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David West Didn't Like Treatment Of Hibbert But Opted Out For Title Chance

Jul 2, 2015 12:26 AM

David West attempted to explain his decision to opt out of his contract with the Indiana Pacers for free agency.

The decision doesn't appear to be a financial one for West as he's expected to take a pay cut.

One area West had a problem with was how the Pacers tried to get Roy Hibbert to opt out.

"That's one thing where I wish they would have handled better was the situation with Roy," West said. "I'll be honest with you, that bothered me a little bit, and I told Roy that. I'm the type of guy who feels like we're all in this fight together and I'm not designed in that way to put it all on one guy. That did rub me the wrong way. That threw me off. I started reading some of that stuff, I started thinking, 'Whoaa.' I just didn't feel good about that. I told Roy that it bothered me, that he's still my teammate.

"You know, obviously Roy wants to play, he knows he's unpopular right now, but we talked and he's going to be a professional. He's always been a professional. He's had his ups and downs but he's always been a pro and been diligent about his work. He's working to get better. He's going to fight. He's not going to be one of those guys who's going to become a locker room issue.

"But that was not the straw that broke the camel's back.

"I just watched those finals, and I thought, 'Man, I've got to give myself a chance.' That's the reason I made this decision.‘'

Bob Kravitz/WTHR

Tags: David West, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jae Crowder, Celtics Agree Upon Five-Year, $35M Deal

Jul 1, 2015 11:54 PM

Boston Celtics restricted free agent Jae Crowder has reached agreement on a five-year, $35 million contract to re-sign with the organization, league sources told RealGM.

The Celtics and Dallas Mavericks were leaders in pursuit of Crowder during the first day of free agency, but Crowder and Boston made progress and agreed to terms late Wednesday night.

Crowder, the 34th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, spent his first two seasons with the Mavericks before being dealt midway through the year to Boston.

In 57 games for the Celtics, Crowder established himself as a two-way presence for Brad Stevens, averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24.2 minutes per game. He scored 10.8 points and grabbed five rebounds a game in the postseason.

Crowder and the Celtics had long made clear their mutual interest in reuniting, and the 6-foot-6 forward has used the offseason to return to the stellar form he displayed before a season-ending knee injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs.

Out of Marquette, Crowder, 24, has averages of 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and one assist in three NBA seasons.

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Tags: Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Trade Stauskas, Thompson, Landry To 76ers To Clear Cap Space

Jul 1, 2015 11:24 PM

The Sacramento Kings have cleared salary cap space by trading Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Philadelphia was targeting Stauskas in the deal and will take on the salaries of Thompson and Landry as the cost.

Sacramento is pursuing Monta Ellis, Rajon Rondo and Wesley Matthews in free agency.

The 76ers receive a protected first round pick from the Kings and also get swap rights with Sacramento in the first round of two other drafts, per Zach Lowe.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis, Wesley Matthews, Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Draymond Green, Warriors Agree Upon Five-Year, $82M Deal

Jul 1, 2015 10:55 PM

Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors have agreed upon a five-year, $82 million contract. The deal reportedly contains no options for either party, per ESPN's Zach Lowe.

Green was a second round pick in 2012 and has since emerged as one of the NBA's best two-way power forwards.

Green's value increased steadily over the 14-15 season and he finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting.

The Warriors and Green broke off contract talks earlier on the first day of free agency.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Omer Asik, Pelicans Agree Upon Five-Year, $60M Deal

Jul 1, 2015 10:50 PM

Omer Asik and the New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a new contract worth $60 million over five years.

Asik was acquired from the Houston Rockets last offseason in exchange for their 2015 first round pick.

The Pelicans have also expressed interest this offseason in Robin Lopez.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports the final year is not guaranteed and that only $45 million of the total contract is guaranteed.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Omer Asik, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors, Mavs Still Each Contending For Wesley Matthews

Jul 1, 2015 10:17 PM

The Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks remain locked into a battle for Wesley Matthews in free agency.

The Raptors signed DeMarre Carroll at the start of free agency, but they remain interested in Matthews as well.

Matthews is recovering from a torn Achilles.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Wesley Matthews, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Not Interested In Trading Away Eric Bledsoe

Jul 1, 2015 10:11 PM

The Phoenix Suns are not interested in trading away Eric Bledsoe.

There have been multiple rumors this offseason of the Suns potentially trading Bledsoe and those intensified with their LaMarcus Aldridge meeting and their re-signing of Brandon Knight on a five-year, $70 million deal. 

