Ryan Knaus

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Summer/Fall NBA Recap - Pt. 2

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


 
Daylight Saving Time has kindly granted the NBA an extra hour to resolve the lockout and save the season, but there's reason to fear the time will be squandered – take for instance the yawning week-long gaps between negotiating sessions this summer. The clock is ticking loudly now, with David Stern and the owners threatening to shelve their current offer (a 49-51 band for BRI sharing) after Wednesday. The players are meeting on Tuesday and could force the NBPA to take a vote on the current offer. If they accept, the season could begin as soon as the first week of December. If they do not accept, the owners' offer could worsen and both sides could become calcified in their positions.
 
If you want all the details, check out our player news feed for NBPA president Derek Fisher.
 
This is a long column, though, so let's get right to the summer/fall recaps for the remaining 15 teams (check last week's column for the rest):
 
 
Bucks
 
Chris Douglas-Roberts signed a one-year deal with no out clause in Italy.
 
Carlos Delfino is fully recovered from his concussions.
 
Brandon Jennings says he's been working out constantly during the off-season, getting stronger and improving his jump shot.
 
Ersan Ilyasova signed with a team in Turkey and has no desire to return to the Bucks.
 
Andrew Bogut continues to get healthier but was unable to insure his NBA contract so he didn't play for Australia and won't join a team in the Australian league.
 
Stephen Jackson was considering a deal with a team in France, but said he'd only play “to stay in shape,” not to make money.
 
Michael Redd, a free agent, wants to sign with an Eastern Conference contender.
 
Jon Leuer signed with the Frankfurt Skyliners in Germany, with an out clause.
 
Larry Sanders had a team option exercised for 2012-13.
 
Keyon Dooling is still under contract, but with his role threatened by Beno Udrih and Shaun Livingston, Dooling said he's interested in playing for the Heat.
 
Shaun Livingston may play with a minor league team if the lockout lasts through January.
 
 
 
Timberwolves
 
The Wolves hired head coach Rick Adelman.
 
Derrick Williams, the No. 2 pick, has begun considering playing overseas.
 
Ricky Rubio looked bad during EuroBasket, where he shot 23% from the field. He's now training in California.
 
Michael Beasley is healthy (despite exaggerated reports of a wrist injury), was cited for possession of marijuana in July, and has taken up ballet to improve his image.
 
Kevin Love says he's down to 240 pounds, and has taken up yoga.
 
Wesley Johnson had his third-year team option picked up.
 
Sebastian Telfair is an unrestricted free agent.
 
Nikola Pekovic signed with Partizan Belgrade in Serbia, but has an out clause.
 
 
 
Nets
 
Deron Williams has settled in with his new team in Turkey, and they've reeled off eight consecutive wins. He doesn't know what he'll do as a free agent next summer.\
 
Brook Lopez had surgery to remove bone growths from his arm, but he is now fine. He says the injury hurt him most of last season.
 
Kris Humphries married Kim Kardashian, but she divorced him 72 days later.
 
Travis Outlaw is likely on the trade block (good luck), he said he was “stressed” trying to live up to his contract last season, and he's been working on his conditioning this offseason.
 
Brandon Wright was not given a qualifying offer.
 
Ben Uzoh has signed with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia. It doesn't sound as though he'll return to the NBA next season.
 
Sundiata Gaines signed with BC Armia in Georgia. The Nets can pick up his fully unguaranteed team option for 2011-12, but it's unclear whether he has an out clause.
 
Anthony Morrow has played in exhibitions and it sounds like his knee is healthy.
 
Dan Gadzuric played for the Dutch national team in Eurobasket, and will play in China next year. Say goodbye to his legendarily bloated contract.
 
Jordan Farmar signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, but he has an out clause and will return to the Nets.
 
Sasha Vujacic signed with Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Turkey. No word on an out clause, but he would be an unrestricted FA.
 
Mario West signed with Tezenis Verona in Italy.
 
 
 
Hornets
 
David West has been fully cleared for basketball activities after major knee surgery.
 
