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Nets Sign Donatas Motiejunas To Four-Year, $37M Offer Sheet

Dec 2, 2016 7:43 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet.

With Motiejunas being a restricted free agent, the Houston Rockets have 72 hours to match.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports Motiejunas' deal includes two non-guaranteed years on the back end.

The Rockets traded Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons last February but the trade was later rescinded following concerns about the condition of his back.

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Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Derrick Rose Would Like To Spend Remainder Of Career With Knicks

Dec 2, 2016 5:23 PM

Derrick Rose has played better than many expected so far with the New York Knicks.

Rose is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason but he has interest in remaining with the Knicks.

"Finding out how we’re going to win games, we got 10 new people on the team—it’s not like they had a foundation here and we came right into it," said Rose. "We’re building the culture. We’re building the foundation now. I’m under a one-year contract so of course I want to play the rest of my life here. But it takes time, it takes patience to figure out how everyone is going to fit, if it is going to fit and going from there."

Rose was also asked about how the Knicks are developing chemistry.

"It’s taking time, man," said Rose. "Everyone is getting comfortable with each other and figure out a new system without making things hard for each other on the floor. Of course, I can’t play the same way I played in Chicago with this team, like coming out and firing right away. I’ll look dumb shooting all those shots I shot in Chicago with this team and with the talent we have with this team. It’s about being patient, taking our time and letting it all click. At some point in the season, I know I’ll be able to play the way I normally know how to play. First we gotta learn how to win."

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

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Nets Considering Signing Donatas Motiejunas

Dec 1, 2016 11:37 AM

The Brooklyn Nets are considering signing Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet.

Motiejunas is a restricted free agent as he's been in a contract stalemate with the Houston Rockets.

Motiejunas is visiting with the Nets and undergoing a physical.

The Rockets traded Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons before the 2016 deadline but it was rescinded following his physical due to concerns about his back injury.

Brooklyn has plenty of cap space to sign Motiejunas.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Expect Chris Paul To Seek Full Five-Year Max Contract

Dec 1, 2016 11:07 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers expect Chris Paul to demand the full five-year max this offseason in free agency.

Paul turns 32 in May and his new five-year deal would take him well past 35.

Paul has so far defied age related regression and has remained incredibly healthy.

Mike Conley signed a record five-year, $153 million max contract this past offseason that Paul will comfortably break even if the cap projection comes in on the low end.

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Stephen Curry: It's Hard To See Myself Anywhere Else

Nov 29, 2016 6:04 PM

Stephen Curry said the Bay Area feels like home to him just a few months before he's set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.

“It’s hard to see myself anywhere else,” said Curry.

Curry will come off a four-year, $44 million extension signed in 2012.

While Curry is confident he'll re-sign with the Golden State Warriors, he did also say "curveballs happen all the time."

Kevin Durant will also likely join Curry in free agency.

Jason Gay/Wall Street Journal

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Knicks Open To Discussing Derrick Rose Extension Later In Season

Nov 29, 2016 2:36 PM

While the New York Knicks have not approached Derrick Rose about an extension, they have not ruled it out for later in the season.

Rose will be a free agent this offseason after making $21.3 million in the final season of his deal.

The Knicks want to make sure Rose's body holds up this season and are prepared to pay more this summer if necessary.

If he signs an extension now, next season’s salary would begin at $23 million. His wage would go to $24.6 million in Year 2 and $26.2 million in Year 3 to give him $75 million in total over three seasons.

Rose's starting max salary if he waits for the offseason could be as high as $29 million.

“I haven’t talked to them about it,’’ Rose told The Post. “It’s been more about winning games. We’ll see. I’m more concerned with trying to win games, but it’s something I’d have to talk about with my family and team.’’

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Rockets Pull Latest Offer To Donatas Motiejunas

Nov 25, 2016 12:19 PM

The Houston Rockets have pulled their most recent contract offer to Donatas Motiejunas.

Motiejunas, meanwhile, is "surprised and upset" that no deal has been struck nearly five months after free agency began.

Motiejunas remains a restricted free agent. If Motiejunas elects to play in a foreign league this season, he would remain a restricted free agent.

The Rockets were offering a two-year deal starting in the $7 million range but with only the first season fully guaranteed. 

Motiejunas' camp is convinced the Rockets have undervalued him and has been trying to generate interest from rival teams that possess cap space.

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Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Anthony Davis Remains Fully Committed To Pelicans

Nov 21, 2016 10:10 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have been plagued by injuries and an insufficient supporting cast but Anthony Davis has remained loyal to the franchise.

“My desire to win here is the same,” Davis told The Vertical. “I go out there and play. I don’t care what the record is. I just go out there and play. I have to lead this team and make sure my guys are always happy and high energy. I don’t care what people say about our team. They’re not in our locker room seeing us, not part of our group. That’s all white noise.

