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Andrew Wiggins Expected To Soon Sign Rookie Deal With Cavs

Andrew Wiggins and the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to sign a contract in the coming week.

Sources say the delay in Wiggins signing his deal has nothing to do with the possibilty of being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.

The Cavaliers, sources say, are merely exploring options for using their estimated $1.4 million in remaining cap space before signing Wiggins to a contract that will pay him in the neighborhood of $5.5 million as a rookie.

Once Wiggins signs, however, league rules stipulate that the Cavs must wait 30 days before trading him.

One option under consideration for the Cavs, sources say, is using their leftover salary-cap space to create long-term contracts for recent second-round picks Joe Harris and Dwight Powell. Signing Wiggins first would preclude such moves.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Jazz, Heat Interested In Toure' Murry

The Utah Jazz have expressed interest in signing Toure' Murry, according to a source.

Murry is reportedly also waiting to see whether a deal will form with the Miami Heat.

Murry played for the New York Knicks last season.

Via Aaron Falk/Salt Lake Tribune

Patric Young Signs Two-Year Deal With Pelicans

Patric Young signed a contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, as he announced on his Twitter page.

Young went undrafted in June after his collegiate career at Florida and landed with the Pelicans in Summer League.

Young signed a two-year deal with the Pelicans, according to OnlyGators.com.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Dwight Howard: Chandler Parsons' Departure Won't Affect Rockets At All

Dwight Howard believes that Chandler Parsons' departure from the Houston Rockets will not have a major impact on the team next season.

"It won't affect us at all," Howard said. "We have myself and James. We have the best center and the best two guard in the game on the same team. It's on us."

Parsons spent three years as the Rockets' starter at small forward. He signed a three-year, $46 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Howard praised the Rockets' addition of Trevor Ariza.

"He'll go through a wall for you," Howard said of Ariza, who was his teammate on the Orlando Magic. "Just to have soldiers on your team like that is great. We have that one-two punch with me and James. We're filling out our roster with guys who are willing to go through that wall and doing whatever it takes to win."

Via Associated Press

Diante Garrett Waived By Raptors

Diante Garrett was released by the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

Garrett was acquired by the Raptors via trade this offseason.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bucks To Claim Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

The Milwaukee Bucks will claim Kendall Marshall off waivers, according to sources.

The Los Angeles Lakers released Marshall on Friday and had reportedly hoped to re-sign him if he cleared waivers.

Marshall will add passing to the Bucks' backcourt.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Andrew Bynum May Sit Out 14-15 Season, Knicks Interested In Him If Healthy

Andrew Bynum is considering sitting out the entire 14-15 NBA season in order to undergo the Regenokine knee therapy procedure.

The non-surgical procedure uses injections to help grow new cartilage, and requires an extra-long rehab.

If Bynum successfully completes the program, he could return in 2015-16, according to his agent David Lee, who said the Knicks potentially would be interested in Bynum.

"If he's healthy, Phil (Jackson) will be interested," Lee told the Post, referring to the Knicks team president who coached Bynum while with the Lakers. "Phil knew how to tap into Andrew. They got along famously."

Via ESPN

Pau Gasol Prioritized Chance To Win Title In Picking Bulls

Pau Gasol nearly became a member of the Chicago Bulls in the 2001 NBA Drat and also in 2007 when the Memphis Grizzlies were shopping him in trade talks.

At the age of 34, Gasol finally joined the Bulls on a three-year, $22 million deal. Gasol had more lucrative financial offers from other clubs.

"I prioritized being on a championship-caliber team," Gasol said. "If I didn't believe we had that potential, I wouldn't have come here. I think we have all the pieces. Now it's a matter of getting to work. It's about actions and not talking."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Aaron Brooks Close To Deal With Bulls

The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a contract with Aaron Brooks.

Brooks played for the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets last season.

Brooks will give the Bulls depth and bench scoring in the backcourt.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Raptors To Release Dwight Buycks

The Toronto Raptors have decided to release point guard Dwight Buycks within the next two days, before his contract guarantee date on Monday, league sources told RealGM.

Buycks averaged 19.7 points and 4.3 assists in the Las Vegas Summer League, ranking sixth in scoring and seventh in assists. The Raptors grew fond of Buycks’ play a season ago and received trade interest from other NBA teams for the 25-year-old.

Several teams are expected to pursue Buycks in free agency.

Buycks went undrafted out of Marquette University in 2011, and the 6-foot-3 guard played overseas for two seasons before an impressive showing with the Raptors in summer league last year as a tenacious, swift player. In 14 regular season games for Toronto, he averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

RealGM Radio: Nate Duncan On Free Agency, Summer League, Love

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux and Nate Duncan discuss the fallout of the NBA Draft, the first two weeks of free agency, and NBA Summer League.

Bulls Sign Nikola Mirotic To Three-Year, $16.6M Deal

Nikola Mirotic has signed a three-year, $16.6 million deal with the Bulls.

Udonis Haslem Re-Sign With Heat On Two-Year, $5.5M Deal

The Heat were able to restructure their roster by giving Udonis Haslem a new deal.

Cavs Reportedly Offering Wiggins, Bennett For Kevin Love

A trade was nearing completion at one point, but the Wolves want more than the Cavaliers' current offer.

Lakers To Waive Kendall Marshall, Interested In Re-Signing Him

The Lakers have interest in re-signing Kendall Marshall if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

Xavier Henry Agrees Upon One-Year, $1M Deal With Lakers

Xavier Henry played well for the Lakers before undergoing surgery for a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Eric Griffin Signs Three-Year Deal With Mavs

Eric Griffin’s contract with the Mavericks is a three-year deal, league sources told RealGM.

LeBron James Debating Between Wearing No. 6 Or 23 With Cavaliers

LeBron James is debating between wearing No. 6 or 23 in his return to the Cavaliers.

Jannero Pargo Re-Signs With Hornets On One-Year Deal

Jannero Pargo will re-sign with the Hornets on a fully guaranteed one-year, $1.5 million deal, a league source told RealGM.

Cavs Willing To Include Wiggins In Offer To Wolves For Love

The Cavaliers are now interested in including Andrew Wiggins in their trade proposal to the Wolves for Kevin Love.

Eric Bledsoe Reject Four-Year, $48M Offer From Suns

The Suns' ability to match offers to Eric Bledsoe has made teams not want to engage.

Lakers Win Bid For Carlos Boozer

The Lakers won the bid of $3.25 million to acquire Carlos Boozer.

Jimmer Fredette Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Pelicans

Jimmer Fredette finished this past season with the Kings.

Suns To Keep Shavlik Randolph Beyond Contract Guarantee Date For 14-15

The Suns have fully guaranteed the contract of power forward Shavlik Randolph for next season, his agent told RealGM.

Hansen Considered Removing Names From Players On Sonics' Jerseys

Chris Hansen also had the idea to create a low-priced standing room section behind the baskets to increase the noise level.

Jackson: Lakers Were Looking For Long-Term Coach In Hiring D'Antoni

In an update to Phil Jackson's autobiography, he outlines how talks to return to the Lakers in November of 2012 unraveled.

Blazers Previously Had Serious Sign-And-Trade Talks For Greg Monroe

The Blazers ultimately decided to sign Chris Kaman to serve as the backup to Robin Lopez at center instead of dealing for Greg Monroe.

Kings, Pistons Continue To Discuss Josh Smith Trade

The Kings are attempting to find a third team to engage in trade talks to help facilitate the deal for Josh Smith.

Ed Davis Agrees Upon Two-Year, $2M Deal With Lakers

Ed Davis has a player option for the 15-16 season.

Magic Agree Upon Two-Year, $5.5M Deal With Luke Ridnour

The second year of Luke Ridnour's deal is non-guaranteed.
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