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Jerry West, Warriors Agree Upon Two-Year Extension

Jerry West and the Golden State Warriors have agreed upon a two-year extension through the 16-17 season.

West had one year remaining on his original deal with the team and this new deal will be tacked on, for a total of a three-year commitment from this point.

West recently told associates he was considering retring for good.

According to multiple sources, West, along with coach Steve Kerr, was a leading voice in the team's decision this summer not to put Klay Thompson into any trade offer for Kevin Love.

Via Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Additional Details Emerge On Danny Ferry Conference Call

The position of power with the Atlanta Hawks' organization held by Michael Gearon had been neutralized by Bruce Levenson and Danny Ferry.

But Gearon was on a conference call with Ferry in June in which free agents were discussed.

The call proceeded with Ferry hustling through free agent names, a list that included Carmelo Anthony: "He can shoot the [expletive] out of it, but he screws you up in other ways," Ferry said, according to a transcript obtained by Yahoo Sports.

Ferry would go on to say of Anthony: "So is he really worth the 20 million dollars? … I would argue if he plays the right way, absolutely."

The Hawks never had an opportunity to pursue Anthony, but they did have a chance to sign Luol Deng.

Several sources told Yahoo that within the basketball operations, Ferry was Atlanta's biggest proponent to sign Deng.

Ferry started about how Deng "has got some African in him" and proceeded to make a comparison to Africans with phony facades selling counterfeit goods.

As soon as those words left Ferry's mouth on the call, Gearon responded in a dramatic way in the background of the tape recording, according to a partial transcript of the call obtained by Yahoo Sports.

"Oh my God, that comment sounds like Sterling on TMZ," Gearon said.

Gearon allowed Ferry to keep talking.

On Deng, Ferry said: "… For example, he can come out and be an unnamed source for a story and two days later come out and say, 'That absolutely was not me. I can't believe someone said that.'

"But talking to reporters, you know they can [believe it]."

Ferry kept going on Deng: "… Good guy in Chicago. They will tell you he was good for their culture, but not a culture setter. He played hard and all those things, but he was very worried about his bobble-head being the last one given away that year, or there was not enough stuff of him in the [team] store … kind of a complex guy."

According to the report, Ferry appears to be making his own interjections on the call and not reciting words belonging to someone else.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Spurs Sign New Trainer Xavi Schelling

The San Antonio Spurs have signed a new trainer, Xavi Schelling, from Spanish club Manresa, according to a report from Spain.

Schelling will be the head of the department of applied science in sport.

Schelling has a PhD in physical activity and sport. He also has a Masters degree in high performance sports groups. This summer he worked with Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the center of the Spanish national team.

Via Jeff Garcia/Project Spurs

Spurs' New Court Design To Feature NBA's Largest Halfcourt Logo

The San Antonio Spurs are updating their court design for the 14-15 season.

The new floor will feature a 25x20 foot spur logo at center court, which is easily the largest in the NBA, according to Grantland's Zach Lowe.

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Michele Roberts To Begin Duties With NBPA At End Of Month

Michele Roberts is slated to assume her position as executive director of the NBPA at the end of the month.

Roberts hasn't been able to start her new job yet because of obligations in her prior job and ongoing contract negotiations with union officials to formalize her deal. 

Her contract, which will pay her $1.2 million annually over four years and could include an annual performance bonus of up to 50%, has already been approved by the NBPA's Executive Committee but must still be approved by player representatives from teams.

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Chauncey Billups Retires After 17 NBA Seasons

Chauncey Billups has decided to retire after 17 seasons in the NBA.

Billups became an unrestricted free agent when the Pistons declined the second and final year of a contract option that would have paid him $2.5 million next season. 

Billups had interest in playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the offseason.

Billups missed 185 games over the past three seasons.

"It's just time. I'm happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me. I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Luol Deng 'Saddened', 'Disappointed', 'Disturbed' By Comments

Luol Deng released the following statement Tuesday in response to remarks made about him by the front office of the Atlanta Hawks.

"HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM"

"These words were recently used to describe me. It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their heritage.

"I'm proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just "a little". For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.

"Concerning my free agency, the focus should purely have been on my professionalism and my ability as an athlete. Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype. I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.

"However, there is comfort in knowing that there are people who aren't comfortable with it and have the courage to speak up. In the same way a generalization should not define a group of people, the attitude of a few should not define a whole organization or league.

"Ultimately, I’m thankful to be with an organization that appreciates me for who I am and has gone out of its way to make me feel welcome."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Zoran Dragic In Talks With Heat, Spurs, Mavericks, Magic

Behind a resurgent desire to pursue the NBA culminating in a successful World Cup showing, Slovenian shooting guard Zoran Dragic has maintained discussions with the four teams interested in signing him for next season: the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic, league sources told RealGM.

