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Heat Make Moves In Free Agency

Heat Make Moves In Free Agency

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Free agent forward Danny Granger has agreed to a two-year contract with the Miami Heat worth $4.2 million, according to ESPN.

The 31-year-old Granger split time last season between the Indiana Pacers and the Los Angeles Clippers, where he averaged 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.  His best season came during the 2008-09 campaign, where he averaged 25.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Pacers.

The Heat also has agreed to sign a deal with free agent forward Josh McRoberts. In seven seasons in the NBA, the 27-year-old has averaged 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He has suited up for the Portland Trail Blazers, Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets.

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Hornets Rookie PJ Hairston Involved in Gym Altercation

Hornets Rookie PJ Hairston Involved in Gym Altercation

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Charlotte Hornets rookie point guard P.J. Hairston finds himself in hot water again as he was recently involved in an altercation at a local YMCA.
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Clippers Sign Farmar to Two-Year Deal

Clippers Sign Farmar to Two-Year Deal

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — After backup point guard Darren Collison left for Sacramento, the Los Angeles Clippers only had to look across the street for his replacement. The Clippers have snagged Jordan Farmar from the Los Angeles Lakers, signing him to a two-year deal.

The deal is worth a reported 4.2 million with a player option for the second season. The Los Angeles Times was the first to report the signing. Teams cannot officially sign until the NBA’s moratorium is lifted on July 10. 

“[The Clippers] came the hardest basketball-wise; it’s probably the best situation out there for me,” Farmar said in an interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I turned down more money elsewhere. I get to stay home in L.A. and play for a contender, which is important to me.”

Farmar averaged 10.1 points, 4.9 assists, and 2.5 rebounds in 2013-14 for the Lakers after spending a year in Turkey. The 27-year-old battled through multiple injuries, missing 41 games.

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Boris Diaw Returning to Spurs

Boris Diaw Returning to Spurs

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat wait and wonder about their “Big Three”, the world champion San Antonio Spurs continue to bring back the majority of their roster. Veteran forward Boris Diaw signed a new multi-year deal to return to the Spurs on Sunday.

Sources say that Diaw’s new contract is for three years, and is worth an approximated $22 million. The forward took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the signing saying, “Hey Spurs fans, Good news i stay in san antonio for a few more years. Lets win it again. #gospursgo”.

The 32-year-old averaged 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 2013-14, helping the Spurs to a fifth NBA Championship.

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Jason Kidd Writes Letter to Bucks’ Fans

Jason Kidd Writes Letter to Bucks’ Fans

Mike Ehrman/Getty images(NEW YORK) — Now that he’s officially the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jason Kidd took to the team’s Twitter account to further endear himself to the fans.

“Over the past couple days, I’ve been asked: ‘Why Milwaukee?’ My answer is simple: there is no place I’d rather be,” Kidd wrote. “Over my twenty years in the NBA as a player and a coach, I have always been impressed with the level of support that Bucks fans have given this team, in good times and bad.

With a talented roster, new owners that are passionate about being successful in Milwaukee, and a great fan base, we have the makings of something special here and I’m proud to be leading this new era of Bucks basketball.”

After a stellar 19-year career, Kidd became the coach of the Brooklyn Nets the season after he retired. The team had massive expectations placed on them, but Kidd could only take them to the second of the playoffs.

In an attempt to gain more power, Kidd reportedly demanded to be named the president of basketball operations. The team balked at Kidd’s demands, and he was promptly traded to the Bucks for two second-round picks.

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Report: Jazz Aquire Steve Novak from the Raptors

Report: Jazz Aquire Steve Novak from the Raptors

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) — The Utah Jazz are looking for shooting help and they’ve found it as they’ve acquired veteran forward Steve Novak from the Toronto Raptors.

With the Raptors recently extending point guard Kyle Lowry, the team was looking to unload salary, as Novak is set to make $7.2 million over the next two years. The Jazz will send back a future second-round pick.

The 31-year old Novak is an eight-year veteran who can help stretch the floor for the Jazz as they already have a good nucleus of front-court players like Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors, and Jeremy Evans.

After finding consistent playing time with the New York Knicks, Novak quickly fell out of favor in Toronto, as he averaged just 10.0 minutes per game and averaged 3.3 points per game.

