Archive for July 2nd, 2013

The Dallas Mavericks are set to add Israeli point guard Gal Mekel in free agency.

Mekel’s agent, Sam Porter, says the 6-foot-3 Mekel has agreed to join the Mavericks on a three-year deal with $2.3 million guaranteed. Free agents can’t sign until July 10.

The Mavericks added Mekel after getting Miami point guard Shane Larkin in the NBA draft last week. Mekel and the son of Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin are expected to battle for the backup job.

– Reported by the Associated Press

Martell Webster has agreed to a four-year deal to stay with the Washington Wizards.

Webster reached terms with the team Tuesday. The contract can’t be signed until July 10 under NBA free agency rules.

Bringing back Webster was a top priority for the Wizards. The eight-year veteran swingman averaged a career-high 11.4 points last season and was a respected locker room leader. He could also serve as a mentor for Otto Porter, chosen No. 3 overall by Washington last month in the draft.

– Reported by the Associated Press

A three-team trade between the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks was made Tuesday that included Eric Bledsoe and J.J. Redick, Yahoo! Sports reported.

Redick and Jared Dudley ended up with the the Clippers, Bledsoe and Caron Butler went to the Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks received two second-round draft picks, according to the report.

The Clippers’ deal for Redick was part of a sign-and-trade in exchange for the draft picks. According to Yahoo, Redick agreed to terms on a four-year, $27 million contract.

– Reported by the Sports Xchange

Nazr Mohammed staying with Bulls

Veteran center Nazr Mohammed says he is staying with the Chicago Bulls.

Mohammed announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he will re-sign with his hometown team, saying it was ”an easy decision” and he was looking forward to ”going to battle with a group of guys who never made excuses and just tried to find a way to win.”

Several media outlets also reported that the Bulls have agreed to a two-year deal with Mike Dunleavy Jr. as they try to boost their shooting.

– Reported by the Associated Press

The Minnesota Timberwolves entered unrestricted free agency with two priorities at the top of their list - add a shooting guard with range and bringing back Chase Budinger.

Within the matter of a couple of hours on Tuesday, new team president Flip Saunders accomplished both of those goals.

The Timberwolves agreed to a four-year, $30 million deal with shooting guard Kevin Martin and a three-year, $16 million with Budinger, according to two people with knowledge of the deals. Budinger’s deal includes a player option for the final season. The people requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

The agreements, which can’t become official until July 10, were two strong moves to address the team’s woeful outside shooting last season. The Wolves ranked dead last in 3-point shooting percentage last year, and Saunders made it a point to get more shooters to complement point guard Ricky Rubio’s slick passing.

Reported by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press

Although just a backup guard. C.J. Watson has shown plenty of flashes that he’s a legit player, and one that can step up and exceed expectations when a team’s starter is unable to play. So, he keeps geting signed.

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C.J. Watson, backup point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, agreed to a two-year contract with the Indiana Pacers, sources confirmed to ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.

Watson’s agreement was earlier reported by HoopsWorld.

Watson tweeted “keep up with the pace” on Monday, in an apparent nod to his choice of teams.

Watson, 29, had a player option for $1.1 million but opted out to become an unrestricted free agent.

Reported by ESPN.com news services

Clippers interested in J.J. Redick

Any player that can make it rain from outside is worth adding to an NBA roster. One such talent is shooting guard J. J. Redick. A guy who can really shoot.

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Unrestricted free agent J.J. Redick is being pursued by several teams, according to media reports.

And one of those teams with serious interest, according to ESPN.com and the Los Angeles Times, is the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers have agreed to a maximum contract with starting point guard Chris Paul and are looking for shooters to complement him in the backcourt. Redick, acquired by the Bucks at the trade deadline in February, is one of the top shooters on the free-agent market.

Yahoo Sports reported that Redick met with Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Monday night.

Reported by Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Blog)

The idea of Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire dominating the league together was a good one. But unfortunately, injuries have reduced Stoudemire to a very expensive supporting player, and one that may continued to see a minutes limit. Here’s the New York Post:

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With 7-foot power forward Andrea Bargnani officially coming aboard July 10, the Knicks have had renewed discussions on a stricter minutes restriction next season for Amar’e Stoudemire, according to his agent, Happy Walters.

The idea of a 20-minute nightly maximum with a prohibition on playing both ends of back-to-backs has been one of the ideas that has been discussed.

“I don’t think anything has been decided,’’ Walters told The Post yesterday. “The doctors are still talking about that. But he’s not going to play a ton of minutes.’’

An extra-cautious approach on Stoudemire to have him on a minutes restriction lower than last season’s was a factor in the Knicks’ willingness to trade for Bargnani, feeling they needed another scoring big man. The Knicks played 18 back-to-backs last season, so that could potentially be 18 games Stoudemire misses. It’s not all that dissimilar to the Spurs’ treatment of the aging Tim Duncan.

Reported by Marc Berman of the New York Post

Tyreke Evans plans to meet with Hawks

Is Tyreke Evans starter-worthy in the NBA? Or would he be better as a sixth man? Ponder that as you read the latest free agency report regarding Evans:

Tyreke Evans

After meeting with the Kings and Detroit Pistons Monday, Kings restricted free agent guard Tyreke Evans plans to meet with the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Evans has a four-year offer worth at least $44 million from the New Orleans Pelicans that he has not agreed to accept. Should Evans accept the offer and sign an offer sheet July 10 when the league moratorium on deals ends, the Kings would have three days to match the offer.

If the Kings do not match the offer they would lose Evans without compensation.

Reported by Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee (Blog)

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