Jul 21, 2014 4:51 PM EDT
Evan Turner has agreed upon a contract with the Boston Celtics, according to sources.
Turner will sign for a portion of the Celtics' midlevel exception.
Turner finished last season with the Indiana Pacers after starting his career with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jul 21, 2014 1:12 AM EDT
Andrew Wiggins and the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to sign a contract in the coming week.
Sources say the delay in Wiggins signing his deal has nothing to do with the possibilty of being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.
The Cavaliers, sources say, are merely exploring options for using their estimated $1.4 million in remaining cap space before signing Wiggins to a contract that will pay him in the neighborhood of $5.5 million as a rookie.
Once Wiggins signs, however, league rules stipulate that the Cavs must wait 30 days before trading him.
One option under consideration for the Cavs, sources say, is using their leftover salary-cap space to create long-term contracts for recent second-round picks Joe Harris and Dwight Powell. Signing Wiggins first would preclude such moves.
Jul 21, 2014 11:04 AM EDT
The Indiana Pacers' best offer for Lance Stephenson was reportedly $44 million over five years, but his camp was searching for a $55 million contract.
Stephenson eventually agreed upon a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
"I really feel bad about losing him,'' Larry Bird said. "I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship. But I did what I could possibly do to keep him here. Even if he didn't have any other offers, I was committed to giving him that $44 million because I believe in the kid. If you look at our roster, we have five or six guys in the last year of their deals, plus David (West) and Roy (Hibbert) can opt out, so don't you think I wanted to keep Lance and Paul (George) locked into long-term deals?''
Stephenson's agent, Alberto Ebanks, reportedly called Bird several days after the initial offer and said that the $44 million would be too low.
"I don't think this is going to work. I don't believe you have the money available to re-sign Lance.''
Jul 21, 2014 12:14 PM EDT
Chris Singleton has received interest from the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.
Singleton was the 18th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards and is a free agent.
Singleton played in just 25 games (250 minutes) this past season after the Wizards declined their fourth-year option on his contract. Singleton had a "Jones fracture" before the season began.
Jul 21, 2014 10:53 AM EDT
Glen Rice, Jr. of the Washington Wizards was unanimously named Most Valuable Player of the NBA Summer League 2014, while nine additional standout players highlight the All-NBA Summer League First and Second teams, as selected by a panel of media members.
Rice, Jr. played in six games in Las Vegas, helping the Wizards advance to the semifinals of the Samsung NBA Summer League tournament and secure a 5-1 record at the event. He averaged a league-leading 25 points on .469 shooting, to go along with 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
Rice, Jr. is joined on the All-NBA Summer League First Team by Wizards teammate Otto Porter, along with Chicago Bulls Doug McDermott and Tony Snell, and Donatas Motiejunas of the Houston Rockets.
Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team
Doug McDermott – Chicago Bulls
Donatas Motiejunas – Houston Rockets
Otto Porter – Washington Wizards
Glen Rice, Jr. – Washington Wizards
Tony Snell – Chicago Bulls
Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team
Rudy Gobert – Utah Jazz
Tim Hardaway, Jr. – New York Knicks
Jordan McRae – Philadelphia 76ers
Russ Smith – New Orleans Pelicans
T.J. Warren – Phoenix Suns
Jul 21, 2014 2:25 PM EDT
Stan Van Gundy has reached out to Josh Smith to inform him that reports of trade talks involving the Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings have been inaccurate. Van Gundy told Smith he expects him to be in training camp with the Pistons this fall.
The Kings made calls about Smith back in June, but there was never an offer that created serious discussions.
The frontcourt of the Pistons is in flux with Greg Monroe being a restricted free agent. The combination of Smith, Monroe and Andre Drummond produced mixed results.
Smith is said to be enthusiastic about playing for Van Gundy.
Smit has three seasons and $40 million remaining on his contract.
Jul 21, 2014 11:52 AM EDT
The Milwaukee Bucks have been awarded the contract of guard Kendall Marshall on a waiver claim.
Marshall was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on July 18.
Appearing in 54 games for the Lakers in 2013-14, Marshall, 22, averaged 8.0 points, 8.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds per contest. In his best stretch of the season in January, he tallied at least 10 assists and scored at least 10 points in five consecutive games. He ranked fifth in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.18) and shot a career-high 39.9 percent from the 3-point arc. Prior to being called up by the Lakers, Marshall appeared in seven games for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League and averaged 19.4 points, 9.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds.
Jul 21, 2014 10:49 AM EDT
Jan Vesely is close to signing with Fenerbahce Ulker.
Vesely was the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards and was traded last season to the Denver Nuggets.
Vesely has played in just 2,455 minutes over three NBA seasons.
Jul 21, 2014 8:25 PM EDT
LeBron James' camp did not push him to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason.
"This was a decision that LeBron made in his heart," Maverick Carter told ESPN.com's Jason Whitlock on the Real Talk podcast. "We didn't push him to do it. We don't push him to do anything. If he asks our opinion or what did we think about the pros and the cons, we help him think through it. We don't push him."
James spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Cavaliers before going to the Miami Heat for four seasons in 2010.
"Listen," Carter said, "LeBron's a 29-year-old man with lots of money, got a wife, two kids, one on the way. He makes his own decisions. He doesn't need anyone pushing him any way, and a guy like that, you're not going to push him either way. We'll help him think through things and help him see through things, but he makes his own decision in his heart. Because, ultimately, he has to live with it. I'm not the one who has to show up and play games for any team."
Jul 21, 2014 6:31 PM EDT
The Chicago Bulls have signed Cameron Bairstow, their second round pick out of New Mexico.
“We like Cameron’s combination as a player with his size, energy and physicality,” General Manager Gar Forman said in a statement. “He is a hard worker who will only get better with time.”
The Jazz have expressed interest in signing Toure' Murry, according to a source.
Patric Young will sign a two-year deal with the Pelicans, according to OnlyGators.com.
Dwight Howard praised the Rockets' addition of Trevor Ariza.
Diante Garrett was released by the Raptors on Saturday.
Jul 20, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Bucks will claim Kendall Marshall off waivers, according to sources.
Andrew Bynum is considering sitting out the entire 14-15 NBA season in order to undergo the Regenokine knee therapy procedure.
At the age of 34, Pau Gasol finally joined the Bulls on a three-year, $22 million deal.
Jul 19, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Aaron Brooks played for the Rockets and Nuggets last season.
The Raptors have decided to release point guard Dwight Buycks within the next two days, before his contract guarantee date on Monday, league sources told RealGM.
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Nikola Mirotic has signed a three-year, $16.6 million deal with the Bulls.
The Heat were able to restructure their roster by giving Udonis Haslem a new deal.
A trade was nearing completion at one point, but the Wolves want more than the Cavaliers' current offer.
The Lakers have interest in re-signing Kendall Marshall if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Xavier Henry played well for the Lakers before undergoing surgery for a torn ligament in his left wrist.
Eric Griffin’s contract with the Mavericks is a three-year deal, league sources told RealGM.
LeBron James is debating between wearing No. 6 or 23 in his return to the Cavaliers.
Jannero Pargo will re-sign with the Hornets on a fully guaranteed one-year, $1.5 million deal, a league source told RealGM.
The Cavaliers are now interested in including Andrew Wiggins in their trade proposal to the Wolves for Kevin Love.
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