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Van Exel Trying To Bring Out 'Dog' In Teague

Atlanta assistant coach Nick Van Exel is attempting to teach Jeff Teague to play with more edge this season.

"We call it 'the dog' in the NBA," Van Exel said. "We are trying to bring that dog out of him."

Teague was Atlanta's first round pick in 2009.

"He's kind of a quiet kid," Van Exel said. "He likes to joke around and have fun. But there are times when somebody makes him mad, and he is just blowing by guys. And we are like, "Man, you've got to to that all the time."

"He can do it. He has those skills. We are thinking about maybe going up to him and making him mad before every game, making up stuff just to get him going."

Via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NBA To Ban Mock Turtlenecks Worn By Coaches

The NBA is implementing a dress code upon its coaches this season.

Coaches can no longer wear mock turtlenecks under their suit jacket, as they will be required to wear a collared shirt.

"I want them to at least name the rule after me," Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Somebody has their Bird rights. Larry Bird got that rule named after him. I want it to be the Van Gundy Rule."

"I don't like that," Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I really like Stan's style. I thought Stan really set the bar for the dress code. I think he should stay with that. I think it's nice."

Via FanHouse

Dampier Meets With Colangelo, Watches Practice

Erick Dampier met with Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo and is expected to make a decision on a contract offer shortly. He sat and watched the second practice of the day with team officials but was not available to the media.

According to NBA sources, the Raptors and Houston Rockets have the best chance to land Dampier.

Via Toronto Star

Bogut Won't Be Limited In Preseason

Andrew Bogut is still returning from injury, but he won't be limited in the preseason.

"Obviously in the first two or three exhibition games, we're not going to overplay anybody," Scott Skiles said.

Bogut has taken part in two of the three contact practices during the first three days of training camp, including Thursday's session.

"I'm just not overdoing my elbow at the moment," Bogut said. "Even having three sessions for me in two days was huge. It's a big step for me to go out here and take knocks and hits and get through it, so I felt pretty good today."

Via Journal Sentinel

Hard Cap Could Mean Reduction Of Existing Contracts

Ken Berger raises the point that the institution of a hard salary cap in the NBA would likely require that existing contracts be amended to fit beneath a lower maximum-salary contract figure.

Without exceptions that allow teams to exceed the cap, a team like the Miami Heat would have difficulty fielding a 12-man roster unless the contracts of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are rolled back.

If a hard cap is established under the new CBA, a would-be 2011 free agent like Carmelo Anthony could sign a contract extension during the current season only to have that extension amended and reduced when the new CBA takes effect next summer.  

Many have assumed Anthony would prefer to sign an extension this season to avoid the risk of entering free agency under a new CBA.  But if a hard cap drives down all max salaries -- whether existing or future contracts -- then Anthony would not lose anything by waiting until he becomes a free agent.

Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

Pacers Sign Rolle To Two-Year Deal

Magnum Rolle has signed a two-year NBA contract with the Indiana Pacers.

The second round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Rolle followed a productive summer league with impressive play in the Pacer?s preseason workouts.

Originally drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 51st overall pick, Rolle was traded to Indiana on draft night.

Via Shreveport Times

Wolves Waive DerMarr Johnson

The Minnesota Timberwolves waived free agent forward DerMarr Johnson on Thursday.

The team traveled overseas for their NBA Europe Live series on Thursday.

Johnson had to sit out the first three days of the Timberwolves' five-day training camp at Minnesota State Mankato because of slow-arriving paperwork from the NBA office and the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons, a pro team in China that owns his rights.

Via Pioneer Press

Curry's Salary Already 50% Paid

The Knicks have already paid half of Eddy Curry's 2010-11 salary, a fact that could provide a team acquiring him significant savings and greatly boost his contract's trade value.

The Knicks are certain to offer Curry in a bid to land Carmelo Anthony at any time between now and the NBA's trade deadline.

If traded today, Curry would be owed a little over $7 million by the team acquiring him, after adding in a trade kicker.

If Curry was traded just before the February deadline, the unpaid compensation on his contract would decline to about $2.4 million and his trade kicker would decline to about $600,000.

Via Bergen Record

Raptors Exercise 11-12 Option On DeRozan

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have exercised the third year team option on the Rookie Scale Contract of guard-forward DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan is now guaranteed through the 2011-12 season. In accordance with the league?s collective bargaining agreement, the Raptors had until October 31 to exercise their option on DeRozan. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DeRozan, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, was the ninth overall pick by Toronto in the 2009 NBA Draft out of the University of Southern California.

Via NBA.com

Knicks Have Lined Up Trade For '11 Pick To Use In Deal For Carmelo

The Knicks have reportedly found a pick they can use to trade for Carmelo Anthony.  

A source says the team has lined up a trade to acquire a 2011 first-round pick that can be sent to the Nuggets in a trade for Anthony.

New York would presumably only make the trade for the pick if and when a deal with Denver is ready to move forward.

Via Chris Sheridan/ESPN (via Twitter)

Team Official: Isiah Has Told Dolan That Carmelo Would Sign With Knicks

The Knicks believe Carmelo Anthony would sign with their team if he becomes a free agent.

Mavericks Won't Talk New Deal With Butler Until Offseason

The Mavericks currently don't have any plans to discuss an extension with Caron Butler.

Pacers To Pick Up Hibbert's 11-12 Option, Unsure On Rush

Brandon Rush is using training camp and the preseason to convince the Pacers to pick up his his $2.9 million team option for the 11-12 season.

Mullin Still A Candidate To Become GM Of Knicks

Chris Mullin is still a candidate for the Knicks' general manager job.

Paul, Anthony Might Need To Settle On New Orleans

If Carmelo Anthony wants to play with Chris Paul, it might have to happen with the Hornets.

Yao Injures Right Ankle

Yao Ming turned an ankle during Wednesday's practice.

Dorrell Wright To Start For Warriors At Small Forward

Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee and Andris Biedrins will be Golden State's starters to begin the 10-11 season.

Reggie Miller Gives Impromptu Clinic For Sixers

Reggie Miller was put to work by Doug Collins on Wednesday.

Carlesimo Doesn't Want To Play Authoritarian Role For Raptors

P.J. Carlesimo has been a head coach multiple times, but he is Jay Triano's assistant for the Raptors.

Kirilenko Excited To Mentor Hayward

Andrei Kirilenko is excited to take rookie Gordon Hayward under his wing.

Ronnie Brewer Facing Competition At Shooting Guard

Ronnie Brewer is the presumed starter for the Bulls at shooting guard, but he has competition at the position from Kyle Korver, Keith Bogans and C.J. Watson.

Dean Smith Attends Bobcats Practice

Former North Carolina coach showed up at the Bobcats training camp on Wednesday night.

Wizards Owner Expects Hard Cap

David Stern has issued a fine of $100,000 to Ted Leonsis.

Jason Williams To Undergo Surgery On Left Knee

Orlando Magic guard Jason Williams will undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow on his left knee.

Bucks Sign Brian Skinner

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward-center Brian Skinner (6-9, 255) to a contract.

Nets Waive Andre Brown From Training Camp Roster

The New Jersey Nets have requested waivers on forward Andre Brown.

Carmelo: Nobody Contacted Me About Nets

Carmelo Anthony said nobody has approached him about playing for the Nets.

Warriors Exercise Third-Year Option On Curry

The Warriors exercised the 11-12 contract option on Stephen Curry.

Saunders Gives Team iPads For Scouting Videos, Playbook

Flip Saunders is using modern technology to better prepare his team.

Denver Confident Nets' Offer For Anthony Still On The Table

Carmelo Anthony is still the subject of trade speculation.
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