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  • Friday, July 3, 2015
    Raptors sign first-round G Wright
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Raptors signed their first-round pick, guard Delon Wright, to a rookie contract Friday.

    • Wright is under contract through the 2016-17 season, with two team option years to follow. The Raptors selected Wright last week with the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

      The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Wright was named the 2015 recipient of the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard. A first-team All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 defensive team selection, Wright averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals in 35 games last season at the University of Utah. As a junior, he contributed 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.5 steals in 33 games.

      Wright will play in the Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 in Las Vegas. The Raptors will open the preliminary round of the tournament next Friday against the reigning Summer League champion Sacramento Kings at Thomas & Mack Center.

      Wright is the brother of Portland Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright.

  • Friday, July 3, 2015
    Heat sign first-round F Winslow
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Heat signed forward Justise Winslow, who was the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

    • The team made the announcement Friday, but terms of the deal were not disclosed.

      Winslow, who helped Duke to the 2015 NCAA championship as a freshman, appeared in 39 games (all starts) for the Blue Devils and averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.33 steals and 29.1 minutes while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from 3-point range and 64.1 percent from the free-throw line.

      Winslow was selected to the All-ACC Freshman Team. He was the third-highest scoring freshman in the ACC and capped the season with the second-most double-figure scoring efforts (31) and the second-highest rebound average by a freshman in the conference.

      During the NCAA Tournament, Winslow started all six games and averaged 14.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.67 blocks and 1.50 steals while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from 3-point range and 75.9 percent from the free-throw line.

  • Friday, July 3, 2015
    G Matthews agrees to deal with Mavs
    By The Sports Xchange

    Free agent guard Wesley Matthews has agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks on a multi-year deal, according to multiple reports Friday.

    • Matthews, the former Portland Trail Blazers swingman, turned down a four-year, $64 million offer from the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night, according to ESPN.com.

      NBA.com reported that Matthews will receive a four-year deal from the Mavs, but sources told ESPN.com the figures remain in flux until Dallas' respective pursuits of marquee free agents DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge play out.

      Matthews averaged 15.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season for the Trail Blazers before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury in March. He missed the final 22 games of Portland's season.

      The 28-year-old Matthews' deal with Dallas can't be officially signed until July 9.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Wizards set to acquire Dudley from Bucks
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Wizards reached agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks on a trade for forward Jared Dudley, according to reports Thursday.

    • The Bucks will receive a future second-round draft pick in exchange for the Wizards taking on Dudley's contract. On the eve of free agency earlier this week, Dudley exercised the option on the final year of his contract worth $4.25 million in 2015-16.

      The Wizards are looking to fill a roster void left by veteran free agent Paul Pierce, 37, after he reached an agreement to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

      The 6-foot-7 Dudley appeared to confirm the deal with the Wizards on Thursday night when he tweeted: "Milwaukee!!! I know it's was only there for 1 yr but what a yr!!! From 17 wins to 41 and the playoffs!! We started the foundation #goodluck"

      The 29-year-old Dudley averaged 7.2 points per game and shot 46.8 percent from the field in his only season with the Bucks, who acquired him in a deal with the Clippers after the 2013-14 season.

      In eight NBA seasons with Charlotte, Phoenix, the Clippers and Bucks, Dudley averages 8.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 595 games.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    F Davis, Trail Blazers agree on deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    With the possibility of losing forward LaMarcus Aldridge and center Robin Lopez in free agency, the Portland Trail Blazers added another frontcourt piece on Thursday, reaching agreement with forward Ed Davis on a reported three-year, $20 million contract.

    • The Blazers continued to stock up on big men after previously adding Noah Vonleh from the Charlotte Hornets and Mason Plumlee from the Brooklyn Nets.

      Reports indicated Thursday that Aldridge was making a second visit to the Los Angeles Lakers and also meeting with the Miami Heat. Another report said Blazers guard Damian Lillard was planning to visit Los Angeles in an attempt to get Aldridge to re-sign in Portland.

