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Dallas Mavericks Sign G Doran Lamb

Dallas Mavericks Sign G Doran Lamb

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent guard Doran Lamb on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In 53 games with the Orlando Magic last season, Lamb averaged 3.6 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. The three-year NBA veteran was originally selected by the Milwaukee Bucks out of Kentucky in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft.

Lamb was a member of Kentucky’s 2012 NCAA championship team. As a sophomore, he averaged 13.7 points in 31.2 minutes of action.

In 100 career regular-season NBA games, Lamb has averaged 3.6 points per game.

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Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio

Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio

Thomas Northcut/Digital Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Now that Kevin Love is out the door, the Minnesota Timberwolves are shifting their focus in an effort to keep point guard Ricky Rubio.

General Manager Milt Newton expressed optimism recently that the team would be able to retain Rubio, who becomes a restricted free agent next summer if a new deal isn’t reach by Oct. 31.

“We’re going to look at the situation the same way we did with Kevin Love,” Newton said. “We’re going to do the best thing for the organization, and if we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we’re not necessarily in a rush.”

“Going forward, you want to show good will and trust in a player,” Newton continued. “So it can kind of go both ways whether you wait or do something now, but it has to be right for both sides.”

If Rubio does indeed become a restricted free agent, the Timberwolves will still have to match any offer he would receive from another club.

Coming into his fourth NBA season, the 23-year-old Rubio was fourth in the NBA last season with 8.6 assists per game.

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Timberwolves Offer Max Deal to Bledsoe

Timberwolves Offer Max Deal to Bledsoe

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly offered a maximum contract to restricted free-agent Eric Bledsoe in hopes of a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns, Bledsoe’s current team. 

The deal is for a reported four years and $63 million, exceeding the Suns offer of four years and $48 million. Bledsoe has told the Suns, as well as other teams, that he would only consider a max contract but would be willing to sign a qualifying offer worth one year and $3.7 million. By signing that deal, Bledsoe would make himself an unrestricted free agent following the 2014-15 season.

Minnesota had inquired about Bledsoe while shopping all-star forward Kevin Love, but trade talks never reached a serious point. The Timberwolves are hoping to pair Bledsoe with Andrew Wiggins, whom they acquired from Cleveland for Love.

Phoenix has already started making possible arrangements for life after Bledsoe. The Suns signed free-agent Isaiah Thomas and drafted Tyler Ennis in the first-year player draft in June. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points per game for Phoenix last season.

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Rockets Acquire G Jason Terry from Kings

Rockets Acquire G Jason Terry from Kings

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — The Sacramento Kings dealt guard Jason Terry and draft picks to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday for forward Alonzo Gee and guard Scotty Hopson.

In 35 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season, Terry averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 assists per game. He was dealt to the Kings along with forward Reggie Evans on Feb. 19 for guard Marcus Thornton.  Terry did not appear in a game with Sacramento due to knee issues. The 15-year veteran is second among active players with 1,950 three-pointers.

The Rockets acquired Gee and Hopson in a three-team trade with the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans during this offseason that also included forward Trevor Ariza.

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Hawks GM Danny Ferry Takes Leave of Absence

Hawks GM Danny Ferry Takes Leave of Absence

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Hawks general manager, Danny Ferry, took an indefinite leave of absence Friday.

Ferry recently came under fire for his racial comments about current Miami Heat forward Luol Deng.

Ferry made the comments during a conference call with the Hawks ownership group in June. The Hawks were interested in signing Deng, and Ferry was reading off a scouting report written by somebody else.

Ferry released a statement regarding the situation:

“No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng.

“Luol is a good man who I have known for many years and he has done a tremendous amount of good for his country and around the world.  I apologize to Luol and I apologize to all that I have offended. As I have said, while these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them.  Almost all the background information I provided during the lengthy presentation regarding Luol was positive and my personal and professional recommendation during the call was very much in favor of adding Luol to our team but I never should have uttered those offensive remarks and for that I apologize.”

There was pressure for Ferry to be fired, but Hawks CEO Steve Koonin refused, instead asking for Ferry to take a leave of absence.

“My hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing,” Koonin said in a statement.
                                                                                                                                       

Ferry also stated he plans to undergo sensitivity training.

