Jul 30, 2014 6:18 PM EDT
Todd Mayo, the brother of O.J. Mayo, plans to leave Marquette University before his upcoming senior season and pursue professional basketball in the NBA Development League or overseas, sources with direct knowledge of his decision told RealGM on Wednesday.
Mayo confirmed his choice to leave Marquette, and he told RealGM that he expects to sign in the D-League and place his name in the 2015 NBA Draft.
“I’m looking forward to the D-League and just learning and getting better,” Mayo said by phone on Wednesday afternoon.
In his junior season, Mayo was Marquette’s third-leading scorer at 11.3 points per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. The 6-foot-3 guard played 30 games a season ago and was expected to emerge as a starter in 2014-15.
Mayo, 23, has received support from his family and the university in deciding to leave school. Marquette officials are expected to make an official announcement within the coming days.
Todd and O.J. Mayo reunited in Milwaukee last season, when O.J. averaged 11.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in his first year with the Bucks.
Jul 30, 2014 11:52 PM EDT
Will Cherry has agreed to a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors worth the NBA's veteran minumum, according to a source.
Cherry averaged 11.6 points, 4.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game last season for the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League.
Cherry played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in summer league.
Cherry is expected to sign the partially guaranteed deal in the coming days.
Jul 30, 2014 3:53 PM EDT
Michael Beasley worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo on Wednesday.
Beasley is a free agent after playing last season with the Miami Heat.
Jul 29, 2014 10:29 PM EDT
The Sacramento Kings have signed Eric Moreland – a defensive revelation in NBA summer league – to a three-year contract, multiple league sources told RealGM.
Moreland provided an active, shot-blocking force for the Kings’ summer league team this month in Las Vegas, and the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 3.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 19.2 minutes per game. After summer league play, DeMarcus Cousins expressed a desire for Sacramento to sign Moreland.
Several teams, including the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks, had interest in a free agent deal with Moreland. Still, Moreland and the Kings negotiated toward a contract over the weekend and into the week, and both sides agreed to terms on Tuesday.
Moreland showed versatility in ball handling and defending during the NBA pre-draft process, but went undrafted and reached a summer league agreement with the Kings.
Moreland, 22, was an early entry candidate as a redshirt junior at Oregon State University, where he averaged 8.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, nearly two blocks and one assist a season ago.
Jul 30, 2014 11:59 PM EDT
Pat Riley never dissuaded from the belief that LeBron James would return to the Miami Heat in free agency, even when the two met in Las Vegas before James announced his decision to join the Cleveland Cavaliers.
''I went into it with the thought and the notion that he was coming back," Riley said, "and I was selling that to players, I believed that firmly, so I was selling that to players. And that's the only way I went into it. I let him know that. He never said to me, 'No, don't do that.' ''
"I don't think I was misled. But I don't think I was encouraged either. That's business."
Riley said he did not hear from James during the free agent process.
"I sent him a lot of emails and texts," Riley said. "I was communicating a lot with him. No response."
Riley then turned his focus to making the Heat a contending team.
"There wasn't anything in that meeting that told me that wasn't going to happen," Riley said of the anticipated return by James. "I've moved on quickly from that, 'We are going to build another championship team and that's it.'
"This business, as we find it, is tough. Sometimes you have those tough calls and sometimes things happen to you that you don't like but you’ve got to move on.
"The process didn't take anything out of me other than this one notion: You have a chance to build a generational team. . . . That chain has been broken prematurely. We are going to try to make it another generational team. That's what my objective is."
Jul 30, 2014 10:15 AM EDT
The Philadelphia 76ers will fight changes to the draft lottery system that the NBA is pushing to implement in time for next season.
Though there are several facets and the proposals haven't been finalized, essentially the goal of commissioner Adam Silver is to balance out the lottery odds so the worst team or teams wouldn't have the highest chances of landing the top pick, sources said.
The 76ers are in a multiseason rebuilding project that is depending on a high pick next season.
The 76ers, however, may have a struggle to gain support from Silver or fellow teams on holding off the changes.
Jul 31, 2014 1:23 AM EDT
After leaving Texas A&M’s basketball program as a junior, Jamal Jones will sign in the NBA Development League in hopes of boosting his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source told RealGM.
Jones is fresh off a breakout season for the Aggies, averaging a team-high 13.4 points to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
The 6-foot-8 swingman also had considered transferring to another school before he decided to start his professional career in the D-League.
Jones, 21, transferred to Texas A&M after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Ole Miss (2011-12) and Lee College (2012-13).
Jul 30, 2014 11:48 PM EDT
Byron Mullens has signed a contract with Shanxi Zhongyu in China.
Mullens is the third foreign player to round out Shanxi's roster.
Mullens signed wiht the Los Angeles Clippers last offseason and was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers before the NBA trade deadline.
Jul 30, 2014 2:42 PM EDT
Sources continue to indicate that the Chicago Bulls are not aggressively pursuing a trade for Kevin Love and have made no formal offers.
The Bulls were rumored to have made an offer of Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
McDermott is participating in Team USA's mini-camp for the second straight year.
This is a great experience," McDermott said. "Being a college guy last year, I don't think people knew who I was or that I was a shooter so I was getting a lot of open looks and I hit a lot of shots. This year, guys are a lot more physical with me. But I think I'm doing a better job of rebounding and defending and making reads off screens.
"Everyone is so good here and the game is so physical. I can learn a lot from all of them."
Jul 30, 2014 3:23 PM EDT
Shawn Marion has taken a patient approach in unrestricted free agency.
When asked about his free agent status, Marion said: "I'm just chilling. I ain't talked to anybody. I ain't got nothing going on right now.''
Marion and the Dallas Mavericks have admitted his return is unlikely.
Kevin Durant spoke extensively on Tuesday about his 2016 free agency for the first time.
Jul 30, 2014 | Ian Begley/ESPN
Metta World Peace is nearing agreement to sign with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The Nets have named Paul Westphal, John Welch, Tony Brown, Joe Wolf and Jay Humphries as assistant coaches.
Anthony Bennett was recently pulled by his agent from a pro-am pickup game, according to a report.
Stephen Holt has signed a professional contract with a team in Germany.
An unofficial internal schedule of select games has Cleveland playing the Heat in Miami on Christmas on ABC.
Ivan Johnson’s contract with the Mavericks will be for two seasons, with partial guarantees, league sources told RealGM.
Terrence Williams last played in the NBA in 2013 with the Celtics.
By leaving that potential $7 million on the table, Kyrie Irving set himself up to become a free agent sooner.
Manu Ginobili had a highly productive season as the Spurs attempt to extend his career.
The Nets picked Kyle Korver with the 51st overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft and sold his draft rights to the 76ers for $125,000.
Derrick Rose is participating in Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas.
The NBA players union has elected Michele Roberts to be its next executive director.
Ed Stefanski will assume a key role in the Grizzlies' player personnel and scouting.
Blake Griffin is expected to make a full recovery before the Clippers' training camp.
P.J. Tucker had a blood alcohol content over .20.
Wesley Johnson appeared in 79 games last season for the Lakers.
One agent said "none of these candidates are the right candidate."
The ruling included the extraordinary step of granting Shelly Sterling’s request for an order that allows the sale to be completed regardless of an appellate court’s intervention.
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