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Tobias Harris Has Interest In Signing With Knicks

Tobias Harris hopes that the New York Knicks will pursue him in restricted free agency.

“I’m telling you if the Knicks come at him hard, who wouldn’t want to play for their hometown team?” a Harris confidant told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog.

Harris is a native of Long Island and worked out multiple times this past summer with Carmelo Anthony.

“They play well together,” the confidant said. “Carmelo always had him on his team when Kevin Durant came to town and they would win every game.”


Via Adam Zagoria/The Knicks Blog

Robert Covington To Sign Multi-Year Deal With 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers are finalizing a deal with Robert Covington.

David Pick reports the deal will be a four-year agreement.

Covington appeared in seven games last season with the Houston Rockets and 42 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers Bring In Ater Majok For Workouts

The Los Angeles Lakers have flown in center Ater Majok -- their 58th overall draft pick in 2011 -- from China for a couple days of workouts with the team, league sources told RealGM.

Majok has played professionally in Slovakian, Belarusian, German and Korean leagues since his draft selection in 2011 to Los Angeles.

The 6-foot-11 Majok played for the Lakers’ NBA summer league team in 2012, averaging 1.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

The Lakers plan to get a thorough look into Majok’s game before any decision on whether to sign him to a rookie-scale deal. Majok’s workout is unrelated to free agent forward Quincy Miller, who holds a strong chance to sign with the Lakers later this week when he plans to fly to Los Angeles for a workout.

Majok, 27, played collegiately at UConn.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Quincy Miller Planning To Visit Lakers For Possible Signing

Free agent forward Quincy Miller plans to visit the Lakers in Los Angeles later this week for a workout and an opportunity to sign, league sources told RealGM on Tuesday.

Miller is still scheduling the logistics of his workout date, but his visit is expected to take place later in the week.

After his release from the Denver Nuggets before the start of the regular season, Miller received interest from the Lakers among several other teams, as RealGM reported on Nov. 1. At 6-foot-10, Miller’s skill set and promise to be a rotation player in the NBA intrigue the Lakers’ front office and give him a strong chance to sign, sources said.

The Lakers were granted a disabled player exception this week and have the ability to add one player to their roster.

A second round pick of the Nuggets in 2012, Miller averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 59 games in two seasons for Denver.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Derrick Rose Preparing Body For Life After Basketball

Derrick Rose returned from his ankle sprain injuries on Monday night and revealed Tuesday that he is already thinking about his future beyond basketball.

"I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out or whatever, but I think a lot of people don't understand that when I sit out it's not because of this year," Rose said. "I'm thinking about long term. I'm thinking about after I'm done with basketball having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to.

"I don't want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son's graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. (I'm) just learning and being smart."

Rose has underwent two knee surgeries since 2012.

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Anthony Morrow Plans To Make Season Debut Tuesday

After recovering from a sprained MCL, Anthony Morrow is a virtual lock to make his season debut for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, league sources told RealGM.

Morrow sprained left MCL late in training camp and was given a return timetable of four-to-six weeks.

Scott Brooks told reporters in Milwaukee on Tuesday morning that Morrow was questionable to play against the Bucks.

In six preseason games for the Thunder, Morrow averaged 15 points on 45 percent three-point shooting.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Paul Millsap 'Happy In Atlanta Right Now'

Paul Millsap will be a free agent this offseason and had a 19-point performance in the Atlanta Hawks' win over the New York Knicks.

”There’s always some potential here [in Atlanta] for sure,’’ Millsap told The Post before the Hawks swept the home-and-home Monday. “But I’m trying not to think about it, trying to put it as far in the back of my head as possible until the end of the year and see what happens.’’

Asked about playing in New York, Millsap said, “Anywhere could be an option. But my loyalty right now is in Atlanta. Free agency is free agency. When it happens, I’ll weigh my options and see where I’m at. But I’m happy in Atlanta right now.’’

Millsap played with Derek Fisher with the Utah Jazz.

“I know Fish,’’ Millsap said. “I played with Fisher for a year. He’s always been a good friend for me — not surprised at all he’s coaching. A great guy, always been a great locker-room guy. Knows the game well. I knew it would happen at some point. ‘’

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Kawhi Leonard Expects To Remain With Spurs For 'Whole Life'

Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs were unable to agree upon a long-term extension before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Leonard will become a restricted free agent in the 2015 offseason.

Leonard had a career-high 28 points in the Spurs' 89-85 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We ran more plays for him tonight than I ever have in his career," Popovich said afterward. "That's the plan. We've got to start giving him the ball. You know, he's the future. I don't think Timmy (Duncan) and Manu (Ginobili) are going to play any more than maybe six or seven more years. So we've got to let somebody else do something."

The Spurs' motivation for waiting on Leonard's extension is to pursue free agents should Tim Duncan retire.

"I was never upset about (the extension)," Leonard said. "I mean they explained to me what their deal is and why they didn't do it yet. That'll play out. I'm just here to play basketball and have fun and try to win another championship. If I think about that, then I'm not going to be the same player that I am and will be just out of it.

