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Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings.

Darren Collison is still the presumptive starter in Sacramento, with Lawson running the second unit, and draft pick Isaiah Cousins isn't guaranteed a spot on the roster. Lawson's off-court indiscretions have tainted his reputation and he has plenty of incentive this year -- an impressive, drama-free campaign with the Kings could yield a long-term contract next summer, months before his 30th birthday. He's a handcuff pick in deep leagues, but most owners should avoid him on draft day.

Jason Terry reportedly expects to play meaningful minutes for the Bucks this upcoming season.

"He wants his minutes," said an NBA executive, whose team had shown some interest in signing Terry. "He didn’t go [to Milwaukee] to sit on the bench." Terry will provide the Bucks with some much-needed 3-point shooting, but it's just not realistic to expect the 38-year-old to eclipse the 20-minute mark on most nights. He's off the radar just about everywhere.
Aug 28 - 2:48 PM

Sir'Dominic Pointer is signing a two-year deal with Israeli team Hapoel Eilat.

The Cavs selected him with the 53rd pick in the 2015 Draft, but he's not quite ready to make the jump to the NBA. We'll keep an eye on his progress.
Aug 28 - 12:35 PM

Lance Thomas said he's still focusing on his 3-point shot this summer even though he shot an impressive 40.4 percent from deep last season.

"I’m still working on that," Thomas said. "I’m working on things that are going to help us win. I’m watching a lot of film this summer because I could have been better last season." He will have a role after signing a four-year, $27 million deal this summer, but his minutes will be capped in the 20s while Carmelo Anthony is healthy. He averaged 8.2 points and 2.2 rebounds with 0.7 3-pointers per game last season, so he won't be a target in standard leagues.
Aug 28 - 12:30 PM

Kendall Marshall could be an option for the Wizards according to Ben Standig of CSN Mid-Atlantic.

John Wall is recovering from two offseason knee surgeries and Trey Burke has really struggled at the NBA level, so adding some depth at the point will likely be a priority for the Wizards this summer. They have invited Casper Ware to training camp, but Marshall would be an upgrade. If he does land in Washington, he would only have fantasy value if Wall is on the shelf.
Aug 28 - 12:09 PM

Miroslav Raduljica indicated that he would be open to a move back to the NBA.

He looked great during the Rio Olympics, but he agreed to a two-year deal with Emporio Armani Milano in July. Unless he pursues a buyout with his new team, he won't get another shot in the NBA for at least another year or two.
Aug 28 - 10:32 AM

DeMarcus Cousins said he's open to playing in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

"I’m open to [coming back for Tokyo 2020]," Cousins said. "I’ll be older then, so it depends on how my body feels. As of right now, where I’m at, absolutely, I’m open to it." Cousins will be 30 in 2020, but you could tell he really enjoyed his experience in Rio away from the all the noise in Sacramento. Kings GM Vlade Divac has stressed over and over again that Cousins isn't going anywhere, but it's a safe bet that there will be plenty of trade rumors this season if the Kings struggle out of the gate.
Aug 28 - 10:28 AM

Despite signing a four-year, $94 million deal this summer, Harrison Barnes made it clear that Dallas is still Dirk Nowitzki's team.

"He's put in the years and won a championship," Barnes said. "But I have to go out and earn that. People assume that just because you get paid a lot of money and have a lot of attention that all of the sudden you're guaranteed this many shots. I have to prove that every day in practice." Barnes will have the ball in his hands a lot and coach Rick Carlisle believes he will develop into a playmaker, and we already know that he's going to be a primary scoring option. Barnes is an ideal situation, but it means nothing if he doesn't perform.
Source: Sportsday
Aug 28 - 10:14 AM

Wayne Ellington said it will be crucial for Hassan Whiteside to improve his passing this season.

"It's no question. That's something big for us," Ellington said. "And being able to get on the same page with Hassan and the other big guys is crucial. Gaining that attention and defenses being so focused on him, being able to go out and find the open guys is going to be huge for us." Per NBA.com, Whiteside has a total of 35 assists in 140 career games, so that's a glaring weakness in his game. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that HW has been working on that aspect of his game this summer in addition to his low-post scoring, so prospective owners can at least expect a modest bump in assists.
Aug 28 - 10:03 AM

Drew Gordon is close to a deal with Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania.

Drew, the older brother of Aaron Gordon, spent last season in France with Chalons-Reims. He doesn't belong in the NBA, but maybe that changes with a couple more years of development overseas.
Aug 28 - 9:20 AM

Sebastian Telfair has been linked with Cedevita Zagreb in Croatia.

Italian side Pallacanestro Cantù is also interested in Telfair, so it seems like it's just a matter of time before he decides. The market for backup PGs in the NBA is drying up, so it's not a surprise that Telfair is staying overseas.
Aug 28 - 9:16 AM

Joel Embiid (foot) said that he's feeling "a hundred percent" healthy.

Players are always overly optimistic when given the chance to self-assess, but this is obviously notable given how the first two years of Embiid's NBA career have gone. Embiid added that it's been "really tough" to be forced to watch from the sidelines, but he's obviously eager to get on the floor and contribute in any possible way. The Sixers have been incredibly tight-lipped regarding Embiid's possible role, and it doesn't help that the team still currently has both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor on its roster. For what it's worth, Embiid did say that he'll "probably" having playing restrictions, something we already knew was coming.
Aug 27 - 4:20 PM

Nuggets sign G/F D.J. Kennedy.

It was reported Kennedy agreed to a three-year, partially guaranteed deal in mid-August, and that deal became official shortly thereafter.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 4:04 PM

Pacers signed G Julyan Stone.

Stone should be in training camp, but it would be surprising if he survived final training camp cuts. It's more likely that he'll try to relaunch his career in the D-League.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 4:02 PM

Phil Jackson called his decision to pass on acquiring Jae Crowder the "biggest mistake" to date in his Knicks tenure.

"One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics," Jackson told scribe Charley Rosen. "In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early." Whoops.
Aug 27 - 3:39 PM


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