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  • Knicks trade Anthony to Thunder
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, September 23, 2017

    The New York Knicks agreed to trade 10-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to multiple reports Saturday.

    • The Thunder will send center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick via the Chicago Bulls to the Knicks, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

      The 33-year-old Anthony will waive his no-trade clause and his $8.1 trade kicker to accommodate the deal, according to ESPN.

      A trade call is scheduled for Monday to finalize the deal with the league office, sources told The Vertical.

      Anthony previously told the Knicks he would only waive his no-trade clause for the Thunder, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

      Anthony joins MVP Russell Westbrook and newly acquired All-Star forward Paul George in a reshaped and Western Conference contender. Both players reportedly played a significant role in recruiting Anthony to waive his no-trade clause for Oklahoma City.

      The Thunder are making a major commitment with the Anthony deal, incurring $27 million in luxury tax for the 2017-18 season. He has two years and $54 million left on his contract, including a player option for $27.9 million on the 2018-19 season.

      Talks between Thunder general manager Sam Presti and Knicks GM Scott Perry intensified in 24 hours before Saturday's agreement, league sources told ESPN.

      Anthony could take part in the start of Thunder training camp on Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

      The Knicks stated publicly on Friday that Anthony would return to the team for the start of training camp, but an increased level of urgency began over the weekend, The Vertical reported.

      Anthony had a no-trade clause as part of the maximum contract he signed in 2014 and declined a trade from the Knicks throughout the turmoil of Phil Jackson's tenure as president of basketball operations.

      Anthony averaged 22.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting along with 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 74 games with the Knicks last season, his seventh in New York and 14th in the NBA.

  • Trump: Warriors not welcome at White House
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, September 23, 2017

    President Donald Trump says the Golden State Warriors are not welcome to the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship.

    • Following his criticism of the NFL at a political rally on Friday night for allowing players to protest during the national anthem, Trump rescinded any invitation coming to the Warriors to visit the White House.

      "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!" Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

      The Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to win their second championship in three seasons. There was no previous indication of an official White House invitation for the Warriors, and ESPN reported Thursday night that the NBA had been in communication with the Trump administration on the matter. An invitation was expected to be extended if the team decided as a group to attend.

      Warriors coach Steve Kerr told ESPN earlier this week that the team was planning to meet to discuss a potential White House visit but did not say when that discussion would happen.

      Kerr and several Warriors players, including stars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, have criticized Trump's actions during the campaign and in office. The Warriors visited President Barack Obama in early 2016 after winning the 2015 Finals.

      Curry said Friday he would vote no if the team were invited to the White House. Durant previously said he would not go either.

      Curry, a two-time MVP, was forceful in his stance at Warriors media day in Oakland on Friday.

      "I don't want to go," Curry told reporters. "That's kind of the nucleus of my belief. ... (But) it's not just me going to the White House. If it was, this would be a pretty short conversation."

      Curry elaborated when asked what his intended message would be to skip the event.

      "That we don't stand for basically what our President has -- the things that he's said and the things that he hasn't said in the right times, that we won't stand for it," Curry said. "And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to. It's not just the act of not going there. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion.

      "(Athletes are) all trying to do what we can. We're using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that, so that's kind of where I stand on it. I don't think us not going to the White House is going to miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that."

      Kerr earlier confirmed to ESPN that an invitation had not been extended by the White House. He said he had several conversations with Durant, Curry and other team leaders about the situation throughout the summer.

      "I've talked to a couple of them about it," Kerr told ESPN. "There are a lot of different dynamics to this and different viewpoints. We've got players from all over the world and all over the country, and they're going to have different perspectives, so I think it's important for us all to get in a room and hash it out and decide what we want to do.

      "The league isn't going to tell us what to do. They know it's our decision and that, for me, really, it's the players' decision. I will put my two cents in, but the players, they're the ones who won the championship, they're the ones who did all the work, and they're the ones who will be very responsible for everything that we do. As a staff, we try to guide them on the floor. But in the end, to me, it's all about the players. Everything we do is about the players."

      Durant, the Finals MVP, said last month he does not want to celebrate the team's title at the White House with Trump.

      "Nah, I won't do that," Durant told ESPN. "I don't respect who's in office right now. I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that. That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me."

      Since taking office in January, Trump has hosted the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and members of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to honor their titles.

  • Blazers F Vonleh suffers shoulder injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 22, 2017

    Portland Trail Blazers forward Noah Vonleh will miss all of preseason camp and is likely to miss the first two weeks of the regular season after suffering a right shoulder strain, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

    • Vonleh sustained the injury while playing a pick-up game at the team's practice facility.

      The injury will not require surgery, but he is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.

      Vonleh, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, started 41 of the 74 games he played for Portland last season, and he was a bigger factor late in the season. He averaged 4.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 2016-17.

      Any one of a number of players could fill Vonleh's spot in the starting lineup. Al-Farouq Aminu, Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard, Caleb Swanigan and Evan Turner are among the candidates.

  • Suns acquire G Daniels from Grizzlies
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 22, 2017

    The Phoenix Suns acquired guard Troy Daniels and a second-round pick in the 2018 draft from the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday in exchange for a second-round pick in the same draft.

    • The deal saves the Grizzlies $6.7 million and clears a roster spot. The Suns have 14 guaranteed contracts and $10.8 million remaining in cap space.

      Daniels averaged 8.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 67 games last season. He recorded averages of 6.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in his career with the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Hornets and Grizzlies.

      Phoenix also signed forward Anthony Bennett and swingman Peter Jok.

      Bennett, who was the top overall pick of the 2013 draft, averaged 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 151 career games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets.

      Jok joins the Suns following a successful four-year career at Iowa. He led the Big Ten in scoring with 19.9 points per game last season and earned All-Big Ten First Team honors while setting a Hawkeyes' single-season record by shooting 91.1 percent from the free throw line.

  • NBA notebook: Warriors to discuss White House visit
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 22, 2017

    The Golden State Warriors plan to meet as a team this fall to decide whether to make a visit to the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship.

    • Head coach Steve Kerr told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, "We will meet as a team to discuss it and make a decision."

      The Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to win their second championship in three seasons. The team has not yet been invited to visit the White House nor has the organization decided whether it would accept an invitation if it were offered, sources told ESPN.

      Several members of the team, including stars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, have criticized President Donald Trump's actions during the campaign and in office. The Warriors visited President Barack Obama in early 2016 after winning the 2015 Finals.

      --Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris underwent sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, the team announced.

      The timetable means Morris will miss at least the first six games of the 2017-18 season and perhaps up to month.

      The Wizards said in a statement that the surgery "went as expected."

      --The Charlotte Hornets promoted Stephen Silas to associate head coach and hired Eddie Jordan as an assistant coach, the team announced.

      Silas, 44, is in his eighth season on the Charlotte bench and 17th in the NBA, coming to the Hornets after spending the previous 4 1/2 seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors.

      Jordan, 62, played seven seasons in the NBA from 1977-84 with four different teams, helping the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA championship during the 1981-82 season.

      --The Philadelphia 76ers agreed to terms with guard Jacob Pullen.

      Pullen, 27, most recently played for BC Khimki of the VTB United League in Russia. Across VTB and Eurocup play, he appeared in 40 games and averaged 9.5 points and 1.9 assists.

      Since 2011, Pullen played professionally in Italy, Israel, Spain and Croatia in addition to his most recent season in Russia.

  • Wizards' Morris to miss 6-8 weeks after sports hernia surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 22, 2017

    Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris underwent sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, the team announced Friday.

    • The timetable means Morris will miss at least the first six games of the 2017-18 season and perhaps up to month.

      The Wizards said in a statement that the surgery "went as expected."

      Morris was slated to begin rehabbing the injury immediately.

      The 28-year-old Morris averaged a career-best 14.0 points to go with 6.5 rebounds for Washington last season.

      Morris is also facing felony charges -- along with twin brother Marcus of the Boston Celtics -- for a 2015 incident in Phoenix involving former family acquaintance Erik Hood. The Morris brothers are each facing two counts of aggravated assault.

  • 76ers sign G Pullen
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 22, 2017

    The Philadelphia 76ers agreed to terms with guard Jacob Pullen on Friday.

    • Pullen, 27, most recently played for BC Khimki of the VTB United League in Russia. Across VTB and Eurocup play, he appeared in 40 games and averaged 9.5 points and 1.9 assists.

      Since 2011, Pullen played professionally in Italy, Israel, Spain and Croatia in addition to his most recent season in Russia.

      The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Pullen starred at Kansas State from 2007-11, averaging 15.8 points and 3.4 assists in 135 games (67 starts).

  • Hornets promote Silas to associate head coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 22, 2017

    The Charlotte Hornets promoted Stephen Silas to associate head coach and hired Eddie Jordan as an assistant coach, the team announced Friday.

    • Head coach Steve Clifford made the changes on his staff after lead assistant Patrick Ewing left in April to coach his alma mater at Georgetown and Bob Weiss moved to the Denver Nuggets last month.

      Silas, 44, is in his eighth season on the Charlotte bench and 17th in the NBA, coming to the Hornets after spending the previous 4 1/2 seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors.

      Silas also spent five seasons as an assistant coach under his father, Paul Silas, with the original Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (2000-03) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-05).

      Stephen Silas, who joined the original Hornets in the summer of 1999 as an advance and college scout, was promoted to assistant coach on June 5, 2000, making him the youngest assistant in the NBA at that time at 27 years old.

      Jordan, 62, played seven seasons in the NBA from 1977-84 with four different teams, helping the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA championship during the 1981-82 season. He began his coaching career as an assistant in the college ranks with Boston College (1986-88) and Rutgers (1988-91), before returning to the NBA as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings from 1992-97.

      Jordan has been a head coach with three NBA teams: the Kings (1997-98), the Washington Wizards (2003-08) and Philadelphia 76ers (2009-10). Most recently, he was head coach at his alma mater, Rutgers (2013-16).

      The Hornets also promoted Rick Higgins to coaching assistant/video coordinator, Cam Twiss to general manager of the team's G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm, and David Kaplan to manager of basketball analytics.

  • Warriors will meet to decide on White House visit
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 22, 2017

    The Golden State Warriors plan to meet as a team this fall to decide whether to make a visit to the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA championship.

    • Head coach Steve Kerr told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, "We will meet as a team to discuss it and make a decision."

      The Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to win their second championship in three seasons. The team has not yet been invited to visit the White House nor has the organization decided whether it would accept an invitation if it were offered, sources told ESPN.

      Several members of the team, including stars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, have criticized President Donald Trump's actions during the campaign and in office. The Warriors visited President Barack Obama in early 2016 after winning the 2015 Finals.

      The NBA has stayed in communication with the White House on the matter and it is believed an invitation would be extended if the team decided as a group to attend, according to ESPN. The league office acts as a liaison with the White House to help schedule the visit.

      Kerr confirmed that an invitation has not been extended by the Trump administration. He said he had several conversations with Durant, Curry and other team leaders about the situation throughout the summer.

      "I've talked to a couple of them about it," Kerr told ESPN. "There are a lot of different dynamics to this and different viewpoints. We've got players from all over the world and all over the country, and they're going to have different perspectives, so I think it's important for us all to get in a room and hash it out and decide what we want to do.

      "The league isn't going to tell us what to do. They know it's our decision and that, for me, really, it's the players' decision. I will put my two cents in, but the players, they're the ones who won the championship, they're the ones who did all the work, and they're the ones who will be very responsible for everything that we do. As a staff, we try to guide them on the floor. But in the end, to me, it's all about the players. Everything we do is about the players."

      Durant, the Finals MVP, said last month he does not want to celebrate the team's title at the White House with Trump.

      "Nah, I won't do that," Durant told ESPN. "I don't respect who's in office right now. I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that. That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me."

      Since taking office in January, Trump has hosted the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and members of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to honor their titles.

  • Grizzlies sign C Rabb
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, September 21, 2017

    The Memphis Grizzlies signed second-round draft pick Ivan Rabb to a contract, the team announced on Thursday.

    • Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Grizzlies, who acquired the 6-foot-10 forward in a 2017 draft-day trade with the Orlando Magic.

      Rabb initially was selected with the 35th overall pick by the Magic after averaging 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 31 games last season as a sophomore at the University of California.

      The 20-year-old was named to the All-Pac-12 first team after leading the conference in rebounding both overall and in conference play (11.4 rebounds). He also was one of 10 finalists for the Karl Malone Award, given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's top collegiate power forward.

  • 76ers' Embiid not yet cleared for 5-on-5 drills
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has yet to be cleared for 5-on-5 drills as he works his way back from an injured left knee, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Embiid played in only 31 games last season and had surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

      Team president Bryan Colangelo and coach Brett Brown said Wednesday that the club will soon decide the best way to proceed with Embiid's playing time when training camp opens next week.

      "To be able to specifically tell you what I'm about to get out of him next week, I'm not able to do that now," Brown said, per the Philadelphia Daily News. "But in regards to playing 5-on-5 basketball and when that can actually happen, right now, we can't give you a direct answer."

      "It's been very important to us to make it criteria-based where he checks off certain boxes (and) can move to the next step," Colangelo said.

      Embiid missed his first two NBA seasons while recovering from two surgeries to repair a broken bone in his foot. He declared for the 2014 NBA draft after just one season at Kansas and was selected third overall.

      The 23-year-old was having a breakout year before the knee injury, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, making him a candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year.

  • Wizards F Morris to undergo surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Washington Wizards starting power forward Markieff Morris will miss the start of training camp because he is scheduled to have surgery to repair a sports hernia on Friday, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

    • The Wizards begin training camp on Tuesday in Richmond, Va., and their first preseason game is on Oct. 2. Their first regular-season game is Oct. 18, and Morris might be available for that contest. This type of surgery typically requires a few weeks of recovery time.

      Morris, 28, is entering his third season with the Wizards. He averaged 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 76 games, all as a starter, during the 2016-17 season.

      Jason Smith and Mike Scott are the likely replacements for Morris if he misses any time during the regular season.

      Morris also is involved in a felony assault trial in Arizona. He and twin brother Marcus are accused of helping three other people beat a man outside a Phoenix recreation center in January 2015.

  • Nuggets officially re-sign C Plumlee
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    The Denver Nuggets officially re-signed restricted free agent center Mason Plumlee to a three-year contract Wednesday.

    • Terms were not disclosed by the team, but the deal is worth $41 million, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday.

      Acquired in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers on Feb. 13, the 6-foot-11, 255-pound Plumlee appeared in 27 games (10 starts) for Denver last season, averaging 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 blocks in 23.4 minutes per contest.

      Over four NBA seasons, the 27-year-old Plumlee appeared in 315 career games (213 starts) for Brooklyn, Portland and Denver, averaging 9.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 23.0 minutes.

      Plumlee, who was the 22nd overall pick of the Brooklyn Nets in the 2013 draft out of Duke, won a Gold Medal alongside Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried at the FIBA World Cup with Team USA in 2014.

  • NBA notebook: Durant apologizes for "childish" Tweet
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant apologized and labeled his recent actions on Twitter as "childish" and "idiotic" on Tuesday while on a Tech Crunch panel in San Francisco.

    • Durant claims he accidentally used his main Twitter account while defending his decision to leave Oklahoma City.

      When asked by a fan to give him "one legitimate reason for leaving okc other than getting a championship," the 2017 NBA Finals MVP responded in the third person with the following: "he didn't like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan. His roster wasn't that good, it was just him and Russ (Russell Westbrook)."

      While the words weren't supposed to be released from his primary count, they were ... prompting Durant to take ownership of his mistake on Tuesday.

      Durant said he will continue to use Twitter to talk with basketball fans.

      --Doug Collins was named as the Chicago Bulls' senior advisor of basketball operations, the team announced.

      Collins will report to John Paxson, the executive vice president of basketball operations.

      Collins, who coached the Bulls from 1986-89, has more than 40 years of experience in the NBA.

      --Forward Dante Cunningham agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. The 30-year-old Cunningham reportedly received a contract worth $2.3 million.

      Cunningham became a free agent when he declined a $3.1 million player option with the Pelicans for the 2017-18 campaign. He was unable to obtain a multiyear deal and considered one-year offers from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors before agreeing to return to the Pelicans.

      Cunningham averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 66 games for New Orleans last season.

      --The Miami Heat exercised their fourth-year option on forward Justise Winslow, the team announced.

      The Heat had until Oct. 16 to exercise that option for Winslow, who is guaranteed $3.44 million for the 2018-19 season. Had Miami elected against the move, Winslow would have become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

      Winslow was limited to just 18 games last season because of multiple injuries, including a shoulder ailment that required surgery.

  • Bucks sign swingman Rush
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    The Milwaukee Bucks added a veteran presence to the perimeter by signing swingman Brandon Rush to a training camp contract on Tuesday.

    • Rush spent last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21.9 minutes over 47 games while shooting 38.6 percent from 3-point range. The 32-year-old is a career 40.2 percent 3-point shooter over nine seasons with Indiana, Golden State, Utah and Minnesota.

      Rush, who won a championship as a member of the Golden State Warriors in 2015, owns career averages of 6.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 481 games.

      The Kansas product joins a small forward/shooting guard rotation in Milwaukee that also includes Khris Middleton, Jabari Parker, Tony Snell Rashad Vaughn, James Young and Sterling Brown.

  • Pelicans, F Cunningham agree to one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Forward Dante Cunningham agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.

    • The 30-year-old Cunningham reportedly received a contract worth $2.3 million.

      Cunningham became a free agent when he declined a $3.1 million player option with the Pelicans for the 2017-18 campaign. He was unable to obtain a multiyear deal and considered one-year offers from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors before agreeing to return to the Pelicans.

      Cunningham averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 66 games for New Orleans last season.

      He owns career averages of 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in eight seasons with Portland, Charlotte, Memphis, Minnesota and New Orleans.

  • Warriors' Durant apologizes for 'idiotic' OKC comments
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant apologized and labeled his recent actions on Twitter as "childish" and "idiotic" on Tuesday while on a Tech Crunch panel in San Francisco.

    • Durant claims he accidentally used his main Twitter account while defending his decision to leave Oklahoma City.

      When asked by a fan to give him "one legitimate reason for leaving okc other than getting a championship," the 2017 NBA Finals MVP responded in the third person with the following: "he didn't like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan. His roster wasn't that good, it was just him and Russ (Russell Westbrook)."

      While the words weren't supposed to be released from his primary count, they were ... prompting Durant to take ownership of his mistake on Tuesday.

      "I use Twitter to engage with fans," Durant said. "I happened to take it a little too far. That's what happens sometimes when I get into these basketball debates about what I really love, to play basketball. I don't regret clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans on Twitter. I do regret using my former coach's name and the former organization I played for. That was childish. That was idiotic, all those types of words. I apologize for that."

      Durant said he will continue to use Twitter to talk with basketball fans.

      "I don't think I'll stop engaging with fans," Durant continued. "I really enjoy it, and it's a good way to connect us all, but I'll scale back a little bit right now and just focus on playing basketball. I'll move on from that, it was tough to deal with yesterday."

  • Heat pick up fourth-year option on F Winslow
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    The Miami Heat exercised their fourth-year option on forward Justise Winslow, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The Heat had until Oct. 16 to exercise that option for Winslow, who is guaranteed $3.44 million for the 2018-19 season. Had Miami elected against the move, Winslow would have become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

      Winslow was limited to just 18 games last season because of multiple injuries, including a shoulder ailment that required surgery.

      The 21-year-old Winslow was named to the NBA's All-Rookie second team in 2015-16. He has averaged 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 96 games since being selected by Miami with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 draft.

  • Bulls tab Collins as senior advisor of basketball operations
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Doug Collins was named as the Chicago Bulls' senior advisor of basketball operations, the team announced on Tuesday.

    • Collins will report to John Paxson, the executive vice president of basketball operations.

      "Doug will be great in this capacity for our organization. The position of 'senior advisor' has proven to work well around the NBA in recent years, and I am confident the same will hold true with the Bulls," Chicago chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. "The fact that our relationship goes back more than 30 years certainly helps, but he is especially qualified to assist our leadership in rebuilding the Bulls."

      Collins, who coached the Bulls from 1986-89, has more than 40 years of experience in the NBA. He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick in the 1973 NBA draft and was a four-time All-Star before his career was cut short due to injury.

      "People who know me know the respect that I have for Jerry, Michael (Jordan), and the Chicago Bulls organization. I am looking forward to getting started and helping everyone," the 66-year-old Collins said. "To be able to stay involved in the NBA and work with John, Gar (Foreman), Fred (Hoiberg) and their respective staffs, while not having to leave my family and continuing to live in one of the greatest cities in the world--the fit couldn't be any better for me at this point in my life."

  • Lakers land free agent C Bogut
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Free agent center Andrew Bogut agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

    • The deal is reportedly worth the veteran minimum $2.3 million.

      Bogut sustained a broken leg during his first game with Cleveland Cavaliers in March, sidelining him for the rest of the season.

      The 7-foot Bogut began the 2016-17 season with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 3.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in 26 games, including 21 starts.

      Bogut was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that sent Nerlens Noel to Dallas. Bogut then reached a buyout agreement with the 76ers in February, and he signed with Cleveland.

      However, his time with the Cavaliers lasted just 58 seconds of action, as he collided with the Miami Heat's Okaro White and fractured his left tibia.

      He decided not to have surgery, and in late June it was reported that Bogut was about three weeks away from resuming basketball workouts.

      Bogut, 32, was a starter on the Golden State Warriors teams that won the NBA title in 2015 and was the runner-up in 2016.

      His best season was 2009-10, when he averaged 15.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the Milwaukee Bucks.

  • Bucks re-sign 40-year-old Terry
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 18, 2017

    Jason Terry is returning for another NBA season.

    • The 40-year-old free agent re-signed with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2017-18 season, the team announced Monday.

      Terry, an 18-year veteran, played in 74 games for the Bucks last season. He averaged 4.1 points, 1.3 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game and shot 42.7 percent from 3-point range.

      "'Jet' is a true professional who knows what it takes to be successful in the NBA," Bucks general manager Jon Horst said. "He's a terrific resource for our young group as we continue to develop into a championship-caliber team. We're excited to have him back in Milwaukee."

      The 6-foot-2 guard has played in 1,359 NBA games. His career averages are 13.8 points, 3.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. He also is a career 44.4 percent shooter who makes 38 percent from 3-point range. The former Arizona standout's 2,242 made 3-pointers rank first among active NBA players and third all time.

      Selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Terry was with the Atlanta Hawks for the first five seasons of his career and then went to Dallas to play for the Mavericks for eight years, including their NBA title run in 2011.

      Other stops included Brooklyn and Houston before Terry signed with the Bucks last season.

  • F McCree signs with Heat
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 18, 2017

    The Miami Heat signed forward Erik McCree, the team announced Monday.

    • Terms of the deal were not announced for McCree, an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech, where he played for three seasons.

      The 6-foot-8, 225-pound McCree averaged 14.9 points and 7.3 rebounds over three seasons at the school. He established career highs last season with averages of 17.7 points and 8.9 rebounds.

      McCree, who shot 47.6 percent from the floor in 2016-17, became the sixth player in Louisiana Tech history to register at least 1,400 points and 700 rebounds in just three seasons.

  • Richardson signs four-year extension with Heat
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 18, 2017

    The Miami Heat officially signed guard Josh Richardson to a multi-year contract extension on Monday.

    • Richardson, 24, agreed on a four-year, $42 million contract extension last week as reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal includes a player option on the fourth year.

      Richardson, who was originally selected by the Heat in the second round (40th overall) of the 2015 draft out of Tennessee, appeared in 53 games (34 starts) last season with Miami and averaged 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.13 steals and 30.5 minutes. The shooting guard dealt with a recurring ankle injury.

      The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Richardson outperformed every major statistical category from his rookie campaign and was one of eight Heat players to average double-figures in points, marking the most for any team in the NBA last season.

      As a rookie in 2015-16, Richardson shot 46.1 percent (53 of 115) from 3-point range, the highest percentage by a Heat rookie in team history while also tying the third-highest percentage by any rookie in NBA history with a minimum of 100 attempts.

  • C Plumlee returns to Nuggets with three-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 18, 2017

    Restricted free agent center Mason Plumlee agreed to return to the Denver Nuggets with a three-year deal.

    • The deal is worth $41 million, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday.

      Agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports and Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly reached agreement on the deal late Sunday night, league sources told ESPN.

      Plumlee, 27, was acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers in a February trade for center Jusuf Nurkic.

      The 6-foot-11, 255-pound Plumlee averaged 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 blocks and 23.4 minutes in 27 games (10 starts) with Denver.

      As a restricted free agent, Plumlee could have signed a $4.6 million qualifying offer for the 2017-18 season, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

      Plumlee, who was the 22nd overall pick of the Brooklyn Nets in the 2013 draft out of Duke, owns career averages of 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in four NBA seasons with Brooklyn, Portland and Denver.

  • Knicks sign veteran G Jack
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 15, 2017

    The New York Knicks signed veteran guard Jarrett Jack to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday.

    • Jack, who turns 34 next month, is aiming to revive his career after two major injuries to his right knee. He tore the ACL early in the 2015-16 with the Brooklyn Nets and suffered a season-ending meniscus tear last season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

      Jack played in just two games for the Pelicans before suffering the latest injury.

      Jack has career averages of 11.0 points and 4.5 assists in 805 games over 12 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, New Orleans (two stints), Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn.