Basketball Wiretap

Derrick Rose Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers

Jul 24, 2017 7:04 PM

Derrick Rose has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rose underwent a physical with the Cavaliers on Monday.

Rose had narrowed his choices down to the Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.

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Heat Sign Derrick Walton Jr. To Two-Way Contract

Jul 24, 2017 6:43 PM

The Miami Heat have signed guard Derrick Walton Jr. to a Two-Way Contract.

Walton appeared in four Summer League games (one start) with the Magic in Orlando and averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 20.5 minutes while shooting 46.9 percent (15-of-32) from the field, 50 percent (6-of-12) from three-point range and 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from the foul line. His 50 percent shooting from downtown tied for the third-highest during the Orlando Summer League with a minimum of 10 attempts.

Walton appeared in 127 games (126 starts) at the University of Michigan, becoming the only player in program history to score at least 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and dish out 400 assists. 

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Pau Gasol Agrees To Three-Year, $48M Deal With Spurs

Jul 24, 2017 5:55 PM

Pau Gasol has agreed upon a three-year, $48 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

Gasol will have a partial guarantee in Year 3 of the deal.

Gasol agreed upon a two-year, $30 million deal with the Spurs last offseason. Gasol declined his $16.2 million player option for the 17-18 season.

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Koby Altman Hired By Cavaliers As General Manager

Jul 24, 2017 5:51 PM

Koby Altman has been named General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Altman has been a member of the Cavs basketball front office for the past five years, most recently serving as Assistant General Manager, having been promoted to that position in September 2016.

Altman has also led the team’s front office over the last five weeks.

“Over the past month, Koby Altman has led our front office group through this transition period, impressing many inside the franchise and outside the organization, as well. We are very excited that he will now be officially leading the basketball side of our franchise. Koby has the credentials, knowledge, experience and instincts to be an outstanding General Manager. In addition to these positive attributes and outstanding relationships around the league, Koby will inspire and impact the best possible culture throughout the organization. We are going to see a capable and passionate leader who will also cultivate new ideas and innovation,” said Gilbert. “The speed of the game is ever faster on the court and in the front offices around our league. I am confident that Koby is equipped and prepared to lead and succeed in this dynamic environment.”

Other notable front office moves are expected soon.

“The past month or so has allowed the opportunity for several other talented and hard-working individuals on the basketball side of our business to demonstrate their deep knowledge and capability. We are looking forward to announcing additional restructuring involving these remarkable executives in the very near future,” concluded Gilbert. Originally joining the Cavaliers in August of 2012 as pro personnel manager, Altman was promoted to director of pro player personnel in September 2013. In his role as assistant general manager, Altman was tasked with player evaluation across all levels of basketball, both domestically and abroad. Altman also oversaw the team’s NBA and G League scouting efforts and played a core role in all aspects of the team’s basketball operations, working closely with the team’s coaches, players and staff.

"I am incredibly grateful to Dan for the opportunity to become general manager of the Cavaliers. His confidence, support and strong commitment to achieving our collective goals is very clear to me and I look forward to continuing our efforts. I am also excited and proud to lead a front office team that will continue to be sharply focused on competing for championships. That challenge is what drives all of us,” said Altman. “Cleveland fans support the Cavs with passion, pride and loyalty. That’s something all of us here have a deep respect for and will never take for granted. We will always work hard and search for creative ideas that will impact our success on the court and in the community.”

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Heat Sign Matt Williams

Jul 24, 2017 5:25 PM

The Miami Heat have signed guard Matt Williams. 

Williams appeared in eight Summer League games (six starts) with the Heat in Orlando and Las Vegas and averaged 9.9 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and a perfect 2-of-2 from the foul line. He started all six games in Las Vegas with Miami and shot 45 percent from three-point range, leading the team in three-point field goals made four times, including a 5-of-8 performance from beyond the arc vs. Washington on July 10 and a 6-of-9 output from downtown vs. Memphis on July 15.

The University of Central Florida graduate finished his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made (274) and became the 18th player in program history to score at least 1,000 points.

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Darius Miller, Pelicans Agree Upon Two-Year Deal

Jul 24, 2017 2:47 PM

Darius Miller has agreed upon a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans will have a team option for the second-year of the deal with Miller.

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Cavaliers Seeking Blue Chip Young Player As Centerpiece In Kyrie Irving Trade

Jul 24, 2017 12:54 PM

Following Kyrie Irving's trade request of the Cleveland Cavaliers, there is little chance of salvaging the relationship, according to sources.

Irving no longer wants to play with LeBron James and wants to carve out the next stage of his career despite being two seasons away from free agency.

Cleveland's highest priority is trading for Irving for a blue-chip young player. The Cavaliers want to remain title contenders next season while protecting themselves if James leaves in 2018.

The Cavaliers have taken note of how the Phoenix Suns traded Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat for two future first round picks instead of the relatively paltry compensation Paul George, Jimmy Butler and DeMarcus Cousins fetched.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: Teams Have To Make Right Moves To Keep Players

Jul 24, 2017 12:44 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo has said he has "loyalty in his DNA" but that doesn't mean he will spend his entire career with the Milwaukee Bucks.

