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@ 15.53NBA0 Knicks officially re-sign Lou Amundson
The New York Knicks officially re-signed Lou Amundson to a one-year deal.
July 29 – New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has re-signed forward Lou Amundson to a contract.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) July 30, 2015
@ 14.07NBA0 Wesley Matthews: Blazers never made an offer. I was pissed off
Wesley Matthews left the Blazers on July to sign a four-year, $70 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Matthews missed the final part of the season with an injury but he felt disrespected that the Blazers did not make him an offer during the free agency. #incart_2box">Per The Oregonian, He had hoped he could return to the city that had embraced him, to the team with players he considered brothers, to the franchise where he grew into one of the NBA’s most well-rounded and respected shooting guards. But in the end, after five seasons, the feeling was not mutual. He was greeted with silence. No phone call. No text messages. The Blazers never made an offer. “I was pissed off,” Matthews said. “I felt disrespected….” The only chance the Blazers would pursue Matthews, top executive Neil Olshey later explained, was if free agent LaMarcus Aldridge chose to return, maintaining Portland as a playoff-caliber team. When Aldridge chose San Antonio, the Blazers decided to rebuild. Paying big money to a 29-year-old shooting guard coming off major surgery didn’t make long-term sense. Source: The Oregonian
@ 12.01NBA0 Marcelinho Huertas wants to play in the NBA, agent says
Marcelinho Huertas’ agent denied that the Brazilian is signing with Galatasaray, as reported by Turkish media. Huertas wants to play in the NBA next season and the agent is negotiating with some franchises.
Marcelinho Huertas just thinks about NBA. His agent Alex Saratsis @OctagonBsktball keeps negotiating with some franchises.
— Gerard Darnes (@GerardDarnesOCT) July 30, 2015
@ 09.17NCAA0 Jalen Brunson to Sportando: I dream of NBA but Italy is in my mind too
The MVP and gold medalist with USA of FIBA U19 World Championship held in Greece, Jalen Brunson, spoke with Sportando about the NBA dream and the possibility of a career overseas. The 18-year-old American guard was the leader of the US team in the way to the world title with 14 ppg (61.8% 2pts, 44% 3pts, 85.2% ft), 5.6 apg, 3.3 rpg and 2.1 stpg.
His father, Rick Brunson, had a career in the NBA with Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle Super Sonics and Houston Rockets, but played also in Europe, for Italian Progresso Castelmaggiore and in Australia (Adelaide 36ers).
Jalen supports Chicago Bulls and admires a lot Derrick Rose, but he doesn’t exclude one day to play either in Italy or Australia, following the steps of his father.
Before that, he will attend the college of Villanova, with which he has high ambitions.
First of all, congratulations for the title in the World Championship with USA and the award of MVP. Did you feel as the leader of the team?
“Thank you. In a certain aspect, yes. There was leadership needed at certain times and I had to step up to the plate to put my teammates in the right positions to get the job done”.
Your career says that in a few years you will play in the NBA. However, if you had the chance to play in Europe, do you know which country's championship or team would you choose?
“I would probably say Italy comes to mind first. My Dad played in Italy and I was there when I was younger. Or Australia, where my Dad also played. Those two probably stand out as overseas spots – something that could allow me to follow in his footsteps”.
Your style of play could be compared to many known NBA players during the years. From which guards have you been influenced and inspired the most?
“There are a lot of NBA guards I watch. I would probably say Chris Paul first. He’s not always the most athletic player but he finds ways to win. He’s doing the little things to help his team win”.
Admiring which teams and players you grew up as a person and a basketball player?
“I admired my Dad (Rick Brunson) for sure. Everyone admires their Dad, even people who don’t play a sport. In terms of other players I would say Steve Nash. Right now my favorite team is the Chicago Bulls. I admire Derrick Rose but my game is not like Derrick Rose. Nobody plays like Derrick Rose”.
Although 18 years old you have already received many awards and honors. Are you able to handle all this success that has happened to you so early so as not to disorientate from your big goals and dreams, which everyone understands that are in the NBA?
“I think I’ve handled success pretty well. My family is levelheaded and they help me stay levelheaded. My high school coach did that as well. The only thing I worry about is just trying to get better every day”.
What are your team and individual goals with Villanova the next years that you will play there?
“On the team side – and this is pretty big as a freshman – you want to try to win a national championship. This is a team that was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament so we have a team that has experienced a lot of success. We have a lot of the guys back and I’m hoping that I can help us get to where we want to go”.
You will play in Villanova the next few years. Would you say that it is difficult for you to wait for so long to play in the NBA? Do you feel anxious to come the time that you will be selected to the draft?
“I think most players look forward to one day being in the NBA. It’s every college basketball player’s dream. But I don’t get anxious about it. I was around it with my Dad so I know the kind of hard work it takes to get there. With the people that support me and the people that are going to push me, I hope to get there some day”.
Have you ever seen in your dream or dreamed of awakened that you won the NBA title and you were the MVP of the league as many young boys that play basketball do?
“I have definitely dreamed of winning an NBA championship. When you watch the Finals, you see the reaction of people who win it for the first time. Those players are in love with that moment and I would like one of those moments. I believe that if I keep working hard, listen to my coaches and teammates, it could happen. But I know the first step is to get better each day and I’m excited to do that at Villanova”. Interview via Maria Karvouni
@ 08.37NBA0 Rockets to sign Chuck Hayes to a one-year deal
The Houston Rockets will sign Chuck Hayes to a one-year deal. Hayes will get the veteran’s minimum.
The Rockets have agreed to terms with free agent center Chuck Hayes on a one-year veteran's minimum deal, sources told Yahoo Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) 30 Luglio 2015
@ 01.44NBA0 Bucks Sign Chris Copeland
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent forward Chris Copeland, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed in accordance with team policy. Copeland, 31, was undrafted out of the University of Colorado in 2006 and spent six seasons split between the NBA D-League and professional teams overseas before landing in the NBA with the New York Knicks in 2012-13. He has posted career averages of 6.4 points and 1.8 rebounds over three seasons with New York and Indiana, and has averaged 3.5 points and 0.7 rebounds through 21 playoff games (1 start). Source: Milwaukee Bucks
@ 01.00NBA0 T'Wolves to sign Andre Miller
According to Shams Charania of Real GM, the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement with veteran free-agent Andre Miller. Terms of the deal are not clear. Miller finished last season with the Sacramento Kings. Source: Shams Charania
@ 23.17NBA0 Luke Walton promoted to Warriors assistant coach
The Golden State Warriors will bring back all but one member of Head Coach Steve Kerr’s coaching staff that, in their first season together in 2014-15, produced a franchise-record 67 regular-season wins and the team’s first NBA Championship in 40 years, the team announced today. Luke Walton, 35, will slide into the seat previously occupied by Alvin Gentry, who was named head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this offseason. Entering his second season as an assistant coach with the Warriors, Walton previously served as a player development coach for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League in 2013-14 and as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis during the 2011 NBA Lockout. The San Diego native enjoyed a 10-year playing career in the NBA (2003-13) with the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers, capturing NBA championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. Ron Adams, 67, returns for his second season with the Warriors after helping the team finish first in defensive rating (98.2) in 2014-15. Overall, Adams owns more than 20 seasons of experience on the bench as an NBA assistant coach, including stints with the Boston Celtics (2013-14), Chicago Bulls (2003-08, 2010-13), Oklahoma City Thunder (2008-10), Milwaukee Bucks (1998-2003), Philadelphia 76ers (1994-96) and San Antonio Spurs (1992-94). During his time as an assistant coach, Adams has made 14 appearances in the NBA Playoffs. Jarron Collins, 36, has been promoted to the role of assistant coach and will move to the front of the bench after spending the 2014-15 season as a player development coach. Prior to joining the Warriors, he served two seasons as a personnel scout for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Stanford grad played 10 seasons in the NBA (2001-11) with the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. Bruce Fraser, 50, will return in his role as player development coach, working closely with the players on individual skill development. In addition to his work with the Warriors last season, Fraser previously coached at both the college and professional levels, having worked at the University of Arizona under Lute Olson (1987-90), the University of Missouri under Quin Snyder (1999-2000) and the Indiana Pacers under Larry Brown (1994-95). Additionally, he served as a scout for the Phoenix Suns from 2004-10. The Long Beach, CA, native was a teammate of Kerr’s at the University of Arizona, where Fraser played from 1983-87. Additionally, the team announced the promotion of Theo Robertson to the role of video coordinator/player development. Robertson, who played collegiately at Cal from 2005-10, served as a video intern during his first season with the Warriors in 2014-15. Below is the Warriors’ coaching staff for the upcoming season: Head Coach Steve Kerr Assistant Coaches Luke Walton Ron Adams Jarron Collins Player Development Coach Bruce Fraser Source: Golden State Warriors Official Website
@ 21.59NBA0 Kings waive Eric Moreland
The Sacramento Kings today waived forward Eric Moreland, according to Kings Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations Vlade Divac. In 2014-15, his first season with the Kings, Moreland totaled two points (1-1 FG) and one rebound in three minutes off the bench in three games with the Kings. His season ended when he suffered a left shoulder labral tear, forcing him to miss the final 52 games of the regular season. Assigned to the Kings’ D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns during the season, Moreland averaged 13.7 points (.592 FG%), 12.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.29 steals, 1.57 blocks and 28.7 minutes per game in seven contests, including six starts. Source: Sacramento Kings Official Website
@ 14.58NBA0 James Ennis' contract to become guaranteed on the eve of NBA RS
James Ennis’ contract for next season will become fully guaranteed until the eve of the season. Per Sun Sentinel, Ennis originally had a Saturday deadline for the Heat to either guarantee half of his $845,000 2015-16 salary or release him. Instead, two sources involved in the process told the Sun Sentinel that the contract will be modified with no decision required until the eve of the season, when the Heat will have to decide to guarantee his salary for all of 2015-16.
