Basketball Wiretap

LeBron James Hopes Cavaliers Don't Fire Tyronn Lue

Jan 20, 2018 7:57 PM

LeBron James was asked about the possibility of Tyronn Lue being fired as head coach of the Cavaliers following their blowout loss on Saturday against the Thunder.

“I would hope not, but really don’t know," said James. "I don’t know what’s going to happen with our team. I have no idea what conversations have been going on. I’ve been trying to stay as laser-sharp as I can to keep my guys ready to go out and play."

Lue replaced David Blatt as head coach approximately two years ago.

"We got a lot of things going on," said James. "It’s not 1. It’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. We got some searching to figure out how we can be better.”

Chris Fedor

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Pelicans Sign DeAndre Liggins To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Jan 20, 2018 7:50 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard DeAndre Liggins to a second 10-day contract. 

Liggins, 6-6, 209, who was signed to his first 10-day contract with New Orleans on Jan. 10, has appeared in one game with the Pelicans, logging 11 minutes and recording four points, one rebound and one assist.

New Orleans’ roster currently stands at 18.

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DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams Receiving Trade Interest From Cavaliers

Jan 19, 2018 7:32 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in both DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Both Jordan and Williams will be free agents in 2018.

The Cavaliers have also registered interest in George Hill.

The Cavaliers own the 2018 first round pick of the Brooklyn Nets but they've been reluctant to include it in any trade proposals. The Cavaliers are shopping Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith in trade talks.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Andrew Bogut Receiving Interest From Multiple Playoff Teams

Jan 19, 2018 5:26 PM

Andrew Bogut is receiving interest from multiple playoff teams.

Bogut is expected to sign with a team following the Feb. 8th trade deadline as teams are preserving extra roster spots in case of an unbalanced trade.

Bogut was released by the Lakers in early January.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Cavaliers Interested In Trading For George Hill

Jan 19, 2018 4:32 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in trading for George Hill.

Hill signed a three-year, $57 million deal with the Sacramento Kings during the 2017 offseason, but the franchise has pivoted back towards youth development. The final season of Hill's deal is partially guaranteed.

Hill can play either guard position and also come off the bench.

Cleveland has a crowded backcourt due to the presence of Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose.

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Celtics Sign Jarell Eddie To 10-Day Contract

Jan 19, 2018 11:33 AM

The Boston Celtics have agreed to sign Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract.

Boston has had an open roster spot.

Eddie has played in 31 career NBA games with the Wizards and Suns.

Eddie is averaging 17.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 32.3 minutes per game this season in the G League. Eddie is also shooting better than 50 percent on three-pointers this season.

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Enes Kanter Hopes To Spend Remainder Of Career With Knicks

Jan 19, 2018 11:20 AM

After bouncing from the Utah Jazz to the Oklahoma City Thunder and now the New York Knicks over the past few seasons, Enes Kanters believes he's found a home after just 45 games with the franchise.

Kanter has felt more at home in New York with its large Turkish community.

"You still miss your own food," said Kanter. "You still miss Turkish people, talking Turkish, you still miss your culture. That's why New York is the best place to be because everywhere you go there's Turkish people, your friends are here, you can go to eat Turkish food every day. In Utah we had none. OKC, we had one restaurant. ... It just makes you feel warmer, it makes you feel more welcome."

Kanter had low expectations for the Knicks before his arrival.

"Before I came here, you were hearing it or were thinking, 'Oh, it's New York, they haven't made the playoffs for the last whatever years. The organization is not good. They're changing the GMs and all this other stuff. People are not good there.' ... But after I came, I realized that this is the place that I want to be and to play for a long time. Because people in the organization are so warm and so welcoming."

Kanter was asked what led him to decide he wants his future to be with the Knicks.

"I remember during the draft I went to see a lot of organizations. But after you play in New York, you don't really want to go anywhere else. The people around are so cool. I remember maybe it was my second month here. I was thinking, 'This place is so cool, I want to retire here.' I remember one of the media guys was asking me, 'Is it too early to decide because you've been here for not even a half season? Why did you want to decide that you wanted to retire as a Knick?" I was like, 'This is the place I want to be.' You play at Madison Square Garden, you see all the famous people. I'm really cool with Ben Stiller."

