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@ 22.38NBA0 Gary Payton II's deal with the Rockets is guaranteed
As reported by Eric Pincus of BasketballInsiders, the deal signed by rookie Gary Payton II with the Rockets is fully guaranteed, giving 15 guaranteed deals to the team. Motiejunas' situation is still up in the air, the player is a restricted free-agent but hasn't found an agreement for a new contract so far.
Interesting but Gary Payton II's deal is guaranteed w/Houston Rockets - giving them 15 locked and D'Mo still an RFA @BBallInsiders
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) 27 settembre 2016Source: Eric Pincus
@ 21.49NBA0 Nuggets reportedly turned down offers for Will Barton
Will Barton was one of the biggest surprise of the NBA season last year. He averaged 15.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game coming off the bench for Denver and was one of the candidates to win Sixth Man of The Year Award. According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, a couple teams had offered first-round picks to acquire him but Denver turned down the offers.
Source: Chris Dempsey
@ 21.09NBA0 Josh McRoberts broke his foot during playoffs, unlikely to be avalaible for opening night
Heat forward Josh McRoberts said during an interview that he suffered a broken left foot during game 6 against the Raptors. The player is unlikely to be avalaible for opening night.
"That's why you didn't really hear about it," he said. "Because the season was over."
McRoberts said that he didn't need surgery but then he had a stress reaction, so he's still trying to recover from the problem. Source: The Score
@ 19.38NBA0 James Harden to run the offense as de facto point-guard with D'Antoni
James Harden has always been the key factor for Houston's offense in the last few years but with the arrival of Mike D'Antoni on the bench his offensive role is expected to increase. As reported by Houston Chronicle, Harden will run the offense as de facto point-guard, leaving Patrick Beverley to an off-the ball role.
"There will be times he's off (the ball). We'll find the happy medium between the two, but right now, he's directing traffic." said D'Antoni. Source: Houston Chronicle
@ 16.45NBA0 First NBA Café In Europe Opens Its Doors In Barcelona
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Spanish restaurant group AN Grup have opened the first NBA Café in Europe on the iconic La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain. The NBA Café Barcelona is the first NBA destination of its kind in Europe and will offer fans a unique dining and entertainment experience capturing the energy and feel of the NBA. The NBA Café Barcelona was designed by renowned Spanish interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán and covers 1,200 square metres. Set over three floors, it features a range of NBA imagery, memorabilia, and merchandise, all complemented by a menu offering quintessential American bar and grill favorites along with local and Mediterranean dishes. Source: Voice
@ 09.36NBA0 Kupchak on Metta World Peace: He understands Lakers might not keep him on the final roster
Metta World Peace is at the training camp with the Lakers but he has to fight to be in the final roster that will start the season. Metta World Peace is on a non guaranteed deal with the Lakers.
Kupchak said MWP understands they might not keep him on the final roster (but then again they didn’t expect him to make the team last yr!)
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) 27 settembre 2016
Kupchak said MWP wanted to come back & they kept a spot: "He’s going to have to earn his way on the team which is what he did last year."
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) 27 settembre 2016
@ 22.25NBA0 Cavaliers Announce Coaching Staff for Cavs and Canton Charge
The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers have promoted Larry Drew to Associate Head Coach on Head Coach Tyronn Lue’s staff. The Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, also promoted Nate Reinking to Head Coach. Reinking was formerly an Assistant Coach for the Charge. We are extremely pleased to secure Coach Lue’s staff into the future. The diverse talents and wealth of experience they bring to our Cavs family is, and has been, essential to our growth and evolution as a Championship-caliber franchise,” said Cavs General Manager David Griffin. Additionally, Damon Jones was named a Cavs Assistant Coach, joining Jim Boylan, Mike Longabardi and James Posey. Phil Handy returns as Cavs Director of Player Development/Assistant Coach and Vitaly Potapenko remains as Assistant Director of Player Development. Mike Gerrity has been promoted to Director of Player Development for the Charge and will serve as Player Development Assistant with the Cavs. The Cavs also promoted Dan Vincent, formerly the Cavs Manager of Video/Advance Scouting, to Special Assistant to the Head Coach/Manager of Advanced Scouting. In Canton, Melvin Ely and Sam Jones have been hired as Assistant Coaches on Charge Head Coach Nate Reinking’s staff. Source: Cleveland Cavaliers
@ 22.16NBA0 Suns not engaged in extension talks with Alex Len and Archie Goodwin
Alex Len and Archie Goodwin are both eligible for a contract extension but doesn't look like the Suns are in any rush to sign them. As confirmed by GM Ryan McDonough, the team is still not engaged in extension talks with Len and Goodwin and both players may wait until next summer to see a new deal:
"We want to see how it goes in training camp and preseason and then we’ll revisit it as a staff probably the last week or last 10 days of October,” McDonough said. "With players as young as those two guys are, obviously there’s some projection involved too, It’s not just what they are now but what they’re going to become over the next four or five years. With the players, it’s some risk tolerance too. You want to potentially take the bird in hand and have some security and maybe sacrifice a little money to have that security in case you don’t play well or something goes wrong?" Source: Arizona Central
@ 21.59NBA0 Kristaps Porzingis is ready for his second year in the NBA: You're going to see some new stuff
Kristaps Porzingis is ready for his second season in the NBA with the Knicks. The Latvian big man worked hard during the offseason. Per NY Post, "My ballhandling is better now," said Porzingis, the Knicks' starting power forward. "I just feel comfortable with the ball now. So you're going to see some new stuff this season. You're going to see some new stuff and hopefully some more put-back dunks." "Last offseason, we made a little mistake that all I did was work upper body and try to get bigger," Porzingis said. "This offseason, I really focused on my lower strength, my legs, core, make sure that it's strong. And that's going to give me strength to be able to hold my ground defensively and offensively as well. And my legs have gotten much stronger. And I'm able to, when I'm driving, I'm able to stay lower. Defensively I can be lower and quick on my feet." Source: NY Post
@ 21.22NBA0 Spurs' Kawhi Leonard is focused on becoming a leader
After just one practice, Kawhi Leonard felt the absence of Tim Duncan who decided to retire this summer. One of Leonard’s focuses is to become a leader of the franchise. Per San Antonio Express News, “Just knowing that he’s not here, his personality isn’t here, jokes that he makes during practice, those are the things I’m missing right now,” Leonard said Tuesday. But the real extent of Duncan’s retirement remains to be seen. “We don’t know what we’re going to miss on the floor,” he said. Leonard led the team on both the offensive and defensive ends last season, and he spent the offseason trying to figure how how to lead them somewhere else — the locker room. “Just becoming a leader,” he said. “Just making sure I know what’s going on on the floor in every position. Just being ready to really get my mentality at leading this group this year, that’s pretty much it.” Source: San Antonio Express News
@ 19.35NBA0 Rudy Gobert on his future with Jazz: 'Everybody knows that I want to stay here'
French big man Rudy Gobert is eligible for a contract extension this off-season and Jazz have until 31st October to re-sign him. But the player is focused on next season and not on the contract, as he said during an interview at the media day:
"Everybody knows I want to be here," he said. "Whether I sign this year or next, I'm focused on the season, It's not going to change anything" Source: Salt Lake Tribune
@ 08.37NBA0 Josh Smith: I know changes need to be made. I've a lot left to give to this game
Josh Smith wants another opportunity in the NBA after some seasons played below expectations. The forward is still free agent. Smith spoke with Shams Charania of the Vertical. “I’m not a guy that is oblivious to my surroundings, I know that changes need to be made,” Smith told The Vertical. “It’s something that I have done wrong to now be figuring out my next move and figuring out what I need to do to be better. Even yoga this summer has helped me become one with my spirit, body and mind. I’ve done things to take steps toward bettering myself, having patience. “I have a lot left to give to this game. I’m ready to go now. I feel like I’m in the best shape, and I’ve worked extremely hard this offseason. I’m ready.”Source: The Vertical
@ 06.00NBA0 Raptors: 'Winning, that’s the mandate'
After the last great season, first conference finals in the history, the Toronto Raptors are ready for the new season and today they gathered in Toronto for the beginning of the training camp. According to the Toronto Sun the message is no distraction that means no resting on laurels. “I know where we got to last year, I know there are expectations but what are expectations in sports? Winning, that’s the mandate,” said team president Masai Ujiri. “People would talk about the West, but the East is creeping up now. We recognize that it’s going to be harder. When you win a little bit you become more of a target,” Ujiri said. “Cleveland is Cleveland, the best team in the NBA. I don’t care how we talk about it or how we do it, there are 29 losers, or 29 I shouldn’t say losers, 29 teams that didn’t win. Everyone of them is coming right back at you trying to win. And we’re one of them.” The Toronto Raptors will fly to Vancouver where they'll play against the Golden State Warriors on 1st October. for the first preseason's game. Source: Toronto Sun
@ 22.58NBA0 Joel Embiid said he'll have a long career, dropped a few 'Trust The Process' during the conference
Joel Embiid is finally ready to play after two seasons of stop due to foot injury. During the media day, Embiid said that he can't wait to play and that he expects to have a long career in the NBA. Here's some quotes from his presso conference:
Embiid praises the support he's had since entering the NBA, specifically calling out former GM Sam Hinkie and head coach Brett Brown.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) 26 settembre 2016
Joel Embiid says he expects to play in the first game.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) 26 settembre 2016
"From what it looks like right now, I'm going to have a 20 year career." -- Joel Embiid #sixers
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) 26 settembre 2016
While walking away from the mic, Joel Embiid drops "trust the process", then exits the press conference.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) 26 settembre 2016Source: Derek Bodner
@ 22.27NBA0 Spurs sign Joel Anthony, Ryan Richards and Nicolas Laprovittola
The San Antonio Spurs today announced their 2016-17 training camp roster. The Spurs current roster stands at 20 players, and includes the additions of center Joel Anthony, guard Nicolás Laprovíttola and forward-center Ryan Richards. Anthony (6-9, 245), a nine-year NBA veteran, spent the last two seasons with the Detroit Pistons. The UNLV product has also played for the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat, where he spent his first six-plus seasons and won back-to-back NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. Anthony has appeared in 471 career games, averaging 2.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.11 blocks in 14.7 minutes. Laprovíttola (6-4, 180) is a native of Argentina and has played professionally since 2007, most recently splitting last season between Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania) and Movil Estudiantes (Spain). In 20 games with Lietuvos, he averaged 10.3 points, 3.8 assists and 2.2 rebounds before making the move to Movil. In 20 games with Estudiantes, he posted averages of 13.8 points, 4.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds. Laprovíttola is also a member of the Argentinian National Team and competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he averaged 8.2 points, 2.7 assist and 2.2 rebounds in six games. Richards (6-11, 265) was originally drafted by the Spurs with the 49th overall pick in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. He split last season between Iran-Super League’s Shahdary Gorgan and Lebanon-Pepsi LBL’s Sagesse-Al Kekmeh Beirut. In 26 games with Shadary, he averaged 20.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 37.6 minutes. After transferring to Sagasse-Al Kekmeh Beruit midway through the season, he averaged 15.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in six games. Source: San Antonio Spurs
