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  • Nets acquire Crabbe from Blazers for Nicholson
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    The Brooklyn Nets acquired swingman Allen Crabbe from the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday in exchange for forward Andrew Nicholson.

    • Crabbe averaged a career-best 10.7 points last season, his fourth with Portland since he was drafted in the second round by Cleveland in 2013.

      The 6-foot-6 Crabbe, who also shot a career-best 44.4 percent from 3-point range last season, averaged 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 28 1/2 minutes of action.

      The former University of California product has a career scoring average of 8.3 points in his four seasons with the Trail Blazers, also reaching double digits at 10.3 points during the 2015-16 season.

      The 6-foot-9 Nicholson was acquired by the Nets from Washington during last season. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 10 games with Brooklyn and 2.5 points in 28 games with the Wizards.

      A first-round pick of the Orlando Magic in 2012, Nicholson had his most productive offensive season as a rookie, averaging 7.8 points. He is averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in five seasons with the Magic, Wizards and Nets.

  • NBA notebook: Cavs officially ink G Rose
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Free agent point guard Derrick Rose signed one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

    • Rose met with newly named general manager Koby Altman and other Cavs officials on Monday, just three days after meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers. He passed medical exams with Cavs doctors, Cleveland.com reported.

      Rose, 28, averaged 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists on 47 percent shooting from the field in 64 games for the New York Knicks last season. He was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, but the 2016-17 season ended in another injury as Rose hit free agency for the first time.

      Rose had season-ending knee surgery in April but has recovered and settled for a short-term deal in free agency.

      --LeBron James denied a report that he is "eager" to see Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving traded after the point guard reportedly asked the team for a trade last week.

      James, on his Twitter account, re-tweeted two posts from SLAM Magazine's Twitter account with the headlines "LeBron James is reportedly 'eager' for Cleveland to trade Kyrie Irving" and "LBJ is extremely unhappy with Kyrie's trade request."

      On both tweets, James commented "#NoFacts people! Boooo!! Get another source" while adding "#EnjoyingMySummer #YouDoTheSame."

      --The Golden State Warriors re-signed free agents Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West, making official what had been reported over the past several weeks.

      The Warriors did not disclose details of the agreements, but the terms were reported by various media outlets.

      Curry agreed to a five-year, $201 million super-max deal shortly after the NBA's free agency period began. Durant agreed to a two-year deal worth approximately $53 million. Iguodala reached agreement on a three-year, $48 million contract, Pachulia agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, Livingston signed a three-year $24 million deal, and West signed a one-year contract.

      -- Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green faces a lawsuit that alleges "assault, battery and related claims based on his alleged acts of violence against a young man and woman."

      The plan to file a lawsuit was made public in a press release on Monday from Lisa Bloom, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs. She also claims Green made "misleading statements" about the suit. She said she would be filing the lawsuit Tuesday.

      The lawyer did not indicate when the incident occurred or whether anyone was arrested.

      --Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight sustained a torn ACL in his left knee that will require surgery, and he is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season.

      The injury occurred last week while Knight was playing in South Florida. Following an examination by head team physician Dr. Tom Carter, it was determined that surgery was necessary,

      A timetable for his return will be determined at a later date.

      --The Brooklyn Nets acquired swingman Allen Crabbe from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for forward Andrew Nicholson.

      Crabbe averaged a career-best 10.7 points last season, his fourth with Portland since he was drafted in the second round by Cleveland in 2013.

      The 6-foot-9 Nicholson was acquired by the Nets from Washington during last season. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 10 games with Brooklyn and 2.5 points in 28 games with the Wizards.

      --The Toronto Raptors signed guard Lorenzo Brown to a two-way contract.

      Brown, 26, averaged 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 63 career NBA games with the Philadelphia 76ers (2013-14), Minnesota Timberwolves (2014-15) and Phoenix Suns (2015-16).

      Brown was selected 52nd overall in the 2013 draft by Minnesota.

