,” Bob Myers said of Oubre last week.

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Tags: Kelly Oubre, Jr., Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rafael Stone 'Not Second-Guessing' James Harden Trade 'For A Moment'

Mar 29, 2021 8:55 PM

The trade package the Houston Rockets received for James Harden has come under scrutiny since the trade deadline in which they received very little in return for Victor Oladipo. Rafael Stone, however, continues to believe in the trade package he selected. 

The Rockets received three first-round picks from the Nets, a first-round pick from the Bucks, and the option to switch draft position in four drafts in exchange for Harden. Houston also essentially chose to take on Oladipo instead of Caris LeVert. 

“Given the types (of draft picks) we got back like, it feels like you can’t possibly know how you did for multiple years, like five, something like that,” Stone said. “But I feel good about it. I would for sure 100 percent do that deal again. There’s literally no part of me regrets doing that deal. I am not second-guessing it for a moment.

“Being in a position to not have to be bad, there’s some other things we’ve done to help that, too, but it’s primarily that deal that’s allowed us to say, ‘Hey, we want to compete on a slightly quicker time frame.’ We’re not going to go down this path of trying to intentionally lose games for years on end.”

Stone also pushed back on the narrative that any of the deals was directed by Tilman Fertitta.

“No offense to my boss, he doesn’t really have (a role) in a deal like this,” Stone said. “I do my very best to be a constant contact with Tilman, telling him about the direction we’re trying to go in … and I want him to feel very, very comfortable about our processes. Tilman is a deal guy. He’s super valuable to me as a resource.

“In terms of actual players? No. He leaves that up to us.”

Stone also talked about Houston's pursuit of a title over the past several years has contributed to their current state.

“I’m completely unapologetic about that,” Stone said, “Organizationally, for the last five or six years, maybe the longer, we’ve been all in every year, and given the players we’ve had, the place that our roster has been, the team construct we had, I think we did the right thing.

“That’s how we find ourselves in the position where we are today. There’s consequences to that. We’re kind of living those consequences.”

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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

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Heat, Celtics, Knicks, Pelicans, Raptors Preparing To Pursue Bradley Beal

Mar 29, 2021 11:19 AM

Bradley Beal will be a free agent in 2022 so while he and the Washington Wizards have wanted to remain together, a long-term decision is impending.

League sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer that Beal's decision to play through this season with Washington is as much a commitment to give things a try with Russell Westbrook at is about making a life-altering decision during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sources add that the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans are among the teams with interest in pursuing Beal. One league source also states that the Toronto Raptors are a sleep team for Beal, which may have contributed to Masai Ujiri's reluctance to trade away Kyle Lowry since he believes they can contend again next season.

A number of other teams have also been linked to Beal by other media outlets, most notably the Golden State Warriors.

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Tags: Bradley Beal, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyle Lowry Preferred Joining Heat Over 76ers, Lakers

Mar 29, 2021 11:10 AM

The Miami Heat were Kyle Lowry's preferred team if he was traded at the deadline, sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer. Lowry's close friendship with Jimmy Butler is cited as the driving force of that preference.

The Heat can realistically create approximately $26 million in cap space while keeping the cap holds of Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn. While it would be short of max cap space, it is the type of number Lowry is reportedly seeking in free agency.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers were the two other teams to pursue Lowry at the deadline and neither will have cap space. 

Beyond Miami, the only teams projected to have cap space are the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors. Toronto is likely the only other threat to the Heat in their efforts to sign Lowry.

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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JJ Redick Continues To Recover From Heel Injury, No Timetable For Joining Mavs

Mar 27, 2021 1:18 AM

The Dallas Mavericks have no timetable on when JJ Redick will join the team as he recovers from a nonsurgical procedure on his right heel.

Redick has been out since the All-Star break.

"We want to make sure that heel is 100%. That's more of a situation where we're going to have a chance to maybe have him work out and then slowly, when it's comfortable, to integrate and come to Dallas," said president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.

Rick Carlisle added that Redick's heel was "progressing."

The Mavs acquired Redick minutes before Thursday's trade deadline.

"He told me Luka [Doncic is] one of his favorite players, and Luka had a chance to exchange texts with him, as did Dirk [Nowitzki], and I think he's pretty excited to come to Dallas," added Nelson.

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Tags: J.J. Redick, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Celtics Tried To Trade For Nikola Vucevic

Mar 26, 2021 1:47 PM

The Boston Celtics pursued a trade for Nikola Vucevic before he was moved by the Orlando Magic to the Chicago Bulls. Boston offered multiple first round picks and were a finalist.

Boston was also linked to trade talks with the Magic on Aaron Gordon, who was instead traded to the Denver Nuggets.

The Celtics ultimately traded for Evan Fournier, who had the cheapest asking price by the Magic.

With the Celtics trading away Daniel Theis in a tax saving move, they are pursuing Andre Drummond on the buyout market.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Felt 'Very Close' To Deal With 76ers On Kyle Lowry

Mar 26, 2021 11:25 AM

The Toronto Raptors believed they were "very close" to a trade agreement with the Philadelphia 76ers involving Kyle Lowry, a source with knowledge of the talks told Sam Amick of The Athletic.

The 76ers and Raptors had the final hurdle of draft compensation before reaching a deal. 

Danny Green, who would have been traded by the 76ers, was set to be moved to a third team. Philadelphia pivoted to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder for George Hill.

The Miami Heat were reluctant to include Tyler Herro, while the Los Angeles Lakers felt similarly about Talen Horton-Tucker.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Tags: Kyle Lowry, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pacers Waive Jalen Lecque

Mar 25, 2021 3:47 PM

The Indiana Pacers have waived Jalen Lecque.

Lecque went undrafted in 2019 and then signed with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns traded Lecque to the Oklahoma City Thunder and then he was flipped to the Pacers during the 2020 offseason.

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Bulls Acquire Daniel Theis From Celtics

Mar 25, 2021 3:20 PM

The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade Daniel Theis to the Chicago Bulls for Mo Wagner.

Chicago acquired Wagner from the Washington Wizards earlier on trade deadline day.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Trade Marqueese Chriss To Spurs

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Raptors Decide Against Trading Kyle Lowry

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Heat Acquire Victor Oladipo From Rockets

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Hornets Acquire Brad Wanamkaer From Warriors

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Cavaliers Unsuccessful In Trading Andre Drummond, Will Work On Buyout

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Mavericks Acquire JJ Redick, Nico Melli From Pelicans

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Raptors Trade Terrence Davis To Kings For 2nd Round Pick

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Clippers Acquire Rajon Rondo From Hawks For Lou Williams

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Raptors Trade Matt Thomas To Jazz For 2nd Round Pick

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Raptors Holding Out For Talen Horton-Tucker Or Tyler Herro In Kyle Lowry Talks

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Warriors Interested In Trading For Danny Green

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Blazers Acquire Norman Powell From Raptors For Gary Trent, Rodney Hood

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76ers Acquire George Hill From Thunder

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Heat Agree To Acquire Nemanja Bjelica From Kings

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Wizards Trade Troy Brown, Mo Wagner To Bulls For Daniel Gafford, Chandler Hutchinson

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Nuggets Acquire Aaron Gordon From Magic For Harris, Hampton, FRP

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Clippers, Hawks Discuss Rajon Rondo Trade

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76ers, Lakers In Lead For Kyle Lowry Ahead Of Heat

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Celtics Send Two Second Round Picks To Magic For Evan Fournier

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Knicks Interested In Trading For Evan Fournier

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