February 2022 Basketball Wiretap

Multiple Teams Expected To Pursue Goran Dragic If Bought Out

Jan 31, 2022 3:29 PM

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to receive competition in signing Goran Dragic should he become a free agent after the trade deadline.

Marc Stein writes that "sources say that multiple teams are expected to pursue Dragic."

The Toronto Raptors have expressed confidence that they will be able to trade Dragic by the deadline. Dragic and his $19.4 million expiring contract could be bought out by the team that trade for him.

The Raptors acquired Dragic as part of the Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat.

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Nuggets Granted $2.7M Disabled Player Exception

Jan 31, 2022 1:15 PM

The Denver Nuggets have been granted a $2.7 million disabled player exception for the loss of Michael Porter Jr.

The deadline to use the DPE is March 10th.

There have been reports that Porter could possibly return before the end of the season.

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Goran Dragic Drawing 'Great Interest' On Trade Market

Jan 31, 2022 8:13 AM

Goran Dragic hasn't played for the Toronto Raptors since November 13. It's unlikely Dragic will play for Toronto again, as the Raptors are finding great interest in the point guard ahead of the February 10 trade deadline.

Dragic was given permission to leave the team to tend to a serious family matter. Since that point, Dragic has not returned to the Raptors and the team has ramped up their efforts to trade him.

Finding a trade shouldn't be too difficult, as Dragic is on an expiring $19.4 million contract. Multiple teams have reportedly expressed interest in adding Dragic for backup point guard depth, as well as bench scoring. If Dragic isn't moved by the trade deadline, it's expected he and Toronto will reach agreement on a contract buyout.

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Spencer Dinwiddie: Speaking Up In Washington Wasn't Welcomed

Jan 30, 2022 9:15 AM

The Washington Wizards have tumbled to 11th in the Eastern Conference after a fifth consecutive loss on Saturday. Following the game, Spencer Dinwiddie was asked if he needs to do more as one of the team's leaders. Dinwiddie didn't mince words with his answer.

"It's an interesting situation. I spoke up a little bit early on. It wasn't necessarily welcomed. And so, like I said, I try to do whatever's asked of me. At the end of the day, everybody has a role to play," Dinwiddie said. "It's about being accountable in your role and doing that to the best of your ability. That's really all I've got."

Trade rumors have swirled around the Wizards regarding star Bradley Beal, but also with several players in the team's crowded frontcourt. Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. revealed after the game that former starting center Daniel Gafford will be out of the rotation for the time being. With Thomas Bryant back from injury, Unseld is scrapping the three-center rotation he had used over the last week or so.

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Justin Holiday Being Unvaccinated Could Impact His Trade Market

Jan 29, 2022 10:14 AM

Several teams have expressed interest in trading for Indiana Pacers wing Justin Holiday. One thing impacting Holiday's trade market is his status as an unvaccinated player.

Holiday has stated in the past that he has no plans to get vaccinated. He's called that a personal decision for him and his family.

Several NBA cities are still working with mandates that don't allow for unvaccinated players to play in home games. That could make those teams reconsider trading for Holiday.

Indiana is known to be looking for two second round picks for Holiday. He's one of several Pacers available as the trade deadline approaches in less than two weeks.

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Kings Drop Out Of Trade Talks With 76ers For Ben Simmons

Jan 28, 2022 3:24 PM

The Sacramento Kings have ended their pursuit of a trade for Ben Simmons and will turn elsewhere in the market to upgrade their team.

The trade deadline is on Feb. 10th and the Kings believe the asking price from the Philadelphia 76ers is too exorbitant. 

Sacramento has several trade assets in Harrison Barnes, Buddy Hield and Richaun Holmes.

The Sacramento roster represented one of Philadelphia's most viable options for a trade.

The chances of the 76ers taking the Simmons' situation into the offseason has undoubtedly increased without the presence of the Kings.

Simmons is signed through the 2024-25 season, and the Sixers believe that gives them leverage to wait on a deal.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pistons Split On Whether To Trade Jerami Grant

Jan 28, 2022 12:29 PM

The front office of the Detroit Pistons may be split on whether to trade Jerami Grant at the deadline.