      --The Orlando Magic signed second-round draft pick Wesley Iwundu.

      The 6-foot-7 Iwundu, who was the 33rd overall selection in the 2017 draft, averaged 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists at Kansas State last season.

      He was selected to the All-Big 12 third team by the coaches in both his junior and senior seasons.

  • Suns lose G Knight to torn ACL
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight sustained a torn ACL in his left knee that will require surgery, and he is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The injury occurred last week while Knight was playing in South Florida. Following an examination by head team physician Dr. Tom Carter, it was determined that surgery was necessary,

      A timetable for his return will be determined at a later date.

      Knight has played for three teams in his six-year NBA career. In 2016-17, while playing for the Suns, Knight averaged a career-low 11.0 points and 2.4 assists in 54 games, including five as a starter.

      His career scoring average is 15.2 points.

      Knight signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Suns in 2015. He is scheduled to make over $13 million next season.

      Knight's injury may provide a larger role for Tyler Ulis and perhaps second-round pick Davon Reed.

  • Warriors finalize signings of Curry, Durant and others
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    The Golden State Warriors announced they have re-signed free agents Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West, making official what had been reported over the past several weeks.

    • The Warriors did not disclose details of the agreements, but the terms were reported by various media outlets.

      Curry agreed to a five-year, $201 million super-max deal shortly after the NBA's free agency period began.

      Durant agreed to a two-year deal worth approximately $53 million.

      Iguodala reached agreement on a three-year, $48 million contract, Pachulia agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, Livingston signed a three-year $24 million deal, and West signed a one-year contract.

  • James denies he is "eager" to see Irving traded
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    LeBron James denied a report that he is "eager" to see Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving traded after the point guard reportedly asked the team for a trade last week.

    • James, on his Twitter account, re-tweeted two posts from SLAM Magazine's Twitter account with the headlines "LeBron James is reportedly 'eager' for Cleveland to trade Kyrie Irving" and "LBJ is extremely unhappy with Kyrie's trade request."

      On both tweets, James commented "#NoFacts people! Boooo!! Get another source" while adding "#EnjoyingMySummer #YouDoTheSame."

      Reports surfaced last week that Irving asked Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert for a trade after growing tired of playing alongside James and saying he wants to be more of a focal point on a team.

      Irving reportedly listed the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves as teams he would like to be traded to.

      James was reportedly blindsided by and furious at Irving's request.

      On Tuesday, the Cavaliers finalized the signing of former NBA MVP Derrick Rose to a one-year, $2.1 million deal. Rose, a three-time All-Star, could replace Irving as the Cavaliers' starting point guard if Irving is traded.

  • Magic sign F Iwundu
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    The Orlando Magic have signed second-round draft pick Wesley Iwundu, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The 6-foot-7 Iwundu, who was the 33rd overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, averaged 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists at Kansas State last season.

      He was selected to the All-Big 12 third team by the coaches in both his junior and senior seasons.

  • Raptors sign F Brown to two-way deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    The Toronto Raptors signed guard Lorenzo Brown to a two-way contract, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Brown, 26, averaged 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 63 career NBA games with the Philadelphia 76ers (2013-14), Minnesota Timberwolves (2014-15) and Phoenix Suns (2015-16).

      Brown split the 2016-17 season between the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association and the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League.

      Brown was selected 52nd overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by Minnesota.

  • Cavs finalize one-year deal with former MVP Rose
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Free agent point guard Derrick Rose signed one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The deal will be for the veteran minimum salary of $2.1 million, multiple media outlets reported on Monday.

      "We are very excited to be able to add a player of Derrick's caliber and experience to the team," newly named general manager Koby Altman said in a statement. "Derrick could have gone to a number of other teams, but his specific mindset, goals and total focus and commitment to winning are what resulted in him signing with the Cavaliers. We are confident he will be a very good fit with our organization and we look forward to the many ways he will contribute to the team."

