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Lester Hudson Offered $2M Contract To Return To China

May 21, 2015 1:01 PM

The Liaoning Leopards have offered Lester Hudson a $2 million contract to return to the club next season, according to the Shenyang Daily.

Hudson led Lianing to second place in the regular season and lost to the Beijing Ducks in the CBA finals.

Hudson played for the Los Angeles Clippers after the CBA season finished.

Nick Bedard/Basketball Buddha

Tags: Lester Hudson, Los Angeles Clippers, Liaoning, Chinese CBA, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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Wizards Committed To Max For Bradley Beal, Would Prefer To Wait Until 2016

May 20, 2015 6:36 PM

Bradley Beal becomes eligible for a contract extension this offseason with the Washington Wizards, but doing so would compromise their cap space for 2016.

The Wizards intend to pursue Kevin Durant next offseason if they have sufficient cap space.

The Wizards are committed to giving Beal a max contract eventually, but hope to time it in a way that is similar to what the San Antonio Spurs did last offseason with Kawhi Leonard.

Beal would become a restricted free agent in 2016 and could become unrestricted in 2017 if he were to play for the qualifying offer of $7.5 million.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Expected To Make No. 4 Pick 'Very Available'

May 19, 2015 9:19 PM

With the New York Knicks sliding down from No. 2 to No. 4, their pick is expected to be "very available" in potential trade discussions.

The Knicks were hoping, like most teams in the lottery, for a top-2 pick to draft either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor.

With the Knicks still built around Carmelo Anthony and not owning their first round pick in 2016, they aren't interested in an extended rebuilding period.

Two of D'Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay and Justise Winslow are expected to be available at No. 4.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs Expected To Prioritize LaMarcus Aldridge Over Marc Gasol

May 18, 2015 5:13 PM

While the San Antonio Spurs will certainly pursue Marc Gasol, they're expected to initially focus on LaMarcus Aldridge.

The plans of Marc Gasol remain a mystery to even those closest to him, while there's been several indications that Aldridge will at least strongly consider leaving the Portland Trail Blazers.

Gasol and Aldridge have each spent their entire career with the Grizzlies and Blazers respectively.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Want To Re-Sign Austin Rivers

May 18, 2015 12:11 PM

Doc Rivers appears to want the Los Angeles Clippers to re-sign Austin Rivers.

Austin Rivers is a former lottery pick that had struggled in his first two and a half seasons in the NBA, but showed some glimpses of potential in the playoffs.

"You've got to give (Paul) just some more support, you know?" Rivers told USA TODAY Sports. "I think bringing (his son) Austin (Rivers) here (in mid-January) helped us. We've got a 22-year-old (in Austin), and now to me we've got to get another guard who's in the middle age group. So now you're growing with Austin and CJ (Wilcox), and we need another defensive guy too."

Doc Rivers had additional comments on Austin Rivers' free agency on Monday.

"He's young and clearly helped us, we all have to agree with that. I think he loved it here. He even liked the coach at times."

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Austin Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Interested In Wesley Johnson

May 18, 2015 11:36 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers have interest in Wesley Johnson in free agency, according to sources.

Johnson has spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and is a former lottery pick.

The Clippers lacked depth on the wing and their trade of Jared Dudley to create space to sign Spencer Hawes appeared to backfire.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Wesley Johnson, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rivers: DeAndre Jordan Loves Being A Clipper

May 18, 2015 11:31 AM

DeAndre Jordan will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and figures to draw considerable interest.

"You can't take anything for granted, but DJ loves being a Clipper," Doc Rivers told Yahoo. "DJ loves being here. We have an amazing relationship."

The Los Angeles Clippers will almost certainly need to offer Jordan a five-year, $100 million deal to retain him.

Assuming Jordan re-signs, the Clippers will have three players on max contracts, making their ability to add a significant piece considerably difficult.

Bill Reiter of Fox Sports reports that Jordan and Chris Paul had a falling out throughout the 14-15 season that could factor into Jordan's free agency decision.

On Monday, Rivers confirmed they will offer Jordan a max contract.

"Yeah, I think I can say that."

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Seraphin Prepared To Leave Wizards For Bigger Role

May 16, 2015 4:14 PM

Kevin Seraphin is prepared to leave the Washington Wizards this offseason in free agency in order to receive a larger opportunity.

Seraphin, who signed a one-year qualifying offer last summer for $3.9 million to remain with Washington, is eager to receive more minutes.

"I definitely want a chance to be a starter," Seraphin, who matched his career high with 79 regular-season appearances but didn't start a game for the 46-win Wizards, told CSNwashington.com. "I definitely want to be somewhere I have a chance to be a starter."

