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    Durant wants to wait before signing new deal with Warriors
    June 28, 2017


    Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant plans to wait until later this summer before re-signing with the NBA champions.

    The NBA Finals MVP decided last week to decline his $27.7 million player option for 2017-18 to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 before re-upping with the Warriors. He reportedly notified Golden State of that decision this week.

    The 28-year-old Durant, a 10-year NBA veteran, wants the team to complete the bulk of its summer business before re-signing, ESPN's Marc Stein reported Wednesday.

    Free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ET on Saturday and the first day teams can sign players to new deals is July 6.

    Sources told ESPN that Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman intend to work with the club in providing the necessary discounts on Durant's expected new two-year deal to help them retain free agents Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and other bench players.

    In addition, Warriors star guard Stephen Curry, who won back-to-back MVP awards in 2015 and 2016, also will become a free agent, but he is expected to sign a five-year "supermax" extension in July worth an estimated $205 million. He made just $12.1 million this past season.

    The 6-foot-11, 240-pound Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer to sign with the Warriors. He played a big role this season in leading Golden State to its second NBA championship in three years over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    In this year's Finals, Durant averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists as the Warriors wrapped up the series in five games.
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    Rockets acquire F Kelly from Hawks
    June 28, 2017

    The Atlanta Hawks traded forward Ryan Kelly to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations.

    Kelly, 26, appeared in 16 games for the Hawks last season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in limited play.

    The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Kelly was originally signed by the Hawks in September 2016. He was waived and re-signed a few more times last season before re-signing a multi-year contract on Feb. 24.

    Kelly was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft. He owns career averages of 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 163 games (59 starts).
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    Clippers agree to trade PG Paul to Rockets
    June 28, 2017


    The Los Angeles Clippers reached an agreement on a blockbuster trade to send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

    Paul, 32, agreed to opt in to the final year of his $24.2 million contract, clearing the way for the Clippers to execute a sign-and-trade deal with the Rockets and bring back assets for the star player, league sources told The Vertical.

    The Rockets will send forward Sam Dekker and guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, plus a top-three protected 2018 first-round pick to the Clippers in exchange for Paul, sources told ESPN.

    Paul had until Wednesday to opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. The Clippers risked losing Paul for nothing in free agency.

    Paul could have signed a new deal with the Clippers that started at $34 million a year had he opted out of his contract. He will now be eligible to sign a five-year, $205 million maximum extension with the Rockets since he is being acquired in a trade.

    Paul wanted to play alongside Rockets All-Star guard James Harden, according to The Vertical. Paul and Harden reportedly discussed the possibility of a partnership at length and believe they can find a way to thrive together.

    Paul, who was acquired by the Clippers in a 2011 trade with New Orleans, is a nine-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA player and a nine-time All-Defensive team member. He played six seasons with Los Angeles after six seasons in New Orleans.

    For his career, Paul owns averages of 18.7 points, 9.9 assists and 2.3 steals in 834 NBA games.
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    Rockets to acquire Paul from Clippers
    June 28, 2017


    HOUSTON (AP) Chris Paul is heading to Houston to join James Harden, and the Rockets will soon have two All-Stars in the backcourt to lead their chase for a championship.

    The Rockets have reached an agreement to acquire Paul from the Clippers in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and a protected first-round pick next year, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The pick is only protected if Houston's pick lands in the first three of the 2018 draft, according to the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the teams haven't finalized the trade with free agency coming up on Saturday.

    The 32-year-old Paul opted in for the last year of his contract so the Clippers could work on a deal.

    The nine-time All-Star has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his 12-year career, though he has been dogged with criticism in recent years for failing to help the Clippers get out of the second round of the playoffs. Los Angeles reached the postseason in each of Paul's six seasons with the team, but the Clippers were eliminated in the first round three times and in the Western Conference semifinals three other times.

    Perhaps the most crushing playoff series loss of his tenure with the Clippers came to the Rockets in 2015. Los Angeles had a 3-1 lead in the conference semifinals before Houston won the last three games of the series to send Paul and the Clippers home early yet again.

    The Clippers were eliminated in the first round the past two seasons and are likely to look much different next season. The Paul trade comes after Blake Griffin informed the team last week that he is opting out of the last year of his contract to explore free agency. J.J. Redick is also a free agent.

    In Houston, Paul joins a team led by Harden that was eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in the conference semifinals last season. With Harden's move to point guard last season, Paul's role will probably be a bit different than it has been in Los Angeles.

    But he will add another scoring dimension in replacing Beverley in the starting lineup. Beverley received NBA defensive first team honors last week, but averaged just 9.3 points in his five seasons with the Rockets. He's the only Houston starter involved in the deal, with Williams and Dekker playing reserve roles last season.

    Williams, the 2014-15 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, was traded to the Rockets from the Los Angeles Lakers in February. He averaged 14.9 points and three rebounds in 23 games for Houston after the trade.

    Dekker, the 18th pick in the 2015 draft, missed all but three games as a rookie because of back surgery. The small forward was healthy this season and appeared in 77 games and averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds.

