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  • Monday, August 31, 2015
    Kings' Divac adds GM title
    By The Sports Xchange

    Vlade Divac, who already was calling the shots for the Sacramento Kings' front office, received the title of general manager on Monday, the team announced.

    • Divac was the vice president of basketball and franchise operations. He takes the GM title that was vacated when Pete D'Alessando accepted a front office job with the Denver Nuggets in June.

      Interim general manager Mike Bratz goes back to serving as assistant GM, a job he first took in 2013.

      The Kings also announced the hiring of Peja Stojakovic as director of player personnel and development and Roland Beech as vice president of basketball strategy and data science. Stojakovic also will be the GM of Sacramento's NBA Development League team, the Reno Bighorns.

      "We're fortunate as an organization to enter this season with three professionals of this caliber," Divac said in a statement. "Having such individuals as integral members of our basketball operations team offers more than a unique set of basketball philosophies, experiences and instincts, but also a depth of character commonly associated with winning cultures. With Mike, Roland and Peja on board, I'm more confident than ever in the future success of the Sacramento Kings."

      Divac, Stojakovic and Bratz all are former Kings players.

      Beech is the former vice president of basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks. He founded the stats-driven 82games.com website.

  • Monday, August 31, 2015
    Report: Lakers add Euroleague PG Huertas
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly fortified their point guard position by agreeing to a deal with Brazilian point guard Marcelo Huertas.

    • Huertas, one of the Euroleague's best playmakers, agreed to a one-year contract, sources told Yahoo Sports on Monday.

      Huertas, 32, is expected to give the Lakers an experienced point guard behind No. 2 overall draft pick D'Angelo Russell.

      The 6-foot-3 Huertas led Barcelona to three straight Euroleague Final Fours during his six years with the team.

  • Monday, August 31, 2015
    Report: Clippers strike deal with F Hayes
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly will sign veteran forward Chuck Hayes, adding even more depth to one of the NBA's top teams.

    • Hayes, 32, had been talking with the Houston Rockets, but that deal fell apart and he reached contract terms with the Clippers instead, Yahoo Sports reported Monday.

      The 6-foot-6 Hayes gives the Clippers another big man behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Hayes, known as a good defender and rebounder and solid locker-room guy, joins Josh Smith and Cole Aldrich in the rotation.

      In 10 seasons with the Houston Rockets (2005-11), Sacramento Kings (2011-14) and Toronto Raptors (2014-15), Hayes has averaged 3.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game.

      The Clippers finished 56-26, third in the Western Conference, last season and lost to the Rockets in seven games in the conference semifinals.

  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    Jazz sign rookie F O'Brien
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Utah Jazz signed rookie forward J.J. O'Brien on Friday.

    • O'Brien, who is 6 feet 7 and 220 pounds, played college ball at Utah (2010-11) and San Diego State (2011-15).

      He averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists during his senior season with the Aztecs.

      O'Brien, 23, played at the Utah Jazz Summer League, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in three games. At the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, he averaged 4.6 points and 1.8 rebounds.

  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    Hawks name athletic performace staff
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Atlanta Hawks announced their five-person athletic performance staff on Friday.

    • President of basketball operations/head coach Mike Budenholzer named Keke Lyles as executive director of player performance, Art Horne as head athletic trainer, Mike Roncarati as director of rehabilitation and Chris Chase as athletic performance coach. They join assistant athletic trainer Scottie Parker on the staff.

      "The health and well-being of our players are a critical component of our ability to succeed," Budenholzer said in a statement. "Our Athletic Performance Team has a wealth of experience working with high-level athletes in injury prevention, treatment and development that will serve us well and keep us strong over the course of a long season."

      Lyles will be responsible for overseeing and directing the athletic performance team, and developing personal health and performance plans for each of the players. He spent the past two years with the Golden State Warriors, serving as director of athletic performance/assistant coach.

      Horne comes to the Hawks from Northeastern University, where he was director of sports performance, with oversight of the development and care of student-athletes, while serving as the athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach for the men's basketball team.

      Roncarati served as the Warriors' strength and conditioning coach the last two seasons.

      Chase was most recently with the University of Southern California, where he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

      Parker is in his second season in Atlanta. He came to the Hawks from Fusionetics Sports Science, and was previously with the Seattle Seahawks, where he was part of the training staff for the 2014 Super Bowl champions. He also has experience with the Portland Trail Blazers.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Dawkins dies of heart attack at 58
    By The Sports Xchange

    Darryl Dawkins, the NBA star known as "Chocolate Thunder" because of his powerful dunks, died of a heart attack Thursday.