      Rose met with Altman and other Cavs officials on Monday, just three days after meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers. He passed medical exams with Cavs doctors, Cleveland.com reported.

      "I have a single focus and purpose of wanting to play to win," Rose said in a statement. "Being part of a roster and organization that shares that type of commitment and being able to play with the Cavaliers and compete for a championship is the only thing that matters for me. I am very happy to be in Cleveland and look forward to getting to work."

      Rose, 28, averaged 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists on 47 percent shooting from the field in 64 games for the New York Knicks last season. He was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, but the 2016-17 season ended in another injury as Rose hit free agency for the first time.

      Rose had season-ending knee surgery in April but has recovered and settled for a short-term deal in free agency.

      A source close to Rose told Cleveland.com last week that the 2011 NBA MVP liked Cleveland because of the opportunity to reach the NBA Finals next season.

      Rose could be paired with LeBron James as a potential replacement for Kyrie Irving, who asked the Cavaliers to trade him during a recent meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert.

      The Cavaliers have been getting multiple trade calls and offers for Irving in recent days but do not yet have traction on a possible deal, ESPN reported Monday.

  • Warriors' Green facing lawsuit for alleged assault
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green faces a lawsuit that alleges "assault, battery and related claims based on his alleged acts of violence against a young man and woman."

    • The plan to file a lawsuit was made public in a press release on Monday from Lisa Bloom, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs. She also claims Green made "misleading statements" about the suit. She said she would be filing the lawsuit Tuesday.

      The lawyer did not indicate when the incident occurred or whether anyone was arrested.

      Bloom said the accusers are demanding "accountability and an apology from Mr. Green, who has often been called a bully both on and off the basketball court."

      She added that the unnamed man and woman would speak for the first time about the lawsuit at noon Eastern time on Tuesday.

      In 2016, Green was charged with misdemeanor assault after an altercation in an East Lansing, Mich. bar that involved a former Michigan State football player. That case was later settled.

  • Gasol inks three-year pact with Spurs
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    Pau Gasol re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs, the team announced on Monday.

    • The Spurs did not release contract terms, but the San Antonio Express-News reported that it is a three-year contract. ESPN reported the new deal is worth $48 million and contains a partial guarantee in the final year for the native of Spain.

      Gasol declined a player option in June with the purpose of signing a longer deal with San Antonio and also giving the team more salary cap room.

      Gasol signed with the Spurs last summer and averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.09 blocks in 25.4 minutes while appearing in 64 games. The 37-year-old forward also shot 50.2 percent from the field, including a career-best 53.8 percent on 3-pointers.

      He joined Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki as the second European player to eclipse 20,000 points in his career during a game against the Utah Jazz on April 12.

      Gasol is one of four players to total at least 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.

      The 16-year veteran is a four-time All-NBA selection, who won two titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. A six-time All-Star, Gasol was an All-NBA second team selection in 2010-11 and 2014-15 and also earned All-NBA Third Team honors in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

      In 1,119 career games with the Memphis Grizzlies, Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Spurs, Gasol has averaged 17.9 points, 9.4 rebounds while shooting 51 percent. He also has averaged 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds in 131 career postseason games.

  • Cavs confirm Altman as GM choice
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers named Koby Altman as general manager, the team announced Monday.

    • Altman has served as a member of the Cavaliers' basketball front office for the past five years, most recently as the team's assistant general manager. He has also led the team's front office for the last five weeks.

      "Over the past month, Koby Altman has led our front office group through this transition period, impressing many inside the franchise and outside the organization as well," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said.

      "We are very excited that he will now be officially leading the basketball side of our franchise. Koby has the credentials, knowledge, experience and instincts to be an outstanding general manager. In addition to these positive attributes and outstanding relationships around the league, Koby will inspire and impact the best possible culture throughout the organization. We are going to see a capable and passionate leader who will also cultivate new ideas and innovation."

      The 34-year-old Altman joins Milwaukee Bucks GM Jon Horst as the NBA's youngest executives.

      "I am incredibly grateful to Dan for the opportunity to become general manager of the Cavaliers. His confidence, support and strong commitment to achieving our collective goals is very clear to me and I look forward to continuing our efforts," Altman said. "I am also excited and proud to lead a front office team that will continue to be sharply focused on competing for championships. That challenge is what drives all of us.

      "Cleveland fans support the Cavs with passion, pride and loyalty. That's something all of us here have a deep respect for and will never take for granted. We will always work hard and search for creative ideas that will impact our success on the court and in the community."

      Altman joined the team in August 2012 as a pro personnel manager and was elevated to director of pro player personnel in September 2013.

      He has served as the Cavaliers' acting general manager since Gilbert decided to move on from David Griffin after the two failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension.

      Gilbert reportedly offered the president of basketball operations position to retired NBA star Chauncey Billups, who decided to pass. Gilbert has had his sights set on promoting Altman to the post ever since, per ESPN.

  • Report: Rose, Cavaliers agree to one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    Free agent point guard Derrick Rose and the Cleveland Cavaliers reached agreement on a one-year contract, ESPN reported Monday, citing league sources.

    • The deal will be for the veteran minimum salary of $2.1 million, with Rose expected to sign the contract on Tuesday, ESPN reported.

      Rose met with new Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman and other officials on Monday, just three days after meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers.

      A source close to Rose told Cleveland.com last week that the 2011 NBA MVP likes Cleveland because of the opportunity to reach the NBA Finals next season.

      Rose would be paired with LeBron James as a potential replacement for Kyrie Irving, who asked the Cavaliers to trade him during a recent meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert.

      Irving, 25, reportedly no longer wishes to play alongside James after being teammates with the superstar for three seasons and would like to join a team where he could be more of a focal point.

      The Cavaliers have been getting multiple trade calls and offers for Irving in recent days but do not yet have traction on a possible deal, ESPN reported Monday.

      Rose, 28, averaged 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists on 47 percent shooting from the field in 64 games for the New York Knicks last season. He was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, but the 2016-17 season ended in another injury as Rose hit free agency for the first time.

      Rose had season-ending knee surgery in April but has recovered and expects only a short-term deal in free agency.

  • Hall of Famer Kundla, first Lakers coach, dies at 101
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    John Kundla, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships before the franchise moved to Los Angeles, died Sunday. He was 101.

    • Kundla, the Lakers' original head coach, was living in a Minneapolis assisted living facility in recent years.

      "On behalf of the entire Lakers organization, I'd like to express our sadness at the passing of John Kundla," Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement released by the team. "John played an important role in the history of the Lakers organization. ... In addition to his numerous contributions to the Lakers and our legacy, John was a wonderful man and will be remembered fondly."

      Before the Lakers won titles with Hall of Fame centers Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal, Kundla presided over championship teams anchored by George Mikan.

      The Lakers won the 1949 championship in the BAA, which is the league that preceded the NBA. Kundla also led the Lakers to NBA titles in 1950 and from 1952-54.

      He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995 and during the league's "NBA at 50" in 1996, Kundla was named one of the NBA's 10 greatest coaches.

      Kundla began his tenure with the Lakers at 31 and finished with a record of 423-302 after resigning in 1959 -- the year before the team moved to Los Angeles.

      After leaving the Lakers, he coached the men's basketball team at the University of Minnesota and was the first coach in school history to give scholarships to African-American players. In nine seasons with the Golden Gophers, Kundla posted a 110-105 record.

  • Report: LeBron will enforce no-trade clause
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 23, 2017

    LeBron James is one of three NBA players who have with no-trade clauses in their contracts, and the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar plans to enforce it during the 2017-18 season, according to an ESPN report on Sunday.

