|Mon Aug 29||12:25||Reports: Lawson agrees to deal with Kings||Ty Lawson||PG||Nuggets||Def Fresh Flow|
Free agent point guard Ty Lawson and the Sacramento Kings reportedly agreed Sunday night on a one-year contract.The Vertical first reported the deal, and multiple media outlets confirmed the report. Financial terms weren't announced. According to The Vertical, Lawson chose Sacramento over the New Orleans Pelicans.Lawson changed his Twitter profile to read, in part, "sac-town PG," and tweeted, "Wassup Sac-town"Lawson, 28, will be joining his third team in a matter of months. He had his contract bought out by the Houston Rockets in early March, then signed with the Indiana Pacers.The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Lawson is entering his eighth NBA season. He played his first six years with the Denver Nuggets before Houston acquired him in the summer of 2015. He averaged 5.8 points per game and 3.4 assists with the Rockets in 53 games (12 starts) last season, then 4.9 points and 4.4 assists in 13 games (one start) with the Pacers.He was a bit player for Indiana in the postseason, averaging 2.3 points and 1.4 assists in seven games.In 482 career games (320 starts), Lawson has averaged 13.1 points and 6.2 assists.Off the court, Lawson has been charged with driving under the influence four times in his NBA career. He received a two-game suspension from the NBA in December.
|Sat Aug 27||01:41||Cousin of Bulls' Wade shot, killed in Chicago ||Dwyane Wade||SG||Heat||Buchanalia|
A cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade was shot and killed while she was pushing her baby in a stroller Friday afternoon in Chicago, multiple media outlets reported.Nykea Aldridge, 32, and a man were walking when someone began firing at the man, according to the Chicago Tribune report.Aldridge was hit in the head and the arm and taken to Stroger Hospital, where she died, police said. The baby was not hurt.Aldridge had just finished registering her children at Dulles School of Excellence when the shooting occurred.Aldridge is the daughter of Wade's mother's sister.Wade issued a statement on Twitter late Friday:"My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal.#EnoughIsEnough"The Bulls also issued a statement: "The entire Chicago Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the news of Dwyane Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Wade family during this difficult time."Chicago Police Department Deputy Chief James Jones said in a news conference that Aldridge was "an innocent party to this senseless shooting."
|Wed Aug 17||13:48||Heat re-sign G Udrih||Beno Udrih||PG||Bucks||The Schellackers|
The Miami Heat re-signed guard Beno Udrih on Wednesday, adding depth to their backcourt.Terms were not disclosed but the Miami Herald reported the deal is for one year at the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million.Udrih, 34, has appeared in 792 NBA regular-season games (272 starts) during his 12-year career, averaging 8.5 points, 3.4 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 22.3 minutes while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor, 34.9 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the foul line.Udrih averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 assists and 16.3 minutes in 36 games for the Heat last season after a November trade from the Memphis Grizzlies.The two-time NBA champion has appeared in 53 postseason games and averaged 4.5 points, 1.2 assists, 1.0 rebounds and 11.3 minutes while shooting 38.8 percent from the field and 80.4 percent from the free-throw line.Last season as a member of both the Heat and Grizzlies, Udrih appeared in 44 games (five starts) and averaged 4.7 points, 2.6 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 16.1 minutes while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor, 34.1 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the line.
|Tue Aug 16||14:14||Young, Russell mending fences after Azalea incident||D'Angelo Russell||Free Agent|
|Nick Young||SG||Wizards||Team Lorin|
Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell are mending fences and working on their friendship.The Los Angeles Lakers' teammates were involved in a public spat five months ago when Russell filmed Young answering questions about his relationships with women other than his pop star fiance Iggy Azalea. The video was leaked via Twitter, and a few months later Azalea ended the relationship."It's been so long, so it's kind of old," Young told the Los Angeles Daily News. "We've already been working it out. I can't be mad forever."Young made light of the Foot Locker commercial featuring Russell and 2016 No. 1 pick Ben Simmons in which Simmons asks for advice from Russell, who responds by hurling his cell phone into the ocean."Real funny," Young told the News. "I need my commercial now. I'll explain what happened to my life."Russell apologized publicly and Young said they would handle the situation outside the media.
