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Toronto Raptors sign Aron Baynes, Chris Boucher to 2-year deals

Free agent Aron Baynes and the Toronto Raptors have agreed to a two-year, $14.3 million deal with a team option for the second year, his agent, Daniel Moldovan, told ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Baynes fills an immediate need for Toronto at center with the departure of Marc Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Chris Boucher also agreed to a two-year, $13.5 million deal to stay with the Raptors, his agent, Sam Permut, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Baynes, who hails from Australia, is coming off arguably the best season of his eight-year NBA career, averaging a career-high 11.5 points and 5.6 rebounds while showing a long-range shooting touch for the first time. His 1.4 3-pointers and 35.1% shooting from deep were both career highs.cheap nfl nike jersey

But when Phoenix resumed its season inside the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida, Baynes wasn’t part of it. He tested positive for COVID-19 and remained in Arizona as the upstart Suns went 8-0 in the bubble, only to fall just short of the playoffs.8

Boucher made strides and was able to crack the Raptors’ rotation this past season, his second with the team. He averaged 13.2 minutes in 62 games, with 6.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.

A 6-foot-9 power forward with great bounce and a big wingspan, he can defend on the perimeter but has struggled to shoot from there, connecting on just 32.1% of his attempts from 3-point range while averaging close to 2.0 attempts for his career.

He got a late start in basketball, then tore his ACL late in his senior season at Oregon, so while he turns 28 in January, this will be just his fourth NBA season.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Boucher is a restricted free agent, meaning the Raptors had the right to match any offer for him.

The Raptors also agreed to a two-year, $4 million deal with former Atlanta Hawks small forward DeAndre’ Bembry, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Bembry was the Hawks’ first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft. He’s started 23 games over the last four seasons with Atlanta.

This past season, he averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 43 games (four starts) for the Hawks.

Sources: Los Angeles Lakers, Marc Gasol agree to 2-year deal

The Los Angeles Lakers are shoring up their defending championship run by adding a big man with championship experience whose career started with the purple and gold.

The Lakers are finalizing a two-year deal with center Marc Gasol, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

The free-agent signing, which would pry Gasol away from several other interested contenders by offering a longer deal, requires some maneuvering on the part of Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka to manage the salary cap.

L.A. is trading center JaVale McGee and a future second-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers to help make room for Gasol, a source told Wojnarowski. Cleveland is sending Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie to the Lakers in the deal, sources said.

Gasol will be signing for the equivalent of the veteran’s minimum salary for a player with 10-plus years of service in the league of $2.56 million per year, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. However, because Gasol will be signing a two-year deal, L.A. will not receive the typical cap relief that comes from signing a player to the veteran’s minimum.cheap nfl nike jersey

Normally, a veteran’s minimum one-year contract counts as only $1,620,564 against the cap, with the league footing the rest of the bill. It is a mechanism that allows cap-strapped contenders to continue to field competitive rosters year after year. High-profile teams signing veteran players, rather than cheaper, young, unproven talent, also benefits the league by keeping players in the NBA that the league has already invested in marketing to develop familiarity with its fans.7

Because L.A. is signing Gasol to a two-year deal, however, the contract is ineligible from the approximate $1 million in cap relief from the league each season.

Both McKinnie ($1.8 million) and Bell ($1.8 million) were on non-guaranteed contracts for 2020-21, according to Marks. In order to make the money between them and McGee — who recently opted into his $4.2 million contract for next season — match under the league’s trade guidelines, L.A. will have to guarantee part of their contracts.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Lakers will guarantee $580,000 of Bell’s salary, waive him and use the stretch provision to space the money owed to him over the next three years, league sources told Marks.

McKinnie’s contract has been fully guaranteed, and he will begin the season on the Lakers’ roster, according to Marks.

Adding Gasol and McKinnie, while parting with McGee, will give L.A. 10 players under contract, and when Anthony Davis signs his extension to stay with the team, as expected, that will bring the roster to 11. That will leave the Lakers with only enough cap space to sign three more players to one-year, veteran’s minimum contracts for 2020-21.

