Friday August 12th, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The NBA off-season is in a quiet point with few notable free agents available. The biggest one officially came off the market on Thursday, as LeBron James signed a three-year, $100 million deal to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, making him the highest-paid player in NBA history.

Olympic basketball also continues on Friday with Team USA facing Serbia.

Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below.

• The Boston Celtics have a “high level of interest” in acquiring forward Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of

• Noel has not asked for a trade, but he is “very open” to the idea of being dealt, reports Blakely. Noel is from the Boston area.

• The Cavs are in discussions with J.R. Smith about a multi-year deal, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical.

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• Veteran free agent Chris Copeland has signed a non-guaranteed training camp deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, reports David Pick of Bleacher Report.

• New Orleans also signed former Lakers center Robert Sacre to a training camp deal, reports ESPN's Marc Stein.

• Free-agent guard Ronnie Price has signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, reports Charania.

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• The Orlando Magic are close to placing their new D-League team in Lakeland, Florida, reports Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

• The Toronto Raptors and team president Masai Ujiri are close to agreeing on a contract extension, reports ESPN's Stein and Brian Windhorst.

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