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Keith Appling Signs Camp Deal With Lakers

Undrafted guard Keith Appling has reached agreement on a non-guaranteed training camp contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told RealGM.

In four seasons at Michigan State, Appling was an integral starter as part of two Sweet Sixteen teams and an Elite Eight finish this year. He averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 assists as a senior, and the 6-foot-1 product went into the pre-draft process assuring teams he would find his offensive game again after dealing with injury issues last season.

Appling played two games for the Portland Trail Blazers in the July summer league.

Appling, 22, participated in the McDonald’s All-American Game while attending high school in Detroit.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Pacers Expressing Interest In MarShon Brooks

Scouring for a wing player in the aftermath of Paul George’s leg injury, the Indiana Pacers have MarShon Brooks on a short list of free agent possibilities, league sources told RealGM.

Brooks played for the Sacramento Kings in the Las Vegas summer league last month, averaging 10.1 points and 53.1 percent field-goal shooting in seven games. After a disappointing stretch early in his career, Brooks has needed to re-prove himself as an effective NBA scorer whom the Brooklyn Nets acquired with the 25th pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

After four collegiate seasons at Providence, Brooks averaged 12.6 points as a rookie, but the 6-foot-5 swingman has suffered fluctuation of his playing time and game condition. Brooks, 25, has played three pro seasons with four different teams, scoring 7.7 points per game while shooting 44.2 percent.

The Kings and an Eastern Conference contender have also been in discussions with Brooks, sources told RealGM. Brooks split last season with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.

George sustained a fracture in his right leg in Team USA's exhibition game on Friday night, a devastating blow to one of the league’s best talents, the Pacers and USA Basketball. His dad, Paul George Sr., told the Indianapolis Star that the expectation is for George to miss the entire 2014-15 season. Nevertheless, George has received a stream of support – privately and publicly – from teammates, former teammates and competitors.

“Paul’s character," one league friend said when asked about a leading reason for the outpouring encouragement since George's injury.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Mike Scott Agrees Upon Three-Year, $10M Deal With Hawks

Mike Scott has agreed upon a three-year, $10 million deal to re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks.

Scott is a restricted free agent this offseason.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tony Parker Signs Three-Year, $45M Extension With Spurs

Tony Parker has signed a three-year, $43.3 million contract extension with the San Antonio Spurs.

Parker will earn $13.4 million in 15-16, $14.4 million in 16-17 and $15.4 million in 17-18.

Parker was set to become a free agent in 2015.

Parker is scheduled to earn $12.5 million in 14-15.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Ujiri: Luckily For Raptors Kyle Lowry To Knicks Trade Didn't Happen

The Toronto Raptors somewhat famously nearly traded Kyle Lowry to the New York Knicks last December.

The Knicks were prepared to trade Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. in a package for Lowry, but James Dolan vetoed the deal when Masai Ujiri demanded a first round pick.

"Dolan hired those business consultants [McKinsey & Company] last summer," said the source with knowledge of the Raptors' plans. "They had sold him on this whole thing about, 'You've been exploited by giving away first-round picks.' Could the deal have gotten done? Absolutely."

The Raptors were at a crossroads in early December after trading Rudy Gay and keeping Lowry long-term seemed unlikely.

"They were not going to re-sign Kyle," the source said.

The Raptors were 7-11 through Dec. 8 and then went on to post a 9-3 record from Dec. 10 to Jan. 3.

"We were looking at where our team was, and he's a player that affects a team in many ways," Ujiri said. "With a little bit of luck, we started winning, and that kind of helped our decision-making at the time. Luckily for us, [the trade] did not happen and we moved on."

Lowry received strong interest in free agency from the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers, but ultimately decided to remain with Toronto.

"[Lowry] analyzed [free agency] very analytically and introspectively, rather than, 'Oh, I can get the money,'" the source said.

On the evening of July 2, Lowry agreed to a new four-year, $48 million contract extension. 

"[The Raptors] weren't always the favorite, but Masai wanted to get the deal done, and it made it a lot easier," Lowry said in Las Vegas recently after a workout. "[Miller and I] approached it as a business and so did [the Raptors]. At the end of the day, I didn't wait for [the other teams]. I wanted to make my decision for myself."

Via Jared Zwerling/Bleacher Report

Bosh: Leaving Heat For Rockets Was Close

Chris Bosh was close to leaving the Miami Heat for the Houston Rockets before ultimately deciding to re-sign on a five-year, $118 million contract.

