@ 18.38NBA0 Xavier Henry agreed to a training camp deal with the Bucks
Former Lakers forward Xavier Henry has agreed to a training camp deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, as reported by Shams Charania. He played in D-League with Santa Cruz Warriors last season.
After Lakers workout and deciding among options, Xavier Henry has agreed to a training camp deal with Milwaukee, sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) 30 agosto 2016Source: Shams Charania
@ 09.36NBA0 Pistons to sign Trey Freeman to a partially guaranteed deal
According to Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops, the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with undrafted guard Trey Freeman. He averaged 22.1 points and 3 assists per game last season.
Source: Trey Freeman (ODU) has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Detroit Pistons.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) 29 agosto 2016Source: Michael Scotto
@ 09.28NBA0 Lakers Sign Zach Auguste
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Zach Auguste, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Auguste averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15:41 minutes per game in four games (one start) for the Lakers’ entry in the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The 6’10’’ Auguste played four seasons at Notre Dame, averaging 14.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game as a senior in 2015-16 en route to a Third Team All-ACC selection. The 23-year-old shot 56.7% from the field in his 128-game career at Notre Dame, and led the ACC in rebounding as a senior, highlighted by a career-best 22 rebound performance against Duke in the 2016 ACC Tournament. The Lakers training camp roster currently stands at 16. Source: Los Angeles Lakers
@ 23.50NBA0 Bucks re-sign Steve Novak
The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed free agent forward Steve Novak, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed in accordance with team policy. Novak, 33, was signed by the Bucks on Feb. 22, but appeared in just three games before a left knee injury (MCL) forced him to miss the remainder of the season. Prior to signing with the Bucks, Novak played in seven games for the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2015-16 season. The 6-10 forward has appeared in 459 career games (six starts), averaging 4.7 points and 1.3 rebounds, while shooting 43.1 percent from 3-point range in 10 seasons with Houston, the L.A. Clippers, Dallas, San Antonio, New York, Toronto, Utah, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee. The Marquette University product was drafted by Houston with the 32nd overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Source: Milwaukee Bucks
@ 23.02NBA0 Emmanuel Mudiay signs with Wasserman
Emmanuel Mudiay has changed agency and signed with Wasserman, a source told Sportando. The Nuggets point guard was represented by Rival Sports. Mudiay averaged more than 12 points and 5 assists per game as rookie in the NBA.
@ 18.20NBA0 Indiana Pacers sign Julyan Stone and Alex Poythress
The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have signed Julyan Stone and Alex Poythress. Stone is a 6-6 guard that is a three-year veteran of the NBA, spending time with both the Denver Nuggets and the Toronto Raptors. He has NBA career averages of 1.3 points and 1.1 assists per game. He has also spent time in the NBA Developmental League, playing for both the Idaho Stampede and Iowa Energy. His averages for his time in the D-League are 4.7 points and 4.3 assists. He played collegiately at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
Alex Poythress is a 6-8 forward out of the University of Kentucky. Poythress played four seasons for the Wildcats and in his senior year he averaged 10.2 points and 6.0 rebounds. He also played for the Orlando Magic this past summer in Summer League. Source: Indiana Pacers
@ 10.40NBA0 Cavs guard Iman Shumpert made a nude cameo in Kanye West's new video
Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert made a surprise cameo at the MTV Video Music Awards on behalf of Kanye West on Sunday. New Kanye's video, Fade, is focused on Shumpert's fiance Teyana Taylor that reproduced several clips of famous movie 'Flashdance'.
Here's the part of the video with Shumpert...completely naked.
Source: The Score
@ 09.21NBA0 Kings to sign Ty Lawson to a one-year deal
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, free agent point-guard Ty Lawson has agreed to a deal with the Sacramento Kings. Lawson will sign a one-year deal, likely a minimum salary's one. He finished last season with the Pacers after a very poor stint with the Rockets. Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 20.21NBA0 Mo Williams strongly considering retirement
According to Cleveland.com, veteran point-guard Mo Williams is strongly considering retirement and may leave basketball. Williams exercised the player's option in the two-year, $4.3 million contract he signed prior to the start of last season, so the Cavs would owe him about $2.2 million in '16-17. Source: Cleveland.com
@ 19.47NBA0 Reggie Bullock spoke about the relationship and the murder of his transgender sister
Pistons forward Reggie Bullock lost his sister, Mia Henderson, two years ago. She was murdered by a man, who's currently serving a 10-year prison sentence. But Mia Henderson was born as a man and her name was Kevin Bullock, the older brother of Reggie.
Reggie shared stories about the relationship with Mia and how she was important in his life: 'He taught me to be myself, to take care of the family, to just be yourself," Bullock said. "He was happy being who he was. He wasn't worried about how others felt about him. And a person that can isolate the whole world out and not care about other people's feelings is a strong person to me"
.@ReggieBullock35 opens up about the senseless murder of his transgender sister.https://t.co/O73H4z29tn
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) 26 agosto 2016Source: Andrew Lynch
@ 18.46NBA0 Deron Williams: 'I would have liked to sign a longer deal to stay in Dallas'
Deron Williams decided to stay in Dallas this summer after signing a one-year deal, worth 10 mln. But the point-guard would have liked to sign a longer deal, as he explained to Eddie Sefko of DallasNews.com:
"I'd have liked to be here for a little longer," Willams said. "We'll see how it goes. It is what it is. For sure, I wanted to be back. I felt like I had some unfinished business at the end of last year the way things ended and I wasn't able to be on the court. Hopefully I'll stay healthy because I'm excited about this team." Source: Eddie Sefko
@ 09.40NBA0 Kevin Seraphin reportedly rejected offers from China and Europe, still waiting for NBA interest
As reported by David Pick, French big man Kevin Seraphin has rejected several offers both from China and Europe and he's still waiting for some offers from the NBA. Seraphin, an unrestricted free-agent, recently hired Bouna Ndiaye of Klutch Sports as agent.
