Basketball Wiretap

Mavericks To Sign Antonius Cleveland To Two-Way Deal, Release Gian Clavell

Nov 16, 2017 4:37 PM

The Mavericks will sign Antonius Cleveland to a two-way deal.

Cleveland had been playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League.

Dallas will release Gian Clavell to create a roster spot for Cleveland.

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Tags: Gian Clavell, Antonius Cleveland, Dallas Mavericks, Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Denver Was Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray For Kyrie Irving

Nov 16, 2017 8:47 AM

The Denver Nuggets would not include Jamal Murray in trade talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.

If Denver had offered Cleveland a package of Murray, Wilson Chandler and a top-3 protected first round pick for Irving, they would have been in the bidding.

The Nuggets also had trade talks with the Suns for Eric Bledsoe.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Jamal Murray, Wilson Chandler, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Were Close To Trade With Suns For Eric Bledsoe

Nov 16, 2017 8:41 AM

The Denver Nuggets were close to a trade with the Phoenix Suns for Eric Bledsoe.

The deal would have included Emmanuel Mudiay and a first round pick, but talks ultimately collapsed.

Phoenix traded Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for protected first round pick and second round picks, along with Greg Monroe.

"We chase every opportunity to improve ourselves," Tim Connelly said. "We've had a lot of excellent players offered to us for our young talent. There's a fine line between overvaluing your own players and being too aggressive chasing short-term results."

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Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Declined Offer Of Protected 2nd Round Pick From Lottery Team For Jameer Nelson

Nov 16, 2017 8:39 AM

The Denver Nuggets had a deal to trade Jameer Nelson to a projected lottery team for a protected second round, but ultimately decided to release him. By waiving Nelson, they allowed him to choose his destination.

"You can't make decisions with your heart only," Connelly says, without confirming any Nelson deal. "But these are good guys. To view them as just assets -- that's not something we ascribe to. Guys we've had here will speak highly of how we've treated them."

Michael Malone wanted to keep Nelson, who gave him reliable minutes at point guard.

"It was tough to see Jameer go," Malone says. "The players trusted him. I find value in veteran mentors. In our meetings, of course I brought up all the reasons it made sense to keep him. But you have to think big picture. It wasn't like I was kicking and screaming. By the end, we were all on board."

Nelson signed with the New Orleans Pelicans when he cleared waivers.

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Tags: Jameer Nelson, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Dirk Nowitzki Will Make 18-19 Decision Based On Body, Not Mavs' Record

Nov 15, 2017 7:02 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will make his decision on whether to continue his playing career beyond the current season based on how his body feels not on the Dallas Mavericks' record.

Nowitzki has said he hopes to play at least one more season.

"It's how the body feels," Nowitzki told ESPN.

"I'd love to play every game. I'm not sure how realistic it is, but that's how I approached the season. I want to be out there, want to move and want to be out there with the guys. We'll just have to sit and relax [after] I play through the season and see how I feel. Probably that decision won't be made until the summer."

The Mavs hold a team option for the second season of the two-year, $10 million deal Nowitzki signed over the summer. 

"I hope so," Mark Cuban said when asked whether he believes Nowitzki will opt to play next season at age 40. "I think there's a really good chance he is [coming back], because he wants to break the record for years with one team and be that one guy. Not many people have that opportunity.

"He's still having fun," Cuban added.

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Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Robert Covington, 76ers Finalizing Four-Year, $62M Extension

Nov 15, 2017 6:58 PM

Robert Covington and the Philadelphia 76ers are finalizing a four-year, $62 million extension.

The deal will include a $15 million renegotiation bump on Covington's $1.57 million salary this season, plus an additional four years that'll keep Covington under contract through the 2021-22 season.

The balloon payment on the 2017-18 season allows the team increased salary cap space and payroll flexibility for upcoming season.

Covington could have become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Covington has become one of the NBA's best three-and-D wings.

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Tags: Robert Covington, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Rejected Pacers' Offer Of Paul George For Kyrie Irving

Nov 13, 2017 3:00 PM

During their trade discussions in June involving Paul George, the Indiana Pacers asked for Kyrie Irving on several occasions and the Cleveland Cavaliers told them he wasn't available.

Irving requested a trade approximately eight days after George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Irving was ultimately dealt to the Boston Celtics.

Brian Windhorst offered the additional reporting details in response to a Frank Isola Tweet about how the Cavaliers attempted to trade Irving to the Pacers.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Waive Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Nov 13, 2017 10:58 AM

The New York Knicks have waived Mindaugas Kuzminskas.

Kuzminskas, 6-9, 215-pounds, averaged 6.3 points over 14.9 minutes in 68 games during his rookie season for the Knicks in 2016-17 after signing as an undrafted free agent on Jul. 9, 2016. The Lithuanian native has appeared in one game this season.

