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LeBron James was asked on Tuesday if he expects restricted FA Tristan Thompson to re-sign with the Cavs, to which he replied, "Yeah of course he will."

James, who was answering questions on Twitter, added that Thompson "Means way too much to [the Cavs'] success!" He's also on record as saying that Thompson should be a Cavalier for the rest of his career. Recent reports suggest the two sides have stalled in negotiations but it's hard to imagine a scenario in which Cleveland wouldn't sign him outright or match a competing offer.
Jul 28 - 8:18 PM

Serge Ibaka (right knee surgery) is in South Africa for the first ever NBA Africa game, but Yahoo's Marc J. Spears reports that Ibaka has not been cleared to play.

Ibaka had surgery on Mar. 17 and was given an initial timetable of 4-6 weeks, so this raises some concerns for the Thunder. It's probable that OKC is simply being extra cautious with Ibaka to avoid any unnecessary setbacks, and we'll pass along more information as soon as possible. For the record, Ibaka said that if he's "100 percent" he will play for Spain during the EuroBasket tournament which begins in early September.
Jul 28 - 8:02 PM

Quincy Pondexter, who had arthroscopic left knee surgery on May 6, put off an MRI so that he could play in the postseason.

"[The MRI revealed] a laundry list of things that we had to get fixed," Pondexter said. "It's all good, I'm getting healthy. Hopefully, I'll be ready by the time training camp starts." Q-Pon will likely come off the bench behind Tyreke Evans at SF this season, and even healthy he's little more than a desperation source of 3-pointers.
Jul 28 - 7:36 PM

Lavoy Allen's three-year, $12 million deal with the Pacers is now official.

Allen is expected to earn minutes at both PF and C this season, as the Pacers shift to a faster-paced philosophy with smaller lineups. "I think it’s going to be a nice little battle during training camp vying for the power forward and center spot since it’s wide open right now," Allen said. "That’s one of the main reasons they brought me back was the talk about playing more uptempo." Nothing about Allen's game suggests he'll offer standard-league fantasy value this season.
Jul 28 - 7:31 PM

The Miami Heat will sign rookie G Josh Richardson to a three-year, $2.5 million deal.

Richardson was the 40th pick in this year's NBA Draft, and he had an impressive summer league with averages of 11.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.6 assists per game. His ability to be a two-way player factored heavily into the Heat's decision to sign him, and it's clear that they think he has a bright future in Miami. However, Richardson likely won't make an impact right away in Miami's crowded backcourt, so he can be ignored outside of deeper leagues.
Source: Real GM
Jul 28 - 6:39 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns said he is hoping to learn how he can become an NBA champion from Kevin Garnett.

"The biggest thing that I want to really take away from Kevin Garnett, is learn how to be a champion," Towns said. "He has a ring. I want to get a ring also, in my career. Possibly multiple. I want to do that and I want to actually bring that to Minnesota first." Towns has the highest upside of any of this year's rookies, and he showed why he was the No. 1 pick with a solid outing at summer league. He will probably be overdrafted in fantasy leagues this season due to all the hype, but he has all the tools to become a superstar.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 5:41 PM

Matt Barnes believes that he will fit in with the Memphis Grizzlies because of their "Grit and Grind" style.

"This is a whole - not just team but city - with my ideal, a grind mentality," Barnes said. "I've been on teams that run-and-gun and dunk and shoot a lot of 3's, but I've never been on a team that everyone has the same mindset I do. That's very exciting from a player's standpoint." Barnes will likely come off the bench in Memphis, but his defense and ability to hit the 3-point shot should mean that he will have a decent role right out of the gate. He won't be target outside of deeper leagues, though.
Source: USA Today
Jul 28 - 5:33 PM

According to Sheridan Hoops, DeMarcus Cousins is a big fan of Reggie Evans and is hoping that the Kings re-sign him.