    The deal was first reported by The Vertical.
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    Knicks cut ties with Jackson after 3 years
    June 28, 2017


    The New York Knicks parted ways with team president Phil Jackson on Wednesday morning after three disappointing seasons.

    "After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction," Knicks owner James Dolan said in a statement. "Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive."

    Dolan had been weighing Jackson's future role running the franchise despite the two years and $24 million-plus left on his contract, league sources told The Vertical. Dolan and the 71-year-old Jackson talked about the possibility of a parting on Tuesday with free agency beginning on Saturday, according to the report.

    "The New York Knicks will always hold a special place in my heart," Jackson said in a statement released by the Knicks. "This team and this town launched my NBA career. I will forever be indebted to them. I am grateful to Mr. Dolan for giving me the opportunity to return here.

    "I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren't able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best -- today and always."

    Dolan's decision was accelerated this week when the franchise decided it would not buy out star forward Carmelo Anthony, sources told ESPN. Jackson previously said multiple times he felt it was best for Anthony and the organization to part ways. Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract and is still owed $26.24 million and $27.9 million in each of the next two seasons as part of the five-year, $124 million contract he signed in 2014.

    In addition, Jackson was considering trading 7-foot-3 Latvian star center Kristaps Porzingis ahead of last Thursday's NBA Draft. Porzingis, 21, has not been in contact with anybody within the Knicks' front office since the end of the season. He skipped exit meetings with Jackson and the team reportedly due to his frustration with the Knicks' dysfunction.

    Jackson was hired three years ago after a historic coaching career that included 11 NBA titles, but he struggled to make progress with the Knicks with a three-year record of 80-166 since he took over the role as president of basketball operation, including a franchise-worst 17-65 in 2014-15.

    The Knicks, who lost at least 50 games each year under Jackson, completed a 31-51 season in 2016-17 and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

    Knicks general manager Steve Mills is expected to stay in his current role and lead the team during free agency, but his future is unclear.

    "While we are currently evaluating how best to move forward regarding the leadership of the organization, I will not be involved in the operation of the team," Dolan said. "Steve Mills, the team's general manager, will run the day-to-day business of the organization over the short term. Tim Leiweke, who brings tremendous expertise and experience in sports franchise management from both Toronto and Los Angeles and is our partner in the Oak View Group, will advise and work with Steve on an interim basis to help develop a go-forward plan."

    Jackson was a Hall of Fame coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, delivering titles with superstars Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. Jackson played for the Knicks when they won NBA titles in 1970 and 1973.

    Jackson remained confident in his abilities to turn the franchise's fortunes around as recently as last week in response to critics.

    "Well, I think, we know what we're doing," Jackson said to MSG Live. "That's what I can say to them. Although it's not been apparent in our record the last couple of years, we've grown from within."

    Jackson's departure was welcomed by Knicks fans such as film director Spike Lee, who posted a picture of himself on Instagram in a celebratory pose with a caption that read: " HALLELUJAH."
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    Miles Simon joins Luke Walton's coaching staff with Lakers
    June 27, 2017


    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Miles Simon has joined the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach.

    Lakers coach Luke Walton announced the hire of his fellow former University of Arizona star Tuesday.

    Simon recently worked for USA Basketball, serving as head coach for the junior select national team. He spent three seasons as Lute Olson's assistant at Arizona from 2005-08.

    Simon also has worked as a player development coach, the director of the Nike Basketball Academy and a college basketball analyst for ESPN.

    He was the NCAA tournament's most outstanding player in 1997 while leading the Wildcats to the national title.

    Simon joins associate head coach Brian Shaw and assistants Jesse Mermuys, Mark Madsen, Jud Buechler and Brian Keefe on Walton's staff. Walton, Simon, Buechler and Mermuys all attended Arizona.
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    For Bulls, blockbuster trade is all about direction
    June 27, 2017


    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls set a clear direction by trading All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night last week.

    The Bulls had plenty of people talking after they traded one of the NBA's top two-way players for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. 7 overall pick Lauri Markkanen, three newcomers who were introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.

    Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said debating which team got the better end of the deal is ''the wrong way to look at it'' at the moment.

    ''We've defined our direction,'' he said. ''We made the playoffs (eight of nine) years. Wasn't good enough. We have to now reset what we're about.''

    The Bulls added three players to the mix who are 23 or younger. They believe they are starting to build a team that fits coach Fred Hoiberg's pace-and-space offensive system as he heads into his third season.

    They see a promising core that can help lay the foundation for bigger things. And they're not too concerned about what others think.

    ''I'm excited about what the environment in this building is going to be like going forward,'' Paxson said. ''I'm not worried about perception. We understand this could take time, it's a process. But as long as these kids can play hard and compete our fans will appreciate them, and we'll get better.''

    There was plenty of room for the Bulls to improve after last season.

    They made the playoffs on a tiebreaker after missing out the previous season, then put up a fight against Boston before bowing out in the first round.

    Only once since the Michael Jordan era has Chicago advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, losing to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2011. Derrick Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in the playoff opener against Philadelphia the following year, and the Bulls haven't been a serious championship threat since then.

