NBA roundup: Parker cleared for London OlympicsBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Fri, Jul 6, 2012 7:21 PM EDT
All-Star point guard Tony Parker has been cleared to play in the London Olympics later this month. The French national said on his social media sites Friday he had received clearance from Spurs coach Greg Popovich and other team officials to play in the games after suffering an eye injury last month. Parker's post said, "I just arrived in Paris with good news. I'm going to the Olympics!!! I'm really happy I got the green light from Spurs!! Thank you Pop!! Now, towards London with beautiful glasses!!!." France opens play in the Olympics on July 29 against the USA. Parker suffered a left eye injury during a celebrated nightclub fight last month. He was worried it might keep him from playing in the Olympics. Parker has sued the owners of the nightclub for $20 million for allowing the incident to escalate. He had to have surgery after suffering a lacerated left eye. A piece of glass penetrated "99 percent" of the tissue, he said in a Q&A on his blog, adding the Spurs were worried about his long-term career. The French Basketball Federation said in a statement that Parker was given clearance by Popovich. "The two ophthalmologists (from the Spurs) confirmed the opinion of the French doctor who operated on Tony Parker, and the two Swiss specialists who also examined the player last Thursday, and indicated that he can resume playing," the statement read. ---The Utah Jazz reportedly has agreed to terms with forward Jeremy Evans. Evans will receive a three-year, $5.5 million contract, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. NBA free agents are in the negotiating period until July 11, when they can begin signing contracts. The 6-9 Evans, who was the 55th overall draft pick in 2010, gained fame by winning the NBA slam dunk contest in February. Last season, he played 29 games last season, averaging 2.1 points a game in 7.5 minutes. ---Free agent shooting guard Nick Young reportedly has agreed to terms on a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, a move that will trigger the release of power forward Elton Brand under the league's amnesty clause. Young's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Friday the Los Angeles native has a one-year contract for about $6 million and ESPN.com reported Brand will be the salary cap casualty. Brand had the worst season in his 13-year career last season, 11 points and 7.1 rebounds a game. That's more than seven points less than his career average. The amnesty clause, which was negotiated the league's latest collective bargaining agreement, allows a team to waive one player between July 11-17 without him counting against the team's salary cap. Brand will still receive the $18 million he is owed next season, but he will go through a special waiver process for teams under the salary cap. ESPN reported the Dallas Mavericks are interested in claiming Brand. NBA free agents are in the negotiating period until July 11, when they can sign new contracts. Young, who started last season with the Washington Wizards, was sent to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a three-team deal. He averaged 14.2 points a game.
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