Basketball Wiretap

Monty Williams, Tyronn Lue To Meet With Lakers Ownership For Second Interview

Apr 20, 2019 12:30 AM

Tyronn Lue met with Rob Pelinka for what was described as a relaxed 90-minute meeting today.

Lue and Monty Williams will have a longer, more detailed meeting with Lakers ownership and senior officials next week. 

The Lakers also plan to interview Juwan Howard next Tuesday.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Rob Pelinka Interviews Tyronn Lue For Vacant Lakers Coaching Job

Apr 19, 2019 8:17 PM

Tyronn Lue and Rob Pelinka met on Friday to discuss the Los Angeles Lakers head coaching job.

Pelinka is also expected to meet with Monty Williams for a second time, as well as interview Juwan Howard next week. 

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves To Interview Chauncey Billups For President Of Basketball Ops Job

Apr 19, 2019 2:57 PM

Chauncey Billups has emerged as a candidate for the Minnesota Timberwolves' President of Basketball Operations job.

Billups will interview in the near future with the Wolves.

Billups interviewed for the same role with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017, but he chose to remain at ESPN.

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Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Kevin Durant: My Actual Basketball Play Should Be Headlines, Not Future Decision

Apr 19, 2019 10:40 AM

Kevin Durant scored 38 points in a return to form performance in Game 3 as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers.

“This was the first time this season that my actual basketball play, and not about what I’m going to do in the future, took over the headlines,” Durant told Yahoo Sports after Game 3. “Think about that now. That hasn’t happened in a long time. I like that. That’s the way it should be.”

Speculation on Durant's future has dominated headlines this season, particularly after he avoided the media for more than a week and then called out Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. The media, however, has mostly avoided asking Durant questions about his future.

“This game is what it’s all about, not about something that hasn’t even happened,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “Let’s enjoy basketball. I can take the criticism about the game. This is what we’re paid to do. That should be the focus. This is good.”

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rich Cho To Oversee Analytics, Salary Cap Administration For Grizzlies

Apr 19, 2019 9:25 AM

Rich Cho has joined the Memphis Grizzlies in an official capacity after consulting for them this season.

“I had done some part-time work for the Grizzlies during the season, just studying the league and best practices around different teams, starting last September, I started looking around the league, analyzing every team in a number of different categories,” said Cho.

Memphis executive vice president of basketball operations Zach Kleiman interned for Cho with the Charlotte Hornets just seven years ago.

“Yeah, he reached out to me pretty quickly,” Cho said. “Zach did a really good job for us in Charlotte as an intern, he’s a really bright guy and he’s passionate about the game. He’s an extremely hard worker. I’ve watched his career progress from afar and I’m really happy the way things have gone for him, especially that he’s getting this opportunity.”

Kleiman is only 30 years old.

“I don’t think you can necessarily look at a person’s age and say they can’t do the job, because it’s all about opportunity and Zach’s going to do a really good job here,” Cho said.

Cho gives the Grizzlies experience in the front office.

“I’ll be involved in a lot of different aspects of basketball operations,” Cho said. “I’ll be overseeing analytics, all the salary cap administration, and I’ll be advising on player personnel issues, any type of player acquisitions.”

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Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Bobby Webster: Entire Season Will Play Role In Kawhi Leonard's Decision

Apr 19, 2019 9:16 AM

The Toronto Raptors took a gamble when they traded for Kawhi Leonard given how strongly he had been connected to an eventual move to either the Los Angeles Clippers or Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent this offseason. 

The Lakers appear out of contention for Leonard at this point, leaving the Raptors and Clippers.

Bobby Webster was asked if Toronto's postseason result will correlate to Leonard's decision.

“Of course there is. There is,” said Webster. "It's not all about what happens at the end of the season. It's about what's gone on to this point. From the day we acquired him, it's the groundwork.”

Team officials are confident in the relationships Leonard has built with the Raptors’ medical staff, headed by former Lakers’ performance trainer Alex McKechnie.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pelicans To Interview Clippers' Trent Redden For Senior Front-Office Role

Apr 18, 2019 10:11 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have received permission from the Los Angeles Clippers to interview assistant GM Trent Redden for a senior front-office role.

Redden and new Pelicans GM David Griffin previously worked together with the Cavs, winning a NBA title in 2016.

At his introductory press conference, Griffin said he wanted to hire talented executives over filling specific roles. 

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Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Grizzlies Hire Rich Cho, Glen Grunwald For Front Office Roles

Apr 17, 2019 7:11 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Rich Cho as VP of Basketball Strategy and Glen Grunwald as Senior Advisors.

The Grizzlies demoted both Chris Wallace and John Hollinger this offseason.

Cho was previously general manager of the Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers. Grunwald also was previously GM of the New York Knicks.

