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Stephen Holt Signs With German Team

Stephen Holt has signed a professional contract with a team in Germany.

Holt, who averaged 8.6 points in the Las Vegas summer league, passed on a training camp invitation from the Atlanta Hawks.

Holt hopes to play for the Hawks again in summer league next year.

Via Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

76ers To Fight Proposed Changes To Draft Lottery System

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.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Durant Will Do What's Best For Him As 2016 Free Agent

Kevin Durant spoke extensively on Tuesday about his 2016 free agency for the first time.

Durant made it clear that he will put himself first when choosing his future.

“I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant told reporters in Las Vegas. “It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in Oklahoma City. I’m just going to focus on that. I’m not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does.”

Durant is focused on the present, yet refused to rule out anything in the future.

Durant has been linked to the Washington Wizards in 2016.

“Look, we going to put it out on tape. It’s been talked about,” Durant said when asked about signing with his hometown Wizards. “Everybody’s asked me about it every time I go on Instagram or Twitter. All my friends ask me about it. So I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff. But I just tell everybody that I’m here in Oklahoma City. I love it here. Who knows what will happen. I never close the door on anything. But I like where I’m at right now. So I can’t answer that question.”

Durant signed a full five-year extension in 2010 rather than insisting on a player option that would have allowed him to become a free agent earlier in his career.

“To be honest, I just didn’t know. I was 21. I didn’t know,” Durant said. “Obviously, when you sign a deal you want to have the best options for yourself, the best flexibility for yourself. But I loved Oklahoma City so much I just wanted to dedicate and show them that I’m all about the team."

Via Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

LeBron, Cavs To Play At Miami On Christmas Day

The Miami Heat will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day in his first game playing against his former team.

An unofficial internal schedule of select games has Cleveland playing the Heat in Miami on Christmas on ABC, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The game likely would be played at either 2:30 p.m. or 5 p.m, depending on what other game is selected for ABC that day.

Via Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Kings Sign Eric Moreland To Three-Year Deal

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.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Ivan Johnson Signs Two-Year Deal With Mavericks

Ivan Johnson’s contract with the Dallas Mavericks will be for two seasons, with partial guarantees, league sources told RealGM.

The Mavericks announced the signing on Tuesday.

Johnson played for the Mavericks’ summer league entry in Las Vegas, averaging 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, one steal and 20.8 minutes per game.

Johnson spent the 2013-14 season with the Zhejiang in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Johnson, 30, had two productive seasons with the Atlanta Hawks in 2011-12 and 2012-13 – scoring 6.5 points and grabbing 3.9 rebounds per contest in 125 total NBA games. The 6-foot-8 forward worked himself back into the league through workouts late last season and into the summer.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Terrence Williams To Work Out For Kings

Terrence Williams has a workout and meeting scheduled for Thursday with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell RealGM.

Williams was with the Kings in 2012.

Williams last played in the NBA in 2013 with the Boston Celtics.

Williams spent last season in Turkey, the D-League, the Philippines and in the Dominican Republic.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Kyrie Irving Agreed To 27.5 Percent Of Salary Cap If He Triggers Rose Rule

Kyrie Irving will receive just 27.5 percent of an adjusted NBA salary cap if he triggers the Derrick Rose rule by winning MVP or getting voted an All-Star starter next season, according to Mark Deeks.

Irving presumably received a player option on his contract in exchange for not getting the full 30 percent possible.

Paul George set the market by taking just 27 percent in order to get that fifth-year player option last offseason.

If Irving neither wins MVP or gets voted an All-Starter, his contract extension will be worth the max possible amount (about $89 million). If he achieves either of those honors, he’d gain about $9 million. However, he could have gained more than $16 million.

By leaving that potential $7 million on the table, Irving set himself up to become a free agent sooner.

Via Dan Feldman/ProBasketballTalk

Spurs Won't Give Manu Ginobili Permission To Play In World Cup

The San Antoino Spurs will not grant Manu Ginobili permission to play in the World Cup of Basketball for Argentina.

Ginobili is recovering from a stress fracture.

Ginobili had a highly productive season as the Spurs attempt to extend his career.

Via Paul Garcia/Project Spurs

Nets Sold Kyle Korver To Cover 2003 Summer League, Purchase Copy Machine

The then-New Jersey Nets picked Kyle Korver with the 51st overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft and sold his draft rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for $125,000.

The cash covered the Nets' Summer League bill and they spent the leftover money on a new copy machine.

Korver developed into one of the NBA's most valued swingmen.

“We gave away a good player for summer league,” says Rod Thorn, the Nets GM at the time. “It was just one of those things we had to do. At least, that’s how I rationalized it.”

“The game over the last four or five years has become so much more suited to the way he plays today,” says Jerry Sloan, who coached Korver in Utah.

Multiple current GMs say passing on Korver in the draft ranks as one of the worst mistakes of their respective careers.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Derrick Rose Wanted To Prove People Wrong 'Too Bad' In First Return

Derrick Rose is participating in Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas.

NBPA Elects Michele Roberts To Be Next Executive Director

The NBA players union has elected Michele Roberts to be its next executive director.

Ed Stefanski Hired By Grizzlies For VP Of Player Personnel Job

Ed Stefanski will assume a key role in the Grizzlies' player personnel and scouting.

Blake Griffin Healing Small Fracture In Back

Blake Griffin is expected to make a full recovery before the Clippers' training camp.

P.J. Tucker Arrested In May For 'Super Extreme' DUI

P.J. Tucker had a blood alcohol content over .20.

Wesley Johnson Signs With Lakers

Wesley Johnson appeared in 79 games last season for the Lakers.

Agents Pushing To Delay NBPA Executive Director Vote

One agent said "none of these candidates are the right candidate."

Donald Sterling Loses Ruling, Clears Way For Sale Of Clippers To Ballmer To Move Forward

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.

Wolves Interested In Trading For Thaddeus Young To Replace Love

Thaddeus Young has two seasons remaining on his deal worth a combined $19.3 million, with the second season being a player option.

Shawn Marion Unlikely To Re-Sign With Mavs

Shawn Marion spent five seasons with the Mavericks and helped the franchise win the 2011 NBA Finals.

Mo Williams Agrees To $3.75M Deal With Wolves

Mo Williams averaged 9.7 points per game last season for the Blazers.

Mark Jackson To Reportedly Hire Rich Paul As Agent

Mark Jackson changed agents just last year when he hired Arn Tellem.

Jimmy Butler Withdraws From USA Camp With Groin Injury

Jimmy Butler has withdrawn from USA Basketball training camp with a slight groin injury.

McGary Encouraged By Fit With Thunder

Mitch McGary should immediately see quality minutes on a title contender.

Falk: Trading Turner Wasn't Blockbuster For 76ers

Evan Turner's agent, David Falk, believes the 76ers didn't make an expecially strong trade in dealing his client to the Pacers.

Jazz See Dante Exum Playing In World Cup As Development Opportunity

Dante Exum should get a lot of minutes for Australia in the World Cup of Basketball next month.

Thibodeau: USA Minicamp 'Next Step' In Rose's Rehab Process

Derrick Rose is participating in USA Basketball's five-day minicamp in Las Vegas as he takes the next step in his rehab process.

Klay Thompson Expects To Remain With Warriors

The Warriors have engaged the Wolves in Kevin Love trade talks, but have excluded Thompson from the talks.

Paul Millsap Receives Invitation For Team USA

The United States has a shortage of frontcourt players after both Blake Griffin and Kevin Love withdrew from participating.

LeBron James Returns To Jersey No. 23

LeBron James will wear jersey No. 23 in his return to the Cavaliers.
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