September 2010 Basketball Wiretap

Dampier Meets With Colangelo, Watches Practice

Sep 30, 2010 11:35 PM

Erick Dampier met with Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo and is expected to make a decision on a contract offer shortly. He sat and watched the second practice of the day with team officials but was not available to the media.

According to NBA sources, the Raptors and Houston Rockets have the best chance to land Dampier.

Toronto Star

Tags: Erick Dampier, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pacers Sign Rolle To Two-Year Deal

Sep 30, 2010 8:12 PM

Magnum Rolle has signed a two-year NBA contract with the Indiana Pacers.

The second round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Rolle followed a productive summer league with impressive play in the Pacer?s preseason workouts.

Originally drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 51st overall pick, Rolle was traded to Indiana on draft night.

Shreveport Times

Tags: Magnum Rolle, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Waive DerMarr Johnson

Sep 30, 2010 8:12 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves waived free agent forward DerMarr Johnson on Thursday.

The team traveled overseas for their NBA Europe Live series on Thursday.

Johnson had to sit out the first three days of the Timberwolves' five-day training camp at Minnesota State Mankato because of slow-arriving paperwork from the NBA office and the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons, a pro team in China that owns his rights.

Pioneer Press

Tags: DerMarr Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Curry's Salary Already 50% Paid

Sep 30, 2010 4:05 PM

The Knicks have already paid half of Eddy Curry's 2010-11 salary, a fact that could provide a team acquiring him significant savings and greatly boost his contract's trade value.

The Knicks are certain to offer Curry in a bid to land Carmelo Anthony at any time between now and the NBA's trade deadline.

If traded today, Curry would be owed a little over $7 million by the team acquiring him, after adding in a trade kicker.

If Curry was traded just before the February deadline, the unpaid compensation on his contract would decline to about $2.4 million and his trade kicker would decline to about $600,000.

Bergen Record

Tags: Eddy Curry, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Raptors Exercise 11-12 Option On DeRozan

Sep 30, 2010 3:15 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have exercised the third year team option on the Rookie Scale Contract of guard-forward DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan is now guaranteed through the 2011-12 season. In accordance with the league?s collective bargaining agreement, the Raptors had until October 31 to exercise their option on DeRozan. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DeRozan, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, was the ninth overall pick by Toronto in the 2009 NBA Draft out of the University of Southern California.

Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Official Signing, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Misc Official Transaction

Knicks Have Lined Up Trade For '11 Pick To Use In Deal For Carmelo

Sep 30, 2010 2:16 PM

The Knicks have reportedly found a pick they can use to trade for Carmelo Anthony.  

A source says the team has lined up a trade to acquire a 2011 first-round pick that can be sent to the Nuggets in a trade for Anthony.

New York would presumably only make the trade for the pick if and when a deal with Denver is ready to move forward.

Chris Sheridan/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Team Official: Isiah Has Told Dolan That Carmelo Would Sign With Knicks

Sep 30, 2010 10:53 AM

A Knicks official said Isiah Thomas has assured James Dolan that Carmelo Anthony will sign with the Knicks if he becomes a free agent next summer.

"Isiah told Jim that before Carmelo's wedding and before all the talk about him coming to New York," the official said.

New York Daily News

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mavericks Won't Talk New Deal With Butler Until Offseason

Sep 30, 2010 10:53 AM

The Mavericks currently don't have any plans to discuss an extension with Caron Butler, according to general manager Donnie Nelson.

Butler is in the final season of his current contract, which could make him a contender to be traded.

I'm just focused on the team goals," Butler said Wednesday. "I know the more successful we are, the more successful everybody will be individually. I'm just focused on winning and striving for a title.

"That's the only focus of mine."

Tags: Caron Butler, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pacers To Pick Up Hibbert's 11-12 Option, Unsure On Rush

Sep 30, 2010 10:51 AM

Brandon Rush is using training camp and the preseason to convince the Pacers to pick up his his $2.9 million team option for the 11-12 season.

Rush will be suspended for the first five games of the season.

