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Free-agent center Ryan Hollins has agreed to a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Sacramento Kings, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Hollins averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game with the Los Angeles Clippers last season. The 7-footer also received interest from the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs, according to the source. The Kings, who like Holllins' shot blocking ability, could use him alongside forward-center DeMarcus Cousins in a big lineup, the source said.
Cousins, Hollins and undrafted rookie Sim Bhullar (7-5, 355-pounder) are the only true centers on the roster.
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Chauncey Billups, the 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and former Detroit Pistons star, told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday he is retiring after 17 NBA seasons.
Billups became an unrestricted free agent when the Pistons declined the second and final year of a contract option that would have paid him $2.5 million next season. The five-time All-Star had interest in playing with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers after a workout this offseason and said he had "a couple of opportunities to play" if he wanted to continue. But after missing 185 games the past three seasons, Billups decided it was time to retire a little more than two weeks before his 38th birthday.
"It's just time. I know when it's time," Billups told Yahoo Sports. "My mind and my desire is still strong. I just can't ignore the fact that I haven't been healthy for three years. I can try again and get to a point where I think I can go, but I just can't sustain. Me not being able to play the way that I can play, that's when you kind of know it's that time.
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The Los Angeles Clippers have signed free agent forward-center Ekpe Udoh to a one-year deal paying $1 million, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Udoh averaged 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and one block with the Milwaukee Bucks last season. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings also expressed interest in Udoh, but the source said he was attracted to playing for Clippers coach Doc Rivers in a winning organization and on a team with a defensive mentality.
Along with Udoh, the Clippers also signed forward-center Spencer Hawes and re-signed forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis to play behind All-Star Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan.
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Undrafted free-agent forward James Michael McAdoo signed a one-year contract paying the minimum with the Golden State Warriors, his agent James Tanner told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday.
McAdoo averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds as a junior at North Carolina last season before entering the 2014 NBA draft. After going undrafted, the 6-foot-9, 230-pounder averaged nine points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks for the Warriors at the Las Vegas summer league.
McAdoo and Warriors forward Harrison Barnes were teammates at North Carolina during the 2011-12 season. McAdoo's father is also the second cousin of Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo.
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Russian shooting guard Dmitry Kulagin is receiving interest from the Sacramento Kings and is seriously considering coming to the NBA, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Kulagin, 22, averaged 7.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists for Russia BC Triumph Lyubertsy last season. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound free agent was not selected in the 2014 NBA draft and is no longer draft eligible.
Kulagin is currently on Russia BC Zenit Saint Petersburg's roster. The Moscow native was also on the World Team roster during the 2012 Hoop Summit.
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The Philadelphia 76ers acquired center Hasheem Thabeet and cash from the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources tell Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. Thabeet is also expected to be immediately waived.
Thabeet, the second overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2009 NBA draft, is making $1.25 million in the final year of his contract. The seldom-used 7-foot-3, 263-pounder averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds last season with OKC and will become a free agent assuming he clears waivers.
The Thunder's roster is loaded with big men in Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, Steven Adams, Nick Collison and rookie Mitch McGary. The Thunder get a trade exception, which they have a year to use, and a 2015 protected second-round draft pick.
ESPN.com first reported the trade.
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USA Basketball's men's national team trimmed its Basketball World Cup roster by cutting Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward and Kyle Korver late Friday.
With the cuts, USA Basketball trimmed its roster to the needed 12-man team ahead of the Aug. 30 start of the FIBA tournament in Spain. The final squad includes Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis, Kings forward Rudy Gay, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee. USA Basketball announced the roster after its 112-86 exhibition victory over Puerto Rico on Friday evening in New York.
Lillard was the only NBA All-Star of the four players cut. Friday The Portland Trail Blazers point guard took the decision in stride.
"It's nothing I did or didn't do. No hard feelings. Wish them the best," Lillard told Yahoo Sports via text message.
Free-agent forward Shawn Marion has decided to join the Cleveland Cavaliers, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Marion decided to join forces with LeBron James in Cleveland, passing on opportunities to sign with the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat or the Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavaliers are expected to announce the signing of the four-time All-Star to a deal for the veteran's minimum on Monday.
Marion averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds last season for the Dallas Mavericks.
Marion made his decision after he met with his representatives in Chicago following USA Basketball's exhibition victory over Brazil late Saturday, a league source said. Cleveland general manager David Griffin was also at the game. Marion and Griffin have ties dating to their days with the Phoenix Suns.
The Cavs have dramatically remade their roster, signing James, Mike Miller and James Jones and reaching an agreement in principle to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love.
CHICAGO – After two quarters of Team USA's exhibition against Brazil, Derrick Rose had made only one shot. He'd also missed a wide-open, two-handed dunk. Doubts likely had begun to fill the heads of Chicago Bulls fans.
But with 3:34 left in the third quarter, Rose crossed over Brazil's Raul Neto, jumped in the lane off his oft-troubled left knee, switched hands in the air with the ball and scored on a pretty lay-in over Anderson Varejao. The U.S. players on the bench jumped up in excitement.
Bulls fans had reason to be confident Rose had returned to form during this exhibition at his home arena.
"I just saw an opening and I went for it," Rose said. "I'm used to people cheering, so I didn't let it get to me or anything like that. It's just me playing how I normally play."
INDIANAPOLIS – As soon as Paul George crumpled in a heap under the basket during Team USA's scrimmage two weeks ago in Las Vegas, he knew something was horribly wrong.
The bone protruding through the skin of his right leg told him as much. As did the pain coursing through him.
"It felt like gasoline was on my leg and someone lit a match," George said. "Just internally, just on fire. My leg felt like it was in flames. It was a quick five minutes and then my body went into shock, and I immediately took my mind off of what just happened thanks to my docs, my family, both of my parents coming by my side, my teammates coming over.
"…It just felt like a burning sensation throughout my whole leg."
George met Friday with reporters for the first time since breaking his right leg during USA Basketball's scrimmage on Aug. 1. The Indiana Pacers guard used crutches to walk with his right leg encased in a cast from the knee down. The two-time All-Star has a rod in his right leg, which was broken in two places, with pins holding it together in his knee and ankle. He also has begun meeting with a team sports psychologist.