Memphis recently promoted Zach Kleiman to VP of Basketball Operations and is leading the day-to-day operations for the Grizzlies.

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Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Jayson Tatum: Being Traded Is Part Of The Game, I'll Play For Whomever

Apr 17, 2019 6:03 PM

Jayson Tatum had a disappointing second regular season in the NBA in which shooting efficiency dropped. Tatum has also been mentioned in trade rumors involving Anthony Davis once the Boston Celtics can trade for him this offseason.

“Trade rumors don’t bother me,” Tatum said of trade rumors. “They’re talking about trading me for guys like Anthony Davis. So, I mean, I must be doing something pretty well.” When pressed on whether this bothered him, he didn’t budge: “I love the game of basketball. Being traded is part of the game. I’ll play for whomever. It’s something I can’t control.”

“Circumstances don’t affect him,” Brad Stevens said. “First game of the season, he’s unaffected by the jitters that everybody has. Seventh game of a playoff series? Unaffected. At least, he shows himself to be unaffected, and he can thrive in that environment.”

Tatum also revealed he has a poster of himself dunking on LeBron James in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

“I’ve got a big-ass picture of it in my house,” Tatum said.

The Celtics ultimately lost the game as the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to The Finals.

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Tags: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers Would Have Interest In Trading For Gordon Hayward

Apr 17, 2019 3:50 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have interest in trading for Gordon Hayward this offseason should he become available by the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers offered Hayward a max contract during his 2014 restricted free agency.

Hayward's name is mentioned by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in trade scenarios involving the contract of J.R. Smith. The Celtics will try to re-sign Kyrie Irving and trade for Anthony Davis this offseason. If they strike out on Irving and Davis, the Celtics could conceivably reset around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Hayward is under contract for two more seasons.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

David Griffin Met With Rich Paul, Believes Anthony Davis Open To Remaining With Pelicans
David Griffin said he would prefer to establish whether Anthony Davis is all-in or all-out on being with the Pelicans.

Will Guillory/The Athletic

Cavaliers Already Receiving Trade Interest On J.R. Smith's Contract
J.R. Smith's contract counts for more than $15 million for trade purposes but the receiving team will only be committed to paying him $3.8 million.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kevin Durant Not Expected By 'Most In NBA' To Re-Sign Regardless Of Playoff Result
Kevin Durant's teammates on the Warriors appear to be focusing on winning the title this year and not on his future.

Tim Kawakami/The Athletic

Pelicans Likely To Hire Trent Redden As GM Under David Griffin
Trent Redden was David Griffin's chief aide with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

76ers Pursued Bob Myers To Replace Bryan Colangelo In 2018
The 76ers pursued both Daryl Morey and Bob Myers.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Daryl Morey Reportedly Earns $8M Per Season Under Extension With Rockets
Daryl Morey signed a five-year extension with the Rockets last month.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Wolves Receive Permission To Interview Michael Winger, Gersson Rosas
Michael Winger is in his second season with the Clippers.

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Bismack Biyombo Exercises $17M Player Option With Hornets For 19-20
Bismack Biyombo has one season remaining on the four-year, $64 million deal he signed with the Magic in 2016.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tyronn Lue To Interview With Lakers On Friday
Rob Pelinka will conduct the Tyronn Lue interview for the Lakers.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

76ers Noncommittal On Brett Brown's Future As Head Coach
Brett Brown signed a contract extension in May of 2018.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Kevin Durant Hasn't Made Decision, Asks Fans To 'Focus On The Game'
Kevin Durant said it would be disrespectful to his Warriors' teammates to make a decision during the playoffs.

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Lakers To Meet With Monty Williams, Juwan Howard This Week
Williams is currently an assistant for the 76ers.

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Cavs Begin Search For New Head Coach With Juwan Howard, Jamahl Mosley Interviews
The Cavs will begin interviews to replace Larry Drew starting this week.

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Pelicans Bypassed Rob Pelinka To Deal With Magic Johnson During Anthony Davis Trade Talks
Jeanie Buss described the rumors relating to the Anthony Davis trade negotiations as "fake news."

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Luke Walton Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Kings
Luke Walton had a 98-148 over three seasons with the Lakers.

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Lakers Receive Permission To Interview Monty Williams
Pelinka will interview Williams by phone or meet with him in person next week.

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Kings Offer Head Coaching Job To Luke Walton
There is confidence on both sides a deal will soon be reached.

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Lakers Focus Coaching Search On Tyronn Lue, Monty Williams
Rob Pelinka will be in charge of finding the next head coach for the Lakers.

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Kevin Durant On Joining Warriors: It Was Worth It
Kevin Durant says he's been "roaming my whole life."

Michael Lee/The Athletic

Luke Walton Found Out Magic Johnson Resigned Via Text
Walton's fate with the Lakers was sealed when he was left out of a key meeting featuring Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka, and LeBron James.

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