Chris Bosh says he's ready to get back in the paint and bang this season, after spending most of his time last season lingering around the 3-point line, much to his owners' chagrin.
Bosh became nothing more than a perimeter player last season, giving up on banging inside, and fighting for rebounds and blocks. With LeBron James in Cleveland, Bosh is going to have to man the middle this season for the Heat, and should return to looking more like a fantasy center instead of a shooting guard. And that's a good thing.
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that while no deal is done, the Suns have made "significant progress" in contract talks with Eric Bledose in the last couple days.
It's hard to see Bledsoe playing anywhere outside of Phoenix this season and this news backs that up. Bledsoe's injury problems last year resulted in somewhat of a lost season, but if healthy, he's extremely talented. If he does sign with the Suns, the outlook for Isaiah Thomas takes a hit, as he'll come off the bench behind Goran Dragic and Bledsoe. And the same holds true for one of last year's breakout stars, Gerald Green.
Maverick sign F Charlie Villanueva.
After getting a ridiculous contract from Joe Dumars in Detroit, Charlie V will now sit on the bench for the Mavericks this season, assuming he makes the team. The Mavs have 15 guaranteed contracts, so it's possible that he may not be on the opening night roster. If he does make the team, he could have a handful of interesting games in Dallas, but it's hard to imagine him getting more than 10 minutes a game. Forget about him, regardless of where he lands.
Brook Lopez has been playing 5-on-5 in Nets drills and reportedly feels great.
Couple this with a recent blurb stating that his confidence is "sky high," and it's easy to become enamored with the thought of drafting Lopez this year. However, the chances of him making it through the season without a foot injury don't appear to be good, so we're still not completely psyched by the thought of spending an early pick on the big man.
Michael Beasley reached an agreement on a deal with the Grizzlies.
The deal isn't guaranteed and he might not make it past training camp. It's an interesting pickup and the Grizzlies were a little under the radar here. Even in an ideal scenario, Beasley probably won't have many minutes going his way and he would need to play extremely well to make the rotation.
Rudy Gobert said he's ready to contribute for the Jazz this season.
"I feel way more confident than I did last season," Gobert said. "I feel like I can help my team win. I feel like I can make a defensive impact, and help the team maintain" He had a fantastic offseason and is a lock for the rotation. Despite his upside in blocks, field goal percentage and boards, his issues at the free throw line keep him from standard-league consideration right now.
Eric Gordon (knee surgery) said that he'll be a "full go for everything" when the Pelicans begin training camp.
"From five weeks after surgery [in mid-April] I've been doing a lot of lifting," Gordon said. "I definitely want to be an All-Star. I've come close a couple of times. For the past three years, injuries have slowed me down." Offseason optimism is always heart-warming, but the reality is that Gordon's knees have caused him to miss 141 games over the past four seasons.
Jermaine O'Neal is still deciding whether to play next season, according to Warriors GM Bob Myers.
J.O. only played in 44 games last year, but when he was on the court he was effective, averaging 7.9 points on 50.4 percent shooting, with 5.5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in just 20 minutes per game. The Warriors have been in communication with him all summer, so there's a good chance he'll return to the Bay Area if he doesn't retire.