Basketball Wiretap

Celtics, Hornets Interested In Trading For Nikola Vucevic

Mar 4, 2021 11:37 AM

The Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets are among the teams with interest in trading for Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic, sources tell The Athletic.

The Magic are not expected to trade Vucevic unless they're overwhelmed with an offer.

Vucevic is averaging 24.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range.

Vucevic re-signed with the Magic on a four-year, $100 million contract in 2019.

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Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Seek Power Forward, Interested In Aaron Gordon, John Collins

Mar 4, 2021 11:25 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking for a trade to improve the power forward position. 

The Wolves had interest in John Collins and Aaron Gordon, two power forwards who have been considered to be available via trade.

The Wolves held substantive trade talks with the Orlando Magic on Gordon before his ankle sprain last month. Minnesota and Orlando are expected to resume talks when Gordon nears his return from injury.

Collins will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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Tags: Aaron Gordon, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Targeting Jerami Grant On Trade Market

Mar 4, 2021 11:08 AM

The Boston Celtics have trade interest in Jerami Grant.

Grant is averaging 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in a breakout season with the Detroit Pistons.

Grant signed a three-year, $60 million contract with the Pistons in the offseason.

The Celtics could build a trade package for Grant around their $28.5 million traded player exception.

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Tags: Jerami Grant, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers, Heat, Warriors, Bucks, Celtics Interested In Nemanja Bjelica

Mar 4, 2021 11:06 AM

Nemanja Bjelica fell out of the Sacramento Kings' rotation but has since returned. Bjelica's future with the Kings, however, remains uncertain as there are a number of teams interested in trading for him.

The Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics have interest in Bjelica.

Bjelica is on an expiring contract.

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Tags: Nemanja Bjelica, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Receive Interest In P.J. Tucker From Nets, Bucks, Heat, Nuggets, Lakers

Mar 4, 2021 11:04 AM

The Houston Rockets have received trade interest from a number of contending teams on P.J. Tucker.

Tucker is on an expiring contract.

The Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers all have interest in Tucker.

The timing of a deal is likely dependent on Houston's asking price as they seek a young player in exchange for Tucker.

Tucker can defend multiple positions and is a respectable three-point shooter.

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Tags: P.J. Tucker, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Blake Griffin, Pistons Expected To Agree To Buyout

Mar 4, 2021 10:59 AM

Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons are expected to eventually agree to a contract buyout, sources tell The Athletic.

Griffin was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Pistons in January of 2018 and he was an All-NBA selection in 2019, but his play has slipped of late.

The Pistons are keeping Griffin out of their lineup while looking for a trade, which now appears to be heading to a buyout.

Griffin signed a five-year, $173 million deal with the Clippers in 2017.

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Tags: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bucks Waive Jaylen Adams

Mar 4, 2021 8:22 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have waived Jaylen Adams.

Milwaukee had until Thursday to waive a Two-Way player before his contract becomes fully guaranteed. 

Adams appeared in seven games with the Bucks this season.

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Tags: Jaylen Adams, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Bucks To Sign Myles Powell To Two-Way Contract

Mar 3, 2021 4:45 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks will sign Myles Powell to a Two-Way contract.

Powell is averaging 17.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 28.1 minutes over 13 games this season in the G League. Powell is also shooting 44.6 percent on three-pointers.

Powell went undrafted out of Seton Hall in 2020.

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Tags: Myles Powell, Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Herd, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Several Hawks' Players Went To Management With Desire For Coaching Change

Mar 3, 2021 3:32 PM

From Trae Young on down the roster, the Atlanta Hawks "were eager to hear a new voice" as head coach, which led to the decision to replace Lloyd Pierce with Nate McMillan, sources tell The Athletic.

Sources also tell The Athletic that "player support beyond Young was dwindling at the end, with several sharing their desire for a change with management recently."

Several players had a lack of trust in Pierce and also expressed issues with his communication style.

Sources also tell The Athletic that Pierce may have even been fired during the 2020 offseason if not for factors ranging from the premature end to their season due to the pandemic and the social justice movement in which he played a key role.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Believe Daryl Morey's Exit Was 'Preemptive Decision' Ahead Of James Harden Wanting Out

Mar 3, 2021 8:20 AM

There is a contingent of people within the Houston Rockets organization who "firmly believe [Daryl] Morey made a preemptive decision, departing in large part because he anticipated [James] Harden would want out," several sources tell Tim MacMahon of ESPN. 

Morey had expressed concern in Orlando about Houston's lack of picks to upgrade the roster as making it difficult to "keep James happy."

Morey stepped down as general manager of the Rockets in October and Harden's trade request materialized in November. Morey quickly was hired to run the Philadelphia 76ers.

While the 76ers and Rockets discussed a Harden trade, Houston eventually dealt him to the Brooklyn Nets. 

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Brian Windhorst Expects Star Player To Demand Trade To Knicks Within Next 12 Months

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Celtics Seeking Combo Forward Who Can Score

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Rival Exec: Celtics Will Only Trade 'If They Think They're Going To Bury You'

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Hawks Fire Lloyd Pierce As Head Coach

RealGM Staff Report

Lakers Sign Damian Jones To 10-Day Contract

RealGM Staff Report

Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder Considered NBA's Only True Sellers Entering Deadline Period

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Raptors Agree To Sign Donta Hall To 10-Day Deal

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Kings Sign Norvel Pelle To 10-Day Contract

RealGM Staff Report

Wolves' 2021 FRP Owned By Warriors, Michael Porter Jr. Considered Two Most Valuable Trade Assets

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Zach LaVine's Extension Would Be $51M Less Than Waiting For 2022 Free Agency

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76ers, Heat, Clippers Interested In Trading For Kyle Lowry

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Cavaliers Waive Marques Bolden From Two-Way Contract

RealGM Staff Report

Celtics Not Considering Replacing Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens

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Kings Waive Glenn Robinson III

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Pelicans Sign Sindarius Thornwell To 10-Day Contract

RealGM Staff Report

Knicks Considering Trade For Andre Drummond

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Jazz Release Shaquille Harrison

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Cavaliers Sign Broderic Thomas To Two-Way Contract

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Lakers Unlikely To Pursue DeMarcus Cousins, Identify Hassan Whiteside As Target

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Jrue Holiday Becomes Extension Eligible On Friday

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