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Todd Mayo Leaving Marquette To Pursue Pro Career

Todd Mayo, the brother of O.J. Mayo, plans to leave Marquette University before his upcoming senior season and pursue professional basketball in the NBA Development League or overseas, sources with direct knowledge of his decision told RealGM on Wednesday.

Mayo confirmed his choice to leave Marquette, and he told RealGM that he expects to sign in the D-League and place his name in the 2015 NBA Draft.

“I’m looking forward to the D-League and just learning and getting better,” Mayo said by phone on Wednesday afternoon.

In his junior season, Mayo was Marquette’s third-leading scorer at 11.3 points per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. The 6-foot-3 guard played 30 games a season ago and was expected to emerge as a starter in 2014-15.

Mayo, 23, has received support from his family and the university in deciding to leave school. Marquette officials are expected to make an official announcement within the coming days.

Todd and O.J. Mayo reunited in Milwaukee last season, when O.J. averaged 11.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in his first year with the Bucks.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Michael Beasley Works Out For Lakers

Michael Beasley worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo on Wednesday.

Beasley is a free agent after playing last season with the Miami Heat.

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Kings Sign Eric Moreland To Three-Year Deal

The Sacramento Kings have signed Eric Moreland – a defensive revelation in NBA summer league – to a three-year contract, multiple league sources told RealGM.

Moreland provided an active, shot-blocking force for the Kings’ summer league team this month in Las Vegas, and the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 3.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 19.2 minutes per game. After summer league play, DeMarcus Cousins expressed a desire for Sacramento to sign Moreland.

Several teams, including the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks, had interest in a free agent deal with Moreland. Still, Moreland and the Kings negotiated toward a contract over the weekend and into the week, and both sides agreed to terms on Tuesday. 

Moreland showed versatility in ball handling and defending during the NBA pre-draft process, but went undrafted and reached a summer league agreement with the Kings.

Moreland, 22, was an early entry candidate as a redshirt junior at Oregon State University, where he averaged 8.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, nearly two blocks and one assist a season ago.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Durant Will Do What's Best For Him As 2016 Free Agent

Kevin Durant spoke extensively on Tuesday about his 2016 free agency for the first time.

Durant made it clear that he will put himself first when choosing his future.

“I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant told reporters in Las Vegas. “It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in Oklahoma City. I’m just going to focus on that. I’m not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does.”

Durant is focused on the present, yet refused to rule out anything in the future.

Durant has been linked to the Washington Wizards in 2016.

“Look, we going to put it out on tape. It’s been talked about,” Durant said when asked about signing with his hometown Wizards. “Everybody’s asked me about it every time I go on Instagram or Twitter. All my friends ask me about it. So I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff. But I just tell everybody that I’m here in Oklahoma City. I love it here. Who knows what will happen. I never close the door on anything. But I like where I’m at right now. So I can’t answer that question.”

Durant signed a full five-year extension in 2010 rather than insisting on a player option that would have allowed him to become a free agent earlier in his career.

“To be honest, I just didn’t know. I was 21. I didn’t know,” Durant said. “Obviously, when you sign a deal you want to have the best options for yourself, the best flexibility for yourself. But I loved Oklahoma City so much I just wanted to dedicate and show them that I’m all about the team."

Via Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

76ers To Fight Proposed Changes To Draft Lottery System

The Philadelphia 76ers will fight changes to the draft lottery system that the NBA is pushing to implement in time for next season.

Though there are several facets and the proposals haven't been finalized, essentially the goal of commissioner Adam Silver is to balance out the lottery odds so the worst team or teams wouldn't have the highest chances of landing the top pick, sources said. 

The 76ers are in a multiseason rebuilding project that is depending on a high pick next season.

The 76ers, however, may have a struggle to gain support from Silver or fellow teams on holding off the changes.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

World Peace Close To Deal In China

Metta World Peace is nearing agreement to sign with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.

World Peace was waived by the New York Knicks in February and there's been some suggestions that he would receive a camp invite from the Knicks due to his relationship with Phil Jackson.

Via Ian Begley/ESPN

Bulls Not Aggressively Pursuing Kevin Love Deal, Have Made No Formal Offers

Sources continue to indicate that the Chicago Bulls are not aggressively pursuing a trade for Kevin Love and have made no formal offers.

The Bulls were rumored to have made an offer of Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

McDermott is participating in Team USA's mini-camp for the second straight year.

