Basketball Wiretap

Raptors Waive K.J. McDaniels

Oct 22, 2017 6:36 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced Sunday they have waived forward K.J. McDaniels.

McDaniels appeared in three preseason games, totaling six points, five rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes. 

McDaniels was inactive for the first two games of the regular season.

Toronto’s roster now stands at 16 players.

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Tags: K.J. McDaniels, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Eric Bledsoe: I Don't Wanna Be Here

Oct 22, 2017 6:20 PM

Eric Bledsoe expressed his frustration with the start of the Phoenix Suns' season with a Tweet on Sunday.

"I Dont wanna be here," wrote Bledsoe.

The Tweet came minutes before news broke of the Suns firing Earl Watson.

Bledsoe has been mentioned in trade rumors for multiple seasons. Bledsoe is signed through the 18-19 season.

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Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Fire Earl Watson

Oct 22, 2017 6:15 PM

The Phoenix Suns have fired Earl Watson after just three games to start the 17-18 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kristaps Porzingis Needs To See Changes With Knicks Before Committing Long-Term

Oct 21, 2017 10:40 PM

Kristaps Porzingis will be eligible for a designated rookie scale maximum extension from the New York Knicks in less than nine months.

Porzingis was asked whether he would need to see changes from the Knicks before committing long-term.

"Yeah," replied Porzingis.

Porzingis then paused and smiled, realizing his position shouldn't be discussed publicly.

“Yeah. That’s it.”

If Porzingis declines an extension offer in 2018, he would become a restricted free agent in 2019 and potentially an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jameer Nelson Agrees To Sign With Pelicans

Oct 21, 2017 4:37 PM

Jameer Nelson has agreed to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The Pelicans will waive Jordan Crawford to create a roster spot for Nelson. 

New Orleans is thin at point guard with Ramon Rondo out following sports hernia surgery. 

Denver waived Nelson to create space to sign Richard Jefferson. 

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Tags: Jameer Nelson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Sign Joel Bolomboy To Two-Way Deal

Oct 20, 2017 6:01 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks will sign Joel Bolomboy to a two-way deal.

Bolomboy played 12 games with the Utah Jazz last season.

Bolomboy was waived by the Jazz at the end of the preseason.

Bolomboy was expected to the be the top pick in the G-League draft.

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Tags: Joel Bolomboy, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Paul Had Issues With Culture Of Clippers

Oct 20, 2017 5:36 PM

Chris Paul talked about the end of his tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers in a series with ESPN.

“Like, a lot of people see wins and losses and that stuff like that, but it’s the culture of our team,” Paul said.

Paul went on to say that he told his brother, CJ Paul, to tell the Clippers this:

“I was like, if you ain’t trying to contend with the Warriors, then what are doing? The Warriors haven’t lost in the playoffs. Like, if you’re not trying to contend with them, then what are you doing?”

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Hire Jenny Boucek As Assistant Player Development Coach

Oct 20, 2017 5:14 PM

The Sacramento Kings have hired Jenny Boucek as an Assistant Player Development Coach on the staff of Dave Joerger.

With 18 years of professional coaching experience and two WNBA championships under her belt, Boucek returns to Sacramento after most recently serving as the head coach of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm for three seasons (2015-17).

Boucek has worked as a coach in the WNBA since 1999.

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Jameer Nelson Clears Waivers

Oct 20, 2017 5:11 PM

Jameer Nelson has cleared waivers and is now a free agent.

Nelson was released by the Denver Nuggets to create a roster spot for Richard Jefferson.

The Houston Rockets could have a need for a point guard with Chris Paul out with a knee injury.

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Tags: Jameer Nelson, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jon Horst Was 'Reluctant Compromise' For Bucks Ownership

Oct 20, 2017 2:12 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks hired Jon Horst as general manager after their ownership group was unable to agree upon elevating Justin Zanik.

Marc Lasry wanted to elevate Zanik when John Hammond left as they initially planned. But Wesley Edens exercised his veto power.

Horst was described as a "reluctant compromise" by one Bucks' insider.

Multiple agents and executives expressed concern about the way ownership has managed its in-house relationships during its short tenure.

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Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Was Open To Trade From Spurs
One scenario the Spurs discussed was trying to acquire Kyrie Irving in a deal for LaMarcus Aldridge.

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Wade Baldwin Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Blazers
The Blazers have a strong track record of developing guards.

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Hawks Hire Michelle Leftwich As VP Of Salary Cap Administration
Michelle Leftwich joined the NBA league office in 1996 and was vice president and assistant general counsel.

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Kyrie Irving's Father Had Issues With Cavaliers During Most Of Tenure
Drederick Irving was often upset with the Cavaliers during Kyrie Irving's six years with the team.

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic

Bulls 'Can't Put A Timeline' On Duration Of Rebuild
The Bulls are beginning a rebuild after trading away Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

Cody Westerlund/670 The Score

Carmelo Anthony Felt 'Stabbed In The Back' By Knicks
Carmelo Anthony envisioned remaining with the Knicks even as "was being pushed out."

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Nuggets Release Jameer Nelson
Jameer Nelson will become a free agent on Friday if he clears waivers.

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Lakers Agree Upon Two-Way Deal With Vander Blue
Vander Blue was with the Lakers during camp and released before the start of the season.

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Cavaliers Finalizing Two-Way Deal With London Perrantes
London Perrantes was with the Spurs during training camp.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Thunder Sign PJ Dozier To Two-Way Contract
PJ Dozier helped lead South Carolina to the Final Four.

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Gary Payton II Signs Two-Way Contract With Bucks
Gary Payton II appeared in four preseason games and averaged 7.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

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Warriors Agree Upon Two-Way Deal With Quinn Cook
Quinn Cook was released last week by the Hawks.

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Richard Jefferson Agrees Upon One-Year, $2.3M Deal With Nuggets
The Nuggets feel Richard Jefferson will give them depth at small forward and also be a strong veteran presence.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Marcus Smart, Celtics Were Close On Extension
The Celtics and Marcus Smart were unable to agree upon a contract extension before Monday's deadline.

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Hawks Agree Upon Two-Year Deal With Isaiah Taylor
Isaiah Taylor was waived by the Rockets last week.

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Bulls Claims Kay Felder Off Waivers
Kay Felder was traded last week by the Cavaliers to the Hawks and subsequently waived.

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Bucks Claim DeAndre Liggins Off Waivers
DeAndre Liggins has been on the roster of the Cavaliers, Mavericks, Rockets, Clippers, Hawks, Heat and Bucks since April of 2017.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Agrees Upon Three-Year, $72.3M Extension With Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge could have become a free agent in 2018.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Gian Clavell Signs Two-Way Contract With Mavericks
Gian Clavell averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 18.7 minutes per game for the Mavericks in Summer League.

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Raptors Exercise 18-19 Options On Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam, Delon Wright
The Raptors have guaranteed the contracts of three Rookie Scale Contract players.

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