    • WFMZ-TV in Pennsylvania first reported the death, and his family confirmed it Thursday afternoon. Dawkins was 58.

      In a statement, the family said, "It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved husband and father, Darryl Dawkins, who succumbed today to a heart attack.

      "Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart. His family -- wife Janice, children Dara, Tabitha, Nicholas and Alexis, along with countless family, friends and fans -- all mourn his loss.

      "More than anything Darryl accomplished in his basketball career as the inimitable 'Chocolate Thunder,' he was most proud of his role and responsibility as a husband and father. We ask that the public please respect our privacy as we grieve his loss."

      In 1975, Dawkins was the first player drafted out of high school into the NBA -- as the fifth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. He went on to play 15 seasons with four teams: the Sixers (1975-82), the New Jersey Nets (1982-87), the Utah Jazz (1988) and the Detroit Pistons (1988-89).

      Dawkins shot 57.2 percent during his career, scored 8,733 points and blocked 1,023 shots.

      His dunks were so powerful that he shattered two backboards in 1979 and singer Stevie Wonder nicknamed him "Chocolate Thunder."

      After his NBA career, he coached the American Basketball Association's Newark Express and the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs of the United States Basketball League. He most recently had coached at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Bulls' Rose accused of raping ex-girlfriend
    By The Sports Xchange

    According to a report by TMZ on Wednesday, Derrick Rose is being sued by a woman who claims the Chicago Bulls' star point guard and two of his friends drugged and gang-raped her.

    • The alleged victim said she and Rose dated from 2011 to 2013. She said that in August 2013, Rose and two friends, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton, invited her to the NBA star's Beverly Hills, Calif., house, where they slipped a drug into her drink with the aim of raping her, according to the TMZ report.

      The Bulls said Thursday in a statement that "it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."

      But Rose issued a statement to USA Today saying he was not guilty.

      "I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," Rose said. "I am not going to comment other than to say -- I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent."

      The report went on to say the alleged victim escaped the house with a friend, but later that night, Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and gang-raped her.

      Rose's spokesperson issued the following statement:

      "The plaintiff's allegations are completely false and without any factual basis. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete.

      "Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars.

      "This is the third lawyer the plaintiff has retained in this matter. Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago. We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated."

      Rose missed a large portion of last season due to a right knee injury. He averaged 17.7 points, 4.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 51 games.

      The previous two seasons, he played a combined 49 games due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in April 2012 and a torn medial meniscus in his right knee in November 2013.

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    Hornets officially sign Kidd-Gilchrist to extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Charlotte Hornets officially signed forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a contract extension Wednesday.

    • Terms were not disclosed, but multiple reports Tuesday said the deal is four years and worth $52 million.

      "Michael is a huge part of what we are trying to build here in Charlotte," Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a statement. "He has dedicated himself to improving and expanding his game. Michael continues to develop on both ends of the court and has become a key piece of our team. We are thrilled that he is a Charlotte Hornet."

      The 6-foot-7, 232-pound fourth-year small forward has played the first three seasons of his career in Charlotte after being selected with the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. In 2014-15, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged a career-best 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in 28.9 minutes over the course of 55 games played (52 starts). His 7.6 rebounds per game ranked first among all small forwards in the NBA. Last season, he registered career highs of 12 double-doubles and 35 double-figure scoring games after totaling one and 14, respectively, the previous season.

      The University of Kentucky product holds career averages of 9.0 points and 6.1 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game in 195 career appearances (192 starts) in three seasons in the NBA.

      "I'm excited to continue my career in Charlotte and be a part of the Hornets organization moving forward," Kidd-Gilchrist said in a statement released by the team. "I can't wait to get out on the court with my teammates for this upcoming season."

      The deal keeps what owner and team president Michael Jordan called a core player in the fold along with point guard Kemba Walker, who signed a four-year, $48 million contract in 2014.

      MKG's deal is the third done under the rookie-scale extension rules. The New Orleans Pelicans locked up 2012 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis, the highest-paid player in NBA history, with a five-year, $145 million. Portland's Damian Lillaird signed a five-year, $120 million contract that could approach $140 million with incentives and the Toronto Raptors signed Jonas Valanciunas to a four-year, $64 million contract last week.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    NBA notebook: Clippers fined $250,000
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $250,000 on Tuesday after violating NBA regulations prohibiting teams from offering players unauthorized business or investment opportunities.

    • The NBA determined that the Clippers circumvented league rules with a presentation made to free-agent center DeAndre Jordan last month in an attempt to get him to re-sign with the team.

