Aug 26, 2014 7:20 PM EDT
Kevin Love wanted to join the Cleveland Cavaliers immediately after he received a call from LeBron James about the possibility of playing together.
"LeBron signed to come back and a few hours later he called me and I said 'I'm in,' " Love said Tuesday at a news conference. "That had a lot to do with my decision. It means a lot to be a part of this organization ... everything in my entire life for the last six years had led me up to this opportunity."
Love said Tuesday he currently has no plans to sign an extension with the Cavs. Love signed a four-year, $61 million extension in 2012, but the 2016-17 season, worth $16.7 million, is a player option. Love is also not planning to pick up that option either and will play out the final year of his contract with the Cavs.
Love did say he plans to be with the team long-term.
"[An extension] hasn't been talked about," Love said. "I'm committed to this team and committed long term to the end goal, which is to win a championship."
The Cavaliers pursued Love even months before James re-signed.
"This is culmination of a year and a half of conversations to trade for [Love]," Cavs general manager David Griffin said. "This is a player that, quite frankly, fits us as well as any player could have. LeBron makes a great deal of these things possible by his presence alone. That piece had a great deal to do with Kevin's comfort with joining us. Hopefully we'll (have) him for a very long time."
Aug 26, 2014 7:02 PM EDT
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed the 31st selection of the 2014 NBA Draft, Damien Inglis, to a multi-year contract.
A native of Cayenne in French Guiana, Inglis played last season with Roanne as a rookie in France’s top league, Pro A, where he averaged 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 27 games. Inglis grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds vs. Strasbourg and scored in double figures in three straight games in December. He began his career at INSEP in France and averaged 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists over three seasons from 2010-13.
Inglis competed in the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit and has played for France in the U18, U17 and U16 European Championships.
Aug 26, 2014 6:59 PM EDT
The Utah Jazz have signed Toure' Murry to a two-year, $2 million deal.
The deal includes $250,000 in guaranteed money this season and is non-guaranteed for 15-16.
Murry went undrafted in 2012 out of Wichita State and spent last season with the New York Knicks.
Aug 26, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Hasheem Thabeet to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers will absorb the contract of Thabeet to allow the Thunder to create a $1.25 million traded player exception.
Thabeet will be immediately waived by the 76ers.
Aug 26, 2014 2:58 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers have traded Jared Dudley to the Milwaukee Bucks for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica, according to a source.
The Clippers will also trade a future first round draft pick to the Bucks.
Delfino will likely miss the entire 2014-15 season.
Aug 26, 2014 1:32 PM EDT
Casey Prather and Earl Barron have accepted training camp invitations with the Phoenix Suns.
Prather and Barron are vying for roster spots as the Suns have 13 guaranteed contracts without the Eric Bledsoe situation being cleared up.
Prather played for Atlanta's NBA Summer League team, averaging 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds with 40 percent shooting in 20 minutes per game.
Barron, who played 12 games for the Suns early in the 2010-11 season, played in China and Lebanon last season.
Aug 26, 2014 12:12 PM EDT
Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been retired for three seasons and the Cleveland Cavaliers retired his No. 11 last season, but he could be considering a comeback.
ESPN Cleveland radio host Tony Rizzo first talked about an Ilgauskas return on Sunday and reiterated the possiblity on Monday.
Ilgauskas and LeBron James have remained close friends and the Cavaliers have a clear need at center.
Ilgauskas' agent, Herb Rudoy, told RealGM's Shams Charania that speculation on a comeback is a "false rumor."
Aug 26, 2014 12:08 PM EDT
Thanasis Antetokounmpo chose to play in the D-League for just $25,000 while turning down significant financial offers in Europe.
Antetokounmpo wants to play in the NBA and believes playing for the New York Knicks' D-League affiliate will help accomplish that goal.
According to agent Tim Lotsos, Varese offered Antetokounmpo a two-year deal worth $550,000 with an opt-out to join the NBA after one year. Olympiakos in Greece and Sevilla in Spain also offered him deals.
“Amazing isn’t it?,’’ Lotsos told The Post in a phone call from Greece. “To my surprise, he passed on it. He’s very ambitious and determined to make the NBA. It’s a big sacrifice. It could’ve really put him ahead of schedule in his career. I didn’t try to force him. I wanted him to make his own decision.’’
Last season, before Thanasis was drafted, Antetokounmpo played in the D-League.
“He spoke with Steve Mills and Phil Jackson,’’ Lotsos said. “He felt he’s in their plans in the future. They don’t have room for him on the roster, but they supported the idea of keeping [him] within the system and working and improving. He felt they do have a plan for him but they didn’t guarantee anything for next year.’’
Aug 26, 2014 10:54 AM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been attempting to trade for Timofey Mozgov over the past six to eight weeks, according to Brian Windhorst.
But Sports.ru's Alexander Chernykh has reported that it will not happen.
Mozgov is making $4.65 million this season with the Denver Nuggets and has a $4.95 million team option in 15-16.
The Cavaliers have a clear need at backup center.
Aug 25, 2014 12:36 PM EDT
Dan Gilbert had a lengthy meeting with Kevin Love in Las Vegas before the Cleveland Cavaliers reached agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a trade.
Gilbert received permission from the Wolves and NBA officials to meet with Love.
The Cavaliers and Wolves reached agreement in principle weeks ago, but had to wait until Andrew Wiggins became eligible for a trade.
Love withdrew from Team USA on July 26 while the team was training in Las Vegas.
C.J. Fair will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Pacers, league sources told RealGM.
Aug 24, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Emeka Okafor is unlikely to sign with a team until midseason as he continues to heal from a herniated disk.
Aron Baynes is searching for a contract worth $1.5 million Euros.
Kobe Bryant’s plan is to retire in two years, though he says he reserves the right to change his mind.
Dwight Powell averaged 14.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals during his senior season and was the Pac 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Shelvin Mack averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists (second on the team) and 2.2 rebounds in 20.4 minutes while ranking seventh in the NBA in assist/turnover ratio (3.04).
Eric Bledsoe has been seeking a five-year, $85 million max contract and would consider only a max deal in a sign-and-trade, which would be four years and $64 million.
Mark Daigneault joins the Thunder organization after spending the past four years working under Billy Donovan at Florida.
Hakim Warrick will work out for the Spurs on Sept. 1.
Francisco Garcia will sign for one season at the veteran’s minimum, worth $1.32 million.
Carmelo Anthony decided to re-sign with the Knicks in July after strongly considering joining the Bulls.
Aug 22, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Bernard James has been with the Mavericks since the 12-13 season.
The Wolves will trade Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and the first round pick in 2015 belonging to the Heat to the 76ers for Thaddeus Young.
The Blazers have signed Darius Morris to a non-guaranteed camp contract.
The Celtics have signed Rodney McGruder and Christian Watford to camp contracts.
The Wolves have reportedly been interested in flipping Anthony Bennett for Thaddeus Young from the 76ers.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided upon playing next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.
Aquille Carr is finalizing contract terms with the Saint John Mill Rats of the Canada National Basketball League, a source told RealGM.
Greg Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.
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The Cavaliers have finalized their coaching staff and named Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, Larry Drew and James Posey as assistant coaches on head coach David Blatt’s staff.
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