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NBA Rumors for Wednesday, July 1

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nba rumors The Turkish team Fenerbahce Ulker overnight announced that Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica has exercised an opt clause in his contract to leave for the NBA, That clears the way for the Wolves to sign him, five years after David Kahn drafted him 35th overall in the 2010 NBA draft. Expect Bjelica to sign a three-year deal worth at least $12 million, possibly more. The Wolves will use a good portion of their mid-level exception to sign him. Minneapolis Star Tribune

Bjelica is 6-10, but played guard before he had a growth spurt. He has a guard's playmaking skills, but in a power forward's body. No question he has NBA skills offensively.Defense will be the question, Bjelica is expected to sign by next week, but he's not expected to play with the Wolves' summer-league team in Las Vegas. Minneapolis Star Tribune

DeMarre Carroll announced via social media that he will play for the Toronto Raptors. Carroll tweeted: “#WeThe North I will be playing for Toronto Raptors next year!!!! I’m Blessed for this Opportunity!” Carroll will sign a four-year, $60 million deal as an unrestricted free agent. Atlanta Journal Constitution Blog

ESPN’s Chris Broussard has reported that unrestricted free agent shooting guard Danny Green has reached a new deal to remain with the San Antonio Spurs. Green, a second-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers (46th overall) in 2009, rejoined the Spurs in 2011 after being waived by the team just two games into the 2010 season. Washington Post Blog


nba rumors The Lakers exercised a $981,359 team option to retain center Robert Sacre for the 2015-16 season, according to league source familiar with the situation. The Lakers did not formally decide until the deadline at midnight on Tuesday. Sacre’s contract now become guaranteed. LA Daily News Blog

The Lakers declined a $9 million team option for Jordan Hill, but his circumstances differed. The move ensured the Lakers would have $23 million to spend on free agency. Hill also was a casualty of the Lakers’ power forward-heavy lineup. LA Daily News Blog

nba rumors The Lakers have centered their free agency focus on high-caliber front-court players. The Lakers met with Portland center LaMarcus Aldridge on Tuesday night in Los Angeles and plan to meet with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday. If the Lakers secured either player, they would likely have to devote $18.8 million of their cap space. Both would likely command a max salary, as high as a four-year deal worth $80 million. LA Daily News Blog

Despite declined his team option worth $9 million only a day earlier, the Lakers expressed interest in re-signing Jordan Hill as a free agent, according to a league source familiar with the situation. Hill’s representatives also fielded “several calls” from other interested teams, according to the league source. LA Daily News Blog

nba rumors As expected, Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs have agreed to the general framework on a maximum contract extension that could pay him more than $90 million over five years, a league source told the Express-News on Tuesday. A source close to Leonard has said for several months that the discussion on his extension would be quick. That it was, with news breaking just minutes after the NBA’s annual free agent period began at 11 p.m. CST on Tuesday. San Antonio Express News Blog

Leonard, 24, will not immediately sign the deal to preserve his cap hold of $7.2 million, which will aide the Spurs in their pursuit of coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs could have extended Leonard last summer, but chose to wait until this year in order to maintain that figure, which amounts to a savings of roughly $9 million under the cap. San Antonio Express News Blog

Now, the Spurs turn toward recruiting Portland Trail Blazers free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, which will commence at a breakfast meeting on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. Leonard will join teammates Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, and president/coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford at a presentation to the Blazers All-Star forward, sources said. Yahoo Sports

nba rumors The Los Angeles Lakers will meet with free agent Kevin Love later this week, according to league sources. One source said the Lakers have heard Love is likely to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they still want to sit down with him. The meeting will be part of a busy week for the Lakers, who also will meet with LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan and Greg Monroe. ESPN LA

Besides securing a top-flight power forward, either Aldridge or Love, the Lakers hope to add a center. In addition to Jordan and Monroe, the Lakers have interest in Tyson Chandler and Robin Lopez, Aldridge's teammate in Portland the past two seasons, sources said. The Lakers also will place a call to Marc Gasol, although the All-Star center is widely expected to re-sign with Memphis. ESPN LA

The Lakers also have interest in Dwyane Wade and Tobias Harris, although filling out their front line is the club's top priority. ESPN LA

nba rumors New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis has reached agreement on a maximum five-year extension that could be worth in excess of $145 million, a league source told Yahoo Sports. The contract will have a player option after the fourth year, sources said. Yahoo Sports

The agreement solidifies Davis as the franchise's cornerstone and will keep him off the free-agent market next summer. The extension will begin with the 2016-17 season. Davis is one of the transcendent talents in the NBA and expected to eventually be a multiple-time MVP winner in the league. Yahoo Sports

nba rumors The Trail Blazers did not waste any time plugging their hole at small forward. Shortly after NBA free agency opened at 9:01 p.m., the team agreed to a deal with unrestricted free agent Al-Farouq Aminu, his agent, Raymond Brothers, confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive. The deal, first reported by Yahoo Sports, is valued at $30 million over four years. Oregonian

Aminu, 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game last season for the Dallas Mavericks and is entering his sixth NBA season. The No. 8 overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft, Aminu features high-level defensive ability and a high-energy style, but a below-average long-range shot. In five seasons, he's averaged 6.4 points and 5.3 rebounds, while shooting just 28.6 percent from three-point range. Oregonian


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