    The Bulls sorely needed more shooting and athleticism if Hoiberg's offense was going to work the way they hoped, and they believe they are on their way.

    They are counting on LaVine to work his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee, for Dunn to improve on a disappointing rookie season after being drafted No. 5 overall and for the 7-foot Markkanen to make a smooth transition to the NBA with his sweet shot.

    ''I'm feeling really good,'' said LaVine, who was averaging 18.9 points when he was injured in February. ''I'm attacking this injury like I do everything in life, working my butt off for it every day, in the gym and doing as much as possible. There's always that base timeline of 9-12 months with it. I feel like with my ability I'm able to come back early. But I really haven't set a timetable for that. I'm very confident that I'll come back better.''

    Agent Bill Duffy said LaVine is ''definitely ahead of schedule'' and called him the ''consummate workaholic.''

    ''But on the other hand, you've got to kind of mitigate his progress because he's eager to be at the (practice) facility,'' he added. ''We're going to have to put the brakes on at some point.''

    Dunn, meanwhile, acknowledged a difficult rookie season under coach Tom Thibodeau. He didn't live up to the hype that accompanied him from Providence. He gets another chance with the Bulls, who tried getting him and LaVine a year ago for Butler.

    Dunn described last season as a ''roller coaster ride.'' But he also credited Thibodeau, the former Bulls coach.

    ''He helped me become a professional,'' Dunn said. ''He loves players that love to work. He made sure all his guys are always in the gym working hard, attacking every day, trying to improve each day. Just keep learning the game. Tom really helped me be a pro.''

    Markkanen, who shot 49.2 percent from the field and 42.3 from 3-point range in his lone season at Arizona, sees his offense translating to the NBA. His defense needs work.

    ''I'm going to work on that,'' he said. ''I know I'm going to get better when I put the work in.''
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    2017 Rookie of the Year Odds
    June 27, 2017


    The 2017 NBA Draft has concluded and bettors will have an opportunity to watch this year’s rookies compete in the regular season come October.

    Even though the season is months away, bettors can wager on which youngster will earn Rookie of the Year accolades in the NBA for the 2017-18 season at BetOnline.ag.

    The offshore betting shop has Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball listed as 9/4 co-favorites (Bet $100 to win $225).

    Simmons sat out last season for the Philadelphia 76ers due to a leg injury but is expected to be at full strenght.

    Ball, the Los Angeles Lakers first choice in the 2017 NBA Draft, will get a chance to put the 'Purple and Gold' back on the map.

    The latest odds are listed below at BetOnline.ag.

    Odds to Win the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year
    Ben Simmons (PHI) 9/4
    Lonzo Ball (LAL) 9/4
    Markelle Fultz (PHI) 5/1
    Dennis Smith (DAL) 13/2
    De'Aaron Fox (SAC) 9/1
    Malik Monk (CHA) 9/1
    Josh Jackson (PHX) 12/1
    Jayson Tatum (BOS) 18/1
    Justin Jackson (SAC) 25/1
    Jonathan Isaac (ORL) 33/1
    Luke Kennard (DET) 33/1
    Donovan Mitchell (UTA) 33/1
    Lauri Markkanen (CHI) 33/1
    Frank Ntilikina (NY) 33/1
    Zack Collins (POR) 40/1
    Derrick White (SA) 40/1

    How to read the Odds:
    Ex. Bet $100 on Lonzo Ball (9/4) to win $225
    Ex. Bet $100 on Frank Ntilikina (33/1) to win $3,300

    Odds Subject to Change - Updated 6.27.17
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    NBA notebook: Nene, Rockets work out new deal after glitch
    July 2, 2017


    Free agent center Nene agreed to a new contract with the Houston Rockets on Sunday after the team was forced to pull back an accepted four-year, $15 million deal because of the NBA's age rule.

    Nene's new deal is for three years and $11 million, a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Nene turns 35 in September before next season starts. Houston was not permitted to offer a four-year contract because of the "over-38 rule" in the collective bargaining agreement that would have extended Nene's deal past his 38th birthday in the fourth season.

    The 6-foot-11, 250-pound Nene averaged 9.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 67 games (eight starts) as a reserve in his first season with the Rockets last season.

    --Free agent forward P.J. Tucker agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports.

    Tucker met with the Toronto Raptors once free agency started at 12:01 a.m. ET Saturday, but he talked to members of the Rockets, including All-Star James Harden, The Vertical reported. The fourth year of the deal is a partial guarantee, sources told ESPN. The Raptors reportedly offered three years and $33 million.

    The Raptors acquired the 32-year-old Tucker from the Phoenix Suns at the February trade deadline. He is a top defender who averaged 6.7 points, 5.8 rebounds 1.4 steals in 81 games for the Suns and Raptors last season. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Tucker holds career averages of 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds.

    --The Minnesota Timberwolves and free-agent forward Taj Gibson agreed to a two-year, $28 million deal, according to multiple reports.

    The agreement reunites the 32-year-old Gibson and head coach Tom Thibodeau after they were both together from 2010 to 2015 with the Chicago Bulls. Gibson also joins former Bulls teammate Jimmy Butler, who was traded to the Timberwolves last month to reunite with Thibodeau.

