Archive for July 4th, 2010

Clippers meet with Mike Miller

Frank Burlison of the Los Angeles Daily News reports:

Clippers meet with Mike Miller

Some 24 hours after meeting with the star of the most publicized period of free agency in NBA history, the Clippers had another discussion with a member of the class Saturday.

Mike Miller, a 6-foot-8, 30-year-old forward who averaged 10.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game with the Washington Wizards during his 10th season in the league, met with team president Andy Roeser and general manager Neil Olshey at the team’s complex…

Miller, who hit .480 on 3-pointers and .501 overall, averaged a career-best 18.5 points per game for Memphis during the 2007-08 season.

Dirk Nowitzki will stay with Mavericks

The AP reports:

Dirk Nowitzki is sticking with the Dallas Mavericks.

Next question: Will he and Jason Kidd be able to lure anyone to join them?

Dirk Nowitzki will stay with Mavericks

Nowitzki’s adviser, Holger Geschwindner, told The Associated Press late Saturday night that Nowitzki and Mavs owner Mark Cuban have agreed “to get it done.” Teams and free agents can strike deals at any time, but can’t sign them until Thursday.

According to a person familiar with negotiations, the deal is for more than $80 million over four years, with a no-trade clause. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the NBA’s moratorium until Thursday. Team officials couldn’t comment because of that same rule…

Although Dallas lacks the salary cap room to sign the big names, the club has all sorts of desirable pieces piled up to make sign-and-trade deals. Nowitzki helped free up some money by not pushing for his maximum deal, which would’ve been $96 million.

Paul Pierce will re-sign with Celtics

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports:

Paul Pierce will re-sign with Celtics

Celtics fans no longer have to be concerned about or debate the future of Paul Pierce. He will remain in Boston for at least four more years after his agent, Jeff Schwartz, and team president Danny Ainge agreed on a deal late last night.

Pierce, 32, will earn more than the expected $61 million over the life of the contract. The eight-time All-Star and 2008 NBA Finals MVP will likely retire as a Celtic, which is something he said was a goal.

Pierce wasn’t a free agent for long after opting out of the last year of his previous contract…

Pierce earned $19.7 million last season and was eligible for a maximum contract, beginning at $20.78 million, but he accepted $5 million less to stay home and retire a Celtic.

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