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Suns To Sign Bryce Cotton From D-League

Nov 25, 2015 3:52 PM

The Phoenix Suns are in the process of calling up Bryce Cotton from the Austin Spurs of the D-League.

Cotton was with the Utah Jazz in the preseason but didn't make their regular season roster.

Cotton is averaging 22.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in the D-League this season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Bryce Cotton, Phoenix Suns, Austin Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Kobe Bryant Has No Plans To Play Abroad

Nov 20, 2015 11:59 AM

In the past, there has often been the notion that Kobe Bryant could spend a season playing in Italy after his NBA career concludes.

But Bryant told ESPN that he has no plans of playing abroad at this point.

Bryant has struggled to stay healthy in each of the past three seasons.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

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Josh Howard Joining D-League In Hopes Of NBA Return

Nov 19, 2015 10:59 AM

Josh Howard plans on joining the D-League in hopes of making a return to the NBA at the age of 35.

Howard last played in the NBA in 2012 with the Minnesota Timberwolves before he tore his ACL.

Howard signed with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 preseason but was quickly waived.

During the 2014 Summer League, Howard played for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Josh Howard, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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Dion Waiters Would Like To Play For Hometown 76ers

Nov 15, 2015 11:52 AM

Dion Waiters would like to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers in the offseason, according to a source close to him.

“He wants to come home,” said the source, noting that Waiters is from South Philly. “Plus, he knows that he could be the missing shooting guard they need.  And he could possibility get a [very lucrative] contract with the Sixers.”

Philadelphia will have ample cap space to sign Waiters.

Waiters will be a restricted free agent, however, meaning the Thunder can match any offer sheet he signs.

The Thunder are under the impression Waiters would like to remain with the franchise.

“Dion has made it clear that he feels he has found a basketball home in Oklahoma City and is committed to being a part of the culture that exists,” Sam Presti said in a statement published by The Oklahoman earlier this month. “The team sees him as someone who has his best basketball in front of him as has the potential to be a contributor for years to come with more to develop in our program.”

“He really would like that to come home,” the source said. “He talked about getting a place downtown not too far from the arena so playing at home would be less of a distraction.”

Keith Pompey/ Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Dion Waiters, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Will Pursue Kevin Durant In Free Agency

Nov 14, 2015 6:06 PM

The Miami Heat intend to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency but they have a complicated cap situation due to the need to use cap space to re-sign Hassan Whiteside.

The Heat would struggle to find a way to sign Durant while retaining Whiteside and Dwyane Wade.

Durant recently sold his Miami condo.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Kevin Durant, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Andre Drummond Loves Detroit, Plans On Re-Signing

Nov 13, 2015 4:24 PM

The Detroit Pistons and Andre Drummond agreed to not sign an extension before the Nov. 2nd deadline in order to preserve cap space for 2016.

"Andre really, really wants to win," Stan Van Gundy said. "We laid out the difference of where we'd be salary-cap wise. It's almost $13 million. He wants us and [Pistons owner] Tom [Gores] to have all the resources to build this thing. He wants to be part of a winner."

Drummond intends to re-sign with the Pistons.

"I love it here. I plan on being here," Drummond said.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dirk Nowitzki 'Definitely' Will Play Out Current Contract

Nov 12, 2015 12:00 PM

Dirk Nowitzki is nearing the end of his career but he plans to play next season, which will be the final season of his current contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

"I always said that when the body is hurting every day, and when you’ve got to do all this extra stuff to just play, I think that’s when it’s time to go," said Nowitzki "But I feel good. I feel good right now and I felt good this summer. I mean, we had a five-games-in-six-days for the (Eurobasket), and I got through that just fine. ... I felt good. I don’t need to pop a thousand pills to play or practice. So as long as that’s still good, and it’s still fun to go. I’m going to definitely ride this contract out (this season and next). I don’t know. We’ll see what happens after that."

Nowitzki talked about how difficult training is compared to the games.

"Once you play and you move and the competing is there, that will always be fun," Nowitzki said. "But the summers, man. The summers are a beast sometimes. I’m usually in Germany (training), so if I was (in Dallas) working out with four or five guys all summer, that’d probably be easier, but I’m by myself basically, so I’ve got to push myself every day. Get up in the morning, leave the kids (Dirk and his wife, Jessica Ollson, have a two-year-old daughter, Malaika, and a seven-month-old son, Max) and go work out like a maniac for a couple of hours. That’s hard. That’s hard. But the playing will always be fun."

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pat Riley Asked LaMarcus Aldridge To Re-Sign With Blazers, Sign With Heat In 2016

Nov 11, 2015 6:54 PM

Pat Riley received a meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge last July during free agency, but the Miami Heat didn't have the necessary cap space to sign him.

Riley's wish was for Aldridge to sign a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers and sign with the Heat in 2016.

Riley's words actually went a long way toward validating the San Antonio Spurs' case instead of the Phoenix Suns.

