Adrian Wojnarowski

  • Sources: Jimmy Butler agrees to $95 million contract with Bulls

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 1 hr ago

    Jimmy Butler has agreed to a five-year, $95 million maximum contract to re-sign with the Chicago Bulls, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Butler's deal will include a player option after the fourth year of the deal, sources told Yahoo.

    Butler was a restricted free agent, and Chicago could've matched an offer sheet and retained him. 

    Butler's agents with Relativity Sports, Happy Walters and Steve McCaskill, negotiated the deal with Bulls general manager Gar Forman.

    Butler, 25, had rejected the Bulls' offer of a four-year, $44 million contract extension in October with the belief that a breakout season would enhance his value on the restricted free-agent market this summer. He averaged a career-best 20 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists, developed into a dependable 3-point threat and was named the NBA's Most Improved Player of the Year.

    "It came down to me deciding that I want to bet on myself," Butler told Yahoo Sports in October. "It was about me believing that I put the work in this summer to become a better player with the hope that my improvement will give the Bulls a better chance to win a championship."

    More NBA coverage:

  • Sources: Free agent DeMarre Carroll agrees to $60 million deal with Raptors

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 hrs ago

    Free-agent forward DeMarre Carroll has agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Carroll leaves the Atlanta Hawks to join the Raptors, who will likely lose forward Amir Johnson in free agency.

    Carroll gives the Raptors an elite defender and a skilled offensive player as general manager Masai Ujiri reshapes his roster.

    Carroll averaged 12.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 70 games for the Hawks last season.

    The Raptors can't officially sign Carroll until July 9 when the NBA's free-agent moratorium ends.

     More NBA coverage:

  • Sources: Spurs trade Tiago Splitter to Hawks to free cap space

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 hrs ago

    The San Antonio Spurs have traded center Tiago Splitter to the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    After gaining a commitment on a four-year deal with Danny Green, the Spurs are clearing the necessary cap space to sign All-Star free agent LaMarcus Aldridge of Portland.

    The Spurs are unloading the two years, $16.75 million left on Splitter's deal.

    With the acquisition of Splitter, the Hawks have added insurance should power forward Paul Millsap leave in free agency. He's strongly considering an offer from the Magic.

    The Hawks have the salary-cap space to absorb Splitter's contract. Forward DeMarre Carroll agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract with the Toronto Raptors.

    More NBA coverage:

  • Sources: Nets reach agreements with Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 hrs ago

    The Brooklyn Nets have reached agreements with free agents Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Lopez, 27, will receive a three-year, $60 million maximum contract that includes some protections for the Nets should a recurrence of Lopez’s foot issues sideline him again, sources said. The deal will incude a player option after the second season, which would allow him to re-enter free agency once new television money raises the salary cap.

    Young, 27, who opted out of $10.2 million owed him next season, will sign a four-year, $50 million deal with a player option, sources said.

    Lopez and Young can't officially sign their contracts until the NBA's free-agent moratorium ends on July 9.

    Lopez averaged 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in 72 games last season. He has spent all seven seasons of his NBA career with the Nets after they made him the 10th overall pick in the 2008 draft.

    Young averaged 14.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 76 games split between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Nets last season. The Nets acquired Young in a deal at the trade deadline that sent Kevin Garnett to Minnesota.

  • Sources: Mike Dunleavy agrees to deal to return to Bulls

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 5 hrs ago

    Free-agent forward Mike Dunleavy has agreed to a three-year, $14.4 million contract to return to the Chicago Bulls, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Dunleavy's deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year, sources said.

    Dunleavy, 34, had been eager to remain with the Bulls, where he had played the past two seasons under ex-coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Chicago is working to complete an agreement with another Bulls wing player, Jimmy Butler, who is negotiating a four- or five-year contract extension, league sources said.

    Dunleavy has emerged as a key contributor to the Bulls, averaging 9.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 63 games last season.

    The Bulls can't officially sign Dunleavy until July 9 when the NBA's free-agent moratorium ends.

     More NBA coverage:

  • Sources: Goran Dragic agrees to $90 million deal with Heat

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 5 hrs ago

    Goran Dragic has reached agreement on a five-year, $90 million contract wtih the Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Dragic's deal will include a player option after the fourth year, league sources said.

    The Heat acquired Dragic in a deal with the Phoenix Suns at the trade deadline in February.

    Now, the Heat turn their full attention to re-signing free-agent guard Dwyane Wade.

    Wade is pursuing a max contract with the Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Heat could bring back a significant lineup in the Eastern Conference, including Dragic and Wade, forward Chris Bosh and center Hassan Whiteside.

    The Heat can't officially sign Dragic until July 9 when the NBA's free-agent moratorium ends.

     More NBA coverage:

  • Sources: Monta Ellis in serious talks with Pacers on possible three-year deal

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 11 hrs ago

    Free-agent guard Monta Ellis is engaged in serious talks on a possible three-year, $32 million-plus deal with the Indiana Pacers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Ellis has a scheduled trip into Indianapolis on Wednesday to meet with the Pacers' front-office and coaching staffs, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Indiana president Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel want to play smaller and faster next season, and luring Ellis is an important part of the Pacers' plan. Ellis, 29, has played the past two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 18.9 points and 4.1 assists last season.

    Ellis has played 10 NBA seasons, including six-plus with the Golden State Warriors.

    More NBA coverage:

  • Sources: Al-Farouq Aminu agrees to $30 million contract with Trail Blazers

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 15 hrs ago

    Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Aminu, 24, averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 74 games for the Dallas Mavericks last season.

    Blazers general manager Neil Olshey was GM of the Los Angeles Clippers when they made Aminu the eighth overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft. Aminu also played with New Orleans for three seasons.

    After the Blazers traded Nicolas Batum to the Charlotte Hornets before last week's NBA draft, Aminu gives them one of the most coveted small forwards on the free-agent market. Olshey is trying to maintain flexibility with his roster with roads that could include All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, or not include him, based on Aldridge's decision in free agency.

    The Trail Blazers can't officially sign Aminu until July 9 when the NBA's free-agent moratorium ends.

    More NBA coverage:

  • Sources: Kawhi Leonard agrees to framework of contract to remain with Spurs

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 15 hrs ago

    After the San Antonio Spurs presented an offer of a maximum contract extension to his representatives, star forward Kawhi Leonard has agreed to the framework of a five-year deal that could be worth in excess of $90 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    "I have every intention of signing with the San Antonio Spurs," Leonard said in a statement. "There are details in the contract which need to be worked out with the organization. I am confident that this will be accomplished."

    Spurs officials reached out to Leonard’s agents, Brian Elfus and Mitch Frankel of Impact Sports, shortly after midnight ET on Wednesday and the sides reached an agreement in principle on a contract that still has deal points to be worked out in the next several days, sources said.

    Now, the Spurs turn toward recruiting Portland Trail Blazers free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, which will commence at a breakfast meeting on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. Leonard will join teammates Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, and president/coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford at a presentation to the Blazers All-Star forward, sources said.

    More NBA coverage:

  • Sources: Anthony Davis agrees to $145 million extension with Pelicans

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 15 hrs ago

    New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis has reached agreement on a maximum five-year extension that could be worth in excess of $145 million, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

    The contract will have a player option after the fourth year, sources said.

    Davis and his agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, met with New Orleans general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry for a dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Wednesday night and reached an agreement after midnight ET, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Davis is eligible for the Derrick Rose rule that allows for him to occupy 30 percent of the Pelicans' salary cap.

    The agreement solidifies Davis as the franchise's cornerstone and will keep him off the free-agent market next summer. The extension will begin with the 2016-17 season. Davis is one of the transcendent talents in the NBA and expected to eventually be a multiple-time MVP winner in the league.

    Davis, 22, averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks last season while guiding New Orleans to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. He finished fifth in voting for the league's MVP award.

    Davis was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft.