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Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will net Jennings, a restricted free agent, a new three-year contract worth in excess of $25 million.
The Bucks will receive guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov, two sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard. (ESPN)
The Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward-center Jason Maxiell, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.
“Were excited to welcome Jason Maxiell and his family to the Magic organization,” said Hennigan. “Jason brings an element of experience, toughness and resolve to our roster that we feel will benefit our team.”
The Detroit Pistons selected Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at No. 8 overall in tonights 2013 NBA Draft, a pick they hope will add perimeter shooting to a team lacking the quality and might signal Brandon Knight shifts back to point guard.
The Pistons had a shot at Michigan guard Trey Burke, who still was available in a draft featuring a sequence of early surprises, but passed on him.
Caldwell-Pope was the first Georgia player since Dominique Wilkins in 1981 to be named SEC Player and first-team All-SEC by coaches and media.
He averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 assists, and was one of nine Division I players to score in double figures in all of his teams games last season. (MLive.com)
ESPN.com reported two weeks ago that Frank was the most likely coach in the league to be ousted, which, according to sources, had Frank himself resigned to his fate for several days.
A meeting Thursday with Pistons owner Tom Gores finally confirmed Frank’s ouster, after Gores offered very tepid public support of his coach when speaking to local reporters earlier this week. Frank was believed to be largely Gores’ choice to replace John Kuester in the summer of 2011, although NBA coaching sources maintain that Dumars preferred current Knicks coach Mike Woodson for the job.
After the Pistons’ season-ending loss in Brooklyn, Frank acknowledged that the mounting speculation about his future had taken its toll.
“Unfortunately, it’s been too long a talk for too long,” Frank told reporters Wednesday night. “It’s been going on for a while, so it’s not like this just jumped up and it’s news flash.
“Because you have to answer the question every day, it’s something you do give some thought to.”
Gores said before the season that he expected the Pistons, despite their youth, to reach the playoffs this season. Dumars is expected to survive despite Detroit’s rough season, thanks largely to the considerable salary-cap space that the Pistons are positioned to have this summer along with the promise shown by two young big men Dumars drafted: Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
The Pistons and Lakers agreed in principle on a deal but Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, who passed away early Monday, and Bryant, who wanted out of Los Angeles but Detroit wasn’t one of his preferred destinations, passed.
A source confirmed the Pistons and Lakers agreed on a deal, which most likely included Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Amir Johnson and a future first-round pick for Bryant, who wound up being the 2007-08 MVP.
Another league source said former Piston Grant Hill, who was a free agent that summer as a member of the Orlando Magic, would’ve likely returned to the Pistons to fill Prince’s void at small forward.