Dallas Mavericks set to add Troy Murphy

Dallas Mavericks set to add Troy Murphy

Free agent forward Troy Murphy has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Dallas is working to clear a roster spot to sign Murphy. The Mavericks, at the league limit of 15 players, have been unsuccessfully shopping third-year guard Dominique Jones.

Murphy, 32, played a sparing role in 59 games for the Los Angeles Lakers a season ago, but he’s still a capable perimeter shooter.

— Reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports

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NBA and NBPA donate $1 million to Hurricane Sandy relief

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that they are making a commitment of $1 million to the Red Cross and other organizations, including The Salvation Army, New York Cares and Jersey Cares, that have mobilized to assist the people and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. In addition, NBA teams and players around the league are supporting a number of humanitarian organizations to help bring much-needed aid to those impacted by the devastation caused by the storm. The league and its broadcast partners will also air pregame and in-game messages to encourage fans to support relief efforts by the Red Cross.

“Many homes and lives were devastated by Hurricane Sandy and our thoughts, abiding concerns and hopes are with all those affected,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “The NBA, the NBPA, our teams, and players are partnering with the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations to support the relief efforts to help families and communities recover.”

“The immeasurable damage and heartbreaking impact of this latest natural disaster continues to shock all of us,” said NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter. “The NBPA and its members will assist ongoing relief efforts by partnering with the Salvation Army along with other organizations as part of a long term commitment to help those in need.”

Michael Jordan says he remains committed to Bobcats

Michael Jordan says he remains committed to Bobcats


Bobcats owner Michael Jordan says he’s “in it for the long haul” when it comes to seeing his struggling franchise transformed into a consistent winner.

He knows it won’t be a quick, easy process after Charlotte “hit rock bottom” last season. But the always-competitive Jordan says the franchise needs to start turning things around.

He said Thursday the Bobcats are not a playoff team now, “but we need to get the ball rolling in the right direction.”

— Reported by the Associated Press

Marcus Camby almost signed with the Heat

Marcus Camby almost signed with the Heat

Knicks forward Marcus Camby talked on Thursday about how close he was to becoming a member of the Heat this offseason. The Heat plays the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

“I was going on the plane to Miami when Allan [Houston], Glen [Grunwald] and [Mike Woodson] came down to Houston,” Camby said. “That’s how close I was. I had a good talk with coach Riley on the phone. We talked for an extended period of time about them wanting me to come down there. In hindsight, I felt I was always a Knick at heart.”

Ironically, the Heat ended up with Josh Harrellson.

— Reported by Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald (Blog)

Postponed Knicks at Nets game rescheduled for November 26

The New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets game that was originally scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for Monday, November 26 at 7 p.m. ET at Barclays Center, the National Basketball Association announced today.

The game will be televised by TNT.

The original game was scheduled for Thursday, November 1 but was postponed due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Philadelphia 76ers sign guard Jrue Holiday to contract extension

Philadelphia 76ers sign guard Jrue Holiday to contract extension

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today they have come to terms with guard Jrue Holiday on a multi-year contract extension. The deal is reportedly worth $41 million over four years.

“Jrue is both an outstanding player and an important part of our future,” said Sixers Managing Owner Josh Harris. “We are very excited to keep a player of Jrue’s caliber in Philadelphia and truly look forward to further building the 76ers legacy around his leadership.”

“I’m ecstatic to continue playing in Philadelphia,“ Holiday said. “I’m going to keep putting in the work and pushing myself every day in order to bring a championship to the city and our fans.”

In 220 career games leading into this season, Holiday has posted averages of 11.9 points, 5.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 31.2 minutes per game.

During the 2011-12 season, Holiday scored 20 or more points 10 times, including a career-high 30 points at Chicago on March 17. He scored 19 points in the third quarter at Cleveland on April 18, the most by any Sixers player in a quarter during the 2011-12 season.

Holiday, 6’4”, 205, has appeared in 18 post-season games for the Sixers, averaging 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists in 37.9 minutes per game.

The Sixers drafted Holiday with the 17th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Holiday was rated the No. 1 point guard and the No. 2 overall prospect in the High School Class of 2008 by Rivals.com and named the 2008 Gatorade National Player of the Year and Parade Magazine First Team All-America.