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nba rumors Warriors executive board member Jerry West has agreed to a two-year extension with the team through the 2016-17 season, an NBA source confirmed to this newspaper Wednesday. West had one year remaining on his original deal with the team, and this new deal will be tacked on for a total of a three-year commitment from this point. San Jose Mercury News

This move, coupled with the new deal for general manager Bob Myers through the 2017-18 season, puts a bow on co-owner Joe Lacob's desire to keep his front office together for the long term as the team gets set to move into a San Francisco arena by 2018. West, 76, had told associates recently that he was thinking about retiring for good, especially after the chaos of the Warriors' 51-win season and subsequent firing of coach Mark Jackson. San Jose Mercury News

According to multiple sources, West, along with coach Steve Kerr, was a leading voice in the team's decision this summer not to put Klay Thompson into any trade offer for Kevin Love, who has since been traded from Minnesota to Cleveland. But that final decision also was made by Lacob and Myers, and the process, while at times heated, was exactly the way Lacob wants his front office to work. San Jose Mercury News

nba rumors Chauncey Billups, the 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and former Detroit Pistons star, told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday he is retiring after 17 NBA seasons. Billups became an unrestricted free agent when the Pistons declined the second and final year of a contract option that would have paid him $2.5 million next season. The five-time All-Star had interest in playing with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers after a workout this offseason and said he had "a couple of opportunities to play" if he wanted to continue. But after missing 185 games the past three seasons, Billups decided it was time to retire a little more than two weeks before his 38th birthday. Yahoo

"It's just time. I know when it's time," Billups told Yahoo Sports. "My mind and my desire is still strong. I just can't ignore the fact that I haven't been healthy for three years. I can try again and get to a point where I think I can go, but I just can't sustain. Me not being able to play the way that I can play, that's when you kind of know it's that time. "It's just time. I'm happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me. I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process." Yahoo

"I put my whole life into playing basketball," Billups said. "I started at 10 years old. My goal in middle school and high school was just to go to college. I didn't feel like my parents could afford to send me to college. In fear of not achieving that goal, I had to work harder. I felt like basketball was my way of going to college. "Obviously, you get to college and you re-evaluate your goals and I wanted to go to the NBA. I didn't know it was possible, but that was my goal." Yahoo

nba rumors Chandler Parsons went into restricted free agency this offseason after playing three years with the Rockets. The Mavericks signed him to a three-year offer sheet worth $45 million that Houston had the right to match. Parsons said the offer’s size probably surprised the Rockets. “They pretty much told me, ‘Go get the biggest deal and the best deal for you and we’re matching,’ ” Parsons said after throwing out his first pitch. “At the end of the day it’s a business and I have no hard feelings against them.” Dallas Morning News blog

This season he spent some time with Rockets guard James Harden at USA Basketball training camp after Parsons officially went to Dallas. He said neither harbored any bad feelings. “They’ve called me and we’ve talked about the situation before,” Parsons said. “It’s hard to be mad at me. I didn’t do anything wrong. … I’m sure they were under the same impression that I was. I was under the thought process that I was going to be back in Houston.” Dallas Morning News blog

“Tyson is the perfect five-man to play with,” Parsons said. “You don’t have to force the ball to him. He’s not calling plays. He doesn’t want to go and get 20 points. He’s cleaning up everything, finishing alley oops, just the ideal big man that I want to play with.” Dallas Morning News blog

nba rumors Detroit Pistons' forward Greg Monroe, who is facing a two-game suspension after NBA officials learned he pleaded guilty to impaired driving in April, "urinated on himself during the booking process," the Huntington Woods police report documenting his arrest says. Huntington Woods police released video footage of the Feb. 13 stop and arrest, which stemmed from a defective headlight, on Wednesday. Michigan Live

"I'm just trying not to be in the newspaper," Monroe is heard saying to the officers during his transport to jail. "I play for the Pistons," Monroe said. "You play for the Detroit Pistons," asks one of the officers in the vehicle. "Unless you told people that are going to tell people, we don't tell people," an officer is heard saying. Michigan Live

Monroe failed the field sobriety test, missing a letter while reciting the Alphabet with "slow and deliberate speech," swaying when asked to count backwards to 78 from 100 and unable to walk a straight line, the report says. Michigan Live

St. Maarten -- Some 130 young basketball players took part in the second annual Island Hoops Youth Basketball Camp over the weekend, having done exceptionally well according to Island Hoops founder Paul Bell. Celebrity basketball players Iman Shumpert, Chris Copeland and Corey Williams, together with NBA analyst Jeff Lenchiner of, came to the island to host the free camp, for amateur players of all ages, held at a jam-packed Melford Hazel Sports Complex Saturday and Sunday. "There was an energy on the court that I have never seen on a St. Maarten basketball camp before," said Bell. "It was touching seeing so many kids going as hard as they went and putting in that amount of effort. A lot was required, and they delivered. They did exceptionally well and I was happy to be a part of it." St. Maarten Daily Herald

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Leandro Barbosa to a contract, the team announced today. Barbosa, 31, appeared in 20 games with the Phoenix Suns last season, averaging 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 18.4 minutes per contest. The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native spent the first part of the year with Sao Paulo-based Pinheiros/Sky, tallying averages of 15.9 points and 3.1 assists in eight Brazilian League games. Inside Hoops

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed guard Langston Galloway and forward Travis Wear. We assume that these are nonguaranteed deals that merely bring Galloway and Wear to Knicks training camp, giving them a chance to compete for a regular season contract. Galloway, 6-2, 202-pounds, is an undrafted rookie out Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Inside Hoops


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