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Friday, September 14, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

With the Sept. 25 start of training camp inching closer, the Miami Heat still has one open spot on its 20-man preseason roster. It will remain open as Dwyane Wade decides whether to retire or return for a 16th NBA season. And on Thursday night, Wade made it clear that he still hasn’t made up his mind. “I wish I had that answer for you. I don’t have it today,” Wade said alongside Heat forward Udonis Haslem during an appearance to celebrate their new restaurant, 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen, in Aventura that’s scheduled to open Sept. 20. Miami Herald

Wade does know if he decides to continue his playing career, it will be with the Heat. “I don’t want to pack my bags to go nowhere,” said Wade, who turns 37 in January. “My family is here, my kids are growing. If I’m not wearing a Miami Heat jersey next year, I’ll be wearing it underneath one of my sweaters or jackets.” Miami Herald

With the current 19-man roster — including 13 players under fully guaranteed contracts that combine to cost about $129 million — the Heat is above the $101.9 million salary cap threshold and already past the $123.7 million luxury tax line. Miami Herald

The iron man reputation may have caught up with Wesley Matthews a little last season. But he's still expected to be a 30-minute-plus heavy lifter. His job as a spot-up 3-point maker won't change. But the intriguing thing about this season is that the combination of him fronting perimeter scorers with DeAndre Jordan waiting to protect the rim should only make the Mavericks' defense, which wasn't terrible last season, even stronger. Another consideration for this season: Matthews is certain to be a source of periodic trade speculation because of his expiring contract and the fact that he can shoot the ball. Those are two commodities that contending teams can always use. Dallas Morning News

When Wizards point guard Tomas Satoransky is playing for the Czech Republic national team, he is one of the stars. So, when they needed a big shot in the closing seconds of their FIBA European Qualifier game against Russia on Thursday, they cleared out for Satoransky to take the go-ahead shot. Satoransky delivered with a clutch floater in the lane to lift the Czech squad over Russia by the score of 80-78. NBC Sports Washington

The Celtics aren’t trifling with diplomatic niceties and cagey legalese in their handling of the litany of charges being brought against reserve guard Jabari Bird. “Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident,” the team said in a statement released yesterday. “The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird.” Boston Herald

Bird, who pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on bail yesterday, appears to have a support mechanism in place. He has an agent, Aaron Goodwin, and a lawyer, Brian Kelly. Bird’s former high school coach as well as the mother of Celtics forward Jaylen Brown have reportedly agreed to assist in providing supervision. Boston Herald

With a nickname like Brisk, you gotta look the part ... and that's exactly what Chris McCullough did ... droppin' a ton of cash for his new chain -- a Lipton Brisk Iced Tea can!! TMZ Sports has learned ... the 2015 1st-round pick wanted something that would symbolize his unique nickname, so he hit up Moses the Jeweler in NYC to hook him up with the one-of-a-kind piece. TMZ


Thursday, September 13, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

Warriors forward Kevin Durant will collect his second NBA championship ring on Tuesday, Oct. 16. But his former running mate, Russell Westbrook, may not be there to see it. The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Wednesday that Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be re-evaluated in four weeks, on approximately Oct. 10. If Westbrook isn't ready to go in four weeks, it's likely he would miss the season opener against the Warriors. NBC Sports Bay Area

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has undergone arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. The Thunder, Westbrook and his representation determined that after he experienced inflammation in his knee this past weekend that the best course of action was the proactive procedure, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache with Thunder medical personnel present at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Inside Hoops

In 2013, Westbrook had three surgeries on his right knee after suffering a tear in the lateral meniscus in that knee during the 2013 playoffs. But since the 2014-15 season, he been an NBA ironman, playing in 308 of a possible 328 regular-season games, including 80 or more games each of the last three seasons. Oklahoman

Oh me, oh my, Clippers fans, savor every last “Lawler-ism,” because they’ll be retired at season’s end. Ralph Lawler, the Clippers’ longtime broadcaster, on Wednesday announced his intention to retire after the 2018-19 season, which will be his 40th with the team. “My wife Jo and I have grappled with this decision annually for 15 years,” said Lawler, 80, in a statement provided by the Clippers. OC Register

The Grizzlies were particularly impressed with Goodwin's showing in Summer League, where he outplayed Simmons, and signed him to a minimum contract, including an Exhibit 10 clause. That clause means the Grizzlies could convert his deal to a two-way contract prior to the regular season (though they are not expected to do so). More relevant to Goodwin, it also means the Grizzlies can pay him up to an additional $50,000 in bonus salary if he stays with the Hustle for at least 60 days. It's a way to add extra compensation to players a team wants to keep in their development system. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Don Newman, an assistant coach who served on the staff of a pair of Spurs championship teams, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 60. Newman was a member of coach Gregg Popovich’s staff from 2004-2012, helping the Spurs win titles in 2005 and 2007. Express News


NBA Rumors Stories for Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Updated 10:00 a.m. ET

It’s part of why Devin Booker’s injury, and the way the news leaked out, is so frustrating. He signed a max contract in the offseason about a week before a video emerged showing him running out of a Tempe apartment building in 2017 with a bandanna over his face after friend and former teammate Tyler Ulis got into a fight on an elevator. Arizona Republic

Did the Suns ever address that? And now he’s going to miss training camp because an injury that cost him the final 12 games of last season flared up in a workout? And most of what the public knows comes from a 45-word statement released online? Arizona Republic

At the height of the absurdity, Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough ended up going on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, a radio affiliate the team partners with, to confirm that Booker had been hurt playing pickup ball. Consider this an appeal to the Suns front office on behalf of the fans: Help us out. Let us know what’s going on. Tell everybody, all at once. Have a news conference. Arizona Republic

Warriors: Jordan Bell’s skills, athleticism and feel for the game give him an edge over third-year big man Damian Jones in the competition to be the team’s starting center on opening night. To win the job, though, Bell will have to maintain the trust of his teammates by answering all lingering questions about his commitment and focus. With restricted free agency looming next July, Bell knows what’s at stake. NBC Sports Bay Area

On Warriors guard Quinn Cook: Entrenched as the team’s third-string point guard, behind veterans Curry and Shaun Livingston, Cook’s deep shooting provides a needed dimension for a team that struggles to get consistent scoring from its bench. His ability to play off the ball allows him to team with play Livingston, who uses his height (6-7) and interior shooting to his best advantage. The Warriors won’t ask a lot of Cook, unless injuries come into play. He will be a restricted free agent in July. NBC Sports Bay Area

Boston Celtics fans are very optimistic about the team’s chances of future success, and it looks like ESPN shares a similar sentiment. ESPN’s Kevin Pelton unveiled his latest NBA Future Power Rankings on Tuesday, and the C’s come in at No. 2 with a score of 79.2. The categories graded were players, management, money, market and draft. The two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors were the only team ahead of the Celtics with an 84.6 score. It’s not hard to see why the Celtics have a bright future.

J.J. Barea is perfect as the point guard off the bench and it should be even better this season as he likely will get plenty of time on the court with Dirk Nowitzki, who will be play extended time with the second unit whether he starts or not. It was that way last year and Barea prospered for it. And all of the Mavericks' guards figure to benefit from the arrival of DeAndre Jordan. Barea shows no signs of retiring after this season, so he'll be looking to boost his value for his next contract. But he's not the kind of player who will do that at the expense of what's best for the team. Just expect more of the same from one of the most respected and underrated Mavericks of all time. Dallas Morning News

As students across the country buckle down for their fall semesters of college, several professional athletes are also getting their studies underway in Cambridge. On Monday, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving was at Harvard University for the kick-off of “Crossover Into Business,” a semester-long program at Harvard Business School taught by HBS professor Anita Elberse. According to its description, the program is designed to help pro athletes better prepare themselves for “business activities during and after their active sports careers.” Irving and the other participants will each be matched with a pair of HBS’s MBA student mentors who will “develop their business acumen and empower them to make better business decisions.”


NBA Rumors Stories for Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Updated 10:00 a.m. ET

Udonis Haslem said his "love for the organization" outweighed his desire for playing time when he decided to re-sign with the Miami Heat for a 16th season. Haslem officially signed a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Heat on Monday, a deal that was struck last week and finally became official when he put pen to paper. Haslem has spent his entire career with the Heat, and the new deal means the Miami native will be with his hometown franchise for more than half of its 31-year history.

