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    • Damyean Dotson NY G
      Knicks' Damyean Dotson: Signs three-year contract with Knicks
      22h ago

      Damyean Dotson will sign a three-year contract with the New York Knicks , Michael Scotto of the Associated Press reports.

      The deal reportedly includes guarantees for the first two years, so it seems highly likely that Dotson will be on the regular-season roster following training camp. Dotson, widely considered a three-and-D prospect, had a standout performance during the Orlando Summer League with averages of 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 5.0 three-pointers per contest. He'll provide emergency depth as another shooter off the bench on the wing, although Dotson could earn a more prominent role in the rotation as the season progresses.

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    • Nicolas Brussino ATL F
      Hawks' Nicolas Brussino: Picked up by Hawks
      2d ago

      Nicolas Brussino was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Brussino, who was let go by the Mavericks on July 20, has been picked up by the Hawks. He showed some promise last season in limited minutes, but Dallas seemingly felt he wasn't worth the money he would have been guaranteed had they held onto him. The Hawks, however, are deep in rebuilding mode and jumped on the opportunity to add a wing player to the mix. Brussino averaged 2.8 points and 1.7 boards across 9.6 minutes per game last season. His potential workload for the upcoming season is pretty up in the air, though it seems possible he could garner a similar role for the Hawks.

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    • Jack Cooley CLE SF
      Kings' Jack Cooley: Signs two-way deal with Kings
      2d ago

      Jack Cooley has agreed to a two-way contract with the Sacramento Kings , Chris Reichert of The Step Back reports.

      Cooley, after going undrafted back in 2013, has bounced around the NBA and the D-League since. Last season, however, he played for the German club MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. He'll look to make a name for himself in the G-League this season.

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    • John Wall WAS G
      Wizards' John Wall: Agrees to extension with Wizards
      3d ago

      John Wall agreed to a four-year, $170M extension with the Washington Wizards on Friday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      The Wizards offered Wall an extension at the beginning of free agency, but he was expected to take some time and allow the team to assemble their roster before making a final decision. Ultimately, he opted to to accept the team's max-extension offer, which will kick in following the remaining two years on his deal. The 26-year-old is entering his prime and coming off the best season of his career, in which he recorded career highs in points, assists, and steals. He figures to be primed for another big season.

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    • Pau Gasol SA C
      Spurs' Pau Gasol: Agrees to three-year deal with Spurs
      3d ago

      Pau Gasol agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the San Antonio Spurs , Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      While the monetary details of the contract haven't been announced at the moment, it seems safe to assume that the three-year deal guarantees more money than the $16.2 million player option that Gasol declined for the upcoming season. While Gasol's best years are certainly behind him, he still posted a solid 12.4 points, 7.8 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks across 25.4 minutes per game, making him a fair option in a variety of fantasy formats.

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    • Tony Parker SA G
      Spurs' Tony Parker: Progressing in rehab
      3d ago

      Tony Parker (quad) is progressing in his rehabilitation and can now run on his injured left leg, Cody McCrary of MySanAntonio.com reports.

      Though Parker, who ruptured his left quad during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, is making strides with his rehab, he told Argentinian reporters that "it's still going to be another four or five months". With that in mind, it's still realistic at this point to hold onto the January return date that he's been targeting since late May.

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    • Pau Gasol SA C
      Spurs' Pau Gasol: Agrees to three-year deal with Spurs
      3d ago

      Pau Gasol agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the San Antonio Spurs , Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      While the monetary details of the contract haven't been announced at the moment, it seems safe to assume that the three-year deal guarantees more money than the $16.2 million player option that Gasol declined for the upcoming season. While Gasol's best years are certainly behind him, he still posted a solid 12.4 points, 7.8 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks across 25.4 minutes per game, making him a fair option in a variety of fantasy formats.

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    • Dakari Johnson OKC C
      Thunder's Dakari Johnson: Signs two-year guaranteed deal with Thunder
      4d ago

      Dakari Johnson , a 2015 second-round pick, has signed a two-year guaranteed deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      Johnson spent last season with the Thunder's G-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue, averaging an impressive 18.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks across 29.0 minutes per game while hitting 55.6 percent of his looks from the field. In signing him to a two-year guaranteed deal, it seems like the Thunder believe Johnson can be a legitimate contributor at the NBA level. He'll look to compete for reserve center minutes along with Enes Kanter and Nick Collison behind starter Steven Adams.

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    • Jeff Withey UTA C
      Jeff Withey: Rights renounced by Jazz
      6d ago

      Jeff Withey had his rights renounced by the Jazz on Tuesday, Keith Smith of Real GM reports.

      Withey was a deep reserve for the Jazz last season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds across 8.5 minutes per game. The Jazz seemingly are not interested in bringing him back for another season, which may be in part due to their selection of Tony Bradley, a center with a 7-foot-5 wingspan with notably good fundamentals, with the 28th pick in this year's draft. Withey has been in the league for four seasons, but has never drawn more than 12.9 minutes per game. While he's not a hot commodity, there's likely a team out there with need for a reserve center that has solid size and some NBA experience -- a bill that Withey fits.

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    • Bam Adebayo MIA C
      Heat's Bam Adebayo: Won't play Saturday
      9d ago

      Bam Adebayo will not participate during Saturday's summer league matchup against the Grizzlies, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      The Miami Heat have "apparently...seen enough" of Adebayo, according to Winderman. He's been putting in work during summer league, averaging 15.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals across 29.0 minutes per game over his three appearances in Las Vegas.

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    • Giorgios Papagiannis SAC C
      Kings' Georgios Papagiannis: MRI reveals gluteus maximus bruise
      9d ago

      Giorgios Papagiannis had an MRI performed Saturday and it was determined he suffered a gluteus maximus bruise during Friday's summer league matchup against the Suns, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

      Though he was taken to the locker room via wheelchair, the injury isn't serious and the big man is expected to make a full recovery. He provided six points across 16 minutes before sustaining the injury.

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    • Giorgios Papagiannis SAC C
      Kings' Georgios Papagiannis: Suffers hip contusion Friday
      9d ago

      Giorgios Papagiannis suffered a left hip contusion in Friday's Summer League matchup against the Suns, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.

      Papagiannis had to be taken to the locker room via wheel chair after taking a hard fall, which initially created a cause for concern. However, the injury is now not believed to be serious, but the team still plans on evaluating the issue on Saturday. The big man provided six points (3-7 FG) in 16 minutes before exiting the game.

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    • Ekpe Udoh LAC PF
      Jazz's Ekpe Udoh: Agrees to join Utah
      11d ago

      Ekpe Udoh agreed Thursday to a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Utah Jazz , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      Udoh has been a staple overseas with Turkish club Fenerbahce Ulker since leaving the NBA following his 2014-15 campaign with the Clippers. Drafted sixth overall in 2010, Udoh will bring his talents back to the states as he figures to provide depth at power forward for the Jazz behind Boris Diaw and Derrick Favors.

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    • Ed Davis POR PF
      Trail Blazers' Ed Davis: Cleared for on-court work
      28d ago

      Ed Davis (shoulder) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

      Davis was restricted to just 46 games during the 2016-17 campaign, with ankle, wrist and shoulder injuries all contributing to the missed time. Most recently, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in March, but Davis now appears to be nearing a full recovery. He's already been cleared for on-court work, which likely means he'll be 100 percent for training camp. With an already crowded frontcourt that added Zach Collins in the 2017 NBA Draft, Davis should be slated for a reserve role off the bench, which could limit his overall upside as a fantasy option.

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    • Dirk Nowitzki DAL PF
      Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Option declined by Mavericks
      29d ago

      Dirk Nowitzki will have his $25 million team option for the 2017-18 season declined, but is expected to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks , Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

      Shortly after this past season concluded, Nowitzki was quick to announce he'd be returning for his 20th year in the NBA, but he'll first need to restructure his contract in order for the Mavericks to free up some space. A new two-year deal is expected to eventually be agreed upon between the two sides, although nothing concrete has been put in place. Once re-signed, Nowitzki should continue to be a key piece in the Mavericks regular rotation, but his numbers could continue to dip as he gets older.

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    • Lavoy Allen IND PF
      Pacers' Lavoy Allen: Has option declined
      06/23/2017

      Lavoy Allen is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the Indiana Pacers informed him they will not exercise his $4 million contract option, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.

      Allen signed a three-year deal with Indiana back in 2015 and has gone on to average just 4.3 points and 4.6 rebounds since then. This past season, he saw his minutes slip to a career-low 14.3 per game. After his option was declined, the 28-year-old will hit the open market when free agency begins July 1st.

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    • Blake Griffin LAC PF
      Clippers' Blake Griffin: Opts out of contract
      06/23/2017

      Blake Griffin (toe) has opted out of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

      Griffin was scheduled to earn over $21 million during the upcoming season, but, as expected, he'll forgo that salary in search of a new long-term deal this offseason. While Griffin opting out doesn't come as a surprise, it does drive home the reality that he could leave Los Angeles this summer. At 28 years old, Griffin has averaged just over 21 points each of the last three seasons, while posting around eight rebounds and five assists per game the past two. Although he's ended back-to-back campaigns injured, Griffin still figures to be one of the five most-coveted free agents this offseason, giving the Los Angeles Clippers stiff competition to retain their star forward.

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    • Chris Walker HOU PF
      Bulls' Chris Walker: Inks contract with Bulls
      06/23/2017

      Chris Walker agreed to a free-agent contract with the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Michael Scotto of The Associated Press reports.

      Walker, once a highly prized recruit, has played for the G League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers since going undrafted in 2015. This past season, he averaged nearly six points and four rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. While that production is nothing to write home about, the bouncy forward will hope to impress the Bulls during summer league.

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    • Jack Cooley CLE SF
      Kings' Jack Cooley: Signs two-way deal with Kings
      2d ago

      Jack Cooley has agreed to a two-way contract with the Sacramento Kings , Chris Reichert of The Step Back reports.

      Cooley, after going undrafted back in 2013, has bounced around the NBA and the D-League since. Last season, however, he played for the German club MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. He'll look to make a name for himself in the G-League this season.

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    • Malcolm Miller BOS SF
      Raptors' Malcolm Miller: Undergoes right ankle surgery
      6d ago

      Malcolm Miller (ankle) underwent surgery on his right ankle Tuesday after sustaining a sprain during a summer league practice. He is expected to miss the next 12 weeks.

      Miller, who signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, will likely be sidelined until late September or early October, putting his status for training camp and the preseason in jeopardy. He went undrafted during the 2015 NBA Draft and spent last season playing with Alba Berlin of the Basketball Bundesliga, posting 7.0 points, 3.5 boards and 1.2 assists across 19.0 minutes per game. Due to the nature of his two-way deal, he'll spend the vast majority of the season with the team's G-League affiliate, but can spend up to 45 days on the Raptors' NBA roster.

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    • Eric Griffin DET SF
      Jazz's Eric Griffin: Agrees to two-way contract with Jazz
      7d ago

      Eric Griffin agreed to a two-way contract Monday with the Utah Jazz , Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

      In four games in the Utah Summer League, Griffin averaged 10.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 3.0 steals per game. He's a versatile combo forward that will give the Jazz the depth they need at the position following the departure of Gordon Hayward to the Celtics. With the way the roster is constructed now, Griffin would be fighting with Thabo Sefolosha for backup minutes on the wing when he is with the Jazz, but he'll be spending a large portion of the 2017-18 season in the G League.

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    • Jamil Wilson DAL SF
      Clippers' Jamil Wilson: Signs two-way deal with Clippers
      9d ago

      Wilson signed a two-way deal with the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Wilson has performed well for the Clippers during summer league, averaging 10.8 points (on 78.6 percent shooting), 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists across 16.4 minutes per game. He most recently played with Manital Torino of Italy.

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    • Georges Niang NBADRAFT SF
      Georges Niang: Waived by Pacers
      10d ago

      Georges Niang (knee) was waived by the Pacers on Friday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

      Niang's stint in Indiana ends after he suffered a left knee sprain during summer league action with the team earlier this month. A second-round selection last year, Niang played just 92 NBA minutes as a rookie, scoring 21 points along the way.

