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Here are the Raptors' new uniforms, as unveiled by Drake at OVO Fest (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:19:32 PDT)
We've known that the Toronto Raptors' long-awaited rebrand would result in the unveiling of new uniforms since at least December . We've known what they'd look like (more or less) since May , with confirmation of the four-jersey set coming via leaked images last month. All that remained was for the Raps to make their official reveal ... which came Monday night, during team global ambassador and noted meme enthusiast Drake's beef-broiling OVO Fest performance in Toronto. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] Drake bringing out the @coryjoseph jersey at #OVOfest #6 #Raptors pic.twitter.com/1i1aQvo4RA — Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) August 4, 2015 Drake took the stage in a black jersey with gold trim — the OVO-colored alternate kit the Raps had teased for quite a while — bearing the name of Cory Joseph, the Toronto native whom general manager Masai Ujiri brought home with a four-year, $30 million deal to help bolster the Raptors' defense . Joseph, who wore No. 5 with the San Antonio Spurs, will reportedly wear No. 6 with the hometown team, thanks in large part to the shoutout that Drake gave him on "Charged Up," the first diss track the "6 God" lobbed at Meek Mill, which you of course know all about, because you are on the basketball Internet. Unlike last summer, when Drake's Raps-related OVO Fest work — publicly exhorting the crowd to join him in recruiting not-even-close-to-a-free-agent-yet Kevin Durant to come up north — landed the organ-eye-zation in some hot water with the league office, the Raptors were fully on-board with this particular Drizzy drop. Shortly after Drake's festival first-look, the Raptors pulled back the curtain and launched the full-scale reveal . [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Here are the new home whites:

The NBA's all-time starting five: Atlanta Hawks (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:50:49 PDT)
You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along. These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Atlanta Hawks, who have boasted an incredible amount of talent in three different cities since 1946. C: Dikembe Mutombo . Only played three and a half years, but was the defensive cornerstone on a series of Hawk teams that (where have we heard this before?) ably served in the second tier of the Eastern Conference hierarchy. Averaged 3.2 blocks per game in Atlanta alongside a double-double for the Lenny Wilkens-led Hawks teams before being traded for Theo Ratliff and Toni Kukoc in 2001. F: Bob Pettit . On the short list amongst the greatest power forwards ever. Alongside Wilt Chamberlain, can claim to be the only champion that felled Bill Russell in his prime, leading the St. Louis Hawks to the 1958 NBA championship. Averaged over 26 points and 16 rebounds in his career, he made the All-Star team in each of his 11 seasons before walking away from the game (despite averaging over 22 and 12 in his final year) at age 32. F: Dominique Wilkins . The go-to force behind a litany of powerful if badly-timed Hawk teams in the 1980s and early 1990s. Averaged nearly 26 points per game for the Hawks despite working under coach Mike Fratello, who kept the game flowing at a snail’s pace (while still winning heaps of games). Was the national face of the franchise after a decade’s worth of desultory years, rotating (if not quite good) coaches, and hoped-for on-court saviors. G: Lou Hudson . An outstanding pro, six-time All-Star, and scoring machine for a Hawks franchise that featured a rotating cast of would-be helpers during the 1970s. Hudson averaged 22.4 points per game for Hawks teams that made it to the (Western!) Conference finals three times, but could not find the final missing piece to make a run at the championship. G: Joe Johnson . Oft-mocked for the price the former Hawk owners paid for him (in order to pay him more money than anyone else was offering, they initiated a sign-and-trade deal that included Boris Diaw and draft picks that turned into Rajon Rondo and Robin Lopez) and the second contract extension the other old owners gave to him (six years, $120 million), Johnson nevertheless was the lead figure on five Hawk playoff teams, averaging 20.9 points and a combined 9.4 assists/rebounds in his time with the club. As should be the case for a franchise that has been around since 1946, the Hawks have quite a few former players that barely lost out on making the starting five. Ed Macauley was a fantastic scoring center for the team when it worked out of St. Louis. The hometown product also went toe-to-toe with Bill Russell (whom he was once traded for) as the Hawks took the 1958 title. Teammate Cliff Hagan was a ferocious player with a killer running hook shot, and he was massive figure in the 1950s basketball scene. Prior to the franchise’s move to Atlanta, Lenny Wilkens was as important a fixture as a player in St. Louis as he eventually was a coach in Georgia. Cotton Fitzsimmons and Hubie Brown also had the good fortune (despite all their screaming) of coaching Walt Bellamy, John Drew, and Pete Maravich. The Hawks were, inarguably, the franchise most hurt by the competing ABA: Atlanta lost out on the rights to employ draft picks Julius Erving, Marvin Webster, and David Thompson during the mid-1970s. Mike Fratello enjoyed great success with Kevin Willis and Doc Rivers running things, while big man Al Horford (who has played twice as many seasons as Dikembe Mutombo in Atlanta, and 154 more games) has a good argument to make the starting five despite his injury woes. This is the five we’re going with. Who would you take? Previous entries : Golden State . Boston . New York . Detroit . Sacramento . Los Angeles Lakers . - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

