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Jost West/Getty Images Sport(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, on Thursday.

ESPN reports the contract is for four years and will pay Wiggins $5.5 million next season.

The Cavaliers have been talking about sending Wiggins as part of a package deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, but because of NBA rules involving rookie contracts, Wiggins can't be traded for 30 days.

The 6-foot-8, 19-year-old Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and a block per game last season at Kansas.

The Cavaliers also signed second-round pick Joe Harris Thursday.


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Mavericks Sign Jameer Nelson

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Mavericks signed Jameer Nelson Thursday.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports it's a two-year deal with a player option to return to free agency next summer.

The 32-year-old Nelson was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, but his draft rights were traded to the Orlando Magic, where he spent his entire 10 year career.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Nelson was waived by Orlando on June 30. The Magic will still pay Nelson $2 million this season, money due to Nelson from the final year of his contract with Orlando.

For his career, Nelson has averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game.


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Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- Center Lars Eller agreed to a four-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens Thursday that keeps him in Montreal through the 2017-18 season.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports the deal is worth an average of $3.5 million a year.

“We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long term agreement with Lars Eller. He is an important part of our group of young veterans. He has a tremendous work ethic and a great attitude. He is the type of player you can rely on for his play at both ends of the rink,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said. “Lars can play big minutes against the opponents’ top players and still be an offensive threat. We are confident he will reach his full potential and become an impact player who will compete at a high level for many years to come.”

The 25-year-old Eller was the 13th overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues.

Eller has played the last four seasons in Montreal, scoring 43 goals while tallying 101 points.

The deal cancels Eller's salary arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Friday.


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Ed Zurga/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Kendrys Morales is headed back to Seattle.

The Minnesota Twins traded the switch-hitting Morales to the Seattle Mariners Thursday in exchange for relief pitcher Stephen Pryor.

Morales played for the Mariners in 2013 hitting .277, 23 home runs and 80 RBIs.

"He's a professional hitter," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He gives us the opportunity to stretch out our lineup, so to speak. He's a nice fit, switch-hitter, hitting behind Robbie (Cano).

"He gives us options, what we want to do with (Kyle) Seager, where we want to hit him. I like it."

Morales was a free agent last offseason and he rejected a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle.

"We had a lot of dialogue over the winter that just didn't work out," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We're in position now where wanted to add a bat. That was no secret. When the opportunity arose, we moved forward with it. He's a player we like and a player who is familiar with us. He'll be welcomed with open arms."

The 31-year-old Morales has played eight major league seasons. During that time he's compiled a .277 batting average, with 103 home runs and 363 RBIs.


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Scoreboard Roundup - 7/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Philadelphia Philles 2 (44-58) - San Francisco Giants 1 (57-45)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (54-49) - Boston Red Sox 0 (47-55)

New York Yankees 4 (53-48) - Texas Rangers 2 (40-62)


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