Adrian Wojnarowski

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Adrian Wojnarowski is the NBA columnist for Yahoo! Sports. His book "The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty"; was a New York Times best-seller. He is a 1991 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he considers Butler Gymnasium's rims to be the most giving in the game.

  • Hornets acquire Ryan Anderson in sign-and-trade with Magic

    Ryan Anderson has reached agreement with the New Orleans Hornets on a four-year, $36 million contract in a sign-and-trade deal that will send backup center Gustavo Ayon to the Orlando Magic, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Ryan Anderson was last season's Most Improved Player. (AP)As a restricted free agent, Anderson intended to sign an offer sheet from the Hornets that the Magic didn't want to match. Orlando then decided to negotiate the sign-and-trade.

    [Also: Adrian Wojnarowski: Dislike of Rajon Rondo partly why Ray Allen chose Miami]

    Anderson, 24, emerged as one of the best long-range shooting big men in the NBA, averaging 16 points and seven rebounds for the Magic last season when he was named the league's Most Improved Player. He shot 43.9 percent from the field, and 39.3 percent on 3-pointers. The Magic drafted St. Bonaventure forward Andrew Nicholson with the 19th overall pick.

    Ayon, 27, averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 54 games for the Hornets last season.

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  • Aaron Gray agrees to deal with Raptors

    Free-agent center Aaron Gray has reached agreement on a two-year contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

    Gray, 27, averaged 3.9 points and a career-best 5.7 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game for Toronto last season.

    Toronto is Gray’s third stop in the NBA. He’s played with Chicago and New Orleans in five seasons since leaving the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Heat gave Ray Allen reason to again feel wanted

    The issues chasing Ray Allen out of the Boston Celtics and into the arms of their most despised opponent stacked higher and higher, and suddenly everything crystallized in the hours basketball’s most persuasive recruiter, Pat Riley, captivated him. The emperor of the Miami Heat sold Allen on never hearing his name in trade talks and a run of championships awaiting him. After all these years, Allen needed to feel wanted again, needed the recruiting, and Riles had such a willing soul sitting with him in the breeze blowing over Biscayne Bay.

    Ray Allen played five seasons for the Celtics and helped them win the 2008 title. (Getty Images)"He felt he was getting respect that he hadn’t gotten from [Celtics president] Danny [Ainge] and [coach] Doc [Rivers] anymore," a source close to Allen said Friday night. "…The presentation was incredible."

    Respect comes in different ways, but make no mistake: The Celtics had offered two years and $12 million – respect for someone's who's 37 and coming off ankle surgery – and it didn’t matter to Allen. He hated the way Ainge dangled him in trade

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  • Sixers to waive forward Elton Brand under NBA's amnesty policy

    The Philadelphia 76ers will use the NBA's amnesty clause to cut Elton Brand and the $18.2 million left on his contract, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Elton Brand can be claimed off amnesty waivers by teams under the cap. (Getty Images)In part, this move clears the way for the Sixers to sign Los Angeles Clippers free agent Nick Young to a one-year, $6 million deal.

    The 76ers can’t use the amnesty clause until the league’s moratorium on signings ends July 11. Teams under the salary cap can place bids on Brand through the amnesty wire with the highest bid claiming him. Teams currently under the cap include the Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets.

    [Also: Jeremy Lin accepts Rockets' $29M offer; Knicks likely to match]

    If no team claims Brand off the amnesty wire, he will become a free agent and can sign with any team.

    Brand, 33, averaged 11 points and 7.2 rebounds for the 76ers last season.

    Young gives the 76ers a consistent outside scoring threat. He averaged 14.2 points for the Washington Wizards and Clippers a season ago.

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  • Lin accepts Rockets' $29 million offer

    Jeremy Lin has agreed to sign a four-year, $28.8 million offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    The Knicks are expected to match any offer sheet free agent Jeremy Lin receives. (Getty Images)The New York Knicks have vowed to match any offer Lin receives to keep him. The earliest Lin can officially sign the offer sheet is July 11. The Knicks would have three days to match or let him join the Rockets.

    Houston's four-year offer to Jeremy Lin includes a team option in the fourth year. He would make $5 million in year one, $5.2 million in year two and $9.3 million in each of years three and four. The back-loaded offer is designed to hit the Knicks hard on the luxury tax.

    The Rockets' offer comes on the same day the team reached agreement to trade point guard Kyle Lowry to the Toronto Raptors for a first-round draft pick. It also comes one day after the Phoenix Suns reached agreement with Goran Dragic on a four-year, $30 million contract. The Rockets stopped bidding on Dragic, refusing to go as far as the Suns did.

    The Knicks have publicly and

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  • Steve Nash's arrival could make Dwight Howard also want to join Kobe Bryant, Lakers

    Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash connected on the phone Monday night, discussing the parameters of a partnership that would’ve once seemed so improbable. Nash had the vision of joining the Los Angeles Lakers, and Bryant told him he wanted him there. This had come together so fast, so out of nowhere, Bryant is still calculating the possibilities of pairing two of a generation’s best talents and basketball minds.

    Dwight Howard has indicated that the Nets are the only team he will re-sign with after the season. (AP)This is the kind of cordial recruiting call that Bryant and Dwight Howard haven’t had, a silence existing for most of a year now. Bryant will not recruit Howard to reaffirm the Lakers as part of Howard's list of teams that he’s willing to accept a trade and sign a long-term extension. For several reasons – including Bryant's respect for teammate Andrew Bynum – the odds of Bryant picking up the phone and calling are remote. Bryant would welcome Howard as a teammate, sources say, but he’s shown no inclination to be part of a process of trying to convince him to come.

    When they

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  • Nets target Ersan Ilyasova as backup plan if they can't land Dwight Howard

    The Brooklyn Nets have targeted Milwaukee Bucks restricted free-agent forward Ersan Ilyasova if they fall short of completing a blockbuster trade for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Ersan Ilyasova averaged career highs of 13 points and 8.8 rebounds last season. (AP)The Bucks have offered Ilyasova a five-year contract worth nearly $40 million, league sources said, and so far have shown no desire to partner in a sign-and-trade deal that the Nets need to acquire him.

    Ilyasova, 25, has listened to overtures from other teams and is waiting to see what unfolds. He’s taking two visits to two teams with salary-cap space this week, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said.

    [Also: Deron Williams agrees to $100 million contract with Brooklyn Nets]

    Short of a deal for Howard, the Nets are searching for a third team to take their own free agent, Kris Humphries, as part of a sign-and-trade scenario with the Bucks. The third team would potentially be rewarded with future draft picks from the Nets for taking on Humphries.

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  • Spencer Hawes reaches agreement on two-year deal with Sixers

    Free-agent center Spencer Hawes has agreed to a two -year, $13.1 million contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers, Hawes' agent, Greg Lawrence, told Yahoo! Sports.

    Hawes, 24, helped the Sixers reached the Eastern Conference semifinals. Before an Achilles injury sidelined him midway through the season, Hawes was averaging 12 points and 12 rebounds to help fuel the Sixers' early season surge in the Atlantic Division. His resigning was one of the top offseason priorities of general manager Rod Thorn and coach Doug Collins.

    The Milwaukee Bucks made a strong bid for Hawes, but he decided to return to the 76ers. The Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers also showed interest.

    Hawes averaged 9.6 points and career bests of 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He was the 10th overall pick to the Sacramento Kings in 2007, and came to the Sixers as part of a trade in 2010.

  • Knicks emerge as frontrunners to land Steve Nash

    The New York Knicks have emerged as the frontrunners to land All-Star guard Steve Nash, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    The Knicks could give Steve Nash a three-year contract worth nearly $30 million in a sign-and-trade deal. (AP)Nash and the Knicks are in the critical stages of discussions on a three-year deal worth between $27 million-$30 million to be executed through a sign-and-trade deal with the Suns. The Knicks would send rookie guard Iman Shumpert and two players – including Toney Douglas and Dan Gadzuric – to Phoenix for Nash, sources said.

    Nash, a two-time MVP, has been enthusiastic about joining the Knicks' core of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire.

    [Also: Deron Williams agrees to $100 million contract with Brooklyn Nets]

    The Toronto Raptors reached agreement with restricted free-agent guard Landry Fields on a three-year, $20 million offer sheet Tuesday, believing it would disrupt the Knicks' ability to assemble the necessary parts for the Suns. Toronto has offered Nash a three-year, $36 million contract, but Nash has privately indicated a preference

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  • Anthony Davis will report to Team USA's Olympic camp after spraining ankle

    New Orleans Hornets No. 1 pick Anthony Davis will report to Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas on Wednesday after spraining his ankle last week, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

    Anthony Davis sprained his ankle last week. (AP)Anthony Davis sprained his ankle last week. (AP)After sustaining an ankle injury in a Hornets workout on Saturday, the expectation was that Davis would miss too much of the USA Basketball's training camp and likely would bow out of competition to make the final roster for the Olympic team. Nevertheless, the ankle injury didn’t turn out to be as serious as originally feared. After Lamar Odom, another frontcourt player, decided not to attend camp, it was decided Davis could take the time needed to heal the ankle and return to practice.

    Davis, a 6-foot-11 center from Kentucky, could return to practice for Team USA within a week to 10 days. USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski plan to be patient with Davis, especially with the glut of injuries that have hit the

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