The NBA doesn’t have much of a quiet period. The closest the league comes to taking a break from being omnipresent in the sporting sphere is usually from the second week of August through the first 2.5 weeks of September or so. That segment of the year, of course, is about to come to an end and before you know it, players will be back in their towns prepping for training camp. Many players have already made their way back to Toronto. OG Anunoby, new head coach Nick Nurse and others attended a Blue Jays game last week, with Anunoby throwing out the first pitch and Nurse talking shop on the broadcast. Toronto Sun

Kawhi Leonard will take Anunoby’s starting small forward spot, that’s a given and though Serge Ibaka is believed by the organization to be a far better fit as a centre these days, it still appears likely that he will start at power forward, with Nurse favourite Jonas Valanciunas continuing to man the middle. With natural shooting guards Danny Green and Norman Powell on hand and with the team planning to pair Kyle Lowry with Fred VanVleet (or Delon Wright) as the backcourt quite a bit again in 2018-19, starting Anunoby at shooting guard probably doesn’t make sense, even though he can guard that position, as well as most others. Toronto Sun

This TimberBulls thing is really getting out of control. Luol Deng became the latest member of the 2012 Bulls to join the Minnesota Timberwolves, agreeing to a one-year deal on Monday. He joins a roster that's simply littered with former Bulls, beginning with head coach Tom Thibodeau. NBC Sports Chicago

The Wolves still have one spot open on their 15-man NBA roster and have worked out Monta Ellis, Brandon Paul, Nick Young, Arron Afflalo and former Wolves Corey Brewer and Brandon Rush, auditioning them for an open spot. Thibodeau earlier this month said he likes to keep one spot open for future “flexibility” and likely will wait and see if teams with too many players with guarantee contract waive a quality player either before or during training camp and the preseason. Star Tribune

Wizards: Austin Rivers stated in his introductory press conference that he believes defense will ultimately set him apart. The numbers from his past suggest there is a lot of room for improvement, but he won’t have to do it by himself. The Wizards’ second unit will include solid defenders like Ian Mahinmi and Kelly Oubre, Jr. Rivers’ biggest responsibility on the bench will be generating offense. One area where Rivers needs to improve is free throw shooting. He struggles at the line, especially for a guard. His career free throw percentage is just 64.9 and has never shot above 70 percent in a season. NBC Sports Washington

Frank Mason III will be taking the floor for his country. The Kings’ reserve point guard was one of 12 players named to the USA Men’s Basketball World Cup qualifying team Monday. The squad is comprised mostly of players who have just one year NBA experience. In terms of games played, Mason is among the leaders. With 52 NBA games played, he ranks third on the roster behind Dwayne Bacon, who played in 53 games with the Charlotte Hornets, and Henry Ellenson, the only player to play in two NBA seasons. Ellenson has appeared in 57 games for the Detroit Pistons. Sacramento Bee

Last season, Nike introduced “City” edition uniforms that were inspired by the communities of the NBA's 30 teams. The Thunder's City grays were met with mixed reviews. Based on the response to a leaked photo of the Thunder's potential new “City” uniforms for the 2018-19 season, the new Native American-centric theme will be wildly popular. On Monday, Red Earth — a nonprofit which promotes the traditions of American Indian arts and cultures — posted photos of the new uniforms on its Twitter page. Those photos are accurate, The Oklahoman learned. Oklahoman

With DeAndre Jordan entrenched as the starter at center, Salah Mejri knows he will be relied on for defensive-oriented backup minutes. He's faster and more mobile than most centers, even hybrid center-forwards. That should give the Mavericks a nice change of pace in the middle with Jordan. Dirk Nowitzki's minutes, whether as a starter or off the bench, could eat into Mejri's time. But the big Tunisian usually has been ready when called upon, even when his minutes are coming sporadically. Don't look for that to change this season. Dallas Morning News

Celtics shooting guard Jabari Bird remains at an undisclosed hospital, and it is not clear whether he will appear in the Brighton courthouse Monday to face charges stemming from a “domestic incident’’ where he allegedly assaulted, choked, and kidnapped a person on Friday, according to Boston police. On Saturday, Bird was taken to a hospital for an “evaluation’’ that remains ongoing as of early Monday, according to Boston police. Once his release is approved by doctors, police will pick him up at the hospital, book him on the charges and bring him to Brighton Municipal Court, police said. However, it’s not clear, as of early Monday, if he will be medically cleared for release, police said. Boston Globe


Monday, September 10, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

The Phoenix Suns will likely start training camp without Devin Booker, whose injured hand is inflamed and may require surgery, a source close the Republic reports. Booker, the Suns' leading scorer and highest paid player, was bothered by the right-hand injury throughout the closing months of last season, missing the last 12 games. Arizona Republic

Booker signed a 5-year, $158-million contract extension in July. He averaged 24.9 points and 4.7 assists last season, shooting 38 percent from 3-point range. He also took home the 3-point contest crown during NBA All-Star weekend. Arizona Republic

Mavericks: The big question regarding Dwight Powell is whether or not he can continue to prosper in a reserve role. It's unlikely that he will become a regular starter in the coming season, given the Mavericks' makeup. He'll be playing behind DeAndre Jordan, Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki on the front line, which puts him in competition with Salah Mejri, Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith for playing time. What the Mavericks need is for Powell to continue to be a rebounding beast per minute played, like he was at the end of last season. If he does that, his offense will continue to come and playing time will not be a problem. Dallas Morning News

Breanna Stewart scored nine of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Storm held off the Washington Mystics 75-73 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the WNBA Finals. Seattle will head to Washington for Game 3 on Wednesday night needing only a split back east to claim the third title in franchise history. NBC Sports Washington

Would you pay $72.99 for a Ben Simmons bobblehead? If so, do we have the link for you. In an artistic masterpiece only the Cristiano Ronaldo sculptor could appreciate, this bobblehead of Sixers star Ben Simmons is available for the low, low price of $72.99, or best offer, on eBay. NBC Sports Philly

Terry Rozier has had a busy weekend. Two nights after getting called on stage at a Drake concert at the TD Garden, Rozier attended the Patriots’ 27-20 win over the Texans on Sunday with Celtics teammate Daniel Theis. The Patriots’ Twitter account posted a video of the Celtics guard Rozier in the tunnel at Gillette Stadium sharing a message with New England fans.


NBA Rumors Stories for Sunday, September 9, 2018
Updated 9:00 a.m. ET

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Aron Baynes indicated during a charity appearance Wednesday that the lack of roster turnover this summer could play an important role for the Celtics. “Last year at this time we were learning peoples’ names; this year we can get into the finer points of the systems that we’re learning,” Baynes said, via “We’ve still got a bit to learn and a way to go in incorporating the healthy guys back into it, but it’s definitely exciting that we’re starting at this base level compared to where we were last season.”

Doncic is not going to blow people away with his quickness, like Dennis Smith Jr. does. He's a different kind of player. But just because he's not an athletic freak doesn't mean he won't be impactful quickly. Kidd was never a speedster, either. But Doncic's knowledge of the game and his skill set seem to have him set up to be a strong contributor from the get-go. Carlisle doesn't make predictions about players or seasons. But he did give a hint about what fans might expect from Doncic in his rookie season. Dallas Morning News

Seventy-nine men, all fashioning themselves as serious basketball players, chased their hoop dreams into a Rancho Cucamonga gym Saturday for an open tryout for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario G League team. For nearly four hours of scrimmaging at TriFytt Sports Academy, a mismatched collection of players fought to make a favorable impression on a group of evaluators who will be puzzling together the Clippers’ minor-league squad. They all paid $250 for the audition with the hope of earning an invitation to a second evaluation next weekend and then to training camp, and eventually, perhaps, to get a foot in the door with an NBA franchise. OC Register

Celtics guard Jabari Bird is in police custody at a local hospital after he was arrested for domestic assault and strangulation in Brighton Friday night, authorities said. Bird is being held at a local hospital for an evaluation, Boston police said, and is expected to be arraigned in Brighton District Court tomorrow on charges of domestic assault, strangulation and kidnapping, police said. Bird allegedly strangled the victim, who was also transported to a local hospital with injuries. Authorities did not release any further information about the incident. Boston Herald

Bird, 24, signed a two-year contract with the Celtics this summer. He was drafted No. 56 overall in 2017, the third of three second-round picks by the Celtics. Boston Herald

If hoops don't work out for Blake Griffin ... he's got the official stamp of approval from comedian Nikki Glaser to move to the stand-up mic -- 'cause she's telling TMZ Sports Blake is LEGIT funny. "Oh, he could totally be a comedian if he wanted to be," she says. "I wouldn't say that about anyone." TMZ


NBA Rumors Stories for Saturday, September 8, 2018
Updated 11:00 a.m. ET

Former Detroit Pistons forward Grant Hill thinks his Hall of Fame classmate Ray Allen is being undersold if he's only remembered as a 3-point shooter. "I remember Milwaukee Ray," Hill said, recalling Allen's first stop in the league. "He was one of the greatest shooters of all time, but Ray would dunk on you. He would drive to the basket. I don't think of him as (just) a shooter."

Joining Allen at Friday night's induction ceremony will be Hill, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Maurice Cheeks; women's stars Tina Thompson, Katie Smith and Ora Mae Washington; coach Lefty Driesell, ABA and NBA star Charlie Scott; longtime executives Rod Thorn and Rick Welts; and Croatian star Dino Radja. "This is a dream team to me," Nash said. "As you look around and see the history of the game, it's incredible to be standing on this podium and it's beyond my wildest dreams."

With the same poise he displayed throughout his NBA career, Ray Allen closed Friday night's Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony with an eloquent speech in which he reveled in the accomplishments of his two championship teams and praised key members of the Boston Celtics' 2008 title squad. In a week during which Allen's fractured relationship with some from that 2008 Celtics team, including Rajon Rondo, hovered over his induction, Allen stayed above the fray. He suggested that former teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will soon join him in Springfield and praised Danny Ainge for assembling that Big Three.

"I don't believe in talent. I'm here because I worked hard all my life," Ray Allen said. "Without that work, no one in this room would know who I am besides my family. So to all the kids around the world watching, paying attention and aspiring to be like one of us, or even on this stage one day, put the work in and watch the magical ride you'll go on."

Cheeks, a second-round pick of the Sixers in 1978, finally went into the HOF as part of the 13-member 2018 class. Over his 15-year NBA career (11 with the Sixers), the point guard was a four-time All-Star, four-time All-Defensive first team selection and a key member of the 76ers’ 1982-83 championship team. Cheeks, who averaged 11.1 points and 6.7 assists per game for his career, ranks fifth in league history in steals and 13th in assists. “This is amazing,” Cheeks said. “… First, I want to congratulate all of the other inductees. I’m honored to be in the same class with you. Being in the basketball Hall of Fame is something I never dreamed of. It’s kind of surreal. I am humbled beyond belief.” NBC Sports Philly

Cole Aldrich is signing a training camp deal with the Atlanta Hawks, he told the Pioneer Press on Thursday. In a cost-cutting move, the Timberwolves waived the veteran center earlier this offseason after inking Aldrich to a three-year, $21 million deal in 2016. The Bloomington Jefferson standout ended up on the end of the bench last season, playing in just 21 games. St Paul Pioneer Press

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has parted ways with longtime agent Thad Foucher, sources told ESPN. To officially change agents, players are required to file paperwork with the players' union and then wait 15 days. Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who represents LeBron James among others, is a leading contender to represent Davis, sources said.

The Hawks have signed guard R.J. Hunter, bringing him back to the city where he was a college star playing for his father. The Hawks announced the signing Friday.

Celtics shooting guard Jabari Bird is under arrest and facing charges for an alleged domestic violence incident that took place Friday night in Brighton. According to the Boston Police Department (BPD), Bird is “currently being guarded” at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. A BPD spokesman said in a statement Saturday morning that the victim involved in the incident was transported to a separate hospital for “treatment of injuries sustained.” Complaints will be sought against Bird for assault and battery 209A, strangulation, and kidnapping.

A Boston police spokesman said Bird is being "guarded by the Boston police at a local hospital" for evaluation. The spokesman said the victim had been taken to a different hospital due to the injuries. Bird, 24, is expected to appear in court Monday, where he will face charges of assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping.

Game 1 of the biggest stage in women's basketball took place Friday night in Seattle. Using a healthy 48-32 halftime lead, the Storm cruised to take a 1-0 series hold in the 2018 WNBA Finals defeating the Washington Mystics, 89-76. Breanna Stewart, Natasha Howard and Jewell Loyd combined to score 60 of the team's 89 points. The team shot a sizzling 54 percent from the floor. NBC Sports Washington


Saturday, September 1, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

While everybody was watching something else, the Lakers pulled off a combination walk-off homer and end-zone sack. Just when you thought the NBA had gone quiet, the Lakers let out a scream that will echo through next summer. In one cleansing breath, they cleared the financial room to add a second superstar next summer to join LeBron James and turn this team into a true championship contender. This was not really about Luol Deng, this was about Kevin Durant, or Kawhi Leonard, or Klay Thompson, or Jimmy Butler, or even DeMarcus Cousins. LA Times

By essentially ridding themselves of the $36.8 million remaining on Deng’s contract, the Lakers have the salary cap space to afford one of those potential free agents. Remember when everyone said James wouldn’t sign here without being joined by another star? It will take a year, but the Lakers can bring him that star. Certainly, they would have figured out a way to dump Deng at the end of this season, but, for many reasons, it’s just easier and smarter and smoother now. LA Times

Kawhi Leonard would be their second choice, and probably their best bet. They’ll be closely monitoring his physical condition in Toronto this winter, but if he’s overcome his leg issues and is the same Leonard who was a Finals MVP for the San Antonio Spurs, he would be a perfect complement to James. LA Times

But in the present, Porzingis is expected to miss at least half the season and some in the organization have stressed that erring on the side of caution is the safe long-term approach. Knox, while selected No. 9 overall and displaying potential in the Las Vegas Summer League, is a rookie who just turned 19 years old last month, and Ntilikina is still a work in progress. "If we can get to the playoffs, that’s something New York hasn’t done in a while,” Knox said. “So I feel like if we can win, get in the playoffs, the Garden’s going to be crazy." NY Newsday

“In the West, you need about 50 [wins],” Knox, the ninth pick in the draft out of Kentucky, said on ESPN’s “First Take” on Tuesday. “In the East, you can get around the 35-37 range and be able to make the playoffs.” A year ago, the Knicks won 29 games, the same figure the oddsmakers in Las Vegas have picked them to win next season. It remains uncertain when Kristaps Porzingis will return from a torn ACL, making it seem like a long shot for them to be a postseason team. But the 6-foot-9 Knox is thinking big. NY Post

The Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday signed Gary Payton II, Cameron Oliver and Chinanu Onuaku to training camp contracts, adding a trio of young players to their preseason roster. The Blazers feature the NBA-maximum 15 players under contract for the 2018-19 season, but can still sign up to two players to two-way contracts. Presumably, these three players will be auditioning for two-way contracts during the preseason. Oregonian

Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon suffered a left ankle injury, determined to be an avulsion fracture after medical tests including an X-ray and MRI exam. The injury, which occurred during a workout on Aug. 27, is not considered serious. Dedmon will wear a walking boot and be re-evaluated in a week, according to the team. Atlanta Journal Constitution

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard Darius Morris. Morris, 6-4, 195, most recently played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League, appearing in three games at the end of the regular season and averaging 19.0 points, 7.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds. Inside Hoops

The signing comes one day after the Pelicans reportedly signed Clippers forward and restricted free agent Tyrone Wallace to a two-year deal. The Clippers can match the deal. Wallace was with the Clippers on a two-way contract. The Pelicans open up training camp later this month and if Wallace is added to the roster, it will give New Orleans the 20-player offseason maximum. New Orleans Times Picayune

Atlanta Hawks lead owner Tony Ressler said plans to redevelop downtown’s Gulch will transform the city, but the complex project requires not only billions of dollars in private funding, but also a substantial public investment to make it a reality. Ressler, in his most expansive comments to date about the Gulch, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Hawks and their development partners, CIM Group, are committed to bringing billions in new investment downtown. But to make the project feasible, he said the developers need a substantial portion of three decades of expected sales taxes and property taxes created by the development to build the infrastructure necessary to serve the site and connect neighborhoods across downtown. But it will take convincing a council that so-far appears wary of the commitment. Atlanta Journal Constitution

NBA superstar LeBron James flew to Berlin this past weekend to watch Olympic and world 800m champion Caster Semenya compete at the 2018 Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) on Sunday. James had been in Paris as part of his More Than An Athlete tour, where he met up with Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe, before making the trip to the German capital.


NBA Rumors Stories for Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Updated 3:00 a.m. ET

The Portland Trail Blazers Monday confirmed they have reached agreement with three players -- Cam Oliver, Gary Payton II and Chinanu Onuaku -- to attend the team's upcoming training camp. This was first reported by ESPN. Oliver had an outstanding summer league for Philadelphia in July. He was undrafted out of college at Nevada and played for Delaware in the G-League last season. He's an athletic 6-8, 225-pound forward. NBC Sports Northwest

If John Wall is healthy, he will almost certainly have a better year than he did this past season and, if that's the case, the Wizards will likely be much better. But beyond the obvious, there are several parts of Wall's game to watch as he enters his ninth NBA campaign. Most interesting will be his on-court relationship with Dwight Howard. Though Howard is 32 and not the dominant force he once was, he is the most athletic and gifted big man Wall has played with. The potential for them to thrive as a duo in the pick-and-roll and in transition is enticing. NBC Sports Washington

For Wall individually, improving his efficiency will be key. Though Wall shot a career-high 37.1 percent from three, his field goal percentage sunk to its lowest mark since his rookie year. Wall's efficiency numbers should go up if he is healthy as his speed creates easy looks around the rim. In the big picture for the Wizards, this is an important season as it pertains to Wall. It is the final year of his first max contract extension. This season he will make $19.2 million, but next year his salary will skyrocket to $37.8 million. NBC Sports Washington

The images speak for themselves. The captions provide the particulars of what’s in the frame. Eventually, Andrew D. Bernstein gets the credit he deserves. This week, that fine print of distinction is enlarged. The Basketball Hall of Fame will honor Bernstein with the Curt Gowdy Award for print media excellence, recognizing far more than just his decades of work as the Southern California-based official team photographer of the Lakers, Clippers, Sparks and other teams. If it’s Magic Johnson interlocking arms with Larry Bird, Michael Jordan providing a death stare on defense, or the unsinkable Charles Barkley in a hot tub with a rubber duck, they’re all unmistakably a Bernstein byproduct. LA Times


NBA Rumors Stories for Monday, September 3, 2018
Updated 12:00 a.m. ET

Gersson Rosas, Larry Harris and Justin Zanik will interview for the 76ers' vacant general manager position this week, according to league sources. Expect the interviews to begin on Tuesday.

Pelicans general manager Dell Demps signed partial-guarantee deals with 6-foot-7 swingmen Troy Williams, Kenrich Williams and Garlon Green this offseason, in the hopes of finding a reliable backup. The Pelicans are in need of a lengthy player, athletic enough to run the floor, big enough to defend one of the league’s most lethal position and skilled as a perimeter shooter. It’s an opening that’s proven difficult for the Pelicans to fill. But, the transparent process has energized those involved. The Advocate

All received small guarantees for signing with the Pelicans, and the team holds favorable longer-term options should they make the roster. Williams, Williams and Green have spent the past several weeks in New Orleans preparing for the competition. The Advocate

Luol Deng agreed to a significant give-back of $7.5 million in his contract buyout with the Los Angeles Lakers, clearing $38 million in salary cap space for 2019 free agency, league sources told ESPN. The Lakers can now offer a free-agent star a maximum contract in July to partner with LeBron James. The Lakers are targeting the top players in a potentially starry 2019 marketplace, including Toronto's Kawhi Leonard, Golden State's Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson and Minnesota's Jimmy Butler

Deng's buyout leaves him with $29 million for the two years left on his contract, which the Lakers will use the waive and stretch provision to soften the short-term salary cap hit. The significant money that Deng, 33, gave up reflects how determined he's been to continue his career elsewhere. The Lakers could've waited until next summer to use the waive and stretch provision without Deng's financial concessions.

Waiving Deng will still cost the Lakers against the salary cap for the upcoming season, but they’ll be able to spread out the remaining salary owed for the last season of the deal (2019-20) over up to three years. It also opens the possibility that Deng could earn a new contract elsewhere, which could help offset the amount the Lakers owe him. Daily Breeze

Manu Ginobili was asleep when the Spurs drafted him. Then a fringe player in Argentina, Ginobili was so sure no NBA team would touch him in the 1999 draft that he didn’t bother to pay attention to it. He was asleep before a game in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon. An assistant coach on his Argentina national team had to wake him to give him the news. He had been selected 57th overall by the defending champion Spurs. Express News

“Someone woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me,” Ginobili recalled a few years ago. “I said, ‘They’re the defending NBA champions. Are you sure?’” Express News

Ginobili is the Michael Jordan of Argentina. Ginobili’s home country has produced 12 other NBA players. Like Jordan in the U.S., it will take some doing to unseat Ginobili as the greatest of all time in his homeland. His role in ringleading the plucky Argentines to a 2004 Olympic gold medal in Athens — upsetting a U.S. Dream Team along the way — sealed that. Express News

The Timberwolves are entering a 30th season in the NBA and are trying to market that round number. Tom Gugliotta, an All-Star for the team in 1997, was here this past week for a corporate event and made the rounds for media appearances at the State Fair. Gugliotta came to the Wolves from Golden State in a trade for Donyell Marshall on Feb. 18, 1995, and was here through the 1997-98 season. “Googs” was a teammate with players full of talent and with a franchise in full chaos. When Gugliotta arrived, the stars were Christian Laettner and J.R. Rider, the hope was point Micheal Williams soon would be back from a mysterious foot ailment called plantar fasciitis, and that everyone could just get along. Star Tribune

When Gugliotta left, Laettner and Rider had departed in giveaway trades, a long owners lockout had ended, there was a three-day window for free agents to sign contracts, and Kevin Garnett had his money and Stephon Marbury wanted the same (even though new contract restrictions gained by owners made that impossible). The Timberwolves made an offer that Gugliotta declined, so they brought in Garnett’s buddy Joe Smith for cheap as a free agent on Jan. 22, 1999, and Gugliotta signed an excellent deal with Phoenix the next day. Star Tribune

Celtics general manager and president Danny Ainge is known as one of the preeminent minds in basketball. But when he’s not pilfering future assets from overmatched counterparts, Ainge retains a passion for the game of golf. Ainge mingled with fans in the stands behind the driving range at TPC Boston early Saturday morning. Soon after, he set foot on the course, following a grouping that featured Justin Rose, Tony Finau, and Brooks Koepka in the second round of the Dell Technologies Championship. “I’m out to watch some good golfers,’’ he said. “Maybe I can learn something.’’

Brittney Griner scored with 14.1 seconds to play then prevented Breanna Stewart from getting a shot off before the buzzer as the Phoenix Mercury rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Seattle Storm 86-84 on Sunday and force a deciding Game 5 of their WNBA semifinal series. Star Tribune/AP

The other semifinal series, between Atlanta and Washington, also has gone to a Game 5. The Storm, who dropped both games in Phoenix after winning two at home, lost Sue Bird with a broken nose with 4:23 left in the third quarter when she took an accidental elbow to the face from teammate Breanna Stewart. Star Tribune/AP


Saturday, September 1, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

Brandon Roy has stepped down as the head coach of the Garfield High School boys basketball team. The news was first reported by Jayda Evans of The Seattle Times. Roy, the former NBA and Portland Trail Blazers star, has compiled a 57-1 record in two seasons as a head coach and was named Naismith National Coach of the Year in 2017. He began his coaching career with Nathan Hale where he led a team of elite-level transfers to a Class 3A Washington state title as well as a national title. But when the head coach position at his alma mater opened up, Roy jumped at the opportunity and won another state championship with Garfield in 2017-18. Oregonian

Utah Jazz assistant general manager Justin Zanik is getting another shot at one of the NBA’s 30 top jobs. Zanik has been named one of three candidates in the Philadelphia 76ers’ general manager search, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Besides Zanik, the Sixers are also interviewing Houston’s Gersson Rojas and Golden State’s Larry Harris. SLC Tribune

The Sacramento Kings said Thursday that federal authorities are investigating a former top executive after team officials uncovered suspicious financial transactions. The Kings said the FBI and federal prosecutors took formal action Monday to recover money former chief revenue officer Jeffrey David is suspected of embezzling. David holds the same position with the Miami Heat after leaving the Kings in June.

NBA star J.R. Smith has turned himself into police in New York -- and has been charged with a crime -- stemming from a July incident where he allegedly threw a cell phone, TMZ Sports has learned. TMZ Sports broke the story ... Smith was being investigated for allegedly stealing a cell phone from a person outside of The Park -- a hotspot in Chelsea. Officials believe Smith threw the phone into a nearby construction zone, damaging the item. TMZ Sports

"This is nonsense and we're not going to respond to nonsense," Smith's attorney, Alex Spiro, wrote in a statement to ESPN.


Monday, August 27, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

The Houston Rockets traded forward Ryan Anderson and guard De'Anthony Melton to the Phoenix Suns for guards Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight, league sources tell ESPN. The Rockets have been working to move Anderson, 30, for over a year. He has two years and $41 million left on his contract.

The Thunder will clear a roster spot and save millions by waiving veteran forward Kyle Singler, The Oklahoman confirmed on Thursday. Singler, 30, was the fourth-longest tenured player on the Thunder and was set to make $4,996,000 this season, the final guaranteed year of a five-year extension he signed in 2015. The final year of that deal was a team option for 2019-20. Oklahoman

By waiving Singler, the Thunder will beat the Friday deadline to use the stretch provision and have it apply to this season. The stretch provision allows the Thunder to stretch out Singler's guaranteed money remaining over the next five seasons. The Thunder will have close to $1 million in dead money on its cap until the 2023-24 season, which should do minimal damage to its salary based on NBA salary cap projections. Oklahoman

In a significant step toward the elimination of the one-and-done rule, basketball's biggest stakeholders have come together to make an unprecedented agreement that will allow the NBA to begin formally working with the nation's top teenagers to help prepare them for pro careers. The NBA, NCAA and National Basketball Players Association announced Wednesday they have come together to extend their support of USA Basketball and its Junior National Team.

USA Basketball has identified top young players for decades and brought them together to train for international competitions. Now the program will be extended to approximately 80 players, or about 20 per high school class, and the NBA will provide health and wellness training, as well as assisting in other developmental programs. The series of training camps and competitions will begin in October at USA Basketball's headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Sixers signed guard-forward Anthony Brown to a deal Wednesday morning. Brown (6-foot-7, 210 pounds) appeared in just one game for the Timberwolves last season, but appeared in 45 games for the team's G League affiliate, averaging 18.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 37.7 minutes per game. NBC Sports Philly

The San Antonio Spurs signed forward Quincy Pondexter today. Pondexter, 6-7/230, spent last season with the Chicago Bulls, averaging 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8.5 minutes in 23 games. Inside Hoops

The Utah Jazz signed guard Trey Lewis today. Lewis (6-2, 185, Louisville) competed for the Jazz entry squads at the 2018 Utah Jazz Summer League and 2018 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. In Las Vegas, Lewis appeared in four games (one start), averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 18.6 minutes per contest. Inside Hoops

The Sacramento Kings made many additions and promotions within the team’s basketball operations department today. The new additions include Teena Murray as Senior Director of Athlete Health and Performance, where she will lead the Kings sports medicine, athletic training and strength and conditioning disciplines. Additional hires to the Athlete Performance staff include Mike Roncarati as Head of Prevention and Rehabilitation, Joe Resendez as Head Athletic Trainer and Jesse Green as Performance Analyst. Inside Hoops

LeBron James will have a front-row pew for Aretha Franklin's funeral. The Los Angeles Lakers star is among an array of high-profile celebrities set to attend the Friday service at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple, a spokeswoman for the Franklin family said Wednesday. Detroit Free Press

LeBron James and former Detroit Piston Isiah Thomas have been added to the list of guests for Aretha Franklin's funeral, Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed Wednesday. Thomas, who was friends with the Queen of Soul, is one of the scheduled speakers at the ceremony, which will unfold beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Detroit News


Monday, August 27, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

There is no No. 15 controversy for the Hawks. Vince Carter will wear the uniform number after he signed a one-year contract with the team on Friday. The free-agent deal was agreed upon last month and the veteran is scheduled to play a record-tying 21st NBA season. The number was last worn by Al Horford. Journal Constitution

Many consider Horford a player deserving to have his number retired by the Hawks. Joe Johnson’s No. 2 or Horford’s No. 15 could be the next so honored. “Vince is someone I look up to and I’m glad he’s wearing the number!” Horford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Journal Constitution

Jaylen Brown made headlines earlier this summer when he expressed frustration with James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers because he wanted Boston to be the team that ended James' East dominance. Rozier, a Cleveland native, said he was unfazed by James' decision. "I really don't care," Rozier said. "The league is watered down as it is. Everybody is making different moves. I'm only worried about the Boston Celtics. I'm not worried about LeBron James, Lakers, Cavaliers. [We're] just trying to figure out how we can get better."

Rozier, who starred in Irving's absence and cemented his own "Scary Terry" brand, said he's fine with reverting to a reserve role this season and believes that every player on Boston's roster will have to sacrifice in order for the team to reach its fullest potential.

Vince Carter can't say his 21st NBA season will be his last. At least not yet. Carter signed a one-year veterans minimum contract Friday with the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks, his eighth team, in what could be his final stop before starting a career in broadcasting.

Kobe Bryant has heard how some of his most die-hard fans might have an issue with LeBron James joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant says if those people are fans of his, they will "fall in line." "I hear that," Bryant said when asked on "The Rich Eisen Show" whether he is aware that some of his fans have an issue with James being a part of the Lakers family. "But listen, if you are fan of mine, you are a fan of winning, you are a fan of the Lakers. I bleed purple and gold. So, that is above anything else.

Bryant, who just turned 40, also laughed off any notion of him making a comeback and returning from retirement. "There is about a zero percent chance that I come back and play," Bryant said, after laughing when asked about a rumor of him coming out of retirement. "Nothing. Done. That's it."

The Jazz — in one of their easiest moves of the summer — guaranteed the second year of Royce O’Neale’s contract. Now, the onus is on the 6-foot-6 forward to build on what he accomplished as a rookie. His raw numbers are a bit deceiving — four starts and 69 appearances, averaging five points per game and shooting 35 percent from 3-point range. In reality, he became more important as the season progressed. He morphed into one of Utah’s best perimeter defenders and certainly became one of Utah’s most versatile defenders, capable of guarding any position except center. Salt Lake Tribune

A group of Clippers alumni messed around and won a championship. Corey Maggette, Cuttino Mobley, Quentin Richardson, Glen Davis and Ryan Gomes teamed up to power the Power to the BIG3 championship on Friday at Barclays Center in New York. In the second season of the 3-on-3 league featuring former NBA players and co-founded by entertainer Ice Cube, the Power — whose seven-member squad included those five former Clippers — defeated 3’s Company 51-43 in the title game. Daily Breeze

If there’s one concern fans have about the 2018-19 Boston Celtics, it’s that head coach Brad Stevens might have a tough time managing the roles and personalities of a roster loaded with talent and confidence. Terry Rozier, however, intends to be a model citizen. The Celtics guard was breakout star during last season’s magical playoff run, averaging 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists in place of an injured Kyrie Irving. Rozier proved he’s a starting-caliber guard in the NBA, so it’s fair to wonder whether he’ll take kindly to backing up Irving next season.

The Sixers' offseason was disappointing. They took a shot at the best player in the world and came up short. After they missed out on LeBron James, fans turned their attention to Kawhi Leonard, but the Sixers never appeared all-in on the former Defensive Player of the Year. So now, we move on to star developing. The Sixers already have two rising stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Embiid hasn’t been shy about his aspirations for this upcoming season, saying more than once that he believes he’s capable of being the league’s MVP. NBC Sports Philly

Former Warriors guard Nick Young was reportedly arrested Friday night in Hollywood. Young was pulled over for a routine traffic violation, according to TMZ Sports, but then things took a turn. The 33-year-old reportedly refused to cooperate with officers and was arrested for obstruction of justice. NBC Sports Bay Area

LeBron James will soon be appearing in HBO's The Shop, an unscripted series where the NBA superstar talks culture and politics with others in a barbershop. Is there any chance he's violating someone else's copyrights by even appearing on-screen? That's a question for a court, specifically a New York federal one where James himself on Friday offered up a declaration. "My understanding is that [my] tattoos are a part of my body and my likeness, and I have the right to have my tattoos visible when people or companies depict what I look like," stated James. "I always thought that I had the right to license what I look like to other people for various merchandise, television appearances, and other types of creative works, like video games." Hollywood Reporter


Sunday, August 26, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

The Knicks and Nets are both expected to be near the bottom of the standings and not overly competitive on the court, but at least they’re showing a little feistiness in their trash talk game. First, Brooklyn’s Latvian rookie Rodions Kurucs spoke in June about wanting to play against countryman Kristaps Porzingis and “beat his ass,” then Spencer Dinwiddie and Knick center Enes Kanter spent the early part of this month on Twitter contesting a friendly beef about who was the better team in New York. NY Post

Kanter tweeted out a photo of himself standing in front of Habana at Barclays Center, giving a thumbs down before a set of double doors with the Nets logo. Dinwiddie – who was tagged, along with new Net and longtime Kanter nemesis Jared Dudley — tweeted back with a GIF saying, “I don’t see how you can hate from outside the club, you can’t even get in.” Last week, Dinwiddie had taken umbrage with Metta World Peace predicting the Knicks would make the Eastern Conference final, saying “they’re not even the best team in New York.” NY Post

I always had misgivings on whether Jordan’s presence as owner would make a difference in recruiting free agents. Maybe playing with Jordan, in his prime with the Chicago Bulls, would have been a selling point, but an icon signing the checks probably doesn’t close the deal 15 years removed from Jordan last playing (with the Washington Wizards). As you mentioned in your question, this is a moot point right now because the Hornets won’t have significant space under the salary cap in the immediate future. Money is the No. 1 factor in free agency. Secondary factors are the prospect of winning quickly (as in the San Antonio Spurs signing LaMarcus Aldridge) and the city (Los Angeles, Miami and New York will always have an advantage, although it’s hard to measure just how much of one exists summer-to-summer). Charlotte Observer

All wasn't as it appeared with Duncan Robinson at the start of summer league, with the undrafted Michigan forward going from roster longshot to the Miami Heat's first two-way contract for 2018-19. Now it appears all might be not be as it appears with Robinson's immediate future, with Heat President Pat Riley providing insight on the 3-point specialist's plans in advance of training camp. "I'm really proud in the fact that Duncan Robinson has been invited to play in the international series," Riley said of the September window for World Cup qualifying, "but he decided to stay here because he wanted to make our team, he wants to force us into giving him a real contract." Sun Sentinel

A judge in Tennessee has ordered a mental evaluation for the jailed ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright. Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee said Wednesday that he’s signed an order for doctors to evaluate Sherra Wright’s ability to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder. AJC/AP


Thursday, August 23, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

Nearly two months after declining meetings with other teams and staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Paul George said the Los Angeles Lakers were "pissed" they didn't have the opportunity to make a pitch to him. "L.A. was pissed at me," he said on the Short Story Long podcast. "I didn't give Magic [Johnson] a meeting, which I understand. But at that point, I knew I wanted to give it another shot [in Oklahoma City]. I didn't want to prolong it and waste people's time."

