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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    G Williams signs with Hornets
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent guard Elliot Williams to a contract with undisclosed terms on Tuesday.

    • Last season, Williams played in 13 games for the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 2.8 points. He signed a 10-day contract with the Hornets in February but was released six days later without seeing any game action.

      The 6-foot-5 Williams also played in 29 games for San Cruz in the NBA Development League last season and averaged 21.3 points, 7.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds. He was named MVP of the D-League finals after averaging 27.0 points, 6.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds during Santa Cruz's two-game sweep.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    G Williams signs with Hornets
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent guard Elliot Williams to a contract with undisclosed terms on Tuesday.

    • Last season, Williams played in 13 games for the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 2.8 points. He signed a 10-day contract with the Hornets in February but was released six days later without seeing any game action.

      The 6-foot-5 Williams also played in 29 games for San Cruz in the NBA Development League last season and averaged 21.3 points, 7.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds. He was named MVP of the D-League finals after averaging 27.0 points, 6.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds during Santa Cruz's two-game sweep.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    State Assembly approves Milwaukee arena bill
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Milwaukee Bucks are closer to a new arena after the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill Tuesday to allow for $250 million in taxpayer funding for the project.

    • After a 52-34 vote, the bill moves to Gov. Scott Walker for approval. Walker has been working with lawmakers to secure a deal that calls for the Bucks to contribute at least $250 million toward the arena.

      Once Walker signs off on the bill, the next steps would be for the county to authorize buying the land and a city vote to negotiate the lease and to approve financing.

      Bucks coach Jason Kidd was on hand in the Assembly gallery watching the debate.

      The NBA had said it would buy the Bucks and move the team if a new arena were not in place by October 2017. The lease at BMO Harris Bradley Center ends in 2017.

      "Today, our collective effort to create a world-class sports and entertainment district in the heart of Milwaukee took a monumental step forward thanks to the bipartisan leadership of elected officials in Madison," Bucks president Peter Feigin said in a statement. "We're incredibly grateful for the commitment of state, county and city officials to work together in a historic fashion to help shape this public-private partnership. There's still work to be done and we look forward to building on this progress with the city and county, but the passage of legislation today makes our future much clearer.

      "The Bucks will not only remain home in Wisconsin, but we'll soon begin a transformative economic development project that will help revitalize our community and region."

      The new arena would replace the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center as part of an estimated $1 billion development in downtown Milwaukee.

      Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens bought the team in April 2014 from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl for $550 million. The new owners committed $150 million to funding the new arena, and Kohl has pledged $100 million.

      Seattle and Las Vegas were considered the top relocation options for the Bucks.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    Nuggets sign C Jokic
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Denver Nuggets signed 20-year-old Serbian center Nikola Jokic to a multiyear contract on Tuesday.

    • Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team.

      The 6-foot-10 Jokic started five games for the Nuggets in the 2015 Summer League in Las Vegas and averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 blocked shots.

      Jokic was drafted in the second round in 2014 by the Nuggets but has spent the past three years playing in the Adriatic League in Europe. In 37 games last season for KK Mega Vizura, he averaged 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds. 3.2 assists and 1.0 blocked shot and was named the league's top prospect.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    NBA notebook: Heat trade Zoran Dragic to Celtics
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Heat traded guard Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics on Monday, along with a 2020 second-round draft pick and cash considerations, in exchange for a protected 2019 draft pick.

    • The Heat are trying to trim their salary and luxury-tax bill, already trading guard Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic.

      Dragic split last season between the Heat and Phoenix Suns, appearing in 16 games (one start), averaging 1.8 points in 4.7 minutes. Dragic was acquired by the Heat on Feb. 19, along with his brother, Goran, in a three-team trade. Goran Dragic signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Heat earlier this month.

      The Heat also waived forward Henry Walker.

      The Heat are trying to trim their salary and luxury-tax bill, already trading guard Shabazz Napier -- along with cash considerations -- to the Orlando Magic in exchange for a conditional 2016 second round draft pick

      --The Golden State Warriors officially traded forward David Lee to the Celtics in exchange for forward Gerald Wallace and guard Chris Babb.

      Lee, 32, played five seasons with the Warriors, averaging 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 327 regular-season games. He had his finest season with Golden State in 2012-13, averaging 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in 79 games.

      --The Cleveland Cavaliers re-signed restricted free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova, and traded center Brendan Haywood, guard/forward Mike Miller and two future second-round draft picks to the Portland Trail Blazers.

      Terms of Dellavedova's contract were not released, but the deal is for one year and worth approximately $1.2 million, according to ESPN.com.

      As a result of the trade, the Cavs will receive two trade exceptions of approximately $10.5 million and $2.8 million, respectively.

      --The Indiana Pacers re-signed forwards/centers Lavoy Allen and Shayne Whittington to contracts.

      The team also signed guard/forward Glenn Robinson III and forward Rakeem Christmas.

      The 6-foot-9 Allen is entering his fifth season in the NBA and his third with the Pacers after being acquired via trade from the Philadelphia 76ers in February 2014.

      The 6-11 Whittington is entering his second season in the NBA after signing with the Pacers last year as an undrafted rookie.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    Pacers re-sign Allen, Whittington
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Indiana Pacers re-signed forwards/centers Lavoy Allen and Shayne Whittington to contracts Monday.

    • The team also signed guard/forward Glenn Robinson III and forward Rakeem Christmas.

      The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Allen is entering his fifth season in the NBA and his third with the Pacers after being acquired via trade from the Philadelphia 76ers in February 2014. He was drafted by the 76ers as the 50th overall pick in the 2011 draft. He has career averages of 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

      "We think he's ready to step in and play more minutes at two different positions," Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said of Allen in a statement. "This is a great opportunity for him to play night in and night out at a high level."

      The 6-11, 250-pound Whittington is entering his second season in the NBA after signing with the Pacers last year as an undrafted rookie. With the Pacers, he appeared in 20 games during the 2014-15 season. He was assigned to play with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the during their playoff run that resulted in a trip to the Development League Finals. Whittington appeared in five postseason games with the Mad Ants, averaging 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds.

      "Shayne has been with us for more than a year and shown us a lot of good things," Bird said. "He has grown as a player, has improved and we expect him to continue to do so to be a part of what we do. He's a hard worker with a variety of skills for a big man."

      The 6-7, 222-pound Robinson is in his second season in the NBA after being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round (40th overall pick) of the 2014 draft. He played 25 games with the Timberwolves before being waived. He was claimed off waivers by Philadelphia, with whom he played 10 games. Overall in 35 games as a rookie, he averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.

      The 6-9, 250-pound Christmas was acquired by the Pacers on July 23 from the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was a second-round pick in June's draft. He was selected 36th overall by Minnesota and was traded later draft night to the Cavaliers. He played collegiately at Syracuse where in his senior season he averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    Magic acquire G Napier from Heat
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Orlando Magic acquired guard Shabazz Napier and cash considerations from the Miami Heat in exchange for a conditional 2016 second round draft pick

    • Magic general manager Rob Hennigan made the announcement Monday after the story was reported the day before.

      The move removes Napier's $1.3 million from Miami's books and could save the Heat about $4.5 million in salary and luxury taxes, according to ESPN.com

      The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Napier played in 51 games as a rookie last season, averaging 5.1 points, and 2.5 assists in 19.8 minutes per game, while shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range.

      Napier, 24, underwent sports hernia surgery on April 1. He returned to action this summer and scored 14 points and added six assists in Miami's final game in the Orlando Pro Summer League. He also averaged 18 points in three games during summer league play in Las Vegas.

      As a college senior in 2014, Napier led the University of Connecticut to the NCAA Tournament title and was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. He also part of UConn's 2011 NCAA championship team.

      Originally selected by Charlotte in the first round (24th overall) in 2014, his rights were acquired by Miami on draft night.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    Heat trade G Zoran Dragic to Celtics
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Heat traded guard Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics on Monday, along with a 2020 second-round draft pick and cash considerations, in exchange for a protected 2019 draft pick.

    • The Heat are trying to trim their salary and luxury-tax bill, already trading guard Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic.

      Dragic split last season between the Heat and Phoenix Suns, appearing in 16 games (one start), averaging 1.8 points in 4.7 minutes. He previously spent time with Unicaja Malaga in Spain, appearing in 22 Euroleague games where he averaged 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 22.5 minutes while shooting 41.3 percent from the field.

      Dragic was acquired by the Heat on Feb. 19, along with his brother, Goran, in a three-team trade. Goran Dragic signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Heat earlier this month.

      The Heat also waived forward Henry Walker, who appeared in 24 games (13 starts) last season, averaging 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 26.1 minutes per game.

      Walker also appeared in 17 games (eight starts) for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League last season, averaging 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 27.8 minutes, while shooting 46.8 percent from the field.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    Warriors trade Lee to Celtics for Wallace, Babb
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Golden State Warriors traded forward David Lee to the Boston Celtics on Monday in exchange for forward Gerald Wallace and guard Chris Babb.

    • Lee, 32, played five seasons with the Warriors, averaging 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 327 regular-season games. He had his finest season with Golden State in 2012-13, averaging 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in 79 games.

      "On behalf of the entire Golden State Warriors organization, we thank David Lee for his contributions both on and off the court over the last five years," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a statement. "Throughout his time with the Warriors, David was a great player, competitor and presence in our locker room as well as in the community and was a stabilizing force during a period that saw many positive changes within the organization. Most importantly, he leaves Golden State as an NBA champion. We wish him nothing but the best in the next chapter of his career."

      The 6-foot-9 Lee appeared in 26 playoff games with Golden State, making postseason appearances in each of the last three seasons, culminating in an NBA championship this past season. Lee leaves the Warriors ranked sixth on the franchise's all-time list in defensive rebounds (2,176) and tied for 10th in field-goal percentage (.513).

      During his 10-year NBA career, Lee has averaged 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 695 regular-season games with the New York Knicks and Warriors. Originally selected by the Knicks with the 30th overall pick in the 2005 draft, Lee was acquired by the Warriors in a sign-and-trade deal on July 9, 2010.

      Wallace, 33, owns career averages of 11.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.44 steals and 29.7 minutes in 832 regular-season games (611 starts) over 14 NBA seasons with Sacramento, Charlotte, Portland, New Jersey/Brooklyn and Boston.

      Originally selected by Sacramento with the 25th overall pick in the 2001 draft, Wallace has appeared in 33 playoff games (17 starts), holding career postseason averages of 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.9 minutes.

      Babb, 25, appeared in 14 games with Boston as a rookie in 2014-15, tallying 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game. The 6-5 guard appeared in 45 games last season with the Celtics' Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, averaging 15.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 34.7 minutes.

  • Monday, July 27, 2015
    Cavs re-sign Dellavedova, trade Haywood, Miller to Blazers
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers re-signed restricted free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova on Monday, and traded center Brendan Haywood, guard/forward Mike Miller and two future second-round draft picks to the Portland Trail Blazers.

    • Terms of Dellavedova's contract were not released, but the deal is for one year and worth approximately $1.2 million, according to ESPN.com.

      Cavs general manager David Griffin officially announced the trade after the story was reported by multiple media outlets earlier in the day.

      Dellavedova, 24, played in 67 games (13 starts) in the 2014-15 regular season, averaging 4.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 20.6 minutes per game. He shot a career-high .407 from 3-point range and .763 from the free-throw line. The 6-foot-4 backup point guard also led the Cavaliers with a 3.34 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season, which ranked fourth in the NBA.

      Dellavedova appeared in all 20 games (seven starts) during Cleveland's NBA Finals run in the 2015 playoffs and averaged 7.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 24.9 minutes per game.

      As a result of the trade, the Cavs will receive two trade exceptions of approximately $10.5 million and $2.8 million, respectively. The two draft picks that Cleveland is sending to Portland in the deal are the Cavaliers' own 2020 second-round draft pick, and the more favorable of Minnesota's own 2019 second-round draft pick and the Los Angeles Lakers' own 2019 second-round draft pick.

