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Pistons waive C Josh Harrellson.

This move is to pave the way for Caron Butler, but Harrellson's knee injury last season didn't give him much of a chance to stay with Detroit.
Jul 22 - 11:18 PM

Pistons waive G Peyton Siva.

He had almost no chance to make the team when the Pistons brought on D.J. Augustin, and they also drafted Spencer Dinwiddie. Siva may have a tough time making any NBA team next year due to his smaller size and lack of a jumper.
Jul 22 - 11:16 PM

Roy Hibbert is training with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this offseason.

It's unknown what they're going to work on, but conventional wisdom suggests it'll be involving Hibbert developing a post game. His offensive output was a disaster down the stretch and he couldn't even score effectively from within three feet. He'll have to impress for a couple months before the NBA world changes its mind on his offensive ineptitude.
Jul 22 - 10:39 PM

The Mavericks will host a meeting for unrestricted free agent Jameer Nelson on Thursday

They're looking for a point guard and are currently expected to start Raymond Felton. If the Mavericks can land Nelson, he'd have a great chance to start and would be a nice guy to have off the ball with his career 37.4 percent from 3-point range. The Mavs have $2.7 million left in their exception and are hoping that'll be enough.
Jul 22 - 9:29 PM

Rockets sign G Nick Johnson.

He put up about six highlight reel dunks this month and earned his contract with the team. Johnson looks like a nice value pick at 42 in the draft and he'll actually have a chance to get in the rotation. The third year of his deal is a team option.
Jul 22 - 9:25 PM

Nets sign F Cory Jefferson.

He was very efficient in Orlando, making 70.0 percent of his shots from the field for 11.2 points per game. Jefferson was also aggressive on defense with 1.4 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. He's an athletic guy at 6'9", but 2014's Mr. Irrelevant won't be making an impact right away.
Jul 22 - 8:47 PM

Nets sign G Markel Brown.

He compared himself to Russell Westbrook because of his backup role in college, but the 44th pick in the draft has a long way to go. Brown was productive in Orlando this month with 10.0 points per game on 52.9 percent from the field to go with 3.2 dimes, but he'll likely be starting his career off in the D-League and could get some minutes here and there when the Nets are injured.
Jul 22 - 8:43 PM

Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit in Superior court on Tuesday vs. his wife and the NBA.

The suit alleges corporate fraud and that Donald is the sole shareholder of the Clippers. This is another lawsuit filed against the NBA on top of the federal case against them. This story isn't going away any time soon.
Jul 22 - 8:40 PM

Erik Murphy was traded to the Cavs on Tuesday.

He had one great game in summer league, but was more or less a no-show. Murphy probably wouldn't have made the Jazz and he'll have a tough time making any other team. His non-guaranteed contract will likely be waived at some point this offseason.
Jul 22 - 7:13 PM

John Lucas was traded to the Cavs on Tuesday.

He has a non-guaranteed deal and the Cavs just did this to set up another possible move. Lucas had some interest from the Bulls before this deal, and he's still likely to not wind up with the Cavs this upcoming season.
Jul 22 - 7:08 PM

Malcolm Thomas was traded to the Cavs on Tuesday.

He's almost a lock to be waived with a non-guaranteed contract or at least traded in another deal to help the money match up. Thomas looked great out there with the Jazz in Las Vegas and they may try to bring him back after he clears waivers. He should get a camp invite somewhere at the least.
Jul 22 - 7:03 PM

The Jazz have agreed to trade John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy to the Cavaliers in exchange for Carrick Felix, a future second-round pick and $1 million.

The Cavaliers gain flexibility with the move since none of the players they'll receive have guaranteed contracts, and this trade has all the marks of a precursor to a possible deal for Kevin Love. The Warriors appear to have fallen out of the K-Love sweepstakes due to their refusal to part with Klay Thompson, and the Cavs seem like the clear-cut favorites with only the Nuggets and Bulls explicitly rumored to be bidding for Love. As for Felix, he won't have fantasy relevance in Utah or anywhere else.

Rashard Lewis will soon have knee surgery, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Lewis recently signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks in free agency. Devin Harris accepted a reduced contract last season under similar conditions (requiring toe surgery after agreeing to a contract) but it's futile to speculate without knowing more details about the nature of Lewis' injury and surgery. Stay tuned.
Jul 22 - 6:30 PM

Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified in court on Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers said he'll quit if Donald Sterling is not removed as the team's owner.

Parsons was testifying in probate court, as part of a case dealing with Shelly Sterling's sale of the team to potential owner Steve Ballmer -- a sale Donald Sterling is trying to stop. Sterling practiced law throughout his adult life and he's vowed to exhaust all legal means to retain the Clippers franchise, but the NBA's front office is adamant that he will eventually be removed. Sterling did meet with Steve Ballmer on Monday in a meeting described as "cordial," so there's still a glimmer of hope that he'll voluntarily relinquish control.
Source: AP
Jul 22 - 6:27 PM

Magic PF Andrew Nicholson said he is "going back to basics" this summer, following a disappointing sophomore season.

Nicholson's FG percentage plummetted from 52.7 percent as a rookie to just 42.9 percent last year, and his shot charts explain the problem. As a rookie, 47.3 percent of his attempts came in the paint and he didn't attempt a single 3-pointer. In his second season, 27.6 percent of his attempts came in the paint and he launched 89 triples (connecting on only 28 of them). Getting back into the paint could do him a world of favors.
Jul 22 - 6:07 PM



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