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  • Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Magic sign G Marble
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Orlando Magic signed second-round guard Devyn Marble, the team announced Thursday.

    • Terms were not disclosed, but the deal reportedly is a partially guaranteed three-year contract.

      The draft rights to Marble (56th overall pick), along with guard Evan Fournier, were acquired from Denver in exchange for guard Arron Afflalo on June 26.

      Marble (6-foot-6, 200 pounds) played in 136 career games during four years at the University of Iowa, averaging 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.29 steals in 27.6 minutes per game.

      As a senior last season, Marble played and started in 33 games, averaging 17.0 points, 3.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.82 steals in 30.2 minutes per game. He was named First Team All-Big Ten after leading the team in scoring and ranked second in assists.

      Marble is the son of Roy Marble, a former NBA player and the all-time leading scorer in Iowa history.

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Allen could join LeBron in Cleveland
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ray Allen is reportedly leaning toward returning for his 19th season in the NBA to continue as a teammate of LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    • In two seasons together with the Miami Heat, Allen and James have formed a close bond. After the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Heat for the NBA title, James and Allen vacationed together the week after the NBA Finals.

      Cleveland can find room under the salary cap depending on how the Cavaliers' pursuit of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love pans out.

      Former James teammates Mike Miller and James Jones signed with the team this month.

      If Allen does return for his 19th NBA season, he wants to play with James. Allen had considered retiring and intimated as much after the NBA Finals.

      "One thing is for certain, to (retire) on my terms is the most important thing," Allen told ESPN.com. "Whether that is me retiring, staying here or going somewhere else, it will be on my terms. I've made it to this point and I felt great that I have the choice to make it for myself."

      Allen appeared in 79 regular-season games and all 20 in the postseason with the Heat, averaging 9.3 points per game.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Lewis fails physical; Mavs sign Aminu
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Rashard Lewis failed his physical with the Dallas Mavericks, who planned to sign him to a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum.

    • Lewis will instead become a free agent but needs a procedure on his right knee. In his place, the Mavericks signed Al-Farouq Aminu to a reported two-year contract at the veteran minimum, with a player option for the second year.

      "It came to our attention during Rashard Lewis's physical that he is in need of a medical procedure on his right knee," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said in a statement released by the Mavericks. “We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery and continued success in his remarkable career."

      Lewis spent the past two seasons with the Miami Heat and was a member of their 2013 NBA championship team. Last season, he averaged 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 16.2 minutes in 60 games. In the playoffs, he averaged 5.3 points and 2.1 rebounds.

      In 16 NBA seasons, the two-time NBA All-Star has averaged 14.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 32.0 minutes in 1,049 games (842 starts) for the Seattle Sonics, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Heat.

      Lewis was the No. 32 overall pick by the Sonics in the 1998 draft.

      The 23-year-old Aminu played in 80 games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season and averaged 7.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Lakers keep F-C Hill with multiyear deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Lakers signed forward-center Jordan Hill to a multiyear contract on Wednesday.

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

      "Jordan has been a consistent contributor for us over the last three seasons and we are pleased to keep him in the Laker family," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "Jordan's frontcourt versatility is a benefit to our roster and his on-court work ethic is something we value on our team. We hope he'll continue to work hard and develop as an NBA player."

      Hill completed the best season of his NBA career in 2013-14, averaging 9.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game while shooting 54.9 percent from the field. He started 32 games.

      The 6-foot-10 Hill came to the Lakers at the trade deadline in March 2012 from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Derek Fisher and a 2014 first-round draft pick. Hill was the eighth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Suns sign F Tucker
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Phoenix Suns finalized the signing of forward P.J. Tucker to a multiyear contract on Wednesday.

    • The team did not announce financial terms, but previous reports puts the deal at three years and $16.5 million.

      "His new contract fulfills one of our most important goals for this summer." Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said.

      Tucker, a restricted free agent, started 81 games for the Suns last season and averaged 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals.

      "P.J. is one of the most rugged competitors in the entire league," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said. "We love his passion and his fire. We are happy that he will remain in a Suns uniform for the foreseeable future."