    In 23 games (16 starts) for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 6-foot-9, 236-pound Gibson averaged 9.0 points and 4.5 rebounds. Overall, he averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 78 games (71 starts) last season.

    --Free-agent forward Serge Ibaka agreed to a three-year, $65 million contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors, according to reports.

    ESPN first reported that Ibaka will return to the Raptors and the Toronto Star later confirmed the news. Ibaka, who was acquired from the Orlando Magic in a trade for Terrence Ross and a first-round draft pick, averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23 games after the All-Star break deal.

    Ibaka, 27, helped the Raptors eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, averaging 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in the series, but his rebounding production dropped to just 3.8 per game during the Cleveland Cavaliers' sweep of Toronto in the second round.

    --Free-agent guard/forward Andre Iguodala agreed to a three-year, $48 million contract to remain with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, according to published reports.

    Iguodala confirmed the reports on his Twitter account. Iguodala met with the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets since free agency began earlier Saturday.

    The Warriors are aiming to secure the core of a squad that has won two NBA championships in three years. The team agreed to a historic supermax deal of five years for $201 million with star Stephen Curry earlier on Saturday.

    Iguodala has made an impact since joining Golden State, as he was named the 2015 NBA Finals MVP as well as a finalist for the 2016-17 NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

    The 33-year-old averaged 7.6 points, 3.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 76 games this past season.

    --The Cleveland Cavaliers reached agreement with free agent shooting guard Kyle Korver on a multiyear deal, according to multiple reports.

    ESPN.com reported the Cavs came to terms with Korver on a three-year, $22 million contract. The 36-year-old Korver joined the Cavaliers after a trade with the Atlanta Hawks during the middle of last season but never gave the team the offensive boost off the bench it sought, particularly in the postseason.

    In 35 regular-season games, Korver averaged 10.7 points and shot 49 percent on 3-pointers. In the playoffs, those numbers fell off to 5.8 points per game and 39 percent from 3-point range.

    In 67 regular-season games split between Cleveland and Atlanta, Korver averaged 10.1 points and 45.1 percent on 3-pointers.

    After the loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Korver expressed a desire to remain with Cleveland.
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    AP Source: Redick takes 1-year, $23 million deal from 76ers
    July 1, 2017


    J.J. Redick made his intentions for next season clear with three simple words.

    ''Trust the process,'' he tweeted.

    In the NBA these days, that only means one thing.

    Redick agreed on a $23 million, one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because nothing can become finalized until the NBA's summer moratorium is lifted on Thursday.

    Redick, who turned 33 last month, averaged 15.0 points and made 43 percent of his 3-pointers last season for the Los Angeles Clippers, who will now need two new starting guards next season. Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets.

    The 76ers will become Redick's fourth team. His career started in Orlando after being drafted No. 11 overall in 2006, he was briefly with Milwaukee in the 2012-13 season and he spent the last four seasons with the Clippers.

    Since Redick entered the league, only five players - Stephen Curry, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, Klay Thompson and Jason Terry - have made more 3-pointers than the former Duke sharpshooter. Redick is also a career 89 percent shooter from the foul line.

    Redick had interest from other clubs, including Minnesota, but couldn't get the Wolves to totally engage in moves toward a deal. So he took a huge-money offer from Philadelphia, one that will essentially triple the amount of money he made in any other season during his career. Redick played last season for about $7.4 million.

    In Philadelphia, he'll join a core that includes 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, 2016 No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons, and two of this season's Rookie of the Year finalists in Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.

    The 76ers desperately needed shooting - they were 25th in the 30-team NBA in 3-point percentage last season, making only 34 percent of their attempts. Over the last three seasons, Redick has been a 45 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
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    NBA notebook: Curry agrees to 5-year, $201M deal
    July 1, 2017

    Stephen Curry signed the richest contract in NBA history when he and the Golden State Warriors agreed to a five-year, $201 million super-max deal shortly after the NBA's free agency period began on Saturday morning.

    Multiple outlets reported the deal, which was done under the NBA's designated veteran player extension. The designated veteran player extension was added into the current CBA and Curry was eligible for it since he won at least one MVP award in the last three seasons.

    Curry was paid $12.1 million last season in the final season of a four-year deal worth approximately $44 million signed after the 2012-13 season. He won the MVP award in the second and third seasons of his last contract.

    Curry averaged 25.3 points and shot 41.1 percent from 3-point range in 79 games last season. During the postseason, he averaged 28.1 points and shot 41.9 percent from 3-point range as Golden State won its second title in three seasons.

    --Free agent point guard Jrue Holiday decided to stay with the New Orleans Pelicans, agreeing to a five-year, $126 million deal.

    Holiday's agent, Jason Glushon, confirmed the decision to ESPN.

    The deal includes incentive clauses that could push the contract's value to $150 million and contains a player option for the fifth year, Glushon told ESPN.

    --J.J. Redick is joining the Philadelphia 76ers on a one-year deal worth $23 million, according to a published report.

