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Bucks Interested In Negotiating Long-Term Deal For Brandon Knight

The Milwaukee Bucks have valued Brandon Knight and have shown interest in a long-term deal.

"He's a piece we want here," Jason Kidd said. "You talk about his work ethic, the way he approaches the game, he's a professional, on and off the court."

Knight will make $3.75 million this season in the last year of his rookie-scale deal.

Knight is adamant that he considers himself as a point guard, not a combo guard.

"It's my best position," he said. "Point guards have to be able to beat their guy, get in the paint and make the right decision. I can get in the paint at any time.

"So it was just a matter of me making the right decision, whether it be to score the basketball or get guys involved. I know from playing point and being in the NBA the last couple years, that I've improved at the spot. It's not something you just pick up right away."

Via Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

Carmelo Considers Himself NBA's 'Most Underrated Superstar'

Carmelo Anthony re-signed with the New York Knicks this past offseason amid interest from several top NBA clubs.

But Anthony feels he's underappreciated. 

“I think I’m the most underrated superstar that’s out there, but that doesn’t matter to me,” Anthony told ESPN, according to a story posted Wednesday on its websites. “I know what I’m capable of doing. I know the grind and the hard work I put into this. I know how consistent I’ve been over my career. To do it day in and day out and night in and night out on a very consistent basis year in year out, I know what I can do and I know the work I’ve put in.

“So as far as caring about if I’m underrated as a superstar, and getting the respect I deserve, I don’t worry about that. In due time, if everything goes well, I will get it.”

Asked if he is bothered that he is not recognized as being in the same class as Kevin Durant and LeBron James, Anthony replied: “I know, personally, I’m there. It doesn’t bother me. These (critics) are all people that maybe never accomplish anything, that just sit back and write articles all day long about what they see. They’re kind of living through us out there on the basketball court. “I don’t worry about me being put up there. I know night in and night out I’m gonna go out there and put my work in regardless of win loss or draw. I’m still going to go out there and be the best player I can be.”

Via Peter Botte/New York Daily News

Wade Plans On Abandoning Maintenance Program

Dwyane Wade sat out 28 games last season for the Miami Heat as part of a planned maintenance program to ease fatigue on his troublesome knees.

But Wade doesn't plan on following that same type of schedule again this season.

"Last year, we tried something and I wasn't comfortable with it, either," said Wade.

The Heat reached the Finals, but lost in five games to the San Antonio Spurs.

"It almost worked. It was this close, three games from it working," Wade said. "But it's a different year."

Miami will need Wade to play a bigger role throughout the season with LeBron James no longer on the club.

"My goal is to be available every day for my teammates and see what that equals out to," said Wade. "Hopefully it equals out to success for myself, individually, but for our team."

Via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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

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

NBA Considered Eliminating Multiple Free Throw Attempts

The NBA previously considered speeding up the game by no longer making foul shots worth one point apiece.

D-League president Dan Reed and Daryl Morey were in support of the idea, which was discussed around last season's All-Star break.

A player fouled in the act of shooting or in a penalty situation would shoot a single free throw that would be worth two points. If a player is fouled shooting a three-pointer, he would attempt a free throw worth three points.

By doing so, those 47 attempts per game would be whittled down to about 26. 

The concept might have been tested in the D-League, but Reed left his post to accept a job at Facebook.

 

Via Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

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

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

76ers Waive Pierre Jackson

Pierre Jackson will receive a guaranteed $400,00 from the 76ers for this season while he rehabs from an Achilles tear.

Justin Hamilton Undergoes Procedure For Atrial Flutter

Justin Hamilton experienced light-headedness during practice

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

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

Alonzo Gee Reaches Deal With Nuggets

Alonzo Gee has reached agreement on a deal with the Nuggets, a source with knowledge told 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.
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