Marc J. Spears

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Marc Spears covers the NBA for Yahoo! Sports. He previously has written for the Boston Globe and Denver Post.

  • Dallas' Mark Cuban on DeAndre Jordan: 'Who?'

    LAS VEGAS – “So, what are your thoughts on DeAndre Jordan now?”

    "Who?" Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told Yahoo Sports.

    “DeAndre Jordan ... now?”

    "It's over. You move on. [Expletive] happens," Cuban said.

    Cuban and the Mavericks were stunned last week when they leaned that Jordan reneged on a four-year, $80 million contract agreement and instead re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Jordan apologized via Twitter on Friday, but not face to face or over the phone.

    Cuban talked to Yahoo Sports about the Jordan dilemma on Saturday at the Las Vegas summer league and how it affected his franchise without saying the name of the center who spurned him.

    Q: Do you need a face-to-face apology from [DeAndre] Jordan?Mark Cuban can't seem to remember the name of DeAndre Jordan. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)Mark Cuban can't seem to remember the name of DeAndre Jordan. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

    Cuban: Why would I care? That's it. Who were you talking about?

    Q: Have you talked to Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki of late and discussed Jordan?

    Cuban: I talk to Dirk all the time. Dirk has been around 18 years. He's seen everything. This is a business. Life goes on. There is no

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  • Karl-Anthony Towns overcomes rookie jitters, air ball in summer league debut

    LAS VEGAS — With a record-setting crowd of 12,422 fans in attendance at the Las Vegas summer league, all eyes were on Minnesota rookie Karl-Anthony Towns as he took his first shot as an NBA player.

    Air ball.

    “I didn’t even want to shoot the basketball,” Towns said on his first shot — a 3-pointer — as a pro. “It’s just rookie jitters. Even though I’m the No. 1 pick, I’m not going to be perfect."

    It was a forgettable first attempt but the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA draft will likely laugh about it one day.

    Towns finished Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers with 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting from theKarl Anthony Towns' first shot as a pro was just a bit short. (AP Photo/John Locher)Karl Anthony Towns' first shot as a pro was just a bit short. (AP Photo/John Locher) field, missed both 3-point attempts and made all but one of five free throws. The 6-foot-11, 250-pounder averaged 21.1 minutes per game as a true freshman on a University of Kentucky team deep in talent.

    In his Minnesota summer league debut, however, the 19-year-old played a challenging 31 minutes.

    While Towns didn’t have the monster debut he hoped for, the Timberwolves finished

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  • Mavericks trade for Bucks center Zaza Pachulia

    The Dallas Mavericks moved on from the DeAndre Jordan fiasco by trading for veteran center Zaza Pachulia.

    Zaza Pachulia (Getty)Zaza Pachulia (Getty)The Mavericks acquired Pachulia from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a future second-round pick, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Dallas' move came a day after Jordan reneged on a promise to sign a free-agent contract with the Mavericks and instead returned to the Los Angeles Clippers. While not the player that Jordan is, Pachulia is a quality center for Dallas to acquire under its tough free-agent circumstances.

    Pachulia, 31, averaged 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Bucks last season, starting 42 of the 73 games he played. The 12-year NBA veteran, who could start for the Mavericks, has also played for the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks.

    The Bucks disposed of $5.2 million in salary in the final year of Pachulia's contract by trading him into Dallas' cap space. Milwaukee could start newcomers Greg Monroe or Miles Plumlee at center with Pachulia gone.

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  • Source: DeAndre Jordan having second thoughts about leaving Clippers

    Free-agent center DeAndre Jordan is having second thoughts about leaving the Los Angeles Clippers for the Dallas Mavericks, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    DeAndre Jordan is rethinking his decision to join Dallas. (Getty)DeAndre Jordan is rethinking his decision to join Dallas. (Getty)Jordan committed to signing a four-year, $80 million contract with the Mavericks on July 3. Earlier this week, however, sources say that Jordan started reconsidering leaving the Clippers after seven seasons because of how tight knit the team is and his love for Los Angeles.

    The Mavericks are very nervous that Jordan could change his mind and re-sign with the Clippers, a source said. Free agents can begin signing contracts Thursday.

    The Clippers are trying to meet with Jordan in Houston before he goes on vacation out of the country Thursday. Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been calling Jordan in recent days, trying to get the center to change his mind, a source said.

    A source said Jordan and Clippers guard Chris Paul “aren’t the best of friends,” but they respect each other and have regularly been in contact, too.

    Jordan informed

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  • Sources: Rajon Rondo to sign one-year contract with Kings

    Rajon Rondo has agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Sacramento Kings, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Rajon Rondo (Getty Images)Rajon Rondo (Getty Images)

    Rondo's options were limited after his tumultuous half-season stay with the Dallas Mavericks ended when the team declared a back injury would sideline him for the remainder of its first-round playoff series. He has a chance to build back his value with the Kings and re-enter the free-agent market next summer.

    Rondo agreed to the contract on Friday afternoon after meeting with Kings president of basketball operations Vlade Divac in Sacramento. The Kings have been interested in Rondo since last season when they attempted to acquire him before he was dealt to the Dallas Mavericks from the Boston Celtics.

    Rondo asked the Kings for a shooter, sources said. That led Sacramento to reach agreement on a three-year, $18 million contract with free-agent guard Marco Belinelli, who spent the past two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and is a career 39.2 percent 3-point shooter.

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  • Source: Richard Jefferson returning to Mavericks

    Richard Jefferson (Getty Images)Richard Jefferson (Getty Images)Veteran guard Richard Jefferson will be returning for a second season with the Dallas Mavericks after agreeing to a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

    Jefferson averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game last season. The 14-year NBA veteran also received interest from the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Jefferson is expected to back up shooting guard Wesley Matthews, who has agreed to sign with Dallas as a free agent. Free-agent center DeAndre Jordan has agreed to a four-year, $80 million contract to also join the Mavericks.

  • Source: DeAndre Jordan agrees to $80 million deal with Mavericks

    Los Angeles Clippers free-agent center DeAndre Jordan has agreed to sign a four-year, $80 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    DeAndre Jordan (Getty Images)DeAndre Jordan (Getty Images)Jordan has already informed Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle that he is joining Dallas, sources said.

    Jordan, who turns 27 on July 21, has spent all seven seasons of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers, developing into one of the league's best rim protectors and defensive centers.

    He averaged 11.5 points and led the league in rebounding at 15 per game last season, earning first-team NBA All-Defense honors.

    Jordan was drafted by the Clippers in 2008 out of Texas A&M in the second round with the 35th overall selection.

    The Mavericks can't officially sign Jordan until July 9 when the NBA's free-agent moratorium ends.

     

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  • Kenyon Martin: I'm retiring from professional basketball

    Kenyon Martin, the No. 1 pick of the 2000 NBA draft, told Yahoo Sports he has retired from playing professional basketball.

    Kenyon Martin played for five teams over his 15 seasons in the NBA. (AP)Kenyon Martin played for five teams over his 15 seasons in the NBA. (AP)Martin scored 9,325 points, grabbed 5,159 rebounds and blocked 864 shots in 757 NBA games over 15 seasons. The athletic 6-foot-9 forward made his lone NBA All-Star appearance in 2004, played in the NBA Finals for the New Jersey Nets in 2002 and '03 and was known for catching lob passes from former teammate Jason Kidd. Martin also played for the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks from 2000-15.

    "It's been a great 15 years," Martin, 37, told Yahoo Sports. "Thanks to all the fans that supported me over the years. But a time does come when you have to walk away, and the time is now for me. I'm ready for the next chapter of my life. I would like to thank the Nets, Nuggets, Clippers, Knicks and Bucks for the opportunity to play the game that I love.

    "It's been real. Thanks for the love."

    Martin was the consensus 2000 college

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  • Damian Lillard's five-year extension with Trail Blazers worth $125 million-plus

    Two-time All-Star Damian Lillard has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers paying between $125 million-$129 million, his agent Aaron Goodwin told Yahoo Sports.

    Damian Lillard's extension will start with the 2016-17 season. (Getty Images)Damian Lillard's extension will start with the 2016-17 season. (Getty Images)As a first-round pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Lillard was eligible to negotiate a contract extension until Oct. 31. The 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year can make the deal official on July 9 when NBA's moratorium on player business is lifted. The exact figures of Lillard's extension will depend on the amount of the NBA salary cap next season.

    Lillard went from Weber State to the sixth overall selection in the 2012 draft. The Oakland, Calif., native has career per-game averages of 21 points, 6.1 assists and one steal. Lillard will become the cornerstone of the Blazers if All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge signs elsewhere as a free agent.

    "I'm just thankful, man," Lillard told Yahoo Sports. "I play the game out of love, and it's inspiring to be rewarded for doing things the right way and being a

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  • Sources: Hawks to sign 7-foot-3 Walter Tavares

    The Atlanta Hawks have reached agreement on a multiyear contract with 7-foot-3 center Walter Tavares, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Tavares, 23, was a 2014 second-round draft pick of the Hawks. He is from Cape Verde and has been playing in Spain.

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