      "I think there's a good chance that they're going to lose LaMarcus and Lopez," Davis told The Oregonian. "It's definitely a team I feel like I can come in and get playing time and fight for a starting job. It's a great fit for me."

      The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Davis spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers and averaged 8.3 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field. He began his NBA career with the Toronto Raptors as the No. 13 pick in the 2010 draft and was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies in his third season.

      In five NBA seasons, the 26-year-old Davis has averaged 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

      "I'm going to go out and grind," Davis said. "I'm not shooting a whole bunch of 3s and things like that. But I'm going to grind every night, I'm going to dive for that loose ball, get that extra possession, make a big block. I'm one of those energy guys. I'm going to bring it every night."

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    NBA veteran Martin calls it a career after 15 years
    By The Sports Xchange

    Concluding a 15-year NBA career, forward Kenyon Martin announced his retirement Thursday.

    • Martin, 37, appeared in just 11 games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season, averaging career lows of 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds.

      "It's been a great 15 years," Martin told Yahoo Sports. "Thanks to all the fans that supported me over the years. But a time does come when you have to walk away, and the time is now for me. I'm ready for the next chapter of my life."

      The No. 1 overall pick by the New Jersey Nets in the 2000 draft out of the University of Cincinnati, Martin made the all-rookie team and was an All-Star in 2004.

      He spent his first four seasons in New Jersey, where he had his best success, posting career-high scoring averages of 16.7 in 2002-03 and 2003-04.

      Martin subsequently spent seven seasons with the Denver Nuggets, where he had his best rebounding season in 2006-07 at 10 boards per game.

      He concluded his career by playing one season for the Los Angeles Clippers, two for the New York Knicks and one for the Bucks.

      In 757 career games, Martin averaged 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

      Bucks forward Jabari Parker tweeted Thursday, "Had a chance to be amongst one of my childhood idols, Kenyon Martin. God bless you and thanks for all the wisdom. Much love @KenyonMartinSr"

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Cavs' Mozgov has arthroscopic knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Wednesday at Cleveland Clinic.

    • The Cavaliers said Thursday in an announcement that Mozgov will need about six weeks to rehab and recover from the successful surgery. Drs. Richard Parker and James Rosneck performed the procedure.

      The 7-foot-1 center came to the Cavaliers in a January trade with the Denver Nuggets for two first-round draft picks. Mozgov stepped in as a replacement in the middle of the lineup after the Cavs lost veteran Anderson Varejao to injury.

      In 45 starts during the regular season, Mozgov averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. He remained steady during the playoff run to the NBA Finals, averaging 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.

      Mozgov will remain with the Cavs next season after the team picked up a $5 million contract option.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    NBA notebook: Wade stays in Miami with one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Dwyane Wade will remain in Miami after accepting a one-year, $20 million contract offer from the Heat, according to reports.

    • The All-Star guard sparred with the team the past few weeks over a new deal before coming to terms on Thursday. The contract can't be finalized under NBA rules until July 9.

      Wade went public with the news, posting a video on Instagram with a caption "My City, My Home, My House" and "Let's get it! #HeatNation"

      Wade was slated to make $16.1 million next season in the second year of a two-year contract but opted out to pursue a more lucrative deal. The one-year contract gives the Heat some salary-cap flexibility heading into next season when several high-profile free agents will be on the market.

      ---Tim Duncan will return for a 19th season with the San Antonio Spurs, and he might get some help in free-agent center LaMarcus Aldridge.

      Duncan, 39, talked with coach Gregg Popovich on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where they were part of a Spurs crew that also met with Aldridge, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Duncan told the newspaper on Thursday that he will return.

      Duncan, a two-time NBA MVP, was still effective last season, averaging 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game. He was the first player in NBA history to average at least 13 points and nine rebounds at age 38. In the playoffs, he was even better -- averaging 17.9 points and 11.1 rebounds in 35.7 minutes per game.

