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NBA Rumors for Tuesday, September 30

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Houston Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale announced today that he has hired former Houston assistant T.R. Dunn to his staff. Dunn joins the Rockets after spending three seasons as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Prior to his stint in Minnesota, Dunn was an assistant on former Rockets head coach Rick Adelman’s staff in Houston for four seasons from 2007 to 2011 and helped produce two top five defenses in the league by team defensive rating (2007-08 and 2008-09). Dunn has also been an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings (2004-07), Denver Nuggets (1997-98, 2002-04) and Charlotte Hornets (1991-97). Inside Hoops

MAIN MORNING NBA RUMORS PAGE STORIES nba rumors Wizards: “I think we’re definitely the best back court in the league,” [Bradley] Beal declared at his team’s Media Day at Verizon Center Monday. “Just in terms of what we’re capable of doing, the confidence that we have in that. At the same time we got to prove it.” Washington Post Blog

Martell Webster’s haircut — a creation resembling an electrified mohawk — was in midseason form at Wizards media day Monday, but his body wasn’t. The Wizards backup shooting guard is recovering from the back surgery he underwent in late June and said he is not sure when he will be cleared to play. “I don’t have a particular date,” Webster said. “I just know I’m ahead of schedule. I feel great. My training staff has been nothing short of amazing with helping me build a regimen I can follow throughout the season and in terms of getting me back as soon as possible. But I can let you know I am ahead of schedule.” Washington Post Blog

Heat: The team took a break for lunch and air mattresses are available for players who don't want to leave the arena during training camp. Tonight's schedule includes some live-ball drills at full speed. Miami Herald Blog

Jason Terry (Rockets): “I see us going all the way. If you look at the Western Conference, everybody’s gotten better. People look at our team and they’re trying to figure us out. I just think we have the talent. I think it’s about us going out every day, competing against each other, creating a championship environment. If we do that, I think we’ll put ourselves in a position at the end of the year to do something very special here.” Houston Chronicle Blog

Blazers: [Thomas] Robinson said despite the limits place on him after surgery, he has been able to stay in shape, with the team's training staff finding ways to keep him active. "I've been doing conditioning the whole time I've been out," he said. "That's definitely not a worry. They ran me enough." Robinson, who is right-handed, had to wear a brace on his thumb for three weeks, but still managed get work in making baskets. Oregonian

nba rumors The Portland Trail Blazers exercised their fourth-year option on the contract of guard Damian Lillard, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey. This is an obvious move by the Blazers, and was 100 percent expected. In two seasons, Lillard has averaged 19.9 points (42.7% FG, 38.1% 3-PT, 85.9% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.84 steals and 37.2 minutes per game. Only four players in NBA history have more points (3,257) and assists (988) in their first two seasons (O. Robertson, T. Archibald, A Iverson, L. James). Inside Hoops

The Orlando Magic have signed free agents Kadeem Batts, Drew Crawford, Seth Curry and Peyton Siva, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. These are likely all non-guaranteed deals that bring the players to Magic training camp. Orlando’s roster now stands at 19 players. NBA regular season rosters have a maximum of 15 players. Inside Hoops

nba rumors The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that the team has added Sam Cassell, Lawrence Frank and Mike Woodson as assistant coaches to the staff of Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers. The trio joins current assistant coaches Armond Hill and Brendan O’Connor as well as assistant player skills coaches JP Clark and Dave Severns on the bench. “We have an impressive and experienced group of coaches who are excited to get to work,” Rivers said. “Mike and Lawrence have enjoyed tremendous success as head coaches and Sam is someone who I coached as a player and respected as an assistant with the Wizards. I am excited to continue to work with the entire staff as we prepare for the season.” Inside Hoops

The Los Angeles Clippers today announced their 2014-15 training camp roster. The team signed free agents Jared Cunningham and Joe Ingles to complete the roster with 16 players. Cunningham, the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by Cleveland has appeared in 21 career NBA games in two seasons.. He holds career averages of 2.0 points in 5.0 minutes with three NBA teams (Dallas, Atlanta and Sacramento). The Oakland, CA native has spent the past two seasons in the NBA Development League with the Texas Legends (2012-13) and Bakersfield Jam (2013-14), appearing in 37 career games (32 starts). He holds Development League averages of 16.1 points, 4.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds. Inside Hoops

nba rumors The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard Michael Jenkins along with forwards Richard Soloman, Lance Thomas and Talib Zanna, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. We assume these are just OKC Thunder training camp signings, and that the deals do not extend into the regular season. Jenkins (6-3, 195), spent last season playing in Italy and since concluding his collegiate career at Winthrop University in 2008, Jenkins also spent time playing in Montenegro and Germany. Inside Hoops

