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Celtics Offered Four First Rounders To Hornets For No. 9

Jul 28, 2015 10:24 AM

The Boston Celtics offered four first-round picks to the Charlotte Hornets for the chance to move up from No. 16 to No. 9. The Celtics were targeting Justise Winslow while the Hornets were settled on taking Frank Kaminsky.

The Celtics offered the 16th pick, No. 15 (acquired in a prearranged contingency deal with the Atlanta Hawks), one unprotected future Brooklyn pick, and a future first-rounder from either the Memphis Grizzlies or Minnesota Timberwolves.

Some members of the Hornets' front office wanted to do the deal with the Celtics, but Michael Jordan preferred Kaminsky over first rounders outside the lottery.

“If it was such a no-brainer for us, why would another team want to do it?” said Rich Cho.

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Tags: Frank Kaminsky, Justise Winslow, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nicolas Batum Interested In Playing For Raptors

Jul 28, 2015 10:33 AM

Nicolas Batum has interest in playing for the Toronto Raptors when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

Toronto is an international city that appeals to Batum.

The Charlotte Hornets acquired Batum this offseason from the Portland Trail Blazers despite him entering his contract year.

General manager Rich Cho and assistant general manager Chad Buchanan are familiar with Batum from their time with the Blazers.

“We are very comfortable given that Chad and Rich know Nic well,” said Hornets' vice-chairman Curtis Polk.

“We’ve seen over the last few years that players want to be here,” Cho says. “Free agents want to come here.”

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Tags: Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ian Clark Agrees To Sign With Warriors

Jul 27, 2015 3:01 PM

Free agent guard Ian Clark has agreed to sign with the Golden State Warriors, league sources told RealGM on Monday.

The two sides are finalizing terms on Clark’s deal after the 6-foot-3 guard’s commitment, sources said.

Clark will return to the Warriors organization for which he starred during the Las Vegas Summer League championship in 2013 — featuring a 33-point MVP performance with seven 3-pointers in the title game. Clark’s run with the Warriors led to a multi-year contract with the Utah Jazz.

Clark, 24, has averaged 2.4 points on 34.4 percent three-point shooting in 53 NBA games. He went unselected in the 2013 NBA draft out of Belmont.

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Tags: Ian Clark, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Matthew Dellavedova Returns To Cavs On One-Year, $1.2M Deal

Jul 27, 2015 12:24 PM

Matthew Dellavedova will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.

Dellavedova will be eligible for free agency again next offseason.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Matt Dellavedova, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie Reviews Summer League

Jul 27, 2015 7:52 PM

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks with Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports (@Sam_Vecenie) about NBA Summer League including the standouts, disappointments and what it means for the 2015-16 season.

They discuss the best players from the 2015 NBA Draft, the top guys in the sophomore class and surprises who earned NBA contracts after competing elsewhere last season.

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Tags: NBA, NBA Summer League, RealGM Radio

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Heat To Release Henry Walker

Jul 27, 2015 2:16 PM

The Miami Heat are waiving forward Henry Walker, league sources told RealGM.

If Walker clears waivers, a return to the Heat is still possible.

Through the NBA Development League, Walker earned a call up to the Heat last season, a miraculous perseverance to turn a fleeting career into a comeback story.

Walker averaged 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 24 games for the Heat. The 6-foot-6 stretch shooter shot 34.1 percent from three-point range in over five attempts per game.

Walker, 27, has played five NBA seasons for Boston, New York and Miami.

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Tags: Henry Walker, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Expect Kobe Bryant To Play Some Minutes At Power Forward

Jul 27, 2015 8:53 PM

Kobe Bryant could play some minutes at power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell and Lou Williams will receive a significant portion of the backcourt minutes, leaving Bryant at small forward and even power forward.

"If we don't get another guard, then Kobe's in that mix," Scott said. "I'm kind of going through those scenarios. But not necessarily as far as who's starting and who doesn't ... I think (Bryant) will play more three than two. If we can get him at the elbows and at the mid-post, the more effective he'll be. I don't think he needs to be using up the whole 94-foot floor. If we can cut that down some, I think that saves his legs as much as possible. But if we can get him where he operates best, which to me is elbows on each area, top of the key, at the pinch post, at the mid-post, then I think he can be real effective for us."

