Basketball Wiretap

Woj: Anthony Davis Looking For Reasons To Stay More Than Reasons To Leave New Orleans

Oct 22, 2018 9:44 PM

Anthony Davis will be eligible for a supermax contract this offseason, which will go a long ways to determining what the future of the NBA holds depending on whether he chooses to sign it.

If Davis decides not to sign the extension, the New Orleans Pelicans could look to trade him.

"My sense has always been with Anthony that he is always: some players are looking for reasons to stay and some players are looking for reasons to leave," said Adrian Wojnarowski on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Show. "I've always thought that Anthony is a guy looking for reasons to stay in New Orleans. And I think that will continue to be the case until he feels he's out of them.

"I do think down the line that the Boston and L.A., if he became available, that will be interesting, especially if the Lakers get shut out this summer."

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Anthony Davis, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Shaquille Harrison To Have $250,000 Guaranteed By Bulls

Oct 22, 2018 8:35 PM

Shaquille Harrison has agreed to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls for the minimum.

Harrison will have $250,000 of his contract for 18-19 guaranteed.

Harrison will have $175,000 guaranteed for 19-20 if he's not waived before August 15, 2019.

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Tags: Shaquille Harrison, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kyrie Irving Considered Knicks Before Announcing Intention To Re-Sign With Celtics

Oct 21, 2018 6:21 PM

Kyrie Irving said he strongly considered the New York Knicks as a potential free agent destination before he announced his intention to re-sign with the Boston Celtics.

"I mean, every team was under consideration, but obviously New York held a special place for me," Irving said after the Celtics' 103-101 win over the Knicks on Saturday night. "Just being from (New) Jersey and, obviously, envisioning myself as a free agent and ultimately taking a meeting and playing for (Knicks head coach David Fizdale) and a great young core that they have here. Thinking about playing with (Kristaps Porzingis). That was a big thing before I made my decision just to ... plan on re-signing back with Boston. But yeah of course New York was a strong consideration."

Irving has a player option for 2019-20, the final season of his five-year, $94 million contract. Irving is expected to re-sign with the Celtics in 2019.

"I think if you were in my position, I think it would be an easy decision," Irving said of his decision to commit to the Celtics. "Thinking about who we have (in Boston) and the future and what we're set up for. For me, it was where I am in age and how I envision my career going. And kind of the lineage of guys that have come before me in the Boston Celtics is something I wanted to be a part of. Obviously, my dad and my mom met in Boston, so I had a lot of history there, as well. Obviously, being from New Jersey, (there's) history there. But Boston, there's nothing like it."

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls To Waive Omer Asik

Oct 20, 2018 7:11 PM

The Chicago Bulls will waive Omer Asik to create a roster spot for Shaquille Harrison. Asik is dealing with inflammatory arthritis. 

Asik is under salary this season at $11.3 million and has a partial guarantee next season. 

The Bulls acquired Asik as part of the Nikola Mirotic trade.

Darnell Mayberry, Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Omer Asik, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury, NBA Waiver

Bulls To Sign Shaquille Harrison

Oct 20, 2018 6:25 PM

The Chicago Bulls will sign Shaquille Harrison to a contract.

Harrison was released by the Phoenix Suns on Monday.

Harrison went undrafted in 2016 out of Tulsa.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Shaquille Harrison, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Minnesota Fans Go From Booing Jimmy Butler To Chanting 'MVP'

Oct 20, 2018 3:06 PM

Jimmy Butler was booed by some fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves as he was introduced on Friday night, but ended up receiving "MVP" chants by the end of the game after scoring 33 points.

"I love it. I love it," Butler said. "I think people kind of love to hate me sometimes. Say whatever you want to say, but it really makes me smile, what people think about me. But no matter what, you gotta respect my effort."

Butler smiled at fans who jeered him, barked at Tom Thibodeau and walked right past Glen Taylor as the owner of the Wolves greeted players just before tipoff.

"You may not like me. That's OK," Butler said. "But as long as you know that my mind and my heart are in the right place, that I do everything to win and I would do anything for my guys."

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mike D'Antoni Doesn't Believe Jeff Bzdelik's Retirement Tied To Carmelo Anthony

Oct 19, 2018 6:27 PM

Jeff Bzdelik somewhat surprisingly announced his retirement from coaching shortly before the start of training camp. Bzdelik was credited with turning around the defense of the Houston Rockets.

Mike D'Antoni was asked about Bzdelik's departure.

"No, Jeff is unbelievable," said D'Antoni. "Great guy. He enjoyed it. We’d talked about it before, and I’d seen even during the year where he’d say, ‘Oh man, I don’t know how much more I can do this.’ So you could kind of see the signs, but it came as a shock. I thought the summer would recharge him, and get him going, and maybe he thought the same thing and it just didn’t do it. I don’t think there’s any mystery."

D'Antoni was asked whether Bzdelik's history with Carmelo Anthony in Denver played a part.