@ 12.23NBA1 Knicks, Lakers and Wizards eye Kevin Seraphin
According to Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards still have interest in French big-man Kevin Seraphin, who's an unrestricted free-agent. Seraphin wants to find more minutes in his new team. Source: Michael Scotto
@ 11.48NBA0 Wisconsin voted to spend $250M in public funds for new Bucks arena As reported by ESPN, The Wisconsin State Assembly voted Tuesday to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a deal that both Republicans and Democrats lauded as good for the state and city. No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team president Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with both lawmakers and members of the public. "The Bucks will not only remain home in Wisconsin, but we'll soon begin a transformative economic development project that will help revitalize our community and region," Feigin said in a statement issued by the team. Source: ESPN
@ 01.52NBA0 Nuggets officially sign Nikola Jokic
The Denver Nuggets have signed center Nikola Jokić to a multi-year contract, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Jokić, 6-10, 250, was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Jokić, 20, has spent the last three seasons playing for KK Mega Vizura of the Adriatic League. This past season he appeared in 38 games (37 starts), averaging 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.00 blocks in 29.5 minutes per game. He was also named Adriatic League Round MVP four times. The Serbian native appeared in five games (all starts) for the Denver Nuggets at the 2015 Samsung Summer League in Las Vegas. He averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.40 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game. Source: Denver Nuggets Official Website
@ 01.50NBA0 Pelicans officially sign Kendrick Perkins
The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that the team has signed free agent center Kendrick Perkins. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Perkins, 6-10, 270, appeared in 68 games for Oklahoma City and Cleveland in the 2014-15 season, averaging a combined 3.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per contest. Perkins, a member of the 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics, has appeared in the postseason nine times and the NBA Finals four times. Perkins has seen action in 143 playoff contests (129 starts), averaging 5.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 23.6 minutes. Originally drafted by Memphis with the 27th overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft, Perkins has played in 744 career NBA contests with Boston, Oklahoma City and Cleveland, holding averages of 5.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Source: New Orleans Pelicans Official Website
@ 00.20NBA0 Hornets will sign Elliot Williams for camp
The Charlotte Hornets will sign Elliot Williams for the training camp, according to Rick Bonnell.
Williams has signed a 10-day contract with Charlotte this past season.
@ 22.13D-League0 Ken McDonald Signs Contract Extension
Spurs Sports & Entertainment today announced that Ken McDonald has agreed to a contract extension with the Austin Spurs, the NBA D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not announced. In 2014-15, McDonald led Austin to a first-place finish in the Southwest Division with a 32-18 (.640) regular season record. The team would later advance to the conference finals of the NBA D-League Playoffs. In two seasons as head coach, McDonald owns a 51-49 (.510) overall record. Last season under McDonald, the Spurs saw three players earn GATORADE Call-Ups (Jarell Eddie, Bryce Cotton and JaMychal Green). Additionally, the San Antonio Spurs recently signed Jonathon Simmons, who spent the past two seasons playing for Austin. Prior to the Spurs, McDonald served as head coach at Western Kentucky University from 2008-12 where he accumulated a 67-48 overall record. His accomplishments with the Hilltoppers included guiding the school to the Sun Belt regular season and tournament championships in 2009. The Rhode Island native served as an assistant coach for the University of Texas (2004-08) where he helped guide the Longhorns to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. During his four seasons on the Texas bench the Longhorns posted a 106-35 (.752) record. The 106 wins are still the most victories in a four-year period in school history. Texas captured Big 12 Conference regular-season championships in both 2005-06 and 2007-08 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight" in both of those years as well. McDonald has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia (2003-04), Western Kentucky University (1998-2003) and Clemson University (1994-98). A Providence College graduate, McDonald played two seasons with the Friars before competing professionally for the St. Paul Revelles in Killarney, Ireland from 1993-94. Before transferring to Providence he played two seasons at the Community College of Rhode Island. Source: Austin Spurs
@ 21.45NBA0 Pacers Re-Sign Veteran Free Agent Lavoy Allen
The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have re-signed veteran free agent Lavoy Allen to a contract. Per club policy terms of the contract were not released. "We think he’s ready to step in and play more minutes at two different positions," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "This is a great opportunity for him to play night in and night out at a high level." Source: Indiana Pacers
@ 21.27NBA0 Warriors to sign Ian Clark
