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Petteri Koponen Hopes To Play In NBA By 15-16

Petteri Koponen hopes to be playing in the NBA by the 2015-16 season. 

Koponen said he intends to make the jump to the NBA after completing the final season on his contract with BC Khimki in Russia. 

"I always said my dream is to play in the NBA," Koponen said. "Every summer we talk a little bit with Dallas to see what the situation is and what they think. I've got one more year left on my contract in Russia and then of course I would like to come over. I hope I get some options to go there and show I can play at that level."

The Dallas Mavericks acquired Koponen's NBA rights in 2011 in a draft-night trade trade with Portland. He was selected by Philadelphia on behalf of the Blazers with the last pick of the first round in 2007.

Team sources say that the Mavs have not ruled out importing Koponen themselves in the future, but there was no discussion of doing so for this season with four point guards already on the roster.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Chris Singleton To Sign Camp Deal With Pacers

The Indiana Pacers’ deal with free agent Chris Singleton is a summer contract for training camp, a league source told RealGM.

Singleton, the 18th pick in the 2011 NBA draft, averaged 4.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in three seasons with the Washington Wizards.

Singleton, 24, played his college basketball at Florida State.

David Pick of Eurobasket.com first reported that Singleton had committed to a deal with the Pacers.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Chris Douglas-Roberts Near Deal With Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers are close to signing Chris Douglas-Roberts.

Douglas-Roberts had a strong season with Charlotte in 13-14, averaging 6.9 points in 20.7 minutes per game over 49 appearances.

Via Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Hedo Turkoglu Close To One-Year Deal With Clippers

Hedo Turkoglu is close to a one-year, $1.4 million deal to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Turkoglu signed with the Clippers last season after finalizing a buyout with the Orlando Magic.

Turkoglu is 35 and will be entering his 15th NBA season.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Luke Hancock Reaches One-Year Deal With Grizzlies

Luke Hancock, a clutch championship shooter at Louisville, has reached agreement on a one-year, NBA-minimum contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told RealGM.

Hancock, 24, went undrafted in June after playing two collegiate years at George Mason and his final two for Rick Pitino. As the Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 NCAA tournament, Hancock propelled Louisville to a national championship and went for 22 points and 5-of-5 three-point shooting in the title game against Michigan.

The 6-foot-6 swingman averaged 12.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 36 games last season.

Hancock played for the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets in the July NBA Summer League.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Report: Rondo Told Celtics He 'Wants Out'

Rajon Rondo has informed the Boston Celtics that he "wants out," according to a report.

Rondo has indicated that he will not re-sign with the Celtics in 2015 and that he would not re-sign with the Sacramento Kings, who have been linked to the point guard, either.

 

Via Jackie MacMullan/ESPN

Clippers, Spurs Enter Picture For Ray Allen

The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as possible destinations for Ray Allen.

Allen is still deciding whether or not he will retire, but he has been widely expected to join LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers should he continue his playing career.

Doc Rivers is a natural recruiter for Allen given their time together with the Boston Celtics.

The Spurs have one roster spot available.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Zoran Dragic Being Tracked By Multiple Teams

Zoran Dragic is being tracked by multiple NBA teams.

Dragic has played for Unicaja Malaga since the 12-13 season and is the younger brother of Goran Dragic.

Dragic went undrafted in 2011.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Leandro Barbosa Agrees To One-Year Deal With Warriors

Leandro Barbosa has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors for the veteran minimum.

Barbosa played 20 games last season with the Phoenix Suns.

Barbosa received initial interest from the MIami Heat as well.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Tarik Black Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Rockets

The Houston Rockets signed Tarik Black to a two-year, partially guaranteed contract, a league source told RealGM.

The Rockets announced the signing on Wednesday afternoon.

Black, a 6-foot-8 forward, played 13 games for Houston in the July summer league.

After three seasons at Memphis, Black transferred to the University of Kansas where he averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a senior. He went undrafted in June.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Joel Embiid Signs Rookie Deal With 76ers

Joel Embiid signed his rookie scale contract with the 76ers on Tuesday.

Wolves To Sign Brady Heslip To Camp Deal

The Wolves were impressed with Heslip's play in the Summer League.

Spurs Sign Josh Davis

Josh Davis went undrafted in June out of San Diego State.

Damien Inglis Signs Multi-Year Deal With Bucks

Damien Inglis was the 31st overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Toure' Murry Signs Two-Year, $2M Deal With Jazz

Toure' Murry's deal includes $250,000 in guaranteed money this season and is non-guaranteed for 15-16.

Casey Prather, Earl Barron Sign Camp Deals With Suns

Casey Prather and Earl Barron have accepted training camp invitations with the Suns.

Agent: Zydrunas Ilgauskas Isn't Considering Comeback

Zydrunas Ilgauskas' agent, Herb Rudoy, told RealGM's Shams Charania that speculation on a comeback is a "false rumor."

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Turned Down Significant Money In Europe To Remain In D-League

Phil Jackson and Steve Mills have conveyed to Thanasis Antetokounmpo that he's in the Knicks' plans.

C.J. Fair To Sign Camp Deal With Pacers

C.J. Fair will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Pacers, league sources told RealGM.

Cavs Sign 2nd Rounder Dwight Powell

Dwight Powell averaged 14.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals during his senior season and was the Pac 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Hawks Re-Sign Shelvin Mack

Shelvin Mack averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists (second on the team) and 2.2 rebounds in 20.4 minutes while ranking seventh in the NBA in assist/turnover ratio (3.04).

Suns Made Last Ditch Bid For Love With Offer Of Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe has been seeking a five-year, $85 million max contract and would consider only a max deal in a sign-and-trade, which would be four years and $64 million.

Francisco Garcia Re-Signs With Rockets

Francisco Garcia will sign for one season at the veteranís minimum, worth $1.32 million.

Carmelo: Leaving Knicks 'Was Close'

Carmelo Anthony decided to re-sign with the Knicks in July after strongly considering joining the Bulls.

Mavs, Bernard James Finalizing One-Year Contract

Bernard James has been with the Mavericks since the 12-13 season.

Blazers Sign Darius Morris To Camp Contract

The Blazers have signed Darius Morris to a non-guaranteed camp contract.

Celtics Sign Rodney McGruder, Christian Watford To Camp Deals

The Celtics have signed Rodney McGruder and Christian Watford to camp contracts.

Monroe Explored Sign-And-Trade With Thunder, Blazers, At Least Three Other Clubs

Greg Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.

Tim Frazier Signs Camp Contract With Celtics

Tim Frazier joins an already crowded point guard position for the Celtics.

Cavs 'Optimistic' On Eventually Signing Ray Allen

Ray Allen remains undecided on playing during the 14-15 NBA season.
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