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Toney Douglas To Sign In China

Toney Douglas will sign in China, according to a source.

Douglas was most recently with the Miami Heat.

Via David Pick/Eurobasket.com

Knicks To Hire Jim Cleamons As Assistant Coach

The New York Knicks will hire Jim Cleamons as an assistant coach on the staff of Derek Fisher.

Cleamons is a longtime associate of Phil Jackson and was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers during Fisher's tenure.

Cleamons was most recently with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Via Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Anthony Randolph Signs Two-Year Deal With Lokomotiv Kuban

Anthony Randolph has signed a two year-deal with Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia.

"Russian players that reached greatest heights of basketball are great diplomats of the game," said Randolph. "That's how I want to be remembered."

Randolph was drafted in 2008 by the Golden State Warriors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavs 'Optimistic' On Eventually Signing Ray Allen

The Cleveland Cavaliers are optimistic that Ray Allen will eventually sign with them before training camp.

Allen is considering retirement and remains undecided on whether he'll play during the 14-15 NBA season.

The common thought was Allen would eventually join LeBron James wherever he signed this summer.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Calipari Wouldn't Have Left Kentucky Even If He'd Known LeBron's Decision

John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cleveland Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.

"Now, obviously coaching at Kentucky is special," said Calipari. "It is unique and special. But this, for me, becomes about these kids. I have no desire, nor am I out looking for (jobs). I got the job. I got the job. What would move me to stay was these kids need me here. That's what I'm doing. At the end of the day, that was what (kept him at UK). It wasn't money."

Calipari was "not as (close) as everybody thought" to leaving for the NBA.

Calipari says James' decision wouldn't have played a factor.

"No. No. I don't think so. Because he and I have a great relationship, but it's not based on me coaching him," Calipari said. "We've got a relationship. I've known him for years and years. We've always been friends. But it was never based on that. I've said that. I've had a chance to coach Derrick Rose, John Wall and DeMarcus (Cousins), Anthony Davis and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). And I'm leaving names off, but I've coached some of the best players in basketball, and it is a thrill. There's nothing better than that. Especially when those guys are all good guys.

"Well, LeBron is also that kind of player and that kind of person. But again, leaving guys who made decisions based on what's right for their career was something I couldn't have gotten by anyway."

Via Kyle Tucker/Courier-Journal

Shawn Marion Agrees To Sign With Cavs

Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Marion also received interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers could only offer Marion a veteran's minimum deal, but the chance to play alongside LeBron James and compete for a title clinched his decision.

Marion met with Larry Bird earlier this week and could offer more money, but the Pacers would only spend as much on him using their Paul George injury exception as would be allowed while staying under the tax.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Shawn Marion Receives Interest From Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have expressed interest in signing Shawn Marion.

Marion has met recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers, but remains unsigned.

The Miami Heat also remain interested in Marion.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Leandro Barbosa Hopes World Cup Increases Free Agency Interest

CHICAGO -- Leandro Barbosa has had discussions with a few NBA teams about a possible free agent deal, hoping to use the upcoming FIBA World Cup to further prove his health, the 11-year veteran told RealGM.

Barbosa hasn’t held visits with any team, nor is he considering a return to the Brazillian league. The 31-year-old has focused on his Team Brazil, which lost to USA Basketball in its first exhibition game.

“I don’t know what owners think about the World Cup, but hopefully I do a great job over there and a team sees,” Barbosa said on Sunday. “I feel healthy and my body is feeling healthy. If I have free agency in my mind, I won’t be able to be myself on the court. Hopefully, I sign a contract and I’ll be happy.”

Barbosa, who scored 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting to go with four assists and four rebounds on Sunday, spent part of last season with a Brazillian club before joining the Phoenix Suns.

Barbosa made a remarkable comeback from his torn ACL injury of February 2013, playing basketball within eight months of knee surgery. He averaged 7.5 points and 18.4 minutes in 20 games with Phoenix in 2013-14.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Knicks Guarantee Contract Of Quincy Acy For 14-15

The New York Knicks guaranteed Quincy Acy's salary for the 2014-15 season on Friday.

Acy will earn $912,000 next season.

Acy was traded by the Sacramento Kings to the Knicks on Aug. 6.

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Carmelo Anthony To Receive $62M Annual Salary Advance Over Five-Year Deal

Carmelo Anthony will receive large portions of his $124 million contract in advance payments, according to sources.

Anthony is scheduled to receive half of his $22.5 million salary this season early. His contract is set up the same way for future years too, meaning that he'll eventually garner a little over $62 million through advance payments.

Anthony will not receive half of the $124 million deal this year but will get $62 million annually over the five years.

J.R. Smith has also received advanced payments on the new deal he signed with the New York Knicks last offseason.

Via Chris Herring/Wall Street Journal

Jonnie West Named Santa Cruz Associate GM

The Warriors have promoted Jonnie West to associate general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Sim Bhullar Signs Camp Deal With Kings

Sim Bhullar has signed a camp deal with the Kings.

Lance Thomas, Thunder Reach Camp Deal

Lance Thomas has reached agreement on a training camp deal with the Thunder, league sources told RealGM.

Jerrelle Benimon To Sign Two-Year Deal With Nuggets

Jerrelle Benimon has reached agreement on a partially guaranteed, two-year contract with the Nuggets, league sources told RealGM.

Jordan Hamilton Agrees To One-Year Deal With Raptors

Jordan Hamilton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Raptors, a league source tells RealGM.

Toure' Murry Close To Two-Year, $2M Deal With Jazz

The Knicks have been trying this month to convince Toure' Murry to hold off on signing elsewhere as they try to sort out their roster.

Stephen Curry Has Had Thoughts About Playing For Hometown Hornets

Stephen Curry is in the middle of a four-year contract with the Warriors.

Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer To Start Talks On New Deal

Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers had been eager to forge a long-term partnership.

Greg Monroe To Accept Pistons' Qualifying Offer, Will Become 2015 Free Agent

Greg Monroe will play for $5.479 million after he was unable to get a deal done on a long-term contract with the Pistons or any other club.

Kings Agree To Deal With Deonte Burton

The Kings have reached an agreement to sign Deonte Burton, a league source told RealGM.

Dairis Bertans To Stay With Bilbao Amid Camp Invites, League Conflict

Dairis Bertans received multiple invitations to NBA training camp.

Bucks Expected To Soon Sign Damien Inglis

Damien Inglis expected to be a first round pick before he broke his foot in a workout in Oklahoma City Thunder.

Greg Monroe 'Definitely' Willing To Take Qualifying Offer

Greg Monroe has disputed being offered a five-year, $60 million contract by the Pistons.

Alec Brown To Sign With Obradoiro

Alec Brown is expected to resume basketball activity in late October or November.

Josh Childress Considering Signing With Sydney Kings

Josh Childress hasn't played in the NBA since December.

Suns Still Hope To Sign Eric Bledose To Long-Term Deal

The Suns are open to further contract talks with Eric Bledsoe, who remains in limbo as a restricted free agent.

Shawn Marion Meets With Bird, Still Considering Options

The Cavaliers were considered the favorites to sign Shawn Marion prior to the meeting with Larry Bird.

Paul George To Change Uniform To No. 13

Paul George applied for and was granted the right to switch from No. 24 to No. 13.

Cavaliers Sign Alex Kirk To Multi-Year Deal

The Cavaliers signed Alex Kirk to a partially guaranteed, multi-year contract, league sources told RealGM.

Carmelo Anthony Appearing To Lose Weight

Carmelo Anthony posted a picture on his Instagram that showed an apparent weight loss.
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