|Fri Jul 31||09:29||Korver (ankle) has yet to begin basketball activities following ...||Kyle Korver||SG||Bulls||Free Agent|
Korver (ankle) has yet to begin basketball activities following ankle and elbow surgery, but his goal is to return in time for training camp, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Both ankle and elbow are progressing fine," Korver said. "I'm definitely hopeful that they will be ready to go by camp."
Korver missed the final two games of the Eastern Conference Finals following surgery to repair a severe right ankle sprain. A month later, Korver was again under the knife to clean up loose bodies in his right elbow. Korver has reiterated throughout the offseason that his goal is to be ready for the start of training camp, which commences in October.
|Thu Jul 30||18:37||Haywood waived by Trail Blazers on Thursday||Brendan Haywood||C||Mavericks||Free Agent|
Haywood was waived by the Trail Blazers on Thursday, Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Haywood was largely expected to be waived after coming to the Trail Blazers in a salary dumping trade from the Cavaliers, so this doesn't come as much of a surprise. Haywood's veteran experience and potential to be a depth option at center could help him find a team on the open market, but don't expect him to get fantasy worthy minutes no matter where he lands. During the 2014-15 season, Haywood played in 22 games, finishing with averages of 1.6 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks over just five minutes per game.
|Thu Jul 30||12:15||Haddadi agreed to deal with China's Sichuan Blue Whales||Hamed Haddadi||C||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Haddadi agreed to a deal with China's Sichuan Blue Whales, Sportando reports.
Haddadi's last foray in the NBA was a 30 game stint in the 2012-13 season split between the Suns and Grizzlies. This will be Haddadi's second tour with the Blue Whales, enveloping a season with a different China club last year where he averaged 20.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.3 blocks in 38 minutes per game.
|Thu Jul 30||11:17||Sefolosha (ankle) has steadily progressed from broken right fibu...||Thabo Sefolosha||SG||Thunder||Free Agent|
Sefolosha (ankle) has steadily progressed from a broken right fibula, but it's unclear when he'll begin basketball activities, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I am doing better every day," Sefolosha said. "The leg and ankle are feeling good, but it is too early to say exactly when I'll be back on the court."
Sefolosha suffered the injury this past April in an incident outside a nightclub while being detained by police, and he underwent surgery a week later. The initial six-month recovery timeline would place his return in October. Coach Budenholzer indicated Sefolosha would replace DeMarre Carroll in the starting lineup this season, but even if he was fully healed by opening night, it's hard to believe he'll play starter's minutes immediately.
|Wed Jul 29||21:59||Hayes has agreed to one-year||Chuck Hayes||PF/C||Rockets||Buchanalia|
Hayes has agreed to a one-year, veteran minimum deal with the Rockets, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo reports.
After spending the first six seasons of his NBA career with the Rockets, Hayes is returning to the team on a one-year deal. He only appeared in 29 games for the Raptors last season, averaging just 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in nine minutes per game, and given the depth Houston has in their frontcourt, it is likely Hayes will have a limited role in their rotation as well. However, at 32 years old, Hayes still provides a good veteran presence and can log quality defensive minutes when needed.
|Wed Jul 29||19:05||Miller agreed to deal with Timberwolves on Wednesday||Andre Miller||PG||Nuggets||Team Lorin|
Miller agreed to a deal with the Timberwolves on Wednesday, Shams Charania of RealGM reports.
Miller brings a veteran presence to a very young Minnesota backcourt, and he was likely brought in to serve as just that. At 39 years old, Miller is not the efficient floor leader he once was, and with guys like Ricky Rubio, Tyus Jones and Zach LaVine all having the capability of playing point guard, it is unlikely Miller sees much time on the court this season.
|Tue Jul 28||13:58||Bryant (shoulder) will play spot minutes at power forward next s...||Kobe Bryant||SG||Lakers||The Sith Lords|
Bryant (shoulder) will play spot minutes at power forward next season, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports. "Kobe can play one, two and three," coach Byron Scott said. "There's no doubt in my mind. And there's some games, against some teams, where he'll probably play four."
