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  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014
    Cavs sign G Holt
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers signed guard Stephen Holt on Wednesday. Terms of the contract were not released.

    • The 6-foot-4 Holt played four seasons at Saint Mary's and averaged 10.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31.2 minutes over 127 games (95 starts). He fell just one steal shy of the school record for a career with 173.

      Holt went undrafted in this year's draft and joined the Atlanta Hawks summer league team in Las Vegas where he averaged 8.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 23.8 minutes over five games (three starts). He also shot .455 (8-for-19) from the 3-point line.

      The Cavs' training camp roster now stands at 18.

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    NBA roundup: Bryant, Nash join Lakers for first practice
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant practiced Tuesday for the first time since his knee injury 10 months ago and said he felt good afterward.

    • "I felt normal. I felt like myself," Bryant said. "That's a good thing."

      The Lakers opened their first training camp with Byron Scott as coach. He took over during the offseason after the team parted with Mike D'Antoni.

      Bryant was on the floor for about two hours and 15 minutes before watching the final 45 minutes with fellow veteran Steve Nash, who also has battled injury issues the past few years. Both players came through the first practice session without any problems. When two-a-days begin Wednesday, Bryant and Nash will participate in the morning practice only while Scott monitors their minutes.

      ---Miami Heat center Justin Hamilton is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks after undergoing a procedure Monday to repair an atrial flutter.

      Hamilton was sent to the hospital after experiencing light-headedness during practice. He will begin non-contact exercises in approximately three weeks before being evaluated for a return to practice, and is expected to make a full recovery.

      A second-round pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2012, Anderson was traded to the Heat for the rights to Arnett Moultrie. Anderson spent the 2012-13 season in Croatia and Latvia before returning to sign with the Heat in September 2013. He was waived in October and went on to become a Futures All-Star with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

      Hamilton signed a 10-day contract with Charlotte on March 4 before being signed for the rest of the season by the Heat on March 14 and averaging 3.7 points in seven games. The 24-year-old is expected to compete for a spot in the rotation as a reserve to Chris Bosh.

      ---The Denver Nuggets signed forwards Jerrelle Benimon, Alonzo Gee, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Marcus Williams on Tuesday.

      Benimon, an undrafted free agent, played for the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League and for the Nuggets in the Las Vegas Summer League. He had averages of 10.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. Gee has 277 NBA games under his belt with the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards. He averages 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 rebounds per game.

      Mensah-Bonsu has spent four years in the NBA. In 62 career games for New Orleans, Toronto, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, he is averaging 2.9 points and 2.9 rebounds. Williams spent the past three seasons in the Chinese Basketball Association. His NBA experience includes 13 career NBA games with the Spurs and the Los Ageles Clippers.

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Lakers open camp with Bryant, Nash
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant practiced Tuesday for the first time since his knee injury 10 months ago and said he felt good afterward.

    • "I felt normal. I felt like myself," Bryant said. "That's a good thing."

      The Lakers opened their first training camp with Byron Scott as coach. He took over during the offseason after the team parted with Mike D'Antoni.

      Bryant was on the floor for about two hours and 15 minutes before watching the final 45 minutes with fellow veteran Steve Nash, who also has battled injury issues the past few years.

      Both players came through the first practice session without any problems. When two-a-days begin Wednesday, Bryant and Nash will participate in the morning practice only while Scott monitors their minutes.

      The 36-year-old Bryant begins his 19th season with the Lakers, tying an NBA record for most years spent with one franchise set by Utah Jazz guard John Stockton. Bryant was limited to six games last season after he came back from a torn Achilles tendon and then fractured his left knee.

      "I love playing the game. I truly enjoy it," Bryant said. "The game was becoming a little stale, but the Achilles injury ignited a new challenge for me personally to see if I can do this because you don't know. This was a challenge that presented itself to see if I can make this a successful comeback. My concerns are no different anybody else's in being able to come back from this."

      The 40-year-old Nash played in only 15 games last season because of a never root irritation in his left leg.

      "Kobe looked good," Scott said. "The first drill, the 10 minutes you could see the guys were in shape. Kobe looked good. Steve was in great shape. Both of those guys did about three-fourths of the practice.

      "I basically had to ask Kobe to shut it down. We got another one tomorrow. He went through one more drill and then shut it down. He felt he felt great and could have done more, but right now it's a progression of just going a little bit today."

      Nash expects his 19th NBA training camp to be his last.

      "I need to not get injured and I don't mean that in a factious way," Nash said. "It's important not get an ankle (injury) or a thigh bruise or all the little injuries and try to manage them as much as possible. If I can manage the amount of minutes I'm on the court and keep myself going and don't overdo it to where I can't recover, maybe I got a chance to play a lot more."

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Nuggets sign four players
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Denver Nuggets signed forwards Jerrelle Benimon, Alonzo Gee, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Marcus Williams on Tuesday.

    • Terms of their contracts were not disclosed by the team.

      Benimon, an undrafted free agent, played for the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League and for the Nuggets in the Las Vegas Summer League. He had averages of 10.7 points and 11.3 rebounds.

      As a senior at Towson University, Benimon was the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association player of the year after averaging 17.7 points and 11.2 rebounds as a senior.

      Gee has 277 NBA games under his belt with the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards. He averages 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 rebounds per game.

      Mensah-Bonsu has spent four years in the NBA. In 62 career games for New Orleans, Toronto, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, he is averaging 2.9 points and 2.9 rebounds. Last season, Mensah-Bonsu averaged 8.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 55 games for Galatasaray of the Turkish League.

      Williams spent the past three seasons in the Chinese Basketball Association. His NBA experience includes 13 career NBA games with the Spurs and the Los Ageles Clippers.

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Heat C Hamilton has heart procedure
    By The Sports Xchange

    Miami Heat center Justin Hamilton is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks after undergoing a procedure Monday to repair an atrial flutter.

    • Hamilton was sent to the hospital after experiencing light-headedness during practice. He will begin non-contact exercises in approximately three weeks before being evaluated for a return to practice, and is expected to make a full recovery.

      A second-round pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2012, Anderson was traded to the Heat for the rights to Arnett Moultrie. Anderson spent the 2012-13 season playing for KK Cibona in Croatia before moving to VEF Riga in Latvia. He left the team that May and signed with the Heat in September of 2013. He was waived in October and went on to become a Futures All-Star with the Sioux Falls Skyforce while averaging 19.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

      Hamilton signed a 10-day contract with Charlott on March 4 before being signed for the rest of the season by the Heat on March 14 and averaging 3.7 points in seven games. The 24-year-old is expected to compete for a spot in the rotation as a reserve to Chris Bosh.

      The Heat's depth chart during the preseason has already taken a hit with Josh McRoberts (toe) and Danny Granger (knee) recovering from offseason procedures and expected to be sidelined until the start of the regular season.

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Bryant on Lakers: 'Our mission is just to get better'
    By The Sports Xchange

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant realizes the challenges facing him and the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

    • As much as Bryant previously faced obstacles head-on and with grit exceeded by no current NBA player, the upcoming season presents one of the greatest challenges of his distinguished career.

      Bryant was the center of attention Monday, addressing a large group of writers and broadcasters during a 10-minute session at the Lakers' media day at the club's headquarters.

      The 36-year-old veteran held court on a variety of topics, his health and expectations for himself and the Lakers foremost among them.

      "It was really a tough injury, I'm not going to lie," Bryant said of the left knee fracture that sidelined him for 76 games last season. "Lot of things go through your mind when something like that happens. I just went on my grind and just kind of chipped away at it day-by-day, and I feel pretty good as a result.

      "Our philosophy is to get better every day. I think when that happens, the results will come. I think proving people wrong will come, but our focus must be on ourselves. It's a mixture of excitement, a mixture of a little nervousness, a little rage. It's a mixture of a lot of things."

      Bryant will be counted on to lead a new mix of Lakers, who are coming off their worst season, 27-55, since the club moved to Los Angeles in 1960. Forward Carlos Boozer, point guard Jeremy Lin and rookie forward Julius Randle are among the new additions expected to improve on last season's run of mediocrity. Getting point guard Steve Nash healthy wouldn't hurt matters either.

      "Our mission is just to get better every single day," Bryant said. "Paying attention to the details. I figure if we do that, everything else will take care of itself. I think the motivator, at an individual level, (it) must start. So every individual must feel like they are maximizing their potential, and then maximizing their potential within the collective group. That's gonna be a process."

      Bryant dismissed questions about whether he can still be the same player he was before injuries ended his last two seasons early.

      "Whether I am or not, it doesn't really matter to me. It's where we go as a squad," said Bryant, who has a career average of 25.5 points per game. "Offensively, I'm going to be fine, no matter what. I think defense and rebounding is where we really need to focus. I'll be looking forward to how I move my feet defensively, staying in front of guys, chasing guys off of picks. Things like that.

      "I think instinctively, we'll all gravitate to what we do best on the basketball court, but our primary focus is to be great defensively. Trying to get better at it every single night. Personally, that's really the biggest challenge because offensively I can always dictate what I'm going to do. Defensively, it's reacting. That's a challenge that I really haven't had to deal with this summer. So, I'm looking forward to seeing that."

      On playing in his 19th season, Bryant said, "I see a lot of karma. Nineteen years coming in, you know what to expect. Actually, I didn't know what to expect because I didn't know when I would be able to come back and play. There were a lot of questions. Every day is kind of process in trying to figure out what you can and can't do. Now there are a lot of questions, but they don't center around health."

      New Lakers coach Byron Scott said he was blown away by Bryant's recent workouts, in particular a pick-up game with teammates.

      "He did better than I expected," Scott said. "I know he hadn't played ball in a long time. Even when he got out there, he said this was the first time I've played in what feels like a year. The way he played that day, I was shocked.

      "Just the way he moved, the way he shot the ball, the way he posted up, rebounded, the way he passed it. He just played like he had been playing all summer long."

      Randle agreed.

      "He's on another level," said the rookie out of the University of Kentucky. "He looked good. He played pick-up with us the other day. He looked amazing. Just how he's moving, his conditioning and everything, it seems like it's great, but also he's just Kobe. Looks like he hasn't lost a step. Can't guard him. He just looks like Kobe."

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Rivers adds Cassell, Frank, Woodson to Clippers' staff
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former head coaches Mike Woodson and Lawrence Frank have joined Doc Rivers as assistant coaches.

    • Rivers also added NBA veteran Sam Cassell to round out his staff. Cassell won three championship rings -- two with Boston and one with Houston -- during his 15-year career.

      "We have an impressive and experienced group of coaches who are excited to get to work," Rivers said. "Mike and Lawrence have enjoyed tremendous success as head coaches and Sam is someone who I coached as a player and respected as an assistant with the Wizards. I am excited to continue to work with the entire staff as we prepare for the season."

      Woodson coached the Atlanta Hawks from 2004 to 2010 and guided them to the postseason in his final three years. He most recently coached the New York Knicks before being fired on April 21.

      Frank has coached the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets and the Detroit Pistons.

      His second stint with the Nets came to an end last week when the team and Frank reached an agreement on a buyout.

      Frank, who was hired last summer to be Jason Kidd's No. 1 assistant, had signed a reported six-year deal worth around $6 million. His relationship with Kidd quickly deteriorated and he was demoted to compiling reports.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Rondo insists injury came during fall at home
    By The Sports Xchange

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo insisted Monday that he suffered a broken bone in his left hand during a fall at home last week, while adding that he expects to remain with the team after his contract expires following this season.

    • Rondo is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with the injury, which he said happened during a fall at home, despite a report that he had been seen at a trampoline park recently.

      "I slipped and tried to catch my hand," he said Monday. "I actually almost caught myself. I landed on my knuckle on the windowsill in my home."

      General manager Danny Ainge said Rondo has "never lied to me that I'm aware of and I have no reason not to believe him," and the team does not plan to investigate the incident.

      Rondo, 28, has long been the subject of trade rumors and a perception that he is difficult to coach. But he appears happy playing for second-year head coach Brad Stevens, who took over last season from Doc Rivers.

      "He's the most positive coach I've ever played for," said Rondo. "We talk a lot. He's actually the guy I call and work out with. So it's kind of unusual for the head coach to be the guy that you work out with."

      Rondo said he knows the rebuilt Celtics are not ready to compete for an NBA title this season, but he's excited to return to the court.

      "I'm just anxious to get back out there on the court and show what I can do," he said. "I know this isn't a championship team, but we're going to go out there every night and play hard."

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    LeBron "nowhere near" decision on 2016 Olympics
    By The Sports Xchange

    LeBron James said he has not decided whether he will play for Team USA during the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

    • James, 29, has won two gold medals and a bronze in three Olympics with Team USA, and was asked about his intentions for 2016 following reports that Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has committed to playing.

      "I'm nowhere near there," James said Monday. "I haven't even thought about it too much. Obviously I know what's going on and what's happening. I haven't decided."

      James, who signed with the Cavs following last season, did not play for Team USA over the summer as he took some time off.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Heat's Granger reveals knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Miami Heat forward Danny Granger said he had knee surgery two months ago, but expects to be ready for the regular-season opener.

    • Granger's news comes on the heels of fellow free-agent signee Josh McRoberts disclosing last week that he had toe surgery shortly after the end of last season.

      Granger, 31, has been limited to 46 games over the past two seasons while battling knee injuries.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Trail Blazers exercise option on Lillard
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Portland Trail Blazers exercised their fourth-year option on the contract of guard Damian Lillard, the team announced Monday.

    • In his first two seasons, Lillard has averaged 19.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists per game.

      Lillard's production puts him in select NBA company. Only four players in history -- Oscar Robertson, Tiny Archibald, Allen Iverson and LeBron James -- have more points (3,257) and assists (988) in their first two seasons.

      Lillard's 403 3-pointers through his first two seasons are the most in league history.

      Last season, Lillard averaged a career-high 20.7 points to go along with 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35.8 minutes per game. In addition to being named to the Western Conference All-Star Team, the second-year pro was also selected Third Team All-NBA.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Pistons' Gray out indefinitely after 'cardiac episode'
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Pistons announced center Aaron Gray is out indefinitely while he recovers from a "cardiac episode" suffered following a voluntary workout in late August.

    • The 7-foot, 270-pound center will miss at least all of training camp as he seeks additional medical assessments from cardiac specialists.

      Gray, an eighth-year veteran who played in 37 combined games for Sacramento and Toronto last season, signed with the Pistons as a free agent to serve as a backup to Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Hasheem Thabeet was signed to provide additional depth at center.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    NBA roundup: Suns sign Morris twins
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Phoenix Suns signed forwards Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris to multiyear contract extensions Monday reportedly worth a combined $52 million for the twin brothers.

    • Multiple media outlets reported that Markieff Morris will receive a four-year deal worth $32 million while Marcus Morris will get a four-year deal worth $20 million.

      The twins were two of the league's most effective players off the bench as Marcus played in all 82 games and averaged career-highs of 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 44.2 percent field goal shooting and 38.1 percent 3-point shooting, while Markieff posted career-highs of 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 48.6 percent shooting from the field in 81 games.

      The Suns also signed Slovenian guard Zoran Dragic to a multiyear contract. The deal is reportedly for two years and $3.5 million.

      He is the younger brother of Suns guard Goran Dragic.

      --- Veteran swingman Evan Turner officially became a member of the Boston Celtics when he signed a two-year deal with the club worth about $6.7 million. Turner and Boston had agreed to terms in July.

      Turner averaged 17.4 points for Philadelphia in 54 games last season before being traded to Indiana on Feb. 20. He started two of his 27 games with the Pacers, averaging 7.1 points.

      The Celtics also waived guard John Lucas III and forward Malcolm Thomas.

      --The Washington Wizards added six players to their training camp roster: guards Vander Blue, Xavier Silas and David ockton, forwards Rasual Butler and Damion James and center Daniel Orton.

      --The Orlando Magic added four free-agent players to their training camp roster: guards Seth Curry, Drew Crawford and Peyton Siva and forward Kadeem Batts and former Northwestern guard Drew Crawford.

      --The Cleveland Cavaliers signed guard Chris Crawford and forward Shane Edwards. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

      Crawford averaged 8.7 points, 3.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 140 career games for the University of Memphis.

      Edwards played in two games for the Cavs last season after signing a 10-day contract, but spent the majority of the season with the team's D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge.

      ---The Atlanta Hawks signed guard/forward Jarell Eddie and center Dexter Pittman.

      Eddie played the last four seasons at Virginia Tech, and Pittman is a four-year NBA veteran who appeared in two contests off the bench for the Hawks last season.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Celtics sign Evan Turner
    By The Sports Xchange

    Veteran swingman Evan Turner officially became a member of the Boston Celtics Monday when he signed a two-year deal with the club worth about $6.7 million.

    • Turner, the former second overall pick in the 2010 draft, and Boston had agreed to terms in July, but waited until Monday to sign to allow the Celtics time to tinker with their roster.

      The Celtics also waived guard John Lucas III and forward Malcolm Thomas.

      Turner averaged 17.4 points for Philadelphia in 54 games last season before being traded to Indiana on Feb. 20. He started two of his 27 games with the Pacers, averaging 7.1 points.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Hawks sign Eddie, Pittman
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Atlanta Hawks signed guard/forward Jarell Eddie and center Dexter Pittman, the team announced Monday.

    • Eddie played the last four seasons at Virginia Tech, averaging team-highs of 13.3 points and 5.4 rebounds while adding 1.2 assists in 32.6 minutes as a senior in 2013-14.

      Pittman is a four-year NBA veteran who appeared in two contests off the bench for the Hawks last season. He played in two games and did not score.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Suns sign Morris twins to extensions
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Phoenix Suns signed forwards Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris to multiyear contract extensions Monday reportedly worth a combined $52 million for the twin brothers.

    • Multiple media outlets reported that Markieff Morris will receive a four-year deal worth $32 million while Marcus Morris will get a four-year deal worth $20 million.

      "We are particularly pleased to have reached extension agreements with Marcus and Markieff before the start of training camp," president of basketball Operations Lon Babby said in a statement. "There is an extraordinary bond between these twin brothers; they make each other better players and better men. We take pride in their growth and look forward to their bright futures."

      Marcus and Markieff each had the best seasons of their careers in 2013-14, posting career-highs in virtually every statistical category in their first full season as teammates in the NBA.

      The twins were two of the league's most effective players off the bench as Marcus played in all 82 games and averaged career-highs of 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 44.2 percent field goal shooting and 38.1 percent 3-point shooting, while Markieff posted career-highs of 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 48.6 percent shooting from the field in 81 games.

      "We are excited to be able to extend the contracts of Marcus and Markieff," general manager Ryan McDonough said in a release. "They have had great success playing together at every level of basketball, including last season with the Suns. They have made great strides over the past year and we feel like they will continue to grow and improve. They are just entering their primes and we think they will play the best basketball of their careers over the course of the next five years."

      When the Suns acquired Marcus from the Houston Rockets in a trade on Feb. 21, 2013, the pair became the 13th brothers to be teammates in NBA history and joined Dick and Tom Van Arsdale, who were teammates with the Suns in 1976-77, as just the second set of twins to play together in league history.

      Born just seven minutes apart, the fraternal twins were drafted five minutes apart with the Suns taking Markieff 13th overall and the Rockets taking Marcus 14th overall in the 2011 draft.

      Prior to their NBA careers, the Morris brothers were teammates at the University of Kansas.

      The Suns also signed Slovenian guard Zoran Dragic to a multiyear contract. The deal is reportedly for two years and $3.5 million.

      "Zoran's will to win and intensity stand out every time he steps on to the court," McDonough said in a statement. "He has been a very productive player in Euroleague, ACB and FIBA competitions. He excels defensively and in transition and I think our fans will quickly recognize his passion for the game."

      The 25-year-old Dragic joins the Suns after spending the last 10 seasons playing professionally in Spain and his native Slovenia.

      Earlier this month, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Dragic averaged 12.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.3 assists and 26.3 minutes in seven games at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.

      He is the younger brother of Suns guard Goran Dragic. The signing gives the Suns the 15th pair of brother teammates in NBA history and, along with Marcus and Markieff Morris, makes the Suns the first team in league history to have two separate pairs of brothers as teammates at the same time.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Magic add 4 to training camp roster
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Orlando Magic added four free-agent players to their training camp roster on Monday, including former Duke guard Seth Curry and former Louisville guard Peyton Siva.

    • The team also signed former Providence forward Kadeem Batts and former Northwestern guard Drew Crawford.

      Curry went undrafted in the 2013 draft. His older brother, Stephen, is the starting point guard for the Golden State Warriors.

      Training camp for the Magic begins on Tuesday.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Wizards add 6 to training camp roster
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Wizards added six players to their training camp roster on Monday.

    • The team signed guards Vander Blue, Xavier Silas and David Stockton, forwards Rasual Butler and Damion James and center Daniel Orton.

      Blue (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) went undrafted in 2013 out of Marquette. He signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics on Jan. 22 and appeared in three games, scoring a total of five points in a combined 15 minutes.

      Silas (6-5, 198) went undrafted out of Northern Illinois in 2011. During the 2011-12 season, he appeared in two games with the Philadelphia 76ers and averaged 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game.

      Stockton (5-11, 165) went undrafted in 2014 out of Gonzaga University. He is the son of Hall of Fame guard John Stockton, who played 19 seasons for the Utah Jazz.

      Butler (6-7, 205) is an 11-year NBA veteran who holds career averages of 7.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 688 games with Miami, New Orleans, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago, Toronto and Indiana.

      James (6-7, 225) is a four-year NBA veteran who holds career averages of 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 39 games (17 starts) with New Jersey, Brooklyn and San Antonio.

      Orton (6-10, 255) is a three-year NBA veteran who holds career averages of 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 51 games with Orlando, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014
    Cavs sign Crawford, Edwards
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers signed guard Chris Crawford and forward Shane Edwards. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

    • Crawford averaged 8.7 points, 3.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 140 career games for the University of Memphis.

      Edwards played in two games for the Cavs last season after signing a 10-day contract, but spent the majority of the season with the team's D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge. In 46 games for the Charge, Edwards averaged 14.2 points and 5.4 rebounds.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014
    Heat's McRoberts recovering from toe surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Miami Heat forward Josh McRoberts is expected to be brought along slowly during training camp after the forward confirmed Sunday that he underwent toe surgery shortly after last season.

    • The Heat signed McRoberts, 27, in free agency knowing he is expected to be full speed in time for the start of the regular season.

      McRoberts, 6-feet-10 and 240 pounds, is an eighth-year veteran who averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 30.3 minutes in 78 games with the Charlotte Hornets last season.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014
    Timberwolves, Rubio hope to reach new deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Timberwolves and point guard Ricky Rubio could be ready to strike a deal on a contract extension.

    • The two sides have until Oct. 31 to agree on a deal or else Rubio will become a free agent after the season.

      If Rubio, 23, becomes a free agent, only the Timberwolves can offer him a five-year contract. Rubio is seeking a five-year, $75 million deal that will make him the second-highest paid player on the team. Rubio and the team plan to meet to negotiate a new contract this week, Twincities.com reported.

      According to the report, Rubio and team owner Glen Taylor spoke by phone several times last week. Both said they hope a deal can be struck.

      The Timberwolves may be willing to wait if Rubio does not accept a four-year proposal.

      Last season, Rubio averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.6 assists and 32.2 minutes over 82 games and shot just 38.1 percent.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014
    Hornets sign F Maxiell
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent forward Jason Maxiell, the team announced Sunday.

    • Maxiell averaged 3.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 14.4 minutes in 34 games last season with the Orlando Magic.

      Maxiell was originally selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2005 draft by the Detroit Pistons. He spent his first eight seasons with the Pistons, appearing in 523 career games (175 starts), with averages of 6.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in 19.1 minutes.

      Over his nine-year NBA career, Maxiell has appeared in 557 games (188 starts), averaging 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.9 minutes, while shooting 50.1 percent.

      Maxiell played collegiately at Cincinnati, where he averaged 12.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 129 career games.

      Charlotte's training camp roster is at 18 players.

  • Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Cavaliers trade Bogans to Sixers
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers traded guard Keith Bogans to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday for a protected second-round draft pick.

    • Both teams announced the deal in separate press releases.

      Bogans will make $5.3 million this season and $5.5 million in 2015-16.

      The Cavaliers will create a $5.3 million trade exception from the deal. They acquired Bogans on Thursday from the Boston Celtics in a five-player deal that included rookie power forward Dwight Powell, guard John Lucas, forward Erik Murphy and power forward Malcolm Thomas going to the Celtics.

      The Cavaliers decided to move Bogans to avoid going over the NBA's $78 million luxury-tax threshold for the season, according to ESPN.

      The team also may try to deal away veteran center Brendan Haywood, who will make $10.5 million salary in 2015-16.

      Last season, Bogans played just six games and averaged 2.0 points and 0.5 assists. For his career, he has averaged 6.3 points and 1.3 assists in 11 seasons with the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and Celtics.

