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The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the San Miguel Beermen seek to win take the pivotal Game Three of their semifinals showdown to move just a win away from the championship round of the PBA Governors’ Cup Monday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Game-time is set at 7 p.m. live on TV5.
Both teams are looking to grab a crucial 2-1 series lead, aiming to come close to entering the championship round against the Alaska Aces, which completed a masterful sweep against erstwhile back-to-back champions Star Hotshots.
High-flying free agent forward Jeremy Evans has agreed to join the Dallas Mavericks, he announced on Twitter.
Sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that Evans, 27, will sign a two-year deal for the veteran's minimum.
The 6-foot-9 Evans, the 2012 NBA slam dunk champion, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Utah Jazz.
MANILA, Philippines -- Other than contributing occasionally from the three-point zone, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao expects backup center JR Quinahan to make life more difficult for San Miguel Beer’s ace slotman June Mar Fajardo in the ongoing PBA Governors Cup semifinal series.
The heavyweight Rain or Shine big man played heavy minutes on Saturday after starting center Beau Belga, the other half of the dreaded ‘Extra Rice Inc.’, failed to play in Game Two due to a right ankle sprain.
Quinahan finished with a near double-double of 11 points and eight rebounds, while making sure Fajardo, the league’s reigning MVP won’t do his usual damage in the paint.
The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with free-agent guard Lou Williams, sources told ESPN.com.
News of the deal, which cannot become official until Thursday, was first reported by Real GM.
Williams played last season with the Toronto Raptors and enjoyed a career year. He averaged a career-best 15.5 points in 80 games to win Sixth Man of the Year honors.
Alaska import Romeo Travis has been given the nickname "Midrange Murderer" by fans for his efficient jumpers throughout the Governors' Cup. But while he does have the sweet stroke, he only occasionally takes shots from beyond the arc.
Just a few days ago, the southpaw big man turned to twitter to explain his shooting philosophy.
"I'm able to shoot them, I'd just rather shoot something that I feel more confident in going in," he told reporters after the Aces clinched a finals berth with an 82-77 victory over Star Hotshots.
The Indiana Pacers have reached an agreement on a three-year, $21 million deal with free-agent guard Rodney Stuckey, agent Paolo Zamorano told ESPN.com.
The contract will have a player option for the third season.
The Pacers cleared the cap space needed to re-sign Stuckey after they agreed to trade Roy Hibbert to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. That move opened up $15.5 million in space, and the Pacers moved quickly to bring back Stuckey, who had offers from several other teams. Before the trade, the Pacers weren't able to make a competitive offer.
Star’s resident import Marqus Blakely may have fallen short in his team’s quest to make the championship round this time, but he vowed that he is ready and willing to give it another go with the Hotshots anytime that the team needs him.
“Yeah, I feel like this is a family,” Blakely told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview when asked if he would return for the squad’s future campaigns. “Any time they need me and want me to come out here, I will make myself available.”
Blakely ensured his place in the hearts of the Star fanbase with his multiple title campaigns, including one in which they won the Grand Slam last season.
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.
The Nets are actively looking to move Johnson to reduce their tax burden this upcoming season as they are facing paying the repeater tax, which would be the most punitive luxury penalty in league history. The Nets have held talks with several teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.
Alaska coach Alex Compton has the good fortune of having great depth on his team, with more than a few underrated pieces making huge contributions beside the established stars on the Aces’ roster.
The presence of players like Vic Manuel and Rome Dela Rosa, who both came up huge for Alaska in the series-clinching Game Three against Star on Sunday, has made it easier for the Aces to live up to their mantra of “We Not Me”.
The coach admitted, though, that while Manuel and Dela Rosa have blossomed under his watch, he can’t exactly take credit for bringing them into the fold in the first place.
After signing LaMarcus Aldridge, the San Antonio Spurs are even more determined to try to convince Manu Ginobili to play one more season, sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
Building roster depth is a prime concern for the Spurs after committing all of their available salary-cap space to Aldridge and the returning Danny Green, with limited flexibility to pursue Indiana Pacers free agent David West and re-sign the likes of Tim Duncan and Ginobili.
Ginobili has long planned to reveal his decision about continuing his career in the newspaper La Nacion in his native Argentina. Sources say the Spurs remain quietly optimistic that Ginobili will ultimately opt for one more season.