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Wolves Sign Toure' Murry, John Lucas III To Camp Deals

Aug 24, 2016 1:14 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Toure' Murry and John Lucas III to camp deals.

Both players will have a shot to compete for a roster spot at the guard position.

The Wolves have Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones at point guard.

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R.J. Hunter, James Young, John Holland, Ben Bentil To Compete For Final Celtics' Roster Spot

Aug 24, 2016 2:47 PM

The Boston Celtics will have R.J. Hunter, James Young, John Holland and Ben Bentil will compete for their last roster spot.

Young and Hunter have guaranteed deals, Bentil has a partial guarantee, and Holland is non-guaranteed. Young and Hunter are former first round picks.

Hunter is the favorite to emerge from the group.

“I’m a competitor, so it’s just absolutely motivation for me,” Hunter said in a telephone interview. “I think it just adds an extra competitive spirit to training camp, which is a great way to get the year started.

“So I’d rather have it that way, because now I have no reason not to be on my toes on every possession and at every practice. So I’ll try to use it to my advantage.”


Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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Lakers Sign Tarik Black

Aug 24, 2016 4:17 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Tarik Black.

“Tarik is a player whose strengths are well-suited for the style of play we envision for our team going forward,” said Mitch Kupchak. “He plays the game with a mix of athleticism, energy, and physicality that make him a valuable frontcourt contributor in today’s NBA.”

In two seasons with the Lakers, Black has averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 16.9 per game while shooting 57.5% from the field over 77 games (27 starts). Awarded to the Lakers on a waiver claim on December 28, 2014, he also appeared in 25 games (12 starts) for the Houston Rockets to begin the 2014-15 season before being waived.

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E.J. Singler Agrees To Sign With Raptors

Aug 24, 2016 3:32 PM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to terms with E.J. Singler.

Singler will be in training camp with the Raptors with a chance to compete for the 15th spot on the roster.

Singler has agreed to play for the Raptors 905 of the D-League if he clears waivers assuming he doesn't make their regular season roster.

“I have no idea what I’m gonna do. Gonna try to play as best I can in the Summer League and that’ll probably dictate where I go next year,” Singler told Raptors Republic in July. “That’s the hardest decision. There’s definitely pros and cons playing in the D-League, or there’s pros and cons playing overseas. Those are the things you’ve gotta weigh out with your family, yourself, and your agent. For me, personally, I’ve gotta give my best opportunity in the Summer League and things will work out for the best.”

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DeMarcus Cousins Goes Undercover To Referee Pickup Game (Video)

Aug 24, 2016 3:27 PM

DeMarcus Cousins typically is amongst the NBA's leaders in technical fouls with his emotional playing style.

Cousins went undercover to officiate a pickup game in the below video from Draft Kings.

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Festus Ezeli Out Six Weeks Following Injection In Left Knee

Aug 23, 2016 5:21 PM

Festus Ezeli had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate and Orthovisc today in Chicago.

The injection, performed by Dr. Brian Cole, is intended to alleviate pain and improve function.

Ezeli will be sidelined for six weeks.

Ezeli agreed to a two-year, $14.7 million deal with the Blazers this offseason.

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Joel Embiid 'Truly On Track' For Preseason

Aug 23, 2016 5:27 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers expect Joel Embiid to be ready for the start of training camp and the preseason.

Embiid hasn't played formal five-on-five since March of 2014 as he's since undergone multiple surgeries on his right foot. Embiid was the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Kansas.

“Embiid is well and truly on track, there are no red flags anywhere," said Brett Brown. "None of us should be afraid right now. We’re very proud of him.” 

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John Wall: Bradley Beal And I Have A Tendency To Dislike Each Other On Court

Aug 23, 2016 7:11 PM

John Wall admitted that he and Bradley Beal occasionally dislike each other on the court.

The Washington Wizards re-signed Beal this offseason. Wall signed an $80 million deal for five years in 2013 for what was then a max deal under a $58.7 million salary cap. Beal signed his max for five years under a $94.1 million cap.

"I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court. … We got to be able to put that to the side. If you miss somebody on one play or don’t have something go right ... as long as you come to each other and talk. If I starting arguing with somebody I’m cool. I’m just playing basketball," Wall said.

"Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star.  If we were playing well as a tandem like the other two superstars that play together as a backcourt, play as a tandem, one night it’s going to be his night, one night it’s going to be mine, some nights it might be both of us. Those are nights it’s going to be tough to beat us."

Wall is willing to share the individual success with Beal.

“I want it all to be on me. At the same time I want him to be right there with me. He’s my sidekick. I’m A. He’s A-1. He’s right there," Wall said. "That’s something we got to do on the first day of training camp. We have to go in there and understand and get on the same page.

"If we’re not on the same page and we have our ups and downs we’ll keep dealing with the same problems. We have to get control of it. I think it’s hanging out off the court, doing those little things (helps)."

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Fultz, Giles, Jackson, Smith, Ntilikina Comprise Top-5 Of ESPN's First 2017 Mock Draft

Aug 23, 2016 2:40 PM

Chad Ford of ESPN has Markelle Fultz going first overall in his 2017 NBA Mock Draft, Version 1.0.

Fultz will be a freshman point guard at Washington.

Harry Giles, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith and Frank Ntilikina round out the top-5. Ford has Jackson ranked No. 1 on his current Big Board.

1. 76ers: Markelle Fultz
2. Celtics (via Nets): Harry Giles
3. Lakers: Josh Jackson
4. Suns: Dennis Smith
5. Kings: Frank Ntilikina
6. Nuggets: Jonathan Isaac
7. Magic: Lonzo Ball
8. Pelicans: Jayson Tatum
9. Heat: Ivan Rabb
10. Bucks: De'Aaron Fox
11. Wolves: Terrance Ferguson
12. Bulls: Jarrett Allen
13. Mavericks: Marques Bolden
14. Knicks: Malik Monk
15. Wizards: Edrice Adebayo
16. Rockets: Edmond Sumner
17. Hornets: OG Anunoby
18. Nuggets (via Grizzlies): Lauri Markkanen
19. Hawks: Omer Yurtseven
20. Thunder: Carlton Bragg
21. Pacers: Tyler Lydon
22. Jazz: Rodions Kurucs
23. Pistons: Grayson Allen
24. Blazers: Isaiah Hartenstein
25. Raptors: Jonathan Jeanne
26. Nets (via Celtics): Miles Bridges
27. Raptors (via Clippers): Kostja Mushidi
28. Cavs: Thomas Bryant
29. Spurs: Jaron Blossomgame
30. Jazz (via Warriors): Jalen Brunson

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Report: Blake Griffin Expects To Re-Sign With Clippers In 2017

Aug 23, 2016 7:30 PM

Blake Griffin plans to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2017 offseason when he becomes a free agent.

The Clippers can offer Griffin more guaranteed money than any rival team and they've remained on the fringes of title contention for several seasons.

Griffin reportedly doesn't have interest in considering other teams, at least at this point.

Doc Rivers is confident the Clippers will be able to re-sign both Griffin and Chris Paul.

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Jared Cunningham Signs With Jiangsu Tongxi
Jared Cunningham has a career PER of 6.8 in 84 NBA games.

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Yi Jianlian Will Carry Cap Number Of $8M For Lakers
Yi Jianlian must earn $6.8 million through "likely bonuses."

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Derrick Rose: You'll See A More Mature Player This Season
Derrick Rose averaged 19.9 points on 51.4 percent shooting after the All-Star break last season.

Nick DePaula/The Vertical

Lakers To Finally Sign Brandon Ingram To Rookie Deal
The Lakers have waited on signing Brandon Ingram in order to have more cap flexibility.

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Kobe Bryant Unveils $100M Venture-Capital Fund
Current investments include sports media website The Players Tribune, videogame designer Scopely, legal-services company LegalZoom, a telemarketing-software firm called RingDNA and a home-juicing company called Juicero.

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Lakers Sign Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian was the sixth overall pick 2007.

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Abdel Nader Agrees To Deal With Red Claws
Abdel Nader received significant offers in Europe as well.

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Nets Hire Gianluca Pascucci As Director Of Global Scouting
Gianlucas Pascucci joins the Nets after spending the past four years as vice president of player personnel for the Rockets.

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Nets Hire BJ Johnson As Coordinator Of Player Evaluation
William "BJ" Johnson joins Brooklyn's staff after spending the past six years as USA Basketballís assistant menís national team director.

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Cousins, Durant, George Led USA In Olympics PER
DeMarcus Cousins led Team USA in PER with a mark of 26.4, slightly ahead of Kevin Durant's 25.5.

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Kevin Durant Describes 2016 Team USA Experience As 'Therapy'
Kevin Durant isn't sure if he'll return for Tokyo in 2020.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Celtics Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt To Camp Deal
Marcus Georges-Hunt went undrafted out of Georgia Tech.

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Jerry Colangelo: Other Countries Need To Become More Competitive
Jerry Colangelo began rehabilitating the USA Basketball program in 2005.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Dunc'd On: Olympics Review + Best/Worst Contracts 2014-16
A full wrap-up of the Olympics, plus best and worst contracts 2014-16

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USA Wins 2016 Olympics, Beats Serbia 96-66
Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the United States against Serbia.

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Chris Bosh, Heat Still Discussing Use Of Blood Thinners
Chris Bosh and the Heat remain undecided on the use of blood thinners that would be out of his system by game time.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Facundo Campazzo Interested In Playing In NBA
At 25, Facundo Campazzo is signed with Real Madrid for one more season.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

J.J. Hickson Agrees To Sign With Fujian
J.J. Hickson had an 18.4 PER in limited minutes over 15 games with the Wizards.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Chris Paul Puts Bel-Air Mansion For Sale At $11.495M
Chris Paul has since bought another home in Calabasas for $8.995 million.

Neal J. Leitereg/Los Angeles Times

Nate Wolters Agrees To Deal With Nuggets
Nate Wolters last played in the NBA during the 14-15 season, playing in Japan last season in which he averaged 12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

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