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Tarik Black Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Rockets

The Houston Rockets signed Tarik Black to a two-year, partially guaranteed contract, a league source told RealGM.

The Rockets announced the signing on Wednesday afternoon.

Black, a 6-foot-8 forward, played 13 games for Houston in the July summer league.

After three seasons at Memphis, Black transferred to the University of Kansas where he averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a senior. He went undrafted in June.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Shannon Brown Signs One-Year Deal With Heat

The Miami Heat have signed guard Shannon Brown.

Brown signed a one-year contract.

Brown, an eight-year NBA veteran, has appeared in 403 career NBA regular season games (58 starts) and averaged 7.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 18.0 minutes while shooting 42 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range and 80.7 percent from the foul line. He split the 2013-14 season between the San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks.

Brown won back-to-back NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

The Heat's roster now stands at 16.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Joel Embiid Signs Rookie Deal With 76ers

Joel Embiid signed his rookie scale contract with the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

"Officially signed my NBA contract today... I'm BLESSED!!!! The American Dream "Coming to America," Embiid posted on his verified Twitter account.

Embiid was the third pick in June's NBA draft and could miss the 2014-15 season.

 

Via RealGM Staff Report

76ers Unsure If Joel Embiid Will Play At All This Season

The Philadelphia 76ers are unsure if Joel Embiid will play in any games this season.

Embiid underwent surgery on his foot in June and the original prognosis was that he would be out 4-6 months.

"I don't know at this point. Right now, he's in Philly and visiting with a variety of our medical professionals and going through tests," said Sam Hinkie.

"He'll get a good baseline and then we'll put together a rehab plan. He's still in a boot. He was shooting threes on one leg in our gym [Monday]. I don't know how it will play out. We'll take an approach without knowing where the finish line is. We want to know how we can be sure to put him in a position to have a long NBA career. However long [rehab] takes will be however long it takes. In my experience with this injury, a very reasonable approach that our medical professionals take is to put these hurdles in place for them to rise above and then measure the symptoms and then let's see what happens in the days after. Is there tightness or soreness or swelling? Does the MRI or X-ray show something different? When we set that road map, no one knows [how long it will take]."

Via Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Hinkie: Acquiring 1st Round Pick Was Key To Trade For 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers acquired a first round pick along with Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved in exchange for Thaddeus Young.

The 76ers will likely receive the pick, which originates from the Miami Heat, in 2015.

"There were several components [that were enticing] and one is the first-round pick held by Miami," Hinkie said in a conference call yesterday. "That's important. You don't see a lot of first-round picks changing hands these days. The players will be helpful, too. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had a fantastic career at UCLA. Early in his NBA career, he was an everyday lockdown defender. He's a versatile guy who could guard multiple positions.

"Alexey Shved, been around for 2 years and played at a high level in big games, a guy that we had paid attention to for many years before he joined Minnesota. He can both handle the ball and play off the ball."

Mbah a Moute is also expected to help as a mentor to Joel Embiid.

"Luc's relationship with Joel can only help," said Hinkie. "We're definitely in the mode of player development and Joel's a big part of that."

Via Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Doc Rivers, Clippers Agree Upon New Five-Year, $50M Contract

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Doc Rivers to a brand new five-year, $50 million contract through the 18-19 season.

Rivers signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Clippers in June of 2013 after the club agreed to a compensation deal with the Boston Celtics.

Rivers' future with the organization became unclear following the release of racist statements made by Donald Sterling. But the ownership transfer to Steve Ballmer triggered extension talks between the Clippers and Rivers.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wolves To Sign Brady Heslip To Camp Deal

The Minnesota Timberwolves will sign Brady Heslip to a camp deal, according to a source.

The Wolves were impressed with Heslip's play in the Summer League.

Via Darren Wolfson/ESPN

Love: Taylor Should Focus On How He 'Got A Lot For Me'

As Kevin Love was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor told a local radio station that his issues on defense and staying healthy may be an issue for his new team.

"I think where maybe he got away with some stuff not playing defense on our team, I'm not sure that's how it's going to work in Cleveland," Taylor said on ESPN Radio 1500 AM in the Twin Cities on Tuesday. "I would guess they're going to ask him to play more defense, and he's foul-prone.

"I question Kevin if this is going to be the best deal for him, because I think he's going to be the third player on the team," Taylor added. "I don't think he's going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he'll get blame if they don't do well. He's around a couple guys that are awful good."

Love responded to the comments on Wednesday, one day after saying he thought his relationship with Taylor was a positive one.

"I think emotions are definitely running high right now," Love told "Mike & Mike." "For Glen to say that, I just think that he should be focusing on the players that he just received. I mean, he has two of the No. 1 picks in the last two drafts: Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. He has another guy who can really play in Thaddeus Young."