      ---Greg Monroe and the Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a three-year, $50 million contract.

      The third year in the deal is a player option, according to reports.

      Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds last season for the Pistons and gives the youthful Bucks a needed post presence.

      ---Free-agent guard Monta Ellis agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.

      The deal includes an early termination option that would allow Ellis to become a free agent after three seasons.

      Ellis, 29, led the Dallas Mavericks with 18.9 points per game last season. He has averaged 19.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 678 games.

      ---Center Omer Asik and the New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a five-year deal that could be worth up to $60 million.

      Without incentives, the base contract is a four-year, $45 million pact. Asik can kick in a fifth year and additional $15 million through performance and playing time escalators.

      The former Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets big man averaged 7.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 26 minutes in 76 games for New Orleans last season.

      ---Arron Afflalo agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract with the New York Knicks.

      Afflalo holds a player option for the 2016-17 season, giving him power to return to free agency next summer when contract values are likely to balloon in the current of a new collective bargaining agreement.

      Afflalo finished last season with the Portland Trail Blazers, who acquired the versatile backcourt piece from the New Orleans Pelicans in February.

      ---The Sacramento Kings unloaded the contracts of Carl Landry and Jason Thompson and parted with 2014 first-round draft pick Nik Stauskas on Wednesday night in a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

      In addition to the three players, the 76ers will receive a protected first-round draft pick from the Kings and the right to swap picks in the first round of two other drafts, Grantland.com reported.

      In return, the Kings received the rights to overseas players.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Wade stays in Miami with one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Dwyane Wade will remain in Miami after accepting a one-year, $20 million contract offer from the Heat, according to reports.

    • The All-Star guard sparred with the team the past few weeks over a new deal before coming to terms on Thursday. The contract can't be finalized under NBA rules until July 9.

      Wade went public with the news, posting a video on Instagram with a caption "My City, My Home, My House" and "Let's get it! #HeatNation"

      Wade was slated to make $16.1 million next season in the second year of a two-year contract but opted out to pursue a more lucrative deal. The one-year contract gives the Heat some salary-cap flexibility heading into next season when several high-profile free agents will be on the market.

      "It has been an honor and privilege to play with the Miami Heat the past 12 years," Wade said Thursday in a statement. "The Heat family and I have shared incredible moments over the years and I look forward to continuing our journey. I am extremely proud of my personal contributions in helping to build the Heat franchise and for bringing three NBA championship wins to our great city."

      Heat president of basketball operations Pat Riley said in a statement that the team was negotiating with Wade and intended to re-sign him at the end of the NBA's moratorium period.

      Wade has spent his entire career with the Heat but has struggled with injuries, missing 48 games the past two seasons. He played in 62 regular-season games last season and averaged 22 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

      "For my entire NBA career, Miami has always been my city and my home," Wade said. "I'm overwhelmed with the love and support the Miami community have consistently shown me and my family throughout the years."

      Wade apparently considered the Los Angeles Lakers and there were rumors of him joining former teammate LeBron James in Cleveland.

      "This contract is a win-win for both Dwyane and the Heat," said Henry Thomas, Wade's agent. "Not only does Dwyane get to extend his Hall of Fame-worthy career with the only franchise for whom he has ever played, but he will have the flexibility next summer to sign an additional deal.

      "And the Heat gets to keep their franchise cornerstone while having the ability to build a championship-contending roster."

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Duncan will return for 19th season with Spurs
    By The Sports Xchange

    Tim Duncan will return for a 19th season with the San Antonio Spurs, and he might get some help in free-agent center LaMarcus Aldridge.

    • Duncan, 39, talked with coach Gregg Popovich on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where they were part of a Spurs crew that also met with Aldridge, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Duncan told the newspaper on Thursday that he will return.

      Aldridge, the Portland Trail Blazers All-Star, was finishing a seven-team tour Thursday with a visit to the New York Knicks.