|Sun Aug 14||15:13||Thunder sign G Price||Ronnie Price||PG||Jazz||Free Agent|
Guard Ronnie Price signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but The Vertical reported it to be a guaranteed two-year, $5 million contract.The 11-year veteran appeared in 62 games for the Phoenix Suns last season, averaging career highs in points (5.3), assists (2.4), rebounds (1.6), steals (1.19) and minutes played (19.5) per game. Price has appeared in 530 career NBA games, including stints with Sacramento, Utah, Portland, Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers since coming out of Utah Valley State College. He holds career averages of 3.8 points, 1.8 assists 1.2 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game.
|Fri Aug 12||13:46||Durant makes return to Oklahoma City on Feb. 11||Kevin Durant||SF||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Kevin Durant is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.That probably isn't going to help him avoid a series of jeers and cat-calls on Feb. 11.The All-Star forward agreed to join the Golden State Warriors in July and will find himself back inside Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Arena for the first time as an opponent on Feb. 11 when the Warriors visit the Thunder.Durant's departure stunned the high-energy Thunder fans and his return to Oklahoma City is easily the highlight of the NBA schedule released on Thursday.Durant's first game for the Warriors comes on Oct. 25 in a season-opening doubleheader. Golden State will face the San Antonio Spurs in the second game of a TNT doubleheader, following the clash between the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks.The Cavaliers and Warriors, who squared off in last season's NBA Finals, clash on ABC on Christmas Day as part of the league's traditional five-game showcase. ABC's other Dec. 25 telecast features the Spurs visiting th... [More
|Fri Aug 12||00:01||Cavs, James agree to 3-year, $100 million deal||LeBron James||SF||Heat||Buchanalia|
LeBron James' new contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers will hit nine figures.Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that James agreed to a three-year, $100 million deal with the NBA champion Cavs.The new contract will make James the highest-paid player in the league in 2016-17 at $31 million, according to multiple reports. The superstar forward's 2017-18 salary will be more than $33 million, which would be a single-season NBA record, ESPN reported. The previous mark was the $33 million that Michael Jordan received in 1997-98 from the Chicago Bulls.The third season is reportedly a player option.James was a free agent, though he previously assured the Cavaliers that he would return.James announced on a video posted on his social-media site, Uninterrupted, "I just want to let y'all know I'm re-signing back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, my hometown team. I can't be more excited than this opportunity once again, man, to defend our crown, defend our title. We all know last year was a magi... [More
|Tue Aug 9||19:16||Nuggets sign 3 draft picks, Miller||Malik Beasley||Free Agent|
|Mike Miller||SG||Heat||Free Agent|
The Denver Nuggets were quite busy on Tuesday, signing guards Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley and forward Juancho Hernangomez to contracts.Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the Nuggets, who also inked veteran reserve Mike Miller to a two-year contract, the Denver Post reported.Murray, who was selected with the seventh overall pick of the 2016 draft, averaged 19.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in five games at the 2016 Summer League in Las Vegas. The 19-year-old averaged 20.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in his lone season with Kentucky in 2015-16.Hernangomez was selected eight picks after Murray in the draft and averaged 9.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 24 contests with Movistar Esudiantes of the Spanish ACB league last season. The Madrid native also fared well in the Summer League, averaging 10.2 points and 8.2 rebounds.Beasley, who was picked 19th in the 2016 draft, averaged 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 34 games with Florida State last season.