"I do think it could play a part a little bit, but I'm trying not to worry about it," said Rush, who has been practicing with the second unit. "I should be fine as long as I come out here and show I've been putting in the work and I've changed my lifestyle. Everything should work out fine if I do those things."

The Pacers are expected to pick up center Roy Hibbert's $2.6 million option for next season.

Indianapolis Star

Tags: Roy Hibbert, Brandon Rush, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mullin Still A Candidate To Become GM Of Knicks

Sep 30, 2010 10:48 AM

Chris Mullin may still be on Donnie Walsh's radar to fill the Knicks' vacant general manager position.

There has been some speculation that James Dolan prefers to keep that spot available for Isiah Thomas.  But Walsh would rather hire Mullin or Allan Houston for the job.

Dolan believes that Walsh currently has enough support in the front office with Glen Grunwald and John Gabriel working under him.

Walsh is in the final season of his contract.

New York Daily News

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Paul, Anthony Might Need To Settle On New Orleans
If Carmelo Anthony wants to play with Chris Paul, it might have to happen with the Hornets.


Bucks Sign Brian Skinner
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward-center Brian Skinner (6-9, 255) to a contract.

Press Release

Nets Waive Andre Brown From Training Camp Roster
The New Jersey Nets have requested waivers on forward Andre Brown.

Press Release

Carmelo: Nobody Contacted Me About Nets
Carmelo Anthony said nobody has approached him about playing for the Nets.

Chris Tomasson/FanHouse (via Twitter)

Warriors Exercise Third-Year Option On Curry
The Warriors exercised the 11-12 contract option on Stephen Curry.

Press Release

Denver Confident Nets' Offer For Anthony Still On The Table
Carmelo Anthony is still the subject of trade speculation.

Denver Post

Jeff Green Promises Focus Regardless Of Extension Resolution
Jeff Green hopes to sign a contract extension with the Thunder before the October 31st deadline.

Evans Not Upset At Colangelo For Nearly Being Traded
Reggie Evans was nearly traded to the Bobcats.

Toronto Sun

Thunder Sign Longar To Training Camp Roster With Collison Out
Nick Collison is out indefinitely with a bone bruise to his left knee.


Knicks Monitor Parker Situation
Tony Parker will be a free agent in 2011.

New York Post

Carter: Contract Has Never Been A Concern
Vince Carter will almost certainly be an unrestricted free agent in 2011.

Orlando Sentinel

Brooks Bothered By Houston's Reluctance To Talk Extension
Aaron Brooks is bothered by Houston's reluctance to negotiate a contract extension with him.

Houston Chronicle

Carmelo Declined To Talk Substantively With Denver GM
Carmelo Anthony seemed to avoid a substantive conversation with Denver's general manager.

CBS Sports

Source: Carmelo Not Sold On New Jersey
Carmelo Anthony is not yet sold on the prospect of joining the Nets.

CBS Sports

Carmelo: Money Will Be There, It's About Basketball
Carmelo Anthony acknowledged that the new CBA is anxiety provoking, but seemed to say it won't be a decisive factor for him.

Chris Tomasson/FanHouse (via Twitter)

Clippers Exercise Options On Griffin, Gordon
The Los Angeles Clippers today exercised the club?s fourth-year contract option on guard Eric Gordon and the third-year contract option on forward Blake Griffin.

Press Release

Trade That Would Have Sent Anthony To Nets Is Dead
The Nets have pulled out of the chase for Carmelo Anthony "at least for now."

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Walsh: Denver Will Discover Knicks Have Valuable Assets To Offer
Carmelo Anthony's preference is to play for the Knicks.


Grizzlies Add Luke Jackson, Damien Wilkins, Two Others
The Memphis Grizzlies added free agents Luke Jackson, Tre Kelley, Kenny Thomas and Damien Wilkins to their training camp roster.

Press Release

Randolph Not Getting Too Far On Extension Talks With Memphis
Zach Randolph's agent Raymond Brothers has tried to engage the Grizzlies on extension talks.

Commercial Appeal