November 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Warriors Apply For Disabled Player Exception Worth $9.3M

Nov 21, 2020 6:59 PM

The Golden State Warriors have applied for the Disabled Player Exception due to Klay Thompson's season-ending injury, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Disabled Player Exception is worth $9.3 million.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Bulls Announce Assistant Coaching Staff, Including Maurice Cheeks

Nov 15, 2020 1:05 PM

The Chicago Bulls announced the team's assistant coaching staff under Billy Donovan, including Maurice Cheeks.

Cheeks, who grew up in Chicago, was part of Donovan's staff with the Thunder for the past five seasons.

Josh Longstaff, John Bryant, Damian Cotter and Billy Schmidt were also announced as part of Donovan's staff.

Henry Domercant, Ronnie Burrell, Ty Abbott and Max Rothschild joined as player development coaches. 


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NBA, NBPA Agree On Revised CBA; Free Agency Starts Nov. 20, 72-Game Season Begins Dec. 22

Nov 10, 2020 12:24 AM

The NBA and the players' union agreed to an amended version of the CBA for the 2020-21 season, with a 72-game regular season starting on December 22nd.

Free agency will begin on Friday, November 20th.

Sources told ESPN that the salary cap will be set at $109.1 million, with the luxury tax at $132.7 million - which are the same numbers as the 2019-20 season.

The salary cap is expected to increase between 3% and 10% per year for the remainder of the CBA.

The two sides also reportedly agreed that players can never have more than 20% of their salary withheld in escrow during a single season.

The NBA is also expected to reduce the luxury tax at the end of the 2021 season by the percentage that the league's Basketball Related Income decreases from its initial projections. 

Tim Bontemps, Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Popeye Jones Joins 76ers As Assistant Coach

Nov 7, 2020 1:33 PM

Popeye Jones will join the Philadelphia 76ers as an assistant coach, reported Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

Jones most recently was an assistant with the Pacers. 

Jones joins Doc Rivers' staff alongside Sam Cassell, Dan Burke, and Brian Adams. 

Marc J Spears/The Undefeated

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John Lucas Close To Returning To Rockets As Assistant Coach

Nov 4, 2020 12:27 AM

John Lucas is close to an agreement to return to the Houston Rockets as an assistant coach under Stephen Silas. 

Lucas, who was a candidate for the head coaching position, is reportedly extremely popular with Rockets players.

Lucas has been with the Rockets since 2016. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Sixers, Alex Rucker Officially Part Ways

Nov 1, 2020 9:54 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have parted ways with Vice President of Basketball Operations Alex Rucker, sources told Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Rucker was reassigned from his role after the team hired Peter Dinwiddie from the Pacers.

Rucker was "heavily involved" in the team's decision-making, according to sources.

Elton Brand recently signed a multiyear extension as general manager, with Daryl Morey set to be introduced as President of Basketball Operations on Monday. 

Keith Pompey/The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Elton Brand Signs Multiyear Extension, Daryl Morey To Be Introduced Monday

Nov 1, 2020 12:09 PM

Elton Brand has signed a multiyear contract extension to remain the GM of the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Brand was promoted to the role in 2018.

It was reported that the Sixers recently extended Brand for two years

Daryl Morey's five-year contract to be the new President of Basketball Operations is also now official, and he will be introduced on Monday.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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