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Rubio To Stay In Spain Two More Years

A high-level source told Yahoo! Sports that Ricky Rubio will sign a six-year contract to remain in Spain.  The contract will give Rubio the ability to join the NBA after the 2010-11 season.

Timberwolves' GM David Kahn had been pushing to facilitate a deal that would allow Rubio to join the Wolves for the upcoming season.

But on Monday, Regal of Barcelona agreed to terms with Rubio after working out a buyout of Rubio's contract with DKV Jovenut.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Watson Takes Qualifying Offer From Golden State

C.J. Watson has decided to pass on Golden State's three-year, $5.6 million extension and will sign for the qualifying offer worth just over $1 million, multiple sources confirmed to RealGM's Alex Kennedy.

Watson will play out the remainder of his contract and become a restricted free agent again next summer. Golden State could enter the season with as many as five point guards on their roster and playing time was a big factor in this decision.

The Warriors could come back with a higher proposal once they learn that Watson will sign for the qualifying offer.

Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times reported on Monday evening that Golden State had increased their offer to $5.4 million over three years.

Last season, Watson averaged 9.5 points and 2.7 assists in 77 games with the Warriors.

Via Alex Kennedy/RealGM

Sources: Daniels To Sign With Celtics Tuesday

The Celtics are expected to sign Marquis Daniels to a contract worth the biannual exception on Tuesday.

Sources told the Boston Herald of the agreement.

The Celtics had been trying to work a sign-and-trade with the Pacers, but nothing was reached.

Via Boston Herald

Watson Staying In Golden State

It appears as though guard C.J. Watson will stay with the Warriors.

Watson had been linked to the Magic in sign-and-trade rumors for a majority of the summer.

The guard told his Twitter followers that he'll be staying in Golden State.

Watson will likely sign the three-year, $4.5 million contract that the team offered him earlier this offseason.

Via Fan House

Felton, Bobcats No Closer On Contract

The Bobcats and Raymond Felton aren't much closer to a long-term deal with training camp less than a month away.

"It hasn't changed much for the better," agent Kevin Bradbury told the Charlotte Observer of negotiations with Charlotte. "We've had conversation and we hope we'll reach agreement...

"There hasn't been a ton of movement."

Bradbury maintains that Felton wants to remain in Charlotte for the long-term. The point guard could sign a one-year,  $5.5 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

However, Felton won't consider that until all long-term options are explored.

Via Charlotte Observer

Brooks Keeping Tabs On OKC's Players

Thunder coach Scott Brooks has spent the offseason keeping tabs on his players.

Brooks put together a plan for each of his players around the time the regular season ended.

The Oklahoman reports that Brooks and his staff have spent the last four months traveling to meet with individual players for workouts and one-on-one attention.

"We've basically touched every player somewhere, either in their hometowns or they came back here or we met them in summer league," Brooks told the Oklahoman. "Our players are committed to getting better, and I think they've executed it.

"That's a big part of our summer. Summertime is the time to really develop on your individual skills in your game. And when they come together in fall camp, my job is to take all that individual improvement and wrap it all together and make a better team."

Via Oklahoman

Jerrells Has Chance To Be Detroit's Third PG

Curtis Jerrells will be the third point for the Pistons when training camp opens next month.

Jerrells, who played at Baylor, signed a non-guaranteed contract with Detroit this summer. If he plays well, he'll have a chance to make the team's Opening Night roster.

However, Pistons coach John Kuester is confident in Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum. In addition, he believes that Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince can help initiate the team's offense.

Detroit has two roster spots open, but president Joe Dumars likes to leave one spot open for flexibility during the season.

Via Detroit Free Press

Shavlik Randolph To Work Out For Heat

The Heat were scheduled to workout Shavlik Randolph on Monday and Tuesday.

A league source told Blazers Edge of the plans.

Randolph is an unrestricted free agent and has spent a majority of the season working out in North Carolina.

Miami could sign Randolph for the veteran's minimum, which would play right into the team's desire to maintain cap space in the present and future.

Via Blazers Edge

Varnado Hospitalized After Morning Workout

Jarvis Varnado, one of the college basketball's best shotblockers, is in the hospital undergoing tests after falling ill during a morning workout.

Varnado felt nauseous and was first taken to a doctor Monday before being moved to a hospital in Tupelo for tests.

Though the illness is not considered serious, a spokesman says the school is taking "every precautionary measure."

RealGM Note: Varnado is expected to be a second round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Via SI.com

Warriors Sign Mikki Moore

The Golden State Warriors have sign free agent big man Mikki Moore.

Moore's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN.com's Marc Stein on Monday that his client agreed to a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors over the weekend.

Moore's deal is for the $1.3 million, the veteran minimum.

Via ESPN

Nets Sell Tickets Using Star Opponents

The Nets are getting creative to sell tickets.

Yao Could Return In 09-10

The prognosis on Yao Ming's foot has improved dramatically.

Rubio Could Be Getting Closer To NBA

The odds of Ricky Rubio coming to the NBA this season improves with the more time David Kahn spends in Spain.

Source: Mavericks Also Wanted Boozer

The Mavericks were among the teams interested in trading for Carlos Boozer this offseason.

Gay Wants To Stay In Memphis

Rudy Gay has heard his name mentioned in a few trade rumors, but would prefer to remain with the Grizzlies.

List Of Invitees To Hawks' Camp Growing

Othello Hunter has committed to attending Hawks' training camp next month.

Bulls Aren't Chasing Carlos Arroyo

The Bulls are not looking to sign Carlos Arroyo.

Kings May Not Be Done Shuffling Roster

The Kings have been quiet over the last month, but some roster shuffling could occur prior to training camp.

Suns Management Encouraged By Early Turnout

Suns vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is happy that a number of players have reported early.

Kahn Meets With Joventut President About Rubio

Timberwolves general manager David Kahn, agent Dan Fegan and DKV Joventut president Jordi Villacampa had dinner together on Saturday night.

Former NBA Player Tim James Stationed In Iraq

Tim James, a first-round draft pick of the Heat in 1999, is now stationed in Iraq.

Brown Pushed For Wing Additions In Cleveland

Mike Brown was reportedly behind the push to acquire Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon this offseason and he is thrilled to have the added size on the wing.

Jordan's HOF Ceremony Moved To Bigger Venue

Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame ceremony will need a bigger capacity than the typical Hall's Center Court Room.

Brockman Still Hoping For Deal With Kings

The Kings have yet to sign second-round pick Jon Brockman, who was taken 38th overall out of Washington.

Hawks Close On Jason Collins

The Atlanta Hawks are close to completing a deal to add veteran center Jason Collins.

Sign-And-Trade Still Possible For Lee

There are a number of sign-and-trade possibilities still out there for David Lee.

Cavaliers Unlikely To Enter Jackson Race

Cleveland isn't a likely destination for Stephen Jackson, who has shockingly requested a trade from Golden State.

Laimbeer, Theus To Join Wolves Staff

Kurt Rambis has added Bill Laimbeer and Reggie Theus to his coaching staff in Minnesota, according to a league source.

Beaubois Impressive In 'Mavs University'

Mavericks rookie guard Roddy Beaubois has impressed many in workouts, but still has much to learn.

Experts Pick Griffin As Rookie Of Year

A panel of experts has predicted that Clippers forward Blake Griffin will win Rookie of the Year this coming season.
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