      The Spurs already have agreements in place to retain forward Kawhi Leonard (five years, $90 million) and guard Danny Green (four years, $45 million). They also traded center Tiago Splitter to clear room to potentially sign Aldridge, and center Aron Baynes on Thursday reportedly agreed to sign with the Detroit Pistons.

      Duncan, a two-time NBA MVP, was still effective last season, averaging 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game. He was the first player in NBA history to average at least 13 points and nine rebounds at age 38.

      In the playoffs, he was even better -- averaging 17.9 points and 11.1 rebounds in 35.7 minutes per game.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Pacers to sign Monta Ellis
    By The Sports Xchange

    Free agent guard Monta Ellis agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.

    • The deal can be signed July 9, when NBA rules permit free agents to officially complete new contracts, and includes an early termination option that would allow Ellis to become a free agent after three seasons.

      Ellis turns 30 the week the 2015-16 season begins and led the Dallas Mavericks with 18.9 points per game last season.

      Ellis has averaged 19.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 678 career games and was considered a priority for the Sacramento Kings.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Bucks land C Monroe with max deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Greg Monroe and the Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a three-year, $50 million contract.

    • The third year in the deal is a player option, according to multiple reports.

      Monroe returned to the Detroit Pistons as a restricted free agent last summer but was not engaged in talks to re-sign. Team president and head coach Stan Van Gundy said the team was moving toward a smaller lineup with center Andre Drummond entrenched in the middle.

      Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds last season for the Pistons and gives the youthful Bucks a needed post presence.

      Milwaukee and restricted free agent forward Khris Middleton, a former teammate of Monroe's with the Pistons, agreed to a five-year, $70 million extension on Wednesday.

      Middleton, a former second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons, has emerged as a major part of the Bucks' lineup ever since the team acquired him from Detroit in July 2013.

      Middleton, who is 6 feet 7, averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds last season while shooting 40.7 percent from 3-point range. He has increased his scoring since his rookie year from 6.1 points to 12.1 to 13.4 while offering great defense.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Pelicans, Asik shake on $45M deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Unrestricted free-agent center Omer Asik and the New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a five-year deal that could be worth up to $60 million. Without incentives, the base contract is a four-year, $45 million pact.

    • Asik can kick in a fifth year and additional $15 million through performance and playing time escalators.

      The former Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets big man averaged 7.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 26 minutes in 76 games for New Orleans last season.

      Asik, 28, gives the Pelicans a rebounding and defensive presence alongside Anthony Davis, the franchise centerpiece who agreed to a $145 million extension on July 1.

      The Pelicans also agreed to re-sign backup center Alexis Ajinca, who will receive a four-year deal worth $20.2 million.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Knicks, Afflalo agree to terms
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arron Afflalo agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract with the New York Knicks.

    • The deal can be made official July 9, the first day free agents can officially sign contracts.

      Afflalo holds a player option for the 2016-17 season, giving him power to return to free agency next summer when contract values are likely to balloon in the current of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

      Afflalo finished last season with the Portland Trail Blazers, who acquired the versatile backcourt piece from the New Orleans Pelicans in February.

      The Knicks were 17-65 last season and still have about $20 million to spend under the salary cap. The team was reportedly pursuing Heat guard Dwyane Wade, but Afflalo fills the same role at a cheaper price.

      That keeps the Knicks in the running for size, which team president Phil Jackson called a priority this summer. Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who was scheduled to meet with the Knicks on Thursday, are two possible free agents the team could lure with the right deal.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Kings trade Stauskas, Landry, Thompson to Kings
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Sacramento Kings unloaded the contracts of Carl Landry and Jason Thompson and parted with 2014 first-round draft pick Nik Stauskas on Wednesday night in a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

    • In addition to the three players, the 76ers will receive a protected first-round draft pick from the Kings and the right to swap picks in the first round of two other drafts, Grantland.com reported.

