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The celebrity-news website TMZ.com claims that Lamar Odom has been using "hardcore recreational drugs" for most of the past two years.

We're viewing this report with skepticism until it's confirmed by more sources, but it does include numerous supporting details. Odom reportedly went to rehab last August and was drug-free during the NBA season, but relapsed this summer and was thrown out of his house by Khloe Kardashian after a "failed intervention" on Wednesday. The Clippers were reportedly waiting for Odom to agree on a one-year, $1.4 million contract and it's unclear whether these latest reports will have any bearing on the negotiations.
Source: TMZ.com
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 10:25:00 AM

J.J. Barea is working on a deal with the Mavs.

This isn't a surprise now that the Mavericks have their center in place. Barea actually turned it on against the Rockets in the playoffs, averaging 11.8 points, 4.8 boards, 7.4 assists and 0.8 treys. His numbers won't be that good next year, but he'll be on the radar in standard leagues, especially if the Mavs can't add anyone else.
Jul 3 - 4:46 PM

DeAndre Jordan’s announcement that he is signing with the Mavericks is expected to be around 5 p.m. central time on Friday night, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

He is now ex-Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, which has to sting in Los Angeles. The Mavs still have to figure out what they're going to do at the point guard spot and their two wings are coming off serious leg surgeries, but this is big for them. The Mavs will use DJ in a ton of pick and rolls, so expect his scoring to be closer to 20 points per game even though he can't score off the dribble. He's also a good bet to repeat as the league's leading rebounder.
Jul 3 - 4:00 PM

DeAndre Jordan is on the verge of accepting the Mavs' four-year, $80 million-plus max offer.

The decision is likely to come today. This report comes from Marc Stein of ESPN, who always seems to have the scoop on the Mavs. The Mavs may have sold Jordan on being a bigger offensive player, which is certainly interesting. In fact, of his 523 field goal attempts last season, he used two-plus dribbles on just 13 of those. Regardless, the Clippers are in a really, really bad spot right now.
Jul 3 - 3:43 PM

Rajon Rondo and the Kings ended their meeting and didn't agree to terms on a deal.

It would almost be a shock to see Rondo agreeing to terms with another team. It probably makes the most sense for him to do a one-year deal or a two-year deal with a player option to allow him to boost his value. His value is at its low point and his style doesn't fit with the 3-point friendly NBA. The Lakers may also go after Rondo.
Jul 3 - 3:31 PM

Gary Neal has agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Wizards.

Since his departure from San Antonio, things have not gone well for Neal at all. The Bucks and Hornets both dumped him after some reported issues, and he's also had some struggles at shooting the rock. He'll likely just be some Bradley Beal insurance and is unlikely to get more than 20 minutes off the bat. This deal is expected to be in the bi-annual exception, so it won't affect the cap number.
Jul 3 - 3:19 PM

DeAndre Jordan informed the Knicks he will not sign with them.

Robin Lopez is now the Knicks starting center. Jordan will choose the Mavs or Clippers soon. Perhaps ruling out the Knicks is a good sign that a decision is coming, but they never had a chance to begin with.
Jul 3 - 3:16 PM

The Kings and Marco Belinellli have agreed to a three-year, $19 million deal.

Well, Vivek Ranadive's money is still good. The Kings have whiffed on every noteworthy free agent until now, so Belinelli may actually have a chance to start -- that's unlikely and Ben McLemore is still the heavy favorite. Plus, the Kings desperately need 3-point shooting, so he is likely going to have a chance to score in double figures. He'll be a sneaky late-round specialist for 3-pointers.
Jul 3 - 2:37 PM

The Knicks are finalizing a four-year, $54 million deal with Robin Lopez.

It's still not completely official yet because DeAndre Jordan has a microscopic chance to choose the Knicks, but this sounds like a done deal. While that's a massive contract for a guy who only had a 15.6 usage rate and only a 12.3 defensive rebound rate last season, Lopez is really a nice fit for the Knicks. Ro-Lo was also very good at rim protection last year, which was a bad weakness for the Knicks. He'll be an interesting standard league target in the 75-100 range.
Jul 3 - 1:45 PM

Justise Winslow said on Friday he will work almost exclusively at shooting guard and small forward during summer league.

He has size at 6'7, so that will really help him on the defensive side of the ball. Winslow played some three and four with Duke, but coach Erik Spoelstra has shifted more to a position-less approach with his guys. Winslow getting minutes at shooting guard bodes well for his fantasy value because it'll just be another avenue for minutes.
Jul 3 - 1:17 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge currently has no more planned meetings and will take a couple days to digest it all, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

There are a lot of players and teams waiting on LaMarcus, but we might not get word of his decision until Monday. Teams have been saying Aldridge has been asking some very tough questions about hoops, so some credit should probably go to Terry Stotts.
Jul 3 - 1:12 PM

Unrestricted free agent Rodney Stuckey is registering interest from the Cavs and the interest is mutual.

Stuckey would be a very interesting fit. Last season, he somehow increased his 3-point shooting by 10 percent from his previous career average. The Cavs really need shooters around LeBron to space the floor, so maybe a guy like J.R. Smith is a better fit. Stuckey has interest from the Bulls, Wizards, Rockets and of course the Kings. The Cavs probably won't be signing Stuckey.
Jul 3 - 1:07 PM




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