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Omri Casspi Goes Unclaimed On Waivers

Omri Casspi has cleared waivers after being released by the New Orleans Pelicans.

There had been an expectation that a team would claim Casspi.

Casspi is expected to receive interest from the Sacramento Kings.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Shelvin Mack Agrees To Three-Year, $7.3M Deal With Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks and Shelvin Mack have agreed upon a three-year, $7.3 million deal.

The Hawks own a team option in the third season.

Mack has been a restricted free agent after averaging 7.5 points and 3.7 assists per game.

Mack was the 34th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Butler.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Lakers Offer Job To Byron Scott

The Los Angeles Lakers have offered their head coaching job to Byron Scott.

Scott and the Lakers are negotiating a contract.

The Lakers have been without a head coach since parting ways with Mike D'Antoni.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

Darius Miller Re-Signs With Pelicans

Darius Miller re-signed with the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

Originally drafted by New Orleans with the 46th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the University of Kentucky product averaged 4.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game during the 2013-14 season.

Miller has appeared in 97 career games (nine starts) for the Pelicans over the last two seasons, averaging 3.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Carmelo Struggled To Choose Between Knicks, Bulls

Carmelo Anthony ultimately decided between the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls. Anthony added that he believes the Knicks aren't too far away from becoming a contender.

"I want to win. I don't care about the money," Anthony told ESPN.com. "I believe Phil (Jackson) will do what he has to do to take care of that."

"I don't think we're that far away," he added. "People use 'rebuilding' too loosely."

Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million deal to remain with the Knicks.

"It was overwhelming," Anthony said. "It was stressful in the final days, one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make."

Anthony said, though, it ultimately came down to New York and Chicago.

"I was flip-flopping," he admitted. "It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago -- and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That's a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years."

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Heat Non-Committal On Re-Signing Michael Beasley, Greg Oden

The Miami Heat have three remaining roster spots and have been non-committal with Michael Beasley and Greg Oden.

The Heat cannot offer more than the veteran minimum to any remaining free agents.

Jared Karnes, Beasley’s agent, said Thursday he has had more than one conversation with the Heat but “nothing has resulted in a deal. [Other] teams have called expressing interest. There has been quite a bit of activity the past four days. Teams are encouraged by his career-best field-goal percentage (49.9) … and his attitude when asked to play a reduced role.”

Beasley has been working out with Kevin Durant in Los Angeles this summer.

Miami has not informed Oden's agent, Mike Conley Sr., if the team wants him back. 

“They said they’ll get back to us,” Conley said. “A couple of teams have inquired. He wants to be able to play.”

Via Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Cavaliers Remain In Lead For Kevin Love

The Cleveland Cavaliers' offer for Kevin Love is presently higher on the Minnesota Timberwolves' wish list than any other team's. 

The Chicago Bulls are also interested in Love, while the Golden State Warriors remain involved. The Cavaliers have seemed most motivated to complete a trade, as the Warriors have held Klay Thompson out of talks and the Bulls initially pursued Carmelo Anthony in free agency.

The Cavaliers are offering Andrew Wiggins, though he now can't be traded before Aug. 23. 

Wolves' owner Glen Taylor is now believed to prefer Wiggins over Thompson.

Love initially had the Warriors and Bulls atop his wish list, but the arrival of LeBron James has put the Cavaliers on equal footing.

Via Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Parsons Left Rockets In Part For Bigger Role

Chandler Parsons may have been motivated to leave the Houston Rockets for a bigger role.

James Harden believes the Rockets won't take a step back despite losing Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason.

"Dwight and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets," Harden said while appearing at a charity event in the Philippines, according to The Philippine Star. "The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces.

"I think we'll be fine next season."

Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season.

"That's a pretty ridiculous statement if he meant that," Parsons said. "That's part of the reason I wanted to go to Dallas, because I'm ready for that next step. I'm ready for a bigger role, and I'm ready for more leadership.

