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Undrafted Aaron Harrison making impression with Hornets

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Aaron Harrison sure looks like a keeper based on what he's done so far at the Orlando summer league.

Harrison, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Kentucky, went undrafted last month. The Charlotte Hornets added him to their summer-league roster and based on his performance in the first two games, plenty of teams missed by not selecting ...Read more

Lakers agree to terms with Lou Williams, Brandon Bass

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers added a veteran point guard to complement their backcourt youth, agreeing to terms with Lou Williams on a three-year contract worth about $21 million.

Williams, 28, was the NBA's sixth man of the year last season while averaging a career-high 15.5 points for Toronto.

He provides instant offense off the ...Read more

Pistons, Jackson agree to 5-year, $80 million extension

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Detroit Pistons and point guard Reggie Jackson have agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract extension, the Free Press has learned.

Two persons with firsthand knowledge of the negotiations confirmed the Yahoo! Sports report this evening.

They requested anonymity because the agreement comes during the league's free ...Read more

Heat payroll edging past $130M in salary and tax; hard cap possible

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It was the goal of Micky Arison during the last round of collective-bargaining negotiations and is the bane of many front offices around the NBA. Now the question is whether the Miami Heat are willing to play under a hard cap for the 2015-16 season.

As it, just counting the players projected to be under guaranteed contract by week's end, the ...Read more

Pistons' Drummond will help decide timing of extension

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Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores called center Andre Drummond a "max player" toward the end of last season.

Drummond is committed to the rebuilding project.

With him eligible for a max contract extension this summer, you would think it would be a simple matter of getting a pen and a contract.

A case can be made that the organization would be ...Read more

Greivis Vasquez thinks Bucks are a great fit

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ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- Greivis Vasquez does not think he is Jason Kidd.

The new Milwaukee Bucks guard does see some similarities, however.

Now that the 6-foot-6 Venezuelan is joining the Bucks and playing under the future Hall of Fame point guard, Vasquez wants to take full advantage.

"I feel like I play like him, in a way; I'm a 6-5, 6-6 point...Read more

Summer school is in as Heat's Whiteside aims to improve

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Hassan Whiteside does not want to talk about passing the ball. Why pass the ball when you can dunk the ball, right?

As he gladly will admit, the Heat's second-year center is a proficient dunker of the basketball, and he enjoys it.

"Dunking on people," as he first stated when he joined the Heat, was more or less his singular offensive focus ...Read more

Bill Plaschke: Lakers are in denial of shrinking status in NBA

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LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers are no longer the Lakers.

The basketball world knows it, their front office needs to own it, and the Buss children need to start acting like it if they have any chance of becoming the Lakers again.

The Lakers are no longer the Lakers, and have not been since their last championship in 2010 coincided with the beginning...Read more

New guard Greivis Vasquez thinks Bucks are a great fit

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ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- Greivis Vasquez does not think he is Jason Kidd.

The new Milwaukee Bucks guard does see some similarities, however.

Now that the 6-foot-6 Venezuelan is joining the Bucks and playing under the future Hall of Fame point guard, Vasquez wants to take full advantage.

"I feel like I play like him, in a way; I'm a 6-5, 6-6 point...Read more

Lakers close to making trade for Pacers center Roy Hibbert

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The Lakers are finalizing details to acquire Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, a middle-tier option after the team struck out on a slew of big-name free agents this week.

Hibbert gives them a post player with legitimate NBA experience but he is coming off a poor season.

The Lakers will give up at least one future second-round pick and perhaps...Read more

LaMarcus Aldridge rejects Lakers, will sign with San Antonio Spurs

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The Lakers' main free-agent target, LaMarcus Aldridge, agreed to contract terms with the San Antonio Spurs, in another off-season in which the Lakers failed to corral the players they wanted.

It's become familiar now, the Lakers pitching to high-end players, waiting nervously for several days and then watching as they commit to another team.

...Read more

Guard Aaron Craft puts medical school on hold to chase NBA dream

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Best way to sum up Aaron Craft's last year: He was smart enough to know what he didn't know about pro basketball.

Craft went unselected in the 2014 NBA draft despite an accomplished career as Ohio State's point guard. He was an intense defender over four college seasons who averaged 9.8 points, 4.7 assists and 2.5 steals his senior season.

But...Read more

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