Jul 30, 2014 12:11 AM EDT
Kevin Durant spoke extensively on Tuesday about his 2016 free agency for the first time.
Durant made it clear that he will put himself first when choosing his future.
“I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant told reporters in Las Vegas. “It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in Oklahoma City. I’m just going to focus on that. I’m not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does.”
Durant is focused on the present, yet refused to rule out anything in the future.
Durant has been linked to the Washington Wizards in 2016.
“Look, we going to put it out on tape. It’s been talked about,” Durant said when asked about signing with his hometown Wizards. “Everybody’s asked me about it every time I go on Instagram or Twitter. All my friends ask me about it. So I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff. But I just tell everybody that I’m here in Oklahoma City. I love it here. Who knows what will happen. I never close the door on anything. But I like where I’m at right now. So I can’t answer that question.”
Durant signed a full five-year extension in 2010 rather than insisting on a player option that would have allowed him to become a free agent earlier in his career.
“To be honest, I just didn’t know. I was 21. I didn’t know,” Durant said. “Obviously, when you sign a deal you want to have the best options for yourself, the best flexibility for yourself. But I loved Oklahoma City so much I just wanted to dedicate and show them that I’m all about the team."
Jul 29, 2014 10:29 PM EDT
The Sacramento Kings have signed Eric Moreland to a three-year contract, league sources tell RealGM.
Moreland, who went undrafted this season out of Oregon State, averaged 3.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 19.2 minutes per game for the Kings in the Summer League.
Moreland was an early entry candidate as a redshirt junior.
Jul 29, 2014 5:27 PM EDT
Terrence Williams has a workout and meeting scheduled for Thursday with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell RealGM.
Williams was with the Kings in 2012.
Williams last played in the NBA in 2013 with the Boston Celtics.
Williams spent last season in Turkey, the D-League, the Philippines and in the Dominican Republic.
Jul 29, 2014 11:17 AM EDT
Kyrie Irving will receive just 27.5 percent of an adjusted NBA salary cap if he triggers the Derrick Rose rule by winning MVP or getting voted an All-Star starter next season, according to Mark Deeks.
Irving presumably received a player option on his contract in exchange for not getting the full 30 percent possible.
Paul George set the market by taking just 27 percent in order to get that fifth-year player option last offseason.
If Irving neither wins MVP or gets voted an All-Starter, his contract extension will be worth the max possible amount (about $89 million). If he achieves either of those honors, he’d gain about $9 million. However, he could have gained more than $16 million.
By leaving that potential $7 million on the table, Irving set himself up to become a free agent sooner.
Jul 28, 2014 8:26 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward Wesley Johnson.
“I’m happy to welcome Wesley back to our team and am excited to see him develop further after taking such great strides last season,” said Mitch Kupchak. “Wesley possesses elite athleticism, and has the potential to develop into an excellent defender.”
A four-year NBA veteran, Johnson had his best professional season last year with the Lakers, averaging career-highs in points per game (9.1), rebounds (4.4), steals (1.1), blocks (1.0), field goal percentage (.425) and three-point field goal percentage (.369) while appearing in a team-high 79 games.
Jul 28, 2014 6:10 PM EDT
Shawn Marion almost certainly will not re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks this offseason.
Marion spent five seasons with the Mavericks and helped the franchise win the 2011 NBA Finals.
“It was memorable, baby,” Marion said. “It’s hard to say it wasn’t fun. We had a great run and made the playoffs four of five years and won a championship. We set goals every year, and most years we reached them. And to win a championship, it was unbelievable. I wish we could have made a couple more runs at it, but it is what it is.”
Marion would like another shot at winning a title.
“If I see something really comfortable, then I’ll do it,” Marion said. “Right now, I’m just staying with my [newborn] son and relaxing. It’s only July, man. We got two more months. We’ll just wait and see how it works out.”
Marion plans on planting roots in Dallas even though he'll play elsewhere.
“It was an amazing run in Dallas,” he said. “Who knows what the future holds? But I definitely will be retiring in Dallas. I love living there. I’m building my dream home there, and that’s where I’ll spend most of my time.”
Jul 28, 2014 4:53 PM EDT
Mo Williams and the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed upon a one-year, $3.75 million deal
Williams played for the Portland Trail Blazers last season.
Williams averaged 9.7 points per game last season.
Jul 26, 2014 12:58 AM EDT
Omri Casspi will sign a one-year contract with the Sacramento Kings after clearing waivers on Friday.
Casspi's deal will be for the veteran's minimum.
Casspi began his NBA career with the Sacramento Kings as their first round draft pick in 2009.
Jul 25, 2014 5:34 PM EDT
Omri Casspi has cleared waivers after being released by the New Orleans Pelicans.
There had been an expectation that a team would claim Casspi.
Casspi is expected to receive interest from the Sacramento Kings.
Jul 25, 2014 4:45 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks and Shelvin Mack have agreed upon a three-year, $7.3 million deal.
The Hawks own a team option in the third season.
Mack has been a restricted free agent after averaging 7.5 points and 3.7 assists per game.
Mack was the 34th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Butler.
The Heat have three remaining roster spots and have been non-committal with Michael Beasley and Greg Oden.
Jameer Nelson will earn $2.73 million in the first season of his deal and $2.86 million in Year 2.
Andrew Wiggins' deal starts at the rookie scale of $5.5 million.
The Rockets had considered keeping Clint Capela in Europe this season in hopes of using cap space to sign Chris Bosh.
The Mavericks are using their room exception to sign Jameer Nelson.
Devyn Marble was the 56th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.
Al-Farouq Aminu will have a player option on the second season of his deal.
With Erick Green, Denver will have 14 guaranteed contracts.
Omri Casspi is expected to become a free agent once he is waived by the Pelicans.
Rashard Lewis needs knee surgery, which was discovered during his physical examination.
Jul 23, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Mavericks still have their $2.7 million room exception to offer to Jameer Nelson.
Nick Johnson will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year rookie contract with the Rockets, a league source told RealGM.
Bojan Bogdanovic averaged 13.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 61 games last season with Fenerbahce Ulker.
Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong.
Robbie Hummel has re-signed with the Timberwolves.
LeBron James spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Cavaliers before going to the Heat for four seasons in 2010.
Evan Turner will sign for a portion of the Celtics' midlevel exception.
Josh Smith is said to be enthusiastic about playing for Stan Van Gundy.
Chris Singleton played in just 25 games (250 minutes) this past season after the Wizards declined their fourth-year option on his contract.
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