"It was close. I'm not going to lie," Bosh said on "The Zaslow and Joy Show" on FM 104.3 The Ticket in Miami. "It was close. It was a weird situation because we were waiting so long and I didn't know what was going on.

"I think you're always in a situation where it is close even if you don't leave because teams got very aggressive on me," Bosh said. "And I guess as soon as LeBron (James) made up his mind, that's when everything could fall in line. But I was just waiting, so I didn't know what was going on."
Via ESPN

Wizards Waive Melvin Ely

The Washington Wizards have waived Melvin Ely.

Ely was acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason to help facilitate the Trevor Ariza to the Houston Rockets deal.

Ely spent most of the 13-14 season in the D-League before signing with the Pelicans in April to finish the campaign on a non-guaranteed contract.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Warriors Waive Hilton Armstrong

The Golden State Warriors have waived Hilton Armstrong.

Armstrong was previously waived by the Warriors in December and later re-signed following a stint in the D-League.

Armstrong signed two 10-day contracts with the Warriors and then was signed for the remainder of the season.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Chris Bosh Officially Signs Five-Year, $118.7M Contract

Chris Bosh officially signed his new five-year contract with the Miami Heat several weeks after it was formally agreed upon.

Bosh's contract is worth $118.7 million over five seasons.

Bosh decided to remain with the Heat amid a four-year max contract offer from the Houston Rockets.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Will Cherry To Sign Two-Year Deal With Raptors

Will Cherry has agreed to a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors worth the NBA's veteran minumum, according to a source.

Cherry averaged 11.6 points, 4.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game last season for the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League.

Cherry played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in summer league.

Cherry is expected to sign the partially guaranteed deal in the coming days.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Michael Beasley Works Out For Lakers

Michael Beasley worked out for the Lakers in El Segundo on Wednesday.

Durant Will Do What's Best For Him As 2016 Free Agent

Kevin Durant spoke extensively on Tuesday about his 2016 free agency for the first time.

Kings Sign Eric Moreland To Three-Year Deal

Eric Moreland went undrafted out of Oregon State in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Terrence Williams To Work Out For Kings

Terrence Williams last played in the NBA in 2013 with the Celtics.

Kyrie Irving Agreed To 27.5 Percent Of Salary Cap If He Triggers Rose Rule

By leaving that potential $7 million on the table, Kyrie Irving set himself up to become a free agent sooner.

Wesley Johnson Signs With Lakers

Wesley Johnson appeared in 79 games last season for the Lakers.

Shawn Marion Unlikely To Re-Sign With Mavs

Shawn Marion spent five seasons with the Mavericks and helped the franchise win the 2011 NBA Finals.

Mo Williams Agrees To $3.75M Deal With Wolves

Mo Williams averaged 9.7 points per game last season for the Blazers.

Omri Casspi To Sign With Kings For One-Year, Vet Minimum Deal

Omri Casspi's deal will be for the veteran's minimum.

Omri Casspi Goes Unclaimed On Waivers

There had been an expectation that a team would claim Omri Casspi.

Shelvin Mack Agrees To Three-Year, $7.3M Deal With Hawks

Shelvin Mack has been a restricted free agent after averaging 7.5 points and 3.7 assists per game.

Heat Non-Committal On Re-Signing Michael Beasley, Greg Oden

The Heat have three remaining roster spots and have been non-committal with Michael Beasley and Greg Oden.

Jameer Nelson Finalizes Two-Year, $5.6M Deal With Mavericks

Jameer Nelson will earn $2.73 million in the first season of his deal and $2.86 million in Year 2.

Andrew Wiggins Signs Rookie Contract With Cavs

Andrew Wiggins' deal starts at the rookie scale of $5.5 million.

Rockets Sign Clint Capela

The Rockets had considered keeping Clint Capela in Europe this season in hopes of using cap space to sign Chris Bosh.

Jameer Nelson To Sign $2.7M Deal With Mavericks

The Mavericks are using their room exception to sign Jameer Nelson.

Magic Sign 2nd Round Pick Devyn Marble

Devyn Marble was the 56th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Al-Farouq Aminu Agrees To Two-Year, $2.1M Deal With Mavericks

Al-Farouq Aminu will have a player option on the second season of his deal.

Erick Green To Sign With Nuggets

With Erick Green, Denver will have 14 guaranteed contracts.

Omri Casspi Interested In Returning To Kings

Omri Casspi is expected to become a free agent once he is waived by the Pelicans.
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