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  • NBA notebook: Timberwolves' Wiggins close to $148M deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The Minnesota Timberwolves and young star Andrew Wiggins are closing in on a five-year, $148 million contract extension.

    • Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed the discussions during a press conference to introduce new acquisition Jamal Crawford.

      Wiggins has one season remaining on his rookie deal. The extension would begin in 2018-19 and he would make $25.5 million that season, according to published reports.

      The base salary would increase to $30.6 million if Wiggins were to make an All-NBA team or named Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18.

      The 22-year-old Wiggins averaged a career-best 23.6 points per game last season.

      --Free-agent point guard Derrick Rose and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious talks on a potential one-year contract, ESPN reported.

      However, ESPN later reported Rose met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, and they are trying to sell Rose on the idea that he will get more playing time and more money with the Lakers.

      Rose averaged 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists on 47 percent shooting in 64 games for the New York Knicks last season. The 28-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, but the 2016-17 season ended in another injury as Rose hit free agency for the first time.

      --The Golden State Warriors are bringing the personal seat license to the NBA, and the fans interested in purchasing them will be asked for a 30-year commitment.

      While pricing of the licenses has not been revealed, ESPN cited a team official as saying that a number of seats dedicated for season-ticket holders will decrease from 14,500 at Oracle Arena in Oakland to approximately 12,000 at Chase Center in San Francisco. The privately financed $1 billion Chase Center is scheduled to open in 2019.

      Half of the tickets will come with a per-seat cost of $15,000 or less, while the other half will cost more than that, according to ESPN. The Warriors, in turn, will return the money paid for the right to purchase tickets after 30 years, thereby creating a personal seat license.

      --The Boston Celtics announced the signing of three players who played overseas this past season.

      The Celtics reached agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent point guard Shane Larkin and also signed their 2016 first-round draft choice Guerschon Yabusele and Daniel Theis.

      Larkin was the 18th overall selection in 2013 NBA draft, and this past season he played 72 games with Saski Baskonia in Spain and averaged 13.8 points and 5.4 assists.

      Yabusele was the No. 16 pick in the 2016 draft, so he will receive rookie scale, with the first two years guaranteed. He played last season in the Chinese Basketball Association.

      The 6-foot-9 Theis, 25, has played professionally in Germany since 2010.

  • Celtics sign Larkin, Yabusele, Theis
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The Boston Celtics announced the signing of three players who played overseas this past season.

    • The Celtics reached agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent point guard Shane Larkin and also signed their 2016 first-round draft choice Guerschon Yabusele and Daniel Theis.

      Larkin was the 18th overall selection in 2013 NBA draft, and he averaged 5.8 points in three seasons in the NBA with three different teams (Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets).

      This past season, he played 72 games with Saski Baskonia in Spain and averaged 13.8 points and 5.4 assists.

      He had a $6.3 million option to stay in Spain, but opted to compete for a spot with the Celtics.

      Yabusele was the No. 16 pick in the 2016 draft, so he will receive rookie scale, with the first two years guaranteed.

      Yabusele is an athletic but raw 6-foot-8 forward who played last season in the Chinese Basketball Association.

      The 6-foot-9 Theis, 25, has played professionally in Germany since 2010. He averaged 9.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.24 blocks and 18.9 minutes in 41 Basketball Bundesliga League games.

  • Timberwolves, G Wiggins inching closer to 5-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The Minnesota Timberwolves and young star Andrew Wiggins are closing in on a five-year, $148 million contract extension.

    • Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed the discussions during a press conference to introduce new acquisition Jamal Crawford.

      "We're working on it right now," Thibodeau said.

      Wiggins has one season remaining on his rookie deal. The extension would begin in 2018-19 and he would make $25.5 million that season, according to published reports.

      The base salary would increase to $30.6 million if Wiggins were to make an All-NBA team or named Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18.

      The 22-year-old Wiggins averaged a career-best 23.6 points per game last season. He has a career average of 20.4 through three NBA campaigns.

  • Report: Rose, Cavaliers discussing one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Free-agent point guard Derrick Rose and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious talks on a potential one-year contract, ESPN reported on Thursday.

