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ESPN: Donald Sterling Meets with Steve Ballmer

ESPN: Donald Sterling Meets with Steve Ballmer

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Monday in Los Angeles to discuss the pending sale of the team, according to ESPN.

Sterling and Ballmer met for about 90 minutes at Sterling's house in Beverly Hills in their first face-to-face meeting since Ballmer negotiated the record-setting sale with Shelly Sterling on May 29.  Sources say it was a "friendly conversation."

A settlement has yet to be reached, but the sale of the team will reportedly be worth $2 billion. 

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week that he wasn't sure a new owner of the Clippers would be in place by the start of next season. 

The original agreement called for the sale to close by July 15, with a possible extension to Aug. 15, but Donald Sterling has vowed to fight his termination and the sale of the team.

Ballmer is ready to buy the Clippers, but an issue in that case is whether Shelly Sterling was authorized to sell the franchise to him without the authorization of her husband.

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Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite the rumored talks between Minnesota and Cleveland that include trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, sources now say the Cavaliers plan to sign their top draft pick later this week. Those same sources also say the delay in signing Wiggins has nothing to do with the apparent trade talks.

Instead, the Cavs have been reportedly weighing how to use the remaining $1.4 million available to them after signing the Kansas forward. Wiggins' contract will net him in the neighborhood of a reported $5.5 million as a rookie. Once signed, Cleveland must wait at least 30 days before they can trade him. 

After the Cavs sign Wiggins, they are expected to ink Mike Miller to a two-year $5.6 million deal.

Cleveland has also been rumored to have interest in Ray Allen, a teammate with Miller in Miami. However, the Cavaliers would only be able to give Allen the league minimum of $1.4 million.

All of these front office moves have been to try and build the best possible team around returning forward LeBron James.

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Report: Bucks Plan on Claiming Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

Report: Bucks Plan on Claiming Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an effort to save salary cap space, The Los Angeles Lakers waived point guard Kendall Marshall with hopes of re-signing him. Instead, ESPN is reporting that the Milwaukee Bucks will put a claim in on him and his rights will become the team's property.

Marshall started 45 games for the Lakers last season and resurrected his career after he spent time in the NBA Developmental League after he was drafted 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns back in 2012.

The Lakers were hoping that no one would put in a claim on him, and would then re-sign him to a more team-friendly deal.

Even though he has trouble shooting the ball, Marshall has proved himself to be a more that reliable point guard at the NBA level.

In 54 games this past sesaon, Marshall averaged 8.0 points and 8.8 assists per game.

With the Bucks having rookie Jabari Parker and sophomore Giannis Antetokounmpo, Marshall will likely be counted on to be a distributor and lock down the point guard position.

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ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) --  The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a contract with free agent guard Aaron Brooks, according to ESPN.

The addition of Brooks gives the Bulls another scoring option off the bench.  Chicago has retooled its roster during the offseason with the additions of former All-Star Pau Gasol, European forward Nikola Mirotic, and rookie guard Doug McDermott in hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference crown.

The 29-year-old Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of the University of Oregon.

Brooks averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists per game last season while playing for the Rockets and Denver Nuggets.

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Andrew Bynum Considering Sitting Out all of Next Season

Andrew Bynum Considering Sitting Out all of Next Season

NBA via Philadelphia 76ers(NEW YORK) -- It may be a while before we see center Andrew Bynum on the court for an NBA team. According to Bynum's agent, David Lee, his client is considering sitting out all of next season to undergo the Regenokine knee therapy procedure.

The non-surgical procedure uses injections to help grow new cartilage, and requires an extra-long rehab.

This would require Bynum to travel to Germany to be treated doctor Peter Wehling. The surgery is not approved in the United States.

Athletes such as Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant have underwent similar treatment.

It wasn't too long ago that Bynum was considered one of the best young players in the NBA. Two seasons ago for the Los Angeles Lakers, Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.

But knee and other issues kept him out the entirety of the following season after he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

He returned this past season and suited up for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers where he averaged 8.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 26 games played.

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Jimmer Fredette Heads to the Pelicans

Jimmer Fredette Heads to the Pelicans

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New Orleans Pelicans have found a new sharpshooter. The team agreed to terms with Jimmer Fredette on a one-year deal on Thursday, worth the league minimum.

Fredette, who was drafted by the Sacramento Kings, finished last season with the Chicago Bulls after earning his release from the Kings. The guard played sparingly in eight games with the Bulls, spending time on the roster during their playoff run.

Fredette's best season came in his rookie year, 2011-12, when he averaged 7.6 points per game and shot 36.1 percent from beyond the arc.

The Pelicans hope that the former Brigham Young star will replace the production lost when Anthony Morrow signed with Oklahoma City. 

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Lakers Claim Boozer off Amnesty Waivers

Lakers Claim Boozer off Amnesty Waivers

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Lakers added to their wealth of big men on Thursday, claiming forward Carlos Boozer off amnesty waivers. The Lakers won a blind bid against nine teams, putting up $3.25 million to garner Boozer's rights, according to reports. 

