National Basketball Association
NBA News Wire
  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
    Hawks' Scott faces drug charge
    By The Sports Xchange

    Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott was arrested Thursday morning on a felony drug possession charge in Banks County, Ga.

    • According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Scott was charged with possession of marijuana and MDMA, a Schedule I drug.

      Sgt. Carissa McFaddin said Banks County Sheriff deputies tried to stop Scott and his brother, Antonn Imhotep Scott, on Thursday morning after spotting a vehicle following others too closely. The 20-year-old Antonn, who was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe, then allegedly led officers on a chase on Interstate 85.

      "As deputies attempted to make the traffic stop, the driver sped up to 98 mph and failed to stop," McFaddin said. "The driver continued for two miles and finally stopped near mile marker 156.

      "The occupants advised that they did have marijuana in the vehicle. Deputies located over an ounce of marijuana in the vehicle along with approximately 10.9 grams of MDMA, known as 'Molly.'"

      The two were taken to the Banks County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Center. Antonn Scott also was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement officers and following too closely.

      A Banks County jail administrator said Mike Scott's bond was $8,100 and Antonn Scott's was set at $9,300.

      "We are aware of the situation involving Mike Scott this morning," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Out of respect for the legal process, we will not have any additional comment at this time."

      In 68 games for the Hawks last season, Scott averaged 7.8 points and 2.9 rebounds. He was selected in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by Atlanta and completed his third season with the team.

      Scott is under contract for $3.3 million next season, and the Hawks have a $3.3 million team option for 2016-17.

  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
    Haywood's time with Blazers ends quickly
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Portland Trail Blazers waived center Brendan Haywood on Thursday after he was acquired in a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the week.

    • Haywood came to the Blazers on Monday along with guard Mike Miller and two future second-round draft picks in exchange for cash considerations.

      The Blazers parted with the 35-year-old Haywood before his $10.5 million salary for 2015-16 became guaranteed on Saturday.

      Haywood played limited minutes for the Cavs in 2014-15 after missing the 2013-14 season with a stress fracture in a foot.

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    Timberwolves add PG Miller
    By The Sports Xchange

    Veteran point guard Andre Miller reached a contract agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, according to reports.

    • The 39-year-old Miller visited the team's headquarters earlier in the day and then worked out an undisclosed deal.

      The Timberwolves were in the market for an experienced point guard. Minnesota starting point guard Ricky Rubio is returning from ankle surgery and Tyus Jones, the other point guard on the roster, is a rookie.

      Miller has played 16 seasons in the NBA. Last season, he split time with Washington and Sacramento, averaging 3.6 points and 2.8 assists in 51 games for the Wizards and 5.7 points and 4.7 assists in 30 games for the Kings.

      Miller's career averages are 12.8 points and 6.7 assists per game.

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    Warriors elevate Walton to lead top assistant
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Golden State Warriors promoted Luke Walton to lead assistant, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Walton replaced Alvin Gentry, who left Golden State during the offseason to become the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.

      Walton served as an assistant on coach Steve Kerr's staff last season when the Warriors won their first NBA championship in 40 years. He previously worked for the Los Angeles D-Fenders as a player development coach in the NBA Development League in 2013-14 and coached the Warriors' summer league team this year.

      As a player, Walton won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers during a 10-year career. He is the son of former NBA center Bill Walton.

      The Warriors also announced that Jarron Collins moved up to an assistant from player development coach. Assistant Ron Adams will remain on the bench and Theo Robertson becomes the video coordinator/player development coach.

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    Raptors hire Stackhouse, two other assistants
    By The Sports Xchange

    Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey added Jerry Stackhouse, Rex Kalamian and Andy Greer to his coaching staff on Wednesday.

    • Stackhouse, 40, played in the NBA for 18 years and is coaching for the first time in the NBA. He last played with the Brooklyn Nets in 2012-13. He had been working as a broadcast analyst in Detroit.

      Kalamian spent the past six seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Greer spent the past five seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    Kings waive F Moreland
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Sacramento Kings waived forward Eric Moreland on Wednesday.

    • In 2014-15, his first season with the Kings, Moreland totaled two points and one rebound in three minutes off the bench in three games.

      Moreland's season ended when he suffered a left shoulder labral tear, forcing him to miss the final 52 games of the regular season. He was assigned to the Reno Bighorns, the Kings' Development League affiliate, during the season, and averaged 13.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.29 steals, 1.57 blocks and 28.7 minutes per game in seven games (six starts).

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    Warriors' Kerr having back surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was scheduled to undergo back surgery on Tuesday, CSNBayArea.com reported Tuesday.

    • The surgery is needed to repair a herniated disk, which has bothered Kerr for several months.

      Kerr was in Tahoe for the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic two weeks ago, but did not participate because of his back problem.

      "I was supposed to play in the tournament but my back is acting up so I'm just enjoying the lake and the scenery," Kerr told CSN Bay Area. "Can't play this year unfortunately."

      Kerr said he will "be out for the summer," but should be fine when training camp opens in September.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    NBA notebook: Assembly approves Milwaukee arena funding bill
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Milwaukee Bucks are closer to a new arena after the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill Tuesday to allow for $250 million in taxpayer funding for the project.

    • After a 52-34 vote, the bill moves to Gov. Scott Walker for approval. Walker has been working with lawmakers to secure a deal that calls for the Bucks to contribute at least $250 million toward the arena.

      Once Walker signs off on the bill, the next steps would be for the county to authorize buying the land and a city vote to negotiate the lease and to approve financing.

      Bucks coach Jason Kidd was on hand in the Assembly gallery watching the debate.

      The NBA had said it would buy the Bucks and move the team if a new arena were not in place by October 2017. The lease at BMO Harris Bradley Center ends in 2017.

      The new arena would replace the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center as part of an estimated $1 billion development in downtown Milwaukee.

      ---The Denver Nuggets signed 20-year-old Serbian center Nikola Jokic to a multiyear contract on Tuesday.

      The 6-foot-10 Jokic started five games for the Nuggets in the 2015 Summer League in Las Vegas and averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 blocked shots.

      Jokic was drafted in the second round in 2014 by the Nuggets but has spent the past three years playing in the Adriatic League in Europe. In 37 games last season for KK Mega Vizura, he averaged 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds. 3.2 assists and 1.0 blocked shot and was named the league's top prospect.

      ---The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent guard Elliot Williams to a contract with undisclosed terms on Tuesday.

      Last season, Williams played in 13 combined games for the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 2.8 points. He sgined a 10-day contract with the Hornets in February but was released six days later without seeing action.

      The 6-foot-5 Williams also played in 29 games for San Cruz in the NBA Development League last season and averaged 21.3 points, 7.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds. He was named MVP of the D-League finals after averaging 27.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 rebounds during Santa Cruz's two-game sweep.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    G Williams signs with Hornets
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent guard Elliot Williams to a contract with undisclosed terms on Tuesday.

    • Last season, Williams played in 13 games for the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 2.8 points. He signed a 10-day contract with the Hornets in February but was released six days later without seeing any game action.

      The 6-foot-5 Williams also played in 29 games for San Cruz in the NBA Development League last season and averaged 21.3 points, 7.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds. He was named MVP of the D-League finals after averaging 27.0 points, 6.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds during Santa Cruz's two-game sweep.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    G Williams signs with Hornets
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent guard Elliot Williams to a contract with undisclosed terms on Tuesday.

    • Last season, Williams played in 13 games for the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 2.8 points. He signed a 10-day contract with the Hornets in February but was released six days later without seeing any game action.

      The 6-foot-5 Williams also played in 29 games for San Cruz in the NBA Development League last season and averaged 21.3 points, 7.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds. He was named MVP of the D-League finals after averaging 27.0 points, 6.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds during Santa Cruz's two-game sweep.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    State Assembly approves Milwaukee arena bill
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Milwaukee Bucks are closer to a new arena after the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill Tuesday to allow for $250 million in taxpayer funding for the project.

    • After a 52-34 vote, the bill moves to Gov. Scott Walker for approval. Walker has been working with lawmakers to secure a deal that calls for the Bucks to contribute at least $250 million toward the arena.

      Once Walker signs off on the bill, the next steps would be for the county to authorize buying the land and a city vote to negotiate the lease and to approve financing.

      Bucks coach Jason Kidd was on hand in the Assembly gallery watching the debate.

      The NBA had said it would buy the Bucks and move the team if a new arena were not in place by October 2017. The lease at BMO Harris Bradley Center ends in 2017.

