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Ekpe Udoh Signs One-Year, $1M+ Deal With Fenerbahce Ulker

Jul 28, 2015 1:06 PM

Ekpe Udoh has agreed upon a one-year deal with Fenerbahce Ulker worth more than $1 million.

Udoh's deal does not contain an NBA out.

Udoh spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Tags: Ekpe Udoh, Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkish TBL, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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Nicolas Batum Interested In Playing For Raptors

Jul 28, 2015 10:33 AM

Nicolas Batum has interest in playing for the Toronto Raptors when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

Toronto is an international city that appeals to Batum.

The Charlotte Hornets acquired Batum this offseason from the Portland Trail Blazers despite him entering his contract year.

General manager Rich Cho and assistant general manager Chad Buchanan are familiar with Batum from their time with the Blazers.

“We are very comfortable given that Chad and Rich know Nic well,” said Hornets' vice-chairman Curtis Polk.

“We’ve seen over the last few years that players want to be here,” Cho says. “Free agents want to come here.”

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Offered Four First Rounders To Hornets For No. 9

Jul 28, 2015 10:24 AM

The Boston Celtics offered four first-round picks to the Charlotte Hornets for the chance to move up from No. 16 to No. 9. The Celtics were targeting Justise Winslow while the Hornets were settled on taking Frank Kaminsky.

The Celtics offered the 16th pick, No. 15 (acquired in a prearranged contingency deal with the Atlanta Hawks), one unprotected future Brooklyn pick, and a future first-rounder from either the Memphis Grizzlies or Minnesota Timberwolves.

Some members of the Hornets' front office wanted to do the deal with the Celtics, but Michael Jordan preferred Kaminsky over first rounders outside the lottery.

“If it was such a no-brainer for us, why would another team want to do it?” said Rich Cho.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Frank Kaminsky, Justise Winslow, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ognjen Kuzmic Signs With Panathinaikos

Jul 27, 2015 4:11 PM

Ognjen Kuzmic has signed with Panathinaikos of Greece.

The Golden State Warriors rescinded their qualifying offer to Kuzmic last week.

Kuzmic appeared in just 16 games with the Warriors this past season.

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Tags: Ognen Kuzmic, Golden State Warriors, Panathinaikos, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International Teams

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Rakeem Christmas Signs Four-Year, $4.3M Deal With Pacers

Jul 27, 2015 3:51 PM

Rakeem Christmas signed a four-year, $4.3 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, sources tell RealGM.

The first two seasons are guaranteed while the second two are partially guaranteed for Christmas.

The Pacers acquired the draft rights to Christmas from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Tags: Rakeem Christmas, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ian Clark Agrees To Sign With Warriors

Jul 27, 2015 3:01 PM

Free agent guard Ian Clark has agreed to sign with the Golden State Warriors, league sources told RealGM on Monday.

The two sides are finalizing terms on Clark’s deal after the 6-foot-3 guard’s commitment, sources said.

Clark will return to the Warriors organization for which he starred during the Las Vegas Summer League championship in 2013 — featuring a 33-point MVP performance with seven 3-pointers in the title game. Clark’s run with the Warriors led to a multi-year contract with the Utah Jazz.

Clark, 24, has averaged 2.4 points on 34.4 percent three-point shooting in 53 NBA games. He went unselected in the 2013 NBA draft out of Belmont.

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Tags: Ian Clark, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Won't Sign J.R. Smith

Jul 27, 2015 2:32 PM

There were unsubstantiated rumors over the weekend linking J.R. Smith to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports the Lakers will not be signing Smith.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Smith remain engaged in contract talks.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat To Release Henry Walker

Jul 27, 2015 2:16 PM

The Miami Heat are waiving forward Henry Walker, league sources told RealGM.

If Walker clears waivers, a return to the Heat is still possible.

Through the NBA Development League, Walker earned a call up to the Heat last season, a miraculous perseverance to turn a fleeting career into a comeback story.

