Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 19 hrs ago
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 20 hrs ago
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 21 hrs ago
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 21 hrs ago
Free-agent forward Ed Davis has reached agreement on a three-year, $20 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Davis' agreement allows the Blazers to maintain flexibility on still re-signing All-Star free agent LaMarcus Aldridge and starting center Robin Lopez.
The Blazers still have a team option of $5 million on center Chris Kaman's contract that it could waive to clear space.
If Aldridge leaves in free agency, Davis gives them a power forward to move into the starting lineup. With Aldridge, he becomes a significant rotation player on a contending team. The Blazers' plan has been to try to re-sign Lopez, should Aldridge decide to return to Portland.
Davis' deal continues a reshaping of the Blazers' roster that includes adding Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee, young forward Noah Vonleh and guard Gerald Henderson from the Charlotte Hornets, and free-agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu. General manager Neil Olshey is walking the delicate line between preparing for a rebuild without Aldridge, or moving directly back into contention with Aldridge returning to anchor the team.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 22 hrs ago
Free-agent guard Kendall Marshall has made rapid improvement on the rehabilitation of his torn anterior cruciate ligament and expects to be ready for NBA training camps in October.
NBA executives tell Yahoo Sports that Marshall's most recent medical reports indicate that, barring any setbacks, he will be ready to return for the start of training camps in October.
"The rehab has been going great," Marshall told Yahoo Sports by phone from Chapel Hill, N.C., where he's working out at the University of North Carolina. "I've started to do close-out drills and changes of direction. We've been aggressive with the rehab and I'll be ready when training camps open.
"With this injury, I know some guys have had setbacks, deal with tendinitis, and I haven't had any of that. It's been a smooth process. By the time August and September comes, I'll be getting fully ready for the season."
In Marshall's one full season in the NBA with the Lakers, he averaged nearly 30 minutes a game and was second in the NBA to the Clippers' Chris Paul in assists per game (8.8) and fifth overall in assists-to-turnover ratio.
Free agent Greg Monroe will sign a three-year, $50 million maximum contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The deal will include a player option after the second season in 2016-17, sources said.
One of the most sought after big men of July free agency, Monroe plans to join a young core of talent with the Bucks, who made a strong commitment to Monroe. Nevertheless, Milwaukee beating out the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks for a significant free agent is a major coup for the franchise.
Monroe, 25, will anchor a talented lineup that includes promising young stars Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton for coach Jason Kidd.
Monroe, a 6-foot-11 forward/center, spent five seasons with the Detroit Pistons and averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds last season. Monroe signed a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent with Detroit a year ago, allowing himself to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Free-agent center Omer Asik is finalizing an agreement for a five-year, $60 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Asik's agent, B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group, was finalizing the deal points of an agreement with New Orleans management on Wednesday night.
Asik, who turns 29 on Saturday, solidifies the Pelicans' frontline next to star forward Anthony Davis, who agreed to a $145 million contract extension early Wednesday. Asik averaged 7.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 26 minutes in 76 games last season for the Pelicans.
Asik previously played for the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets.
The Sacramento Kings cleared about $16 million in salary-cap space on Wednesday night, unloading two significant contracts onto the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Kings traded forwards Carl Landry and Jason Thompson and 2014 No. 8 overall draft pick Nik Stauskas to the 76ers for the rights to overseas players and a future second-round draft pick, sources said.
The Kings will send the Sixers a protected future first-round draft pick as part of the deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Landry and Thompson each have two years and $13 million-plus left on their contracts.
The Kings had about $9 million of cap space before the trade, now giving them a total of about $25 million.
Sacramento wants to pursue several free agents with the space, including point guards Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis and shooting guard Wesley Matthews, sources said. The Indiana Pacers were meeting with Ellis on Wednesday in Indiana and working to reach a deal with him, league sources told Yahoo.
The Kings also want to try to re-sign their own free agent, Derrick Williams, sources said.
Restricted free-agent guard Iman Shumpert has reached agreement on a four-year, $40 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The contract includes a player option on the fourth season, sources said.
Shumpert, 25, came to the Cavaliers in January last season when the New York Knicks traded him and J.R. Smith for a 2019 second-round pick. Shumpert averaged 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 38 games for the Cavs last season and was the starting shooting guard during their run to the NBA Finals.
Shumpert spent his first three-plus seasons with the Knicks, who took him with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.
The Cavaliers previously reached agreements to re-sign Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.
Paul Pierce has agreed to a three-year contract worth approximately $10.5 million with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The deal includes a team option for the third season, sources said.
The agreement reunites Pierce with Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who coached him when the Boston Celtics won the 2008 championship and reached the NBA Finals again in 2010.
Pierce, 37, spent last season with the Washington Wizards, averaging 11.9 points and four rebounds in 73 games. He further distinguished himself with his late-game shooting in a second-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Pierce grew up in Los Angeles and played at Inglewood High School.