Dion Waiters stated again in a recent interview that he wants to be a starter for the Cavaliers.
"I want to start and I believe I should," said Waiters. With all the trade rumors flying around Cleveland it's not even clear that Waiters will be in a Cavs uniform next year, but it appears that he is not happy in a reserve role. Through 24 games as a starter with the Cavs last season, Waiters averaged 18.3 points, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers, so he could be a solid late-round pick.
Donald Sterling lost his court case on Monday, as the judge ruled in favor of Shelly Sterling, rejecting all of Donald's arguments.
Steve Ballmer is now set to be the Clippers next owner, and the sale is expected to be finalized by August 15. The judges' ruling on Monday is only a tentative oral decision, and not legally binding, but it would be shocking to see a sudden reversal of the decision. The ruling is essentially appeal-proof, and hopefully this is the last we will hear of Donald Sterling. This is a huge victory for the NBA, and it looks like the league is in good hands with commissioner Adam Silver at the helm.
Derrick Rose briefly played during Team USA's scrimmage on Monday, and said that "it feels great" to be back on the court.
He also added that he is pain free, and that's what all the reports have been saying up to this point. Rose will be under a microscope throughout the FIBA World Cup (assuming he makes the 12-man roster), and Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that he would play without restrictions. Rose will be a risky first-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
The Lakers officially re-signed Wes Johnson on Monday.
"Wesley possesses elite athleticism... and has the potential to develop into an excellent defender," said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. Johnson was able to log 28.4 minutes per game last season as the Lakers were devastated by injuries, but that situation will not likely be repeated. Johnson is not someone to target in standard leagues.
Mo Williams has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Timberwolves.
Williams won't have much value in the Timberwolves crowded backcourt, but things could change depending on how the pieces are moved in a Kevin Love deal. It's an interesting move for Williams as he had previously stated he was looking for a long-term deal, but perhaps the market did not present such an opportunity for Mo.
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said that he can see that Nikola Vucevic is becoming more comfortable on the basketball court.
"He’s feeling more comfortable on the floor," Vaughn said. "Even when he gets the ball in the post, the comfort level of seeing cutters and passing out of the post. I just think he’s more comfortable." Vucevic rebounding has been a constant, but he'll need to work on establishing himself as a consistent scorer during his third season in Orlando. If Vucevic can stay healthy (he only made it through 57 games last season), while taking another step-up in the scoring department, he can be a very rewarding early-mid-round selection.
Detroit management thinks Jodie Meeks is more than just a shooter.
"Players like Jodie take a lot of pride in developing other parts of their game. That’s something that’s driven his progress," Pistons' GM Jeff Bower said. "He’s worked hard to become an adequate defender... The ability to make plays and put other people in position to be successful is something his unselfish nature just lends itself to. And, lastly, no dominant inside attack can be as potent without the play in the backcourt, either through spacing the floor or creating an inside-out threat. All of those things aren’t lost on Jodie and he has impact in all of those areas."
The Timberwolves reportedly view Thaddeus Young as a potential Kevin Love replacement.
The Wolves are reportedly looking into acquiring Young from the 76ers either through a separate transaction, or as part of an expanded Love trade. However, Young still has two years remaining on his current contract, and it's unclear as to whether Philadelphia is willing to part ways with Young in any deal.