According to Shams Charania of Real GM, the Golden State Warriors have reached an agreement with free-agent guard Ian Clark. Terms of the deal are still not clear. Clark finished last season with the Denver Nuggets. Source: Shams Charania
@ 21.14NBA0 Pacers Re-Sign Whittington and Sign Christmas and Robinson
The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have re-signed Shayne Whittington and signed Glenn Robinson III and Rakeem Christmas. Per club policy, terms of the contracts were not released. Whittington, a 6-11, 250-pound forward/center out of Western Michigan University, is entering his second season in the NBA after signing with the Pacers last year as an undrafted rookie. With the Pacers, he appeared in 20 games during the 2014-15 season. He was also assigned to play with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League during their playoff run that resulted in a trip to the NBA D-League Finals. Whittington appeared in five postseason games with the Mad Ants, averaging 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds. Source: Indiana Pacers
@ 21.05NBA0 Cavs re-sign Matthew Dellavedova
The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed guard Matthew Dellavedova, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league and team policy, terms of the contracts were not released. Dellavedova played in 67 games (13 starts) in the 2014-15 regular season, averaging 4.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 20.6 minutes per game. He shot a career-high .407 from the three-point line and .763 from the free throw line. The 6-4 guard also led the Cavaliers with a 3.34 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season, which ranked fourth in the NBA. Dellevadova appeared in all 20 games (seven starts) during Cleveland’s NBA Finals run in the 2015 Playoffs and averaged 7.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 24.9 minutes per game. Source: Cleveland Cavs
@ 20.58NBA0 Cavs complete trade with Trail Blazers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded center Brendan Haywood, guard/forward Mike Miller and two future second round draft picks to Portland, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. As a result of the trade, the Cavs will receive two trade exceptions of approximately $10.5 million and $2.8 million, respectively. The two draft picks that Cleveland is sending to Portland in the deal are the Cavaliers’ own 2020 second round draft pick, and the more favorable of Minnesota’s own 2019 second round draft pick and the Los Angeles Lakers’ own 2019 second round draft pick. Haywood, a 13-year veteran, has played in 816 games (549 starts) with Washington, Dallas, Charlotte and Cleveland, averaging 6.8 points on .528 shooting from the field, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.9 minutes per game. This past season with the Cavs, he played in 22 games (one start) and averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.4 minutes per game. Miller, a 15-year veteran, owns career averages of 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28.3 minutes over 965 games (568 starts) with Orlando, Memphis, Washington, Miami and Cleveland. During the 2014-15 regular season, he played in 52 games (15 starts) with Cleveland and averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game. Source: Cleveland Cavs
@ 20.49NBA0 HEAT Waive Henry Walker
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have waived forward Henry Walker. Walker appeared in 24 games (13 starts) for the HEAT last season, averaging 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.00 steals and 26.1 minutes per game. He led the team in steals six times, in blocks four times, in rebounds twice and in assists once. He also appeared in 17 games (eight starts) for the Sioux Falls Skyforce last season, averaging 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.00 steals and 27.8 minutes, while shooting 46.8 percent from the field. Source: Miami Heat
@ 18.42NBA0 Magic Acquire Shabazz Napier From Heat
In a move that should greatly bolster the team’s depth at point guard and its shooting on the wings, the Orlando Magic have acquired versatile guard Shabazz Napier from the Miami Heat. The trade for Napier, 24, cost the Magic only a protected second-round draft pick and Orlando also received cash considerations, GM Rob Hennigan announced. The Heat were in a position of needing to trim salary because of luxury tax concerns and the Magic were the beneficiary by acquiring the former Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 NCAA National Championship Game. Napier, who is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, can play both point guard and shooting guard because of his ball-handling and shooting abilities. He should provide depth at both guard spots behind starters Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo. Orlando also signed free-agent guard C.J. Watson this offseason to provide depth at the guard slots. Napier’s rookie season with the Heat had mixed results. He averaged 5.1 points and 2.5 assists in 51 games and his season ended prematurely when he needed surgery on April 1 to repair a sports hernia. He shot just 38.2 percent from the field, but was solid from the 3-point line at 36.4 percent His best run as a pro came from Nov. 16 through Nov. 25 when he scored in double figures in six straight games. He had games in February and March where he scored 18 and 16 points and made four 3-pointers in each of those games. Napier played recently in the Southwest Airlines Orlando pro Summer League and the Las Vegas Summer League with the Heat. He had 14 points and six assists in his one game in Orlando and he led the Heat in scoring (18 ppg.) in Las Vegas. In four summer league games in July, Napier shot 36.5 percent from the field (19 of 52) and 30.8 percent from 3-point range (5 of 14). Napier is best known for his standout play at UConn, where he helped the Huskies win two national titles. He evolved into a college star as a senior when he averaged 18 points a game while leading UConn on a Cinderella-like run through the NCAA Tournament and to the championship. His gusty play despite his sleight build led superstar forward LeBron James to call him his ``favorite player’’ in the draft and it prompted the Heat trade for him after he had been selected No. 24 in the 2014 NBA Draft. Source: Orlando Magic
@ 18.21NBA0 Heat trade Zoran Dragic to the Celtics
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired guard/forward Zoran Dragic, a future second round pick and cash considerations from the Miami Heat in exchange for a conditional future second round pick. Dragic appeared in 16 games split between the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat during the 2014-15 season and he averaged 1.8 points in 4.7 minutes per game over that span. He posted a season-high 22 points on 9-17 (.529) shooting from the field, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 41 minutes of action against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 15, 2015. The 6’5” guard/forward was originally signed by the Phoenix Suns on September 29, 2014 before being traded to the Miami Heat on February 19, 2015. Before coming to the NBA, Dragic played two seasons with Unicaja Malaga of the Spanish ACB. During the 2013-14 season, he averaged 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 18.1 minutes in 29 ACB league games. He also appeared in 22 Euroleague games, where he averaged 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 22.5 minutes per game. Source: Boston Celtics
@ 18.17NBA0 Boston Celtics Acquire David Lee
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired forward/center David Lee from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for forward Gerald Wallace and guard/forward Chris Babb. “We are excited to welcome David as a member of the Celtics family,” said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “His proven skill set and experience on a championship team will add valuable depth to our frontcourt and a veteran presence to our locker room.” Lee, a 6’9” forward/center, appeared in 49 contests for the Warriors during the 2014-15 regular season and averaged 7.9 points on 51.1 percent shooting from the field, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 18.4 minutes per game. He tallied a season-high 24 points on 10-17 (.588) shooting, nine rebounds and six assists on January 27, 2015 against the Chicago Bulls. The 10-year NBA veteran and two-time All-Star (2010 and 2013) owns career averages of 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 695 regular season games. Source: Boston Celtics
@ 17.14NBA0 Heat trade Zoran Dragic to the Celtics
The Miami Heat have traded Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics. The Slovenian combo guard moved to the Heat along with his brother Goran. Miami Heat’s roster stands at 15 now.
Zoran Dragic had been traded to Boston. Heat really like Richardson. Goran is fine with it. Zoran wants playing time.
— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) July 27, 2015
Miami Heat have traded Zoran Dragic & a 2nd round pick to Boston for a heavily-protected 2nd round pick. Move could save Heat $6 million— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 27, 2015
@ 17.12NBA0 Kobe on playing small forward this upcoming season: I can do that
The Los Angeles Lakers plan to play Kobe Bryant at small forward position next season. #page=1">Per LA Times, Vitti is often an emissary between players and management. He recently met up with Bryant, with whom he shares a longtime bond. "He was asking about our young kids, and I said, 'You cannot believe how quick and athletic Jordan Clarkson is. He looks fantastic,'" Vitti said. "I said I personally thought D'Angelo Russell is going to be a star. He makes hard things look easy when he has the ball in his hands. "Then Kobe said to me, 'Well, then who's going to play [small forward]?' I looked at him and I said, 'You.' And with absolute, 100% confidence, he said, 'I can do that.'" Source: LA Times
@ 15.07NBA0 Yanick Moreira will miss Afrobasket, sign with the Clippers
Yanick Moreira will miss Afrobasket 2015 because he has an agreement with the Clippers and will be spending part of the summer working on his conditioning training in the USA to become the first Angolan to enter the NBA. Moreira has the pre-agreement since the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, as anticipated. Moreira comes from SMU where he averaged 11.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in 2014-2015. Per FIBA, "I haven't taken this decision lightly because I would love to play for my country at AfroBasket 2015," he told the local media. Although Moreira has become one of Angola's key players, he is yet to play in Africa's biggest basketball competition. "On Tuesday, he told me of his dream of playing in the NBA,” Angola's head coach Moncho Lopez said of his conversation with Moreira. "I appreciated his honesty and, obviously, I wished him luck.
Angolan @Ymoreira35 Yanick Moreira to miss out #AfroBasket2015 due to a preseason commitment with the @LAClipperspic.twitter.com/L5go6TutaD
— Júlio Chitunda (@JChitunda) 23 Luglio 2015
@ 14.45NBA0 Mavs, Grizzlies and Thunder eyeing Mike Miller
Mike Miller was traded from the Cavaliers to the Blazers but he will buyout his contract with Portland. When he will be free agents, Grizzlies, Thunder and Mavericks are expected to make an offer for him.
