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Mon Sep 1811:11C Plumlee returns to Nuggets with three-year dealMason PlumleeCNuggetsFree Agent
Restricted free agent center Mason Plumlee agreed to return to the Denver Nuggets with a three-year deal.The deal is worth $41 million, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday.Agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports and Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly reached agreement on the deal late Sunday night, league sources told ESPN.Plumlee, 27, was acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers in a February trade for center Jusuf Nurkic.The 6-foot-11, 255-pound Plumlee averaged 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 blocks and 23.4 minutes in 27 games (10 starts) with Denver.As a restricted free agent, Plumlee could have signed a $4.6 million qualifying offer for the 2017-18 season, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.Plumlee, who was the 22nd overall pick of the Brooklyn Nets in the 2013 draft out of Duke, owns career averages of 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in four NBA seasons with Brooklyn, Portland and Denver.
Sat Sep 1603:59G Jarrett Jack signed one-year deal with New York Knicks, team a...Jarrett JackPGKnicksFree Agent
G Jarrett Jack signed a one-year deal with the New York Knicks, the team announced Friday. Jack, who turns 34 next month, is aiming to revive his career after two major injuries to his right knee.
Wed Sep 1305:22C Tyler Zeller signed multi-year contract.with Brooklyn NetsTyler ZellerCNetsFree Agent
C Tyler Zeller signed a multi-year contract.with the Brooklyn Nets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Zeller, 27, spent the past three seasons with the Boston Celtics and averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 2016-17. In five seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Celtics, Zeller is averaging 7.0 points on 49.9 percent shooting and 4.4 rebounds.
Tue Sep 1220:56Nets sign C ZellerTyler ZellerCNetsFree Agent
The Brooklyn Nets added some toughness to the frontcourt on Tuesday by signing veteran center Tyler Zeller to a multi-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Zeller, 27, spent the past three seasons with the Boston Celtics and averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 2016-17. In five seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Celtics, Zeller is averaging 7.0 points on 49.9 percent shooting and 4.4 rebounds.Zeller will compete for minutes with center Timofey Mozgov, who came to Brooklyn in a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers earlier in the offseason. The Nets also have center Jarrett Allen, who was drafted in the first round out of Texas in June.Zeller was the 17th overall pick in the 2002 draft out of North Carolina.
Tue Sep 1220:32NBA notebook: Lakers to retire Bryant's numbersKobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
Tyler ZellerCNetsFree Agent
The Los Angeles Lakers plan to retire the jersey numbers of Kobe Bryant on Dec. 18 prior to the game against the Golden State Warriors.The team will retire both of Bryant's numbers. Bryant wore both No. 8 and No. 24 during his 20 seasons with the Lakers.Bryant, an 18-time All-Star who won five NBA titles with the Lakers, retired following the 2015-16 campaign. He wore No. 8 for his first 10 seasons before switching to No. 24.Bryant scored 33,643 points, third-most in NBA history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.Bryant will become the 10th Lakers' player to have his number retired, the others being Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), Abdul-Jabbar (33), Shaquille O'Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).Former announcer Chick Hearn also has him name in the arena rafters.-- Former New York Knicks forward Charles Oakley filed a civil suit related to the February incident with security at Madison Square Ga... [More]
Fri Sep 817:45Bulls Payne undergoes foot surgeryCameron PaynePGBullsFree Agent
Chicago Bulls guard Cameron Payne underwent successful foot surgery and will be sidelined three to four months, the team announced Friday.Payne's surgery on his right foot (fifth metatarsal) was performed Wednesday by Dr. Johnny Lin of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush performed the surgery.The Bulls said Payne will remain in a splint for the next 7-to-10 days followed by a boot for 6-to-8 weeks, and he is expected to make a full return.Payne is no stranger to issues with his right foot, as he sustained an acute fracture last September and had surgery in July 2016 to fix a Jones fracture in the same foot.The 23-year-old Payne was acquired by the Bulls, along with Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne, in a February deal that sent Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a future second-round selection to the Oklahoma City Thunder.The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Payne averaged 4.9 points in 11 games with Chicago last season.Payne was a first-round draft pick (14th overall) of the Thunder in 2015. He owns averages of 5.0 and 1.9 assists in 88 career games.
