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Anthony Davis Agrees To Five-Year, $145M Extension With Pelicans

Jul 1, 2015 12:02 AM

Anthony Davis has agreed upon a five-year, $145 million contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Davis was a First-Team All-NBA selection in just his third season. Davis will presumably be eligible for the Derrick Rose rule that allows for him to take 30 percent of the Pelicans' cap. Davis will need to be an All-NBA selection or voted onto the All-Star team as a start in 15-16.

Davis could have waited until 2016 to become a restricted free agent and then take the qualifying offer to become an unrestricted free agent in 2017, but he instead gets complete financial security in 2015.

Davis and his agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, met with New Orleans general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry for a dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Wednesday night and reached an agreement after midnight ET.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports Davis has a clause after Year 4 that allows him to become a free agent in 2020.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Butler Considering Five-Year Max Offer From Bulls

Jul 1, 2015 1:11 AM

Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler is giving consideration to accepting the franchise's offer of a five-year maximum contract, league sources told RealGM.

The current offer sheet must include a player option on the fifth season for Butler to consider accepting, sources said.

Despite Butler's interest in probing the market over the past several months, sentiment increased Tuesday that Butler would be open to a deal that includes trade kickers, max year-to-year raises and the option of his choice.

Butler plans to sleep on the decision, months after turning down an extension offer from the Bulls.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Danny Green Plans Meeting With Pistons

Jul 1, 2015 12:47 AM

Danny Green has planned a meeting with the Detroit Pistons, sources tell RealGM.

Green is a free agent after emerging as one of the NBA's better two-way wings with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Pistons are also targeting Tobias Harris.

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Tags: Danny Green, Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pacers Pushing To Sign Monta Ellis

Jul 1, 2015 1:36 AM

The Indiana Pacers and Monta Ellis are moving closer to an agreement.

Larry Bird has reportedly been determined to secure Ellis to a contract and the Pacers are pushing hard to close a deal.

Ellis spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Pacers would like to play faster moving forward.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Pick Up Team Option On Robert Sacre

Jul 1, 2015 3:14 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised center Robert Sacre’s veteran-minimum team option for the 2015-16, guaranteeing his deal, league sources told RealGM.

The Lakers held the option on Sacre’s deal worth just below $1 million, deciding to retain a seven-footer who has a proven NBA value on the defensive end and positive professional on the court. Several NBA teams had prepared possibly adding Sacre if the Lakers had let him go.

RealGM reported on June 10 that the Lakers were expected to pick up the option on Sacre, which had a deadline late Tuesday night.

In 67 games last season, Sacre averaged 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds a night. Despite roster turnover, Sacre’s maintained a spirit and defensive focus to benefit the Lakers on and off the court. During the 2013-14 season, Sacre’s former coach, Mike D’Antoni, called Sacre the Lakers’ hardest worker and best defender.
Sacre was the 60th pick in the 2012 NBA draft to the Lakers.

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Al-Farouq Aminu Agrees Upon Four-Year, $30M Deal With Blazers

Jul 1, 2015 12:27 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed upon a four-year, $30 million deal with Al-Farouq Aminu.

Aminu had a breakout season in 14-15 with the Dallas Mavericks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Patrick Beverley Receives Interest From Knicks, Mavericks

Jul 1, 2015 1:07 AM

The New York Knicks have "major interest" in Patrick Beverley and the interest is mutual.

The Knicks reached out to Beverley shortly after the start of free agency.

Beverley has also been courted by the Dallas Mavericks.

The Houston Rockets are pursuing other options as free agency begins.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Tags: Patrick Beverley, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young Finalizing New Contracts With Nets

Jul 1, 2015 1:52 AM

The Brooklyn Nets are finalizing agreements with Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young.

Lopez will receive a three-year, $60 million max contract that will include protections should he again have foot issues. The deal is expected to include a player option after the second season.

Young, who opted out of $10.2 million owed him next season, will sign a four-year, $50 million deal, sources said.

The Nets acquired Young at the deadline from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Kawhi Leonard, Spurs Agree Upon Framework Of Five-Year $90M Extension

Jul 1, 2015 12:08 AM

Kawhi Leonard has agreed upon the framework of a new maximum contract with the San Antonio Spurs that could be worth more than $90 million.

"I have every intention of signing with the San Antonio Spurs," Leonard said in a statement late Wednesday. "There are details in the contract which need to be worked out with the organization. I am confident that this will be accomplished."

 

Officials from the Spurs reached out to Leonard’s agents, Brian Elfus and Mitch Frankel of Impact Sports, shortly after midnight ET on Wednesday and the sides reached an agreement in principle on a contract that still has deal points to be worked out in the next several days, sources said.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA Salary Cap Could Be $2M Higher Than Anticipated In 15-16

Jun 30, 2015 11:41 PM

The salary cap for the 15-16 season could be as much as $2 million higher than initial projections.

The revenue numbers upon which the cap is based came in healthier than anticipated.

Teams have been operating on an estimated cap of $67.1 million for the 2015-16 season, but the National Basketball Players Association revealed at the annual agents' summit in Los Angeles this week that the actual cap is expected to come in at least $1 million higher, and perhaps as much as $2 million higher.

The official number won't be set until July 8th when the NBA audits will be completed.

The luxury-tax threshold, projected to be $81.6 million for the coming season, also is expected to be pegged at a significantly higher number, sources said.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

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Mike Dunleavy Receiving Interest From Cavs, Wizards; Bulls Remain Favorites
The Bulls remain the favorites to re-sign Mike Dunleavy, league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Dunc'd On Pod (July 1st): Reaction and Analysis of Early July 1st Moves
Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) react to the early July 1st news, including Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard committing to staying with their teams while Al-Farouq Aminu heads to Portland.

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Knicks To Meet With Monroe, Jordan, Aldridge; Not Expected To Pursue Rondo
Greg Monroe gets the Knicks' first free agency meeting.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Love To Meet With Lakers
Kevin Love played collegiately at UCLA and has been connected with the Lakers in the past during his time with the Lakers.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Demetris Nichols Talks With Grizzlies, Others About NBA Return
The Timberwolves and Pelicans have also inquired on Demetris Nichols, a source said.

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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

Jared Dudley Exercises $4.25M Player Option With Bucks
Jared Dudley and the Bucks are working on a long-term deal.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers Pursuing Significantly More Cap Space
The Lakers are searching for more salary cap space to pursue free agent deals to both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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

Pelicans, Bucks, Knicks Among Interested Teams For Robin Lopez
The Pelicans, Bucks and Knicks are so far among the strongest suitors for Trail Blazers free agent Robin Lopez, league sources told RealGM.

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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

Enes Kanter, Thunder Set Meeting To Discuss 3-4 Year Deal In Early Window
The Thunder and Enes Kanter are expected to discuss three- and four-year contract sheets, sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Lakers, Bucks, Mavs Interested In Iman Shumpert
LeBron James is known to be a big fan of Iman Shumpert and his defense.

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