@ 22.22NBA0 Pistons sign Nikola Jovanovic and Trey Freeman
The Detroit Pistons announced today their training camp roster and that the club has signed Nikola Jovanovic and Trey Freeman to contracts. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Jovanovic, a 6-11, 235 played three years at the University of Southern California and averaged 10.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 98 games for the Trojans. He averaged 12-plus points and 7.0 rebounds in both his sophomore and junior years and shot better than 50% from the field in all three of his collegiate years. A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Jovanovic became the 36th player in USC history to record 1,000-plus points. Freeman averaged 22.1 points as a senior at Old Dominion University last season. In 135 career collegiate games, he’s averaged 17.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists at Campbell University (2011-13) and Old Dominion (2014-16). A 6-2 guard from Virginia Beach, VA, Freeman earned First-Team All-Conference USA honors in both his junior and senior years. Following is the Pistons 2016 training camp roster: Player POS College NBA Exp. Aron Baynes F/C Washington State/Australia 4 Years Lorenzo Brown G North Carolina State 9 Years Reggie Bullock F North Carolina 3 Years Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G Georgia 3 Year Andre Drummond C Connecticut 4 Henry Ellenson F Marquette R Trey Freeman G Old Dominion R Michael Gbinije G/F Syracuse R Tobias Harris F Tennessee 5 Darrun Hilliard G/F Villanova 1 Year Reggie Jackson G Boston College 5 Years Stanley Johnson G Arizona 1 Year Nikola Jovanovic F USC/Serbia R Jon Leuer F Wisconsin None Boban Marjanovic C Serbia 1 Year Ray McCallum G Detroit 3 Years Marcus Morris F Kansas 3 Years Ish Smith G Wake Forest 6 Years Source: Detroit Pistons
@ 21.59NBA0 Grizzlies sign Chris Crawford
The Memphis Grizzlies have officially signed Chris Crawford for the training camp. Roster is now at 20 players. Crawford spent part of last season in France with Rouen. Source: Memphis Grizzlies
@ 20.32NBA0 Nuggets to Retire Dikembe Mutombo's #55 Jersey
As part of the 2016-17 home-opener festivities, the Denver Nuggets will retire former legend Dikembe Mutombo’s #55 jersey, President and Governor Josh Kroenke announced today. Mutombo was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2015 and will become the fifth player and sixth representative in team history to have his number enshrined in the rafters. He joins fellow Nuggets greats Byron Beck (#40), Alex English (#2), Dan Issel (#44), David Thompson (#33) and Doug Moe, who coached the team to a franchise-record 432 wins. This will mark the first time that the Nuggets have retired a player’s number at Pepsi Center. Drafted fourth overall by Denver in the 1991 NBA Draft, Mutombo played for the Nuggets from 1991 to 1996, compiling averages of 12.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.81 blocks in 391 total games. As a member of the Nuggets, Mutombo was a three-time NBA All-Star (‘92, ’95 and ’96), three-time NBA blocked shots leader (‘93-94, ’94-95, ’95-96), named Defensive Player of the Year in ‘94-95 and was instrumental in helping the Nuggets become the first eighth-seeded team to defeat a number one seed in NBA Playoff history. Mutombo still remains the Nuggets all-time leader in blocked shots (1,486) and career rebounding average (12.3 per game) while ranking third in rebounds (4,811) and 19th in points (5,054). In addition to his on-court accolades, Mutombo’s humanitarian efforts shine even brighter. He created the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation in 1997, opened the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007 and has been one of the leaders of the Basketball Without Borders program in Africa for over 15 years. Former NBA Commissioner David Stern appointed Mutombo to the role of Global Ambassador in 2009. The Nuggets will hold the jersey retirement ceremony during halftime of the home-opening game vs. Portland on Oct. 29. For one night only, the Nuggets will wear the iconic “Rainbow Skyline” throwback uniforms worn during Mutombo’s rookie season in Denver. Individual tickets for this game will go on sale on Sept. 30. Tickets are available now as part of both full and partial season ticket packages on Nuggets.com. Source: Denver Nuggets
@ 20.26NBA0 Nets sign Jorge Gutierrez and Chase Budinger
The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent forward Chase Budinger and guard Jorge Gutierrez. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. Budinger (6-7, 215) has appeared in 407 career NBA games (50 starts) with Phoenix (2015-16), Indiana (2015-16), Minnesota (2012-15) and Houston (2009-12) and holds averages of 7.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 19.7 minutes per contest. The California native was selected 44th overall out of the University of Arizona in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons before being traded on draft night to the Rockets. Gutierrez (6-3, 195) most recently suited up for the Charlotte Hornets during the 2015-16 season, and has also had NBA stints with the Milwaukee Bucks (2014-15) and the Nets (2013-15). In 47 total NBA games, the Mexico native holds averages of 2.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 10.3 minutes per contest. Gutierrez, who began his professional career playing for Pioneros de Quintana Roo in Mexico (2012-13), has had four stints in the NBA D-League over the past four seasons, all with the Canton Charge. In 2014 he was named to the All-NBA D-League Second Team and was twice named to the league’s all-defensive team (2013, 2014). Source: Brooklyn Nets
@ 20.18NBA0 Cavs sign Jonathan Holmes
The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially signed forward Jonathan Holmes to a training camp deal. Last season he spent some time with the Lakers before getting waived. Roster now stands at 20. Source: Cleveland Cavs
@ 19.38NBA0 Mo Williams won't return to Cleveland, he's retiring
During Cavs media day GM David Griffin announced that Mo Williams won't be a part of the team next season. Veteran point-guard is retiring, leaving Cleveland with only rookie Kay Felder as backup point-guard in the roster.
