Source: Charlotte Hornets to sign Elliot Williams

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The Charlotte Hornets will sign former Duke and Memphis guard Elliot Williams for a spot on the training camp roster, an NBA source said Monday.

Williams, who is 6-foot-5, can play the point or shooting guard position. A first-round pick (22nd overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2010 draft, Williams has played 104 games over three NBA...Read more

Matthew Dellavedova to return to Cavs on one-year deal

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Unable to secure a long-term deal to his liking in free agency, Matthew Dellavedova instead accepted the Cavaliers' qualifying offer and will return next season on a one-year deal worth about $1.1 million.

The Cavs on Monday officially announced Dellavedova's return and the trade sending Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller to the Portland Trail ...Read more

Heat waive Henry Walker in advance of guarantee deadline

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Faced with a Saturday deadline for partial guarantees to four players from their season-ending roster, the Miami Heat on Monday began that process by waiving forward Henry Walker.

Walker, who joined the Heat at midseason and provided early 3-point proficiency, had that Saturday deadline for a $100,000 guarantee of his $1.1 million 2015-16 ...Read more

Heat trade Zoran Dragic to Celtics to clear tax space, roster spot

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The Miami Heat's summer clearance sale continued Monday with the team agreeing to trade reserve guard Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics.

The agreement came a day after the Heat reached an agreement to trade guard Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic and shortly before the Heat waived forward Henry Walker.

The Heat also included a 2020 second-...Read more

Nick Young looks to next Lakers season, trying to ignore trade rumors

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LOS ANGELES -- The constant trade chatter left Nick Young in a funk, the player known as "Swaggy P" trying to come to grips on why the Los Angeles Lakers wanted to move him.

Young is still with the Lakers, and he hopes to finish out the three years left on a four-year, $21.5 million contract he signed last summer.

It has been a "little bit" ...Read more

Cavaliers trade Miller, Haywood, draft picks to Blazers to ease tax bill and create trade exceptions

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The Cavaliers' long-awaited trade of Brendan Haywood is finally complete. The added twist is the deal took Mike Miller with him.

Both Haywood and Miller were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, along with two second-round picks in exchange for cash, a league source told the Beacon Journal. The move creates two trade exceptions for ...Read more

Heat deal Napier to Magic a year after prod from LeBron

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LeBron James' "favorite player" in the 2014 NBA draft now has something in common with James: both are former Miami Heat players.

The Sun Sentinel confirmed Sunday that the Heat will trade Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic in exchange for a future protected second-round pick.

In the immediate wake of the Heat selecting the championship point...Read more

Seriousness, defense take backseat to fun at WNBA All-Star Game

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Just a few minutes into Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game at Mohegan Sun Arena, the Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry, wearing the uniform of the East, swatted a shot from a West player into the seats behind the basket.

Within moments, McCoughtry was posing, smiling, her bicep showing the world who was boss. For that moment, it ...Read more

After charges dismissed, Rick Brunson addresses court of public opinion

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For close to 16 months, Rick Brunson has remained publicly silent.

The former Bulls player and former Bulls assistant coach listened as his name was sullied and as taunts were tossed at his son, the reigning Mr. Basketball of Illinois and Villanova-bound Jalen.

He watched as job opportunities for his coaching career dwindled.

And he waited ...Read more

Level-headed Winslow ready to tackle NBA life

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The moment would have caused most 19-year-olds to make a huge fuss.

On the night Justise Winslow was drafted by the Miami Heat, he received a tweet from the wife of the greatest player in franchise history. Actress Gabrielle Union wrote, "Hey, Justise Winslow... Welcome to Miami, now get used to ppl misspelling your 1st name. I know a guy who ...Read more

Cliff Alexander, Phil Pressey sign with Trail Blazers

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After playing for the Brooklyn Nets during the NBA's summer league, former Kansas forward Cliff Alexander has joined the Portland Trail Blazers, Alexander announced Friday on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Portland also announced Friday it had signed former Missouri point guard Phil Pressey, who had played two seasons with the Boston ...Read more

Whiteside insists he's grounded with big raise on deck

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MIAMI -- The morning was dedicated to keeping heads above water. Along the way, Hassan Whiteside made it clear he would remain level-headed during one of the headiest periods of his basketball career.

The featured attraction during the latest of the Miami Heat's "Learn to Swim" community initiatives, this one at the North Pointe YMCA Family ...Read more

Reports: Bucks sign forward Chris Copeland

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The Milwaukee Bucks filled out their 15-man roster, signing 6-foot-8 free-agent forward Chris Copeland to a one-year, $1.1 million deal, according to reports Thursday.

A career 37.3 percent 3-point shooter who can play both forward positions, Copeland essentially replaces forwards Ersan Ilyasova and Jared Dudley in his ability to stretch the ...Read more

Cavs trade Rakeem Christmas to clear cap space, recoup draft pick

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Now that the majority of the roster is intact, the Cavaliers are busy cleaning up the bottom half of the salary cap as much as possible. They're also trying to recoup much-needed draft picks for future moves, particularly the Brendan Haywood trade likely coming next week.

The Cavs dealt Rakeem Christmas, selected 36th overall last month, to the...Read more

Pistons encouraged, but still cautious with Jennings

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Stan Van Gundy was watching NBA summer league action in Las Vegas and saw something that gave him hope for Brandon Jennings' recovery from a ruptured Achilles.

Pierre Jackson was playing well for the Philadelphia 76ers' summer league squad exactly a year after suffering an Achilles injury playing for the 76ers in the Orlando summer league.

It ...Read more

Cubs can afford to wait for market to develop before making right deal

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Just as manager Joe Maddon pulled out all the stops to earn a wild victory Wednesday night, expect Cubs executives to explore every possibility leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.

A trade market that general manager Jed Hoyer perceived this month as very slow is expanding gradually with more would-be buyers becoming sellers.

This doesn't...Read more

Harrison Barnes wants to remain with Warriors

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Warriors forward Harrison Barnes expressed his desire to stay with the team long-term on Thursday during an offseason when he is eligible to receive a contract extension.

"I mean, we just won a championship," Barnes said. "Of course I'd love to keep this group together for many years to come, you know what I'm saying? So that's...Read more

New Lakers Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams, Brandon Bass make their hellos

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LOS ANGELES -- The three newest Los Angeles Lakers were introduced Wednesday, joining a team that produced the worst record in franchise history, though each of them said this was a fresh start.

Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass talked about becoming Lakers, and the team's general manager, Mitch Kupchak, later indicated that he has ...Read more

Clippers reach agreement on one-year contract with Pablo Prigioni

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LOS ANGELES -- The beat-them-and-then-join-them contingent grew Wednesday when the Los Angeles Clippers reached an agreement with veteran point guard Pablo Prigioni for a one-year contract making the veteran's minimum.

Prigioni joins former Houston Rockets teammate Josh Smith in making the transition from vanquishing the Clippers in the Western...Read more

Source: Former North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough to join Hornets

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Tyler Hansbrough is a Charlotte Hornet.

An NBA source told the Observer late Tuesday that Hansbrough has agreed to terms with the Hornets on a free-agent contract.

This might be the last move the Hornets make in free agency. They came to terms late Tuesday with Hansbrough to be their energy guy/sixth big man.

He figures to raise competition ...Read more