Basketball Wiretap

Argument Between Rudy Gobert & Kyle Anderson Lead To Punch, Gobert Tweets Apology

Apr 10, 2023 1:47 AM

An argument in the huddle between Rudy Gobert and Kyle Anderson lead to Gobert punching Anderson, sources described to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. 

Anderson reportedly told Gobert to block some shots, with Gobert responding by telling Anderson to grab a "bleeping" rebound.

Gobert then lost his temper when Anderson told him to "Shut the f--- up, b----."

"That's what set Rudy off," a source told Wojnarowski.

Gobert then tweeted Anderson an apology after the game. 

"Emotions got the best of me today. I should not have reacted the way i did regardless of what was said. I wanna apologize to the fans, the organisation and particularly to Kyle, who is someone that i truly love and respect as a teammate," wrote Gobert.

Gobert nearly didn't play in the game after hurting his back on Saturday against the Spurs.

Anderson said afterwards that the situation would be handled within the team.

"We'll move forward. We want to win games. It is what it is. We'll keep it in house," said Anderson. 


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Tags: Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Luka Doncic Following Spurs Loss To End Season: 'I'm Happy Here'

Apr 10, 2023 1:32 AM

Luka Doncic reiterated his long-term commitment to the Dallas Mavericks following their 138-117 loss to the San Antonio Spurs to close out the season.

"I'm happy here, so there's nothing to worry [about]," said Doncic after the game.

ESPN reported earlier in the weekend that the Mavs feared Doncic requesting a trade as early as 2024.

"Something's got to change, for sure. I mean, last year we went to Western Conference finals. We were having fun. I always talk about the chemistry we had. It was great. But something's got to change for sure," added Doncic. 

The Mavs finished 38-44 on the season, representing Doncic's first losing record since his rookie season. 

Doncic did acknowledge his frustration with the losing season, along with difficulties in his personal life. 

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

Wolves Forward Jaden McDaniels Fractures Right Hand

Apr 9, 2023 6:49 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves had an eventful Sunday afternoon. Minnesota clinched the eighth seed in the upcoming Western Conference Play-In Tournament. That was the good news.

On the downside, Rudy Gobert was sent home after punching teammate Kyle Anderson during a timeout late in the first half. However, an injury to Jaden McDaniels is the bigger immediate concern.

McDaniels suffered a fractured right hand in the first half of Sunday's win over the New Orleans Pelicans. McDaniels was spotted punching a wall after being removed from the game late in the first quarter.

McDaniels is in the midst of a breakout season for Minnesota. He's averaged 12.2 points on 52/40/74 shooting splits and 3.9 rebounds per game. In addition, McDaniels has emerged as one of the best defensive forwards in the NBA.

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Tags: Jaden McDaniels, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

2023 NBA Draft Order (Pre-Draft Lottery)

Apr 9, 2023 6:34 PM

With the 2022-23 NBA regular season complete, here is the 2023 NBA Draft order (pre-Draft Lottery):

First Round

1. Detroit Pistons

2. Houston Rockets*

3. San Antonio Spurs*

4. Charlotte Hornets

5. Portland Trail Blazers

6. Orlando Magic

7. Indiana Pacers*

8. Washington Wizards*

9. Utah Jazz

10. Dallas Mavericks

11. Oklahoma City Thunder*^

12. Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)*^

13. Toronto Raptors^

14. New Orleans Pelicans^

15. Atlanta Hawks^

16. Utah Jazz (via Minnesota Timberwolves)^

17. Los Angeles Lakers^

18. Miami Heat*^

19. Golden State Warriors*

20. LA Clippers*

21. Brooklyn Nets*

22. Brooklyn Nets (via Phoenix Suns)*

23. Portland Trail Blazers (via New York Knicks)

24. Sacramento Kings

25. Indiana Pacers (via Cleveland Cavaliers)*

26. Memphis Grizzlies*

27. Charlotte Hornets (via Denver Nuggets)

28. Utah Jazz (via Philadelphia 76ers)

29. Indiana Pacers (via Boston Celtics)

30. LA Clippers (via Milwaukee Bucks)

Second Round

31. Detroit Pistons

32. Indiana Pacers (via Houston Rockets)*

33. San Antonio Spurs*

34. Charlotte Hornets

35. Boston Celtics (via Portland Trail Blazers)

36. Orlando Magic

37. Sacramento Kings (via Indiana Pacers)*

38. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Washington Wizards)*

39. Charlotte Hornets (via Utah Jazz)

40. Denver Nuggets (via Dallas Mavericks)

41. Washington Wizards (via Chicago Bulls)*

42. Charlotte Hornets (via Oklahoma City Thunder)*

43. Portland Trail Blazers (via Atlanta Hawks)

44. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto Raptors)