Marc Stein writes that "Arn Tellem [is] said to be open to an immediate trade" of Grant. This presumably means that Troy Weaver would prefer to retain Grant, who has outplayed expectations since signing with the Pistons in 2020.

Grant has one season remaining on his contract and is seeking a four-year extension worth more than $100 million this offseason. Grant also wants to maintain a big role within his team's offense, which was a major reason why he left the Denver Nuggets.

The Sacramento Kings have been linked to Grant, but it is unclear if they can assemble a satisfactory trade package. The Atlanta Hawks are said to not be in active pursuit of Grant.

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Pacers Seeking At Least Two First Round Picks For Caris LeVert

Jan 28, 2022 12:26 PM

The Indiana Pacers are seeking at least two future first round picks for Caris LeVert, according to Marc Stein of Substack.

LeVert is averaging 18.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 30.4 minutes per game this season.

LeVert has one season remaining on a three-year, $52.5 million extension he signed with the Brooklyn Nets in 2019.

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Rival Teams Suspicious Of Tampering With James Harden

Jan 28, 2022 9:24 AM

Despite recent reporting that the Brooklyn Nets won't entertain a James Harden trade before next month's deadline, speculation continues that Harden will join the Philadelphia 76ers as soon as this offseason. And the reasons for that are starting to stray into tampering and collusion territory.

Harden is known to be close friends with Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin. Rival front offices believe that the two have been talking about Harden joining Philadelphia as a free agent this offseason. And those teams are prepared to ask the NBA to look into possible tampering and collusion on the part of Harden, Rubin and the 76ers.

Harden's future in Brooklyn has been under question since he did not sign an extension earlier this past offseason. With a player option for the 2022-23 season, Harden has a great deal of flexibility with his next contract. He could opt in and sign an extension with the Nets, or he could opt out and sign a new five-year contract with Brooklyn. Harden could also opt out and look for a sign-and-trade to a new team, including Philadelphia.

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Teams Calling Spurs on Dejounte Murray and Derrick White

Jan 28, 2022 9:08 AM

After a two-decade run of playoff appearances, the San Antonio Spurs find themselves facing a third straight postseason-less season. As such, teams are starting to call about the availability of Spurs players, starting with guards Dejounte Murray and Derrick White

Murray is in the second year of a four-year deal. He's been mentioned in the All-Star conversation, as he's averaged 19.2 point, 8.4 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game this season. At just $15.4 million for this season, Murray is an inexpensive upgrade for almost any team at the point guard position.

White is in the first year of a four-year, $68 million extension. While his shooting has slipped, White is seen as a solid two-way player that can play either guard position.

San Antonio rarely makes in-season trades, but recently traded guard Bryn Fobes to the Denver Nuggets.

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Hawks Not In On Trading For Jerami Grant Right Now

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Knicks Open To Trading Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier and Alec Burks

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Cavaliers Granted $8.9M Disabled Player Exception

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Hawks Interested In Derrick White

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Kings Pursuing Jerami Grant, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner

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Hawks Looking For First Round Pick And Starter for John Collins

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Domantas Sabonis Could Return This Weekend From Ankle Sprain

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Nets Won't Entertain Offers At Deadline On James Harden

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Lakers Unwilling To Attach 2027 First Round Pick In Trade For John Wall

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Bradley Beal: I'm Giving Wizards An Opportunity

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James Harden: I'm Frustrated Because I Want To Win

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Kings, Hawks Emerge As Strong Suitors For Jerami Grant

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James Harden Interested In Exploring Teams Beyond Nets In Free Agency

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Jerami Grant Offered List Of Preferred Trade Destinations To Pistons

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Jazz Interested In Trading For Robert Covington

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Magic Expected To Trade Terrence Ross Or Gary Harris By Deadline

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Heat 'One Of More Persistent Teams' In Pursuing Christian Wood

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Eric Gordon Likely To Remain With Rockets Beyond Deadline

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Rockets Have Received Interest In John Wall From Multiple Teams Including Clippers

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Hornets Register Interest In Trading For Ben Simmons

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