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The Phoenix Suns have reached an agreement to re-sign forward P.J. Tucker to a three-year, $16.5 million contract, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Tucker averaged 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals as a starting small forward for the Suns last season. He also received 13 votes for the 2014 All-Defense team, including two first-team votes.
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The Golden State Warriors are willing to facilitate a sign-and-trade deal for free agent Jordan Crawford because of their logjam of guards, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Crawford averaged 11 points and 3.5 assists as a reserve for Golden State last season and scored 41 points against Denver on April 16. The four-year NBA veteran became an unrestricted free agent after the Warriors declined to make him a qualifying offer.
The Warriors' roster currently includes Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Nemanja Nedovic and they reached contract terms with ex-Brooklyn Nets guard free agent Shaun Livingston.
Crawford is receiving interest from the Nets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks, the source said.
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Miami Heat free agent LeBron James is scheduled to meet with Heat president Pat Riley Wednesday in Las Vegas, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Riley will meet with James a day before NBA free agents are able to sign contracts. James was previously scheduled to be in Las Vegas primarily for his annual Nike elite high school basketball camp that begins Wednesday. A source said the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player had a meeting with Nike and sponsors on Tuesday.
James and Heat free agent guard Dwyane Wade also dined with friends late Monday night at LAVO in Las Vegas, another source said. A source declined to say if James will meet with any other NBA teams in Las Vegas.
James’ agent Rich Paul is also expected to attend the meeting with Riley. Paul recently had discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers about James.
ESPN.com first reported the meeting.
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The Miami Heat have agreed to a four-year, $23 million deal with forward Josh McRoberts, utilizing the full midlevel exception, a source told Yahoo Sports.
McRoberts, 27, averaged a career-high 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and shot 36.1 percent from 3-point range for Charlotte last season.
Charlotte also offered the full midlevel exception to the athletic 6-foot-10, 240-pounder, but McRoberts chose Miami due to the possibility of competing for a championship with Heat free agent LeBron James, a source said.
Heat president Pat Riley can make note of the addition of McRoberts when he visits with James this week.
ESPN.com first reported the agreement.
Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston was involved in an altercation with a 17-year-old high school basketball player during a pickup game Sunday in Durham, N.C., in which the player alleged Hairston twice punched him.
Hairston's agent told Yahoo Sports that Hairston did hit Northern Durham High School senior Kentrell Barkley during the game at a YMCA – but said it was in retaliation to Barkley first punching Hairston.
"It was two kids in a gym who got into it during a pickup game," said Hairston's agent Juan Morrow, who tried to dismiss it as a "minor altercation." "They're trying to make it a big deal because it was P.J."
Barkley, however, disputed Morrow's interpretation of the altercation, telling Yahoo Sports that Hairston punched him while driving to the basket after they trash-talked during the game. Barkley said Hairston then punched him in the neck after approaching him following the first punch. Barkley said he didn't hit Hairston and couldn't retaliate because he was held back before Hairston quickly departed.
LeBron James and Miami Heat president Pat Riley will have a face-to-face meeting early this week, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
James and his agent Rich Paul will meet with Riley at a yet-to-be-determined location within the next two to three days, the source said.
James is hosting his annual basketball camp in Las Vegas this week, but it is uncertain when he will attend. Paul recently had discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers about James.
USA Today first reported James' planned meeting with Riley.
The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed in principle to sign free-agent point guard Jordan Farmar to a two-year, $4.2 million contract, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Farmer averaged 10.1 points and 4.9 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from 3-point range for the Los Angeles Lakers last season. The Clippers picked up Farmar to replace Chris Paul's backup point guard, Darren Collison, who has agreed to a contract with the Sacramento Kings. Farmar, a Los Angeles native who played at UCLA, has a player option in the second year of his new deal.
The Los Angeles Times first reported the agreement.
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The Sacramento Kings agreed to terms on a three-year, fully guaranteed $15 million contract with free-agent point guard Darren Collison, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Collison was Chris Paul's backup during his lone season with the Los Angeles Clippers last season, but averaged 14.8 points and 5.3 assists in 35 games as a starter. The Kings were in desperate need of a veteran true point guard. The fifth-year NBA veteran also finally lands some stability as the Kings will be his fifth team.
The Kings have had a solid offseason so far by agreeing to terms with Collison, selecting perhaps the NBA draft's best shooter in shooting guard Nik Stauskas and persuading forward Rudy Gay to exercise the option on his contract for the 2014-15 season with the possibility of signing a contract extension later.
Collison's signing and the drafting of Stauskas could be a sign that Kings restricted free-agent guard Isaiah Thomas – who has received interest from Dallas, Boston and Detroit – will not be returning.
The Los Angeles Times first broke the news of Collison agreeing to terms with Sacramento.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports9 days ago
The Brooklyn Nets hired Lionel Hollins on Wednesday, and even he was surprised by the events that led to his return as an NBA coach.
Hollins didn't coach last season after the Memphis Grizzlies parted ways with him following the team's run to the 2013 Western Conference finals. He was under consideration for the Los Angeles Lakers' job, but the Nets appeared to already be secure with Jason Kidd as their coach.
That changed when Kidd was rebuffed in his attempts to have final say in the Nets' basketball decisions and Brooklyn let him talk to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks gave the Nets two second-round draft picks to let Kidd out of his contract, hired him as coach and fired Larry Drew, who coached the team last season.
Nets general manager Billy King was focused on hiring Hollins as soon as Kidd departed. Hollins has a 214-201 career record coaching the Grizzlies in Vancouver and Memphis with three playoff appearances.
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Carmelo Anthony spent about 10 minutes talking privately to Houston Rockets All-Stars Dwight Howard and James Harden during the second stop of Anthony's free-agency tour on Wednesday.
The New York Knicks free-agent forward spent about six hours in a meeting with the Rockets that began late Wednesday morning, a source told Yahoo Sports. Anthony visited the Chicago Bulls a day earlier and also has visits with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday evening and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday before speaking with the Knicks, sources said. The Rockets' meeting was led by general manager Daryl Morey and coach Kevin McHale.
Anthony gave off the impression that it would be hard for him to leave New York, but reiterated that winning was his priority, a source said.
"Carmelo seemed engaged and he made a point of saying that his first priority is to win," a source said.
Anthony was given a tour of the Toyota Center where the Rockets play and practice and took part in a private lunch at a restaurant near downtown Houston. The meeting also included Hall of Famer and former Rockets guard Clyde Drexler. Hall of Famer and former Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon did not attend.