Basketball Wiretap

Hornets To Interview Ime Udoka

Apr 22, 2018 1:57 PM

Ime Udoka will interview with the Charlotte Hornets' coaching vacancy.

Udoka has been an assistant coach with the Spurs since 2012. Udoka had a seven-year playing career in the NBA.

Ettore Messina and David Fizdale are other strong candidates for the Hornets' job.

The Hornets fired Steve Clifford this offseason.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

David Fizdale, Ettore Messina To Interview With Hornets

Apr 21, 2018 4:08 PM

The Charlotte Hornets will interview David Fizdale and Ettore Messina for their head coaching vacancy in the coming days.

Fizdale was fired by the Grizzlies as head coach early this season.

Messina is currently Gregg Popovich's top assistant coach with the Spurs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks To Meet With Mike Budenholzer

Apr 20, 2018 5:08 PM

Mike Budenholzer will meet with the New York Knicks about their head coaching vacancy.

Budenholzer similarly met with the Phoenix Suns about their opening.

Budenholzer and the Hawks have interest in parting ways this offseason but he could still remain with the franchise.

Budenholzer is under contract for two more seasons and about $14 million. 

The Hawks have told teams that they will require compensation to allow Budenholzer out of his contract.

Michael Cunningham/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Mike Budenholzer Withdraws From Suns' Coaching Search

Apr 19, 2018 10:28 PM

Mike Budenholzer has withdrawn his name from consideration from the Phoenix Suns' head coaching job.

Budenholzer met with the Suns over several days this week.

Both Budenholzer and the Atlanta Hawks entered the offseason with some degree of interest in a parting of ways.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Multiple Execs Expect Lakers To Pursue Trade For Kawhi Leonard

Apr 19, 2018 1:06 PM

At least one NBA executive believes the Los Angeles Lakers will pursue a trade for Kawhi Leonard this offseason and that he would like to play in the area he grew up.

Leonard would give up an opportunity to sign a supermax contract extension if he decides he wants to leave the Spurs.

“I think they go in hard for Leonard once the season is over and once the dust settles in San Antonio,” one executive told Sporting News. “(Leonard) wants to go to LA. There probably won’t be public demands on that, but he has leverage. He is going to be a free agent (in 2019). He’s an LA guy and he can just let teams know he won’t re-sign next year with anyone but the Lakers.”

The Celtics and 76ers could also put a compelling package together for Leonard.

“I would say that’s the most likely thing,” another general manager told Sporting News. “He’s going to be their target any way you look at it, this summer or next summer. There’s not many other ways to explain what’s been going on with that situation other than him trying to get out of San Antonio.”

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

James Dolan: A Great Player In Basketball Is The Team

Apr 19, 2018 11:03 AM

James Dolan talked about the New York Knicks as they missed the playoffs again.

Dolan acknowledged the significance of having Kristaps Porzingis to build around.

“Basketball is different than hockey,” Dolan said. “A great player in hockey is the difference, but a great player in basketball is the team.

“And I think we have a great player in Porzingis. We just have to build around him.”

The Knicks will be without Porzingis while he rehabs his torn ACL.

“I’ve been told everything from December to him being out for the season, so I don’t know what to expect on that,” Dolan said. “But we can’t just sit on our ass while he’s away. We need to develop a team and then integrate him into it when he comes back.”

Larry Brooks/New York Post

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James: We Could Never Build For The Playoffs With Changes During Season

Apr 18, 2018 4:37 PM

LeBron James reflected back on the Cavaliers' season before Wednesday's Game 2 against the Pacers and lamented the changes they team went through.

"I think we spent so much time trying to figure out who we were in the regular season and getting the right lineups and guys in and out and things of that nature, we could never build for the playoffs. It was kind of like, build for the next game. So the postseason finally hit us and it hit us very well. And I think that can be the best teacher for us to know exactly what we should be ready for tonight."

The Cavaliers acquired Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson at the deadline while sending out Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose.

Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson also missed significant time.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

Mike Brown Wants To Be Head Coach Again But Will Be Selective

Apr 18, 2018 11:31 AM

Mike Brown remains interested in becoming a head coach again but he's enjoying his current role as Steve Kerr's lead assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

“I want to be a head coach again," said Brown. "But if I hadn’t experienced that already and if I wasn’t in a situation that I’m already in right now, maybe the itch might be there more,” Brown said. “Maybe I might be focused more on that than the task at hand. But I’m really excited about trying to do what I can and do my part in helping us win again.”

Brown served as interim head coach for 12 games during last year's playoffs when Steve Kerr had to take a medical leave.