    • Rose has met with several teams over the past three weeks, including the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers.

      In fact, ESPN reported Rose met with the Lakers on Thursday.

      According to the report, the Lakers are attempting to sell Rose on the idea that he would get more money and more playing time with the Lakers.

      The Lakers have the $4,328,000 room exception. Rose apparently would earn the minimum salary of $2,116,955 with the Cleveland.

      The former top overall draft pick and 2011 NBA MVP is believed to be offered a minimum contract for $2.1 million, according to ESPN.

      Rose averaged 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists on 47 percent shooting in 64 games for the New York Knicks last season. The 28-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, but the 2016-17 season ended in another injury as Rose hit free agency for the first time.

      Rose's career has been scarred by injury to the extent that he said in March he expects only a short-term deal in free agency.

      On April 2, he was ruled out for the season with the Knicks due to torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee.

      He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and twice required surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee with the Bulls.

  • Warriors to use personal seat licenses at new arena
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The Golden State Warriors are bringing the personal seat license to the NBA, and the fans interested in purchasing them will be asked for a 30-year commitment.

    • While pricing of the licenses has not been revealed, ESPN cited a team official as saying that a number of seats dedicated for season-ticket holders will decrease from 14,500 at Oracle Arena in Oakland to approximately 12,000 at Chase Center in San Francisco.

      The privately financed $1 billion Chase Center is scheduled to open in 2019.

      Half of the tickets will come with a per-seat cost of $15,000 or less, while the other half will cost more than that, according to ESPN.

      The Warriors, in turn, will return the money paid for the right to purchase tickets after 30 years, thereby creating a personal seat license. The "membership" serves as an interest-free, tax-free loan to the team for three decades.

      Fans can transfer or opt out of the license prior to 30 years, but they will not receive their money back until Year 30.

      The Toronto Raptors also offer personal seat licenses, although those are for their best seats and also include rights for Maple Leafs tickets as well.

  • Grizzlies sign G Chalmers
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    The Memphis Grizzlies signed Mario Chalmers to a contract on Wednesday, one day after the guard unofficially announced the news over social media.

    • The team did not divulge terms of the deal for Chalmers, who used Instagram on Tuesday to post a picture of himself in a Grizzlies uniform with a caption that read "GNG... enough said." Grit and grind is the Grizzlies' motto.

      Multiple media outlets reported that Chalmers agreed to a one-year deal.

      Chalmers, 31, has recovered from a torn right Achilles tendon he sustained in March 2016 while playing for the Grizzlies.

      The Grizzlies released Chalmers after he was injured, and he missed the entire 2016-17 NBA season.

      Chalmers developed a relationship with Grizzlies coach David Fizdale when Chalmers played for the Miami Heat and Fizdale was a Heat assistant.

      The Grizzlies acquired Chalmers from the Heat in a trade that sent Beno Udrih to Miami early in the 2015-16 season.

      Chalmers averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 55 games with the Grizzlies in 2015-16.

      Chalmers is likely to be a backup at both guard positions.

  • Suns extend GM McDonough, add Jones to front office
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    The Phoenix Suns agreed to a multiyear contract extension with general manager Ryan McDonough on Wednesday.

    • The extension is reportedly through the 2019-20 season. The 36-year-old McDonough was hired in May 2013.

      Suns owner and managing partner Robert Sarver also announced the hiring of former Phoenix forward and 14-year NBA veteran James Jones as vice president of basketball operations.

      Jones will report to McDonough and work alongside him to oversee all basketball-related matters for the Suns, including the draft, free agency and trades.

      "I would like to thank Robert and his partners for extending my agreement with this great franchise," McDonough said in a statement. "We have laid the foundation for what we hope will become the next championship caliber Suns team. There is still a lot of work to be done to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a championship to Phoenix so we are thrilled to add James Jones to our staff.

      "James has a wealth of experiences that will greatly benefit our organization. He is a three-time NBA champion and has been one of the top executives with the National Basketball Players Association over the past few years. We welcome 'Champ' and his family to our Phoenix Suns family."