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    NBA roundup: Bulls include McDermott in Love offer
    By The Sports Xchange

    First-round pick Doug McDermott and two previous first-rounders -- Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic -- are part of the Chicago Bulls' trade offer to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love according to NBA reporter Chris Sheridan.

    • "The hang-up is Mirotic and McDermott signed their contracts (Tuesday)," Sheridan told 87.7 FM The Game in Chicago. "If this trade is going to happen, it's not going to happen for another 29 days. If Minnesota likes the offer way, way better than the Cleveland offer, they can wait."

      Sheridan said the Cleveland offer of No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a 2015 No. 1 pick (from Memphis or Miami), might be an easier sell to the Timberwolves fan base.

      ---Raymond Felton pleaded guilty in Manhattan state Supreme Court to a felony gun charge to avoid jail time.

      Felton, who was traded to the Dallas Mavericks after playing in New York for the Knicks last season, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. Felton was sentenced to 500 hours community service with potential to serve outside of New York. He also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, and told the case will be closed with no further consequences if he fulfills the sentence.

      Felton, 30, was charged with possession of a large-capacity ammunition firearm when his then-wife turned in the weapon to police as they began divorce proceedings.

      ---Forward Rashard Lewis failed his physical with the Dallas Mavericks, who planned to sign him to a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum.

      Lewis will instead become a free agency but needs a procedure on his right knee.

      Lewis spent the past two seasons with the Miami Heat and was a member of their 2013 NBA championship team. Last season, he averaged 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 16.2 minutes in 60 games. In the playoffs, he averaged 5.3 points and 2.1 rebounds.

      ---Ed Davis signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers that includes a player option for 2015-16.

      Davis, the 13th overall pick in the 2010 draft, averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game last season.

      ---The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent guard Brian Roberts, the team announced Wednesday.

      Terms were not disclosed, but Yahoo Sports reported previously the deal was for two years and $5.5 million.

      The 6-foot-1 Roberts spent the last two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 8.2 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 19.9 minutes in 150 total games. In 72 games last season, including 42 starts, Roberts averaged 9.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 23.2 minutes.

      ---The Minnesota Timberwolves re-signed forward Robbie Hummel, the team announced.

      Terms were not disclosed, but the deal is reportedly for one year.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Timberwolves re-sign F Hummel
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Timberwolves re-signed forward Robbie Hummel, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Terms were not disclosed, but the deal is reportedly for one year.

      "We are excited to have Robbie back with us this season," Flip Saunders, president of basketball operations and head coach, said in a statement. "He proved that he can be a key contributor off the bench and finished the season strong. Robbie's ability to stretch the floor with his shooting range is a valuable asset for our team."

      Hummel, 25, played in 53 games (five starts) in his rookie season for the Wolves last year, averaging 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per contest.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Lakers sign F Ed Davis
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ed Davis signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers that includes a player option for 2015-16.

    • "Ed is a versatile, young frontcourt player who, if he continues to work hard, will be a valuable contributor," said general manager Mitch Kupchak. "We look forward to him furthering his development with the Lakers and are excited by what we think he can offer our team."

      Davis, 6-10, 250, began his career with the Toronto Raptors. He played for the Memphis Grizzlies last season and will replace Chris Kaman on the roster in Los Angeles. Kaman signed with the Portland Trail Blazers on the first day new contracts could be signed (July 8).

      Davis, the 13th overall pick in the 2010 draft, averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game last season.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Hornets sign G Roberts
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent guard Brian Roberts, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Terms were not disclosed, but Yahoo Sports reported previously the deal was for two years and $5.5 million.

      The 6-foot-1 Roberts spent the last two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 8.2 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 19.9 minutes in 150 total games.

      In 72 games last season, including 42 starts, Roberts averaged 9.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 23.2 minutes.

      Roberts was not selected in the 2008 draft after a four-year career at the University of Dayton. He spent the 2008-09 season with Galil Gilboa in Israel's Winner League. He then played for Brose Baskets in Germany's BBL from 2009-12, before signing with the Pelicans in August 2012.