It seemed an unlikely outcome when OKC first acquired George last summer. He admitted to Pfaff that he expected to be traded to Boston, Cleveland or Miami and that he hoped to land with the Lakers, as has been documented. “I wanted to go back home and play for the Lakers,” he said. “That was the initial plan. Pacers didn’t want to do that. Lakers didn’t want to give up anything to grab me. So that was a salty taste, to be vulnerable like, ‘Hey, I want to come home.’” If George had hard feelings for Los Angeles, they’d soon be reciprocated. He’s aware that Los Angeles was disappointed he didn’t give the franchise a chance to land him in free agency after hoping for a trade there. Oklahoman

“L.A. was pissed at me,” Paul George said. “I didn’t give Magic (Johnson) a (meeting), which I understand. But at that point, I knew I wanted to give it another shot. I didn’t want to waste people’s time.” Oklahoman

In an emotional naming ceremony, Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving was given the Lakota name Little Mountain by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe Thursday. Wearing a traditional shirt with ribbons, Irving stood on a buffalo skin and was prayed over by a tribe elder, Vernon Iron Horse. As a drum group played and chanted, Irving was wrapped in a blanket, had an eagle feather tied into his hair along with a medicine ball made of porcupine quills, and had a beaded medallion placed over his head as his name was revealed to him.

As the end of August approaches and training camp continues to loom closer, the Miami Heat is still waiting on Dwyane Wade’s decision on whether he’ll return for a 16th NBA season or opt to retire. Heat president Pat Riley, in attendance at a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute in Coral Gables, said the team’s hope for the 12-time All-Star remains the same. “We want him back,” Riley said. Miami Herald

The Heat, which is already over the league’s $123 million luxury tax line, can only offer Wade a $5.3 million luxury tax exception or the veteran league minimum of $2.4 million for next season. The Heat has been holding two roster spots open for Wade and Udonis Haslem until they decide if they are returning. Wade said earlier this month that he’s in no rush to reach a decision. Miami Herald

Two games in China against the Dallas Mavericks highlight the preseason 76ers schedule, which was announced Thursday. The four-game preseason will begin with a home game Sept. 28 against Australian professional team Melbourne United. The Sixers will host the Orlando Magic on Oct. 1, before taking part in the NBA China Games 2018. It will be the first time in franchise history that the Sixers play in China.


NBA Rumors Stories for Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Updated 1:00 a.m. ET

So when Klay Thompson becomes a free agent next July -- unless he agrees to a prior extension -- he isn’t the type to shop himself with designs on being “that dude.” Those emotionally attached to the Warriors can take comfort when Thompson says, as he did a few days ago, that he wants to be a Warrior “for life.” NBC Sports Bay Area

Thompson’s father, Mychal, whose NBA career lasted 13 years, took it step further. “You can mark it down,” Mychal Thompson said over the weekend. This is in accord with what I was told in a conversation with Mychal last month. In multiple chats over the past year, he has been firm in his belief that his son would re-sign with the Warriors. NBC Sports Bay Area

NBA coaches, executives and scouts weren't the only people impressed with the play of Wendell Carter Jr. during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Turns out his fellow rookies also took notice of his all-around excellence. In a survey of the 2018 rookie class done by, the former Duke center was the most popular response to the question "Which rookie will have the best career?" Carter Jr. received 13% of the votes, compared to 10% for runners-up Kevin Knox and Jerome Robinson. No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton tied for 3rd at 7%, along with Mo Bamba, Mikal Bridges, Collin Sexton and Lonnie Walker IV. NBC Sports Chicago

Meanwhile, Ayton and Sexton tied for the most votes to the question "Who will be the Rookie of the Year?", and that's not surprising considering both can expect a high usage rate in starting roles. Carter Jr. figures to split time at center with Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis this season, so his raw numbers probably won't be impressive enough to put him in the running for the ROY award. NBC Sports Chicago

The league surveyed 20 players from the 2018 rookie class to get their thoughts on Rookie of the Year, biggest steal of the draft and much more. Phoenix center DeAndre Ayton and Cleveland guard Collin Sexton tied for Rookie of the Year favorite at 19 percent each. Mavs rookie Luka Doncic finished tied for second with Knicks F Kevin Knox at nine percent. Dallas Morning News

Trae Young took the majority of the best-playmaker vote at 35 percent. Mavs rookie point guard Jalen Brunson came second with 15 percent of the vote -- ahead of Doncic at nine percent. Dallas Morning News

One of the latest to tell their story is Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris, who gave some insight into his struggles with depression and anxiety to Jackie MacMullan in a series on ESPN. Morris began by detailing some of the troubles of his upbringing in a crime-ridden section of Philadelphia. “Honestly, I didn’t feel like I could trust anybody — not even the people in my neighborhood, who I knew my whole life,” Morris told MacMullan. “We just walked out stressed all the time. I said to my brother once, ‘You know, this is no way to live.'”

Former Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, now with the Brooklyn Nets, was arrested Sunday and charged with being in possession of marijuana, according to, a news site for The Hamptons in New York. Denver Post


Tuesday, August 21, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

The Miami Heat reunion tour has added another element, with the team inviting forward Jarnell Stokes to training camp a week after extending an invitation to guard Briante Weber, the Sun Sentinel has confirmed. Stokes, a muscled 6-foot-7 power player, spent part of the 2015-16 season with the Heat, acquired on Nov. 10, 2015 from the Memphis Grizzlies along with Beno Udrih in a trade for Mario Chalmers. He then was dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 18, 2016 for a second-round pick as part of the Heat's maneuvering below the luxury tax. Sun Sentinel

The Brooklyn Nets signed guard Jordan McLaughlin and guard/forward Mitchell Creek today. Until we hear otherwise, we will assume the signings are non-guaranteed deals that merely bring Creek and McLaughlin to Nets training camp. Inside Hoops

The Atlanta Hawks signed forward Alex Poythress guard/forward Daniel Hamilton today. Poythress’ deal is confirmed by the team to be a two-way contract. Hamilton’s contract is probably a non-guaranteed deal that merely brings him to training camp. The Hawks are in serious rebuilding mode. There isn’t a single player on the roster right now that is considered a star in today’s NBA. The good news is, this means there’s plenty of opportunity for almost everybody on this super-young roster to step up and quickly put their name on the map. Inside Hoops

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (Israel) bolstered its frontcourt by inking big man Tarik Black, the club announced Monday. Black (2.06 meters, 26 years old) arrives from Houston of the NBA, where he averaged 3.1 points on 62.5% two-point shooting and 2.9 rebounds in 58 games last season.

Trade rumors — externally generated in the case of the Wolves via speculation about Andrew Wiggins and more internally generated by the Wild’s hire of new GM Paul Fenton — have been fun fodder but little more. The offseason free-agency pickups for both teams have been depth moves, and so far at least no signature players have been traded. Minneapolis Star Tribune

Speaking of which, last week there were more rumblings that the Wolves’ Jimmy Butler and Boston’s Kyrie Irving want to join forces as free agents after this season — presumably for a team like the Knicks or Nets. A lot can happen between now and then. Butler could still re-sign with the Wolves — I still believe that — particularly since they can offer him more money than any other team. I’m still advising calm. Minneapolis Star Tribune

R.J. Hunter was waived by the Houston Rockets on Friday, the third team to cut him in as many years of NBA service. Drafted out of Georgia State, Hunter was pegged to be a knockdown shooter in the NBA. But due to any number of reasons — limited playing time and a resulting inability to get into a rhythm likely being one of them — he’s been unable to fit that mold at the NBA level, despite torching the opposition in the G League.

