James had meetings that lasted more than three hours on Tuesday
in Las Vegas, the Associated Press reported. The free-agent forward
did not tip his hand when asked where he plans to play next season,
saying only that he had "no complaints" about his situation.
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed first-round draft pick Zach LaVine
to a contract on Tuesday.
Terms of the deal were not immediately made available by the team.
The 6-foot-5 guard from UCLA was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2014
With money to spend to satisfy salary-cap spending requirements, the
Philadelphia 76ers could be the soft landing the New York Knicks
need to unload veteran forward A'mare Stoudemire.
The New York Post reported Tuesday that Knicks president Phil
Jackson has talked with the 76ers about a possible deal. Stoudemire
activated his 2014-15 season option and is scheduled to make $23.4
million next season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, among the teams pursuing power forward
Pau Gasol, met with the free agent on Monday, ESPNLosAngeles.com
Thunder coach Scott Brooks traveled to southern California to talk
with Gasol, but Oklahoma City is considered a long shot to land the
7-footer, according to the report.
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Lance Stephenson got under the skin of the Heat in the NBA Finals,
but team president Pat Riley wouldn't mind fitting him with a Miami
jersey if the price is right for the restricted free agent.
Unhappy with the five-year, $44 million offer from the Indiana
Pacers, Stephenson made it clear last week he is on the open market.
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo notices the crowd forming
behind him on the roster but is not bothered by general manager
Danny Ainge's decision to draft a point guard sixth overall in the
NBA draft last month.
He told the Boston Globe "I am who I am," when asked for his
reaction to the Celtics selection of Oklahoma State guard Marcus
Smart in the lottery. Smart dominated the ball at the college level,
and is not considered a polished perimeter shooter who could
transition to shooting guard.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)
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