But Bledsoe actually sat in on the meeting with Aldridge.

The Suns have multiple players who play the same position as Aldridge and Tyson Chandler that they can deal away.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Iman Shumpert Re-Signs With Cavs On Four-Year, $40M Contract

Jul 1, 2015 7:33 PM

Iman Shumpert has agreed to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a four-year, $40 million contract.

Shumpert was a restricted free agent this offseason.

The Cavaliers acquired Shumpert in January and he became their best perimeter defender.

Shumpert's deal includes a player option for the fourth season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul Pierce Agrees To Sign Three-Year $10M Deal With Clippers

Jul 1, 2015 7:11 PM

Paul Pierce has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers on a three-year deal. Pierce's deal will be for the mini-mid level for taxpaying teams with the first year worth $3.3 million and nearly $10 million in total. 

Pierce spent last season with the Washington Wizards.

Pierce rejoins Doc Rivers with the Clippers.

Pierce grew up in Los Angeles before playing collegiately at Kansas and spending his entire NBA career on the East Coast.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Tags: Paul Pierce, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul Millsap Agrees Upon Three-Year, $58M Deal With Hawks

Jul 1, 2015 6:37 PM

Paul Millsap has agreed upon a three-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks worth more than $58 million, sources tell RealGM.

Millsap gets a player option for Year 3 of the deal.

Millsap also received a four-year, $80 million offer from the Orlando Magic.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Tags: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Agree Upon Three-Year, $18M Deal With Brandan Wright
Brandan Wright played for the Mavericks, Celtics and Suns last season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Suns Move Alongside Spurs As Top Contenders For LaMarcus Aldridge
The Suns gained momentum going into their LaMarcus Aldridge meeting with their free agent signing of Tyson Chandler.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Sergio Llull Decides To Pass On Offer From Rockets, Remain With Real Madrid
Sergio Llull is considered one of the world's best guards not playing in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kyle Singler, Thunder Agree Upon Five-Year, $25M Deal
Kyle Singler was a restricted free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Amir Johnson, Celtics Agree Upon Two-Year, $24M Deal
Amir Johnson and the Celtics have agreed upon a two-year, $24 million contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Draymond Green Breaks Off Contract Talks With Warriors
Draymond Green is now open to meetings with other franchises immediately.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tyson Chandler, Suns Agree Upon Four-Year, $52M Contract
The Suns are bringing Tyson Chandler into their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge as part of their pitch.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Brandon Knight, Suns Agree Upon Five-Year, $70M Deal
Brandon Knight and the Suns have agreed upon a five-year, $70 million deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Love Agrees To Stay With Cavaliers
Kevin Love broke the news via a first person essay in The Players Tribune.

RealGM Staff Report

Tristan Thompson, Cavs Nearing Agreement On $80M Deal
Tristan Thompson rejected a four-year, $52 million extension from the Cavaliers last offseason.

Brian Windhorst, Marc Stein/ESPN

Jimmy Butler, Bulls Finalize $95M, Five-Year Deal
The deal will include a player option for Jimmy Butler after the fourth year.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Alexis Ajinca, Pelicans Agree Upon Four-Year, $20.2M Deal
Alexis Ajinca gives the Pelicans depth at center.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Celtics, Mavs Lead In Pursuit Of Jae Crowder
The Celtics and Mavericks are the leaders so far in pursuit of Jae Crowder, league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Dwyane Wade, Heat Progressing On Multi-Year Deal
Dwyane Wade opted out of his contract with the Heat for the 15-16 season in hopes of securing a long-term deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rockets, Pelicans, Knicks Interested In Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins finished last season with the Cavaliers, but only played sparingly.

Royce Young/ESPN

Lakers Didn't Make Strong Impression On LaMarcus Aldridge, Ruled Out
LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to make a decision fairly soon on which team he will sign with in free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

DeMarre Carroll Agrees To Four-Year, $60M Deal With Raptors
DeMarre Carroll has agreed to sign with the Raptors.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Spurs Trade Tiago Splitter To Hawks
The Spurs needed to clear cap space to operate in free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Danny Green Agrees Upon Four-Year, $45M Deal With Spurs
Danny Green has agreed upon a four-year, $45 million deal with the Spurs.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Khris Middleton, Bucks Agree Upon Five-Year, $70M Deal
Khris Middleton's deal will include a player option that allows him to return to free agency after Year 4.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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