Seraphin spent last season with the New York Knicks.
Hearing NBA free-agent Kevin Seraphin, though rebuffed China and Euroleague offers, hired agent Bouna Ndiaye over Klutch Sports.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) 26 agosto 2016Source: David Pick
@ 09.19NBA0 Nykea Aldridge, cousin of Dwyane Wade, killed in Chicago
Dwyane Wade announced via Twitter that his cousin was shot and killed in Chicago yesterday. The woman, Nykea Aldridge, was 32 and she was pushing a baby in a stroller when she was caught in the crossfire. Nykea was hit at the arm and at the head. Source: Wade
@ 23.29NBA0 John Wall: I don't care about Bradley Beal or James Harden's contracts
.@JohnWall reacts to critics, clears the air: "Stop saying I'm watching money, I'm not."https://t.co/btkBBeF4re
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) 26 agosto 2016
Wizards star John Wall said that he doesn't care about the money Bradley Beal or James Harden are getting with their new contracts.
Per The Score, "That doesn't matter to me," Wall announced on Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted. "If I produce like I'm supposed to on the basketball court and take care of myself and image, I'm going to be fine with making money. That's not why I play the game of basketball. Bradley Beal got more money - I'm not mad. I'm happy he's my teammate. James Harden's contract - I don't care. That's my guy."
@ 20.49NBA0 Sixers expected to waive Tibor Pleiss
As reported by Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly, the Philadelphia 76ers are expected to waive German big man Tibor Pleiss, who arrived via trade from the Utah Jazz. Pleiss has a fully guaranteed 3 mln deal for the next season. If the Sixers will waive Pleiss, the roster will cut down to 19.
Another note on the Kendall Marshall trade: the Sixers are likely to waive Tibor Pleiss, according to a source.
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) 26 agosto 2016Source: Jessica Camerato
@ 20.12NBA0 Phil Jackson: 'I had the chance to acquire Jae Crowder, I should have taken him'
In an interview with CHarlie Rosen, Knicks president Phil Jackson admitted that he had the opportunity to acquire Jae Crowder from Boston back in 2014 when he was negotiating the trade that would have sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas. Jackson still considers not taking Crowder as his biggest mistake during his time in New York:
"One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics. In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early. While Cleanthony has missed lots of time in the past two seasons with us, he still has the potential to be a valuable player. Even so, I should have taken Crowder" Source: Charlie Rosen
@ 18.47NBA0 ESPN Presented An Undefeated Conversation: Athletes, Responsibility and Violence
ESPN presented An Undefeated Conversation: Athletes, Responsibility, and Violence – a discourse on athletes, guns, violence and law enforcement – on Thursday, Aug. 25. Panel topics include: Racial Profiling, Athletes & Police: A look at interactions between professional athletes and law enforcement, including personal experiences with profiling. Sports & Activism: What responsibility or obligation do leagues, coaches, team officials, sponsors and agents have in supporting athletes who want to be more vocal on social issues? Guns & Violence: An exploration of the relationship athletes have with guns. A Call to Action: Athletes today have more power than at any time in sports history. Examples include the ousting of Donald Sterling (NBA Clippers) and protests at the University of Missouri. Panelists appeared include: Chicago Bulls’ point guard Rajon Rondo; Basketball Hall-of-Famer and Chicago-native Isiah Thomas; retired NFL player and ESPN Sports Nation co-host Marcellus Wiley; Chicago White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams; ESPN commentator and Chicago native Michael Wilbon; Chicago-based Baptist pastor Jolinda Wade, the mother of NBA star Dwyane Wade; The Undefeated senior writers Lonnae O’Neal (Chicago native) and Clinton Yates; Stephanie Brown, Chicago mother who lost her son to gun violence; University of Illinois at Chicago history professor Elizabeth Todd-Breland; and former MLB player and ESPN analyst Doug Glanville. Source: ESPN
@ 18.35NBA0 Jazz waive Kendall Marshall
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived guard Kendall Marshall, whose rights were acquired by trade from Philadelphia on Friday. Marshall (6-4, 200, North Carolina) is a four-year NBA veteran who has appeared in 160 career games (57 starts) over four seasons with Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee and Philadelphia Source: Utah Jazz
@ 18.19NBA0 Jazz send Tibor Pleiss and two future second-round picks to the Sixers
The Utah Jazz have officially traded Tibor Pleiss, two future second-round picks and cash considerations to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange of Kendall Marshall. The deal it's already official. As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, the Jazz will waive Kendall Marshall, whose 2 mln salary for next season it's non guaranteed. Source: Utah Jazz
@ 15.36NBA0 Spurs have a deal in place with Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola has already a deal in place with the San Antonio Spurs, a source told Sportando. Argentinian point-guard finished last season in ACB with Estudiantes and now he's heading to San Antonio to join his compatriots Manu Ginobili and Patricio Garino. Terms of the deal are still not clear but the first year Laprovittola will likely make around $500.000.
Laprovittola will fight for the last spot in the roster with his friend Patrico Garino, who signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Spurs during the off-season.
@ 14.20NBA0 Spurs trying to sign Nicolas Laprovittola
The San Antonio Spurs are trying to convince Nicolas Laprovittola to sign with them in the NBA. The Argentinean point guard spent last season between Lithuania and Spain and he shined in Rio during the Olympic Games. The news was reported by Marc Stein.
@ 09.04NBA0 Mario Chalmers cleared to get back on the court
Mario Chalmers has been cleared to get back on the court, as the player announced on Twitter. Chalmers is out since last March when he tore his achilles. Chalmers is still free agent.
Finally cleared to get back on the court. This been a long ass 5 months man. But we don't kill u make u stronger. #backlikeineverleft
— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) 25 agosto 2016
@ 09.00NBA0 Celtics renounced their rights to Colton Iverson
The Boston Celtics have renounced their rights to Colton Iverson. Boston wants to give him a shot to make the roster elsewhere. Colton Iverson spent last season in Turkey with Pinar Karsiyaka.
According to a league source, Celtics have renounced their rights to Colton Iverson. Team wants to give him shot to make a roster elsewhere.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) 25 agosto 2016
@ 08.54NBA0 Report: John Wall keeps a close eye on what other players are making, has jealousy issues
John Wall has jealousy issues for the players who make more money than him. Per The Ringer, Wall is known to keep a close eye on what other players are making, and the paper tossed around this summer has reportedly irked him. One league source familiar with Wall’s state of mind simply put it this way: “Wall’s got jealousy issues. He’s always upset with someone who makes more money than him.” A lot of players will make more money than Wall this year. He signed a five-year, $84.8 million deal in 2013, which looks like chump change now. Wall has previously expressed displeasure over the fact that Reggie Jackson received a similar deal. Then, last August, James Harden signed an incentive-laden 13-year, $200 million shoe deal with Adidas, while the company offered Wall a deal worth only $7.5 million annually. According toThe Vertical, Wall declined the offer because he wanted “Harden money.” A few months later, Wall fired his agent, Dan Fegan, and hired Rich Paul. A front-office executive tells The Ringer that Wall was “rankled” after Harden signed a four-year, $118 million extension with the Rockets. If Harden’s contract was irritating, just imagine how Wall felt when Beal signed for a five-year max contract worth $127.2 million, tied for the fourth-most-valuable contract in the NBA. Source: The Ringer
@ 20.33NBA0 Reggie Jackson: There is no ceiling. I think we can have another great year
Reggie Jackson of the Pistons can’t wait for the new season to start. The point guard is ready for the 2016-2017 with the goal to make again the playoffs. Per Detroit Free Press, “I don’t believe there necessarily is a ceiling,” Jackson said. “We can go as far as we want. But it’s really going to come from internal growth as a team. Not just in skills but mentally, as well, and being ready for the burden of the season. “Just stay motivated through the season. Like I said, it’s a long, 6- to 9-month season, so you’ve got to stay locked in, stay geared, you’re going to have your ups and downs, going to have your tough times, but you gotta rely upon everybody in the organization, especially the teammates that get you through it. You gotta be mentally tough and, if we can check each other, then I think we can have another great year … and have an even better year.” Jackson said he’s been spending much of his off-season working out and staying in contact with his team. He admits, however, it’s getting a little tiring and he’s anxious to get the 2016-17 season started. […] “Once you get a taste of (the playoffs), you want more,” Jackson said. “I know going into the playoffs last year, myself, I was the only starter who had been in the playoffs. And just seeing the expressions of the guys throughout being there, seeing how they handled the playoffs, even though it was a short, four-game stretch, I think we were ready. I think we got a lot of experience out of it. Seeing the glare in everybody’s eyes. They wanted more. They definitely wanted more.” Tags Source: Detroit Free Press
@ 15.03NBA0 Derrick Rose: I feel like I’m not done. I think we have a chance to win every game
Derrick Rose can’t wait to start his new chapter with the Knicks. The point guard is excited for the new organization and the roster assembled by Phil Jackson. Per The Vertical, “I just love the group,” Rose said. “I think everybody is on the same page. I love the culture that Phil is creating. Just the organization and franchise, I love everybody that’s working on it, and they seem like they’re very excited for everything. That just rubs off on people.” Rose has heard the critics and is preparing to be at his best for New York’s opening game against the defending champions in Cleveland. “I feel like I’m not done,” Rose said. “It’s a new start. I feel rejuvenated, and when you put all that together, when I step on the floor, I really don’t know what to expect. What I’m doing right now is just preparing myself for something big. I think we have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that’s rare. ” Source: The Vertical
@ 09.06NBA0 Lakers officially re-sign Tarik Black
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Tarik Black, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. “Tarik is a player whose strengths are well-suited for the style of play we envision for our team going forward,” said Kupchak. “He plays the game with a mix of athleticism, energy, and physicality that make him a valuable frontcourt contributor in today’s NBA.” In two seasons with the Lakers, Black has averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 16.9 per game while shooting 57.5% from the field over 77 games (27 starts). Awarded to the Lakers on a waiver claim on December 28, 2014, he also appeared in 25 games (12 starts) for the Houston Rockets to begin the 2014-15 season before being waived. The 24-year-old Black averaged 9.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 60.5% shooting after being reinserted into the starting lineup at center in 2014-15, and finished his rookie season ranked second amongst all first year players in offensive rebounds per game and third in total rebounds per game. On April 12, 2015, he grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds, becoming the first Lakers rookie since Leroy Ellis in 1963 to record that many rebounds in a game. Source: Los Angeles Lakers
@ 09.04NBA0 EJ Singler to join Raptors training camp
The Raptors will bring EJ Singler to the training camp. Singler will “fight” for the 15th spot in the roster for next season.
The Raptors have agreed to terms on a deal with E.J. Singler. He'll be in camp and compete for the 15th roster spot.
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) 24 agosto 2016
@ 08.59NBA0 Heat keeping Josh McRoberts
The Miami Heat will keep Josh McRoberts in the roster for next season. Per Miami Herald, Though he was mentioned in trade rumors previously, the Heat has indicated to Josh McRoberts’ camp that he’s in the team’s plans for this season, his agent said, adding Miami called to go over his offseason training and make sure everyone is on the same page. McRoberts will make $5.8 million this season and has a $6 million player option for 2017-18. Source: Miami Herald
@ 22.42NBA0 NBA Opening Lines : NBA Betting Predictions Who Will Win The 2016-17 NBA Championship?