    • The news emerged two days after ESPN reported Kyrie Irving is requesting a trade from Cleveland so the point guard could be a "number one option." Irving's request puts the Cavaliers in a situation where they might not receive fair value for the point guard.

      Only James, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki have no-trade clauses.

      With or without Irving on his team, James plans to play out his contract, which contains a $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season. James is expected to decline the player option and test unrestricted free agency next summer, fueling speculation he might leave Cleveland for a second time.

      According to the report, the four-time MVP is focusing on competing for Cleveland's second NBA championship and leading the Cavaliers to their fourth straight NBA Finals appearances.

      James is frustrated with the developments concerning Irving, ESPN reported. Cleveland.com also reported he is disappointed at owner Dan Gilbert's decision to part ways with general manager David Griffin last month and the lack of offseason moves, which so far included adding Jeff Green and Jose Calderon in free agency and re-signing Kyle Korver.

      Those moves occurred after the Cavaliers were unable to acquire Jimmy Butler or Paul George in trades. Butler was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves, while George was dealt by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • Wizards' Wall signs 4-year, $170M pact
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    John Wall and the Washington Wizards have agreed on a four-year, $170 million supermax contract extension, multiple outlets reported Friday.

    • Wall, 26, was eligible to sign a supermax contract after being named to the All-NBA Third Team last season. The extension begins in 2019 and includes a fourth-year player option and a 15 percent trade kicker, ESPN reports.

      TNT first reported Wall's extension.

      "Everybody knows where I want to be," Wall told NBA-TV. "We've been in the same position over and over. We finally found a way to get over that hump with us as individuals, as players, coaching staff, GM, everybody we got to make ourselves better. We got to improve. Everybody has to improve every year. I got to improve and be in better shape and condition to be able to close out games so I won't be fatigued."

      The four-time All-Star averaged career highs in points (23.1), assists (10.7) and steals (2.0) in 78 games last season, his seventh in the NBA. Wall was drafted No. 1 overall by Washington in 2010.

      Wall, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Houston's James Harden were the only players to average 20 points and 10 assists last season.

      Wall guided the Wizards to a 49-33 record last season and the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Washington beat the Atlanta Hawks in a six-game series before losing to the top-seeded Boston Celtics in a seven-game series in the conference semifinals.

  • Cavs to promote Altman to GM
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    A tumultuous day for the Cleveland Cavaliers ended with the franchise restoring some stability in its front office.

    • Hours after a report surfaced that Cavs star Kyrie Irving has asked the team for a trade, Cleveland filled its vacant general manager position by promoting assistant GM Koby Altman, multiple outlets reported Friday.

      A formal announcement of Altman's promotion is expected shortly, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

      The 34-year-old Altman would join Milwaukee Bucks GM Jon Horst as the NBA's youngest executives.

      Altman was promoted to the position of assistant GM of pro personnel in September 2016. He joined the team in August 2012 as a pro personnel manager and was elevated to director of pro player personnel in September 2013.

      He has served as the Cavaliers' acting GM since owner Dan Gilbert decided to move on from David Griffin after the two failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension.

      Gilbert reportedly offered the president of basketball operations position to retired NBA star Chauncey Billups, who decided to pass. Gilbert has had his sights set on promoting Altman to the post ever since, per ESPN.

      Irving, a four-time All-Star, no longer wishes to play alongside LeBron James and would like to join a team where he could be more of a focal point, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

      The San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks and Miami Heat are all preferred destinations for Irving, ESPN reported.

      The 25-year-old Irving is in the third year of a five-year, $90 million deal he signed before James returned to Cleveland. Irving was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Draft.

  • Report: C Gasol getting 3-year deal to return to Spurs
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a three-year deal to return to the San Antonio Spurs, ESPN reported on Friday, citing league sources.

    • The move comes one month after Gasol declined a $16.2 million option on his contract in order to give the Spurs some flexibility in free agency. That allowed the team to sign free agents Rudy Gay, Brandon Paul and Joffrey Lauvergne and perhaps re-sign Manu Ginobili for a 16th season.

      Gasol, 37, averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game last season. He fractured the fourth metacarpal on his left hand in January, and eventually lost his starting job to Dewayne Dedmon.

      The six-time All-Star has career averages of 17.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 1,119 games with the Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.

  • NBA notebook: Irving requests trade from Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Kyrie Irving would like to be more of a focal point on a team, but not with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    • According to a report by ESPN on Friday and confirmed by Cleveland.com, Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him during a meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert last week.

      Irving, 25, reportedly has stated a desire to be a top scoring option and does not want to play with LeBron James after being teammates with the superstar for three seasons.

      The point guard's request is a continuation of a turbulent offseason for the three-time Eastern Conference champions.

      --The Atlanta Hawks made a pair of moves to help their frontcourt by signing center Dewayne Dedmon and re-signing forward Ersan Ilyasova.

      Terms of the deals were not announced by the team, but Dedmon reportedly signed a two-year, $14 million contract while Ilyasova inked a one-year, $6 million deal.

      Dedmon is coming off the best season of his career when he averaged career highs of 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17.5 minutes in 76 games for the San Antonio Spurs. He shot 62.2 percent, grabbed at least 10 rebounds 13 times and led the Spurs in rebounds and blocked shots 21 times.

      In 26 games (12 starts) with Atlanta last season, Ilyasova averaged 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24.3 minutes. He also appeared in 53 games with Philadelphia and three contests with Oklahoma City last season, playing in 82 games for the first time in his career.

      --At some point, the Houston Rockets will be under new ownership but former center Yao Ming will not be involved.

      The Hall of Fame center ended speculation that he could be involved with a group looking to purchase the team by issuing a statement through China's Xinhua news agency.

      "I have no time to consider anything else (including buying the Houston Rockets)," Yao said.

      Since retiring from the Rockets in 2011, Yao has been involved with the China Basketball Association, initially as an owner of his hometown Shanghai Sharks. He was elected Thursday as the chairman of the company that runs the league and was named league president in February.

  • Hawks sign C Dedmon, F Ilyasova
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Atlanta Hawks made a pair of moves to help their frontcourt Friday by signing center Dewayne Dedmon and re-signing forward Ersan Ilyasova.

    • Terms of the deals were not announced by the team, but Dedmon reportedly signed a two-year, $14 million contract while Ilyasova inked a one-year, $6 million deal.

      Dedmon is coming of the best season of his career when he average career highs of 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17.5 minutes in 76 games for the San Antonio Spurs. He shot 62.2 percent, grabbed at least 10 rebounds 13 times and led the Spurs in rebounds and blocked shots 21 times.

      "Dewayne is an improving and athletic big man who can protect the rim and run the floor," Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk said in a statement released by the team. "He played a valuable role for a very good team last season, and we're pleased to bring him to Atlanta."

      In 224 career games (78 starts) with Golden State, Philadelphia, Orlando and San Antonio, the 7-footer has averaged 4.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 14.6 minutes.

      In 26 games (12 starts) with Atlanta last season, Ilyasova averaged 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24.3 minutes. He also appeared in 53 games with Philadelphia and three contests with Oklahoma City last season, playing in 82 games for the first time in his career.

      He was acquired by the Hawks from the 76ers on Feb. 22 for Tiago Splitter, a 2017 second-round pick and the right to swap another 2017 second-round pick.

      In nine seasons, Ilyasova has averages of 11 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 24.4 minutes. He is a 44 percent shooter, including a 36.6 mark from 3-point range.

  • Irving requests trade from Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Kyrie Irving would like to be more of a focal point on a team, but not with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    • According to a report by ESPN on Friday and confirmed by Cleveland.com, Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him during a meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert last week.

      Irving, 25, reportedly has stated a desire to be a top scoring option and does not want to play with LeBron James after being teammates with the superstar for three seasons.