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Report: Hawks Re-Sign Forward Elton Brand

Report: Hawks Re-Sign Forward Elton Brand

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While the team is dealing with plenty off the court thanks to the scandal involving general manager Danny Ferry and owner Bruce Levenson, the Atlanta Hawks are still taking care of business on the court as they’ve re-signed veteran forward Elton Brand.

Reports have surfaced that the team has agreed on a one-year deal with Brand worth $2 million.

No longer the nightly double-double machine he used to be, Brand will serve as a bench player again for the Hawks, playing behind starter Al Horford and Pero Antic.

The 35-year-old Brand spent last season, his 15th in the NBA, with the Hawks and provided solid depth and leadership for the squad. In 73 games, Brand averaged 5.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game while averaging 19.4 minutes per game.

In his heyday, Brand was an All-Star caliber forward. Injuries took their toll on him, but he still holds career averages of 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

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Indians’ Jason Kipnis Thinks New Contract Led to Poor Season

Indians’ Jason Kipnis Thinks New Contract Led to Poor Season

BananaStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Even by his standards, Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has struggled to follow up his breakout 2013 season despite a new contract. Kipnis thinks his new deal is partially to blame for his struggles.

“I might have taken it the wrong way,” Kipnis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “There’s one of two ways to go about it. There’s ‘Hey, I have the security and the money now I can go out and just play the game of baseball.’ I took the way, where, ‘I’ve got this money, I’ve got to live up to it.’”

“So I might have pressed at the beginning and tried to do too much,” he continued. “In hindsight that could have hurt me and played a little part of this season.”

Last season, Kipnis made the American League All-Star team after he batted .284 with 17 home runs with 84 RBIs and 30 steals.

The Indians rewarded Kipnis with a six-year contract extension worth $52.5 million.

Kipnis has struggled to live up to the deal this season. Through 119 games, he’s hitting .247 with six home runs and 41 RBIs.

The 27-year-old Kipnis is a career .264 hitter.

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Luol Deng Responds to Ferry

Luol Deng Responds to Ferry

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Miami Heat forward Luol Deng responded to a recent scouting report that Hawks general manager Danny Ferry read during a June conference call.

Ferry and the Hawks pursued Deng before he signed with Miami last season and apologized on Monday for the racial comments he made in a letter that he sent to Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr.

Deng released a statement on Tuesday.

‘HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM’

“Ultimately, I’m thankful to be with an organization that appreciates me for who I am and has gone out of its way to make me feel welcome.”

“These words were recently used to describe me. It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their heritage.

“I’m proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just ‘a little.’ For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.

“Concerning my free agency, the focus should purely have been on my professionalism and my ability as an athlete. Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype. I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.

“However, there is comfort in knowing that there are people who aren’t comfortable with it and have the courage to speak up. In the same way a generalization should not define a group of people, the attitude of a few should not define a whole organization or league.

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Chauncey Billups Announces Retirement

Chauncey Billups Announces Retirement

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Chauncey Billups, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

“It’s just time. I’m happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me,” Billups told Yahoo! Sports. “I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process.”

Billups played 17 seasons in the NBA for seven different teams, including playing for the Detroit Pistons from 2002-08 and winning a title in 2004.

The 37-year-old averaged 15.2 points, 5.4 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game throughout his career. Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1997, Billups also played for the Pistons, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Billups rejoined the Pistons this past season, averaging 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in only 19 games.

Detroit announced in June that they would not be picking up his option for the 2014-15 season.

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Hawks Owner Bruce Levenson Selling Controlling Interest

Hawks Owner Bruce Levenson Selling Controlling Interest

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson is selling controlling interest of the team, the NBA announced on Sunday.

Levenson reported to the NBA in July that he wrote an email in August 2012 that he called “inappropriate and offensive.” The league commenced an independent investigation into the comments.

“Over the past several years, I’ve spent a lot of time grappling with low attendance at our games and the need for the Hawks to attract more season ticket holders and corporate sponsors,” Levenson said in a statement. “Over that time, I’ve talked with team executives about the need for the Hawks to build a more diverse fan base that includes more suburban whites, and I shared my thoughts on why our efforts to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide seemed to be failing.”

“In trying to address those issues, I wrote an e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive,” he said. “I trivialized our fans by making clichéd assumptions about their interests (i.e. hip hop vs. country, white vs. black cheerleaders, etc.) and by stereotyping their perceptions of one another (i.e. that white fans might be afraid of our black fans). By focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional and hurtful message that our white fans are more valuable than our black fans.”

