Basketball Wiretap

Mark Cuban Wants Teams To Play 5-7 Games, Have Tournament For Last Two Playoff Seeds

May 27, 2020 1:26 AM

Mark Cuban told ESPN that he wants all 30 NBA teams to play 5-7 regular season games, then proceed to a play-in tournament for the last two playoff seeds if the season were to resume.

Cuban believes that all 30 teams must participate to fulfill the requirements of local television.

Under Cuban's plan, the top 10 teams from both conferences would qualify for the postseason and be reseeded by record. The 17th seed would then play the 20th seed, with the 18th seed matching up with the 19th seed. 

Those winners would advance to play the 15th and 16th seed for the final playoff positions.

Cuban added that his plan addresses concerns surrounding the league's financial situation while giving players enough time to prepare for the postseason. 

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Pistons Begin Search To Hire General Manager

May 26, 2020 4:38 PM

The Detroit Pistons have begun a search to hire a general manager to work under Ed Stefanski.

Stefanski will be work with Pistons and Palace Sports vice chairman Arn Tellem on the process.

The Pistons hired Stefanski and Dwane Casey in 2018.

Detroit fired Stan Van Gundy after the 17-18 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls 'Leaning Toward' Replacing Jim Boylen As Head Coach

May 26, 2020 12:00 PM

The new Chicago Bulls' front office "have had detailed discussions with players and retained personnel from the previous regime and were getting enough mixed reviews that they were leaning toward starting with a new coach" writes Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Arturas Karnisovas recently replaced John Paxson and Gar Forman and will make the decision on whether to fire Jim Boylen.

A source reiterated to the Chicago Sun-Times that Michael Reinsdorf won't try to influence the decision on Boylen and will allow his dismissal if that's the decision Karnisovas reaches. Ownership and Paxson have supported Boylen.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Lauri Markkanen Wants To Sign Extension With Bulls

May 26, 2020 10:28 AM

The future of Lauri Markkanen with the Chicago Bulls has been an uncertain question as he becomes eligible for an extension this offseason.

The Bulls changed over their front office by hiring Arturas Karnisovas, so Markkanen will also be judged by a new regime.

Markkanen went on the record, however, by indicating his interest in remaining with the Bulls.

“I want to stay in Chicago and sign an extension (with the Bulls), no question. I love this city,” said Markkanen.

Markkanen is excited for Chicago's changes.

“Their work speaks for itself. I can’t describe how excited I am.”

Josh Jeffares/On Tap Sports Net

Tags: Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nikola Mirotic Says He Turned Down Three-Year Offer From Jazz Last Offseason

May 24, 2020 1:48 PM

Nikola Mirotic stated that he turned down a three-year guaranteed contract with the Utah Jazz last summer because he was no longer happy in the NBA.

Mirotic ended up signing with Barcelona.

“I wanted to spend free agency while on vacation in Greece with my family. Utah wanted to have a meeting on June 30 to sign me as the first player in free agency. They offered me three years guaranteed, a great contract. I spoke to my wife and she told me to take what made me happy. I took a ticket for two days, a round trip, and I left.

"I was waiting at the gate of the Thessaloniki airport when I started to think: ‘What do I do at the airport? Why am I not with my family? The NBA?’. I said to myself: ‘Don’t do it Niko. If you go, you will sign.’ I left the airport and went back to the hotel. I told my agent that I wasn’t going to catch the flight and to apologize to Utah for not attending the meeting. “I’m going to take another path, I don’t want to continue in the NBA," said Mirotic.

Mirotic added that he returned to Europe to rediscover his joy for the game.

"My role was always the same [in the NBA]. I was a player who was open to take the shots, who made a ‘pick-and-pop’ among the big guys… I was expected to score 10 points, take a couple of rebounds and that’s it. I felt that time was passing and I had not played the best basketball of my life, although it was very good. As soon as I didn’t feel that joy and happiness to improve, I said it was time to go back and do something bigger in Europe." 


Tags: Nikola Mirotic, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony For Class Of 2020 Could Be Pushed Back From August

May 24, 2020 1:40 PM

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the class of 2020 could be further delayed from its August date due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The ceremony for the class of 2020 is currently scheduled for August 29th, though the Hall of Fame committee has two other potential dates.

“I do want to make it very clear we will have a separate event for the class of 2020 because of the notoriety of that class and, frankly, every class deserves its own recognition. There is a potential next calendar year that we could have two enshrinements," said Hall of Fame CEO John Doleva.

The class of 2020 includes Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and Tamika Catchings.

