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Paul George Shoots Jumpers At Pacers' Practice

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.

Via ESPN

Sean Kilpatrick Signs With Warriors

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Pistons Waive Hasheem Thabeet, Brian Cook, Lorenzo Brown, Josh Bostic

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wolves Waive Kyrylo Fesenko

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Lakers' Annual Income From Local TV Deal Hinges On Ratings

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.

Via Henry Abbot/ESPN

Chris Bosh Admits Money Was Factor In Choosing Heat Over Rockets

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."

Via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Heat Sign Larry Drew II

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bo McCalebb Close To Deal With European Team

European free-agent point guard Bo McCalebb is nearing agreement on a contract with a team in Europe, meaning no move to the NBA for now, sources told RealGM.

In an accomplished professional career overseas, McCalebb transformed himself into a star and an NBA-caliber player.

Several NBA teams maintained conversations with McCalebb throughout the offseason, and the 29-year-old had been more inclined than ever to enter the league, but none progressed to deliver a contract.

McCalebb averaged 11 points, three assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 56.9 percent from the field for Fenerbahçe Ülker last season – his second year with the Turkish club. He became a free agent shortly before the start of the NBA's July free agency.

Partizan in Serbia has been widely speculated internationally as a possibility for McCalebb, but the club is out of the mix as the 6-foot product finalizes his decision, sources said.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

LeBron's Major Rise In Leadership Evident To Teammates

Before the Cleveland Cavaliers' first practice of the preseason, LeBron James held a players only meeting for 30 minutes in which he discussed every player from fellow All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving to training camp invitations who may not make the team.

David Blatt was anxious to start practice, but he gave James his blessing to hold the meeting beforehand.

"I was looking like, 'Wow.' That's crazy that he broke down every individual thing he wants guys to do," Dion Waiters said. "He wrote down every player from the guy in training camp who may be here or may not be here. …It was unbelievable. It was great."

Said Anderson Varejao: "He used to talk individually to the players before, but not like that."

The Cavaliers have noticed a major rise in leadership from James.

"I recruited [before] I left here," James said. "I just didn't win nothing so nobody wanted to come with me. I recruited. I recruited Michael Redd. I recruited Joe Johnson. I recruited Chris Bosh. I recruited a lot of guys. I just didn't win. They didn't want to come to Cleveland."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Kidd Denies Seeking More Power From Nets

Jason Kidd was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Milwaukee Bucks in the offseason after a reported failed power move.

Kidd returns to New York to face the Knicks on Monday, and he denied seeking additional power. Kidd was traded for two second-round picks.

"No, I don't need any power," Kidd said. "My [job] is to learn how to be a coach and be the best coach that I can be."

"Did I want to be traded? I think once [the Nets] OK'd the talk to Milwaukee, that just showed, whatever you want to call it, rumors or no rumors that they wanted to fire me in December had to have some legs."

Meanwhile, Paul Pierce told NBA.com that the Nets did not offer him a contract in free agency because the team "wanted to cut costs, they felt like they weren't going to be a contender."

"I believe it," Kidd said when asked about Pierce's comments about not being offered a contract. "I mean, if they don't offer [Pierce] a contract worth what a first-round pick is, then why did we do the deal [last year for Pierce and Garnett]?"

Via Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Jeremy Tyler To Sign In China After Being Waived By Lakers

The Lakers will waive Jeremy Tyler to allow him to sign a deal in China.

Knicks Evaluating Other Options At PF In Bargnani's Continued Absence

Andrea Bargnani continues to deal with a hamstring injury.

Thunder Seeing Improved Offense In Steven Adams

Steven Adams' production on offense was inconsistent and limited last season.

Carmelo Doesn't Envision Another Scoring Title In New Triange Offense

Carmelo Anthony has averaged 25.3 points over his career.

Timberwolves Exercise Third-Year Options On Bennett, Dieng, Muhammad

Anthony Bennett was obtained by the Timberwolves in a trade from Cleveland on Aug. 23.

Ben McLemore's 15-16 Option Exercised By Kings

Ben McLemore averaged 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 26.7 minutes per contest as a rookie last season

Kings Release Sim Bhullar, Deonte Burton, David Wear

The Kings preseason roster now stands at 15.

Cavaliers Waive Chris Crawford, Stephen Holt

Chris Crawford appeared in five preseason games for the Cavs.

Rockets To Rely On D-League Growth For Clint Capela, Nick Johnson

The Rockets plan to utilize the NBA Development League heavily this season for their two draft picks, Clint Capela and Nick Johnson.

Xavier Henry To Be Re-Evalauted After Second Opinion, Regenokine On Knee

Xavier Henry plans to return to Los Angeles by Oct. 24 and an update on his condition will be given at that time.

Kawhi Leonard To Miss Rest Of Preseason With Eye Infection

The regular season opener against the Mavericks would appear to be up in the air for Kawhi Leonard.

Popovich Fires Back At Sarver Apologizing To Phoenix Crowd For Spurs' Absent Players

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.

Celtics Likely To Waive Will Bynum

Will Bynum averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 assists per game last season.

Cavs Monitoring Dion Waiters' Shot Selection, Adjustment To Balanced Roster

Dion Waiters has shot a total of 54 times in this preseason, the most of any Cavalier player in five games.

Bulls Waive Kim English, Ben Hansbrough, Solomon Jones

Chicago’s roster now stands at 14.

Byron Scott Doesn't Believe High Rate Of Three-Point Shots Lead To Championship

Seven of the last eight NBA champions led all playoff teams in 3-point attempts and makes.

Suns Consider Keeping Earl Barron For Season

Earl Barron is still a candidate to stay with the Suns into the regular season.

Larry Sanders Expected To Return For Start Of Season After Minor Surgery

Larry Sanders will miss the remaining three preseason games.

Pelicans Waive Dionte Christmas

Dionte Christmas appeared in 31 games last season with the Suns.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.
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