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Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Heat Trade Zoran Dragic To Celtics

Jul 27, 2015 12:27 PM

The Boston Celtics have acquired Zoran Dragic and a second round pick from the Miami Heat.

The pick is unlikely to ever change hands.

Miami will also send cash to Boston to help cover Dragic's salary. The trade helps the Heat considerably with the luxury tax.


The trade did not upset Goran Dragic, who is hoping his brother will get more chances at playing time with the Celtics.

The Celtics were able to take Dragic into their salary-cap space.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Zoran Dragic, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ognjen Kuzmic Signs With Panathinaikos

Jul 27, 2015 4:11 PM

Ognjen Kuzmic has signed with Panathinaikos of Greece.

The Golden State Warriors rescinded their qualifying offer to Kuzmic last week.

Kuzmic appeared in just 16 games with the Warriors this past season.

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Tags: Ognen Kuzmic, Golden State Warriors, Panathinaikos, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International Teams

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Rakeem Christmas Signs Four-Year, $4.3M Deal With Pacers

Jul 27, 2015 3:51 PM

Rakeem Christmas signed a four-year, $4.3 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, sources tell RealGM.

The first two seasons are guaranteed while the second two are partially guaranteed for Christmas.

The Pacers acquired the draft rights to Christmas from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Tags: Rakeem Christmas, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Won't Sign J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith remains unsigned nearly one month into free agency.

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Dunc'd On Podcast: Dan Feldman On Recent Offseason Moves
Dan Feldman joins Nate Duncan to discuss recent offseason transactions, including the Ty Lawson and Brendan Haywood trades, and take listener questions.

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Grizzlies, Thunder, Mavs Expected To Pursue Mike Miller
Mike Miller was traded by the Cavaliers to the Blazers and he'll be waived.

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Cavs Trade Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller To Blazers
The Cavaliers will acquire traded player exceptions worth $10.5 million and $2.85 million.

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Kings Part Ways With Dean Oliver
Dean Oliver had multiple years remaining on his contract, but Vlade Divac is opposed to their use.


Magic Acquire Shabazz Napier From Heat For Future 2nd Rounder
The Heat will acquire a future protected second-round pick from the Magic.

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Spurs Agree Upon Camp Deal With Youssou Ndoye
Youssou Ndoye is expected to spend the 2015-16 season with Austin in the D-League.

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Jamil Wilson Signing With Mavs
Jamil Wilson has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Mavericks, league sources told RealGM.

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James Jones Re-Signs With Cavaliers
James Jones averaged 4.4 points in 11.7 minutes per game this past season with the Cavs.

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Kings Offer Peja Stojakovic Role In Front Office
Vlade Divac has reportedly asked Peja Stojakovic to leave Europe and join the Kings in a player personnel role.

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Sam Dalembert To Sign One-Year Deal With Mavs
Sam Dalembert played for coach Rick Carlisle two years ago in Dallas.

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Glenn Robinson III Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Pacers
Glenn Robinson played 35 games in his rookie season for the Timberwolves and 76ers.

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Mavs, Brandon Ashley Agree To Multi-Year Deal
The Mavericks have reached agreement with Brandon Ashley on a partially guaranteed multiyear contract, league sources told RealGM.

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Wesley Saunders Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Knicks
Wesley Saunders of Harvard has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Knicks, league sources told RealGM.

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Alan Williams Signs One-Year Deal With Qingdao In China
Alan Williams has signed a lucrative deal to play next season with Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball Association, a source told RealGM.

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Blazers Sign Phil Pressey
Phil Pressey spent the past two seasons with the Celtics.

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Cliff Alexander Signs With Blazers
Cliff Alexander averaged 7.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 22.8 minutes a game.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Hassan Whiteside Focused On Coming Season, Not 2016 Free Agency
ESPN recently projected an average salary of $18.8 million per season for Hassan Whiteside next summer.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Adonis Thomas Signs With Pistons
Adonis Thomas played for the Pistons' summer league team in Orlando.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Bobby Marks On Offseasons Of 2015, 2016; Former Role With Nets
Former Nets assistant general manager and cap guru Bobby Marks joins Nate Duncan to discuss the 2015 offseason, his projections for 2016, and his roles with the Nets over the years.

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