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Bill Simmons Leaves NBA Countdown, Will Appear On Grantland Basketball Show

Bill Simmons will not be on NBA Countdown next season.

Simmons instead will appear on The Grantland Basketball Show with as many as 18 one-hour primetime episodes throughout the NBA season.

The show will emanate from Los Angeles.

Via Press Release

Orlando Johnson Signs With Laboral Kutxa

Orlando Johnson has signed a contract with Laboral Kutxa, according to sources.

Johnson first came into the NBA with the Indiana Pacers out of UC Santa Barbara and was most recently with the Sacramento Kings.

Via E. Carchia/Sportando

National Game Appearances In 14-15 By Team

Here are the number of non-NBATV national games on the schedule for every NBA team:

Atlanta Hawks: 2
Boston Celtics: 1
Brooklyn Nets: 4
Charlotte Hornets: 2
Chicago Bulls: 25
Cleveland Cavaliers: 25
Dallas Mavericks: 11
Denver Nuggets: 5
Detroit Pistons: 2
Golden State Warriors: 19
Houston Rockets: 17
Indiana Pacers: 5
Los Angeles Clippers: 23
Los Angeles Lakers: 20
Memphis Grizzlies: 1
Miami Heat: 16
Milwaukee Bucks: 0
Minnesota Timberwolves: 2
New Orleans Pelicans: 2
New York Knicks: 16
Oklahoma City Thunder: 25
Orlando Magic: 0
Philadelphia 76ers: 0
Phoenix Suns: 10
Portland Trail Blazers: 16
Sacramento Kings: 3
San Antonio Spurs: 19
Toronto Raptors: 4
Utah Jazz: 1
Washington Wizards: 10

Via RealGM Staff Report

NBA Releases 14-15 Schedule

The NBA released its entire 14-15 schedule on Wednesday with the San Antonio Spurs hosting the Dallas Mavericks on opening night on TNT. The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets will meet in the second game.

LeBron James will play his first game in his return with the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with Kevin Love, when they host the New York Knicks on TNT on Thursday, October 30.

The Christmas Day schedule features the Washington Wizards at Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder at Spurs, Cavaliers at Miami Heat, Lakers at Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers.

The Thunder have the most games on ABC with six, following by the Cavaliers and Bulls with five.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Dean Cooper Named Head Coach Of D-League's Stampede

The Utah Jazz Jazz have named Dean Cooper as Head Coach of the Idaho Stampede.

Cooper spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets.

“We are pleased to welcome Dean to our organization," Dennis Lindsey said in a statement. "The D-League is a critical component in building teams and it begins with each affiliate’s head coach."

The Jazz hired Quin Snyder as their new head coach this offseason.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Teams To Have Minimum Eight-Day Break At ASG

The NBA will have an extended All-Star break this season.

Teams will have a minimum break between games of eight days with some having an even longer break.

There will be more back-to-back games as a result of the extended break.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Stephen Curry Has Had Thoughts About Playing For Hometown Hornets

Stephen Curry was asked if watching LeBron James returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers would lead him to consider playing for his hometown Charlotte Hornets.

"I've always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like," Curry said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. "My dad played there for 10 years, and people around the Greater Charlotte area in North Carolina have done a lot for my family growing up, so you always think about it.

"Right now I feel like I've got three years left on my deal, so this isn't going to be an issue for me for a while. I love the Bay Area and where we are as a team trying to win a championship, and that's what it's all about. Of course everybody dreams about or thinks about what it's going to be like to play at home. Obviously if that opportunity comes along it's a different discussion."

Curry is in the middle of a four-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.

Via Diamond Leung/Bay Area News Group

Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer To Start Talks On New Deal

Doc Rivers is expected to begin discussions soon on a new contract with the Los Angeles Clippers' new owner, Steve Ballmer, according to sources.

Ballmer and Rivers had been eager to forge a long-term partnership.

Ballmer gained official ownership status of the Clippers on Tuesday.

Rivers, 52, the president of basketball operations and head coach, has two years left on his original three-year, $21 million contract. Rivers is already one of the highest-paid executives and coaches in professional sports.

The Clipeprs won 57 games last season in Rivers' first year and went to the Western Conference semifinals.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Greg Monroe To Accept Pistons' Qualifying Offer, Will Become 2015 Free Agent

Greg Monroe has told the Detroit Pistons that he will accept the qualifying offer for the 14-15 season and become a free agent next summer.

Monroe will play for $5.479 million after he was unable to get a deal done on a long-term contract with the Pistons or any other club.

Monroe cannot be traded without his consent once he signs the qualfiying offer.

Ben Gordon and Raymond Felton are two players that have recently signed qualifying offers coming into restricted free agency.

Via Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Kings Agree To Deal With Deonte Burton

The Sacramento Kings have reached agreement on a deal to sign former Nevada point guard Deonte Burton, a league source told RealGM.

Burton went undrafted in June out of the University of Nevada, averaging 20.1 points and 4.4 assists in 32 games in his senior season.

Burton, 23, appeared in six games for the Washington Wizards’ summer league team in July.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Dairis Bertans To Stay With Bilbao Amid Camp Invites, League Conflict

Dairis Bertans received multiple invitations to NBA training camp.

P.J. Tucker Suspended Three Games By NBA For Extreme DUI

P.J. Tucker has been suspended three games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while under the extreme influence in Arizona.

Steve Ballmer's Purchase Of Clippers Closes

Steve Ballmer is now the Governor of the Clippers.

Bucks Expected To Soon Sign Damien Inglis

Damien Inglis expected to be a first round pick before he broke his foot in a workout in Oklahoma City Thunder.

Greg Monroe 'Definitely' Willing To Take Qualifying Offer

Greg Monroe has disputed being offered a five-year, $60 million contract by the Pistons.

Alec Brown To Sign With Obradoiro

Alec Brown is expected to resume basketball activity in late October or November.

Josh Childress Considering Signing With Sydney Kings

Josh Childress hasn't played in the NBA since December.

Suns Still Hope To Sign Eric Bledose To Long-Term Deal

The Suns are open to further contract talks with Eric Bledsoe, who remains in limbo as a restricted free agent.

Hornets Submit Bid To Host Either 2017 Or 2018 All-Star Game

Charlotte hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1991.

Greg Oden Charged With Battery For Allegedly Punching Ex-Girlfriend

Greg Oden was charged on Monday with felony battery.

Shawn Marion Meets With Bird, Still Considering Options

The Cavaliers were considered the favorites to sign Shawn Marion prior to the meeting with Larry Bird.

Markel Brown Breaks Hand While Working Out

Markel Brown has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand.

Paul George To Change Uniform To No. 13

Paul George applied for and was granted the right to switch from No. 24 to No. 13.

Cavaliers Sign Alex Kirk To Multi-Year Deal

The Cavaliers signed Alex Kirk to a partially guaranteed, multi-year contract, league sources told RealGM.

Carmelo Anthony Appearing To Lose Weight

Carmelo Anthony posted a picture on his Instagram that showed an apparent weight loss.

Blazers Sign Diante Garrett To Two-Year, Non-Guaranteed Deal

The Blazers can control Diante Garrett's rights if he makes the team out of training camp in October.

Raptors Fined $25K By NBA For Drake's Recruiting Comments To Durant

The NBA viewed the incident as a violation of anti-tampering rules.

Alex Owens Commits To Providence

Alex Owens is the No. 108 recruit in the Class of 2015 and is the second commitment in that class for Providence.

Pistons Hire Malik Allen As Assistant Coach

Stan Van Gundy coached Malik Allen during their time together with the Heat and had remained in close contact ever since.

Chris Singleton To Work Out For NBA Teams

Chris Singleton will work out in front of NBA personnel in Las Vegas on Monday.
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