Fri Sep 804:24PG Isaiah Thomas introduced during Thursday news conference, but...Isaiah ThomasPGCavaliersFree Agent
PG Isaiah Thomas was introduced during a Thursday news conference, but the team went to great lengths to avoid shedding much light on the All-Star guard's injured right hip. "To be fair to Isaiah, we're not going to address any specifics on his hip injury," Altman said of Thomas, who joined Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic in being introduced as the newest members of the Cavaliers on the heels of the summer's blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. "We're also not going to put a timetable on it," Altman said. "... We're not going to rush it, at all." Thomas said that he is "just getting treatment each and every day" and working in the weight room. The 28-year-old Thomas suffered the injury during this year's playoffs while playing for the Celtics. He finished third in the NBA with an average of 28.9 points in 2016-17.
Thu Sep 719:24Cavaliers provide few answers on Thomas' injured hipIsaiah ThomasPGCavaliersFree Agent
The Cleveland Cavaliers put the spotlight on newly acquired Isaiah Thomas during Thursday's news conference, but the team went to great lengths to avoid shedding much light on the All-Star guard's injured right hip.General manager Koby Altman implored reporters to avoid asking questions about Thomas' hip, but they asked anyway."To be fair to Isaiah, we're not going to address any specifics on his hip injury," Altman said of Thomas, who joined Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic in being introduced as the newest members of the Cavaliers on the heels of the summer's blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics."We're also not going to put a timetable on it," Altman said. "... We're not going to rush it, at all."Altman reiterated versions of that statement numerous times with Thomas sitting nearby.Questions following Thomas' physical examination and his recovery from a postseason hip injury served as a significant hiccup to completing the deal that sent fellow All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to the Celti... [More]
Wed Sep 619:01Bucks sign G Young to training camp contractJames YoungSGBucksFree Agent
The Milwaukee Bucks signed shooting guard James Young to a training camp contract on Wednesday.Young, 22, was the No. 17 overall pick by the Boston Celtics in 2014 after spending one season at Kentucky. Young averaged 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 89 games for the Celtics.Young averaged 18.7 points for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League while bouncing back and forth over the last few seasons. He will fight for a roster spot on a Milwaukee team that already has Khris Middleton, Jason Terry and Rashad Vaughn on the roster at the shooting guard spot.The Bucks also added rookie guards Sterling Brown and Bronson Koenig earlier in the offseason and return reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon in the backcourt.
Sat Sep 204:03G Kyrie Irving admitted he has not spoken with LeBron James sinc...Kyrie IrvingPGCelticsFree Agent
G Kyrie Irving admitted he has not spoken with LeBron James since being traded to the Boston Celtics but he praised his former superstar teammate with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 25-year-old Irving called playing three seasons with James as "awesome" and told reporters at his introductory press conference in Boston that "I learned so much from that guy." The Celtics formally introduced Irving on Friday at TD Garden after the blockbuster trade sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick and the Miami Heat's 2020 second-round pick in exchange for the four-time All-Star point guard. Irving, who had requested a trade in July, was asked about his decision to leave Cleveland and the status of his relationship with James. "I haven't spoken to (James) and my intent (in asking for a trade), like I said, was for my best intentions," Irving said. "To look back at the amount of ground we covered in the last three-year span ... to really realize how special that was and how much stuff happened in that amount of time, I'd be sitting up here and telling you guys a lie if I didn't tell you I learned so much from that guy."