|Thu Aug 4||19:22||Thunder's Westbrook inks three-year, $85.7M extension||Russell Westbrook||PG||Thunder||Buchanalia|
Russell Westbrook has decided to become a solo marquee attraction with the Oklahoma City Thunder.The All-Star point guard officially signed a three-year, $85.7 million extension with the Thunder on Thursday.The signing comes approximately one month after All-Star forward Kevin Durant bolted the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors."I am grateful to extend my contract with the Thunder and continue to play with the only organization that I have played for and have loved being a part of since I was drafted into the NBA," Westbrook said in a statement. "I'm really excited about moving forward with this group of guys and continuing to play in front of the best fans in the world."The first year of the extension replaces Westbrook's current deal and raises his salary from $17.8 million to $26.5 million. There is also a player option for the third year, meaning Westbrook could potentially become a free agent following the 2017-18 campaign."On behalf of the Thunder organization and the ent... [More
|Thu Aug 4||00:53||Reports: Westbrook, Thunder near 3-year extension||Russell Westbrook||PG||Thunder||Buchanalia|
All-Star guard Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder are closing in on a three-year maximum contract extension worth more than $85 million, according to multiple media outlets.The deal, which could be finalized in a couple of days, reportedly includes a player option on the third year, giving Westbrook the option to test free agency in 2018.Westbrook's current contract expires after next season, with the new deal adding at least two years while escalating his salary from $17.8 million to $26.5 million per year.Westbrook has played all eight seasons of his NBA career with Oklahoma City, averaging 21.5 points, 7.6 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 587 games while teaming up with forward Kevin Durant. The Thunder appear to be trying to lock Westbrook up early to avoid losing him, as they did with Durant, who signed as a free agent this summer with the Golden State Warriors.Westbrook was drafted fourth overall in 2008 by the Seattle SuperSonics, who moved to Oklahoma City that year to become the Thunder. Durant was drafted second overall by Seattle in 2007.
|Wed Aug 3||16:10||Cavaliers ink G/F Jones to one-year deal||James Jones||SF||Heat||Free Agent|
The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers re-signed veteran guard/forward James Jones to a one-year contract Wednesday.The deal is worth a reported $1.55 million.The 35-year-old Jones, who is close with LeBron James, has been a part of six consecutive Finals teams -- and three NBA championships -- in Miami and Cleveland"We're very happy to have James back with the Cavaliers," general manager David Griffin said in a statement. "He is a champion in every sense of the word and his leadership and professionalism over the last two years have translated with our team in many different ways that have helped us reach our goals. 'Champ' delivers a clear reflection of what success at the highest level should embody and his contributions and commitment to our team are something we need and appreciate greatly."The 6-foot-8, 218-pound Jones has spent the past two seasons with Cleveland after originally signing as a free agent with the team on Aug. 5, 2014. Last season, Jones appeared in 48 games for th... [More
|Mon Aug 1||14:23||Stoudemire to play in Israel next season||Amar'e Stoudemire||PF/C||Knicks||Doppelganger|
Less than a week after retiring from the NBA, Amar'e Stoudemire announced Monday he is continuing his basketball career in Israel.In a post on the Player's Tribune website, Stoudemire wrote: "I may be retiring from the NBA, but I'm not saying goodbye to basketball just yet. My next step is playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, one of the top teams in Europe. This isn't about collecting a paycheck overseas though; it's a spiritual journey, too."Stoudemire said at a press conference Monday in New York that he will sign a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem, the team he co-owns. As part of the deal, ESPN reported he will sell his ownership shares that he purchased in 2013. "We are thrilled to have a player of Amar'e's caliber join our team, solidifying our place among the top echelon of Israeli and European basketball," Dr. Ori Allon, President and majority owner of Hapoel Jerusalem, said in a statement. "More important bringing Amar'e to Jerusalem raises the profile of the entire Israeli Basket... [More
|Sat Jul 30||19:30||Cavaliers waive G/F Jones||Dahntay Jones||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
The Cleveland Cavaliers waived guard/forward Dahntay Jones Saturday.Jones was signed by the Cavaliers on April 13 and appeared in one regular-season game and 15 playoff games for the NBA champs. He scored 13 points and pulled down five points in the one regular-season game and averaged just 3.3 minutes per game in the playoffs.Jones came into the NBA in 2003 as the No. 20 overall pick of the Boston Celtics. He has spent 13 NBA seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Cavaliers.Jones has averaged 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds for his career. His best season came in 2009-10 with the Pacers when he had career highs with 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
|Fri Jul 29||00:40||Spurs sign former All-Star F Lee||David Lee||PF||Warriors||Doppelganger|
Former All-Star forward David Lee has reached agreement on a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs, according to multiple reports.The deal is worth $3.2 million and Lee holds a player option on the second season.Lee, 33, averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds last season while splitting time with the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks.Lee was an All-Star in 2010 with the New York Knicks and again in 2013 for the Golden State Warriors.He spent his first five seasons with the Knicks and his next five with the Warriors. Golden State traded him to Boston prior to the start of last season.Lee has career averages of 14.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in 750 career NBA games.
|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.