Marc J. Spears

  • Sources: Rajon Rondo to sign one-year contract with Kings

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    Rajon Rondo has agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Sacramento Kings, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Rondo's options were limited after his tumultuous half-season stay with the Dallas Mavericks ended when the team declared a back injury would sideline him for the remainder of its first-round playoff series. He has a chance to build back his value with the Kings and re-enter the free-agent market next summer.

    Rondo agreed to the contract on Friday afternoon after meeting with Kings president of basketball operations Vlade Divac in Sacramento. The Kings have been interested in Rondo since last season when they attempted to acquire him before he was dealt to the Dallas Mavericks from the Boston Celtics.

    Rondo asked the Kings for a shooter, sources said. That led Sacramento to reach agreement on a three-year, $18 million contract with free-agent guard Marco Belinelli, who spent the past two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and is a career 39.2 percent 3-point shooter.

    Rondo, 29, averaged 9.3 points, 6.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 46 games with the Mavericks after the midseason trade.

  • Source: Richard Jefferson returning to Mavericks

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    Veteran guard Richard Jefferson will be returning for a second season with the Dallas Mavericks after agreeing to a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

    Jefferson averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game last season. The 14-year NBA veteran also received interest from the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Jefferson is expected to back up shooting guard Wesley Matthews, who has agreed to sign with Dallas as a free agent. Free-agent center DeAndre Jordan has agreed to a four-year, $80 million contract to also join the Mavericks.

  • Source: DeAndre Jordan agrees to $80 million deal with Mavericks

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    Los Angeles Clippers free-agent center DeAndre Jordan has agreed to sign a four-year, $80 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Jordan has already informed Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle that he is joining Dallas, sources said.

    Jordan, who turns 27 on July 21, has spent all seven seasons of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers, developing into one of the league's best rim protectors and defensive centers.

    He averaged 11.5 points and led the league in rebounding at 15 per game last season, earning first-team NBA All-Defense honors.

    Jordan was drafted by the Clippers in 2008 out of Texas A&M in the second round with the 35th overall selection.

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


  • Kenyon Martin: I'm retiring from professional basketball

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    Kenyon Martin, the No. 1 pick of the 2000 NBA draft, told Yahoo Sports he has retired from playing professional basketball.

    Martin scored 9,325 points, grabbed 5,159 rebounds and blocked 864 shots in 757 NBA games over 15 seasons. The athletic 6-foot-9 forward made his lone NBA All-Star appearance in 2004, played in the NBA Finals for the New Jersey Nets in 2002 and '03 and was known for catching lob passes from former teammate Jason Kidd. Martin also played for the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks from 2000-15.

    "It's been a great 15 years," Martin, 37, told Yahoo Sports. "Thanks to all the fans that supported me over the years. But a time does come when you have to walk away, and the time is now for me. I'm ready for the next chapter of my life. I would like to thank the Nets, Nuggets, Clippers, Knicks and Bucks for the opportunity to play the game that I love.

    "It's been real. Thanks for the love."

  • Damian Lillard's five-year extension with Trail Blazers worth $125 million-plus

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    Two-time All-Star Damian Lillard has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers paying between $125 million-$129 million, his agent Aaron Goodwin told Yahoo Sports.

    As a first-round pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Lillard was eligible to negotiate a contract extension until Oct. 31. The 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year can make the deal official on July 9 when NBA's moratorium on player business is lifted. The exact figures of Lillard's extension will depend on the amount of the NBA salary cap next season.

    Lillard went from Weber State to the sixth overall selection in the 2012 draft. The Oakland, Calif., native has career per-game averages of 21 points, 6.1 assists and one steal. Lillard will become the cornerstone of the Blazers if All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge signs elsewhere as a free agent.

    "I'm just thankful, man," Lillard told Yahoo Sports. "I play the game out of love, and it's inspiring to be rewarded for doing things the right way and being a high-character person. It's also comforting knowing that none of what I've accomplished has been handed to me."

  • Sources: Hawks to sign 7-foot-3 Walter Tavares

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    The Atlanta Hawks have reached agreement on a multiyear contract with 7-foot-3 center Walter Tavares, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Tavares, 23, was a 2014 second-round draft pick of the Hawks. He is from Cape Verde and has been playing in Spain.

  • Sources: Draymond Green agrees to $85 million deal with Warriors

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    Draymond Green has reached agreement with the Golden State Warriors on a five-year, $85 million contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    A restricted free agent, Green and the Warriors had broken off talks earlier Wednesday before reaching the deal. Green was prepared to meet with other teams, but Golden State still had the right to match any offer sheet he signed.

    "I'm excited, thankful and grateful to be back in the Bay," Green said in a text message to Yahoo Sports.

    Green, 25, averaged career-highs in points (11.2), rebounds (8.2), assists (3.7) and minutes (31.5) this past season for the Warriors. The Saginaw, Mich., native also started in a career-high 79 games while helping the Warriors earn their first championship since 1975.

    Green was a second-round pick of the Warriors in 2012 and has made a combined $2.6 million during his three NBA seasons. He was projected to make close to a maximum contract during free agency, and he did that.

    The free-agent market had some surprising splashes earlier Wednesday that benefited Green.


  • Sources: Draymond Green breaks off talks with Warriors, for now

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    The Golden State Warriors and restricted free-agent forward Draymond Green have broken off contract talks, a source told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday.

    The Warriors met with Green and agent B.J. Armstrong in Los Angeles after 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday when NBA free agents could first begin negotiating with teams, a source told Yahoo Sports. The Warriors were given the first opportunity to reach a contract agreement before Green considered talking with other teams. But with the breakdown in talks, Green is now open to meeting with other franchises immediately, the source said.

    The Warriors can still match any offer sheet Green signs because he is a restricted free agent.

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    Green, 25, averaged career-highs in points (11.2), rebounds (8.2), assists (3.7) and minutes (31.5) this past season for the Warriors. The Saginaw, Mich., native also started in a career-high 79 games while helping the Warriors earn their first championship since 1975.

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  • Sources: Kings show strong interest in Rajon Rondo

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago

    The Sacramento Kings expressed strong interest in point guard Rajon Rondo during a phone call at the start of the free-agent period, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Rondo received a phone call from Kings president of basketball operations Vlade Divac after the NBA's free-agent market began at 12:01 a.m. ET Wednesday. Divac did not offer a contract to Rondo, but did invite him to visit Sacramento for face-to-face talks and a tour, a source said.

    Rondo has mutual interest in Sacramento and could visit in the coming days. Talks between the Kings and Rondo are expected to continue Wednesday.

    One key to Sacramento's hopes of signing Rondo is recruitment from forward Rudy Gay, a close friend of Rondo's. Rondo has recently spoken to Gay and Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, a source said. Gay is under contract through the 2016-17 season in Sacramento.

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    Rondo did not see eye-to-eye with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and was suspended for a game after one disagreement.

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  • Sources: Tim Duncan joining Spurs' recruiting meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    Tim Duncan will join Tony Parker and Gregg Popovich as part of the San Antonio Spurs' contingent when they meet with Portland Trail Blazers free agent LaMarcus Aldridge on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    Duncan's decision to join the group is another indication of his willingness to play at least one more season. He and Manu Ginobili are among several free agents the Spurs have this summer. Duncan and Ginobili have yet to formally announce their plans.

    Duncan assisted in the courtship of Jason Kidd when Kidd visited San Antonio as a free agent in 2003, but this is believed to be the first time he has traveled as part of a recruiting pitch. Parker will be flying to Los Angeles from China, where has been on a promotional tour.

    The Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns are among Aldridge's suitors, but a source close to the situation said the Spurs are currently the frontrunner. Aldridge is from Dallas, but has an offseason home in Orange County, south of Los Angeles. His representation agency, Wasserman Media Group, is based in Los Angeles.

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