NBA Player News
|7/6/2015||Cory Joseph, SA, PG|
|Joseph has agreed to a contract with the Toronto Raptors. The Pickering, Ontario, native agreed to a four-year contract, according to multiple reports.
Analysis: ''WeTheNorth here I come!!!!!'' Joseph posted on his verified Twitter account. Joseph played in 79 games this past season with the Spurs, averaging 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
|7/6/2015||Nemanja Bjelica, Min, PF|
|The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica on a three-year contract. Bjelica issued a statement on Monday saying he was excited to announce that he would be leaving his team in Turkey to come and play for the Timberwolves.
Analysis: A person with direct knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press Bjelica will get just under $12 million for the three-year deal. The 27-year-old Bjelica was a second-round draft pick of the Wolves in 2010 and averaged 11.9 points and 8.6 rebounds for Fenerbache last season.
|7/6/2015||Manu Ginobili, SA, G-F|
|Ginobili says he is returning to the San Antonio Spurs for a 14th season, making the announcement on Twitter.
Analysis: Ginobili averaged 10.5 points in 70 games, his lowest scoring average since his rookie season. But the Spurs need his experience, versatility and playmaking to bolster the depth on a roster that is a little thin following some big expenditures in free agency.
|7/6/2015||Marc Gasol, Mem, C|
|Gasol has agreed to a five-year deal worth more than $100 million to stay with Memphis.
Analysis: Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.62 blocks this past season.
|7/6/2015||J.J. Barea, Dal, G|
|Barea is returning to Dallas after considering a move to Miami in free agency.
Analysis: The deal is reportedly for two years and $5.6 million. Barea told a newspaper in Puerto Rico that he was rejoining Dallas. The Mavericks brought back Barea early last season when Minnesota bought out the remainder of the four-year deal he signed after playing a key role in the Mavericks' run to the NBA championship in 2011.
|7/6/2015||David West, Ind, PF|
|West is sacrificing millions to chase that elusive championship. The veteran forward is taking a one-year, minimum-salary contract worth $1.4 million to join the San Antonio Spurs.
Analysis: West walked away from a $12 million pay day with the Indiana Pacers to chase a title with the Spurs in his 13th NBA season. He spent the previous four seasons in Indiana.
|7/6/2015||Joe Ingles, Uta, G-F|
|A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the Utah Jazz have verbally agreed to a free agent deal with Joe Ingles. Details of the deal were not immediately available.
Analysis: The 6-foot-8, 216-pound wing started 32 games as a rookie after Alec Burks was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. He averaged 5.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 79 games. Many believed the Jazz signed Ingles, 27, last year to mentor fellow Australian rookie Dante Exum, but he proved to have value in the rotation.
|7/6/2015||Mario Hezonja, Orl, SG|
|Hezonja scored 14 points Monday for the Magic's Blue team in the summer league.
Analysis: He shot 6 of 16 and made 2 of 9 3-pointers after scoring 12 in his summer league debut. The cocky youngster needs to cut down on the trash talk and work on his jump shot.
|7/6/2015||Mo Williams, Cha, G|
|Williams is heading back to Cleveland to team up with LeBron James again. Williams tweeted on Monday night that he is going back to the Cavaliers, where he was an All-Star playing alongside James in 2009. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Analysis: Williams started last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was traded to the Charlotte Hornets, where he averaged 17.2 points in 27 games.
|7/6/2015||Leandro Barbosa, GS, G|
|A person with knowledge of the details says the Golden State Warriors and veteran guard Leandro Barbosa have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday night on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be completed until the NBA's moratorium on free agency ends Thursday. ESPN first reported the agreement.
Analysis: Barbosa averaged 7.1 points and 1.5 assists in 14.9 minutes last season with the NBA champion Warriors.
|7/5/2015||Lou Williams, Tor, G|
|The Los Angeles Lakers say they plan to sign guard Lou Williams, last season's Sixth Man of the Year.
Analysis: Williams averaged a career-high 15.5 points and helped Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games in 2014-15, his lone season there. The Lakers have upgraded their guard rotation by adding Williams after drafting Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick. Deals can't be signed until Thursday, but general manager Mitch Kupchak says Sunday in a release that the Lakers are negotiating with both players and intend to sign them once the free agent moratorium ends.
|7/5/2015||Brandon Bass, Bos, F-C|
|The Lakers say they plan to sign Bass, who averaged 10.6 points in 82 games for Boston.
Analysis: Deals can't be signed until Thursday, but general manager Mitch Kupchak says Sunday in a release that the Lakers are negotiating with both players and intend to sign them once the free agent moratorium ends.
|7/5/2015||Omri Casspi, Sac, SF|
|A person with knowledge of the details says the Sacramento Kings and Casspi have reached an agreement on a $6 million, two-year deal.
Analysis: The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because contracts can't be completed until the moratorium on NBA free agency ends Thursday. ESPN first reported the contract discussions.
|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.
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