Jeremy Evans will sign with Mavericks

Jeremy Evans will sign with Mavericks

Jeremy Evans will sign with Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks have had an impressive offseason. And after striking agreements with starter-level talent these past few days, they’re solidifying their bench a bit. Here’s the Salt Lake Tribune reporting on an athletic former member of the Utah Jazz who will take his hops to Texas:

The Utah Jazz have lost their former NBA slam dunk champion.

A free agent forward, Jeremy Evans announced via Twitter on Sunday afternoon that he had reached a deal to join the Mavericks. According to an ESPN report, the deal is for two years at the league minimum.

The 27-year-old Evans was a second-round pick by the Jazz in 2010. But after being a regular rotation player two seasons ago for coach Tyrone Corbin, Evans saw his minutes and role dramatically reduced last season under new coach Quin Snyder.

“If I’m here, I’m going to be so happy,” Evans said during his exit interview in April. “I feel like this is my home. If not, I know it’s still going to be a bright future and wish everybody the best.”

Lakers, Lou Williams agree to deal

It’s been a tough free agency period for the Lakers. They need all the help they can get, at almost every position. And even though they already have a scoring guard by the name of Kobe Bryant, adding another will help, whether that player gets used as a point guard or simply as scoring punch off the bench. They just need players, period. Enter Lou Williams. Here’s the Toronto Star reporting:

Lakers, Lou Williams agree to deal

Lou Williams has a new home and the Raptors have escaped making another tough decision that might not have resonated well with fans.

Williams, reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year, has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $21 million (U.S.) contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, sparing the Raptors from being anything like a villain in the departure of another free agent.

Along with Amir Johnson (to Boston on a two-year, $24 million deal) Johnson was a key part of last year’s Raptor success, and there were fans who would have liked both to return.

But the Raptors were not going to pay Williams that salary for three years and they weren’t going to go near $12 million a season for Johnson.

Pacers will keep Rodney Stuckey

Here’s the Indianapolis Star with an update on guard Rodney Stuckey:

Pacers will keep Rodney Stuckey

The Indiana Pacers continued shaping their roster on Sunday by working a deal with in-house free agent Rodney Stuckey.

The team and Stuckey have agreed on a three-year deal worth $21 million with a player option the third year, according to his agent.

Stuckey, 29, had a career year in his first season with the Pacers. Though Stuckey started 36 games, he found his niche as the Pacers’ high-scoring sixth man in averaging 12.6 points on 44 percent from the field, the highest shooting mark of his eight seasons.

The Sacramento Kings have landed some temporary help at the point guard spot. Rajon Rondo’s stock is down these days. He’s never been a good outside shooter, but his overall affect on a team has been questioned lately. Joining the Kings, who have plenty of individual talent that can use some help working together efficiently as a squad, will be a good test, and fun for fans to watch. Here’s the Sacramento Bee reporting:

rajon rondo

The Kings reached an agreement with point guard Rajon Rondo on a one-year deal worth approximately $10 million, a league source confirmed Friday.

Rondo met with the Kings on Friday and left the facility before deciding to sign with the team.

Best known as a four-time All-Star with Boston, Rondo finished last season with Dallas.

It was Rondo’s first full season since tearing his right ACL in 2013. He averaged 8.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 10.8 assists in 22 games with the Celtics before he was traded to Dallas last December.

No Tristan Thompson, Cavs agreement yet

No Tristan Thompson, Cavs agreement yet

Here’s the News Herald reporting on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who hope to retain the services of rugged role-playing power forward Tristan Thompson but apparently haven’t come to a final free agent contract agreement just yet:

No Tristan Thompson, Cavs agreement yet

We’re not privy to what caused the interruption in the Cavs’ bliss. All we know is that there was a snag and Thompson has yet to agree to a deal.

It’s undoubtedly not the length of the contract. The five-year deal is the maximum allowed under the NBA’s salary-cap regulations.

Maybe Thompson wants a player’s option in the final year of the contract.

Perhaps it’s coming down to dollars and cents (sense?). The most the Cavs can offer him under the rules is around $90 million. The Cavs were reportedly offering $80 million. That’s the difference of him making $16 million a year as opposed to $18 million.

For as much as I respect Thompson’s lunch-pail game, that’s a lot of money for a 10.1-point career scorer.

Now this is a big one. Center DeAndre Jordan, he of massive hops, free throw struggles and impressive defensive ability, is leaving the Los Angeles Clippers and joining the Dallas Mavericks. Nobody expected this. Jordan fits in well on the Clippers, catching lobs from Chris Paul and having limited responsibility on offense while being part of a winning squad. But the Mavs offered monster money, and big DeAndre is reportedly accepting it. Here’s the Fort Worth Star-Telegram blog reporting:

deandre jordan

Following a sluggish performance on the opening day of free agency, the Mavs rolled up their collective sleeves and have bounced back in a very big way.

First, early Friday morning, the Mavs convinced Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews to agree in principle to a four-year free agent contract. Then, on Friday afternoon the Mavs beat the odds again and secured a verbal agreement from Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who accepted a four-year, $81 million contract from the Mavs.

Thus, Jordan becomes the first marquee player – aka a big fish — from another team to sign a free agent contract with the Mavs in the team’s illustrious 35-year history.

Wooed aggressively by the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Clippers and Mavs, Jordan had narrowed his choices down to the Mavs and Clippers. And after mulling over what the Mavs and Clippers had to offer, Jordan decided he wanted to jump-start the rest of his career in Dallas.

Richard Jefferson staying with Mavs

Here’s ESPN Dallas reporting that veteran small forward Richard Jefferson, whose NBA career is winding down, will stick with the Mavericks next season:

Richard Jefferson staying with Mavs

Small forward Richard Jefferson has agreed to return to the Dallas Mavericks on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, a source said.

Jefferson celebrated DeAndre Jordan’s decision to come to Dallas at a Manhattan Beach, Calif., bar Friday with a group including Mavs owner Mark Cuban and small forward Chandler Parsons.

In a video sent by Cuban on CyberDust, he laughed and asked Jefferson if he knew where he’d play next season. Jefferson joked: “We’ll see!”

Heat draft pick Justise Winslow signs his rookie contract

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Justise Winslow.

Players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft are guaranteed to receive a contract, assuming they want to come to the NBA right away. This is a standard signing and absolutely not a surprise.

Winslow, who helped Duke to the 2015 NCAA Championship as a freshman, appeared in 39 games (all starts) for the Blue Devils and averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.33 steals and 29.1 minutes while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from three-point range and 64.1 percent from the foul line. He was selected to the All-ACC Freshman Team and the USBWA All-District II Team. He was the third-highest scoring freshman in the ACC and capped the season with the second-most double-figure scoring efforts (31) and the second-highest rebound average by a freshman in the conference. He posted seven double-doubles and finished second on the team in rebounds (252), steals (52), blocks (34) and free throws made (100), while placing third in points (492), assists (82) and three-point field goals made (46). Additionally, during the NCAA tournament, he outperformed each of his statistical categories from the regular season as he started all six games and averaged 14.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.67 blocks and 1.50 steals while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from three-point range and 75.9 percent from the foul line.

He started all five games for USA Basketball and averaged 12.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18s. During the 2013 FIBA U19 Worlds, he averaged 9.8 points and 6.0 rebounds and was named to the 2013 All-FIBA World Championship team after posting 9.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals (2nd in tournament) at the U17 Worlds. Additionally, he was a member of the 2014 U.S. Junior National Select Team that played at the Nike Hoop Summit, where he scored a team-high 16 points to help the USA to a win over the World Select Team.

Winslow was selected in the first round (10th overall) by the HEAT in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Raptors sign rookie Delon Wright

Raptors sign rookie Delon Wright

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have signed guard Delon Wright from the University of Utah to his rookie scale contract. He is under contract through the 2016-17 season, with two team option years to follow. The Raptors selected Wright with the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

All first-round draft picks are guaranteed to receive a contract from the team that drafted them, assuming they wish to come to the NBA right away. So, this is a standard, routine signing.

Wright, 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, was named the 2015 recipient of the Bob Cousy Award for the nation’s top point guard. A first-team All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Defensive Team selection, Wright averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals in 35 games last season. As a junior, he contributed 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.5 steals in 33 contests earning first-team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honours.

Wright is the brother of Portland Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright.

Wright will join the team for Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 in Las Vegas. The Raptors will open the preliminary round of the tournament Friday, July 10 against the reigning Summer League champion Sacramento Kings at Thomas & Mack Center (3:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. ET).

The Brooklyn Nets are upgrading their bench with a couple of nice supporting-cast players. Here’s the New York Post reporting:

Nets agree to deals with Thomas Robinson and Shane Larkin

The Nets continued to act on their mission to get younger and more athletic, agreeing to two-year free-agent deals Thursday with Thomas Robinson and Shane Larkin, according to league sources.

Both deals come with player options for the second year, as the Nets continue to reshape their roster following their most important moves of the summer — re-signing Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young.

Robinson will earn the veteran’s minimum next season, while Larkin – who spent last season with the Knicks – will make roughly $1.4 million.

Blazers set to add Ed Davis

Trail Blazers set to add forward Ed Davis

At this point, there’s no reason to think that LaMarcus Aldridge will be back with the Portland Trail Blazers. They’ve added several big-men, and have now reportedly agreed to a deal with Ed Davis. Here’s the Oregonian reporting:

Blazers set to add Ed Davis

Unrestricted free agent Ed Davis has verbally agreed to sign a 3-year, $20 million free agent contract with the Blazers, according to Yahoo Sports. The deal will not become official until the NBA free agent moratorium ends on July 9.

Davis, 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds, averaged 8.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game and shot 60 percent from the field last season for the Los Angles Lakers. The No. 13 pick of the 2010 NBA draft, who is 26 and entering his sixth NBA season, is a skillful rebounder and effective interior scorer who adds even more athleticism to the Blazers’ evolving roster.

After striking out on Greg Monroe, Davis’ signing was a must for the Blazers, who are still waiting to hear if All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge plans to return to Portland.

Pacers, Monta Ellis agree to deal

Pacers, Monta Ellis agree to deal

The Indiana Pacers are about to add a lot of scoring to their backcourt. Will it be efficient scoring? We’ll see. Here’s the Indianapolis Star reporting:

Pacers, Monta Ellis agree to deal

Free agent guard Monta Ellis and the Indiana Pacers have agreed to a four-year deal worth $44 million on Thursday, a league source confirmed.

The deal also gives Ellis, 29, a player option in the fourth year, the source confirmed. Chris Broussard of ESPN was first to report the agreement. The Pacers reportedly beat out several other teams interested in Ellis, who has averaged 19.3 points and 4.8 assists over his 10-year career…

On Wednesday, Ellis and his wife arrived in Indianapolis and later in the night, met with Pacers executives Larry Bird, Kevin Pritchard and head coach Frank Vogel.

Bucks, Greg Monroe agree to deal

Bucks, Greg Monroe agree to deal

Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporting on the Bucks, who are adding a whole bunch of offense to their frontcourt:

Bucks, Greg Monroe agree to deal

The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to terms on a maximum contract with free-agent center Greg Monroe, a league source indicated Thursday.

The deal will be worth an estimated $50 millon over three years, with the third year a player option, the source said.

The Bucks will be able to sign Monroe with available cap space and will sign Khris Middleton over the cap using Larry Bird rights, which allow teams to exceed the cap to re-sign their own free agents. The Bucks agreed with Middleton Wednesday on a five-year, $70 million deal.

The Bucks beat out bids from the New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers to land Monroe, a 6-foot-11 center who averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds last season for Detroit.

Knicks, Arron Afflalo agree to deal

Here’s ESPN New York reporting on the Knicks, who have founded a talented guard for their backcourt. Not a star, though. But a nice supporting player:

Knicks, Arron Afflalo agree to deal

The New York Knicks and Arron Afflalo agreed to a two-year deal worth $16 million on Thursday, a source told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne.

The agreement includes a player option for the second year of the deal, sources said, which could allow Afflalo to again test free agency after next season.

The deal with Afflalo is the Knicks’ first move in free agency but one that should help the struggling franchise, which is coming off a 17-65 season. And it comes at a reasonable cost considering all the money spent on the opening day of free agency Wednesday across the league.

2015 Heat summer league roster

The Miami HEAT announced today that 2015 NBA draftees Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson will join Zoran Dragic, James Ennis, Tyler Johnson, Shabazz Napier and Henry Walker representing the HEAT at both the Orlando Pro Summer League and Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Miami HEAT Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development Dan Craig will serve as the Head Coach during summer league play.