In Gasol, L.A. brings in a former All-Star to fill the void in the middle created by the departures of McGee and Dwight Howard, who signed with the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent. Even though Davis is more than capable at center and played the position plenty during the Lakers’ postseason run, sources told ESPN that it remains a priority for L.A.’s front office to fill the roster with other reliable centers so that Davis doesn’t have to bear the brunt of the position during the arduous regular season.

Gasol was drafted by the Lakers in 2007 but had his rights traded to Memphis for his brother, Pau, before he ever played an NBA game.

On the Lakers, Gasol will be looking to win his second NBA championship. He won his first with the Raptors two seasons ago after Toronto landed him from the Grizzlies in a midseason trade. Gasol spent the first 10 seasons of his career with Memphis and was one of the founding fathers of the “Grit and Grind” Grizzlies who catapulted the franchise to new heights.

The 2012-13 Defensive Player of the Year, Gasol remains a stalwart on that end of the floor. The Raptors allowed a measly 98.9 points per 100 possessions when Gasol was on the court last season.

While his days as an offensive fulcrum are behind him, the 35-year-old averaged 3.3 assists in 26.4 minutes per game last season while stretching the floor as an effective 3-point shooter on a healthy number of attempts.

Gasol struggled to stay on the court in the playoffs, however, which could be a sign that Father Time is catching up to the 12-year veteran.

Sources: Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis, eyeing bigger deal, declines option

Fresh off a championship in his first season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, All-Star big man Anthony Davis has declined to pick up the final year on his contract and will enter free agency this week, league sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday.

Davis, 27, averaged 27.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 blocks per game in the postseason during the Lakers’ title run.

The fact that Davis is not picking up the final year on his deal, worth $28.7 million, is viewed merely as a business decision to ink a longer deal with more security than one season guaranteed. It also will allow him to reenter free agency as a 10-year veteran, when his maximum salary potential will increase.nfl cheap nike jerseys

Yahoo Sports was first to report Davis’ contract decision.8

The Lakers, sources said, will present several options to Davis and his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, in order to work with the superstar on the deal that makes him feel the most comfortable being part of the franchise moving forward.

One factor that Davis surely will measure when considering his options is the contract status of LeBron James, who is under contract for 2020-21 and has a player option for 2021-22.

Davis is one of a handful of L.A.’s championship pieces who could test free agency this week. Guards Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Avery Bradley also have player options available that they are expected to decline.nike nfl cheap jerseys

JaVale McGee also has a player option worth $4.2 million that he could pick up, considering the market for traditional big men and his fit playing with Davis. Dwight Howard and Markieff Morris are set to become unrestricted free agents.

Sources: Brooklyn Nets top James Harden’s list of trade destinations

As Houston Rockets star James Harden considers his uncertain future with the franchise, the Brooklyn Nets are rising to the top of his list as a possible trade destination, sources told ESPN.

The idea of joining Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn is resonating with Harden, sources said.
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Durant and Harden — past teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder — have recently discussed the possibility, but there have yet to be trade discussions between the two front offices.

Harden has been increasingly uneasy about the Rockets’ ability to compete for an NBA title and has been considering the possibility of pushing to play elsewhere before his contract expires, sources said.

The Nets are believed to be considering the viability of a deal for Harden, but it is unclear how far the franchise would go in delivering Houston the assets it might require in return.

Rockets general manager Rafael Stone has consistently been telling teams that the team plans to “run it back” with Harden this season, sources said. The Rockets have seemed inclined to listen to offers on Harden, sources said, although that’s customary for most teams about most players in the league.nfl nike jerseys cheap china7

If the Rockets did decide to engage in trade talks on Harden, they’ve privately made it clear that they would require a monstrous return of players, draft picks and pick swaps. The Nets have two borderline All-Star guards on the roster — Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie — and several more intriguing young players.

The idea of playing together again came up during Harden and Durant’s offseason workouts together in Los Angeles. Sources said the players talked openly about whether the combination could work and how a trade facilitating it could work.

Durant was selected No. 2 overall in the 2007 NBA draft and became the building block of the Thunder team that advanced to the 2012 NBA Finals. Russell Westbrook and Harden were drafted in subsequent drafts, but as their talents grew, it became impossible for the small-market Thunder to sign all three to maximum contract extensions. Harden was traded to Houston in 2013.

Harden, 31, has been an All-Star in all eight seasons since arriving in Houston, winning MVP in 2017-18 and finishing among the top three in voting four other times in the past six years, and claiming the NBA’s past three scoring titles. He is owed $131.5 million over the three seasons remaining on his maximum contract, including a $46.9 million player option in 2022-23.nfl cheap nike jerseys

The Rockets have been actively searching for trade partners for Westbrook, but that marketplace is proving relatively barren, sources said. Westbrook, 32, has three years and $131.5 million left on his contract — including a $46.7 million player option in 2022-23.

He won the 2016-17 MVP and made his ninth All-Star appearance last season, which ended with Westbrook playing through rust and injury after rushing back from a strained right quadriceps during the first round of the playoffs.

Daryl Morey likes Philadelphia 76ers’ roster, says goal is championship

Daryl Morey, speaking Monday for the first time as president of basketball operations of the Philadelphia 76ers, expressed excitement about the championship potential of a roster built around All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

“My goal is to win a championship, so whatever gets us there is what we’ll do,” Morey said during a virtual news conference officially announcing his hiring. “But I would say to have two star-plus players in 24 and 26 years old, that is why I couldn’t get Doc Rivers to come interview in Houston.

“He saw this roster and he said, ‘It’s amazing,’ and ‘Sorry I couldn’t fly to Houston to meet with you, Daryl.’ And then, obviously, I end up here a couple weeks later. … It was pretty cool.”

Last month Morey agreed to leave the Houston Rockets, where he had run the team’s basketball operations for more than a decade. At the time, he said he was planning to take a “gap year.”

But on Monday he found himself sitting alongside Rivers (hired as coach last month after a departure from the LA Clippers), general manager Elton Brand (whom Morey is now ahead of on the organizational depth chart) and owner Josh Harris.

“That was my plan,” Morey said of taking a gap year, before adding with a smile, “My kids are giving me a lot of crap about it.nfl cheap nike jerseys

“I’m a pretty competitive guy, but that was my plan. My wife was actually urging me to do that. But Elton and Doc and Josh were relentless, just relentless, as soon as I stepped away. Frankly, the more you look at what Elton has put together, on this roster with Joel and Ben as the headliners but with great players — Al [Horford], Josh [Richardson], Tobias [Harris] and some of the younger players brought in last year — I’m with Doc.8

“He and I have been chatting a lot, and the more you dig into the players that are here, the more you get excited about what this team can do.”

In the span of a month, the Sixers have landed one of the best and most respected coaches and executives in the NBA. Harris said that, in both cases, when he and the rest of the Sixers’ ownership had an opportunity to pursue both men, doing so was a no-brainer.

“You have to be self-reflective,” Harris said. “When we came out of the bubble, we were self-reflective. It didn’t work last year. We were disappointed. And also, it’s hard. People like Doc Rivers, or coaches like Doc Rivers, executives like Daryl Morey, they’re under contract. It’s very hard to get them out of their current situations. It’s very rare they leave current situations, or you have availability to talk to them.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“So, the minute they were available, we jumped on it, and yeah, I think we’re now really well set up with great leadership and great people. I think it is a new dawn, a new era, and I hope it lasts for a long, long time. And I think hopefully it will yield success on the court. I believe that it will.”

The Sixers entered last season with sky-high expectations, only to fall short. The team was hindered by injuries — most notably to Simmons in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida — while the trio of Simmons, Embiid and Horford, in particular, struggled to fit together.

But while Embiid and Simmons are about as big of a departure as one could find from the small-ball, 3-point-shooting team Morey and Mike D’Antoni built with the Rockets, his long-standing philosophy has not been to chase 3-point shooting, but to chase stars. And, repeatedly, Morey went out of his way to praise Embiid’s potential, in particular, during Monday’s news conference.

“Well first I would say, how we play is going to be up to Doc,” Morey said. “But that’s one reason I’m very excited to be here is to work with a championship coach like Doc. I think — and I think he agrees with me, he can jump in — the best way to win in the NBA is to take your talent and figure out how to utilize them the best. Right? It’s not to take your talent and hammer it into a particular system. It’s to try to get the most out of who you have.

“It doesn’t take much to look at when Joel is on the floor and healthy, and he’s been in here twice a day for quite a while, he’s very focused and motivated, this is an unbelievable defensive team. The fact that he’s also an extremely good offensive player … Joel is the kind of player you win championships with if you look back through NBA history. We were trying to build our best team around our talents in Houston, but here Doc is going to take the talent we have and use them to the best of our ability.”

Philadelphia 76ers name Daryl Morey team president; extend GM Elton Brand

The Philadelphia 76ers officially named Daryl Morey president of basketball operations and extended the contract of general manager Elton Brand on Monday.

Morey stepped down as GM of the Houston Rockets this month after blockbuster moves that failed to lead the franchise to the NBA Finals. The Rockets made the playoffs 10 times since Morey was hired in 2007, including the last eight seasons, for the longest active streak in the NBA.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“Talent like Daryl rarely becomes available, so we moved quickly and aggressively to bring him here,” team owner Josh Harris said. “He has an extraordinary track record of success in this league as an innovator, visionary and leader, and I believe he significantly improves our chances of delivering a championship caliber team to our fans. This offseason, we made it our mission to make this organization better and stronger.”7

Brand was named general manager on Sept. 20, 2018. He helped lead the hiring process that landed coach Doc Rivers early last month.nfl cheap nike jerseys

“This offseason, we made it our mission to make this organization better and stronger. By hiring a tremendous front-office leader in Daryl and championship coach in Doc, as well as extending Elton, we’re proud of what we’ve assembled,” Harris said.

Houston went 640-400 under Morey and won a franchise-record 65 regular-season games in the 2017-18 season.

The Sixers believed they were ready to contend for their first championship in 37 years and Brand spent $180 million to re-sign Tobias Harris and nearly $100 million to sign free agent Al Horford away from Boston. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid emerged from The Process to become All-Stars and earn hefty contracts but have yet to prove they can carry the Sixers into serious championship contention.

“Thank you to Josh Harris for the trust he has placed in me to lead the 76ers,” Morey said. “I am humbled by the challenge and will work tirelessly to win the hearts of Philadelphia’s legendary fans.”

Sources: Philadelphia 76ers set to hire Daryl Morey to run operations

Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is finalizing a deal to become the Philadelphia 76ers’ new president of basketball operations, sources told ESPN.

A formal announcement is expected as soon as this week, sources said.

General manager Elton Brand is expected to remain in his current position, and new coach Doc Rivers is a proponent of the hiring, sources said. Rivers and Morey have a long history and strong relationship.cheap nfl replica jerseys8

Morey has long been a target of 76ers ownership, turning down a chance to run the team two years ago before signing an extension with the Rockets.

In the aftermath of Houston’s elimination from the league’s Orlando restart, Morey approached owner Tilman Fertitta with the idea of leaving the job and the sides quietly worked through an exit agreement to conclude his 13 seasons running the franchise’s basketball operations.replica nfl jerseys china

Discussions with the Sixers started soon after, sources said, and escalated this week, with Morey traveling to Philadelphia to meet with ownership, sources said.

Stephen Silas to be new head coach of Houston Rockets, sources say

The Houston Rockets are hiring Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas to become the franchise’s next head coach, sources told ESPN.

Silas and the Rockets agreed to a four-year contract Wednesday, and a formal announcement was expected soon, sources said.

Silas will replace Mike D’Antoni, who left after his contract expired at the end of the season.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Silas sold the Rockets on his offensive ingenuity and a strong family history in 20 seasons as an NBA assistant under highly regarded head coaches such as Rick Carlisle and Steve Clifford. His experience coaching elite guards — including Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry and Kemba Walker — is expected to serve him well with the Rockets, shaping his own system around James Harden and Russell Westbrook.7

“A great hire for the Rockets,” Carlisle said. “Stephen did a great job for us here in Dallas helping us get back to the playoffs. Thrilled for him and his family.”

Silas is the son of former NBA player and coach Paul Silas, and he worked for his father early in his career with Charlotte. They become the fifth father-son combination to be NBA head coaches.

Stephen Silas, 47, will be the first hire of new Rockets general manager Rafael Stone, who recently replaced Daryl Morey.

The Rockets hope to have John Lucas return to their coaching staff under Silas, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

Lucas was a finalist for the head-coaching job and is immensely respected throughout the organization, from ownership to the locker room. Lucas served as director of player development in Houston under D’Antoni and could have a more prominent role under Silas.cheap nfl replica jerseys

The Rockets want to build a veteran staff to assist the rookie head coach, and the Houston Chronicle reported that the team also has targeted former NBA head coaches Nate McMillan and Jeff Hornacek.

Silas built a strong reputation in the league for his even-tempered and likable style through the years. He is an Ivy League graduate, having attended Brown University.

Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso gets first playoff start; Anthony Davis to center

Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel changed his starting lineup for Sunday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals, moving Anthony Davis to center in place of Dwight Howard and adding Alex Caruso to the first five along with LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Caruso, who just last season was a two-way player splitting time between the Lakers and L.A.’s G League franchise, the South Bay Lakers, is making the first start of his postseason career.8

The Caruso, Davis, James, Caldwell-Pope, Green lineup has played just one minute in the Finals so far, outscoring the Miami Heat 2-0.

Davis, who aggravated a right heel contusion in Friday’s Game 5 loss, is still affected by the injury but will play through it.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“He’s going to have some soreness in there,” Vogel said of Davis. “The hope is once he gets moving up and down the floor, the adrenaline kicks in, that it shouldn’t be an issue.”

LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers claims fourth NBA Finals MVP

LeBron James has made it clear that his goal is to surpass Michael Jordan as the greatest player in basketball history.

Sunday night, James took a step closer to doing so.

James was named the 2020 NBA Finals MVP for leading the Los Angeles Lakers to their first championship in a decade and winning the fourth title of his career with a 106-93 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 6. James, who previously won Finals MVP in 2012 and ’13 with the Heat and in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is the first player in NBA history to win the award with three different franchises.nike cheap nfl jerseys

Winning his fourth Finals MVP moves him out of a tie with Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O’Neal and into second all time — trailing only Jordan, who won the award six times.

James capped his 17th season in the league with a virtuoso run through the postseason, shooting well over 50% from the field while also running the Lakers’ offense virtually every possession he was on the court. He also displayed a commitment on the other end of the court, playing a key role in a suffocating defensive unit. Most importantly, James outdueled Jimmy Butler in what was an all-time classic matchup throughout the Finals, including the Lakers’ star going off for 40 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists in Game 5, and 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in Game 6.7

“This was very challenging, and very difficult,” James said afterward. “It played with your mind, and it played with your body. You’re away from some of the things you’re so accustomed to [that] make you the professional you are.

“This is right up there with one of the greatest accomplishments I have.”

James delivering a 17th overall championship to the Lakers, who last won a title in 2010, came after a disappointing first season in Los Angeles. Following their Christmas Day 2018 win over the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers were 20-14 and in fourth place in the Western Conference. But James suffered the first major injury of his career in that game, a strained groin that kept him out more than a month. By the time he returned, the Lakers had fallen to 10th in the West.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

In summer of 2019, general manager Rob Pelinka swung a massive trade for Anthony Davis, an excellent partner for James who helped quickly turn around the franchise.

“I can’t really explain it,” James said of what makes his partnership with Davis so special. “It’s just certain things you know. In any type of relationship, you kinda just feel, you know, that vibe, you can have that respect. You have that drive, and sometimes you can’t explain what links you with somebody, and that’s organic.”

That partnership fueled the Lakers to quickly establish on-court chemistry and success during the regular season before James, who averaged a league-leading and career-high 10.2 assists in the regular season, again proved to be indomitable in the crucible of the playoffs.