Adrian Wojnarowski

  • Sources: Jazz reach deal to re-sign Joe Ingles

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 2 hrs ago

    Free-agent forward Joe Ingles has agreed on a two-year, $4.5 million deal to return to the Utah Jazz, his agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports told Yahoo Sports.

    The two-year guaranteed deal punctuates a long, twisting journey out of Australia and through Spain and Israel and finally the NBA for Ingles. He played eight seasons overseas before finally making the Jazz roster a year ago. Ingles, 27, played 79 games for the Jazz, averaging five points, two rebounds and two assists.

    Ingles' longtime European agent with Priority Sports, Brad Ames, was a part of completing the deal with the Jazz.

    "They're a great organization to do business with, because they give opportunities to players," Bartelstein said. "And once they do, they invest a lot of time and effort into developing them. Joe is a perfect example of that."

    Ingles returns as part of an excellent young core of players in Utah, including Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert and Alec Burks.

  • Sources: Union proposing to use TV revenue to help fund health insurance for former NBA players

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 hrs ago

    The National Basketball Players Association is proposing to use millions of dollars of its share of the NBA's impending television revenue windfall to cover health-care insurance costs for its former players, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The plan is estimated to cost between $10 million-$15 million a year and a vote on passage of the union's initiative is set for the NBPA's July 20 membership meeting in Las Vegas. The union's 30 team player representatives are expected to pass the plan with ease and start the process of covering the retired players quickly, league sources said.

    The NBPA has been researching the names and addresses of the approximate 1,500 living ex-players and hoping to offer three separate health-care options to them, sources said.

    Stories of destitute ex-players needing basic medical care – including the inability to afford the likes of knee and hip replacements – moved executive director Michele Roberts, director of player relations Roger Mason and the NBPA's executive committee to probe the idea with the league's players, sources said. Several players told Yahoo Sports that they're enthusiastic over the idea.

  • Sources: Marc Gasol agrees to $110 million deal with Grizzlies

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 6 hrs ago

    Marc Gasol has agreed to a five-year, $110 million maximum contract to remain with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The deal includes an early-termination option after the fourth year in 2018-19, league sources said.

    Gasol met with Grizzlies owner Robert Pera in Spain last Wednesday, and progressed toward a final agreement over the next several days, sources said.

    Gasol, 30, never seriously considered leaving the Grizzlies. He attended high school in Memphis while his older brother, Pau, played for the Grizzlies, and has spent all seven seasons of his NBA career with Memphis.

    Gasol developed into one of the league's best centers during his previous four-year, $58 million contract. He averaged a career-high 17.4 points with 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 81 games this past season.

    With Gasol helping anchor their frontline, the Grizzlies have made the playoffs each of the past five seasons, reaching the second round twice and the Western Conference finals in 2013.

    The Los Angeles Lakers took Gasol with the 48th overall pick in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft, then traded him to Memphis as part of a package for Pau on Feb. 1, 2008.

     

  • Sources: Euroleague star Nemanja Bjelica agrees to $11.7 million deal with Timberwolves

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 8 hrs ago

    Euroleague star forward Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $11.7 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    “I am excited to announce that I intend to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves and fulfill my dream of playing in the NBA,” Bjelica told Yahoo Sports in a statement sent through his agent Arn Tellem on Monday. “Thank you Flip Saunders and the rest of the organization for the confidence you have shown in me. I’m looking forward to joining the team and helping it become a contender.

    “Finally I want to thank my former club, Fenerbache, its players and Coach Obradovic for two wonderful years in Istanbul and all we achieved together.”

    The Timberwolves are paying an additional $625,000 – the most allowable contribution – for his buyout clause in Europe, sources said.

    Bjelica, a Serbian, is leaving European power Fenerbache of Turkey to join the Wolves, where at 6-foot-10 he’ll deliver them a significant ability to step outside and make shots. Bjelica, 27, is a versatile offensive player who’s expected to impact the Wolves immediately next season.

    He averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and shot nearly 50 percent for Fenerbache.

     

  • Sources: Reggie Jackson agrees to $80 million contract to re-sign with Pistons

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    Restricted free-agent guard Reggie Jackson has reached agreement on a five-year, $80 million extension with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy wanted to fully commit to Jackson as one of the franchise's cornerstones and will do so with a substantial investment of $16 million per season. There is no player option in the contract, league sources said.

    Van Gundy and general manger Jeff Bower negotiated the deal with Jackson's agent, Aaron Mintz of CAA, over the past 48 hours at the Orlando summer league.

    Jackson hadn't pursued offer sheets on the market this summer, focusing on working out a deal with Detroit.

    In October, Jackson turned down a four-year, $48 million-plus extension offer with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Jackson was traded to the Pistons in February, and eventually showed significant flashes of the talent that been relegated to playing behind All-Star Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City. Jackson has had a strong determination to run an NBA team of his own and formed a strong bond with Van Gundy and the young Pistons' core.

  • Sources: Mavericks discussing sign-and-trade options for Jeremy Lin with Lakers

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    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-level 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.

  • Sources: Lakers reach deal to sign Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    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.

  • Sources: Lakers finalizing terms on trade to acquire Pacers center Roy Hibbert

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    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.

  • Sources: Knicks land Kyle O'Quinn in sign-and-trade deal

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    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.

  • Sources: Clippers coach Doc Rivers to talk to JaVale McGee, Amar'e Stoudemire

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    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.