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Free-agent forward Paul Pierce agreed to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract paying the midlevel exception with the Washington Wizards, a league source told Yahoo Sports on Saturday.
Pierce averaged 13.5 points and 4.6 rebounds with the Brooklyn Nets last season. The 16-year NBA veteran became a prime target for the Wizards after they lost free-agent forward Trevor Ariza to the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
Pierce was hoping to land a deal paying him $8 million to $10 million per year for at least two more seasons, sources said. The Nets thought those contract hopes for Pierce were too steep, one league source said.
Pierce, 36, will be playing for his third team in as many seasons after playing with the Boston Celtics from 1998-2013. His average scoring and minutes per game (27.5) last season were the lowest of his career.
The Celtics’ second all-time leading scorer will be taking a significant pay cut after completing a four-year, $61 million contract this past season. Pierce has a player option in the second year of his new contract.
ESPN.com first reported Pierce's agreement.
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LAS VEGAS – New Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt walked over to a team official during the Cavs' workout Friday morning with a simple question:
"Is it true?" Blatt asked.
"It" would be LeBron James' decision to leave the Miami Heat and return to Cleveland, and, yes, the news was true. Blatt, who has never coached a game in the NBA, will suddenly be coaching the sport's best player.
"I'm happy for LeBron because he made a very difficult decision," Blatt said. "He made a decision from the heart more than anything else. Second of all, for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the state of Ohio. If you were around Cleveland [Friday], you would understand what I'm talking about. He lifted a whole state by himself."
What's yet to be determined is whether Blatt is the right coach to help James guide the Cavaliers to a championship.
Blatt left Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv to become the Cavaliers' third coach in five years. He also had an offer to become the Golden State Warriors' associate head coach under Steve Kerr.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports7 hrs ago
Free-agent forward Marvin Williams has reached agreement on a fully guaranteed two-year, $14 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Williams averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds with the Utah Jazz last season. There is no option in the deal, the source said.
A former University of North Carolina star, Williams is still taking classes at the school this summer to work toward his degree.
The Hornets focused on Williams after their offer sheet for free-agent forward Gordon Hayward was matched by the Jazz.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports9 hrs ago
LeBron James signed a two-year, $42 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers that has an opt-out clause in the second season, allowing him to potentially again become a free agent next summer, a source with knowledge of the deal told Yahoo Sports.
The source said James is committed to staying with the Cavaliers long-term and could sign a new five-year contract with the team as early as next summer. The short-term contract also gives him the chance to earn a greater maximum contract after the league negotiates a new television contract in 2016 and possibly a new collective bargaining agreement with the players union.
James announced Friday he was leaving the Miami Heat to return to Cleveland, where he spent the first seven seasons of his career, and Northeast Ohio, where he grew up.
"I feel my calling here goes above basketball," James wrote in his announcement on Sports Illustrated's website. "I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports14 hrs ago
The Oklahoma City Thunder will sign free-agent guard Anthony Morrow to a three-year, $10 million contract, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
The contract will have a team option for the third season, the source said.
Anthony averaged 8.4 points and 1.2 3-pointers made per game last season for the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Thunder lost guard Thabo Sefolosha to the Atlanta Hawks in free agency.
The Oklahoman first reported Morrow's agreement with the Thunder.
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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.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
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.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports5 days ago
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.
- Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports6 days ago
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.