      The point guard's request is a continuation of a turbulent offseason for the three-time Eastern Conference champions.

      "We met with Cavs' leadership and we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team," Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, told Cleveland.com. "There were a bunch of scenarios, and I'm not going to discuss anything that was said. I don't know where this is coming from."

      Last month, the team parted ways with general manager David Griffin after being unable to reach a contract extension. Grffin's replacement has not been named and James has reportedly expressed concerned about the team's future, fueling speculation of a second exit from Cleveland.

      Since losing in five games to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Cleveland has been unable to land Paul George and Jimmy Butler in trades. George was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Butler was sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

      Cleveland's offseason moves so far consisted of signing free agents Jeff Green and Jose Calderon, re-signing Kyle Korver and signing Turkish forward Cedi Osman to a three-year contract.

      Irving's request also occurs shortly after he described the situation with the Cavaliers as "in a peculiar place" during an interview with Sports Illustrated.

      Irving was the top overall pick in 2011 after one season at Duke. Cleveland recorded losing records in his first three seasons before James returned and Kevin Love was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

      Irving has a three years and $60 million on his contract. He can opt out of the final year prior to the 2019-20 season.

  • Yao not pursing purchase of Rockets
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    At some point the Houston Rockets will be under new ownership but former center Yao Ming will not be involved.

    • On Friday, the Hall of Fame center ended speculation that he could be involved with a group looking to purchase the team by issuing a statement through China's Xinhua news agency.

      "I have no time to consider anything else (including buying the Houston Rockets)," Yao said.

      Since retiring from the Rockets in 2011, Yao has been involved with the China Basketball Association, initially as an owner of his hometown Shanghai Sharks. He was elected Thursday as the chairman of the company that runs the league and was named league president in February.

      Yao was the first overall pick by the Rockets in 2002. He was an eight-time All-Star and averaged 19 points and 9.2 rebounds in 486 career regular-season games during a nine-year career that was plagued by foot injuries and ankle injuries.

      He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016 in the same class as Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson.

      Yao's statement occurred after longtime owner Leslie Alexander announced Monday he was putting the Rockets up for sale.

      The 73-year-old Alexander bought the franchise for $85 million in 1993. Forbes valued the franchise in February at $1.65 billion -- eighth-most valuable in the league -- with revenue of $244 million.

      Alexander had immediate success as an owner as the Rockets won NBA titles over the New York Knicks in 1994 and the Orlando Magic in 1995 behind the play of Hakeem Olajuwon.

      Alexander put CEO Tad Brown in charge to "oversee the sales process with the league office, supported by my management team."

      Brown made the announcement during Monday's news conference at Toyota Center. He said Alexander told him "it can wear on you after so many decades."

  • NBA notebook: Timberwolves' Wiggins close to $148M deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The Minnesota Timberwolves and young star Andrew Wiggins are closing in on a five-year, $148 million contract extension.

    • Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed the discussions during a press conference to introduce new acquisition Jamal Crawford.

      Wiggins has one season remaining on his rookie deal. The extension would begin in 2018-19 and he would make $25.5 million that season, according to published reports.

      The base salary would increase to $30.6 million if Wiggins were to make an All-NBA team or named Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18.

      The 22-year-old Wiggins averaged a career-best 23.6 points per game last season.

      --Free-agent point guard Derrick Rose and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious talks on a potential one-year contract, ESPN reported.

      However, ESPN later reported Rose met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, and they are trying to sell Rose on the idea that he will get more playing time and more money with the Lakers.

      Rose averaged 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists on 47 percent shooting in 64 games for the New York Knicks last season. The 28-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, but the 2016-17 season ended in another injury as Rose hit free agency for the first time.

      --The Golden State Warriors are bringing the personal seat license to the NBA, and the fans interested in purchasing them will be asked for a 30-year commitment.