Dragic, the younger brother of Goran Dragic, had 11 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes against the United States national team on Tuesday. He has informed teams of an Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM.

Dragic, a 6-foot-5 product, has received NBA interest in past summers, and he played for the Houston Rockets’ summer league team in 2012. Several NBA organizations have scouted him throughout the World Cup, sources said, and several new inquiries are placed per day.

In his second year with BC Malaga last season, Dragic, 25, averaged 10.6 points and 2.8 rebounds over 50 games.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Knicks Sign Langston Galloway, Travis Wear

The New York Knicks have signed Langston Galloway and Travis Wear.

Both Galloway and Wear played for the Knicks in the NBA Summer League.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Grunwald: Raptors Never Had Serious Discussions With Mavs On Carter For Nash

Glen Grunwald denied comments from John Shannon, a former MLSE TV executive who claimed that the Dallas Mavericks offered Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash to the Toronto Raptors for Vince Carter and Antonio Davis over a decade ago.

"I don’t think that’s true, if my memory serves me correctly," said Grunwald. "One of my last obligations before I got the axe was to explore a Nash-for-Carter trade, but no, we were never, as far as I know, offered those guys. It was a difficult time for Vince Carter, obviously receiving criticism from the media in particular — because he did suffer from some real injuries, but he had some bad judgment in terms of attending concerts and such when he was on the injured list. It was time to look at exploring a trade, but the nearest I can recall, the Mavericks never offered Nowitzki and we never had any real conversations with them about Steve Nash. I don’t think (Shannon’s statement) is accurate, but maybe John has a better memory than I do."

Grunwald was soon fired by the Raptors and replaced by Rob Babcock, who traded Carter to the New Jersey Nets.

Via Raptors HQ

Shawn Marion Officially Signs With Cavaliers

The Cavaliers have signed free agent forward Shawn Marion.

Jazz Sign Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy was selected by Utah out of Tennessee Tech in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft.

Dmitry Kulagin Signing One-Year Deal In Russia After Discussing NBA Move With Kings

Dmitry Kulagin will sign a one-year contract to continue his pro career in Russia, a source told RealGM.

Greg Monroe Suspended Two Games By NBA For Driving While Visibly Impaired

Greg Monroe has been suspended two games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while visibly impaired, the NBA announced on Tuesday.

Danny Ferry Disciplined By Hawks, Releases Statement

Danny Ferry said in a statement his comments about Luol Deng were from a scouting report.

Kentucky To Host Preseason Scouting Combine For NBA Personnel

After the combine, John Calipari plans to shut out NBA executives and scouts from his practices for several weeks – perhaps even months – into the season.

Jay Hernandez Hired By Magic As Assistant Coach

Jay Hernandez established Pro Hoops, Inc. in 2004, a basketball training service based in New York for teams and individuals seeking to improve their performance.

Hawks' Co-Owner Called For Firing Of Danny Ferry In June

Michael Gearon sent a two-page letter to Bruce Levenson on June 12, which in part called for the firing of Danny Ferry, according to a report citing the document.

Detroit Mayor Expresses Interest In Bringing Pistons To Downtown

The Pistons currently play in Auburn Hills.

NBA Close To New TV Deals With ESPN, Turner

The NBA is close to doubling its rights fees with their current national television partners.

Warriors Sign Justin Holiday

The Warriors have signed Justin Holiday.

Elijah Millsap Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Bucks

Elijah Millsap has signed a non-guaranteed deal to attend training camp with the Bucks, his agent told RealGM.

Joe Jackson Finalizing Free Agent Deal With Suns

Joe Jackson is finalizing a free-agent contract with the Suns, a league source told RealGM.

Gustavo Ayon Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With Real Madrid

Gustavo Ayon has agreed upon a multi-year contract with Real Madrid.

NBA To Take Lead In Sale Of Hawks

The NBA will take the lead on the sale of the Hawks.

Greg Monroe Officially Signs Qualifying Offer With Pistons

Greg Monroe has signed the Pistons' one-year qualifying offer for the 14-15 season

Ferry's Comments About Deng Initiated Inquiry Into Hawks' Owner

The racial reference to Luol Deng triggered at least one team owner on the call to pursue an independent investigation into how the organization operated in regard to race.

Pelicans To Sign Vernon Macklin, Kevin Jones To Camp Contracts

The Pelicans have reached agreements to sign Vernon Macklin and Kevin Jones to non-guaranteed deals for training camp, league sources told RealGM.

Charlie Villanueva To Sign With Mavericks After Deciding Between Dallas, Clippers

Charlie Villanueva is nearing a decision on a veteran's minimum deal with either the Mavericks or Clippers, a league source tells RealGM.

Ryan Hollins Receiving Interest From Heat, Spurs, Bulls, Kings

Ryan Hollins met with the Heat on Friday, according to sources.
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