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Cavs Interested In Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich

Sep 26, 2016 6:55 PM

With Mo Williams deciding to retire from the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a need at the point guard position.

The Cavaliers only have Kyrie Irving and Kay Felder at the position heading into the season.

The Cavaliers have been in contact with Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers and Kirk Hinrich. Cole and Chalmers were teammates of LeBron James with the Heat.

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Josh Smith Wants To Remain In NBA, Knows 'Changes Need to Be Made'

Sep 26, 2016 4:35 PM

Josh Smith remains unsigned this offseason as executives believe his disposition and not his talent is keeping him from receiving an offer.

Smith received interest last offseason from the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers but ultimately decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. Smith was expected to be the Clippers' third big man but the experiment didn't work and he was traded back to the Houston Rockets.

“I’m not a guy that is oblivious to my surroundings, I know that changes need to be made,” Smith told The Vertical. “It’s something that I have done wrong to now be figuring out my next move and figuring out what I need to do to be better. Even yoga this summer has helped me become one with my spirit, body and mind. I’ve done things to take steps toward bettering myself, having patience.

“I have a lot left to give to this game. I’m ready to go now. I feel like I’m in the best shape, and I’ve worked extremely hard this offseason. I’m ready.”

Smith was waived by the Detroit Pistons in December of 2014 just one season into a four-year, $58 million deal.

“The perception of me seemed to start early on with Atlanta, but after Detroit, it left people completely puzzled,” Smith said. “People didn’t understand how it happened, how I was let go. It just didn’t fit. But wherever I have gone in development situations, I have been able to be on winning teams.

“When I came to Atlanta, we were at the bottom. Al Horford came, and we made it a consistent playoff team. When I went to Houston [in 2015] after Detroit, we made it to the Western Conference finals, something that they hadn’t done since the ’90s. I played impactful minutes for us to get to those platforms.”

Smith has received interest from teams in China but he wants to remain in the NBA.

“My main goal is that I am an NBA player,” Smith said. “Being able to go overseas, people are professional, but the NBA is what I have built myself to do. I’m still hungry. If I jumped to leave my NBA chances behind, I feel it would’ve been an act of desperation.

“I’m not a guy who feels like I have to start or play 30 minutes a night anymore. I wish for an opportunity to be able to contribute, to be a positive guy around the locker room. It has been missing from me. I’m not doubting it. I felt I have always showed support for my teammates, cheering for them, but I have to do a better job.

“I feel I have something to give the NBA, period.”

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Suns Sign Gracin Bakumanya, Derek Cooke Jr., Shaquille Harrison, Derrick Jones Jr.

Sep 25, 2016 9:07 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed center Gracin Bakumanya, forward Derek Cooke Jr., guard Shaquille Harrison and forward Derrick Jones Jr., bringing the club’s roster to 19 players.

Bakumanya, a 6-11, 220-pound center, went undrafted in 2016 as an international early entry candidate. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 19-year-old played the 2015-16 season with Antibes Espoirs, the training center for Antibes Sharks of LNB Pro A, the top-tier league in France. He averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in 30 games with Antibes Espoirs, in addition to playing in two games with Antibes’ Pro A team. At NBA Summer League 2016, Bakumanya saw action in two contests with Houston.

Cooke, a 6-9, 220-pound forward, spent the 2015-16 season with the Suns’ NBA D League affiliate, then the Bakersfield Jam. In 47 games with the Jam, he averaged 4.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, including 3.1 offensive boards which tied for sixth in the league, in 23.4 minutes. Cooke was also a member of the Suns at NBA Summer League 2016, appearing in three games in Las Vegas. Prior to going undrafted in 2015, Cooke played three seasons at the University of Wyoming where he helped the Cowboys to a Mountain West Conference tournament title and NCAA tournament berth in 2014-15. As a senior in 2014-15, he averaged 8.1 points on 72.0 percent shooting and 5.8 rebounds.

Harrison, a 6-4, 185-pound guard, went undrafted this past summer following a successful four-year career at the University of Tulsa. A starter in all 133 games in his four years, he averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals for his career, finishing second in program history with 461 career assists and third with 244 steals. As a senior in 2015-16, Harrison averaged career-highs of 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists as he was named the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year. Harrison earned All-AAC Second Team honors in both his junior and senior seasons at Tulsa.