Cavs GM David Griffin said Mo Williams' agent has informed the team he is retiring
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) 26 settembre 2016Source: Jason Lloyd
@ 19.26NBA0 Nerlens Noel: 'We have three starting centers, the situation it's silly'
Sixers big man Nerlens Noel dropped a bomb in the locker room just hours before the media day. Noel told to Keith Pompey that he wants to understand if he's still a part of the plan in Philly or not. With three potential starting centers in Noel, Embiid and Okafor, former Kentucky big man wants to understand his situation:
"I think it's just silly . . . this situation that we are in now with three starting centers, I think something needs to happen, I feel like it definitely needs to be figured out," he said. "I think at the end of the day, again, you have three starting-caliber centers. And it's just not going to work to anybody's advantage having that on the same team. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated." Source: Keith Pompey
@ 19.07NBA0 Paul Pierce: 'This will be my final season'
Paul Pierce wrote a short letter on The Players' Tribune to announce his decision to retire at the end of this season:
"This is it, my final season. It’s time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity. With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship. After 18 NBA years, it’s hard to believe I’ll be playing in each arena for the last time. So I’m going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I’m going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal." Source: Paul Pierce
@ 16.25NBA0 Riley thinks Chris Bosh career is over: We are not working toward his return
Heat President Pat Riley says team believes Chris Bosh's Miami career is over. "We are not working toward his return," Riley said. Riley on Bosh cap relief: "We never, ever thought about that. If we didn't care about Chris we would have played him in the playoffs." The news was reported by Tim Reynolds.
@ 09.57NBA0 NBA's First Female Referee, Violet Palmer, retires from on-court work
Violet Palmer, the NBA’s first female referee, retired from on-court work at 52.
NBA referee Violet Palmer, who broke the gender barrier in 1997, has retired from on-court work. Now working as a manager in ref operations.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) 22 settembre 2016 Per Bleacher Report, Alongside Dee Kantner, Palmer broke the NBA's gender barrier in 1997 and officiated 54 games that season. She appeared in as many as 68 games in a season but saw that number decrease toward the end of her career because of injury issues. In total, Palmer officiated 919 NBA games. She also became the first woman to oversee an NBA postseason game when she refereed Game 2 of a first-round Eastern Conference matchup between the Indiana Pacers and then-New Jersey Nets in 2006. She officiated nine postseason games in six different seasons
@ 09.48NBA0 Rivers said he was willing to bring Garnett to Clippers: Now he should start a course in leadership
Doc Rivers tried to sign Kevin Garnett but the big man has decided to retire. Rivers suggested that Kevin Garnett should teach how to be a leader now. Per ESPN, he has spoken with Garnett about Minnesota's decision to orchestrate a buyout for the 15-time All-Star, who announced his farewell Friday. "He doesn't want to play," Rivers said. "I'm sure he won't play again. I think he realized, 'Why am I doing this?' "I would have absolutely been interested in bringing him here. You always find a place for a guy like that, whose voice in the locker room is so strong, so clear, so impactful. "He's such a great teacher in practice. He should start a course in leadership. The NBA should designate who the best player is on each team and then they could bring Kevin in and he could teach them how to be the best player and the best leader. Better yet, they could bring him and Tim [Duncan] in and they could teach it together and show people how it can be done in two completely opposite ways." Source: ESPN
@ 09.34NBA0 Hornets coach Clifford suggests allowing teams to advance ball in final two minutes without timeout
The NBA's head coaches annual meetings in Chicago had an international flavor and it was full of interesting proposals for the future of game. Per NBA.com, For Charlotte's Steve Clifford, the ability in the final two minutes of a game to advance the ball without requiring a timeout to be called could speed up the action. That has been used on a trial basis in the D League and in Summer League, and several coaches felt it worked well. "The game is at an all-time high in popularity, but a lot of people complain about the last two minutes," Clifford said. "I think it would add a different dimension but it would also be a good thing in addressing our biggest issue." Not that the coaches would be willing to lose any of their timeouts, though. They just wouldn't save them specifically for that purpose. Source: NBA
@ 09.20NBA0 Timberwolves announce coaching staff addition
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced additions to the team’s coaching staff for the 2016-17 NBA season, naming Andy Greer and Rick Brunson as Assistant Coaches, Peter Patton as Shooting Coach, Daisuke Yoshimoto as Special Assistant to the President of Basketball Operations and promoting Vince Legarza to Player Development Coach. Ryan Saunders will also continue in his capacity as Assistant Coach. Source: Minnesota Timberwolves
@ 08.10NBA0 Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic will miss the entire 2016-17 season due to recurring right ankle pain
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that center Nikola Pekovic will miss the entire 2016-17 season due to recurring right ankle pain. A determination about future seasons will be made at a later date.
