Basketball Wiretap

First Draft Of Next Season's Schedule Features Lakers-Mavs On Christmas Day

Aug 13, 2022 1:36 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are playing at the Dallas Mavericks on Christmas Day in the first draft of next season's schedule, sources told Marc Stein of Substack.

Stein adds that the schedule could still change before it's officially released, though the Christmas game usually holds. 

Marc Stein/Substack

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Jon Wallace Named Director of Player Personnel For Wolves

Aug 11, 2022 11:15 PM

Jon Wallace was hired as the director of player personnel for the Minnesota Timberwolves, reported Mike Singer of the Denver Post.

Wallace will also be the general manager of the Iowa Wolves.

Wallace was previously a scouting coordinator with the Nuggets. 

Mike Singer/Denver Post

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Disney 'Interested' In Renewing TV Deal With NBA

Aug 11, 2022 1:40 AM

Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that the company is interested in renewing its television deal with the NBA on Wednesday's earning call.

“We are interested in a renewal with the NBA,” said Chapek, although he added that “we will only do it if it is accretive to shareholder value.”

The two sides are currently in a 10-year contract worth around $24 billion. The deal is set to expire after the 2024-25 season.

It is rumored that the NBA is looking for up to $75 billion on its next TV deal.

Chapek added that Disney remain "bullish on sports."

“A continued relationship with the NBA would be something that is really attractive to us,” added Chapek.  

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Tags: NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Mavs Hire Marko Milic To Coaching Staff, Will Focus On Player Development

Aug 10, 2022 1:15 AM

The Dallas Mavericks are hiring Marko Milic to the coaching staff on the player development side, sources told Marc Stein of Substack.

Milic, who played with Jason Kidd on the Suns, represented the Slovenian national team from 1995 to 2006. 

Marc Stein/Substack

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Darvin Ham Plans On Running Lakers' Offense Through Anthony Davis

Aug 9, 2022 9:59 PM

During a meeting last week with LeBron James, Darvin Ham revealed how he plans on having the Los Angeles Lakers' offense run through Anthony Davis.

James concurred with the idea.

The Lakers have been encouraged by the work Davis has put in this offseason and they believe he will be able to avoid serious injuries and carry a heavier load.

The Lakers are also hopeful Russell Westbrook will improve his three-point shooting from the corners. 

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Spurs, Heat Scheduled For Regular Season Game In Mexico City

Aug 7, 2022 12:40 PM

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will play a regular season game in Mexico City, sources told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The matchup, which counts as a home game for the Spurs, is scheduled for December 17.

The game is also part of the Spurs' plan to expand beyond the AT&T Center.

The full NBA schedule is not expected to be released until after next week

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Darvin Ham To Have More Power To Bench Russell Westbrook At End Of Games

Aug 4, 2022 1:00 AM

Darvin Ham will be empowered to bench Russell Westbrook down the stretch of games next season, sources told Jovan Buha of The Athletic.

Buha adds that this could lead to Westbrook getting removed from the starting lineup altogether.

Ham publicly supported Westbrook in his introductory press conference as Lakers coach. 

Westbrook, who recently hired Jeff Schwartz as his agent, has been linked with a move to the Pacers, Knicks, and Jazz

Jovan Buha/The Athletic

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Bill Russell Passes Away Peacefully At 88 Years Old

Jul 31, 2022 1:29 PM

Bill Russell passed away peacefully on Sunday. He was 88 years old.

Russell won 11 NBA Titles as a player, with the last two coming as a player-coach.

Russell won countless individual awards throughout his career, including 5 MVPs.

In 2009, the league renamed the NBA Finals MVP to the "Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award."

Russell was inducted into the Hall of Fame both as a player and a coach. 

Russell also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. 

Bill Russell

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Charles Barkley Turns Down LIV Golf To Stay At Turner 'For Rest Of My TV Career'

Jul 29, 2022 11:01 PM

Charles Barkley ended contract talks with LIV Golf to stay at Turner "for the rest of my TV career," he told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post on Friday.

“I want to thank Greg Norman and LIV for their interest in me,” Barkley told the Post. “I wish those guys great success and nothing but the best. But, in my best interest, and being fair to Turner — because Turner and basketball have given me every single thing in my life. It is best for me to move on and I’m staying with Turner for the rest of my TV career.” 

LIV Golf has yet to pick up a TV deal in the United States.

Barkley currently has 3 years and $30 million left on his Turner deal, while also revealing that he makes an additional $10 million yearly in endorsements.

Turner has not attempted to renegotiate Barkley's current deal or offer an extension. Barkley's contract ends at the same time as Turner's contract with the NBA.

Barkley has said in the past that he wants to retire at the end of his current contract. 

Andrew Marchand/New York Post

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Thunder Hire Executive Vince Rozman From Sixers

Jul 27, 2022 9:59 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder hired executive Vince Rozman from the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Rozman will work in a scouting role as the VP of Identification and Intelligence. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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NBA Will Not Have Vaccine Mandate For Next Season

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Wizards Hire James Posey As Assistant Coach

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Lakers Had Everybody Try To Persuade Russell Westbrook To Embrace Supporting Role Last Season

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Hawks Close To Hiring Kyle Korver For Front Office Role

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Cavs Unveil 3 New Jerseys For 2022-23 Season

Russell Westbrook Parts Ways With Agent Thad Foucher Due To 'Irreconcilable Differences'

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