NBA Notes: Cavs sign Andrew Wiggins to rookie deal

NBA Notes: Cavs sign Andrew Wiggins to rookie deal
July 24, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Now that the Cavaliers have signed Andrew Wiggins to a contract, he cannot be included in a trade for the next 30 days. (AP)

CLEVELAND -- Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one.

The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days.

Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can't be finalized for at least 30 days.

The Cavs and Timberwolves have had talks about a trade involving Love for months, long before Cleveland selected Wiggins, the former Kansas standout, with the first pick in May's draft. Those discussions have intensified lately, and the sides can still reach an agreement on a trade but nothing can be finalized until late August.

Now that Wiggins is under contract, the league's seldom-used 30-day rule is in effect.

It was designed to prevent teams from circumventing salary cap rules. There have been restrictions placed on trading newly signed rookies dating back at least to the 1998-99 collective bargaining agreement. At that time, rookies were lumped in with all free agents into a rule that prevents any newly signed player from being traded for three months or before Dec. 15 of the next season -- whichever is longer.

The rule was modified in the 2005 CBA, separating rookie contracts into a different category with the shorter, 30-day timeline between signing date and trade eligibility (see full story).

Mavericks: Jameer Nelson agrees to one-year deal
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks have signed former All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson as a free agent.

Terms of the deal announced Thursday weren't released, but it is reportedly a one-year contract for the team's salary cap exception of $2.7 million.

Nelson spent his first 10 seasons with Orlando after the Magic acquired his rights from Denver, which took him with the 20th overall pick in 2004. The 32-year-old has career averages of 12.6 points and 5.4 assists.

Orlando waived its career leader in assists on June 30.

Nelson was an All-Star in 2009, when he averaged 16.7 points and shot 50 percent from the field, including 45 percent from 3-point range.

He joins a crowded list at point guard alongside Devin Harris and Raymond Felton.

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