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Nerlens Noel Hires Rich Paul As Agent

Aug 21, 2017 7:57 PM

Nerlens Noel has hired Rich Paul of Klutch Sports for his representation.

Noel is in the middle of a drawn out restricted free agency with the Dallas Mavericks. Klutch Sports has worked with a number of clients on lengthy restricted free agency periods such as Eric Bledsoe and Tristan Thompson.

Noel was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Mavericks at the deadline.

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Magic Sign Adreian Payne To Two-Way Contract

Aug 21, 2017 5:54 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward Adreian Payne to a two-way contract.

Payne (6’10”, 237, 2/19/91) appeared in 18 games last season with Minnesota, averaging 3.5 ppg. and 1.8 rpg. in 7.5 minpg. He also spent time with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League.

Originally selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft by Atlanta, Payne has played in 102 career NBA regular season games (24 starts) with Atlanta and Minnesota, averaging 4.0 ppg. and 3.0 rpg. in 13.3 minpg. He has also spent time with Fort Wayne, Austin and Erie of the NBA G League.

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Nerlens Noel Fires Agent To Hire Dan Fegan

Aug 21, 2017 1:57 PM

Nerlens Noel has fired his agent and will sign Dan Fegan.

With Noel a restricted free agent, the Dallas Mavericks are unwilling to sign him to a max contract.

Noel has a one year qualifying offer of $5.8 million on the table.

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O.J. Mayo Hopes To Return To Bucks

Aug 21, 2017 1:20 PM

O.J. Mayo wants to return to the Milwaukee Bucks when he's reinstated into the NBA after his two-year suspension.

Mayo violated the NBA's Anti-Drug program.

"I want to go back to what I left [in Milwaukee],” Mayo said. “I was real close with Jason Kidd. That was the best relationship I had with a coach besides [Barnes]. I had great relationships with Giannis [Antetokounmpo] and Khris Middleton. I was comfortable there. I felt like I let them down, cheated them for two years. They paid me $8 million to be, in my eyes, a subpar player. They invested millions of dollars for me to be on top of my s---, and when you’re not on top of your s---, it shows. If they just give me the chance, I can make it up. I owe them.”

Mayo says that if he had the same focused mindset he had at age 16 that he had a decade later, “we wouldn’t be sitting here talking right now.”

“I knew better,” Mayo said. “I knew guys in my neighborhood who should have made it somewhere but got stuck. I wasn’t raised like that.”

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Tags: O.J. Mayo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Suspension

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Quinn Cook Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Two-Year Deal With Hawks

Aug 20, 2017 3:06 PM

Quinn Cook has agreed upon a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.

Cook spent parts of last season with the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans.

Cook went undrafted in 2015 out of Duke.

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James Harden: Chris Paul Didn't Seem Happy Heading Into Free Agency

Aug 19, 2017 7:31 PM

James Harden played a critical role in recruiting Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets this offseason.

Paul decided not to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and agreed to an opt-in and trade to the Rockets.

“I just knew that in the summertime obviously (Paul) was a free agent, and I wanted to see where his head was,” Harden said of Paul. “He didn’t seem happy, so after that we just took it from there.

“Obviously Golden State has been in the Finals and won two out of three, so that’s what everybody is trying to build up against. But we’re right there. We’re right there. Obviously, we have a lot of work to do, but it definitely puts us in a better chance.”

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Tags: Chris Paul, James Harden, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Sign Troy Caupain To Camp Deal

Aug 19, 2017 6:46 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed Troy Caupain to a training camp deal.

Caupain went undrafted out of Cincinnati.

Caupain played five games in Summer League with the Toronto Raptors.

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Clippers Sign Marshall Plumlee To Partially Guaranteed Deal

Aug 19, 2017 6:30 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Marshall Plumlee to a partially guaranteed deal.

Plumlee spent last season with the New York Knicks, appearing in 21 games.

Plumlee went undrafted in 2016 out of Duke.

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Knicks Sign Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Aug 18, 2017 10:13 PM

The New York Knicks have signed Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

Rathan-Mayes, 6-4, 208-pounds, played three seasons at Florida State University, averaging 12.4 points and 4.5 assists over 30.5 minutes in 100 games. As a junior (2016-17), he averaged 10.6 points on 45.3-percent shooting, 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds over 27.7 minutes in 35 games. He is fourth in Seminole history with 451 career assists and earned 2016-17 All-ACC Defensive team honors. The Markham, Ontario-native was a member of the Knicks’ entry in the 2017 NBA summer league in Orlando, FL to average 6.0 points and 3.5 assists over 17.8 minutes in four games.

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Jamel Artis Signs With Knicks

Aug 18, 2017 10:11 PM

The New York Knicks have signed Jamel Artis.

Artis, 6-7, 213-pounds, played four seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, averaging 12.6 points, on 47-percent shooting, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 27.6 minutes in 135 games. As a senior, he averaged 18.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and a team-high 3.3 assists over 34.3 minutes in 32 games. Artis finished his career as one of three players in the program’s history to register at least 1,600 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career. The Baltimore, MD-native was a member of the Knicks’ entry in the 2017 NBA summer league in Orlando, FL to average 8.8 points over 19.4 minutes in five games.

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Celtics Sign Daniel Dixon
Daniel Dixon didn't participate in Summer League.

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Jeff Withey Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Mavericks
Jeff Withey gives the Mavericks depth at center while they continue their restricted free agency stand-off with Nerlens Noel.

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Jordan Mickey Agrees Upon Two-Year Deal With Heat
Jordan Mickey appeared sparingly in 41 games with the Celtics over the past two seasons.

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Nigel Hayes Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Knicks
Nigel Hayes played for the Knicks in Summer League, averaging 5.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 15.4 minutes per game.

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Celtics Sign Andrew White On Partially Guaranteed Deal
Andrew White led Syracuse in scoring last season and went undrafted.

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Wizards Agree Upon One-Year Deal With Donald Sloan
Donald Sloan spent last season in China.

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K.J. McDaniels Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
In 20 games with the Nets, K.J. McDaniels averaged 6.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.7 minutes.

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Daryl Morey: James Harden Is An Unbelievable Recruiter
Daryl Morey was asked about how James Harden factored into the recruitment of Chris Paul to the Rockets.

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Sources Deny Report LeBron James Has Decided To Leave Cleveland In 2018
LeBron James can become a free agent in 2018 but he remains undecided on his future.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dwyane Wade, Bulls Expected To Eventually Agree Upon Buyout
Dwyane Wade exercised his opt-in clause in June for $23.8 million for the 17-18 season.

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Clippers Sign Tyrone Wallace
In the G-League last season, Tyrone Wallace averaged 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

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Warriors Sign Georges Niang To Deal With Partial Guarantee
Georges Niang appeared in 23 games last season for the Pacers as a rookie.

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Pacers Sign Damien Wilkins, Ben Moore
Ben Moore is a 6-8 rookie forward who played at SMU.

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Raptors Sign Kyle Wiltjer
Kyle Wiltjer appeared in 14 games for the Rockets last season.

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Nets Sign Jacob Wiley To Two-Way Contract
Jacob Wiley appeared in 34 games for Eastern Washington, recording averages of 20.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks.

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Hornets To Sign Julyan Stone To Two-Year Deal
The second year of Julyan Stone's deal will have a guaranteed trigger date.

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Julyan Stone Expected To Sign With Hornets
The Hornets have been looking for a third point guard at the veteran's minimum.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Wolves Attempting To Re-Sign Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad's market in free agency has been more tepid than some expected.

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J.J. Hickson, Dominique Jones Sign With Jiangsu Tongxi
J.J. Hickson played in China last season with Fujian, averaging 24.5 points, 13.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

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Knicks Exercise Fourth Year Option On Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis has had a tumultuous offseason but things have stabilized.

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