Oct 17, 2014 10:10 AM EDT
The Dallas Mavericks are attempting to trade Gal Mekel and Bernard James due to their need to create a roster spot.
The Mavericks would prefer to keep one or two of their 15 roster spots open entering this upcoming season, the sources said. No trade for either player is currently imminent, a source said.
Mekel averaged 2.4 points and 2.0 assists in 31 games as a rookie with Dallas last season. James has averaged 2.1 points and 2.3 rebounds during the past two seasons with the Mavericks.
Oct 17, 2014 12:45 AM EDT
Doug McDermott has looked comfortable with both units for the Chicago Bulls while Mike Dunleavy Jr. has filled a reserve and starting role in his two seasons with the team.
The Bulls are undecided on the permanent starter at small forward.
"Mike has shot the ball extremely well, so I think he helps that first unit function very well," Thibodeau said. "I'm not locked into it, but Mike's team defense is outstanding and I don't want to overlook that either.
"That's the great value in Mike, that he's comfortable in both roles. He doesn't need a long time to warm up. But I liked the way he played as a starter, so I don't want to make that decision yet."
Oct 17, 2014 12:18 AM EDT
Amar'e Stoudemire has been taking baths in red wine at a spa to help his body rejuvenate.
"The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells," Stoudemire said after completing a three-hour practice with the New York Knicks on Thursday. "Plus, it's very hot, so it's like a hot tub. But it's also the red wine ... just kind of soothes the body."
There are spas that provide vinotherapy or vinotherapie.
According to the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa in the renowned Plaza Hotel in New York City, "Grape polyphenols fight against free radicals, which cause 80 percent of skin aging. ... In addition to their exceptional antioxidant power, polyphenols reinforce microcirculation, protect elastin and collagen fibers and prevent the destruction of the fundamental elements of the skin's support tissues."
Oct 17, 2014 12:16 AM EDT
Dario Saric signed a two-year contract with Anadolu Efes in Turkey and the biggest obstacle for him to come to the NBA before 2016 reportedly remains financial.
There is not a buyout in Saric's contract with Efes, meaning the only way the Philadelphia 76ers' first round pick can sign an NBA deal is if his current team lets him go.
Saric's father has reached a boiling point with Efes.
Oct 16, 2014 10:13 PM EDT
Brook Lopez sustained a mild right midfoot sprain in the first quarter of the Brooklyn Nets’ preseason contest against Sacramento on October 15th.
"Brook Lopez experienced right foot soreness after being stepped on during the pre-season game against the Kings Wednesday night," said Billy King. "X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries. Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days."
Oct 16, 2014 7:49 PM EDT
The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the third-year contract option on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the fourth-year contract option on John Henson.
Antetokounmpo, 19, appeared in 77 games last year during his rookie season and averaged 6.8 points with 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.6 minutes per contest.
Henson, 23, played in 70 games last season and ranked among the league leaders in blocks per game (1.7, 9th) and field goal percentage (.538, 13th).
Oct 16, 2014 6:30 PM EDT
The National Basketball Players Association negotiated a drop in their percentage of basketball related income from 57 percent to 49-51 percent.
“I can certainly appreciate why (the players) are not happy," said Michele Roberts. "That’s a lot of money. And it’s hard for me to be critical because I wasn’t in the room, so I cannot say that it was something that was avoidable. But it’s certainly not a happy turn of events, and I get why the players are not of the view that they came out winners.”
With the NBA signing a new television deal and becoming incredibly more profitable than they were in 2011, the NBPA is preparing to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement when that option becomes available in 2017.
“We are preparing to opt out. I mean it’s not my call., because unlike Billy I don’t think I run the union. This union is run by the executive committee, I serve at their pleasure, and I do what they command I do. I advise, and I will recommend. But at the end of the day, it’s not Michele Roberts saying to the executive committee: ‘Look, guys, get ready. We’re opting out.’ It doesn’t work that way. So it’s not my call, but in the event the call is made, we will be ready. And we are preparing to opt out.”
Oct 16, 2014 6:26 PM EDT
New NBPA executive director Michele Roberts was asked this week to share her thoughts on maximum salaries in the NBA.
“I have difficulty with rules that suggest that for some reason, in this space, we are not going to allow you to do what is ordinarily allowed in every other aspect of American life – you can work and get compensated at the level that someone thinks you’re worth being compensated at," said Roberts.
"And for all the reasons that it might be reasonable, it still – as a base – the premise offends me. So for me, there needs to be a justification that is substantial. And I’m told that in large part it’s because there’s an inability on the part of some owners to control their check-writing habits. So that’s where I am. Now, there’s a history that led up to max contracts, and I’m not going to pretend it’s not significant. But if you ask me off the cuff, that’s my response.”
Oct 16, 2014 6:16 PM EDT
Daniel Orton has reached agreement with Shanxi of China on a $1 million-plus deal, a source tells RealGM.
Orton was released on Thursday by the Washington Wizards.
Orton played parts of last season with the Philadelphia 76ers and Maine Red Claws of the D-League.
Oct 16, 2014 5:04 PM EDT
Chase Budinger has been made available in trade talks by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets have shown an interest in Budinger, among several other teams.
Houston and Detroit are reluctant to take on the $5 million player option on Budinger's contract.
The Wolves have an excess of forwards and minutes may be limited for Budinger.
The Thunder, Kevin Durant and his representatives jointly decided for surgery to be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson with Thunder medical personnel present.
Chris Wright appeared in eight games for the Bucks in 2013-14.
Daniel Orton did not appear in a game in the preseason.
Derek Fisher likes the high motor of Quincy Acy at power forward.
There was some initial uncertainty from Phil Jackson and the Knicks on the decision regarding Shane Larkin's $1.67 million contract for 15-16.
Michael Jordan also disagreed with the experiment of shortening individual games by four minutes.
LeBron James talked about how he's had a more successful time recruiting players to join him with the Cavaliers than he did in the past.
Chris Webber would have a modest financial investment in the partnership, but is expected to emerge as a face of the bid.
The Pelicans announced the hiring and promotion of several members of the teamís basketball operations staff.
Steve Nash played in just 15 games last season.
Scott Brooks hasn't staggered the minutes of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook during his tenure as head coach of the Thunder.
The Hawks quietly reached out to a select group of teams last season making Al Horford available.
The 76ers do like Michael Carter-Williams, but point guard is the most replaceable position in today's NBA
The jump in talent David Blatt gets to work with coming over from Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Cavaliers is significant.
Derrick Rose isn't upset with Tom Thibodeau's criticism of the Bulls, but he also doesn't agree with it.
The Wizards have exercised the fourth-year contract option on Bradley Beal and the third-year contract option on Otto Porter.
Yuki Togashi is most likely to end up with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League.
Ray Allen played his first 6 1/2 seasons with the Bucks.
Chauncey Billups will appear on NBA Tonight, SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast and ESPN Radio, among other ESPN properties.
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