Jones, a 6-7, 190-pound forward, went undrafted in 2016 after playing one season at UNLV. The Runnin’ Rebels’ second-leading scorer in 2015-16, he averaged 11.5 points on 58.9 percent shooting and 4.5 rebounds in 30 games during his freshman season. Jones recorded four double-doubles at UNLV, including a career-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds against Chaminade at the Maui Invitational. 

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Quinn Cook Signs With Pelicans

Sep 24, 2016 3:29 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent guard Quinn Cook. 

Cook, 6-2, 179, spent his first professional season with the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League. Appearing in 43 games (37 starts), Cook averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 33.7 minutes per game, en route to earning All-NBA D-League Third Team and NBA D-League All-Rookie Team Honors, and being named a D-League All-Star and the 2016 NBA D-League Rookie of the year.

Cook held career averages of 10.9 points, 3.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 143 games for the Blue Devils over four seasons, helping the school capture the 2015 NCAA National Championship as a senior in 2015.

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Scott Wood Signs With Warriors

Sep 23, 2016 9:40 PM

Scott Wood has signed with the Golden State Warriors.

Wood spent the past three seasons in Spain with UCAM Murcia, averaging 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game.

Wood played in Summer League in 2013 with the Clippers and in 2014 with the Lakers.

Wood went undrafted in 2013 out of N.C. State.

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Clippers Would Have Signed Kevin Garnett, Interested In Giving Him Post-Playing Role

Sep 23, 2016 9:34 PM

Doc Rivers would have had interest in the Los Angeles Clippers signing Kevin Garnett had he decided to continue his playing career with a team other than the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"He doesn't want to play," Rivers said. "I'm sure he won't play again. I think he realized, 'Why am I doing this?'

 

"I would have absolutely been interested in bringing him here. You always find a place for a guy like that, whose voice in the locker room is so strong, so clear, so impactful.

"He's such a great teacher in practice. He should start a course in leadership. The NBA should designate who the best player is on each team and then they could bring Kevin in and he could teach them how to be the best player and the best leader. Better yet, they could bring him and Tim [Duncan] in and they could teach it together and show people how it can be done in two completely opposite ways."

Garnett was encouraged by friend, confidant and former coach Flip Saunders to sign a two-year, $16 million contract with the Timberwolves in 2015.

Garnett was visibly upset when told Sam Mitchell would not be retained. His strained relationship with current owner Glen Taylor further deteriorated after Mitchell's ouster.

Taylor acknowledged this week that he hadn't spoken with Garnett for months. 

Garnett will stay in the game in some capacity, Rivers confirmed, and said he's already thinking up ways to bring him into the Clippers fold. Garnett has a home in Malibu, California.

"I'm going to offer him something," Rivers said. "I don't want to say too much right now. I just know he'd be a great asset to any team."

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Heat Sign Keith Benson

Sep 23, 2016 5:25 PM

The Miami Heat have signed center Keith Benson. 

Benson spent last season with the Heat’s NBA Development League affiliate, the 2016 champion Sioux Falls Skyforce, appearing in 49 games (23 starts) and averaged 13.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.57 blocks and 23.8 minutes while shooting 57.3 percent from the field. The 2016 NBA D-League All-Star appeared in all seven postseason games on the Skyforce’s path to the title averaging 10.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.14 blocks and 17.8 minutes while shooting 59.2 percent from the field.

Benson has now played in 93 career NBA Development League games (60 starts) and averaged 13.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.58 blocks and 24.9 minutes while shooting 52.9 percent from the field. He was previously signed by the Heat on August 25, 2015, appearing in five preseason games averaging 5.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 11.8 minutes before being waived on October 24, 2015. Additionally, Benson has appeared in three career NBA regular season games, all with Golden State, totaling three rebounds in nine minutes of action and has spent time playing professionally in Belarus, China, Lithuania, Estonia, Italy and the Philippines.

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Kevin Garnett Reaches Buyout With Wolves, Announces Retirement

Sep 23, 2016 3:58 PM

Kevin Garnett have agreed upon a contract buyout with the Minnesota Timberwolves and a retirement announcement shortly followed.

Garnett returned to the Wolves in 2015 and appeared in 38 games last season.

Garnett was the NBA MVP in 2003 and won a ring with the Celtics in 2008 one season after he was traded by the Wolves. Garnett was a 15-time All-Star with his last appearance coming in 2013.

Garnett will likely enter the Hall of Fame in five years with Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.

