|Thu Jul 28||14:43||Cavaliers F Jefferson officially re-signs||Richard Jefferson||SF||Spurs||Def Fresh Flow|
The long-awaited resigning of Richard Jefferson finally occurred on Thursday.The Cleveland Cavaliers officially announced the signing of the veteran forward who helped the team win the 2016 NBA title. Terms of the contract weren't released but it was widely reported earlier this month that the deal is for two years."RJ's versatility on the court and leadership off it were core parts of our identity and success last year," Cleveland general manager David Griffin said in a statement. "In many respects, his impact was greater as the stakes got higher. His NBA Finals performance is a testament to his dedicated, steady approach and his presence in our locker room throughout the year and postseason cannot be overstated."We're very thankful he decided to continue his career and we know that his teammates appreciate what he brings to this team at a very deep level."Jefferson averaged 5.5 points in 74 games (five starts) last season. In the playoffs, he averaged 5.4 points in 21 games (two starts).The 6-foot-7 Jefferson has played with seven teams over his previous 15 seasons. He has career averages of 13.3 points and 4.2 rebounds and has in 1,082 regular-season contests.
|Wed Jul 27||17:49||Warriors F/C Varejao out of Olympics with back injury||Anderson Varejao||C||Cavaliers||Free Agent|
Golden State Warriors forward/center Anderson Varejao will miss the upcoming Olympics in his native Brazil due to a back injury.Varejao was examined earlier in the week by Dr. Robert Watkins in Marina Del Ray, Calif. The 33-year-old was diagnosed with a small lower back disc herniation.Varejao, who signed a one-year deal with Golden State earlier this month, is expected to be fine for the start of training camp. He initially came to the Warriors in March after spending the first 11 years of his NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.Between the Cavaliers and Warriors last season, Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 53 games. The 6-foot-11 Varejao's career averages are 7.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in 613 contests. He was the 30th overall pick by Orlando in the 2004 draft.
|Tue Jul 26||12:33||Westbrook, Thunder approach crossroads contract||Russell Westbrook||PG||Thunder||Buchanalia|
Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder arrived at a crossroads on Monday.When shooting guard Dion Waiters, a restricted free agent the Thunder allowed to walk in order to gain more than $12 million in cap space, signed a two-year deal with the Miami Heat, the Thunder set the stage for a make-or-break contract negotiation with Westbrook.With Waiters' Bird Rights retained, the Thunder gained the salary-cap exclusion needed to bring Westbrook's four-year contract offer to more than $110 million. He's in the final year of his contract and can make $17.7 million.After watching 2014 MVP Kevin Durant leave in free agency, there is a desire to lock up Westbrook and find out where he stands this summer. Trading Westbrook could become an option if he passes on a new deal. Westbrook could decide to wait for the new collective bargaining agreement, a deal expected in 2017 and one likely to redefine the maximum-level contract, if not eliminate it. Current projections for perennial MVP candidates Steph Curry and LeBron James are in the $30 million-$34 million per season range, and Westbrook might be willing to bet on himself getting to the $30 million range, too.However, because the Thunder retain his Bird Rights and can offer him the max, Westbrook would only get such an offer one of two ways: accept the deal from Oklahoma City or hope the franchise agrees to a sign-and-trade to a team with significant salary cap space, such as the Los Angeles Lakers.
|Mon Jul 25||15:15||Durant, Thompson lead Team USA rout of China||Kevin Durant||SF||Thunder||The Schellackers|
|Klay Thompson||Free Agent|
Two Golden State Warriors teammates, newcomer Kevin Durant and longtime mainstay Klay Thompson, led Team USA to a 106-57 rout of China in an exhibition game Sunday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.Durant led the U.S. squad with 19 points in 18 minutes, while Thompson scored 17 in 19 minutes. Each hit four 3-pointers.Team USA also received double-figure scoring from the Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (13 points), the Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan (12 points), the Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins (12 points) and the Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (10 points).The New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony scored five points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Jordan blocked three shots.Yi Jianlian, formerly of the Milwaukee Bucks, led China with 18 points and seven rebounds. Zhao Jiwei, who had 14 points, was the only other Chinese player to hit double figures.The Americans were coming off a 111-74 blowout of Argentina on Friday in Las Vegas. Next up on their pre-Olympic tour is another game against China on Tuesday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., where Durant will play before his new home fans for the first time since signing with the Warriors as a free agent.Team USA will play Venezuela in Chicago on Friday and Nigeria in Houston on Aug. 1 in their final games before heading to Brazil for the Olympics.
