June 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Markelle Fultz Says He's Thinking About Orlando Bubble 'Like It's Going To Be An AAU Tournament'

Jun 30, 2020 1:50 AM

Markelle Fultz compared the Orlando bubble to an AAU tournament-like feel due to the hotel setting.

"I've kind of been thinking about it like it's going to be an AAU tournament. You go on the road -- sometimes you have tournaments in your hometown, but you still stay in a hotel," said Fultz.

The Magic are currently a half-game behind the Nets for seventh place in the East.

Fultz said that he feels that the return of games can add to social justice movements across the country.

"I think as long as we're safe, this is something that we all need. Basketball is a big part of a lot of people's lives. Not just ours, but our families, people that just watch it. So I feel as though there's two ways to this path of the NBA returning. But I feel as though we can make it the best of both worlds, as long as we're doing everything that we can do for not only ourselves but standing up for what's right in this world."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Playoffs

John Wall Will Not Join Wizards In Orlando Due To Exposure Concerns

Jun 30, 2020 1:26 AM

Washington Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard said that John Wall will not join the team in Orlando due to exposure concerns surrounding COVID-19.

"Having somebody go into that bubble that’s not gonna play, that’s just more people going into the bubble. … I don’t think it’s wise to have people in and around the team that aren’t playing (because of) exposure," said Sheppard at a press conference on Monday.

Sheppard added that he hasn't received any indication that other players would opt out of going to Orlando after Davis Bertans declined to join the team.

Teams are allowed to bring 35 people into the bubble. 

Sheppard said that the Wizards would "over-index on medical staff," as well as focus on player development coaches. 

Fred Katz/The Athletic

Tags: John Wall, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Wilson Chandler Opts Out Of Orlando Restart

Jun 28, 2020 4:18 PM

Wilson Chandler informed the Brooklyn Nets that he will not join the team once the season resumes in Orlando.

“As difficult as it will be to not be with my teammates, the health and well-being of my family has to come first. Thank you to the Nets organization for understanding and supporting me in this decision, and I will be watching and rooting for our team in Orlando," said Chandler.

Chandler averaged 5.9 points in 35 games this season.

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Tags: Wilson Chandler, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Rudy Gobert Says Taste Has Returned, But 'Smell Is Still Not 100%'

Jun 28, 2020 3:16 PM

Rudy Gobert said that he is still feeling the side effects from COVID-19.

“The taste has returned, but the smell is still not 100%. I can smell the smells, but not from afar. I spoke to specialists, who told me that it could take up to a year," said Gobert in an interview with L'Equipe.

Gobert's positive test on March 11th shut down the NBA season.

Gobert added that he still feels "weird things," though he doesn't necessarily know if they are attributable to the virus.

"I still feel weird things, but I have never been so long in my life without playing a basketball game! I don’t know if that’s the backlash of the virus. ... Today, I wouldn’t say I’m feeling more tired than before. But I had experiences, a month and a half ago, that scared me. I felt like ants in my toes and wondered what it could be. There were quite a few little things like that."

Kurt Helin/NBC Sports

Tags: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Courtney Lee Looking To Join Mavs In Orlando Despite Season-Ending Injury

Jun 27, 2020 6:02 PM

Courtney Lee reportedly wants to join Dallas Mavericks teammates in Orlando despite suffering a season-ending calf injury, league sources told Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Lee was injured during the league's shutdown period.

Lee, who averaged 4.5 points for the Mavs this season, has emerged as a popular figure in the locker room. 

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Tags: Courtney Lee, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Playoffs

Tobias Harris: Sixers 'Haven't Met Our Expectations So Far' This Season

Jun 27, 2020 2:36 PM

Tobias Harris admitted that the Philadelphia 76ers had chemistry issues throughout this season partly due to injuries. 

“I’ll just say, and I’ll keep it real, we haven’t had the best chemistry throughout the whole year. It took us a while to kind of get everyone together, we battled injuries from the start to the end," said Harris on ESPN's First Take.

Harris also added that the team has underachieved this season, though the league's resumption gives the Sixers a new chance to fulfill their potential. 

The Sixers recently signed Ryan Broekhoff for 3-point shooting depth. 

