Oct 21, 2014 1:37 PM EDT
Kevin Durant discussed the Jones fracture in his left foot, which required surgery, for the first time Tuesday.
Durant is expected to miss up to eight weeks and said he will not speed up his recovery timetable.
"Nah, I’m not going to rush it at all," Durant said. "That’s one thing I’m not going to do. I’m sure I’ll feeI better in two or three weeks, but I definitely don’t want to rush it. So I’m taking my time with it. Blessed that it happened early in the season so I can get passed it and hopefully by December I’ll be ready to play."
Durant added his body has normally bounced back quickly from previous injuries.
"Pretty quick. I’ve never had surgery before, first thing. I don’t really know what to expect, but I know I’ll make a full recovery."
Oct 21, 2014 2:59 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder have joined the Philadelphia 76ers in opposing the NBA's proposed changes to the draft lottery system.
Sam Presti has attempted to warn other small-market executives that changing the system is a risky proposition for their franchises.
Uner the proposed new system, the worst four teams have a 12 percent chance at the first pick, No. 5 has an 11.5 percent chance, No. 6, 10 percent, and on down.
The changes have been triggered by a response to the 76ers' pursuit of high draft picks in successive seasons.
Presti's belief is that the changes would give big market teams another advantage.
"Everyone is too focused on Philly, on one team in one situation," said one sympathetic GM. "The only chance for a lot of teams to ever get a transformational player is through the draft, and eventually we are all going to be in the lottery, in that spot. The teams that'll drop from two to eight, or three to nine – that's just going to take the air out of those fan bases and franchises. They'll get little, if any chance, to improve.
"We are going to see more big-market teams who just missed the playoffs jump up and get a great young player at the top of the draft. And people are going to go "What the [expletive] just happened?"
The 76ers and Thunder need six more teams to join them in opposing the rule change before Wednesday's vote.
As one Western Conference GM said, "Then there will be no going back. I hope we know what we're doing with this one."
Oct 21, 2014 11:20 AM EDT
The Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics each have just one player ranked in ESPN's top-100 list of NBA players.
Michael Carter-Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo represent their respective teams in the top-100.
The 76ers are the only team with only two players ranked in the top 250, while the Knicks, Lakers and Celtics each have at least three other players in the top 150.
Oct 21, 2014 10:31 AM EDT
The Washington Wizards are on the verge of signing John Lucas III, according to sources.
Lucas would give the Wizards veteran depth in the backcourt after losing Bradley Beal to a wrist injury that will keep him out at least six weeks.
Lucas was traded twice this offseason, first going from the Utah Jazz to the Cleveland Cavaliers and then to the Boston Celtics. Lucas was waived by the Celtics shortly after the trade.
Oct 21, 2014 11:12 AM EDT
LeBron James is stressing the importance of the entire Cleveland Cavaliers' roster rather than repeat the Big 3 reputation of the Miami Heat while substituting Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
"We're not a Big Three, we're a team," James said afterwards. "We're a Big Fifteen."
The Cavaliers will need significant contributions this season from the likes of Anderson Varejao, Shawn Marion, Dion Waiters, Mike Miller and Tristan Thompson.
"Are we ready for the (season opener), not right now," James said. "We will be. We will be as ready as any team is ready for the first game of the season. At the first game of the season, you're not ready to win the championship then."
Oct 20, 2014 1:33 PM EDT
European free-agent point guard Bo McCalebb is nearing agreement on a contract with a team in Europe, meaning no move to the NBA for now, sources told RealGM.
In an accomplished professional career overseas, McCalebb transformed himself into a star and an NBA-caliber player.
Several NBA teams maintained conversations with McCalebb throughout the offseason, and the 29-year-old had been more inclined than ever to enter the league, but none progressed to deliver a contract.
McCalebb averaged 11 points, three assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 56.9 percent from the field for Fenerbahçe Ülker last season – his second year with the Turkish club. He became a free agent shortly before the start of the NBA's July free agency.
Partizan in Serbia has been widely speculated internationally as a possibility for McCalebb, but the club is out of the mix as the 6-foot product finalizes his decision, sources said.
Oct 20, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers' 20-year, $3 billion deal with Time Warner to broadcast games features annual income that hinges on ratings, according to sources.
This contributed to the Lakers' decision to sign Kobe Bryant to an extension last year and is also why the team continues their attempts to field a competitive roster instead of embracing a full rebuild.
One insider of the Lakers also believes many season ticket holders called Jim Buss about making sure the Lakers keep Bryant.
Oct 20, 2014 10:57 PM EDT
Paul George was seen shooting jumpers with teammates following the Indiana Pacers' practice on Monday.
George, who was injured during a televised Team USA intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 1, said recently that he plans to play at some point during this NBA season.
He was cleared to put weight on the leg and engage in upper-body work in late September.
Oct 21, 2014 1:33 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks waived Dexter Pittman and Jarell Eddie on Tuesday.
Both Pittman and Eddie were training camp invitations.
Oct 21, 2014 1:42 PM EDT
The Dallas Mavericks have requested waivers on forward Eric Griffin and guard Yuki Togashi.
Griffin (6-8, 194) was originally signed on July 18 after representing the Mavericks at the Las Vegas Summer League where he averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 steals and 19.3 minutes. He saw action in two preseason games for Dallas.
Togashi (5-7, 143) was signed by the Mavericks on Oct. 15 and did not play in a game for Dallas.
The Mavericks roster now stands at 18 players.
Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with Rockets, but decided to remain with the Heat.
Sean Kilpatrick earned First Team All-America honors as a senior at the University of Cincinnati in 2013-14.
All four players were on non-guaranteed deals for training camp.
Kyrylo Fesenko played in just one preseason game for the Wolves.
Larry Drew II averaged 11.4 points, 7.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.66 steals and 35.5 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field last seaso nin the D-League.
Before the Cavaliers' first practice of the preseason, LeBron James held a players only meeting for 30 minutes.
Jason Kidd returns to New York to face the Knicks on Monday.
The Lakers will waive Jeremy Tyler to allow him to sign a deal in China.
Andrea Bargnani continues to deal with a hamstring injury.
Steven Adams' production on offense was inconsistent and limited last season.
Carmelo Anthony has averaged 25.3 points over his career.
Anthony Bennett was obtained by the Timberwolves in a trade from Cleveland on Aug. 23.
Ben McLemore averaged 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 26.7 minutes per contest as a rookie last season
The Kings preseason roster now stands at 15.
Chris Crawford appeared in five preseason games for the Cavs.
The Rockets plan to utilize the NBA Development League heavily this season for their two draft picks, Clint Capela and Nick Johnson.
Xavier Henry plans to return to Los Angeles by Oct. 24 and an update on his condition will be given at that time.
The regular season opener against the Mavericks would appear to be up in the air for Kawhi Leonard.
Robert Sarver grabbed a mic late in Thursday’s exhibition game to apologize to the Suns' home crowd after five Spurs players missed the game.
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