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Restricted free-agent forward Mike Scott has reached agreement on a three-year, $10 million contract to stay with the Atlanta Hawks, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Scott has developed into a promising young player for the Hawks, averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 2013-14. In his second season, Scott played nearly 19 minutes per game and became an important rotation player for the Hawks on a playoff run that led to a 4-3 series loss in the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against Indiana.
Scott had four double-figure scoring games, including performances of 17 and 15 points, in the playoff series against the Pacers.
Scott, 26, was the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft out of the University of Virginia.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder tried to reach a deal that would've allowed 7-foot-1 Tibor Pleiss to join the NBA this season, but the buyout provision on his European deal remained too prohibitive, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Pleiss, 24, was the 31st overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft and has developed into one of Europe's better center prospects. Thunder officials knew bringing Pleiss to the NBA this season was something of a long shot, but made a bid based on the fact that Pleiss had shown an inclination to leave Laboral Vitoria of the Spanish ACB this season if a contract agreement could be reached, sources said.
Nevertheless, the buyout clause of approximately $1 million on Pleiss' Laboral contract made the move too difficult, and Laboral cut a deal for Pleiss to sign with FC Barcelona for the 2014-15 season. Oklahoma City's plan had been to focus on bringing Pleiss to the NBA in the 2015-16 season, and that still remains the most likely scenario, sources said.
- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports14 hrs ago
San Antonio Spurs All-Star guard Tony Parker has signed a three-year contract extension worth $43.3 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Parker will earn $12.5 million in the 2014-15 season, and his extension will start in the 2015-16 season. He will make $13.4 million, $14.4 million and $15.4 million during the extension, a league source said.
Parker, 32, played a pivotal role in the Spurs' fifth championship this season. He averaged 16.7 points a game for the Spurs, with whom he's played his 13-year NBA career. Parker has been an All-Star six times.
Parker's representatives with CAA finalized a deal with Spurs president R.C. Buford over the past few days, sources said.
San Antonio has reached extensions to bring back several of Parker's teammates this summer, including Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Matt Bonner.
NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is eligible for his rookie extension before the start of the season, and he could be in line for a deal in the neighborhood of a maximum contract. Leonard could become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015.
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The National Basketball Players Association elected Michele Roberts, a prominent Washington civil litigator, as its executive director.
Roberts, an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is the first woman to lead a major North American sports league union.
Roberts was the recommendation of NBPA president Chris Paul and the nine-member executive committee, winning with 32 of 34 votes among committee members and team player representatives, sources said.
Roberts won over the players with a strong background as a civil criminal litigator and an unblemished character. She'll be replacing the deposed Billy Hunter, whose tenure was marked with labor negotiation failures, corruption and ethical entanglements.
The players passed on a career NBA executive with strong ties with the league office, Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery.
"I liked her labor law experience," one player representative told Yahoo Sports in a text message. "That was a priority for me."
The Memphis Grizzlies have reached agreement with well-respected executive Ed Stefanski to become executive vice president of player personnel, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Stefanski will assume a key role in the Grizzlies' player personnel and scouting areas, serving under general manager Chris Wallace, sources said. Stefanski brings a strong player personnel background, as well as excellent relationships with front-office peers and agents.
In the aftermath of CEO Jason Levien's firing in Memphis, Stefanski's hiring is important in delivering Wallace and the organization an experienced, accomplished basketball executive. The return of Wallace to the top basketball job – and the addition of Stefanski – promises to help reconstruct the Grizzlies' credibility around the league.
Stefanski worked as a general manager with the Philadelphia 76ers and played a key role in the Nets' roster overhaul a decade ago that led to consecutive NBA finals appearances.
Most recently, Stefanski worked under former Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo as the executive VP of basketball operations.
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Free-agent guard Mo Williams has agreed to a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Williams, 31, averaged 9.7 points for the Portland Trail Blazers last season.
Williams has averaged 13.3 points in his 11-year NBA career, including stops with Utah, Milwaukee, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland. He made the Eastern Conference All-Star team in 2009.
Advisory search committee chairman Kevin Johnson lost a power struggle with the National Basketball Players Association executive committee and will be absent on Monday when a new executive director is elected in Las Vegas, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The three candidates are Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery, Washington D.C. attorney Michele Johnson and Dean Garfield, president and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento and a former Phoenix Suns guard, had wanted to play a larger controlling role in the Monday meetings to present three finalists for the job, and executive committee members balked at the idea, citing U.S. Department of Labor regulations and NBPA bylaws, sources said.
Johnson sent an abrupt email to player agents on Friday evening, telling them his committee was "no longer involved in the search process," and "while we'd hoped to help bring this to completion, it's clear that won't be possible."
Johnson had an invitation to join the election proceedings on Monday in Las Vegas, but as one source said, "wanted no part out of it, he bailed."
Restricted free-agent guard Shelvin Mack has reached agreement on a three-year, $7.3 million deal to return to the Atlanta Hawks, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Mack is coming off his best season as a pro for the Hawks, starting 11 of 72 games and averaging a career-best 7.5 points and 3.7 assists per game.
The deal includes a team option in the third year, a source said.
The Hawks are still working to bring back their other restricted free agent, forward Mike Scott.
Mack, 24, has had stops with the Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers and Hawks in his three pro seasons. He was the 34th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft out of Butler.
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Patrick Beilein is leaving West Virginia Wesleyan to take a job on coach Quin Snyder's staff with the Utah Jazz, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Beilein, the son of Michigan coach John Beilein, will work under Snyder in a player development and video coordinator role.
Snyder plans to utilize Beilein's strengths as a shooting instructor with a young, developing roster.
Beilein, 29, turned a losing Division II program at West Virginia Wesleyan into a 20-game winner in his third season in 2013-14. Before his first head coaching job, Beilein had been a graduate assistant at Michigan and had staff jobs at Bradley and Dartmouth.
Patrick Beilein played for his father at West Virginia University, where he was a 1,000-point career scorer and was part of Sweet 16 and Elite Eight teams.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers made a deal to increase their trade asset flexibility in pursuit of Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love, absorbing three non-guaranteed contracts in a trade with the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Cavaliers unloaded the guaranteed deal of Carrick Felix – along with a future second-round pick and $1 million – for John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy, sources said.
Cleveland has been determined to acquire Love since it signed LeBron James to a free-agent deal.
Those three players can be included in packages as preludes to a Love deal, or in a Love deal itself to give Minnesota salary-cap relief. The Cavaliers hold an interest in keeping Thomas, who could be an inexpensive role player to strengthen their frontcourt depth, sources said.
Cleveland has to be creative in solidifying a deal for Love, who the Timberwolves want to package with Kevin Martin and J.J. Barea, several front-office officials told Yahoo Sports.