    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported the deal and Redick, 33, confirmed the signing on his Twitter account, writing "Trust the process" -- a reference to the 76ers' rebuilding slogan.

    The veteran sharpshooter was enticed by the prospect of playing with Philadelphia's young talent and in coach Brett Brown's system, per Wojnarowski.

    --The Houston Rockets were forced to pull back an accepted four-year, $15- million deal to free agent center Nene due to the NBA's age rule.

    Nene, who turns 35 in September before next season starts, is "back at square one" in free agency, a source told ESPN's Marc J. Spears.

    The "over-38 rule" in the collective bargaining agreement would have extended Nene's deal past his 38th birthday in the fourth season.

    --The Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a deal to send guard Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets.

    Shumpert would be moved to the Rockets for primarily a package of non-guaranteed contracts, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported. The trade would allow Cleveland to create financial flexibility to pursue other roster upgrades.

    Shumpert, 27, has two years and $21.3 million left on his contract, with his second year being a player option he has refused to waive in Cleveland's trade discussions with other teams.

    --The Boston Celtics signed three players, including their top pick in last month's NBA Draft.

    Jayson Tatum, the No. 3 overall selection out of Duke, and 2016 first-rounder Ante Zizic each signed contracts, the team announced.

    Boston also reached an agreement on a two-year deal with German forward Daniel Theis, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The 6-foot-8 Tatum averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as a freshman with Duke last season. He set a school single-season record with six games of at least 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    --The Memphis Grizzlies signed swingman Wayne Selden Jr. and guard Kobi Simmons, the team announced.

    Selden averaged 5.1 points in 14 games between New Orleans and Memphis last season -- his first in the NBA. He was signed by the Grizzlies in March after his 10-day contract with the Pelicans expired.

    A former standout at Kansas, the 6-foot-5 Selden started two of Memphis' six postseason games, averaging 3.8 points. He averaged 18.5 points in 35 games with Iowa of the NBA D-League. Simmons was not selected in last month's NBA draft. A former McDonald's All-American, the 6-4 Simmons averaged 8.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season as a freshman at Arizona.

    --The Indiana Pacers named Chad Buchanan as general manager, the team announced.

    Indiana also promoted Peter Dinwiddie to senior vice president of basketball operations from his previous capacity of vice president of basketball operations.

    Buchanan, 44, spent the last three seasons as assistant general manager of the Charlotte Hornets. He takes the place of Kevin Pritchard, who in May was named the Pacers' president of basketball operations.

    --The Orlando Magic signed rookie forward Jonathan Isaac, the team announced.

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed for Isaac, Orlando's first-round pick and the No. 6 overall selection in the NBA Draft.

    The 6-foot-10, 210-pound Isaac averaged 12.0 points and 7.8 rebounds as a freshman last season at Florida State. He led the team in rebounding and blocked shots and was selected to the All-ACC Freshman Team.

    --The Detroit Pistons signed rookie guard Luke Kennard. Terms of the deal were not disclosed for Kennard, the No. 12 overall selection in last month's NBA Draft.

    The 6-foot-6 Kennard averaged a team-leading 19.5 points to go along with 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a sophomore last season at Duke.

    Kennard shot 43.8 percent from 3-point range and was selected to the Wooden Award All-American Team.

    --The Atlanta Hawks signed rookie forward John Collins, the team announced.

    Terms of the agreement were not disclosed for Collins, selected 19th overall in last month's NBA Draft.

    The 6-foot-10 Collins nearly tripled his scoring production from his freshman to sophomore seasons, averaging 19.2 points for Wake Forest during the 2016-17 campaign.
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    NBA notebook: All-Star Hayward apparently picks Celtics
    July 4, 2017

    All-Star swingman Gordon Hayward has elected to rejoin his collegiate coach by agreeing to sign with the Boston Celtics, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

    Hayward spurned his now former team in the Utah Jazz as well as the Miami Heat to commit to the Celtics and Brad Stevens, who coached him at Butler.

    However, Hayward's agent Mark Bartelstein offered this comment to ESPN around 2:30 p.m. ET: "Gordon hasn't made a decision yet. We are still working through it."

    Boston's big-name commitment on the free-agent market is the team's second in as many years. The Celtics signed Al Horford last year.

    --The Sacramento Kings agreed to free-agent deals with point guard George Hill and power forward Zach Randolph, according to published reports.

    Hill agreed to a three-year, $57 million deal, according to The Vertical. Randolph reached agreement on a two-year, $24 million pact, according to ESPN.

    Hill averaged a career-best 16.9 points to go along with 4.2 assists for the Utah Jazz last season. He played in just 49 games due to an assortment of injuries.

    Hill declined a wealthier offer from the Jazz during the season and seemed intent on departing. He is averaging 11.8 points and 3.3 assists in nine NBA seasons.

    --The Miami Heat waived forward Chris Bosh and announced the franchise will retire the 11-time All-Star's uniform number.

    The move was expected, coming six weeks after Miami, Bosh and the players' union had agreed to a resolution on Bosh's contract status.

    The 33-year-old Bosh missed the 2016-17 season after failing a preseason physical. Team doctors refused to clear him after Bosh was forced to miss the second half of the previous two seasons due to blood clots.