The Oklahoma City Thunder has made multiple promotions and additions to its Basketball Operations and Blue staffs, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. The Thunder has promoted Jesse Gould to director of basketball research and analysis and Ryan Lambert to college scout. In addition, the club has added Adam Harrington as shooting coach, David Howarth as athletic performance coordinator, Steve Scalzi as video analyst, and Oliver Winterbone as basketball information analyst. The Blue has hired Phil Beckner, Royal Ivey, and Drew Jones as assistant coaches. Inside Hoops

nba rumors The Phoenix Suns have signed forwards Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris to multiyear contract extensions, the team announced today. According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, Markieff Morris signed a four-year, $32M extension, while Marcus Morris signed a four-year, $20M extension. “We are particularly pleased to have reached extension agreements with Marcus and Markieff before the start of training camp,” said President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “There is an extraordinary bond between these twin brothers; they make each other better players and better men. We take pride in their growth and look forward to their bright futures.” Inside Hoops

The Phoenix Suns have signed Slovenian guard Zoran Dragic to a multiyear contract, the team announced today. The younger brother of Suns guard Goran Dragic, Zoran’s signing gives the Suns the 15th pair of brother teammates in NBA history and, along with Marcus and Markieff Morris, makes the Suns the first team in league history to have two separate pairs of brothers as teammates at the same time. Zoran and Goran have previously been teammates on Slovenia’s national team at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and the 2011 and 2013 FIBA EuroBasket competitions. Inside Hoops

nba rumors The rebuilding Boston Celtics, who finished last season with a 25-57 win-loss record, announced today that they have signed guard/forward Evan Turner. And in a related move, the Celtics also announced today that they have waived guard John Lucas III and forward Malcolm Thomas. Turner, a 6’7” guard/forward, was previously acquired by the Indiana Pacers on February 20, 2014 after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He appeared in 81 games during the 2013-14 regular season and averaged 13.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in that span. Inside Hoops

With training camp set to begin, the Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guards Tim Frazier and Rodney McGruder, and forward Christian Watford. These are likely all non-guaranteed deals that merely bring the three players to camp for a shot to prove themselves worthy of an actual regular season contract. Earlier today, the Celtics added Evan Turner to their roster. Frazier, a 6’1” guard out of Penn State University, averaged 14.9 points, a Big Ten-leading 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game during his senior year. He was named to the Third Team All-Big Ten and produced PSU's 18th 500-point season performance, finishing the 2013-14 campaign with 508 points. Additionally, Frazier finished the season with 182 assists, the third-most of any PSU player in a single season. Inside Hoops

nba rumors The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard/forward Jarell Eddie and center Dexter Pittman, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Eddie played the last four seasons at Virginia Tech, averaging team-highs of 13.3 points and 5.4 rebounds while adding 1.2 assists in 32.6 minutes as a senior in 2013-14. He started 30-of-the-31 games last season and finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 80 three-pointers made. He participated in the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with the Washington Wizards. Inside Hoops

The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena today announced plans to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Philips Arena and will construct a larger-than-life-size statue of Hawks’ legend Dominique Wilkins. The statue, which is to be unveiled at a special ceremony at Philips Arena on March 5, 2015, will be a symbol of the Hawks’ legend’s success as a player both on and off the court. Details of the statue and the ceremony will be released at a later date. Additionally, the Hawks have named Wilkins as Special Advisor to CEO Steve Koonin and signed the legend to a new long-term partnership. He will also continue in his role as Vice President of Basketball. Inside Hoops

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guards Vander Blue, Xavier Silas and David Stockton, forwards Rasual Butler and Damion James and center Daniel Orton. These are likely all non-guaranteed deals that merely add these players to the Wizards training camp roster. Blue (6-4, 200) went undrafted in 2013. The Marquette alum signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics on January 22, 2014 and appeared in three games, scoring a total of five points in a combined 15 minutes. While on assignment with the Delaware 87ers of the D-League last season, he appeared in four games and averaged 19.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.5 minutes. Inside Hoops

The Detroit Pistons announced today that Aaron Gray will miss training camp while rehabbing from a cardiac episode suffered following a voluntary workout in late August. The 7-0, 270-pound center has undergone a full evaluation and is currently seeking additional medical assessments from cardiac specialists to determine a timetable for a return to action. Inside Hoops

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