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76ers Waive Pierre Jackson

The Philadelphia 76ers have waived Pierre Jackson.

Mark Deeks writes that Jackson will receive a guaranteed $400,00 from the 76ers for this season while he rehabs from an Achilles tear that occured during Summer League.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Alonzo Gee Reaches Deal With Nuggets

Free agent forward Alonzo Gee has reached agreement on a deal with the Denver Nuggets, a source with knowledge told RealGM.

After deciding on Monday to join the Nuggets, Gee will report to Denver training camp Tuesday.

As one of the best players on the available market, the 6-foot-6 forward brings active defense and athleticism on the wing for the Nuggets.

Gee, 27, has trained vigorously on his overall game and basketball shape in the offseason, when he was traded three separate times and ultimately released by the Sacramento Kings to open a roster spot.

Over five NBA seasons playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards, Gee established himself as a contributing role player, averaging 7.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in his career.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Rondo Wants To Stay With Celtics, Realistic About Short-Term Prognosis

Rajon Rondo will begin the 14-15 season coming back from a left hand injury, but it will be an important year with free agency looming in July. A veteran of eight seasons, Rondo has assumed a leadership role with the Boston Celtics since the departure of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. He has also developed a good relationship with Brad Stevens, who replaced Doc Rivers before the 2013-14 season.

There have been rumors for more than a year that Rondo’s days with the Celtics are numbered, but on Monday he insisted that he wants to remain with the Celtics over the long-term. He even joked that he hopes to put an end to persistent trade rumors by negotiating a no-trade clause into his next contract, looking over at Danny Ainge with a smirk.

“Yes,” Rondo replied with conviction when asked if he wants to re-sign with the Celtics. “The fans and the people here are the ones that make me want to stay. I can’t say enough about Danny and Wyc [Grousbeck], but when I’m out there on the street the whole community embraces me.”

Rondo could command a max contract as an outright free agent next summer, something he admitted during the team’s annual media day that he believes he deserves. He was the starting point guard for a championship team as a second-year player back in 2008, but he's aware that Ainge is currently working on a rebuild.

“I’m pretty smart, I know this isn’t a championship season,” Rondo said when asked about the team’s short-term chances.

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

D.J. Stephens To Sign Camp Contract With Pelicans

Free agent swingman D.J. Stephens has reached an agreement on a training camp deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, leagues sources told RealGM.

A freak athlete who recorded a 46-inch vertical as an NBA draft prospect in 2013, Stephens signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks last season. In three NBA games, Stephens scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds.

Stephens played four seasons at the University of Memphis.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Markieff, Marcus Morris Agree Upon Four-Year Extensions With Suns

Markieff and Marcus Morris have agreed to contract extensions with the Phoenix Suns, according to sources.

Markieff's deal is worth $32 million over four seasons, while Marcus will earn $20 million over four, according to Paul Coro.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Chris Johnson Claimed By 76ers Off Waivers

Chris Johnson was claimed by the Philadelphia 76ers off free agency waivers, according to sources.

Johnson was recently waived by the Boston Celtics.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Nuggets Pursuing Alonzo Gee

The Denver Nuggets are actively pursuing free agent forward Alonzo Gee, sources with knowledge told RealGM.

Despite dealing with the adversity of three offseason trades and his release from the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, Gee has worked out diligently on his overall game, including improving his jump shot, daily training sessions and getting into the best basketball shape of his career. 

Denver has expressed interest in Gee with a belief that his abilities fit their system, a five-year NBA veteran who would benefit the Nuggets with athleticism and defense in camp. Gee cleared NBA free agency waivers on Saturday.

In almost four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Gee, 27, averaged eight points and four rebounds -- with consecutive years of scoring over 10 points per game.

As an undrafted player in 2009, Gee signed contracts with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards before securing a roster spot with Washington.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Jason Kapono Agrees To Camp Deal With Warriors

Jason Kapono has agreed to a training camp deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to sources.

Kapono last played in the 2011-12 season for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Christian Watford To Re-Sign With Celtics After Release

After being released Friday, Christian Watford has agreed on a new training camp contract to re-sign with the Boston Celtics on Monday, league sources told RealGM.

Watford had signed a one-year contract for training camp with the Celtics, and he'll re-sign for the same terms once he clears waivers.

Watford, a sharpshooting forward, went undrafted in 2013 after playing at Indiana.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Thunder To Sign Michael Jenkins To Training Camp Deal

The Oklahoma City Thunder have reached agreement with free agent guard Michael Jenkins on a training camp deal, league sources told RealGM.

Jenkins, who has played professionally overseas since going undrafted in 2008, was with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Summer League in July.

Jenkins, 28, played his college basketball at Winthrop where he averaged 13.9 points and 4.1 rebounds as a senior in the 2007-08 season. He played in Italy a year ago.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Aron Baynes Re-Signs With Spurs On Guaranteed One-Year Deal

Aron Baynes has re-signed with the Spurs on a guaranteed, one-year contract, a league source told RealGM.

Bulls Sign Solomon Jones To One-Year, Vet Minimum Deal

The Bulls have signed free agent center Solomon Jones to a one-year, veteran-minimum contract, a league source told RealGM.

Jason Maxiell To Sign Non-Guaranteed Deal With Hornets

Jason Maxiell averaged 3.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 34 games last season.

David Stockton Signing Camp Contract With Wizards

David Stockton will sign a training camp contract with the Wizards on Friday, a league source told RealGM.

Jeffery Taylor Arrested On Domestic Assault Charge

Jeffery Taylor is charged with one count of domestic assault, assault and malicious destruction of property.

Nets Sign Willie Reed

Willie Reed averaged 14.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in the NBA Development League last season in 49 games with the Springfield Armor and Reno Bighorns.

Zoran Dragic, Suns Agree Upon Two-Year, $4.01M Deal

Zoran Dragic has reached agreement with the Suns on contract terms for a two-year, $4,012,500 million deal, league sources told RealGM.

Jamil Wilson To Sign With Suns

Jamil Wilson has agreed to a deal with the Suns, a league source told RealGM.

Dexter Pittman Reaches Deal With Hawks

Dexter Pittman has reached an agreement on a contract with the Hawks, league sources told RealGM.

Eric Bledsoe Agrees To Five-Year, $70M Deal With Suns

Eric Bledsoe has agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Suns, according to sources.

Malcolm Lee To Sign With 76ers

Malcolm Lee played two seasons with the Timberwolves through 2011-13.

Hasheem Thabeet Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Pistons

The Pistons will give Hasheem Thabeet an opportunity to make the team out of training camp.

Wizards Agree To Deal With Vander Blue

Vander Blue also worked out for the Spurs last week.
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