Nov 15, 2014 4:26 PM EST
The Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent forward Robert Covington.
Covington was the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Development League Draft by the Grand Rapids Drive.
As a rookie last season, Covington saw action in seven games for the Houston Rockets while spending most of his time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League. In 42 games (41 starts) for the Vipers, Covington averaged 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks in 34 minutes per game while also averaging 3.2 3-pointers made on 37.0% shooting. In addition to being named the 2014 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year, Covington also earned D-League First Team honors and won the MVP award at the D-League All-Star game after scoring a record 33 points in helping his team to victory.
In a related move, the Sixers waived Chris Johnson.
Nov 15, 2014 1:43 PM EST
Bradley Beal, who has been out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist, is hoping to make his season debut for the Washington Wizards' game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Friday would mark exactly six weeks since Beal sustained the injury.
Beal is expected to return to practice this week.
Nov 15, 2014 1:41 PM EST
The Philadelphia 76ers have waived Chris Johnson.
Johnson was waived in order to make room for the signing of Robert Covington.
Nov 15, 2014 2:20 AM EST
Steve Nash has been out of sight around the Los Angeles Lakers since being ruled out for the entire season.
Byron Scott and Mitch Kupchak said they hoped Nash would serve as a mentor and de facto shooting coach for younger players.
That scenario has yet to take place, and Scott said he cannot even get Nash to return a phone call.
“If my coach would have called me,” Scott said, “I definitely would have called him back.”
Scott tried to downplay that as any kind of issue, saying he was “not angry at all.”
“I’ll try him again when I get some more free time tomorrow or Monday or something like that. I know he’s probably going through a tough time as far as trying to adjust to life without basketball at this particular point.”
Asked if he expected Nash to be around at all this season, Scott said, “I don’t know. I would like him to, but I don’t know.”
Nov 14, 2014 1:07 PM EST
Kevin Love denied a Bulls.com report that that he will consider opting out and signing with the Los Angeles Lakers next offseason.
“Whatever we were doing with our hands was about as true as me going to the Lakers,” Love said Friday. “Going to the Lakers, I don’t know where someone got that.”
Love, like LeBron James, can be a free agent at the end of the season.
Nov 13, 2014 12:56 AM EST
Rajon Rondo will have to make a decision on his future with the Boston Celtics when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Kendrick Perkins remains one of Rondo's closest friends as a former teammate and believes the point guard wants to stay with the Celtics.
“I think it’s a great place for him,” Perkins said. “I think he wants to stay here. You know, we talk on a regular basis and I think he should stay. If I was him, I would stay.
“I just think it’s a perfect situation for him. He’s got a good group of guys around him, good coach. It’s his team, he’s able to play the way he’s capable of playing. He’s almost averaging a triple-double. He’s got some good talent around him in [Jared] Sullinger, Jeff [Green], the young kid [Kelly Olynyk]. He’s got some good talent around him. I think he wants to stay. I think he should. But you never know how it works out.”
Perkins is in the last year of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder and admitted he would consider a return to the Celtics.
“If the opportunity presents itself I will,” Perkins said. “You never know. It’s not on me. I’ve got to be wanted to come back. So it’s always that ‘if.’"
Nov 12, 2014 6:27 PM EST
Aaron Craft is expected to decline an offer to sign with Partizan Belgrade to remain in the D-League.
Craft may receive a call-up to the Golden State Warriors, as they recently waived Nemanja Nedovic.
Nov 12, 2014 6:25 PM EST
Tobias Harris hopes that the New York Knicks will pursue him in restricted free agency.
“I’m telling you if the Knicks come at him hard, who wouldn’t want to play for their hometown team?” a Harris confidant told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog.
Harris is a native of Long Island and worked out multiple times this past summer with Carmelo Anthony.
“They play well together,” the confidant said. “Carmelo always had him on his team when Kevin Durant came to town and they would win every game.”
Nov 12, 2014 9:58 AM EST
The Philadelphia 76ers are finalizing a deal with Robert Covington.
David Pick reports the deal will be a four-year agreement.
Covington appeared in seven games last season with the Houston Rockets and 42 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Nov 11, 2014 11:15 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers have flown in center Ater Majok -- their 58th overall draft pick in 2011 -- from China for a couple days of workouts with the team, league sources told RealGM.
Majok has played professionally in Slovakian, Belarusian, German and Korean leagues since his draft selection in 2011 to Los Angeles.
The 6-foot-11 Majok played for the Lakers’ NBA summer league team in 2012, averaging 1.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
The Lakers plan to get a thorough look into Majok’s game before any decision on whether to sign him to a rookie-scale deal. Majok’s workout is unrelated to free agent forward Quincy Miller, who holds a strong chance to sign with the Lakers later this week when he plans to fly to Los Angeles for a workout.
Majok, 27, played collegiately at UConn.
Quincy Miller’s skill set and promise to be a rotation player in the NBA intrigue the Lakers’ front office and give him a strong chance to sign, sources said.
Derrick Rose revealed Tuesday that he is already thinking about his future beyond basketball.
Anthony Morrow is a virtual lock to make his season debut for the Thunder on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, league sources told RealGM.
Paul Millsap will be a free agent in 2015.
Kawhi Leonard says he was never upset about not getting an extension with the Spurs.
Nov 10, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Lakers can use the exception to sign a free agent or to trade for a player making up to $1,598,680.
Kobe Bryant also said he can't envision playing beyond the contract.
The 76ers have stashed several young talented players in international leagues in order to keep their rights as long as they remain away from the team.
Dante Cunningham remains unsigned after two solid seasons as a reserve for the Wolves.
The Kings have started the season with a 4-1 record and are comfortable with their roster now after a year in which they have been incredibly active in exploring trade scenarios.
Dwight Buycks is in discussions on a possible deal with the Thunder and Lakers, league sources told RealGM.
Reggie Jackson was publicly criticized by Scott Brooks after his season debut for playing selfishly at times.
Ben McLemore has decided to sign with Klutch Sports Group two weeks after firing his previous agent Rodney Blackstock.
LaMarcus Aldridge has said he plans on signing a new five-year deal with the Blazers this summer.
The Timberwolves spoke to Lionel Hollins in the offseason about their open head coaching position.
Rajon Rondo is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and Kobe Bryant has been a longtime admirer.
Ray Allen is visiting Chicago this week and has been spotted on several social media platforms, but his agent Jim Tanner told RealGM: “Nothing to do with the Bulls.”
The exchanged words led to Kyrie Irving leaving quickly without speaking to the media.
Nov 06, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Pacers are desperate to sign a point guard before Friday's game and will instead sign A.J. Price.
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John Lucas III received interest from the Thunder, Pacers and Grizzlies.
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