      "Today, our collective effort to create a world-class sports and entertainment district in the heart of Milwaukee took a monumental step forward thanks to the bipartisan leadership of elected officials in Madison," Bucks president Peter Feigin said in a statement. "We're incredibly grateful for the commitment of state, county and city officials to work together in a historic fashion to help shape this public-private partnership. There's still work to be done and we look forward to building on this progress with the city and county, but the passage of legislation today makes our future much clearer.

      "The Bucks will not only remain home in Wisconsin, but we'll soon begin a transformative economic development project that will help revitalize our community and region."

      The new arena would replace the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center as part of an estimated $1 billion development in downtown Milwaukee.

      Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens bought the team in April 2014 from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl for $550 million. The new owners committed $150 million to funding the new arena, and Kohl has pledged $100 million.

      Seattle and Las Vegas were considered the top relocation options for the Bucks.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    Nuggets sign C Jokic
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Denver Nuggets signed 20-year-old Serbian center Nikola Jokic to a multiyear contract on Tuesday.

    • Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team.

      The 6-foot-10 Jokic started five games for the Nuggets in the 2015 Summer League in Las Vegas and averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 blocked shots.

      Jokic was drafted in the second round in 2014 by the Nuggets but has spent the past three years playing in the Adriatic League in Europe. In 37 games last season for KK Mega Vizura, he averaged 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds. 3.2 assists and 1.0 blocked shot and was named the league's top prospect.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    NBA notebook: Heat trade Zoran Dragic to Celtics
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Heat traded guard Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics on Monday, along with a 2020 second-round draft pick and cash considerations, in exchange for a protected 2019 draft pick.

    • The Heat are trying to trim their salary and luxury-tax bill, already trading guard Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic.

      Dragic split last season between the Heat and Phoenix Suns, appearing in 16 games (one start), averaging 1.8 points in 4.7 minutes. Dragic was acquired by the Heat on Feb. 19, along with his brother, Goran, in a three-team trade. Goran Dragic signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Heat earlier this month.

      The Heat also waived forward Henry Walker.

      The Heat are trying to trim their salary and luxury-tax bill, already trading guard Shabazz Napier -- along with cash considerations -- to the Orlando Magic in exchange for a conditional 2016 second round draft pick

      --The Golden State Warriors officially traded forward David Lee to the Celtics in exchange for forward Gerald Wallace and guard Chris Babb.

      Lee, 32, played five seasons with the Warriors, averaging 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 327 regular-season games. He had his finest season with Golden State in 2012-13, averaging 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in 79 games.

      --The Cleveland Cavaliers re-signed restricted free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova, and traded center Brendan Haywood, guard/forward Mike Miller and two future second-round draft picks to the Portland Trail Blazers.

      Terms of Dellavedova's contract were not released, but the deal is for one year and worth approximately $1.2 million, according to ESPN.com.

      As a result of the trade, the Cavs will receive two trade exceptions of approximately $10.5 million and $2.8 million, respectively.

      --The Indiana Pacers re-signed forwards/centers Lavoy Allen and Shayne Whittington to contracts.

      The team also signed guard/forward Glenn Robinson III and forward Rakeem Christmas.

      The 6-foot-9 Allen is entering his fifth season in the NBA and his third with the Pacers after being acquired via trade from the Philadelphia 76ers in February 2014.

      The 6-11 Whittington is entering his second season in the NBA after signing with the Pacers last year as an undrafted rookie.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    Pacers re-sign Allen, Whittington
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Indiana Pacers re-signed forwards/centers Lavoy Allen and Shayne Whittington to contracts Monday.

    • The team also signed guard/forward Glenn Robinson III and forward Rakeem Christmas.

      The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Allen is entering his fifth season in the NBA and his third with the Pacers after being acquired via trade from the Philadelphia 76ers in February 2014. He was drafted by the 76ers as the 50th overall pick in the 2011 draft. He has career averages of 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

      "We think he's ready to step in and play more minutes at two different positions," Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said of Allen in a statement. "This is a great opportunity for him to play night in and night out at a high level."

      The 6-11, 250-pound Whittington is entering his second season in the NBA after signing with the Pacers last year as an undrafted rookie. With the Pacers, he appeared in 20 games during the 2014-15 season. He was assigned to play with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the during their playoff run that resulted in a trip to the Development League Finals. Whittington appeared in five postseason games with the Mad Ants, averaging 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds.

      "Shayne has been with us for more than a year and shown us a lot of good things," Bird said. "He has grown as a player, has improved and we expect him to continue to do so to be a part of what we do. He's a hard worker with a variety of skills for a big man."

      The 6-7, 222-pound Robinson is in his second season in the NBA after being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round (40th overall pick) of the 2014 draft. He played 25 games with the Timberwolves before being waived. He was claimed off waivers by Philadelphia, with whom he played 10 games. Overall in 35 games as a rookie, he averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.

      The 6-9, 250-pound Christmas was acquired by the Pacers on July 23 from the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was a second-round pick in June's draft. He was selected 36th overall by Minnesota and was traded later draft night to the Cavaliers. He played collegiately at Syracuse where in his senior season he averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    Magic acquire G Napier from Heat
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Orlando Magic acquired guard Shabazz Napier and cash considerations from the Miami Heat in exchange for a conditional 2016 second round draft pick

    • Magic general manager Rob Hennigan made the announcement Monday after the story was reported the day before.

      The move removes Napier's $1.3 million from Miami's books and could save the Heat about $4.5 million in salary and luxury taxes, according to ESPN.com

      The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Napier played in 51 games as a rookie last season, averaging 5.1 points, and 2.5 assists in 19.8 minutes per game, while shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range.

      Napier, 24, underwent sports hernia surgery on April 1. He returned to action this summer and scored 14 points and added six assists in Miami's final game in the Orlando Pro Summer League. He also averaged 18 points in three games during summer league play in Las Vegas.

      As a college senior in 2014, Napier led the University of Connecticut to the NCAA Tournament title and was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. He also part of UConn's 2011 NCAA championship team.

      Originally selected by Charlotte in the first round (24th overall) in 2014, his rights were acquired by Miami on draft night.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    Heat trade G Zoran Dragic to Celtics
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Heat traded guard Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics on Monday, along with a 2020 second-round draft pick and cash considerations, in exchange for a protected 2019 draft pick.

    • The Heat are trying to trim their salary and luxury-tax bill, already trading guard Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic.

      Dragic split last season between the Heat and Phoenix Suns, appearing in 16 games (one start), averaging 1.8 points in 4.7 minutes. He previously spent time with Unicaja Malaga in Spain, appearing in 22 Euroleague games where he averaged 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 22.5 minutes while shooting 41.3 percent from the field.

      Dragic was acquired by the Heat on Feb. 19, along with his brother, Goran, in a three-team trade. Goran Dragic signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Heat earlier this month.

      The Heat also waived forward Henry Walker, who appeared in 24 games (13 starts) last season, averaging 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 26.1 minutes per game.

      Walker also appeared in 17 games (eight starts) for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League last season, averaging 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 27.8 minutes, while shooting 46.8 percent from the field.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    Warriors trade Lee to Celtics for Wallace, Babb
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Golden State Warriors traded forward David Lee to the Boston Celtics on Monday in exchange for forward Gerald Wallace and guard Chris Babb.

    • Lee, 32, played five seasons with the Warriors, averaging 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 327 regular-season games. He had his finest season with Golden State in 2012-13, averaging 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in 79 games.

      "On behalf of the entire Golden State Warriors organization, we thank David Lee for his contributions both on and off the court over the last five years," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a statement. "Throughout his time with the Warriors, David was a great player, competitor and presence in our locker room as well as in the community and was a stabilizing force during a period that saw many positive changes within the organization. Most importantly, he leaves Golden State as an NBA champion. We wish him nothing but the best in the next chapter of his career."

      The 6-foot-9 Lee appeared in 26 playoff games with Golden State, making postseason appearances in each of the last three seasons, culminating in an NBA championship this past season. Lee leaves the Warriors ranked sixth on the franchise's all-time list in defensive rebounds (2,176) and tied for 10th in field-goal percentage (.513).

      During his 10-year NBA career, Lee has averaged 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 695 regular-season games with the New York Knicks and Warriors. Originally selected by the Knicks with the 30th overall pick in the 2005 draft, Lee was acquired by the Warriors in a sign-and-trade deal on July 9, 2010.

      Wallace, 33, owns career averages of 11.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.44 steals and 29.7 minutes in 832 regular-season games (611 starts) over 14 NBA seasons with Sacramento, Charlotte, Portland, New Jersey/Brooklyn and Boston.

