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Andrea Bargnani says he was misquoted by the Italian media outlets and vehemently denied calling the Raptors the worst team in the league.

According beat writer Ryan Wolstat, Bargnani got very emotional when addressing the quotes. Bargnani, who is out at least three weeks with an elbow injury, has been under fire in the days since the quotes surfaced. Regardless of whether his teammates believe him, it's unlikely a weary fan base will. Already the subject of trade rumors, it's entirely possible Bargnani will be shipped out of town when his elbow heals.
Sat, Dec 15, 2012 12:41:00 PM

Lionel Hollins said that he envisions Joe Johnson as a starter next season.

"I doubt Joe will be coming off the bench this year," Hollins said. "I don’t think we have anybody to put Joe in a position where he’ll have to come off the bench. But if that should happen, we’ll talk about it and deal with it, but I envision him being a starter." Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is still a threat to Johnson, but his offensive limitations could hold him back. Johnson's best days are clearly behind him and it wouldn't be surprising if Hollins keeps him on a short leash if he doesn't perform.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 12:11 PM

Brooklyn head coach Lionel Hollins said that Jarrett Jack can handle being the starting point guard for the Nets next season.

"Why can’t he? He’s done it last year, he’s done it in Portland, he’s done it in Golden State -- wherever he’s been, he’s had moments where he’s had to start," Hollins said. "And I think if a player is not starting [all the time], he gets a bad rap that he can’t be a starter. Well, that’s not the case. He’s been on teams with a lot of good starting point guards, and he’s done a great job of adding that depth that they have at point guard." Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 3-pointers in 27 starts last season, so he will be an interesting pick towards the end of the middle rounds.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 11:58 AM

According to Bucks general manager John Hammond, The Bucks will be "very conservative" with Jabari Parker's minutes next season.

"I get asked two questions every single day. No. 1 is, how’s Jabari? And No. 2: How soon will Jabari be back to play?" Hammond said. "I answer the first one very easily and say he’s doing absolutely great. His rehab is going well. The second answer: We’re going to be very conservative with him. If we think he’s capable of playing 20, we’ll maybe play him 10 minutes. If we think he can play a back-to-back, we’ll wait on the back-to-back. Whatever it is, we’re going to be very cautious as he move forward because of the magnitude of who he can be and who we hope he can be for our organization going forward." It's great to hear that Parker's rehab is going well, but his fantasy outlook takes a hit with this news because it sounds like the Bucks will be extremely cautious with him, especially in the early going.
Aug 1 - 11:35 AM

Jason Thompson was traded to the Warriors on Friday in exchange for Gerald Wallace.

He will finally get to play on a winning team after playing every game in his career with the Kings. Thompson is likely out of the rotation with the Warriors and will have to beat Marreese Speights and/or Festus Ezeli for playing time.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 31 - 5:28 PM

The Knicks have reached agreement on a one-year deal with Sasha Vujacic.

The Knicks have been in discussion with the eight-year veteran and they'll have him in camp. He played just 10 minutes with the Clippers in the 2013-14 season and was with the Nets back in 2011. He won't be in the rotation.
Jul 31 - 2:12 PM

According to Bulls writer Sam Smith, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah are unlikely to start together next season.

To be clear, new Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg hasn't revealed his plans for the upcoming season, but we do know that he wants his team to play at a faster pace. The pairing of Gasol and Noah wasn't an ideal combination last season, and it's possible that Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic could be candidates to start at PF, with Gasol having the upper hand on Noah for the starting center slot. This is all speculation, but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on heading into training camp because Noah's value would take a hit with a demotion to the bench.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 31 - 9:28 AM

Mike Scott was arrested on felony drug charges for possession of marijuana and possession of Schedule I drug (MDMA).

Scott was arrested due to having drugs in his possession and was the passenger in a car. Banks County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Carissa McFaddin said, "Deputies located over an ounce of marijuana in the vehicle along with approximately 10.9 grams of MDMA (Molly)." Police pulled over the SUV going 98 MPH.
Jul 30 - 8:27 PM

The Thunder will sign F Josh Huestis to a four-year deal at the rookie scale.

There have been numerous reports that the Thunder were saving their final roster spot for Huestis, and now it is finally official. Huestis spent the entire 2014-15 season in the D-League and put up averages of 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists, and he likely won't be in the rotation next season on a deep Thunder squad. Huestis can be ignored in just about all leagues.
Jul 30 - 6:03 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have reached an agreement to sign Tunisian center Salah Mejri to a partially guaranteed three-year deal.

Mejri played with Real Madrid last season and averaged 4.3 points and 2.1 boards in 9.2 minutes per game, but the 7'1", 245 pound center does have good size and excels at the pick-and-roll, so it's a decent signing for Dallas. Zaza Pachulia is penciled in as the starting center, but Mejri could emerge as the primary backup because Satnam Singh and Jarrid Famous likely aren't ready to contribute.
Source: Mavs.com
Jul 30 - 4:58 PM

Stan Van Gundy indicated that Stanley Johnson could play some shooting guard next season.

Johnson is certainly a versatile wing, so this is interesting to say the least. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jodie Meeks will soak up a lot of minutes at SG, but Johnson's value would see a boost if he does see some action at SG considering Marcus Morris is expected to start at SF. Johnson averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game on 57.7 percent shooting from the field during the summer league, but he is going to have to fight for his minutes during training camp. Don't be surprised if Johnson ends up playing some PF either, as it's obvious that small-ball lineups are becoming a major trend in the NBA.
Jul 30 - 3:58 PM

According to Jerry Colangelo, Paul George (calf) will be participating in Team USA's minicamp this August.

"It will be great to see him in a USA uniform," Colangelo said of George. "With as little as we are going to do, it’s going to be a great way to come back. It’s not a competitive camp. Really, it’s a show and a sign that you’re interested in USA Basketball and wanting to continue to represent your country in 2016." George suffered a brutal leg injury playing for Team USA last summer, but it will be great for his confidence if he participates in the camp. It should be noted that the camp is going to very light, but it's still a good sign that George is making good progress.
Jul 30 - 3:35 PM




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