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O.J. Mayo said he's hoping to make a return to the NBA in 2018.

Mayo admitted to smoking marijuana and abusing a prescription pain medication that triggered a two-year ban from the NBA last year, but he can apply for reinstatement on July 1, 2018. He has been working out with other NBA players and has shed 25 pounds, but most importantly, it sounds like he's getting his life back on track. Mayo said he's interested in playing in China, Spain or Israel this fall, but he hasn't received any offers yet. He's only 29, but Mayo still faces an uphill battle to make it back to the league.
Source: SI.com
Aug 21 - 1:25 PM

Wesley Matthews said he expects to showcase "a more all-around skillset" to lead the Mavs back to the playoffs.

"I want to be the most complete basketball player that I can be, and with the shooting slump that I had there were still ways that I had to be effective on the court," he said. "You know, energy, leadership and defense, that’s always going to be a part of it. But being able to get other guys shots and get other guys open, I take pride in that as well." Matthews averaged 12.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.4 treys last season, but shot an abysmal 38.8 percent from the field. He's reportedly in great shape and has been incorporating yoga into his offseason program, but Matthews is only worth a look late in drafts because he hasn't looked the same since his Achilles injury back in 2015.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 21 - 12:06 PM

The Magic have signed PG Troy Caupain.

An undrafted point guard out of Cincinnati, Caupain averaged 10.5 points with 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists during his senior season. The Magic do have an open roster spot, but this is likely a partially-guaranteed deal and he's far from a lock to make the opening night roster.
Source: Real GM
Aug 21 - 10:19 AM

Nerlens Noel has fired his agent and will soon sign with Dan Fegan.

Noel hasn't been thrilled with what the Mavericks have offered him and is hoping that Fegan will pry a max contract offer out of Mark Cuban. The risk is huge with Noel struggling with knee trouble since he entered the league, and it doesn't help his case that most NBA teams are out of cap space. While a max deal seems unlikely, maybe Fegan will help speed up the process and land Noel a deal prior to training camp in September. Assuming he re-signs in Dallas, Noel will be a high-risk, high-reward option in the middle rounds.
Source: NBCDFW.com
Aug 21 - 10:08 AM
Josh Smith - F -

According to Kelly Iko of ESPN, Josh Smith is "very interested" in a return to the Rockets.

Iko adds that a deal could be in the works soon, meaning the interest is mutual. Smith spent last season in China and played well with 18.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 blocks. However, he also attempted 7.8 triples per game, making 2.3 of them on a 28.9 percent clip. Smith has always taken a lot of heat for launching triples at will and his shot selection is one of the reasons his NBA career went downhill. The Rockets have been shopping Ryan Anderson, so Smith could be in the mix for minutes if he lands in Houston.
Aug 21 - 9:52 AM

The Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, and the league has launched an independent investigation into the allegations.

The probe is reportedly centered on possible "impermissible contact" between Magic Johnson and George, although at this point, no findings have been made. If the Lakers are deemed guilty upon the conclusion of the investigation, they could lose multiple draft picks, front office execs could be suspended, hefty fines would need to be paid, and the Lakers could also be forbidden from signing PG-13 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Aug 20 - 3:35 PM

Quinn Cook has reportedly agreed to a two-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Hawks.

The Hawks are rebuilding, so maybe Cook will be able to earn himself a spot as the third-string point guard on the roster if he impresses during training camp. He won't have any fantasy value, though.
Aug 20 - 2:46 PM

Milos Teodosic (undisclosed) will not play for Serbia at Eurobasket.

The exact injury is unclear, but we'll pass along more info once we know more. The Clippers are aware of the situation and this was reportedly a joint decision between them and his national team. Signed to a two-year, $12.3 million deal this summer, Teodosic will likely split the PG duties with Patrick Beverley in Los Angeles and is worth a look late in drafts if you missed out on assists.
Source: Sportando
Aug 20 - 1:48 PM

Michael Beasley said he didn't want to re-sign with the Bucks because of playing-time issues under coach Jason Kidd.

"Milwaukee got a nice young core – unfortunately, the bulk of their corps play my position," Beasley said. "Minutes for me, there just wasn’t what I wanted to see." Beasley describes himself as a "walking bucket" and thinks he'll handle the pressure in New York well. If the Knicks move on from Carmelo Anthony, Beasley could have some sneaky value for his scoring prowess -- per 36 minutes, Beasley put up 20.3 points per game last season.
Source: NY Post
Aug 20 - 12:49 PM

The Clippers have offered their GM position to Oklahoma City Thunder executive Michael Winger.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, a deal is expected to be reached soon. Winger has spent the past seven years as an assistant GM underneath Sam Presti in OKC and Wojnarowski adds that "he has developed a reputation as one of the league's most respected young executives."
Source: ESPN
Aug 20 - 12:37 PM

The Celtics have signed College of William and Mary product Daniel Dixon.

It's fully expected to be a partially-guaranteed deal and brings Boston's roster to 20 players, the training camp limit. The undrafted guard has nice size with a 6'6" frame and put up averages of 19.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a senior. Expect him to end up in the G-League at the conclusion of camp.
Aug 20 - 11:03 AM

Jordan Mickey's deal with the Heat is for two years.

The first year of the deal is guaranteed at $1.5 million and the second is a team option. The Heat don't have a first-round pick for the next two seasons, so Mickey gives them a nice young piece to develop. Mickey does have nice upside in blocks with 3.1 swats per 36 minutes, but he's not expected to be in the rotation on opening night. Maybe a strong camp and preseason changes that.
Aug 20 - 10:40 AM

The Greek basketball federation has accused the Bucks of staging Giannis Antetokounmpo's knee injury to keep him out of Eurobasket.

"We, on our side, did everything not to give the Bucks an excuse," Takis Tsagronis (the federation general secretary) said. "We took a magnetic scan of Giannis' leg and it was clean. What the Bucks claim is not the reality; something else is happening." Giannis recently visited with Bucks Head of Strength and Conditioning Suki Hobson and was put through a series of exercises to evaluate his knee, and it was determined that he was still "experiencing significant pain on basic movements." The NBA issued a statement backing up the Bucks, so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. According to Bucks GM John Horst, Giannis is scheduled to return to Milwaukee this week "to begin his daily treatment and rehabilitation program in order to be ready for Bucks Training Camp."
Aug 20 - 10:20 AM

Hassan Whiteside said he would embrace a Dwyane Wade return.

"It'd be great," Whiteside said. "It's a three-time NBA champion coming back, coming in and really helping a team out. It would be great." With the Bulls rebuilding, a buyout between the All-Star veteran and Chicago almost seems inevitable. The shut-down risk would be high if Wade stayed in the Windy City, so a move away would likely be a good thing. If you draft Josh Richardson or Dion Waiters this season, keep in mind that a potential Wade return would hurt their value.
Aug 20 - 9:40 AM

The Pacers plan to file tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, according to NBA writer Peter Vescey.

He adds that Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss were asked to turn over any correspondence pertaining to George. Johnson did appeal on Jimmy Kimmel and joked about meeting George, so that may be part of the tampering charge. This story is still developing.
Source: Patreon
Aug 20 - 12:28 AM



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