Shams Charania: RFA Jae Crowder has reached agreement on a five-year, $35 million deal with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell RealGM.
July 5, 2015 | 3:10 pm EDT Update
Michael Scotto: Rodney Stuckey declined four other offers before agreeing to a 3-year, $21 million deal with the Pacers, league source tells Sheridan Hoops.
Bobby Marks: #Because IND had non bird rights on Stuckey, he will be signed with room created by the Hibbert trade.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: NBA free-agent Vitor Faverani auditioned overseas for Maccabi. Mutual interest to strike deal, I’m told. Vitor Faverani was inactive since Jan 2014. He rehabbed in Espana with Murcia. High-risk, high-reward, right?
July 5, 2015 | 3:04 pm EDT Update
Indiana free agent Rodney Stuckey has agreed in principle on a three-year, $21 million contract to re-sign with the Pacers, league sources told RealGM.: 9 more rumors
Stuckey’s deal will hold a player option on the third season, sources said. For Stuckey, the free agency priority entailed re-signing with the Pacers or joining an NBA playoff threat elsewhere. Several NBA teams pursued Stuckey, including the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. Still, the 6-foot-5 guard emerged as the Pacers’ top option to retain days into free agency.
July 5, 2015 | 1:50 pm EDT Update
Flush with about $25 million in cap space, the Trail Blazers are in the market for wings and backup point guards, and The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com has learned at least one player Portland is looking at is veteran wing Rasual Butler. According to a source, Butler has been offered a contract, but is in no hurry to sign, as he mulls other interest from teams, which includes San Antonio and Golden State.
Another potential free agent wing – Gerald Green – has not been contacted by the Blazers, according to another source. The 29-year-old Green averaged 11.9 points last season for Phoenix, one year after averaging 15.8 points for the Suns.
Amin Elhassan: Flip Saunders told us on #NBAInsiders that Minnesota wont be playing in free agency this summer. Likes their guys twitter.com/None9317667/st…
Damian Lillard: Was an honor to carry the #FlameOfHope for the @SpecialOlympics #UnifiedRelay in #RipCity yesterday. #PassTheFlame http://t.co/R7a0NPY5JM
July 5, 2015 | 1:26 pm EDT Update
Jason Quick: Source says Butler can sign with the Blazers if he wants, but is in no hurry to make a decision
After signing LaMarcus Aldridge, the San Antonio Spurs are even more determined to try to convince Manu Ginobili to play one more season, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Building roster depth is a prime concern for the Spurs after committing all of their available salary-cap space to Aldridge and the returning Danny Green, with limited flexibility to pursue Indiana Pacers free agent David West and re-sign the likes of Tim Duncan and Ginobili.: 3 more rumors
Ginobili has long planned to reveal his decision about continuing his career in the newspaper La Nacion in his native Argentina. Sources say the Spurs remain quietly optimistic that Ginobili will ultimately opt for one more season. The 37-year-old Ginobili has pondered retirement since San Antonio’s season ended with a heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 of the Western Conference first round.
Ian Begley: #Knicks prez Phil Jackson, GM Steve Mills continue to talk to Jason Smith’s representatives about bringing Smith back for 15-16, per sources
The Knicks also were trying to find a way to retain center Jason Smith and combo guard Alexey Shved, but that may not be possible if they get offers higher than $2.8 million. Jackson plans to re-sign Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas for the vet’s minimum. Mark Bartelstein, agent for Smith and Amundson, said the Knicks have kept “closely connected’’ on both issues. But the stars — and even budding stars — are gone.
They are in negotiations with guard J.J. Barea, who they want to keep. It also appears Jeremy Lin, who began his NBA journey on a Mavericks’ summer-league team, is in the Mavericks’ crosshairs. The problem is that all the Mavericks have to spend is the $2.8-million salary-cap exception and minimum contracts. They could create another $2.6-million if they were to waive point guard Raymond Felton under the stretch provision, where he is paid his final year’s salary over several years.
Jake Fischer: Ohio State forward Sam Thompson has left the Sixers’ Utah squad to join the Timberwolves in Las Vegas, according to a league source.
Lillard had wanted to coordinate the timing of a meeting before leaving town, but Aldridge, understandably, was slow to respond. He had a second meeting with the Lakers to focus on that night, then a meeting with the Miami Heat and team president Pat Riley. There were extensive text messages shared between Aldridge and Lillard in what constituted a modern-day conversation, and the message was made quite clear by the time Friday night rolled around: whether the Spurs or the Phoenix Suns, Lillard was convinced Aldridge was gone. None of which is to say Aldridge made a bad choice; in fact, going to the Spurs is a tremendous choice. This combination of top-tier talent both young (Leonard, Aldridge, Danny Green) and old (Duncan, Tony Parker and perhaps Manu Ginobili) is as tantalizing as any we’ve seen, and the Golden State Warriors surely know their title defense just got a whole lot harder.