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The Celtics are ready to move on from their pursuit of Kevin Love, according to CSNNE.com.

They don't have the ammunition to hang with teams like the Bulls or Cavs. Excluding Rajon Rondo's expiring contract, their inability to add a player to some draft picks basically takes them out of the running. Based on that, it would appear Rondo is going to be traded at some point. Considering he didn't play well last season, the sense around the team is that they'll let him build some value in the early part of the season.
Source: CSN NE
Jul 23 - 7:55 PM

Ray Allen is expected to get MRIs on his legs before making a decision on his retirement.

He didn't look like a guy who was drafted in 1996 last season and it would be a surprise to see him retire at this point. Allen is getting some interest from the Cavs, Rockets and Heat as a bench scorer. He will be back in the USA on Thursday after a trip to China.
Jul 23 - 5:46 PM

The Pelicans waived G/F Omri Casspi.

The writing has been on the wall for a while here with his contract becoming guaranteed on Aug. 1. Casspi had a solid preseason in Houston last season, but couldn't get his 2013-14 regular season off the ground. He'll get a camp invite somewhere.
Jul 23 - 5:14 PM

The Rockets signed Clint Capela on Wednesday.

The terms of the deal are not disclosed, but this confirms he won't be going overseas. Capela did not play at summer league and he's a bit of a wild card, but he has some length and has some potential. He'll likely be getting a lot of his run in the D-League.
Jul 23 - 4:33 PM

Knicks waive G/F Shannon Brown.

They signed him for the rest of the 2013-14 regular season back on Mar. 20 and he was on their summer league team, but he had no real chance to make the team. Brown should wind up getting a camp invite somewhere, but not doing much in summer league certainly hurts his chances of making a team.
Jul 23 - 4:23 PM

The Cavs expect to receive Andrew Wiggins' signed contract on Thursday.

That will start the clock for the Cavs to trade him within 30 days. They are obviously positioning themselves to make a move based on Tuesday's deal of acquiring three non-guaranteed deals in exchange for Carrick Felix, so Wiggins could wind up on the Wolves. Of course, they're saying Wiggins isn't available.
Jul 23 - 4:04 PM

Taj Gibson said he was never told he'd start and would have no problem coming off the bench.

The Bulls have a good problem to have with too many big men, and all of them are capable of playing power forward. With Pau Gasol likely to start, Gibson projects as a second-unit guy and he probably won't be eating up the majority of the fourth-quarter minutes at power forward like last season. Things were really looking up for a Gibson breakout a few weeks ago, but that seems a bit more unlikely now.
Jul 23 - 4:00 PM

Bulls sign G Aaron Brooks.

The deal had been reported last week and became official for the third-string point guard. "You never know what’s going to happen," Brooks said. "I enjoyed some success this past year when I got the opportunity to play. I think they just want me to come in, work hard, and help push everyone." He won't be worth drafting in almost any league.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 23 - 3:40 PM

Cavs sign G Joe Harris.

It's a three-year deal for a total of $2.7 million. The Cavs could wind up with a shallow team due to having so much money committed to their starting lineup, but Harris is still very unlikely to make it into the rotation.
Jul 23 - 3:25 PM

The Mavericks are expected to rotate their three veteran point guards and have Raymond Felton, Devin Harris and Jameer Nelson spell Monta Ellis at shooting guard as well.

In other words, the Mavericks will have a lot of two-point guard lineups this season. That should help them run an uptempo pace. Yes, that means Raymond Felton will have to be in shape, which is a story we hear about like clockwork every offseason. Ellis is still set up for a big role with the Mavericks and should be one of the better shooting guards in fantasy hoops.
Jul 23 - 3:00 PM

Jameer Nelson is "on track" to sign with the Mavericks after his meeting on Thursday.

It's a great fit for both sides with the Mavericks having to deal with Raymond Felton while they could also use a guard who is a plus 3-point shooter. Nelson gets a chance to contribute for a contender and should be able to get plenty of chances to score in double figures. His usage rate isn't going to be too high and he's never really put up eye-popping assist totals, so he's more of a late-round pick in fantasy leagues.
Jul 23 - 2:39 PM

Raymond Felton was fined $5,000 and sentenced to 500 hours of community service on Wednesday, as part of his plea bargain involving weapons charges.

Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, but he avoided jail time or probation. The NBA has not announced any punishment for Felton, who may face a short suspension to begin the season. Whether he'll start at PG for the Mavericks remains uncertain, as Dallas has shown interest in veteran free agents Mo Williams and Jameer Nelson.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 23 - 1:53 PM

Wolves rookie Zach LaVine, who is listed at 6'5" and 180 pounds, said that he "definitely [has] to get in the weight room" this summer.

"I feel I’m a pretty physical person, just not the strongest yet ... But I use my speed to my advantage," he said. The Wolves' No. 13 pick averaged 15.7 points during Summer League and improved as the competition went along, and he could find himself with a big role if Minnesota deals away Kevin Martin and/or J.J. Barea in a deal involving Kevin Love. "Wherever [team president and coach Flip Saunders] needs to play me at. If that’s [point guard], I feel like I can handle the ball and run the team," said LaVine. "I like scoring the ball as well, so whatever he needs me to do; facilitate, shoot, defend, anything he needs me to do."
Source: NBA.com
Jul 23 - 1:13 PM

Updating a previous report, the Mavericks have voided Rashard Lewis' contract after learning that he will require knee surgery.

"It came to our attention during Rashard Lewis' physical that he is in need of a medical procedure on his right knee," said Mavs president Donnie Nelson. Lewis' agent didn't give any details about the nature or severity of the injury, so it's unclear when he might be healthy enough to resume basketball activities. His departure will likely cause the Mavericks to look elsewhere for another forward with shooting range.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 23 - 12:52 PM

Anthony Davis is excited to play power forward more often in 2014-15, while Omer Asik holds down the center position in the Pelicans' frontcourt.

"My game is really more of a power forward’s," Davis said. "This is going to help my game a lot. I like playing the four ... [Asik] is another big body who can defend, rebound, runs the floor, a great passer. It’s good for us." Davis has bulked up since the end of the regular season and he's been expanding his shooting range -- as long as he stays healthy, he's a lock for elite fantasy value.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 23 - 12:01 PM



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