Walker averaged 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 24 games for the Heat. The 6-foot-6 stretch shooter shot 34.1 percent from three-point range in over five attempts per game.

Walker, 27, has played five NBA seasons for Boston, New York and Miami.

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Tags: Henry Walker, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Trade Zoran Dragic To Celtics

Jul 27, 2015 12:27 PM

The Boston Celtics have acquired Zoran Dragic and a second round pick from the Miami Heat.

The pick is unlikely to ever change hands.

Miami will also send cash to Boston to help cover Dragic's salary. The trade helps the Heat considerably with the luxury tax.


The trade did not upset Goran Dragic, who is hoping his brother will get more chances at playing time with the Celtics.

The Celtics were able to take Dragic into their salary-cap space.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Zoran Dragic, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Matthew Dellavedova Returns To Cavs On One-Year, $1.2M Deal

Jul 27, 2015 12:24 PM

Matthew Dellavedova will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.

Dellavedova will be eligible for free agency again next offseason.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Matt Dellavedova, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies, Thunder, Mavs Expected To Pursue Mike Miller
Mike Miller was traded by the Cavaliers to the Blazers and he'll be waived.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavs Trade Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller To Blazers
The Cavaliers will acquire traded player exceptions worth $10.5 million and $2.85 million.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kings Part Ways With Dean Oliver
Dean Oliver had multiple years remaining on his contract, but Vlade Divac is opposed to their use.


Magic Acquire Shabazz Napier From Heat For Future 2nd Rounder
The Heat will acquire a future protected second-round pick from the Magic.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Spurs Agree Upon Camp Deal With Youssou Ndoye
Youssou Ndoye is expected to spend the 2015-16 season with Austin in the D-League.

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Jamil Wilson Signing With Mavs
Jamil Wilson has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Mavericks, league sources told RealGM.

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James Jones Re-Signs With Cavaliers
James Jones averaged 4.4 points in 11.7 minutes per game this past season with the Cavs.

RealGM Staff Report

Kings Offer Peja Stojakovic Role In Front Office
Vlade Divac has reportedly asked Peja Stojakovic to leave Europe and join the Kings in a player personnel role.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Sam Dalembert To Sign One-Year Deal With Mavs
Sam Dalembert played for coach Rick Carlisle two years ago in Dallas.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Glenn Robinson III Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Pacers
Glenn Robinson played 35 games in his rookie season for the Timberwolves and 76ers.

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Mavs, Brandon Ashley Agree To Multi-Year Deal
The Mavericks have reached agreement with Brandon Ashley on a partially guaranteed multiyear contract, league sources told RealGM.

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Wesley Saunders Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Knicks
Wesley Saunders of Harvard has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Knicks, league sources told RealGM.

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Alan Williams Signs One-Year Deal With Qingdao In China
Alan Williams has signed a lucrative deal to play next season with Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball Association, a source told RealGM.

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Blazers Sign Phil Pressey
Phil Pressey spent the past two seasons with the Celtics.

RealGM Staff Report

Cliff Alexander Signs With Blazers
Cliff Alexander averaged 7.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 22.8 minutes a game.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Hassan Whiteside Focused On Coming Season, Not 2016 Free Agency
ESPN recently projected an average salary of $18.8 million per season for Hassan Whiteside next summer.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Cavs Likely To Settle For TPE In Exchange For Haywood's Contract
The Cavs used a trade exception they created last summer to trade for Timofey Mozgov during last season.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Rakeem Christmas Traded To Pacers, Signs Four-Year Deal
Rakeem Christmas was the No. 36 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Maurice NDour Signs With Mavericks
Maurice Ndour played in the Summer League with the New York Knicks, but the Mavericks offered more guaranteed money.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Chris Copeland Reaches One-Year, $1.1M+ Deal With Bucks
Chris Copeland has agreed on a one-year deal with the Bucks worth over $1.1 million, league sources told RealGM.

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