Trail Blazers match T-wolves' $45 million offer for Batum
The Portland Trail Blazers matched the Minnesota Timberwolves' four-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million for restricted free agent...
The Portland Trail Blazers matched the Minnesota Timberwolves' four-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million for restricted free agent Nicolas Batum, keeping the 23-year-old swingman in Portland just like general manager Neil Olshey said they would.
Olshey said some of the incentives in Minnesota's offer sheet, which would have pushed the deal past $50 million, were denied by the league.
Portland's move to keep Batum ended a long and occasionally bitter negotiation between the Trail Blazers and the Timberwolves.
Lin preferred N.Y.
Like just about everyone else in New York and around the NBA, Jeremy Lin thought he would remain a Knick.
But Lin became a Rocket on Tuesday after the Knicks decided not to match Houston's three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet.
"Honestly, I preferred New York," Lin told Sports Illustrated. "But my main goal in free agency was to go to a team that had plans for me and wanted me. I wanted to have fun playing basketball. ... Now I'm definitely relieved."
• The Los Angeles Lakers agreed to terms with free-agent forward Antawn Jamison, 36. He will receive the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million.
• The Boston Celtics officially signed free-agent guard Jason Terry from Franklin High School in Seattle. Terry gets a three-year, $15 million deal.
• The Denver Nuggets re-signed free-agent center JaVale McGee to a four-year, $44 million contract, fulfilling one of their top offseason priorities. The Nuggets waived reserve center Chris "Birdman" Andersen.
• The Los Angeles Clippers signed Grant Hill, 39, to a two-year contract that starts at $1.9 million the first year.