The Mavericks will bring LSU G Keith Hornsby to training camp.
Hornsby played four years in college, finishing his senior year with averages of 13.1 points, 2.0 threes, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals. He shot better than 41 percent from downtown, but there's no obvious spot for the perimeter specialist on the Mavs' roster.
The National Basketball Players Association will fund health insurance for all retired NBA players with at least three years of service in the NBA.
The vote was unanimous and this becomes the first of its kind in North American professional sports. "The game has never before been more popular, and all the players in our league today recognize that we’re only in this position because of the hard work and dedication of the men who came before us," NBPA President Chris Paul said. "It’s important that we take care of our entire extended NBA family, and I’m proud of my fellow players for taking this unprecedented step to ensure the health and well-being of our predecessors."
Anderson Varejao (back) has been ruled out for the Olympics.
It's too bad for the Brazilian. Varejao saw a back specialist earlier this week to diagnose a small lower back disc herniation. He is expected to be ready for training camp, but nothing in guaranteed for the oft-injured big man.
Cristiano Felicio has emerged as the "strong favorite" to replace Anderson Varejao on Brazil's Olympic roster, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
About six months ago, Felicio was a non-factor in the NBA. However, he had an eye-catching April with averages of 7.9 points, 5.9 boards, 1.1 assists, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 turnovers. Felicio also looked great for the Summer League champion Bulls with 11.4 points per game on a remarkable 78.4 true shooting percentage. The 24-year-old center is already on the radar in very deep leagues.
Rudy Gay (Achilles) had shock wave treatment on his heel this summer.
He said he had micro tears in his Achilles, but this procedure made him feel better than he has in at least two years. Gay is also under the microscope right now for openly talking about the Kings' lack of communication and consistency. He'll be 30 next month and chances are a trade would really hurt his fantasy value, so he's going to be a risky fantasy target.
The Wizards guaranteed $175,000 of Jarell Eddie's contract to delay the guarantee date, according to J. Michael of CSNMidAtlantic.com.
He had a guarantee date of July 15, but the two sides agreed to push it back after after a solid Summer League. Eddie has a decent shot to lock up one of the last spots on the roster, but he won't be a fantasy factor.
Larry Drew II reached an agreement with Neptunas in Lithuania.
After playing in France last season and being waived, Drew was back in stateside for D-League action and Summer League. He wasn't very impressive in his five Las Vegas games, averaging 7.2 points, 3.8 assists and 3.2 turnovers.
General manager Vlade Divac said Rudy Gay has his phone number.
"He has my number," Divac said about Rudy Gay's comments. "If I do something, I will call him. Obviously, if I didn’t call him, we didn’t do anything." If you missed it, Gay said he's hasn't seen consistency from the Kings "at all" in an interview on Monday. He also said there is a lack of communication. Gay has a player option for next season, so he'll likely be an unrestricted free agent next summer. He's one of the most likely players to be traded.