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Goran Dragic Will 'Definitely' Consider Signing With Knicks

Goran Dragic called signing with the New York Knicks a “possibility” in July when he plans to opt out of his contract and test free agency.

The presence of Phil Jackson makes the Knicks more attractive to Dragic.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” said Dragic, who earned All-NBA third-team honors last season. “You know Phil, he was a great coach. He won so many titles and he was coaching so many great players that of course it’s interesting and I would love working with him. Because probably he’s making all the moves — I’m not sure — but he knows what the team needs and what direction the team needs to go. In the past probably, he makes some decisions, who the Lakers bring in and the Chicago Bulls and (he) did an amazing job.”

 

Dragic said he intends to keep his options open for free agency and isn’t focusing on any single team, though he did repeat the Knicks were an option.

“I think so it’s a possibility, but not just New York,” Dragic said. “I’m a free agent. I want to explore my options but so far I’m really happy in Phoenix. They give me a lot. I like the city. I like the fans and I like the organization, so it’s going to be a tough decision to make, but I’m going to start thinking of that at the end of the season.”

Via Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

Rockets Release Francisco Garcia

The Houston Rockets will release Francisco Garcia.

Garcia will make way with the Rockets acquiring Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kobe Unsure If Lakers Adding Superstar In 2016 Would Factor In Decision On Retirement

Kobe Bryant has been widely expected to retire when his current contract expires in 2016, but he was asked if the Los Angeles Lakers adding Kevin Durant or any other superstar player may cause him to reconsider.

"I don't know. Maybe," Bryant said. "But it's really my call, man. If I want to play, I'll play. If I don't, I don't. If I don't want to play anymore and go through the process of getting my body ready day in and day out, I'm not going to play." 

This week Durant said accusations of players not wanting to play with Bryant is ridiculous.

Said Bryant: "I greatly appreciate" Durant's comments. 

Via Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Rajon Rondo 'Open' To Re-Signing With Mavs, Rockets

Rajon Rondo is open to re-signing with either the Dallas Mavericks or Houston Rockets should he be traded to one of those two teams, according to a source.

Given Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team.

Rondo is not actively seeking a trade from the Boston Celtics.

The Rockets will use their $8.4 million trade exception from the Jeremy Lin trade with the Lakers this past summer to acquire a player before Dec. 19 -- the deadline for acquiring players who can be dealt again on Feb. 19 under league rules. 

 

Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Heat To Apply For $2.65M Injured Player Exception

The Miami Heat will apply to the NBA for a disabled-player exception to help replace Josh McRoberts, who is expected to be out for the remainder of season with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Under NBA rules, if McRoberts' injury is deemed by an independent NBA physician to be deemed season ending, the Heat then would receive half of McRoberts' 2014-15 salary for a replacement player, either through a trade or free-agent signing.

A $2.65 million amount can only be used in a trade for a player in the final year of his contract or in a one-year offer to a free agent. 

Via Ira Winderman/Sun-Sentinel

Miroslav Raduljica Expected To Become Free For Mid-January NBA Deal

Seven-foot center Miroslav Raduljica is expected to become available in free agency within the next one-to-two weeks depending on a buyout settlement with Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association, sources told RealGM.

Raduljica has received interest from several NBA teams for a midseason acquisition, sources said, but no deal would take place before the Jan. 10 date for contract guarantees around the league.

In 13 games for Shandong, Raduljica averaged 17.6 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field. Shandong has brought Earl Clark on a tryout deal and is widely expected to reach a parting agreement with Raduljica.

After being traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Los Angeles Clippers, Raduljica was released and had dialogue with several NBA teams before signing a guaranteed contract with Shandong. He averaged 3.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 54 percent shooting in one season with Milwaukee.

In the Serbian national team’s silver medal run in the World Cup of Basketball over the summer, Raduljica, 26, scored 13 points and grabbed nearly five rebounds per game.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Raptors Could Pursue Marc Gasol In Free Agency

The Toronto Raptors' front office is increasingly interested in pursuing Marc Gasol during this offseason in free agency.

Gasol, however, is widely expected to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies. 

The Raptors had been expected to wait until 2016 to pursue Kevin Durant.

Jonas Valanciunas has improved in every season but the Raptors' front office has doubts about his ability to lead the team in the frontcourt deep into the playoffs.

Via Cathal Kelly/The Globe and Mail

Furkan Aldemir Signs Four-Year, $12M Deal With 76ers

Furkan Aldemir has landed a four-year contract worth around $12 million with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to sources.