It has not been determined who will speak on behalf of Kobe Bryant, though Delova said that Bryant's family wants to be involved in the ceremony.

“I had the opportunity to speak very briefly with Mrs. Bryant and she was very appreciative and very emotional. She has certainly indicated to be very involved, she and her family and others, in his enshrinement ceremony when it happens," added Delova.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Mike Budenholzer Was Reportedly Close To Taking Knicks' Job In Summer 2018

May 23, 2020 10:44 PM

Mike Budenholzer was reportedly close to taking over as the head coach of the New York Knicks in the summer of 2018, sources told SNY.

People who would have moved to New York along with Budenholzer were said to be looking for places in the city as they felt he would take the job.

The New York Post reported earlier that summer that Budenholzer was the Knicks' top choice heading into the offseason.

"Bud was definitely interested," another team official said of the Knicks' open position that summer.

The Knicks would go on to hire David Fizdale. 

Ian Begley/

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

An Estimated 36-38 Referees Needed To Resume Season

May 23, 2020 4:48 PM

Around 36-38 referees would be needed to finish out the regular season, a top referee told Tim Bontemps & Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

That number takes into account having three refs for an average of eight games to finish out the regular season, as well as extra crews for rest and injury.

Television producers also believe that games could be televised with as few as five manned cameras. Between camera operators and other production crew, 20-25 people would be needed to broadcast games.

A general manager of a hotel also estimated that it would require 300-350 on-site personnel to serve 1,110-1,200 essential NBA personnel should the season resume. 

Tim Bontemps & Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

LaMelo Ball Is Top-Rated Point Guard On Knicks' Draft Board

May 23, 2020 12:09 PM

LaMelo Ball is currently the top-rated point guard on the New York Knicks' draft board, sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Knicks executives believe that Ball has one of the higher-upsides in the draft.

Leon Rose briefly worked with the Ball's older brothers when they were signed to Creative Artists Agency.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: LaMelo Ball, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

NBA Sends Survey To GMs Regarding Competition Formats For Restarting Season

May 23, 2020 11:40 AM

The NBA sent out a survey to all 30 NBA GMs on Friday night regarding how to restart the season, league sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The poll included whether the NBA should have a play-in tournament, how many teams should be in the bubble site, and the number of scrimmages and regular season games before the playoffs.

GMs will vote on the following scenarios, including:

  • whether teams can advance directly to the playoffs
  • a "playoffs plus" option that includes a play-in tournament for the final seed(s)
  • playing out a full regular season
  • a traditional playoff format or reseed all of the teams
  • the last possible finish date, including November 1

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Teams Looking To Report Directly To Campus Environment To Start Training Camp

Adrian Wojnarowski/NBA

Nets Hold Internal Talks On Trading For Bradley Beal

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Jared Dudley On Bubble Location: You Will Be Allowed To Leave

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Marquese Chriss On The Warriors Potentially Drafting James Wiseman: I'll Play 'Whatever Role I Have To'

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Knicks Hire Frank Zanin As Assistant GM For Pro Personnel

Mike Vorkunov/The Athletic

Knicks To Hire Walt Perrin As Assistant General Manager

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Bob Myers: There Was No Joy In Warriors' 2018 NBA Title

Nick Friedell/ESPM

Danny Ainge Says Jayson Tatum 'Was Never Gonna End Up In Phoenix'

Nick Goss/NBC Sports

Brett Brown Says His Focus Is On 'What Works In The Playoffs'

Rich Hofmann & Derek Bodner/The Athletic

National Basketball Players Association Suspends Search For Michele Roberts' Successor

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Spencer Dinwiddie Sets Up GoFundMe Page To Allow Fans To Decide His Next Team

Spencer Dinwiddie

John Collins Wants To Stay With Hawks, Feels He's In Conversation For Max

Sarah K. Spencer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Knicks Have 'Done Their Homework' On Cole Anthony

Ian Begley/SNY

Arizona To Open Up For Pro Sports On May 16th


NBA Owners, Executives Growing Optimistic About Season Resuming, Will Make Decision In 2-4 Weeks

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Draft Could Take Place In Late August Or Early September, With 'Small Scale' Combine In August

Marc Berman/New York Post

Woj: Kevin Durant Is 'Not Coming Back To The Nets This Year'

Nets Daily

Mark Jackson Says He Looks 'Forward To The Opportunity' Of Coaching Again

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Salary Cap To Be Lowered For Next Season

Marc Berman/New York Post

Arturas Karnisovas, Marc Eversley Reportedly Leaning Towards Replacing Jim Boylen

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times