Basketball Wiretap

Nerlens Noel Hires Rich Paul As Agent

Aug 21, 2017 7:57 PM

Nerlens Noel has hired Rich Paul of Klutch Sports for his representation.

Noel is in the middle of a drawn out restricted free agency with the Dallas Mavericks. Klutch Sports has worked with a number of clients on lengthy restricted free agency periods such as Eric Bledsoe and Tristan Thompson.

Noel was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Mavericks at the deadline.

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Tags: Nerlens Noel, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Sign Adreian Payne To Two-Way Contract

Aug 21, 2017 5:54 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward Adreian Payne to a two-way contract.

Payne (6’10”, 237, 2/19/91) appeared in 18 games last season with Minnesota, averaging 3.5 ppg. and 1.8 rpg. in 7.5 minpg. He also spent time with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League.

Originally selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft by Atlanta, Payne has played in 102 career NBA regular season games (24 starts) with Atlanta and Minnesota, averaging 4.0 ppg. and 3.0 rpg. in 13.3 minpg. He has also spent time with Fort Wayne, Austin and Erie of the NBA G League.

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Tags: Adreian Payne, Orlando Magic, Lakeland Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Steve Kerr Expects To Coach 'For Many Years To Come'

Aug 21, 2017 2:51 PM

Steve Kerr missed several weeks of the 2017 playoffs due to complications from his 2015 back surgery.

“It’s all right, it’s all right,” Kerr said. “I’d love to say that I’m all better, but not the case. I’m feeling better, having a good summer, relaxing. But it’s just been an ongoing thing now for two years.”

Kerr also missed the first part of the 15-16 regular season.

“I fully expect to coach all year,” Kerr said. “That’s my expectation. And for many years to come.”

Kerr suffers from headaches in addition to the frequent discomfort in his back and neck.

Scott Ostler/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nerlens Noel Fires Agent To Hire Dan Fegan

Aug 21, 2017 1:57 PM

Nerlens Noel has fired his agent and will sign Dan Fegan.

With Noel a restricted free agent, the Dallas Mavericks are unwilling to sign him to a max contract.

Noel has a one year qualifying offer of $5.8 million on the table.

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Tags: Nerlens Noel, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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O.J. Mayo Hopes To Return To Bucks

Aug 21, 2017 1:20 PM

O.J. Mayo wants to return to the Milwaukee Bucks when he's reinstated into the NBA after his two-year suspension.

Mayo violated the NBA's Anti-Drug program.

"I want to go back to what I left [in Milwaukee],” Mayo said. “I was real close with Jason Kidd. That was the best relationship I had with a coach besides [Barnes]. I had great relationships with Giannis [Antetokounmpo] and Khris Middleton. I was comfortable there. I felt like I let them down, cheated them for two years. They paid me $8 million to be, in my eyes, a subpar player. They invested millions of dollars for me to be on top of my s---, and when you’re not on top of your s---, it shows. If they just give me the chance, I can make it up. I owe them.”

Mayo says that if he had the same focused mindset he had at age 16 that he had a decade later, “we wouldn’t be sitting here talking right now.”

“I knew better,” Mayo said. “I knew guys in my neighborhood who should have made it somewhere but got stuck. I wasn’t raised like that.”

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Tags: O.J. Mayo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Suspension

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Clippers Hire Trent Redden As Assistant GM

Aug 21, 2017 11:25 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers will hire Trent Redden as assistant general manager.

Redden was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in June along with David Griffin.

Redden previously worked with Michael Winger with the Cavaliers, who is on the verge of leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Clippers.

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Adetunji Adedipe Named Assistant GM Of Lakeland Magic

Aug 21, 2017 11:22 AM

Adetunji Adedipe has been named Orlando Magic basketball operations/Lakeland Magic assistant general manager.

Adedipe is in his third season with the Orlando Magic organization. He began his career as a basketball operations assistant for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League during the 2014-15 season prior to joining IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. While at IMG, Adedipe coached the Ascenders junior varsity and assisted in NBA pre-draft workouts. During the summer of 2015, he interned with the Philadelphia 76ers in the basketball operations department. Adedipe joined the Orlando Magic in September of 2015 as a basketball operations associate and served as basketball operations coordinator with the Erie BayHawks in 2016-17.