      Originally selected by Sacramento with the 25th overall pick in the 2001 draft, Wallace has appeared in 33 playoff games (17 starts), holding career postseason averages of 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.9 minutes.

      Babb, 25, appeared in 14 games with Boston as a rookie in 2014-15, tallying 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game. The 6-5 guard appeared in 45 games last season with the Celtics' Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, averaging 15.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 34.7 minutes.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    Cavs re-sign Dellavedova, trade Haywood, Miller to Blazers
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers re-signed restricted free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova on Monday, and traded center Brendan Haywood, guard/forward Mike Miller and two future second-round draft picks to the Portland Trail Blazers.

    • Terms of Dellavedova's contract were not released, but the deal is for one year and worth approximately $1.2 million, according to ESPN.com.

      Cavs general manager David Griffin officially announced the trade after the story was reported by multiple media outlets earlier in the day.

      Dellavedova, 24, played in 67 games (13 starts) in the 2014-15 regular season, averaging 4.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 20.6 minutes per game. He shot a career-high .407 from 3-point range and .763 from the free-throw line. The 6-foot-4 backup point guard also led the Cavaliers with a 3.34 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season, which ranked fourth in the NBA.

      Dellavedova appeared in all 20 games (seven starts) during Cleveland's NBA Finals run in the 2015 playoffs and averaged 7.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 24.9 minutes per game.

      As a result of the trade, the Cavs will receive two trade exceptions of approximately $10.5 million and $2.8 million, respectively. The two draft picks that Cleveland is sending to Portland in the deal are the Cavaliers' own 2020 second-round draft pick, and the more favorable of Minnesota's own 2019 second-round draft pick and the Los Angeles Lakers' own 2019 second-round draft pick.

      The 35-year-old Haywood, a 13-year veteran, has played in 816 games (549 starts) with Washington, Dallas, Charlotte and Cleveland, averaging 6.8 points on .528 shooting from the field, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.9 minutes per game. This past season with the Cavs, he played in 22 games (one start) and averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.4 minutes per game.

      The 35-year-old Miller, a 15-year veteran, owns career averages of 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28.3 minutes over 965 games (568 starts) with Orlando, Memphis, Washington, Miami and Cleveland. Miller was a key signing last offseason because of his experience and relationship with LeBron James, but he averaged just 2.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 13.5 minutes in 52 games (15 starts).

      The Blazers likely will waive Haywood and eventually could work a buyout with Miller, according to reports.

  • Sunday, July 26, 2015
    Magic reportedly acquire Napier from Heat
    By The Sports Xchange

    Orlando reached an agreement with the Miami Heat that will bring guard Shabazz Napier to the Magic in exchange for a projected future second-round draft pick, Yahoo Sports reported Sunday.

    • Napier, who was the star in Connecticut's run to the 2014 NCAA championship, was taken by Miami with the 24th overall pick in last year's NBA draft.

      As a rookie with the Heat, Napier averaged 5.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game. He shot just 38.2 percent from the field and 36.4 percent on 3-point shots.

      The move removes Napier's $1.3 million from Miami's books and probably means Tyler Johnson will be the Heat's backup point guard.

      It appears Napier will be the No. 3 point guard at Orlando, behind Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson.

  • Saturday, July 25, 2015
    Cavaliers re-sign G/F Jones
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers re-signed guard/forward James Jones to a contract Saturday.

    • Terms were not released, but the deal reportedly is for one year at the veteran's minimum.

      Jones appeared in 57 games (two starts) for the Cavs during the 2014-15 regular season and averaged 4.4 points in 11.7 minutes per game. He shot .360 from the 3-point line and .848 from the free-throw line.

      During Cleveland's NBA Finals run in the 2015 playoffs, Jones appeared in all 20 games, averaging 4.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game. He originally signed with the Cavs as a free agent on Aug. 5, 2014.

      For his career, the 12-year NBA veteran has played in 613 regular-season games (91 starts) with averages of 5.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game with Miami, Portland, Phoenix, Indiana and Cleveland. His .398 percentage from behind the arc is the 12th highest among active players.

  • Friday, July 24, 2015
    Mavericks sign Jenkins, Famous
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard John Jenkins and forward Jarrid Famous, the team announced Friday.

