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Kevin Martin won't play on Thursday due to a right quad contusion.

Martin suffered the injury on Wednesday against the Hawks. Thabo Sefolosha could see some additional looks in Martin's absence, but most of Martin's attempts will likely be divvied up between Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 05:46:00 PM

Darren Collison signs three-year, $16 million deal for the mid-level exception with the Kings.

This deal has been roundly criticized around the league because it highlighted the front office's curious lack of appreciation for previous starter Isaiah Thomas, who is much better than Collison in just about every facet of the game. The controversy has also been fueled by the team pinning its overall problems with passing and defense onto Thomas, particularly when he shouldered so much load last year and was their best community guy -- while the city struggled to convince locals to finance a new arena that ultimately kept the team in town. Collison has said that the Kings are going to give him the keys to the team, so we expect him to start, but Ray McCallum could push him for playing time.
Jul 12 - 6:16 PM

LeBron James has finalized his contract with the Cavs and it is for just two years, including an opt-out for next summer, and presumably a maximum amount of $42.1 million.

Sources around the league had intimated that he wanted a short-term deal and this confirms that. ESPN reports that the motivation here is to maximize his next deal when the NBA's new television contract is in place, which they say could raise the salary cap to $80 million in 2016. There is also uncertainty with the current collective bargaining agreement starting in 2017, because the owners destroyed a leaderless Players Association during the last lockout. With the players all but certain to demand huge givebacks amidst skyrocketing franchise valuations, all signs point to LeBron being the centerpiece of an even more complicated Decision Part 3.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 5:43 PM

Trevor Ariza has agreed to sign with the Rockets on a four-year, $32 million deal.

Well, Houston can say goodbye to Chandler Parsons, who will now go to Dallas on a three-year deal. Ariza scored a career-high 14.9 points in his one season with the Rockets back in 2009-10 and he'll move into the small forward spot. He was lights out in catch-and-shoot, finishing the season making 40.7 percent of his shots from deep. He's a great fit in Houston for their style of play and is worth targeting in the middle rounds.
Jul 12 - 5:29 PM

Pau Gasol is finalizing a contract with the Bulls, according to ESPN.com.

It is not a sign and trade and he confirmed his deal on Twitter. The terms of the deal should be coming momentarily, which should be in the neighborhood of $10 million. For the Bulls, this deal basically means they're done with much of their cap space taken up. Still, it is a nice signing to help the Bulls on offense. Pau's fantasy value does take a hit, though.
Jul 12 - 5:25 PM

Updating a previous item, the Rockets are not involved in a three-team trade centered around Pau Gasol.

This is good news for the Rockets because they would likely be getting Carlos Boozer, which is a bit of a downgrade from Terrence Jones. Gasol's deal is expected to get done today and he'll almost certainly wind up with the Bulls, according to ESPN.
Jul 12 - 5:14 PM

The Hornets are expected to aggressively pursue free agent SG Lance Stephenson, but he's also being sought after by the Mavericks and Pacers.

More teams could join the mix as the free agent market continues to narrow its focus, and Stephenson is already one of the best available players remaining. The Hornets have about $20 million in salary cap space after missing out on Gordon Hayward, and they're in position to offer much more than Indy's original five-year, $44 million proposal. The Mavericks, meanwhile, can't actively pursue him until the Rockets decide whether to match Dallas' offer sheet for Chandler Parsons.
Jul 12 - 1:39 PM

Anthony Morrow has agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal with the Thunder, according to beat writer Darnell Mayberry.

Morrow gives them OKC a bona fide sniper who made 45.1 percent of his 3-pointers last season. Fully one-third of his offensive usage came on spot-up jumpers, so he should fare well alongside Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. It remains to be seen whether he'll overtake Jeremy Lamb for the starting SG job, and it's a position battle worth watching in the preseason.
Jul 12 - 1:34 PM

Carmelo Anthony will soon accept a five-year contract from the Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Frank Isola reported that Melo would stay in New York earlier in the week, and once Pau Gasol signed with Chicago it was a near certainty. Melo and the Knicks may struggle during the 2014-15 season but they're poised to be major players in free agency next summer. From a fantasy perspective, Anthony is in a perfect situation as the lead gunner on a team in need of reliable scoring, and he should benefit from the Knicks' acquisition of Jose Calderon for Raymond Felton.
Jul 12 - 1:05 PM

The Jazz have officially matched Charlotte's four-year, $63 million offer sheet for Gordon Hayward.

Utah may have been forced to overpay a bit to retain Hayward, but it's not an unreasonable deal for a 24-year-old who has increased his scoring in each of his four NBA seasons. Hayward's shooting percentage slipped to 41.3 percent last season but he picked it up elsewhere, averaging 16.2 points, 1.1 triples, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals. The arrival of Dante Exum should take some pressure off Hayward and Trey Burke in the backcourt, and Hayward is a likely bet to retain top-50 fantasy value in Utah.
Jul 12 - 11:05 AM

Free agent Mike Miller is close to a deal with the Cavs according to Fox Sports Ohio.

"Unless something unforeseeable happens, he will be joining us" said a team source. Miller will probably be on the same program he's been on for the past few years, with playing time concerns during the regular season as he gears up for postseason ball.
Jul 12 - 2:01 AM

The Bulls and free agent Pau Gasol are working to complete an agreement according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

This means that Carmelo Anthony is probably staying in New York, but keeping it on Gasol the signing makes the Bulls a legitimate threat in the East. He will fit in nicely with a frontcourt starring Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, and assuming everybody stays healthy he can coast through a reduced workload on his way to a productive year.
Jul 12 - 1:57 AM




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