“The respect this franchise has for Mindaugas cannot be overstated,” Knicks General Manager Scott Perry said. “His professionalism and work ethic were greatly appreciated by his teammates, coaches and the entire staff. This decision was extremely tough for us. We wish him nothing but the best moving on with his playing career.”

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Tags: Mindaugas Kuzminskas, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Suns Initially Told Earl Watson He Wouldn't Get Job Permanently

Nov 13, 2017 10:55 AM

Earl Watson spoke candidly about his tenure as head coach of the Phoenix Suns, which began on an interim basis in February of 2016.

“To be honest with you when I took over as interim,  management and ownership told me I would not be taking over the team permanently," said Watson on ESPN's The Hoop Collective. "So I think that was the first sign for me that no matter what was going to happen it was going to be short so make an impact and leave an imprint that whoever takes over and wherever they go … you left it better than what you found it. For us that was player development, creating a certain belief in young players.”

Watson was brought into a meeting with Robert Sarver and Ryan McDonough when he was informed he had been fired.

“I got a text message to come into the office. When that text came … I’m a very aware guy. I knew what the text was for … I will say that the only talking to me came from Robert Sarver. Ryan McDonough mostly wished me good luck at the end and the dialogue was about 30 to 40 minutes.”

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Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Likely To Waive Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Nov 12, 2017 10:36 AM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas is likely to be waived by the New York Knicks to create a roster spot for Joakim Noah who is coming off his drug suspension. Ramon Sessions is the other potential candidate to be waived.

The Knicks have been attempting to trade Kuzminskas.

Kuzminskas is a Phil Jackson signee who didn’t dress for a single game until Wednesday.

Michael Beasley is also an outside candidate to be waived.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Mindaugas Kuzminskas, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Phil Jackson Planned On Signing George Hill To Mentor Frank Ntilikina
The Knicks instead used their cap space on Tim Hardaway Jr., who Phil Jackson did not have interest in signing.

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Thunder Unlikely To Afford Current Roster Beyond 17-18
The Thunder are unlikely to continue with their current trajectory of an expensive roster and the luxury tax ramifications.

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Wide Open Eastern Conference Expected To Lead To More Trade Activity
The Eastern Conference is viewed as wide open as we approach the beginning of the second month of the season.

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Koby Altman Spotted Scouting Luka Doncic
The Cavaliers own the Nets' first round pick in 2018.

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Knicks Need To Make Roster Move When Joakim Noah Comes Off Suspension
The Knicks could make a trade to clear a roster spot for Joakim Noah.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Scott Perry Not Sure What Kristaps Porzingis' Brother Meant By Comments
Kristaps Porzingis will become eligible for a contract extension this offseason.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Julius Randle Unlikely To Remain In Lakers' Plans
Julius Randle will have a cap hold of $12.4 million in the offseason as a restricted free agent.

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Suns Interested In Jahlil Okafor
Phoenix is rebuilding and presumably view Jahlil Okafor as a potential reclamation project.

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Suns To Explore Greg Monroe Trades Before Discussing Buyout
Greg Monroe is on a $17.8 million expiring contract and doesn't fit into the Suns' long-term plans.

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Bucks Acquire Eric Bledsoe From Suns
Eric Bledsoe has finally been traded by the Suns.

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Luol Deng Seeking Trade Or Buyout From Lakers
The Lakers owe Luol Deng $36 million over the next two seasons.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Eric Bledsoe To Resume Training At Suns' Practice Facility
Eric Bledsoe will use the facility to stay in game shape while the Suns continue to explore trade scenarios.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Hawks Sign Tyler Cavanaugh To Two-Way Contract
Tyler Cavanaugh was on the Hawks' preseason roster.

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Celtics Unwilling To Trade First Round Pick For Jahlil Okafor
The Celtics have long had interest in trading for Jahlil Okafor but view him as more of a project player than an immediate contributor.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Stan Van Gundy Publicly, Privately Disputes Reggie Jackson For Eric Bledsoe Rumors
Stan Van Gundy reached out to Reggie Jackson following reports of trade talks with the Suns.

Rod Beard/The Detroit News

Maverick Carter: LeBron James Will Only Play Where He Can Win
Maverick Carter downplayed the possibility of LeBron James signing with the Lakers this offseason.

Michael D. Sykes II/SB Nation

Kristaps Porzingis' Brother Warns Knicks Over Treatment
Janis Porzingis explained why Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit interview "for the sake of overall peace."

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Wizards Waive Carrick Felix
Carrick Felix was signed as a free agent prior to training camp.

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Pistons Interested In Trading For Eric Bledsoe
The Pistons would send Reggie Jackson out in a Eric Bledsoe trade.

Marc Stein/New York Times

76ers Continue To Seek Asset For Jahlil Okafor
The 76ers' ultimate deal point could be centered on future second round draft picks.

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