45. Memphis Grizzlies (via Minnesota Timberwolves)

46. Atlanta Hawks (via New Orleans Pelicans)

47. Los Angeles Lakers

48. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Golden State Warriors)*

49. LA Clippers*

50. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Miami Heat)*

51. Brooklyn Nets*

52. Phoenix Suns*

53. Minnesota Timberwolves (via New York Knicks)

54. Sacramento Kings

55. Indiana Pacers (via Cleveland Cavaliers)*

56. Memphis Grizzlies*

57. Chicago Bulls (via Denver Nuggets) - Pick is forfeited due to tampering

58. Philadelphia 76ers - Pick is forfeited due to tampering

59. Washington Wizards (via Boston Celtics)

60. Milwaukee Bucks

*Tie to be broken by drawing on to be announced date

^To be determined after 2023 Play-In Tournament

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Tags: NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

2023 NBA Postseason Fields Are Set

Apr 9, 2023 6:09 PM

The 2023 NBA postseason fields are now set.

Eastern Conference Playoffs

1. Milwaukee Bucks vs 8. Miami Heat/Atlanta Hawks/Toronto Raptors/Chicago Bulls

4. Cleveland Cavaliers vs 5. New York Knicks

3. Philadelphia 76ers vs 6. Brooklyn Nets

2. Boston Celtics vs 7. Miami Heat/Atlanta Hawks

Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament

7. Miami Heat vs 8. Atlanta Hawks

9. Toronto Raptors vs. 10. Chicago Bulls

Western Conference Playoffs

1. Denver Nuggets vs 8. Los Angeles Lakers/Minnesota Timberwolves/New Orleans Pelicans/Oklahoma City Thunder

4. Phoenix Suns vs 5. LA Clippers

3. Sacramento Kings vs 6. Golden State Warriors

2. Memphis Grizzlies vs 7. Los Angeles Lakers/Minnesota Timberwolves

Western Conference Play-In Tournament

7. Los Angeles Lakers vs 8. Minnesota Timberwolves

9. New Orleans Pelicans vs. 10. Oklahoma City Thunder

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Tags: NBA, NBA Playoffs

Timberwolves Send Rudy Gobert Home After He Punched Kyle Anderson

Apr 9, 2023 5:00 PM

Late in the first half of the Minnesota Timberwolves regular season finale against the New Orleans Pelicans, Rudy Gobert appeared to punch teammate Kyler Anderson in the shoulder. The incident happened while the two were arguing during a timeout.

Gobert was sent to the locker room before halftime. During the break, the Timberwolves announced Gobert was out for the remainder of the game.

Following Minnesota's victory, Timberwolves president of basketball operation Tim Connelly released the following statement:

"We made the decision to send Rudy Gobert home after the incident in the second quarter. His behavior on the bench was unacceptable and we will handle the situation internally." 

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Tags: Rudy Gobert, Kyle Anderson, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Pistons Expected To Consider Charles Lee, Adrian Griffin, Ime Udoka, Chris Quinn For Next Coach

Apr 9, 2023 3:54 PM

With Dwane Casey leaving coaching to head to the Detroit Pistons front office, the team will have to fill a vacancy on the sidelines. Casey was the Pistons head coach for the last five seasons.

Detroit is expected to consider Charles Lee, Adrian Griffin, Ime Udoka and Chris Quinn for their next head coach.

Lee is currently a Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach under Mike Budenholzer. Lee has been finalist for several head coaching opportunities over the last few years.

Griffin is an assistant coach to Nick Nurse in Toronto. He's also been a finalist for several head coaching jobs in the past. Griffin could also be under consideration in Toronto, should Nurse leave the Raptors.

Udoka led the Boston Celtics to the 2022 NBA Finals in his first year as their head coach. He was suspended for one year shortly before this season began, due to workplace misconduct. Udoka and Boston have since parted ways, and he's now free to pursue other coaching opportunities.

Quinn has been a long-time assistant under Erik Spoelstra with the Miami Heat. As a former player, he's been considered a rising start among the assistant coach ranks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Dwane Casey Leaving Coaching For Pistons Front Office

Apr 9, 2023 3:43 PM

Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey announced after his team's last game on Sunday that he will no longer be coaching the team. Casey said he's moving into the Pistons front office.

Casey completes a five-year run as Detroit's head coach. The Pistons went 121-263 with Casey at the helm.

Casey has also coached the Toronto Raptors and the Minnesota Timberwolves in his 14-year head coaching career. Casey led the Raptors to six consecutive playoff appearances.

James Edwards/The Athletic

Tags: Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Houston Coaching Search Expected To Include Ime Udoka, Kenny Atkinson, Frank Vogel, Nick Nurse

Apr 9, 2023 3:36 PM

The Houston Rockets are expected to decline their fourth-year option for head coach Stephen Silas. This will end Silas' three-year tenure as Rockets head coach.

Houston is expected to go after an experienced head coach. Names under consideration are Ime Udoka, Kenny Atkinson, Frank Vogel and Nick Nurse.

Udoka has not coached this season after being suspended by the Boston Celtics for inappropriate workplace conduct. Udoka and the Celtics have parted ways and he's eligible to interview for new jobs this offseason. Udoka led Boston to the 2022 NBA Finals in his lone season as Celtics head coach.

Atkinson was initially named as the Charlotte Hornets head coach last offseason, before changing his mind. He returned to the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach. Atkinson previously ran the sideline for the Brooklyn Nets for four seasons.

Vogel has sat out this season after being fired by the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2021-22 season. Vogel won the 2020 title with the Lakers. He has also coached the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic.

Nick Nurse is widely expected to consider other opportunities this summer as a coaching free agent. Nurse has coached the Raptors for five seasons, including winning the 2019 NBA Finals.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets To Part Ways With Stephen Silas

Apr 9, 2023 3:27 PM

The Houston Rockets will part ways with head coach Stephen Silas. The Rockets are declining their fourth-year option for Silas, ending his tenure as Houston's head coach after three seasons.

Silas went 59-177 in three seasons as the Rockets head coach. He entered an unexpected rebuilding season in his first year in 2020-21 as James Harden requested a trade. Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in mid-January, and Houston spiraled to a 17-65 record.

The next two seasons saw little progress, as the Rockets won only 20 and 22 games. Houston is expected to begin a wide-ranging coaching search as soon as next week.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers To Sign Shaq Harrison, Tristan Thompson; Waive Davon Reed

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Rockets Sign Willie Cauley-Stein

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Knicks Signing Isaiah Roby To Two-Year Deal

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Paul George Exercising, No Timetable For Return

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All Healthy Clippers Available For Regular Season Finale

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NBA Investigating Mavericks For Shutting Players Down In Game 81

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Jazz To Sign Veron Carey Jr To Two-Year Deal

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Nets Sign RaiQuan Gray To Two-Way Contract

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Grizzlies Waive Kennedy Chandler; Sign Kenneth Lofton Jr To Multi-Year Deal; Sign Jacob Gilyard To Two-Way

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Steven Adams Likely To Miss Playoffs Due To Knee Injury

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Details Emerging About How In-Season Tournament Will Work

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Mavericks Fear Potential Luka Doncic Trade Request As Early As 2024 Offseason

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Bismack Biyombo, Cameron Payne Leave Game With Injuries

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Steph Curry Receives $75M Of Under Armour Shares As Part Of Long-Term Extension

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Raptors Will Not Convert Jeff Dowtin's Two-Way Contract To Full-Time Deal


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Mavericks Sit Four Key Players In Must-Win Game Vs Bulls As They 'Prioritize Lottery Position'

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Jordan Hawkins Leaving UConn For NBA Draft

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Dwane Casey Could Exit As Head Coach For Front Office Role With Pistons

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Rockets 'Widely Expected' To Part Ways With Stephen Silas

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