    Earlier this week, the NBA notified the Heat that the remainder of the salary owed to Bosh -- $52.1 million over two years -- would not count against the team's salary cap, although the standout forward will receive the money.

    --The Los Angeles Clippers are attempting to secure a sign-and-trade agreement with free-agent forward Danilo Gallinari on a three-year, $65 million deal, ESPN reported.

    With salary-cap space an issue, the Clippers are aiming to acquire Gallinari through a three-way trade involving the Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks, according to the report. Los Angeles would send Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a future first-round pick to Atlanta while Denver is expected to receive draft compensation for Gallinari, who has played with the Nuggets for the past six seasons.

    Should Gallinari head to the Clippers, the team would feature a potent frontcourt that includes All-Stars Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Griffin agreed to a five-year deal on Friday.

    --Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas likely will not require surgery on the injured hip that ended his season, according to coach Brad Stevens.

    Thomas was shut down at halftime of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers after aggravating a hip injury that had lingered since late in the regular season. The 28-year-old Thomas initially injured his hip during the third quarter of a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 15.

    Stevens offered his assessment after spending part of Sunday with Thomas.

    Thomas finished fifth in MVP voting and secured a spot on the All-NBA second team after averaging 28.9 points during the regular season and 23.3 in the postseason.
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    AP source: Patrick Patterson agrees to deal with Thunder
    July 4, 2017


    A person with knowledge of the details says forward Patrick Patterson has agreed to a three-year, $16.4 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Patterson is leaving Toronto to join All-Star Paul George in a new-look Thunder frontcourt, the person told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person was granted anonymity because contracts can't be signed until Thursday.

    The deal was first reported by ESPN.

    Patterson was a valuable reserve for the Raptors, averaging 7.6 points in nearly four seasons. But he struggled badly in last season's playoffs, shooting 28 percent from the field.

    The Raptors kept Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka but Patterson has a chance to fill a need in Oklahoma City, where Taj Gibson left for Minnesota and Domantas Sabonis was dealt to Indiana in the trade for George.

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    Timberwolves rookie Justin Patton breaks foot in workout
    July 4, 2017


    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves first-round draft pick Justin Patton will not play in summer league after breaking his left foot during a workout.

    The Timberwolves announced on Tuesday that Patton had surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his foot. He will be sidelined indefinitely with the injury.

    Patton was the 16th overall selection in the first round in last month's draft. The Wolves acquired the pick from Chicago in a draft-night trade that also landed them three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler. Minnesota has high hopes for Patton, who declared for the draft after his redshirt freshman season at Creighton.

    The 6-foot-11 Patton averaged 12.9 points on 67.6 percent shooting last season.

    Patton signed his contract on Tuesday as well

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    Reports: Wizards plan to match Porter's max offer from Nets
    July 5, 2017


    Restricted free agent forward Otto Porter Jr. and the Brooklyn Nets reached agreement on an offer sheet that would pay him the maximum of $106 million over four years, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

    The Washington Wizards have the right to match the offer to keep the 24-year-old Porter, and they have made it known they planned to do exactly that. A source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday that the Wizards will match the offer.

    The Utah Jazz also were interested in trying to sign Porter after Gordon Hayward decided to sign with the Boston Celtics earlier Tuesday.

    The Sacramento Kings had offered Porter a max contract when he visited with them, but he opted for the opportunity with the Nets.

    Porter had a breakout season in 2016-17, when he averaged a career-high 13.4 points to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals. He shot 51.6 percent from the field, 43.4 percent from 3-point range.

    He started 80 games for the Wizards and was their third scoring threat along with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.

    Porter went scoreless in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston but bounced back with 20 points and 10 rebounds in Washington's Game 7 loss.

    Nets general manager Sean Marks is 0-3 when it comes to keeping restricted free agents. He signed Miami guard Tyler Johnson, Portland wing Allen Crabbe and Houston big man Donatas Motiejunas to offer sheets last year, and all three had their offers matched by their teams.

    Washington has $99 million committed to a dozen players before matching the offer to Porter. Re-signing him would increase the Wizards' committed money to $124 million. The salary cap for the 2017-18 season is just over $99 million.

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    Reports: Clippers acquire Gallinari in three-team deal
    July 5, 2017


    Former Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is headed to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team sign-and-trade that also involves the Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

    Gallinari, the main player in the swap, will sign a three-year, $65 million contract with the Nuggets, who will then send him and his new deal to the Clippers.

    Gallinari averaged 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 63 games, all starts, for the Nuggets last season.

    To balance the trade, the Nuggets and Clippers included the Hawks. Los Angeles will send shooting guard Jamal Crawford, reserve center Diamond Stone, the Houston Rockets' 2018 first-round pick (top-three protected) and cash to Atlanta.

    The Hawks will subsequently send Paul Millsap, who agreed to a three-year, $90 million contract with the Nuggets on Sunday, and the Washington Wizards' 2019 second-round pick to Denver.

    The Nuggets also pick up a second-round pick. The Hawks net a first-rounder that is likely to be in the No. 25-30 range, a sparsely used second-year post player in Stone, and Crawford.

