|Sun Jul 27||21:55||Al Jefferson skipped Team USA to rest foot||Al Jefferson||C||Jazz||Def Fresh Flow|
Al Jefferson (plantar fasciitis) declined to join Team USA this summer in order to allow his foot to completely heal.
"I was contacted, but I was just trying to focus on getting my foot healed and getting ready for upcoming season," said Jefferson. He has been practicing without pain since early June, so his decision to skip the FIBA World Cup seems almost entirely a precautionary move to limit the wear-and-tear on his body. Charlotte finished 7th in the Eastern Conference last year and they'll look to get a higher seed with Lance Stephenson aboard this season.
|Source: Mike Perchick on Twitter|
|Sun Jul 27||18:47||Kobe Bryant supports coach Byron Scott||Kobe Bryant||SG||Lakers||The Sith Lords|
Kobe Bryant has offered his full support for new Lakers coach Byron Scott.
L.A. has not officially announced Scott as their coach, but he confirmed in an interview that it's only a matter of time. "[Scott] was my rookie mentor when I first came in the league," Kobe said. "We've had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years." Scott has 13 years of NBA head coaching experience, including four playoff appearances and two Eastern Conference championships, but he'll have his hands full with the Lakers' rebuilt roster.
|Sun Jul 27||16:19||Paul Millsap to join Team USA training camp||Paul Millsap||PF||Jazz||The Schellackers|
Paul Millsap has been invited to join Team USA during their six-day training camp in Las Vegas this week.
The team recently lost frontcourt players LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, prompting Team USA director to bring Millsap into the fold. With 19 players competing for 12 roster spots in this summer's FIBA World Cup, Millsap still faces a steep road to making the team.
|Source: USA Today|
|Sun Jul 27||16:11||Report: Carlos Boozer 'penciled in' at SF||Carlos Boozer||PF||Bulls||The Sith Lords|
The Lakers have Carlos Boozer "penciled in" as their starting small forward, according to beat writer Mike Bresnahan.
This may be an errant report, as it's unsettling to imagine Boozer trying to defend small forwards on a nightly basis. The 32-year-old said that he "absolutely" views himself as a starter, and he's comfortable playing PF or C, so he should carve out a solid role one way or another. His scoring and rebounding make him a tolerable gamble in the late rounds.
|Source: L.A. Times|
|Sun Jul 27||14:16||LeBron James will wear No. 23 with Cavaliers||LeBron James||SF||Heat||Buchanalia|
LeBron James will wear No. 23 with the Cavaliers this season, the same number he wore during his first seven years in Cleveland.
James switched his jersey to No. 6 with the Heat, but wrote on Sunday, "23 it is! It's only right I go back." The decision is symbolic of his full-circle return to Ohio, and it's great news for fans who have old LeBron jerseys buried in the back of their closet.
|Source: Akron Beacon-Journal|
|Sun Jul 27||13:13||LAL unlikely to use stretch provision on Nash||Steve Nash||PG||Suns||Buchanalia|
The Lakers are not likely to use the stretch provision on Steve Nash.
If the Lakers had signed Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol, they would have needed to waive Nash via the stretch provision to make room under the salary cap. However, with the Lakers swinging-and-missing on the big name free agents this offseason, it looks as though Nash will play out the final year of his contract worth $9.7 million wearing the purple and gold.
|Source: NBC Sports|
|Sun Jul 27||12:40||Evan Turner hoping to resurrect career in BOS||Evan Turner||SG||76ers||Def Fresh Flow|
Evan Turner's agent David Falk explained that Brad Stevens was a big reason Turner elected to sign with the Celtics.
"I think Brad [Stevens] had an opportunity to take a player with a high skill set and a very strong desire to prove what happened in Indiana was a mistake," said Falk. "I think that Brad has a chance to put him in the right sets and have a great bargain in free agency. That's why we put this thing together. We were looking for a coach that felt like Evan could be an important contributor to the team." Turner will have to earn his minutes in Boston, and we don't see him as much more than a late-round flier at this point.
|Source: Boston Globe|
|Sun Jul 27||08:42||Report: Teams reaching out to Michael Beasley||Michael Beasley||SF||Timberwolves||Doppelganger|
Several teams have reportedly shown interest in unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley.
There's probably a few teams out there willing to give Beasley a minimum deal, however, it's unlikely he'll be able to maintain any fantasy relevance wherever he lands.
|Source: NBC Sports|
|Sat Jul 26||21:21||Shawn Marion sounds like he's out of Dallas||Shawn Marion||SF||Mavericks||The Schellackers|
It appears Shawn Marion is not re-signing with Dallas based on his comments this weekend.
"It was memorable, baby," Marion said. "It's hard to say it wasn't fun. We had a great run and made the playoffs four of five years and won a championship. We set goals every year, and most years we reached them. And to win a championship, it was unbelievable. I wish we could have made a couple more runs at it, but it is what it is." He's expected to sign with a contender as an unrestricted free agent.
|Source: Dallas Morning News|
|Sat Jul 26||19:22||Kevin Love not expected to opt in||Kevin Love||PF||Timberwolves||Iavaronis|
Kevin Love is not expected to opt in to a new deal upon the completion of a trade, according to the Plain Dealer.
