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  • Wizards' Wall signs 4-year, $170M pact
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    John Wall and the Washington Wizards have agreed on a four-year, $170 million supermax contract extension, multiple outlets reported Friday.

    • Wall, 26, was eligible to sign a supermax contract after being named to the All-NBA Third Team last season. The extension begins in 2019 and includes a fourth-year player option and a 15 percent trade kicker, ESPN reports.

      TNT first reported Wall's extension.

      "Everybody knows where I want to be," Wall told NBA-TV. "We've been in the same position over and over. We finally found a way to get over that hump with us as individuals, as players, coaching staff, GM, everybody we got to make ourselves better. We got to improve. Everybody has to improve every year. I got to improve and be in better shape and condition to be able to close out games so I won't be fatigued."

      The four-time All-Star averaged career highs in points (23.1), assists (10.7) and steals (2.0) in 78 games last season, his seventh in the NBA. Wall was drafted No. 1 overall by Washington in 2010.

      Wall, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Houston's James Harden were the only players to average 20 points and 10 assists last season.

      Wall guided the Wizards to a 49-33 record last season and the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Washington beat the Atlanta Hawks in a six-game series before losing to the top-seeded Boston Celtics in a seven-game series in the conference semifinals.

  • Cavs to promote Altman to GM
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    A tumultuous day for the Cleveland Cavaliers ended with the franchise restoring some stability in its front office.

    • Hours after a report surfaced that Cavs star Kyrie Irving has asked the team for a trade, Cleveland filled its vacant general manager position by promoting assistant GM Koby Altman, multiple outlets reported Friday.

      A formal announcement of Altman's promotion is expected shortly, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

      The 34-year-old Altman would join Milwaukee Bucks GM Jon Horst as the NBA's youngest executives.

      Altman was promoted to the position of assistant GM of pro personnel in September 2016. He joined the team in August 2012 as a pro personnel manager and was elevated to director of pro player personnel in September 2013.

      He has served as the Cavaliers' acting GM since owner Dan Gilbert decided to move on from David Griffin after the two failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension.

      Gilbert reportedly offered the president of basketball operations position to retired NBA star Chauncey Billups, who decided to pass. Gilbert has had his sights set on promoting Altman to the post ever since, per ESPN.

      Irving, a four-time All-Star, no longer wishes to play alongside LeBron James and would like to join a team where he could be more of a focal point, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

      The San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks and Miami Heat are all preferred destinations for Irving, ESPN reported.

      The 25-year-old Irving is in the third year of a five-year, $90 million deal he signed before James returned to Cleveland. Irving was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Draft.

  • Report: C Gasol getting 3-year deal to return to Spurs
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a three-year deal to return to the San Antonio Spurs, ESPN reported on Friday, citing league sources.

    • The move comes one month after Gasol declined a $16.2 million option on his contract in order to give the Spurs some flexibility in free agency. That allowed the team to sign free agents Rudy Gay, Brandon Paul and Joffrey Lauvergne and perhaps re-sign Manu Ginobili for a 16th season.

      Gasol, 37, averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game last season. He fractured the fourth metacarpal on his left hand in January, and eventually lost his starting job to Dewayne Dedmon.

      The six-time All-Star has career averages of 17.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 1,119 games with the Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.

  • NBA notebook: Irving requests trade from Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Kyrie Irving would like to be more of a focal point on a team, but not with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    • According to a report by ESPN on Friday and confirmed by Cleveland.com, Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him during a meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert last week.

      Irving, 25, reportedly has stated a desire to be a top scoring option and does not want to play with LeBron James after being teammates with the superstar for three seasons.

      The point guard's request is a continuation of a turbulent offseason for the three-time Eastern Conference champions.

      --The Atlanta Hawks made a pair of moves to help their frontcourt by signing center Dewayne Dedmon and re-signing forward Ersan Ilyasova.

      Terms of the deals were not announced by the team, but Dedmon reportedly signed a two-year, $14 million contract while Ilyasova inked a one-year, $6 million deal.

      Dedmon is coming off the best season of his career when he averaged career highs of 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17.5 minutes in 76 games for the San Antonio Spurs. He shot 62.2 percent, grabbed at least 10 rebounds 13 times and led the Spurs in rebounds and blocked shots 21 times.

      In 26 games (12 starts) with Atlanta last season, Ilyasova averaged 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24.3 minutes. He also appeared in 53 games with Philadelphia and three contests with Oklahoma City last season, playing in 82 games for the first time in his career.

      --At some point, the Houston Rockets will be under new ownership but former center Yao Ming will not be involved.

      The Hall of Fame center ended speculation that he could be involved with a group looking to purchase the team by issuing a statement through China's Xinhua news agency.

      "I have no time to consider anything else (including buying the Houston Rockets)," Yao said.

      Since retiring from the Rockets in 2011, Yao has been involved with the China Basketball Association, initially as an owner of his hometown Shanghai Sharks. He was elected Thursday as the chairman of the company that runs the league and was named league president in February.

  • Hawks sign C Dedmon, F Ilyasova
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Atlanta Hawks made a pair of moves to help their frontcourt Friday by signing center Dewayne Dedmon and re-signing forward Ersan Ilyasova.

    • Terms of the deals were not announced by the team, but Dedmon reportedly signed a two-year, $14 million contract while Ilyasova inked a one-year, $6 million deal.

      Dedmon is coming of the best season of his career when he average career highs of 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17.5 minutes in 76 games for the San Antonio Spurs. He shot 62.2 percent, grabbed at least 10 rebounds 13 times and led the Spurs in rebounds and blocked shots 21 times.

      "Dewayne is an improving and athletic big man who can protect the rim and run the floor," Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk said in a statement released by the team. "He played a valuable role for a very good team last season, and we're pleased to bring him to Atlanta."

      In 224 career games (78 starts) with Golden State, Philadelphia, Orlando and San Antonio, the 7-footer has averaged 4.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 14.6 minutes.

      In 26 games (12 starts) with Atlanta last season, Ilyasova averaged 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24.3 minutes. He also appeared in 53 games with Philadelphia and three contests with Oklahoma City last season, playing in 82 games for the first time in his career.

      He was acquired by the Hawks from the 76ers on Feb. 22 for Tiago Splitter, a 2017 second-round pick and the right to swap another 2017 second-round pick.

      In nine seasons, Ilyasova has averages of 11 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 24.4 minutes. He is a 44 percent shooter, including a 36.6 mark from 3-point range.

  • Irving requests trade from Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Kyrie Irving would like to be more of a focal point on a team, but not with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    • According to a report by ESPN on Friday and confirmed by Cleveland.com, Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him during a meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert last week.

      Irving, 25, reportedly has stated a desire to be a top scoring option and does not want to play with LeBron James after being teammates with the superstar for three seasons.

      The point guard's request is a continuation of a turbulent offseason for the three-time Eastern Conference champions.

      "We met with Cavs' leadership and we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team," Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, told Cleveland.com. "There were a bunch of scenarios, and I'm not going to discuss anything that was said. I don't know where this is coming from."

      Last month, the team parted ways with general manager David Griffin after being unable to reach a contract extension. Grffin's replacement has not been named and James has reportedly expressed concerned about the team's future, fueling speculation of a second exit from Cleveland.

      Since losing in five games to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Cleveland has been unable to land Paul George and Jimmy Butler in trades. George was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Butler was sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

      Cleveland's offseason moves so far consisted of signing free agents Jeff Green and Jose Calderon, re-signing Kyle Korver and signing Turkish forward Cedi Osman to a three-year contract.

      Irving's request also occurs shortly after he described the situation with the Cavaliers as "in a peculiar place" during an interview with Sports Illustrated.

      Irving was the top overall pick in 2011 after one season at Duke. Cleveland recorded losing records in his first three seasons before James returned and Kevin Love was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

      Irving has a three years and $60 million on his contract. He can opt out of the final year prior to the 2019-20 season.

  • Yao not pursing purchase of Rockets
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    At some point the Houston Rockets will be under new ownership but former center Yao Ming will not be involved.

    • On Friday, the Hall of Fame center ended speculation that he could be involved with a group looking to purchase the team by issuing a statement through China's Xinhua news agency.

      "I have no time to consider anything else (including buying the Houston Rockets)," Yao said.

      Since retiring from the Rockets in 2011, Yao has been involved with the China Basketball Association, initially as an owner of his hometown Shanghai Sharks. He was elected Thursday as the chairman of the company that runs the league and was named league president in February.

      Yao was the first overall pick by the Rockets in 2002. He was an eight-time All-Star and averaged 19 points and 9.2 rebounds in 486 career regular-season games during a nine-year career that was plagued by foot injuries and ankle injuries.

      He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016 in the same class as Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson.

      Yao's statement occurred after longtime owner Leslie Alexander announced Monday he was putting the Rockets up for sale.

      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.

      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.

      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."

  • 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.