Fri Sep 117:02Irving praises LeBron during Boston introductionKyrie IrvingPGCelticsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kyrie Irving admitted he has not spoken with LeBron James since being traded to the Boston Celtics but he praised his former superstar teammate with the Cleveland Cavaliers.The 25-year-old Irving called playing three seasons with James as "awesome" and told reporters at his introductory press conference in Boston that "I learned so much from that guy."The Celtics formally introduced Irving on Friday at TD Garden after the blockbuster trade sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick and the Miami Heat's 2020 second-round pick in exchange for the four-time All-Star point guard.Gordon Hayward also was introduced to the Boston media after the former Utah Jazz forward signed a four-year, $128 million free agent contract with the Celtics in July.Irving, who had requested a trade in July, was asked about his decision to leave Cleveland and the status of his relationship with James."I haven't spoken to (James) and my intent (in asking for a trade), li... [More]
Thu Aug 3120:52Bulls G Payne to undergo foot surgeryCameron PaynePGBullsFree Agent
Chicago Bulls guard Cameron Payne will undergo surgery for a fractured right foot next week, the team announced Thursday.The Bulls issued a statement saying Payne fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot during a workout on July 18. Payne spent six weeks in a boot, but the team said the fracture hadn't healed properly and will require surgery.While Chicago did not divulge a timetable for his absence, ESPN reported that Payne will likely miss at least a couple of months.Payne is no stranger to issues with his right foot, as he sustained an acute fracture last September and had surgery in July 2016 to fix a Jones fracture in the same foot.The 23-year-old Payne was acquired by the Bulls, along with Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne, in a February deal that sent Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a future second-round selection to the Oklahoma City Thunder.Payne averaged 4.9 points in 11 games with Chicago last season.The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Payne was a first-round draft pick (14th overall) of the Thunder in 2015.
Thu Aug 3120:50Magic signs Gs Caupain, LucasTroy CaupainPGMagicFree Agent
The Orlando Magic signed free agent guards Troy Caupain and Kalin Lucas to contracts, the team announced Thursday.Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the team.Caupain averaged 9.6 points, 3.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 137 career games at the University of Cincinnati. He is the Bearcats' all-time assists leader with 515.Lucas averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds over 48 games last season with the Iowa Energy and Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League.
Thu Aug 3120:49Lakers fined $500K for tampering with GeorgePaul GeorgeSFThunderFree Agent
The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $500,000 for violating the anti-tampering rule, the NBA announced Thursday.The league said the fine was a result of communication between Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and representatives for Paul George, while the All-Star forward was still under contract with the Indiana Pacers.The Pacers filed formal tampering charges and Thursday's fine followed an investigation conducted by the independent law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.The fine also reflected a previous warning issued by the NBA to the Lakers regarding tampering, following comments made during an April 20 national television appearance by Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the team's president of basketball operations.The investigation did not reveal evidence of an agreement or understanding that the Lakers would sign or acquire George."We respect and accept the NBA's decision regarding this matter," Pelinka said. "On behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers, I want to express our regret o... [More]
Thu Aug 3101:11Celtics, Cavs finalize blockbuster tradeJae CrowderSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGCelticsFree Agent
Ante ZizicCCavaliersFree Agent
The Boston Celtics sent the Cleveland Cavaliers a 2020 second-round draft pick to complete the blockbuster trade that sent four-time All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, the Cavaliers confirmed Wednesday night.The key player headed to Cleveland in the deal, guard Isaiah Thomas, has a hip injury that prompted the Cavaliers to seek additional compensation. Cleveland also got Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and an unprotected 2018 first-round draft pick via the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Irving.The Celtics resisted the Cavs' attempt to get another first-round pick or a young star to compensate Cleveland for its reluctance to sign off on Thomas' injury, which Boston said it was transparent about.The 2020 pick that Cleveland will receive originally belonged to Miami before the Heat sent to Boston in the Zoran Dragic deal in July 2015.Prior to the Wednesday agreement, the teams risked walking away from the deal that had been announced on Aug. 22. The options included voiding the trade comp... [More]
Sun Aug 2705:01F/C Nerlens Noel signed one-year qualifying offer of $4.1 millio...Nerlens NoelPFMavericksFree Agent
F/C Nerlens Noel, who was a restricted free gent, signed a one-year qualifying offer of $4.1 million to return to the Dallas Mavericks for the 2017-18 season, according to multiple reports Saturday. The signing comes less than a week after Noel replaced his agent with Klutch Sports Group's Rich Paul, who also represents LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Noel, 23, will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. The 6-foot-11, 228-pound Noel averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 22 minutes in 22 games for the Mavericks after arriving in Dallas at the trade deadline from the Philadelphia 76ers.