"We're very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season," Mitch Kupchak, Lakers general manager, said in a news release.

Boozer was released via the amnesty clause by the Chicago Bulls just over a week ago, making it possible for Chicago to sign free agents Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. The Bulls still must pay the remaining $13.6 million on his 2014-15 contract, but by utilizing the amnesty clause, the contract comes off the books for salary-cap and luxury-tax purposes.

Los Angeles has already signed a pair of power forwards, reaching agreements with both Ed Davis and Jordan Hill. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 76 contests for Chicago last season.

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Pacers Agree to Deal with Guard Rodney Stuckey

Pacers Agree to Deal with Guard Rodney StuckeyRonald Martinez/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Now that Lance Stephenson has taken his talents to Charlotte, the Indiana Pacers have signed guard Rodney Stuckey to a one-year deal. Terms of the deal have not been released yet. Stuckey had spent his entire ...

Report: Bulls Inform Carlos Boozer He’s Been Amnestied

Report: Bulls Inform Carlos Boozer He’s Been Amnestied

NBA via Chicago Bulls(NEW YORK) -- The Carlos Boozer-era is over in Chicago as the Bulls have informed him that he's been amnestied.

Boozer was entering the final year of his contract, and was set to earn $16.8 million next season. While Boozer will still receive his full salary, it won't count against the Bulls salary cap.

With the recent additions of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls front-court suddenly became very crowded, and very expensive.

Boozer’s contract is now put out to bid and teams under the salary cap can enter a blind bid, with the team putting in the highest bid (over a minimum of $1.4 million) can get his services.

The 32-year-old Boozer is still a productive NBA player. This past season for the Bulls, he averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

He spent four of his 12 overall seasons in the NBA in Chicago, and has career averages of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

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Hornets Agree to Deal with Lance Stephenson

Hornets Agree to Deal with Lance Stephenson

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Charlotte Hornets have reached a deal with one of the top free agents on the market as they've agreed on a three-year deal with former Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.

ESPN is reporting that the deal is worth $27 million. The Hornets have a team option in the third year of the contract as well.

"Lance is forever grateful for all the love he's received from Pacers fans. He is especially grateful to his teammates, Frank Vogel, Herb Simon, the Pacers management and most of all, Larry Bird," Stephenson's agent, Alberto Ebanks, said in a statement. "While we tried our best to come to the best possible terms for both sides, there was not sufficient flexibility in the terms of the contract, particularly the length of the contract."

What makes this a peculiar move for Stephenson is that the Pacers had offered Stephenson a five-year deal worth $54 million. He turned the deal down because he said he felt undervalued.

Stephenson's fourth NBA season proved to be his best as a pro. In 78 games, he averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game.

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Miami Heat Re-Sign Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat Re-Sign Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat/NBA(MIAMI) -- The Miami Heat has re-signed guard Dwyane Wade, the team announced on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Dwyane has been the franchise cornerstone for this team since the day he arrived 11 years ago,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He has shown his commitment to the Heat many times over the course of his career and has always been willing to sacrifice in order to help build this team into a champion. This time is no different. I am ecstatic to have him back in the fold and I am confident that Dwyane, as always, will be leading this team as we look to contend for NBA Championships.”

Miami originally selected Wade out of Marquette with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. In 11 seasons with the Heat, Wade has averaged 24.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds per game. The 10-time All-Star has won three NBA championships during his tenure.

The Heat also announced on Tuesday the signing of free agent forward Luol Deng.

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Chandler Parsons ‘Offended’ by Rockets

Chandler Parsons ‘Offended’ by Rockets

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Chandler Parsons is a Dallas Maverick after agreeing on a three-year deal worth $46 million last week. Still, Parsons is "offended" that the Houston Rockets did not even entertain the offer sheet that he signed with Dallas and believes that he was the third best player on the roster.

"Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. "They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that's just how they viewed me as a player. I don't think I've scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I'm ready for that role."

"You can't knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys," Parsons continued. "They are looking to make their team better. That's what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that."

Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season and will join the likes of Dirk Nowitzki next season.

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Cavaliers’ David Blatt Says Team Won’t Trade Andrew Wiggins

Cavaliers’ David Blatt Says Team Won’t Trade Andrew Wiggins

Jost West/Getty Images Sport(NEW YORK) -- With rumors flying that the Cleveland Cavaliers could now shift their attention to acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love, head coach David Blatt says the team will not trade Andrew Wiggins in any potential deal for Love.

"There's no reason or cause for worry on his part because Andrew's not going anywhere, as far as I know and as far as the club has expressed," Blatt told reporters Saturday.

Wiggins was the number one overall pick by the Cavaliers in the NBA Draft last June. Many see him as a potential franchise player, and the team is reluctant to give him up.

"I would think for a guy like Andrew, to have the opportunity to play with arguably one of the best players of all time, and to learn from him and to be tutored by him and to play alongside him -- which he will -- I gotta think that's a tremendous boost to his confidence and his comfort level and probably his motivation," Blatt told reporters.

Love is reportedly "intrigued" by the idea of playing with James in Cleveland, but it remains to be seen if the Cavaliers can bring him on board without giving up Wiggins.