"No. No. I’m almost 100 percent sure that’s not right. I’ve talked to him, and we even talked about it during the summer. I mean he likes ‘Melo. He’s like me. You’re fine. It’ll be good, it’d be interesting, it’d be fun. And he and ‘Melo had made up a couple years ago. They were fine, so no."

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Sign Johnathan Williams To Two-Way Deal, Waive Travis Wear

Oct 19, 2018 5:23 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Johnathan Williams to a two-way contract.

In a related move, the Lakers have requested waivers on forward Travis Wear.

Williams (6-9, 230) played in all six preseason games for the Lakers, averaging 6.8 points (.516 FG%) and 4.3 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game.

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Tags: Johnathan Williams, Los Angeles Lakers, South Bay Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Davon Reed To Sign Two-Way Deal With Pacers

Oct 18, 2018 3:37 PM

Davon Reed will sign a two-way contract with the Indiana Pacers after he clears waivers.

The Phoenix Suns waived Reed before the start of the season.

Reed was the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Davon Reed, Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Woj: Clippers Have Strong Chance Of Signing Kawhi Leonard

Oct 18, 2018 1:07 PM

Kawhi Leonard was linked to the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers during the offseason when he was on the trade block as the destinations he preferred in his 2019 free agency.

"What the Clippers are doing right now is very below the radar," said Adrian Wojnarowski on his podcast with Zach Lowe. "What they've done to put themselves in position. They didn't gut themselves and they're not tanking. They're putting a competitive team on the floor.

"I think, right now, with Kawhi Leonard, they have a better than not chance of getting him. We know things will change. He could love Toronto."

Wojnarowski added that maybe the situation could change if the Raptors reach The Finals.

"The Clippers are in great position with (Leonard)," said Wojnarowski. "They have two max slots. They will be heard from again, I think, in these Jimmy Butler trade talks."

Wojnarowski added he believes the Clippers have done a good job in collecting hard playing role players that stars want to play with.

The Clippers have also been strongly linked with a pursuit of Kevin Durant in free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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

Draymond Green Committed To Spending Entire Career With Warriors
Draymond Green will be a free agent in 2020 following the free agencies of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson in 2019.

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Jimmy Butler: When I'm Playing In Games, Nothing Else Matters
The Wolves are expected to use the first few games of the regular season to allow the roster to mesh and for trade offers to materialize again.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Paul George Would Have Signed With Lakers If Not For Thunder Trade
Paul George said he spoke with LeBron James about his possible future plans before his trade to the Thunder.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Pat Riley Tells Players Heat Will Keep Current Roster
The Heat have aggressively pursued a trade for Jimmy Butler, but talks are now dormant.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Jimmy Butler: I Just Want To Hoop And Be Out There With My Soliders
Jimmy Butler has a standing trade request to leave the Wolves.

Chris Hine/Star Tribune

Pelicans Claim Tim Frazier, Waive Troy Williams
In 81 career games with New Orleans, Tim Frazier has averaged 8.3 points, 5.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals.

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Michael Malone Signs Extension With Nuggets
Michael Malone was set to enter the final season of his initial contract.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Clippers' Front Office To Attend High Number Of Kevin Durant Games
Kevin Durant took a meeting with the Clippers as a free agent in 2016.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Durant Doesn't Need Recruitment, Appreciation From Warriors
Kevin Durant has already grown tired of free agency questions.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Tom Thibodeau's Job Not Currently In Jeopardy
Tom Thibodeau is entering his third year with the Wolves.

Sid Hartman/Star Tribune

Glen Taylor: It Is In Wolves' Interest To Trade Jimmy Butler
Glen Taylor talked about his agreement with Jimmy Butler that he would play for the Wolves as they attempt to fulfill his trade request.

Sid Hartman/Star Tribune

Suns Offered 2nd Round Pick To 76ers For T.J. McConnell
The 76ers rejected the Suns' interest in T.J. McConnell.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Blazers Exercise 19-20 Options On Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan
Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan were first round picks in 2017.

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Suns Waive Davon Reed
Davon Reed averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11.5 minutes over 21 games last season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Knicks Trying To Trade Courtney Lee
Courtney Lee is owed $12.7 million for the 19-20 season.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Klay Thompson Not Planning To Take Discount With Warriors
The Warriors also don't expect Klay Thompson to take a discount.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Bobby Portis, Bulls Unable To Agree To Extension
Bobby Portis and the Bulls intensified their talks in recent days.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Rockets Convert Gary Clark, Vince Edwards To Two-Way Deals
Vince Edwards was a second round pick in 2018 out of Purdue.

Michael Scotto, Kelly Iko/The Athletic

Suns Waive Shaquille Harrison, Darrell Arthur
Darrell Arthur was acquired as part of the Jared Dudley trade.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Clippers Waive Jawun Evans
Jawun Evans appeared in 48 games in his rookie season with the Clippers.

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