This isn't a big development or anything and it just means he'll be looking for a max offer in the summer. LaMarcus Aldridge is doing a similar thing and Love would obviously fetch a max deal based on some recent recipients of max deals. It's a slight gamble the Cavs will have to live with.
|Source: Plain Dealer|
|Sat Jul 26||16:26||Bledsoe says PHX is using rules against him||Eric Bledsoe||PG||Clippers||Iavaronis|
Eric Bledsoe said the Suns are using rules against him in an interview with FOX Birmingham.
It's a surprise that we're almost in August and Bledsoe hasn't come to terms or even signed an offer sheet with another team. While there isn't much of a body of work for Bledsoe, he still looks like a max-type guy based on the offers to Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward. There should be some progress in the next couple days or so.
|Source: Jude LaCava on Twitter|
|Sat Jul 26||09:59||Kevin Love will not play for Team USA||Kevin Love||PF||Timberwolves||Iavaronis|
Kevin Love will not play for Team USA this summer because he doesn't want to risk injury, according to the Associated Press.
Team USA announced that Love is not going to play, but obviously did not list a reason for his absence. This is perhaps the strongest piece of evidence that Love very badly wants out of Minnesota. His decision to sit out clearly shows he's trying to do all he can to make sure the Wolves are able to deal him. FOX Sports reported that he wants to go to Cleveland, and the Cavs remain the frontrunners.
|Source: John Krawczynski on Twitter|
|Sat Jul 26||09:44||Villanueva says he's not going to Detroit||Charlie Villanueva||PF||Pistons||The Schellackers|
Charlie Villanueva said the "road has come to an end" in Detroit.
He signed a five-year, $35 million deal back in 2009 and played just 9.0 minutes per game last season, so that contract wasn't exactly former general manager Joe Dumars' best move. Villanueva will likely sign somewhere, but it's almost certain he won't see major minutes out of the gate.
|Source: Detroit Free Press|
|Sat Jul 26||09:22||Joakim Noah wants to kick LeBron's ass||Joakim Noah||C||Bulls||The Sith Lords|
Joakim Noah said he's happy for LeBron James but he hopes the Bulls "kick his ass as many times as possible.
He also said he's "really, really excited" about the Bulls after their encouraging offseason. Noah may not need to play 35.3 minutes per game like last season thanks to some added depth, and the Bulls are hoping former MVP, Derrick Rose, can stay on the court. Noah touched the ball a lot last season, so the expected decrease in that department suggests his fantasy value is going down this season.
|Source: Chicago Tribune|
|Fri Jul 25||20:17||Casspi looking at one year deal with Kings||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
Omri Casspi is finalizing a one-year contract with the Kings after clearing waivers on Friday.
The move will reportedly allow the Kings to keep Quincy Acy and that was previously in doubt. Casspi isn't going to move the needle in fantasy or reality, but he will add to the glut of power forwards the Kings are swimming in.
|Fri Jul 25||19:43||KJ out of NBPA executive director hunt||LeBron James||SF||Heat||Buchanalia|
Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson will no longer be involved in the executive director search process for the NBA Players Association.
This doesn't sound like a friendly split and it sounds like the NBPA executive committee doing the same shenanigans that led to them getting murdered during the last CBA negotiations. Johnson successfully navigated them through the Donald Sterling saga, but apparently is no longer needed as the NBPA looks at the final three candidates, who could be voted on Monday.
|Fri Jul 25||19:35||Knicks propose ridiculous trade for Love||Kevin Love||PF||Timberwolves||Iavaronis|
The Knicks recently proposed a trade of Amare Stoudemire, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert for Kevin Love, but the Wolves declined the deal.
Give Phil points for trying but that's hilarious.
|Source: Wall Street Journal|
|Fri Jul 25||19:04||Xavier Henry signs with the Lakers||Xavier Henry||SG||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
The Lakers sign G/F Xavier Henry on Friday.
The Lakers know everything about Henry's knee situation and at the reported one-year and $1 million they were talking about there's not a whole lot to nitpick here for either side. Injury concerns and fantasy deficiencies should keep Henry on the periphery of most drafts unless there is a major shake-up in La-La Land.
|Fri Jul 25||18:15||NBA considering weeklong All-Star break||LeBron James||SF||Heat||Buchanalia|
The NBA is reportedly considering making the All-Star break a week long, which would result in one, or two more back-to-back sets per team.
"That's the model they're using right now while they're filling in the schedule," an NBA source familiar with the process told the Sun Sentinel Friday. "Could they go back and use some of those dates if needed? That's possible. But the week off looks like what's going to happen."
|Source: Sun Sentinel|
|Fri Jul 25||18:04||Joakim Noah says that his knee is 'great'||Joakim Noah||C||Bulls||The Sith Lords|
Joakim Noah told media on Friday that his knee is feeling "great."
Noah underwent knee surgery on May 2, but reports have been consistently positive regarding Joakim's progress, and he's expected to be 100 percent by the start of training camp. Noah also opened up about the Bulls signing of Pau Gasol, stating: "It's very humbling to play with somebody who has won championships with his pedigree. [Pau's] somebody I can really learn from."
|Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter|