NBA Week in Review

NBA Week in Review
After an action-packed summer league and a month full of transactions, we're finally at the real offseason. Check out some news from the past week.
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Omri Casspi is finalizing a one-year contract with the Kings after clearing waivers on Friday.

The move will reportedly allow the Kings to keep Quincy Acy and that was previously in doubt. Casspi isn't going to move the needle in fantasy or reality, but he will add to the glut of power forwards the Kings are swimming in.
Jul 25 - 8:17 PM

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson will no longer be involved in the executive director search process for the NBA Players Association.

This doesn't sound like a friendly split and it sounds like the NBPA executive committee doing the same shenanigans that led to them getting murdered during the last CBA negotiations. Johnson successfully navigated them through the Donald Sterling saga, but apparently is no longer needed as the NBPA looks at the final three candidates, who could be voted on Monday.
Jul 25 - 7:43 PM

The Knicks recently proposed a trade of Amare Stoudemire, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert for Kevin Love, but the Wolves declined the deal.

Give Phil points for trying but that's hilarious.
Jul 25 - 7:35 PM

The Lakers sign G/F Xavier Henry on Friday.

The Lakers know everything about Henry's knee situation and at the reported one-year and $1 million they were talking about there's not a whole lot to nitpick here for either side. Injury concerns and fantasy deficiencies should keep Henry on the periphery of most drafts unless there is a major shake-up in La-La Land.
Jul 25 - 7:04 PM

The NBA is reportedly considering making the All-Star break a week long, which would result in one, or two more back-to-back sets per team.

"That's the model they're using right now while they're filling in the schedule," an NBA source familiar with the process told the Sun Sentinel Friday. "Could they go back and use some of those dates if needed? That's possible. But the week off looks like what's going to happen."
Jul 25 - 6:15 PM

Joakim Noah told media on Friday that his knee is feeling "great."

Noah underwent knee surgery on May 2, but reports have been consistently positive regarding Joakim's progress, and he's expected to be 100 percent by the start of training camp. Noah also opened up about the Bulls signing of Pau Gasol, stating: "It’s very humbling to play with somebody who has won championships with his pedigree. [Pau's] somebody I can really learn from."
Jul 25 - 6:04 PM

Evan Turner's previous coach Brett Brown spoke highly of Turner in a recent interview.

"I think his growth is infinite," said Brown. "I just have a soft spot for him. I feel like his better days are ahead of him. He’s young by all standards [25], and I think the Celtics are really lucky to have him... If he can find the right environment, he has a chance to rebuild himself, and I know that it’s in him. I really think that he’s got something else to offer." Turner doesn't have too many supporters after his very unimpressive stint in Indiana, and while Brown has a "soft spot" for Turner, we'll need to see how he performs on the basketball court with his new teammates in Boston before we bump him up on our charts. Turner looks like a late-round flier.
Jul 25 - 5:54 PM

Anthony Davis has been hitting the weight room hard this offseason, and he has made it one of his goals to put on some size for the 2014-15 season.

"I knew that I needed to get stronger," said Davis. "So [hitting the weight room] was definitely one of the top priorities on the list... It’s given me more ability to attack the basket, finish through contact and make sure guys don’t knock me off my line when I’m driving to the basket. Or if I’m posting up or playing post defense. All of that matters, when it comes to strength." Davis had a fantastic sophomore season with the Pelicans, averaging 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. The sky's the limit for Davis, and he'll be a first round selection for the 2014-15 fantasy season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 5:36 PM
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