      The Clippers included in their presentation to Jordan a potential third-party endorsement opportunity for him. Though the NBA said it ultimately had no impact on Jordan's decision to re-sign with the Clippers, it was still a violation.

      --Michael Kidd-Gilchrist agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

      The deal keeps what owner and team president Michael Jordan called a core player in the fold along with point guard Kemba Walker, who signed a four-year, $48 million contract in 2014.

      --The Los Angeles Lakers signed undrafted free-agent guard Michael Frazier to a multiyear contract.

      --The Miami signed center Keith Benson, the team announced Tuesday.

      Benson spent the past two seasons playing professionally in Belarus, China, Lithuania and Estonia. Benson has appeared in three NBA games, all with the Golden State Warriors in the 2011-2012 season. He totaled no points, three rebounds and nine minutes in those three games.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    Heat sign C Benson
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Heat signed center Keith Benson, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The Heat did not announce terms of the deal, but the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the contract is not guaranteed.

      The Heat had to wait to officially announce the deal until Benson received clearance from FIBA, the sport's international ruling body, after Benson had played overseas in recent years.

      Benson spent the past two seasons playing professionally in Belarus, China, Lithuania and Estonia, and he had previously played in Italy and the Philippines.

      Benson has appeared in three NBA games, all with the Golden State Warriors in the 2011-2012 season. He totaled no points, three rebounds and nine minutes in those three games.

      Benson was originally taken in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2011 draft.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    Rookie G Frazier signs with Lakers
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Lakers signed undrafted free-agent guard Michael Frazier to a multiyear contract on Tuesday.

    • The team did not disclosed financial terms of the deal.

      Frazier, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, played for the Golden State Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer league last month and averaged 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist in six starts.

      In three seasons at Florida, Frazier averaged 9.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists. As a sophomore, he set a school record by making 118 3-pointers, shooting 44.5 percent from behind the arc as Florida reached the Final Four in 2014.

      After Frazier's junior year in 2015, he decided to leave college early to enter the draft but was not selected in June.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    Clippers hit with $250,000 fine
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $250,000 on Tuesday after violating NBA regulations prohibiting teams from offering players unauthorized business or investment opportunities.

    • The NBA determined that the Clippers circumvented league rules with a presentation made to free-agent center DeAndre Jordan last month in an attempt to get him to re-sign with the team.

      The Clippers included in their persentation to Jordan a potential third-party endorsement opportunity for him. Though the NBA said it ultimately had no impact on Jordan's decision to re-sign with the Clippers, it was still a violation.

      In an internal memo obtained by the Orange County Register, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said the team had no intention to skirt the rules.

      "Today, the NBA announced it has fined the Team for violating NBA rules in our presentation to DeAndre Jordan on July 2," Ballmer wrote. "The League's investigation concluded that the presentation of a potential thrid-party opportunity had no impact on DeAndre's decision to re-sign, and having been a part of the process, I can attest to this fact.

      "As we, and the basketball world observed, DJ ultimately chose to stay with the Clippers because he felt it was his best opportunity to win a championship, and because of his desire to remain part of the Clippers family.

      "As I shared with everyone on day one of purchasing the Team, being part of the Clippers family means operating with the highest integrity. We believed we were doing this the right way, and any circumvention was inadvertent. In our effort to support our players in every way possible, we as an organization must be diligent in complying with the CBA."

      Jordan had committed to signing a contract with the Dallas Mavericks in a verbal agreement with owner Mark Cuban but backed out and returned to the Clippers at the start of the NBA's free-agency period in July.

      NBA anti-circumvention rules bar teams from providing or arranging for others to provide any form of compensation to a player unless such compensation is included in a player contract or otherwise expressly permitted under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    Hornets, Kidd-Gilchrist agree to $52M deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

    • The deal keeps what owner and team president Michael Jordan called a core player in the fold along with point guard Kemba Walker, who signed a four-year, $48 million contract in 2014.

      MKG's deal is the third done under the rookie-scale extension rules. The New Orleans Pelicans locked up 2012 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis, the highest-paid player in NBA history, with a five-year, $145 million. Portland’s Damian Lillaird signed a 5-year, $120 million contract that could approach $140 million with incentives and the Toronto Raptors signed Jonas Valanciunas to a four-year, $64 million contract last week.

      Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 13.4 points and 9.4 rebounds last season but his offensive game is limited by below-average shooting range. He brings a strong defensive presence and said he spent much of the summer working on his perimeter shot with assistant coach Mark Price.

  • Monday, August 24, 2015
    NBA notebook: Suns to induct Nash into Ring of Honor
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Phoenix Suns will induct two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash into the team's Ring of Honor this season.

    • Nash will be honored on Friday, Oct. 30 at halftime of the Suns-Portland Trail Blazers game at Talking Stick Resort Arena, the team announced Monday.

      Nash led the Suns to their best record in franchise history in 2004-05, and earned back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006.

      -- The Houston Rockets re-signed guard Jason Terry.

      Terry, 37, played in 77 games for the Rockets last season, averaging 7.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game.

      -- Free agent center Jeff Withey has agreed to sign a two-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Utah Jazz, Yahoo Sports reported on Monday.

      The 7-foot Withey, 25, played his first two NBA seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 2.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 7.0 minutes while playing in 37 games for the Pelicans in 2014-2015.

  • Monday, August 24, 2015
    Report: Withey agrees to sign with Jazz
    By The Sports Xchange

    Free agent center Jeff Withey has agreed to sign a two-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Utah Jazz, Yahoo Sports reported on Monday.

    • The deal includes a team option in the second year.

      The 7-foot Withey, 25, played his first two NBA seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 2.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 7.0 minutes while playing in 37 games for the Pelicans in 2014-2015.

  • Monday, August 24, 2015
    Rockets re-sign veteran G Terry
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Houston Rockets re-signed guard Jason Terry on Monday.

    • Terry played in 77 games for the Rockets last season, averaging 7.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game.

      In 17 playoff games, he averaged 9.2 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game.

      Terry, 37, has averaged 14.8 points, 4.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 1,213 games (668 starts) with the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets.

  • Monday, August 24, 2015
    Suns to induct Nash into Ring of Honor
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Phoenix Suns will induct two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash into the team's Ring of Honor this season.

    • Nash will be honored on Friday, Oct. 30 at halftime of the Suns-Portland Trail Blazers game at Talking Stick Resort Arena, the team announced Monday.

      Nash led the Suns to their best record in franchise history in 2004-05, and earned back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006. An eight-time All-Star (six with the Suns), Nash finished his career as the Suns' all-time leader in assists, 3-point field goals made and free-throw percentage.

      Originally drafted by the Suns with the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 draft, Nash played a total of 10 seasons for the Suns (1996-1998, 2004-2012).

      Nash, a 6-foot-3 point guard, will become the 14th member of the Suns Ring of Honor, joining Alvan Adams, Charles Barkley, Tom Chambers, Jerry Colangelo, Walter Davis, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Connie Hawkins, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, John MacLeod, Joe Proski, Dick Van Arsdale and Paul Westphal.

      In March, the 41-year-old Nash announced his retirement after an 18-year NBA career. Nash's back injury prevented him from playing last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played in only 65 games over the last three seasons with the Lakers because of injuries.

  • Sunday, August 23, 2015
    Heat sign G Hawkins
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Heat on Sunday announced the signing of free-agent guard Corey Hawkins. Terms of the deal were not revealed.

    • Hawkins, the son of former NBA player Hersey Hawkins, was Big West Player of the Year last season when he averaged almost 21 points per game for UC Davis.

      Hawkins, a 3-point specialist, began his career at Arizona State.

  • Saturday, August 22, 2015
    C Kaun agrees to two-year deal with Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange

    Sasha Kaun agreed Saturday on a two-year deal that gives the Cleveland Cavaliers a veteran backup center.

    • Terms of the deal were not revealed.

      The Cavs have held the rights to the 30-year-old since drafting him out of Kansas in 2008.

      Kaun has played for European powerhouse CSKA Moscow ever since. Last season, he earned $2.9 million.

      The 7-foot Kaun posted career highs in points (9.9 per game) and rebounds (4.5) last season. He was a member of the 2012 Russian National team that was coached by current Cleveland coach David Blatt.

      He joins a Cavaliers frontcourt that includes center Timofey Mozgov, forward Kevin Love and forward/center Anderson Varejao.

      Free-agent forward Tristan Thompson also is expected to re-sign.

      Kaun's signing is the second in three days for Cleveland. Swingman J.R. Smith also agreed to a two-year deal on Thursday.

  • Friday, August 21, 2015
    Jordan wins $8.9 million suit
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michael Jordan was awarded $8.9 million in a court ruling handed down by a jury in Chicago on Friday night in a case against a supermarket chain who included his name in a promotion without consent.

    • Dominick's, a now-shuttered grocery chain in the Chicago area, in 2009 used Jordan's name in a commemorative ad in Sports Illustrated when the former Chicago Bulls great was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

      Lawyers for Dominick's, which was taken over by Safeway, said Jordan should receive $126,900 for the use of his name. Jordan's attorneys argued that he wouldn't have accepted such a deal based on his endorsement history and determined with the help of a sports economist that using Jordan's name in the ad was worth $10 million.

