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Heat To Sign Josh Richardson On Three-Year Rookie Deal

Jul 28, 2015 6:28 PM

Josh Richardson — the 40th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft — has agreed to terms on a three-year, $2.5 million contract with the Miami Heat, league sources told RealGM.

Richardson’s deal is fully guaranteed for the first season and partially guaranteed the second year, sources said.

Out of the University of Tennessee, Richardson went from uninvited to the Draft Combine and left off mock drafts to selected and a guaranteed NBA contract. The 6-foot-6 guard rose on draft boards of NBA organizations during the pre-draft process with strong workouts and disposition, flying for workouts from his home in Oklahoma City.

Richardson averaged 11.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.6 assists in 10 summer league games in Las Vegas and Orlando — performing between both guard positions.

The Heat envision Richardson, 21, to have an immediate impact on the defensive end and transition into a backcourt role.

As a senior at Tennessee, Richardson had averages of 16 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

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Tags: Josh Richardson, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Steve Kerr To Undergo Back Surgery

Jul 28, 2015 6:38 PM

Steve Kerr will undergo back surgery to repair a herniated disk.

Kerr was supposed to play in a celebrity golf tournament this month.

"I was supposed to play in the tournament but my back is acting up so I'm just enjoying the lake and the scenery," Kerr told CSN Bay Area's Jim Kozimor. "Can't play this year unfortunately."

Kerr said he'll "be out for the summer."

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Celtics Offered Four First Rounders To Hornets For No. 9

Jul 28, 2015 10:24 AM

The Boston Celtics offered four first-round picks to the Charlotte Hornets for the chance to move up from No. 16 to No. 9. The Celtics were targeting Justise Winslow while the Hornets were settled on taking Frank Kaminsky.

The Celtics offered the 16th pick, No. 15 (acquired in a prearranged contingency deal with the Atlanta Hawks), one unprotected future Brooklyn pick, and a future first-rounder from either the Memphis Grizzlies or Minnesota Timberwolves.

Some members of the Hornets' front office wanted to do the deal with the Celtics, but Michael Jordan preferred Kaminsky over first rounders outside the lottery.

“If it was such a no-brainer for us, why would another team want to do it?” said Rich Cho.

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Tags: Frank Kaminsky, Justise Winslow, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nicolas Batum Interested In Playing For Raptors

Jul 28, 2015 10:33 AM

Nicolas Batum has interest in playing for the Toronto Raptors when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

Toronto is an international city that appeals to Batum.

The Charlotte Hornets acquired Batum this offseason from the Portland Trail Blazers despite him entering his contract year.

General manager Rich Cho and assistant general manager Chad Buchanan are familiar with Batum from their time with the Blazers.

“We are very comfortable given that Chad and Rich know Nic well,” said Hornets' vice-chairman Curtis Polk.

“We’ve seen over the last few years that players want to be here,” Cho says. “Free agents want to come here.”

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Tags: Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ekpe Udoh Signs One-Year, $1M+ Deal With Fenerbahce Ulker

Jul 28, 2015 1:06 PM

Ekpe Udoh has agreed upon a one-year deal with Fenerbahce Ulker worth more than $1 million.

Udoh's deal does not contain an NBA out.

Udoh spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Ekpe Udoh, Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkish TBL, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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Lakers Expect Kobe Bryant To Play Some Minutes At Power Forward

Jul 27, 2015 8:53 PM

Kobe Bryant could play some minutes at power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell and Lou Williams will receive a significant portion of the backcourt minutes, leaving Bryant at small forward and even power forward.

"If we don't get another guard, then Kobe's in that mix," Scott said. "I'm kind of going through those scenarios. But not necessarily as far as who's starting and who doesn't ... I think (Bryant) will play more three than two. If we can get him at the elbows and at the mid-post, the more effective he'll be. I don't think he needs to be using up the whole 94-foot floor. If we can cut that down some, I think that saves his legs as much as possible. But if we can get him where he operates best, which to me is elbows on each area, top of the key, at the pinch post, at the mid-post, then I think he can be real effective for us."

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Hornets Sign Elliot Williams

Jul 28, 2015 4:06 PM

The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent guard Elliot Williams, the team announced Tuesday. 

Williams was the 22nd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

The 6-5 Williams has played in 104 games for the Trail Blazers, 76ers, Jazz and Pelicans with career averages of 5.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13.7 minutes. 