  • Friday, September 26, 2014
    Deng forgives Ferry for comments
    By The Sports Xchange

    Miami Heat forward Luol Deng doesn't have any hard feelings toward Danny Ferry after the Atlanta Hawks general manager made insensitive remarks about him in June.

    • Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence after making racial comments about Deng, saying he was reading from a scouting report as the Hawks considered signing the free agent.

      Deng said he spoke with Ferry recently and hopes some good comes out of the situation.

      "I think one of the hardest things to do as a human being, and it's something we should do more often, is forgive," Deng said. "I really do forgive Danny. It's not something I want to hold onto for the rest of my career or the rest of my life."

      Deng considered the Hawks in the offseason but signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Heat in July.

      "I really believe that he's really sorry for what he said," Deng said. "And whether it came from him or wherever it came from, the main focus really should be on how we move on going forward. What are we going to do about it?

      "I'm not the type of person to hold on and be angry at somebody or be angry at Danny. I don't think Danny is racist. I really don't. I really don't know Danny to describe him as a person. I just know who he is. That's just what I believe in. I would like to put it behind me and just move forward. But I would really love if I could do something positive out of it."

      Magic Johnson said this week that he believes Ferry should be given a second chance and that he's not a racist.

  • Friday, September 26, 2014
    Slimmed-down James 'feels good' to be back
    By The Sports Xchange

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Four years after he tore off his Cavaliers jersey following a disappointing playoff loss at Boston, LeBron James completed his stunning return by putting it back on Friday.

    • "It feels good, it feels right," he said. "I'm happy to be back."

      James appeared publicly in his old No. 23 for the first time Friday at Cavaliers media day, an event that drew more than 300 media members and required a tent outside the facility to house them all. James was the main attraction, as always, and the new Big Three he has assembled with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.

      But before James could return home, he first had to clear it with his young boys.

      James sat down with LeBron Jr. and Bryce to ask how they felt about moving back to Ohio.

      "You get to play with Kyrie Irving?" they asked, which made James chuckle then and now. "We get to go back home to our house? Am I getting to go back to my old school and old friends?"

      When James answered yes to all of their questions, both boys gave their blessing. Soon, James was on his way.

      He returns far different than the man who left four years ago. He has two championships now, a pair of Finals MVP trophies and a mindset dedicated toward winning.

      James didn't know how to win when he left the Cavs. He does now. And while he no longer has to prove to anyone he is a champion, now he is faced with ending a 50-year title drought in his homeland.

      "I ask more of myself than anybody could ever ask of me," James said. "But I understand. I understand what it takes to win a championship, and I understand it's the hardest thing that you can ever do in your basketball career is to try to win a championship.

      "I've been two up and two down in four years. So I wept from crying tears of joy and tears of frustration. I know it all. I know what it takes."

      He will be expected to teach a cast of teammates who do not. Although the Cavs brought in past champions like Mike Miller, James Jones and Shawn Marion, the core group of Irving, Love, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters have never even appeared in a playoff game.

      "I'm looking forward to learning every day," Irving said. "Every single day having the target on your back. The past three years, I've been chasing most of these guys on their respective teams ... It's definitely a surreal experience."

      James returns even leaner than when he left. And despite rampant speculation about why he shed more than 10 pounds this summer, he said it was nothing more than a challenge he issued to himself.

      Last year, he eliminated candy. This year, he went a step further and limited his diet to meat, fish, fruit and vegetables for more than two months.

      "I'm 29 years old and I can still fly above the rim," James said. "I don't need to lose weight to do that. Not at this point of my career. It had nothing to do with basketball, but it did make me quicker, so that helps our team."

      Friday's event drew media outlets from Canada, Japan, Poland and Brazil, among others.

      "I couldn't find a parking place," Cavs coach David Blatt joked.

      He has plenty of reasons to be smiling these days. He is the first coach to move directly from the Euroleague into an NBA head coaching position. Within days of accepting the job in Cleveland, Blatt learned James was coming, too.

      Now the expectations on this franchise are vast, but Blatt wants the players to embrace them. Thus far, it seems they are.

      "I know a lot of people want to say championship or bust," Love said. "That's going to be a good mentality to have because we want the pressure. We want people to look at us as one of the best teams because we're going to have to hold ourselves accountable for everything that we do and our actions on and off the floor."