Basketball Wiretap

No. 1 Recruit D.J. Wagner Commits To Kentucky

Nov 14, 2022 4:24 PM

D.J. Wagner, the No. 1 recruit in the incoming class of 2023, has committed to Kentucky.

Wagner chose John Calipari and the Wildcats over Louisville.

Wagner is also the fourth No. 1 recruit to commit to the Wildcats under Calipari, following Shaedon Sharpe, Nerlens Noel and Anthony Davis.

Jeff Borzello, Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Tags: D.J. Wagner, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

Overtime Elite Signs Media Deal With Amazon

Nov 2, 2022 9:26 AM

Overtime Elite, which formed as an alternative option to high school and college for basketball players, has signed their first media rights deal. Overtime Elite, or OTE, will air 20 games on Amazon Prime over each of the next three years.

In addition to covering games, Amazon will also invest in OTE. This also continues Amazon's investment in live sports. The company is broadcasting NFL games this season, as part of an exclusive Thursday night package, MLB games and WNBA games. Amazon is rumored to be interested in bidding on covering NBA games during upcoming media rights negotiations for the NBA.

Amazon will also produce an unscripted series on OTE. This is expected to take the format of previous unscripted series Amazon has run on English Premier League teams, as well as NFL teams.

This season, OTE features Amen and Ausur Thompson on their roster. The twins are both routinely seen as top-10 picks in the 2023 NBA Draft. Now, fans will have a consistent way to see the Thompson twins, as well as other talented players on a streaming service that isn't social media based.

Mike Vorkunov/The Athletic

Tags: Amen Thompson, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Sixers Forfeit 2nd Round Picks In 2023, 2024 Due To Tampering

Oct 31, 2022 5:02 PM

The NBA announced that the Philadelphia 76ers violated league rules governing the timing of this season’s free agency discussions and that the league has rescinded Philadelphia’s second-round pick in each of the 2023 and 2024 Drafts.  

The rescindment of two Draft picks reflected findings, following an investigation, that the 76ers engaged in free agency discussions involving two players (P.J. Tucker and Danuel House, Jr.) prior to the date when such discussions were permitted.      

The team fully cooperated with the investigation.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Fines