"I can't be impatient. It would show on the floor, and I won't compete if I'm thinking about getting the ball. I'm just going out there to do my role, the same role — defense first and then see how the ball turns out on the offensive end."

Leonard expects to remains with the Spurs.

"I don't think I'm going anywhere," Leonard said. "I mean they love me here. I like the organization, and if it was up to me, I want to finish out with one team like a lot of great players have done, to stay with one organization their whole career and just be loyal to that. You never know. We'll see what happens next summer, but I'm pretty sure I'll be in a Spurs jersey for my whole life."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Lakers Granted $1.5M Disabled Player Exception

The Los Angeles Lakers have received a Disabled Player Exception by the NBA due to the season-ending injury of Julius Randle, according to sources.

The exception is valued at $1.5 million.

The Lakers can use the exception to sign a free agent or to trade for a player making up to $1,598,680 because trades via such exceptions allow for an extra $100,000.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Kobe Bryant Leaving Lakers 'Not Going To Happen'

The Los Angeles Lakers are unlikely to make the playoffs, but Kobe Bryant has no interest in leaving the franchise to play for a contender.

"It's not going to happen," Bryant told USA TODAY Sports when asked if the temptation to change teams might still grow from here. "It's not going to happen. You go through the good times, you've got to go through the bad times." 

Bryant is signed through the 15-16 season.

"I have a no-trade clause. (Lakers governor) Jeanie (Buss) and (Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations) Jimmie (Buss) aren't sending me anywhere."

Bryant also said he can't envision playing beyond the contract.

"Nah, not really," he said with a grin and a shake of the head. "But I'm so loyal to this organization, there's not a chance (of him leaving)…I've been really fortunate to win a lot of games here, a lot of championships here. You can't (expletive) with (that)."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

76ers Using International Leagues To Stash Young Talent

The 76ers have stashed several young talented players in international leagues in order to keep their rights as long as they remain away from the team.

Dante Cunningham Remains Free Agent Despite Drop Of Domestic Assault Charges

Dante Cunningham remains unsigned after two solid seasons as a reserve for the Wolves.

Kings Taking 'Wait-And-See Approach' With Current Roster

The Kings have started the season with a 4-1 record and are comfortable with their roster now after a year in which they have been incredibly active in exploring trade scenarios.

Dwight Buycks Receives Buyout From Valencia To Explore NBA

Dwight Buycks is in discussions on a possible deal with the Thunder and Lakers, league sources told RealGM.

Reggie Jackson Concerned With Perception From Teammates, Not Fans

Reggie Jackson was publicly criticized by Scott Brooks after his season debut for playing selfishly at times.

Ben McLemore Hires Rich Paul As Agent

Ben McLemore has decided to sign with Klutch Sports Group two weeks after firing his previous agent Rodney Blackstock.

Nowitzki Believes He Could Co-Exist With Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge has said he plans on signing a new five-year deal with the Blazers this summer.

Timberwolves Discussed Hiring Lionel Hollins Before Kevin Love Deal

The Timberwolves spoke to Lionel Hollins in the offseason about their open head coaching position.

Lakers Expected To Pursue Rajon Rondo In Free Agency

Rajon Rondo is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and Kobe Bryant has been a longtime admirer.

Ray Allen Visit To Chicago Unrelated To Bulls, Agent Says

Ray Allen is visiting Chicago this week and has been spotted on several social media platforms, but his agent Jim Tanner told RealGM: “Nothing to do with the Bulls.”

LeBron, Irving Had 'Healthy' Exchange Of Words After Blazers Loss

The exchanged words led to Kyrie Irving leaving quickly without speaking to the media.

Pacers To Sign A.J. Price Due To Mekel Visa Issues

The Pacers are desperate to sign a point guard before Friday's game and will instead sign A.J. Price.

John Lucas III Receives Interest In NBA, China; Hoping For Stable Decision On Next Team

John Lucas III received interest from the Thunder, Pacers and Grizzlies.

Ish Smith Plans To Sign With Thunder

Ish Smith underwent a physical exam in Oklahoma City on Wednesday and plans to sign with the Thunder.

Klay Thompson's Contract Only A Max Under $66.5M 15-16 Cap

Klay Thompson’s contract sticks at four years and $69 million regardless of what happens to the 2015-16 cap between now and the start of next season.

Clippers Tried To Sneak Joe Ingles Through Waivers

The Clippers cut Joe Ingles during the preseason as part of a roster crunch, but quickly found a home with Jazz.

Kalin Lucas Signs With Grizzlies

Kalin Lucas recently averaged 3.1 points and 1.0 assists on .429 shooting in 7.9 minutes in eight preseason games for Memphis.

Durant Could Delay Free Agency Until 2017 For Larger Max Contract

Kevin Durant could earn up to 35 percent of the cap if he were to become a free agent in 2017.

Durant: I Can Inspire D.C. Kids From Oklahoma

Kevin Durant will become a free agent in 2016 and has been liked to leaving the Thunder for the Wizards.

Thunder Contact Ish Smith

The Thunder have contacted Ish Smith, but they have not made a decision on a replacement guard.
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