There has been a lot of turmoil between head coach George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins this summer, so it wouldn't be the worst idea for the Kings to please their franchise center. Evans only made 43 appearances for the Kings last season with averages of 3.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game, so it's obvious that he wouldn't be a factor in fantasy leagues if he re-signed with the Kings.
Jul 28 - 4:47 PM

Steve Kerr will undergo back surgery on Tuesday in order to address a herniated disk.

He has reportedly been dealing with this issue for a couple of months, but hopefully the Warriors head coach will be back on his feet in no time. Kerr deserves a lot of credit for leading the Warriors to the 2014-15 NBA Championship, and it will be interesting to see if they can repeat their success next year with a similar roster in town.
Jul 28 - 4:12 PM

Nicolas Batum posted a picture of the Charlotte Hornets logo on his Twitter feed as a way to shoot down the rumors of his reported interest in the Toronto Raptors.

A report from Grantland indicated that Batum's camp has put out indications that their client would be interested in signing for the Raptors next summer, but Batum's response on Twitter should quiet down some of that noise. Charlotte does own his Bird Rights, so one would think that they would have the upper hand in free agency next summer. With Batum eyeing a hefty paycheck this summer, expect him to bounce back after a terrible 2014-15 season with the Blazers. Check out the link below to view all of Batum's Tweets.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 3:55 PM

Lance Stephenson said he believes that the Clippers have all the right pieces to win a title.

Stephenson is probably referring to himself here, but all joking aside, it's nice to see that he is excited to have a fresh start in Los Angeles. "I’m very excited," Stephenson said. "I think we’ve got the pieces that can get us our ring. You’ve got coach [Doc] Rivers behind us. I think the sky’s the limit for us. We’ve got the talent, we’ve got the vets." Stephenson is expected to come off the bench for the Clippers, but after his disastrous 2014-15 campaign with the Hornets, he will be too risky to target in standard leagues.
Jul 28 - 3:22 PM

Boban Marjanovic could miss Eurobasket due to an issue with his foot, but he will fly to San Antonio this week in order to be re-evaluated.

Crvena Zvezda assistant coach Velibor Radovic claimed that Marjanovic played in the finals of the Serbian League with a fractured foot, but that report was vehemently denied by Serbian National Team head coach Sasha Djordjevic. "Boban Marjanovic doesn’t have health problems," Djordjevic said. "It was showed during the physicals in Milan with the Spurs and also by our medical staff. All results, from X-Rays to MRI were negative." Marjanovic has been pulled from Serbia's practices as a precaution, and he will travel to San Antonio this week in order to undergo another re-evaluation by the Spurs. It sounds like Marjanovic is fine, but we will update his status when we know more.
Source: Sportando
Jul 28 - 3:09 PM

Nuggets head coach Mike Malone was impressed by what he saw from Nikola Jokic during the summer league.

"I've been impressed with Nikola and how well he's picked things up," Malone said. "So very, very skilled. A guy who is a face-up player, can knock down the jump shot, great passer, whether it's when he has the ball in the post or when we get a defensive rebound; his first look is down the floor." Jokic posted averages of 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 blocks in 21 minutes per game during the summer league, and while he does have a lot of upside, he won't be a target in standard leagues as long as Jusuf Nurkic is healthy.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 28 - 2:31 PM

The Wizards, Lakers and Knicks are still interested in signing free agent Kevin Seraphin.

Seraphin has expressed his desire to be a starter in the NBA, but that isn't likely to happen on any of these teams. He only saw 15.6 minutes per game with the Wizards last season and posted averages of 6.6 points, 3.3 boards and 0.7 blocks, but he will likely only be an asset in deeper leagues unless he lands in an ideal situation.
Jul 28 - 2:25 PM

John Jenkins said he got some advice when he spoke to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban last week.

Jenkins said he spoke to Cuban after signing with Dallas last week and got some advice from the Mavs owners. "He told me just to make buckets," said Jenkins. "That’s what I do best, and that’s what I’m going to do." Jenkins has the potential to earn a spot in the Mavs rotation, but he doesn't have much more fantasy potential outside of deeper leagues.
Jul 28 - 1:54 PM

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