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Francisco Garcia Discussing Deal With Rockets, Others

Francisco Garcia is considering a possible deal with the Houston Rockets among other teams.

“We’ve talked about him,” agent Aaron Goodwin said of conversations with the Rockets. “Francisco is just looking for the opportunity to continue to play toward a championship. We’re looking through his options, seeing what would be the best opportunities for him. He definitely has interest in the Rockets.”

Garcia will likely make a decision in the next few weeks. He opted out of his contract for next season in order to become a free agent.

The Utah Jazz have been mentioned as a team interested in Garcia.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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

Free agent guard Jameer Nelson has finalized the paperwork on his two-year, $5.6 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks, a league source told RealGM.

Nelson will earn $2.73 million in the first season of his deal and $2.86 million in Year 2, which will be a player option.

Well over 10 NBA teams – including the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls – pursued Nelson in unrestricted free agency and remained interested as he neared an agreement with the Mavericks.

Nelson’s former star teammate, Dwight Howard, made multiple recruiting calls to Nelson about joining the Rockets, sources told RealGM. Howard and Nelson led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009.

Despite designs on his potential role with various franchises, Nelson balanced finances and a winning situation and decided upon Dallas earlier in the week. He’s expected to receive strong consideration for the Mavericks’ starting point guard position.

After six straight playoff appearances with the Magic, Nelson underwent two losing seasons in which the organization went 43-121. He averaged 12.1 points, seven assists and 3.4 rebounds in 68 games last season.

Nelson, 32, was the 20th overall draft pick in 2004 out of St. Joseph’s Univeristy. In 10 years with the Magic, Nelson averaged 12.6 points and 5.4 assists.

ESPN first reported Nelson’s deal with the Mavericks.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Andrew Wiggins Signs Rookie Contract With Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Andrew Wiggins to his rookie contract.

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

Wiggins cannot be traded for at least 30 days. Wiggins has been mentioned in trade rumors involving Kevin Love.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Agent Of Josh Huestis Proposed Delaying Rookie Contract By Going To D-League

The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Josh Huestis with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

First round picks typically receive guaranteed contracts for two seasons, but the Thunder and Huestis agreed for him to spend his rookie season with their D-League affiliate. Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000. Huestis can start his rookie scale contract later.

The Thunder are essentially stashing Huestis in the D-League.

Huestis' agent Mitchell Butler tells SB Nation that the player's camp proposed it during the pre-draft process.

"This was the perfect team and the perfect storm," he said. "This isn't for everyone."

 

The move has been criticized by a variety of sources, as it may violate an NBA bylaw that compensation cannot be discussed with draft picks until after the player has been selected. 

Via Mike Prada/SB Nation

Lakers Deny Waiting To Hire Head Coach With Rivers Potentially Becoming Available

The Los Angeles Lakers have still not hired a head coach and two sources disputed the notion that they are potentially waiting to see if Doc Rivers becomes available with the Donald Sterling situation dragging out.

Rivers would not be expected to remain head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers if the sale of the franchise to Steve Ballmer is overturned.

The Lakers haven't interviewed any candidates since free agency began with the exception of Byron Scott. The Lakers also have not currently scheduled any future interviews and Scott is considered the favorite.

Via Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Rockets Sign Clint Capela

The Houston Rockets have signed first round pick Clint Capela.

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

The Rockets will pay the maximum $500,000 to Capela's previous club, France Chalon, to receive his official FIBA letter of clearance. 

Under the NBA rookie scale, Capela will make $991,000 next season and $1.03 million the 2014-15 season with options for two more seasons.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Jameer Nelson To Sign $2.7M Deal With Mavericks

Jameer Nelson will sign a $2.7 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

Nelson was waived earlier this offseason by the Orlando Magic.

The Mavericks are using their room exception to sign Nelson.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Magic Sign 2nd Round Pick Devyn Marble

The Orlando Magic have signed rookie guard Devyn Marble.

The draft rights to Marble (56th overall pick), along with Evan Fournier, were acquired from Denver in exchange for Arron Afflalo on June 26.

Marble (#11, 6’6”, 200, 9/21/92) played in 136 career games during four years at the University of Iowa, averaging 12.5 ppg., 3.4 rpg., 2.9 apg. and 1.29 stlpg. in 27.6 minpg. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Celtics Ready To Move On From Kevin Love Trade Talks

The Boston Celtics are ready to all but move on from their pursuit of Kevin Love with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls engaged in talks.

Danny Ainge has targeted a trade for Love over the past few months.

"The more teams step up and show interest in Love, the further Boston falls in the pack," a source said on Wednesday. "Danny's a smart guy. He knows when to keep pushing for something and when to move on."

The Celtics have a huge stockpile of draft assets, but teams seem to be preferring somewhat proven young talent.

Via A. Sherrod Blakely/Comcast

Source: Ray Allen Leaning Toward One More Season, Signing With Cavaliers

Ray Allen is leaning toward playing one more NBA season and signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a source.

Allen would join former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James on the Cavaliers.

Allen averaged 9.6 points in his 18th NBA year last season.

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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.

Mavericks Void One-Year Deal Of Rashard Lewis

Rashard Lewis needs knee surgery, which was discovered during his physical examination.

Report: Bulls Offer Gibson, McDermott, Mirotic To Wolves For Kevin Love

The Bulls have reportedly offered Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Wolves for Kevin Love.

Jameer Nelson To Meet With Mavs

The Mavericks still have their $2.7 million room exception to offer to Jameer Nelson.

Nick Johnson To Sign Guaranteed, Three-Year Rookie Deal With Rockets

Nick Johnson will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year rookie contract with the Rockets, a league source told RealGM.

Cavaliers Acquire Three Non-Guaranteed Contracts From Jazz

The Jazz will trade John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy to the Cavaliers for Carrick Felix, a future second round pick and $1 million.

Bojan Bogdanovic Signs Three-Year, $10.1M Deal With Nets

Bojan Bogdanovic averaged 13.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 61 games last season with Fenerbahce Ulker.

Cavaliers Offering Future First Round Picks For Experienced Center

The Cavaliers only have Anderson Varejao and Brendan Haywood on their depth chart at center.

Cavaliers Trying To Acquire Non-Guaranteed Contract To Flip For Love

The Wolves would obtain salary cap relief from the Cavaliers in the form of non-guaranteed contracts.

Bulls Enter Kevin Love Trade Talks

The Bulls shelved their interest in Love while pursuing Carmelo Anthony.

Emmanuel Mudiay Agrees To One-Year, $1.2M Deal In China

Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong.

Robbie Hummel Re-Signs With Timberwolves

Robbie Hummel has re-signed with the Timberwolves.

Suns Maintain Hope Of Re-Signing Eric Bledsoe

The Suns have been negotiating with Eric Bledsoe.

LeBron's Camp Didn't Push Him To Sign With Cavaliers

LeBron James spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Cavaliers before going to the Heat for four seasons in 2010.

Evan Turner Agrees To Deal With Celtics

Evan Turner will sign for a portion of the Celtics' midlevel exception.

Van Gundy Tells Josh Smith He's Unlikely To Be Traded

Josh Smith is said to be enthusiastic about playing for Stan Van Gundy.

Chris Singleton Receives Interest From Heat, Pacers

Chris Singleton played in just 25 games (250 minutes) this past season after the Wizards declined their fourth-year option on his contract.

Bucks Claim Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

Kendall Marshall was previously waived by the Lakers.
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