      McDonough, named runner-up for NBA Executive of the Year in 2014, came to Phoenix following 10 seasons in several levels of basketball operations with the Boston Celtics, serving as assistant general manager for the final three and helping the team to an NBA title in 2008.

      Jones played two seasons with the Suns, including the 2005-06 team that won 54 games and advanced to the Western Conference finals. He averaged 7.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 151 regular-season games with the Suns.

      Formerly the secretary-treasurer for the National Basketball Players Association, Jones comes to the Suns after most recently appearing in 48 regular-season and eight playoff games for Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016-17.

      "Congratulations to James Jones on what has been one of the most successful NBA careers a player can have," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said. "Being widely known as one of the best teammates ever is possibly the greatest tribute a player could receive and he has earned that reputation with hard work, incredible consistency, dependability, strong character and trust.

      "He is a champion and role model on the court, in the locker room, in the community and as a mentor and friend to many across the NBA. 'Champ' is one of those special people that helps create success wherever they are, in many different ways, with character and brains that are on un-paralleled levels."

      Jones is a three-time NBA champion, winning rings with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, and with the Cavaliers in 2016. Overall, he averaged 5.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 709 career regular-season games over 14 seasons with five NBA teams.

  • Grizzlies reacquire Chalmers with one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Guard Mario Chalmers broke the news himself that he is returning to the Memphis Grizzlies.

    • Chalmers used Instagram to post a picture of himself in a Grizzlies uniform with a caption that read "GNG... enough said." Grit and grind is the Grizzlies' motto.

      Multiple media outlets reported that Chalmers agreed to a one-year deal.

      Chalmers, 31, has recovered from a torn right Achilles tendon he suffered in March 2016 while playing for the Grizzlies.

      The Grizzlies released Chalmers after he was injured, and he missed the entire 2016-17 NBA season.

      Chalmers developed a relationship with Grizzlies coach David Fizdale when Chalmers played for the Miami Heat and Fizdale was a Heat assistant.

      The Grizzlies acquired Chalmers from the Heat in a trade that sent Beno Udrih to Miami early in the 2015-16 season.

      Chalmers averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 55 games with the Grizzlies in 2015-16.

      Chalmers is likely to be a backup at both guard positions.

  • NBA notebook: Raptors make it official, sign Miles
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The Toronto Raptors made it official Tuesday, signing veteran swingman C.J. Miles to a multi-year deal.

    • The team did not release contract details for Miles, who was acquired from the Indiana Pacers in a sign-and-trade deal July 9. He reportedly agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal with a player option on the final season.

      "C.J. is an exceptional shooter and adds versatility to our perimeter game," Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri said. "We are excited to add a player with experience level to our core group."

      Miles, 30, averaged 10.7 points and shot a career-best 41.3 percent from 3-point range last season. He has a career average of 9.8 points over 12 NBA seasons with the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Pacers.

      --Guard Manu Ginobili is eying a 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs, ESPN reported.

      Ginobili reportedly is finalizing terms on a deal that will allow him to play in the 2017-18 season and pump the brakes on retirement for at least one more year. The soon-to-be 40-year-old has not publicly divulged his plans following the Spurs' ouster in the Western Conference final by the eventual champion Golden State Warriors.

      Ginobili is a four-time NBA champion, an Olympics gold medalist and a Euroleague MVP, although his production has dipped in recent years. The Argentine averaged a career-low 7.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 69 games last season, during which he made $14 million.

      He has spent his entire 15-year NBA career with the Spurs, averaging 13.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting along with 3.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 992 career regular-season games.

      --The Cleveland Cavaliers signed forward Cedi Osman to a contract, the team announced.

      Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the club, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that it was a three-year pact for $8.3 million. The Cavaliers are also paying $700,000 toward Osman's $1 million buyout of his contract with Anadolu Efes, his Turkish club.

      Cleveland is using a portion of its $5.2 million exception to the salary cap to pay Osman.

      Osman has spent the last five seasons with Anadolu Efes in the Turkish Basketball League first division. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Osman averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35 games last season.

