NBA Player News
|7/4/2015||LaMarcus Aldridge, Por, F-C|
|Aldridge says he has chosen to join the San Antonio Spurs. Aldridge tweeted the news on Saturday after spending a week meeting with teams as the most coveted player on the market.
Analysis: He averaged a career-high 23.8 points per game for the Trail Blazers last season. The Dallas native says on Twitter, ''I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.''
|7/4/2015||Tobias Harris, Orl, F|
|A person with knowledge of the details says the deal for Harris - a restricted free agent - is for four years and $64 million to remain with Orlando.
Analysis: The 22-year-old forward completed his fourth NBA season and second full year in Orlando after coming over in a trade with Milwaukee in 2013. He averaged a career-high 17.1 points last season, while also shooting a career-best 36 percent from the 3-point line.
|7/4/2015||Kevin Durant, OKC, F|
|Durant said he would be ready for next season and he hasn't thought about the summer of 2016 when he likely will be the biggest domino in a free-agent class that already seems certain to earn incredibly large deals as the league's salary cap skyrockets.
Analysis: Durant is already a four-time NBA scoring champion and doesn't even turn 27 until September. He might not even be in his prime yet. Teams will do whatever they can next summer to get him, much in the same way LeBron James was pursued in 2010 when he wound up signing with the Miami Heat. For now, Durant said, everyone else can focus on that. He is just trying to play. "To be honest, my main thing is getting rid of distractions," Durant said.
|7/4/2015||Kosta Koufos, Mem, F-C|
|A person with knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings and Koufos have agreed to a $33 million, four-year contract. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday night on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be completed until next week, said the fourth year is a player option. ESPN first reported the agreement.
Analysis: Koufos played behind Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in Memphis the past two seasons. In Sacramento, the 7-footer is another big man for a front court that includes All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins and sixth overall draft pick Willie Cauley-Stein.
|7/3/2015||Wesley Matthews, Por, G-F|
|Matthews and the Mavericks have agreed on a four-year deal with financial terms that will depend on whether center DeAndre Jordan decides to join him in Dallas.
Analysis: A person with knowledge of the deal says Matthews and the Mavericks reached an agreement in principle late Thursday night and will wait on the decision from Jordan, who is apparently choosing between the Mavericks and his original team, the Los Angeles Clippers.
|7/3/2015||Marco Belinelli, SA, G-F|
|A person with knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings and Belinelli have agreed to a $19 million, three-year contract. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because contracts can't be completed until next week. ESPN first reported the agreement.
Analysis: Belinelli gives the Kings the shooting guard they've been searching for to pair with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Sacramento was turned down Thursday by Wesley Matthews, who accepted a deal with Dallas. Belinelli has played the past two seasons with San Antonio, helping the Spurs win the NBA championship in 2014. He is shooting 43 percent in his eight-year career, including 39.2 percent from 3-point range.
|7/3/2015||DeAndre Jordan, LAC, C|
|Jordan has chosen the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers in what turned into a tense boom-or-bust wait for Dallas in pursuit of the free-agent center. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that Jordan agreed to terms Friday. One said the deal was worth $80 million over four years.
Analysis: This is the biggest free-agent pickup in Mark Cuban's 15 years as Dallas owner. The deal comes two days after the Mavericks lost their backup plan when last season's starter, Tyson Chandler, bolted for Phoenix.
|7/3/2015||Robin Lopez, Por, C|
|A person with knowledge of the details says center Robin Lopez has agreed to sign with the New York Knicks. Lopez will leave the Portland Trail Blazers to fill the open spot in the middle for the Knicks, the person says Friday on condition of anonymity because contracts can't yet be signed. Yahoo Sports reported Lopez would receive a four-year deal worth $54 million.
Analysis: Lopez would join his twin brother Brook in New York, picking the Knicks just days after Brook Lopez agreed to stay with the Brooklyn Nets for a reported $60 million over three years.
|7/3/2015||Gary Neal, Min, G|
|Neal has agreed to a $2.1 million, one-year contract with the Washington Wizards.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Neal is returning to his roots: He was born in Maryland and played college basketball at Towson. He has averaged 9.9 points and 38.1-percent shooting on 3-point attempts during five NBA season with four franchises. He was traded to Minnesota by Charlotte in February.
|7/3/2015||Rajon Rondo, Dal, PG|
|A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings and Rondo have agreed to a one-year deal for $10 million.
Analysis: Rondo's addition comes hours after the Kings and shooting guard Marco Belinelli agreed to a $19 million, three-year contract Friday, another person familiar with that deal said.
|7/3/2015||Corey Brewer, Hou, G-F|
|The Rockets have reached deals with Brewer and Patrick Beverley to keep them in Houston.
Analysis: A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Brewer agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.
|7/3/2015||Patrick Beverley, Hou, G|
|The Rockets have reached deals with Corey Brewer and Beverley to keep them in Houston. The agreements came on Friday, with Beverley's agent Kevin Bradbury saying his client got a four-year, $23.4 million deal.
Analysis: Beverley gives the Rockets a tenacious defender at point guard who was sorely missed when he went down with a wrist injury.
|7/3/2015||Derrick Williams, Sac, F|
|Williams is headed to New York looking for another chance to fulfill the promise he once showed.
Analysis: A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the former No. 2 overall draft pick has agreed to terms with the Knicks on a two-year deal worth $10 million. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
|7/2/2015||Nik Stauskas, Sac, SG|
|The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Stauskas thanked the Kings and their fans on his Twitter page and wrote that he was excited to start a new chapter of his career in Philadelphia.
|7/2/2015||Jason Thompson, Sac, F-C|
|The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Nik Stauskas, Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Thompson just completed his seventh season and was Sacramento's longest-tenured player, having appeared in a franchise-record 541 games. Landry, an eight-year veteran, has battled injuries since coming to Sacramento two years ago.
|7/2/2015||Carl Landry, Sac, F|
|The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Landry, an eight-year veteran, has battled injuries since coming to Sacramento two years ago.
|7/2/2015||Omer Asik, NO, F-C|
|A person familiar with the negotiations says the New Orleans Pelicans and center Omer Asik have agreed on a five-year contract worth a minimum of $44 million and rising up to $58 million if incentives and benchmarks are met.
Analysis: The 7-foot Asik, who turns 29 on Saturday, started 76 games and averaged 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds this season, his first with New Orleans following a trade from Houston.
|7/2/2015||Greg Monroe, Det, F-C|
|A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that that free agent center Greg Monroe has chosen the Milwaukee Bucks over other big-market suitors like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been officially announced.
Analysis: Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, which is for three years and $50 million. Monroe has a player option on the final year of the deal that will allow the 25-year-old to become a free agent again in two years if he chooses.
|7/2/2015||Arron Afflalo, Por, G-F|
|Afflalo is about to team up with Carmelo Anthony again. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Afflalo has accepted a two-year, $16 million offer from the New York Knicks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no NBA deals can be completed before July 9.
Analysis: A shooting guard, Afflalo spent parts of two seasons as Anthony's teammate in Denver. Afflalo also has spent time with Detroit, Orlando and Portland, averaging 11.4 points per game in his first eight NBA seasons.
|7/2/2015||Monta Ellis, Dal, G|
|Ellis has found a new home in Indiana. A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Ellis has agreed to terms with the Pacers on a four-year deal worth $44 million. The deal includes a player option for the final year. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. The contract cannot be signed until July 9.
Analysis: Ellis averaged 18.9 points and 4.1 assists in his second season with the Dallas Mavericks last year. Ellis only shot 28.5 percent on 3-pointers last year, but his ability to score will help the Pacers, who ranked 24th in scoring last season.
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