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Thunder Add Alex Caruso, Kaleb Tarczewski, Chris Wright To Camp Roster

Sep 23, 2016 1:13 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard Alex Caruso, center Kaleb Tarczewski and forward Chris Wright.

Caruso (6-5, 186), enjoyed a four-year collegiate career at Texas A&M where he finished as the school’s all-time leader in assists (649) and steals (276). As a senior, Caruso was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in addition to receiving Second-Team All SEC honors. During his Aggie career, Caruso appeared in a total of 137 games and averaged 8.0 points, 4.7 assists and 2.02 steals.

Tarczewski (7-0, 250), concluded his four seasons at the University of Arizona with 110 victories, tied for the most in school history. After his senior campaign, Tarczewski was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference 2nd Team and the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. Tarczewski concluded his Wildcat career having appeared in 135 games and registering averages of 8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.87 blocks.

Wright (6-9, 226), spent the 2015-16 season playing overseas in Israel with Maccabi Rishon LeZion where he helped lead his club to the Israeli National Championship. Wright had previously appeared in 32 NBA games with the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors, averaging 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per contest. Additionally, Wright has appeared in 93 career D-League games where he holds career averages of 18.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.45 blocks.

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Dahntay Jones To Sign Camp Deal With Cavaliers

Sep 22, 2016 7:17 PM

Dahntay Jones will sign a camp deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jones was waived by the Cavaliers following The Finals. Jones was signed prior to the last game of the 2015-16 regular season.

Jones showed up in Santa Barbara this week to attend LeBron James' minicamp.

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Clippers Agree To Camp Deal With Dorell Wright
Dorell Wright finished last season with the Heat after averaging 24.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 30.8 minutes per game in China.

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Jazz Sign Henry Sims To Camp Deal
Henry Sims averaged 6.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and one block in 14 games for the Nets last season.

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Wolves To Sign Rasual Butler On Camp Deal
Rasual Butler made the Pacers, Wizards and Spurs out of camp over the past three seasons.

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Mo Williams Decides Not To Retire, Returning To Cavs For One More Season
Mo Williams is under contract with the Cavaliers for one season at $2.2 million.

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Bucks To Sign Jaleel Roberts To Camp Deal
Jaleel Roberts played Summer League in 2015 with the Wizards and also was with them for training camp.

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Kevin Garnett Discussing Buyout With Wolves
Kevin Garnett has one season and $8 million remaining on his current contract.

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Jabari Brown To Sign Camp Deal With Bucks
Jabari Brown averaged 32.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in China last season.

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Clippers Agree To Camp Deal With Xavier Munford
Xavier Munford averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.4 minutes over 14 games with the Grizzlies last season.

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Lakers Sign Thomas Robinson To Deal
Thomas Robinson has been working out daily for the Lakers.

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Jorge Gutierrez Signs Camp Deal With Nets
Jorge Gutierrez played in 12 games last season with the Hornets.

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Chase Budinger, Nets Agree To Deal
Chase Budinger was waived by the Pacers in March and then signed with the Suns.

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Metta World Peace Agrees To Deal With Lakers
Metta World Peace signed with the Lakers during the 2015 offseason after playing in China and Italy.

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Lance Stephenson Doesn't Regret Passing On Pacers' $44M Offer
With Jrue Holiday on leave to be with his wife during her health issues, Lance Stephenson gives the Pelicans another ball handler.

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Paul George Has Discussed Extension With Pacers
Paul George signed a five-year max extension in September of 2013.

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Vince Hunter, Bulls Sign Camp Deal
Vince Hunter played for the Grizzlies and Clippers in Summer League.

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Matt Bonner 'Fighting' To Continue NBA Career
Matt Bonner wants to continue his playing career this season despite remaining a free agent.

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J.J. Avila Signs Camp Deal With Bulls
J.J. Avila played for the Knicks in Summer League.

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Joel Anthony, Spurs Finalizing Camp Deal
Joel Anthony spent the past two seasons with the Pistons, then waived him in July before signing Boban Marjanovic.

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Knicks Re-Sign Lou Amundson
Lou Amundson has appeared in 70 games with the Knicks over two seasons, averaging 4.3 points and 4.2 rebounds over 15.2 minutes.

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Rudy Gay To Opt Out, Unlikely To Have Interest In Re-Signing With Kings
Rudy Gay holds a $14.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season.

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