Basketball Wiretap

Wizards Ready To Discuss John Wall, Bradley Beal Trade

Nov 19, 2018 11:04 AM

The Washington Wizards are beginning to signal to rival teams that they will make John Wall and Bradley Beal available in trade discussions.

While Washington's preference remains to reshape their roster around Wall and Beal, there has been a growing realization that they may need to trade one of the pair in order to make meaningful changes.

The Wizards resisted including Wall or Beal in previous trade talks, even for discussions involving Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler. Washington had hopes that forwards Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre could be centerpieces of deals that could return an impact third star.

Wall's extension start in 19-20, which will average $42 million annually over the next four seasons.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: John Wall, Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Joakim Noah, Grizzlies Discuss Contract

Nov 19, 2018 2:22 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have been holding "extensive discussions" with Joakim Noah on a contract.

Noah has remained a free agent since his buyout by the New York Knicks.

The Grizzlies are thin at center behind Marc Gasol.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Joakim Noah, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Michael Jordan 'Hellbent' On Re-Signing Kemba Walker

Nov 19, 2018 11:26 AM

Kemba Walker will be one of the most prominent free agents on the 2019 market, but the Charlotte Hornets appear to be the heavy favorites to re-sign him.

"Michael Jordan is fully focused and hellbent, really, to re-sign Kemba Walker," said Shams Charania on Stadium.

Charania also reported that teams around the NBA expect Walker to re-sign with the Hornets. Walker, for his part, also is believed to prefer to remain with the Hornets.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 Mailbag! (Part 2, Eastern Conference 11.20.18)

Nov 20, 2018 12:33 AM

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Bradley Beal Voiced Frustrations With Wizards' Organization During Practice

Nov 19, 2018 9:49 PM

Bradley Beal took aim at officials from the Washington Wizards, including Ernie Grunfeld, at a recent practice.

“I’ve been dealing with this s— for 7 years — it starts top-down,” said Beal.

John Wall also reportedly verbally cussed out Scott Brooks during a recent practice.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Dave Joerger Believes Brandon Williams Would Like To Replace Him

Nov 19, 2018 2:36 PM

Dave Joerger has believed that Sacramento Kings assistant general manager Brandon Williams has been on the lookout for a new coach to replace him since last season.

Williams replaced Scott Perry in 2017, joining the Kings' front office from the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Sources say Joerger is not in danger of being fired anytime soon.

Vlade Divac released a statement in support of Joerger on Saturday.

“Dave has our full support and confidence,” his statement read. “We continue to work together to develop our young core and compete.”

Williams has been given additional power over the past year and handles most of the day-to-day operations while Divac has final say on personnel matters.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Nikola Vucevic, Anthony Davis Named NBA Players Of The Week

Nov 19, 2018 5:17 PM

Anthony Davis and Nikola Vucevic have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games ending Nov. 18.

Davis led the Pelicans to a 3-1 week behind averages of 34.3 points (ranked 2nd in the NBA), 14.0 rebounds (4th in the NBA) and 2.0 blocks (T-5th in the NBA). Davis helped lead the Pelicans to a win at Toronto – handing the Raptors just their second loss of the season, and their first loss at home, behind 25 points and a season-high 20 rebounds – a 19-point comeback victory against New York on Nov. 16, registering a season-high 43 points to go with 17 rebounds and five assists, and capped off the week with 40 points, eight rebounds and a career-high-tying eight assists, while shooting 20-of-21 at the free throw line, Nov. 17 vs. Denver. Davis finished the week as one of just five players (at least 50 field goal attempts) to shoot at least .500 from the floor, .400 from three-point range and .850 from the free throw line.

During four games last week, Vucevic averaged 27.8 ppg., 10.5 rpg., 4.0 apg. and 1.25 stlpg., while shooting .581 (43-74) from the floor and .471 (8-17) from three-point range. He led Orlando to a 3-1 record with wins over Philadelphia, the L.A. Lakers and New York. Vučević tallied three double-doubles and scored 28-or-more points in three consecutive games, becoming the first Magic player since Dwight Howard accomplished the feat Mar. 1-5, 2012.

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Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Award

NBA PER: LeBron James Takes No. 1 Slot From Stephen Curry

Nov 19, 2018 3:21 PM

LeBron James leads the NBA in PER at 29.0 after the fifth week of the season, ahead of Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis.

Week 5
1. LeBron James: 29.0
2. Stephen Curry: 28.5
3. Anthony Davis: 28.3
4. Nikola Jokic: 27.5
5. Nikola Vucevic: 27.2
6. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 27.0
7. Montrezl Harrell: 26.4
8. Kevin Durant: 26.4
9. Kemba Walker: 25.8
10. Domantas Sabonis: 25.8

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Tags: NBA, NBA Rankings

LeBron James: Everyone Knows Kyrie Irving Trade Was The Beginning Of The End

Nov 19, 2018 10:09 AM

When LeBron James was informed that the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to trade Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, he was adamant on a call with Koby Altman immediately thereafter that they don't trade Irving to Boston. James wanted the Cavaliers to keep Irving altogether.

According to four separate accounts of the conversation, Altman told James the trade would not occur.

A few minutes later, word broke that the Cavaliers agreed to trade Irving to the Celtics in principle.

When James was shown the news, he dropped a pen he was using to sign jerseys for Upper Deck and slumped in his chair.

“Everyone knows that when Kyrie got traded it was the beginning of the end for everything. It’s not a secret,” James said in an interview with The Athletic.

James doesn't feel as though he was lied to by Altman as much as Altman was overruled by Dan Gilbert.

“You realize at that point in time, take nothing from Koby, because Koby (was just named GM), but at that point in time, you realize that Koby’s not the only one running the team, as (former GM David Griffin) had done, and that’s why Griff was let go pretty much,” James said.

A large reason why Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers was because he no longer wanted to played with James. Irving told the Cavaliers that he'd go ahead with a knee surgery he needed if he wasn't traded.

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

Tags: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler Calls Being With 76ers 'Night And Day' Difference

Nov 19, 2018 8:50 AM

Jimmy Butler is relieved to be with the Philadelphia 76ers following his trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“Night and day,” Butler said of his new situation.

Butler's contract situation and an indifference toward Minnesota's roster is what led to his trade request.

“Ben [Simmons] sees the game steps ahead, and Joel [Embiid] is a monster inside. So I’m envisioning what we can be,” Butler said.

“We learned a lot from our series against the Celtics, and we felt we needed Jimmy,” owner Josh Harris told The Athletic. “Since last summer, we’ve felt we needed a third elite talent. You don’t get a chance to get this talent every day. Jimmy wants to win, and Joel and Ben want to win. That’s the bottom line.”

Players win championships,” Elton Brand said. “I kind of understand what Jerry (Krause) meant. But those players are out there playing. And now we have three stars and role players, which we are still looking to add to.”

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

Erik Spoelstra: Luke Walton Is Perfect Coach For LeBron's Lakers
Luke Walton reached out to Ty Lue and Erik Spoelstra after the Lakers signed LeBron James this offseason.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

John Wall Fined By Wizards For Verbal Barrage Against Scott Brooks
John Wall apologized to Scott Brooks in the minutes after cursing him while apologizing to his teammates the following day.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Denzel Valentine Out For 18-19 Season With Ankle Instability
Denzel Valentine will undergo a surgical reconstruction of his ankle.

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Josh Richardson Throws Shoe Multiple Times Before Ejection
Josh Richardson hit the floor after he thought he was fouled by Josh Hart on a dunk attempt.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Cavs Asked LeBron James To Commit Long-Term If They Declined Kyrie Irving's Trade Request
LeBron James said that he wouldn't commit to that stipulation.

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

Steve Kerr: Warriors Now In Real NBA
The Warriors are facing interpersonal issues between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green while also playing without Stephen Curry and Green.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 Mailbag! (Eastern Conference 11.19.18 Part 1)
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux answer listener questions on Eastern Conference teams in part 1 of their Eastern Conference 15 in 60.

Ryan Anderson Trying To Remain Positive With Limited Role
Ryan Anderson's minutes with the Suns are down.

Duane Rankin/Arizona Republic

Spurs Agree To Sign Ben Moore To Two-Way Contract
Ben Moore began the season with the Pacers.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Kings Front Office Frustrated By How Dave Joerger Has Handled Young Players
The way Dave Joerger is handling Marvin Bagley III in particular could eventually lead to his dismissal.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Warriors Deny Choosing Sides Between Kevin Durant, Draymond Green
Joe Lacob said it hadn't occurred to the Warriors that it may appear as though they're choosing sides.

Al Saracevic/San Francisco Chronicle

Draymond Green Dared Kevin Durant To Leave Warriors In 2019
Sources say there was a point in the argument when Kevin Durant cringed and that it went from basketball to personal.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Nuggets Hire Sue Bird As Basketball Operation Associate
Sue Bird recently wrapped up her 16th season in the WNBA.

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Josh Richardson Leads East In On/Off Net Rating
Josh Richardson was on the table in trade discussions between the Heat and Wolves.

Christian Hernandez/Five Reasons Sports Network

Kevin Durant Has No Interest In Trade From Warriors
Because Kevin Durant is on a one-plus-one contract, he would have to approve any trade.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

John Henson Likely Out 12 Weeks With Torn Ligament In Wrist
The timetable puts John Henson out until after the All-Star break.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Kelly Oubre Jr. Signs Off The Court Deal With Converse
Kelly Oubre will wear Nikes on the court and Converse off the court.

Nick DePaula/ESPN

Source: Only Draymond Green Is Bothered By Kevin Durant's Free Agency Situation
Draymond Green and Kevin Durant were spotted walking into the Toyota Center for shootaround together and generally appeared to be back to normal with their interactions.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Dunc'd On: Fultz Trade Value & Ideas; Big News Catchup; Should Rockets Have Offered More for Butler?
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap recent NBA news and discuss potential Fultz trades.

Draymond Green: I Am Never Going To Change Who I Am
Draymond Green offered a lengthy statement about Monday's incident with Kevin Durant and subsequent suspension from the Warriors.

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