NBA Rumors for Friday, July 29
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There won't be a reunion between the Warriors and David Lee. The two-time All-Star signed a two-year deal with the Spurs, according to The Vertical. This offseason, San Antonio traded Boris Diaw to Utah and lost Tim Duncan to retirement. The Spurs signed Pau Gasol and Dewayne Dedmon. CSN Bay Area
The Celtics announced their preseason schedule today, a slate of seven games that will begin on Tues., Oct. 4. The Green open that day against the 76ers at the Mullins Center at UMass. They will also play a game at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., and two at the TD Garden. Boston Herald
[Amar'e] Stoudemire just did not feel the same love back in the past two offseasons, when he hoped to return to the Suns to close his career. That prompted him to reach out to New York this month for a ceremonial contract with a “Once a Knick, Always a Knick” quotation to cap his 14-year career. “The last two years, we made phone calls to Phoenix but I wasn’t getting any positive response,” Stoudemire told azcentral sports on Thursday. “That would’ve been the perfect way to go out. I didn’t want to beg Phoenix. My heart was in two places – Phoenix and New York. I just went where I was wanted.” Arizona Repubic
On the Suns: “They brought back Jared and Leandro, my boys,” Stoudemire said. “That would’ve been a heck of a way to finish. I wasn’t just going to keep knocking on someone’s door that wasn’t going to answer. “I love my fans in Phoenix. Most of my high times and highlights were in Phoenix. I put forth the effort to finish my career in Phoenix but it wasn’t well-received.” Arizona Repubic
The origin of the Indiana Pacers’ first regular season game overseas occurred six months ago. Herb Simon, the team’s owner, heard the words Pacers and London in the same sentence from NBA officials. He was immediately intrigued. From there, the Pacers became one of the few teams the NBA considered for its annual global games in London next season. As the discussions advanced, Simon made it clear the Pacers wanted to be on the league’s international stage. On Thursday, the NBA announced via Facebook Live that the Pacers will play the Denver Nuggets in London on Jan. 12, 2017. The game will be played at The O2 Arena on the Greenwich Peninsula. Indianapolis Star
The NBA’s seventh regular-season game in London will be the first trip to the United Kingdom for the Pacers and Nuggets. Gary Harris, who plays for the Nuggets and is a Hamilton Southeastern grad and former IndyStar Mr. Basketball, was at the NBA’s European headquarters in London when the league announced the game. Indianapolis Star
Never mind that Iguodala and Curry, along with teammates Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, all flew to the Hamptons and met with Durant. Never mind that Iguodala is the veteran who bonded with Curry and Durant six years ago in Turkey, where they were members of Team USA in the FIBA World Championship. Curry was 22, Durant 21. Iguodala, at 26, was the voice of wisdom and authority. CSN Bay Area
It’s a basketball brotherhood troika. Latvian-born NBA star player Kristaps Porzingis just scored a new pad in Midtown West. The 7-foot-3-inch player has leased a corner penthouse that was asking $8,000 a month at Sky, the mammoth rental tower at 605 W. 42nd St. He also nabbed another two high-floor units for his two brothers, Martins and Janis, because “they are close and like to be near each other,” a source said. NY Post
Longtime Jazz media relations director Bill Kreifeldt passed away almost two weeks ago at his home in Sun City, Arizona. Deseret News
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The Trail Blazers today signed guard CJ McCollum to a contract extension to bring him under contract through the 2020-21 season, president of basketball operations Neil Olshey announced. It is reportedly a four-year extension, worth $106 million total. The reigning winner of the Most Improved Player Award, McCollum averaged 20.8 points (44.8% FG, 41.7% 3PT, 82.7% FT), 3.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.21 steals and 34.8 minutes in 80 games (all starts) last season. InsideHoops
The Wizards have re-signed guard Marcus Thornton. “Marcus is a proven veteran who gives us experience and scoring off the bench and will add depth at the two-guard position,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. InsideHoops
Warriors center Anderson Varejao was examined earlier in the week week by Dr. Robert Watkins at the Marina Spine Center in Marina Del Rey, CA, and was diagnosed with a small lower back disc herniation. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, but will be forced to miss the 2016 Summer Olympics due to the injury. InsideHoops
The Salt Lake City Stars, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, announced today that Dean Cooper will return as head coach for the team’s inaugural 2016-17 season in Salt Lake City. Cooper enters his third season as the head coach for the Jazz’s D-League affiliate. Before joining the organization in 2014, Cooper spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets on Kevin McHale’s staff. InsideHoops
The Mavericks on Wednesday signed free agent guard Keith Hornsby and free agent forward Jameel Warney. Until we hear otherwise, we will assume these signings merely bring these players to training camp, where they will then try to earn a regular season contract. InsideHoops
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