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Lakers Pursuing Significantly More Cap Space

Jun 30, 2015 7:11 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are attempting to create significantly more salary cap space to pursue free agent deals to both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan.

ESPN's Kevin Pelton writes that the Lakers would have to trade away everyone on their roster short of Kobe Bryant to create enough space to sign both Aldridge and Jordan to their full max contracts.

The Lakers could conceivably sign Aldridge and Jordan to two-year deals with a second-year player option for below the max and then sign both players in 2016 to max deals using cap space. The Lakers will not have Bird Rights for either player.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Summer League

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Enes Kanter, Thunder Set Meeting To Discuss 3-4 Year Deal In Early Window

Jun 30, 2015 2:30 PM

Enes Kanter — the Oklahoma City Thunder’s top free agent — has plans to meet with the franchise in Chicago on July 1, the two sides targeting an early contract completion, league sources told RealGM.

The Thunder and Kanter are expected to discuss three- and four-year contract sheets that could reach maximum-level money with incentives, sources told RealGM.

For the organization and Kanter, a restricted free agent, there will be an early window in free agency to reach an agreement before one of the top five available big men pursues larger offers elsewhere.

Oklahoma City has made clear that its main priority in July will be Kanter, a skilled, 6-foot-11 center who averaged 18.7 points, 11 rebounds and 55 percent shooting from the field in 26 games for the Thunder last season. At 23, Kanter gives the Thunder an agile offensive player with the ability to finish inside, hit jumpers and free throws and develop alongside Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.

Nevertheless, several NBA teams will pursue Kanter, including potentially the Dallas Mavericks, sources said. The Milwaukee Bucks' developing, potential interest in Kanter will be interesting to follow, given their needs and his averages against their franchise over the past three seasons: 19.2 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Kanter has spent the offseason training in Chicago.

The third overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Kanter played his first three-plus season with the Utah Jazz, averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds before his trade to the Thunder.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Tags: Enes Kanter, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Interested In Hiring John Calipari

Jun 30, 2015 11:25 AM

The Sacramento Kings are gauging the potential interest of John Calipari in taking over their head coach and front office jobs.

Calipari has been communicating with owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the Kings' ownership group in recent weeks.

Kings' ownership understands that it will take a multiyear financial package of $10 million-plus annually to get Calipari to seriously consider leaving Kentucky, sources said.

The Kings' ownership has increased their interest in Calipari as the relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl has deteriorated. 

Calipari coached Cousins at Kentucky for a season in 2009-10.

Calipari has also been linked in the past year to the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans.

Officials around the NBA have pleaded with Ranadive to stop these sharp changes in direction.

As one league official familiar with Ranadive's mindset told Yahoo Sports, "He's trying to find a magic button to push that'll fix everything."

Vlade Divac was hired just a few months ago in what was initially believed to be a ceremonial position.

"For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world," said Calipari on Twitter. "I am not looking for any other coaching position." 

Calipari also explained that he's been in touch with the Ranadive in general about Cousins over the years and about the team's interest in Willie Cauley-Stein.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Sacramento Kings, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeAndre Jordan Seeking 3+1 Contract, Bigger Role On Offense

Jun 30, 2015 1:34 PM

DeAndre Jordan is seeking a four-year deal in free agency that includes an opt out after three seasons.

Seeking a shorter deal takes away the Los Angeles Clippers' advantage of being able to offer a fifth season.

The Clippers could offer Jordan a deal that includes a fifth year worth $27 million.

Jordan also wants a bigger role on offense as he's grown tired of being third in their pecking order behind Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Jordan will meet with the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and the Clippers once free agency begins.

A source close to the situation told ESPN on Tuesday that it's "50/50" between the Clippers and Mavericks.

Jordan will meet with the Los Angeles LakersDallas Mavericks,New York Knicks and the Clippers once free agency begins

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jared Dudley Exercises $4.25M Player Option With Bucks

Jun 30, 2015 7:55 PM

Jared Dudley exercised his player option for the 15-16 season with the Milwaukee Bucks at $4.25 million.

Dudley was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Bucks last offseason.

David Aldridge of NBA.com reports Dudley and the Bucks are working on a long-term deal.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Jared Dudley, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans, Bucks, Knicks Among Interested Teams For Robin Lopez

Jun 30, 2015 4:54 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks are so far among the interested suitors for Portland Trail Blazers free agent Robin Lopez, league sources told RealGM.

Beyond Portland, Lopez is expected to have a list of suitors on July 1, and his connection to Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been clear around the NBA. Gentry coached Lopez during the seven-foot center’s first four seasons with the Phoenix Suns.

The Pelicans also are likely to have an interest in Golden State Warriors free agent Leandro Barbosa, whom Gentry’s long coached as an assistant, sources said.

The Blazers will assuredly pursue re-signing Lopez, too. The 27-year-old big man stabilized Portland’s center position over the past two seasons alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 2014-15, and there is believed to be an interest for Lopez to play with Aldridge again next season.

Lopez has spent seven years in the NBA with Phoenix, New Orleans and Portland. He has averaged 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds for his career — including 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in his lone season with the Pelicans.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Tags: Robin Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant Could Earn Additional $40M By Reentering Free Agency In 2017

Jun 30, 2015 11:20 AM

Kevin Durant could earn $40 million in additional salary if he signs a one-year deal in 2016 to reenter free agency in 2017.

Durant will be one season short of qualifying for the 35 percent max available to players with 10 years of experience. With nine years of experience next summer when Durant becomes a free agent, he will be eligible for a 30 percent max contract.

Durant could become a free agent again in 2017 when the cap jumps to $108 million.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets, Nikola Jokic Finalizing Three-Year Deal

Jun 30, 2015 1:22 PM

The Denver Nuggets are nearing agreement with 2014 second round pick Nikola Jokic on a fully guaranteed three-year contract, league sources told RealGM.

Jokic, 20, is expected to join the Nuggets for the NBA’s July summer league.

A 6-foot-11 center, Jokic was the Nuggets’ No. 41 selection a year ago and played one more season overseas. He was named the Adriatic League MVP for the 2015 season.

Jokic averaged 16.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and nearly one block per game this past year with Serbia’s Mega Vizura.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Tags: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings, Pacers Interested In Monta Ellis

Jun 30, 2015 12:28 PM

The Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers are among the teams interested in Monta Ellis.

RealGM's Shams Charania previously reported that the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat would be on Ellis' free agency list.

Ellis spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Monta Ellis, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers, Bucks, Mavs Interested In Iman Shumpert

Jun 30, 2015 2:14 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks are interested in Iman Shumpert.

Shumpert will be a restricted free agent this offseason with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James is known to be a big fan of Shumpert and his defense.

Shumpert was acquired in January from the New York Knicks.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wesley Matthews To Receive Interest From Raptors, Mavs
Wesley Matthews is seeking a deal with an annual average in the $15 million range.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Clippers Interested In Tyson Chandler Sign-And-Trade If Jordan Goes To Mavs
Tyson Chandler played for several seasons with Chris Paul when they were teammates with New Orleans.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Carlos Boozer To Receive Interest From Nets, Mavs, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, Spurs
Carlos Boozer spent the 14-15 season with the Lakers after being amnestied by the Bulls.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Derrick Williams To Receive Interest From Kings, Wizards, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, Suns, Knicks
Derrick Williams has been with the Kings since 2013 when he was traded by the Wolves.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Ranadive Compares Owning NBA Team To Buying 'Piece Of Art'
Vivek Ranadive was approached by David Stern about buying the Kings to keep them from being sold to a group from Seattle.

Tony Bizjak/Sacramento Bee

Marco Belinelli To Receive Interest From Warriors, Hornets
Marco Belinelli was drafted by the Warriors in 2007.

Marc J. Spears, Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rajon Rondo Interested In One-Year Deal To Turnaround Value
The Kings have interest in Rajon Rondo with Rudy Gay presenting one of the loudest voices for pursuing him.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Stephen Curry Passes LeBron As NBA's Most Popular Jersey
LeBron James, who held the top spot at the end of the regular season, dropped to second.

Antonio Gonzalez/AP

Exec Expects Westbrook, Harden To Join Forces With Lakers
Russell Westbrook is not eligible to become a free agent until 2016, while James Harden isn't a free agent until 2018.

Baxter Holmes, Larry Coon/ESPN

Spurs In Talks With Cavs On Brendan Haywood's Non-Guaranteed Contract
Brendan Haywood's contract has a trade value of $10.5 million.

Mike Monroe/San Antonio Express-News

Kings Interested In Rondo, Lin, Holiday, Lawson, Schroder
Sacramento plans to play a second point guard with Darren Collison.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Dunc'd On Pod: Offseason Previews Of Thunder, Raptors, Celtics, Jazz, Rockets
Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux preview the upcoming offseason for the Thunder, Raptors, Celtics, Jazz and Rockets.

RealGM Staff Report

Jimmy Butler Postpones Meetings With Rival Teams After Getting Max Offer From Bulls
Jimmy Butler had planned on meeting with the Lakers, Celtics, 76ers and Mavericks.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Kings Determining If They Can Fire George Karl For 'Cause'
George Karl has three seasons and nearly $10 million left in guaranteed money on his deal with the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Luke Ridnour Traded By Thunder To Raptors
Luke Ridnour has also been traded this offseason by the Magic, Grizzlies and Hornets.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Porzingis Questionable For Summer League With Hip Injury, Receives Call From Carmelo
Carmelo Anthony reached out directly to Kristaps Porzingis following reports of his disapproval of the pick by the Knicks on draft night.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Mike Miller Opts Into $2.8M Deal With Cavs
Mike Miller has opted into his $2.8 million contract for the 2015-16 season, a league source told RealGM.

Shams Charania/RealGM

LaMarcus Aldridge Sets Order Of Free Agency Meetings
LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with seven teams in free agency.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Popovich, Duncan, Parker To Attend Spurs' Meeting With Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with the Spurs on July 1 in Los Angeles.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Spurs Make Tiago Splitter Available In Trade Talks
Tiago Splitter is due $8.5 million next season.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

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