NBA Player News
|7/3/2015||Wesley Matthews, Por, G-F|
|Matthews and the Mavericks have agreed on a four-year deal with financial terms that will depend on whether center DeAndre Jordan decides to join him in Dallas.
Analysis: A person with knowledge of the deal says Matthews and the Mavericks reached an agreement in principle late Thursday night and will wait on the decision from Jordan, who is apparently choosing between the Mavericks and his original team, the Los Angeles Clippers.
|7/3/2015||Marco Belinelli, SA, G-F|
|A person with knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings and Belinelli have agreed to a $19 million, three-year contract. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because contracts can't be completed until next week. ESPN first reported the agreement.
Analysis: Belinelli gives the Kings the shooting guard they've been searching for to pair with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Sacramento was turned down Thursday by Wesley Matthews, who accepted a deal with Dallas. Belinelli has played the past two seasons with San Antonio, helping the Spurs win the NBA championship in 2014. He is shooting 43 percent in his eight-year career, including 39.2 percent from 3-point range.
|7/3/2015||DeAndre Jordan, LAC, C|
|Jordan has chosen the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers in what turned into a tense boom-or-bust wait for Dallas in pursuit of the free-agent center. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that Jordan agreed to terms Friday. One said the deal was worth $80 million over four years.
Analysis: This is the biggest free-agent pickup in Mark Cuban's 15 years as Dallas owner. The deal comes two days after the Mavericks lost their backup plan when last season's starter, Tyson Chandler, bolted for Phoenix.
|7/3/2015||Robin Lopez, Por, C|
|A person with knowledge of the details says center Robin Lopez has agreed to sign with the New York Knicks. Lopez will leave the Portland Trail Blazers to fill the open spot in the middle for the Knicks, the person says Friday on condition of anonymity because contracts can't yet be signed. Yahoo Sports reported Lopez would receive a four-year deal worth $54 million.
Analysis: Lopez would join his twin brother Brook in New York, picking the Knicks just days after Brook Lopez agreed to stay with the Brooklyn Nets for a reported $60 million over three years.
|7/3/2015||Gary Neal, Min, G|
|Neal has agreed to a $2.1 million, one-year contract with the Washington Wizards.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Neal is returning to his roots: He was born in Maryland and played college basketball at Towson. He has averaged 9.9 points and 38.1-percent shooting on 3-point attempts during five NBA season with four franchises. He was traded to Minnesota by Charlotte in February.
|7/3/2015||Rajon Rondo, Dal, PG|
|A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings and Rondo have agreed to a one-year deal for $10 million.
Analysis: Rondo's addition comes hours after the Kings and shooting guard Marco Belinelli agreed to a $19 million, three-year contract Friday, another person familiar with that deal said.
|7/3/2015||Corey Brewer, Hou, G-F|
|The Rockets have reached deals with Brewer and Patrick Beverley to keep them in Houston.
Analysis: A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Brewer agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.
|7/3/2015||Patrick Beverley, Hou, G|
|The Rockets have reached deals with Corey Brewer and Beverley to keep them in Houston. The agreements came on Friday, with Beverley's agent Kevin Bradbury saying his client got a four-year, $23.4 million deal.
Analysis: Beverley gives the Rockets a tenacious defender at point guard who was sorely missed when he went down with a wrist injury.
|7/3/2015||Derrick Williams, Sac, F|
|Williams is headed to New York looking for another chance to fulfill the promise he once showed.
Analysis: A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the former No. 2 overall draft pick has agreed to terms with the Knicks on a two-year deal worth $10 million. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
|7/2/2015||Nik Stauskas, Sac, SG|
|The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Stauskas thanked the Kings and their fans on his Twitter page and wrote that he was excited to start a new chapter of his career in Philadelphia.
|7/2/2015||Jason Thompson, Sac, F-C|
|The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Nik Stauskas, Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Thompson just completed his seventh season and was Sacramento's longest-tenured player, having appeared in a franchise-record 541 games. Landry, an eight-year veteran, has battled injuries since coming to Sacramento two years ago.
|7/2/2015||Carl Landry, Sac, F|
|The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Landry, an eight-year veteran, has battled injuries since coming to Sacramento two years ago.
|7/2/2015||Omer Asik, NO, F-C|
|A person familiar with the negotiations says the New Orleans Pelicans and center Omer Asik have agreed on a five-year contract worth a minimum of $44 million and rising up to $58 million if incentives and benchmarks are met.
Analysis: The 7-foot Asik, who turns 29 on Saturday, started 76 games and averaged 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds this season, his first with New Orleans following a trade from Houston.
|7/2/2015||Greg Monroe, Det, F-C|
|A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that that free agent center Greg Monroe has chosen the Milwaukee Bucks over other big-market suitors like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been officially announced.
Analysis: Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, which is for three years and $50 million. Monroe has a player option on the final year of the deal that will allow the 25-year-old to become a free agent again in two years if he chooses.
|7/2/2015||Arron Afflalo, Por, G-F|
|Afflalo is about to team up with Carmelo Anthony again. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Afflalo has accepted a two-year, $16 million offer from the New York Knicks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no NBA deals can be completed before July 9.
Analysis: A shooting guard, Afflalo spent parts of two seasons as Anthony's teammate in Denver. Afflalo also has spent time with Detroit, Orlando and Portland, averaging 11.4 points per game in his first eight NBA seasons.
|7/2/2015||Monta Ellis, Dal, G|
|Ellis has found a new home in Indiana. A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Ellis has agreed to terms with the Pacers on a four-year deal worth $44 million. The deal includes a player option for the final year. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. The contract cannot be signed until July 9.
Analysis: Ellis averaged 18.9 points and 4.1 assists in his second season with the Dallas Mavericks last year. Ellis only shot 28.5 percent on 3-pointers last year, but his ability to score will help the Pacers, who ranked 24th in scoring last season.
|7/2/2015||Ed Davis, LAL, F-C|
|Davis is leaving Los Angeles for the Portland Trail Blazers. Davis' agent, David Bauman, says his client has agreed to a three-year, $20 million contract to join the Blazers.
Analysis: Davis averaged 8.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers last year.
|7/2/2015||Tim Duncan, SA, F-C|
|Duncan is returning to San Antonio for a 19th season with the Spurs.
Analysis: Duncan tells the San Antonio Express-News that "I'll be on the court next year." Until Duncan made his announcement Thursday, there was speculation that he could call it a career after the Spurs lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in a thrilling seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs. Duncan turned 39 in April and accompanied the Spurs on a recruiting trip for star free agent LaMarcus Aldridge on Wednesday.
|7/2/2015||Mario Hezonja, Orl, SG|
|Magic general manager Rob Hennigan reiterated that for now the plan for Hezonja is to play two of Orlando's five games during the Orlando summer league, which opens Saturday.
Analysis: While Hezonja comes in with lots of experience, having played professionally in Europe since age 11, new Magic coach Scott Skiles said he's not expecting him to necessarily come in contributing like a veteran.
|7/2/2015||Marcus Morris, Pho, F|
|The Phoenix Suns have traded Morris, Danny Granger and Reggie Bullock to the Detroit Pistons for a future draft pick, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Morris averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and could compete for a starting job with the Pistons.
Analysis: The Suns trade again splits up Marcus and his twin brother Markieff, who have spent most of their lives playing together. The twins played at Kansas and spent three seasons together in the desert after Marcus was traded from Houston, which selected him with the 14th overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft. They were charged with felony aggravated assault back in January.
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