Chris Paul has played in various exhibitions, and attended a few CBA meetings.
 
The Hornets, owned by the NBA, are still up for sale.
 
D.J. Mbenga was cut from Belgian national team, apparently because he played too poorly.
 
Joe Alexander signed with a team in Russia and does not have an out clause. He needs some burn anyway.
 
Marco Belinelli never signed in Italy but is training there until the lockout ends. He's a restricted FA.
 
Carl Landry, a free agent, spurned offers from Italy and expressed interest in the Blazers, Bucks and Pacers.
 
Knicks
 
Chauncey Billups said his strained left knee is fully healthy, but he is not interested in playing overseas.
 
Carmelo Anthony had offseason surgeries on his knee and elbow, but has since returned to play in various exhibitions.
 
Amare Stoudemire rested and rehabbed his back for months, and looked excellent at an exhibition in early October.
 
Toney Douglas is returning from shoulder surgery, but he expected to be healthy by July.
 
Ronny Turiaf has recovered from a fractured finger and since signed with Tony Parker's team in France. He has an out clause and will return with the Knicks.
 
Shawne Williams wants to re-sign with the Knicks.
 
 
 
Thunder
 
Kevin Durant said he would look into playing overseas in November.
 
Russell Westbrook said he wants to sign a long-term extension with the Thunder.
 
Thabo Sefolosha signed with a team in Turkey, but he has an out clause and will return to the Thunder.
 
Kendrick Perkins is recovered from his knee surgery and has lost weight. He also got into an altercation this summer, which led to not guilty pleas on public intoxication and assault charges.
 
Serge Ibaka played for Spain in EuroBasket and has since signed a short-term deal with Real Madrid.
 
B.J. Mullens signed with Panionios in Greece. He's under contract in OKC so he will have an out clause.
 
 
 
Magic
 
Hedo Turkoglu has decided not to sign overseas during the lockout.
 
Dwight Howard has worked out with Hakeem Olajuwon and a FT coach this offseason. In a recent interview, he sounded skeptical of re-signing with the Magic next summer.
 
Gilbert Arenas has criticized the way coach Stan Van Gundy used him last year, and said he had “zero percent freedom” with the Magic.
 
Brandon Bass has been working hard to improve his shooting range. Coach Stan Van Gundy reportedly didn't trust him to know the playbook or defensive schemes last season.
 
Justin Harper signed with SIG Strasbourg in France.
 
Earl Clark signed a deal in China but has since escaped his contract. He is an unrestricted FA.
 
Quentin Richardson said his rehab from lower back surgery has gone perfectly, and he feels good.
 
J.J. Redick is thrilled with his recovery from abdominal surgery.
 
Jason Richardson in an unrestricted FA and hopes to sign a long-term deal with a contender.
 
 
 
Sixers
 
The Sixers franchise was sold to billionaire Joshua Harris.
 
Andre Iguodala hopes to remain with the Sixers and prior to the lockout he had good talks with coach Doug Collins and team president Rod Thorn.
 
Thaddeus Young, a restricted FA, said he definitely wants to return with the 76ers.
 
Elton Brand has looked healthy during exhibitions.
 
Allen Iverson says he's willing to accept any role on any team to return to the NBA.
 
Evan Turner reinvented his jump shot this summer and said he wants the ball more next season. Nice.
 
Craig Brackins signed with Maccabi Ashdod in Israel. He was focused on getting stronger this offseason.
 
Nikola Vucevic signed with a team in Montenegro. He has an out clause and will return to the Sixers.
 
Andres Nocioni is considering playing in Argentina during the lockout.
 
 
 
Suns
 
Steve Nash says he wants to stay in Phoenix, and the Suns reiterated that they don't want to trade him.
 
Vince Carter will likely be bought out for $4 million, making him an unrestricted FA.
 
Aaron Brooks has been in talks with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.
 
Gani Lawal signed with a team in Poland. His contract with the Suns is fully unguaranteed for next season.
 
 
Blazers
 
Greg Oden ran in late October for the first time since knee surgery, and said he “felt good.”