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European Star Nikola Mirotic Will Join the Bulls Next Season

European Star Nikola Mirotic Will Join the Bulls Next SeasonRonald Martinez/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Nikola Mirotic is finally coming to the NBA as he's agreed on a contract with the Chicago Bulls that will bring him over to America next season. Mirotic was acquired by the Bulls in a draft-day deal back in 20...

ESPN: Heat Re-Sign Center Chris Andersen

ESPN: Heat Re-Sign Center Chris Andersen

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even without Lebron James suiting up for the Miami Heat next season, the team is committed to putting together a winning team as they've re-signed center Chris Andersen.

Andersen's new deal is worth two years and will pay him $10 million.

In two seasons with the Heat, the 36-year-old Andersen has resurrected his career with Miami. He's established himself as a reliable big man off the bench who has earned crunch time minutes with the team in the regular season and the playoffs.

In 72 games for the Heat this past season, Andersen averaged 6.6 points, 5.3 rebounds per game, and 1.3 blocks in 19.4 minutes per game.

Despite the free agent departure of James, the Heat have not been quiet this offseason. They've brought in Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger. The team has also resigned Chris Bosh, Andersen, and are expected to bring back Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem.

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Paul Pierce Joining the Wizards

Paul Pierce Joining the Wizards

Claus Andersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Paul Pierce will don new colors next season. On Saturday, the small forward signed a two-year deal worth $11 million with the Washington Wizards.

Pierce, who spent the 2013-14 season with the Brooklyn Nets, signed a contract that includes a player option for next summer. The Wizards went after Pierce once swingman Trevor Ariza signed a deal with the Houston Rockets.

The ten-time All-Atar averaged just 13.5 points per game, playing only 28 minutes per contest last year with the Nets. Pierce had also garnered interest from such teams as the Dallas Mavericks, Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers. 

Pierce, 36, joined Brooklyn as part of a mega-trade with the Boston Celtics that included Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.

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Pau Gasol Announces He’s Signing with the Bulls

Pau Gasol Announces He’s Signing with the Bulls

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- The free agent dominos have begun to fall in the NBA. Free agent forward/center Pau Gasol has announced via Twitter that he will sign with the Chicago Bulls.

"It hasn't been easy. After meditating it a lot I've chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career," Gasol Tweeted on Saturday.

The 34-year-old Gasol spent over six seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped lead them to two NBA Championships.

Aside from top-tier guys like Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony, Gasol was one of the top names out there on the free agent market.

While he's struggled with durability issues the past couple seasons, he remains one of the better all-around big men and should mesh nicely with All-Star center Joakim Noah.

In 60 games for the Lakers this past season, Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game.

The Bulls have to decide by Wednesday whether nor not they will amnesty forward Carlos Boozer or find a trade destination for him so that they can fit Gasol's contract under the salary cap.

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Jazz Match Hornets’ Off Sheet for Gordon Hayward

Jazz Match Hornets’ Off Sheet for Gordon Hayward

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Restricted free agent Gordon Hayward is staying in Utah as the Jazz have matched the four-year, $63 million offer sheet he signed with the Charlotte Hornets.

"We're extremely appreciative to Michael Jordan, Rich Cho, Steve Clifford and the Hornets for wanting Gordon and making Gordon feel like such a critical piece to the team they're building," Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein said. "That's something that's really appreciated by Gordon and myself, not just the contract but the whole presentation that they made.

"But It's always a wonderful thing when your own organization values you so much that they'd match a contract like this. I think it makes a great statement to Gordon about how they feel about him and value him."

Gordon was the ninth overall pick by the Jazz back during the 2010 Draft out of Butler.

He's emerged himself as one of the better all-around forwards in the NBA. This past season, Hayward averaged 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game.

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Vince Carter to Join Grizzlies

Vince Carter to Join Grizzlies

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Not to be lost in the madness that was LeBron James' announcement, Vince Carter is also reportedly on the move. Sources say the veteran shooter spent Friday finalizing a three-year deal to join the Memphis Grizzlies.

Sources say the contract is worth $12.2 million per year, luring Carter away from the Dallas Mavericks. Memphis had attempted to get the shooting guard via a trade in 2013 but ended with Tayshaun Price after Dallas backed out of the talks. The Grizzlies were also hoping that Mike Miller would re-sign, but the small forward informed the team that he would not return for next season.

The Mavs were hoping to re-sign Carter by utilizing the cap-room exception owrth $2.7 million per year. Reports say that Carter had told Dallas that he would return to the team for a two-year deal worth $8 million. However, that number would only be possible if the Houston Rockets chose to match the offer give to Chandler Parsons.

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ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Rockets traded guard Jeremy Lin and a future first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

The Rockets will receive cash and rights to an undisclosed overseas player.

According to ESPNDallas.com, the Rockets are also expected to match the Dallas Mavericks three-year, $46 million offer sheet to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.

Meanwhile, the Lakers receive a 26-year-old Lin, who is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $14.9 million this season.

During his four NBA seasons, Lin has averaged 11.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

 

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