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    • Abdel Nader 2005 SF
      Celtics' Abdel Nader: Agrees to four-year deal
      10d ago

      Abdel Nader agreed to a four-year deal worth $6 million Friday with the Boston Celtics , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      Nader was a late second-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and played in the D-League for all of last season. With Boston fairly secure on depth on both the wing and in the frontcourt for next season, Nader will likely serve as a deep bench option for most of the year. He'll also likely see plenty of action for Boston's affiliate in the new G League.

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    • Damien Wilkins CHA SG
      Pacers' Damien Wilkins: Agrees to deal with Pacers
      4d ago

      Damien Wilkins and the Indiana Pacers have agreed to a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports.

      Wilkins spent this past season with the D-League's Greensboro Swarm, but at 37 years old, it'll be tough for the veteran to crack Indiana's rotation. He hasn't seen any minutes at the NBA level since 2012-2013 when he averaged 6.4 points per game with the 76ers.

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    • Bogdan Bogdanovic PHO SG
      Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic: Agrees to three-year deal with Kings
      26d ago

      Bogdanovic agreed to a three-year, $30-million contract with the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area

      Bogdanovic -- who the Kings acquired in June 2016 along with two first-round picks and a second-round pick in exchange for Marquese Chriss -- averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 boards and 3.6 assists across 27.9 minutes per game while shooting 43.0 percent from three-point land and winning a European championship last season with Fenerbahce, a Turkish club. The 6-foot-6, 24-year-old shooting guard will seemingly compete for playing time against the likes of Buddy Hield, Garrett Temple and Malachi Richardson in the backcourt. His true role with the team will likely not emerge until after training camp.

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    • Allen Crabbe POR SG
      Trail Blazers' Allen Crabbe: Cleared for on-court work
      28d ago

      Allen Crabbe (foot) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

      Crabbe participated in all but two regular- season games for the Portland Trail Blazers , averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 three-pointers across 28.5 minutes per contest. However, near the end of the season he suffered a stress reaction in his left foot, which required surgery in May. Crabbe has already progressed to the point where he can take part in on-court drills, so there's currently no concern over his availability for training camp. He's heading into the second year of a four-year, $74.8 million contract and is slated to pull in $19.3 million during the 2017-18 campaign alone, which suggests he should again take on a substantial role despite coming off a relatively disappointing showing this past year.

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    • K.J. McDaniels BKN SG
      Nets' K.J. McDaniels: Set to become unrestricted free agent
      28d ago

      Brooklyn reportedly plans to decline K.J. McDaniels ' team option making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      The 24-year-old is no stranger to packing his things and relocating despite only have played just three seasons in the league. McDaniels didn't necessarily struggle last season with the Brooklyn Nets , but he was far from impressive posting just 4.2 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game. Now that Brooklyn has added D'Angelo Russell to the mix, McDaniels quickly becomes an expendable player for the club during their rebuild. It's likely he'll find a new home given his youth, but there's no telling how big or small of a role he'll assume until he does.

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    • DeAndre Liggins DAL SG
      DeAndre Liggins: Option not picked up by Mavs
      30d ago

      DeAndre Liggins ' option will not be picked up by the Mavericks, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

      This decision is unsurprising, as Liggins played in just the final two games of the season with the club. He was signed due to a plethora of injured and rested players. The Kentucky product played 79 games with the Cavaliers before ultimately being waived. He finished the season with an average of 2.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.7 steals across 12.3 minutes per game.

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    • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope DET SG
      Pistons' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Suspended two games
      06/23/2017

      Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been suspended for the first two games of the 2017-18 regular season, Keith Langlois of Detroit Pistons .com reports.

      Caldwell-Pope's suspension comes after he pled guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after being arrested on suspicion of DUI in March. A restricted free agent this offseason, Caldwell-Pope is expected to garner significant interest around the league, but the Pistons ultimately reserve the right to match any offer he receives. Despite the lottery selection of fellow sharpshooter Luke Kennard on Thursday, it's anticipated that Detroit will exercise its right to keep KCP, even though he'll now be forced to sit out the first couple games next season. Just 24 years old, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 three-pointers on 35 percent shooting from deep last season.

