May 2024 Basketball Wiretap

Raptors Plan To Trade Bruce Brown Jr. In Offseason

May 17, 2024 12:20 PM

The Toronto Raptors plan to pick up their $23 million option on Bruce Brown Jr. with the intent of trading him this offseason, sources tell Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.

The Raptors acquired Brown from the Indiana Pacers as part of the Pascal Siakam trade and discussed moving him at the trade deadline, but no deal materialized.

The Raptors are believed to be motivated to trade Brown in the offseason rather than at the 2025 trade deadline. Brown had a somewhat disappointing tenure with the Raptors. Brown revealed after the season that he was dealing with a knee issue.

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Tags: Bruce Brown, Jr., Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Paolo Banchero: Magic Front Office Wants To Add Two-Way Players

May 16, 2024 10:36 PM

The Orlando Magic enter an offseason with substantial cap space and future draft capital that could allow them to build out their roster around Paolo Banchero.

While the Magic could theoretically add a guard that can stretch the floor be dynamic with the ball, they would only want to do in a way that doesn't compromise their defense.

“[The front office] wants two-way guys who add to what we already have in terms of our defensive identity, length and versatility,” Banchero said in a profile by Ben Golliver of the Washington Post. “Shooting is a big part of what we need to improve on, whether we go and get somebody or try to develop guys. I don’t know which way they’re going to approach that. And having a guy who can set the table and be reliable. We have a lot of talented guys who can make shots and make plays: me, Franz [Wagner] and Jalen Suggs. I would rather be more of an offensive hub than the point guard, if that makes sense.”

Banchero averaged 22.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the regular season, but he increased that production in the playoffs by posting 27.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

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Donovan Mitchell: I'm Happy In Cleveland, I Know I've Got Decision To Make This Offseason

May 16, 2024 10:27 PM

The future of Donovan Mitchell with the Cleveland Cavaliers will likely be settled this offseason as faces a decision about an extension with the franchise. If Mitchell declines an extension offer, he could become a free agent in 2025.

"I reached out to Donovan Mitchell today," said Adrian Wojnarowski on NBA Countdown. "And he was emphatic in telling me that he is not disgruntled with anyone or anything in Cleveland. In fact, he said to me 'I am happy in Cleveland. I've been happy since I arrived in Cleveland.'

"He thinks this team has made progress this season. Obviously, winning that best of seven first round series against the Magic to get to the Conference Semifinals for the first time since 2018.

"But as he said, he's not in this to go to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs."

Mitchell will be offered an extension by the Cavaliers this offseason.

"Donovan Mitchell knows the question that is coming for him now in this offseason about his future in Cleveland. He said 'I know I've got decision to make this offseason. My agent and I will talk to Cleveland about that at the right time.'

"[Mitchell] emphasized 'I'm not leaving this season unhappy. I'm leaving it more determined.'"

This offseason, the Cavaliers could also consider parting ways with J.B. Bickerstaff as head coach and a trade of Darius Garland if Mitchell agrees to extend. 

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Luka Doncic: This Team Is Special

May 16, 2024 2:42 PM

After missing the playoffs in 2023, the Dallas Mavericks reshaped their roster and are one win away from returning to the Western Conference Finals. There were fears that Luka Doncic could request a trade as early as the 2024 offseason if significant improvement didn't occur and those concerns now appear to be put to rest.

Dallas remade their roster over the past 15 months with trades for Kyrie Irving, P.J. Washington and Daniel Gafford, while also drafting Dereck Lively II and signing Derrick Jones Jr.

"This team is special," Doncic said. "We've only been together for what, five months, and I'm having a lot of fun with this team."

Doncic will be eligible to sign a supermax extension with the Mavericks during the 2025 offseason.

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Donovan Mitchell's Odds Of Signing Extension With Cavaliers Believed To Be Increasing

May 15, 2024 10:49 PM

While rival teams are monitoring the potential availability of Donovan Mitchell via trade this offseason, The Athletic reports "there is a growing sentiment around the league" that the Cleveland Cavaliers will sign him to an extension this offseason.

“Donovan is playing for his legacy as a winner; that’s all he wants to do,” one teammate said earlier in the season.

Mitchell is eligible for a four-year extension this offseason worth as much as $208.5 million. Mitchell can become a free agent in 2025 if he doesn't sign an extension. The Cavaliers acquired Mitchell from the Utah Jazz before the 22-23 season where they sent out Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton and significant future draft capital. 

The Cavaliers could look different around Mitchell with a potential dismissal of J.B. Bickerstaff as head coach and trade of Darius Garland.

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Darius Garland Could Seek Trade From Cavs If Donovan Mitchell Extends

May 15, 2024 10:41 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers could break up their backcourt duo this offseason regardless of what Donovan Mitchell decides to do on the four-year, $208.5 million extension they offer him. 

The combination of Mitchell and Darius Garland hasn't succeeded as well as the Cavaliers expected and may have to choose between the two.

Sources tell The Athletic that Garland's agent, Rich Paul, will have a conversation with the Cavaliers about a potential trade if Mitchell decides to sign an extension.

The Cavaliers drafted Garland in 2019 and he became an All-Star in 2022 a few months before they acquired Mitchell. 

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Spurs Not Believed To Have Interest In Trading For Trae Young

May 15, 2024 9:30 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have expressed little interest in trading for Trae Young from the Atlanta Hawks, sources tell Jake Fischer of Yahoo.

The Spurs would be a logical trade partner for the Hawks considering their need for a point guard and their possession of multiple first round picks from Atlanta. 

Multiple figures with knowledge of the situation say any plans from the Spurs to acquire Young are "vastly overstated."

While Young is a very talented offensive player, he has obvious flaws, particularly on defense. Victor Wembanyama, however, could theoretically cover for Young's limitations on defense.

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Donovan Mitchell Situation Being Closely Watched, Multiple Teams Preparing 'Huge Offer' To Cavs

May 15, 2024 11:40 AM

Donovan Mitchell faces a big decision this offseason when the Cleveland Cavaliers offer him a contract extension. If Mitchell chooses not to extend, a trade becomes possible and there are already several teams closely monitoring the situation due to their interest in acquiring him.

"The NBA, especially beginning with what Donovan says at the end of the season, is paying very close attention because multiple teams would love to make a huge offer to the Cavs if Donovan does not choose to extend his contract," said Brian Windhorst.

Mitchell has been non-committal on his future with the Cavaliers when asked about it during the season. Windhorst added that he doesn't expect Mitchell to explicitly indicate he would prefer to be traded.

The Cavaliers traded for Mitchell before the 21-22 season with the Utah Jazz also receiving interest at that time from teams such as the New York Knicks and Miami Heat. Mitchell can become a free agent in 2024.

"There is an optimism within that organization that they're going to sign him," said Windhorst of the Cavaliers. 

"There are a number of teams that have their offers ready," said Windhorst.

"Are the Lakers one?" asked Andraya Carter.

"They're ready, of course," said Windhorst.

"The Knicks?" asked Mike Greenberg.

"I don't think... the Knicks are trying win the Eastern Conference," replied Windhorst. "Certainly across the river there in Brooklyn."

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Grizzlies To Explore Trade Market For No. 9 Pick

May 13, 2024 2:43 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies are expected to evaluate trade opportunities for the No. 9 overall pick, sources tell Zach Lowe of ESPN.

The Grizzlies are treating their 23-24 season as a gap of year of sorts as Ja Morant began the season suspended and then suffered a season-ending injury. The Grizzlies could look to turn the lottery pick into a veteran contributor.

Memphis, however, isn't determined to trading the pick and instead "will look at everything."

With the 2024 NBA draft considered one of the weaker ones in recent memory, the trade packages for No. 9 could be limited. 

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Victor Wembanayma 'Intrigued' By Idea Of Playing With Trae Young

May 13, 2024 10:23 AM

The San Antonio Spurs are expected to pursue a point guard this offseason to add alongside Victor Wembanyama, with one potential target believed to be Trae Young. Wembanyama is believed to at least be "intrigued" by the possibility of the Spurs trading for Young.

"I will say I've talked to people who know Wemby who have indicated he is at least intrigued by that idea," said Tim MacMahon on The Hoop Collective podcast. "Now, intrigued by that idea and pounding the table are two very different things. I have no idea whether Gregg Popovich would be intrigued by the idea."

"He's not classically a Popovich player, Trae Young," said Brian Windhorst.

The theory of the Spurs trading for Young is that he would vastly improve their offense, while Wembanyama is a special enough defensive player to help reduce Young's defensive limitations. 

San Antonio is in a unique situation to trade for Young as they own two lottery picks in this year's draft and also control Atlanta's draft for the next three years. 

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Hawks Considered More Likely To Trade Trae Young Than Dejoute Murray

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Rockets Likely To Shop Third Overall Pick

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Hawks Expected To Pursue Trades For Trae Young

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Brandon Ingram Considered 'Most Likely' To Be Traded By Pelicans

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Jimmy Butler Prefers To Remain With Heat Long-Term

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Suns Intend To Keep Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Bradley Beal

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Rival Teams Think Sixers Could Trade For Jimmy Butler

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LeBron James Still Expected To Remain With Lakers Next Season

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Sixers Could Pursue Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Brandon Ingram

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Pelicans Encouraged By Zion Williamson's 'Progress With Mental, Physical State'

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