• Sources: Troy Williams Agrees to 3-Year Deal With Rockets

    Sources: Troy Williams has agreed to a 3-year deal with Rockets, including a guaranteed first year and trigger dates for second and third.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Lillard, McCollum Have Reached Out to Melo on Portland

    Two major pieces of the Portland Trail Blazers say they've reached out to Carmelo Anthony in an attempt to sell the New York Knicks star on their team.

    All-Star Damian Lillard and teammate CJ McCollum, speaking Wednesday at Lillard's basketball camp in Beaverton, Oregon, said Anthony sounded intrigued by the idea. "He can help us a lot; we can help him," McCollum said, according to The Oregonian. "He wants to play in the playoffs and be competitive. He's a very talented player. I think if we get him -- when we get him -- I think [we're] top three in the West, easy."

    Source: ESPN
  • Bulls Fans Pushing for Firing of Front Office

    A group of Chicago Bulls fans frustrated with the team's direction erected a billboard reading "Fire Garpax" on Wednesday.

    A group of Bulls fans set up a GoFundMe account to put up a giant billboard with the phrase “Fire Garpax” (a shortened version of the names of Bulls GM Gar Forman and team President John Paxson) up in Chicago. Forman and Paxson have been at the center of controversy over the last few years as they’ve tried unsuccessfully to turn the Bulls into a perennial contender in the Eastern Conference. Trading Butler and Derrick Rose proved to be unpopular moves among fans, and signing players like Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo didn’t help lift the team’s playoff chances last season.

    Source: James Neveau of NBC Chicago

  • Kyrie on Offseason: ‘We’re in a Very Peculiar Place’

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving weighed in on his team's offseason on Tuesday, calling the club's standing "peculiar."

    "I understand we're in a very peculiar place," Irving told Sports Illustrated. "We just have to, you know, make sure that all our pieces are aligned first, and then we go from there. It's the summertime, a lot of craziness going on in the NBA. Best to just observe and then see what happens, but obviously there are some things that I'm pretty sure our organization wants to do, and we'll go from there."

    Source: ESPN
  • Warriors to Use Personal Seat Licenses at New Arena

    The Golden State Warriors are bringing the personal seat license to the NBA, and the fans willing to purchase them will be asked for a 30-year commitment. Officials with the defending NBA champs acknowledged Wednesday that in order to get season tickets at the team's new privately financed $1 billion Chase Center, which opens in 2019, fans will have to pay a fee for the right to buy those tickets.

    While pricing has not been revealed, a team official confirmed to ESPN that the number of seats dedicated for season-ticket holders will decrease from the 14,500 at the current Oracle Arena to roughly 12,000 at Chase Center. Half of the tickets will come with a per-seat cost of $15,000 or less. The other half would cost more than that. No other team in the NBA charges for the right to buy a season ticket. A majority of NFL teams use licenses.

    Source: Darren Rovell of ESPN
  • Suns Extend Contract to GM, Hire James Jones as VP

    Suns owner Robert Sarver has extended the contract of general manager Ryan McDonough through the 2019-20 season and hired longtime NBA player James Jones as vice president of basketball operations.

    Jones will report directly to McDonough in the new position. "I would like to thank Robert and his partners for extending my agreement with this great franchise," McDonough said in a statement. "We have laid the foundation for what we hope will become the next championship-caliber Suns team. There is still a lot of work to be done to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a championship to Phoenix, so we are thrilled to add James Jones to our staff."

    Source: ESPN
  • Griffin Says Re-signing with L.A. was a ‘No-Brainer’

    In his first public appearance since signing a five-year, $173 million contract, LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin said returning to the team that drafted him first overall in 2009 was a "no-brainer."

    "Obviously this has been my home since I was drafted, and a lot went into this decision for me," Griffin said. "Not only what was best for me and my family, but just the quality of people and work that we have here. That goes from owners all the way down to the coaching staff to the roster to everything just day-to-day. I think with [Clippers owner] Steve Ballmer and [president of basketball operations and head coach] Doc [Rivers] and [executive vice president of basketball operations] Lawrence [Frank], all the way down, in the end I realized this is a no-brainer for me. This is the best place for me. This is a place where I want to start and finish my career."

    Source: Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN
  • Stephon Marbury to Play One More Year in China

    Former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury will continue his basketball career in China for one more season, playing for the same city that helped resurrect his career -- only this time in a different jersey.

    After failing to reach an agreement this summer with the Beijing Ducks, where Marbury won three Chinese Basketball Association championships in four years, the 40-year-old guard posted on Instagram on Wednesday that he will join the Beikong Fly Dragons, the other Beijing-based CBA team that is eager for competition and attention.

    Source: Kevin Wang of ESPN
  • Magic Johnson: More Triple-Doubles to Come for Lonzo Ball

    Magic Johnson believes Lonzo Ball's triple-doubles in summer league were just a preview of more to come.

    "You can see that. If he's getting triple-doubles in the summer league, he is going to get triple-doubles in the regular season," Johnson said. "Just like me, when I got here, there was pressure. I was the No. 1 pick. I didn't care about that. I am going to play my game. Lonzo is going to play his game. The great ones do."

    Johnson spoke Tuesday after the Los Angeles Lakers introduced two-way guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at their team facility.

    The Lakers legend praised the way Ball impacts the game and his teammates as a point guard and said he sees some similarities between Ball and himself in how they play.

    Ball sat out Monday's Las Vegas Summer League championship game against the Portland Trail Blazers after suffering a calf injury the day before. An MRI on Tuesday confirmed a mild calf strain, and the Lakers said he is expected to need one to two weeks of rest.

    Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN
  • Rich Paul Reached Out to Lakers on KCP

    His agent, Rich Paul, then called the Lakers. He knew they had been saving salary cap space for a one-year deal, he knew they needed a shooting guard and he knew they could be a good fit for his client.

    “Rich had called us with a possibility he would consider us for a one-year deal,” Johnson said. “Rob and I really started watching film and we were just blown away. ... I wanted somebody mean and tough that we could count on to get that big stop for us.”

    [Kentavious] Caldwell-Pope was brought in for a visit July 11 and the two sides agreed to a deal that evening. Johnson and Pelinka both thanked Paul for his work in helping the deal go smoothly. Paul also represents LeBron James, so the Lakers could be working with the agent again next summer.

    Source: Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times
  • Dikembe Mutombo Attempting to Buy Rockets

    Hall of Fame center Dikembe Mutombo, who played the final five years of his career with the Houston Rockets and retired in 2009, said he is working on putting a group together that he hopes will try and buy the Rockets franchise.

    Owner Leslie Alexander put the Rockets on the market on Monday.

    "I'm working on it," Mutombo said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "I'm talking to a lot of people already since (Monday). We'll see.

    "I'm just talking to the people who can cut the check and they can make me be part of it. I'm working on that."

    Mutombo said the people he is speaking with are receptive to the idea of attempting to purchase the Rockets franchise.

    "A lot of people think it's a great thing," Mutombo said. "It's a great opportunity.

    Source: Mark Berman of Fox 26 Sports
  • Alvin Gentry: Both Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday will Start

    Alvin Gentry says on the @DuncandHolder podcast that he plans to start Jrue Holiday as the #Pelicans' starting SG, alongside Rondo at PG.

    Source: Mason Ginsberg on Twitter via the Dunc and Holder Podcast
  • Agent: Noel ‘disappointed’ with Mavericks on Negotiations

    The Mavericks have a plan, and by all appearances Nerlens Noel remains part of it.

    But it's hard to get a grasp on that when negotiations with the young center for a new contract are essentially at a standstill.

    The two sides remain far apart on a new deal and the representative for the fourth-year veteran said Tuesday that the situation could drag on deep into the summer.

    Noel, 23, is a restricted free agent, meaning the Mavericks can match any offer he might get from another team.

    However, agent Happy Walters said that the Mavericks have yet to come up with a realistic contract offer.

    "We're very disappointed with where things stand," Walters said. "Nerlens loves Dallas and spent June there working out, but we're still waiting on a serious offer."

    Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban said only that he cannot go into details about the negotiations.

    Source: Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News

  • Sources: Spurs Close to Re-Signing Pau Gasol

    The Spurs are also working to finalize a new deal with free-agent center Pau Gasol, league sources said.

    Gasol declined his option for the 2017-18 season.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Sources: Raptors Struggling to Deal Jonas Valanciunas

    [The Toronto Raptors] have already shed familiar rotation players DeMarre Carroll, Cory Joseph and Patrick Patterson, betting on the further development of youngsters they’ve accumulated in the last few years.

    But the team has been unable to shed the final piece that would complete its restructuring: [Jonas] Valanciunas, and the three years and $50 million (including a final-year player option) he is owed.

    Toronto has sought to deal Valanciunas since the February trade deadline. They’d had conversations with Detroit and New Orleans then, sources said, and continued to have discussions around Valanciunas at the draft, but talks with the likes of Sacramento, Phoenix, Charlotte, Portland and Atlanta did not get very far.

    Valanciunas could wind up being eclipsed in Toronto, even without a deal. One of the aims of the offseason for the Raptors was to both unload some salary and clear up playing time for some younger, hungrier players the Raptors have been developing. Among those are second-year men Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam, and both had very good showings this summer.

    Source: Sean Deveney of Sporting News