    Crawford, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year, has two years remaining on a contract that will pay him $14.2 million in 2016-17 and $14.5 million the following season. Reports have indicated that Crawford does not want to play in Atlanta because the Hawks are launching a rebuild.

    A buyout with Atlanta could allow Crawford to move to a contender.

    Gallinari will form one of the top frontcourts in the league in Los Angeles with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
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    Celtics to trade Bradley to Pistons for Morris
    July 7, 2017


    The Boston Celtics agreed to trade guard Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons for forward Marcus Morris, according to multiple reports Friday.

    The deal creates the salary-cap space the Celtics needed to sign All-Star free agent forward Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million maximum contract, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The Celtics also will send a 2019 second-round pick to the Pistons, according to The Vertical.

    The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers also were pursing Bradley in the past 24 hours, league sources told ESPN.

    The 26-year-old Bradley, a two-time All-Defensive Team player, averaged 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds and shot 39 percent from 3-point range last season. In seven seasons with the Celtics, he averaged 12.1 points and 3.1 rebounds.

    Morris, 27, played six NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and Pistons. He averaged 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 79 games with the Pistons last season.

    Hayward, 27, chose the Celtics earlier this week over the Miami Heat and Utah Jazz, the team with which he played his first seven seasons since he was drafted No. 9 overall in 2010.

    Hayward averaged a career-best 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds to go along with 3.5 assists last season for the Jazz, who made their first playoff appearance since 2012.

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    Knicks sign Hardaway Jr. to offer sheet
    July 7, 2017


    Tim Hardaway Jr. signed a four-year, $71 million offer sheet with the Knicks on Thursday, raising the possibility that the Atlanta Hawks' restricted free agent could return to New York.

    Hardaway, a 25-year-old shooting guard, played his first two seasons with the Knicks before being traded on draft day in 2015 to Atlanta for the rights to guard Jerian Grant.

    The Hawks have two days to match the deal or let Hardaway go. They have indicated in the past that they would try to keep him.

    Detroit Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway Sr. told the New York Post that his son had "no bad blood" with the Knicks and wouldn't mind a return to the organization with Phil Jackson no longer running the team. It was Jackson who traded Hardaway.

    It is believed that if Atlanta does not match, New York would not be able to bring back guard Derrick Rose for financial reasons. The addition of Hardaway would also eliminate almost all the Knicks' projected cap space, unless they can trade Carmelo Anthony or Courtney Lee.

    During his first season with the Hawks, Hardaway told the Post: "Everybody wants to stay with the team they got drafted with. A lot of times, it doesn't work that way. You got to move on and build a new legacy somewhere else.

    "The passion you bring, you have to take to that team you're with. They brought me here for a reason. They know what I can do. I'm here for a reason."

    Hardaway raised his career average to 11 points after scoring 14.5 per game last season, shooting a career-best 45.5 percent from the field in 79 games (30 starts).

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    Mavs rally to win Summer League title
    July 6, 2017

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) It wasn't quite the week Johnathan Motley hoped to have during the Orlando Pro Summer League.

    The Dallas Mavericks had more than enough capable player, making it hard for the undrafted rookie - limited by a healing knee injury - to get minutes. But with several key players already off to the Las Vegas Summer League on Thursday, Motely got his most expansive playing time and made quite an impression.

    Motley had 18 points and 10 rebounds and hit a touch jumper in the lane to give undefeated Dallas an 83-81 overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons in the championship game.

    ''It means the world to me because I've been limited on minutes because of my knee and it kind of held my minutes down,'' said Motley, who averaged seven points for the week. ''I got to play a lot today and did some really good things.''

    Motley was huge for a Mavs team that was missing four its top five scorers. The 6-foot-10 post player logged nearly 36 minutes and impressed with his jumping ability and versatility in the paint.

    ''I couldn't be happier for him,'' said coach Mike Weinar, whose team finished 5-0. ''He was in the right place at the right time.''

    The Mavericks, who made a habit this week of big comebacks, had perhaps their most impressive rallying effort after trailing a Pistons team with two first-round draft picks on the floor by 11 points in the second half. The Mavericks didn't have any of their top prospects in Orlando, and top scorers Brandon Paul, Jameel Warney and Christian Wood were already off to Las Vegas to fulfill other contractual obligations, leaving a collection of G-League hopefuls to contend with the likes of top prospects Luke Kennard and Henry Ellenson for the Pistons.

    Dwight Buycks, the only top scorer remaining, led Dallas with 28 points.

    ''We had three days of practice then hit Orlando and brought together a bunch of individuals and we ended the week as a team,'' Weinar said. ''This display of effort by our guys was incredible.''

    Kennard showed the shooting touch that convinced the Pistons to take the Duke star with the 12th overall pick.

    Kennard was 9 of 15 from the field, hitting all three 3-point attempts, to pace the Pistons with 24 points in the championship game. He hit a 3-pointer that tied it at 81 late in overtime.

    A look at the day in summer league:

    STEPPING UP

    Charlotte second-round pick Dwayne Bacon seemed to get better as the week went along.