      "Brian is a quality point guard who we believe will play a key role for us," general manager Rich Cho said in a statement. "We look forward to having him as part of our team."

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Bulls include McDermott in Love offer; third team involved?
    By The Sports Xchange

    First-round pick Doug McDermott and two previous first-rounders -- Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic -- are part of the Chicago Bulls' trade offer to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love according to NBA reporter Chris Sheridan.

    • "The hang-up is Mirotic and McDermott signed their contracts (Tuesday)," Sheridan told 87.7 FM The Game in Chicago. "If this trade is going to happen, it's not going to happen for another 29 days. If Minnesota likes the offer way, way better than the Cleveland offer, they can wait."

      Sheridan said the Cleveland offer of No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a 2015 No. 1 pick (from Memphis or Miami), might be an easier sell to the Timberwolves fan base.

      Boston remains in the picture, according to Sheridan, and is loaded with future draft picks.

      Love is in the final year of his contract with the Timberwolves and is owed $15.7 million.

      The Celtics, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers might be needed to make the numbers work as a third team in a Love deal. The 76ers want to unload Thaddeus Young, the Nuggets could part with JaVale McGee (two years, $23 million) or Kenneth Faried (a restricted free agent in 2015), and the Timberwolves are hoping to deal shooting guard Kevin Martin in any Love trade.

      Martin is owed $21 million over the next three seasons.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Felton pleads guilty to gun charge, avoids jail time
    By The Sports Xchange

    Raymond Felton pleaded guilty in Manhattan state Supreme Court to a felony gun charge to avoid jail time.

    • Felton, who was traded to the Dallas Mavericks after playing in New York for the Knicks last season, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.

      Felton was sentenced to 500 hours community service with potential to serve outside of New York. He also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, and told the case will be closed with no further consequences if he fulfills the sentence.

      Felton, 30, was charged with possession of a large-capacity ammunition firearm when his then-wife turned in the weapon to police as they began divorce proceedings.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Nets sign 2011 draft pick Bogdanovic
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Brooklyn Nets have forward Bojan Bogdanovic under contract three years after the Croatian was selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

    • "Having drafted Bojan in 2011, it is rewarding to finally welcome him to the Nets," general manager Billy King said on NBA.com on Tuesday in announcing the contract. "We obviously have a high regard for his game, and we are glad he will now bring that talent to Brooklyn."

      Bogdanovic, 25, signed a three-year, $10 million contract, according to multiple sources.

      The 6-foot-8 forward has played with Fenerbahce Ulker in the Turkish Basketball League for the past three seasons, earning All-Star honors in 2013. He averaged 14.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in an average of 30.6 minutes while playing in 24 Euroleague games in 2013-14.

      He has a career average of 13.8 points in 87 Euroleague games.

      Bogdanovic was selected 31st overall in 2011 by Miami, which traded his rights to Minnesota, which sent them to the Nets on draft night.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Cavs acquire three reserves from Jazz
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly in the market for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, made a trade Tuesday that gives them increased financial flexibility.

    • Cleveland sent guard Carrick Felix, a 2015 second-round draft pick and cash to the Utah Jazz in exchange for guard John Lucas III and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy, the Cavaliers announced in a press release. According to multiple media reports, the cash amount was $1 million.

      Lucas, Thomas and Murphy have non-guaranteed contracts that could be shed give the Cavaliers help under the salary cap.

      Felix, 23, saw minimal action in 23 game with the Cavaliers in 2013-14, averaging 2.7 points and 0.9 rebounds.

      Lucas, 31, appeared in 42 games (six starts) for Utah last season, averaging 3.8 points, one assists and 0.9 rebounds.

      Thomas, 25, played seven games for Utah and one for the San Antonio Spurs in 2013-14, producing averages of 1.9 points and 2.6 rebounds.

      Murphy, 23, was a Chicago Bull last season, averaging 0.3 points and 0.3 rebounds in 24 games.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    NBA roundup: Bulls still in mix for Love
    By The Sports Xchange

    Talks between the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves surrounding forward Kevin Love threaten to derail talk of a newly formed Big Three in Cleveland.