The New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets have vacancies but Brown is only interested in teams with proven rosters and front office synergy.

“I enjoy working for this organization. We have a chance to win, not just this year, but we have a chance to win for many years with the makeup of this team,” Brown said. “I enjoy winning. So because of that, it’s easy for me to want to stay.”

“He’s a really creative coach. He likes to think the game,” Gregg Popovich said of Brown. “He likes to think out of the box. He likes wine. That was enough for me. He’s a really enjoyable guy.”

Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Report: Kawhi Leonard Not Replying To Spurs For Weeks

Apr 18, 2018 12:58 AM

Kawhi Leonard's ongoing rehab in New York has created tension with the Spurs where his future with the franchise remains uncertain.

Leonard has reportedly been infrequently communicating with the Spurs.

Leonard has been going "weeks without responding to any of the club's calls and texts", according to a report from Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.

An updated version of Voisin's piece was changed to the following that eliminated that anecdote:

"He occasionally texts with some of his teammates, but according to Gasol leaves others in the dark."

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

David Fizdale To Interview For Suns' Job

Apr 17, 2018 11:40 PM

The Phoenix Suns plan on interviewing David Fizdale for their head coaching vacancy on Wednesday.

The Suns have also held talks with Mike Budenholzer.

Fizdale is widely considered one of the most coveted head coaching candidates on the open market.

The Memphis Grizzlies fired Fizdale early in the 17-18 season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Suns Interested In Steve Clifford, Frank Vogel, David Blatt
Steve Clifford, Frank Vogel and David Blatt have had a dialogue with the Suns.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Mike Budenholzer Meets With Suns
The Hawks and Mike Budenholzer are both open to ending their partnership.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Source: Spurs Continue To Give Signals They Won't Consider Trading Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard has remained away from the Spurs during the past few weeks as he rehabs in New York.

Marc Stein/New York Times

New Book Details Involvement Of Isiah Thomas In 2011 Carmelo Anthony Trade
The Knicks and Nets were bidding for Carmelo Anthony but Donnie Walsh's reluctance to include Timofey Mozgov was holding back a deal from getting done.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Mavericks Open To Using Cap Space Even Before Draft
Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon and Clint Capela are expected to receive attention from the Mavericks in restricted free agency.

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Mark Jackson To Interview For Knicks' Job On Wednesday
Mark Jackson was head coach of the Warriors from 2011 until 2014.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Could Impact Each Other's Offseason Destination
While LeBron James will be a free agent this offseason, the most interesting story could be the future of Kawhi Leonard.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Knicks Haven't Expressed Interest In Jeff Van Gundy
Jeff Van Gundy was head coach of the Knicks from 1996 until 2001.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Jerry Stackhouse To Interview With Hornets, Magic, Knicks
Jerry Stackhouse is currently head coach of Raptors 905 of the G League.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Hornets Receive Permission To Interview Ettore Messina
Ettore Messina has been an assistant coach with the Spurs since 2014.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Clippers Planning To Pursue Trade For Kawhi Leonard
It is not clear what the Clippers could offer that would trump probable offers from rival teams.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Execs Believe Spurs May Not Offer Full Supermax To Kawhi Leonard
League sources have criticized how the Spurs have handled Kawhi Leonard's ongoing injury issues.

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

Knicks Add Mike Woodson To List Of Head Coach Candidates
Mike Woodson was fired by the Knicks in 2014 after two seasons, but he isn't considered in their top tier of candidates.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Lakers Not Treating 2018 Offseason As 'Litmus Test Of Success'
The Lakers could roll their cap space over to the 2019 class.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

David Fizdale To Interview With Knicks, Suns
David Fizdale is a candidate for several head coaching jobs this offseason.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Kevin Love: LeBron James' Looming Decision Could Affect Cavs' Playoff Run
LeBron James will be a free agent for the third time since joining the Cavaliers, but never considered leaving the franchise in previous offseasons.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Suns Granted Permission From Hawks To Interview Mike Budenholzer
Mike Budenholzer is a native of Arizona.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Nuggets Will Retain Michael Malone As Head Coach
The Nuggets finished one game out of the playoffs.

Gina Mizell/Denver Post

Dan Majerle Not Interested In Suns' Job
Dan Majerle rejected an opportunity to interview for the Suns' head coaching vacancy.

Richard Obert/Arizona Republic

Draymond Green Warns Warriors On Danger Of Breaking Up Core
The Warriors could expedite a reshuffling of their roster if they don't reach The Finals this season.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic