Chauncey Billups knew of the Irving-James dynamic long before the rest of the world. After Dan Gilbert’s surprise decision three days before the 2017 NBA draft not to offer general manager David Griffin a new contract, the Cleveland Cavaliers owner targeted Chauncey Billups to become the team’s president of basketball operations. On Tuesday, Billups revealed on “The Vic Lombardi Show” on Altitude Sports 950 AM another possible reason that the two sides could never come to an agreement.
Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN Free-agent guard Arron Afflalo has agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Orlando Magic, league sources told ESPN. Afflalo spent the past season with the Sacramento Kings and brings a mature presence to a developing Magic roster. Orlando president Jeff Weltman and general manager John Hammond have history with Afflalo, whom they helped draft to the Detroit Pistons in 2007. Afflalo, 31, averaged a career best 18.2 points for the Magic in the 2013-14 season. In 10 NBA seasons, including stops in Detroit, Denver, Orlando, Portland and New York, Afflalo has averaged 11.3 points.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have signed Luis Montero to a two-way contract. The team announced the deal Monday. The 6-foot-7 Montero played 49 games last season for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Reno Bighorns of the NBA G League. He played in 12 NBA games with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2015-16, averaging 1.2 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.1 assists. NBA teams are allowed two two-way players on their roster at any time, in addition to the 15-man, regular-season roster. More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball