As players from the 2011 NBA Draft negotiate extensions on their rookie deals, none will have a more interesting decision to make than Reggie Jackson. Jackson’s current situation is fairly comparable to Eric Bledsoe, who spent most of his first three seasons playing behind Chris Paul. Read More. Written by Jonathan Tjarks on Sep 17, 2014
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) goes in-depth on the Pacific Division with Jack Winter of Dime Magazine (@ArmstrongWinter) and Seth Partnow of Hoop365, Clipperblog, and the Hardwood Paroxysm Basketball Network (@SethPartnow).
The three review the summer moves for all five teams including the ownership change for the Los Angeles Clippers and new coaches for the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.
In addition, they preview the season ahead including ranking the franchises, predicting the number of playoff teams, and selecting breakout players.
Free agent forward Charlie Villanueva has decided to sign a one-year, veteran's minimum contract with the Dallas Mavericks, a league source told RealGM.
RealGM first reported on Monday morning that Villanueva was closing in on a decision between veteran-minumum offers from the Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers.
Villanueva, a nine-year NBA pro, plans to choose a team sometime this week, a source said. He’s held workouts for teams since the start of free agency in July.
Villanueva, 30, became a free agent after finishing a five-year contract with the Detroit Pistons.
In his first four NBA seasons, Villanueva established his commodity around the league as a long-range shooter and skilled offensive player at 6-foot-11. He averaged nearly 16.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 44.7 percent in a breakout season with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2008-09.
Villanueva averaged 4.6 points in 20 games last season, a finality to an inconsistent run with the Pistons.
Villanueva was the No. 7 draft pick in 2005 to the Toronto Raptors, with whom he played one season.
Free agent Julyan Stone will work out for the Lakers in Los Angeles this week, his second visit with the organization before meeting three other teams, league sources told RealGM.
Stone also has scheduled workouts with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat, sources said, attempting to solidify an NBA contract before training camps start. The Sacramento Kings remain a possible landing spot for Stone.
Stone held a workout with the San Antonio Spurs earlier in the week, and he’s received two lucrative offers from Chinese clubs.
At 6-foot-6, Stone has tantalizing frame for a point guard and is one of the NBA’s tallest at the position.
In three NBA seasons, Stone has averaged 1.3 points, 1.1 assists and 44 percent shooting from the field in seven minutes per game. He was an undrafted signing for the Denver Nuggets in 2011, spent two years with the franchise and joined the Toronto Raptors last offseason. He was waived on July 7.
Courtney Witte is leaving the Philadelphia 76ers to join the front office of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Witte has been the 76ers' director of player personnel for more than a decade.
Sam Hinkie and Witte reached agreement that allowed the longtime scout to join the Clippers.
Witte, who played college basketball under coach Bob Knight at the University of Indiana, spent 11 seasons with the Indiana Pacers before the Sixers hired him in 1998 as a video coordinator and advance scout.