      --All NBA teams will have four uniform options to choose from starting next season, when the league is going away from traditional home and road appearance.

      As part of a fresh partnership with Nike as its uniform provider, the NBA completely overhauled the look and feel of its jersey combinations. Every team will choose a home uniform -- it will not necessarily follow traditional lines of design or be white in color -- and the visiting team can opt to wear one of its four designs provided that uniform selection doesn't blend with the home team.

      Nike said eight teams will have Classic uniform options, but those teams are not yet identified. The jersey fabric will be lightweight and crafted of recycled plastics, per Nike, including a redesign of tighter hemlines borne of a study of athlete fit and hotspots.

      All teams have four basic options: the classic white (formerly home) look or Association; the Icon uniform (team colors), Athlete Mindset and Community, which will be a locally inspired design.

      The Toronto Raptors signed forward Kennedy Meeks, the team announced.

      Terms of the contract were not disclosed for Meeks, an undrafted free agent out of defending national champion North Carolina.

      The 6-foot-10, 277-pound Meeks played for the Raptors' entry in NBA summer league team in Las Vegas, averaging 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds over four games.

      In four seasons at North Carolina, Meeks averaged 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks and 21.3 minutes in 144 games. He averaged career highs in points (12.5), rebounds (9.5) and minutes (24.3) in 40 games to help the Tar Heels win the national title as a senior.

      In the NCAA Tournament, Meeks averaged 12.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 26.2 minutes in six games.

      --Toronto Raptors guard Malcolm Miller underwent ankle surgery and is expected to be sidelined for 12 weeks, the team announced.

      Miller signed the team's two-way contract on July 9 after participating in the Raptors' free agent camp.

      The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Miller sprained his right ankle in an NBA Summer League practice in Las Vegas on July 5.

      Miller averaged 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 18.7 minutes in 29 games last season for Alba Berlin of the German Bundesliga. He averaged 12.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 31.9 minutes in 47 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League.

  • Raptors make it official, sign Miles
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The Toronto Raptors made it official Tuesday, signing veteran swingman C.J. Miles to a multi-year deal.

    • The team did not release contract details for Miles, who was acquired from the Indiana Pacers in a sign-and-trade deal July 9. He reportedly agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal with a player option on the final season.

      "C.J. is an exceptional shooter and adds versatility to our perimeter game," Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri said. "We are excited to add a player with experience level to our core group."

      Miles, 30, averaged 10.7 points and shot a career-best 41.3 percent from 3-point range last season. He has a career average of 9.8 points over 12 NBA seasons with the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Pacers.

      "I'm excited, I've watched this team become special over the last few years," said Miles, who was acquired for point guard Cory Joseph.

  • Raptors sign former North Carolina F Meeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The Toronto Raptors signed forward Kennedy Meeks, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Terms of the contract were not disclosed for Meeks, an undrafted free agent out of defending national champion North Carolina.

      The 6-foot-10, 277-pound Meeks played for the Raptors' entry in NBA summer league team in Las Vegas, averaging 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds over four games.

      In four seasons at North Carolina, Meeks averaged 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks and 21.3 minutes in 144 games. He averaged career highs in points (12.5), rebounds (9.5) and minutes (24.3) in 40 games to help the Tar Heels win the national title as a senior.

      In the NCAA Tournament, Meeks averaged 12.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 26.2 minutes in six games. He earned All-Final Four honors after recording a career high-tying 25 points and 14 rebounds in the semifinals versus Oregon. Meeks finished with 69 rebounds in the tournament, the most in any one NCAA Tournament by a Tar Heel.

  • NBA introduces lighter jerseys, ditches home-road unis
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    All NBA teams will have four uniform options to choose from starting next season, when the league is going away from traditional home and road appearance.

    • As part of a fresh partnership with Nike as its uniform provider, the NBA completely overhauled the look and feel of its jersey combinations. Every team will choose a home uniform -- it will not necessarily follow traditional lines of design or be white in color -- and the visiting team can opt to wear one of its four designs provided that uniform selection doesn't blend with the home team.