      The 35-year-old Haywood, a 13-year veteran, has played in 816 games (549 starts) with Washington, Dallas, Charlotte and Cleveland, averaging 6.8 points on .528 shooting from the field, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.9 minutes per game. This past season with the Cavs, he played in 22 games (one start) and averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.4 minutes per game.

      The 35-year-old Miller, a 15-year veteran, owns career averages of 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28.3 minutes over 965 games (568 starts) with Orlando, Memphis, Washington, Miami and Cleveland. Miller was a key signing last offseason because of his experience and relationship with LeBron James, but he averaged just 2.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 13.5 minutes in 52 games (15 starts).

      The Blazers likely will waive Haywood and eventually could work a buyout with Miller, according to reports.

  • Sunday, July 26, 2015
    Magic reportedly acquire Napier from Heat
    By The Sports Xchange

    Orlando reached an agreement with the Miami Heat that will bring guard Shabazz Napier to the Magic in exchange for a projected future second-round draft pick, Yahoo Sports reported Sunday.

    • Napier, who was the star in Connecticut's run to the 2014 NCAA championship, was taken by Miami with the 24th overall pick in last year's NBA draft.

      As a rookie with the Heat, Napier averaged 5.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game. He shot just 38.2 percent from the field and 36.4 percent on 3-point shots.

      The move removes Napier's $1.3 million from Miami's books and probably means Tyler Johnson will be the Heat's backup point guard.

      It appears Napier will be the No. 3 point guard at Orlando, behind Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson.

  • Saturday, July 25, 2015
    Cavaliers re-sign G/F Jones
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers re-signed guard/forward James Jones to a contract Saturday.

    • Terms were not released, but the deal reportedly is for one year at the veteran's minimum.

      Jones appeared in 57 games (two starts) for the Cavs during the 2014-15 regular season and averaged 4.4 points in 11.7 minutes per game. He shot .360 from the 3-point line and .848 from the free-throw line.

      During Cleveland's NBA Finals run in the 2015 playoffs, Jones appeared in all 20 games, averaging 4.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game. He originally signed with the Cavs as a free agent on Aug. 5, 2014.

      For his career, the 12-year NBA veteran has played in 613 regular-season games (91 starts) with averages of 5.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game with Miami, Portland, Phoenix, Indiana and Cleveland. His .398 percentage from behind the arc is the 12th highest among active players.

  • Friday, July 24, 2015
    Mavericks sign Jenkins, Famous
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard John Jenkins and forward Jarrid Famous, the team announced Friday.

    • Jenkins reportedly had agreed to a three-year deal Monday.

      Jenkins was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 23rd pick in the 2012 draft. As a rookie, he shot 45 percent from the field and 38 percent on 3-point attempts.

      His second season was derailed by injuries. He played in only 24 games and had back surgery in February.

      The 24-year-old is ticketed to be the backup for newly signed Wesley Matthews. Matthews, who ruptured his left Achilles tendon four months ago while a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, joined the Mavericks after signing a $70 million deal earlier this month.

      Famous, 27, spent last season with the Iowa Energy and the Texas Legends in the NBA Development League.

      He averaged 10.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in five games in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Washington Wizards.

  • Friday, July 24, 2015
    Hawks sign Patterson, Petteway
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Atlanta Hawks signed guard/forwards Lamar Patterson and Terran Petteway to contracts Friday.

    • Both players competed for the Hawks in the recently completed NBA Las Vegas Summer League.

      Patterson started all seven games for the summer Hawks, averaging team-bests of 13.1 points, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals while adding 5.1 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game.

      Patterson, chosen by Milwaukee in the second round (48th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft, was acquired by the Hawks on draft night in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick. Patterson played in 29 games last season for Tofas in Turkey, putting up 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 28.6 minutes. The 6-foot-5 Patterson played at Pittsburgh from 2009-14.

