Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 55 mins 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.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 hrs ago
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 14 hrs ago
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 14 hrs ago
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.
Free-agent forward Brandan Wright has agreed to a three-year, nearly $18 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Grizzlies used their full midlevel exception to sign him.
Wright, 27, split last season between the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns. He averaged seven points and 4.9 rebounds in 40 games for the Suns.
At 6-foot-10, Wright gives the Grizzlies a long, athletic forward who should be an upgrade over Kosta Koufos. Wright delivers another frontline weapon with a lineup that includes Zach Randolph and the likely return of All-Star center Marc Gasol.
Wright is from Nashville, Tenn., and was the eighth overall pick of the 2007 NBA draft out of North Carolina.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 21 hrs ago
Guard Sergio Llull has decided against joining the Houston Rockets and will stay in Europe with Real Madrid, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Real Madrid made a superior financial offer to the Rockets, sources said.
The Rockets have rights for Llull – one of Europe's top guards – and had been negotiating a deal with him.
For the Rockets, Llull's choice to stay in Europe makes the need to retain restricted free-agent guard Patrick Beverley even more important.
Llull, 27, has been starring in the Spanish ACB League. A versatile 6-foot-3, Llull averaged 12 points and three assists for Real Madrid.
He was the 34th pick overall to the Denver Nuggets in the 2009 NBA draft. He was traded to the Rockets, who have owned his rights.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 22 hrs ago
Free-agent forward Amir Johnson has agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with the Boston Celtics, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Agent Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports completed the deal Wednesday with Boston GM Danny Ainge.
Johnson, one of the best forwards on the market, departs after six seasons with Toronto. He gives Boston a long, athletic and experienced dimension that it needed in its frontcourt.
Johnson averaged 9.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in 75 games for the Raptors last season.
The Celtics can't officially sign Johnson until July 9 when the NBA's free-agent moratorium ends.
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Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 23 hrs ago
Kyle Singler has agreed to a five-year extension worth nearly $25 million with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Singler, 27, rapidly grew into an important part of the Thunder’s bench upon arrival from Detroit in a three-team trade. He has averaged 8.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in three seasons in the NBA.
Agent Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Media Group completed the deal with general manager Sam Presti Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
Singler was a restricted free agent. He can't officially sign the contract until July 9 when the league's free-agent moratorium ends.