    • Jenkins reportedly had agreed to a three-year deal Monday.

      Jenkins was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 23rd pick in the 2012 draft. As a rookie, he shot 45 percent from the field and 38 percent on 3-point attempts.

      His second season was derailed by injuries. He played in only 24 games and had back surgery in February.

      The 24-year-old is ticketed to be the backup for newly signed Wesley Matthews. Matthews, who ruptured his left Achilles tendon four months ago while a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, joined the Mavericks after signing a $70 million deal earlier this month.

      Famous, 27, spent last season with the Iowa Energy and the Texas Legends in the NBA Development League.

      He averaged 10.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in five games in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Washington Wizards.

  • Friday, July 24, 2015
    Hawks sign Patterson, Petteway
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Atlanta Hawks signed guard/forwards Lamar Patterson and Terran Petteway to contracts Friday.

    • Both players competed for the Hawks in the recently completed NBA Las Vegas Summer League.

      Patterson started all seven games for the summer Hawks, averaging team-bests of 13.1 points, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals while adding 5.1 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game.

      Patterson, chosen by Milwaukee in the second round (48th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft, was acquired by the Hawks on draft night in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick. Patterson played in 29 games last season for Tofas in Turkey, putting up 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 28.6 minutes. The 6-foot-5 Patterson played at Pittsburgh from 2009-14.

      In Las Vegas, Petteway appeared in seven games (six starts) and averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 block in 26.0 minutes.

      The 6-6 Petteway, an early entry candidate for the 2015 draft but not selected, led Nebraska in scoring last season as a junior, averaging 18.2 points, along with 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals.

  • Friday, July 24, 2015
    76ers sign G Wilbekin
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia 76ers signed guard Scottie Wilbekin to a contract Friday.

    • Wilbekin competed for the Sixers in the 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League and the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points per game and averaged three 3-pointers made per game.

      Wilbekin went undrafted in 2014 following a standout career at Florida. As a senior, he was named SEC Player of the Year and earned third team All-America by the Associated Press. Wilbekin was a two-time SEC all-defensive selection and finished his career with 167 steals.

      Last season, Wilbekin played 32 games for Cairns Taipans of the Australian National Basketball League and was named the club's MVP and defensive player of the year. He was also named first team All-NBL after averaging 15 points, four assists, four rebounds and one steal per game with the Taipans. He later joined AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League, averaging eight points and four assists in nine games.

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    NBA notebook: Kings sign veteran Butler
    By The Sports Xchange

    A day after adding three players to the roster, the Sacramento Kings signed well-traveled forward Caron Butler on Thursday.

    • The length and financial terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team, but USA Today reported the deal is worth $3 million over two years.

      Butler, 35, has spent 13 seasons in the NBA with Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington, Dallas, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Detroit. He has career averages of 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 864 games.

      On Wednesday, the Kings signed forwards Quincy Acy and Duje Dukan and guard Seth Curry.

      ---Forward Chris Copeland, who was stabbed outside a New York City nightclub in April, reportedly has agreed to a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

      The deal is worth $1.1 million for one year, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

      Copeland, who is 6 feet 8 and 235 pounds, suffered a knife wound to his left elbow and abdomen and also suffered a fractured elbow during an altercation outside a club on April 8. He underwent surgery immediately after the incident and spent the rest of the season rehabilitating.

      ---The Indiana Pacers acquired rookie forward Rakeem Christmas from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a 2019 second-round draft pick.

      The Pacers used a pick recently acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in the deal for center Roy Hibbert.

      The 6-foot-9 Christmas was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round in the draft last month and then traded on draft night to the Cavaliers.

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Report: Copeland agrees to deal with Bucks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Chris Copeland, who was stabbed outside a New York City nightclub in April, reportedly has agreed to a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

    • The deal is worth $1.1 million for one year, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

      Copeland, who is 6 feet 8 and 235 pounds, suffered a knife wound to his left elbow and abdomen and also suffered a fractured elbow during an altercation outside a club on April 8. He underwent surgery immediately after the incident and spent the rest of the season rehabilitating.

      In Milwaukee, Copeland will be reunited with coach Jason Kidd, who played with Copeland on the New York Knicks in 2012-13.

      In three NBA seasons, Copeland has averaged 6.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game. Last season, he averaged 6.2 points in 16.6 minutes per game.