Sat Aug 2621:17Noel reportedly signs one-year deal with MavericksNerlens NoelPFMavericksFree Agent
Restricted free agent forward/center Nerlens Noel signed a one-year qualifying offer of $4.1 million to return to the Dallas Mavericks for the 2017-18 season, according to multiple reports Saturday.The Dallas Morning News and Yahoo Sports confirmed an earlier report by ESPN. The offer sheet was signed in Los Angeles earlier this week, according to ESPN.The signing comes less than a week after Noel replaced his agent with Klutch Sports Group's Rich Paul, who also represents LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.Noel, 23, will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. He was unable to get an acceptable multiyear deal from the Mavs and did not agree to an offer sheet from another team.ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Noel and his former agent turned down a four-year, $70 million offer from Dallas at the start of free agency on July 1. The Mavs reportedly pulled the offer when Noel asked for a max deal.The 6-foot-11, 228-pound Noel averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 22 minutes in 22 games for the Mavericks after arriving in Dallas at the trade deadline from the Philadelphia 76ers.The Mavs gave up 2015 first-round pick Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut (who was then bought out) and a pair of second-round picks to acquire Noel, who was the sixth overall pick by the Sixers in the 2013 draft.Noel averaged 10.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks in 171 career games for Philadelphia.
Sat Aug 2621:11Cavs, Celtics to discuss Thomas' hip injury, trade statusJae CrowderSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGCelticsFree Agent
Isaiah ThomasPGCavaliersFree Agent
Ante ZizicCCavaliersFree Agent
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics plan to discuss the status of their blockbuster trade apparently because there are questions following Isaiah Thomas' physical examination and his recovery from a postseason hip injury.The deal sending Cleveland's four-time All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick via Brooklyn now has uncertainty with medical questions surrounding Thomas' injured hip, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.The Cavs and Celtics are planning a telephone call on Saturday, according to the ESPN report. Thomas took the exam in Cleveland on Friday.There is a possibility that Cleveland could request further compensation from Boston before approving the trade, league sources told ESPN. The Cavs have until Thursday to make a final decision on approving the trade.Cleveland also can veto the deal based on a failed physical, sending players back to their respective teams.Thomas suffered the injury during this year's playoffs and is rehabbing the hip but reportedly has not begun running.Boston general manager Danny Ainge acknowledged Thomas' hip injury played a factor in the Celtics seeking the trade.Irving, who had requested a trade from Cleveland, is scheduled to take his physical with the Celtics on Saturday, according to ESPN.
Sat Aug 2604:01G Isaiah Thomas examined in Cleveland on Friday and apparently t...Isaiah ThomasPGCavaliersFree Agent
G Isaiah Thomas was examined in Cleveland on Friday and apparently there are questions about his recovery from a postseason hip injury. Cavaliers officials are looking at the test results, ESPN.com reported, and how it might affect the trade that shipped Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics earlier this week. There is speculation that the condition of his injured hip could void the deal. Tuesday's trade included Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick going to the Cavaliers for Irving. There's also the possibility that rather than voiding the deal the Cavaliers could ask for additional compensation such as another draft pick. Thomas suffered the injury during the playoffs this year and is rehabbing the hip. ESPN reported that he has not begun running. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge acknowledged that the hip injury played a factor in the Celtics seeking the trade.
Sat Aug 2604:01G Brandon Knight underwent surgery to repair torn ACL in left kn...Brandon KnightPGSunsFree Agent
G Brandon Knight underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee on Friday, the team announced.
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