Pekovic, 30, has played parts of six seasons with the Wolves after the team drafted him with the 31st overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. In 271 career games, the 6-11 center owns averages of 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per contest.
@ 23.29NBA0 Kings Announce 2016 Training Camp Roster
The Sacramento Kings will tip-off 2016-17 training camp with a 10:00 a.m. practice on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the new downtown practice facility at Golden 1 Center. Training camp will be open to the press following each morning session. Media members are encouraged to email Rahsaan Gethers (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Kings Media Relations Department to ensure inclusion on the daily practice time distribution list. Updated practice and media availability times will be sent on a nightly basis beginning on Sept. 26. No. Player Pos. 40 Arron Afflalo G 22 Matt Barnes G 18 Omri Casspi F 00 Willie Cauley-Stein C 7 Darren Collison G 15 DeMarcus Cousins C 9 Isaiah Cousins G 20 Jordan Farmar G 8 Rudy Gay F 41 Kosta Koufos C 3 Skal Labissiere F 10 Ty Lawson G 23 Ben McLemore G 13 George Papagiannis C 31 Lamar Patterson G 5 Malachi Richardson G 17 Garrett Temple G 43 Anthony Tolliver F Source: Sacramento Kings
@ 16.52NBA0 Kevin Garnett thanks his fans with an emotional video on Instagram
After 21 seasons in the NBA Kevin Garnett announced his retirement. The big man thanked his fans with an emotional video on Instagram.
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@ 16.30NBA0 Mitch McGary: I'm not afraid to talk about it. Yes, I messed up. I want to turn my life around
Mitch McGary will start the 2016-2017 season watching his teammates. The forward has been suspended 15 games by the NBA for violating anti-drug program. McGary admitted his mistakes and added that he wants to turn his life around and have a career in the NBA.
McGary on his future: “I obviously don’t want to leave, but if someone is willing to give me the opportunity to play … I just want to play.”
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) 23 settembre 2016
McGary said injuries didn’t contribute to substance abuse: “Getting caught up in the wrong crowds … you can’t do that.”
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) 23 settembre 2016
McGary brings up “Birdman” Anderson. “A lot of people talk about Chris Anderson, but talk about him as ‘Chris Anderson, NBA Champion.’”
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) 23 settembre 2016
Mitch McGary: "I'm not afraid to talk about it. Yes, I messed up."
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) 23 settembre 2016
McGary: "I'd love to stay here. But with new guys coming in, it's going to be hard to get minutes."
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) 23 settembre 2016
McGary says he just wants to play basketball again. "It's a lot of fun when things get going. Because I'm a helluva ballplayer."
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) 23 settembre 2016
@ 16.09NBA0 Knicks head coach Hornacek doesn't expect to use Jennings and Rose in the same backcourt extensively
Knicks new coach Jeff Hornacek said that he doesn’t expect to use Brandon Jennings and Derrick Rose in the same backcourt extensively. Per ESPN, “I don’t think you go to that for big minutes. We have plenty of capable players, especially at those bigger spots,” he said. “If we want guys coming in and off the bench, we get into that half-court offense. If we need to rest our starters, we can really slow the game down a little bit and execute because we do have guys we can throw into the post.” It may also be difficult for Rose and Jennings to play big minutes together because the Knicks don’t have a proven third point guard on the roster. Knicks GM Steve Mills said neither Rose nor any other Knick is entering the season with minutes or games restrictions. Source: ESPN
@ 16.00NBA0 McLemore says his confidence is off the charts, higher than it’s ever been since he has been in NBA
Ben McLemore can’t wait for the new season to start. The guard will be free agent after the 2016-2017 campaign. Per the Sacramento Bee, During the offseason, McLemore blocked out rumors of a possible trade. “I’ve been really focused on myself this summer … ” he said. “I let my agent, I let my manager handle all the front-office business while I focused on Ben. … I just told my team to keep me updated on anything dealing with me so I can continue to be a pro and focused on my game.” Despite being visibly down for stretches of last season when his playing time fluctuated, McLemore said his confidence is “off the charts, higher than it’s ever been sine I’ve been in the league.” “It’s one of the most important years to come for me. But at the end of the day, I’ll continue to do what I do best, and that’s working my butt off.” McLemore can become a free agent after the season. He’ll be restricted if the Kings make a qualifying offer rather than letting him leave as an unrestricted free agent. With the rising salary cap, players on their rookie deals such as McLemore are bargains. A qualifying offer for McLemore for the 2017-18 season will cost the Kings just $5.4 million. Source: Sacramento Bee
@ 15.54NBA0 Jared Dudley was hoping for a call from the Celtics when he was a free agent this summer
Jared Dudley signed with the Suns this summer but he was hoping for a call from the Celtics. Per Boston Herald, Jared Dudley has gone back to Phoenix on a three-year, $30 million deal, but the 31-year-old BC product told us he was hoping for a call from the C’s when he was a free agent this summer. “Boston never contacted me, but I made it known I was interested in them,” said Dudley, who shot 42 percent on 3-pointers for Washington last season. He believed he fit a need, but understood the club wants to give minutes to rookie Jaylen Brown. Source: Boston Herald
@ 09.42NBA0 James Harden: Last year was frustrating
During the summer James Harden worked on returning the player he was before last season. "Last year was frustrating, numbers individually was pretty solid, but just the love and excitement wasn’t there,” he told NBC Sports. “So I had to look in the mirror this summer and realize that I got to change and I got to get back to how I was.” Source: Nbc Sports
@ 10.20NBA0 Sixers unveiled new practice facility
On Friday, the Sixers held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the sprawling building on South Front Street. After years of sharing space at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) on City Avenue, the organization now has its own dedicated facility. The complex was built with the intention of becoming a “year-round destination." The team has taken each aspect of daily life into consideration to provide players and staff with the resources they need on-hand in Camden.
