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Thunder Signing Talib Zanna On Non-Guaranteed Deal

Aug 28, 2015 4:49 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with free agent forward Talib Zanna, league sources told RealGM.

Zanna spent last season with the OKC Blue in the NBA D-League, averaging 13.3 points, 11 rebounds and 60 percent field-goal shooting in 50 games. Zanna joins Dez Wells as training camp invites to the Thunder.

Zanna played for the Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers in the July summer leagues.

A 6-foot-9 big man, Zanna went undrafted out of Pittsburgh in the 2014 NBA draft.

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Tags: Talib Zanna, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Toure' Murry Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Wizards

Aug 28, 2015 11:21 PM

Toure' Murry has agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards on a non-guaranteed deal for training camp.

Murry spent five games with the Wizards last season on a 10-day contract.

bad ankle sprain derailed Murry's second 10-day contract with Washington. 

The Wizards already have all 15 roster spots taken with guaranteed contracts.

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Tags: Toure' Murry, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carlos Boozer Waiting For NBA Opportunity

Aug 28, 2015 11:40 PM

Carlos Boozer has received interest from China, but he will likely wait for the NBA season to start for an opportunity to open up.

Boozer will see where there's a need for him with a playoff team as the season progresses.

Boozer spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Tags: Carlos Boozer, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Sign Marshall Henderson To Camp Deal

Aug 28, 2015 4:51 PM

The Sacramento Kings have signed Marshall Henderson to a training camp deal, according to a source.

Henderson starred at Ole Miss before going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft.

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Tags: Marshall Henderson, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jazz Sign J.J. O'Brien

Aug 28, 2015 11:27 PM

The Utah Jazz have signed free agent forward J.J. O’Brien.  

O’Brien (6-7, 220, San Diego State) played one season at University of Utah (2010-11) before transferring to San Diego State (2011-15) to finish his collegiate career. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists during his senior campaign with the Aztecs. O’Brien earned a 2014 All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention after posting eight double-figure scoring efforts and logging two games with 10-or-more rebounds as a junior.

The 23-year-old forward was a member of the Utah Jazz at the 2015 Utah Jazz Summer League where he saw action in all three games, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.0 minutes. He also played with the Jazz entry in the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, owning averages of 4.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.8 minutes.

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Steve Ballmer Rejects $60M Annual TV Deal To Start Streaming Option

Aug 28, 2015 11:45 PM

Steve Ballmer has turned down a $60 million-per-year offer for local television rights and instead plans to start his own streaming network.

Ballmer would be the first owner of a major United States' sports team to deliver games to consumers via a Web-based service.

The Los Angeles Clippers are currently aired to approximately five million Los Angeles-area homes through Fox Sports' Prime Ticket.

Prime Ticket currently pays the team a rights fee of $25 million a year — and offered a 140 percent increase, to $60 million.

“Steve Ballmer has not renewed his deal with Fox,” said one source close to the situation. “He’s looking at a [digital] subscription channel.”

Claire Atkinson/New York Post

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Chris Singleton Receiving Interest From Clippers

Aug 27, 2015 4:45 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have been in touch with representatives for Chris Singleton.

Singleton was the 18th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards out of Florida State.

Singleton played in China last season with the Jiangsu Dragons and then in the D-League with the Oklahoma City Blue.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

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Chris Jent Named Head Coach Of Baskersfield Jam

Aug 27, 2015 4:35 PM

The Phoenix Suns and Bakersfield Jam have named Chris Jent head coach of the Jam.

"It's an honor to be named Head Coach of the Bakersfield Jam and to be a part of an organization like the Phoenix Suns," said Jent. "Personally, it's a great opportunity to once again be a Head Coach and there couldn't be a better setting in the NBA D-League to help players develop and reach their basketball potential than in Bakersfield. I can't wait to get into the gym with the team and try to do something special as a group."

Jent, 45, joins the Jam organization after spending the 2013-14 season and the beginning of the 2014-15 season as Michael Malone’s lead assistant with the Sacramento Kings. Prior to his role with the Kings, Jent served as an Assistant Coach at his alma mater Ohio State for two seasons (2011-13). During his tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes went 60-15 and earned a Final Four berth in 2012 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2013.

