- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports21 hrs ago
The Minnesota Timberwolves will acquire Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young for a 2015 first-round draft pick and two role players, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Timberwolves will send Philadelphia the Miami Heat's 2015 first-round pick Minnesota will acquire as part of the Kevin Love deal with Cleveland, sources said. The T-Wolves will send forward Luc Mbah a Moute and guard Alexey Shved to the Sixers.
The draft pick is lottery protected to No. 10 in the 2015 and 2016 drafts, and unprotected in 2017.
Mbah a Moute has a long-standing relationship with Sixers rookie Joel Embiid, and Philadelphia considers him an important part of the mentoring process for the third pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
The deal will be finalized on Saturday, concurrently with the closure of the deal that will send Cleveland's Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the '14 draft, and Anthony Bennett to Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love.
The Minnesota Star-Tribune first reported the final structure of the Young deal.
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- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
In the wake of owner Steve Ballmer gaining governorship control of the Los Angeles Clippers, discussions on a contract extension for Doc Rivers are expected to commence soon, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Ballmer and Rivers had been eager to forge a long-term partnership, and a California court confirming the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the franchise on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust has cleared the way to work toward a new deal.
Rivers, 52, the president of basketball operations and head coach, has two years left on his original three-year, $21 million contract. Rivers is already one of the highest-paid executives and coaches in professional sports, and his prominence and pay could grow with the promise of Ballmer's stewardship of the Clippers.
Through the release of the Donald Sterling audio tapes that led to his banishment by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Rivers became a pivotal figure in holding together the franchise's value and keeping the team moving forward through the crisis.
- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports15 days ago
Free-agent forward Reggie Williams has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Williams is expected to play a bench scoring role for the Heat, who are searching for younger, athletic players to bolster their roster.
Williams, 27, has played with three teams in parts of five NBA seasons. He played three games for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2013-'14 season. He averaged 8.5 points in his stops in Golden State, Charlotte and OKC.
Williams played his college basketball at Virginia Military Institute.
- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports15 days ago
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Cleveland is making the deal with Minnesota with a firm agreement Love will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $120 million-plus contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The deal cannot be finalized until Aug. 23, because Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, cannot be traded until one month after the signing of his rookie contract. The two teams have agreed to the deal, but neither would have recourse if the other decided to pull out of the arrangement before it can be formally completed this month. No third team is involved in the Cavaliers-Timberwolves trade agreement.
- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports16 days ago
Free-agent forward Shawn Marion is leaning toward signing a deal to join LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Marion, 36, has yet to formally agree with the Cavaliers on a deal, but that could come soon, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Indiana Pacers wanted to pursue Marion as a short-term replacement for injured forward Paul George, and will likely soon be armed with a $5.3 million disabled player exception that would allow them to trump the Cavaliers' offer of the veteran minimum of $1.4 million per season.
The Pacers are applying for the exception in the wake of George's broken leg, sources said. Nevertheless, Indiana has started to move on from Marion, believing he's headed to the Cavaliers, and search elsewhere for a free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
David Aldridge of NBA.com first reported the Pacers' plans to apply.
Marion, a four-time All-Star, made a visit to Cleveland on Monday to meet with Cavaliers officials. He averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Mavericks last season. In 15 NBA seasons, Marion has averaged 15.8 points and nine rebounds.
- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports18 days ago
USA Basketball cut Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap on Monday, reducing its roster to 16 in advance of this month's World Cup of Basketball in Spain, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The U.S. lost guard Paul George after he broke his leg during Friday's scrimmage. USA Basketball must submit its official 12-player roster the day before the tournament starts on Aug. 30. The team will resume its training camp on Aug. 13 in Chicago.
Millsap had been a late addition to the pool of players after forwards Kevin Love and Blake Griffin withdrew shortly before the start of training camp.
Still remaining in the U.S. pool of players are guards Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard; forwards Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kenneth Faried; and centers DeMarcus Cousins, Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond.
- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports20 days ago
Long before the Indiana Pacers' Paul George crumpled to the court, his leg shattered and a career and franchise suddenly imperiled, USA Basketball had been the unintentional target of the NBA's push for control of its superstars' summers.
For all the global marketing the commissioner's office and shoe companies loved the stars bringing the business, NBA owners and executives had grown weary of the toll taken on bodies. George promises to be the center of the debate, but this fight to get players out of international basketball had never been about the catastrophic injury, nor USA Basketball.
Until now, anyway. Until Paul George had been lifted onto a stretcher Friday night in Las Vegas and carted out of the next year of his basketball career.
"This could be a game-changer for international basketball," one prominent general manager told Yahoo Sports.
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.
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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