This is a great experience," McDermott said. "Being a college guy last year, I don't think people knew who I was or that I was a shooter so I was getting a lot of open looks and I hit a lot of shots. This year, guys are a lot more physical with me. But I think I'm doing a better job of rebounding and defending and making reads off screens.

"Everyone is so good here and the game is so physical. I can learn a lot from all of them."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Shawn Marion Taking Patient Approach In Free Agency

Shawn Marion has taken a patient approach in unrestricted free agency.

When asked about his free agent status, Marion said: "I'm just chilling. I ain't talked to anybody. I ain't got nothing going on right now.''

Marion and the Dallas Mavericks have admitted his return is unlikely.

Via Dwain Price/Dallas Star-Telegram

LeBron, Cavs To Play At Miami On Christmas Day

The Miami Heat will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day in his first game playing against his former team.

An unofficial internal schedule of select games has Cleveland playing the Heat in Miami on Christmas on ABC, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The game likely would be played at either 2:30 p.m. or 5 p.m, depending on what other game is selected for ABC that day.

Via Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Report: Anthony Bennett Pulled By Agent From Pro-Am Game

Anthony Bennett was recently pulled by his agent from a pro-am pickup game, according to a report.

Bennett has been in trade speculation with the Cleveland Cavaliers' pursuit of Kevin Love.

Bennett averaged 4.1 points in his rookie season as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but he averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds in summer league.

Love also recently pulled out of Team USA camp.

Via Jerry Zgoda/Minnesota Star Tribune

Nets Hire Paul Westphal, John Welch, Tony Brown, Joe Wolf, Jay Humphries On Coaching Staff

The Nets have named Paul Westphal, John Welch, Tony Brown, Joe Wolf and Jay Humphries as assistant coaches.

Stephen Holt Signs With German Team

Stephen Holt has signed a professional contract with a team in Germany.

Ivan Johnson Signs Two-Year Deal With Mavericks

Ivan Johnson’s contract with the Mavericks will be for two seasons, with partial guarantees, league sources told RealGM.

Norvel Pelle Signs With Dacin Tigers Of Taiwan

Norvel Pelle was the No. 1 rated center in the incoming college class of 2011.

Terrence Williams To Work Out For Kings

Terrence Williams last played in the NBA in 2013 with the Celtics.

Kyrie Irving Agreed To 27.5 Percent Of Salary Cap If He Triggers Rose Rule

By leaving that potential $7 million on the table, Kyrie Irving set himself up to become a free agent sooner.

Spurs Won't Give Manu Ginobili Permission To Play In World Cup

Manu Ginobili had a highly productive season as the Spurs attempt to extend his career.

Nets Sold Kyle Korver To Cover 2003 Summer League, Purchase Copy Machine

The Nets picked Kyle Korver with the 51st overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft and sold his draft rights to the 76ers for $125,000.

Derrick Rose Wanted To Prove People Wrong 'Too Bad' In First Return

Derrick Rose is participating in Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas.

NBPA Elects Michele Roberts To Be Next Executive Director

The NBA players union has elected Michele Roberts to be its next executive director.

Ed Stefanski Hired By Grizzlies For VP Of Player Personnel Job

Ed Stefanski will assume a key role in the Grizzlies' player personnel and scouting.

Blake Griffin Healing Small Fracture In Back

Blake Griffin is expected to make a full recovery before the Clippers' training camp.

P.J. Tucker Arrested In May For 'Super Extreme' DUI

P.J. Tucker had a blood alcohol content over .20.

Wesley Johnson Signs With Lakers

Wesley Johnson appeared in 79 games last season for the Lakers.

Agents Pushing To Delay NBPA Executive Director Vote

One agent said "none of these candidates are the right candidate."

Donald Sterling Loses Ruling, Clears Way For Sale Of Clippers To Ballmer To Move Forward

The ruling included the extraordinary step of granting Shelly Sterling’s request for an order that allows the sale to be completed regardless of an appellate court’s intervention.

Wolves Interested In Trading For Thaddeus Young To Replace Love

Thaddeus Young has two seasons remaining on his deal worth a combined $19.3 million, with the second season being a player option.

Shawn Marion Unlikely To Re-Sign With Mavs

Shawn Marion spent five seasons with the Mavericks and helped the franchise win the 2011 NBA Finals.

Mo Williams Agrees To $3.75M Deal With Wolves

Mo Williams averaged 9.7 points per game last season for the Blazers.

Mark Jackson To Reportedly Hire Rich Paul As Agent

Mark Jackson changed agents just last year when he hired Arn Tellem.
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