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Heat Guarantee Salary Of Hassan Whiteside For Entire 15-16 Season

Sep 3, 2015 6:29 PM

The Miami Heat have guaranteed the contract of Hassan Whiteside for the entire 14-15 season.

The Heat could have waited through a series of guarantee dates.

Whiteside initially signed a contract last season that provided for staggered guarantee dates for his $981,348 salary for 2015-16. He was guaranteed 25 percent of his salary on Aug. 1. The initial terms of his contract had him receiving a 50-percent guarantee if still on the team on opening night and then a full guarantee if on the roster on Dec. 1.

 

With Whiteside to fall short of full Bird Rights due to only a two-year tenure with the team, the Heat still will have to create salary-cap space to re-sign him next summer. 

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dante Exum Undergoes Surgery On Torn ACL

Sep 3, 2015 6:05 PM

Dante Exum underwent successful surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.

The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic following consultations with Jazz physician Dr. Travis Maak and University of Utah Health Care as well as Dr. Brian Cole of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago. Jazz head athletic trainer Brian Zettler accompanied Exum.

Once he is cleared to travel, Exum will return to Salt Lake City to begin his rehabilitation. 

He suffered the injury on Aug. 4 while competing for the Australian National Team in a game against the Slovenian National Team in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Tags: Dante Exum, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Injury

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Shams Charania Hired By Yahoo! Sports

Sep 3, 2015 3:15 PM

Shams Charania has been hired by Yahoo! Sports to join their coverage of the NBA.

The hiring was announced by Adrian Wojnarowski, who called Charania the "best young basketball reporter on the planet."

Charania joined RealGM in 2012 and quickly became one of the most promising reporters covering the NBA.

"I loved the partnership and platform we built at RealGM, and I'm so honored to say I worked there," said Charania. "I hope to continue improving and wish RealGM only the best!"

"Congrats to Shams on his move to Yahoo," said RealGM's Christopher Reina. "They're getting a great reporter and an even better person. Every step of his rise in this industry has been well-earned through his hard work and dedication to his craft. We couldn't be happier for him professionally and personally."

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Tags: NBA

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Sean Highkin, Brian Schroeder

Sep 3, 2015 3:04 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Sean Highkin of NBC Sports and Bleacher Report (@highkin) and Brian Schroeder of Hardwood Paroxysm and Bulls by the Horns (@Cosmis) discuss the NBA's Central Division - the Cavaliers, Bulls, Bucks, Pacers and Pistons.

The three recap the off-season (who got better and worse, rookies to watch, most interesting transaction) and preview the upcoming season including ranking the five teams and predicting how many will make the playoffs. They also have an extended conversation on the best and worst jerseys in the NBA.

Subscribe to RealGM Radio on iTunes or via the XML feed.

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Tags: NBA, RealGM Radio

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Eric Moreland Agrees To Re-Sign With Kings

Sep 3, 2015 2:48 PM

Eric Moreland has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Sacramento Kings on a one-year contract, according to league sources.

Moreland will have significant guarantees in his deal with the Kings.

Moreland went undrafted out of Oregon State in 2014 and spent time last season with the Kings and in the D-League with the Reno Bighorns.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Eric Moreland, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Landry Fields Undergoes Surgery On Hip

Sep 3, 2015 1:03 PM

Landry Fields underwent surgery for a hip labral tear and will miss five months of the season.

Fields remains a free agent.

Fields, 27, played an increasingly diminished role with the Toronto Raptors over parts of the past three seasons

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Landry Fields, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

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J.R. Smith Officially Re-Signs With Cavs

Sep 3, 2015 1:02 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers officially re-signed guard J.R. Smith on Wednesday.

Smith previously agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal.

Smith played in 70 games (51 starts) with Cleveland and New York in the 2014-15 regular season, averaging 12.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 29.7 minutes per game. He also shot .383 from the three-point line and ranked 11th in the NBA in three-pointers made with 163. 

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Tags: J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Deron Williams Excited For Fresh Start With Mavs

Sep 3, 2015 12:55 PM

Deron Williams had a difficult tenure with the Brooklyn Nets and is looking forward to a new beginning playing for his hometown Dallas Mavericks.

“Just getting started, man. A fresh start is what I’m most excited about,” Williams said Wednesday. “You know, playing with this group of guys, I feel like we have a great group of guys here, and so (I’m looking forward to) just getting everybody healthy and getting on the court with them.”

He added: “It’s been a great transition for me. You know, it’s tough to pick up and move that quick and find schools for your kids and all that. But, as far as what’s going on here, these guys have been great and helping. The transition has been really smooth, and I’m excited about this season.”

Williams hopes to lighten the burden on Dirk Nowitzki.

“It’s going to be great. I mean, Dirk could play until he’s 50, man, the way he shoots the ball,” Williams explained. “He’s always going to be able to shoot the ball, and he does so much more. I’ve always had a lot of respect for his game and what he does and brings to the court, and so I’m definitely excited as a point guard to be able to play with someone of his caliber.