      Nike said eight teams will have Classic uniform options, but those teams are not yet identified.

      The jersey fabric will be lightweight and crafted of recycled plastics, per Nike, including a redesign of tighter hemlines borne of a study of athlete fit and hotspots.

      All teams have four basic options: the classic white (formerly home) look or Association; the Icon uniform (team colors), Athlete Mindset and Community, which will be a locally inspired design.

      Several teams offered a sneak peak via social media Tuesday, including the champion Golden State Warriors, who posted via Twitter.

  • Raptors G Miller undergoes ankle surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Toronto Raptors guard Malcolm Miller underwent ankle surgery and is expected to be sidelined for 12 weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Miller signed the team's two-way contract on July 9 after participating in the Raptors' free agent camp.

      The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Miller sprained his right ankle in an NBA Summer League practice in Las Vegas on July 5.

      Miller averaged 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 18.7 minutes in 29 games last season for Alba Berlin of the German Bundesliga. He averaged 12.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 31.9 minutes in 47 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League.

  • Spurs G Ginobili plans to play in 2017-18 season
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Guard Manu Ginobili is eying a 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

    • Ginobili reportedly is finalizing terms on a deal that will allow him to play in the 2017-18 season and pump the brakes on retirement for at least one more year.

      The soon-to-be 40-year-old has not publicly divulged his plans following the Spurs' ouster in the Western Conference final by the eventual champion Golden State Warriors.

      Ginobili is a four-time NBA champion, an Olympics gold medalist and a Euroleague MVP, although his production has dipped in recent years. The Argentine averaged a career-low 7.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 69 games last season, during which he made $14 million.

      Ginobili has spent his entire 15-year NBA career with the Spurs, averaging 13.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting along with 3.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 992 career regular-season games.

  • Cavaliers sign F Osman to three-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers signed forward Cedi Osman to a contract, the team announced on Tuesday.

    • Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the club, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that it was a three-year pact for $8.3 million. The Cavaliers are also paying $700,000 toward Osman's $1 million buyout of his contract with Anadolu Efes, his Turkish club.

      Cleveland is using a portion of its $5.2 million exception to the salary cap to pay Osman.

      Osman has spent the last five seasons with Anadolu Efes in the Turkish Basketball League first division. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Osman averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35 games last season.

      Osman represented his country at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and the 2016 Manila FIBA World Olympic qualifying tournament.

      The 22-year-old Osman was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 31st overall pick of the 2015 draft. His rights were acquired by the Cavaliers later that night.

      Osman spent time with team officials in Las Vegas for the start of NBA Summer League. He did not participate in Cleveland's summer games because of a commitment with the Turkish national team.

  • F Jerebko signs with Jazz
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    Forward Jonas Jerebko signed a multi-year contract with the Utah Jazz on Monday.

    • The Jazz did not announce the teams of the deal, but Jerebko reportedly is getting $8.2 million over two years, according to published reports.

      The 6-foot-10 native of Sweden appeared in 78 games for the Boston Celtics last season and averaged 3.8 points, 3.5 rebounds in 15.8 minutes.

      Since entering the NBA as a second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons in 2009, Jerebko has averages of 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 488 games. He also is a 35.2 percent shooter from 3-point range and has made at least 40 percent of his long-range attempts three times.

      Jerebko became the seventh player born outside the United States on the Jazz, who also signed Switzerland native Thabo Sefolosha last week.

  • Mills acknowledges F Anthony could remain with Knicks
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    New York Knicks president Steve Mills acknowledged that Carmelo Anthony could remain with the team despite the organization's interest to pursue a trade involving the 10-time All-Star.

    • "We've been in contact with Carmelo's representatives. We've been in contact with other teams," Mills said Monday at a news conference to introduce new general manager Scott Perry. "Our view is if there's an opportunity that works for Carmelo and works for us, then we'll look at some kind of trade. But we also feel that Carmelo could easily be a part of our team next year.

      "We're going to move forward so maybe with Carmelo or without Carmelo."

      Mills also declared that the team would not pursue a buyout of the remaining years on Anthony's contract.

      Houston has been Anthony's primary landing spot in trade talks of late, with the 33-year-old reportedly willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Rockets.

      The Knicks are reshaping their front office after the departure of Phil Jackson as team president last month following three disappointing seasons.

      In recent weeks, Anthony has prioritized his desire for a trade to the Rockets to join Chris Paul and James Harden over one to the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, league sources told ESPN.

      The Rockets are determined to complete a deal for Anthony and believe he is focused on playing in Houston next season, ESPN reported.

      Anthony and Jackson feuded through the media with the Knicks mired in a rebuild. Anthony, who signed a five-year, $124 million deal upon Jackson's arrival, failed to meet Jackson's expectations and was criticized in a series of articles by longtime Jackson friend Charley Rosen.

      The Rockets reportedly aren't being bashful about paying Anthony his guaranteed salary ($26,243,760) for the 2017-18 season, but the final year of that contract in 2018-19 ($27.9 million guaranteed) might be a roadblock unless the Knicks are willing to absorb a portion.

      Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 74 games in 2016-17, his sixth full season with the Knicks, who obtained him from the Denver Nuggets at the 2011 trade deadline.

  • NBA notebook: Pierce signs with Celtics, plans to retire
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    Forward Paul Pierce signed a one-day contract with the Boston Celtics on Monday in a move that allows him to retire as a member of the franchise.

    • A 10-time All-Star, Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career with the Celtics, helping the club to the NBA title in 2008.

      "It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic," the 39-year-old Pierce said a statement. "The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn't imagine ending my career any other way. I'm a Celtic for life."

      Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Pierce's No. 34 will soon hang in the rafters at TD Garden.

      --Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball will miss the summer league championship game in Las Vegas because of a calf strain.

      Ball, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, suffered a mild right calf strain in Sunday's semifinal win over the Dallas Mavericks, according to Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell.

      The Lakers will meet the Portland Trail Blazers in the title game.

      Ball leads the summer league in assists with an average of 9.3. He also is averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals and has two triple-doubles.

      --Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is putting the franchise up for sale after 24 years of ownership.

      The 73-year-old Alexander bought the franchise for $85 million in 1993. Forbes valued the franchise in February at $1.65 billion -- eighth-most valuable in the league -- with revenue of $244 million.

      "It's been my great joy and honor to own the Houston Rockets for the past 24 years," Alexander said in a statement. "I've had the incredible opportunity to witness true greatness through the players and coaches who have won championships for the city, been named to All-Star and All-NBA teams, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and done so much for our franchise and our fans."

      Alexander had immediate success as an owner as the Rockets won NBA titles over the New York Knicks in 1994 and the Orlando Magic in 1995 behind Hakeem Olajuwon.

      --The Memphis Grizzlies signed forward Rade Zagorac of Serbia, the team announced.

      Terms of the deal were not disclosed for the 21-year-old Zagorac, who was originally acquired by the Grizzlies in a draft night trade in 2016. He has been training with the Grizzles' NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas.

      Zagorac, who played professionally in his native Serbia since 2011, appeared in 26 games (23 starts) for KK Mega Leks in the Liga ABA and averaged 15 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.38 steals last season. He also started 11 of 12 games in Serbian BCL play and averaged 12.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.83 steals.

      The 6-foot-9, 205-pound Zagorac was selected by the Boston Celtics in the second round (35th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft after he was named the 2015-16 Liga ABA MVP with KK Mega Leks. His rights were traded by the Celtics on draft night along with the rights to Deyonta Davis (31st overall) to Memphis for a 2019 first-round draft pick.

  • Pierce signs 1-day contract to retire with Celtics
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    Forward Paul Pierce signed a one-day contract with the Boston Celtics on Monday in a move that allows him to retire as a member of the franchise.

    • A 10-time All-Star, Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career with the Celtics, helping the club to the NBA title in 2008.

      "It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic," the 39-year-old Pierce said a statement. "The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn't imagine ending my career any other way. I'm a Celtic for life."

      Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Pierce's No. 34 will soon hang in the rafters at TD Garden.