Grizzlies, Thunder, Mavericks ... first three teams I've heard as expected suitors for free agent-to-be Mike Miller— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) 27 Luglio 2015
@ 09.17NBA0 Cavaliers trade Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood to Portland
The Portland Trail Blazers got Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood plus two second round picks from the Cavaliers for cash. Haywood has a non-guaranteed $10.5 millon contract while Mike Miller will likely buyout his $2.85 million contract. As reported by Yahoo Sports, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller to the Portland Trail Blazers, acquiring a combined $13 million-plus in trade exceptions. The Cavaliers will have two separate trade exceptions – $10.5 million and $2.85 million. The Blazers will receive the higher of the second-round picks that the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves owe Cleveland in 2019, and Cleveland's 2020 secound-round pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Portland will send cash to the Cavaliers too, sources said. Source: Yahoo Sports
@ 08.54NBA0 Ranadive requests Divac to hire analytics executive to replace Oliver
Sources say Dean Oliver, who was hired only 9 months ago, was marginalized and ultimately dismissed from the Kings by new Kings VP Vlade Divac in part for providing his data and player information to team owner Vivek Ranadive rather than only with Divac. Despite resistance from Divac, Ranadive has required Divac to hire a new analytics executive to replace Oliver. Former Nets employee Bobby Marks, who was dismissed from the Nets in May, has been pursuing a different position with the Kings. Marks previously spoke with the Kings at summer league in Las Vegas and is scheduled to interview again with them in Sacramento.
@ 21.55NBA0 Mavs to sign Jamil Wilson to a camp-deal
According to Shams Charania of Real GM, the Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Jamil Wilson to a partially guaranteed deal. Wilson will attend the training camp and will fight for a spot in the roster. Source: Shams Charania
@ 21.37NBA0 Magic to acquire Shabazz Napier from Miami
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, the Miami Heat are trading point-guard Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic in exchange of a future second-round pick. In his rookie season with Miami Napier averaged 5.1 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 51 games. Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 18.54NBA0 Youssou Ndoye will be at the training camp with Spurs
Youssou Ndoye will be at the training camp with the Spurs. Ndoye was at the NBA Summer League with the Spurs.
Sources: St. Bonaventure 7-footer Youssou Ndoye has agreed to San Antonio camp deal, w/ expectation he'll play '15-16 for Austin in D-League— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) 26 Luglio 2015
@ 13.44NBA0 Rockets sign Marcus Thornton
The Houston Rockets have officially signed free-agent guard Marcus Thornton, who closed last season with the Phoenix Suns. Thornton signed a one-year deal worth the minimum. Source: Daryl Morey
@ 13.36NBA0 Trail Blazers show interest in Matthew Dellavedova
According to Comcast Northwest, the Portland Trail Blazers are ready to make an offer to restricted free-agent Matthew Dellavedova, who's still negotiating a new deal with the Cleveland Cavs. Dellavedova is looking for a multi-year deal, worth around 4 mln per season. Source: Comcast Sportsnet
@ 13.01NBA0 Bobby Jackson may join Kings front-office
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Vlade Divac is trying to convince Bobby Jackson to join Kings front-office. Jackson has already worked in Sacramento as an assistant-coach and then joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as player-development coach. Source: Sam Amick
@ 10.50NBA0 Kings VP Vlade Divac halted all communication with Dean Oliver
There is continued instability in the Kings front office. High profile former ESPN analytics guru, Dean Oliver who was hand picked by owner Vivek Ranadive, as Director of Player Personnel, and Head of Analytics a season ago, and who has multiple years left on his contract with the Kings - was told by new Kings VP Vlade Divac not to attend NBA Summer League. Oliver was in attendance anyway and was seen with King coaches. Oliver was not permitted to be there in his official capacity with the team. Divac has told confidants that he is strongly opposed to the use of analytics in evaluating players, and has halted all communication with Oliver.
@ 22.15NBA0 Ronny Turiaf wants to continue his NBA career
Ronny Turiaf, who missed the entire season with a hip injury, wants to play again in the NBA and continue his career in the league. The French big man has played 473 games in the NBA averaging 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. "One of my dreams while I was a child was to live in USA. It is ten years since I am in the NBA. Why not continue here?" Turiaf said to L'Equipe. Source: L'Equipe
@ 17.32NBA0 Cavs officially re-sign James Jones
The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed guard/forward James Jones, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not released. Jones appeared in 57 games (two starts) for the Cavs during the 2014-15 regular season and averaged 4.4 points in 11.7 minutes per game. He also shot .360 from the three-point line and .848 from the free throw line. For his career, the 12-year NBA veteran has played in 613 regular season games (91 starts) with averages of 5.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game with Miami, Portland, Phoenix, Indiana and Cleveland. His .398 percentage from behind the arc is the 12th highest among active players (min. 373 3FGM). During Cleveland’s NBA Finals run in the 2015 playoffs, Jones appeared in all 20 games, averaging 4.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game. He originally signed with the Cavs as a free agent on August 5, 2014. Source: Cleveland Cavaliers Official Website