Flip Saunders swears he loves 3-pointers (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:40:53 PDT)


NBA in Africa: Visiting Mandela's house and planning safaris (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:33:22 PDT)
Chris Paul keeps waking up in his hotel at 3 a.m. because of jet-lag and is wiped, though it hasn't stopped him getting out and visiting the house where Nelson Mandela lived. Luol Deng couldn't wait to talk to Pau Gasol about a trip he recommended the Spaniard take to one of South Africa's most beautiful cities. Gregg Popovich is planning a safari and a tour of the country's wine region.

Hawks' Mike Scott faces felony charges after arrest on pot, MDMA possession (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:42:32 PDT)


Hawks F Mike Scott arrested on drug charges in NE Georgia (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:46:20 PDT)
Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott has been arrested on drug charges. The Banks County sheriff's office says deputies attempted to stop an SUV driven by Scott's 20-year-old brother, Antonn, for following too closely Thursday morning on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta. Police say Mike Scott is charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule I drug.

Hawks coach enjoying time in Africa after hectic summer (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:03:45 PDT)
After a hectic start to the summer, Mike Budenholzer is doing important work in Africa while relishing some quality time with his wife and kids. The Hawks coach will never say his work is done. ''We feel like had a very good summer,'' Budenholzer said Thursday on a conference call from South Africa, where he is coaching in a historic exhibition game with 20 NBA stars.

After depression, diet ended NBA career, ex-lottery pick Sweetney playing for $1M (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:33:04 PDT)


NBA in Africa? 'Stay tuned' for regular-season game (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:03:46 PDT)
The NBA is in Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come. ''Stay tuned,'' Silver said Thursday as 20 NBA stars, including Chris Paul and Luol Deng, prepare to play at a small arena in downtown Johannesburg - the first NBA game of any kind in Africa. Although he didn't give an exact time frame, Silver said a pre-season game and then a regular-season game on the continent was the logical progression for the NBA, which is on a ''fast track'' to build a brand in soccer-crazy Africa.

Mavericks sign pair of free agent forwards (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:08:38 PDT)
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent forwards Jamil Wilson and Brandon Ashley.

Cavaliers bring back Matthew Dellavedova on one-year, $1.2 million deal (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:04:05 PDT)


Mavericks sign pair of free agents in Jenkins, Famous (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:01:59 PDT)
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent guard John Jenkins and forward Jarrid Famous.

Hawks sign G-Fs Patterson, Petteway after summer league (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:37:10 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks have signed swingmen Lamar Patterson and Terran Petteway after their impressive performances in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Josh Smith says it will be 'harder' to work on his $6.9 M salary, and he's kind of right (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:24:58 PDT)
New Los Angeles Clipper signee Josh Smith is trying to turn his career around with his fourth team in 26 months. The versatile forward, who finished out 2014-15 with Houston after being waived by the Detroit Pistons midseason, signed on for the veteran’s minimum in Los Angeles at around $1.5 million for 2015-16. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] He also maybe kinda let a dumb, if completely accurate, thing slip. Speaking at the press conference introducing (and, in DeAndre Jordan’s case, re-introducing ) new Clipper players on Tuesday, Smith dropped a Latrell Sprewell-like statement that did not go unnoticed by Orlando Sentinel columnist David Whitley : "At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family," he said. "So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I'm going to push through it, you know." You know? I know. You’re going to be raked over for this in the comment section. Smith has made nearly $94 million in his NBA career thus far, and even with the insane real estate prices in Los Angeles and stiff tax considerations, he won’t be clipping coupons any time soon. If he actually does turn his career around, something we’ve been tapping our foot and waiting on for years, he will be able to take advantage of the massive uptick in salary cap space next season and act as a potential eight-figure a year consolation prize from a dumb team that thought they could get Kevin Durant. The forward signed a four-year, $54 million contract with the Pistons in the summer of 2013 after an up and down nine-year run with the Atlanta Hawks. Frustrated with his fit and his play during the first year and a half of his tenure in Detroit, the Pistons waived Smith using the stretch provision last December. This means the Pistons will still have to pay Smith the remainder of the contract they owed him, but in chunks of $5.4 million per year between now and 2019 as opposed to the yearly $14 million payouts in 2014-15 and 2015-16. This is where the part about Josh Smith being completely correct comes into play. Smith signed for below the $5.4 million the Pistons owe him in 2015-16, which in a way is good for him because it means the Pistons’ salary hit doesn’t have to make up the difference and he’ll make a combined salary of just under $6.9 million this year. That’s just under half of what he was set to make this season, $14 million, had the Pistons not waived him, or had they found a doofus to trade for him last season. I don’t care who you are or what you’re making, when you budget for something and then your yearly salary is cut in half, that’s a shot to the system. Even if that $5.4 million will act as a nice chunk of change for a player who might not be in the NBA in 2018-19, at age 33. Could Josh Smith have found a better way of saying things? Sure. Perhaps “harder” isn’t the right way to describe a change in plans from $14 million to $6.89 million. It is a hit, though. Especially as he’s reeling from a paucity of free agent options, being forced to take the minimum in what should be his prime in yet another attempt to play well and earn a long-term deal in the next offseason. Smith played slightly better in Houston last season while attempting to rehabilitate his basketball image alongside good buddy Dwight Howard, but he wasn’t great. The only real change to his game was that he made a better percentage of his mid-range and paint looks, and took more three-pointers (which improved his league-worst True Shooting Percentage to that of the ranks of “just really bad”) at a below-average mark. He dished fewer assists and turned the ball over more, and his defense remained solid. Houston was supposed to act as the rehabilitation center, playing 25 minutes as a super sub and working into the third round of the playoffs. He did start eight playoff games and made an above-average mark of 38 percent of his three-pointers in the postseason, but apparently that 17-game sample size (even against improved competition) wasn’t enough to sway teams into offering him a healthy, long-term deal. Now he’s banking on playing three playoff series (or more) with the Clippers this season, though it’s doubtful that he’ll often see starters-level minutes on what is now a surprisingly deep Clipper team. That realization, mixed with the limited free agent interest after a sound postseason run, has to be hard on the man. And it will be hard on his family to jump from town to town to town to town and to (we’re guessing) another town next summer, all in the space of three years. You gotta find a better way to put this, though, Josh. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

2015-16 NBA uniform leaks: New alternates for OKC, Mavs, Nuggets and more? (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:38:58 PDT)
Several NBA teams have unveiled new uniforms for the upcoming season in recent months, with some — like the Los Angeles Clippers , Milwaukee Bucks , Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks — undergoing full-fledged revamps and others — like the Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers — adding spicy new alternate kits to their existing collection of threads. Evidently, though, we'll be seeing even more new unis during the next NBA campaign ... provided, of course, that this collection of 2015-16 Season Identity Updates that began to make its way around the Internet late Wednesday night via Reddit's NBA community and Andrew Lind of The Tidewater News is the real deal: [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]

