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2018 NBA Free Agency: 7/14/18

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  • Free agent Jabari Parker has agreed to a two-year, $40 million contract with the Chicago Bulls, league sources tell ESPN. Parker had been a restricted free agent but the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded his qualifying offer, allowing him to sign the two-year deal with a team option on the second year, which wouldn’t have been possible as an offer sheet.
  • The Dallas Mavericks and point guard Yogi Ferrell are close to a deal, according to ESPN. Ferrell was originally a restricted free agent, but the Mavericks rescinded his qualifying offer with the intention to re-sign him.
  • Center Channing Frye, who finished last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, has signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources confirmed to ESPN. The deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports. Frye was a key member of the Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA championship team before being traded at last season’s deadline.
  • On his 27th birthday, guard Shabazz Napier has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN. Napier averaged a career-best 8.7 points and 20 minutes a game last year with the Portland Trail Blazers.

NBA 2018 Free Agency: 7/13/18

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  • The Brooklyn Nets are trading Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks
  • Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler has turned down a four-year extension worth close to $100 million, a league source confirmed to ESPN. If Butler puts together another All-Star-caliber season, he stands to make even more money next summer because the league’s salary cap is expected to rise.
  • The Chicago Bulls are progressing on an offer sheet for Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker, league sources told ESPN. Parker, who is a restricted free agent, was the second pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Bucks. Chicago waived shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick and rescinded the qualifying offer to small forward David Nwaba on Thursday. Sources say a deal could be done Sunday, and that Milwaukee is not expected to match.
  • The Utah Jazz and power forward Georges Niang have agreed to a contract. Niang, a 2016 second-round pick by Indiana, ended the 2017-18 season on a two-way contract with the Jazz.

2018 NBA Free Agency: 7/12/18

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  • The Washington Wizards have announced the signing of center Dwight Howard. Howard and the Brooklyn Nets finalized a buyout on July 6, clearing the way for the three-time Defensive Player of the Year to join John Wall in Washington.
  • The Miami Heat and shooting guard Wayne Ellington agreed to a one-year deal. Ellington made a career-high 227 3s for the Heat last season, and his return means that Miami’s top-ten players in terms of regular minutes played last season are under contract for the 2018-19 season.
  • The Denver Nuggets and point guard Isaiah Thomas agreed to a one-year deal for the veterans minimum, according to ESPN. Thomas, who finished fifth in MVP voting in 2017 as a member of the Boston Celtics, spent the 2017-18 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. Thomas’ last two seasons were cut short due to a hip injury.

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  Image result for charles oakleyOakley Arrested, Accused Of Cheating In Vegas – Former New York Knicks big man Charles Oakley was arrested in Las Vegas on Sunday for committing, or attempting to commit, a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said in a statement provided to ESPN on Thursday. Oakley was arrested by Nevada Gaming Control Board Enforcement Agents at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. He was suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known, according to the board. Further details of the incident were not made available, but TMZ reported that Oakley pulled back a $100 chip after he realized he was going to lose his wager. Oakley was booked into the Clark County Detention Center without incident, the board said. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 7. The violation is considered a Class B felony. If convicted of a first offense, the violator is subject to a sentence of 1-6 years in a state prison and a fine of no more than $10,000. “This is not a significant matter and we expect it to be resolved quickly,” Alex Spiro, Oakley’s New York-based attorney, told ESPN. 

2018 NBA Free Agency: 7/10/18

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  • The Houston Rockets and restricted free agent Clint Capela remain at a standstill after Houston’s initial offer was well shy of the big man’s expectations. Sources told ESPN that the offer was in the four-year, $60 million range, with the 24-year-old center seeking a deal similar to Steven Adams‘ four-year, $100 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • In advance of an inevitable, if not imminent parting, the Oklahoma City Thunder granted Carmelo Anthony permission to meet with prospective teams, including the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, league sources told ESPN. Anthony and his representatives met with Rockets and Heat officials in Las Vegas in recent days, league sources told ESPN.
  • Restricted free-agent point guard Marcus Smart met with two teams Monday in Las Vegas and plans to meet with two more teams on Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported. The Boston Celtics extended a $6.1 million qualifying offer to Smart on June 28.

NBA 2018 Free Agency: 7/9/18

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  • Joakim Noah‘s future with the New York Knicks remains unclear, but the veteran center wants to remain with the club. “I love New York,” Noah said when asked during a brief interview with TMZ Sports if he wants to stay with the Knicks. Noah has two years remaining on a four-year, $72 million contract.
  • The LA Clippers and small forward Luc Mbah a Moute have agreed to a one-year deal.
  • The Houston Rockets lost small forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency, and ESPN reports that Houston is “determined” to sign power forward Carmelo Anthony. The Oklahoma City Thunder will  reportedly cut ties with Anthony this summer.