      "We're honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic. He is among the very best Celtics -- a champion on and off the court," Grousbeck said in a statement. "We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden."

      Pierce was selected by the Celtics with the 10th overall pick of the 1998 draft. He averaged 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists while playing in 1,343 career games with the Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Lakers' Ball (calf strain) to sit out vs. Trail Blazers
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball sat out Monday's NBA summer league championship game in Las Vegas due to a calf strain but was named the league's Most Valuable Player.

    • Ball, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, suffered a mild right calf strain in Sunday's semifinal win over the Dallas Mavericks, according to Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell.

      The Lakers played the Portland Trail Blazers in the title game.

      Ball, the first Lakers player to be named MVP, led the summer league in assists with an average of 9.3. He also averaged 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals and had two triple-doubles.

      The former UCLA product exited Sunday's game midway through the third quarter after piling up 16 points and 10 assists. His injury was initially listed as stiffness in the calf.

      "This is the first time my calf got tight," Ball said after the game. "Just being cautious. I wanted to get back out there, but the training staff is going to take care of me and I will be with them tonight and tomorrow and hope I can get back out there tomorrow."

      Joining Ball on the all-summer league first team were John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks, Josh Jackson of the Phoenix Suns, Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks and Caleb Swanigan of the Portland Trail Blazers.

      The second team included Cheick Diallo of the New Orleans Pelicans, Bryn Forbes of the San Antonio Spurs, Kyle Kuzma of the Lakers, Wayne Selden Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics.

  • Rockets owner Alexander puts team up for sale
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is putting the franchise up for sale after 24 years of ownership.

    • The 73-year-old Alexander bought the franchise for $85 million in 1993. Forbes valued the franchise in February at $1.65 billion -- eighth-most valuable in the league -- with revenue of $244 million.

      "It's been my great joy and honor to own the Houston Rockets for the past 24 years," Alexander said in a statement Monday. "I've had the incredible opportunity to witness true greatness through the players and coaches who have won championships for the city, been named to All-Star and All-NBA teams, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and done so much for our franchise and our fans."

      Alexander had immediate success as an owner as the Rockets won NBA titles over the New York Knicks in 1994 and the Orlando Magic in 1995 behind the play of Hakeem Olajuwon.

      "The Houston community has been home to me," Alexander said. "I will continue to support the charities I have made commitments to throughout the years. I'll always have a special place in my heart for the fans, partners, city officials and employees who care so deeply for this team.

      "I've made this decision after much deliberation with my family and friends, and do so knowing the franchise is in great shape with the players, coaches and management team in place."

      NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement on Monday regarding Alexander's desire to sell the franchise.

      "Leslie Alexander is a true competitor who always searched for the right move to make his teams better, Silver said. "Under his ownership, he created a culture of excellence with strong management that attracted Hall of Famers, All-Stars and coaching giants and brought two NBA championships and four WNBA titles to Houston.

      "Well-respected around the league, he has been an active and influential owner whose vision helped to grow the game globally, especially in China. Moreover, his philanthropy speaks just as powerfully as his ownership, with local libraries, women's centers and homeless shelters all benefitting from his generosity."

      Alexander put CEO Tad Brown in charge to "oversee the sales process with the league office, supported by my management team."

      Brown made the announcement during Monday's news conference at Toyota Center. He said Alexander told him "it can wear on you after so many decades."

      "When he mentioned to me this morning that he had made up his mind that this was what he wanted to do, I was very surprised," Brown told reporters. "But, at the end of the day, nothing truly surprises me because Leslie is a man of many passions and he's got things he wants to do and opportunities that he wants to pursue."

  • Grizzlies sign F Zagorac
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    The Memphis Grizzlies signed forward Rade Zagorac of Serbia, the team announced Monday.

    • Terms of the deal were not disclosed for the 21-year-old Zagorac, who was originally acquired by the Grizzlies in a draft night trade in 2016. He has been training with the Grizzles' NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas.

      Zagorac, who played professionally in his native Serbia since 2011, appeared in 26 games (23 starts) for KK Mega Leks in the Liga ABA and averaged 15 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.38 steals last season. He also started 11 of 12 games in Serbian BCL play and averaged 12.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.83 steals.

      The 6-foot-9, 205-pound Zagorac was selected by the Boston Celtics in the second round (35th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft after he was named the 2015-16 Liga ABA MVP with KK Mega Leks. His rights were traded by the Celtics on draft night along with the rights to Deyonta Davis (31st overall) to Memphis for a 2019 first-round draft pick.

  • Report: Rockets add F Mbah a Moute
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    Free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute reached an agreement to sign with the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN.

    • The contract is believed to be for one year at the veteran's minimum salary.

      Mbah a Moute, 30, played the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, and he has been a starter each of the past three seasons.

      He declined a $2.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season, making him a free agent.

      Mbah a Moute averaged 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds last season while playing in 80 games, including 76 starts. In 2015-16, Mbah a Moute played in 75 games, including 61 starts, and averaged 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds for the Clippers.

      His best season was 2014-15, when he averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Philadelphia 76ers.

      Mbah a Moute's strength is as a defender because he can guard small forwards on the perimeter or power forwards in the low post.

      Houston previously added Mbah a Moute's former Clippers teammate Chris Paul, and the Rockets reportedly are pursuing New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

  • Lakers' Ball exits summer-league semis with tight calf
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 16, 2017

    Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball exited Los Angeles' summer league semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday in Las Vegas due to right calf tightness.

    • Before leaving the game for good midway through the third quarter, Ball piled up 16 points and 10 assists, helping the Lakers advance to the final with a 108-98 win. Los Angeles will play the Portland Trail Blazers for the title on Monday.

      According to ESPN.com, Ball was available to play late in the game Sunday, but he was held out.

      The crowd in Las Vegas to watch Ball and the Lakers on Sunday, ESPN reported, included the team's president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson, plus general manager Rob Pelinka and coach Luke Walton. Assistant coach Jud Buechler is running the summer-league team.

      Ball, 19, was the second overall pick in the NBA Draft this year out of UCLA. He has recorded two triple-doubles in the summer league.

      Another Lakers first-round rookie, forward Kyle Kuzma, led the team with 24 points Sunday, and guard Matt Thomas scored 20.

      Guard Dennis Smith Jr., also a first-round pick this summer, paced the Mavericks with 21 points and six assists.

      Forward Jarnell Stokes scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to power the Trail Blazers to an 87-82 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in the other semifinal. Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks, a rookie second-round pick, scored a team-high 16 points in the loss.

  • Melo expects Knicks to resume trade talks
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 16, 2017

    Carmelo Anthony is still counting on the New York Knicks to resume trade talks soon.

    • The Knicks paused trade discussions involving the 10-time NBA All-Star forward as new team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry pursued a meeting with Anthony in the coming days, according to ESPN.

      But Anthony is counting on the franchise to carry out its previously agreed upon mandate to trade him to the Houston Rockets, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowsk.

      After talking with the Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers over the past month about a possible deal for Anthony, the Knicks told both teams they are stepping back from trade talks for a short time.

      The Knicks are reshaping their front office after the departure of Phil Jackson as team president last month following three disappointing seasons.

      The 33-year-old Anthony has been willing to waive his no-trade clause for Houston and Cleveland.

      In recent weeks, Anthony has prioritized his desire for a trade to the Rockets to join Chris Paul and James Harden over one to the Cavaliers and LeBron James, league sources told ESPN.

      The Rockets are determined to complete a deal for Anthony and believe he is focused on playing in Houston next season, ESPN reported.

      Anthony and Jackson feuded through the media with the Knicks mired in a rebuild and Anthony, who signed a five-year, $124 million deal upon Jackson's arrival, failing to meet Jackson's expectations.

      The Rockets reportedly aren't being bashful about paying Anthony his guaranteed salary ($26,243,760) for the 2017-18 season, but the final year of that contract in 2018-19 ($27.9 million guaranteed) might be a roadblock unless the Knicks are willing to absorb a portion.

      Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 74 games in 2016-17, his sixth full season with the Knicks.