    • The Cavaliers are offering No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and 2013 top pick Anthony Bennett to acquire Love from the Timberwolves, but Chicago is still in the picture, according to ESPN.

      Trade options from the Bulls are likely to be young veterans and former first-round picks Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler. It is not known whether the Bulls would part with sweet-shooting forward Doug McDermott.

      Cleveland and Minnesota have been in trade talks since the Cavaliers signed superstar forward LeBron James a week ago. Yahoo Sports reported that James had contacted Love since the Cavaliers decided to include Wiggins in a possible deal.

      ---With a settlement attempt stalled, Donald and Shelly Sterling returned to court Tuesday to continue the trial to decide the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers.

      Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons said in a Los Angeles probate court that coach Doc Rivers would not return for the upcoming season if Donald Sterling still owned the club. Parsons added that the continued presence of Donald Sterling in ownership would prompt sponsors to distance themselves from the team.

      According to multiple media outlets, a meeting with prospective Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was held Monday at Donald Sterling's home. No progress was made in talks geared toward a settlement. All three sides were represented by attorneys, and Ballmer and Donald Sterling attended, though Shelly Sterling was not present.

      ---The Golden State Warriors signed free agent guard-forward Brandon Rush on Tuesday.

      Terms of the contract were not diclosed by the team, but the two-year deal was reported to be worth approximately $2.5 million with a player option for the second year.

      The 29-year-old Rush rejoins the Warriors after playing in 67 games for the team in 2011-13 and averaging 9.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent on 3-pointers.

      ---Too many guards is better than not enough, and the Phoenix Suns believe restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe will be part of their expansive collection next season.

      The Suns offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million contract, but he is holding out for something closer to the $80 million maximum-level payday.

      Bledsoe averaged career highs of 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds last season despite missing time with a knee injury that required surgery.

      ---USA Basketball selected 13 players for the 2014 USA Men's Select Team that will train July 28-31 with the 2014 USA Basketball Men's National Team during training camp in Las Vegas.

      The team includes five players who were rookies last season and two players who will debut in 2014-15: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Sterlings fail in settlement talks, back to court
    By The Sports Xchange

    With a settlement attempt stalled, Donald and Shelly Sterling returned to court Tuesday to continue the trial to decide the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers.

    • The team's interim chief executive officer, Richard Parsons, said in a Los Angeles probate court that Clippers coach Doc Rivers would not return for the upcoming season if Donald Sterling still owned the club.

      "Doc has been the guy who has had to stand up and deal with the media (regarding the controversy over Sterling's inflammatory comments that led to his lifetime ban from the NBA)," Parsons testified. "He has told me he doesn't think if Mr. Sterling remains that he wants to continue as coach. He's told me that at least three times.

      "If Doc were to leave, that would be a disaster. Doc is the father figure of the team. Chris (Paul) is the on-court captain of the team. But Doc is really the guy who leads the effort. He's the coach, the grown-up, he's a man of character and ability -- not just in a basketball sense, but in the ability to connect with people and gain their trust.

      "The team believes in him and admires and loves him. If he were to bail, with all the other circumstances, it would accelerate the death spiral."

      Parsons added that the continued presence of Donald Sterling in ownership would prompt sponsors to distance themselves from the Clippers.

      According to multiple media outlets, a meeting with prospective Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was held Monday at Donald Sterling's home. No progress was made in talks geared toward a settlement.

      All three sides were represented by attorneys, and Ballmer and Donald Sterling attended, though Shelly Sterling was not present.

      Shelly Sterling was expected to be called to the witness stand on Tuesday to defend the claim by her husband's attorneys that Donald Sterling was removed from the family trust due to questions of his failing mental capacity. Two doctors certified he should be classified as mentally incapacitated.

      The NBA franchise could be sold to Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, for more than $2 billion, but the sale by the trust is on hold while the court settles Donald Sterling's stake in the matter.

      Sterling was removed from ownership and contact with the team by NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league's Board of Governors. The league cannot approve the sale while it is being contested.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    G-F Rush returns to Warriors
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Golden State Warriors signed free agent guard-forward Brandon Rush on Tuesday.

    • Terms of the contract were not diclosed by the team, but the two-year deal was reported to be worth approximately $2.5 million with a player option for the second year.

      The 29-year-old Rush rejoins the Warriors after playing in 67 games for the team in 2011-13 and averaging 9.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent on 3-pointers.

      The 2011-12 season was Rush's best in the NBA, averaging 9.8 points and shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 45.2 percent from 3-point range for Golden State.

      Rush tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during the second game in 2012-13 and missed the rest of that season. The Warriors traded Rush to the Utah Jazz in July 2013 as part of a deal that included Andre Iguodala coming to the Warriors.

      In 38 game last season for the Jazz, Rush was limited to 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds -- well below his career averages of 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

      Selected No. 13 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and traded to the Indiana Pacers on draft day, Rush spent three seasons with the Pacers before he was traded to Golden State in December 2011.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    USA Select team includes five first-year players
    By The Sports Xchange

    USA Basketball selected 13 players for the 2014 USA Men's Select Team that will train July 28-31 with the 2014 USA Basketball Men's National Team during training camp in Las Vegas.

    • The team includes five players who were rookies last season and two players who will debut in 2014-15: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).

      "USA Basketball's Select Teams are critical for getting some of the game's brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director. "Again this summer, as was done in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, the members of the USA Select Team will play an important role in helping prepare the USA National Team for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

      "Being chosen for the Select Team is an honor and an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball's National Team program in the future. In the past, current national team players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, as well as many other outstanding players got their USA National Team start through the Select Team."

      Members of the USA Select Team was first chosen in 2007. It will assemble in Las Vegas and train with the USA National Team July 28-31 at UNLV's Mendenhall Center.

      The USA National Team opens its 2014 training with the Las Vegas training that concludes with the Aug. 1 (6:00 p.m. local time) 2014 USA Basketball Showcase that features a Blue-White intrasquad game at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.

      Burke, Hardaway, Oladipo and Mason Plumlee were named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie first team, while Zeller earned All-Rookie second team honors. Butler was named 2013-14 NBA All-Defensive second team, while Barnes and Waiters earned All-Rookie first team honors in 2012-13.

      Barnes, McDermott, Smart and Waiters participated in the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp, McDermott and Smart were the only two collegians involved in the camp.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    Reports: Sterling, Ballmer meet
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss the pending $2 billion sale of the franchise, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

    • According to TMZ.com, Ballmer and Shelly Sterling's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, went to Donald Sterling's Beverly Hills, Calif., estate.

      According to ESPN, no settlement was reached but sources said the two men had a "friendly conversation" in their first face-to-face meeting since Ballmer negotiated the record-setting purchase from Shelly Sterling on May 29.

      Donald Sterling since challenged his wife's authority to sell the franchise in state court.

      The original agreement called for the sale to close by July 15, with a possible extension to Aug. 15. The NBA has the option of resuming termination proceedings and subsequently selling the team itself if the sale is still in limbo by Sept. 15, according to ESPN.

      The meeting was arranged Sunday night following a three-hour meeting earlier in the day between Donald and Shelly Sterling, sources said.

      Commissioner Adam Silver admitted last week that the pending sale of the team might not be official by the start of the NBA season in October.

      The NBA Board of Governors cannot approve the sale to Ballmer while it is being contested in court.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    NBA roundup: Cavs plan to sign Wiggins this week
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract this week, according to ESPN.com.

    • The delay in signing the rookie shooting guard is reportedly not related to speculation that the team may trade him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star power forward Kevin Love.

      Instead, the Cavaliers have been looking for ways to use their remaining $1.4 million in salary cap space before signing Wiggins to a contract that will pay him about $5.5 million this season.

      The Cavaliers and Timberwolves have been in talks about a trade involving Wiggins and Love since star forward LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland.

      NBA rules dictate that once Wiggins is signed, the Cavaliers must wait at least 30 days before they can trade him.

      ---The Los Angeles Lakers officially re-signed guard Nick Young to a multi-year contract, the team announced Monday.

      Terms were not released, but the Los Angeles Times reported previously that Young agreed to a four-year, $21.5-million deal.

      Young had a career year in 2013-14 after originally signing with the Lakers as a free agent in July 2013. The Los Angeles native averaged a career-high 17.9 points in his first season with the Lakers.

      The Lakers also re-signed free agent forward Ryan Kelly. In 2013-14, his rookie NBA season, the 23-year-old Kelly averaged 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks in 22.2 minutes per game, and started 25 contests while appearing in 59 total games.

      ---The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent forward Richard Jefferson.

      Last season, Jefferson averaged 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 27.0 minutes while shooting 45 percent from the floor, 40.9 from 3-point range and 74.1 percent from the free-throw line in all 82 games (78 starts) for the Utah Jazz.

      ---The Indiana Pacers signed free agent guard Rodney Stuckey. Last season, Stuckey averaged 13.9 points and 2.1 assists in 73 games with the Detroit Pistons.

      ---The Phoenix Suns signed free agent forward Anthony Tolliver to a multiyear contract.

      Tolliver, a six-year NBA veteran, averaged 6.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 20.3 minutes in 64 games (nine starts) last season with the Charlotte Bobcats.

      ---The Chicago Bulls re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich. Last season, Hinrich averaged 9.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Bulls.

      The Bulls also signed second-round draft pick Cameron Bairstow. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward was taken No. 49 overall by the Bulls.

      ---The Charlotte Hornets signed free agent forward Marvin Williams.

      Williams averaged 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25.4 minutes over 66 games for the Jazz last season.

      ---NBA Development League president Dan Reed is stepping down to join Facebook as head of global sports partnerships. Reed's last day with the league is July 31.

      Reed began his NBA tenure as senior manager of team marketing and business operations in 2004 and was promoted to president of the D-League in 2007.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    Lakers re-sign G Young
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Lakers officially re-signed guard Nick Young to a multi-year contract, the team announced Monday.

    • Terms were not released, but the Los Angeles Times reported previously that Young agreed to a four-year, $21.5-million deal.

      "When Nick became a free agent in June, I expressed hope that we would be able to bring him back on a contract that was in the best interest of both the Lakers and himself, and I am proud to say we were able to do so," general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. "Nick was a bright spot for us last season, and we are happy to retain such a skilled player who is committed to being a part of what we are building as a franchise."

      Young had a career year in 2013-14 after originally signing with the Lakers as a free agent in July 2013. The Los Angeles native averaged a career-high 17.9 points in his first season with the Lakers, twice hitting the 40-point mark, and led the team in scoring a team-best 22 times.

      In a predominantly bench role (nine starts in 64 games), Young averaged 18.8 points as a reserve, ranking him first in the NBA for points per game among players who came off the bench 20 or more times. Young also led the league in four-point plays last season (seven, also a Lakers franchise record) and finished third in the NBA in points per touch (0.45).

      After a three-year collegiate career at USC, the seven-year pro was drafted by the Washington Wizards with the 16th pick of the 2007 draft. Young was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in March 2012 and played the following season (2012-13) for the Philadelphia 76ers.

      The Lakers also re-signed free agent forward Ryan Kelly.

      "When we extended a qualifying offer to Ryan in June, we fully expected him to be a part of our future," Kupchak said in a release. "Ryan did everything we asked of him as a rookie and showed great promise and potential. After rehabbing an injury last summer, he will have the benefit of a full offseason regimen and training camp for the first time in his NBA career, and we anticipate further development as a result."

      In 2013-14, his rookie NBA season, the 23-year-old Kelly averaged 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks in 22.2 minutes per game, and started 25 contests while appearing in 59 total games.

      In five games while on assignment with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the Development League, Kelly averaged 25.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks in 39.6 minutes.