Check out the complex » https://t.co/ruT4igXYKtpic.twitter.com/qkYPEOQIVi
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) 23 settembre 2016Source: Philadelphia 76ers
@ 09.09NBA0 Heat to sign Keith Benson
The Miami Heat will sign Keith Benson. The big man will be at the training camp on a partially guaranteed deal. The news was reported by David Pick.
@ 09.05NBA0 Warriors sign Scott Wood
The Golden State Warriors have signed Scott Wood. The guard has played in Spain with Murcia.
@ 08.45NBA0 Jazz sign Eric Dawson
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed free agent forward Eric Dawson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Dawson (6-9, 255, Midwestern State) most recently played for the Blackwater Elite in the Philippines, averaging 18.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.2 blocks in 38.8 minutes per game in six games (all starts). He also spent part of the 2015-16 season with Paris-Levallois in France’s Pro A league.
He appeared in four games for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2011-12, averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per contest. He was also named the 2012 NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year after averaging 17.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 blocks in 29.0 minutes per game over 29 games for the (then) Austin Toros. Additionally, Dawson has appeared for 11 clubs in eight countries.
Born in San Antonio, Dawson spent two years (2003-05) at McLennan Community College before finishing his collegiate career at Midwestern State (2005-07). Source: Utah Jazz
@ 08.42NBA0 Lakers officially sign Metta World Peace
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Metta World Peace, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. A 16-year NBA veteran who spent four seasons in Los Angeles between 2009-13 before returning to the team last season, World Peace holds career averages of 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.8 steals in 32.4 minutes per game over 966 contests (838 starts) with the Bulls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets, Knicks, and Lakers. Last season with the Lakers, he appeared in 35 games (five starts), and did not miss any time due to injury. Born Ron Artest before changing his name during the 2011 offseason, World Peace was an integral member of the Lakers’ 2010 NBA Championship team, starting all 23 playoff games and averaging 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 steals in 36.5 minutes per game during the postseason. Selected with the 16th pick of the 1999 NBA Draft by Chicago, World Peace was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2003-04 in addition to being chosen as an All-Star and member of the All-NBA Third Team that same year. He has also garnered four NBA All-Defensive Team selections and made the postseason nine times (including all four of his seasons in his first stint with L.A.) with four different franchises. World Peace was honored with the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2011, and is actively involved in mental health awareness initiatives. Source: Los Angeles Lakers
@ 08.26NBA0 After 21 seasons, Kevin Garnett announces retirement
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett today announced that he will retire after a 21-year NBA career, 13-plus of those with the Timberwolves. Garnett led the Wolves to the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons, culminated by an appearance in the Western Conference Finals in 2004. After being traded to Boston on July 31, 2007, Garnett led the Celtics to the NBA title the following season. “It has been a real joy to watch KG come into the league as a young man and watch him develop his skills to become one of the very best in the NBA,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “I have treasured the opportunity to see him grow as a leader. I wish him continued success in the next chapter of his life. His Minnesota fans will always cherish the memories he has provided.” Selected by the Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, Garnett was the first player selected directly out of high school since 1975. He was named the NBA Most Valuable Player following the 2003-04 season. Over his career, Garnett recorded nine All-NBA Team selections,12 All-Defensive Team selections and was tabbed to play in 15 NBA All-Star Games. For his career, Garnett averaged 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. Garnett retires as the Wolves’ all-time leader in numerous categories, including games played (970), minutes (36,189), points (19,201), rebounds (10,718), blocked shots (1,590), assists (4,216), steals (1,315), double-doubles (607) and triple-doubles (16). The 6-11 forward’s name is also prominent in the NBA all-time record book. Garnett finishes his career ranked fifth in games played (1,462), third in minutes (50,418), 17th in points (26,071), 11th in field goals made (10,505), ninth in total rebounds (14,662), first in defensive rebounds (11,453), 16th in steals (1,859) and 17th in blocks (2,037). Garnett appeared in 143 playoff games, averaging 18.2 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 bpg and 1.2 spg. In addition to winning the NBA title in 2008, Garnett and the Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals in 2010, with Boston losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. Source: Minnesota Timberwolves
@ 22.00NBA0 Kevin Garnett to retire from basketball
As reported by Minneapolis Star Tribune, veteran big man Kevin Garnett has already reached a buyout agreement with the Timberwolves and is expected to announce his retirement from basketball soon. Garnett leaves Minnesota, for a second time, having played 970 of his career 1,462 games here, having scored 36,189 of his 50,418 points and grabbing 10,718 of his 14,662 rebounds in a Timberwolves uniform. Source: Star Tribune
@ 20.39NBA0 Chris Bosh's career with the Heat may be over
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Miami Heat increasingly believe that Chris Bosh's career with the team is over. Another bout of blood clotting was a significant part of the failed physical, and Bosh’s chances of resuming his NBA career are in a perilous state.
The Heat issued a statement Friday saying that Bosh hadn’t been cleared for resumption of basketball activities and there was no timetable for his return. Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 20.05NBA0 Rockets announce training camp roster
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed four players in advance of training camp, which takes place at Toyota Center Saturday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 1. Houston’s preseason opener is home against the Shanghai Sharks on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. The Sharks play in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and are owned by Rockets legend Yao Ming, who was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this month. It is the first time a professional team from China is facing an NBA team in the United States. Bobby Brown finished his career as Cal-State Fullerton’s all-time leading scorer. He appeared in a total of 113 NBA games across two seasons in 2008-09 and 200-10 and spent the past two years playing in the CBA. In 2015-16, Brown averaged 29.2 points, 6.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds for the Shenzhen Leopards. Gary Payton II was eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft and played for the Rockets in the Samsung NBA Summer League. As a senior at Oregon State, Payton II averaged team highs of 16.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals. According to Stats, Inc., he was the first Division I player to average at least 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals in a single season dating back to 1996-97, which is as far back as their data tracks. Isaiah Taylor was an early entry candidate for the 2016 NBA Draft following his junior season at Texas. He started all 92 of his games played during his career with the Longhorns and was named First Team All-Big 12 as a junior after earning Third Team honors as a freshman and sophomore. Taylor also played for the Rockets in the Samsung NBA Summer League. Kyle Wiltjer was eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft following his senior season at Gonzaga and was a member of the Rockets entry in the Samsung NBA Summer League. He began his collegiate career at Kentucky and was a member of the Wildcats championship team in 2012. Wiltjer was named All-West Coast Conference First Team in both of his seasons with the Bulldogs, averaging 18.6 points and 6.3 rebounds. Below is the Rockets 2016 Training Camp Roster: Roster # Name Pos Height Prior to NBA/Country Years Pro 0 Gary Payton II G 6-3 Oregon State/USA R 1 Trevor Ariza F 6-8 UCLA/USA 12 2 Patrick Beverley G 6-1 Arkansas/USA 4 3 Ryan Anderson F 6-10 California/USA 8 5 Montrezl Harrell F 6-8 Louisville/USA 1 6 Tyler Ennis G 6-3 Syracuse/Canada 2 7 Sam Dekker F 6-9 Wisconsin/USA 1 8 Bobby Brown G 6-2 Cal-State Fullerton/USA 2 9 Pablo Prigioni G 6-3 Caja Laboral/Argentina 4 10 Eric Gordon G 6-4 Indiana/USA 8 13 James Harden G 6-5 Arizona State/USA 7 15 Clint Capela C 6-10 Elan Chalon (France)/Switzerland 2 17 Isaiah Taylor G 6-3 Texas/USA R 21 Chinanu Onuaku F-C 6-10 Louisville/USA R 30 Kyle Wiltjer F 6-10 Gonzaga/USA R 32 K.J. McDaniels G-F 6-6 Clemson/USA 2 33 Corey Brewer F 6-9 Florida/USA 9 42 Nenê C 6-11 Vasco de Gama/Brazil 14 Source: Houston Rockets
@ 17.56NBA0 Chris Bosh has still blood clot issues, hasn't been cleared for the training camp
As reported by the Miami Herald, Chris Bosh hasn't been cleared for the training camp because doctors found blood clot issues still present in his body. Though the complication is not considered life-threatening if treated, it requires medication and playing with it is considered unrealistic. Bosh was diagnosed with a blood clot that traveled from his leg to his lung in February 2015 and was diagnosed with a clot in his calf this past February. Source: Miami Herald
@ 13.44NBA0 Thomas Walkup signs a training camp deal with the Bulls
Former Austin State University alumn Thomas Walkup has signed a training camp deal with the Bulls, as he announced via Instagram. Walkup averaged 18.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season.