      While pricing of the licenses has not been revealed, ESPN cited a team official as saying that a number of seats dedicated for season-ticket holders will decrease from 14,500 at Oracle Arena in Oakland to approximately 12,000 at Chase Center in San Francisco. The privately financed $1 billion Chase Center is scheduled to open in 2019.

      Half of the tickets will come with a per-seat cost of $15,000 or less, while the other half will cost more than that, according to ESPN. The Warriors, in turn, will return the money paid for the right to purchase tickets after 30 years, thereby creating a personal seat license.

      --The Boston Celtics announced the signing of three players who played overseas this past season.

      The Celtics reached agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent point guard Shane Larkin and also signed their 2016 first-round draft choice Guerschon Yabusele and Daniel Theis.

      Larkin was the 18th overall selection in 2013 NBA draft, and this past season he played 72 games with Saski Baskonia in Spain and averaged 13.8 points and 5.4 assists.

      Yabusele was the No. 16 pick in the 2016 draft, so he will receive rookie scale, with the first two years guaranteed. He played last season in the Chinese Basketball Association.

      The 6-foot-9 Theis, 25, has played professionally in Germany since 2010.

  • Celtics sign Larkin, Yabusele, Theis
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The Boston Celtics announced the signing of three players who played overseas this past season.

    • The Celtics reached agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent point guard Shane Larkin and also signed their 2016 first-round draft choice Guerschon Yabusele and Daniel Theis.

      Larkin was the 18th overall selection in 2013 NBA draft, and he averaged 5.8 points in three seasons in the NBA with three different teams (Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets).

      This past season, he played 72 games with Saski Baskonia in Spain and averaged 13.8 points and 5.4 assists.

      He had a $6.3 million option to stay in Spain, but opted to compete for a spot with the Celtics.

      Yabusele was the No. 16 pick in the 2016 draft, so he will receive rookie scale, with the first two years guaranteed.

      Yabusele is an athletic but raw 6-foot-8 forward who played last season in the Chinese Basketball Association.

      The 6-foot-9 Theis, 25, has played professionally in Germany since 2010. He averaged 9.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.24 blocks and 18.9 minutes in 41 Basketball Bundesliga League games.

  • Timberwolves, G Wiggins inching closer to 5-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The Minnesota Timberwolves and young star Andrew Wiggins are closing in on a five-year, $148 million contract extension.

    • Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed the discussions during a press conference to introduce new acquisition Jamal Crawford.

      "We're working on it right now," Thibodeau said.

      Wiggins has one season remaining on his rookie deal. The extension would begin in 2018-19 and he would make $25.5 million that season, according to published reports.

      The base salary would increase to $30.6 million if Wiggins were to make an All-NBA team or named Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18.

      The 22-year-old Wiggins averaged a career-best 23.6 points per game last season. He has a career average of 20.4 through three NBA campaigns.

  • Report: Rose, Cavaliers discussing one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Free-agent point guard Derrick Rose and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious talks on a potential one-year contract, ESPN reported on Thursday.

    • Rose has met with several teams over the past three weeks, including the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers.

      In fact, ESPN reported Rose met with the Lakers on Thursday.

      According to the report, the Lakers are attempting to sell Rose on the idea that he would get more money and more playing time with the Lakers.

      The Lakers have the $4,328,000 room exception. Rose apparently would earn the minimum salary of $2,116,955 with the Cleveland.

      The former top overall draft pick and 2011 NBA MVP is believed to be offered a minimum contract for $2.1 million, according to ESPN.

      Rose averaged 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists on 47 percent shooting in 64 games for the New York Knicks last season. The 28-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, but the 2016-17 season ended in another injury as Rose hit free agency for the first time.

      Rose's career has been scarred by injury to the extent that he said in March he expects only a short-term deal in free agency.

      On April 2, he was ruled out for the season with the Knicks due to torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee.

      He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and twice required surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee with the Bulls.