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Brendan Haywood Waived By Blazers

Jul 30, 2015 8:45 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have waived center Brendan Haywood.

Portland acquired Haywood, guard Mike Miller and two future second round draft picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 27 in exchange for cash considerations.

Haywood's contract was non-guaranteed.

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Tags: Brendan Haywood, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Mike Scott Charged With Drug Possession

Jul 30, 2015 8:42 PM

Mike Scott was arrested on Thursday after he was a passenger in a car in a high speed chase.

Police say they tried to pull over a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe for a routine traffic stop but the truck drove off reaching speeds up to 98 miles per hour.

The car was stopped after a two-mile chase and they found more than an ounce of weed and 10 grams of MDMA.

The driver was charged with fleeing from cops, attempting to elude officers, following too closely and drug possession. 

Scott was charged with felony marijuana possession and possession of a schedule 1 drug. 

TMZ.com

Tags: Mike Scott, Atlanta Hawks, NBA

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Wesley Matthews 'Felt Disrespected' By Lack Of Interest From Blazers

Jul 30, 2015 7:11 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers never made an offer to Wesley Matthews in free agency.

Matthews signed with the Blazers in 2010 and became one of the NBA's best two-way shooting guards. But Matthews ruptured his left Achilles tendon in March.

"I was pissed off," Matthews said. "I felt disrespected."

The only change the Blazers would pursue re-signing Matthews was if LaMarcus Aldridge also committed to remain with the franchise.

"I was angry," Matthews said, "but I also realize that this is a business."

 

Before free agency, Matthews said he was worth $15 million per season and then he watched DeMarre Carroll and Khris Middleton receive that type of money.

"No knock on them, but I'm taking me 10 times out of 10 over them," Matthews said. "There was a time when I was undeniable in the NBA; you could not deny me. Everything that happened to me before, I was able to get to this point because of my passion, my motive."

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Tags: Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Josh Huestis Signs Four-Year Rookie Deal With Thunder

Jul 30, 2015 6:02 PM

Josh Huestis, the 29th overall selection in the 2014 NBA draft, has signed a four-year, rookie scale contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told RealGM.

Huestis became the first domestic draft-and-stash a year ago out of Stanford University, agreeing to be the Thunder selection and placed into their D-League affiliate for one season. Huestis was in Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon to sign his deal, which contains two guaranteed seasons and two option years.

Oklahoma City now stands at 15 guaranteed contracts on the roster.

In 44 games for the OKC Blue, Huestis averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He spent the majority of the season sharpening his ability to be a three-point shooting, defensive wing for the Thunder in 2015-16.

Huestis showed activity on both ends of the floor during the Orlando summer league in 2014, averaging eight points and 2.3 rebounds in 19.7 minutes over four games. The 6-foot-7 forward sat out summer league this year due to a torn pectoral injury.

Huestis, 23, had a standout career at Stanford, scoring 11.2 points and grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game as a senior.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Tags: Josh Huestis, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings To Hire Nancy Lieberman As Assistant Coach

Jul 30, 2015 5:39 PM

The Sacramento Kings are expected to hire Nancy Lieberman as an assistant coach.

Vlade Divac will formally offer the job to Lieberman next week and she plans to accept it.

Lieberman is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and coached previously in the D-League.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ricky Ledo Waived By Knicks

Jul 30, 2015 5:14 PM

The New York Knicks have waived Ricky Ledo.

Ledo, 6-7, 195-pounds, averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 19.4 minutes in 12 games with New York last season.

He signed the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts on Mar. 19 and then signed for the remainder of the season on Apr. 8.

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Tags: Ricky Ledo, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Mavericks Sign Salah Mejri

Jul 30, 2015 5:10 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have signed center Salah Mejri.

Mejri (7-2, 235) played in 34 games with Real Madrid last season and averaged 4.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 8.6 minutes on the way to winning the Spanish League title. He increased those averages to 5.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 10.3 minutes in eight Euroleague games as Real Madrid went on to also capture the Euroleague Championship with a win over Greek-power Olympiacos in the final game.

A native of Jendouba, Tunisia, Mejri was a member of the Tunisian National Team that competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The team secured its bid to the London Olympics by winning the 2011 FIBA African Championships where Mejri was named Most Valuable Player.  

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RealGM Radio: Tom Ziller On The Kings, Sixers, Offseason

Jul 30, 2015 2:20 PM

Host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks with Tom Ziller of SB Nation (@teamziller) about Sacramento's summer, Philadelphia's plan and the NBA offseason as a whole.

The two discuss their favorite and least favorite moves of the offseason, Cleveland's preeminence in the Eastern Conference and what teams they are most excited to see on the court this season.

 

 

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Sam Cassell Injured Hip In 2004 Playoffs Doing Big Balls Dance

Jul 30, 2015 12:49 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves' best chance of reaching the Finals with Kevin Garnett came in 2004, but Sam Cassell injured his hip before the start of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers defeated the Wolves and played the Detroit Pistons in the Finals.

"All the time," said Flip Saunders about Cassell's injury. "It was his hip. He made a shot out of the corner against Sacramento in Game 7 [of the conference semifinals], and he did his little Big Balls dance, and from that, he created a little avulsion fracture in his hip. No question, I think about that dance all the time. But that’s the NBA. I went to four straight conference finals in Minnesota and Detroit, and we had injury issues in each one. The team that wins the title is usually the healthiest team."

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Sam Cassell, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

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Kevin Garnett Will Start For Wolves At Power Forward

Jul 30, 2015 12:42 PM

Kevin Garnett will start at power forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves to begin the 15-16 season.

"He’s gonna start," said Flip Saunders. "That’s who he is. KG is a starter. He’s the best power forward on our team, actually. No one rebounds better. He’s the best help defender. No one communicates better. He knows the offense, and he can pass it."

The Wolves also have Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng in their frontcourt rotation.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Saunders Hadn't Given Up On Re-Signing Love Before Wiggins' Trade
Flip Saunders was entirely prepared to keep Kevin Love as he entered free agency in 2015 until the Cavaliers approached the Wolves with the Andrew Wiggins' trade.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Thabo Sefolosha Making Progress In Return From Broken Fibula
With DeMarre Carroll leaving the Hawks this offseason, Thabo Sefolosha figures to replace him at small forward in the starting lineup.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Lou Amundson Signs With Knicks
Lou Amundson averaged 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 41 games for the Knicks in 2014-15.

RealGM Staff Report

NBA Aiming To Play Regular Season Game In Africa
Adam Silver and 20 top NBA players, led by Chris Paul and Luol Deng, are in Johannesburg for an exhibition game Saturday.

AP

Rockets Agree To Deal With Chuck Hayes
Chuck Hayes played for the Rockets between 2006 and 2011.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Andre Miller, Wolves Agree Upon Deal
Andre Miller has reached agreement with the Wolves on a deal, league sources tell RealGM.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Colangelo Believes LeBron Wants To Participate In 2016 Olympics
LeBron James already has played in over 41,000 career NBA minutes and has appeared in three Olympics for the United States.

William Lou/The Score

Suns Still Believe In Two Point Guard System
The Suns have Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight on long-term contracts.

Rob Mahoney/Sports Illustrated

Will Barton, Nuggets Agree Upon Three-Year, $10.6M Deal
Will Barton averaged 11 points a game for the Nuggets in 24.4 minutes per contest. He shot 44% from the field and 28% from three point land for Denver.

Nate Timmons/Denver Stiffs

Richaun Holmes, 76ers Agree To Terms On Multi-Year Deal
Richaun Holmes has agreed to terms on a multi-year rookie contract with Philadelphia, league sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Kings Waiving Eric Moreland
The Kings are releasing Eric Moreland, league sources told RealGM.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Carlos Boozer Receives Interest From Knicks
Phil Jackson would still like the Knicks to sign a big man.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Knicks Tried To Negotiate With Maurice Ndour After His Agreement With Mavs
The Mavs offered Maurice Ndour a fully guaranteed deal for more than the $600,000 rookie free-agent minimum, with a second year partially guaranteed.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Karl-Anthony Towns Had 4.0 GPA At Kentucky
Karl-Anthony Towns graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen with a 3.96 GPA.

Maria Guardado/Star Ledger

Allan Houston Looking For New Knicks' D-League Coach
Craig Hodges will not be brought back as head coach of the New York Knicks' D-League team.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Steve Kerr To Undergo Back Surgery
Steve Kerr said he'll "be out for the summer."

Monte Poole/Comcast

Heat To Sign Josh Richardson On Three-Year Rookie Deal
Josh Richardson has agreed to terms on a three-year, $2.5 million contract with the Heat, league sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Hornets Sign Elliot Williams
Elliot Williams has career averages of 5.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.

RealGM Staff Report

Ekpe Udoh Signs One-Year, $1M+ Deal With Fenerbahce Ulker
Ekpe Udoh's deal does not contain an NBA out.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Nicolas Batum Interested In Playing For Raptors
Nicolas Batum has interest in playing for the Raptors when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

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