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K.J. McDaniels Agrees Upon One-Year Tender With 76ers As 2nd Round Pick

K.J. McDaniels has agreed upon a one-year, non-guaranteed tender with the Philadelphia 76ers,

McDaniels, who was the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, could become a restricted free agent next July.

McDaniels’ agent, Mark Bartelstein, wouldn't accept the 76ers’ structure of two guaranteed contract seasons that included two non-guaranteed seasons in years three and four of the deal. The 76ers have had success using these contracts to control young players’ service and flipping the non-guaranteed seasons into valuable trade chips.

Philadelphia would have to guarantee McDaniels $1.2 million next season to simply avoid allowing him become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

"The 76ers have a philosophy that they're adhering to, and we totally respect that, but it doesn't fit for K.J. and us," Bartelstein told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday morning. "I just totally disagree with the idea of doing a four-year deal that includes a structure of two non-guaranteed years. We think K.J. is going to be a good player, and it came down to doing a one-year deal and letting the market determine his value.

"There's no hard feelings. The Sixers’ philosophy has worked for them. It just doesn't work for us."

McDaniels will make $507,000 this season, which is less than his 2nd round peers, but his ability for significant earning power over the next several years is unmatched among second-round picks.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Paul George Keeping Hope For Return In Playoffs

Paul George is maintaining hope that he can return to the Indiana Pacers late in the season if the team makes a playoff run.

“It's very possible that I can play (this season),” George said. “I've talked to all the guys and said, 'Man, you guys have to get in the playoffs. That's the best chance I've got of coming back and playing this year.' I've already got it in mind that I could miss this whole year. I'm come to peace with that, but I'd love to be able to come back and play again.”

George suffered a serious fracture in his leg while playing for Team USA in the offseason and the Pacers are operating under the notion that he will not return this season.

Via Mark Montieth/Pacers.com

Cavaliers Sign Stephen Holt To Camp Deal

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Stephen Holt to their training camp roster.

Holt, a 6-4 guard, played four seasons at Saint Mary's and averaged 10.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31.2 minutes over 127 games (95 starts).

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jimmy Butler, Bulls Moving In Right Direction On Extension Talks

Jimmy Butler's representatives and the Chicago Bulls have started discussions on a possible contract extension.

"I want to be here," Butler said. "I think the Bulls want me here. So however long it takes, as long as we get it worked out. Basketball is my main focus, not really the contract situation."

Butler would become a restricted free agent next offseason if a new deal is not reached.

"They definitely are [working on it]," he said. "I think we're really good right now, moving in the right direction. But that's between them. I just got to be with my teammates and whatever I do between myself and that basket will handle that a lot easier.

"I don't really think about it too much," he said. "I grew up without money. I think I'll be all right for a couple more days. I just play basketball. That's what I know. And if you play basketball the right way, the contract situation will handle itself."

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

LeBron Was Disappointed By Miami's Decision To Amnesty Mike Miller

The decision by the Miami Heat in the 2013 offseason to amnesty Mike Miller drew the ire of LeBron James.

The move saved the Heat money while taking away a key locker room guy and rotation player with big game experience.

"LeBron thought it was an unnecessary change," Miller told Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Miller signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason.

"I'm not saying I would have been a difference-maker," Miller said. "San Antonio was unbelievable last year and there are a lot of things that go into a season, but it was difficult for LeBron.

"It was difficult for all of us. It was difficult for me. I had to uproot my family and move again. It was tough. I think he was disappointed because he understands legacies and he understands what he wants to do in life. That's what makes him special."

Via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Ryan Kelly Out Indefinitely With Strained Hamstring

Ryan Kelly has suffered a moderate left hamstring strain, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday. 

Kelly is out indefinitely.

Via RealGM Staff Report

76ers Waive Pierre Jackson

The Philadelphia 76ers have waived Pierre Jackson.

Mark Deeks writes that Jackson will receive a guaranteed $400,00 from the 76ers for this season while he rehabs from an Achilles tear that occured during Summer League.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Justin Hamilton Undergoes Procedure For Atrial Flutter

Justin Hamilton underwent a procedure at South Miami Hospital on Monday to repair an atrial flutter.

After experiencing light-headedness during practice, he was sent to Doctors Hospital where the diagnosis was discovered. He will remain sidelined for a few days and can then begin non-contact exercises for approximately three weeks before being re-evaluated prior to re-joining the Miami Heat for practice.