      In return, the Kings received the rights to overseas players.

      The move helps the Kings clear salary cap space to pursue swingman Wesley Matthews, guard Monta Ellis and other free agents.

      Landry is to receive $6.5 million in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Thompson's salary will be $6,752,813 next year because of a trade kicker and $2,650,000 is guarantee.

      Stauskas, 21, played in 73 games as a rookie in 2014-15 and averaged 4.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

      The 31-year-old Landry played in 70 games last season and averaged 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. The 6-foot-11 Thompson saw action in 81 games, averaging 6.1 points and 6.5 rebounds.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    NBA notebook: Spurs set to add Leonard, keep Green
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Antonio Spurs hit the ground running on the first day of free agency, agreeing to contracts with forwards Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green and trading center Tiago Splitter to clear room to potentially sign free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

    • Leonard agreed to a five-year, $90 million maximum deal moments into free agency, and Green agreed to stay via a four-year, $45 million contract.

      Leonard was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2014, when he averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds in a five-game win over the Miami Heat.

      Trading Splitter to Atlanta will free $8.5 million in cap space as the Spurs pursue Aldridge. San Antonio was scheduled to meet with the Portland Trail Blazers All-Star on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

      ---The New Orleans Pelicans and star forward Anthony Davis took only a minute into the start of free agency to agree to a five-year, $145 million extension that starts in the 2016-17 season.

      ESPN reported that Davis' deal will be the biggest in the league when it kicks in. The exact dollar figure will be determined once the new salary cap is set in 2016, with a major rise expected due to upcoming television money.

      Davis, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft out of Kentucky, averaged 31.5 points and 11 rebounds in the 2015 playoffs after averaging 24.4 points and 10.2 boards during the season.

      ---Kevin Love -- who opted out of a deal with the Cavaliers in June, bypassing a $16.7 million salary for next season -- announced Wednesday he will return to Cleveland.

      He will sign a five-year, $110 million contract July 9, the first day NBA free agents can make new contracts official. Love, who missed most of the Cavs' run to the NBA Finals after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the playoffs, joined the Cavs last offseason via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

      Meanwhile, restricted free agent Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers reportedly are nearing agreement on a five-year, $80 million contract.

      Thompson, 24, played the final year of his contract for $4.06 million, turning down an offer for about $50 million over five years. He averaged 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in a reserve role last season.

      ---Point guard Goran Dragic agreed to a five-year, $90 million deal with the Miami Heat, who can shift their attention to keeping backcourt mate Dwyane Wade.

      Wade did not exercise his player option for next season and became a free agent at midnight ET Tuesday. Dragic can sign his contract July 9, the first day free agents are allowed to sign new deals.

      Dragic, acquired from the Phoenix Suns last season, said for months he wanted to stay in Miami and took less than the maximum allowable annual salary to make it work. He averaged 16.6 points and 5.3 assists in 26 games for the Heat.

      ---The Phoenix Suns reached contract agreements with veteran center Tyson Chandler and guard Brandon Knight.

      According to reports, the Suns lured Chandler away from the Dallas Mavericks with a four-year, $42 million deal and kept Knight in Phoenix with a five-year, $70 million contract.

      Last season with the Mavs, Chandler averaged 10.3 points and 11.5 rebounds and shot 67 percent.

      Knight, 23, was acquired in a three-team trade with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers in February and averaged 13.4 points and 4.5 assists in 11 games for the Suns.

      ---The Milwaukee Bucks and guard Khris Middleton, a restricted free agent, reportedly have agreed to a five-year deal worth $70 million.

      Middleton, a former second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons, has emerged as a major part of the Bucks' lineup ever since the team acquired him from Detroit in July 2013.

      Middleton, who is 6 feet 7, averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds last season while shooting 40.7 percent from 3-point range. He has increased his scoring since his rookie year from 6.1 points to 12.1 to 13.4 while offering great defense.

