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 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 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 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 20, 2014 6:06 PM EDT
The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Sean Kilpatrick to a contract.
Kilpatrick, 24, earned First Team All-America honors as a senior at the University of Cincinnati in 2013-14, posting an American Athletic Conference-best 20.6 points per contest to go with 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.41 steals in 34 games.
The Warriors roster currently stands at 20 players.
Oct 20, 2014 5:45 PM EDT
The Detroit Pistons released Hasheem Thabeet, Brian Cook, Lorenzo Brown and Josh Bostic on Monday, the team announced.
All four players were on non-guaranteed deals for training camp.
Oct 20, 2014 5:07 PM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived Kyrylo Fesenko.
The Wolves roster now stands at 17 players.
Fesenko, 27, appeared in one preseason game for the Wolves, tallying one rebound and one steal in three minutes of play. The 7-1 center saw action in five games (three starts) for the Wolves entry in 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game. Fesenko, originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (38th overall pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft, has averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game over his five-year NBA career.
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 4:20 PM EDT
Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets, but ultimately decided to remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.
Bosh would have returned to his home state of Texas to form a Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden.
"I still had to finish conversations with the Heat," Bosh said of those hectic hours on July 11, when he handled his negotiations by phone from Africa, where he was on a vacation and promotional tour. "Everybody was aware, all parties were aware. It was always continuing conversations. I never made any commitments. I never wanted to put anybody in the position to make them feel like I said something and I reneged on the whole thing. So I just kept it open.
"LeBron (James) made his choice and then that kind of cleared things up, as far as negotiations are concerned."
Bosh had spoken with management and players on the Rockets.
"I talked to everybody," he said. "I like to get a feel for everybody, feel them out, see what they're thinking and just hear it from them."
Bosh admits that money was a factor in his decision to stay with the Heat.
"It's always business," he said. "Nothing is ever personal. I think 100 percent of those dudes would have taken the deal I took.
"It's not always about money," Bosh said. "But you do want your full market value. If you work your butt off to get to a certain point, you want to be rewarded for that."
Oct 20, 2014 4:10 PM EDT
The Miami Heat have signed guard Larry Drew II.
Drew appeared in 11 games (two starts) with the Heat during the 2014 Orlando and Vegas Summer Leagues and averaged 4.4 points, 3.6 assists, 1.55 steals and 1.5 rebounds while shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line.
He spent the 2013-14 season with Miami’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, helping them to a postseason berth after appearing in 41 regular season games (36 starts) and averaging 11.4 points, 7.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.66 steals and 35.5 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent from the foul line.
Bo McCalebb is nearing agreement on a contract with a team in Europe, meaning no move to the NBA for now, sources told RealGM.
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.
Will Bynum averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 assists per game last season.
Dion Waiters has shot a total of 54 times in this preseason, the most of any Cavalier player in five games.
Chicago’s roster now stands at 14.
Seven of the last eight NBA champions led all playoff teams in 3-point attempts and makes.
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