Becky Hammon is ready to be a head coach in the NBA (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:47:06 PDT)
Shockingly, the San Antonio Spurs’ entrant into this year’s Las Vegas Summer League was a joy to watch. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Weird, right? The same organization that gave us perhaps the most aesthetically-pleasing entrant into the 2012, 2013 and 2014 NBA playoffs managed to trickle its wily ways down into a prospect tournament. Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, after just one official year on the San Antonio bench – following two years as a regular staple at Spurs’ practices – led a team as head coach featuring the super-slow but ultra-effective Kyle Anderson to a tourney win . And, following that win, she earned the fawning praise of both her players … Spurs' Jonathan Simmons on coach Becky Hammon: "I barely know her and I love her already." pic.twitter.com/FJVmi4huEU — Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) July 21, 2015 … and league observers: I know this is a bold statement. If I was running a team and had a head coaching opening. The first call would be to Becky Hammon. — Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 21, 2015 Hammon is as qualified as any current assistant coach in the NBA. She is paying her dues and working from the bottom up. — Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 21, 2015 These basketball reasons are why the NBA needs to get the novelty of the first hiring of a female head coach out of the damn way. Becky Hammon can coach your favorite team, and she can coach it well. And when she is hired and when she does coach it well, we can move on to more important things. Like gender equality in jobs that actually matter. There are no open NBA head coaching gigs, and unless some head coach and his bosses have a complete meltdown between now and October (never count out a certain franchise in California’s state capitol!), there won’t be anything opening up by the start of the 2015-16 season. There is almost 100 percent certainty that Hammon will spend that season as she spent her inaugural campaign in 2014-15 – sitting behind the Spurs bench as an assistant third or fourth on the team’s totem pole. And that’s just fine! NBA coaching is in a good place these days, due to the work of San Antonio’s head coach: Gregg Popovich. Popovich pairs old school irascibility and motivation techniques with an ability to think on his feet, be curious when needed, and a knack for adaptability. San Antonio’s offensive schemes look absolutely nothing like the sets that brought the team its 2005 championship, and yet a decade later an entirely new system (offensively, at least) might rank as the top championship favorite heading into this season. As a result of Popovich’s careful mix of stern glares and patient moves, the NBA has grown up around him. There are a couple of iffy coaches out there, we’re not going to name names (though regular readers know who we’re on about), but as a result of certain franchise’s motivations heading into 2015-16 no head coach is really on the hot seat. This means Becky Hammon isn’t exactly set to take to a lead role anytime soon. If Jason Kidd can be trusted with running a team with a $100-plus million payroll just weeks after retiring from basketball, however, Hammon (a WNBA point guard until 2014) certainly should be. If Derek Fisher can have absolutely no loss in job security after running a 17-win New York Knick team (after, also, taking the job just weeks after retiring), Hammon should be just fine with any outfit. Steve Kerr, also a Gregg Popovich-acolyte, might be the NBA’s Next Gregg Great Coach, but despite a sterling resume as a player, executive, broadcaster and internet scribe, he had no coaching experience at any level before brilliantly leading Golden State to a title in his first year. Clippers coach Doc Rivers also won NBA Coach of the Year in his first year on the bench with Orlando, jumping to the role with (say it with me) no coaching experience. These are all smart basketball people, two of them worked in the same arena as Gregg Popovich, and despite Fisher’s early troubles (hardly his fault) all will be or already are fantastic NBA head coaches. This league is all about its players, as Jonathan Simmons noted above, and there are only five to a side. Becky Hammon, as is the case with fellow Spurs assistant Ime Udoka and as was the case with former Spurs assistant and current Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer , is ready to recognize as much and act upon it at the highest level. Popovich, who reportedly promised recent signee LaMarcus Aldridge that he’d stay on the bench for the duration of Aldridge’s contract , isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Because this is the NBA, though, some other coach will be. And Becky Hammon is as good as any candidate we’ve ever seen to step in, and take over. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

The Indiana Pacers will wear 'Hoosiers'-themed uniforms next season (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:54:34 PDT)
Good news, '80s-movies-and-fundamentals-loving dads who root for the Indiana Pacers! Starting next season, you'll be able to rock authentic team gear that also pays homage to an Indiana basketball institution more widely known and celebrated in popular culture than the state's college or pro teams. Get your Hackman on, George Hill: [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] It’s an honor to break this news: @Pacers going Hollywood next season! #HickoryPacers #HoosiersMovie pic.twitter.com/VNAArYeBqz — INDIANA GEORGE HILL (@George_Hill3) July 21, 2015 It’s an honor to break this news: @Pacers going Hollywood next season! #HickoryPacers #HoosiersMovie pic.twitter.com/21R6p41eSB — INDIANA GEORGE HILL (@George_Hill3) July 21, 2015 Now, I know what you're thinking: "Wow, it's pretty cool that George Hill is paying tribute to the 1993 film 'The Meteor Man' by dying his hair an unmistakable Golden Lords blonde ." And yes, of course, we all agree about that. You've gotten sidetracked, though. Check out the uniform! Yep, that's right — on several occasions next season, the Pacers will take the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse wearing replicas of the Hickory High uniforms from the 1986 film "Hoosiers," a fictionalized retelling of the story of the 1953-54 Milan High School Indians, who won the Indiana state boys' basketball championship despite an enrollment of just 161 students. From the Pacers' Tuesday announcement of the deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, which produced "Hoosiers," that'll bring the red-and-gold strip to life: For the 2015-16 season, the Pacers will introduce the Hickory uniform to be worn in select regular season games as part of the NBA Pride Collection. The Hickory uniform is a tribute to the rich tradition of basketball in the State of Indiana and will serve as inspiration to fans everywhere that no matter how improbable the challenge may be, amazing things can be accomplished through teamwork, determination, heart and hustle. "Our team will be honored to wear the Hickory uniforms because of the attention it will bring to the storied history of Indiana basketball and the success of that movie," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. " Hoosiers takes us all back to a special place and time." [...] Todd Taylor, Pacers Sports & Entertainment's Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, championed the idea of wearing the Hickory uniforms and worked with MGM on the partnership. "Obviously, we revere the film, but more importantly we believe our organization, especially our players, embody the core message of the story — by coming together as a team, there is nothing that can't be accomplished," said Taylor. The jerseys are not currently available for sale, according to Matthew Glenesk of the Indianapolis Star , but you'd imagine that'll change in relatively short order ... especially since, according to the team, "the Pacers will wear the Hickory uniform during select games over the next several seasons," and not just during the 2015-16 campaign. How they'll look on an NBA court in 2015 very much remains to be seen — if nothing else, the Atlanta Hawks will now have some company in the mix-and-match jersey-and-shorts department — but it's a neat idea to tap into the state's love of its basketball mythology, especially if it opens the door to even further excavation of Indiana's rich love of hoops. "The Miracle Men of Milan are just one of the legendary basketball stories in the state," sales and marketing VP Taylor said in the Pacers' statement. "We look forward to drawing attention to the contributions and accomplishments of those that have made Indiana synonymous with the game of basketball." Here's hoping that means a follow-up nod to Crispus Attucks High School, the Oscar Robertson-led squad that won the next two Indiana state championships after Milan, becoming the first all-black team in the country to win a state title . That's a legacy well worth celebrating, too, even if you wind up being one year late on its anniversary. News of the "Hoosiers"-inspired unis, of course, led fans and writers to start calling for their own movie-themed NBA kits: Next November is the 20th anniversary of Space Jam in case MJ needs any Hornets alternate jersey ideas — Sean Highkin (@highkin) July 21, 2015 @SeanTPendergast @hoopscritic how perfect would the sixers be in the unis from Fish that saved Pittsburgh? — ian meltzer (@newguymeltz) July 21, 2015 @bomani_jones Curious which NBA team will wear "Tech U" jerseys next season. pic.twitter.com/KPpO4o6qNP — Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) July 21, 2015 So will the Knicks wear Lincoln Railsplitters uniforms this year? — RUSS BENGT$ON (@russbengtson) July 21, 2015 I'm guessing Ray Allen's "J. Shuttlesworth" nickname jersey is the closest we'll get to a "He Got Game"-themed uniform on an NBA court, but we can dare to dream. And if we're just putting our hopes and dreams out into the world on this one, let's see if we can get someone to go with some Beers jerseys from "BASEketball." Might as well have something good come out of the sleeved jersey era, NBA. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