"I think he got a lot for me. So I'd be focusing even more on that. More than anything, I'm just excited to start my time in Cleveland, get to work with my new teammates, and start with this new family here."

Via ESPN

Spurs Sign Josh Davis

The San Antonio Spurs have signed Josh Davis to a multi-year contract.

Davis went undrafted in June out of San Diego State.

Davis will likely battle fellow camp signees JaMychal Green and Bryce Cotton for what might at best be one roster spot.

Via Mark Deeks/Hoop365

Kevin Love Immediately Wanted To Play For Cavs After Call From LeBron

Kevin Love wanted to join the Cleveland Cavaliers immediately after he received a call from LeBron James about the possibility of playing together.

"LeBron signed to come back and a few hours later he called me and I said 'I'm in,' " Love said Tuesday at a news conference. "That had a lot to do with my decision. It means a lot to be a part of this organization ... everything in my entire life for the last six years had led me up to this opportunity."

 

Love said Tuesday he currently has no plans to sign an extension with the Cavs. Love signed a four-year, $61 million extension in 2012, but the 2016-17 season, worth $16.7 million, is a player option. Love is also not planning to pick up that option either and will play out the final year of his contract with the Cavs.

Love did say he plans to be with the team long-term.

"[An extension] hasn't been talked about," Love said. "I'm committed to this team and committed long term to the end goal, which is to win a championship."

The Cavaliers pursued Love even months before James re-signed.

"This is culmination of a year and a half of conversations to trade for [Love]," Cavs general manager David Griffin said. "This is a player that, quite frankly, fits us as well as any player could have. LeBron makes a great deal of these things possible by his presence alone. That piece had a great deal to do with Kevin's comfort with joining us. Hopefully we'll (have) him for a very long time."

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Damien Inglis Signs Multi-Year Deal With Bucks

Damien Inglis was the 31st overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Toure' Murry Signs Two-Year, $2M Deal With Jazz

Toure' Murry's deal includes $250,000 in guaranteed money this season and is non-guaranteed for 15-16.

Thunder Trade Thabeet To 76ers To Create $1.25M TPE

Hasheem Thabeet will be immediately waived by the 76ers.

Jazz Sign Brock Motum

The Jazz have signed free-agent forward Brock Motum.

Clippers Trade Jared Dudley, 1st Round Pick To Bucks For Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Raduljica

The Clippers have traded Jared Dudley to the Bucks, according to a source.

Magic Name Bill Peterson Head Coach Of BayHawks

The Magic have named Bill Peterson as head coach of its D-League team, the Erie BayHawks.

NBA Expands Baseline Area To Improve Player Safety

The NBA will expand the area that must be clear behind the basket.

Casey Prather, Earl Barron Sign Camp Deals With Suns

Casey Prather and Earl Barron have accepted training camp invitations with the Suns.

Patrick Ewing, David Falk Donate $3.3M To Georgetown For Athletic Center

The Thompson Athletics Center is a $62 million project, a ceremony for the building is scheduled for Sept. 12.

Agent: Zydrunas Ilgauskas Isn't Considering Comeback

Zydrunas Ilgauskas' agent, Herb Rudoy, told RealGM's Shams Charania that speculation on a comeback is a "false rumor."

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Turned Down Significant Money In Europe To Remain In D-League

Phil Jackson and Steve Mills have conveyed to Thanasis Antetokounmpo that he's in the Knicks' plans.

Cavs Attempting To Deal For Timofey Mozgov

The Cavaliers have been attempting to trade for Timofey Mozgov over the past six to eight weeks.

Jordan Clarkson Signs With Lakers

The Lakers have signed Jordan Clarkson, the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Kyrie Irving To Start At PG For Final Team USA Tuneup

Kyrie Irving will start at point guard when Team USA players Slovenia in its final tuneup before the FIFA World Cup.

Marques Green Signs With TED Ankara

Marques Green has signed with TED Ankara of Turkey.

Jevohn Shepherd Signs With Barcelona

Jevohn Shepherd averaged 18.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season with Omegna.

Marshall Henderson To Work Out For Fulgor Libertas Forli

Marshall Henderson will have a work out with Fulgor Libertas Forli of A2 Gold, according to Forlibasket.

Gilbert Had Lengthy Meeting With Love Before Agreeing To Trade

The Cavaliers and Wolves reached agreement in principle weeks ago, but had to wait until Andrew Wiggins became eligible for a trade.

Team USA Considers Alternating Irving, Rose At Starting Point Guard

Kyrie Irving will start at point guard for Team USA in the final exhibition game against Slovenia on Tuesday night.

NBA Live 15 Picks Damian Lillard As Cover Athlete

EA Sports NBA Live 15 has selected Damian Lillard as its cover athlete.
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