“We haven’t met our expectations so far this year. But we have a new opportunity in Orlando to go out and just play ball, and really scratch a new surface of what we can accomplish.”

Kurt Helin/NBC Sports

Tags: Tobias Harris, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Jazz-Pelicans, Lakers-Clippers To Re-Open NBA Season On July 30th

Jun 27, 2020 12:42 AM

The NBA released its schedule for the rest of the 2020 regular season starting on July 30th in Orlando.

The season will resume with a Friday doubleheader featuring the Jazz vs. the Pelicans and Lakers vs. the Clippers. 

All regular season games will take place between July 30th and August 14th.

The remaining schedule is below (in Eastern time):

Thursday, July 30
Utah vs. New Orleans, 6:30 p.m.
LA Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers, 9 p.m.

Friday, July 31
Orlando vs. Brooklyn, 2:30 p.m.
Memphis vs. Portland, 4 p.m.
Phoenix vs. Washington, 4 p.m.
Boston vs. Milwaukee, 6:30 p.m.
Sacramento vs. San Antonio, 8 p.m.
Houston vs. Dallas, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 1
Miami vs. Denver, 1 p.m.
Utah vs. Oklahoma City, 3:30 p.m.
New Orleans vs. LA Clippers, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.
L.A. Lakers vs. Toronto, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 2
Washington vs. Brooklyn, 2 p.m.
Portland vs. Boston, 3:30 p.m.
San Antonio vs. Memphis, 4 p.m.
Sacramento vs. Orlando, 6 p.m.
Milwaukee vs. Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Dallas vs. Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 3
Toronto vs. Miami, 1:30 p.m.
Denver vs. Oklahoma City, 4 p.m.
Indiana vs. Washington, 4 p.m.
Memphis vs. New Orleans, 6:30 p.m.
San Antonio vs. Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
L.A. Lakers vs. Utah, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 4
Brooklyn vs. Milwaukee, 1:30 p.m.
Dallas vs. Sacramento, 2:30 p.m.
Phoenix vs. LA Clippers, 4 p.m.
Orlando vs. Indiana, 6 p.m.
Boston vs. Miami, 6:30 p.m.
Houston vs. Portland, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 5
Memphis vs. Utah, 2:30 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Washington, 4 p.m.
Denver vs. San Antonio, 4 p.m.
Oklahoma City vs. L.A. Lakers, 6:30 p.m.
Toronto vs. Orlando, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn vs. Boston, 9 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 6
New Orleans vs. Sacramento, 1:30 p.m.
Miami vs. Milwaukee, 4 p.m.
Indiana vs. Phoenix, 4 p.m.
LA Clippers vs. Dallas, 6:30 p.m.
Portland vs. Denver, 8 p.m.
L.A. Lakers vs. Houston, 9 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 7
Utah vs. San Antonio, 1 p.m.
Oklahoma City vs. Memphis, 4 p.m.
Sacramento vs. Brooklyn, 5 p.m.
Orlando vs. Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m.
Washington vs. New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Boston vs. Toronto, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8
LA Clippers vs. Portland, 1 p.m.
Utah vs. Denver, 3:30 p.m.
L.A. Lakers vs. Indiana, 6 p.m.
Phoenix vs. Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukee vs. Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 9
Washington vs. Oklahoma City, 12:30 p.m.
Memphis vs. Toronto, 2 p.m.
San Antonio vs. New Orleans, 3 p.m.
Orlando vs. Boston, 5 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Portland, 6:30 p.m.
Houston vs. Sacramento, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn vs. LA Clippers, 9 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 10
Oklahoma City vs. Phoenix, 2:30 p.m.
Dallas vs. Utah, 3 p.m.
Toronto vs. Milwaukee, 6:30 p.m.
Indiana vs. Miami, 8 p.m.
Denver vs. L.A. Lakers, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 11
Brooklyn vs. Orlando, 1 p.m.
Houston vs. San Antonio, 2 p.m.
Phoenix vs. Philadelphia, 4:30 p.m.
Portland vs. Dallas, 5 p.m.
Boston vs. Memphis, 6:30 p.m.
New Orleans vs. Sacramento, 9 p.m.
Milwaukee vs. Washington, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 12
Indiana vs. Houston, 4 p.m.
Toronto vs. Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m.
Miami vs. Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
LA Clippers vs. Denver, 9 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 13
Washington vs. Boston, TBA
Portland vs. Brooklyn, TBA
Sacramento vs. L.A. Lakers, TBA
Milwaukee vs. Memphis, TBA
New Orleans vs. Orlando, TBA
Dallas vs. Phoenix, TBA
San Antonio vs. Utah, TBA