First, Bryant needs to recover from right shoulder surgery before he can get on the court. Coach Scott also mentioned that Bryant will primarily play the small forward for the Lakers, so occasionally shifting him up to the four would only be dictated by the appropriate matchup. Bryant has the post moves and footwork to execute out of the low block, but coach Scott is adamant about keeping Bryant as healthy as possible. In the final year of his deal, Bryant will likely see his minutes capped to help prolong his career, diminishing his fantasy value in the process.
|Tue Jul 28||13:15||Horford will skip upcoming FIBA Americas qualifying tournament||Al Horford||PF/C||Hawks||Team Lorin|
Horford will skip the upcoming FIBA Americas qualifying tournament, Jaryd Wilson of NBA.com reports.
Horford took to Twitter to announce his plans circumvent his duties with the Dominican Republic National Team this summer. The Hawks' center was hindered during the playoffs by finger and knee injuries. Horford's priorities include recovering from a long season and improving his game heading into the final year of his contract.
|Tue Jul 28||12:23||Dragic will not participate with Slovenian National Team during ...||Goran Dragic||PG||Rockets||The Sith Lords|
Dragic will not participate with the Slovenian National Team during EuroBasket this summer, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
It was a joint decision between Dragic and Heat's president Pat Riley. The Slovenian point guard was leaning that way at the end of the regular season, and the time off will allow him to work on his game with his NBA teammates. His wife's pregnancy also played a factor, as the Dragic family is expecting a newborn child in August.
|Tue Jul 28||10:19||Udoh signed one-year deal with Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey on Tue...||Ekpe Udoh||PF||Warriors||The Schellackers|
Udoh signed a one-year deal with Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey on Tuesday, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The deal does not include an NBA opt-out, so Udoh will play out the entire season overseas without the chance to return to the NBA, should a team show interest. The sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft has proven to be a solid interior defender, when healthy, but he's nearly a complete non-factor offensively, averaging 4.0 points on just 42.9 percent shooting for his career. The 28-year-old, who most recently played for the Clippers, will likely look to return to the NBA next season.
|Mon Jul 27||21:50||Williams will sign contract with Hornets||Elliot Williams||PG||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
Williams will sign a contract with the Hornets, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Williams played just 13 games during the 2014-15 NBA regular season, splitting time with both the Jazz and Pelicans on separate 10-day contracts. He spent the majority of his time in the D-League with Santa Cruz, where he played in 29 games and finished with averages of 21.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.2 steals over 36 minutes per game. He'll now participate in training camp with the Hornets, although Williams isn't guaranteed a spot on the final roster and may not make the team. He'll offer training camp depth at shooting guard behind the likes of Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lamb, Jeremy Lin and P.J. Hairston.
|Mon Jul 27||14:37||Walker will be released by Heat||Henry Walker||SF||Knicks||Free Agent|
Walker, who has been out this summer with an ankle injury, will be released by the Heat, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Walker will likely have to battle for a roster spot wherever he eventually ends up, which includes a possible return to Miami, but the team doesn't currently have room for the injured forward. He averaged 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.9 three-pointers made and 26 minutes in 24 games with the Heat last season.
|Mon Jul 27||09:56||Young (knee) has spent summer working on his shooting||Nick Young||SG||Wizards||Team Lorin|
Young (knee) has spent the summer working on his shooting, ball handling, and off-the-ball defense, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Young missed the final 27 games last season due to left knee surgery, and recently, he was spotted hitting a game-winning shot in the Drew League. Young enters next season in competition with Lou Williams for reserve minutes, unless coach Bryon Scott decides to start Young next to Kobe Bryant on the wing. The former Sixth Man of the Year has been a rumored trade candidate, and he's rarely meshed with coach Scott. Even if Young were to improve upon his career-low 37 percent shooting from last season, his only positive fantasy categories are three-pointers and free-throw percentage.
