NBA Position Battles: East

NBA Position Battles: East
Ryan Knaus explores position battles throughout the Eastern Conference, and takes a guess at each team's opening-night starting lineup.
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Francisco Garcia has signed a one-year deal with the Rockets, according to his agent, Aaron Goodwin.

Goodwin denied the report of a Garcia-Rockets, two-year agreement last week, so the two parties went with a short-term deal instead. He'll join a team with a bit less depth than last year, but he's not a lock for consistent minutes.
Aug 21 - 7:52 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute could be traded to the Sixers in a Thaddeus Young deal.

He's really battled some knee injuries and couldn't get a regular role with the Wolves, but he'll join a team with some laughable concerns at their forward spots. Philly is probably going to play their kids, but LMAM is on the radar in deeper formats for now.
Aug 21 - 7:47 PM

Alexey Shved may be included in a deal for Thaddeus Young.

He'll likely be traded with Luc Mbah a Moute, which makes things very interesting for the Sixers. Shved will have a very good chance for playing time, but his inefficient scoring severely caps his upside. We'd rather target someone like K.J. McDaniels or Tony Wroten.
Aug 21 - 7:44 PM

Drew Gooden will not be able to represent Finland in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

His application for dual citizenship will not be cleared in time for the tournament, according to the Washington Post. Gooden's mother is Finnish and the 12-year vet was hoping to obtain dual citizenship and a Finnish passport so that he could represent the country this summer. He re-signed with the Wizards on a one-year deal this offseason.
Aug 21 - 5:02 PM

Darius Morris has signed a non-guaranteed contract to join the Portland Trailblazers training camp.

Morris was reportedly close to signing with Crvena Zvezda of the Euroleague, but will now get a shot to earn a spot with the Blazers. He has been bouncing around the NBA on various 10 day contracts and stints with the D-League and will likely take his talents overseas if he can not latch on to an NBA team.
Aug 21 - 4:26 PM

Derrick Rose said he was "feeling good" after Team USA practice on Thursday.

"I'm feeling good. I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow & see how it goes," Rose said. "Just trying to stay positive til then." He sat out Team USA's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday citing knee soreness. The national team has been taking every precaution with Rose as he looks to return to the NBA after missing nearly all of the past two seasons.
Aug 21 - 4:09 PM

Kenneth Faried said he was "surprised" at his starting role with the U.S. men's national team.

Faried was named the starting power forward in the team's first warm-up game against Brazil, and now seems thoroughly entrenched at that spot. He was initially a long-shot to make the final 12-man roster, but withdrawals from Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, and the injury to Paul George have left team USA thin at the forward spots. His unrelenting energy and hustle have made him both a solid fantasy option and a starter for the national team.
Aug 21 - 3:59 PM

Thad Young is still expected to be traded to Minnesota despite reports that Anthony Bennett will not be traded to the 76ers.

The Philadelphia Daily news reported in early August that Young would be moved to Minnesota for a package that would include Bennett. News of Bennett staying in Minnesota was thought to derail Young being traded as well. However, Darren Wolfson of ESPN reports that the Sixers will not move Young or Shabazz Muhammad, and instead 76ers GM Sam Hinkie will have to take a package including Alexey Shved, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and a draft pick if he wants to move Thad.
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