Jimmy Butler's representatives and the Chicago Bulls have started discussions on a possible contract extension.
"I want to be here," Butler said. "I think the Bulls want me here. So however long it takes, as long as we get it worked out. Basketball is my main focus, not really the contract situation."
Butler would become a restricted free agent next offseason...
The Portland Trail Blazers exercised their fourth-year option on the contract of guard Damian Lillard. In two seasons, Lillard has averaged 19.9 points (42.7% FG, 38.1% 3-PT, 85.9% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.84 steals and 37.2 minutes per game. Only four players in NBA history have more points (3,257) and assists (988) in their first two seasons (O. Robertson, T. Archibald...
The Philadelphia 76ers have waived Pierre Jackson.
Mark Deeks writes that Jackson will receive a guaranteed $400,00 from the 76ers for this season while he rehabs from an Achilles tear that occured during Summer League.
Justin Hamilton underwent a procedure at South Miami Hospital on Monday to repair an atrial flutter.
After experiencing light-headedness during practice, he was sent to Doctors Hospital where the diagnosis was discovered. He will remain sidelined for a few days and can then begin non-contact exercises for approximately three weeks before being re-evaluated prior to re-joining the...
The decision by the Miami Heat in the 2013 offseason to amnesty Mike Miller drew the ire of LeBron James.
The move saved the Heat money while taking away a key locker room guy and rotation player with big game experience.
"LeBron thought it was an unnecessary change," Miller told Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Miller signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason.
Free agent forward Alonzo Gee has reached agreement on a deal with the Denver Nuggets, a source with knowledge told RealGM.
After deciding on Monday to join the Nuggets, Gee will report to Denver training camp Tuesday.
As one of the best players on the available market, the 6-foot-6 forward brings active defense and athleticism on the wing for the Nuggets.
Gee, 27, has trained vigorously...
Kevin Durant candidly discussed his present and future with the Oklahoma City Thunder, making it clear that he is pleased with the franchise's direction and likes his situation.
"We'll keep dancing around (the topic), and by the time it comes it's going to be even more awkward than it was, so it's not a surprise (that people ask him about it) because everybody...
Rajon Rondo will begin the 14-15 season coming back from a left hand injury, but it will be an important year with free agency looming in July. A veteran of eight seasons, Rondo has assumed a leadership role with the Boston Celtics since the departure of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. He has also developed a good relationship with Brad Stevens, who replaced Doc Rivers...
Evan Turner was supposed to push the Indiana Pacers over the hump last spring, but they ended falling at the hands of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second-straight season.
Turner’s arrival, which came via a deadline trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, wasn’t the only thing that didn’t go Indiana’s way in the second half, but he quickly became one...
Kevin Durant intends to rejoin USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Durant withdrew from the 2014 World Cup citing exhaustion.
Durant was previously with USA Basketball for the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.
Free agent swingman D.J. Stephens has reached an agreement on a training camp deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, leagues sources told RealGM.
A freak athlete who recorded a 46-inch vertical as an NBA draft prospect in 2013, Stephens signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks last season. In three NBA games, Stephens scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds.
Mark Cuban has made a series of comments about Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets over the past few months, which has finally elicited a response.
Cuban has deried Dwight Howard's decision to sign with the Rockets, while also signing away Gersson Rosas as GM only to have him step down as return to Houston months later. The Mavericks also signed Chandler Parsons to a max contract...
Markieff and Marcus Morris are close to contract extensions with the Phoenix Suns, according to sources.
Both are closing in on new four-year deals that are likely to total in the $52 million range.
Chris Johnson was claimed by the Philadelphia 76ers off free agency waivers, according to sources.
Johnson was recently waived by the Boston Celtics.
The New York Knicks and Iman Shumpert's representatives have not had contact about a contract extension, according to sources.
The Knicks have about four weeks to start talks with Shumpert, but they are content to to let him become a restricted free agent next summer.
The Knicks explored trades for Shumpert in the offseason but could not find equal value for their 2011 first round pick.
Robert Sarver still regrets the departure of Joe Johnson as a free agent in 2005.
The Phoenix Suns were $833,333 per year apart on an extension before Johnson's last season with the team.
As a free agent, Johnson felt like the Suns tried to lower his value and did not make an offer, prompting him to ask that they not match the Atlanta Hawks' $70 million offer ($20 million...
Pat Riley identified Mario Chalmers as the Miami Heat's starting point guard in the offseason.
Still, Norris Cole is confident he is prepared to assume the starting spot.
“I’m ready to be a starter," Cole said on media day.
Cole averaged 6.4 points and 3 assists last season.
Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves will have contract talks in person this week that could make him the second-highest paid player on the team.
Both sides appear willing to make a deal. Rubio and Glen Taylor spoke several times by telephone last week, with each expressing hope a contract extension can get done soon.
A new deal, expected to be for four seasons, could be worth...
The Denver Nuggets are actively pursuing free agent forward Alonzo Gee, sources with knowledge told RealGM.
Despite dealing with the adversity of three offseason trades and his release from the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, Gee has worked out diligently on his overall game, including improving his jump shot, daily training sessions and getting into the best basketball shape of his...
Tyreke Evans is expected to miss 3-5 weeks with a strained right hamstring, the New Orleans Pelicans announced on Saturday.
"Tyreke injured his hamstring playing pickup basketball out of town last week,” Dell Demps said in a statement. “He is back in New Orleans rehabbing with our medical staff. Hopefully, he will be cleared to play before the season-opener.”
Tim Duncan admitted he had hesitation before opting into his $10.3 player option for the 2014-15 season.
“There was some hesitation there,” Duncan said.
Ultimately, Duncan did not want to leave a season on the table.
“It came down to, I'm not going to be able to do this again,” Duncan said. “So as long as I'm feeling I can (play), and I feel good about it, this...
The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Keith Bogans to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to sources.
The Cavaliers will also send a future second-round pick and create a $5.3 million trade exception in the process.
Brendan Haywood participated in all activities as the Cleveland Cavaliers opened training camp on Saturday.
David Blatt called Haywood the surprise of the day one of camp.
Haywood missed the entire 2013-14 season due to a foot injury.
Julius Randle projects in the NBA as a power forward, but the Los Angeles Lakers have been impressed with his ability to defend threes and handle the ball.
"He's got super quick feet and I think if there's one thing you didn't see much at Kentucky, as you do watching him every day, is that he's got really gifted quickness, first step, [and] he loves contact,...
Luol Deng met the media on Friday and said he wants to move on from the unfortunate situation of Danny Ferry's racial remarks directed toward him during free agency.
"I think one of the hardest things to do as a human being and something that we should do more often is forgive," Deng said. "I do forgive Danny. It's not something I want to hold onto for the...