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Suns Sign Gracin Bakumanya, Derek Cooke Jr., Shaquille Harrison, Derrick Jones Jr.

Sep 25, 2016 9:07 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed center Gracin Bakumanya, forward Derek Cooke Jr., guard Shaquille Harrison and forward Derrick Jones Jr., bringing the club’s roster to 19 players.

Bakumanya, a 6-11, 220-pound center, went undrafted in 2016 as an international early entry candidate. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 19-year-old played the 2015-16 season with Antibes Espoirs, the training center for Antibes Sharks of LNB Pro A, the top-tier league in France. He averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in 30 games with Antibes Espoirs, in addition to playing in two games with Antibes’ Pro A team. At NBA Summer League 2016, Bakumanya saw action in two contests with Houston.

Cooke, a 6-9, 220-pound forward, spent the 2015-16 season with the Suns’ NBA D League affiliate, then the Bakersfield Jam. In 47 games with the Jam, he averaged 4.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, including 3.1 offensive boards which tied for sixth in the league, in 23.4 minutes. Cooke was also a member of the Suns at NBA Summer League 2016, appearing in three games in Las Vegas. Prior to going undrafted in 2015, Cooke played three seasons at the University of Wyoming where he helped the Cowboys to a Mountain West Conference tournament title and NCAA tournament berth in 2014-15. As a senior in 2014-15, he averaged 8.1 points on 72.0 percent shooting and 5.8 rebounds.

Harrison, a 6-4, 185-pound guard, went undrafted this past summer following a successful four-year career at the University of Tulsa. A starter in all 133 games in his four years, he averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals for his career, finishing second in program history with 461 career assists and third with 244 steals. As a senior in 2015-16, Harrison averaged career-highs of 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists as he was named the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year. Harrison earned All-AAC Second Team honors in both his junior and senior seasons at Tulsa.

Jones, a 6-7, 190-pound forward, went undrafted in 2016 after playing one season at UNLV. The Runnin’ Rebels’ second-leading scorer in 2015-16, he averaged 11.5 points on 58.9 percent shooting and 4.5 rebounds in 30 games during his freshman season. Jones recorded four double-doubles at UNLV, including a career-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds against Chaminade at the Maui Invitational. 

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Jason Thompson Agrees To One-Year, $1.5M Deal With Shandong

Sep 24, 2016 8:27 PM

Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association have agreed to sign Jason Thompson to a deal in the range of $1.5 million for one season.

Thompson played for the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors last season.

Thompson turned 30 this offseason and will now played abroad after 588 games in the NBA.

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Dunc'd On: HOU Season Outlook w/Rahat Huq, CHA Season Outlook w/Spencer Percy

Sep 26, 2016 12:27 AM

Dunc'd On's Season Outlook for the Houston Rockets with Rahat Huq of Red94.net. We analyze how the Rockets will look after the acquisition of Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, how they look without Dwight Howard, potential breakout and regression candidates, overrated and underrated players, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and finally give our predictions for the Rockets season.

At 1:01:00, we give the same treatment to the Charlotte Hornets with Spencer Percy, managing editor of Queen City Hoops.

 

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Chris Bosh Responds To Failed Physical, Vows To Keep Trying To Play

Sep 24, 2016 3:48 PM

Chris Bosh released a statement about his failed physical and his plans to continue his comeback attempt. 

"I had the intention of releasing Episode 2 with Uninterrupted, Bosh Rebuilt today under the assumption I would be cleared to go for camp," he continued. "Unfortunately, that is not the case. But that does not stop me from trying to share my creative side with you guys and hoping that you want to come along in the journey with me. Just because the journey has ups and downs doesn't means I will stop sharing with you guys. I will just continue to share despite what's going on.

"Little setbacks happen, but that doesn't change my intentions and what I want to accomplish. So, I hope you continue to watch. I hope you continue to just take in my journey and just come along with me with the ups and downs. So, it's a down moment right now. But everything is going to be alright."

On Saturday afternoon, Bosh released Episode 2 of Rebuilt.