Adedipe was a three-year letterman and former captain of the Ohio University men’s basketball team. The Bobcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2010 with a win over Georgetown. A native of Cleveland, Oh., Adedipe graduated from Ohio University in 2010 and received a master’s degree in comparative politics in 2012.

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Tags: Orlando Magic, Lakeland Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Misc Rumor

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Pacers File Tampering Charges Against Lakers On Paul George

Aug 20, 2017 3:18 PM

The Indiana Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Los Angeles Lakers over Paul George. The Pacers traded George to the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 30th.

The NBA is investigating the charges but no wrongdoing has been found to date.

"At the request of the Indiana Pacers, the NBA opened an investigation into alleged tampering by the Los Angeles Lakers. The independent investigation is being conducted by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made. We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing.

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Quinn Cook Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Two-Year Deal With Hawks

Aug 20, 2017 3:06 PM

Quinn Cook has agreed upon a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.

Cook spent parts of last season with the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans.

Cook went undrafted in 2015 out of Duke.

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Clippers Expected To Hire Michael Winger As General Manager

Aug 20, 2017 1:54 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to hire Michael Winger as general manager.

Winger will report directly to Lawrence Frank, who was elevated to president of basketball operations.

Winger has spent the past seven season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Winger previously worked for five years under Danny Ferry.

The Clippers have restructured their front office this offseason by moving Doc Rivers to a coach-only role and also hiring Jerry West.

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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James Harden: Chris Paul Didn't Seem Happy Heading Into Free Agency
James Harden believes the Rockets can close the gap on the Warriors with Chris Paul.

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Magic Sign Troy Caupain To Camp Deal
Troy Caupain played five games in Summer League with the Raptors.

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Clippers Sign Marshall Plumlee To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Marshall Plumlee spent last season with the Knicks, appearing in 21 games.

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D'Angelo Russell 'Excited For New Opportunity To Start Over' With Nets
D'Angelo Russell realizes the way he was treated by the Lakers was part of the business.

WFAN (via Anthony Puccio/Nets Daily)

Knicks Sign Xavier Rathan-Mayes
Xavier Rathan-Mayes played three seasons at Florida State, averaging 12.4 points and 4.5 assists over 30.5 minutes.

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Jamel Artis Signs With Knicks
As a senior, Jamel Artis averaged 18.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and a team-high 3.3 assists over 34.3 minutes.

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Celtics Sign Daniel Dixon
Daniel Dixon didn't participate in Summer League.

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Jeff Withey Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Mavericks
Jeff Withey gives the Mavericks depth at center while they continue their restricted free agency stand-off with Nerlens Noel.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Jordan Mickey Agrees Upon Two-Year Deal With Heat
Jordan Mickey appeared sparingly in 41 games with the Celtics over the past two seasons.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Nigel Hayes Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Knicks
Nigel Hayes played for the Knicks in Summer League, averaging 5.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 15.4 minutes per game.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Celtics Sign Andrew White On Partially Guaranteed Deal
Andrew White led Syracuse in scoring last season and went undrafted.

Mike Waters/Syracuse.com

Wizards Agree Upon One-Year Deal With Donald Sloan
Donald Sloan spent last season in China.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

K.J. McDaniels Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
In 20 games with the Nets, K.J. McDaniels averaged 6.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.7 minutes.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Daryl Morey: James Harden Is An Unbelievable Recruiter
Daryl Morey was asked about how James Harden factored into the recruitment of Chris Paul to the Rockets.

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Sources Deny Report LeBron James Has Decided To Leave Cleveland In 2018
LeBron James can become a free agent in 2018 but he remains undecided on his future.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dwyane Wade, Bulls Expected To Eventually Agree Upon Buyout
Dwyane Wade exercised his opt-in clause in June for $23.8 million for the 17-18 season.

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Clippers Sign Tyrone Wallace
In the G-League last season, Tyrone Wallace averaged 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

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Bob Weiss Hired By Nuggets As Assistant Coach
Bob Weiss spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Hornets.

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Nuggets Hire Calvin Booth As Assistant General Manager
Calvin Booth most recently served as Director of Pro Personnel for the Wolves.

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Warriors Sign Georges Niang To Deal With Partial Guarantee
Georges Niang appeared in 23 games last season for the Pacers as a rookie.

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