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- Lakers sign F Ed Davis (The SportsXchange) July 23, 2014Ed Davis signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers that includes a player option for 2015-16. "Ed is a versatile, young frontcourt player who, if he continues to work hard, will be a valuable contributor," said general manager Mitch Kupchak. "We look forward to him furthering his development with the Lakers and are excited by what we think he can offer our team." Davis, 6-10, 250, began his career with the Toronto Raptors.
- Philippine anger as game with NBA players is cancelled (AFP) July 23, 2014Organisers of a visit by NBA stars to the basketball-mad Philippines have apologised and offered refunds after an exhibition game was abruptly cancelled. Tycoon Manny Pangilinan, whose company sponsored the scheduled match Tuesday night between a visiting NBA contingent and the national team, issued a profuse apology amid growing anger at the cancellation. The NBA team, including the Houston Rockets' James Harden, the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, were supposed to play "five on five" games with the national team, Gilas Pilipinas, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Free-agent roundup: Lakers bring back Henry, Johnson and Kelly; Seraphin returns to Wiz; and more (Ball Don't Lie) July 22, 2014The list of available players in the free agent class of 2014 continues to dwindle down, with teams tending toward focusing on the ends of their benches while aiming to maintain future flexibility and set their sights on the future ... in part, perhaps, because they'd rather not think too hard about the present. With that in mind, let's run through some recent smaller deals agreed upon by players and teams, starting out in Los Angeles. *** • The Los Angeles Lakers continued rounding out their roster by bringing back three members of last year's dismal 27-55 squad — swingman Xavier Henry, forward Wesley Johnson and prospective stretch four Ryan Kelly. (Start planning the parade.) Henry received a one-year, $1 million deal, according to Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski . So did Johnson, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard . (They may well both be receiving the $981,084 minimum salary for four-year players , with the reports just rounding the salaries up.) Kelly — who was a restricted free agent, unlike Henry and Johnson, and whose agreement was first reported by Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times — got a two-year deal worth just under $3.4 million, according to ESPN's Marc Stein , suggesting that his salary comes out of the Lakers' last remaining cap exception, the "room mid-level exception," which is worth $2.732 million for the coming season. Johnson made 79 appearances, including 62 starts, for Mike D'Antoni last season, sopping up the lion's share of L.A.'s minutes at the small forward spot and turning in the most productive season of his NBA career in the most wide-open opportunity since joining the Minnesota Timberwolves as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 draft. That, however, isn't saying much — he chipped in 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 28.4 minutes per game, shooting just 42.5 percent from the floor and getting roundly outproduced at multiple positions, according to 82games.com's charting . There were some sunny spots. The former Syracuse star shot a career-best 36.9 percent from long distance, including a 41.2 percent mark on spot-up opportunities, according to Synergy Sports Technology 's game-charting. He used his long arms and athleticism to contribute a neat 2.1 combined steals and blocks per game, and to beat the Portland Trail Blazers on an alley-oop off an inbounds pass . At this stage, though, the 27-year-old's most commendable virtue seems to be keeping the Lakers from starting $21.5 million teammate Nick Young at the three spot. (Which is, to be fair, pretty important.)
- NBA roundup: Bryant fears life after hoops (The SportsXchange) July 19, 2014Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said he is "scared" about his future after basketball. Bryant, who turns 36 in August, is under contract with the Lakers for two more seasons. "Kobe Bryant's Muse" looks into his life last season when the Lakers went 27-55 as he recovered from the injuries. ---The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent forward Rashard Lewis on Saturday.
- Wizards acquire Humphries from Celtics (The SportsXchange) July 19, 2014The Washington Wizards announced Saturday that they acquired power forward Kris Humphries from the Boston Celtics for a protected 2015 second round draft pick. Humphries averaged 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.9 minutes over in 69 games (30 starts) with Boston last season. In 10 seasons with the Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey and Brooklyn Nets and Celtics, Humphries has averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 18.1 minutes over 627 games.
- Lowry Will Be Back With the Raptors July 3, 2014Point guard Kyle Lowry will re-sign with the Toronto Raptors, his agent confirmed.
- Nets Move On With a Swat at the Buzzer May 5, 2014Bounced from the first round a year ago, the Nets earned a measure of redemption as Joe Johnson scored 26 points and Paul Pierce blocked Toronto’s final shot.
- Nets’ Fate May Rest With Backcourt May 4, 2014Game 7 of the Nets-Raptors series could be decided on how well each backcourt plays and how much life is left in the legs of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
- Game 7s Abound in the First Round of N.B.A. Playoffs May 4, 2014That so many series have gone the distance reflects the compelling and competitive nature of the matchups in the first round.
- Hobbled With Ankle Injury, Williams Carries Nets to Game 7 May 3, 2014Deron Williams fought through pain to finish with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, helping the Nets avoid elimination with a 97-83 win against the Raptors.