OKC’s Winger Agrees to Clips’ GM Job – Oklahoma City Thunder executive Michael Winger has reached an agreement in principle to become the general manager of the LA Clippers, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The Clippers offered Winger the job late last week, and the sides have agreed on terms for a multiyear contract. Winger, an assistant general manager/team counsel for the Thunder, will report to Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ new president of basketball operations.
Wiggins, Agent Split With Max Contract on Table – After agent Bill Duffy negotiated a five-year, $148 million maximum contract extension for forward Andrew Wiggins with the Minnesota Timberwolves, it is unclear how quickly Wiggins will sign the deal after he filed papers to sever ties with his representation at BDA Sports. Minnesota management sent Duffy and Wiggins a contract for a rookie extension deal, but Wiggins filed paperwork Tuesday with the National Basketball Players Association to terminate his relationship with the agency, Duffy told ESPN. While a player can leave an agent at any time, the NBPA has guidelines that compensate previous agents for deals negotiated under their watch.
Cavs Deal Kyrie to Celtics for Isaiah – The Boston Celtics have acquired All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers for point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 unprotected first-round pick, sources tell ESPN. Thomas had been bracing for the possibility of a trade on Tuesday, league sources told ESPN. Irving, 25, requested a trade during a July meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has said that he wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.
Mayo Says He Wants Another Chance With Bucks – With less than a year remaining on his two-year ban from the NBA, O.J. Mayo says he hopes to make it back to the league and ideally as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Mayo was banned from the NBA for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He told The Crossover the drug that triggered the discipline was not a hard drug, but said he smoked marijuana and abused a prescription pain medication.
The possibility of impermissible contact between Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and four-time All-Star Paul George is at the crux of an NBA probe into tampering, league sources tell ESPN. The Indiana Pacers filed tampering charges with the NBA against the Lakers, and the league issued a statement Sunday saying that an investigation is underway. The Lakers are denying the allegations filed by the Pacers, insisting that there is no evidence of tampering, and they expect to be cleared in the matter, a team source told ESPN.
Celtics to Retire Pierce’s Number – On Feb. 11, the Boston Celtics will retire Paul Pierce‘s No. 34 after a Sunday showdown with James and the Cavaliers. Pierce’s No. 34 will be the 22nd number retired by the Celtics, and the first since Cedric Maxwell’s No. 31 went to the rafters in 2003.
Kings’ Randolph Arrested on Felony Pot Charge – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph on a felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell, according to police reports. The arrest was part of a Wednesday night disturbance that resulted in damage to five Los Angeles Police Department vehicles and one sheriff’s vehicle, according to ABC-7 in Los Angeles. Police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics. According to the police report, Randolph was arrested at 11 p.m. PT, booked at 4:23 a.m. and released Thursday morning as bail was set at $20,000. His next court date is scheduled for Aug. 31, according to sheriff’s department’s online records.