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CSNwashington.com reported earlier this offseason that Nene, who is entering the final year of a deal that pays him $13 million, didn't draw any interest in the trade market and isn't likely to be moved before the start of the 2015-16 season. If he is eventually moved with that expiring deal, that's more likely to happen near the February trade deadline but if they allow his size to leave they'll want size in return. Being injury-prone is a recurring issue, but the Wizards like him, and they'll need him to get past the Chicago Bulls or Cleveland Cavaliers in the postseason. CSN Washington
As a result, Nene must be put in a position to play where he's more comfortable which is close to the basket in 2015-16. It's not his fault that he can't defend speedy, three-point shooting power forwards. That's on coach Randy Wittman, who has said repeatedly since the season ended that he'll log more time at center. Gooden was retained as a free agent because of the Wizards' commitment to playing smaller lineups with more flexibility at power forward with stretch shooters. When he gets healthy again, Jared Dudley will play there, too. CSN Washington
In a detailed ruling issued Friday, a judge ruled in favor of the city of Sacramento in a lawsuit challenging its 2014 deal with the Kings to subsidize a new downtown arena. The opinion by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Tim Frawley is listed as a “proposed statement of decision.” The two sides have 15 days to file objections for the judge to consider before finalizing his decision. Sacramento Bee
Frawley, in his 41-page statement, sided unequivocally with the city on every key point, saying the plaintiffs “failed to meet their burden of proof” on allegations that the city struck a secret side deal with the Kings’ owners last year to help them finance the purchase of the team. Sacramento Bee
The trial, which was held over 11 days in late June and early July, centered on the 2014 deal between the city and the new Sacramento Kings ownership group to jointly finance an arena at the former Downtown Plaza site. The arena, whose estimated cost is in the $500 million range, is under construction and scheduled for completion in October 2016. The city will own the facility. The Kings will operate it and pay rent. Sacramento Bee
By rescinding their qualifying offer to fourth-string center Ognjen Kuzmic, the Warriors this week made a simple statement: The project is over. The Warriors, who last month extended an offer to “Kuz,” clearly have reconsidered his potential and concluded he will not be a valuable contributor for them in the future. CSN Bay Area
The Warriors still own the Early Bird Rights to Kuzmic and are allowed to exceed the salary cap to re-sign him. There is almost zero chance of that happening, and it’s highly unlikely they would re-sign him to a minimum-salary deal at about $950,000. CSN Bay Area
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. InsideHoops
The Philadelphia 76ers 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. InsideHoops
The Atlanta Hawks have 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. 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%). InsideHoops
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. InsideHoops
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