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Rashard Lewis will soon have knee surgery, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Lewis recently signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks in free agency. Devin Harris accepted a reduced contract last season under similar conditions (requiring toe surgery after agreeing to a contract) but it's futile to speculate without knowing more details about the nature of Lewis' injury and surgery. Stay tuned.
Jul 22 - 6:30 PM

Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified in court on Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers said he'll quit if Donald Sterling is not removed as the team's owner.

Parsons was testifying in probate court, as part of a case dealing with Shelly Sterling's sale of the team to potential owner Steve Ballmer -- a sale Donald Sterling is trying to stop. Sterling practiced law throughout his adult life and he's vowed to exhaust all legal means to retain the Clippers franchise, but the NBA's front office is adamant that he will eventually be removed. Sterling did meet with Steve Ballmer on Monday in a meeting described as "cordial," so there's still a glimmer of hope that he'll voluntarily relinquish control.
Source: AP
Jul 22 - 6:27 PM

Magic PF Andrew Nicholson said he is "going back to basics" this summer, following a disappointing sophomore season.

Nicholson's FG percentage plummetted from 52.7 percent as a rookie to just 42.9 percent last year, and his shot charts explain the problem. As a rookie, 47.3 percent of his attempts came in the paint and he didn't attempt a single 3-pointer. In his second season, 27.6 percent of his attempts came in the paint and he launched 89 triples (connecting on only 28 of them). Getting back into the paint could do him a world of favors.
Jul 22 - 6:07 PM

Trail Blazers F Thomas Robinson had surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament on Tuesday, but he's expected to recover prior to training camp.

Robinson hurt himself during a Summer League game but the good news is that it's not severe enough to affect his regular-season outlook. He averaged 12.5 minutes off the bench last year and isn't likely to have a bigger role in 2014-15 while LaMarcus Aldridge is healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 22 - 4:44 PM

Rodney Stuckey officially signed a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Pacers on Monday.

The former Pistons guard accepted the veteran's minimum to join a winning team, saying, "It's never fun when you're losing, especially when you have to go through it for 82 games." He said he'll embrace any role the Pacers see fit to give him, and without Lance Stephenson around he has a good chance to start at SG alongside George Hill.
Jul 22 - 4:35 PM

The Bulls officially signed rookie Doug McDermott on Tuesday.

McDermott averaged 18.0 points with relative ease during Summer League, making 44.4 percent of his 3-pointers and 95.7 percent of his free throws. He may earn a bench role as a rookie but fantasy owners should approach him cautiously. For what it's worth, reports about Chicago's pursuit of Kevin Love do not mention McDermott as a potential trade chip.
Jul 22 - 4:24 PM

Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder surgery) expects to be fully recovered prior to the start of training camp.

MCW has already been cleared to shoot and he's focused on improving various facets of his game. "[I'll work on] my three-point shot, getting a little bit stronger, and my pull-up shot," said the reigning Rookie of the Year. "Those are the three things that I’m really working on this offseason to expand my game and make the game easier on myself." He made only 104-of-519 jump shots last season (20.0 percent), and was 26.4 percent from downtown, so any improvement would be eagerly welcomed.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 22 - 4:17 PM

The NBA has warned players not to participate in exhibitions in the Philippines this summer, which were expected to include DeMar DeRozan, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard and Kyle Lowry.

Some players are expected to earn at least $150,000 during the two-day event, and their agents feel the league is trying to control the financial market for overseas events. A league official denied that to Yahoo! Sports, saying, "Our biggest concerns aren't sponsorships and payouts, but the playing conditions around the games – quality of the floor, equipment around the court, presence of doctors and facilities for treatment, etc." The players may be subject to fines if they do participate in the events.
Jul 22 - 3:24 PM

Highly-touted prospect Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the China Basketball Association.

Mudiay (6'5", 200 lbs.) opted not to play for Southern Methodist University and will instead take a route similar to Brandon Jennings, who became eligible for the NBA draft spending a year in Italy. The 19-year-old point guard projects as a lottery pick in the 2015 draft.
Jul 22 - 3:00 PM

The Warriors officially signed Brandon Rush to a two-year deal on Tuesday.

Rush, the No. 13 pick in the 2008 draft, only played in 38 games after recovering from ACL surgery last season. He gives the Warriors another solid perimeter option but isn't likely to hold fantasy value in standard formats.
Jul 22 - 2:52 PM

The Chicago Bulls are making a play for Kevin Love, according to Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

While the Cavaliers are still thought to be the leader in the clubhouse to land Love, the Bulls have reportedly decided to throw their hat in the ring. While it's unclear at the moment who the Bulls would be offering, sources believe the Wolves would want a package built around Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. The Cavaliers and Warriors are still in play here, but the Summer of Love just got a lot more interesting.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 1:54 PM

The Cavaliers are set to sign a standard two-year rookie deal with Andrew Wiggins, according to the Associated Press.

The deal will pay Wiggins $5.5 million next season and contain two extra years of team options, according to a source familiar with negotiations. While the signing would prevent the Cavs from dealing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft for 30 days, Cleveland could still come to an agreement on a deal that would send Wiggins to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love and then execute the deal after the 30 days are up.
Source: AP
Jul 22 - 1:32 PM

Jimmy Butler has been named to the 2014 USA Basketball Select Team.

Butler's breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 13.1 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 4.9 boards, 2.6 assists, and 1.9 steals went a long way towards landing the 24-year-old on the squad. "USA Basketball's Select Teams are critical for getting some of the game's brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director. If Butler is able to utilize this opportunity to take his game to another level, he could end up being a steal in the middle-to-late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 12:05 PM

Mason Plumlee has been named to the USA Select team.

This is a huge honor for the 24-year-old as he attempts to build off his strong Summer League showing. Plumlee will join his brother, Mason, and 10 other young players who will help prepare Team USA for this summer's World Cup of Basketball. Plumlee will open the 2014-15 season backing up Brook Lopez, but should be able to carve out a role for himself in the Nets' rotation and provide fantasy value to owners in deeper leagues.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 11:46 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for non-guaranteed contracts that potentially could be included in a bigger deal later, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

As the Kevin Love rumors continue to swirl around Cleveland, these non-guaranteed contracts could help the Cavs facilitate a deal with the Timberwolves. It is currently unclear whether Andrew Wiggins would be part of a trade that includes the non-guaranteed contracts, but there are several teams around the league (like the Celtics) with the contract ammo the Cavs are looking for.
Jul 22 - 11:36 AM


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