Seraphin is caught playing behind Marcin Gortat and Nene.

J. Michael/Comcast

Tags: Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marc Gasol Hasn't Begun Considering Free Agency

May 16, 2015 11:34 AM

Marc Gasol will be a free agent this offseason, but he hasn't begun considering his decision after the Memphis Grizzlies were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday.

"I haven't even spent a second thinking of that," he said. "I'm drained right now. I couldn't pull it out for my teammates tonight. I gave it all I had."

Gasol has played for the Grizzlies throughout his NBA career.

Royce Young/ESPN

Tags: Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

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Nets Not Interested In Using Stretch Provision On Deron Williams

May 12, 2015 11:52 AM

The Brooklyn Nets are not interested in a buyout agreement with Deron Williams.

The Nets could save millions of dollars via the stretch provision, but the franchise is not interested in paying Williams his remaining $43 million not to play.

Williams has not been as productive as the Nets were expecting when they re-signed him on a max contract in 2013.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Expect Thanasis Antetokounmpo To Be On 15-16 Roster
Thanasis Antetokounmpo decided to turn down a two-year, $550,000 deal overseas last summer to play for the Knicks' D-League team, which paid him $25,000.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Dirk Nowitzki Won't Retire Before 2018
Dirk Nowitzki signed a three-year, $25 million contract last offseason with the Mavericks.

KTCK-AM (via Dallas Morning News)

Lakers Plan To Pursue Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler will be a restricted free agent this summer after the Bulls were unable to sign him to an extension.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Spears: Aldridge For Griffin Sign-And-Trade Has Been Rumored
Blake Griffin was drafted by former Clippers' GM Neil Olshey, who is now with the Blazers.

Dan Feldman/Pro Basketball Talk

Exec Predicts Khris Middleton To Get $15M Per Season
Khris Middleton's free agency was compared to Chandler Parsons' from a year ago.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Cavs Have 'Legitimate Fear' Of Kevin Love Leaving This Offseason
The Cavaliers had been hoping that Kevin Love would have an opportunity to make his mark with the franchise during the playoffs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Manu Ginobili Will Be Patient In Making Decision On 15-16
Manu Ginobili will wait at least a month to make his decision on whether to continue his playing career.

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Nets Prioritizing Re-Signing Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young In Offseason
Billy King says the Brooklyn Nets will "explore all options" this offseason while not ruling out a trade.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Blazers To Have Substantial Cap Space If LaMarcus Aldridge Leaves
The Blazers purposely timed the summer of 2015 to have several of their own players become free agents alongside LaMarcus Aldridge to remain flexible in their next steps.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Spurs Will Have $23M In Cap Space
LaMarcus Aldridge and Marc Gasol are the Spurs' two probable targets in free agency.

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Mychal Thompson: Warriors Plan To Go Hard After Kevin Durant In 2016
Warriors plan on pursuing Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent in 2016, according to Klay Thompson's father.

Alex Torres/WarriorsWorld

LaMarcus Aldridge Believed To Have Strongest Interest In Spurs
Another possible scenario for LaMarcus Aldridge would be to replace Kevin Love with the Cavaliers should he leave in free agency.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Andrew Wiggins On Minnesota: I Hope I'm Here Forever
Andrew Wiggins is optimistic about his future with the Wolves.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Damian Lillard Optimistic About Extension With Blazers
Damian Lillard confirmed that he wants to sign long-term with the Blazers.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Kevin Love Would Get $2.283M Raise By Opting Out, Re-Signing
Kevin Love could sign a five-year deal with the Cavaliers in 2015 worth approximately $109.4 million, or wait for 2016 and sign a five-year deal worth $145.1 million.

Dan Feldman/ProBasketballTalk

LaMarcus Aldridge: I'll Cross That Free Agency Bridge Later On
LaMarcus Aldridge was optimistic about the Blazers' playoff chances until Wesley Matthews was lost for the season.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Al-Farouq Aminu To Become Free Agent
Al-Farouq Aminu will test free agency rather than take his $1.1 million player option for the 15-16 season with the Mavericks.

Michael Florek/Dallas Morning News

Report: Mavericks, Rajon Rondo Mutually Decided To Part Ways
Sources say the Mavericks and Rajon Rondo framed the reasoning as a back injury as a favor to try to help him save face.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Celtics Anticpate Kevin Love Remaining With Cavs
The Celtics will pursue Kevin Love this offseason.

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Execs Expect Brook Lopez To Re-Sign With Nets On Max Contract
Brook Lopez was nearly traded multiple times at the deadline.

Fred Kerber/New York Post

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