“I just try to control what I can: go out there and compete.”

Davis was asked if his aspirations to win with the Pelicans has wavered amid the team's poor results and injuries.

“No, no, never,” Davis told The Vertical.

Davis is averaging 31.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks as he continues to perform as one of the NBA's best players.

“Injuries happen, and there’s nothing I can do about it,” Davis said. “I just wanted to get my body right to be able to play all 82 [games] this year and then play the postseason. I know how important it is to take care of my body and stay on the floor as much as possible.

“I know this team and what people say is noise. We just want to compete and get wins.”

Davis has a player option in his deal where he can become a free agent in the 2020 offseason.

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Pelicans Close To Signing Anthony Brown

Nov 20, 2016 2:53 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are close to signing Anthony Brown from the D-League.

Brown appeared in 29 games last season for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 4.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 20.6 minutes per game.

Brown has averaged 29.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists over his first three games of the 16-17 D-League season.

Brown was a high second round pick by the Lakers out of Stanford in 2015.

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Chris Bosh Continues To Pursue NBA Return

Nov 20, 2016 2:31 PM

Chris Bosh continues to pursue a return to the NBA despite his issues with blood clots.

Both and the Miami Heat remain at odds about his health and he is unlikely to play again for the franchise.

The Heat could waive Bosh but they would receive no cap relief if he plays 25 games with another team.

Bosh is signed through the 18-19 season.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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Archie Goodwin Waived By Pelicans
Archie Goodwin appeared in three games for the Pelicans, averaging 5.0 points in 10.0 minutes per contest.

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Chandler Parsons Would Have Accepted 'A Lot Less' Than $98M From Mavs
Chandler Parsons and Mark Cuban quickly became close and often discussed personnel decisions.

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Jazz Prioritizing Extension For George Hill Over Derrick Favors
The Jazz still possess more than $13 million in cap space, which could allow the team to agree upon an in-season contract extension with George Hill or Derrick Favor

Marc Stein/ESPN

Mavs Release Quincy Acy To Sign Jonathan Gibson
Dallas was down to only Seth Curry as a healthy point guard on their roster.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Blake Griffin Exhibiting No Signs Of Interest In Playing For Hometown Thunder
Blake Griffin has an early termination option in his deal with the Clippers this summer.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Hasheem Thabeet Working Towards NBA Comeback
Hasheem Thabeet was the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of UConn and struggled to establish himself as an NBA player.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Donatas Motiejunas, Rockets Haven't Held Any New Talks
Donatas Motiejunas is training in Vancouver as the Rockets have already played 10 games.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Nuggets Waive Jarnell Stokes
Jarnell Stokes appeared in two games and averaging 1.5 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 3.5 minutes.

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Nuggets Finalizing Deal With Alonzo Gee
Alonzo Gee was a final cut by the Pelicans during the preseason.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Pat Riley Regrets Not Signing Dwyane Wade To Max Contract In 2014
Dwyane Wade signed a two-year, $31.1 million deal with a player option for the second season in 2014.

James Herbert/CBS Sports

Lance Stephenson Was 'Model Citizen' With Pelicans
The Pelicans waived Lance Stephenson following his groin injury even though the team wanted to retain him.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Blake Griffin Remains Focused On Season, Not Free Agency
Blake Griffin dismissed the notion that those close to him may recruit him to play for his hometown Thunder when he becomes a free agent this offseason.

Andrew Han/ESPN

Nets Release Greivis Vasquez, Sign Yogi Ferrell
Yogi Ferrell was a final cut by the Nets and had been preparing to play for their D-League affiliate.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Josh Smith Signs $1.5M Deal With Sichuan Whales
Josh Smith split parts of last season with the Clippers and Rockets.

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Pelicans Sign Archie Goodwin
Archie Goodwin has appeared in 150 career games (15 starts) with the Suns, averaging 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.5 minutes per contest.

RealGM Staff Report

Jordan Farmar Waived By Kings
In two games played with the Kings this season, Jordan Farmar averaged 6.0 points (.333 FG%, 4-9 3pt), 1.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

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Lance Stephenson Waived By Pelicans
The Pelicans are reportedly open to re-signing Lance Stephenson once he's healthy.

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Pelicans To Sign Archie Goodwin, Waive Lance Stephenson
The Pelicans have lost Lance Stephenson to surgery on his groin and were already without both Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Chandler Parsons Was Close To Signing With Blazers, 'Went With Heart' Choosing Memphis
Chandler Parsons was offered a four-year, $94.7 million contract in free agency by both the Grizzlies and Blazers.

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Wizards Plan To Sign Otto Porter In Offseason
Otto Porter will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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