Friday, Aug. 14
Philadelphia vs. Houston, TBA
Miami vs. Indiana, TBA
Oklahoma City vs. LA Clippers, TBA
Denver vs. Toronto, TBA

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Kevin Durant Says He 'Probably Wouldn't Have Played' In Orlando Restart Even If Healthy

Jun 26, 2020 1:10 AM

Kevin Durant said he probably wouldn't have played for the Brooklyn Nets in Orlando even if he were healthy.

"I feel, me right now, I probably wouldn't have played because the unknown going into that situation looks crazy right now, seeing so many new cases. It's just so unpredictable.

"It's easy for me to say right now because I'm injured but I probably wouldn't have went down there," said Durant on the Dawg Talk podcast.

Durant added that the three month layoff would have contributed to his decision to not play. 

"Obviously, I would have talked to my teammates and consulted with my guys and actually really went over it for the last month and a half, but me, my gut would have me 'nah,' I wouldn't want to go down there, especially after three months off." 

Alex Smith/SNY

Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Derrick Jones Jr. Asymptomatic After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Jun 26, 2020 1:03 AM

Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive for COVID-19, sources told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Jones is asymptomatic. 

Jones, who is averaging 8.9 points in 24.5 minutes per game, reportedly remains committed to playing in Orlando. 

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Derrick Jones, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Alex Len Tests Positive For COVID-19

Jun 25, 2020 1:23 AM

Alex Len has tested positive for COVID-19, sources told Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Len said that he has self-quarantined and would join the Kings in Orlando.

Len's teammates Buddy Hield and Jabari Parker also tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Alex Len, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Mike Budenholzer Says Giannis Antetokounmpo Is 'Completely And Totally Healthy'

Jackie MacMullan/ESPN

Mark Cuban: 'I Have No Reason To Believe There Won't Be A Champion Crowned' This Season

Steve Serby/New York Post

Teams Will Not Have Access To Player, Staff Data From Optional Activity Tracking Device

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Increasing Number Of COVID-19 Cases In Florida Raising Concern Among Players, Executives

Baxter Holmes & Zach Lowe/ESPN

Teams Allowed 10 Coaches, 4 Players In Practice Facilities Starting Tuesday

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

NBA Would 'Likely' Lose Up To $2 Billion In Revenue Should Season Get Canceled

Bobby Marks/ESPN

Victor Oladipo To Increase Activity, Re-Evaluate Quad Injury Before Committing To Rest Of Season

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

NBA, Players' Union To Finalize Temporary Rules Ahead Of Orlando Resumption

Bobby Marks/ESPN

Lou Williams Says He's '50-50' On Whether NBA Should Resume Season

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Justise Winslow Says 'The Bubble Is Tricky' Due To Movement Of Employees

Andrew Lopez/ESPN

Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis Set To Return To Dallas 'In The Next Few Days'

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Kelly Oubre Jr. Expected To Miss Rest Of Season

Shams Charania/The Athletic

NBA Lays Out 6 Phase Plan For Players From Now Until End Of NBA Finals

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

NBA Outlines Hotel Logistics, Amenities For Orlando Campus

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

NBA To Create 'Anonymous Hotline' To Report Potential Protocol Violations In Orlando

Shams Charania & Sam Amick/The Athletic

Adam Silver: Resumption Of Season Will Require 'Enormous Sacrifice On Behalf Of Everyone'

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Danny Green On Orlando Plans: 'The Biggest Concern For Most Teams Is Hotels'

Mark Medina/USA Today

Dwight Howard Releases Statement: Basketball 'Isn't Needed At This Moment'

Kevin Dotson & Jill Martin/CNN

Daryl Morey: Mike D'Antoni 'Will Be Coaching Our Team' In Orlando

Jackie MacMullan/ESPN

Lakers, Bucks Re-Open As Title Favorites At Sportsbooks

Kurt Helin/Pro Basketball Talk