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  • Free-agent roundup: Opening days don't get much more hectic

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago

    In case you missed these reports ...

    Well, then you missed one of the busiest days in the history of NBA offseasons. Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki said it best:

    Over/under of how many what the ... moments you had since free agency started! I say 10....

    After a relatively normal opening few hours in which several key free agents reached mostly expected agreements, the NBA exploded with a flurry of activity that started Wednesday morning and ended ... well, it probably hasn't yet, but we have to publish this article at some point. The deals came in rapid succession, so here's a brief rundown of the biggest ones to get you up to speed.

    Somehow, there were many more deals of note on Wednesday.

    The Kings flail yet again, hand Sixers more assets

    Pelicans keep Asik and Ajinca in the frontcourt

    Grizzlies land Brandan Wright, who could finally see real playing time

    Celtics hold onto, add yet more hustle-minded players

    OKC retains Singler for five years

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  • Warriors keep Draymond Green in a lucrative, necessary deal

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The loudest, most versatile member of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors is not going anywhere. In news that should surprise no one, restricted free agent Draymond Green will return to the Warriors for five years at approximately $85 million. The news was first reported by Yahoo's own Marc Spears, and Sam Amick of USA Today added that the new contract is fully guaranteed with no player or team options. Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group has since updated the figures to $82 million with a starting salary of $14.26 million.

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    Green celebrated the contract with a call to his mother:

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  • Paul Pierce gives Clippers another scoring option, championship pedigree

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The Los Angeles Clippers entered this offseason with two clear priorities — re-sign center DeAndre Jordan and add a veteran small forward. While the former still needs to be achieved, Doc Rivers has already locked up his top option for the latter need.

    As reported by Yahoo's own Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers have agreed to terms on a three-year, $10-million deal (including a third-year team option) with veteran wing and Los Angeles native Paul Pierce, who played under Rivers for nine seasons from 2004 until 2013 as a member of the Boston Celtics. The two won a championship together in 2008, and they will certainly hope to match that achievement alongside stars Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jordan, should he spurn the active pursuit of the Dallas Mavericks and others.

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  • Report: Paul Millsap returns to Hawks for three years, $58 million

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After losing starting wing DeMarre Carroll to the Toronto Raptors earlier Wednesday, the Atlanta Hawks wasted little time in locking up their best available free agent for at least a few more seasons.

    As first reported by Shams Charania of RealGM.com, the Hawks will re-sign unrestricted free agent forward Paul Millsap, an All-Star in each of his first two campaigns with the club, for three seasons at a total of $58 million. David Aldridge of NBA.com added soon after that the third year of the deal will be a player option, which could free up the 30-year-old Millsap to sign one last big contract after the salary cap rises in the summer of 2016.

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    Millsap also expressed his excitement over the new deal on Twitter:

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  • Free-agent roundup: Opening hours bring few deals, more negotiations

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

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    The NBA's 2015 free agency period began at 12 a.m. ET on Wednesday, and several franchises wasted little time in locking up star players to long-term deals and pursuing many of the biggest names on this offseason's market. Yahoo's own Adrian Wojnarowski reported the two biggest stories of the night — New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis agreed to a massive five-year, $145-million max-level extension to start in the 2016-17 season, while the San Antonio Spurs agreed in principle to a five-year, roughly $90-million max-level deal with 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

    Bucks don't wait to match, keep Middleton

    Plus, Milwaukee can now swiftly move on to other matters as the franchise attempts to build on last season's surprising playoff berth. It's hard to imagine a better start to July for the Bucks.

    Nets stay the course with Lopez and Young

    Elsewhere

  • Gregg Popovich and the Spurs don't want to talk to free agents at midnight

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    When free agency officially begins at 12:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, many NBA franchises will attempt to contact and meet with as many of their top targets as possible. The idea is simple — the team that gets to a player first has a chance to make a strong first impression and prove it wants that player simply by rushing to get in the door. When adding an All-Star (either proven or budding) is on the table, these franchises usually don't consider restraint to be a virtue.

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    Let no one claim that this comment is not on brand. The Spurs have cultivated a reputation as a no-nonsense organization focused on wins and little else, often eschewing the trappings of contemporary NBA fame out of the belief that they only serve as distractions. Not going after free agents at the first possible moment fits with that philosophy, because a player who will fit well in the Spurs culture does not require quite so much personal attention.

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  • DeAndre Jordan is visiting four teams, including Knicks and Lakers

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Despite concerns over his free-throw shooting and ability to score when not catching alley-oops, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is absolutely one of the most coveted unrestricted free agents set to hit the market on July 1. Hyper-athletic 26-year-old big men coming off All-NBA Third Team selections rarely become available, to the point where Jordan is nearly certain to obtain a max-level contract even with some clear holes in his game. Whichever team ends up with him will consider its summer a success no matter what else occurs.

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    We now have a first glance at which franchises will vie for Jordan's signature on a brand new contract. As reported by Sam Amick of USA Today, the seven-year Clipper will meet with four teams before making his decision:

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  • Enes Kanter says he was left off Turkey's national team for his politics

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    The NBA is now firmly in its offseason, but the break will be relatively short for many of Europe's top basketball players. EuroBasket 2015, the continent's premier basketball tournament, tips off in early September in four cities (Berlin, Zagreb, Riga, and Montpelier) with the final scheduled for September 20 in Lille, France. Some big names always sit out, but the tournament is sure to showcase plenty of NBA stars and foreign players of interest.

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    One name will be notably absent from Turkey's roster — restricted free agent Enes Kanter, the 23-year-old big man most recently of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kanter ranks as one of the nation's most talented players and figured to contribute as a post scorer, but he was not named to coach Ergin Ataman's preliminary 20-man roster.

    For a more biased article with additional information, take a look at this piece from TodaysZaman.com, a newspaper run by the movement.

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  • Celtics really wanted to trade up for Justise Winslow, offered Hornets six picks

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    One of the more surprising dips in Thursday's 2015 NBA Draft belonged to Duke wing Justise Winslow, a potential target for the New York Knicks at No. 4 who fell all the way to the Miami Heat at No. 10. Although a notable prospect was bound to drop a few spots, Winslow seems like the sort of player who, like No. 10 picks Paul Pierce and Caron Butler before him, could make teams that passed regret their decisions.

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    A new report indicates that the Boston Celtics really, really wanted to stop Winslow's fall one selection before his eventual landing in South Beach. According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com, Danny Ainge offered the Charlotte Hornets six draft picks, including as many as four first-round picks, for the right to select Winslow at No. 9:

    To put it another way, every draft-night move is essentially a high-stakes educated guess. A prospect sometimes only looks worth pursuing fervently until you find out he's not.

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  • New Laker Larry Nance Jr. deletes tweet that called Kobe Bryant 'rapist'

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    Wyoming forward Larry Nance Jr. received excellent news on Thursday night when he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 27th pick in the 2015 NBA draft, ahead of most projections and good enough for a guaranteed contract. The 22-year-old son of three-time NBA All-Star Larry Nance will join the Lakers with an opportunity to play serious minutes for one of the league's marquee franchises. It's a pretty good situation for someone who requires regular infusions of medication to combat Crohn's disease.

    Despite all those positives, Nance now joins the Lakers facing the possibility of awkwardness with the team's biggest star. Shortly after his selection, Nance opted to delete a tweet from May 2012 that referred to Kobe Bryant's July 2003 arrest for sexual assault. The case was settled out of court, and Bryant apologized to his accuser without admitting guilt.

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