Basketball Wiretap

Suns Fire Earl Watson

Oct 22, 2017 6:15 PM

The Phoenix Suns have fired Earl Watson after just three games to start the 17-18 season.

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Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Milos Teodosic Out Indefinitely With Plantar Fascia Injury

Oct 22, 2017 6:45 PM

Milos Teodosic is out indefinitely after suffering a plantar fascia injury in his left foot.

Teodosic suffered the injury in the Los Angeles Clippers' win on Saturday over the Phoenix Suns.

Teodosic entered the season as the Clippers' starting point guard.

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Tags: Milos Teodosic, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury

Eric Bledsoe: I Don't Wanna Be Here

Oct 22, 2017 6:20 PM

Eric Bledsoe expressed his frustration with the start of the Phoenix Suns' season with a Tweet on Sunday.

"I Dont wanna be here," wrote Bledsoe.

The Tweet came minutes before news broke of the Suns firing Earl Watson.

Bledsoe has been mentioned in trade rumors for multiple seasons. Bledsoe is signed through the 18-19 season.

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Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Raptors Waive K.J. McDaniels

Oct 22, 2017 6:36 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced Sunday they have waived forward K.J. McDaniels.

McDaniels appeared in three preseason games, totaling six points, five rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes. 

McDaniels was inactive for the first two games of the regular season.

Toronto’s roster now stands at 16 players.

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Tags: K.J. McDaniels, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Jonas Valanciunas Out Indefinitely With Sprained Left Ankle

Oct 22, 2017 6:43 PM

Jonas Valanciunas is out with a sprained left ankle.

His condition will be evaluated on a regular basis, and updated as appropriate.

Valanciunas travelled with the team on its six-game road trip, which begins Monday against San Antonio.
The injury occurred after Valanciunas landed on the foot of the Philadelphia 76ers’ Dario Saric in the second quarter of Saturday night’s game.

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Kyrie Irving Fined $25,000 For Foul Language To Fan

Oct 22, 2017 6:32 PM

Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for using inappropriate language when responding to a fan.

The incident occurred at halftime of the Celtics’ 102-92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, Oct. 20 at Wells Fargo Center.

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Kristaps Porzingis Needs To See Changes With Knicks Before Committing Long-Term

Oct 21, 2017 10:40 PM

Kristaps Porzingis will be eligible for a designated rookie scale maximum extension from the New York Knicks in less than nine months.

Porzingis was asked whether he would need to see changes from the Knicks before committing long-term.

"Yeah," replied Porzingis.

Porzingis then paused and smiled, realizing his position shouldn't be discussed publicly.

“Yeah. That’s it.”

If Porzingis declines an extension offer in 2018, he would become a restricted free agent in 2019 and potentially an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

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Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

DeMarcus Cousins Fined $25,000 For Foul Language Towards Fan

Oct 21, 2017 10:42 PM

DeMarcus Cousins has been fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate language towards a fan.

The incident occurred with 0:50 remaining in the 4th quarter of the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at FedEx Forum.

The Technical Foul which was assessed to Cousins as part of the incident has been rescinded.

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Jameer Nelson Agrees To Sign With Pelicans

Oct 21, 2017 4:37 PM

Jameer Nelson has agreed to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The Pelicans will waive Jordan Crawford to create a roster spot for Nelson. 

New Orleans is thin at point guard with Ramon Rondo out following sports hernia surgery. 

Denver waived Nelson to create space to sign Richard Jefferson. 

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Bobby Portis Publicly Apologizes To Nikola Mirotic

Oct 21, 2017 10:44 PM

Bobby Portis publicly apologized for punching Nikola Mirotic during a scuffle at practice.

"I'm wrong for what I did," Portis said prior to Saturday night's game. "I want to publicly apologize to Niko. I feel like I let my fans, the Bulls organization and, most importantly, my teammates down. This is not who Bobby Portis is."

Portis received an eight-game suspension from the Chicago Bulls.

Portis said he has tried to talk to Mirotic but has not heard back from him.

"I texted Niko. I called him. He didn't respond," Portis said.

Portis said he is not concerned about any legal action Mirotic might take.

"I'm not concerned about that at this point," he said. "I'm just trying to publicly apology to Niko and my teammates and [show] that I'm real sincere about the situation.

"Going forward, I want to make sure that me and Niko are cool and that we can be teammates again. And I'm pretty sure we can. We just have to repair this relationship."

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Tags: Bobby Portis, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Suspension

Stephen Curry Denies Throwing Mouthpiece At Referee
Stephen Curry was ejected late in the Warriors' 111-101 loss at the Grizzlies.

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Milos Teodosic To Undergo MRI On Injured Foot
X-rays were negative for a break on the foot of Milos Teodosic.

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Joel Embiid: The Process Will Never Reach 100 Percent
Joel Embiid believes the process will continue even if the 76ers someday win the title.

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Bucks Sign Joel Bolomboy To Two-Way Deal
Joel Bolomboy played 12 games with the Utah Jazz last season.

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Kawhi Leonard Spotted Walking Gingerly Up Stairs To Airplane
Kawhi Leonard underwent a rehab session just before the scheduled flight time.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Chris Paul Had Issues With Culture Of Clippers
Chris Paul talked about the end of his tenure with the Clippers in a series with ESPN.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

DeAndre' Bembry Suffers Right Wrist Fracture
DeAndre' Bembry has suffered a right wrist fracture.

Michael Cunningham/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Kings Hire Jenny Boucek As Assistant Player Development Coach
Jenny Boucek has worked as a coach in the WNBA since 1999.

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Jameer Nelson Clears Waivers
Jameer Nelson has cleared waivers and is now a free agent.

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Alexis Ajinca Out 4-6 Weeks With Knee Patellar Tendonitis
Alexis Ajinca underwent successful bilateral knee injections.

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Myles Turner Out With Concussion, Sore Neck
Myles Turner will miss at least the next two games.

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Jon Horst Was 'Reluctant Compromise' For Bucks Ownership
Marc Lasry wanted to elevate Justin Zanik when John Hammond left as they initially planned.

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Kevin Love Was Initially Frustrated With Move To Center
During the first three seasons of Kevin Love's career with the Cavaliers, he started at power forward with Tristan Thompson at center.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jeremy Lin Undergoes Successful Surgery
Jeremy Lin is expected to make a full recovery.

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Chris Paul Could Miss One Month With Knee Injury
Chris Paul will miss his second straight game.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Patrick Beverley: Lonzo Ball Will Have A Lot Of People Coming At Him
Lonzo Ball struggled in his first NBA game as he was hounded by Patrick Beverley, finishing with three points, nine rebounds and four assists.

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JaMychal Green Out Several Weeks With Left Ankle Sprain
JaMychal Green suffered the injury in the Grizzlies' opening night win.

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Knicks To Sign Isaiah Hicks To Two-Way Contract
Isaiah Hicks played for the Hornets in preseason.

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Dunc'd On: Lonzo's Debut, Melo In OKC, CHI/TOR, Mini-Mailbag
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux talk OKC/NYK, LAL/LAC, CHI/TOR, and do a mini mailbag.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Was Open To Trade From Spurs
One scenario the Spurs discussed was trying to acquire Kyrie Irving in a deal for LaMarcus Aldridge.

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