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John Holland Close To Signing With Besiktas

John Holland is close to signing with Besiktas of Turkey.

Holland was with the San Antonio Spurs in training camp.

Last season with Gravelines in France, Holland averaged 10.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

Via E. Trapani/Sportando

Celtics Could Waive Vitor Faverani As Part Of Roster Crunch

Including the partially guaranteed deal of Dwight Powell, the Boston Celtics currently have 16 guaranteed contracts. The Celtics will have to release a player and eat a contract since teams can only carry 15 players.

Vitor Faverani may be the player who is waived as he has yet to practice during training camp due to soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

Faverani is owed $2.09 million this season, but he has yet to recover seven months later from a car accident that led to his arrest.

Powell, meanwhile, has impressed his teammates with his versatility and work ethic, and it may be difficult for the Celtics to pass on a player with such potential. 

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Cavs Declined Lakers' Interest On Varejao In Gasol Talks Last Season

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly showed repeated interest in Anderson Varejao while pursuing a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers involving Pau Gasol.

The Lakers' interest was to no avail.

Varejao had 14 points and three rebounds against the Miami Heat in preseason on Saturday.

Gasol signed with the Chicago Bulls in the offseason.

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Klay Thompson Prefers Security Of Extension Over Waiting For Cap Rise In 2016

Instead of signing a contract extension with the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson could sign a one-year deal next offseason and become an available free agent in 2016.

The NBA's salary cap is expected to rise in 2016. Still, Thompson prefer the security of a new deal now instead of waiting for a potential cap rise.

"It really is tempting to do all that," Thompson said. "But I'd rather have the security right now, you know?

"I'm confident. I think both sides know I want to stay with this organization. I really love the Bay, I love the organization, the front office, my teammates. I'm confident we can get it done."

Stephen Curry understands he could have signed a more lucrative contract than the four-year, $44 million deal in 2012, but Thompson's backcourt mate seems more content on cashing in with the Warriors and continuing to develop as a team.

"We've got a good thing going," Curry said. "For us to hopefully have some long-term security for us to be together and knowing that we can focus on trying to build something truly special, championship-caliber, we feel very capable of that. So we'll see."

Via J.A. Adande/ESPN

Jazz Waive Dee Bost, Kevin Murphy

The Utah Jazz have waived guards Dee Bost and Kevin Murphy. 

Following the moves, Utah’s roster now stands at 17 players. 

Bost (6-2, 176, Mississippi State) did not see action for the Jazz, while Murphy (6-5, 200, Tennessee Tech) appeared in one preseason game for Utah, totaling four points, one rebound and an assist in five minutes of action. Bost was signed as a free agent on August 15, while Murphy was added on August 27.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Boris Diaw Has $500,000 In Bonuses For Keeping Weight Off

Boris Diaw has a weight clause in his contract with the San Antonio Spurs in which he will earn bonuses of as much as $500,000.

Diaw will receive $150,000 for weighing less than or equal to 254 pounds on Oct. 25 and again on the first Tuesday after the All-Star Game and again on April 1.

Those three dates give Diaw an incentive to be in shape for the start of the regular season, the post-All-Star stretch and for the final push before the playoffs.

Via Ami Elhassan/ESPN

Rockets Parting With Robert Covington

The Houston Rockets have decided to release forward Robert Covington while continuing to listen on trade interest, league sources told RealGM.

Covington and the Rockets will part either way, allowing the 23-year-old to play for another organization.

The Rockets had been impressed with Covington’s development within the franchise a season ago, a skilled 6-foot-9 product using his shooting and slashing to average 23.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in the NBA Development League. Covington appeared in seven regular-season games for the Rockets in his rookie year.

Covington was awarded with several honors with Rio Grande Valley in the D-League — including the All-Star Game MVP, Rookie of the Year and the All-First team.

After going undrafted out of Tennessee State, Covington received interest from several teams as a free agent before signing a multi-year contract with Houston.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Chandler Never Thought Carmelo Would Leave Knicks

Tyson Chandler never thought Carmelo Anthony would leave the New York Knicks in the offseason.

The Dallas Mavericks were one of the teams who pursued Anthony in free agency, along with the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets.

Chandler was recently asked if he tried to recruit Anthony to the Mavericks.

“It wasn’t strong,” Chandler said with a laugh. “I didn’t ever think he was coming. I didn’t think Carmelo was ever leaving New York. I talked to him because it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t. But I never thought he was going anywhere. I thought if anywhere he was going it was to the Lakers. But when the Lakers didn’t have a strong enough roster to tempt him.”

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Stuckey: Pistons' Decline Started By Trading Away Billups

Rodney Stuckey used Chauncey Billups as a mentor while both played with the Detroit Pistons.

The Indiana Pacers' new guard believes the Pistons' downspin both as a team and individually started from the franchise trading Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson in 2008.

“Once Chauncey was traded, everything went downhill from there,” Stuckey said. “Chauncey was the glue who held everything together. Once he was traded, it was a domino effect. One thing after another. Something happened, then this happened, that happened. So it was tough, you know?