“He told me, ‘You’re a good player, but you can be great,’” Aldridge told Yahoo. “I’ve had good seasons on my own, but to win, you’ve got to have other big-time guys with you. When you have other guys who are willing to take that sacrifice with you – maybe you all go from averaging 23-24 points to 18-19 points – and you can all do it together.

“He was saying, ‘Hey, you might have to take a lesser role, but at the end of the day, you want to be known as a champion. Champions have to do different things.’ He brought up Chris Bosh, how he was averaging 21 in Toronto, and came to Miami, and people tried to say he wasn’t important. He told me, ‘We don’t win any of those championships rings without him,’ [and] that [Bosh] wouldn’t trade those rings for anything.

“Eventually, it becomes a road in your career, whether you have to decide whether you want to keep having these crazy stats, or do you want to win a championship?”

The Spurs soon closed the deal with Aldridge after the Riley meeting.

“Yeah, the things [Riley] said were definitely more positive for me coming to San Antonio,” Aldridge said.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Goran Dragic Didn't Consider Leaving Heat For Lakers

Nov 11, 2015 12:22 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers initially viewed Goran Dragic as a free agent target but changed their mind when they fell in love with D'Angelo Russell.

The Lakers thought they could sign a frontcourt player in free agency.

"I didn’t think about it," said Dragic. "The Miami Heat came first and they offered a good deal. This was the right place for me and my family. It’s a winning culture here and they are doing an amazing job.”

The Heat re-signed Dragic to a five-year, $90 million contract.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Goran Dragic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant: I'll Worry About Free Agency When I Get There

Nov 10, 2015 12:14 PM

Kevin Durant responded to questions about his free agent on Tuesday ahead of playing the Washington Wizards.

Durant will be a free agent in the offseason for the first time of his career.

"I don't think about the future too hard," said Durant. "I'll worry about that stuff when I get there. I've been saying I don't know for a long, long time but I'm really just focused on our team, happy I'm playing again and that kind of takes over."

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Kevin Durant, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Miami Has No Plans To Release Gerald Green
Gerald Green was hospitalized for several days for unknown reasons and one source said the situation is "delicate."

Ethan Skolnick/Miami Herald

Kevin Durant: Free Agency Shouldn't Be That Big
Kevin Durant described his free agency as "always an elephant in the room."

Michael Lee/Yahoo! Sports

Jimmer Fredette Signs With Pelicans
Jimmer Fredette spent last season with the Pelicans and was cut in the preseason by the Spurs.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Chuck Hayes Released By Rockets
Chuck Hayes could ultimately retire into a coaching staff role with the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kobe Bryant Insists He Won't Leave Lakers For Another NBA Team
Kobe Bryant isn't sure if he will retire after this current season.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Nuggets Waive Erick Green, Re-Sign Kostas Papanikolaou
Kostas Papanikolaou was acquired by Denver as part of the trade that sent Ty Lawson to Houston, but was waived Sept. 25.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Celtics Offered Short Extension To Rajon Rondo
Danny Ainge confirmed that the Celtics never offered Rajon Rondo a five-year, $70 million extension prior to trading him last December.

Mike Alongi/CLNS

76ers To Sign Phil Pressey
The Sixers get the extra roster spot due to the season-ending injury to Joel Embiid.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Dario Saric To Join 76ers For 16-17 Season
Dario Saric signed a three-year contract with Anadolu Efes during the week leading up to the draft.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Harrison Barnes: It's All Basketball Now With Extension Talks Over
Harrison Barnes set a deadline of Oct. 27th, the Warriors' season opener, to get an extension done.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Exec: Delayed Extensions For Cap Space 'Against The Rules'
Both the Pistons and Andre Drummond and the Wizards with Bradley Beal have delayed extensions to presumably preserve cap space.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Rajon Rondo Was Vlade Divac's First Choice In Free Agency
Rajon Rondo says he likes being the underdog.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Terrence Ross, Raptors Agree Upon Three-Year, $33M Extension
The Raptors will avoid allowing Terrence Ross to become a restricted free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Jimmer Fredette Turned Down European Offers For Shot With D-League's Knicks
Jimmer Fredette has joined Westchester of D-League and hopes to become the Knicks' 15th man later this season.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Pacers Decline 16-17 Option On Solomon Hill
The Pacers' team option on Solomon Hill was worth just $2.3 million.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Festus Ezeli, Warriors Unable To Agree Upon Extension
Festus Ezeli was the 30th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft out of Vanderbilt.

Rosalyn Gold-Onwude/Comcast

Dion Waiters, Thunder Won't Agree Upon Extension
Dion Waiters will become a restricted free agent in 2016.

David Aldridge/

Wizards Won't Sign Bradley Beal To Extension
Washington still hopes to sign Bradley Beal to a long-term deal but will have more cap space if they operate with his lower cap hold.

David Aldridge/

Evan Fournier, Magic Not Expected To Agree Upon Extension
Evan Fournier will become a restricted free agent in 2016.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Jeremy Lamb Agrees To Three-Year, $21M Extension With Hornets
Jeremy Lamb was traded to the Hornets by the Thunder this offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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