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- G-F Henry re-signs with Lakers (The SportsXchange) July 25, 2014The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed that they are bringing back guard-forward Xavier Henry next season, signing him to a contract on Friday. The Lakers did not disclose terms of the deal, but reports indicated it was $1 million for one year. The 23-year-old Henry averaged career highs with 10 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, one steal and 21.1 minutes in 43 games last season. "Xavier earned a spot on our team last season after being a training camp invitee, and we hope he continues the dedication to improving he has displayed for us thus far," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said.
- 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.
- Jeff Bzdelik to join Grizzlies coaching staff (Yahoo Sports) July 23, 2014Former Nuggets head coach Jeff Bzdelik is returning to the NBA.
- 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 Offenses by the Numbers (Rotoworld) July 21, 2014Ryan Knaus digs deep into each NBA team's offensive repertoire, including play types, in the latest edition of The Numbers Game.
- Grizzlies Sign Vince Carter July 13, 2014The Memphis Grizzlies signed the eight-time All-Star Vince Carter to a multiyear deal, the club said.
- Grizzlies Retain Joerger May 28, 2014Grizzlies Coach Dave Joerger has signed a contract extension to remain in Memphis after speaking to the Minnesota Timberwolves about their vacancy.
- Joerger Staying Put as Grizzlies’ Coach May 26, 2014Dave Joerger decided to remain as the coach of the Memphis Grizzlies a day after meeting with the Minnesota Timberwolves about their head coaching vacancy, his agent, Warren LeGarie, said.
- Grizzlies Short-Handed for Game 7 May 2, 2014The Memphis Grizzlies might have all summer to think about their dismal effort Thursday night.
- With Regulation Win, Thunder Force Deciding Game May 2, 2014Behind 36 points from Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City won at Memphis on Thursday night to force a deciding game at home on Saturday.