The HEAT begins summer league play on Saturday, July 4 in Orlando, and will play five games over the seven-day event, with a championship day being played on the final day of the league, July 10. The team will then head to Las Vegas, with their first game scheduled for Saturday, July 11. The team will play a tournament style schedule, with a champion being crowned on Monday, July 20. At a minimum, the team will play at least five games in Las Vegas.

The full roster is here: Heat summer league roster

2015 Clippers summer league roster

The Los Angeles Clippers today announced their roster for the 2015 Southwest Airlines Pro Summer League in Orlando. For the first time, the Clippers will participate in the league from July 4 - 10 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

NBA TV will televise the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League games.

For the full roster, click: Clippers summer league roster

2015 Warriors summer league roster

The Golden State Warriors have announced the team’s roster and TV schedule for the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Warriors Assistant Coach Luke Walton will coach the team in Golden State’s 10th summer in Vegas, which tips off on Friday, July 10.

In addition to the team’s first round draft pick, Kevon Looney (30th overall), Golden State’s roster features a pair of players who helped the Warriors to their first NBA championship in 40 years, Ognjen Kuzmic and James Michael McAdoo, as well as a pair of players who helped lead the Santa Cruz Warriors to the 2014-15 D-League title, Aaron Craft and Dominique Sutton.

2015 Lakers summer league roster

The Los Angeles Lakers announced today their roster for the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Summer League entry is highlighted by returning Lakers Julius Randle, 2015 NBA All-Rookie First Team member Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black and Jabari Brown along with 2015 NBA Draft selections D’Angelo Russell (second overall), Larry Nance Jr. (27th overall) and Anthony Brown (34th overall). Dwight Buycks, who was signed by Los Angeles to a 10-day contract in April of last season, and undrafted rookie Robert Upshaw are also part of the squad.

The team will hold its first practice next Monday, July 6 at the Toyota Sports Center and begin Summer League play in Las Vegas with a back-to-back set of games on Friday, July 10 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Saturday, July 11 versus the Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers then follow up with a contest against the New York Knicks on Monday, July 13 before the Summer League tournament begins.

Full roster here: Lakers summer league roster

The Golden State Warriors announced today changes within the team’s basketball operations staff, including the promotion of Larry Harris to director of player personnel, and the hiring of Lachlan Penfold as head of physical performance and sports medicine.

Harris, a longtime NBA executive with more than 25 years of front office experience, has served as a basketball consultant/scout for the Warriors for the last six seasons, working closely on college and pro scouting, draft preparation and free agency. Following a 19-year career with the Milwaukee Bucks that included stints as director of player personnel, director of scouting, assistant general manager and general manager, Harris joined the Warriors in 2008 as an assistant coach under Don Nelson before moving to the front office after one season on the bench.

Penfold joins the Warriors organization from his native Australia, where he most recently served as head of physical preparation for the Australian Men’s Sevens Rugby Union squad. With over 20 years of experience in the field of athletic performance, Penfold has held positions in a wide variety of sports, including personalized work with 80 Olympic athletes in five different Olympic Games. In this newly created role with Golden State, he will oversee the Warriors athletic training and strength & conditioning programs, working closely with the team’s coaching staff to promote optimal player performance.

2015 Bucks summer league roster

2015 Bucks summer league roster announced

Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced today the team’s roster for the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Bucks roster is highlighted by Rashad Vaughn, the 17th overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, who will join current roster members Jorge Gutierrez, Damien Inglis and Johnny O’Bryant. Inglis, the 31st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, will be making his Bucks debut after missing the entire 2014-15 season while recovering from an ankle injury.

Milwaukee is slated to open its Summer League campaign on Friday, July 10, at 5 p.m. CT vs. the New Orleans Pelicans. The Bucks will continue their opening round play with games against the San Antonio Spurs (Sunday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m. CT) and Cleveland Cavaliers (Monday, July 13, at 3 p.m. CT). Following the opening three games, the participating teams will be seeded for the single-elimination tournament that will culminate in a championship game on July 20. A consolation round will be held for teams failing to advance, ensuring that each team is guaranteed to play no fewer than five games. In all, the 2015 NBA Summer League will feature 67 games scheduled over 11 days at the COX Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Full roster here: Bucks 2015 summer league roster

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