Kanter has a player option for the 18-19 season.

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Hornets Have Tried To Trade Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams, Kidd-Gilchrist

Jan 19, 2018 10:08 AM

While the Charlotte Hornets are prepared to trade franchise cornerstone Kemba Walker, they previously made a number of other players available in trade talks.

League sources say the Hornets have explored trades involving Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but there was little interest from rival teams.

Batum is owed $100 million over four seasons while Howard has $47 million over two years, and Williams is owed $42 million over three years. Kidd-Gilchrist has $39 million over three years on his rookie scale extension.

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Kemba Walker Made Available In Trade Talks By Hornets

Jan 19, 2018 10:02 AM

The Charlotte Hornets are open to trading Kemba Walker ahead of this year's trade deadline.

The Hornets are looking to attach some of their bad contracts along with Walker, who earns just $12 million per season through 18-19.

Charlotte views a trade of Walker as a reset of the franchise.

The Hornets are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference.

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Lakers To Sign Nigel Hayes To 10-Day Contract

Jan 18, 2018 5:34 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will sign Nigel Hayes to a 10-day contract.

Hayes went undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2017.

Hayes is averaging 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30 games this season in the G League for Westchester.

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Steve Ballmer Was Eager To Evaluate Doc Rivers As Head Coach
After dealing with a number of injuries, the Clippers have been playing well with a makeshift set of rotations.

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Pelicans Receive $2.75M Disabled Player Exception
Alexis Ajinca underwent surgery in December on his right knee and is likely out for the season.

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Robin Lopez, Justin Holiday Could Be Dealt By Bulls
Robin Lopez is signed through the 18-19 season.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls Remaining Patient On Nikola Mirotic Trade Talks
Chicago has been seeking a first round pick in exchange for Nikola Mirotic.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Pelicans Main Competition For DeMarcus Cousins Expected To Be Mavs, Lakers
DeMarcus Cousins is likely to have a limited market of teams that can offer a max contract.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Kings To Sit At Least Two Veterans Per Game To Develop Younger Players
George Hill, Kosta Koufos, Garrett Temple, Vince Carter and Zach Randolph will have their minutes reduced.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Cavaliers Prefer To Hold Onto Brooklyn Pick Heading To Deadline
The Cavaliers view the draft asset as a chance to reset the franchise if LeBron James decides to leave as a free agent in July.

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Several Cavs Unhappy, Concerned About State Of Team
The Cavaliers are still in evaluation mode following the return of Isaiah Thomas from injury.

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Rockets Release Briante Weber, Sign Markel Brown To Two-Way
Markel Brown had been playing for the Oklahoma City Blue of the G League.

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Wolves Sign Amile Jefferson To Two-Way Contract
Amile Jefferson is averaging 18.0 points and a league-best 13.1 rebounds per game in the G League.

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76ers Sign Demetrius Jackson To Two-Way Contract, Waive McAdoo
Demetrius Jackson averaged 15.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 30.9 minutes per game in the G League.

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Pistons Sign Reggie Hearn To Two-Way Contract
Reggie Hearn has averaged 14.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 30.7 minutes per game.

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Nets Sign James Webb III To Two-Way Contract
James Webb III is averaging 11.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 27.4 minutes per game in the G League for Delaware.

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Knicks Attempted To Schedule Last Minute Workout With Dennis Smith Jr.
The Knicks attempted to schedule a last minute workout with Dennis Smith Jr.

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Rockets Sign R.J. Hunter To Two-Way Contract
R.J. Hunter has averaged 19.2 points in 29.8 minutes on 43.2 percent shooting.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Teams Reluctant To Take On Salary In Trade Market
Many NBA executives are anticipating a dearth of activity around this year's trade deadline.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Magic Expected To Shop Evan Fournier, Elfrid Payton, Mario Hezonja
The Magic have gone 4-27 after beginning the season with an 8-4 record.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Lakers To Sign Gary Payton II To Two-Way Contract
Gary Payton II was waived by the Bucks on Dec. 18th when they signed Sean Kilpatrick.

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Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson Voice Support For Luke Walton
The Lakers became concerned about the situation when David Fizdale rumors surfaced.

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Hawks Agree To Sign Andrew White To Two-Way Contract
Andrew White is averaging 16.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the G-League.

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