      In Las Vegas, Petteway appeared in seven games (six starts) and averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 block in 26.0 minutes.

      The 6-6 Petteway, an early entry candidate for the 2015 draft but not selected, led Nebraska in scoring last season as a junior, averaging 18.2 points, along with 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals.

  • Friday, July 24, 2015
    76ers sign G Wilbekin
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia 76ers signed guard Scottie Wilbekin to a contract Friday.

    • Wilbekin competed for the Sixers in the 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League and the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points per game and averaged three 3-pointers made per game.

      Wilbekin went undrafted in 2014 following a standout career at Florida. As a senior, he was named SEC Player of the Year and earned third team All-America by the Associated Press. Wilbekin was a two-time SEC all-defensive selection and finished his career with 167 steals.

      Last season, Wilbekin played 32 games for Cairns Taipans of the Australian National Basketball League and was named the club's MVP and defensive player of the year. He was also named first team All-NBL after averaging 15 points, four assists, four rebounds and one steal per game with the Taipans. He later joined AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League, averaging eight points and four assists in nine games.

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    NBA notebook: Kings sign veteran Butler
    By The Sports Xchange

    A day after adding three players to the roster, the Sacramento Kings signed well-traveled forward Caron Butler on Thursday.

    • The length and financial terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team, but USA Today reported the deal is worth $3 million over two years.

      Butler, 35, has spent 13 seasons in the NBA with Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington, Dallas, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Detroit. He has career averages of 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 864 games.

      On Wednesday, the Kings signed forwards Quincy Acy and Duje Dukan and guard Seth Curry.

      ---Forward Chris Copeland, who was stabbed outside a New York City nightclub in April, reportedly has agreed to a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

      The deal is worth $1.1 million for one year, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

      Copeland, who is 6 feet 8 and 235 pounds, suffered a knife wound to his left elbow and abdomen and also suffered a fractured elbow during an altercation outside a club on April 8. He underwent surgery immediately after the incident and spent the rest of the season rehabilitating.

      ---The Indiana Pacers acquired rookie forward Rakeem Christmas from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a 2019 second-round draft pick.

      The Pacers used a pick recently acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in the deal for center Roy Hibbert.

      The 6-foot-9 Christmas was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round in the draft last month and then traded on draft night to the Cavaliers.

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Report: Copeland agrees to deal with Bucks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Chris Copeland, who was stabbed outside a New York City nightclub in April, reportedly has agreed to a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

    • The deal is worth $1.1 million for one year, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

      Copeland, who is 6 feet 8 and 235 pounds, suffered a knife wound to his left elbow and abdomen and also suffered a fractured elbow during an altercation outside a club on April 8. He underwent surgery immediately after the incident and spent the rest of the season rehabilitating.

      In Milwaukee, Copeland will be reunited with coach Jason Kidd, who played with Copeland on the New York Knicks in 2012-13.

      In three NBA seasons, Copeland has averaged 6.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game. Last season, he averaged 6.2 points in 16.6 minutes per game.

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Christmas in July: Pacers get forward from Cavs
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Indiana Pacers acquired rookie forward Rakeem Christmas from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday in exchange for a 2019 second-round draft pick.

    • The Pacers used a pick recently acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in the deal for center Roy Hibbert to obtain Christmas. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Christmas and the Pacers reached agreement on a four-year, $4.5 million contract with two years guaranteed.

      The 6-foot-9 Christmas was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the NBA Draft last month and then traded on draft night to the Cavaliers.

      As a senior at Syracuse last season, Christmas averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

      "We really liked Rakeem when he came in for pre-draft workouts," Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said. "He is a solid player who was a contributor all four years at Syracuse and we look forward to having him on our team."

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Kings sign veteran Butler
    By The Sports Xchange

    A day after adding three players to the roster, the Sacramento Kings signed well-traveled forward Caron Butler on Thursday.

    • The length and financial terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team, but USA Today reported the deal is worth $3 million over two years.

      The 35-year-old Butler has spent 13 seasons in the NBA with Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington, Dallas, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Detroit.

      Butler has career averages of 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 864 games. A two-time NBA All-Star, Butler was drafted in the first round by the Heat in 2005.

      Last season with the Pistons, Butler played in 78 games and averaged 5.9 points, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals.

      On Wednesday, the Kings signed forwards Quincy Acy and Duje Dukan and guard Seth Curry.

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    Kings sign trio of free agents
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Sacramento Kings signed free agent forwards Quincy Acy and Duje Dukan and guard Seth Curry to contacts, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Curry, the younger brother of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, was the leading scorer in the NBA Summer League for the New Orleans Pelicans at nearly 25 points per game. He agreed to a two-year deal worth $2 million, according to multiple media reports.

      Curry played three seasons at Duke and one at Liberty. He was not drafted, and he shuttled between the NBA Development League and short stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns the past two seasons.

      Acy rejoins Sacramento after averaging 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds with New York last season. Acy, a second-round draft pick by Toronto out of Baylor in 2012, averaged 2.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 14 minutes in 56 games for the Kings in 2013-14 after being acquired from the Raptors.

      Dukan was not drafted in June after playing four years at Wisconsin, but he caught Sacramento's eye by averaging 9.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 18 minutes in five Summer League contests for the Kings.

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    Report: Clippers will sign PG Prigioni
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly agreed to a contract with point guard Pablo Prigioni on Wednesday.

    • The Denver Nuggets waived Prigioni on Monday after acquiring him in a seven-player trade that sent guard Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets. Prigioni cleared waivers and became a free agent on Wednesday, and the Clippers quickly reeled him in, according to RealGM.com.

      In 67 games with the Rockets and the New York Knicks last season, Prigioni averaged 4.1 points, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

      Prigioni, 38, is entering his fourth NBA season after playing most of his career in Argentina and Spain.

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    NBA notebook: Division winners might not be guaranteed playoffs
    By The Sports Xchange

    The day could be coming when a division winner might not make the NBA playoffs.

    • Speaking as part of a panel discussion at the Beyond Sport United program on Wednesday in Newark, N.J., commissioner Adam Silver said the league might not guarantee a playoff spot for division winners if they finish out of the top eight in the conference standings.

      Currently, a division winner is guaranteed no worse than a No. 4 seed in the postseason. The league planned to do away with that format but now might take it a step further and make division winners finish the season in the top eight to advance to the playoffs.

      "First of all, it's never happened before that a division winner did not finish within the top eight, and our basketball analytics folks calculate that there's less than a 5 percent chance that it would happen," Silver said. "Where we're leaning right now is that we would not guarantee a spot for a division winner, in part because it's so unlikely to happen; and, No. 2, if it does happen, it would be potentially confusing to fans. No. 3, you would be displacing a team that did have a top-eight record."

      ---NBA fans eager to watch teams outside their home television markets will be in luck starting in October.

      The league plans to offer pay-per-view games at $6.99 apiece or $120 for the entire season (82 games).

      The plan was part of a digital expansion first discussed last year by commissioner Adam Silver, who is striving to reach more fans through platforms outside cable and network television.

      ---The Orlando Magic will return to London to play a regular-season game against the Toronto Raptors in January as part of NBA Global Games 2015-16.

      The NBA and Anschutz Entertainment Group announced Wednesday that the game is scheduled at The O2 arena on Jan. 14. This will mark the league's sixth regular-season game in London.

      The Magic, led by four-time NBA champion and 15-time All-Star Shaquille O'Neal, first visited London for a pair of preseason games in 1993. More recently, the Raptors played back-to-back games in London in 2011, marking the NBA's first regular-season games in Europe.

      ---Forward Tyler Hansbrough signed a contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

      Hansbrough had played for the Toronto Raptors the past two seasons. He entered the league with the Indiana Pacers after an All-American career at the University of North Carolina. He ended his college career as the Tar Heels' career leader in points (2,872) and rebounds (1,219) and was part of a national championship team in 2009.

      Hansbrough, 29, averaged 3.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 2014-15 with the Raptors.