|Fri Jul 22||18:47||NBA notebook: Green reaches plea agreement||Chris Andersen||C||Nuggets||Free Agent|
|Draymond Green||Free Agent|
|James Harden||SG||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reached a plea agreement to avoid jail time in the case in which he was charged for slapping a Michigan State football player.Officials in East Lansing, Mich., announced the agreement on Friday. Green will be fined $500 and pay $60 in restitution to Jermaine Edmondson, who police said was slapped by Green on July 10.Green didn't have to amid guilt or enter a no-contest plea, according to assistant city prosecutor David Meyers.Green, a former Michigan State basketball star, originally was facing a misdemeanor assault charge. It was reduced to a noise violation, which is an infraction.Edmondson is no longer part of Michigan State's football program. School officials previously said his departure was not related to the incident with Green.--The son of basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone accused Houston Rockets star James Harden of ordering him to be beaten and robbed last month.Moses Malone Jr., 36, told Houston's ABC-13 News that's Harden's ... [More
|Fri Jul 22||15:24||C Andersen signs with Cavs, reunites with LeBron||Chris Andersen||C||Nuggets||Free Agent|
The Cleveland Cavaliers officially signed Chris "Birdman" Andersen on Friday, reuniting the center with LeBron James.The contract is a reported one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Andersen split time between the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat last season, appearing in 27 games (15 starts) with averages of 3.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.9 minutes.The 38-year-old Andersen has played 14 NBA seasons in a career stalled by a two-year ban for violations of the NBA's substance-abuse policy. He has had stops in Denver (twice), New Orleans, Miami and Memphis.In his career, Andersen holds averages of 5.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 17.8 minutes over 683 games (45 starts). He has a career field-goal percentage of .533, having hit at least .500 from the field in each of the last eight seasons.Andersen won an NBA championship with Miami in 2013 while a teammate with James, and set an NBA playoff record by shooting .807 (46-for-57) from the field over 20 games during the Heat's title run. Overall, he has appeared in 73 career postseason games (two starts), averaging 5.3 points on .631 shooting from the field, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 17.1 minutes.
|Fri Jul 22||00:10||Harden accused of ties to robbery outside strip club||James Harden||SG||Thunder||The Schellackers|
The son of basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone accused Houston Rockets star James Harden of ordering him to be beaten and robbed last month.Moses Malone Jr., 36, told Houston's ABC-13 News that's Harden's "people" attacked him because he posted a Facebook comment critical of the price of Harden's basketball camp.Four men were charged Wednesday with the aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with an attack on Malone on June 25, according to Houston's KPRC-2 TV. The incident occurred outside Houston strip club V Live Vintage Steakhouse at 2:30 a.m., and court documents show Malone was robbed of approximately $50,000 worth of jewelry.Malone told police that about 15 men surrounded him outside, and one, Darian Blount, mentioned the Facebook post regarding Harden, a noted customer of the club. According to Malone, Blount said that Malone disrespected Harden and would be punished for it, KPRC-2 TV reported.Malone said he was beaten and robbed of his jewelry, cellphone, credi... [More
|Thu Jul 21||18:56||NBA notebook: League takes All-Star Game out of Charlotte||Aaron Brooks||PG||Suns||Buchanalia|
|Mike Miller||SG||Heat||Free Agent|
The NBA announced it will pull the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, with the hope of returning the marquee midseason event to the city two years later.The league's move is in response to its objection to North Carolina House Bill 2, a law that mandates people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates. Commissioner Adam Silver had threatened to move the All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte unless the law aimed at the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was changed.While the league said that it would reveal the new host city for the 2017 All-Star Game in the coming weeks, The Vertical reported that the NBA has its eyes on the New Orleans' Smoothie King Center. New Orleans played host to the All-Star Game in both 2008 and 2014.Chicago, New York and Brooklyn are also in the running to host the event, ESPN reported on Thursday.--The Indiana Pacers on Thursday signed veteran free agent point guard Aaron Brooks to a contract. Per te... [More
|Thu Jul 21||14:36||Nuggets re-sign Mike Miller||Mike Miller||SG||Heat||Free Agent|
The Denver Nuggets on Thursday re-signed forward Mike Miller to a multiyear contract.Miller, a 16-year NBA veteran, appeared in 47 games for Denver during the 2015-16 season and averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.Miller has played in 1,012 career games and posted averages of 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.3 minutes per game for Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota, Washington, Miami, Cleveland and Denver."We're thrilled that Mike will be back with us going forward. He exemplifies what it means to be an ultimate teammate and professional, and his resume certainly speaks for itself," said general manager Tim Connelly. "Last season Mike made a major impact on our young core and we look forward to continuing to have his veteran leadership both on the court and in our locker room."
