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Wolves Offer Max Contract To Eric Bledsoe, Pushing For Sign-And-Trade

The Minnesota Timberwolves are making a final push to acquire Eric Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns.

The Wolves are offering Bledsoe a four-year, $63 million max contract.

Bledsoe and the Suns have been in a stalemate all summer after the team offered him a four-year, $48 million deal in July.

Fox 10 in Phoenix earlier reported the Wolves had made a maximum contract offer to Bledsoe.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Shanghai Making Strong Push To Sign Aron Baynes

The Shanghai Sharks are making a strong push to sign Aron Baynes.

Baynes is currently a restricted free agent of the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs would retain Baynes' restricted free agent rights if he signs abroad.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Timberwolves Optimistic About Extension For Ricky Rubio

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio have discussed a contract extension and the team is optimistic about a deal.

"I feel optimistic," Milt Newtons said. "Knowing Ricky the person, he wants to be here. Now we just have to deal with his agent. If we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we're not necessarily in a rush.

"There some things we agree on, some things we don't agree on."

Rubio has until Oct. 31 to sign a new deal.

Via Jon Kkrawczynski/Associated Press

Lou Amundson Signs Camp Deal With Cavs

Lou Amundson has signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for training camp.

Amundson recently worked out for the Cavaliers.

Amundson most recently played for the Chicago Bulls.

Via Jorge Sierra/HoopsHype

Hamady Ndiaye Likely To Sign In China After Nets Void Deal

After the Brooklyn Nets voided his free-agent deal due to a failed physical, Hamady Ndiaye will most likely sign in the Chinese Basketball Association when his injury recovers to full strength, a source told RealGM.

Several Chinese teams have been in discussions with Ndiaye before and after his decision to join the Nets for training camp.

A seven-footer out of Senegal, Ndiaye was a second-round draft acquisition in 2010 to the Washington Wizards, with whom he spent two seasons. The 27-year-old earned a spot on the Sacramento Kings out of camp last season and appeared in 14 games.

Ndiaye has played 33 NBA games in parts of three seasons — including stints in the Development League. He spent the 2012-13 season in China with Tianjin.

Ndiaye played his college basketball at the Univerity of Rutgers.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Miroslav Raduljica Signs Deal With Shandong Lions In China

Free agent seven-footer Miroslav Raduljica has signed a one-year contract with Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association, sources told RealGM.

Raduljica had interest from several NBA teams, including the San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers, as well as discussions in Europe. With Gustavo Ayon leaning toward a deal in the European League, a lucrative offer in China formalized for Raduljica on Thursday night. Raduljica will become available in NBA free agency when his Chinese season ends in February.

In the Serbian national team’s Silver medal finish in the World Cup, Raduljica starred in averaging 13 points and 4.6 rebounds over nine games.

Raduljica had a strong rookie season in a limited role for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-14, averaging 3.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 54 percent shooting in 9.7 minutes per game. He was released by the Clippers on Aug. 31 after being traded to Los Angeles for Jared Dudley.

Raduljica, 26, played in his native Serbia and the Ukraine before signing a three-year NBA contract last offseason.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Mickael Pietrus Works Out For Kings

The Sacramento Kings worked out free agent Mickael Pietrus this week in Sacramento, league sources tell RealGM.

Pietrus is on workout trail as he remains unsigned. 

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Lorenzo Brown To Sign One-Year Deal With Pistons

Free agent guard Lorenzo Brown has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Detroit Pistons, a league source told RealGM.

Brown averaged 2.5 points and 1.6 assists in 26 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, after the 6-foot-5 guard signed with the franchise as a released free agent.

Brown, 24, was the 52nd overall selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2013 NBA draft. He played three collegiate seasons at N.C. State.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Sources: Taj Gibson Not Too Thrilled To Continue Being Backup Forward

Taj Gibson privately isn't too thrilled about the prospect of continuing to be a reserve forward, according to sources.

But Gibson has been an upbeat, team-first player who values winning and chemistry too much to make it an issue or distraction.

The Chicago Bulls signed Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic this offseason.

Via Aggrey Sam/Comcast SportsNet

Josh Akognon Signs With Foshan Of China

Free agent guard Josh Akognon has signed a contract with Foshan of the Chinese Basketball Association, sources told RealGM.

Akognon had discussed training camp deals with NBA teams, but the Cal State Fullerton alum to return to China for a second consecutive season. He averaged 28 points and five assists for Qingdao in 2013-14.

Akognon, a 5-foot-11 sharpshooter, played three regular season games for the Dallas Mavericks in 2013. He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and later released.

Jilin of the CBA also signed ex-UTEP point guard Randy Culpepper, a source told RealGM. Culpepper averaged 26 points in Russia last season and is a former MVP in Europe.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Randy Culpepper Signs With Jilin

Randy Culpepper played collegiately at UTEP.

Kings Agree Upon One-Year Guaranteed Deal With Ryan Hollins

Ryan Hollins most recently played for the Clippers.

Knicks Sign Orlando Sanchez

Phil Jackson and the Knicks have signed Orlando Sanchez to a camp deal.

Gustavo Ayon Receives Formal Offer From Spurs

Sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania that Gustavo Ayon is deciding over three formal offers.

Michael Beasley Working Out For Spurs

Michael Beasley had workouts for several teams this offseason.

Hamady N'Diaye Signs Camp Deal With Nets

Hamady N'Diaye will compete for the third center spot on the Nets' roster this season.

Dominique Wilkins Interested In Buying Hawks

Dominique Wilkins has an interest in purchasing the Hawks.

Glenn Robinson III Agrees To Guaranteed Deal With Wolves

Glenn Robinson dropped to Flip Saunders and the Wolves at 40th overall after leaving Michigan as a sophomore.

Micheal Eric To Sign Deal With Bucks

Micheal Eric has agreed to a minimum salary deal with the Bucks, league sources told RealGM.

E'Twaun Moore Signs Two-Year Deal With Bulls

E’Twaun Moore has signed a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Bulls, a league source told RealGM.

Joe Ingles Signs One-Year Deal With Clippers

Joe Ingles has signed a guaranteed minimum one-year deal with the Clippers.

Morris Twins Told Teams Before 2011 Draft They'd Accept Less Money To Stay Together

Markieff Morris came into the NBA with the Suns and then Marcus Morris was traded there in 2013.

Thompson 'Super Excited' Warriors Didn't Trade Him For Love

Klay Thompson preferred to stay with the Warriors.

Klay Thompson Prefers To Avoid Becoming Free Agent In 2015, Seeks Max Deal

Klay Thompson and the Warriors have until Oct. 31 to reach a new contract extension.

Deron Williams: Haven't Spoken To Jason Kidd Since He Left Nets

Deron Williams and Jason Kidd had a close relationship at one point.

Spurs Open To Sign-And-Trade Deal For Ayon Baynes

The Spurs are open to signing-and-trading Aron Baynes, according to source.

Wizards Finalizing Contract With Xavier Silas

Xavier Silas is finalizing a contract with the Wizards, league sources told RealGM.

Mario Chalmers Didn't Expect Heat To Re-Sign Him

Mario Chalmers did not expect to return to the Heat as a free agent.

Gustavo Ayon Being Pursued By Shandong

Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association is making a strong push for Gustavo Ayon, a source tells RealGM.

Lou Amundson Works Out For Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are one of the teams Lou Amundson is considering signing with on a camp deal.
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