After an incredible postseason and offseason that saw the landscape of the NBA change greatly, we analyse which teams are the best bet to win it all and which might just surprise a few. Golden State Warriors: -110 The Warriors acquisition of Kevin Durant makes them far and away the best team in the NBA and Golden State will be adding another great chapter in the history books if they can work out all the kinks that is part and parcel with having so many stars on one squad.
This triumphant trio of @warriors are leaving Rio with #gold. #TeamUSApic.twitter.com/qo1PGIr2cL
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) 21 agosto 2016
While the Warriors will likely have to make some slight changes to their style, there is no denying that they are the best three-point-shooting team of all-time (3P% .481 in 2016). Adding a bonafide top-three player who stands at 6’9” and hit 186 threes last season (.387), only makes this Warriors a scarier proposition from downtown. This team could be unplayable and should win it all. Cleveland Cavaliers: +275 While the Warriors got significantly better during the offseason, one shouldn't forget that it was the Cavaliers who go into the 2016-17 campaign as defending champions. The Cavs, If LeBron James and Kyrie Irving continue to perform like they did in the NBA Finals, should handily win the Eastern Conference. The big question is whether or not they can beat a greatly improved Warriors side. The Cavaliers are tasked with addressing the Kevin Love situation as his numbers declined drastically since his arrival from Minnesota. Love has dropped from 25.9 to 18.3 points per game since his days in Minnesota.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) 1 agosto 2016
Love might be on the move, which will create more question marks in Cleveland. Lebron is aging like a fine wine and holds most of the keys to Cleveland’s continued success. His point-per-game average hasn’t changed by more than a single point in the previous six seasons and he’ll need to be dominant once more for the Cavs to pose a serious title-defending threat. Oklahoma City Thunder: +3300 The Thunder may have lost their franchise player but it’s not all doom and gloom in Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook will need to monumentally step up his game for the Thunder to maintain their Eastern Conference positioning from years past. Westbrook, in the last eight seasons, has averaged eight more points per game with Durant out of the lineup.
Russell: "Can't wait to see you guys Opening Night." pic.twitter.com/D0iHFsBzfb
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) 4 agosto 2016
He’ll need to better those totals this year, which is entirely possible. Unfortunately, that won’t be enough for this Thunder side to challenge the Utah Jazz or San Antonio Spurs for second and third fiddle in the West. New York Knicks +6600 (Dark Horse Pick) If you want a dark horse pick to win it all this year, back the New York Knicks at an astronomical +6600. The Knicks are an enigma and we don’t think anyone knows just what they’re capable of if all the stars align. The acquisition of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah will turn the Knicks into a dynamic team, one that should be able to score in many different fashions from all over the court.
The #Knicks are putting in work this summer #NewKnicks : https://t.co/d9hg4IS4jzpic.twitter.com/xUHNsx4Par
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) 23 agosto 2016 Have a look at the full 2016-17 NBA schedule, find out the best betting lines for every regular-season game and heed some tips on how to make more money from your NBA bets. If Noah can return to his defensive player of the year capabilities, the Knicks might be able to bring back their big-rim-protector identity. Anthony will have more success in isolation with a point guard like Rose spreading the floor and drawing attention away. Rose hasn't played with a small forward like Anthony so don't be surprised if these two work incredibly well together. Put a small bet down on the Knicks now before the price shortens.
@ 16.10NBA0 Steven Adams: With Durant gone I might shoot some threes
Thunder big man Steven Adams said he may shoot some three pointers this season, now that Kevin Durant is gone to the Warriors. Adams is 0-for-2 from the arc in his NBA Career. Per The Wireless, “It isn't up to me whether I'm going to say ‘yo, I'm going to do this’. It's the coach's job to put us in the best position to succeed, not only individually but as a team. So I'm just waiting for his word … [I might] shoot some threes.” Source: The Wireless
@ 09.54D-League0 Ryan Gomes and Pat Rafferty named Long Island Nets assistant coaches
The Long Island Nets, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, have named Ryan Gomes and Pat Rafferty as assistant coaches. They will join previously announced head coach Ronald Nored on the Long Island bench this season.
Gomes enters his first year on the sidelines after finishing up an eight-year NBA career. Originally selected with the 50th overall pick in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, Gomes appeared in 482 games with Boston, Minnesota, L.A. Clippers and Oklahoma City, registering career averages of 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27.9 minutes per game. The Waterbury, Conn., native also had brief stints with clubs in Spain and Germany and was most recently with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League for the second half of the 2015-16 season. Along with helping lead the D-Fenders to the D-League Finals, Gomes was named the 2015-16 NBA Development League Impact Player of the Year and received 2015-16 All-NBA D-League Third Team honors. The former Providence College standout was a two-time All-Big East First Team selection and garnered consensus First Team All-American honors in 2004.