@ 15.40NBA0 Knicks to sign Darion Atkins
The Knicks will sign Darion Atkins to a partially guaranteed contract. Per Daily Progress, Atkins, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, last season, will have to battle it out for a roster spot in training camp with NBA journeymen Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas, who recently signed guaranteed contracts with the Knicks. Atkins posted modest stats during his four-year career at Virginia before exploding onto the scene at the NBA’s Portsmouth Invitational in the spring. In three games, Atkins averaged 20.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks and made the All-Tournament Team. Source: Daily Progress
@ 11.44NBA0 Knicks to sign Wesley Saunders to a camp-deal
As reported by Shams Charania of Real GM, the New York Knicks will sign undrafted guard Wesley Saunders to a camp-deal. The deal will be partially guaranteed. Saunders came out of Harvard and played in Summer League with the Utah Jazz. Source: Shams Charania
@ 00.11NBA0 Trail Blazers Sign Phil Pressey and Cliff Alexander
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Phil Pressey and forward Cliff Alexander, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. Pressey, 24, holds NBA averages of 3.1 points (33.3% FG, 35.7% 3-PT, 66.0% FT), 1.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 125 games (11 starts) over the past two seasons with the Boston Celtics. Undrafted out of Missouri, Pressey (5-11, 175) averaged career highs in scoring (11.9 ppg) and assists (7.0 apg) his junior 2012-13 season, finishing No. 13 nationally in assists per game on his way to First Team All-SEC and All-SEC tournament honors. Also undrafted, Alexander, 19, averaged 7.1 points (56.6% FG, 67.1% FT), 5.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 1.32 blocked shots in one season at Kansas in 2014-15. His field goal percentage led Kansas and ranked fourth in the Big 12 last season. The 2014 Naismith Boys High School Player of the Year, Alexander (6-8, 240) was a 2014 McDonald’s All-American, a member of Team USA at the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit and earned co-MVP honors at the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic. Source: Portland Trail Blazers
@ 22.26NBA0 Here's NBA 2K16 Official Soundtrack
2K Sports released today the official soundtrack for NBA 2K16, the best basketball videogame avalaible. There are 50 songs selected by DJ Khaled, DJ Premier and DJ Mustard. Source: Spotify
@ 21.42NBA0 Mavericks sign John Jenkins and Jarrid Famous
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard John Jenkins and free agent forward Jarrid Famous. Jenkins (6-4, 215) joins the Mavericks after spending the past three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks where he was drafted with their first round pick (23rd overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft. In 98 career games (5 starts) as a Hawk, Jenkins averaged 5.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 13.8 minutes while shooting .451 from the floor, .375 from three-point range and .849 from the foul line. As a standout Vanderbilt, Jenkins played three seasons for the Commodores before foregoing his senior year to enter the 2012 NBA Draft. He led the Southeastern Conference in scoring as both a sophomore and a junior and left Nashville as Vanderbilt’s 10th all-time leading scorer. In his final season as a Commodore, Jenkins averaged 19.9 points and tied the SEC single-season record with 134 made three-pointers. He was named First Team All-SEC and Third Team All-America. Famous (6-11, 240) signs with Dallas after competing for the Washington Wizards at the 2015 Las Vegas NBA Summer League. In five games (all starts) for the Wizards’ summer league squad, he averaged 10.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 20.2 minutes. Source: Dallas Mavericks
@ 18.51NBA0 Timberwolves eye Kendall Marshall
According to Darren Wolfson, the Minnesota Timberwolves are on the lookout for PG Kendall Marshall. He's still recovering from an ACL injury suffered last season but he could be an intriguing option as third PG for the T'Wolves. Source: Darren Wolfson
@ 18.35NBA0 Hawks Sign Lamar Patterson, Terran Petteway
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed guard/forwards Lamar Patterson and Terran Petteway (tur-RAN PET-uh-way), it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed. Both players competed for the Hawks in the recently-completed NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Patterson started all seven games for the summer Hawks, averaging team-bests of 13.1 points, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals while adding 5.1 rebounds in 25.8 minutes (.452 FG%, .375 3FG%). Chosen by Milwaukee in the second round (48th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft, he was acquired by the Hawks on draft night in exchange for a 2015 second round pick. Patterson played in 29 games last season for Tofas in Turkey, putting up 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 28.6 minutes. The 6-foot-5 Patterson played at Pittsburgh from 2009-14, seeing action in a school-record 148 games (starting his final 106 contests). He was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team as a senior after averaging 17.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.4 steals in 32.6 minutes (.441 FG%, .388 3FG%, .754 FT%) in 36 contests. In Las Vegas, Petteway appeared in seven games (six starts) and averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 block in 26.0 minutes. An early-entry candidate for the 2015 NBA Draft, the 6-foot-6 junior led Nebraska in scoring last season, averaging 18.2 points (fourth in the Big Ten) along with 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists (14th) and 1.1 steals (5th). Petteway was selected Third-Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media, also earning Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America accolades. He topped the Conference in scoring (18.2) as a sophomore, leading the Cornhuskers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. Petteway began his college career at Texas Tech (2011-12) before transferring to Nebraska. Source: Atlanta Hawks