Aldemir has played professionally in Turkey.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Ray Allen Contacted By Wide Range Of Teams, Including Grizzlies; Not At Stage To Decide On Future

Ray Allen — the most coveted NBA free agent on the market — has heard from far beyond just five teams to consider, including interest from the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told RealGM.

Allen’s agent, Jim Tanner, confirmed the wide range of interest on Saturday and added that the 6-foot-5 shooting guard has no timetable to make a decision on his playing future.

Despite a report on Saturday that he was choosing between the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors, Allen has not yet reached the stage to decide on any team. Memphis has gone 18-4 this season and has an open roster spot that could be used toward securing another shooter to the rotation.

Earlier in the week, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told 95.7 in Oakland that his team has contacted Allen to gauge interest in signing with the franchise. Nearly every team with contending aspirations is believed to have reached out to Allen and his agent Tanner.

Over an 18-year NBA career, Allen, 39, has built a Hall of Fame run while playing for Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston and Miami. Allen has averaged 18.9 points for his career and is the league’s all-time leader in three-point shots made at 2,973.

Allen averaged 9.6 points in 73 games for the Heat last season. In Game 6 of the 2013 series against the Spurs, Allen knocked down one of the most critical shots in NBA Finals history.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

76ers Sign Ronald Roberts From D-League, Waive Jorge Gutierrez

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent forward Ronald Roberts from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.  

Roberts is the 11th Call-Up of the 2014-15 NBA Development League season. 

Roberts started all eight games for the Sevens so far this season, averaging team-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 67% from the floor.  He was also on the Sixers roster during the preseason and the Orlando Pro Summer League.

The 76ers have also waive Jorge Gutierrez.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Darius Morris Signs With Nets

Darius Morris was one of the Blazers' final cuts this preseason.

Jazz To Sign Patrick Christopher

The Jazz are lining up the call up of Patrick Christopher from the NBA D-League.

Lakers Granted Hardship Exception

The Lakers have had just 11 healthy players for the last two weeks.

76ers Waive Drew Gordon, Sign Malcolm Lee

The 76ers have waived Drew Gordon to sign Malcolm Lee from the D-League.

Pelicans To Sign Gal Mekel

Gal Mekel will sign with the Pelicans on a two-year deal.

Knicks Don't Like Chances Of Signing Marc Gasol In Free Agency

Marc Gasol is having a career season with the Grizzlies, who can pay him an extra season on his new contract.

Pelicans Sign Dante Cunningham

Dell Demps and the Pelicans have signed Dante Cunningham.

Carmelo: Bulls Were Perfect Fit For Me

Carmelo Anthony privately made a decision to sign with the Bulls in the offseason before changing his mind to stay with the Knicks.

Kobe Bryant Won't Rule Out Signing New Deal With Lakers In 2016

Kobe Bryant insists he's not chasing records and that he wants to put the Lakers back in a championship position.

Pelicans Consider Signing Dante Cunningham

Dante Cunningham worked out for the Pelicans over the weekend.

Cavaliers Claim A.J. Price Off Waivers

The Cavaliers have claimed A.J. Price off waivers.

Isaiah Thomas' First Call In Free Agency Was From Ainge

Isaiah Thomas immediately received interest in free agency from the Celtics.

Jeff Adrien Signing With Timberwolves Under Hardship Exception

Jeff Adrien agreed on a contract with the Timberwolves under the NBAs injury hardship exception, league sources told RealGM on Saturday.

Thunder To Release Sebastian Telfair, Keep Ish Smith

The Thunder need to get down to the 15-player maximum roster size.

Earl Clark, Lakers Discuss Possible Reunion

The Lakers have had a level of dialogue with Earl Clark on a potential reunion, league sources told RealGM.

Lakers Awarded $4.85M Disabled Player Exception

Steve Nash is out for the rest of the season due to back issues.

Lakers Didn't Pursue Non-Superstar Free Agents In 2014

The Lakers pursued Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, but they sat out the pursuit of players such as Lance Stephenson, Eric Bledsoe, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry, Isaiah Thomas and others.

Furkan Aldemir To Sign With 76ers

Furkan Aldemir is averaging 8.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game for Galatasary in 11 games.

Heat To Sign Hassan Whiteside

The Heat are signing Hassan Whiteside out of the NBA D-League.

Kobe Considers Hometown Discounts As 'Big Coup' For Owners

Kobe Bryant was not interested in taking a below market value with the Lakers.
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