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nba rumors Sacramento Kings forward and Baltimore native Rudy Gay has informed team management that he plans to opt out of his contract in 2017 and enter free agency, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday. In addition, Gay told the Kings he "considers himself unlikely to negotiate a new deal to return to the franchise." Though the main focus here is on free agency next summer, "that he’s strongly leaning against re-signing with Sacramento is a declaration that could increase pressure on the organization to trade Gay sooner rather than later," Wojnarowski wrote. CSN MidAtlantic

Gay confirmed to The Undefeated that he has informed the Kings that he will exercise a clause in his contract to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2017 and depart. Gay will make $13.3 million next season and has a $14.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season. Gay has long been frustrated with the struggling and ever-changing Kings, who have not made the playoffs in 10 years.

nba rumors Shooting guard J.R. Smith will not attend the Cleveland Cavaliers' minicamp this week in California as he and the team remain at an impasse in contract talks, sources told Cavs players and coaches are gathering for workouts for several days this week in Santa Barbara ahead of the start of training camp next week. The session is meant to create camaraderie ahead of the season. Last year, the team gathered in Miami for a camp that helped launch their eventual championship season.

One of the reasons Smith's talks have failed to find common ground is the wide variety of contracts shooting guards signed during the offseason. Comparable shooting guards include Kent Bazemore (four years, $70 million), Eric Gordon (four years, $53 million) Jamal Crawford (three years, $42 million), Courtney Lee (four years, $48 million) and Joe Johnson (two years, $22 million).

nba rumors On Monday, the Milwaukee Bucks and do-everything forward Giannis Antetokounmpo agreed to a contract extension worth a reported $100 million over four years. It was a deal that was definitely coming for Antetokounmpo who has blossomed into one of the best young all-around players in the NBA. Oklahoman

The extension could have ramifications beyond the Bucks. Antetokounmpo could have signed for a maximum of $106 million over four years, but according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, over the summer Antetokounmpo expressed he was willing to take less money so Milwaukee could keep its young core together. Oklahoman

If they're not re-signed by the Oct. 31 deadline to extend 2013 first-round picks, Oladipo and Adams will become restricted free agents at the end of the season. The pair will undoubtedly receive maximum contract offers from other teams in the summer of 2017, but the Thunder wants to keep both. Oklahoman

nba rumors Former Detroit Pistons center Joel Anthony has reportedly landed with another team ahead of training camp. The 6-foot-9 Anthony will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the San Antonio Spurs soon, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Michigan Live

Speaking of former Pistons, Jodie Meeks is on schedule to return to the Orlando Magic roster sometime in November, reports The Orlando Sentinel. Meeks had surgery in July after complications with the right foot he fractured last season in Detroit. Michigan Live

nba rumors Last year, the Griz used an NBA record 28 different players in order to earn a playoff berth. Most of those participants were guards but none of them are returning. The Griz had strong interest in bringing back veteran Mario Chalmers before he suffered a ruptured Achilles. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Reports indicate Chalmers (a free agent) could be ready to return to the NBA near the end of November. The Griz again expressing interest in Chalmers wouldn’t come as a shocker. The closest person the Griz have to a familiar face returning is Tony Wroten, whom they drafted in 2012 but traded the following season. Wroten, 6-5, will be in training camp on a nonguaranteed deal after the New York Knicks waived him earlier this year. Memphis Commercial Appeal

nba rumors There’s a solid chance that the Sixers will trade Noel or/and center Jahlil Okafor this season. But if he stays, Sixers coach Brett Brown says Noel will be an asset for the team that also features center Joel Embiid. However, Brown wants him to focus on running rim to rim, scoring around the basket and being a defensive stopper. “Personally, I don’t care if he ever makes a jump shot for the rest of his life,” the coach said. “I mean that. That’s not how his bread is buttered.” Philadelphia Inquirer

In a move announced by the Jazz on Monday evening, Igor Kokoskov has been promoted up the assistant coaching ladder and will sit on the front row during games with fellow assistants Johnnie Bryant and Alex Jensen. Zach Guthrie and Lamar Skeeter — previously on the player development staff — have been named assistants in a continuation of previous duties. The Jazz also announced their entire staff for the upcoming season: Kokoskov, Jensen, Bryant, Antonio Lang, Jeff Watkinson, Mike Wells, Guthrie and Skeeter. Salt Lake Tribune

The Dallas Mavericks have 20 players on their roster after signing free agent guard C.J. Williams to a contract Monday. In 34 games last season for JDA Dijon Bourgogne in France, Williams averaged 11.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per contest. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Draymond Green made his first All-Star team, proving worthy of the $82.5 million contract he signed last summer. He led the team in rebounds (9.5 per game) and assists (7.4), was second in blocks (1.4) and third in scoring (14.0). Green, who finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year balloting, solidified his role as the team’s emotional leader, though even he concedes there were times when he pushed too hard. CSN Bay Area

“It will be two years in November,” Wayne Ellington said Monday of his father’s murder. “Naturally, I was angry at first. I was angry that something like that happened to my father, someone who I was so close with. “But as time went on and I grieved with my family and talked about it, I realized I was in a position where I could really change things around and maybe make one person every time I do something, touch them and turn them in a more positive direction.” Miami Herald


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