July 3, 2015 | 7:19 am EDT Update
Joel Freeland will return to Europe if he doesn’t agree on an NBA deal by July 10. And Moscow will be his next destination, according to sources.
Jahlil Okafor drew praise from one of his new coaches after his first minicamp workout for summer league play. The 76ers’ new cornerstone on Thursday displayed the characteristics of someone destined to be a fan favorite. “He did excellent today,” said Sixers assistant Billy Lange, who will coach the team’s Utah Jazz Summer League squad. “His energy was great. He looks you in the eye. He’s coachable. He’s engaged with his teammates. He asks the right questions. He’s humble. “And he’s exactly what you would want him to be on the first day.”
Emiliano Carchia: Aleksandar Vezenkov: I will declare for the NBA draft next season but I am not going to Barcelona to stay just one season
July 3, 2015 | 2:42 am EDT Update
Clippers executives touched on a variety of topics during the three-hour meeting, including increased marketing opportunities for a player who has lagged in that department behind teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, star pitchmen for several national brands. Coach Doc Rivers also addressed tensions between Paul and Jordan that have given the center pause about his desire to continue playing for the only NBA team he has known in his seven professional seasons. A person close to Jordan who attended the meeting described the Clippers’ presentation as “tight,” saying “they had their stuff together.”: 45 more rumors
The Clippers’ alternatives if Jordan signs elsewhere do not appear to be enticing. The team has reached out to the representatives of Amare Stoudemire, the veteran power forward-center who would be interested in the Clippers if Jordan departed but not as a backup to Jordan and Griffin, according to one person close to Stoudemire.
Tim MacMahon: I hear Mavs’ 4-year deal with Wesley Matthews will probably average about $13 million per year. Flexible depending on DeAndre decision.: 22 more rumors
Matthews was seriously considering the Sacramento Kings, who met with him on Thursday and are known to have offered a four-year deal worth approximately $65 million. Because the Mavericks are still pursuing free agent big men like LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan, Matthews’ salary has not yet been finalized. Clearly, however, he felt good enough about the Dallas situation to leave some staggering money on the table in Sacramento.
Raul Barrigon: Sergio Llull didn’t get the reported 21 million euros offer from HOU, according to a source. Don’t know the exact amount, but less money. That and his hefty $5.6 million buyout would explain the financial reasons for staying in Spain with Real Madrid. Also, he’s a leader there.: 5 more rumors
July 3, 2015 | 1:50 am EDT Update
Ramona Shelburne: Word is that LaMarcus needs a little more time and is genuinely torn by the choices in front of him.: 79 more rumors
Jordan had already entered the free-agency period giving the Clippers “a slight edge,” according to a league source familiar with his thinking, for reasons including the team’s recent success, his continual development and close relationship with Rivers. It could help that Jordan would make $108 million through five years by re-signing with the Clippers,as opposed to the four-year, $80 million deal he would receive elsewhere. Those around Jordan also downplayed the reported tension between him and Chris Paul over both his role and poor foul shooting.
Free agent guard Wes Matthews spurned a large offer from the Sacramento Kings late Thursday night to accept a four-year offer from the Dallas Mavericks, according to a league source. The move is a major deal for a player coming off a torn Achilles’ injury that ended his season with the Trail Blazers before the start of last season’s playoffs. The agreement gives the Mavericks a boost as they hope to sign free agent center DeAndre Jordan away from the Los Angeles Clippers.: 22 more rumors
Financial terms were not available, though Matthews publicly stated before free agency his goal of finding a contract that would pay him $15 million annually. Matthews, whose season ended in March after he went down with a torn Achilles, turned down a four-year, $64 million offer made by the Sacramento Kings, sources told Stein.
It’s the story of every summer, and it’s not one that sits well with Duke Ihenacho, the former Bronco and current Redskins safety. Ihenacho took to Twitter on Wednesday to call out the NFL for its contracts that are not fully guaranteed, part of the collective bargaining agreement that was ratified by the NFL Players Association. Ihenacho’s take: Duke Ihenacho: All this guaranteed money NBA throwing. Meanwhile the NFL, which generates the most money wont even make the league minimum $1M. Yes $1M minimum. That means every single player’s salary in the NFL should start there. Highest risk of injury..brain trauma, richest league
July 3, 2015 | 1:04 am EDT Update
David Aldridge: Wes Matthews has agreed in principle with the Mavericks on a four-year deal, per source. Turned down huge offer from Sacramento.: 22 more rumors
Marc Stein: As @David Aldridge just tweeted, Wes Matthews has officially given a verbal commitment to the Mavs after turning Sacramento down
Marc Stein: DA (@David Aldridge) says it’s a four-year deal. ESPN sources say specific $$$ won’t be known until after Mavs’ pursuits of Jordan & Aldridge
Sam Amick: Can confirm that Dallas lands Wes Matthews, with terms not finalized. @David Aldridge first reported. Kings miss out despite serious push.
Marc Stein: Wes Matthews Latest: ESPN sources say Matthews’ camp has notified Kings he’s unlikely to take their offer, making Dallas even more likely
Ramona Shelburne: I did hear that Magic Johnson tried to get in touch with LaMarcus after his first meeting with Lakers. Not sure they actually connected tho
July 3, 2015 | 12:10 am EDT Update
Arash Markazi: The Clippers and Mavericks are the favorites to land DeAndre Jordan but I’m told the Lakers and Knicks haven’t been ruled out.: 45 more rumors
Brad Turner: Doc Rivers “addressed” the tenion between DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul during the meeting. “Doc did cover that.”: 45 more rumors