      ---The Atlanta Hawks and forward Paul Millsap have agreed to terms of a three-year deal worth $59 million, according to several reports Wednesday.

      The Orlando Magic had offered Millsap a maximum $80 million over four years, according to ESPN.com and CBSSports.com, but he chose a shorter deal -- presumably to take advantage of the expected spike in the salary cap in 2017.

      Millsap, 30, averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season.

      Atlanta lost forward DeMarre Carroll to the Toronto Raptors on a four-year, $60 million deal but also acquired center Tiago Splitter, giving them a frontcourt rotation of Millsap, Al Horford and Splitter.

      ---Forward Paul Pierce reportedly agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, reuniting him with the coach who helped him win an NBA title.

      The 37-year-old veteran turned down a deal with the Washington Wizards that would have paid him $6.6 million in the coming season, with a team option for a second year, according to Yahoo Sports.

      The Clippers are coached by Doc Rivers, who teamed with Pierce to win a title in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.

      ---Small forward Mike Dunleavy and the Bulls agreed to a three-year, $14.4 million deal to keep the perimeter threat in Chicago and away from circling Eastern Conference rivals.

      Dunleavy, who turns 35 before the 2015-16 season begins, was an unrestricted free agent. The deal can officially be signed July 9, when the league-wide moratorium on free agent signings ends.

      Dunleavy averaged 9.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 63 games last season.

      ---The Portland Trail Blazers and All-Star guard Damian Lillard are nearing a maximum five-year contract extension.

      The extension is expected to top $120 million in value, according to ESPN.com.

      Lillard, 24, averaged a career-high 21 points per game last season. He also averaged 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds while playing in all 82 games.

      ---Restricted free agent Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors, unable to complete a long-term deal, reportedly halted contract negotiations.

      Signing Green to a five-year, $90.67 million contract would put the Warriors well into the luxury tax. At the start of business Tuesday, the NBA champions were $10 million below the cap.

      Other teams can offer Green a max deal of four years, $67.3 million. The Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Mavericks are thought to be interested in Green. ESPN reported he is looking for a five-year, $70 million deal in line with what the Milwaukee Bucks gave Khris Middleton.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Pierce reportedly will join Rivers, Clippers
    By The Sports Xchange

    Jumping at the chance to return home to California and to reunite with the coach who led him to an NBA championship, forward Paul Pierce agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, multiple media outlets reported.

    • The 37-year-old veteran turned down a deal with the Washington Wizards that would have paid him $6.6 million in the coming season, with a team option for a second year, according to Yahoo Sports.

      The Clippers are coached by Doc Rivers, who teamed with Pierce to win a title in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.

      Los Angeles' deal with Pierce is for the mid-level exception amount. The Clippers are attempting to re-sign center DeAndre Jordan, but Pierce figures to become a starter right away alongside the team's two All-Stars, power forward Blake Griffin and point guard Chris Paul.

      Pierce started all 73 games he played for Washington last season, averaging 11.9 points, four rebounds and two assists. In the postseason, he averaged 14.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists while hitting 52.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.

      He played the previous season with the Brooklyn Nets after spending the first 15 seasons of his career in Boston.

      A 10-time All-Star, Pierce ranks fourth in NBA history with 2,053 3-pointers made and 5,531 attempted. He is 19th on the NBA points list, with 25,899, and seventh with 6,854 successful free throws.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Hawks, Millsap agree to three-year, $59 million deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Atlanta Hawks and forward Paul Millsap have agreed to terms of a three-year deal worth $59 million, according to several reports Wednesday.

    • The contract includes a player option after two years, ESPN.com reported.

      The Orlando Magic had offered Millsap a maximum $80 million over four years, according to ESPN.com and CBSSports.com, but he chose a shorter deal -- presumably to take advantage of the expected spike in the salary cap in 2017.