|Thu Jul 21||14:36||Pacers sign PG Brooks||Aaron Brooks||PG||Suns||Buchanalia|
The Indiana Pacers on Thursday signed veteran free agent point guard Aaron Brooks to a contract. Per team policy, no terms are released.The 6-foot, 161-pound Brooks is an eight-year NBA veteran who has played with Houston, Phoenix, Sacramento, Denver and Chicago. He was a first-round pick (26th overall) of the Rockets in 2007 after playing collegiately at Oregon.His best season was in 2009-10 when he averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 assists per game for Houston. In 2010, he was the NBA's Most Improved Player.Over his NBA career, he has averaged 10.7 points and 3.2 assists."Aaron is a proven point guard in the NBA," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "He can create and shoot the 3. He's another scorer for our second unit who plays at a high level at both ends of the court."
|Mon Jul 18||16:10||LeBron tells Cavs he will return||LeBron James||SF||Heat||Buchanalia|
LeBron James, who has made it clear he does not intend to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers despite opting out of his contract, informed the NBA champions he will re-sign sometime this summer.James still has no timetable for negotiating or signing a deal, sources told ESPN on Monday.James, fresh off guiding the Cavaliers to their first NBA title, turned down a $24 million salary for the 2016-17 season at the June 29 deadline for his decision.James, who is currently traveling and spending time with his family, will eventually meet with agent Rich Paul and go over his contract options, according to ESPN.James can sign for up to $27.5 million for next season on a one-year contract or sign a multiyear deal that could make him the league's highest-paid player at $30.8 million for 2016-17.James is a three-time NBA champion, a three-time Finals MVP, a four-time regular-season MVP and a 12-time All-Star.James is one of several members of the Cavs from last season's championship team who remain uns... [More
|Fri Jul 15||19:21||NBA roundup: Pistons officially sign Drummond||DeAndre Bembry||Free Agent|
|Kris Humphries||PF||NJ Nets||The Sith Lords|
The Detroit Pistons rewarded Andre Drummond for his All-Star season by signing the center to a multi-year contract on Friday.While the team did not divulge the terms of the deal, ESPN reported earlier this month that contract is for five years and $130 million.Drummond averaged career highs in points (16.2) and rebounds (14.8), with the latter total leading the league last season. The 22-year-old also logged a personal-best 32.9 minutes per game in 2015-16.Named to the All-NBA Third Team last season, Drummond was the third Piston to lead the NBA in rebounds. Dennis Rodman and Ben Wallace were the others.-- The Atlanta Hawks re-signed forward Kris Humphries and inked guards Jarrett Jack and Malcolm Delaney to contracts. Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the club.Humphries, 31, averaged 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 21 games with the Hawks last season. Jack averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 assists in 32 games for Brooklyn last season.Delaney averaged 14.6 points and 4.9 assists last ... [More
|Fri Jul 15||18:11||Hawks re-sign F Humphries, Gs Jack, Delaney||Kris Humphries||PF||NJ Nets||The Sith Lords|
|Jarrett Jack||PG||NO Hornets||Free Agent|
The Atlanta Hawks re-signed forward Kris Humphries and inked guards Jarrett Jack and Malcolm Delaney to contracts on Friday.Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the club.Humphries, 31, averaged 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 21 games with the Hawks last season. The 12-year veteran recorded 6.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 53 contests with Washington, Phoenix and Atlanta in 2015-16."We're thrilled to be able to bring Kris back to Atlanta," Hawks president of basketball operations and coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He quickly fit in with our team last season and played an important role on the court and in the locker room." A former Georgia Tech standout, Jack averaged 11.1 points and 4.5 assists in 803 contests over his 11-year career. The 32-year-old ratcheted it up a notch last season with Brooklyn, recording 12.8 points and 7.4 assists in 32 games."Jarrett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our backcourt," Budenholzer said. "His leadership and versatility will be important to our team." Delaney averaged 14.6 points and 4.9 assists last season for the Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban.
|Fri Jul 15||00:38||Varejao to remain with Warriors||Anderson Varejao||C||Cavaliers||Free Agent|
Anderson Varejao is returning to the Golden State Warriors next season.Varejao's representatives tweeted confirmation on Thursday afternoon."@VAREJAOANDERSON Renews with the @warriors 2016/2017 season of @NBA @NBABrasil."The Warriors and Varejao agreeed to a one-year deal, ESPN.com reported. The 33-year-old Brazilian forward/center came to the Warriors in March after spending the first 11 years of his NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.Between the Cavs and Warriors last season, Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 53 games. In the postseason, he played in 17 games with averages of 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds.The 6-foot-11 Varejao's career averages are 7.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in 613 games. He was the 30th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
|Fri Jul 15||00:35||Ginobili to receive one-year deal from Spurs||Manu Ginobili||SG||Spurs||Team Lorin|
Manu Ginobili reportedly re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, getting a one-year deal from the only team he has played for.According to the Vertical on Yahoo Sports, Ginobili is returning to San Antonio on a contract that will pay him $14 million after the 38-year-old opted out of his $2.9 million contract to enter free agent.Last week, Ginobili announced via Twitter that he was returning to the Spurs for a 15th season when he tweeted: ''Happy to tell you guys that I'll be coming back to the Spurs for another season."Ginobili has averaged 14 points and has won four championships with San Antonio, which selected him 57th overall in the 1999 draft. Ginobili also is a two-time All-Star and won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 2008.Last season, he averaged 9.6 points and 3.1 assists while playing 58 games as the Spurs posted a team-record 67 regular-season victories.Ginobili's re-signing occurred three days after forward Tim Duncan announced his retirement following a 19-year career. It also came on the same day that San Antonio officially announced the signing of 36-year-old forward Pau Gasol.