|Sun Jul 26||21:27||Haywood traded to Portland along with Mike Miller in exchange fo...||Brendan Haywood||C||Mavericks||Free Agent|
Haywood has been traded to Portland along with Mike Miller in exchange for two second-round draft picks, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Haywood is expected to be waived by Portland since he currently has a non-guaranteed contract for the upcoming season worth a staggering $10.5 million. Assuming that happens, he'll likely resign elsewhere under more reasonable terms where he'll provide depth to a frontcourt in need.
|Sun Jul 26||21:22||Mike Miller: Traded To Portland||Mike Miller||SG||Heat||Free Agent|
Miller has been traded to Portland along with Brendan Haywood in exchange for two second-round draft picks, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Miller recently picked up his player option for the 2015-16 season so he's expected to spend at least one season in Portland, although there's still a chance the organization will elect to waive the veteran. Last season he only averaged 14 minutes on the court after 52 appearances, but he could see both of those numbers rise this upcoming season since he'll only be competing with Gerald Henderson, C.J. McCollum, and Maurice Harkless for playing time on a roster devoid of proven talent.
|Sat Jul 25||14:14||Dalembert has agreed on one-year deal with Mavericks||Samuel Dalembert||C||Kings||Doppelganger|
Dalembert has agreed on a one-year deal with the Mavericks, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.
This is probably a good move for Dallas, as their big man rotation seemed a little thin due to the DeAndre Jordam fiasco. The 34-year-old figures to back up Zaza Pachulia at center and receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 minutes per game.
|Sat Jul 25||12:53||Whiteside has spent summer with Heat coaching staff working his ...||Hassan Whiteside||C||Kings||Free Agent|
Whiteside has spent the summer with Heat coaching staff working his free-throw shooting, post moves, and mid-range game, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Whiteside shot 50 percent from the free-throw line last season on 3.3 attempts per game. While the rest of his offensive repertoire appeared advanced at times, Whiteside rarely passed the ball, recording six assists the entire season. If he decides to extend his range, it will be difficult to duplicate last season's 63-percent field goal accuracy. However, he only played 28 minutes per game in his 32 starts and missed time due to a hand laceration, leaving plenty of room for statistical improvement for one of the league's toughest rim protectors.
|Sat Jul 25||12:15||Anthony (knee) plans to attend Team USA minicamp in August||Carmelo Anthony||SF||Knicks||Team Lorin|
Anthony (knee) plans to attend Team USA minicamp in August, the New York Daily News reports.
Anthony missed the final 30 games following left knee surgery in February to repair a torn patellar tendon. He was originally outfitted with a four-to-six-month recovery schedule, and it appears he's on the outer fringes of that timetable. Minicamp runs from August 11-13, and it would be Anthony's first action since the All-Star game. Competing in the workouts would be a wonderful sign for his progression heading into training camp.
|Sat Jul 25||11:55||Asik withdrew from EuroBasket 2015 due to lingering back spasms||Omer Asik||C||Bulls||Free Agent|
Asik withdrew from EuroBasket 2015 due to lingering back spasms, Sportando reports.
The pain was significant to withdraw from a tournament that begins in September. The consulted doctors weren't thrilled with the results, and at this point, it's unclear how long Asik will be out and the severity of the issue remains uncertain.
|Thu Jul 23||18:47||Jones will re-sign with Cavaliers to one-year contract at vetera...||James Jones||SF||Heat||Free Agent|
Jones will re-sign with the Cavaliers to a one-year contract at the veteran's minimum.
As expected, Jones will remain in Cleveland and attempt to make another run at an NBA title with fellow teammate, LeBron James. Over 57 games during the 2014-15 season, Jones averaged 4.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.4 assists over 12 minutes per game. Considering he saw an extended 19 minutes per game in the finals, it's clear the Cavaliers' coaching staff trusts him as an experienced veteran. Despite the overall belief in his game, he still remains very limited in his fantasy value, as he likely won't see enough minutes to keep him relevant.