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@ 10.08NBA0 Bucks acquire Michael Beasley from Houston in exchange of Tyler Ennis
Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced today that the team has acquired forward Michael Beasley from the Houston Rockets in exchange for guard Tyler Ennis. “We’re excited to add a player with Michael’s skill set to our team,” said Hammond. “He’s someone that we’ve kept our eye on the last few seasons and we’re looking forward to watching him compete throughout training camp and the season.” Beasley, 27, appeared in 20 games for the Rockets last season and averaged 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Prior to signing with Houston, Beasley played in China with the Shandong Golden Stars and averaged 31.9 points, 13.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks per game, earning the CBA’s Foreign MVP Award for the 2015-16 season. While playing for Shandong, Beasley tallied games of 48 and 49 points and was named MVP of the CBA All-Star Game for the second straight year after recording 63 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists for the South team. The No. 2 overall pick by Miami in the 2008 NBA Draft, Beasley has career NBA averages of 13.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 453 games (200 starts) for Miami, Minnesota, Phoenix and Houston. Ennis, 22, averaged 4.5 points, 2.1 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 46 games (seven starts) last season. Drafted by Phoenix in 2014 (18th overall), Ennis was acquired by the Bucks in Feb. 2015 as part of a three-team trade with the Sixers and the Suns. In 79 career NBA games (eight starts), Ennis has averaged 4.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.4 rebounds. “We wish Tyler the best and thank him for his contributions to the Bucks, both on and off the court,” Hammond added. Source: Milwaukee Bucks
@ 05.24NBA0 Dahntay Jones to attend Cavaliers' training camp on non-guaranteed deal According to Joe Vardon of the cleveland.com Dahntay Jones will attend the training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jones, 35, a guard, was waived following the 2016 Finals triumph, but is returning for camp on a non-guaranteed contract. Some speculation about Jones' immediate future was generated this week when he showed in Santa Barbara, California for LeBron James' minicamp. With Mo Williams' announcement Wednesday that he would return to the team instead of retire, the roster stands at 14. If J.R. Smith were to sign and come to camp, that would put the team at its limit of 15 roster players -- meaning Jones would have to beat someone out who's planning on being in Cleveland this year. Source: cleveland.com
@ 04.45NBA0 Millsap To Miss First Two Preseason Games After Knee Procedure
Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap will miss the first two preseason games due to a problem in his right knee. According to nba.com Millsap recently underwent a preventative procedure to reduce mild swelling in his knee and now he has to follow a phase of rest and recovery. “After reviewing the options with Paul to treat his knee and provide him the best long-term care, we agreed, largely due to the time of year, that this was the best method and time to ensure his complete readiness for the start of the regular season,” President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said. Source: Nba.com
@ 22.08NBA0 A statement from Michael Jordan on the situation in Charlotte
First, I want to express my condolences to the Scott family for their loss. I also wish for a full recovery to those who have been injured. “In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways. As part of the fabric of Charlotte, the Hornets organization is committed to working with civic leaders, our elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community. Source: Charlotte Hornets
@ 21.14NBA0 Dorell Wright agreed to a training camp deal with the Clippers
As reported by Dan Woike, veteran forward Dorell Wright has agreed to a training camp deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. Wright finished last season with the Miami Heat. Clippers roster would increase to 16 with this addition.
Source: Clippers brining in vet wing Dorrell Wright on a training camp deal
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) 22 settembre 2016Source: Dan Woike
@ 19.55NBA0 Sacramento's mayor Kevin Johnson reportedly hit with a pie, then attacked the protester
According to a report from Nick Miller of East Bay Express, Sacramento's mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson was reportedly hit with a pie by a protester during a benefit dinner at his former high school. After the attack, Johnson hit the protester with several punches in the face. The protester was arrested by the police.
According to Miller, "Protesters occasionally have dogged Johnson on the heels of sexual-misconduct allegations that resurfaced last year." Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated wrote in 2015 that ESPN elected to delay a 30 for 30 film that featured Johnson as a primary character because of the "allegations of sexual misconduct." Source: Nick Miller
@ 19.01NBA0 Pelicans Sign Chris Copeland and Robert Sacre
The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that the team has signed free agents Chris Copeland and Robert Sacre. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Copeland, 6-8, 235, appeared in 24 games with Milwaukee last season, posting averages of 2.1 points in 6.5 minutes per game. Undrafted out of Colorado in 2006, Copeland has appeared in 171 career regular season games (26 starts) with New York, Indiana and Milwaukee, posting averages of 5.8 points and 1.6 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game. Sacre, 7-0, 270, appeared in 25 games last season for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 3.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game. Drafted 60th overall by the Lakers in 2012 out of Gonzaga, Sacre has spent his entire career in Los Angeles, averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds over 189 career regular season games (35 starts). Source: New Orleans Pelicans
@ 18.52NBA0 Jazz sign Henry Sims
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed free agent center Henry Sims. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Sims (6-10, 248, Georgetown) has appeared in 135 NBA games over four seasons with New Orleans, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Brooklyn, owning career averages of 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 18.8 minutes per game. Sims finished the 2015-16 season with the Nets, appearing in 14 games (four starts) and averaging 6.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 block in 18.8 minutes of action. He has also spent time in the NBA D-League with the Erie BayHawks, Canton Charge and Grand Rapids Drive. Sims averaged 15.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 30.0 minutes per game before signing with Brooklyn in March of 2016. The Baltimore native, played four years at Georgetown (2008-12), averaging 11.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 blocks as a senior. He played high school basketball at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore. He will wear jersey #30 for the Jazz. Source: Utah Jazz