- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports6 days ago
The Brooklyn Nets will sign center Jason Collins to a second consecutive 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Collins, the first openly gay player in Northern American major professional sports history, will make his home debut for the Nets on Monday night in Brooklyn against the Chicago Bulls.
Collins' contract expires Tuesday, and he'll sign a new 10-day deal Wednesday, sources said.
After two consecutive 10-day contracts, league rules mandate that the Nets must sign Collins for the rest of the season – or let him go.
Collins, 35, has three points and four rebounds in 34 minutes since signing with the Nets on Feb. 23.
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After releasing Ben Gordon, the Charlotte Bobcats will use the roster spot to sign 7-foot Justin Hamilton to a 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Hamilton, who averages 19 points and nine rebounds for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League, is expected to sign the contract on Tuesday, sources said.
Hamilton was a second-round pick of the Miami Heat (via Philadelphia) in 2012. He played his college basketball at Iowa State and LSU.
Gordon couldn't reach an agreement with a playoff-bound team to get eligible for a postseason roster before Saturday's deadline, so contenders are no longer interested in signing him. Nevertheless, there is interest among some non-playoff bound teams, sources said, and Gordon is weighing those opportunities against sitting out the rest of the season and preparing for summer free agency.
Charlotte is 27-31 and holding onto seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.Mon, Mar 104:00 PM PDTDenver at CharlottePreview Game
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Caron Butler has chosen to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Butler informed teams of his decision on Friday morning, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
After securing a contract buyout from the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday morning, Butler is expected to clear waivers on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET, and will sign for the rest of the season to play with Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Despite close relationships and history with the Miami Heat, Butler decided that his best opportunity to make an impact and chase a championship belonged with Oklahoma City. Miami has lost out on the top two free-agent buyout players in Danny Granger and Butler.
The fact that Oklahoma City stopped pursuing Danny Granger several days before his Los Angeles Clippers commitment led many in the NBA to believe the Thunder were confident of securing Butler as a free agent.
The acquisition of Butler could be a tremendous boost to the Thunder, who have lost three straight games for the first time this season. Oklahoma City is 43-15.
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Danny Granger informed general manager/coach Doc Rivers on Thursday night that he will sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Once Granger clears waivers to become a free agent on Friday at 5 p.m. ET, he will sign a deal for the rest of the season and give Los Angeles an upgrade at small forward for the franchise's championship chase.
After the Indiana Pacers traded Granger, 30, to the Philadelphia 76ers a week ago – clearing the way for his contract to be bought out – the Clippers were Granger's top priority. Granger and his agent, Aaron Mintz of CAA, sifted through multiple teams' offers the past several days.The Clippers give Granger the chance at significant playing time and championship contention.
Granger will be a free agent in the summer, and financial limitations with the Clippers' roster and payroll make it doubtful that he'll be anything but a rental for the rest of the season.Mon, Mar 107:30 PM PDTPhoenix at LA ClippersPreview Game
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat have emerged as frontrunners to sign forward Caron Butler, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
After securing a contract buyout from the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday morning, Butler is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent.
San Antonio and Chicago are in pursuit and plan to make pitches for Butler too, league sources said.
The fact that Oklahoma City stopped pursuing Danny Granger has led many in the NBA to believe the Thunder are confident in their recruitment of Butler.
The Los Angeles Clippers are strong leaders to sign Granger, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The acquisition of Butler, who earned All-Star honors in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, could be a tremendous boost to the Thunder and Heat's pursuit of an NBA championship. Despite initial reports that Butler was destined to sign with Miami, Oklahoma City has a strong chance to land Butler, sources told Yahoo Sports.
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The Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as the frontrunners to sign forward Danny Granger, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Once Granger clears waivers in the next 48 hours, the Clippers' ability to offer him significant playing time and championship contention under coach Doc Rivers makes them the most attractive destination, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Still, the San Antonio Spurs remain a viable possibility for Granger, league sources said. The Spurs are selling Granger on a modern-day variation of the Robert Horry role in San Antonio, league sources said. Granger is expected to speak with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford in the near future, sources said.
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The New York Knicks are finalizing an agreement with free-agent forward Earl Clark, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Knicks also are trying to sign another defensive-minded player before meeting the Miami Heat on Thursday in Miami, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
After acquiring him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, Philadelphia released Clark, 26, and he cleared waivers to become a free agent.
The Knicks created two roster openings Monday when they agreed to buyouts with Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.
Clark, who is 6-foot-10, averaged 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Cavaliers this season. His best pro season was 2012-13 with the Los Angeles Lakers, when he averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, earning him a two-year, $9 million deal with Cleveland during the summer.
Clark was the 14th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2009 NBA draft .Mon, Mar 104:30 PM PDTPhiladelphia at New YorkPreview Game
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The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette are finalizing a buyout agreement on his contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Fredette, the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, will be a free agent should he clear NBA waivers.
The Kings tried to move Fredette before Thursday's trade deadline, but were unable to find a destination for him. Fredette had been one of college basketball's most prolific scorers at BYU – scoring 2,599 points in his career – and earning consensus honors as college basketball's player of the year in 2011.
Nevertheless, he has struggled to find his niche with the Kings. Still, there are expected to be several teams with interest in signing him for the rest of the season, league sources said.
Fredette, 25, has averaged 5.9 points per game for the Kings this season – and seven in his three-year NBA career.
Before the season, the Kings passed on picking up the 2014-15 option on Fredette's contract, almost assuring that he'd be elsewhere next season.
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After initial fears of a season-ending knee injury, Wizards center Nene has suffered a sprained left medial collateral ligament and is expected to return before the playoffs, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Nene will miss six weeks, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
The injury could cost him most of the regular season, but there's strong hope he can return in time for the playoffs in mid-April.
The loss of Nene, 31, for the season would've been a difficult blow to the Wizards' hopes of making an impact in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Nene suffered the injury in Washington's victory over Cleveland on Sunday night. An MRI on Monday in Washington revealed the ligament sprain is the only injury in the left knee.
For Nene, this has been something of a comeback season for him – averaging 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He's been an integral part of the Wizards' push to return to the Eastern Conference playoffs. Washington is 28-28 and holding onto the fifth seed in the East.
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The Charlotte Bobcats are progressing in discussions on a contract buyout with guard Ben Gordon, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Gordon is in the final season of a five-year, $55 million contract.
Once a buyout is completed and Gordon clears waivers, he'll become a free agent.
Charlotte had discussed including Gordon in several trades before the deadline, but none came together. The Bobcats made a deal with Milwaukee to strengthen their backcourt with Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour.
Gordon, 30, has played sparingly in the Bobcats' rotation, averaging 5.3 points in 18 appearances this season. Gordon has averaged 15.6 points in his 10-year career, but his production has dropped dramatically since leaving the Chicago Bulls as a free agent in 2009.
Under first-year coach Steve Clifford, the Bobcats have been the surprise of the Eastern Conference. They're holding on to the eighth seed in the conference playoff chase.