Center-poor Lakers to meet with Greg Monroe, DeAndre Jordan
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:39 am ET) In an attempt to fill a gaping hole at center, the Lakers will make pitches Wednesday to free agents Greg Monroe and DeAndre Jordan, per the Orange County Register.

Monroe, who has reportedly felt unappreciated in Detroit, averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the Pistons last season.

Jordan is a defensive specialist and premier rebounder who has struggled mightily hitting foul shots for the cross-town Clippers and boasts virtually no offensive range. He led the NBA at 15.0 rebounds per game, but shot a horrific 41.7 percent at the line.

Lakers make pitch to free agent PF LaMarcus Aldridge
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:32 am ET) The midnight meeting with coveted free agent power forward LaMarcus Aldridge went quite well for the Lakers, a person in the room told the Orange County Register. It lasted about two hours.

Among those representing the team were general manager Mitch Kupchak, Byron Scott and star player Kobe Bryant, who reportedly performed quite well in his role.

Aldridge, who is also considering signing with San Antonio and remaining in Portland, has been a consistent producer since arriving in the NBA. He averaged a career-best 23.4 points and added 10.2 rebounds in 36 minutes per game last year.

Report: Bulls G Jimmy Butler leaning toward taking five-year deal
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:20 am ET) Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler could be sticking around for a while. He is leaning toward accepting the five-year, $90 million max contract offered by the team rather than a shorter one that would result in a quicker possibility of unrestricted free agency, per ESPN.

Butler proved to be one of the most surprising breakout players in the NBA last season. He averaged career-highs in points (20.0) and rebounds (5.8) in 39 minutes per game. He shot a respectable 46.2 percent from the floor.

Report: F Paul Millsap choosing between Hawks, Magic
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:13 am ET) Standout free agent forward Paul Millsap met Wednesday morning with the Magic, according to TNT, and could bolt the Hawks to play for their Southeast Division rival.

Millsap, who might also choose to remain in Atlanta, played a big role in its push to the Eastern Conference finals. He averaged 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in about 33 minutes per game. But he struggled at times in the sweep by Cleveland that left his team out of the title round.

Report: Bulls agree to three-year deal with G Mike Dunleavy Jr.
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:17 am ET) The Bulls have agreed to re-sign guard Mike Dunleavy Jr. to a three-year, $14.4 million deal, sources have told Yahoo Sports. 

The 35-year-old Dunleavy had 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season. 

Heat, Goran Dragic agree to five-year, $90 million deal
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:05 am ET) League sources have confirmed that the Heat have agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract with guard Goran Dragic, according to NBA Insider Ken Berger. Dragic had opted out of his contract to become a free agent last week, but the Heat were expected to be aggressive to re-sign him.

Dragic had 16.3 points per game last year, splitting time between the Heat and the Suns. 

Report: Blazers sign Al-Farouq Aminu
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(12:38 am ET) The Trail Blazers agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract with free-agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Aminu averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 74 games last season for the Mavericks.

Report: Spurs sign Kawhi Leonard to five-year extension
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(12:12 am ET) The Spurs have agreed to a five-year contract extension with forward Kawhi Leonard, sources told Yahoo Sports.

The five-year deal is believed to be worth more than $90 million. Leonard won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year last season. He averaged 16.5 points and 7.2 rebounds.

Report: Pelicans sign Anthony Davis to five-year extension
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(12:08 am ET) The Pelicans agreed on a contract extension with forward Anthony Davis, sources told Yahoo Sports.

The extension is worth $145 million over five years. Davis made the All-Star team last season after averaging 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks.

Report: 76ers decline option on Henry Sims
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(6/30/2015) The 76ers will not offer center Henry Sims a qualifying offer, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sims will become an unrestricted free agent. In 73 games last season, Sims averaged 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds.

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