“If you’re angry about what I wrote, you should be. I’m angry at myself, too. It was inflammatory nonsense,” Levenson wrote. “We all may have subtle biases and preconceptions when it comes to race, but my role as a leader is to challenge them, not to validate or accommodate those who might hold them.”

Levenson notified NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Saturday night of his decision to sell controlling interest of the team.

“I’m truly embarrassed by my words in that e-mail, and I apologize to the members of the Hawks family and all of our fans,” Levenson said.

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Warriors Reward GM Bob Myers with 3-Year Extension

Warriors Reward GM Bob Myers with 3-Year Extension

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — As the Golden State Warriors continue to ascend as one of the elite teams in the Western Conference, the team has rewarded general manager Bob Myers with a three-year extension.

His deal was set to expire at the end of next season, but now Myers will be under contract with the organization through the 2017-2018 season.

Myers joined the Warriors organization back in 2011 as an assistant GM, he was then promoted to general manager in 2012.

Since taking over the team, Myers has built one of the most entertaining teams in the NBA. They won 47 games his first season as the general manager, and then won 51 games this past season.

Since joining the Warriors, Myers has brought in players like Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, and Shaun Livingston. All of those players are seen as core players for the franchise.

Myers also oversaw the firing of head coach Mark Jackson and the hiring of Steve Kerr to replace him.

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ESPN: Kings Sending Guard Jason Terry to the Rockets

ESPN: Kings Sending Guard Jason Terry to the Rockets

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — He may not be the player he used to be, but the Houston Rockets are rolling the dice on veteran guard Jason Terry. ESPN reports that the Sacramento Kings will send Terry to Houston.

While the deal is not yet officially completed, the Rockets will also receive two second-round draft picks from the Kings while they will send guard/forward Alonzo Gee to Sacramento.

The 36-year-old Terry began last season with the Brooklyn Nets but wound up being traded to the Kings right before the trade deadline. Because he was recovering from a knee injury, Terry never suited up for the Kings during his brief tenure there.

In 35 games this past season, Terry averaged a career-low 4.5 points and 1.6 assists per game.

He will likely be a reserve/backup guard to Patrick Beverley in Houston.

Gee is a five-year NBA veteran who will already be playing for his fourth team. This past season, he averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

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Pelicans Forward Ryan Anderson is Cleared for Contact

Pelicans Forward Ryan Anderson is Cleared for Contact

NBA via Orlando Magic(NEW YORK) — After sustaining a neck injury in January that required cervical spine surgery, New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson declared Wednesday he can play basketball again.

“I’m cleared for contact! After 8 months out, I can finally play again. Thank you God!,” Anderson tweeted.

The 26-year-old played in 22 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and three 3-pointers a game.

Anderson will be ready for the Pelicans’ training camp, which begins in three weeks.

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ESPN: Warriors Agree to Deal with Guard Leandro Barbosa

ESPN: Warriors Agree to Deal with Guard Leandro Barbosa

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(BILBAO, SPAIN) — In an effort to load up on depth at the guard position, ESPN reports that the Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms on a contract with Leandro Barbosa.

Barbosa’s deal with the Warriors will be for the league minimum.

Even though he’ll start out as the third guard on the depth chart behind Steph Curry and Shaun Livingston, he still provides good value for his salary and place on the roster.

At this point in his career, the Warriors will likely use Barbosa as a 15-20 minute per game player, who can help take the pressure off of Curry at the point guard position.

Now 31 years old, Barbosa will enter his 12th season in the NBA. In 20 games last season for the Phoenix Suns, he averaged 7.5 points in 18.4 minutes per game.

The Warriors are entering their first season under head coach Steve Kerr after they fired Mark Jackson after three seasons.

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Report: Clippers Trade Jared Dudley To Bucks

Report: Clippers Trade Jared Dudley To Bucks

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Clippers traded small forward Jared Dudley and a protected first-round pick in the 2017 NBA draft to the Milwaukee Bucks for small forward Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica, and a 2015 second-round pick, according to ESPN.

The 29-year-old Dudley is a seven-year veteran of the NBA, having played with the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns and Clippers. In 523 career regular-season games, he has averaged 8.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

The 31-year-old Delfino missed all of last season after suffering a fracture in his right foot during the 2013 NBA playoffs with the Houston Rockets. Last offseason, he signed a two-year contract with the Bucks.  During his eight-year career, Delfino has averaged 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

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Michael Carter-Williams Ready to Get Back to Work

Michael Carter-Williams Ready to Get Back to Work

Jim McIssac/Getty Images(KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.) — Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams is expected to be ready for camp in late September.

The 2014 Rookie of the Year had surgery on May 13 to repair his labrum in his right shoulder and said he’s not 100 percent, but plans to be on the court.

“I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things,” Williams said. “Last year was a long year. I’m really looking forward to this year and improving as a team.”

“I think regardless who is on the team, I have to be a leader out there, give direction to the new guys and really bring the team together,” Carter-Williams continued.

The 22-year-old led all rookies in scoring (16.7 points), assists (6.3), rebounds (6.2) and steals (1.9), but still hasn’t been cleared to play.

The Sixers had one of the worst records in NBA history last year after they finished 19-63.

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Report: Shawn Marion to Sign with Cavaliers

Report: Shawn Marion to Sign with Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks/NBA(NEW YORK) — Veteran free agent Shawn Marion will sign with the Cavaliers sometime this month, reports ESPN.com.

Marion believes that with the additions of LeBron James, Kevin Love, and other veteran free agents like Mike Miller that Cleveland is the best place to compete for an NBA title.

The Cavaliers are restricted to only pay the big man a league-minimum salary of $1.4 million.

Marion also met with the Indiana Pacers last week, but his pursuit of winning a championship is what made the difference.

Marion averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds last season with the Mavericks.

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Paul George Doesn’t Blame Team USA

Paul George Doesn’t Blame Team USA

NBA via Indiana Pacers(INDIANAPOLIS) — Pacers All-Star Paul George spoke for the first time since breaking his leg during a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas on Friday.

George wasn’t putting any of the blame on Team USA for his “freak accident” and even said that he wanted to play on the 2016 Olympic team.

“Freak accidents happen,” George said. “USA Basketball doesn’t deserve any criticism from this.”

George said he plans on being a leader on the bench for the rest of his teammates while he recovers.

“I plan on making a full recovery coming back from this,” George said at a news conference. “I’m taking this in a positive way. I get to sit back and watch the game — and just learn.”

George and the Pacers haven’t set a date for his return, but the All-Star wants to fully recover before he gets back on the court to avoid any other injury.

“I feel guilty about not being there for the start of (the) season,” he said. “To not be a part of that, it hurts. Something I have to live with.

“The last thing I will do is feel like I am not a part of this team because I’m out.”

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Report: Greg Monroe Will Sign Qualifying Offer with Pistons

Report: Greg Monroe Will Sign Qualifying Offer with Pistons

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Greg Monroe is taking a gamble on himself. Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports the Detroit Pistons big man will sign his qualifying offer with the team and become a free agent next season.

Monroe and the Pistons were unable to come to an agreement on a new deal, so he will sign a $5.5 million qualifying offer for the 2014-2015 season.

Now a restricted free agent, Monroe will become an unrestricted free agent following this season.

The two sides have until October 1 to agree on a deal, or the two sides could work on a sign-and-trade during that time frame.

During his four-year NBA career, Monroe, 24, is one of the up-and-coming big men in the league today. This past season, he averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

There is a bit of a logjam in the Piston’s front court though. Along with Monroe, the Pistons also have center Andre Drummond and forward Josh Smith.

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Shawn Marion and Pacers Meet

Shawn Marion and Pacers Meet

Dallas Mavericks/NBA(NEW YORK) — Shawn Marion met with the Indiana Pacers on Monday and had a face-to-face meeting with the team president, Larry Bird. The sit downs came after Bird urged the free-agent forward to play next year in Indianapolis after losing Paul George to a compound leg fracture.

Marion had been rumored to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and play with Lebron James, which is still a possibility. The Cavaliers however are restricted to only pay the big man a league minimum salary of $1.4 million per season while the Pacers will be granted a $5.3 million disabled player exemption due to George’s injury.

The All-Star forward has said he wants to play for a contender if he does wind up leaving the Dallas Mavericks, where he has spent the last five seasons. Last season, the 36-year-old averaged 10.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.

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