    The former Florida State standout became the Hornets go-to scorer once Treveon Graham was held out for the final two games with a hamstring injury. The 6-foot-7 wing player scored in double figures in each of the Hornets' final three games, finishing with his personal-best 29 minutes in lifting the Hornets to an 86-78 victory over Orlando in the fifth-place game.

    HUSTLE MAN


    Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang may have been the most interesting player of the week.

    The Chines Basketball Association All-Star certainly has a lot to adjust to with the NBA game, but what he lacks in understanding he made up for in hustle and determination.

    He played his best game of the week Thursday, finishing with 13 points, two assists and two steals, while converting 5 of 6 free throws.

    BRYN BALLING

    Guard Bryn Forbes was the star for San Antonio in Utah after totaling 52 points in the previous two games. The second-year player had 21 points, three rebounds and three assists in a 94-86 loss to Philadelphia.

    ''He's confident,'' Spurs summer league coach Will Hardy said. ''He's just moves so well without the ball. He's not just a guy who's great in a catch-and-shoot situation. He's great coming off screens. Has a much better game off the bounce than he gets credit for.''

    Forbes said he's been even more diligent in improving his game this summer and has switched up his diet. Gone are fried foods and sweets, mostly.

    ''I feel like I'm better than last year,'' Forbes said. ''I'm trying to lead a little bit more. Talk to the younger guys. Me just being more vocal, that's a big step I've taken. I've always worked hard, but I got a look at the league and been there for a year and saw the things I need to do to change myself to be a good player here.''

    FINALLY IN PHILLY

    Philadelphia signed Furkan Korkmaz on Tuesday after the 2016 No. 26 pick decided to come over to the NBA from overseas. He scored three points in his debut Wednesday and 10 on Thursday. He was 2 of 4 from 3-point range against the Spurs.

    ''If you watch, his fluidity, his pace, his skill, his feel for the game - you can see the package,'' 76ers summer league coach Billy Lange said. ''As each minute adds up, as each touch adds up, as each shot adds up, as each possession adds up, he's just going to become more comfortable. And then you're going to just see the whole skill set he has.''

    Korkmaz added, ''Every day I try to think about it, how to get better and better. So I have to be better. I know that.''

    A LITTLE SALTY

    Jazz fans heartily booed the Celtics in the summer league, bitter from Gordon Hayward signing with Boston. There were several signs and jerseys in the stands making their feelings known. The variations included a sign that read ''Betrayward (hash)easywayout'' and a jersey changing Hayward to ''Coward'' with duct tape.

    The Jazz won 68-65.

    NICE FINISH

    Celtics forward Abdel Nader had his best game of the summer league against the Jazz. The 2016 NBA Development League rookie of the year found his groove with 17 points.

    ''We asked him to do a lot,'' Celtics summer league coach Jerome Allen said. ''We asked him to guard (Dante) Exum. We asked him to be the quarterback in terms of communication with our switches. We asked him to play a little bit at point guard. We asked him to set the kitchen table. We asked him to the rebound the ball.

    ''He fully left it on the floor. I'm quite sure after tonight's game he's probably a little fatigued. But I thought he did a good job. He competed and helped us make plays.''

    LOTTERY MATCHUP

    Jazz No. 13 overall pick Donovan Mitchell guarded Celtics No. 3 pick Jason Tatum much of the night and Mitchell made him work for every little thing. Mitchell, known for his defensive prowess, had the crowd screaming during a two-possession stretch where he stripped Tatum of the ball then caused the former Duke player to fall to the ground with a spin move, then assisting on Julian Wright's dunk.

    ''You just use days like this to get better,'' Tatum said. ''Every day isn't going to be great and you have days like this. Just keep having fun. It's basketball. So that's what I'm going to keep doing.''

    Mitchell specifically asked to guard Tatum in the second quarter.

    ''I didn't really have a great offensive game, but defense travels,'' Mitchell said. ''Just not letting (Tatum) get comfortable. He hit his first two shots and he was really comfortable. I was just noticing the whole first quarter.

    ''Like I told my mom, the success is great, but at the end of the day this is summer league.''

    Tatum finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds after being the best player on the floor through the first two days in Salt Lake City. Mitchell had eight points, four steals and a dazzling display of defense.

    ''I won't say an education, but I will say give Donovan Mitchell a lot of credit,'' Allen said. ''He played extremely hard and defended and tried to attack on both ends of the floor.

    ''But for Jayson, that's going to be the norm throughout the rest of his career. Guys are going to try to do whatever they can to impose their will on him to make it difficult for him to score the ball.''

    SLC NOTABLES

    - No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz did not play for the 76ers on Thursday night as a scheduled rest day.

    - Dejaunte Murray, the Spurs 2016 No. 29 overall pick, did not play.

    - Celtics forward Jaylen Brown did not play.

    - Former All-Star Baron Davis, who has been working with Jazz guard Dante Exum, was in attendance sitting with Jazz coach Quin Snyder and GM Dennis Lindsey. Exum scored 16 points and added four assists, but won't play in Las Vegas.
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