Despite the limited playing time, Novak still remains a deadly shooter from the 3-point line. In 54 games for the Raptors last season, Novak shot .426% from 3.

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Trail Blazers Sign Chris Kaman

Trail Blazers Sign Chris Kaman

NBA via New Orleans Hornets(NEW YORK) — The Portland Trail Blazers added veteran center Chris Kaman to their roster on Friday.  Kama and the Trail Blazers agreed to a two-year deal worth $9.8 million, reports ESPN.com.

Kaman averaged 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds last season with the Lakers.

Kaman made the All-Star team in 2010 and will primarily be a backup to Robin Lopez, who averaged 11.1 points per game and 8.5 rebounds for Portland.

Kaman has spent 11 seasons in the NBA and will provide great veteran leadership to a young Trail Blazers roster.

The deal cannot become official until July 10 when the league-wide moratorium on signings ends.

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Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Thursday was a busy day for one of the NBA’s most sought after free agents. After spending two hours meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo Anthony also spent time with his most recent team in the New York Knicks.

Anthony sat down with members of both team’s leadership and discussed possible terms of contracts as he enters his first ever free agency period. The Lakers contingent was reportedly to include star Kobe Bryant, but the small forward was unable to get back to California in time following a family vacation in Europe. Bryant did say he planned to met with Anthony later in the day.

Following a two and a half hour meeting, Los Angeles told the small forward they would be willing to offer him maximum contract worth $96 million over four years. If Anthony chose to stay with the Knicks, he could garner a five-year deal with a $129 million price tag. New York reiterated to Anthony that he would be given such a contract if he chose to stay.

Anthony has also met with Chicago, Dallas, and Houston during this free agency period. 

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ESPN: Mavericks Sign Dirk Nowitzki to 3-Year Deal

ESPN: Mavericks Sign Dirk Nowitzki to 3-Year Deal

NBA via Dallas Mavericks(NEW YORK) — The greatest player to suit up for the Dallas Mavericks isn’t going anywhere as, according to ESPN, the team has agreed on a three-year contract with forward Dirk Nowitzki.

The deal is expected to be in the $30 million range. ESPN also is reporting that the new deal contains a player option that would allow Nowitzki to return to free agency in the summer of 2016.

Nowitzki took a below-market value deal due to his allegiance to the team, and the team’s desire to use the saved money to go after free agents such as Carmelo Anthony and Luol Deng.

Nowitzki has been with the Mavericks for 16 seasons, making his NBA debut back in 1998.

When all is said and done, Nowitzki will likely suit up for the Mavericks for the duration of his 19-year career, something rarely seen in professional sports these days.

During his NBA career, the 36-year-old Nowitzki has averaged 22.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, and led the franchise to its only NBA Championship back in 2011.

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Jason Kidd Ready for New Job in Milwaukee

Jason Kidd Ready for New Job in Milwaukee

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jason Kidd is moving on from last season with the Brooklyn Nets.  The Milwaukee Bucks introduced Kidd on Wednesday and Kidd did not mention the team once during his press conference.

“This is business. I think [Nets general manager] Billy [King] said it best,” Kidd said with a grin. “It’s business, and that’s what it comes down to.”

“When you’re a player, you’re gonna be criticized. And as a coach, you’re gonna be criticized even more because it’s about wins and losses,” Kidd continued. “And so for me it’s being able to get better as a coach.”

“I’m still a young coach and I’ve still got a lot to learn about coaching and I want to surround myself with guys like [Bucks GM] John [Hammond] and [owners] Wes [Edens] and Marc [Lasry] and be able to learn from them,” he added. “I’m excited about this opportunity. Today is all about Milwaukee and I’ll be criticized about why [Ersan] Ilyasova didn’t take the game-winning shot. It just comes with the territory and we move forward.”

Kidd also said he’s looking forward to teaching a young roster, which includes Jabari Parker.

“It’s not about the market. It’s about being able to teach, and I have a great opportunity in Milwaukee with a young roster. Our goal is to become a championship team, and having this opportunity with Milwaukee, I’m very excited about it,” Kidd said. “I’ve played in small markets, I’ve played in big markets, basketball is inside the arena. It doesn’t recognize what market you’re in. It’s about wins and losses. That’s the way I approach it.”

