Lakers don't have much hope of getting LaMarcus Aldridge

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers should be used to this by now, waiting around and hoping the free agent they craved would agree to terms with them.

It's the third consecutive summer they've made a pitch -- or pitches, in the case of LaMarcus Aldridge -- in hopes of a successful off-season acquisition.

Their presentation to Aldridge was "...Read more

Teammates embrace Heat outlook with return of Wade, Dragic, Deng

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The exhale came Friday on the practice court at AmericanAirlines Arena.

No, not just because five grueling sessions of summer camp were over and attention could be turned to Saturday's start of summer-league play, but because even at this early stage of NBA free agency, the Miami Heat again are whole.

Amid a league-wide ...Read more

Source: Rondo agrees to one-year deal with Kings

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The Kings reached an agreement with point guard Rajon Rondo on a one-year deal worth approximately $10 million, a league source confirmed Friday.

Rondo met with the Kings on Friday and left the facility before deciding to sign with the team.

Best known as a four-time All-Star with Boston, Rondo finished last season with Dallas.

It was Rondo's...Read more

Source: Kings reach deal with Marco Belinelli

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The Kings reached an agreement with free-agent forward Marco Belinelli on a three-year deal worth $19 million, a league source confirmed.

Belinelli, 29, is a proficient 3-point shooter who spent the last two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. He is a career 39.2 percent shooter from three-point range.

After failing to land their top target, ...Read more

DeAndre Jordan agrees to four-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks

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LOS ANGELES -- Lob City lost one of its most prominent residents Friday when free-agent center DeAndre Jordan agreed to leave the Los Angeles Clippers for the Dallas Mavericks, spurning the only NBA team he had known to begin a new chapter in his career.

Jordan agreed to sign with the Mavericks for four years with a player option after the ...Read more

Wesley Matthews agrees to join Mavs

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DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks reached an agreement early Friday morning with Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews on a four-year contract worth approximately $13 million per year.

The numbers could change after the Mavericks reportedly struck a deal with Los Angeles Clippers free-agent center DeAndre Jordan.

Matthews, 6-foot-...Read more

Bucks to sign Greg Monroe to 3-year, $50 million deal

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The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to terms on a maximum contract with free-agent center Greg Monroe, a league source indicated Thursday.

The deal will be worth an estimated $50 million over three years, with the third year a player option, the source said.

The Bucks will be able to sign Monroe with available cap space and will sign Khris ...Read more

Reports: Bucks' Dudley on way to Wizards in exchange for future second-rounder

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Jared Dudley, the veteran forward who opted in to the final year of his contract on Tuesday, will be dealt to the Washington Wizards after the moratorium ends on July 9.

Published reports said the Bucks would acquire a future second-round draft choice in return for Dudley. The Wizards needed help at small forward after Paul Pierce left in free ...Read more

Clippers waiting on Jordan's call

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LOS ANGELES -- Like the moment he collects a lob in his massive hands, it's all up to DeAndre Jordan now.

The free-agent center heard a comprehensive pitch Thursday night from the Los Angeles Clippers, the last of four teams to woo one of the NBA's top defenders and rebounders over a two-day span.

Clippers executives touched on a variety of ...Read more

Lakers get to follow their own missed shot with Aldridge

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LOS ANGELES -- In the age of second chances, it was still surprising.

The Los Angeles Lakers got a do-over with LaMarcus Aldridge, an attempt to amend their pitch to the free-agent power forward Thursday after their initial Tuesday night presentation flopped.

The effort was improved, but Aldridge apparently wasn't "wooed by it," according a ...Read more

Pistons acquire Marcus Morris, Danny Granger from Suns

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The Detroit Pistons have been active on the second day of free agency.

They added three players Thursday in a trade with the Phoenix Suns, according to a person with knowledge of the situation: small forwards Marcus Morris and Danny Granger and guard Reggie Bullock. The move was first reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, who says the ...Read more

Wade reaches agreement with Heat on one-year, $20M deal

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MIAMI -- In the end, Dwyane Wade decided to go short with the years and long on the cash. The All-Star point guard on Thursday accepted a one-year free-agent deal to return to the Miami Heat.

A source close to the agreement confirmed to the Sun Sentinel the one-year deal was close to the maximum salary for next season, with the Associated Press...Read more

Pat Riley's trip to Los Angeles linked to LaMarcus Aldridge

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MIAMI -- Amid an NBA free-agency period when apparently anything goes, the Miami Heat apparently are going for the fences, the latest team to be linked at a run at Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

No sooner did Heat President Pat Riley leave South Florida for Los Angeles, than the Sun Sentinel was informed that the trip ...Read more

Former Mavericks guard Ellis will join Pacers

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DALLAS -- If the Dallas Mavericks really had strong thoughts of re-signing free-agent shooting guard Monta Ellis, they can quietly forget about that notion.

According to an ESPN report, the 10-year veteran agreed Thursday to sign a four-year, $44 million contract with the Indiana Pacers. The fourth year of that contract has a player option that...Read more

Bucks, Middleton agree to 5-year, $70 million deal

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The Milwaukee Bucks and restricted free agent guard Khris Middleton are settling the details on a five-year, $70 million contract, a league source confirmed Wednesday.

Instead of waiting for another team to offer a contract they would have to match, the Bucks moved aggressively to lock up Middleton, a key part of their future plans. The 23-year...Read more

Heat secure Dragic, in talks with Wade at start of NBA free agency

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MIAMI -- It began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and already one piece of the Miami Heat's offseason puzzle is complete and another seemingly is moving closer to closure.

Not only are the Heat in the midst of free-agent negotiations with guard Dwyane Wade, but the team already has come to terms on a five-year package worth approximately $90 million ...Read more

Love, Thompson, Shumpert agree to return to Cavs

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The Cavaliers' approach last summer when they were trying to recruit LeBron James was two-fold: They wanted to play to the idea that this was his home and, perhaps more importantly, that owner Dan Gilbert would spend whatever it takes to deliver a winner.

Now 12 months later, Gilbert has delivered on that promise.

The Cavaliers were the ...Read more

Clippers, Paul Pierce agree to terms on a three-year contract

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers gained a giant lure in their pursuit of DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with Paul Pierce on a three-year, $10.5 million contract that will reunite the veteran small forward with coach Doc Rivers.

Pierce and Rivers won an NBA title together with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and will almost ...Read more

Millsap reaches deal to stay with Hawks

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Paul Millsap is staying in Atlanta.

The two-time All-Star power forward agreed to a three-year, $59 million contract as an unrestricted free agent to remain with the Hawks Wednesday, according to multiple sources. The third year is a player option for Millsap, meaning he could elect to become a free agent again in the summer of 2017.

Millsap ...Read more

Chandler departs Mavericks to join Suns

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DALLAS -- It didn't very long for the Dallas Mavericks to feel the wrath of free agency.

Not long after the free-agency doors opened late Wednesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers reached a verbal agreement with Mavericks free-agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu on a four-year, $30 million deal. Then, early Wednesday afternoon, word came down that ...Read more