“You go from this guy who's been an All-Star and Finals MVP to a guy like Allen Iverson who's a completely different type of player. Chauncey was the leader, the role model. Allen Iverson was a scorer, a guy who just gets buckets. He can give you 40 if you want him to. And then you have Rip (Hamilton) on the other side that you need to get the ball to and you can't forget about Tayshaun (Prince). It was a tough situation. It was a lot that was thrown at one person at one time. I was just trying to figure stuff out. But it happened the way it happened. You learn from each experience.”

Stuckey is ready for a fresh start with the Pacers, where he is expected to play a significant role with the absences of Paul George and Lance Stephenson.

“I don't like losing,” Stuckey said. “Sometimes in Detroit, we'd be close in a game and be losing and people would be OK with it because it was a close game and we played hard. But we still lost. I don't accept that. I want to win. That's where a lot of the conflict came from. I'm a competitor, man. I don't like losing. I don't come out here just to get a sweat and lose and be happy. That's not me. I try to compete each and every night and let the chips fall.”

Via Mark Moneith/Pacers.com

Danny Ainge Believes Ray Allen Could Wait Until January/All-Star Break To Sign

Danny Ainge is not convinved that Ray Allen will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers -- at least not for now.

"Ray can really help them, but I anticipate that Ray will wait and see the landscape of the NBA," Ainge said during his weekly call-in to 98.5 the Sports Hub. "I just think he might wait and see how everybody's clicking. There's a handful of teams that would love to have Ray on their team right now that are trying to win a championship."

Ainge was Allen's general manager in five seasons with the Boston Celtics.

Several teams, including Cleveland, Chicago, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Washington, have expressed interest in Allen.

"He may wait until All-Star break or January," Ainge said. "And just see what teams are playing well, which teams are the healthiest and which team that he thinks that he might fit in, just in the style of play. With new coaches at some different places, he may just want to see how it unfolds before he makes a decision."

Via A. Sherrod Blakely/Comcast SportsNet

Pelicans Waive Vernon Macklin

Vernon Macklin most recently played for Liaoning of the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 12.9 points and 5.7 rebounds.

Mickael Gelabale Finalizing Deal With Besiktas

Mickael Gelabale is finalizing details with Besiktas on an NBA out.

Michael Beasley To Sign With Shanghai Sharks

Michael Beasley was previously on a camp deal with the Grizzlies.

Nets Unlikely To Partner With Dodgers In Ownership

Mikhail Prokhorov still wants to sell some of his 80 percent stake in the Nets.

LeBron Felt 'Uncomfortable' Being In Same Room As Riley At Wade's Wedding

LeBron James told friends that he felt uncomfortable having to share the room with Pat Riley during Dwyane Wade's wedding over the summer.

Cuban Hopes To Honor Duncan, Nash, Terry If They Plan To Retire After Season

Mark Cuban said he hopes to honor Tim Duncan on March 24, the Spurs' last scheduled trip to Dallas in the regular season, if Duncan states he is retiring.

Warriors, Klay Thompson Apart By $2-3M Per Year In Extension Talks

Klay Thompson is seeking a maximum salary contract -- or close to it -- while the Warriors are hovering around a deal of $13 million per year.

Kings Hire Division III Assistant To Coach D-League Affiliate

The Kings have hired David Arseneault Jr. of Divison III Grinnell (Iowa) College to coach their D-League affiliate.

D.J. Mbenga Signs With Knicks

D.J. Mbenga spent the last two seasons playing overseas in China (2012) and the Philippines (2013) after beginning his professional career in Belgium (2001-04).

Frank Vogel Signs Extension With Pacers

Frank Vogel is entering his fourth full season as head coach of the Pacers.

Kenneth Faried, Nuggets Agree Upon Reworked Four-Year, $50M Extension

The Nuggets and Kenneth Faried pared down an original five-year, $60 million pact.

Ray Allen Remains Undecided On Playing This Season

Ray Allen remains undecided if he'll play this season amid reports that he'd agreed to a deal with the Cavaliers.

Durant: Superstar Players Worth More Than They're Making

Kevin Durant was asked his opinion on the possibility of the NBA eliminating the maximum contract.

Heat Anticipate Keeping Cap Flexibility For 2016

The Heat agreed upon just two contracts that run past the 2016 offseason with their deals for Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts.

New TV Deal Unlikely To Impact LaMarcus Aldridge's Free Agency

LaMarcus Aldridge's annual salary will pencil in at 30 percent of the Blazers' cap when he signs his deal, no matter how much it is.

Rockets Plan On Having Harden Serve As Lead Recruiter For Durant

Goran Dragic and Rajon Rondo are free agents in 2015, while Kevin Durant will hit the open market in 2016.

Mavs Were Fully Committed To Parsons Before Receiving Word From LeBron

The Mavericks were pursuing Chandler Parsons along with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

Semaj Christon To Sign With Thunder's D-League Affiliate

Semaj Christon was the 55th overall pick in the June NBA Draft.

Shaq Believes Russell Westbrook Needs To Take 'Step Back'

The Thunder and Scott Brooks have said the entire team must sacrafice to accomplish their championship goals.

Kenneth Faried Agrees To Five-Year, $60M Extension With Nuggets

The deal includes a partial guarantee in the fifth year that assures Kenneth Faried he will make no less than $52 million over the life of the contract.
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