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Chris Crawford Signs Two-Year Deal With Cavaliers

Undrafted rookie guard Chris Crawford signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, including partial guarantees, league sources told RealGM.

Cleveland will bring Crawford into training camp as a point guard, signing the former University of Memphis product on Wednesday after he arrived into town earlier in the week. Crawford should compete in camp for a possible second- or third-string role behind Kyrie Irving and likely Matthew Dellavedova. 

Crawford played for the Houston Rockets’ summer league team in July, averaging over 10 points per game and showing an extended shooting skill as a lead guard at 6-foot-4.

The 21-year-old averaged 8.7 points, four assists and four rebounds as a senior at Memphis last season.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Jerome Jordan Signs With Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent center Jerome Jordan.

Jordan spent last season with Virtus Bologna in the Italian League, after the 7’0” center split the 2012-13 season playing in the NBA Development League for the Reno Bighorns (24 games) and the Los Angeles D-Fenders (18 games). Jordan was named to the 2013 All-NBA D-League Third Team after averaging 12.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 42 games (36 starts).

Via RealGM Staff Report

Tyler Zeller More Likely To Start For Celtics Than Be Traded

Tyler Zeller is now eligible to be traded by the Boston Celtics, but he is more likely to become their starting center.

Zeller's agent Sam Goldfeder said his client should also benefit from having a familiarity with Brad Stevens who recruited both of his brothers.

"Coach Stevens is someone the Zeller family thought a great deal about as a man," Goldfeder told CSNNE.com. "Forget about basketball. Everyone knows he's a great basketball coach. But they really liked him as a person. He's a good person and Tyler is also a good person. They share similar values off the court. I think that obviously, Brad expects excellence on the court, discipline, hard work and that's what Tyler is all about."

Via A. Sherrod Blakely/Comcast

Elton Brand Re-Signs With Hawks For One-Year, $2M

Elton Brand has re-signed with the Atlanta Hawks on a one-year, $2 million deal, according to sources.

Brand averaged 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds last season.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Dionte Christmas Reaches One-Year Deal With Pelicans

Free agent guard Dionte Christmas has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans on a one-year contract, a league source told RealGM.

Christmas has played five professional seasons since going unselected in the 2009 draft, and he hadn’t spent a regular season in the NBA until playing a full year with the Phoenix Suns.

Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 31 games for the Suns a season ago, using his participation on Phoenix’s summer league roster to gain a guaranteed deal.

Christmas played four years at Temple University.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Chauncey Billups Retires After 17 NBA Seasons

Chauncey Billups has decided to retire after 17 seasons in the NBA.

Billups became an unrestricted free agent when the Pistons declined the second and final year of a contract option that would have paid him $2.5 million next season. 

Billups had interest in playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the offseason.

Billups missed 185 games over the past three seasons.

"It's just time. I'm happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me. I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Zoran Dragic In Talks With Heat, Spurs, Mavericks, Magic

Behind a resurgent desire to pursue the NBA culminating in a successful World Cup showing, Slovenian shooting guard Zoran Dragic has maintained discussions with the four teams interested in signing him for next season: the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic, league sources told RealGM.

Dragic, the younger brother of Goran Dragic, had 11 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes against the United States national team on Tuesday. He has informed teams of an Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM.

Dragic, a 6-foot-5 product, has received NBA interest in past summers, and he played for the Houston Rockets’ summer league team in 2012. Several NBA organizations have scouted him throughout the World Cup, sources said, and several new inquiries are placed per day.

In his second year with BC Malaga last season, Dragic, 25, averaged 10.6 points and 2.8 rebounds over 50 games.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Jazz Sign Kevin Murphy

The Utah Jazz have signed Kevin Murphy to a free agent contract.

Murphy was selected by Utah out of Tennessee Tech in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft (47th overall pick), and he played in 17 games for the Jazz while also playing in the NBA D-League. 

Following the 2012-13 season, Murphy was sent to Golden State as part of a three-team trade in July 2013.

Via Mike Sorensen/Deseret News

Elijah Millsap Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Bucks

Free agent forward Elijah Millsap has signed a non-guaranteed deal to attend training camp with the Milwaukee Bucks, his agent Daniel Hazan told RealGM.

Millsap, the younger brother of NBA All-Star Paul Millsap, had an impressive stint with the Philadelphia 76ers’ entry in the NBA's July summer league — averaging 11 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game.

Millsap, 27, finished his collegiate career as a junior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and went undrafted in 2010.

The 6-foot-6 swingman previously signed two NBA contracts, with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2010 and Los Angeles Lakers in 2011, but has played most of the past four seasons in the NBA D-League.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Joe Jackson Finalizing Free Agent Deal With Suns

Joe Jackson, an undrafted point guard out of the University of Memphis, is finalizing a free-agent contract with the Phoenix Suns, a league source told RealGM.

Jackson, 22, averaged 14.1 points, 4.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds in his senior year a season ago.

Despite going unselected in the June NBA draft, Jackson received interest as a second-round pick and then accepted an invitation to the Memphis Grizzlies’ summer league entry. The swift, 6-foot product averaged 5.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting in four summer league games.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Greg Monroe Officially Signs Qualifying Offer With Pistons

Greg Monroe has signed the Pistons' one-year qualifying offer for the 14-15 season

Pelicans To Sign Vernon Macklin, Kevin Jones To Camp Contracts

The Pelicans have reached agreements to sign Vernon Macklin and Kevin Jones to non-guaranteed deals for training camp, league sources told RealGM.

Charlie Villanueva To Sign With Mavericks After Deciding Between Dallas, Clippers

Charlie Villanueva is nearing a decision on a veteran's minimum deal with either the Mavericks or Clippers, a league source tells RealGM.

Gustavo Ayon Receiving Richer Offers In Europe

Gustavo Ayon prefers to remain in the NBA, but his offers from Europe have been more lucrative to date.

Greg Monroe Signs Qualifying Offer With Pistons

Greg Monroe and the Pistons were unable to agree upon a long-term contract.

Carmelo Never Wants To Deal With Free Agency Again

Carmelo Anthony never wants to deal with the free agency process again after signing a five-year, $124 million deal.

Bob Myers Signs Three-Year Extension With Warriors

Bob Myers has agreed to a three-year extension with the Warriors that will run through the 17-18 season.

David Wear To Sign Camp Deal With Kings

Travis Wear could eventually join the Reno Bighorns in the D-League if he doesn't make Michael Malone's roster.

Knicks Hire Assistant Coach With Close Ties To Kevin Durant

A source says Brian Keefe is very close with Kevin Durant, who will become a free agent in 2016.

Miroslav Raduljica Leaning Toward Europe Unless NBA Offers Improve

Miroslav Raduljica is leaning toward accepting a lucrative deal in Europe unless his offers from NBA teams improve, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

Pacers Sign Arinze Onuaku To Non-Guaranteed Deal

The Pacers have signed forward Arinze Onuaku to a non-guaranteed summer contract for training camp, a league source told RealGM.

Greg Stiemsma To Sign One-Year, $1M Deal With Raptors

Greg Stiemsma most recently played for the Pelicans.

Zoran Dragic Could Sign With NBA Team For 14-15 Season

Zoran Dragic is currently under contract in Spain with Unicaja Malaga, but his buyout that would allow him to move to the NBA is not prohibitive.

Lakers Interested In Bledsoe, Dragic In 2015 Free Agency

The Lakers would be interested in either Eric Bledsoe or Goran Dragic if they reach free agency next summer.

Ekpe Udoh To Sign Guaranteed One-Year Deal With Clippers

Ekpe Udoh has reached an agreement on a fully guaranteed veteran-minimum contract with the Clippers for one season, a league source told RealGM.

Reggie Jackson Hopes To Sign Extension With Thunder

Reggie Jackson is eligible for a contract extension with the Thunder this offseason.

Wizards Interested In Ray Allen

The Wizards would prefer to keep their 15th roster spot open, but would use it to sign Ray Allen.

Tracy McGrady Considering NBA Comeback

Tracy McGrady worked out with Kobe Bryant this summer in California to test the preparedness of his body.

DeAndre Liggins To Sign Deal With Clippers

DeAndre Liggins has reached agreement with the Clippers on a deal to go to training camp, a league source told RealGM.

James McAdoo Signs One-Year Deal With Warriors

James McAdoo averaged 9 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Warriors in the NBA Summer League.
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