At an event in the Philippines, Antetokounmpo was asked how long he plans on staying with the Bucks.

“A lot of people say they’re going to stay on a team and decide to move to a different team," said Antetokounmpo. "But you guys got to remember: A guy might want to stay on a team, but if the team doesn’t do the right things and the right moves for the player to become great. Because, KD, the reason he wanted to stay in OKC was to win, right? So, they didn’t win the championship. That’s why he decided to leave. So do not hate only the player. Because sometimes it’s not up to the player."

Antetokounmpo is entering the first season of a four-year, $100 million extension.

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Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest

Jul 24, 2017 12:27 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder could be a trade candidate for Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause with the New York Knicks and has preferred a trade to the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers.

Troy Weaver helped recruit Anthony when he was an assistant coach at Syracuse. Weaver has been assistant general manager of the Thunder since the 10-11 season.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that one source doubts Anthony would play for the Thunder but he would possibly be willing to discuss it. A second source simply said "Houston" when asked about the Thunder report.

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Eric Bledsoe Loves Phoenix But 'Wants To Win'

Jul 24, 2017 11:49 AM

Eric Bledsoe doesn't fit in with the Phoenix Suns' current timeline of contention as they pivot towards a rebuild around Devin Booker and Josh Jackson.

“I love everything about it,” said Bledsoe of Phoenix. “At the same time I want to win.”

Bledsoe said he “definitely feels” like an old man among his teammates.

Bledsoe was asked for what he thought about the Suns' offseason.

“We got Josh Jackson. James Jones (in the front office). But for the most part, I don’t care,” he said. “Whatever team we have at training I’m going to play my heart out for. I just control what I can control. Getting better every time I step onto the floor.”

Bledsoe said the player movement in the offseason has been “more fun than the Finals.”

Bledsoe expects it to continue.

“It’s not over.”

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

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Cavaliers Have Yet To Gain Traction On Kyrie Irving Trade
Kyrie Irving requested a trade on July 7th after meeting with Dan Gilbert and news broke on July 21st.

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Derrick Rose Meeting With Cavaliers To Discuss One-Year, $2.1M Deal
Derrick Rose's deal would be for one-year at the veteran's minimum of $2.1 million.

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Cavs Thought They Had Paul George Trade Agreed Upon On June 30th
Paul George was going to be traded by the Pacers to the Cavaliers with Kevin Love going to the Nuggets and Gary Harris moving to Indiana in a package involving other pieces.

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Kyrie Irving's Frustration With LeBron James Stems From Game Play
David Griffin had several conversations with Kyrie Irving throughout the year and worked to improve the situation.

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LeBron James Won't Waive No-Trade Clause With Cavaliers
LeBron James' future with the Cavaliers beyond the 17-18 season is unclear.

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Magic Discussing Contract With Marreese Speights
The Magic are holding contract talks with Marreese Speights.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Knicks Hire Gerald Madkins As Assistant GM
Gerald Madkins was hired by the Clippers in 2012 and promoted to assistant general manager in 15-16.

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Hawks Claim Nicolas Brussino Off Waivers
Nicolas Brussino appeared in 54 games as a rookie last season with the Mavericks, averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.6 minutes.

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Jack Cooley Agrees To Two-Way Contract With Kings
Jack Cooley averaged 13.0 points and 6.9 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game last season in Germany.

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Kyrie Irving Had Reservations About Cavs' Roster If LeBron James Leaves In 2018
Kyrie Irving had wanted to discuss his future with the Cavaliers following The Finals, but the meeting was difficult since David Griffin's own future was uncertain.

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John Wall, Wizards Agree Upon Four-Year, $170M Extension
John Wall has agreed upon a supermax extension.

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David Morway, Justin Zanik Hired By Jazz
David Morway began working for the Jazz last season.

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Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George
The Cavaliers believe they could have acquired both Chris Paul and Paul George had they known Kyrie Irving wanted out.

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Knicks Interested In Trading Carmelo Anthony, Future First Picks To Cavs For Kyrie Irving
Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause and has recently preferred a trade to the Rockets.

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Cavaliers Had Kyrie Irving Trade On Table Before Draft
The Cavaliers didn't know at that time that Kyrie Irving would like to be traded this offseason.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James Will Let Cavaliers Dictate Direction On Kyrie Irving Situation
LeBron James and the Cavaliers were surprised by Irving's pronouncement and were unaware of his feelings.

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Koby Altman Likely To Be Hired By Cavs As GM
Koby Altman previously worked as assistant general manager and is expected to be hired by Dan Gilbert for the GM job.

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Pau Gasol Agrees Upon Three-Year Deal With Spurs
Pau Gasol has agreed upon a three-year deal to re-sign with the Spurs.

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Kyrie Irving Requests Trade From Cavaliers
The request from Kyrie Irving came last week and was made to Dan Gilbert

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Nets Sign Yakuba Ouattara To Two-Way Contract
Yakuba Ouattara spent the 2016-17 season playing for AS Monaco Basket of the French LNB Pro A league.

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