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Blake Griffin Signs With Jordan Brand

Blake Griffin has reached agreement to join the Jordan Brand as an endorser, according to a source.

Los Angeles Clippers' teammate Chris Paul is a longtime endorser of Jordan Brand, along with Carmelo Anthony.

Russell Westbrook also recently signed with Jordan Brand.

Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Taj Gibson Agrees To $38M Extension With Bulls

Taj Gibson and the Chicago Bulls have agreed upon a contract extension of $38 million over four seasons.

"I looked at the numbers and that's a lot of money, especially the security," said Gibson.

Gibson was the 26th overall pick by the Bulls in the 2009 NBA Draft and quickly established himself as one of the best defensive power forwards in the NBA.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

UCLA's Kyle Anderson Cleared By NCAA

Kyle Anderson has been cleared by the NCAA to play for UCLA.

"I know there were rumors about my family receiving stuff," Kyle Anderson Sr. told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone interview. "I actually moved out of my apartment and live with one of my fraternity brothers so I can save money so I can travel to see Kyle play. For all the rumors that said I received $250,000, ... I am a 50-year-old roommate."

Anderson Sr., also his son's summer league coach, said "anyone who knows this business knows I don't have to shop Kyle around. The vultures are going to come get him. I have a very unique position that the vultures — be it the college coaches or the agents — all know that I am in this business, so there is no reason to bombard me with phone calls because all my ducks are in line."

Via Eric Prisbell/USA Today

Raptors Agree To $42M Extension With DeMar DeRozan

The Toronto Raptors and DeMar DeRozan have agreed upon a four-year, $42 million (with bonuses) contract extension.

DeRozan was the ninth overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft.

DeRozan averaged 16.7 points on 42.2% shooting last season for the Raptors.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Brooklyn's Opener Postponed Due To Hurricane Sandy

The NBA has canceled the Brooklyn Nets' regular season opener on Thursday due to Hurricane Sandy.

The game was set to be the Nets' first game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

No makeup date hase been set.

Via Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Harden, Rockets Agree Upon $80M Extension

James Harden and the Houston Rockets have agreed upon a five-year, $80 million contract extension.

Harden was acquired by the Rockets last Saturday in trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Harden was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year last season and also won a gold medal as a member of the United States' basketball team.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Curry, Warriors Agree To Four-Year, $44M Extension

The Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry have agreed upon a four-year, $44 million extension.

Curry was limited to 26 games last season due to ankle issues.

The Warriors drafted Curry with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Curry enters the 12-13 season with career averages of 17.5 points, 5.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Via Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News

Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely With Knee Injury

Eric Gordon will not play in the New Orleans Hornets' regular season opener against the Spurs.

Gordon missed the entire preseason due to his persistent right knee issues.

Monty Williams said Gordon is likely out indefinitely.

Via Jim Eichenhofer/Times-Picayune

Daniel Orton Returns To Thunder

Daniel Orton has returned to the roster of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Orton was signed by the D-League's Tulsa 66ers Wednesday morning, and then called up and signed by the Thunder.

Orton spent his first two NBA seasons with the Magic.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bogut Expected To Start In Season Opener

The Golden State Warriors are expecting Andrew Bogut to play and be in the starting lineup in Wednesday's regular season opener against the Suns.

Bogut hasn't played in any preseason games.

Bogut will likely make a final determination following a morning shootaround to test his ankle.

Bogut practiced on Monday and Tuesday.

Via Matt Steinmetz/Comcast

Monroe Confident Of Long-Term Future Staying With Pistons

Greg Monroe will be eligible for a contract extension next summer with the Pistons.

Raptors Hope Valanciunas Covers For Bargnani On Glass

The Raptors are not expecting Andrea Bargnani to suddenly become a more productive rebounder.

Blazers Decline 13-14 Options On Babbitt, Smith, Williams

The Blazers will have between $11.8 million and $13 million in cap space next summer.

Bynum, 76ers Remain Cautious With Return Date

Andrew Bynum has begun low-impact conditioning and will likely need several weeks to reach game shape.

Gilbert Admits Hindsight Shows Cavaliers Should Have Traded LeBron

Dan Gilbert can empathize with the decision made by the Thunder to trade James Harden before he hit free agency.

Wade On Rondo Foul: It Was A Punk Play

Rajon Rondo committed a flagrant foul on Dwyane Wade during the fourth quarter of the Heat's 120-107 win over the Celtics.

Celtics Exercise 13-14 Option On Avery Bradley

Avery Bradley averaged 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.4 minutes in 64 games last season.

Suns Decline $5.4M Option For 13-14 On Wesley Johnson

The Suns told Wesley Johnson that they are interested in re-signing Johnson in the offseason.

Harden Sought Trade Kicker In Extension Talks With Thunder

During extension talks with the Thunder, James Harden and his agent sought a 15 percent trade kicker.

Lawson Agrees To Four-Year, $48M Extension With Nuggets

Ty Lawson was the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Bulls Exercise 13-14 Option On Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler was the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Fesenko To Work Out For Hawks

In an effort to stay in top shape for another opportunity, Kyrylo Fesenko had been training in Colorado since being cut by the Bulls on Oct. 18.

David Blatt Steps Down As Head Coach Of Russia

David Blatt led Russia to a gold medal at EuroBasket 2007 and a bronze at the 2012 Olympics.

Suns Pursued Trade For James Harden

The Suns met with the Thunder to discuss a trade for James Harden.

Danny Granger Out Indefinitely With Soreness In Knee

Danny Granger has continued soreness in his left knee and will be out indefinitely.

Pera Agreed To Assurances To Keep Grizzlies In Memphis For At Least 15 Years

Robert Pera agreed to a three-pronged proposal of safeguards that essentially binds the Grizzlies in Memphis for another 15 years as part of his purchase.

76ers Want To Average Combined 40 Points From Three, Foul Line Per Game

During the 11-12 season, the 76ers averaged about 30 points per game from the three-point and foul lines.

Rose Won't Frequently Be On Bulls' Bench During Rehab

Derrick Rose may return to his offseason headquarters in Southern California while the Bulls are on their circus road trip.

Blazers Hire Chris McGowan As President

Chris McGowan worked closely with the Los Angeles Kings and the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS.

Bogut Fully Participates In Practice For First Time Since Fracturing Ankle

Andre wBogut participated in full court play and contact drills without limitation.
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