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Matt Bonner re-signs with the Spurs. And all is right with the world.

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The Spurs will still know all the best places to get a good sandwich while on the road.

Matt Bonner — the veteran floor-spacing big man and self-made sandwich expert — has re-signed with the Spurs for another season. The story was broken by Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News and since confirmed by the team.

This is a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.

Bonner averaged 13 minutes a night in 72 games for San Antonio last season (starting 19) and shot 36.5 percent from three, down from his career 41 percent average, but that was due to the iPhone 6.

He is player 14 under contract for the Spurs next season, don’t expect any more additions to walk through that door.

Mark Cuban, Steve Ballmer talk, clear the air

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Mark Cuban has decided the best way to communicate directly with Mavs fans — and promote his app at the same time — is to post things on Cyber Dust.

He did that again on Wednesday, discussing a meeting he had with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, clearing the air over DeAndre Jordan and his decision to go back on a verbal commitment to the Mavs and re-sign with the Clippers. That move and the NBA signing moratorium have been the talk of Summer League in Las Vegas, and Cuban addressed both.

Here is what Cuban said, via the Dallas Morning News.

Hey mavs fans. So I had a nice conversation with Steve Ballmer, owner of the Clippers yesterday during our NBA meetings.

It started off more than a little frigid , but we both cleared the air on a few things.

I told him exactly what I told other owners, I didn’t have a problem with his hail Mary approach to keeping a player. I understood why they did it. And even how they did it. They got their player back. End of story.

They are still a few unresolved issues that the NBA will have to work through but one I don’t feel is an issue is the moratorium .

Nothing that happened with this deal was the result of the moratorium

The thing about the NBA is that you don’t know which deals are the good deals and which arrows you avoided till you start playing the games

My guess is that we open the season against the Clippers. That’s when the real fun will being

+letsgomavs

I want the Mavs and Clippers on Christmas Day, too.

While there was some concern in some front offices about the moratorium, the fact is there were too many hurdles to clear to get it changed. It would have required getting the majority of GMs/league officials on the competition committee to agree on a change, then getting a majority of owners to sign off on it, then negotiating it with the NBA players union (where Chris Paul is the president). Good luck with all that.

Next year the moratorium is two days longer than this year.

Expect this one change — teams that get an early commitment from a free agent will not stop recruiting and will babysit their stars right up to the signing day.

Report: Cavaliers, Matthew Dellavedova still well apart on new contract

2015 NBA Finals - Game Three
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Matthew Dellavedova was the breakout star of the first three games of the NBA Finals — his grit and tenacity was at the heart of Cleveland’s post-injuries grinding style. He was doing as well defending Stephen Curry as can be humanly expected. Well, until  Curry figured him and the Cavaliers out near the end of Game 3 (by Game 4 the Warriors had solved the riddle, and it was all over but the buckets). Walk around Cleveland and only LeBron James got more love than Delly.

But a few games of playoff success should not be confused with future earnings.

The Cavaliers and Dellavedova both want reach a new deal that keeps the reserve point guard being the guy off the bench behind Kyrie Irving (Dellavedova is a restricted free agent, the Cavs can match any offer he gets). But they are nowhere near a deal, reports Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

Not much movement between the Cavaliers and Matthew Dellavedova on a new contract. A restricted free agent, Dellavedova is seeking a multiyear deal starting at $4 million per season, per a source, and the Cavs have balked, largely due to the enormous luxury tax implications that come with that type of contract. The market has largely dried up—Jeremy Lin’s deal with Charlotte closed a potential door—so it will be interesting to see how long this stalemate continues. Paging LeBron James.

It’s was always going to be hard for Dellavedova (or, more accurately, his agent) to secure an offer sheet from another team for the point guard because teams assumed the Cavs would just match. Why tie up your cap space for a few days to offer a player you’re not going to get?

Then there is the financial issue, which former Nets executive Bobby Marks explained (follow that game one twitter).

Yikes. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is going to be writing a payroll check in likely more than $200 million next season, once you figure in luxury taxes. To his credit, he didn’t balk at maxing out Kevin Love (or LeBron) and he the Cavs have spent to deepen the bench. But he’s drawing the line at overpaying for Tristan Thompson (who reportedly wants Draymond Green money) or Dellavedova.

Those guys are fan favorites, and more importantly LeBron favorites. But how much luxury tax do you want to pay for them?

Summer League shot of the day: Ryan Boatright with and-1 floater for Brooklyn game winner

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The Nets were down two and they were going to get one last shot at it.

That shot was Ryan Boatright in isolation — and it worked. Not only did he get off a good look but he was fouled in the process for the and-1. He knocked down the free throw.

That gave the Nets an 87-86 lead that ended up being the Final score. Boatright finished with 21 to lead the Nets.

Nik Stauskas looking for redemption in Philadelphia

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LAS VEGAS — Nik Stauskas’ rookie year was not pretty.

Touted as one of the best shooters in the draft, taken No. 8 by the Kings, he shot just 28.8 percent on jumpers before the All-Star break. He called it the worst slump of his life. It didn’t help that the Kings’ went through three coaches with three different philosophies in one season, but Stauskas isn’t making excuses.

“Very poor,” were the words Stauskas used to describe his play last season. “I didn’t play the way I wanted to and that’s just on me. That’s just on me. That’s why this summer I’ve taken the time to work as hard as I can so I don’t have to go through that and I can show people the player I am in this league….

“Anyone who has three coaches in a year, there’s not going to be a lot of consistency, whether it’s with minutes or style of play and whatnot. But I can’t use that as an excuse on gameday, I’m out on the floor and I’ve either got to put the ball in the basket or not put the ball in the basket, and I wasn’t doing that last year.”

He’s going to do try and get his redemption in Philadelphia.

He was shipped East as part of a salary dump deal by the Kings that also included Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, a future first-round pick and the right to swap first-round picks in 2016 and 2017  going to Philly for second round draft-and-stash guys Arturas Gudatis and Luka Mitrovic. (Philly won that trade by a mile.)

Stauskas started to show some of his promise under the faster-paced, more open style of George Karl — he shot 42.1 percent from three after the All-Star break. But it wasn’t his offense that kept Karl from trusting him more, it was the defense and he knows that’s where he will need to improve.

There were countless times last year I would go on the floor and I was targeted, right away teams would attack me, and the adjustment to the physicality and defense,” Stauskas said. “It’s an adjustment and I’m just getting better every day on it.”

That work was put on hold for a couple weeks after he rolled his ankle this summer, but Stauskas said his ankle is better now, and there was no structural damage.

With Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel in the paint, if Stauskas can knock down threes to space the floor, and if he can play at a fast pace, Brett Brown is going to give him some run.

Stauskas is going to get a second chance to make a first impression. He just wants the one in Philadephia to go much better than that first attempt.