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Quin Snyder has added West Virginia Wesleyan coach Patrick Beilein to his staff, according to sources.

Beilein will be the video coordinator and player development coach for Snyder. Snyder hopes to use Beilein's skills as a shooting instructor to help develop Utah's young, developing roster.
Jul 25 - 3:00 PM

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar came to the defense of Roy Hibbert after some mocking comments came in on a video he posted teaching Hibbert.

"I've been reading your comments and want the fans following us to practice being patient and thinking positive. Good things are happening in the Pacers Fieldhouse. Big men just need other bigs to learn and practice with in order to sharpen their skills. Roy is a hard worker and I'm really looking forward to seeing him play this season." There were lots of positive reports about Hibbert last offseason as he spent time working with the great Tim Duncan, however, he shot just 32.0 percent from 0-3 feet, so the experience didn't exactly translate to success. We're not confident that Hibbert can suddenly have a miraculous turnaround, but it is worth noting that Abdul-Jabbar sees the potential in Roy.
Jul 25 - 2:41 PM

The Lakers have reportedly offered Byron Scott their head coaching position, and the two sides are now in the negotiating phase.

Scott has been the frontrunner for the head coaching gig in LA for some time now. He has a history with the Lakers organization, but more importantly, he has the support of Mr. Kobe Bryant. Scott will try to turn the franchise around after a historically bad season in Los Angeles, but with minimal improvement to the Lakers’ roster this offseason that will be a tall task.
Jul 25 - 2:15 PM

Carlos Boozer said on Friday that he's comfortable playing power forward or center.

Based on last season, he doesn't bode well as a center at all. On defense he allowed his man to shoot a combined 52.0 percent on post-ups and as the pick-and-roll roll man. On the other hand, Boozer shot just 38.3 percent in those situations on offense last year (stats per Synergy). He also had a career-low in rebounds per game while posting his second-lowest offensive rebounding rate in his career. The Lakers are going to have to come up with something at center because Jordan Hill isn't capable of playing more than 24 minutes over the course of a season. The 32-year-old Boozer is more of a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Jul 25 - 1:51 PM

Carmelo Anthony said he wants to win and doesn't "care about the money."

"I believe Phil [Jackson] will do what he has to do to take care of that," Anthony said. "I don't think we're that far away." He added it came down to the Knicks or the Bulls in his tough free-agency decision. The Knicks haven't really improved much and you could argue they got worse with the loss of Tyson Chandler. Anthony led the NBA in shots per game last season and he'll likely have a chance to repeat in that department in 2014-15.
Source: ESPN NY
Jul 25 - 1:03 PM

Kemba Walker said he thinks Lance Stephenson can take some pressure off of him.

"He’s super tough, he’ll never back down from anything, and for his height he handles the ball really well," Walker said. "He does the pick and roll really well. He passes the ball." Walker led the NBA in touches per game last season and fueled the Charlotte offense. The Hornets won't see a major change in strategy and Walker's fantasy value shouldn't change much. His usage may go down, but perhaps his efficiency goes up.
Jul 25 - 12:55 PM

Teams are expressing interest in Michael Beasley, according to his agent, Jared Karnes.

This is sports agent 101 and Karnes said "there has been quite a bit of activity in the past four days." Beasley wasn't a head case in Miami, which is probably the biggest positive out of last season. He'll only be a reserve and should get a deal soon.
Jul 25 - 12:44 PM

The Heat are still non-committal on bringing back Greg Oden.

"They said they’ll get back to us," Oden's agent Mike Conley Sr. said. "A couple of teams have inquired. He wants to be able to play." It's not going to be easy for Oden to get minutes after not being able to play for more than 15 minutes in any game last season.
Jul 25 - 12:40 PM

Patrick Christopher has agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the Grizzlies.

He had a similar deal with the Bulls last season and is now the 14th player on Memphis' roster. Christopher was named the D-League Performer of the Week back in April and will definitely get a camp invite in October. The 6'5" shooting guard is off the fantasy radar.
Jul 25 - 12:27 PM

Will Cherry is getting interest from the Cavs and Raptors.

He had a fantastic summer league with the Cavs, averaging 12.8 points, 4.0 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.8 triples and 1.0 turnovers in 25.2 minutes. Cherry was able to get to the rim despite his small frame, making 52.1 percent from the field in his five games. He was with the Canton Charge in the D-League last year and would only be an emergency guy at best. The Montana product would potentially be the third-string point guard for the Raptors if they play Lou Williams more at shooting guard.
Jul 25 - 12:17 PM

General manager John Hammond said that calling Kendall Marshall a pass-first point guard is an understatement.

"He has tremendous vision, similar to the coach he's playing for," Hammond said. "He can throw over the top to bigs, he can throw ahead in transition and he also can penetrate and break down a defense." It's still unclear how the Bucks are going to use Marshall, but it sounds like he'll be in the rotation at the very least. He has a decent chance to start considering the personnel on the Bucks.
Jul 25 - 12:08 PM

Kelly Olynyk is expected to play for Canada's senior men's basketball team.

The team did not qualify for the FIBA World Cup, so they're going to play in an 11-game exhibition in Slovenia. Olynyk played well for the Celtics at Orlando Pro Summer League for the second-straight season, but he'll still need to produce in the regular season before he's viewed as a capable starter.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 25 - 11:57 AM

The Wolves are higher on a Cleveland trade package centered around Andrew Wiggins than any other offer on the table for Kevin Love.

This isn't an Earth-shattering report and the Wolves getting back a high-upside No. 1 pick is a great return. The Wolves will have to wait 29 days before they can officially make a deal for Wiggins, but that's not going to stop them because the values of Wiggins and Love basically won't change until training camp. On the other hand, the Cavs reportedly do not want to trade Wiggins and another report from ESPN Cleveland says most of the Love-Wiggins talk is being leaked from the Minnesota side.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 11:48 AM

The Bulls reportedly said they'd commit to keeping Nikola Mirotic in Chicago.

They can't trade him for 23 more days due to how he just signed his contract back on July 18. It doesn't appear he has a no-trade clause, so they'd likely ship him out of down if the Wolves won't do a Kevin Love deal without him.
Jul 25 - 11:17 AM

Pelicans sign G/F Darius Miller.

The terms of the contract are not disclosed, but it's likely a short-term deal. Miller actually played some point guard for the Pelicans while they were devastated by injuries in March, which may have helped him get a contract. He'll likely start the season out of the rotation.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 11:12 AM


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