      "I'm pleased with today's verdict," Jordan said in a statement. "No one -- whether or not they're a public figure -- should have to worry about their identity being used without their permission. The case was not about the money as I plan to donate the proceeds to charity. It was about honesty and integrity.

      "I hope this case sends a clear message, both here in the United States and around the world, that I will continue to be vigilant about protecting my name and identity. I also hope the size of the monetary reward will deter others from using someone else's identity and believe they will only pay a small penalty."

  • Friday, August 21, 2015
    Hornets to sign C Washburn
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Charlotte Hornets reached agreement with center Jason Washburn on a training camp contract, according to reports Friday.

    • The 6-foot-10 Washburn, who went undrafted out of Utah in 2014, played in Belgium last season.

      Washburn spent four seasons at Utah, averaging 8.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

  • Thursday, August 20, 2015
    Smith to re-sign with Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard-forward J.R. Smith announced Thursday night on Instagram that he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season.

    • Smith opted out of the final year of his contract worth $6.5 million after the NBA Finals in June to pursue a long-term deal, but he found no other offers to his liking and re-signed with the Cavs.

      "Happy to say that I am returning to the Cavs! It’s been a long ride this summer but I can say for sure, well worth the wait," Smith posted on Instagram. "When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best. The Cavaliers had things they needed to do in order to piece together a championship caliber roster. I ended up deciding that instead of potentially securing a larger deal elsewhere, I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization in pursuit of the ultimate goal, an NBA championship. Thank you to the Cavaliers for making this happen. Can't wait to get started!"

      The 29-year-old Smith came to the Cavaliers last season after three years with the New York Knicks and averaged a combined 12.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 70 games.

  • Thursday, August 20, 2015
    Warriors' first-round pick undergoes hip surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Kevon Looney, the Golden State Warriors' first-round draft pick, had arthroscopic surgery on his right hip Thursday, the team announced.

    • Looney is expected to be sidelined four to six months, which means he probably will miss the first half of his rookie NBA season, if not more.

      "Kevon has his entire NBA career ahead of him and we felt that, in consultation with our medical staff, Kevon and his representatives, it was best to address the issue now," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a statement. "He will have our complete support throughout the rehabilitation process and we are confident he will make a full recovery."

      The procedure was performed by renowned Steadman Clinic orthopedic surgeon and hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon at the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Vail, Colo.

      Looney will begin rehabilitation immediately.

      The 6-foot-9 Looney, 19, was selected by the Warriors with the 30th overall pick in this year's NBA Draft.

      It is believed that he fell to the last pick in the first round because of a hip injury that he suffered early in his freshman year at UCLA and bothered him throughout his only season with the Bruins.

      "I actually feel good right now," Looney told CSNBayArea.com on July 26. "I had suffered a hip injury when I first got to UCLA. I played the whole season with it. I went through the workouts with it. I still can play now, I can play just fine. I'm not hurting right now. I'm gonna look at the doctors (and let them) tell me what they really want me to do, but this is an injury I had and I can actually play with, and do well with."

      In one season with UCLA, Looney averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds in 36 games. In six games with the Warriors' Summer League team in Las Vegas in July, he averaged 9.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 19.7 minutes.

  • Thursday, August 20, 2015
    Rookie Dejean-Jones signs with Pelicans
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New Orleans Pelicans signed free-agent rookie guard Bryce Dejean-Jones on Thursday to a reported three-year, partially guaranteed contract.

    • The 6-foot-6 Dejean-Jones played for the Pelicans' Las Vegas summer league team last month and averaged 12.8 points and 1.5 steals while shooting 62 percent from the field in six games.

      As a senior at Iowa State last season, Dejean-Jones averaged 10.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals.

      The addition of Dejean-Jones brings the Pelicans' roster for next season to 13 players with signed contracts.

  • Thursday, August 20, 2015
    Valanciunas signs $64 million deal with Raptors
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Raptors on Thursday signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a multi-year contract extension.

    • The team did not reveal details, but Yahoo Sports reported it is a six-year deal worth $64 million, with escalators that could make it worth $70 million.

      "Jonas' contributions continue to improve with each season and we view him as a significant part of what we are building in Toronto," Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said.

      Valanciunas reportedly had taken a leave from his Lithuanian NT team to return to Toronto this week to complete negotiations. The two sides had until Nov. 1 to get a deal done.

      The 7-foot Valanciunas, 23, averaged 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 2014-2015, his third year in the NBA.