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Rodney Stuckey officially signed a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Pacers on Monday.

The former Pistons guard accepted the veteran's minimum to join a winning team, saying, "It's never fun when you're losing, especially when you have to go through it for 82 games." He said he'll embrace any role the Pacers see fit to give him, and without Lance Stephenson around he has a good chance to start at SG alongside George Hill.
Jul 22 - 4:35 PM

The Bulls officially signed rookie Doug McDermott on Tuesday.

McDermott averaged 18.0 points with relative ease during Summer League, making 44.4 percent of his 3-pointers and 95.7 percent of his free throws. He may earn a bench role as a rookie but fantasy owners should approach him cautiously. For what it's worth, reports about Chicago's pursuit of Kevin Love do not mention McDermott as a potential trade chip.
Jul 22 - 4:24 PM

Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder surgery) expects to be fully recovered prior to the start of training camp.

MCW has already been cleared to shoot and he's focused on improving various facets of his game. "[I'll work on] my three-point shot, getting a little bit stronger, and my pull-up shot," said the reigning Rookie of the Year. "Those are the three things that I’m really working on this offseason to expand my game and make the game easier on myself." He made only 104-of-519 jump shots last season (20.0 percent), and was 26.4 percent from downtown, so any improvement would be eagerly welcomed.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 22 - 4:17 PM

The NBA has warned players not to participate in exhibitions in the Philippines this summer, which were expected to include DeMar DeRozan, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard and Kyle Lowry.

Some players are expected to earn at least $150,000 during the two-day event, and their agents feel the league is trying to control the financial market for overseas events. A league official denied that to Yahoo! Sports, saying, "Our biggest concerns aren't sponsorships and payouts, but the playing conditions around the games – quality of the floor, equipment around the court, presence of doctors and facilities for treatment, etc." The players may be subject to fines if they do participate in the events.
Jul 22 - 3:24 PM

Highly-touted prospect Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the China Basketball Association.

Mudiay (6'5", 200 lbs.) opted not to play for Southern Methodist University and will instead take a route similar to Brandon Jennings, who became eligible for the NBA draft spending a year in Italy. The 19-year-old point guard projects as a lottery pick in the 2015 draft.
Jul 22 - 3:00 PM

The Warriors officially signed Brandon Rush to a two-year deal on Tuesday.

Rush, the No. 13 pick in the 2008 draft, only played in 38 games after recovering from ACL surgery last season. He gives the Warriors another solid perimeter option but isn't likely to hold fantasy value in standard formats.
Jul 22 - 2:52 PM

The Chicago Bulls are making a play for Kevin Love, according to Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

While the Cavaliers are still thought to be the leader in the clubhouse to land Love, the Bulls have reportedly decided to throw their hat in the ring. While it's unclear at the moment who the Bulls would be offering, sources believe the Wolves would want a package built around Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. The Cavaliers and Warriors are still in play here, but the Summer of Love just got a lot more interesting.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 1:54 PM

The Cavaliers are set to sign a standard two-year rookie deal with Andrew Wiggins, according to the Associated Press.

The deal will pay Wiggins $5.5 million next season and contain two extra years of team options, according to a source familiar with negotiations. While the signing would prevent the Cavs from dealing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft for 30 days, Cleveland could still come to an agreement on a deal that would send Wiggins to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love and then execute the deal after the 30 days are up.
Source: AP
Jul 22 - 1:32 PM

Jimmy Butler has been named to the 2014 USA Basketball Select Team.

Butler's breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 13.1 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 4.9 boards, 2.6 assists, and 1.9 steals went a long way towards landing the 24-year-old on the squad. "USA Basketball's Select Teams are critical for getting some of the game's brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director. If Butler is able to utilize this opportunity to take his game to another level, he could end up being a steal in the middle-to-late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 12:05 PM

Mason Plumlee has been named to the USA Select team.

This is a huge honor for the 24-year-old as he attempts to build off his strong Summer League showing. Plumlee will join his brother, Mason, and 10 other young players who will help prepare Team USA for this summer's World Cup of Basketball. Plumlee will open the 2014-15 season backing up Brook Lopez, but should be able to carve out a role for himself in the Nets' rotation and provide fantasy value to owners in deeper leagues.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 11:46 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for non-guaranteed contracts that potentially could be included in a bigger deal later, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

As the Kevin Love rumors continue to swirl around Cleveland, these non-guaranteed contracts could help the Cavs facilitate a deal with the Timberwolves. It is currently unclear whether Andrew Wiggins would be part of a trade that includes the non-guaranteed contracts, but there are several teams around the league (like the Celtics) with the contract ammo the Cavs are looking for.
Jul 22 - 11:36 AM

Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with prospective buyer Steve Ballmer on Monday.

In the latest chapter of the Sterling saga, the embattled Clippers owner sat down with Ballmer for the first time on Monday to discuss the former Microsoft executive's bid for the team. It is unclear exactly what the two sides discussed in the meeting, but the session was described as "cordial" by sources familiar with the situation. Sterling is due to appear in probate court on Tuesday to determine whether Shelly Sterling acted properly when she took over the family trust that owns the NBA franchise and other assets, so there are likely more twists and turns to come before this is over.
Jul 22 - 11:08 AM

Former University of Maryland head coach Gary Williams thinks Kevin Durant could wind up back in the Washington D.C. area.

Williams' thoughts on Durant are just idle summer chatter, but the former Terrapins head coach thinks Durant could sign with the Wizards when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2016. "One interesting thing on this LeBron going back to Cleveland, Durant’s watching that very close," Williams said on a radio interview last week. "He’s seeing the adulation pouring out for LeBron James for coming home. And Durant loves this area." We'll chalk this one up to summer conjecturing for now, but if Williams is correct, the Wizards have two seasons to prove to Durant that he can win in D.C.
Jul 22 - 10:23 AM

The Kings have until Saturday to decide whether or not they will bring Quincy Acy back.

Acy has a team option for approximately $915,000 and the Kings are considering bringing back the 23-year-old forward to fill a bench role. Acy averaged 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in seven Summer League games, but his 2014-15 fantasy value would be limited if the Kings pick up his option as he'll be hard-pressed to find more playing than the 13.4 minutes that he averaged in 2013-14.
Jul 22 - 10:05 AM

The Phoenix Suns expect restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe to be part of the team when the 2014-15 season begins.

While the Suns haven't been able to find middle ground with Bledsoe and his representatives, the 24-year-old hasn't signed an offer sheet with another team either. Bledsoe could ultimately decide to accept his $3.7 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, but the Suns are envisioning a three-headed backcourt monster of Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, and Bledsoe that would make fantasy owners salivate. "We expect Goran and Eric and Isaiah to be pushing the ball up the court like they did last year," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.
Jul 22 - 9:49 AM



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