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Golden State Warriors v Sacramento Kings

Omri Casspi reaches two-year, $6 million deal to stay in Sacramento

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Omri Casspi has a game that fits with what George Karl wants to do: He runs the floor well, and he shot 40 percent from three last season.

That — and the fact he is popular with teammates, including DeMarcus Cousins was enough to keep him in the fold.

Casspi and the Kings have reached a deal to bring him back, something the player himself confirmed on Twitter.

Marc Stein of ESPN has the contract details.

That’s a good deal for the Kings. Casspi was solid for the Kings last season playing more than 20 minutes a night and scoring 8.9 points a game in the ones where he played. It’s not a game changer of a signing, but it’s a quality, smart one.

The Kings could use this win right now.

Video: Tyler Johnson hits Summer League game-winner for Heat with .4 on clock

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Whether regular season or Summer League, we love us some buzzer beaters.

In case you missed it because you were grilling burgers and watching fireworks, NBA Summer League started on July 4 down in Orlando (it moves on to Denver and Las Vegas next week).

On Sunday, Tyler Johnson — who was up and down between the Heat and Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League last season — made a great cut to the basket with 0.4 on the clock, caught the ball and got the shot off at the rim to lead the Heat past the Nets.

Report: Detroit Pistons sign restricted free agent Reggie Jackson for five-years, $80 million

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This seems steep. Was there anyone else going to make a big play for him?

The Detroit Pistons traded for Reggie Jackson last season, and he finished the year strong once he adjusted to Stan Van Gundy’s system. He looked good running the pick-and-roll with Andre Drummond. It was expected that the Pistons would want to retain him.

They did — for five years at $80 million. So reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Restricted free-agent guard Reggie Jackson has reached agreement on a five-year, $80 million extension with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy wanted to fully commit to Jackson as one of the franchise’s cornerstones and will do so with a substantial investment of $16 million per season. There is no player option in the contract, league sources said.

The question here isn’t should the Pistons have kept him — they did the right thing. He averaged 17.6 points a game with a PER of 19.8 after being traded to the Pistons (and his numbers near the end of the season were better than that). This is a guy they wanted to retain, someone Van Gundy sees as the future point guard for the Pistons.

The question is, did they have to pay him that much?

The Thunder a season ago offered him four-years, $48 million ($12 million per year) and he turned it down — that proved to be the smart move.

The Pistons rewarded him as a cornerstone player, but it’s hard to imagine anyone else saw him that way and would have bid within $10 million of that total price (if even that high). The Pistons could have let the market set his price and matched it. It’s a cold business, but the Pistons could have saved some money here.

That said, SVG lost Greg Monroe this year to a qualifying offer. He couldn’t risk that again, maybe that motivated the offer.

Also, with the cap about to spike by $40 million or so over two years thanks to the new television deal, the pain from overpaying a little here is not that serious. If he is as good as SVG believes, locking him in at this price will be a steal in a few years.

Report: Lakers near deal to sign Brandon Bass, may trade Nick Young

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The Lakers are not going in the tank again, not in what could well be Kobe Bryant’s final season.

They struck out on big-name free agents but are now settling in on a smart strategy (maybe one they should have done from the start) of getting quality players to build the kind of roster base that elite free agents look at and think they could win with. They drafted D’Angelo Russell to go with Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, then they have gotten Lou Williams and Roy Hibbert.

The latest Laker addition recent Celtics big man Brandon Bass, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

The financial terms of Bass’ deal are not yet finalized. He could get the room exception or they may clear some cap space for him.

Bass is the definition of solid NBA big man. He averaged 10.6 points and almost five rebounds a game, shooting 50.5 percent He had a PER of 16.3. He will play hard for them.

For the Lakers to sign Williams and Hibbert is going to take clearing out some cap space, which could mean Nick Young will be on the move.

The Lakers have tested the trade market for Young for a while, and it’s a smart move now — with Kobe and Williams and Young, all the Lakers jumpers would be contested.

Report: Cleveland Cavaliers considering trade for Joe Johnson

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Dan Gilbert is opening up the checkbook for the Cavaliers this 0ff-season. He maxed out Kevin Love, and once Tristan Thompson and LeBron James are re-signed (and they will be) the Cavaliers will have the highest payroll in the Association. And a healthy tax bill to boot.

But Gilbert may not be done spending.

The Cavaliers have had conversations with the Brooklyn Nets about Joe Johnson and his $24.9 million contract next year, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are considering trading for Brooklyn Nets star Joe Johnson with their Brendan Haywood contract chip, sources told ESPN.com

Haywood has a $10.5 million nonguaranteed contract if waived before Aug. 1, an asset that has gained value over the last several days as other teams use up their cap space. The Cavs have been looking for perimeter help, and Johnson would certainly provide a major boost as an additional scoring and shooting option.

Haywood’s deal alone would not be enough to balance the salaries and make the trade work (under the CBA guidelines), it would take about another $10 million — which is why Anderson Varejao’s name has come up. He is owed $9.6 million next year, which puts this deal in the ballpark. Varejao played in just 26 games last season due to an Achilles injury, but he averaged 9.8 points on 55.5 percent shooting, plus grabbed 6.5 rebounds a game before going down. He’s a solid NBA big man when healthy.

Windhorst suggests the Cavaliers interest in David West could be tied to losing Varejao.

Brooklyn is looking to trade both Johnson and Deron Williams this summer, they realize it’s time to blow up what they have, save money and rebuild. Johnson is the one that is far more likely to be traded. While he will make $24.9 million next season it is the last year of that deal. Plus he still provides value on the court, scoring 14.4 points a game and shooting 35.9 percent from three last season. He’s not one of the best shooting guards in the league like he was, but he can still help a team.

We’ll see if the Cavs are willing to go here, but they are talking.