"Sometimes you just have to be broken down to rebuild yourself and come back better than ever," Bosh began saying in the clip. "We began to do our own research. We began to find articles. We began to find papers. We began to find other doctors who were not only forward thinking, but were specialists who could help and have dealt with athletes before. So, we decided to get smarter and just really hit the ground and just dig out as many clues as possible and we were able to find a few gems.

"The doctors I work with [say] its more so a matter of procedure. They have the formula. They take the blood. They study it. On blood thinners, off blood thinners. They get all the data possible to put their formula into it and customize it for me. It's not like I'm the first guy ever to do this. This is no experimental drug. This is a drug that people are very familiar with and numerous amounts of athletes have done this before me, which they some have been playing for years. So, it's not a matter of if I'm going to play again -- it's when.

"I'm in the gym everyday. I'm taking care of my body every day. That gives me the confidence to know that I can go out there and do my job. I'm one of the best players in the league. Whether I've been in the hospital or been in different situations it doesn't matter. I can still play the game."

Bosh recorded these clips weeks ago before he knew he had failed the physical and there was recurrence of clotting in his lung.

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Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Quinn Cook Signs With Pelicans

Sep 24, 2016 3:29 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent guard Quinn Cook. 

Cook, 6-2, 179, spent his first professional season with the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League. Appearing in 43 games (37 starts), Cook averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 33.7 minutes per game, en route to earning All-NBA D-League Third Team and NBA D-League All-Rookie Team Honors, and being named a D-League All-Star and the 2016 NBA D-League Rookie of the year.

Cook held career averages of 10.9 points, 3.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 143 games for the Blue Devils over four seasons, helping the school capture the 2015 NCAA National Championship as a senior in 2015.

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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks

Sep 24, 2016 12:14 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated (@RobMahoney) and Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer (@JonathanTjarks) break down the Southwest Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (9:06), choose the Southwest’s best newcomer (32:09) and pick the rookies they are most excited to see (39:13).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (45:39), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the Central (50:31), choose breakout players (59:46) and much more.

 

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Scott Wood Signs With Warriors

Sep 23, 2016 9:40 PM

Scott Wood has signed with the Golden State Warriors.

Wood spent the past three seasons in Spain with UCAM Murcia, averaging 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game.

Wood played in Summer League in 2013 with the Clippers and in 2014 with the Lakers.

Wood went undrafted in 2013 out of N.C. State.

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Clippers Would Have Signed Kevin Garnett, Interested In Giving Him Post-Playing Role

Sep 23, 2016 9:34 PM

Doc Rivers would have had interest in the Los Angeles Clippers signing Kevin Garnett had he decided to continue his playing career with a team other than the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"He doesn't want to play," Rivers said. "I'm sure he won't play again. I think he realized, 'Why am I doing this?'

 

"I would have absolutely been interested in bringing him here. You always find a place for a guy like that, whose voice in the locker room is so strong, so clear, so impactful.

"He's such a great teacher in practice. He should start a course in leadership. The NBA should designate who the best player is on each team and then they could bring Kevin in and he could teach them how to be the best player and the best leader. Better yet, they could bring him and Tim [Duncan] in and they could teach it together and show people how it can be done in two completely opposite ways."

Garnett was encouraged by friend, confidant and former coach Flip Saunders to sign a two-year, $16 million contract with the Timberwolves in 2015.

Garnett was visibly upset when told Sam Mitchell would not be retained. His strained relationship with current owner Glen Taylor further deteriorated after Mitchell's ouster.

Taylor acknowledged this week that he hadn't spoken with Garnett for months. 

Garnett will stay in the game in some capacity, Rivers confirmed, and said he's already thinking up ways to bring him into the Clippers fold. Garnett has a home in Malibu, California.

"I'm going to offer him something," Rivers said. "I don't want to say too much right now. I just know he'd be a great asset to any team."

Jackie MacMullen/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Sign Keith Benson

Sep 23, 2016 5:25 PM

The Miami Heat have signed center Keith Benson. 

Benson spent last season with the Heat’s NBA Development League affiliate, the 2016 champion Sioux Falls Skyforce, appearing in 49 games (23 starts) and averaged 13.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.57 blocks and 23.8 minutes while shooting 57.3 percent from the field. The 2016 NBA D-League All-Star appeared in all seven postseason games on the Skyforce’s path to the title averaging 10.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.14 blocks and 17.8 minutes while shooting 59.2 percent from the field.

Benson has now played in 93 career NBA Development League games (60 starts) and averaged 13.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.58 blocks and 24.9 minutes while shooting 52.9 percent from the field. He was previously signed by the Heat on August 25, 2015, appearing in five preseason games averaging 5.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 11.8 minutes before being waived on October 24, 2015. Additionally, Benson has appeared in three career NBA regular season games, all with Golden State, totaling three rebounds in nine minutes of action and has spent time playing professionally in Belarus, China, Lithuania, Estonia, Italy and the Philippines.

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Kevin Garnett Reaches Buyout With Wolves, Announces Retirement

Sep 23, 2016 3:58 PM

Kevin Garnett have agreed upon a contract buyout with the Minnesota Timberwolves and a retirement announcement shortly followed.

Garnett returned to the Wolves in 2015 and appeared in 38 games last season.

Garnett was the NBA MVP in 2003 and won a ring with the Celtics in 2008 one season after he was traded by the Wolves. Garnett was a 15-time All-Star with his last appearance coming in 2013.

Garnett will likely enter the Hall of Fame in five years with Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.

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Thunder Add Alex Caruso, Kaleb Tarczewski, Chris Wright To Camp Roster
As a senior, Alex Caruso was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in addition to receiving Second-Team All SEC honors.

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Chris Bosh Fails Physical, Not Cleared For Training Camp
Chris Bosh is trying to return from blood clots.

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Ben McLemore Has Been Available In Trade Talks For Months
Ben McLemore is in the final season of his rookie contract with the Kings.

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Tyronn Lue Wanted To Make Sure He Was 'Right Fit' For Cavs' Job
Tyronn Lue was initially unsure if he was the right coach for the job so he never signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal he verbally agreed upon with the Cavs when they promoted him to head coach.

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John Wall Uncertain For Start Of Training Camp
John Wall underwent two knee operations this offseason.

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Zaza Pachulia Sacrificed 'Significant' Money To Be 'All In On This Year'
Zaza Pachulia has never made more than $5.2 million in a single season.

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Warriors Expecting To More Frequently Rest Players
Developing comfort and on-court chemistry will be important early in the season but breaking records is not a priority.

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NBA, Union Meeting Regularly With Optimism Of New CBA By December
Adam Silver and a group of owners who make up the labor relations committee have been regularly meeting with Michele Roberts and her staff.

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Dahntay Jones To Sign Camp Deal With Cavaliers
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Referees To More Closely Monitor Hits To Groin This Season
The NBA has termed hits to the groin as "unnatural acts" and are a point of emphasis after Draymond Green was involved with multiple instances in the playoffs.

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Paul Millsap Undergoes Procedure For Swelling In Knee
Paul Millsap will progress through phases of rest and recovery before returning to full basketball activities over the next three weeks.

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Bucks Acquire Michael Beasley From Rockets For Tyler Ennis
The Rockets signed Michael Beasley at the end of the 15-16 season after he was finished with his season in China.

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Kevin Durant Disagreed With Criticism Of His Character Following Decision
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Clippers Agree To Camp Deal With Dorell Wright
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Jazz Sign Henry Sims To Camp Deal
Henry Sims averaged 6.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and one block in 14 games for the Nets last season.

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Wolves To Sign Rasual Butler On Camp Deal
Rasual Butler made the Pacers, Wizards and Spurs out of camp over the past three seasons.

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Dunc'd On: NYK Season Outlook w/Jason Concepcion & Jared Dubin, BRK Season Outlook w/Devin Kharpertian
Jason Concepcion and Jared Dubin join Nate Duncan to discuss the Knicks while Devin Kharpertian is the guest for their breakdown of the Nets.

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Mo Williams Decides Not To Retire, Returning To Cavs For One More Season
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Bucks To Sign Jaleel Roberts To Camp Deal
Jaleel Roberts played Summer League in 2015 with the Wizards and also was with them for training camp.

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NBPA, NBA Issue Joint Letter To Players About Creating Positive Community Change
Michele Roberts and Adam Silver are united in helping players engage in constructive dialogues within their communities.

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