      Millsap, 30, has developed into one of the NBA's most complete forwards in six years with the Utah Jazz and two in Atlanta. Last season, he averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

      Atlanta lost DeMarre Carroll to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday but also traded for center Tiago Splitter on Wednesday, giving them a frontcourt rotation of Millsap, Al Horford and Splitter.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Report: Bucks, Middleton agree to $70M deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Milwaukee Bucks and guard Khris Middleton, a restricted free agent, reportedly have agreed to a five-year deal worth $70 million.

    • The deal, first reported by ESPN, cannot be signed until July 9.

      Middleton, a former second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons, has emerged as a major part of the Bucks' lineup ever since the team acquired him from Detroit in July 2013.

      Middleton, who is 6 feet 7, averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds last season while shooting 40.7 percent from 3-point range. He has increased his scoring since his rookie year from 6.1 points to 12.1 to 13.4 while offering great defense.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Suns land Chandler, retain Knight
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Phoenix Suns reached a contract agreement with veteran free agent center Tyson Chandler and guard Brandon Knight on Wednesday.

    • According to reports, the Suns lured Chandler away from the Dallas Mavericks with a four-year, $42 million deal and kept Knight in Phoenix with a five-year, $70 million contract.

      The contracts can't be signed officially until July 9 according to league rules.

      The 32-year-old Chandler, who entered the NBA out of high school in 2001, spent two seasons in Dallas, including the championship year in 2011. He moved to the New York Knicks in free agency after that season and then back to the Mavericks in a June 2014 trade.

      Last season with the Mavs, Chandler averaged 10.3 points and 11.5 rebounds and shot 67 percent from the field.

      With Chandler in the fold, the Suns met with free agent LaMarcus Aldridge on Wednesday and included the newcomer Chandler in the meeting.

      Knight, 23, was acquired in a three-team trade with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers in February and averaged 13.4 points and 4.5 assists in 11 games for the Suns. Ankle and heel injuries limited his playing time.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Warriors give up more green to keep Green
    By The Sports Xchange

    Restricted free agent Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors reached an agreement on a long-term deal after reports earlier Wednesday indicated that the two sides halted contract negotiations.

    • Green confirmed on Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted website that he agreed to a five-year deal with the Warriors. No financial terms were disclosed, but the contract was reported to be worth approximately $85 million.

      "It's been a long journey to get to this point, whether it's always trying to overcome the odds, overcome doubters, but to be in this position, signing back with the Warriors is amazing," Green told the website.

      Both sides were geared toward offering contracts to keep the entire Warriors' roster intact with one exception: unrestricted free agent point guard Leandro Barbosa.

      Other teams could have offered Green a max deal of four years, $67.3 million. The New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks were thought to be interested in him.

      Green, who put up a triple-double in the NBA Finals, did a little bit of everything for the Warriors. He finished as runner-up to Chicago Bulls restricted free agent shooting guard Jimmy Butler for the NBA's Most Improved Player award and was also second in voting for Defensive Player of the Year (Kawhi Leonard, Spurs).

      Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Green was eligible for a contract with a maximum base salary of $15.8 milion next season.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Shumpert, Thompson sticking with Cavs
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be keeping the bulk of their team together after reaching the NBA Finals last month.

    • Guard Iman Shumpert agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract with the Cavs on Wednesday that includes a player option in the final year, according to multiple reports.

      Also, restricted free agent Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers were reported to be near an agreement on a five-year, $80 million contract.

      Shumpert was expected to talk with other teams in free agency but opted to remain in Cleveland, which he confirmed Wednesday through social media.

      The 25-year-old Shumpert joined the Cavaliers after a January trade with the New York Knicks and averaged 9.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals during the postseason.

      ESPN's Brian Windhorst first reported the Thompson deal on Wednesday just minutes after power forward Kevin Love posted to The Players Tribune that he was coming back to Cleveland. Love will sign a five-year, $110 million deal.

      Thompson, 24, played the final year of his contract for $4.06 million, turning down an offer for about $50 million over five years.