Pearl Jam brought out a very special guest at their Chicago concert this weekend -- none other North Korea's #1 man Dennis Rodman ... who had some, uh, interesting things to say. The former Bulls star made an appearance Saturday night at PJ's Wrigley Field set and told Chitowners he was thankful for their continued support while he unofficially lobbied for the U.S. with Kim Jong-un ... which unofficially resulted in an actual meeting recently. TMZ

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As the Knicks expect to use the stretch-provision waiver on center Joakim Noah sometime after the Sept. 1 marker to save 2019 cap space, team brass felt they needed another rebounder. They took a flier on Vonleh, selected ninth in 2014 by Charlotte as the youngest player drafted that year. At the combine, the measurement of his hands set a draft-combine record. NY Post

Few expect many wins this season for the rebuilding Knicks. Vonleh, who signed a one-year minimum deal for his years of service ($1.6M), may have one last shot at showing lottery potential. It’s been quite the arc for Noah. NY Post

According to a source, the Cavaliers finished runner-up for Vonleh. San Antonio and Milwaukee also made bids. Vonleh was traded midseason by Portland to Chicago, which didn’t make an offer, despite him averaging 9.9 points and 10 rebounds in a seven-game stretch soon after the deadline deal. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he “inhales rebounds.’’ NY Post

Bob Bass is the one general manager ever to trade former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. He did so much more than that in a pro basketball career that spanned five decades. He was the most impactful GM in Charlotte NBA history. Bass died Friday in San Antonio at the age of 89. He suffered two strokes recently. Charlotte Observer

Bass began as Hornets GM in 1995, working for owner George Shinn, and retired in 2004 after guiding the franchise through the move to New Orleans. Yes, he traded two future Hall of Famers in Bryant and Alonzo Mourning. He also got the Hornets to the playoffs in seven of his nine seasons, oversaw the only two seasons of 50 or more victories in franchise history, and won the NBA Executive of the Year in 1997 after the Hornets won 54 games. Charlotte Observer

Warriors superstar Kevin Durant has never been one to take abuse on social media. This trend continued on Friday when Enes Kanter, one of Durant's former teammates with the Thunder, posted a video to Instagram of himself telling a kid to burn a t-shirt with Durant's "KD" logo on it. "We have a problem here," Kanter, who is currently with the Knicks, says in the video. "My man, you go home, take that shirt, and burn it, please." SF Chronicle

Jayson Tatum has spent his offseason improving his game and his body, with a little help from his childhood idol. The Boston Celtics rookie forward posted photos of himself working out with Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, who Tatum has said was his favorite player growing up. Tatum’s unique scoring ability and silky mid-range jump shot has drawn comparisons to Bryant dating all the way back to his days at Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis. But there’s no doubt the Black Mamba had a few pointers for the Duke product as he prepares to embark on his sophomore NBA season.

On Friday, the Sixers confirmed an ESPN report that they have hired former Duke and WNBA star Lindsey Harding as a full-time scout for the coming season. Harding, according to ESPN, becomes only the second full-time female scout for an NBA team. The first was current Dallas Mavericks assistant Jenny Boucek, who worked for the Seattle SuperSonics in 2006. Harding, 34, was the first overall selection in the 2007 WNBA draft. She is in Africa and unavailable for comment, a Sixers official said.

Harrison Barnes' imprint on the Mavericks has grown exponentially since he arrived in the summer of 2016 and so, too, has his positive impact on the Dallas community. Saturday was the latest example. For the second straight summer, Barnes teamed with retired Dallas Police Chief David Brown to host a free basketball camp, life skills discussion and lunch at Exline Recreation Center in southeast Dallas. Dallas Morning News


Saturday, August 18, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

Appearing Friday at the National Basketball Players Association kids camp at Pier 36 in Manhattan, Tim Hardaway Jr told The Post David Fizdale has already created “a vibe” that could lead to the Knicks stunning the NBA. “He’s respected around the league,’’ Hardaway said. “He does bring that type of vibe and character around the team that makes you want to go out there and compete each and every day for him. That’s what we love about him.” NY Post

“For sure we can work together well,’’ Hardaway said of Knox. “He’s a long, athletic wing. He can played the 3, 4 and 2 — if he wanted to, though he’s a little big. He has that killer instinct that we love. He’s all-out competitor So is Mitchell [Robinson] and [Allonzo] Trier [signed to a two-way contract]. We got a nice trio of long, athletic guys [from the draft].’’ NY Post

According to sources, Courtney Lee’s status is unclear as the Knicks have looked to deal his contract that has two years and $25 million left on it. While Knicks brass has impressed upon Hardaway the need to be a leader in 2018-19, he admits he hasn’t spoken to Lee this offseason — another indication the veteran is not paramount in the Knicks’ plans. NY Post

The Sixers have made a historic hire in their scouting department. The team has hired former WNBA star Lindsey Harding as a full-time scout starting next season. "I think when you have this goal in mind, your gender shouldn't even matter," Harding told ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne. "It should be about if you can do it, if you're good, you're experienced, if you know what you're doing and what you're talking about." NBC Sports Philly

The Heat believes James Johnson is going to be consistently better after his surgery for sports hernia surgery. That — combined with his defensive acumen, ability to get to the basket and versatility — are among the reasons why Miami hasn’t shopped him this offseason. Miami Herald

Regarding rumors about a Heat trade involving Houston forward Ryan Anderson, that’s not something that interests Miami at this time, according to a league source. Both USA Today and ESPN have floated the idea of Houston trading Anderson and a draft pick to Miami for Tyler Johnson or James Johnson. But while that would appear to interest the Rockets, it’s not something the Heat has found appealing. Miami Herald

With point guard Briante Weber - who’s expected to sign a Heat contract in the coming days - there’s no question about the defense. The question remains his shot. In 45 NBA games, he has shot 40.8 percent from the field and 19.2 on threes (5 for 26). Miami Herald

The symmetry between the G-League and the NBA teams will also be helped by the fact they will share the same practice facility. Their proximity will come with many advantages from the Go-Go perspective. "I think it’s going to help motivate these guys. We’re going to be practicing in the same place that the Wizards do and the Mystics do," Mensah-Bonsu said. "I think if these guys can see Dwight Howard and John Wall and Bradley Beal walking around every day, it will help motivate them to get to that next level." "The exposure our players get with the Wizards [front office], the Wizards personnel, being able to watch them practice daily, watching their practice habits and what their routines may be, is really big," Christian said. NBC Sports Washington

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will be honored by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in a ceremony on Thursday in North Dakota, the tribe said in a news release. The celebration will include a naming ceremony, performances, and community feed at the Prairie Knights Pavilion, a casino in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Irving's late mother, Elizabeth Ann Larson, was adopted out of the White Mountain family of the tribe and his grandparents and great-grandparents were citizen of the tribe, according to the tribe's release.

Former Utah Jazz and Utah Utes power forward Tom Chambers was charged with assault stemming from an incident that happened in April of this year, the Arizona Republic reported. Police said the incident happened on April 15 in a Scottsdale, Arizona, restaurant, according to the Republic. Another patron, 22-year-old Alexander Berglet, began to insult the former NBA player, TMZ reported, and Chambers told police he reacted after Berglet said, “Your mom should have killed you when you came out of the womb as ugly as you are, your arms are silly, your chest is this. Your belly is big.” Deseret News

FC Barcelona Lassa announced early Friday that Juan Carlos Navarro, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague's all-time leading scorer, had retired as a player after 20 years in the same uniform, but will remain a familiar sight to fans around Europe as he takes up a new role in the club's basketball section.


Friday, August 17, Basketball Rumors
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On Kemba Walker: The 28-year-old Rice High School graduate claims he still has visions of Charlotte making him a long-term Hornet when he becomes a free agent July 1, but he is keeping his options open. “I’ve been hearing it for years now — the Knicks,” Walker said as he visited the Players Association’s kids camp at Pier 36. “Every time I come home, it’s, ‘When are you coming home to the Knicks?’ MSG is a special place, man. The Knicks are a special team. Of course, I’ve been a Knicks fan growing up, always rooted for the home team. But I really can’t see myself in a Knicks jersey — only because I’ve been in one jersey. I really don’t know.” NY Post

Walker’s free agency figures to be a theme across the 2018-19 season. “I don’t get distracted,” Walker said. “It’s the nature of the game, nature of the media. They’re going to ask me. I’ll answer it as best as I can, try to play as best as I can so when my time comes, I’ll have great options. Or hopefully the Hornets will get something done [July 1] before any team can even approach me.” NY Post

Bruce Bowen defended comments that he said caused the Clippers to excuse him from his role as a television analyst after he criticized 2019 free-agent-to-be Kawhi Leonard: “If you can’t get free agents in California, in Los Angeles, that has nothing to do with Bruce Bowen, that has to do with the organization.” OC Register

Asked Thursday whether he thought Leonard had any influence on the Clippers’ decision to let him go, Bowen seemed doubtful. “I don’t think I am that powerful where I would be the reason that someone would not want to come to a team,” he said. “What are you doing? Are you playing or are you listening? And if you are listening, then listen to the words that are said and recognize constructive criticism, because that’s my job, to be critical of someone’s play." OC Register