Rafferty joins the Long Island Nets after spending the past three seasons as head coach at Central Wyoming College. Prior to his stint with the Rustlers, he served as the director of basketball operations for UT Arlington (2012-13) and was the head coach at Grayson College for nine seasons (2003-12). At Grayson, Rafferty guided the Vikings to the NJCAA Region V Tournament six times. In addition to junior college coaching stints at Midland and Casper colleges, Rafferty has previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville and as both an assistant coach and head coach at Northern Arizona University. He also spent two seasons as a scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Source: Long Island Nets
@ 09.47NCAA0 Spencer Nelson named Utah State Assistant Coach
Utah State head men’s basketball coach Tim Duryea announced on Tuesday the addition of USU Hall of Famer and former player Spencer Nelson as an assistant coach to the program. “First and foremost, Spencer is an Aggie, and not only that, but an Aggie great,” Duryea said. “He was a phenomenal player and the best leader as a player that I have been around in my 15 years at Utah State. He has a passion, not only for basketball, but for this institution. He came here, got his degree, got a graduate degree, did an internship on Wall Street and had a 10-year pro career overseas. I don’t think there is anyone more qualified to sell what Utah State University can do for a student-athlete than Spencer Nelson. “His personality is tailor-made for coaching,” he continued. “He is energetic, enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and as a player was a player/coach throughout his collegiate and professional career. He has always looked at the game from a technical side, is very intelligent and has a great basketball IQ. He is a home run hire and a future superstar in collegiate coaching.” Nelson is a fan favorite in Logan and was named a Mid-Major All-American and the Mid-Major Player of the Year as a senior in 2005, as he was the only player in the nation to average at least 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Over the course of his career, Nelson peppered his name in the Utah State record book, finishing among the top 20 in 10 career statistics. Additionally, Nelson owns three of the top 10 single-season field goal percentage records, shooting 65.3 percent as a senior in 2005 to rank fourth all-time, and 60.0 percent as both a sophomore and junior to rank tied for ninth all-time in the USU history books. Source: Utah State
@ 08.41NBA0 Kwame Brown being shopped overseas for a deal in $300k range
Kwame Brown wants to play again and signed with agency Interperformances. The former 1st overall pick of the 2001 NBA draft is ready to play overseas for a contract worth $300.000.
Hearing that reps for Kwame Brown, former No. 1 pick, shopping him overseas for deal in $300,000 range.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 23, 2016
@ 19.20NBA0 Lakers Officially Sign Brandon Ingram
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Brandon Ingram, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Drafted with the second overall selection of the 2016 NBA Draft in June, Ingram averaged 12.2 points (second on the team), 4.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists over his five games (all starts) at the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Following his Summer League play, Ingram was selected by USA Basketball to participate as a member of the 2016 USA Men’s Select Team.
The 18-year-old was the consensus ACC Freshman of the year in his lone collegiate season at Duke, while also earning a consensus Second Team All-ACC selection. He finished the season ranked sixth in the ACC in scoring (17.3), seventh in three-point percentage (.410) and minutes played (34.6), ninth in three-pointers made per game (2.2), 10th in blocks (1.4), and 13th in rebounds (6.8).
The Kinston, NC native was Duke’s leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 23.0 points per game to go along with 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists over the three games, scoring at least 20 points in each contest and playing in 119 of a possible 120 minutes of action.
The 6’9’’ Ingram was a member of USA Basketball’s 2015 United States Junior National Select Team and was a Parade All-American as a senior at Kinston High School. He won four straight 2A state championships, becoming one of two players in history to win four consecutive North Carolina State Championships, and was MVP of the state championship game as a senior. Source: Los Angeles Lakers
@ 10.11NBA0 Kevin Durant on playing for Team USA in Rio: It was therapy for me
Kevin Durant won the gold medal with Team USA and said that playing for Team USA was a therapy for him.
Per Yahoo Sports, “It was therapy for me after making a big change in my life,” Durant told The Vertical in the bowels of Carioca Arena 1 about an hour after scoring 30 points in Sunday’s 96-66 victory. “It made my life easier … I knew [a backlash] was coming. It was definitely different for me, but to come here in an environment where people accepted me and didn’t care about anything except being my buddy, that’s what I needed.” Durant doesn’t like to admit it, but he is sensitive to negative perceptions, and has had to adjust to criticism from fans in Oklahoma City who once cheered him and others who were disappointed that he decided to form a super team with players who eliminated him from the postseason in a heated seven-game series. “I can’t let anybody steal my joy,” Durant said while crediting the presence of Team USA and former Oklahoma City assistant Monty Williams with developing that approach. “Monty Williams used to tell me that every day: don’t let anybody steal my joy. I get joy when I’m out there playing and it went to another level just playing alongside these great players and playing under Coach K and his staff. I focused on that. All that noise around me kind of quieted down.” Source: Yahoo Sports
@ 09.10NBA0 Jazz Sign 2016 Draft Pick Marcus Paige
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed 2016 second-round pick guard Marcus Paige. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Paige (6-2, 175) played four seasons at North Carolina, averaging 13.1 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 37.5 percent from three-point range in 141 career games. He helped lead the Tar Heels to the 2016 NCAA Championship Game. Paige was recognized as an Academic All-American in three seasons, including First Team honors following his senior season. He was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team in 2015 and 2016 as well as the 2014 ACC Most Improved Player of the Year.
The 22-year-old was a member of the Jazz entry at the 2016 Utah Jazz Summer League (July 4-7) and NBA Summer League (July 8-15) in Las Vegas, averaging 7.0 points, 1.6 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 19.7 minutes of action in nine games. He reached double-figures in back-to-back contests, scoring 10 points against New Orleans on July 10 and 11 points against Portland on July 12.
The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native played high school basketball at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa, helping them to a 2011 AAAA State Championship. Paige was selected as the 2012 Gatorade Iowa Boys Basketball Player of the Year and Iowa Mr. Basketball.
He will wear jersey #16 for the Jazz. Source: Utah Jazz
@ 09.05NBA0 Bucks sign Jason Terry
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard Jason Terry, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed in accordance with team policy.
“Jason is a true professional who understands what it takes to be successful in this league,” Hammond said. “He’ll be an invaluable resource for our young group as we continue to develop into a championship-caliber team on and off the court, and he’s still one of the best shooters in the game who can help stretch the floor for us. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Milwaukee.”
Terry, 38, is a 17-year NBA veteran who spent the last two seasons playing for the Houston Rockets. In 2015-16, Terry played in 72 games (seven starts) with the Rockets and averaged 5.9 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game.
The 6-2 guard was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 10th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft and spent the first five seasons of his career with the Hawks. Terry then moved to Dallas where he played with the Mavericks for eight seasons, including the Mavs’ 2011 NBA Championship team, before playing with the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets for one season each prior to his stint in Houston.
Terry has appeared in 1,285 NBA games (675 starts) in his career with averages of 14.3 points, 4.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds per contest, while shooting 44.4 percent overall and 37.9 percent from 3-point range. The Arizona product was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2008-09 and is currently first among active players, and third all-time, in 3-pointers made (2,169). Source: Milwaukee Bucks
@ 09.01NBA0 Lakers sign Yi Jianlian
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward/center Yi Jianlian, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. “We’re excited to have a player of his worldwide accomplishments,” said Kupchak. “We look forward to bringing him to training camp and hopefully having him make an impact on our team.” Yi, who hails from the Guangdong Province in China, recently concluded competing for his country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, averaging 20.4 points (3rd overall in group play competition), 6.6 rebounds (6th), 1.4 steals (t-6th), and 1.0 blocks (t-6th) per game over his five contests while shooting 46.7% from three-point range. Drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Yi last appeared in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011-12 season. Over his five-year NBA career, the 6’11’’ Yi averaged 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in 22.2 minutes per game over 272 contests (163 starts) with the Bucks, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards, and Mavericks. Prior to joining the NBA, the 28-year-old played professionally for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association beginning in 2002, and played the last four seasons with the organization as well. He is a four-time CBA champion, eight-time CBA MVP, and two-time CBA Finals MVP, in addition to a decorated international career that includes winning three gold medals at the FIBA Asia Championships (2015, 2011, and 2005) and gold at the 2006 Asian Games. Source: Los Angeles Lakers
@ 08.57NBA0 Lakers will sign the no.2 overall pick Brandon Ingram on Tuesday
The Los Angeles Lakers will officially sign on Tuesday the rookie Brandon Ingram. The wait is over for the 2nd overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.
Wait is over for Brandon Ingram: The Los Angeles Lakers will sign the No. 2 overall pick on Tuesday, sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 23, 2016
@ 08.48NBA0 Los Angeles City Council declared the Kobe Bryant Day on August 24
The City of Los Angeles will thank Kobe Bryant for his 20 years with the Lakers on August 24. After 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, the city he called home will honor the Black Mamba with a day just for him Wednesday, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.
L.A. City Council member Jose Huizar detailed the rationale behind the honor (via ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes):
'Kobe Bryant Day' is the City of Los Angeles' way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles. For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe’s incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we’ll gather to say, 'Thank you, Mamba.'
Source: Bleacher Report
@ 22.39D-League0 Abdel Nader to sign with Maine Red Claws
Abdel Nader will start his pro career in NBA D-League with the Maine Red Claws. The rookie decided to sign in NBA D-League after turning down several offers from Europe. Nader was selected in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. The news was reported by Shams Charania.
@ 19.01NBA0 Kwame Brown signs with agency Interperformances with the hope to play again
Kwame Brown signed with agency Interperformances with the hope to play again. Brown is the 1st overall pick of the 2001 NBA draft. The center has played 606 games in the NBA averaging 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. His last season in the league is in 2012-2013 when he has played 22 games with the 76ers averaging 1.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest. "The #1 overall pick of the 2001 draft is ready for a new life. His comeback can be the road to glory for a team that believes in him. Kwame is back, physically healthy and ready to be the outstanding player he was on several NBA teams. A great intimidator that can block shots , rebound consistently and explode in devastating dunks. No longer the young man that entered the NBA, Kwame is now an experienced and mature player and man. And he’s back, for the love of the game" Interperformances write.Source: Interperformances
@ 17.12NBA0 Brooklyn Nets Announce Additions of Gianluca Pascucci and BJ Johnson to Front Office
The Brooklyn Nets have named Gianluca Pascucci as director of global scouting and BJ Johnson as coordinator of player evaluation.
“We are thrilled to add Gianluca and BJ to our front office,” said Nets General Manager Sean Marks. “Collectively, they bring valuable experiences that cross many platforms and their extensive knowledge of both the NBA and the global game will be tremendous assets to our scouting department. Both will be excellent additions to our culture and we are excited about welcoming them to Brooklyn.”
Pascucci joins the Nets after spending the past four years as vice president of player personnel for the Houston Rockets. During his time in Houston, he also served as the general manager of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the D-League affiliate of the Rockets. It marked Pascucci’s second stint in Houston, as he previously served as the team’s international scout for six seasons (2002-08).
Prior to rejoining the Rockets, Pascucci spent four years in Italy with Olimpia Milano from 2008-12. His most recent role with the team was general manager and CEO.
Pascucci also possesses over 12 years of international coaching experience, including serving as an assistant coach with Scavolini Pesaro’s senior team in the Italian A-1 League and Euroleague. The Pesaro, Italy, native also spent four years as the team’s scout.
William "BJ" Johnson joins Brooklyn’s staff after spending the past six years as USA Basketball’s assistant men’s national team director. Johnson worked with all levels of USA Basketball men's teams, with his primary focus on developing the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team program. Johnson began his career with USA Basketball in 2005 as manager of competitive programs, where he was involved with all facets of the men’s and women’s programs, including player personnel and basketball operations during trials, training camps and competitions.
Johnson graduated from Villanova in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He was a member of the Wildcats’ basketball team and a three-time selection to the Big East Academic All-Star Team.
Source: Brooklyn Nets
@ 11.22NBA0 Isaiah Thomas got married in the weekend
Celtics point-guard Isaiah Thomas got married in the weekend with his girlfriend Kayla Wallace, as he announced via Instagram. Among those at the wedding were the point guard's Boston Celtics teammates, including Jared Sullinger, who signed with the Toronto Raptors this offseason. Thomas wrote that the big man is "still a Celtic at heart."
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@ 10.05NBA0 Lakers to sign Zach Auguste
As reported by Eric Pincus, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to sign undrafted power forward Zach Auguste. He averaged 14 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in his senior year at Notre Dame.
I hear the Lakers have a deal with Zach Auguste, who played for the summer league squad, haven't gotten word on terms
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) 21 agosto 2016Source: Eric Pincus
@ 10.50NBA0 Celtics sign Marcus Georges-Hunt to a training camp deal
The Celtics have signed Marcus George-Hunt to a training camp deal. The rookie comes from Georgia Tech where he averaged 16.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as senior.
The Celtics have signed Marcus Georges-Hunt undrafted from Georgia Tech to a camp deal. He played with BRK in Vegas Summer League.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) 20 agosto 2016
@ 10.36NBA0 Thunder sign Semaj Christon
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard Semaj Christon, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. As reported by Fred Katz, The Thunder roster already has 15 guaranteed contracts. Means Semaj Christon would likely head to the D-League after training camp. Source: Oklahoma City Thunder
@ 11.15NCAA0 Arizona State and Fordham recruiting Italian youngster Davide Moretti
A future in NCAA for Davide Moretti? The young Italian guard born in 1998 has been recruited by Arizona State and Fordham for the 2017 class. Moretti is playing in Italian Serie A2 with Treviso Basket.
Plenty of suitors for Italian guard Davide Moretti ('98, class of 2017). Arizona State and Fordham recruiting him the hardest so far
— Eurohopes (@Eurohopes) 19 agosto 2016
@ 10.17NBA0 Bucks to re-sign Steve Novak
The Milwaukee Bucks will re-sign Steve Novak. Per Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Veterans Jason Terry and Steve Novak are expected to be signed to fill out the Milwaukee Bucks roster, a league source said Friday. Novak led the league in three-point shooting percentage (47.2%) during the 2011-’12 season when he was with the New York Knicks and was Kidd's teammate with the Knicks the following season. That year Novak hit a career-best 149 threes while shooting 42.5% beyond the arc. The Bucks signed Novak in February after he was traded from Oklahoma City to Denver and released by the Nuggets. The former Marquette University and Brown Deer High School standout played in just three games with Milwaukee and a total of 19 minutes before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
@ 21.57NBA0 Jazz sign Joel Bolomboy
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed 2016 second-round pick forward/center Joel Bolomboy (Ball-um-boy). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Bolomboy (6-9, 235, Weber State University) averaged 17.1 points on 57.3 percent shooting and grabbed 12.6 rebounds (third in the nation) during his senior year, setting a school single-season record by tallying 415 total rebounds. He was named the 2016 Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous All-Conference First Team selection. Bolomboy finished his four-year career as the all-time leader in rebounds for Weber State as well as the Big Sky Conference. The 22-year-old was a member of the Jazz entry at the 2016 Utah Jazz Summer League (July 4-7) and NBA Summer League (July 8-15) in Las Vegas, averaging 7.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 19.3 minutes of action in nine games. In Las Vegas, he averaged 9.5 points on 53.3 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in six contests. He recorded one double-double, scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. New Orleans on July 10. In the team’s summer league finale against the L.A. Lakers on July 15, Bolomboy led the Jazz in scoring, recording 20 points, shooting 9-for-12 from the floor, adding seven rebounds, one steal and one block. Born in the Ukraine, Bolomboy played high school basketball at Keller Central in Fort Worth, Texas. He will wear jersey #22 for the Jazz. Source: Utah Jazz
@ 19.39NBA0 Isaiah Taylor to join Rockets' training camp
As reported by Chris Reichert, undrafted guard Isaiah Taylor is expected to attend Houston Rockets' training camp. Taylor averaged 15 points and 5 assists per game in his junior year at Texas.
Undrafted guard, Isaiah Taylor will attend training camp with the Houston Rockets, a league source tells U&M.
— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) 19 agosto 2016Source: Chris Reichert
@ 19.30NBA0 Cameron Jones will attend Warriors' training camp
As reported by Chris Reichert of Upside & Motor, guard Cameron Jones will attend Warriors' training camp. Jones started last season in Israel with Ironi Ness Ziona and later finished the year with Arkadikos in Greece, where he averaged 15.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Cameron Jones will attend training camp with the Golden State Warriors, a league source tells U&M
— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) 19 agosto 2016Source: Chris Reichert
@ 19.02NBA0 New Orleans will host 2017 NBA All Star Game
New Orleans has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2017, the NBA announced today. The 66th NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Smoothie King Center – home of the New Orleans Pelicans. The game was previously scheduled to be held in Charlotte, N.C. In addition to the game, the Smoothie King Center will host the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 17 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 18 while the NBA All-Star Practice, NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This will mark the third time the “Crescent City” has been the site of the league’s annual midseason celebration, having previously hosted the event in 2008 and 2014. “New Orleans is a world-class destination for sports and entertainment and we are very appreciative that the city is once again hosting our All-Star festivities,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We are grateful to Tom and Gayle Benson and the Pelicans organization and to Governor John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation for inviting us back for what promises to be another exciting and memorable celebration of the game.” “We are grateful that the NBA has selected us to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans,” said New Orleans Pelicans Owner Tom Benson. “We have made tremendous upgrades to the Smoothie King Center and know the building will be a first-class venue to host the myriad of events associated with All-Star weekend. New Orleans has hosted the All-Star Game twice in the past nine years, and is a perfect destination for NBA fans. As we know, the NBA will engage thousands of local children and charities during this weekend. On behalf of my wife Gayle and the entire Pelicans organization, we thank Governor Edwards, Mayor Landrieu, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, SMG, and all of the others that worked so hard in a short amount of time to bring the All-Star Game to New Orleans.” In addition, in the wake of the devastating floods that have affected tens of thousands of Louisiana residents, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have joined the Pelicans and the New Orleans Saints to provide financial and other ongoing support of the flood rescue, relief and rebuilding efforts. NBA All-Star oncourt festivities tip off Friday, Feb. 17, with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, where the league’s top rookies and second-year players will compete in a U.S. versus World game format for the third consecutive year. On Saturday, Feb. 18, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature current NBA players showcasing their unique abilities in exciting basketball competitions, including the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, where participants compete head-to-head in a series of passing, shooting and agility drills; the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest; and Verizon Slam Dunk. The weekend concludes on Sunday, Feb. 19, with the NBA All-Star Game. “Even in the midst of a historic crisis, I am excited that the NBA has recognized how great the City of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana are,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “In Louisiana, one of the strongest bonds that unites all of us is our passion for sports. Not only will NBA fans be able to participate in the All-Star Game events, they will also be a part of our world-famous Mardi Gras festivities. The fan experience can’t get any better than that. While we move into the recovery phase of this disaster, I want to thank the NBA for the vote of confidence in our state to host this event and their support of the relief efforts currently underway. I want to congratulate Mayor Landrieu, the City of New Orleans, and the Pelicans for working in short order to make this all possible.” “The NBA has been a great partner, so we are excited and honored to be selected to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Together with the staff of the GNO Sports Foundation and the hospitality industry, the dedicated members of the New Orleans police, fire, EMS, airport, permitting and sanitation departments, among others, make these major events possible. The combination of NBA All-Star with the first weekend of Mardi Gras will provide our residents, visitors and NBA fans an even more special experience. Having served as Lieutenant Governor and Mayor for the two prior NBA All-Star Games held in New Orleans, I also know the NBA is committed to giving back to our community and providing great learning experiences for our kids. The NBA and the Players Association’s generous donations to organizations responding to the devastating flooding across Louisiana is a testament to their commitment to the people of our state.” “The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation is honored to partner with Tom and Gayle Benson and the Pelicans as the All-Star Host Committee for an unprecedented third time in the past 10 years,” said President/CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Jay Cicero. “The strong relationships with our sports, governmental and hospitality communities allowed for a customary eight-month bid process to be compressed into a mere three weeks. The 2014 All-Star Game generated over $100 million in economic impact for the State of Louisiana and the greater New Orleans area. It’s a thrill to welcome our NBA partners back to New Orleans.” “The NBA and New Orleans have a history of producing world-class sporting events, having most recently hosted the All-Star Game in 2014. When we learned that we had an opportunity to host next year’s NBA All-Star Game, we went straight to work to lay the groundwork for 2017,” said President and CEO of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Stephen Perry. “Our tourism industry is second-to-none at planning and accommodating massive events like this. Within three weeks, we were able to ensure the NBA that all the pieces were in place to make the 2017 NBA All-Star Game an unforgettable experience that will combine our world famous Mardi Gras with all the excitement that the NBA All-Star Game delivers.” The NBA will continue to honor its commitment to social responsibility during All-Star 2017 with a full schedule of NBA Cares and Jr. NBA events in and around New Orleans throughout the week. By working with local schools, government agencies and nonprofits, the NBA will engage thousands of children and families and provide important resources to community-based programs. The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be televised in prime time on TNT for the 15th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 32nd year of NBA All-Star coverage. The game will be broadcast worldwide in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages. NBA ALL-STAR HISTORY IN NEW ORLEANS New Orleans last hosted NBA All-Star in 2014, when the Eastern Conference overcame an 18-point deficit to post a 163-155 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak. Kyrie Irving scored 15 of his team-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and handed out a game-high 14 assists on his way to capturing MVP honors. Carmelo Anthony added 30 points for the East, while Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin each finished with 38 points for the West. The 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans marked the city’s first major sporting event since Hurricane Katrina. In addition to the East’s 134-128 victory and LeBron James’ MVP performance, more than 2,500 members of the NBA family participated in 10 local service projects across New Orleans as part of the inaugural NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service, now an annual tradition and a highlight of the league’s All-Star festivities. Source: NBA
@ 17.06NBA0 New Orleans to host 2017 NBA All-Star Game As reported by The Associated Press, the NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans.- New Orleans replaces Charlotte, which was set to host the game until the NBA decided last month that it wouldn't hold its marquee, mid-season event in North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. This marks the third time New Orleans, which became an NBA city for the second time in 2002, has been selected to host the league's All-Star Game since 2008, less than three years after Hurricane Katrina struck. All-Star weekend also came to the Big Easy in 2014, when New Orleans Pelicans forward and center Anthony Davis made his All-Star debut. Source: AP
@ 09.00NBA0 Jason Terry to sign with Bucks
Jason Terry is close to signing a contract with the Bucks. The experienced guard comes from the Rockets.
The Milwaukee Bucks are in advanced discussions to sign Jason Terry to bolster their backcourt and add a veteran presence, NBA sources say
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 19, 2016
@ 21.10NBA0 Tony Parker on his future with the Spurs: 'I want to play five more years'
In an interview with USA Today, French point-guard Tony Parker said that he wants to finish his career with the Spurs on a high note and that wants to play 5 more years. Parker finished his experience with French NT last night after got eliminated in quarter finals of Olympic tournament against Spain:
"I want to end my Spurs career on a high note. I want to play five more years," Parker said. Source: USA Today
@ 19.59NBA0 Wizards signing Casper Ware to a training camp deal
As reported by Tim Bontemps, the Washington Wizards have agreed to a training camp deal with point-guard Casper Ware. The player finished last season in France with ASVEL Villeurbanne.
The Wizards have signed guard Casper Ware to a training camp deal, according to a league source.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) 18 agosto 2016Source: Tim Bontemps
@ 11.13D-League0 Los Angeles D-Fenders to name Coby Karl head coach
Coby Karl will be the head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders. The son of former Kings head coach, George Karl, was assistant with the Westchester Knicks last season.
Sources: Lakers are hiring Coby Karl, son of George Karl, as head coach of the L.A. D-Fenders in D-League. Karl was Westchester assistant.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 17, 2016