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The Dallas Mavericks are exploring sign-and-trade possibilities with the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire free-agent point guard Jeremy Lin, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Lin, 26, sees the Mavericks as the best opportunity to reignite his career, especially with a chance to become the starting point guard, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Lin could join a free agent class that already includes center DeAndre Jordan and guard Wes Matthews. The Mavericks have exhausted most of their salary-cap space to sign those players and have only an exception of $2.8 million available if the team doesn't use that to sign free agent J.J. Barea.
Because the Mavericks are low on the necessary salary-cap space and exceptions to sign Lin to a market-value contract, the sign-and-trade could be needed to secure Lin to a deal.
The Mavericks let two guards – Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo – leave in free agency and only declining journeyman Raymond Felton remains on the roster. The Mavericks are bringing back veteran backup J.J. Barea, too.
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The Los Angeles Lakers have reached agreement to sign free-agent guard Lou Williams to a three-year, $21 million contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Williams, 28, was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year last season after averaging a career-high 15.5 points with 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 80 games for the Toronto Raptors. In 10 NBA seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Raptors, Williams has averaged 11.9 points while making 34.1 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Williams' agent Wallace Prather completed the deal with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on Sunday.
As constituted, Williams would join Kobe Bryant, D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young in the Lakers' guard rotation.
Williams' agreement comes one day after the Lakers negotiated a trade to acquire center Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers.
The Indiana Pacers are finalizing terms on a trade to send center Roy Hibbert to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Hibbert was informed on Saturday that he can expect to be moved to the Lakers once an agreement in principle is reached, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Pacers have informed some rival teams – including those with an interest in Hibbert – that they had found a deal for him, league sources said.
The final hurdle in the deal centers on the 15 percent trade kicker that activates with Hibbert and his $15.5 million salary for the 2015-16 moving to the Lakers. Los Angeles has the salary-cap space to take on that salary and the $2.3 million trade kicker – essentially a bonus the Pacers must pay Hibbert – but Los Angeles wants to find a creative way to preserve more cap room in the deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Lakers need frontcourt help after missing out on their top two free-agent targets: LaMarcus Aldridge, who agreed Saturday to sign with the San Antonio Spurs; and Greg Monroe, who accepted a maximum contract offer from the Milwaukee Bucks.
After agreeing to a four-year, $16 million deal, the New York Knicks have acquired free-agent forward Kyle O'Quinn in a sign-and-trade with the Orlando Magic, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Magic will receive cash considerations and the right to swap second-round draft picks with the Knicks in 2019, sources said.
The fourth year of O'Quinn's contract is a player option, sources said.
O'Quinn, 25, is an aggressive, physical frontcourt player. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 51 games with the Magic last season.
A New York native, O'Quinn was a second-round draft pick of the Magic in 2012.
Free-agent center JaVale McGee is a serious consideration for the Los Angeles Clippers, and plans to have a telephone conversation with president and coach Doc Rivers on Saturday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Clippers, who lost center DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, are taking a strong look at McGee, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Clippers have roughly $2.2 million in exception space left to pay a player beyond the league's minimum salary slot of $1.4 million.
Rivers also is expected to speak with free agent Amar'e Stoudemire on Sunday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Stoudemire strongly considered the Clippers before signing with the Dallas Mavericks after the New York Knicks agreed to a buyout of his contract in February. Stoudemire has interest with several teams, including the Clippers, Mavericks and Indiana Pacers, league sources said.
McGee, 27, was close to signing with the Boston Celtics last season, but wanted a player option for the second season to preserve his flexibility with this summer's free-agent market.
McGee signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Nuggets prior to the 2012-13 season.
Free-agent center Bismack Biyombo has agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with the Toronto Raptors, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Biyombo joins forward DeMarre Carroll as the second free agent to agree to a deal with the Raptors this week. Together, Biyombo and Carroll – who agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal – are expected to play a part in reshaping the Raptors' defense next season.
Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey want a tougher, more physical roster.
Biyombo became an unrestricted free agent when the Charlotte Hornets declined to extend him a qualifying offer after the season.
Biyombo, 22, averaged 4.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 64 games for the Hornets last season. An athletic 6-foot-9 frontcourt player, Biyombo was the seventh overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft.
Star free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge has agreed to sign a four-year, $80 million maximum contract with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Aldridge, who turns 30 on July 19, had spent all nine seasons of his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers, developing into one of the league's best big men. He informed the Trail Blazers on Friday night that he had narrowed his choices to either the Spurs or Phoenix Suns, then chose the Spurs on Saturday morning.
Aldridge's contract will include a player option after the third season, sources said.
Aldridge met with the Spurs, Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors, in addition to speaking with the Blazers, after the NBA's free-agent market opened on Wednesday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard initially met with Aldridge on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. Popovich and other members of San Antonio's coaching staff returned to Los Angeles for another meeting with Aldridge on Friday.
Restricted free-agent guard Patrick Beverley has agreed to a four-year, $25 million deal to stay with the Houston Rockets, agent Kevin Bradbury told Yahoo Sports.
Beverley, 26, is one of the cornerstones to the Rockets and rejoins All-Star guard James Harden in the backcourt.
Houston reached agreement on the deal with Bradbury and Beverley on Saturday before they could fully explore the market for an offer sheet. Houston would've had the right to match a sheet and retain Beverley.
Beverley is one of the NBA's most tenacious perimeter defenders and an opportunistic scorer. After starting his pro career in Europe, Beverley has flourished in three NBA seasons in Houston.
Beverley averaged 10 points, 3.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 56 games for the Rockets last season. He missed the final three months of the season, including Houston's run to the Western Conference finals, after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.
The final year of the contract is a team option.
The Rockets had previously reached agreement to re-sign Corey Brewer to a three-year, $24 million contract.
Free-agent guard Corey Brewer has agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Brewer had exploratory talks with the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks, but his goal had been to return to the Rockets.
After a midseason trade from Minnesota, Brewer anchored the bench on the Rockets' run to the Western Conference finals.
Brewer, 29, averaged 11.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 56 games with the Rockets after the trade.
The Rockets still have the financial flexibility to acquire free agent LaMarcus Aldridge and believe Brewer's deal strengthens their case to him. Houston has sign-and-trade scenarios that could help facilitate a deal for Aldridge, should he decide to sign with the Rockets. The Rockets are competing with several teams, including the Spurs, Suns, Blazers and Lakers, for the All-Star forward.
Free-agent guard Gary Neal has agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Washington Wizards, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Neal, 30, had been pursuing the chance to return to a contender, and as a Baltimore native, the Wizards offer a chance to return closer to home.
Washington is reshaping its roster with the addition of Neal and forward Jared Dudley – and now await the decision of free-agent forward David West. The Wizards used their bi-annual exception to sign Neal, and have their full mid-level exception starting at $5.4 million available for West.
Neal had his most productive years with the San Antonio Spurs and hopes to re-establish his value with the Wizards next season. After spending his first four professional seasons overseas, Neal was selected to the NBA’s All-Rookie team in 2011 with San Antonio. He spent three seasons with the Spurs, before stops in Milwaukee, Charlotte and Minnesota.
Neal has averaged nearly 10 points a game in his five NBA seasons. Neal was an important part of the Spurs’ bench that helped the team advance to the 2013 NBA Finals. For the Hornets in the 2014 playoffs, Neal averaged 11.3 points per game.