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    • Mario Chalmers MEM PG
      Grizzlies' Mario Chalmers: Finalizing one-year deal with Grizzlies
      6d ago

      Mario Chalmers is finalizing a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Memphis Grizzlies , Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Chalmers was out of the NBA last season recovering from a torn Achilles, but is clearly back to full strength considering the Grizzlies are finalizing a deal with him. The fact that it's only partially guaranteed makes it essentially a training camp offer, so Chalmers will likely need to perform well during camp in order to make the team's final roster. If that does happen, Chalmers would likely have to battle with the likes of Andrew Harrison and Wade Baldwin for backup minutes behind Mike Conley at point guard.

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    • Tyrone Wallace NBADRAFT PG
      Tyrone Wallace: Has Draft Rights renounced by Jazz
      6d ago

      Tyrone Wallace had his Draft Rights renounced by the Jazz on Tuesday, officially making him a free agent, Keith Smith of Real GM reports.

      Wallace was the 60th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He spent last season in the G-League, posting 14.8 points (45.3 percent from the field and 24.2 percent from three), 3.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals across 26.8 minutes per game. At 6-foot-6, Wallace has great size and athleticism at the point guard slot -- though, as is evidenced by his shooting splits in the G-League, he struggles to shoot the rock from beyond the arc.

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    • Michael Carter-Williams CHI PG
      Bulls' Michael Carter-Williams: Does not receive qualifying offer
      27d ago

      The Chicago Bulls do not plan to tender Michael Carter-Williams a qualifying offer, which will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports.

      Carter-Williams has a $4.4 million qualifying offer that would make him a restricted free agent, but the Bulls are apparently content to let the 25-year-old walk this offseason. Considering Carter-Williams' struggles since earning the Rookie of the Year award in 2013-14, the decision doesn't come as much of a surprise. Carter-Williams appeared in 45 games for Chicago last season, averaging just 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting a dreadful 36.6 percent from the field. Considering the Bulls brought in second-year point guard Kris Dunn via trade on draft night and will want to get a better look at Cameron Payne next season, Carter-Williams is more expendable than ever.

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    • Chris Paul LAC PG
      Chris Paul: Officially becomes free agent
      30d ago

      Chris Paul officially exercised his early termination option to become a free agent Saturday, Paul Garcia of The Sports Daily reports.

      As anticipated, Paul will pass on his final year with the Clippers in order to test the free-agent waters, which opens July 1st. His former team could offer him the heftiest contract -- which could be worth upwards of $205 million on a five-year deal -- but any other team could only offer him a maximum of $152 million over four years, according to ESPN.

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    • Yogi Ferrell DAL PG
      Mavericks' Yogi Ferrell: Mavs picking up option
      30d ago

      The Mavs have opted to pick up Yogi Ferrell 's option for $1.3 million, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

      Ferrell made this decision easy for the Dallas Mavericks , as he excelled after initially signing a 10-day contract with the team mid-season. He started 29-of-36 games with the club, and tallied 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.3 dimes, 1.1 steals, and 1.7 triples across 29.1 minutes per game in the process. The Indiana product will presumably see his role reduced in the upcoming season, as the Mavericks drafted point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Also, J.J. Barea and Seth Curry are still both under contract with the team, so it remains to be seen how the rotation will play out. Barea would seem the likely candidate to be on the outside looking in if the team opts to air on the side of youth.

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    • Chris Paul LAC PG
      Clippers' Chris Paul: Intends to opt out of contract
      06/23/2017

      Chris Paul intends to opt out of his contract on June 29th, which would make him an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reports.

      Paul will forgo the final year of his current deal with the Los Angeles Clippers , which is worth over $24 million, to hit the open market when free agency starts July 1st. While Paul is waiting for the final day possible to officially declare his intention, star forward Blake Griffin opted out of his final year on Friday. As a result, Los Angeles' two best players will be free to field offers from around this league next month, leaving the franchise with a humungous offseason ahead. At 32 years old, Paul averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 three-pointers while shooting 41.1 percent from deep in 61 appearances this season.

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