Jul 21, 2014 11:52 AM EDT
The Milwaukee Bucks have been awarded the contract of guard Kendall Marshall on a waiver claim.
Marshall was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on July 18.
Appearing in 54 games for the Lakers in 2013-14, Marshall, 22, averaged 8.0 points, 8.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds per contest. In his best stretch of the season in January, he tallied at least 10 assists and scored at least 10 points in five consecutive games. He ranked fifth in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.18) and shot a career-high 39.9 percent from the 3-point arc. Prior to being called up by the Lakers, Marshall appeared in seven games for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League and averaged 19.4 points, 9.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds.
Jul 21, 2014 11:04 AM EDT
The Indiana Pacers' best offer for Lance Stephenson was reportedly $44 million over five years, but his camp was searching for a $55 million contract.
Stephenson eventually agreed upon a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
"I really feel bad about losing him,'' Larry Bird said. "I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship. But I did what I could possibly do to keep him here. Even if he didn't have any other offers, I was committed to giving him that $44 million because I believe in the kid. If you look at our roster, we have five or six guys in the last year of their deals, plus David (West) and Roy (Hibbert) can opt out, so don't you think I wanted to keep Lance and Paul (George) locked into long-term deals?''
Stephenson's agent, Alberto Ebanks, reportedly called Bird several days after the initial offer and said that the $44 million would be too low.
"I don't think this is going to work. I don't believe you have the money available to re-sign Lance.''
Jul 21, 2014 1:12 AM EDT
Andrew Wiggins and the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to sign a contract in the coming week.
Sources say the delay in Wiggins signing his deal has nothing to do with the possibilty of being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.
The Cavaliers, sources say, are merely exploring options for using their estimated $1.4 million in remaining cap space before signing Wiggins to a contract that will pay him in the neighborhood of $5.5 million as a rookie.
Once Wiggins signs, however, league rules stipulate that the Cavs must wait 30 days before trading him.
One option under consideration for the Cavs, sources say, is using their leftover salary-cap space to create long-term contracts for recent second-round picks Joe Harris and Dwight Powell. Signing Wiggins first would preclude such moves.
Jul 20, 2014 3:34 PM EDT
The Utah Jazz have expressed interest in signing Toure' Murry, according to a source.
Murry is reportedly also waiting to see whether a deal will form with the Miami Heat.
Murry played for the New York Knicks last season.
Jul 20, 2014 3:31 PM EDT
Patric Young signed a contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, as he announced on his Twitter page.
Young went undrafted in June after his collegiate career at Florida and landed with the Pelicans in Summer League.
Young signed a two-year deal with the Pelicans, according to OnlyGators.com.
Jul 20, 2014 1:46 AM EDT
The Milwaukee Bucks will claim Kendall Marshall off waivers, according to sources.
The Los Angeles Lakers released Marshall on Friday and had reportedly hoped to re-sign him if he cleared waivers.
Marshall will add passing to the Bucks' backcourt.
Jul 19, 2014 2:01 PM EDT
Andrew Bynum is considering sitting out the entire 14-15 NBA season in order to undergo the Regenokine knee therapy procedure.
The non-surgical procedure uses injections to help grow new cartilage, and requires an extra-long rehab.
If Bynum successfully completes the program, he could return in 2015-16, according to his agent David Lee, who said the Knicks potentially would be interested in Bynum.
"If he's healthy, Phil (Jackson) will be interested," Lee told the Post, referring to the Knicks team president who coached Bynum while with the Lakers. "Phil knew how to tap into Andrew. They got along famously."
Jul 19, 2014 1:40 PM EDT
Pau Gasol nearly became a member of the Chicago Bulls in the 2001 NBA Drat and also in 2007 when the Memphis Grizzlies were shopping him in trade talks.
At the age of 34, Gasol finally joined the Bulls on a three-year, $22 million deal. Gasol had more lucrative financial offers from other clubs.
"I prioritized being on a championship-caliber team," Gasol said. "If I didn't believe we had that potential, I wouldn't have come here. I think we have all the pieces. Now it's a matter of getting to work. It's about actions and not talking."
Jul 19, 2014 1:36 PM EDT
The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a contract with Aaron Brooks.
Brooks played for the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets last season.
Brooks will give the Bulls depth and bench scoring in the backcourt.
Jul 19, 2014 11:54 AM EDT
The Toronto Raptors have decided to release point guard Dwight Buycks within the next two days, before his contract guarantee date on Monday, league sources told RealGM.
Buycks averaged 19.7 points and 4.3 assists in the Las Vegas Summer League, ranking sixth in scoring and seventh in assists. The Raptors grew fond of Buycks’ play a season ago and received trade interest from other NBA teams for the 25-year-old.
Several teams are expected to pursue Buycks in free agency.
Buycks went undrafted out of Marquette University in 2011, and the 6-foot-3 guard played overseas for two seasons before an impressive showing with the Raptors in summer league last year as a tenacious, swift player. In 14 regular season games for Toronto, he averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds.
Nikola Mirotic has signed a three-year, $16.6 million deal with the Bulls.
The Heat were able to restructure their roster by giving Udonis Haslem a new deal.
A trade was nearing completion at one point, but the Wolves want more than the Cavaliers' current offer.
The Lakers have interest in re-signing Kendall Marshall if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Xavier Henry played well for the Lakers before undergoing surgery for a torn ligament in his left wrist.
Eric Griffin’s contract with the Mavericks is a three-year deal, league sources told RealGM.
Jannero Pargo will re-sign with the Hornets on a fully guaranteed one-year, $1.5 million deal, a league source told RealGM.
The Cavaliers are now interested in including Andrew Wiggins in their trade proposal to the Wolves for Kevin Love.
The Suns' ability to match offers to Eric Bledsoe has made teams not want to engage.
The Lakers won the bid of $3.25 million to acquire Carlos Boozer.
Jul 18, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Jimmer Fredette finished this past season with the Kings.
The Suns have fully guaranteed the contract of power forward Shavlik Randolph for next season, his agent told RealGM.
In an update to Phil Jackson's autobiography, he outlines how talks to return to the Lakers in November of 2012 unraveled.
Jul 17, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Blazers ultimately decided to sign Chris Kaman to serve as the backup to Robin Lopez at center instead of dealing for Greg Monroe.
Jul 17, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Kings are attempting to find a third team to engage in trade talks to help facilitate the deal for Josh Smith.
Ed Davis has a player option for the 15-16 season.
The second year of Luke Ridnour's deal is non-guaranteed.
DeJuan Blair has agreed upon a three-year, $6 million deal with the Wizards.
Rodney Stuckey will effectively replace Lance Stephenson.
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Brandon Rush will hold a player option for the second season of the deal.
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