HoopsHype Free Agency rumors

July 22, 2014 Updates

"We picked Boston as much for the historical culture and for Brad, as for anything else," Turner's agent David Falk told CSNNE.com on Tuesday. Falk, who also represents Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger, discussed how Boston's use of versatile players in the past influenced his client's decision to sign with the Celtics. There were two teams that Turner was seriously considering. Falk declined to reveal the other team, but a league source indicated that it was the Minnesota Timberwolves. "If you look back into the 1980s when you had Danny (Ainge) and (Dennis Johnson) in the backcourt, (Kevin) McHale and Larry upfront ... there was a lot of diversity in the way the players were used," Falk said. "Evan's a multi-dimensional player." CSNNE.com

The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Bojan Bogdanović to a multi-year contract, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. “Having drafted Bojan in 2011, it is rewarding to finally welcome him to the Nets,” said King. “We obviously have a high regard for his game, and we are glad he will now bring that talent to Brooklyn.” NBA.com

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed free agent guard Aaron Brooks. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. “We’re excited to add a player as experienced and talented as Aaron to our group,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. NBA.com

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard/forward Brandon Rush to a contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. NBA.com

Utah brass have some roster decisions to make by Aug. 1. The contracts of guard Ian Clark (fully) and forward Erik Murphy (partially) will become guaranteed after the end of this month. The Jazz’s plans are not set in stone for either player yet, and likely won’t be until the day of the decision. Utah has 11 players under contract for 2014-15, including latest signee Trevor Booker, but sources indicate that management still wants to bring in another guard and/or wing via free agency. Deseret News

Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, is considered to be the best remaining player available in free agency but he has not signed an offer sheet from any NBA team. It is due to a combination of circumstances, including how most teams have used their salary cap space, his desired price tag that is at or near a maximum-level contract and the Suns' desire and right to retain him. "We'll continue to work as hard as we can within that restricted free agency system established by the collective bargaining agreement," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said Monday. "We continue to hope and expect that he will remain in a Suns uniform." Arizona Republic

The Suns have been negotiating with Bledsoe but also have the ability to match any offer sheet he might sign with another team. The Suns have offered a four-year, $48 million contract that is the equivalent of what free agency's other top point guard, Kyle Lowry, signed as an unrestricted free agent to remain in Toronto. Arizona Republic

A league source confirmed the Knicks have had discussions with free-agent swingman Dahntay Jones about bringing him in for a workout. Jones, 33, spent last season out of the NBA after playing the previous 10 seasons in the league for Memphis, Sacramento, Denver — where he was teammates with Carmelo Anthony when the Nuggets reached the Western Conference Finals in 2009 — Indiana, Dallas and Atlanta. New York Post

Turner played at Ohio State for Stevens’ former Butler boss, Thad Matta, and coaching appears to have played a major role in Turner’s decision. “There are teams that offered him one-year deals. There are teams that offered him multi-year deals,” said Falk. “But I think the deal here is secondary to the environment. “Boston all along has been probably our No. 1 destination. I felt what Evan needed was to kind of replicate the relationship that he had with coach Brett Brown in Philadelphia. ... We were really looking mostly for an environment more than geography.” Boston Herald

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