NBA Mavericks looking at deal for Lin (AFP)
6 Jul 2015 at 7:56pm
Jeremy Lin, the first American NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, could be on his way to the Dallas Mavericks next season, according to reports. The 26-year-old free agent point guard, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, is near to agreeing to terms on a deal that would bring Lin to the Mavericks. In 2012, Lin became famous worldwide while playing for the New York Knicks.
Your winners and losers from the NBA's 2015 free-agent market (Ball Don't Lie)
6 Jul 2015 at 3:54pm
It seems a bit daft to declare a set of winners and losers after less than a week of the NBA?s official offseason, but after a few dozen free-agent agreements and quite easily the busiest first day in the league?s free-agent history, one can?t help but stand back and take stock. Presuming your spine is straightened out after hours of bleary-eyed staring at Woj?s Twitter account . Because more happened in the first week of July than will happen between now and October, I think it?s best to start judging. So it goes: WINNERS LaMarcus Aldridge The league?s last great unknown struck a bit of blow for himself this offseason. This was in place even before he decided to sign with the San Antonio Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge turns 30 later in July. He hasn?t exactly acted as a basketball martyr thus far in his career in Portland, the team has made the playoffs five times since he?s come on board, but he?s rubbing up on the edges. Aldridge has watched as several team saviors came on board while he slogged away ? Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, Damian Lillard ? with little payoff as the team has made the second round only once. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] He?s now doing what sports fans both ardent and ambivalent always beg players to do. He turned down tens of millions of dollars to play for a team with bigger winning potential than his current outfit in Portland. By the time of that decision LaMarcus had already dismissed the Los Angeles Lakers for being too showy ? too full of "Kazaam" and not enough actual money spent on basketball know-how ? and the Knicks despite their big offer and Manhattan storefronts. LMA is still going to make his tens of millions, but he?s also giving up money for a chance to win. This is the sort of thing sports talk radio callers demand, it?s playing out in real life, and despite his early July ubiquity too few are talking about it. On top of all that, despite being waved at by maximum offers in the literal first minutes of the negotiation process on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Aldridge took his time. He sat through meetings. He waited nearly a week, an eternity in this climate, to consider his options. The man whom several teams, coaches and front offices deemed too soft to build a team around utilized tact, poise and reason before clinging to the best franchise in sports. All while getting his money. This is how you work things.
AP Source: Marc Gasol re-ups with Grizzlies for max deal (The Associated Press)
6 Jul 2015 at 3:00pm
Through seven years in Memphis, Marc Gasol has embodied the Grizzlies' ''Grit-n-Grind'' mantra as much as anyone. Gasol agreed to terms with the Grizzlies on Monday on a five-year maximum contract worth more than $100 million, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. While many of the other high-profile free agents completed deals in the first few frenzied days of the market opening last week, Gasol was in no rush.
Big moves made, but dealing isn't done in NBA free agency (The Associated Pre...
6 Jul 2015 at 7:15am
LeBron James is available. LaMarcus Aldridge came off the board Saturday when he committed to San Antonio, highlighting the holiday weekend fireworks. DeAndre Jordan had already decided on Dallas, placing two of this year's biggest prizes deep in the heart of Texas.
Lakers plan to sign Lou Williams, Brandon Bass (The Associated Press)
5 Jul 2015 at 5:45pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers say they plan to sign guard Lou Williams, last season's Sixth Man of the Year, and forward Brandon Bass.
Sources: Lakers to sign Brandon Bass, could trade Nick Young (Yahoo Sports)
5 Jul 2015 at 5:33pm
The Lakers have reached agreement to sign Brandon Bass, but could trade Nick Young or other players to clear cap space.
NBA Lakers nab top reserve Williams in free agent chase (AFP)
5 Jul 2015 at 4:59pm
Guard Lou Williams, who won Sixth Man of the Year honors as the NBA's top reserve, is reportedly headed to the Los Angeles Lakers. Multiple media outlets reported that Williams, a prime target in the free agent market after playing for the Toronto Raptors last season, has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Lakers. No contract can be finalized until the free agent signing period begins on Thursday.
NBA-National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
5 Jul 2015 at 4:39pm
The Cleveland Cavaliers and free agent LeBron James are in no hurry to sit down and discuss a new contract. James is not planning to entertain other offers and the Cavaliers have been busy as they attempt to solidify their roster. James' agent, Rich Paul, has made it known to the Cavs that serious talks on a new deal for James will not take place until a new contract for restricted free agent Tristan Thompson is in place, according to ESPN.com.
Sources: Mavericks discussing sign-and-trade options for Jeremy Lin with Lake...
5 Jul 2015 at 4:33pm
The Mavericks would like to add Jeremy Lin to their roster, but have used most of their salary-cap space.
Sources: Lakers reach deal to sign Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams (Yahoo ...
5 Jul 2015 at 1:28pm
Lou Williams agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract to leave the Raptors and join the Lakers.
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