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Tags: Phoenix Suns, Bakersfield Jam, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Darryl Dawkins Passes Away At 58

Aug 27, 2015 4:31 PM

Darryl Dawkins has passed away at the age of 58.

Dawkins had the nickname of Chocolate Thunder and broke two backboards in separate games in 1979.

The Orlando native played 15 seasons in the NBA, spending the majority of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets.

Dawkins was the first player ever drafted directly from high school to the NBA.


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Kyrie Irving Could Be Out Until January

Aug 27, 2015 5:03 PM

The rehabilitation of Kyrie Irving from a fractured kneecap is going smoothly, but he is almost certainly not going to be ready for the Cleveland Cavaliers' opener on Oct. 27.

Irving could remain out until January.

Irving underwent surgery in early June with an expected recovery time of three to four months.

The Cavaliers want to bring him back slowly without risking a setback, with the goal of being at full strength entering the playoffs.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Brandon Jennings Okay Coming Off Bench
Brandon Jennings was in favor of the Pistons re-signing Reggie Jackson this offseason despite the fact they play the same position.

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Woman Files Lawsuit Against Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose's lawyer acknowledged that Rose and the woman were in a consensual, nonexclusive relationship.


Chuck Hayes Won't Sign With Rockets, Pursuing Other Teams
Chuck Hayes will not sign with the Rockets for the 15-16 season as expected.

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Ryan Hollins Receiving Interest From Kings, Wizards, Clippers
Ryan Hollins has most recently played for the Kings and Clippers.

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ESPN Gives 28 Five-Star Grades To Class Of 2016
Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Malik Monk are in ESPN's top-five.

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Clippers Remain Interested In Signing Glen Davis
Doc Rivers spoke with agents for Glen Davis earlier this week, but no deal has been reached.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

RealGM Radio Podcast: Northwest Division With Steve McPherson, Ben Dowsett
Host Danny Leroux, Steve McPherson of Rolling Stone/Grantland and Ben Dowsett of Basketball Insiders/Salt Lake City Hoops discuss the NBA's Northwest Division. The three recap the off-season (who got better and worse, rookies to watch, most interesting

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Otto Porter Prepared To Play Stretch-4 For Wizards
Otto Porter emerged in the playoffs and would like to play some stretch four this season.

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Jordan Clarkson Trying To Play For Philippines As Natural Born Player
Jordan Clarkson could play in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship as he's been named to the preliminary roster of the Philippines.


Heat More Likely To Trade Chris Andersen Than Mario Chalmers
Chris Andersen is due approximately $5 million and the Heat haven't found much of a market for a trade.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Kevin Pelton On The Greatest Teams Ever
Host Nate Duncan and Kevin Pelton discuss the greatest teams ever.

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Suns Sign Henry Sims, Cory Jefferson To Camp Deals
The Suns have agreements for Henry Sims and Cory Jefferson to compete for roster spots.

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Anthony Davis Would Rather Win Gold Than MVP In 2016
Anthony Davis finished fifth in voting last season behind Stephen Curry, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.

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Lakers Sign Michael Frazier To Multi-Year Deal
Michael Frazier played for the Warriors in Summer League.

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NBA Fines Clippers $250,000 For Probited Endorsement Offer To DeAndre Jordan
The NBA's investigation concluded that the presentation of this opportunity had no impact on DeAndre Jordan's decision to re-sign with the Clippers.

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Jeff Adrien Agrees To One-Year Deal With Pelicans
Jeff Adrien averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Timberwolves in 17 games last season.

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Kidd-Gilchrist Near Agreement Upon Four-Year, $52M Extension With Hornets
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds for Charlotte last season, his third in the league.

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Lakers Considering Signing Metta World Peace
The Lakers waived Metta World Peace using their amnesty provision in 2013.

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LeBron 'Hyped' About Getting Irving, Love Back In Cavs' Lineup
LeBron James wrote a message on Instagram to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, who are both recovering from injuries sustained in the playoffs.

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76ers Set Goal Of October 2016 For Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid underwent surgery last week on his foot and the public timetable is five to eight months.

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