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Thunder Unlikely To Sign Reggie Jackson To Extension

The Oklahoma City Thunder are unlikely to agree upon an extension with Reggie Jackson, which will allow him to become a restricted free agent in 2015.

The Thunder will have the right to match any offer Jackson receives from another club.

Oklahoma City agreed upon extensions with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha, but were unable to with Jeff Green and James Harden. Green was traded at that season's deadline, while Harden was dealt before the extension deadline.

Via Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Mavs Release Gal Mekel To Create Roster Spot For Barea

The Dallas Mavericks have released Gal Mekel.

The move will create a roster spot for the Mavericks to sign J.J. Barea.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jimmy Butler, Bulls Unlikely To Agree Upon Extension

Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls are unlikely to agree to a contract extension before Friday's deadline, according to sources.

Butler is currently out two to four weeks with a thumb sprain.

Butler would become a restricted free agent in 2015.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

Enes Kanter, Jazz Break Off Extension Talks

Enes Kanter and the Utah Jazz have broken off talks on a contract extension.

Kanter will become a restricted free agent in the 2015 offseason.

“We have mutually agreed with Utah to concentrate on the season and look at our options again in the summer,” agent Max Ergul said in a telephone interview. “Enes likes Utah and the organization very much, and now he can concentrate on continuing to grow as a player and helping them win.”

The Jazz are still engaged in discussions with shooting guard Alec Burks, who is also eligible for a rookie extension before Friday night’s deadline.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kemba Walker Agrees To Four-Year, $48M Extension With Hornets

Kemba Walker has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets, according to sources.

Walker was the 9th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft out of UConn.

Walker has averaged 17.7 points per game in each of the past two seasons, while his rebound and assist totals increased.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Bucks Guarantee Contract Of Kendall Marshall For 14-15 Season

The Milwaukee Bucks have guaranteed the contract of Kendall Marshall for the 14-15 season.

The Bucks could have waited until January to make a decision on Marshall, but he made a strong impression in training camp and earned the backup point guard job.

The Bucks acquired Marshall on a waiver claim in July after being released by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Knicks Exercise Third-Year Option On Tim Hardaway Jr.

The New York Knicks have exercised their third-year option on guard Tim Hardaway Jr. for the 15-16 season. 

Hardaway, 6-6, 205-pounds, averaged 10.2 points over 23.2 minutes in 81 games (one start) last season for the Knicks and was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie first team. He was originally selected by New York with the 24th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Blazers Exercise 15-16 Options On Leonard, McCollum

The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised team options on the contracts of center Meyers Leonard and guard CJ McCollum. 

Portland exercised its fourth-year team option on Leonard, who holds averages of 4.4 points (52.2% FG), 3.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 14.3 minutes in 109 games over two seasons with the Trail Blazers. The team selected Leonard with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft out of Illinois.

The Trail Blazers picked up the third-year team option on McCollum. The 10th overall selection in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft out of Lehigh, McCollum averaged 5.3 points (37.5% 3-PT), 1.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 12.5 minutes in 38 games during his rookie 2013-14 season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Terrence Williams Works Out For Kings Again For Potential Signing

With an opportunity to sign, free agent Terrence Williams worked out for the Sacramento Kings on Monday for the second time since July, league sources told RealGM.

Williams, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Louisville, has reshaped his professionalism and maturity over the past several years, longing to reprove and commit himself in the NBA.

With the Kings’ inconsistent wing performances at times in the preseason, Williams could prove to be the most ideal fit for the franchise’s roster among the free-agent pool. At 14 players, Sacramento has one roster spot open.

Williams, 27, spent most of last season in the NBA D-League with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. He averaged 20.5 points, 6.4 assists and five rebounds in 32 games, including the D-Fenders single-game record of 59 points.

After leaving the NBA to sign in the Chinese Basketball Association in 2012, Williams received an opportunity with the Boston Celtics and earned a multi-year contract. He averaged nearly five points, two rebounds and two assists in 2013, and became a contributor in Doc Rivers’ rotation late in the season

Amid his early years with the Nets, successful stop in Sacramento and recent season with the Celtics, Williams refined his work ethic and became one of Boston's most diligent workers. The Celtics released Williams in the summer of 2013 because of an off-court court charge that was later dismissed as self-defense.

Williams has averaged 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 153 NBA games over four seasons.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Tristan Thompson, Cavs Stall On Extension Discussions

Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers have stalled in their extension talks ahead of Friday's deadline.

Thompson is represented by Klutch Sports and LeBron James' agent and business partner Rich Paul.

James holds extreme power within the Cavs organization, and he played a key role in advising on the trade that brought Kevin Love to the team for a package that included No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins over the summer.

Recently, James inserted himself into the talks with Paul client Eric Bledsoe when he encouraged the Phoenix Suns to increase their contract offer via social media.

Both league executives and agents are closely watching how the Thompson talks play out as a gauge for how involved James is making himself in the team's front-office moves.

Thompson also has a positive relationship with Dan Gilbert, who advocated for selecting him over Jonas Valanciunas.

The sides both remain hopeful they will get a long-term deal with Thompson worked out this week, sources said. 

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Knicks Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol In Free Agency

Phil Jackson believes Marc Gasol is the "quintessential center to play in the triangle offense."

76ers Sign Malcolm Thomas

Malcolm Thomas is entering his fourth NBA season, having been named an NBA Development League All-Star last season.

Malcolm Thomas Agrees To Deal With 76ers

Malcolm Thomas will be a part of the 76ers' 15-man roster on opening night.

Knicks Waive Langston Galloway, Jordan Vandenberg

The Knicks have waived guard Langston Galloway and center Jordan Vandenberg.

Cavs Waive Shane Edwards

Shane Edwards appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

Spurs Waive JaMychal Green, Edwin, Vaden

The Spurs' roster now stands at 15 heading into the regular season.

Justin Holiday Earns Warriors' Final Roster Spot

Justin Holiday was a standout for the Warriors' Summer League team this offseason.

Blazers Waive Diante Garrett, Darius Morris

The Blazers have waived Diante Garrett and Darius Morris.

Nets Waive Casper Ware

Casper Ware was acquired in this week's trade with the 76ers and was on a non-guaranteed contract.

Raptors Waive Will Cherry, Jordan Hamilton

The Raptors have waived Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton.

Kenyon Martin Meets With Rockets

Kenyon Martin also participated in basketball activities on Friday, giving some Rockets players the impression that he still intended to play this season, sources said.

Knicks Waive Didier Mbenga, Orlando Sanchez

The Knicks have waived center Didier Mbenga and forward Orlando Sanchez.

Nets Exercise Options On Mason Plumlee, Sergey Karasev

Mason Plumlee and Sergey Karasev will remain under contract through at least the 2015-16 season.

Celtics Claim Jarell Eddie Off Free Agent Waivers

The Celtics have claimed free agent forward Jarell Eddie off NBA waivers, a league source told RealGM.

Spurs Waive Bryce Cotton, Josh Davis

San Antonio’s roster now stands at 16 after waiving Bryce Cotton and Josh Davis.

Nuggets Waive Jerrelle Benimon, Marcus Williams

The Nuggets have waived forward Jerrelle Benimon and forward Marcus Williams.

Nikola Vucevic, Magic Agree Upon Four-Year, $54M Extension

RealGM's Shams Charania reports that Nikola Vucevic's deal is fully guaranteed with no option seasons.

Wizards May Sign John Lucas III

John Lucas III would give the Wizards veteran depth in the backcourt.

Wolves Waive Kyrylo Fesenko

Kyrylo Fesenko played in just one preseason game for the Wolves.

Heat Sign Larry Drew II

Larry Drew II averaged 11.4 points, 7.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.66 steals and 35.5 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field last seaso nin the D-League.
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