“I mean, I’m definitely excited about that. You know, there’s definitely a stability about this organization that’s definitely intriguing. You know, they have guys that have been here forever, so it’s just about plugging in the new pieces — myself included — and just trying to get to work. But, you know, I’m just excited about this opportunity, and I’m ready to get the season going.”

Erik K. Sneed/Mavs.com

Tags: Deron Williams, Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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Prokhorov Nearing Deal To Become Sole Owner Of Nets, Barclays Center

Sep 3, 2015 12:44 PM

Mikhail Prokhorov is nearing a deal to buy Brett Ratner's share of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.

Prokhorov has been in talks to buy the 55 percent of the arena and 20 percent of the NBA team he does not already own. 

 

Selling the sports interests would make it easier for Ratner's Forest City to pull off a complicated conversion to a tax-advantaged real estate investment trust, which would help boost its share price.

“People can’t wait for them to sell these assets so they can focus on real estate development,” said one analyst who follows the company.

The team is valued at an estimated $700 million, according to the analyst who follows Forest City. After subtracting $210 million of debt, the franchise has an equity value of $490 million.

Josh Kosman, Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA CBA

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Michele Roberts Hopeful Of New CBA Deal By End Of Season

Sep 3, 2015 12:17 PM

Michele Roberts is optimistic the NBA and its players can avoid a work stoppage.

"Sitting down at a table already now with the NBA to understand what worries the owners and what worries the players," said Roberts. "In the past very few attempts to speak in advance of the problems that led to the lockouts have been made. Whether both commissioner (Adam) Silver and myself want to do everything possible to prevent the NBA to stop: the only way is to negotiate. We have already started, we will meet again in early September with the hope to announce within the end of the season that the union and the league have solved their problems."

The NBA had a lockout in 2011 that lasted from July until December.

Davide Chinellato/La Gazzetta dello Sport

Tags: NBA, NBA CBA

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Dunc'd On Pod: Eurobasket 2015 Preview With Kristian Palotie
Host Nate Duncan is joined by Eurobasket announcer and coach Kristian Palotie to preview Eurobasket 2015.

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Dwight Howard Briefly Detained After Gun Found In Carry-On At Airport
The Houston District Attorney's office was contacted after Dwight Howard was detained and declined to press any criminal charges against him.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Clippers Working On Creating Mascot
The Clippers' mascot would attend community events to represent the team in addition to game duties.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Santa Cruz To Host D-League Showcase From Jan. 6-10
The 19-game Showcase will run over five days, from Jan. 6-10, 2016, and feature the league’s 19 teams playing two regular-season games apiece.

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Excel Parts Ways With Jordan Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson's primary agent with Excel was Mike George.

ESPN

Kendall Marshall Working Out With 76ers
Kendall Marshall played for the Bucks last season until he tore his ACL.

Jake Fischer/Liberty Ballers

Pistons To Sign Eric Griffin On Camp Deal
The Pistons will sign Eric Griffin to a training camp contract, a league source told RealGM.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Wizards Expect Tomas Satoransky To Join Team In 16-17
Tomas Satoransky figures to be John Wall's primary backup at point guard.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Peja Stojakovic Hired By Kings For Front Office Position
Peja Stojakovic also will be the general manager of the Reno Bighorns, the Kings' NBA Development League affiliate.

Sacramento Bee

Spoelstra: How Many Teams Can Lose LeBron, Have Compelling Team 13 Months Later
The Heat lost LeBron James during the summer of 2014 and should be competitive in 15-16 even if it's still unclear how the pieces fit.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Greg Whittington To Sign Non-Guaranteed Deal With Heat
Greg Whittington has agreed to a deal with the Heat for training camp, sources told RealGM.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Chuck Hayes Agrees To One-Year Deal With Clippers
Chuck Hayes had previously agreed to a deal with the Rockets.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

DeAndre Jordan Parts Ways With Agent
Relativity Sports will still receive four percent of DeAndre Jordan's four-year, $88 million contract.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Marcelo Huertas Signs One-Year Deal With Lakers
Marcelo Huertas has been with Barcelona since 2011 when he helped replace Ricky Rubio.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Charlie Westbrook Agrees To Deal With Bucks
Charlie Westbrook played collegiately at South Dakota and most recently played in France.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Russell Westbrook Marries Nina Earl
The couple met while they were both at UCLA playing basketball.

Francesca Bacardi/E!

Justise Winslow Glad He's On Team Not In 'Rebuilding Stage'
Justise Winslow plans to become a rotation player on a deep Heat team.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Blazers' Offseason Was About Finding Players On Same Career Arc As Lillard
The Blazers have shifted this offseason to fully build around Damian Lillard following the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Nick Young Trying To Join Australian National Team
Nick Young has serious interest in playing for Australia's basketball team in the Olympics.

TMZ

Eric Moreland Expected To Decide Among Interest From Lakers, Pistons, Kings
Eric Moreland has multiple deals to compete for a roster spot in training camp, with the Pistons as the front runners, league sources told RealGM.

Shams Charania/RealGM

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