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Anthony Davis To Receive $140M+ Max Offer From Pelicans

Apr 26, 2015 3:34 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans will offer Anthony Davis a max contract this offseason that could exceed $140 million.

The exact figure of the contract will depend on how the cap increases in 2016, but the Pelicans will offer Davis the maximum allowed.

The Pelicans will have until Oct. 31 to convince Davis to commit to the franchise long-term.

Because Davis was elected by the fans to start in February's All-Star Game, and since he is expected to earn All-NBA first-team honors when voting results are announced soon, New Orleans will have the ability to include a provision in the deal that entitles Davis to start his max deal at 30 percent of the league's salary cap as opposed to a mere 25 percent provided he is an All-Star starter or makes All-NBA next season as well.


Davis has the option of signing a shorter extension to preserve some flexibility for his options in free agency.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Love: Cavs' Organization Has My Back

Apr 24, 2015 12:10 AM

Kevin Love has been playing better basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs and had 23 points and nine rebounds while shooting 6-for-10 on three-pointers in their Game 3 win over the Boston Celtics.

"He's been highly criticized this year, and for what, I don't know why," James said, before pausing, and smiling. "I know why. I know why. I know."

Love was traded to the Cavaliers in the offseason and he can become a free agent in the offseason.

"For a team that finally gets together and they have a big three, they have to find someone," James said. "When I was in Miami, Chris Bosh was that guy at one point...Kevin was the guy they tried to find and tear him down. One thing about him, he's always stayed positive. I've always believed in him." 

"People have focused my whole career on what I couldn't do rather than what I could," Love said. "I know my teammates and coaching staff have my back. The organization has my back. I'm sending love right back to them. I think tonight was one of those times my numbers was called to step up and hit a big shot."


The chemistry between the Cavaliers seems to be at a season-high.

"I don't get too involved in what everybody says," James said. "I know what type of player (Love) is, what type of competitor he is, and I know he relishes the opportunity to be a part of this franchise and the postseason. With everything said with the first eight months of the season, he's definitely used it as motivation. I think he's a big-time player, he's a cerebral basketball player, and in order to be the team we want to be long term, Kevin is going to be Kevin, which he was tonight."

Tom Westerholm/MassLive

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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LaMarcus Aldridge Expected To Be Pursued By Spurs, Mavs, Knicks, Lakers

Apr 23, 2015 11:19 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to be pursued by the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent in July.

The Spurs and Mavericks reportedly believe they have a shot to sign Aldridge.

Aldridge is a four-time All-Star having played his entire career with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers can offer Aldridge more money and an extra guaranteed season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Confident Enes Kanter Will Re-Sign

Apr 23, 2015 11:08 AM

Sam Presti is confident the Oklahoma City Thunder will re-sign Enes Kanter this offseason.

Kanter will be a restricted free agent.

The Thunder acquired Kanter at the deadline in a trade that included a future first round pick.

“We wouldn’t have traded for him if we didn’t feel like we’d be in a position to have him with us going forward,” Presti said.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rajon Rondo Planned To Sign Max Contract With Lakers Before Mavs' Trade

Apr 22, 2015 11:13 AM

Rajon Rondo had planned on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent in the summer when it became clear that he no longer had a future with the Boston Celtics, according to sources.

Rondo expected a maximum contract to be signed.

When the Dallas Mavericks traded for Rondo, he was open to re-signing with the franchise. Rondo reportedly hasn't given up on that possibility despite the issues that have arisen, but sources say he won't return if Rick Carlisle is retained as head coach.

With how poorly Rondo has played since going to the Mavericks and since his ACL injury, a maximum contract is almost uncertain to be offered to him. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ed Davis Hopes To Re-Sign With Lakers If Everything Is Equal With Other Teams

Apr 22, 2015 12:26 AM

Ed Davis will opt out of his contract for the 15-16 season with the Los Angeles Lakers to test free agency.

"I'm going to test free agency," Davis told The Times in a telephone interview. "Hopefully I'm back with the Lakers, as long as everything is equal with all the other teams."


The Lakers signed Davis last summer to a two-year, $2.1-million minimum contract. 


Davis had a productive season for the Lakers.

"This is where I want to call home," said Davis.  "The city, the coaching staff, the owners, the [general manager], everything like that -- I'm definitely comfortable."

"I look at Coach [Byron] Scott.  He's always been a straight shooter with me since day one.  If he says something, he means it. I think [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak is the same way.  They don't just tell guys things they want to hear, but tell the truth and you know exactly how they feel."

Eric Pincus/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Ed Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Drummond: I Want Draymond Green On Pistons

Apr 20, 2015 1:44 PM

Andre Drummond posted a Tweet that he has since deleted indicating he would love to play with Draymond Green.

Green will be a restricted free agent in the offseason and was an All-American at Michigan State.

Green is one of the NBA's best stretch forwards and would seemingly be an ideal fit for the Detroit Pistons beside Drummond.

“I want @Money23Green on my team .......” wrote Drummond.

Kirkland Crawford/Detroit Free Press

Tags: Andre Drummond, Draymond Green, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Teammate: 50-50 Chance LaMarcus Aldridge Leaves Blazers

Apr 20, 2015 12:14 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge will be a free agent this offseason and he may not be a lock to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers have made the playoffs each of the past two seasons and he forms a strong core with Damian Lillard.