Hamilton is expected to make a full recovery.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Blazers Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Damian Lillard

The Portland Trail Blazers exercised their fourth-year option on the contract of guard Damian Lillard.

In two seasons, Lillard has averaged 19.9 points (42.7% FG, 38.1% 3-PT, 85.9% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.84 steals and 37.2 minutes per game. Only four players in NBA history have more points (3,257) and assists (988) in their first two seasons (O. Robertson, T. Archibald, A Iverson, L. James). Lillard’s 403 3-pointers through his first two seasons are the most in league history. He’s tied for eighth on Portland’s all-time list for 3-pointers (403). Lillard set a franchise record last season for the most 3-pointers made in a single season (218).

Via RealGM Staff Report

Alonzo Gee Reaches Deal With Nuggets

Free agent forward Alonzo Gee has reached agreement on a deal with the Denver Nuggets, a source with knowledge told RealGM.

After deciding on Monday to join the Nuggets, Gee will report to Denver training camp Tuesday.

As one of the best players on the available market, the 6-foot-6 forward brings active defense and athleticism on the wing for the Nuggets.

Gee, 27, has trained vigorously on his overall game and basketball shape in the offseason, when he was traded three separate times and ultimately released by the Sacramento Kings to open a roster spot.

Over five NBA seasons playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards, Gee established himself as a contributing role player, averaging 7.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in his career.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Thunder Look Forward For Opportunity To Re-Sign Kevin Durant In 2016

Kevin Durant made it clear that he is pleased with the Thunder's direction and likes his situation.

Rondo Wants To Stay With Celtics, Realistic About Short-Term Prognosis

Rajon Rondo could command a max contract as an outright free agent next summer, something he admitted during the teamís annual media day that he believes he deserves.

Turner Has Nothing Bad To Say About Pacers, Not Weighed Down By Expectations As Former 2nd Overall Pick

Evan Turner wasnít the only thing that didnít go Indianaís way in the second half, but he quickly became one of the faces of the Pacersí demise.

Durant To Return To USA Basketball For 2016 Olympics

Kevin Durant intends to rejoin USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

D.J. Stephens To Sign Camp Contract With Pelicans

D.J. Stephens has reached an agreement on a training camp deal with the Pelicans, leagues sources told RealGM.

Morey Responds To Criticism From Cuban

Mark Cuban recently criticized Daryl Morey and the Rockets for not caring about chemistry.

Markieff, Marcus Morris Agree Upon Four-Year Extensions With Suns

Markieff Morris' deal is worth $32 million over four seasons, while Marcus Morris will earn $20 million over four.

Chris Johnson Claimed By 76ers Off Waivers

Chris Johnson was recently waived by the Celtics.

Sources: Knicks Not Discussing Extension With Shumpert

The Knicks have about four weeks to start talks with Iman Shumpert.

Robert Sarver Still Regrets Allowing Joe Johnson To Leave Suns

The Suns were $833,333 per year apart on an extension before Joe Johnson's last season with the team.

Norris Cole 'Ready' To Start For Heat

Pat Riley identified Mario Chalmers as the Miami Heat's starting point guard in the offseason.

Ricky Rubio, Wolves Continuing Extension Talks On Possible $11M Annually

Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves will have contract talks in person this week that could make him the second-highest paid player on the team.

Nuggets Pursuing Alonzo Gee

The Nuggets are actively pursuing free agent forward Alonzo Gee, sources with knowledge told RealGM.

Tyreke Evans To Miss 3-5 Weeks With Strained Hamstring

Tyreke Evans is expected to miss 3-5 weeks with a strained right hamstring.

Tim Duncan Hesitated Before Accepting $10.3M Player Option

Tim Duncan admitted he had hesitation before opting into his $10.3 player option for the 2014-15 season.

Cavaliers Trade Keith Bogans To 76ers

The Cavaliers will also send a future second-round pick and create a $5.3 million trade exception in the process.

Brendan Haywood Cleared For Full Participation To Start Cavs' Camp

David Blatt called Brendan Haywood the surprise of the day one of camp.

Julius Randle Gives Lakers An Ability To Handle Ball At Forward

Julius Randle projects in the NBA as a power forward.

Luol Deng Forgives Danny Ferry For Racial Comments

Luol Deng wants to move on from the unfortunate situation of Danny Ferry's racial remarks directed toward him during free agency.

Hornets Remove Jeffery Taylor Indefinitely From Team Activities

Jeffery Taylor will not be participating in any team-related activities with the Hornets while the NBA is investigating his conduct, effective immediately.
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