      ---The Detroit Pistons signed first-round pick Stanley Johnson to a rookie contract.

      Johnson, the eighth overall pick by the Pistons in the 2015 NBA Draft, averaged a team-high 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting 57.7 percent at the recently concluded NBA Orlando Summer League.

      A native of Los Angeles, the 6-foot-7 forward from the University of Arizona averaged a team-high 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 steals and 28.4 minutes in 38 games last season. Johnson was the 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. He scored in double figures in 30 of 38 games and ranked second on the team in rebounds and steals.

      ---The San Antonio Spurs signed guard Jimmer Fredette.

      Fredette spent last season with the New Orleans Pelicans and averaged 3.6 points and 1.4 assists per game.

      In 229 career NBA games with Sacramento, Chicago and New Orleans, Fredette has averaged 6.1 points and 1.4 assists.

      ---Houston Rockets guard James Harden was named Most Valuable Player at the first NBA Players' Awards, beating out Stephen Curry.

      Curry, the sharpshooting guard who led the Golden State Warriors past LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in June for the franchise' first championship in 40 years, finished 262 points and 75 first-place votes ahead of Harden to win the traditional MVP award -- voted on by select media members -- for the 2014-15 season.

      Curry was named by players as this year's "Clutch Performer" and "Hardest to Guard." Curry and teammates Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli also accepted the award for the best home-court advantage, which went to the reigning champions' Oracle Arena.

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    Fredette signs with Spurs
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Antonio Spurs signed free agent guard Jimmer Fredette to a contract on Wednesday.

    • Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team.

      Fredette spent last season with the New Orleans Pelicans and averaged 3.6 points and 1.4 assists per game.

      In 229 career NBA games with Sacramento, Chicago and New Orleans, Fredette is averaging 6.1 points and 1.4 assists.

      Fredette is a former NCAA Division I season scoring leader with a 28.9 average in 2010-11 who was selected No. 10 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Kings.

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    Division winners might not be guaranteed playoffs
    By The Sports Xchange

    The day could be coming when a division winner might not make the NBA playoffs.

    • Commissioner Adam Silver envisions that happening in the near future.

      Speaking as part of a panel discussion at the Beyond Sport United program on Wednesday in Newark, N.J., Silver said the league might not guarantee a playoff spot for division winners if they finish out of the top eight in the conference standings.

      Currently, a division winner is guaranteed no worse than a No. 4 seed in the postseason. The league planned to do away with that format but now might take it a step further and make division winners finish the regular season in the top eight to advance to the playoffs.

      "First of all, it's never happened before that a division winner did not finish within the top eight, and our basketball analytics folks calculate that there's less than a 5 percent chance that it would happen," Silver said.

      "Where we're leaning right now is that we would not guarantee a spot for a division winner in part because it's so unlikely to happen, and No. 2 if it does happen it would be potentially confusing to fans. No. 3, you would be displacing a team that did have a top-eight record."

      The system was criticized during the playoffs this year when the Portland Trail Blazers received a No. 4 seed as the Northwest Division winner in the Western Conference, forcing a first-round matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs. Based on records, the Blazers would have been the sixth seed in the conference.

      "So while we're going to continue to discuss it a little bit more -- we need to make a decision before the preseason begins -- I think the greater likelihood is we will not be guaranteeing a spot to a division winner," Silver said.

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    NBA to offer pay-per-view game package
    By The Sports Xchange

    NBA fans eager to watch teams outside their home television markets will be in luck starting in October.

    • The league plans to offer pay-per-view games at $6.99 apiece or $120 for the entire season (82 games).

      The plan was part of a digital expansion first discussed last year by commissioner Adam Silver, who is striving to reach more fans through platforms outside cable and network television.

      NBA games are available for satellite and cable subscribers under the NBA Full Court package. However, blackouts are in place for local and regional broadcasts available on network TV or cable platforms.

      It will be possible for fans in Chicago to catch all 82 Cavaliers games, for example, but those fans would not be able to view Bulls games -- those in the home TV market -- digitally under the same agreement.