One teammate on the Blazers privately told Jason Quick of the Oregonian that he believes there's a 50-50 chance Aldridge signs elsewhere.

Aldridge could have signed a three-year extension last summer, but he said at the time that he wanted to wait until the 2015 offseason to sign a new five-year deal.

"I don't want it to be perceived that I'm not happy, or I'm not staying on because I'm not signing a three-year deal,'' Aldridge told The Oregonian last July. "It's just financially smarter to wait ... and I'm looking forward to signing the five-year deal when the chance comes."

One teammate said Aldridge will value happiness over money when making his decision, which could be found closer to his family in Texas.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Goran Dragic's Time With Heat Makes Free Agent Decision Easier

Apr 16, 2015 1:04 PM

Goran Dragic will be a free agent this summer after having the opportunity to see how he fits with the Miami Heat.

"The last two months, one month and a half, that I was here was beautiful for me," he said. "And I know we didn't make the playoffs, but that doesn't affect my decision. The teammates, they were great. I still think that the team has a bright future, the coaching staff, the organization."

Dragic said experiencing the Heat culture was beneficial in weighting his options.

"Of course it helps a little bit, because every team is different," he said. "The only team that I know how they're working is Phoenix, and that one year that when I was in Houston.

"And of course it's a great experience to see how the other teams are working, and, of course, in that case, with Miami Heat, I was here for two months, so of course that makes my decision easier."

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks were also on Dragic's list of preferred teams at the deadline.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade Won't Get Involved In Heat Free Agency

Apr 16, 2015 1:00 PM

With the exception of the 2010 offseason, Dwyane Wade prefers not to be involved in the recruitment of players for the Miami Heat in free agency.

The Heat face free agent decisions this offseason with Goran Dragic and Luol Deng.

"If they want to be here, they'll be here," Wade said.

Wade leaves those decisions and that work to Pat Riley and the front office.

"I don't have a sense," Wade said of the path the Heat may take. "We don't talk about it. So I have no sense at all."

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Luol Deng 'Loves' Heat Organization, Unsure About 15-16 Player Option
Luol Deng has a $10.2 million player option with the Heat next season.

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Lakers Sign Vander Blue For Remainder Of Season
Vander Blue finished second in the D-League in scoring at 23.3 points per game on 47.3% shooting.

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Clippers Sign Lester Hudson To Multi-Year Deal
Lester Hudson came to the Clippers from the Chinese Basketball Association where he is a two-time MVP.

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Suns Sign Jerel McNeal Through 15-16 Season
The Suns had previously signed Jerel McNeal to a 10-day contract on April 1.

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Kings To Sign David Stockton To Multi-Year Deal
David Stockton previously was on a 10-day contract with the Kings in February.

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Nuggets To Sign Jamaal Franklin For Remainder Of Season
Jamaal Franklin had been playing in the D-League.

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Cavaliers Interested In Salah Mejri
Salah Mejri hasn't received much playing time this season with Real Madrid.

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Shavlik Randolph Claimed By Nuggets Off Waivers
The Nuggets have claimed Shavlik Randolph off waivers, a league source tells RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Ricky Ledo Signs With Knicks For Remainder Of Season
Ricky Ledo was previously on a 10-day contract with the Knicks.

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Bucks Sign Jorge Gutierrez To Multi-Year Deal
Jorge Gutierrez appeared in seven games for the Bucks earlier this season and averaged 3.6 points and 2.1 rebounds while playing 13.4 minutes per game.

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Arinze Onuaku Signs With Wolves For Remainder Of Season
Arinze Onuaku averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 41 D League games this season with the Canton Charge.

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Manu Ginobili Expects To Retire By 2016
Manu Ginobili does not expect to continue playing beyond the 15-16 season.

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Knicks Prepared To Re-Sign Andrea Bargnani If He'll Accept Vet's Minimum
The Knicks will consider bringing Andrea Bargnani back because of his offensive talent, but aren't planning to use their cap space to do so.

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Jordan Clarkson Could Change Lakers' Free Agency Plans
The Lakers have believed to be on the market for a point guard this summer with options like Rajon Rondo and Goran Dragic available in free agency, but Jordan Clarkson could change that.

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Execs Expect Brook Lopez To Opt Out
Brook Lopez has a PER of 25.8 after the All-Star Game compared to 19.8 beforehand.

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Ed Davis Rejected Multi-Year Offer From Grizzlies Last Offseason
The market for power forwards who don't shoot three-pointers or protect the rim has diminished in recent seasons.

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Will Bynum Signs With Wizards For Remainder Of Season
Will Bynum has appeared in three games with Washington this season after originally signing a 10-day contract with the team on March 27.

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Nets Receive Summer League Commitment From Darius Adams
Darius Adams is currently playing for Laboral Kutxa of the Euroleague and Liga ACB.

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Earl Clark Signs Two-Year Deal With Nets
Earl Clark signed a 10-day contract with the Nets following the end of his season in China.

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Hawks To Sign Austin Daye To Multi-Year Deal
Austin Daye is averaging 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds in 6.6 minutes with the Hawks.

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