Summer Update - team-by-team (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:49:00 PDT)
Dr. A is back with a team-by-team trip around half the league. Paul George is going to play some PF, whether he likes it or not.

Josh Smith to sign with Clippers, provide versatility and options off bench (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:52:55 PDT)


Popovich to coach, Gasols to play in NBA's 1st Africa game (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:46:50 PDT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Gregg Popovich will coach Team Africa with captain Luol Deng, while brothers Pau and Marc Gasol will play for Team World in the NBA's first game in Africa.

Chris Paul, Luol Deng to headline NBA's first-ever exhibition game in Africa (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:19:41 PDT)


Adam Silver: 'A significant number of teams are continuing to lose money' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:16:53 PDT)


Utah Jazz sign center Tibor Pleiss (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:56:20 PDT)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz have signed German center Tibor Pleiss to a multiyear deal.

Magic formally re-sign Harris, free agent center Smith (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:30:05 PDT)
The Orlando Magic began free agency attempting to make a big splash. The Magic formally announced the re-signing of forward Tobias Harris, along with the signing of free agent big man Jason Smith on Tuesday. In Harris, Orlando brings back a 22-year-old that has steadily improved since being acquired in a 2013 trade.

Deron Williams reaches buyout with Nets, will reportedly join Mavericks (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:30:59 PDT)


Utah Jazz sign Raul Neto to multi-year contract (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 09 Jul 2015 19:53:33 PDT)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz have signed point guard Raul Neto to a multi-year contract.

Mavericks trade for Bucks center Zaza Pachulia (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:53:46 PDT)
Zaza Pachulia gives the Mavericks an option at center after they lost free agent DeAndre Jordan to the Clippers.

Hawks officially re-sign Millsap, finalize deal for Splitter (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:59:20 PDT)
Paul Millsap didn't need long to decide whether he should return to Atlanta or leave for Orlando. The Hawks and Magic were the last two teams he considered. ''I felt like I've been here for two years and that I was one of the guys who helped this thing get to where it's at with the team that we had,'' Millsap said in a conference call with reporters.

Here are your nominees for the NBPA's 1st Annual Players Awards (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:10:17 PDT)


Toronto Raptors sign Carroll, Joseph, Scola (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:18:28 PDT)
Toronto signed forward DeMarre Carroll on Thursday, a week after the forward originally announced his deal with the Raptors on Twitter. The team held a press conference for the 28-year-old Carroll, who agreed to a four-year deal worth $60 million. Carroll announced he was joining the Raptors on Twitter on July 1 when the free agency window opened.

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