April 2019 Basketball Wiretap

Rockets Believe Any Contact Between Chris Paul, Referee Was Minimal, Inadvertent

Apr 29, 2019 9:59 AM

Chris Paul appeared to make contact with referee Josh Tiven as he was ejected from Game 1 with 4.4 seconds remaining in the game.

Paul was asked about the incident after the game.

"I ain't seen it yet," said Paul.

Sources with the Rockets believe any contact between Paul and Tiven was minimal and inadvertent, which would not lead to any discipline from the NBA league office.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA Playoffs

Steve Kerr Wants NBA To Reconsider Suspensions For Technical Foul Accumulation In Playoffs

Apr 27, 2019 9:05 PM

Steve Kerr said he wants to see the NBA change their rule on players getting suspended for accumulating technical fouls in the playoffs.

"Well, if we go to Finals, I think Draymond (Green) and Kevin (Durant) are each on pace for about 42 technicals and six suspensions, so hopefully we can withstand that. I will never understand the rule that everybody falls under the exact same category, in terms of whether you lose in four games in the first round or you play 25 games and you go to the Finals, that it's the same technical fouls points that lead to a suspension," said Kerr.

Players receive a 1-game suspension following their 7th technical foul under current playoff rules.

Kerr added that he didn't know exactly how he would change the rule.

"I don't know. That's a good question. Series by series or maybe every two series. Just the way it is now doesn't make a ton of sense. I'd like to see it revisited, but that's coming from a guy whose team gets a lot of technical fouls and plays deep in the playoffs. So I'm a little biased."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA Playoffs

NBA Rescinds Game 3 Technicals Against Kevin Durant, JaMychal Green

Apr 19, 2019 3:03 PM

The NBA has rescinded technical fouls against Kevin Durant and JaMychal Green.

Durant said after the game that he hoped the technical gets rescinded.

"Me and JaMychal Green, we were conversing about the play that happened before, just like you and I," Durant said. "Somebody came out of nowhere and tech'd us both. How would you feel? That was pretty quick. Hopefully they rescind that one because I don't want somebody to think somebody is in my head, that's why I got that tech. I just want to get that out of the way because I don't want to jeopardize my team in the future."

Durant is now five technicals away from an automatic one-game suspension.


Tags: Kevin Durant, JaMychal Green, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA Playoffs

Steve Kerr Warns Kevin Durant About Technical Fouls Following Ejection

Apr 14, 2019 1:48 AM

Steve Kerr said that Kevin Durant has to be wary of getting a 1-game suspension after getting ejected with two technical fouls following a confrontation with Patrick Beverly.

"We took the bait. [Durant] took the bait, and that's two technicals. You get seven technicals, your seventh one is a suspension in the playoffs. Whether you play four playoff games or 24, seven is the magic number. So he's got four to play with after one game," said Kerr.

Durant and Beverly were ejected late in the fourth quarter after they both received their second technical foul for exchanging words.

Durant described his matchup with Beverly as "fun."

"He's a Chicago kid, man -- grew up and raised in the Chicago area, so those dudes played with a different type of grit, so I can appreciate that about Pat. And we know what he's gonna bring to the table -- just physicality, mucking up the game a little bit with his physicality, his talking, just everything -- that's what he brings to each team he plays on. That's his identity, and they support him with the Clippers. So for me, I know that coming into the series, so I thought it was fun tonight," added Durant.


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Tags: Kevin Durant, Patrick Beverley, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Suspension

Source: NBA Would Have Blocked Kristaps Porzingis Trade If They Believed Case Was Strong

Apr 3, 2019 1:25 PM

The NBA would not have allowed the Dallas Mavericks' trade for Kristaps Porzingis with the New York Knicks to be executed if they believed the sexual assault case again him appeared to be strong, according to a source briefed on the trade call.

The New York Knicks made the Mavericks aware of a potential "extortion issue" with Porzingis during the trade call.

The New York Police Department and the Manhattan district attorney’s office have confirmed an investigation against Porzingis is ongoing. 

The NBA will wait until the investigation plays or further developments before deciding on any action against Porzingis. 

The Mavericks aggressively pursued a trade for Porzingis and planned to offer him a five-year max contract worth $158 million in July. Mark Cuban declined to answer on Monday when asked if the Mavericks remain eager to sign Porzingis to that contract.

Marc Stein, Kevin Draper/New York Times

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Suspension

Knicks Were Contacted By Kristaps Porzingis' Accuser To 'Mediate In Private'

Apr 1, 2019 9:03 AM

The woman accusing Kristaps Porzingis of sexual assault contacted the New York Knicks' legal department to seek to "mediate in private" a payment of $68,000, according to emails.

At the time of the communication with the Knicks, no criminal complaint had been filed. The Knicks eventually referred the woman to Porzingis' personal legal representation.

The texts and emails portray a woman who wanted to pursue a romantic relationship with Porzingis in the aftermath of the alleged assault in February 2018, but who also wanted him to honor what she says was his commitment to contribute $68,000 to a college fund for her brother.

The woman told the Knicks that she visited the apartment of Porzingis to get his autograph, but after an "extremely aggressive encounter," she said Porzingis agreed to co-sign a statement with her that promised his payment of $68,000.

Texts spent in the weeks after the alleged assault included the woman asking to spend more time with Porzingis.

Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, issued a statement Sunday: "We have been aware of these allegations for some time, have evaluated the accuser's claims and, based on what is presently before us, stand with Kristaps."

In the alleged agreement, the woman wrote: "This agreement effective February 7, 2018, acknowledges the fact that an unexpected escalated sexual intercourse due to an inevitable physical attraction on the part of Kristap (sic) occurred subsequently, warrants compensation payable towards (the woman's) siblings college tuition in the amount of $68,000. ...

" ... Mr. Kristap (sic) willingly offered several compensations to (the woman) including business investments. (The woman) ultimately settled with Mr. Kristap's (sic) offer of a $68,000 check."

In her correspondence with the Knicks, the woman included a photograph that she said showed hair loss and broken nose cartilage, "from when he repeatedly hit me." Several days after the alleged encounter, the woman wrote that she had to pay "about $10,000" for corrective surgery.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Suspension