The Utah Jazz have signed undrafted rookie center Isaac Haas. The team announced the signing of the 7-foot-2, 290-pound center Thursday afternoon. Haas averaged 3.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in four appearances with the Utah Jazz during the Las Vegas Summer League. He also had three blocks. Deseret News

Former Memphis Tiger Markel Crawford is getting his shot with an NBA team, and he's staying in his hometown. Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace announced on Thursday that the team had signed Crawford and added him to the training camp roster. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Think you have enough game to play ball in the Kings organization? Here’s your shot to prove it. Sacramento’s G League affiliate in Stockton is holding four days of open tryouts over the next month, with two days in Stockton and two in Sacramento. Anyone interested is required to fill out registration online and submit payment, which is $150 for a one-day tryout or $250 for two days. Sacramento Bee

Just like Steph, seventh-grader Amanda Kerner stood before a big crowd and knocked down shot after shot from five different spots on the court: 20 makes in 21/2 minutes, complete with a buzzer-beater. For one afternoon, Stephen Curry ensured that 200 girls in his camp had as real a chance as possible to try to be a little bit like him, down to the fancy dribbling work and competitive shooting drills he does daily alongside Kevin Durant throughout the season. SF Chronicle


Thursday, August 16, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

This summer, we saw LeBron James leave for the Lakers, Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan trade places, and DeMarcus Cousins join the champion Warriors. Next summer? We could see even more NBA stars on the move.

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and Leonard headline a star-studded 2019 free-agent class that can hit the market when more teams will have cap space.

While continuing to await a decision from Dwyane Wade, the Heat on Wednesday signed former Kentucky forward Marcus Lee and moved toward an agreement with veteran forward Udonis Haslem. Miami Herald

A source said Haslem is expected to return for his 16th NBA season with the Heat, though nothing was finalized as of Wednesday morning. Miami Herald

Lee gives the Heat 17 players under contract, with teams permitted to carry no more than 20 in training camp. Haslem would be the 18th. Wade also has an invitation to return but had not informed the Heat of a decision as of earlier this week. Miami Herald

For a team that lacked a pick in either round of June's NBA draft, the Miami Heat continue to mine talent from the Class of 2018, on Wednesday signing undrafted California forward Marcus Lee. The agreement with Lee follows an agreement with undrafted Kansas guard Malik Newman last week and two-way contracts for undrafted forwards Duncan Robinson and Yante Maten, giving the team four players from the most recent draft class. Sun Sentinel

The addition of Lee gives the Heat 17 players under contract, three shy of the NBA offseason maximum." Sun Sentinel

The Utah Jazz announced Tuesday they have waived David Stockton, the son of Hall of Fame former Jazz point guard John Stockton. This comes after German club Medi Bayreuth announced in early August it had signed the younger Stockton. His brother Michael, who played at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, also plays in Germany. Deseret News

The Raptors 905 are making G League history. The team will have two-time Canadian Olympian Tamara Tatham in a coaching role for the coming season, sources confirmed, making the native of Brampton the first Canadian woman on a North American men’s pro league staff. Toronto Star

On Dec. 8 and 15, FedEx Forum will host both the Tigers and Grizzlies in two basketball doubleheaders that feature marquee matchups for both local teams. The first weekend, Dec. 8, the Tigers will host the Alabama-Birmingham, while LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Grizzlies. Memphis Commercial Appeal

The Toronto Raptors signed veteran center Greg Monroe to a contract Tuesday. The six-foot-11 native of New Orleans, La., averaged 10.3 points and 6.9 rebounds over 51 games last season with Milwaukee, Phoenix and Boston. Toronto Sun

Former Michigan point guard Derrick Walton Jr.’s next stop on his NBA journey will bring him closer to home. The Chicago Bulls announced on Tuesday they signed Walton, who will compete for a roster spot in training camp. Contract terms weren’t disclosed. According to The Chicago Tribune, the Bulls already have 14 guaranteed contracts, with point guards Kris Dunn, Cameron Payne and Ryan Arcidiacono all under contract. Detroit News

The Bulls announced the signing of Derrick Walton Jr. and plan to take a look at the former Michigan point guard in training camp. The Bulls have 14 guaranteed contracts, including two point guards in starter Kris Dunn and backup Cameron Payne. Ryan Arcidiacono, who split time between the Bulls and the G League on a two-way contract last season, also signed to battle for a roster spot in training camp. Chicago Tribune

The Avon Lake home of Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jose Calderon, was burglarized in July, according to a police report. According to the report the burglary took place between July 21-25 and the home, located in the 31800 block of Lake Road, was being checked on by a neighbor. News Herald


Monday, August 13, Basketball Rumors
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

The Heat wound up with a mundane schedule, with only three national appearances on TNT and two on ESPN, with no major holiday national appearances. The Heat's offseason largely has lacked anything close to "big news," with the team neither signing nor adding players beyond agreements with undrafted rookies Duncan Robinson, Yante Maten and Malik Newman. Sun Sentinel

Heat President Pat Riley recently defended the passive offseason as one necessary to allow the team to maximize continuity after years of offseason maneuvering. "Even though there has been a lot of activity on our part with having discussions around the league, we have a roster that's a playoff roster," he said. "This year is a pivotal year for these guys when they come back to try to dispel the notion and the perception out there is that we are who a lot of people think we are. To me, that’s a great challenge on the part of the team and the coaching staff." Sun Sentinel

While he believes he’s at the top of the rookie class, Knox made it clear winning is more important in 2018-19 than honors. Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry, perhaps hoping for another lottery pick in 2019, have been silent about the playoffs. “I’m pretty confident I can be one of the top rookies,” Knox said at the photo event staged at the Knicks’ Tarrytown campus. “But one of my goals this year is just to win in New York. I’m not really worried about winning the rookie award. I just want to win as a team, take road games, play some of the top teams and beat them to make the playoffs. Ultimately I want to win. That’s my main focus as my rookie year.” NY Post

Knox and Porzingis, who is spending the entire offseason in Europe, have kept in contact. They stand to be the two faces of the franchise, if Knox’s summer league is an indication. Knox makes his NBA debut Oct. 17, when the Knicks open against the Hawks at the Garden. NY Post

The Detroit Pistons technically don't have a general manager. Some fans want to see Chauncey Billups become the team's GM. Add Ben Wallace, Billups' teammate on the Pistons' 2004 NBA Championship team, to that list, too. "I would love to see Chauncey as the head of operations with the Pistons," Wallace said before he drove the pace car during today's Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. "I think as a leader who won a championship here, (he would do great). I think the city itself would love to see Chauncey here, getting it done in the front office." Detroit Free Press

It's not often that the NBA receives praise in the days after the regular season schedule is released. But Warriors head coach Steve Kerr believes the league is listening to teams regarding making improvements to the travel and reducing schedule congestion. The Warriors only have 13 back-to-back sets this season, a reduction from 14 last season. The NBA also made an effort this season to schedule a team to play teams in the same city on one road trip. Unlike last season when the Warriors had to make two trips to New York to play the Knicks and the Nets, this year, they will play both teams on a late October trip. NBC Sports Bay Area

Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is donating $25,000 to pro golfer Scott Harrington and his wife Jenn, who is currently battling Hodgkins Lymphoma. Curry told reporters at the Tour's Ellie Mae Classic on Saturday that he and Ayesha will donate $25,000 to the GoFundMe account for the Harrington family, as Scott Harrington is currently on leave as he spends time at home with his wife. SF Chronicle

Bobby Gonzalez-- aka "Gonzo" -- is back on the bench doing what he does best — coaching — after signing with the Jilin Northeast Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association for the 2018-19 season. It is a heck of a long way from Binghamton, The Bronx, the Sweet 16 and all the bandboxes in between where the New York coaching legend had his greatest successes. How far away? Jilin is about 6,500 miles away from New York and 286 miles from Pyongyang, which makes it more or less equidistant from Vladivostok, Russia. If he has an extra cold winter, he can hike across the frozen Bering Strait to Alaska, global warming permitting. GetMoreSports

Gonzo is now back for a 10-day break in New York with his wife, daughter and friends before he will travel halfway around the planet again for his fourth consecutive season of working in China, earlier with the Chinese National Basketball Federation, the NBL Pro Summer League in Guanxi Province, clinics in Shanghai and now with a CBA team — one that had Carl Landry and Von Wafer on the roster last season and now is mulling over the relative merits of NBA castoffs Jerome Jordan and Byron Mullens. “If this is where I have to go to realize my dream of making it to the NBA, then this is the road I am taking,” Gonzalez said. “I am not the first American to use China as a gateway, and my priority now is winning a CBA championship with Jilin.” GetMoreSports

Hoping to return to the Final Four that will be hosted next spring in its own city for the first time, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz found some perimeter talent right before training camp starts, announcing on Monday the addition of swingman Darrun Hilliard to its roster for the 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season


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