Jul 18, 2014 3:41 AM EDT
Eric Bledsoe has rejected a four-year, $48 million contract offer from the Phoenix Suns.
Bledsoe is a restricted free agent and is seeking a max deal of $80 million over five seasons.
The Suns acquired Bledsoe last offseason from the Los Angeles Clippers.
The thought that the Suns will match any offer Bledsoe receives from a competing club has deterred teams from aggressively pursuing Bledsoe.
Jul 18, 2014 3:38 AM EDT
Carlos Boozer has been acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers off amnesty waivers.
Nine teams had cap space to make a blind bid upon the remaining portion of Boozer's $16.8 million contract.
The Lakers won the bid of $3.25 million to acquire Boozer.
"We're very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a news release.
Jul 18, 2014 3:35 AM EDT
Jimmer Fredette has agreed upon a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Fredette finished this past season with the Chicago Bulls.
Fredette was a first round pick in 2011 by the Sacramento Kings.
Jul 17, 2014 6:10 PM EDT
The Phoenix Suns will keep forward Shavlik Randolph past his contract guarantee date Thursday, his agent Joel Bell told RealGM.
The Suns faced a decision on whether to fully guarantee Randolph's deal or release him on Thursday.
Randolph played in the Chinese Basketball Association last season and signed with the Suns in March. The 6-foot-10 big man resurrected his NBA career in 2013 for the Boston Celtics, averaging 4.2 points, 4.4 rebound and 12.4 minutes per game in 16 appearances.
Randolph, 30, has averaged 2.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in his seven-year NBA career.
Jul 17, 2014 10:14 AM EDT
Phil Jackson would have likely become head of the Seattle SuperSonics' front office under Chris Hansen had the relocation of the Sacramento Kings gone though.
Jackson writes in his autobiography that Hansen was inspired by the pep rallies by the Seattle Sounders and wanted to create a similar atmosphere around the arena on game nights.
Hansen also had the idea to create a low-priced standing room section behind the baskets to increase the noise level.
One other innovative idea Hansen mentioned was to remove the names of the players from the back of the jerseys to shift attention away from individual players.
Jul 17, 2014 10:11 AM EDT
In an update to Phil Jackson's autobiography, he outlines how talks to return to the Los Angeles Lakers in November of 2012 unraveled.
Jackson was intrigued by the possibility of going after one more ring with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol now that the Lakers had also acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.
"I was thinking of the job as a one-season gig, but Jimmy (Buss) and Mitch (Kupchak) were looking for a coach who could help them rebuild the team over the long haul," writes Jackson. "They were also eager to turn the Lakers back into the sort of fast-paced, high-scoring team they were in the Magic Johnson “Showtime” era — and (Mike) D’Antoni was certainly a coach who could make that happen.
"The overriding issue, however, was the state of owner Jerry Buss’s health. He’d been in and out of the hospital during the previous several months battling prostate cancer and other ailments. But things had taken a turn for the worse recently, and his family hoped that a turn in the Lakers’ fortunes might bring some joy into his life and, with luck, help speed his recovery.
"Several weeks later, the story came out that Dr. Buss, not Jimmy, had made the decision to go with D’Antoni. This seemed unlikely to me given the state of Jerry’s health — not to mention, Jimmy’s long history of impetuous decision-making — but it was impossible to verify that story one way or the other. In the end, it didn’t matter that much anyway. I was ready to move on."
Jul 17, 2014 10:03 AM EDT
The Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons had serious sign-and-trade discussions earlier this month centered on Greg Monroe.
Monroe remains a restricted free agent and many have speculated that the Pistons will be unable to keep both he and Josh Smith.
The Blazers ultimately decided to sign Chris Kaman to serve as the backup to Robin Lopez at center.
Jul 17, 2014 9:48 AM EDT
The Sacramento Kings continue to pursue a trade for Josh Smith with the Detroit Pistons.
The Kings are attempting to find a third team to engage in trade talks to help facilitate the deal.
Talks have centered around Jason Thompson and either Derrick Williams or Jason Terry to the Pistons for Smith.
Skeptics question whether the Kings could gamble on trying to fit Smith in alongside DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. The Kings like the idea of acquiring Smith because it wouldn't make them part with any players in their long-term plans.
Jul 16, 2014 10:34 PM EDT
Ed Davis has agreed upon a two-year, $2 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Davis has a player option for the 15-16 season.
Davis most recently played for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jul 16, 2014 9:09 PM EDT
The Orlando Magic have agreed upon a two-year, $5.5 million deal with Luke Ridnour.
The second year of Ridnour's deal is non-guaranteed.
Ridnour spent parts of last season with the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets.
DeJuan Blair has agreed upon a three-year, $6 million deal with the Wizards.
Rodney Stuckey will effectively replace Lance Stephenson.
The proposal is essentially an attempt to squeeze the lottery odds at either extreme toward a more balanced system in which all 14 teams have a relatively similar chance at the no. 1 pick.
Brandon Rush will hold a player option for the second season of the deal.
Jul 16, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Carmelo Anthony's contract with the Knicks is worth $124,064,681 over five seasons. Anthony also has a no-trade clause and a 15-percent trade kicker.
James Jones is a close friend of LeBron James and gives the Cavaliers perimeter shooting depth.
David Adkins was an assistant for Brenda Frese with the University of Maryland's women's basketball team for the past five seasons.
Jul 16, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Jerryd Bayless finished this past season with the Celtics following a trade from the Grizzlies.
Adidas has signed four of the top-six pick of the 2014 NBA Draft in Andrew Wiggins, Dante Exum, Joel Embiid and Marcus Smart.
Kevin Durant will be a free agent in 2016 and appears unlikely to leave the Thunder, but Stephen A. Smith believes the Washington Wizards would be the only team that is strongly considered.
Lance Stephenson’s contract with the Hornets will have the annual salary structure of $9 million in Years 1 and 2 and $9.5 million in Year 3, a source said.
Anthony Tolliver has reached agreement on a two-year, $6 million contract with the Suns, league sources told RealGM.
Rashard Lewis started eight games in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
The Hornets are now exploring the possibility of signing Lance Stephenson.
Peter Dinwiddie and Glen Grunwald have advanced to the final stages of the search and will soon meet with Robert Pera.
Jason Smith has signed a one-year contract with the Knicks worth the taxpayer midlevel exception of $3.3 million, league sources told RealGM.
Mike Miller received better offers from the Nuggets and Rockets.
Jul 15, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Glen Taylor and Joe Lacob have maintained a level of dialogue and a deal would be done by now if the Warriors relented on including Klay Thompson, which has been at the behest of Steve Kerr.
The Bulls have used their amnesty provision upon Carlos Boozer.
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