Brandon Roy is a likely candidate for amnesty, which would pay him his full contract and make him a free agent. He said he feels “great” and has no soreness in his knees.
 
Wesley Matthews said he is “as explosive and athletic as ever” after receiving a Platelet-Rich Plasma injection in his ankle.
 
Nicolas Batum signed with SLUC Nancy in France and was recently named Euroleague MVP of the week.
 
Marcus Camby was arrested for marijuana possession, but the charges were later dropped.
 
Blazers owner Paul Allen is firmly entrenched in the 'hard-line' owner camp.
 
The Blazers are still searching for a new GM.
 
 
 
Kings
 
J.J. Hickson signed with a team in Israel but was released after one game because he showed up late to two consecutive practices.
 
Tyreke Evans says his foot injury is “100 percent” healed, and he's excited to play without thinking about the injury.
 
Darnell Jackson signed with BC Donetsk. It is unclear whether the unrestricted FA has an out clause.
 
Isaiah Thomas, the Kings draft pick, has been impressive during summer exhibition games.
 
Pooh Jeter signed with Joventut Badalona in Spain.
 
 
 
Spurs
 
Manu Ginobili may consider playing overseas in “mid-November” if the lockout hasn't ended.
 
Tony Parker signed with his own team, ASVEL in France.
 
Tim Duncan might restructure his contract to secure a long-term deal and help the Spurs financially in the short-term (he's owed $21.2 million next year).
 
Tiago Splitter was referred to as a “stalwart” and “linchpin of the future” by coach Gregg Popovich. He played good defense and rebounded well during the FIBA Americas tournament, but his offense was erratic.
 
DeJuan Blair signed with a team in Russia but has since been released.
 
Keith Langford signed with Khimki Moscow in Russia, but the team has since released him due to “poor conditioning.”
 
 
 
Raptors
 
Ed Stefanski has been hired as the Raptors executive VP of basketball operations, reporting to team president Bryan Colangelo. The search for a new GM continues...
 
Joey Dorsey signed with Caja Laboral in Spain. The unrestricted FA will not have an out clause.
 
Jonas Valanciunas had an up-and-down EuroBasket tournament for Lithuania, but he's a very exciting prospect for the Raptors in 2012-13.
 
Rasho Nesterovic has “informally retired.”
 
Leandro Barbosa signed with Flamengo in Brazil. He has an out clause and will return to the Raptors.
 
Patrick O’Bryant signed with Kavala in Greece.
 
 
 
Jazz
 
Devin Harris has been working on his jump shot and is trying to improve his 3-point shooting.
 
Al Jefferson has reportedly lost weight and trained hard this offseason.
 
Andrei Kirilenko, an unrestricted FA, signed a 3-year contract in Russia. Each summer he can opt out if he wants to return to the NBA
 
Derrick Favors has added size and strength during the offseason.
 
Kyrylo Fesenko needs surgery on a torn meniscus which he suffered while playing for Ukraine.
 
 
 
Wizards
 
John Wall is healthy and has been shredding any competition he faces during exhibitions this summer.
 
Rashard Lewis says his knee is fully healthy, and he wants to play more aggressively next season.
 
Andray Blatche is still working through his shoulder injury, but he's been working out and practicing for months so it's not too concerning.
 
Yi Jianlian signed with a team in China, but the unrestricted FA does have an out clause for the end of the lockout.
 
Trevor Booker signed with a team in Israel but has since returned due to a thigh injury, which doesn't sound too serious.
 
JaVale McGee made a splash during an exhibition in the Philippines, and now he wants to become a naturalized citizen and play for their national team.
 
Kevin Seraphin signed with a team in Spain but will return after the lockout.
 
 
 
Music
 
To honor Dr. A's original format, I will keep the music section but say only that this column was written while listening to The Soft Boys.


Despite residing in Portland, Maine, Ryan Knaus remains a heartbroken Sonics fan who longs for the days of Shawn Kemp and Xavier McDaniel. He has written for Rotoworld.com since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter.
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