Kidd was traded to the Bucks after requesting the right to speak with other teams. The deal is worth $15 million for three years, according to ESPN.com.

The Nets received two second round draft picks for him. The team also retired Kidd’s No. 5 jersey this past season.

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Marcin Gortat Agrees to Five-Year Deal with Wizards

Marcin Gortat Agrees to Five-Year Deal with Wizards

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Marcin Gortat will be staying in Washington after he agreed to a new five-year deal worth $60 million with the Wizards on Tuesday.

“I’m proud to say Washington will be my home,” Gortat posted to his twitter account on Tuesday.

Gortat was one of the top targets to bring back for Washington and both sides met earlier in the week to discuss his future with the team.

The deal can’t officially be signed until July 10 when the league moratorium is lifted.

Gortat was huge for the Wizards off the bench this past season, averaging 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds. 

The Wizards made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.  They’ll shift their attention now to re-signing forward Trevor Ariza.

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Magic Waive Point Guard Jameer Nelson

Magic Waive Point Guard Jameer Nelson

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) — After 10 seasons with the team, the Orlando Magic have waived point guard Jameer Nelson.
“I appreciate the opportunity the Orlando Magic has afforded me and my family over the past 10 years,” Nelson said…

Cavaliers Reward Kyrie Irving with Five-Year Extension

Cavaliers Reward Kyrie Irving with Five-Year Extension

NBA via Cleveland Cavaliers(NEW YORK) — Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers can put their fears to rest as All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has agreed to sign a five-year extension with the team worth $90 million.
Irving had one more year left on his roo…

ESPN: Bucks Make ‘Trade’ for Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd

ESPN: Bucks Make ‘Trade’ for Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Things have gotten quite interesting for the Milwaukee Bucks in the past week. The latest development, according to ESPN, is that the Bucks will send a 2015 and 2019 2nd round pick to nab coaching rights to Jason Kidd.

This is quite a surprise considering this time a year ago, the Nets had just hired Kidd to coach the team after he retired from playing in the NBA.

The move was seen at the time as a surprise because Kidd had zero coaching experience at any level, and was handed the job for a Nets team expected to contend right away due to their veteran roster.

The Nets struggled right off the bat, but managed to finish with a 44-38 record and won their first-round playoff series.

But Kidd reportedly demanded to become the team’s President of Basketball Operations, and the team wasn’t willing to give him so much power with so much inexperience.

This past season, the Bucks finished with the worst record in the NBA at 15-67. The team was fortunate enough to draft former Duke star Jabari Parker with the second overall pick in last week’s draft.

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ESPN: Raptors, Hawks Agree to Swap John Salmons and Lou Williams

ESPN: Raptors, Hawks Agree to Swap John Salmons and Lou Williams

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NBA) — With NBA free agency less than 24 hours away, ESPN is reporting that the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a trade that would send John Salmons to the Hawks and Lou Williams to the Raptors.

ESPN.com is reporting that the Hawks will waive Salmons and pay him only $1 million as opposed to paying him $7 million this upcoming season.

The Hawks are clearing up cap space so they can be more aggressive in free agency as well as ensure future flexibility with the cap.

The Hawks are projected to now have $15.5 million in cap space, enough to make a move this offseason to upgrade the roster.

The 34-year-old Salmons has played 12 NBA seasons, and spent just one season with the Raptors where he averaged 5.0 points in 60 games this past season.

Meanwhile Williams, 27, is a nine-year NBA veteran who specializes in being the main scoring option off the bench. This past season he averaged 10.4 points per game.

Williams and Salmons were teammates together on the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2005-2006 season.

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Jason Kidd Allowed to Talk with Bucks

Jason Kidd Allowed to Talk with Bucks

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After helping to turn the Brooklyn Nets season around and reach the playoffs, Jason Kidd’s future with the team is uncertain. Reports surfaced late Saturday night that the first year head coach could be on his way out of the Big Apple and headed to Milwaukee.

Sources confirmed a report from the New York Post that Kidd was allowed to speak with the Bucks after his request for a promotion was denied by Nets ownership. Kidd reportedly asked for personnel decisions to be added to his duties in addition to his coaching as well as part ownership. Milwaukee then asked, and was granted, permission to talk with Kidd about leaving Brooklyn.

Negotiations were said to be far enough along that the two sides were discussing compensation for the Nets when Kidd was hired away. Milwaukee, which already has a coach and general manager under contract, was purchased by Marc Lasry and Wes Edens earlier this year. Lasry was once a part-time owner of the Nets when Kidd was playing for the franchise, and was even a financial adviser to the former point guard. 

Should they need a new coach, sources say Brooklyn has shown interest in Mark Jackson, Lionel Simmons, and George Karl among others. In his first season as an NBA head coach, Kidd went 44-38 after a 10-21 start. Brooklyn reached the playoffs for a second straight year before being ousted by the Miami Heat in the second round. 

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Report: Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem Opt Out of their Contracts

Report: Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem Opt Out of their Contracts

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Big 3 just might be sticking together after all. According to reports, guard Dwyane Wade, and forward Udonis Haslem have opted out of their contracts and will become free agents.

On the surface, this might spell gloom and doom for Heat fans, but these moves could allow the team re-sign Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Wade, and possibly another high-level free agent.

Haslem is likely to re-sign with with the Heat, but on a more team-friendly deal. He was due to make $4.62 million next season.

The 34-year-old Haslem has spent his entire 11-year career, and has won three championships during his tenure in South Beach.

Wade is also a career member of the Heat organization. He’s been with the team since they drafted him sixth overall back in 2003, the same year they selected Haslem.

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Doug McDermott Ready to Prove He Belongs in the NBA

Doug McDermott Ready to Prove He Belongs in the NBA

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — There may not have been a more polarizing player in the NBA Draft than former Creighton forward Doug McDermott. Now a member of the Chicago Bulls, he’s out to prove he can be a productive NBA player as many doubt he’s not ready for the next level.

“A lot of people label me as just a spot up shooter, but I think that I’m a lot more than that,” McDermott said. “I feel like I can put the ball on the floor and come off of screens really well, so I’ve been working on that a lot.”

McDermott is one of the greatest scorers in NCAA history. In his senior season, he led the nation in scoring at 26.7 points per game. His scoring average went up each of his collegiate seasons.

The Denver Nuggets originally selected McDermott 11th overall, but his rights were drafted to the Bulls.

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Sixers Roll the Dice on Center Joel Embiid

Sixers Roll the Dice on Center Joel Embiid

Cooper Neil/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — For the third-straight year, the Philadelphia 76ers are bringing in a center who very well could sit out for the entire season. With the third pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, the team selected former Kansas center Joel Embiid.

Once considered to be the number one overall prospect in the draft, Embiid fell to third because he recently underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.

That injury, along with a back issue, could keep the talented big man out of action his entire rookie season.

“For my back injury, it hurt me. But I saw the doctors and they said I was going to be fine,” Embiid said after getting drafted. “And unfortunately this foot injury happened a week before the draft. But I believe in God and God knew what he was doing, I’ve always said that and I’m going to just keep praising him.”

During his lone season at Kansas, Embiid dominated opponents. He averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while blocking 72 shots.

Last season, the 76ers selected center Nerlens Noel, who sat out the entire season as he recovered from a torn ACL.

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NBA Selects Isaiah Austin in 2014 Draft

NBA Selects Isaiah Austin in 2014 Draft

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In an emotional moment, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that former Baylor star Isaiah Austin was drafted by the league during Thursday night’s draft. Austin, who was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome last weekend, was forced to give up his dream of playing in the NBA, so the draft announcement was ceremonial.

Marfan syndrome effects the connective tissue within the body that can cause severe damage to the heart. The illness was discovered as part of Austin’s physical in preparation for the draft.

“For Commissioner Silver to even invite me here was a tremendous blessing and it just shows how much class that man has,” Austin said. “It’s really been a tough week for me, and it’s been really rough. I’ve just had a tremendous amount of support from everybody around the world, telling me they’re praying for me and everything.”

Austin averaged 13 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in 35 contests with Baylor. The 7’1″ forward also revealed this year that he was playing with a prosthetic right eye after multiple surgeries to repair a detached retina suffered years ago proved to be unsuccessful. 

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