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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.
For McGee, the Clippers could be an opportunity with a contender to re-start his career. McGee had a couple promising years with the Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets before injuries and inconsistent play limited him to just 28 games over the past two seasons. The Nuggets traded him, along with a first-round draft pick, to the Philadelphia 76ers midway through last season. He played in six games for the 76ers before being waived.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Free-agent center Robin Lopez has agreed in principle to a four-year, $54 million contract with the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The deal was solidified once the representatives for Los Angeles Clippers free-agent center DeAndre Jordan notified the Knicks that Jordan had eliminated New York from consideration, sources said. Jordan is choosing between the Clippers and Dallas Mavericks.
With Knicks president Phil Jackson seemingly unable to recruit top-tier big men LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Monroe or Jordan to New York, Lopez was the frontcourt player willing to join Carmelo Anthony in the lineup.
Lopez, 27, will leave the Portland Trail Blazers, where he spent a productive past two seasons. Lopez is a limited offensive player who is a difference-maker on the defensive end of the floor.
Lopez averaged 9.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for the Blazers a season ago. He’s the twin brother of Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez.
In seven NBA seasons, with Phoenix, New Orleans and Portland, Lopez has averaged 8.2 points and five rebounds.
The Los Angeles Lakers will get a second meeting with star free agent LaMarcus Aldridge on Thursday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
One source briefed on the Lakers' second meeting with Aldridge told Yahoo Sports: "They want to see if they can get it right."
The Lakers initially met with Aldridge shortly after the NBA's free-agent market opened at 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday, but Aldridge came away from the meeting unimpressed with the presentation because it was largely centered on branding and marketing opportunities. Lakers officials didn't focus enough on basketball in the initial meeting, sources said.
In addition to the Lakers, Aldridge has met with the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors. The Miami Heat also are pursuing the possibility of meeting with Aldridge, sources said.
Aldridge is considering the possibility of taking a visit or two in free agency, sources told Yahoo. No decision is considered imminent.
As the Phoenix Suns pursue free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge, the team unloaded three players to the Detroit Pistons to clear an additional $7 million-plus in salary-cap space, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Suns traded forwards Marcus Morris and Danny Granger and guard Reggie Bullock to the Detroit Pistons for a 2020 second-round pick, league sources told Yahoo.
The Suns had $12 million in cap space entering free agency. Dealing Morris, Granger and Bullock now gives them nearly $20 million available, more than half of which is earmarked for the four-year, $52 million contract agreed to by center Tyson Chandler on Wednesday.
The Suns could work a sign-and-trade with the Dallas Mavericks potentially involving Markieff Morris to help get them the space needed to sign both Aldridge and Chandler. The Suns would need to unload the contract of Morris and possibly P.J. Tucker to create the space needed to sign Aldridge.
The Suns have no assurance Aldridge will sign, but the fact he's suddenly so intrigued has motivated them to push hard.
Aldridge is considering the possibility of taking a visit or two in free agency, sources told Yahoo. No decision is imminent.
Free-agent guard Shane Larkin and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a two-year, $3 million contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The deal will include a $1.5 million player option for the 2016-17 season.
Larkin, 22, goes to the Nets for the opportunity to solidify himself as a solid NBA backup point guard. After a season with the New York Knicks, Larkin is expected to see considerable minutes behind oft-injured Deron Williams in the Nets’ backcourt. Larkin is an adept pick-and-roll point guard.
Larkin was the 18th overall pick out of Miami in the 2013 NBA draft and spent his rookie year with the Dallas Mavericks. He was traded to the Knicks as part of the Tyson Chandler deal a year ago and averaged 6.2 points and three assists for New York this past season.