Marc J. Spears

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

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 1 hr 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 9 hrs 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 22 hrs 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.

    [Related: Get the latest from our complete 2015 NBA free-agency tracker]

    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 2 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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  • Source: Hornets decline to tender qualifying offer to C Bismack Biyombo

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    Bismack Biyombo will become an unrestricted free agent after the Charlotte Hornets declined to tender him a qualifying offer on Monday, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    Biyombo averaged 4.8 points on 54.3 percent shooting from the field, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in about 19 minutes per game last season. The 6-foot-9, 245-pounder was the seventh overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings before his rights were traded to Charlotte.

    The four-year NBA veteran will be free to agree to a contract with any team once free agency begins Wednesday.

    The Hornets have been busy re-tooling their roster. In three trades last week, Charlotte acquired Nicolas Batum, Spencer Hawes and Jeremy Lamb. They also selected 7-foot-1 forward/center Frank Kaminsky from Wisconsin with the ninth pick in the draft on Thursday, and have traded away Lance Stephenson, Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson this month.

  • Draymond Green eager for free agency courtships

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    Draymond Green said that during an all-day NBA championship celebration given in his honor in Saginaw, Mich., on Saturday, there were "a lot of people talking" to him about signing with the Detroit Pistons. The restricted free agent also noticed, however, that his Golden State Warriors have created a "huge fan base" in his hometown, too, with many of his fans wearing their gear.

    Despite the expected interest from Golden State and Detroit, Green told Yahoo Sports he would do his due diligence with all suitors when free agency arrives Wednesday. The Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets are also expected to be among the teams interested in Green, a source said. The 2015 first all-NBA defensive team selection said he is open to face-to-face team visits with any serious free-agent opportunity, too.

    "The one thing I've been taught is to go into this thing with no expectations," Green told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview on Sunday. "When you do, that's when it gets frustrating. That's when it gets stressful. I just want to have fun and enjoy this process.

    Any pressure to give the Pistons a chance?

  • 2015 NBA draft winners and losers

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

     

    NEW YORK – One former NBA player believes New York Knicks fans will regret booing his ex-teammate, Kristaps Porzingis.

    Derrick Byars saw superstar potential in the 19-year-old when they were teammates last season for Spain Cajasol Sevilla. But it was obvious that Knicks fans were more interested in a prospect who can help now than one with potential when they strongly booed Porzingis after he was selected fourth overall in Thursday's NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    Byars believes Porzingis will get the last laugh.

    "Hearing the boos made me feel like they have no idea that they're getting a hell of a player," said Byars, who used to play for the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. "He has potential to be the best talent from this draft when all is said and done. I knew there would be some boos because of fears of European busts. It's near New York City. I'm sure they wanted Emmanuel Mudiay or Justise Winslow or a name that they were familiar with.

    WINNER: MIAMI HEAT

    LOSER: JAHLIL OKAFOR

    WINNER: MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

    "That's going to be the main goal of the season for me, making the playoffs," Towns said.

    LOSER: KEVON LOONEY

  • Karl-Anthony Towns: 'It would be an honor' to play for Timberwolves

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    NEW YORK – Wearing a yellow top hat, short-sleeve black shirt, slacks and fancy blue designer shoes, Karl-Anthony Towns looked relaxed and ready for a stroll on Broadway on this warm summer day. But even though Towns wasn't showing it, the projected top pick in Thursday night's NBA draft was starting to feel anxious.

    "I have no promises yet. I just don't have anything. Wish I did," Towns told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. "I would have a lot of stress taken off my back. The biggest stress is this is the draft. This isn't college no more. You can't get traded in college.

    "All these trade rumors happening. Smoke screens are very heavy right now and the air is really foggy."

    The Minnesota Timberwolves, who own the No. 1 pick, don't plan on making their decision official until they notify the league during the draft, a source told Yahoo Sports. While the T'wolves are keeping their decision close to vest, another source said that Minnesota president and coach Flip Saunders adores Towns and it would be stunning if he wasn't the top pick.

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  • Justise Winslow plans to bring plenty of style to the NBA draft

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago

    Former Duke star Justise Winslow has a celebrity hairstylist and grooming expert helping elevate his fashion for Thursday's NBA draft.

    "Look good, feel good," Winslow said. "It's going to be key for me to look back and show my grandkids a picture from that day."

    Winslow is considered by many to be the top small forward prospect in the 2015 draft. He averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals for NCAA champion Duke last season. He had draft workouts with the Philadelphia 76ers (third overall pick), New York Knicks (fourth), Orlando Magic (fifth), Denver Nuggets (seventh) and Detroit Pistons (eighth).

    One NBA scout said Winslow needs to convert to the shooting guard position.

    "He measured a little small at the combine," one NBA scout told Yahoo Sports. "But it just confirmed that he has to be a shooting guard in the NBA. He's a tough kid with an improving jumper. He needs to improve his ball-handling skills some more.

    "He's essentially a straight-line drive guy at this point. I'm a little torn between him and Stanley [Johnson]."

    While Komorowski also is a hair expert, she left Winslow tend to that himself.

  • How Cameron Payne went from little-known college recruit to potential NBA lottery pick

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    Two years ago, Cameron Payne was a Rivals.com three-star recruit. He wasn't ranked among the nation's top-100 recruits. He wasn't even remotely considered for the McDonald's All-American game.

    Now, after entering college basketball as a little-known mid-major recruit, Payne has made a sudden rise from obscurity to become a potential lottery pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

    "I didn't see this at all," Payne told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview. "This is really crazy, to be honest. I'm just so happy and couldn't be any happier because I didn't see myself in this position at all.

    "It happened so fast. I will be the first one to tell you, it came so unnoticed and happened out of nowhere."

    Payne was considered the third-best point guard prospect on Murray State's roster when he signed with the school two years ago. Now, he is considered the third-best point guard prospect in this year's NBA draft behind Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay, who bypassed college to play in China last season.

    For Payne to even be in the NBA draft now is a surprise considering his backstory.

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