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  • Mike Miller considering back surgery as Cavs, others, debate making waiver bid for him

    Former Miami Heat swingman Mike Miller is considering fusion surgery to repair bulging disks in his back, a revelation that has caused some NBA teams to hesitate on making bids to claim him in the amnesty waiver process, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Several contending teams have interest in signing Miller as a free agent should he go unclaimed before Thursday's 5 p.m. ET deadline, front-office sources told Yahoo! Sports, but all of those would have time for doctors to examine Miller and understand his intentions and needs regarding possible surgery.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are strongly considering a claim on Miller, and it is believed they've also been weighing the issues regarding his back, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Mike Miller won back-to-back NBA championships with the Heat. (AP)

    Miller's back problems caused him to miss games during the 2011-12 season. He also considered surgery in the summer of 2012.

    Miami used the amnesty provision to free itself of the $12.8 million left on Miller's contract over the next two seasons. The decision will

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  • Bobby Brown works out for Knicks

    In a continuing search for deeper point guard depth, the New York Knicks conducted a workout with free-agent guard Bobby Brown in Las Vegas on Tuesday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Bobby Brown played for Siena in Italy last season. (Getty Images)Brown, 28, had a breakout season in the Euroleague and has been discussing a return to the NBA with several teams this summer.

    The Knicks are considering Brown with one of their remaining veteran minimum slots, sources said. The Knicks need a third point guard to play behind Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni.

    Brown averaged 18.8 points and 5.3 assists the past season for Siena of Italy. His 41 points in January in a dramatic comeback victory over talented Fenerbahce of Turkey was the highest-scoring Euroleague performance in a decade.

    Brown played limited roles for four NBA teams – Sacramento, Minnesota, New Orleans and the Los Angeles Clippers – beginning in 2008 before fully growing his game professionally in Europe over the past two years.

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  • Knicks reach deal to sign Metta World Peace

    Metta World Peace has reached agreement on a two-year, $3.2 million contract with the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    The second year of the deal is a player option, a source told Y! Sports.

    World Peace and his agents, Marc Cornstein and Peter Cornell, met with Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald and coach Mike Woodson on Monday in Las Vegas and agreed to the deal in the meeting, league sources said.

    Metta World Peace spent the past four seasons with the Lakers. (USA Today Sports)The Los Angeles Lakers amnestied World Peace last week. He went unclaimed in the amnesty waiver process and became a free agent on Sunday evening.

    World Peace – once known as Ron Artest – grew up in the Queensbridge section of New York and attended St. John's University.

    The Lakers must pay the balance of World Peace's contract – $7.7 million for the 2013-14 season – but it doesn't count against the franchise's salary cap.

    World Peace, 33, averaged 12.4 points, five rebounds and 1.6 steals in 75 games last season. The Knicks will be the sixth team for World Peace in 15

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  • Knicks frontrunners to sign Metta World Peace

    Metta World Peace is expected to meet with New York Knicks executives in Las Vegas within the next two days, pushing the free-agent forward closer to an eventual contract agreement with the Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Metta World Peace averaged 12.4 points in 75 games for the Lakers last season. (AP)

    The Knicks are the strong frontrunner to sign World Peace to a contract worth almost $1.6 million for the 2013-14 season, sources said. A possible deal could include a second year with a player option, league sources said. The Knicks plan to give World Peace half of their $3.1 million taxpayer midlevel exception. The other half of the exception was used to re-sign guard Pablo Prigioni.

    The Knicks are confident World Peace will sign with them, league sources told Y! Sports.

    New York's front office executives and coaching staff are assembled in Las Vegas for the NBA's summer league, and World Peace is expected to arrive in Vegas on Monday.

    World Peace – once known as Ron Artest – grew up in the Queensbridge section of New York and attended St. John's University.

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  • Nuggets hire Rockets' Arturas Karnisovas as assistant GM

    The purge of Houston Rockets' front-office executives continued with director of player personnel Arturas Karnisovas accepting the assistant general manager job with the Denver Nuggets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Karnisovas, 42, will join new general manager Tim Connelly in the Nuggets' front office.

    The Philadelphia 76ers hired away Rockets executive vice president Sam Hinkie in May to become the franchise's GM.

    After joining the Rockets as an international scout in 2008, Karnisovas had been promoted through the organization and most recently held the title of director of scouting.

    As a player, Karnisovas had a decorated basketball career. After starring under P.J. Carlesimo at Seton Hall, Karnisovas won two Olympic bronze medals (1992 and '96) for Lithuania and was selected as FIBA's European Player of the Year in 1996. He reached the Euroleague Final Four three times.

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  • Wizards show interest in DeJuan Blair

    The Washington Wizards have interest in pursuing San Antonio Spurs free-agent forward DeJuan Blair in a sign-and-trade deal, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    The Spurs have shown a willingness to assist Blair in finding a team without the salary-cap space to sign him, but it's unclear if any Wizards assets appeal to San Antonio.

    The Wizards don't have the cap space to sign Blair for anything above the veteran's minimum.

    Blair, a tough, 6-foot-7 forward, averaged nearly eight points game in his four seasons with the Spurs. He was a second-round pick out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2009.

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  • Mavericks rookie Shane Larkin breaks ankle

    Dallas Mavericks rookie guard Shane Larkin broke his ankle in summer-league practice and is expected to be sidelined two to three months, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Shane Larkin helped Miami reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. (AP)The Mavericks acquired Larkin with the 18th overall pick in last month's NBA draft after moving back two spots through trades with the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks.

    Larkin, 20, entered the draft after two seasons at Miami. As a sophomore, he averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds while helping lead the Hurricanes to the ACC championship and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

    The Mavericks strengthened their backcourt Friday by agreeing to a three-year, $30 million contract with free-agent guard Monta Ellis. The Mavericks previously had also reached deals with free agent guards Jose Calderon and Gal Mekel.

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  • Brooklyn Nets' deal with Andrei Kirilenko raises suspicions from NBA rivals

    The rest of the NBA had resigned itself to billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's relentless pursuit of players and playoff success, absorbing it all until the Brooklyn Nets are pushing an unprecedented $185 million in payroll and punitive taxes. From Deron Williams to Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce to Joe Johnson, these Nets embody the spirit of the Russian's imperialistic vision.

    Andrei Kirilenko opted out of a contract that would have paid him $10 million with the Timberwolves this season. (AP)Prokhorov had come to conquer the NBA, constructing a basketball arena in the borough of Brooklyn and empowering general manager Billy King to transform a barren roster into a championship contender. The Nets were destined to gather talent in this kind of boldly belligerent way, big names and bigger contracts stacked to the stars. From $101 million in salary to $82 million in luxury tax, Brooklyn has introduced itself as one of the biggest targets in the history of the NBA.

    Only this time, the rest of the NBA believes the Nets have gone too far, delivering the league into an unfiltered rage. The signing of Russian free

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  • Chauncey Billups returns to Pistons on two-year deal

    Nearly a decade after resurrecting the franchise and leading it to an NBA championship, Chauncey Billups has reached agreement on a two-year contract to return to the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    The deal will be worth $5 million-plus for Billups, league sources said.Chauncey Billups in his glory days as a Piston. (Y! Sports)

    Billups, 36, hopes to finish his career where it blossomed in the glory years of the Billups-Richard Hamilton-Ben Wallace Pistons of the mid-2000s. Billups will play the part of mentor for young Detroit guard Brandon Knight, and be a rotation guard off the bench for Detroit.

    Pistons general manager Joe Dumars has long regretted trading Billups to the Denver Nuggets for the expiring contract of Allen Iverson in the 2008-09 season. Now, Dumars has brought back Billups with a mandate to nurture and perform for the Pistons.

    For Billups, the trade sent him to his hometown Nuggets, where he played an immense part in the maturity of Carmelo Anthony and the franchise's growth into a Western Conference

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  • Bobcats consider sign-and-trade offers for Gerald Henderson after contract negotiations stall

    After reaching an impasse in negotiations with restricted free-agent guard Gerald Henderson, the Charlotte Bobcats are discussing sign-and-trade possibilities with multiple teams, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Gerald Henderson, right, averaged 15.5 points for the Bobcats last season. (USA Today Sports)The Bobcats and Henderson have remained far apart in extension talks and discussions moved away from a contract and toward a sign-and-trade scenario on Wednesday, league sources said.

    Henderson, 25, is one of the NBA's emerging young shooting guards, but Charlotte has been reluctant to offer him a market value that could push into the $7.5 million to $8.5 million range, front-office sources said.

    Charlotte started pursuing free agent Monta Ellis earlier in the week, fearing it would struggle to come to terms with Henderson, sources said. Bobcats president Rod Higgins drafted Ellis with the Golden State Warriors and has remained fond of him.

    Henderson averaged 15.5 points on nearly 45 percent shooting a season ago. He was the Bobcats' first-round pick – 12th overall – in the

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