December 2012 Basketball Wiretap

Cousins' Teammates Tired Of Excuses

Dec 31, 2012 1:11 PM

DeMarcus Cousins returned from his indefinite suspension earlier than the team had expected.

Cousins arrived for a Christmas Eve practice.

"When he apologized to the team, two players stood up and said, 'We've heard this bull[bleep] before,'" the source said. "'You're either going to be with us, or you're not. We don't want to hear any more excuses.'"

The Kings have tried to persuade Cousins to enter counseling.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Nets Waive Josh Childress

Dec 30, 2012 2:03 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have waived Josh Childress.

Childress, who signed as a free agent with Brooklyn on September 13, 2012, appeared in 14 games for the Nets, averaging 1.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game.

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Prokhorov Cuts Vacation Short To Address Nets' Coaching Situation

Dec 29, 2012 12:22 PM

Mikhail Prokhorov cut short a heli-skiing vacation in British Columbia to address the Brooklyn Nets' coaching situation.

Prokhorov fired Avery Johnson after a 14-14 start to the season.

“I made my own [analysis],” Prokhorov said. “Really, we have a very talented team. And if we look, we have baskets of talents. But for the time being … we see that we need better results.

“And this says to me there were problems giving maybe a lack of concentration, and maybe a lack of ability to produce a good second half.”

Prokhorov indicated interim coach P.J. Carlesimo will have a chance to lead the Nets out of their current slump but also said he'll be hands-on if the team decides to make another coaching change.

“I will be involved personally,” Prokhorov said. “Very. Trust me.”

Prokhorov could not suppress a grin when asked about Phil Jackson's potential candidacy.

“Now, P.J. [Carlesimo] is the head coach,” Prokhorov said. “And if it becomes necessary, you know [who] the usual suspects are.”

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Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Raptors Remain Likely To Trade Bargnani

Dec 29, 2012 11:32 AM

The Toronto Raptors are expected to trade Andrea Bargnani before the end of the 2012-13 season.

One source close to the situation said Friday that Bargnani is "a lock to be moved."

Bargnani has two years and $22 million left on his contract.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Jamison Baffled With Consecutive DNPs, Doubts Future With Lakers

Dec 29, 2012 1:51 AM

Antawn Jamison has fallen out of Mike D'Antoni's rotation in the Los Angeles Lakers' frontcourt.

Jamison hasn't played since Dec. 16 against the 76ers, which was the last game before Pau Gasol returned.

"It doesn't make sense at all," said Jamison. "They're pretty much telling me my services are no longer needed."

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Antawn Jamison, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Jeff Van Gundy Interested In Nets' Job, Could Be Concerned On Timing

Dec 28, 2012 7:51 PM

Jeff Van Gundy is being considered by the Brooklyn Nets for their head coaching vacancy, according to sources.

Van Gundy is also interested, but he is unlikely to be willing to meet with the Nets while an interim head coach is in place during the season.

The Nets have yet to reach out to Van Gundy.

Van Gundy has never met with an organization that had a coach in place as part of his personal code, and has respect for P.J. Carlesimo's status.

The Nets would have to meet with Van Gundy during the offseason.

The Knicks met with Phil Jackson while Van Gundy was interim head coach of the Knicks.

Van Gundy turned down the Nets before Avery Johnson was hired in 2010.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Williams Takes Partial Responsibility For Johnson's Firing

Dec 28, 2012 4:58 PM

Deron Williams dismissed reports suggesting he quit on Avery Johnson before his firing.

Williams sat out Johnson's final game as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

“I feel if I would have played better, as a player, that we would have won a lot more games and he would still be here,” Williams said Friday morning. “As far as that’s concerned, I feel responsible.”

Williams and Avery Johnson had a strained relationship from the moment Williams arrived, according to people both inside and outside the organization.

“That’s how things go nowadays," said Williams about the perception that he caused the firing. "As soon as something happens, somebody’s got to take the blame. And I guess that guy is me. I can’t fight everything that’s being said, and I’m not going to try. I know my teammates have my back. Like I said, I wanted to be here with Coach Avery.”

Howard Beck/New York Times

Tags: Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Kelvin Sampson Emerges As Candidate For Nets

Dec 28, 2012 1:41 PM

Kelvin Sampson has emerged as a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, according to sources.

Sampson is an assistant with the Houston Rockets and did an impressive job as interim head coach while Kevin McHale was away on a personal matter with his ailing daughter.

Sampson had a 7-6 record in McHale's absence.

Sampson has been praised for his ability to connect with star players.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Nets Make Phil Jackson Top Target

Dec 27, 2012 11:16 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have targeted Phil Jackson as their primary choice to become head coach, according to sources.

Jackson's longtime representative, Todd Musburger, told TNT's David Aldridge on Thursday that his client has "no interest in the Nets' job at this time." 

But a source says that Jackson would entertain an offer from the Nets.

The Nets presumably would have no difficulty in meeting Jackson's salary demands.

Avery Johnson was fired as head coach of the Nets on Thursday.

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Phil Jackson Has No Interest In Nets Job

Dec 27, 2012 6:21 PM

Phil Jackson has no interest in coaching the Brooklyn Nets.

"Phil has no interest in the Nets job at this time," Jackson's agent, Todd Musburger, said via text.

The Nets fired Avery Johnson Thursday morning.

Jackson is reportedly interested in a management position similar to that of Pat Riley's in Miami, where he could shape the front office and roster.

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Avery Johnson Fired By Nets, Carlesimo Named Interim
Avery Johnson has been fired as head coach of the Nets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Avery Johnson's Job Appears In Danger As Losses Mount
The Nets have lost 10 of their last 13 games and are now 14-14 after an 11-4 start.

Chris Sheridan/Sheridan Hoops

Olshey Intends To Build Blazers Through Draft, Free Agency
Neil Olshey outlined his plan to develop the Blazers.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Cavaliers Claim Livingston, Waive Sloan
The Cavaliers have claimed Shaun Livingston off waivers from the Wizards and Donald Sloan.

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Celtics Sign Varnado
The Celtics have signed Jarvis Varnado.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Cousins Expected To Hire Dan Fegan
DeMarcus Cousins recently parted ways with agent John Greig.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Wizards To Sign Shelvin Mack
The Wizards waived Shelvin Mack before the start of the current season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Mavericks Waive Derek Fisher, Set To Sign Chris Douglas-Roberts
Derek Fisher played nine games for the Mavericks.

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Sources: Lakers Passed On Delonte West To Prevent Further Complications
The Lakers elected to pass on signing Delonte West due to concerns about how his presence would possibly further destabilize an already complicated situation, according to sources.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Evans Unconcerned About Becoming Trade Candidate
Tyreke Evans could be a trade candidate if the Kings feel re-signing him in the offseason as a restricted free agent is unlikely.

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Source: Rasheed Wallace Has Stress Fracture In Left Foot
Rasheed Wallace's sore foot is actually a stress fracture and he will miss an extended period of time.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Gasol, D'Antoni Meet To Clear Air
Pau Gasol and Mike D'Antoni met on Wednesday evening at a Manhattan Beach restaurant to discuss their differences.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Josh Howard Has Torn ACL, Waived By Timberwolves
Josh Howard has a torn ACL and will be waived by the Timberwolves.

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Cavaliers Had Reservations About Valanciunas Buyout
The Cavaliers selected Tristan Thompson with the No. 4 pick of the 2011 NBA Draft instead of Jonas Valanciunas.

Rob Finnan/News-Herald

Bulls Could Eventually Waive Robinson, Trade Hamilton With Tax In Mind
The Bulls may waive Nate Robinson and his non-guaranteed contract by Jan. 10 if Marquis Teague continues to play well in his extended minutes.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Magic In No Hurry To Move Redick
The likeliest trade partners for the Magic in regards to J.J. Redick are the Bulls, Grizzlies, Wolves, Bucks and Jazz.

Ric Bucher/Comcast

Hornets Sign McGuire
The Hornets have signed forward Dominic McGuire.

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Hornets Expected To Sign McGuire
Dominic McGuire will soon sign a contract with the Hornets.

Marc Stein/ESPN

76ers Inquire About Acquiring Starting Center

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Trade Conversations Expected To Increase With Arrival Of Dec. 15
The NBA trade season is officially underway now that the pool of available players has increased as it does every Dec. 15.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports