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Bucks Expect To Keep Larry Sanders Part Of Future Plans

Larry Sanders missed most of the 2013-14 season due to injuries, but the Milwaukee Bucks still believe in the center as part of their future plans.

Sanders will start his four-year extension this season.

"Absolutely. Yeah, yeah. Larry is in our future plans," assistant GM David Morway said. "We are hopeful that this year Larry gets back to being the basketball player that he was two years ago. He is a defensive presence and a game changer on the court.

"So when you have his length along with Giannis, Jabari Parker, John Henson and then Zaza Pachulia, Damien Inglis, who is very long, and if you play Khris Middleton at the two... We are a fairly long team. We've got good experience with OJ Mayo, Jerryd Bayless... And we like Kendall Marshall. So we are excited for next year."

Via David Alarcon/HoopsHype

Jalen Brunson Commits To Villanova

Jalen Brunson ended his recruiting on Wednesday when he committed to Villanova over Illinois.

Brunson is a left-handed, pass-first lead guard that excels at running his team and can also score as needed. He can attack the lane and deliver the ball in drive, draw-and-kick, or drop-off situations.

Brunson is ranked No. 22 by ESPN for the class of 2015.

Brunson gives coach Jay Wright not only a five-star floor general, but the best senior in the state of Illinois who was also named the 2014 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior.

"Coach Wright is a genuine guy," Brunson said. "What he says is what he is going to do. He will push me and make me work for my time."

Via Reggie Rankin/ESPN

Tyler Zeller More Likely To Start For Celtics Than Be Traded

Tyler Zeller is now eligible to be traded by the Boston Celtics, but he is more likely to become their starting center.

Zeller's agent Sam Goldfeder said his client should also benefit from having a familiarity with Brad Stevens who recruited both of his brothers.

"Coach Stevens is someone the Zeller family thought a great deal about as a man," Goldfeder told CSNNE.com. "Forget about basketball. Everyone knows he's a great basketball coach. But they really liked him as a person. He's a good person and Tyler is also a good person. They share similar values off the court. I think that obviously, Brad expects excellence on the court, discipline, hard work and that's what Tyler is all about."

Via A. Sherrod Blakely/Comcast

Leandro Barbosa Officially Signs With Warriors

The Golden State Warriors signed Leandro Barbosa to a contract on Wednesday.

Barbosa, 31, appeared in 20 games with the Phoenix Suns last season, averaging 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 18.4 minutes per contest.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Adam Silver Believes Danny Ferry Shouldn't Be Fired By Hawks For Racial Remarks

Adam Silver does not believe that the Atlanta Hawks should fire Danny Ferry as general manager due to his racially charged comments.

Silver cited Ferry's track record and the reality that he was speaking from a scouting report when making the comments toward Luol Deng.

T"he discipline of a team employee is typically determined by the team, and in this case the Hawks hired a prestigious Atlanta law firm to investigate the circumstances of Danny Ferry's clearly inappropriate and unacceptable remarks," Silver said. "In my view, those comments, taken alone, do not merit his losing his job.

"It's a question of context ... These words, in this context, understanding the full story here, the existence of the scouting report, the fact that he was looking at the scouting report as a reference when he was making these remarks, what I'm saying is – and frankly my opinion — is that this is a team decision in terms of what the appropriate discipline is for their employee. But if I'm being asked my view, I'm saying that, based on what I know about the circumstances, I don't think it's a terminable offense."

The Hawks disciplined Ferry, but it is unclear what form of punishment he received.

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Elton Brand Re-Signs With Hawks For One-Year, $2M

Elton Brand has re-signed with the Atlanta Hawks on a one-year, $2 million deal, according to sources.

Brand averaged 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds last season.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Dionte Christmas Reaches One-Year Deal With Pelicans

Free agent guard Dionte Christmas has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans on a one-year contract, a league source told RealGM.

Christmas has played five professional seasons since going unselected in the 2009 draft, and he hadn’t spent a regular season in the NBA until playing a full year with the Phoenix Suns.

Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 31 games for the Suns a season ago, using his participation on Phoenix’s summer league roster to gain a guaranteed deal.

Christmas played four years at Temple University.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

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 new floor will feature a 25x20 foot spur logo at center court, which is easily the largest in the NBA.

Michele Roberts To Begin Duties With NBPA At End Of Month

Michele 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.

Chauncey Billups Retires After 17 NBA Seasons

Chauncey Billups became a 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.

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 Hawks.

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

Zoran Dragic informed teams of the Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM.

Knicks Sign Langston Galloway, Travis Wear

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

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

Glen Grunwald was asked to explore a trade of Vince Carter to the Mavericks for Steve Nash.

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.
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