|Thu Jul 14||16:02||Nets agree to deals with former top pick Bennett, Foye||Anthony Bennett||Free Agent|
|Randy Foye||PG/SG||Clippers||Free Agent|
The Brooklyn Nets believe that former top overall pick Anthony Bennett and veteran guard Randy Foye have more in the tank.Bennett reached an agreement on a two-year contract with the club that will be worth the veteran's minimum and Foye accepted a one-year deal, according to multiple reports on Thursday.Brooklyn also signed guard/forward Caris LeVert to a multi-year contract.Bennett was selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 draft but struggled mightily in three seasons with Cleveland, Minnesota and Toronto. The 23-year-old Canadian averaged just 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds during those stints.A 6-foot-8 power forward, Bennett was traded along with Andrew Wiggins from Cleveland for Kevin Love in 2014 following a disastrous rookie season.Foye played in 81 games last season with Denver and Oklahoma City. The 32-year-old averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 assists in 54 contests with the Nuggets and 5.6 points in 27 tilts with the Thunder.LeVert averaged 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 103 career games with Michigan.
|Thu Jul 14||14:43||Raptors sign G DeRozan to multiyear deal||DeMar DeRozan||SG||Raptors||Doppelganger|
The Toronto Raptors on Thursday re-signed free-agent guard DeMar DeRozan to a multiyear contract.Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed."Our top priority in the offseason was to make sure DeMar remained a Raptor," said Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri. "He has been a foundation for our franchise, a leader who exemplifies the culture we are developing and a key contributor in our success."We are delighted that after seven seasons DeMar wanted to remain in Toronto to help us continue to build a championship program."DeRozan played a major role in last season's franchise-record 56 regular-season wins and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. DeRozan, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, averaged a career and team-best 23.5 points with 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists.He was selected to the All-Star team for the second time in his career.
|Thu Jul 14||13:37||Spurs sign Gasol||Pau Gasol||PF/C||Lakers||Team Lorin|
Pau Gasol officially is a member of the San Antonio Spurs.The Spurs signed the 36-year-old forward-center on Thursday as well as rookie Dejounte Murray.Gasol is a 15-year veteran who played for the Chicago Bulls last season. The 7-footer was the only player in the league to average 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists per game.Gasol's two-year deal reportedly is worth $30 million.Murray was the 29th pick in the draft out of the University of Washington. The 6-foot-5, 170-pound guard averaged 16.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.82 steals while starting all 34 games as a freshman last season.
|Thu Jul 14||12:48||Spurs' Duncan bids heartfelt farewell in letter||Tim Duncan||PF||Spurs||Doppelganger|
Understated Tim Duncan has said virtually nothing publicly since his retirement after 19 NBA season was announced in a simple press release issued by the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.But on Wednesday, Duncan offered his first public words on the subject in an open letter that appeared on the Spurs' website."If asked to write a script for my career 19 years ago, there is no way I would've been able to dream up this journey," Duncan wrote. "I stand here at the end of this ride and look back in awe of what I've experienced.Duncan combined with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to win 1,001 games, more than any other player-coach combination in history, and made the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons.But the success takes a back seat to the people he met along the way."The wins and losses will be remembered, but what I'll remember most are the people," Duncan added. "The fans inside the arena and out, the staff and coaches who pushed me and held me together, the teammates (and even opponents)... [More
|Thu Jul 14||12:39||Durant feels disconnect with Westbrook||Kevin Durant||SF||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Kevin Durant said he never felt more comfortable than when he met four Warriors' players and coach Steve Kerr during a meeting in the Hamptons earlier this month.Suffice to say the new Golden State forward doesn't get the same warm and fuzzy vibes when he speaks to now former Oklahoma State Thunder teammates, including All-Star Russell Westbrook."I just told him. I let him know how I felt," Durant said in an interview with Sina Sports in China. "Obviously, our relationship won't ever be the same again. But it's something I wanted to do, and I expressed that to him. Hopefully he respected it."Two-time MVP Steph Curry, part of the player brigade that visited Durant on July 1 in New York, said he disagreed with commissioner Adam Silver that the super team arrangement isn't good for the league. "We just keep it tight in our locker room. There's going to be a lot of noise and distractions," Curry said. The closeness Durant witnessed between Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond ... [More