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Tags: Elliot Williams, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie Reviews Summer League

Jul 27, 2015 7:52 PM

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks with Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports (@Sam_Vecenie) about NBA Summer League including the standouts, disappointments and what it means for the 2015-16 season.

They discuss the best players from the 2015 NBA Draft, the top guys in the sophomore class and surprises who earned NBA contracts after competing elsewhere last season.

Subscribe to RealGM Radio on iTunes or via the XML feed.

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Tags: NBA, NBA Summer League, RealGM Radio

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Karl-Anthony Towns Had 4.0 GPA At Kentucky

Jul 29, 2015 12:16 AM

Karl Anthony-Towns maintained a 4.0 GPA in his spring semester even while Kentucky reached the Final Four.

"I take everything very serious," Towns said during an appearance at the Dick's Sporting Goods' Sports Matter panel Tuesday. "For me, making sure that I had great grades at Kentucky was a very key component of my freshman year. It's going to be every year. Just wanted to make sure I could play and be the best I could be, especially in the classroom, and I'm glad I came out with a 4.0 GPA."

 

Towns graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen with a 3.96 GPA.

Maria Guardado/Star Ledger

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA

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Allan Houston Looking For New Knicks' D-League Coach

Jul 28, 2015 7:22 PM

Craig Hodges will not be brought back as head coach of the New York Knicks' D-League team.

Hodges took over as head coach of the Westchester Knicks for the final four games of the regular season after Kevin Whitted was fired. Hodges was initially hired last fall to serve as an assistant on Westchester's staff.

It is unclear at this point who Westchester GM Allan Houston will target to fill the coaching vacancy.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: New York Knicks, Westchester Knicks, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Ognjen Kuzmic Signs With Panathinaikos
Ognjen Kuzmic appeared in just 16 games with the Warriors this past season.

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Rakeem Christmas Signs Four-Year, $4.3M Deal With Pacers
The first two seasons are guaranteed while the second two are partially guaranteed for Rakeem Christmas, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Ian Clark Agrees To Sign With Warriors
Ian Clark has agreed to sign with the Warriors, league sources told RealGM.

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Lakers Won't Sign J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith remains unsigned nearly one month into free agency.

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Heat To Release Henry Walker
The Heat are waiving forward Henry Walker, league sources told RealGM.

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Dunc'd On Podcast: Dan Feldman On Recent Offseason Moves
Dan Feldman joins Nate Duncan to discuss recent offseason transactions, including the Ty Lawson and Brendan Haywood trades, and take listener questions.

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Heat Trade Zoran Dragic To Celtics
The trade did not upset Goran Dragic, who is hoping his brother will get more chances at playing time with the Celtics.

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Matthew Dellavedova Returns To Cavs On One-Year, $1.2M Deal
Matthew Dellavedova will be eligible for free agency again next offseason.

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Grizzlies, Thunder, Mavs Expected To Pursue Mike Miller
Mike Miller was traded by the Cavaliers to the Blazers and he'll be waived.

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Cavs Trade Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller To Blazers
The Cavaliers will acquire traded player exceptions worth $10.5 million and $2.85 million.

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Kings Part Ways With Dean Oliver
Dean Oliver had multiple years remaining on his contract, but Vlade Divac is opposed to their use.

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Magic Acquire Shabazz Napier From Heat For Future 2nd Rounder
The Heat will acquire a future protected second-round pick from the Magic.

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Spurs Agree Upon Camp Deal With Youssou Ndoye
Youssou Ndoye is expected to spend the 2015-16 season with Austin in the D-League.

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Jamil Wilson Signing With Mavs
Jamil Wilson has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Mavericks, league sources told RealGM.

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James Jones Re-Signs With Cavaliers
James Jones averaged 4.4 points in 11.7 minutes per game this past season with the Cavs.

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Kings Offer Peja Stojakovic Role In Front Office
Vlade Divac has reportedly asked Peja Stojakovic to leave Europe and join the Kings in a player personnel role.

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Sam Dalembert To Sign One-Year Deal With Mavs
Sam Dalembert played for coach Rick Carlisle two years ago in Dallas.

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Glenn Robinson III Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Pacers
Glenn Robinson played 35 games in his rookie season for the Timberwolves and 76ers.

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Mavs, Brandon Ashley Agree To Multi-Year Deal
The Mavericks have reached agreement with Brandon Ashley on a partially guaranteed multiyear contract, league sources told RealGM.

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Wesley Saunders Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Knicks
Wesley Saunders of Harvard has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Knicks, league sources told RealGM.

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