      The 6-foot-11 Kelly was selected by the Lakers in the second round (48th overall pick) in the 2013 draft.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    Hornets sign F Williams
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Charlotte Hornets announced Monday that they signed free agent forward Marvin Williams to a contract.

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

      Williams averaged 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25.4 minutes over 66 games for the Utah Jazz last season. He made a career-high 84 3-pointers and his 3-point percentage of 35.9 (84-for-234) was the second highest of his career.

      "We're excited to add a player of Marvin's caliber to our team," general manager Rich Cho said in a statement. "He will be a key piece of our frontcourt rotation with his versatility and ability to play both forward positions."

      Williams was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft out of North Carolina. He has career averages of 10.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 29.1 minutes over 626 NBA games with the Atlanta Hawks and Jazz.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    Bulls re-sign G Hinrich
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Bulls re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich on Monday.

    • The team did not disclose terms of the contract.

      Last season, Hinrich averaged 9.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Bulls.

      In 11 NBA seasons, Hinrich has averaged 11.8 points, 5.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.19 steals in 32.3 minutes per game. He owns career shooting percentages of 41.3 from the field, 37.7 from 3-point range and 80.2 from free-throw line. He has also averaged 13.0 points, 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 55 playoff games.

      "Kirk has always been a big part of creating the professional culture we want day in, day out surrounding our club," general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. "He helps our team in so many ways and Kirk had other opportunities elsewhere, but we are very happy he chose to remain in a Bulls uniform."

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    Reed stepping down as D-League president
    By The Sports Xchange

    NBA Development League president Dan Reed is stepping down to join Facebook as head of global sports partnerships.

    • Reed's last day with the league is July 31, the NBA announced Monday.

      Reed began his NBA tenure as senior manager of team marketing and business operations in 2004 and was promoted to president of the D-League in 2007.

      "It's been a privilege working alongside so many talented people in the NBA family over the past decade," Reed said in a statement. "I take great pride in the NBA D-League's success to date, and its incredibly bright future as both a business and a development resource for the NBA and the game of basketball."

      Under Reed, the NBA D-League has increasing franchise values twelve-fold and it has expanded to 18 teams. Thirty-three percent of NBA players and more than half of the NBA referees have D-League experience. In addition, 17 NBA teams have single-affiliate relationships with D-League teams.

      "Dan's exceptional business acumen and tireless work ethic have lifted the NBA Development League to new heights," NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in a statement. "We thank Dan for his contributions to the NBA and look forward to working with him in his new role."

      Before he became the D-League's president, Reed was responsible for advising NBA teams on all business operations, including ticket sales, sponsorship development, customer retention, marketing, and analytics. He was credited with helping the NBA achieve records in attendance, ticket sales, season-ticket retention rates, sponsorship sales, and fan growth for teams.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    Bulls sign draft pick Bairstow
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Bulls signed second-round draft pick Cameron Bairstow on Monday.

    • Bairstow, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward, was taken No. 49 overall by the Bulls in this year's draft.

      "We like Cameron's combination as a player with his size, energy and physicality," general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. "He is a hard worker who will only get better with time."

      Bairstow, a native of Australia, averaged 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.74 blocks and 20.8 minutes in four years at the University of New Mexico. He also shot 51.7 percent from the field and 71.7 percent from the free-throw line.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    Pacers sign G Stuckey
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Indiana Pacers announced Monday that they signed free agent guard Rodney Stuckey.

    • The team did not release terms of the contract.

      Last season, Stuckey averaged 13.9 points and 2.1 assists in 73 games with the Detroit Pistons.

      "Rodney is a very talented player who can create and score in a variety of ways," team president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statement. "We're very happy to get a player with his experience and who has made it very clear of his desire to win."

      Stuckey spent the first seven years of his NBA career with the Pistons, averaging 13.4 points and 3.9 assists per game. His best season came in 2009-10 when he averaged 16.6 points and 4.8 assists per contest. He made the NBA's All-Rookie second team after the 2007-08 season.

      The Pistons drafted Stuckey No. 15 overall in 2007.