"If anybody should understand that, it's James, because he was in the same situation in Oklahoma City and then he got his chance to come to Houston and shine. I'm not real sure what that means."

Via Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Francisco Garcia Discussing Deal With Rockets, Others

Francisco Garcia is considering a possible deal with the Houston Rockets among other teams.

“We’ve talked about him,” agent Aaron Goodwin said of conversations with the Rockets. “Francisco is just looking for the opportunity to continue to play toward a championship. We’re looking through his options, seeing what would be the best opportunities for him. He definitely has interest in the Rockets.”

Garcia will likely make a decision in the next few weeks. He opted out of his contract for next season in order to become a free agent.

The Utah Jazz have been mentioned as a team interested in Garcia.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Blake Griffin Withdraws From 2014 USA Basketball

Blake Griffin today announced that he will not participate on the USA Basketball Men’s National Team this summer. Griffin was one of 19 players selected to the USA roster from which the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected.

“I appreciate the invitation to play for Team USA this summer,” Griffin said. “It is a special opportunity anytime you have a chance to represent your country, and I was honored to be included. However, right now I want to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming season with the Clippers.”

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jameer Nelson Finalizes Two-Year, $5.6M Deal With Mavericks

Jameer Nelson will earn $2.73 million in the first season of his deal and $2.86 million in Year 2.

Suns Waive Dionte Christmas

Dionte Christmas averaged 2.29 points in 31 appearances for the Suns last season.

Andrew Wiggins Signs Rookie Contract With Cavs

Andrew Wiggins' deal starts at the rookie scale of $5.5 million.

Agent Of Josh Huestis Proposed Delaying Rookie Contract By Going To D-League

Josh Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000.

Lakers Deny Waiting To Hire Head Coach With Rivers Potentially Becoming Available

Doc Rivers would not be expected to remain head coach of the Clippers if the sale of the franchise to Steve Ballmer is overturned.

Rockets Sign Clint Capela

The Rockets had considered keeping Clint Capela in Europe this season in hopes of using cap space to sign Chris Bosh.

Jameer Nelson To Sign $2.7M Deal With Mavericks

The Mavericks are using their room exception to sign Jameer Nelson.

Magic Sign 2nd Round Pick Devyn Marble

Devyn Marble was the 56th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Celtics Ready To Move On From Kevin Love Trade Talks

The Celtics have been unable to deliver an attractive enough proposal to the Wolves for Kevin Love.

Bid Book Reveals Severe Overpay For Clippers By Ballmer

The Clippers sold for 12.1 times the expected 2014 revenues.

Shannon Brown Released By Knicks

Shannon Brown was released by the Knicks on Wednesday.

Source: Ray Allen Leaning Toward One More Season, Signing With Cavaliers

Ray Allen would join former LeBron James on the Cavaliers.

Al-Farouq Aminu Agrees To Two-Year, $2.1M Deal With Mavericks

Al-Farouq Aminu will have a player option on the second season of his deal.

Erick Green To Sign With Nuggets

With Erick Green, Denver will have 14 guaranteed contracts.

Omri Casspi Interested In Returning To Kings

Omri Casspi is expected to become a free agent once he is waived by the Pelicans.

Mavericks Void One-Year Deal Of Rashard Lewis

Rashard Lewis needs knee surgery, which was discovered during his physical examination.

Report: Bulls Offer Gibson, McDermott, Mirotic To Wolves For Kevin Love

The Bulls have reportedly offered Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Wolves for Kevin Love.

Jameer Nelson To Meet With Mavs

The Mavericks still have their $2.7 million room exception to offer to Jameer Nelson.

Sterling Sues NBA, Silver, Wife Seeking To Undo Sale Of Clippers

Donald Sterling asked for an injunction to freeze the $2 billion sale of the Clippers.

Nick Johnson To Sign Guaranteed, Three-Year Rookie Deal With Rockets

Nick Johnson will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year rookie contract with the Rockets, a league source told RealGM.
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