@ 16.20NBA0 Sixers Sign Scottie Wilbekin
The Philadelphia 76ers today announced they have signed guard Scottie Wilbekin. Wilbekin was eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft following a standout career at Florida. As a senior, he was named SEC Player of the Year and earned Third Team All-America by the Associated Press. Wilbekin was also a two-time SEC All-Defensive selection and finished his career with 167 steals. Last season, Wilbekin played 32 games for Cairns Taipans of the Australian National Basketball League and was named the club’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named First Team All-NBL after averaging 15 points, four assists, four rebounds and one steal per game with the Taipans. He later joined AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League, averaging eight points and four assists in nine games played. Wilbekin competed for the Sixers in the 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League and the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points per game and averaged three 3-pointers made per game. Source: Philadelphia 76ers
@ 15.26NBA0 Josh Smith says it will be a little harder for his family with $6.9M
Josh Smith signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Clippers plus he is still getting paid by the Pistons who owe him $5.4 million for next season. Smith will earn $6.9 million in 2015-2016 but for his family will be harder. Per Sporting News, According to the Orlando Sentinel, the former Pistons bust explained how next year will be a financial challenge. "At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family," he said. "So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I'm going to push through it, you know." The Sentinel also notes Smith has made about $91 million so far in career NBA earnings. Source: Sportingnews
@ 14.27NBA0 Carmelo Anthony to attend Team USA mini-camp in August As reported by the NY Post, Carmelo Anthony chose not to come to Las Vegas to catch a Knicks summer league game or attend the Players Choice Awards or union meetings, but he will be descending on Sin City next month for the red, white and blue. According to a source, Anthony has informed U.S. Olympic Team officials he will attend the Aug. 11-13 minicamp as the team gears up for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Anthony is still rehabbing from February’s left-knee surgery so he will not be a fully active participant, according to a source. Team USA CEO Jerry Colangelo has encouraged roster members to come to the minicamp even if they can’t play due to injury. Source: NY Post
@ 01.02NBA0 James Jones agrees to a one-year deal with Cavs
Free-agent forward James Jones will stay in Cleveland next season. He signed a one-year deal, worth the veteran's minimum, with the Cavs, according to Chris Haynes. The deal is expected to be finalized as early as Friday. Source: Chris Haynes
@ 23.53NBA0 Kings sign Caron Butler
The Sacramento Kings today signed free agent forward Caron Butler, according to Kings Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations Vlade Divac. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Butler, a two-time NBA All-Star, is averaging 14.3 points (.434 FG%, .349 3pt%, .847 FT%), 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 32.6 minutes per game in 864 career contests in 13 seasons with eight teams: Miami (2002-03 – 2003-04), L.A. Lakers (2004-05), Washington (2005-06 – 2009-10), Dallas (2009-10 -2010-11), L.A. Clippers (2011-12 – 2012-13), Milwaukee (2013-14), Oklahoma City (2013-14) and Detroit (2014-15). The 6-7, 228-pound forward has averaged double-figures in scoring in 12 of his 13 seasons, including back-to-back 20-point scoring averages in 2007-08 and 2008-09 with Washington. He averaged a career-high 20.8 points (.453 FG%, .310 3pt%, .858 FT%), 6.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 38.6 minutes per game in starting all 67 games he played in for the Wizards during the 2008-09 season. Source: Sacramento Kings Official Website
@ 23.09NBA0 Pacers acquire Rakeem Christmas from Cavs in exchange for draft pick
The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have acquired forward Rakeem Christmas from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a 2019 second-round draft pick that the Pacers acquired in the recent trade for Roy Hibbert. Christmas, 6-9, 250, was a second-round pick in June’s NBA Draft. He was selected 36th overall by Minnesota and was traded later draft night to the Cavaliers. He played collegiately at Syracuse where in his senior season he averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. In his four-year career with the Orangemen, he played 142 games.
Rakeem Christmas, Pacers reached agreement on four-year, $4.5 million deal, league sources tell @clevelanddotcom. Two years guaranteed.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 23, 2015Source: Indiana Pacers Official Website
@ 23.07NBA0 Cuttino Mobley looks old, but still has game #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" href="https://instagram.com/p/5dZ0u4TYg6/" target="_top">Don't let the grey hair fool you. Cuttino Mobley (@cuttinoslife) still has game. He did his thing with LAUNFD at #thedrew on Sunday, helping them hand the Blazers their 1st loss of the season. #OldMoney
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@ 22.32NBA0 Rockets put a team option on KJ McDaniels' contract
The Houston Rockets signed KJ McDaniels to a three-year contract. The third year of the contract is a team option, according to Eric Pincus and not a player option.
The numbers for KJ McDaniels for Houston Rockets: $3.19 mil, $3.33 mil and $3.48 mil (team option last season, not player) @BBallInsiders— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) 22 Luglio 2015