      "Tristan's in a situation where we fully intend to keep Tristan," Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said before the start of free agency. "He's in a slightly different situation than the other two guys just in terms of the role he played on this team, but no, we fully intend to have him be here."

      He averaged 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in a reserve role last season, when first-year coach David Blatt bumped Thompson to the bench to get Love in the starting lineup.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Love: 'I'm going back to Cleveland'
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kevin Love, who opted out of a deal with the Cavaliers in June, bypassing a $16.7 million salary for next season, announced Wednesday he would return to Cleveland.

    • "I'm going back to Cleveland," Love wrote for The Players Tribune in a post released at 2:30 ET on Wednesday.

      "After Game 1 of the NBA Finals, that's when it really struck me. Sitting on the sidelines, I never wanted to play in a game more than that one. I had dreamed of playing in the NBA Finals and I just wanted to help my guys win. I couldn't have been prouder of them as they poured their blood, sweat and tears onto the court.

      "Yeah, of course I’ve heard the free agency rumors. But at the end of the day, and after meeting with my teammates (it turns out pools are great meeting places) and with the front office, it was clear Cleveland was the place for me. We're all on the same page and we're all in. We have unfinished business and now it’s time to get back to work."

      ESPN and NBA.com reported Love would visit the Los Angeles Lakers this week, but that will not occur.

      The Cavaliers said they were not surprised by Love's decision to opt out and hoped to re-sign the All-Star.

      Love, who missed most of the Cavs' run to the NBA Finals after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the playoffs, joined the Cavs last offseason via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

      Love was playing in his first-ever playoff series when he dislocated his shoulder in Game 4 of the first-round series against the Boston Celtics on April 26. Boston forward Kelly Olynyk pulled down on Love's left arm and yanked it out of the socket, forcing season-ending surgery.

      Love played at UCLA and trains in Los Angeles. The Lakers and Celtics were among the teams expected to make a run at Love in free agency.

      Love recently said that watching the Cavs face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals reiterated his desire to win a championship with LeBron James in Cleveland.

      Love was asked on June 5 if he wanted to return to the Cavaliers next season.

      "Yes. I want to win," he said.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Hawks lose Carroll to Raptors
    By The Sports Xchange

    Atlanta Hawks free agent DeMarre Carroll and the Toronto Raptors agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract on Wednesday.

    • Carroll announced the deal on his personal Instagram account.

      Carroll is regarded as one of the best wing defenders in the NBA. He found his offensive game with the Hawks last season, posting career bests in scoring (12.9 points per game) and 3-point shooting (40 percent).

      He turns 29 on July 27, and joins a solid backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry in Toronto.

      The Hawks retained their other top free agent, forward Paul Millsap, who eschewed a four-year, $80 million offer from the Orlando Magic in favor of a three-year, $59 million contract to stay in Atlanta.

      Atlanta did add one player Wednesday, agreeing to a trade with the San Antonio Spurs for forward Tiago Splitter.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Spurs retain Green, trade Splitter
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Antonio Spurs hit the ground running on the first day of free agency, agreeing to contracts with forwards Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green and trading center Tiago Splitter to clear room to potentially sign free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

    • Leonard agreed to a five-year, $90 million maximum deal moments into free agency, and Green agreed to stay via a four-year, $45 million contract.

      Leonard was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2014, when he averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds in a five-game win over the Miami Heat.

      Green has been one of the best perimeter shooters in the NBA since joining the Spurs. He's one of five players in the NBA to shoot over 40 percent from 3-point range and make 500-plus 3-pointers, according to ESPN Stats and Research.

      Trading Splitter will free $8.5 million in cap space as the Spurs pursue Aldridge. San Antonio was scheduled to meet with the Portland Trail Blazers All-Star, who is in the middle of a seven-team tour. Aldridge could take a short-term deal from the Spurs with an eye on returning to free agency next season or later, when the salary cap structure -- and maximum contract levels -- are expected to change dramatically.