|Thu Sep 18||17:16||Casspi signed with Kings on Thursday||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
Casspi signed with the Kings on Thursday, The Sacramento Bee reports.
Casspi spent two seasons in Sacramento after the Kings drafted him in the first round of the 2009 Draft. In fact, with combined averages of 9.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 3PM, Casspi's first pair of seasons were the best of his five-year career to date. Nonetheless, the Israeli played just 18 minutes per game for the Rockets last season, so he'll have to re-establish himself to earn minutes at small forward during his second stint with the Kings.
|Thu Sep 18||12:10||Henry (knee) rehabilitating through basketball activities but ye...||Xavier Henry||SG||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Henry (knee) is rehabilitating through basketball activities but is yet to return to five-on-five action, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Henry's recovery from offseason knee surgery is moving along relatively slowly, but the good news is his ailing wrist is now at 100 percent. The Kansas product may be limited in training camp, but he should be a full go when the regular season rolls around. Henry was effective when in the lineup last season, but he missed 39 games due to various injuries.
|Mon Sep 15||16:58||Rush said his knee finally feels 100 percent||Brandon Rush||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Rush said his knee finally feels 100 percent, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Rush suffered a torn ACL two seasons ago and was clearly still hampered by the injury in 2013-14. He appeared in 38 games for the Jazz but the knee never appeared fully healthy, and he struggled with the mental aspects of a serious knee injury. Now at 100 percent, Rush said he's more comfortable attacking the rim and is gaining confidence in the knee. He signed a two-year deal with the Warriors this summer and is expected to contribute as a swingman off the bench. Rush appeared in 65 games for Golden State in 2011-12, averaging 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent from three-point range.
|Mon Sep 15||14:04||Clark has agreed to training camp deal with Grizzlies||Earl Clark||SF||Magic||Free Agent|
Clark has agreed to a training camp deal with the Grizzlies, Yahoo Sports reports.
After the Grizzlies signed Luke Hancock to the same non-guaranteed training camp deal, it's obvious that management may be looking to add some depth at the forward position. Regardless of whether Clark makes the Grizzlies, he'd have to leapfrog several players on the team depth chart in order to be worthy of consideration in fantasy.
|Sat Sep 13||21:05||Gay did not suffer broken jaw as he indicated earlier according ...||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Gay did not suffer a broken jaw as he indicated earlier according to a Team USA official, USA Today reports.
Gay is still in a lot of pain despite not having a fractured jaw, but the official indicated the injury was a chipped tooth and bruising around a tooth socket. The injury occurred in the third quarter of Thursday's game against Lithuania, where he took an elbow to the face. The injury shouldn't cause Gay to miss any time in the regular season, but his timetable should become more clear in the near future.
|Sat Sep 13||11:26||Gay suffered fractured jaw and chipped tooth in Team USA's win o...||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Gay suffered a fractured jaw and chipped tooth in Team USA's win over Lithuania on Thursday, USA Today reports.
Gay took an elbow to the jaw in the third quarter, which may have lead to the skirmish that occurred at the end of the game. He is still expected to be available for Team USA's gold medal game, so this injury should not have any impact on Gay's NBA season.
|Thu Sep 11||12:12||Gomes signed with Laboral Kutxa in Spain||Ryan Gomes||SF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Gomes signed with Laboral Kutxa in Spain, Sportando reports.
Gomes made a brief cameo with the Thunder last season, appearing in five games and logging 34 total minutes. The 32-year-old was a solid NBA player for several seasons, having started 371 of 487 career games.
|Wed Sep 10||17:47||Lin expected to serve as Lakers' second-string point guard this ...||Jeremy Lin||SG||Warriors||Free Agent|
Lin is expected to serve as the Lakers' second-string point guard this season, although anticipated starter Steve Nash is slated to receive regular time off throughout the upcoming campaign, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Lin was previously expected to assume starting duties for the Lakers, who acquired the point guard from Houston earlier this offseason. However, upon new coach Byron Scott stating his preference to start Steve Nash, when available, Lin figures to begin the season off the bench. Nonetheless, Nash is will continue to sit out the second game of back-to-back sets, as well as other occasions this season, so Lin should still see his fair share of starts. Furthermore, given Lin's youth and health, he seems the best fantasy option among Lakers point guards this season.
|Wed Sep 10||06:25||Henry (knee||Xavier Henry||SG||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Henry (knee, wrist) may be limited in training camp as he recovers from offseason surgeries, InsideSoCal.com reports.
New coach Byron Scott said that he "hasn't seen him do much on the court" and the Lakers' confirmed that Henry had yet to fully heal from his offseason surgeries to his knee and wrist. He is still expected to be healthy when the 2014-15 season begins, but the lack of preparation may impact how many minutes he plays, especially initially. Henry missed 39 games last season, averaging 10.0 points, 0.7 three-pointers, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 21 minutes per game. He'll likely play behind Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, and Wesley Johnson on the wing this season.
|Fri Sep 5||19:25||Johnson has agreed on one-year deal with Kings||Trey Johnson||SG||Lakers||Free Agent|
Johnson has agreed on a one-year deal with the Kings, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Johnson has never made more than 11 NBA appearances in any one season, so it seems reasonable to assume that he'll still need to earn a roster spot during preseason training to cement that one-year deal. His deal is almost certainly non-guaranteed, but even if he makes the team, he'd likely just provide depth to the Kings' bench during the 2014-15 campaign.
|Thu Sep 4||12:37||Douglas-Roberts signed one-year||Chris Douglas-Roberts||SG/SF||Bucks||Free Agent|
Douglas-Roberts signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Clippers on Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The addition of Douglas-Roberts brings the Clippers' roster to 13 player heading into training camp. The team is expected to re-sign Hedo Turkoglu at some point and remains in contention for the services of veteran marksman Ray Allen. Douglas-Roberts, 27, spent last season with the Bobcats, signing on in December after an injury to Jeff Taylor. The Memphis product averaged 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 20.7 minutes per game.
|Thu Sep 4||12:29||Ellington waived by Kings||Wayne Ellington||SG||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Ellington has been waived by the Kings, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
Ellington has already switched teams twice this offseason, but will need to search for yet another team for the upcoming season. His fantasy value appeared weak behind a couple young guards in Sacramento, but now he has the opportunity to sign with a team that can make use of his 3-point shooting.
|Wed Sep 3||14:26||Douglas-Roberts expected to sign with Clippers||Chris Douglas-Roberts||SG/SF||Bucks||Free Agent|
Douglas-Roberts is expected to sign with the Clippers, the Orange County Register reports.
Douglas-Roberts resurfaced in the NBA last season with Charlotte, making 49 appearances, including eight starts for a playoff team. In 20.7 minutes per game, CDR averaged 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointers, while shooting 39 percent from long-range. Should he complete a deal with the Clippers, Douglas-Roberts would compete with Reggie Bullock and rookie C.J. Wilcox for reserve playing time at both wing positions.
|Mon Sep 1||20:30||Bynum appears locked in as third-string point guard as training ...||Will Bynum||PG||Pistons||Free Agent|
Bynum appears locked in as the third-string point guard as training camp nears.
Brandon Jennings is still locked in as the Pistons starter, and the team brought in D.J. Augustin via free agency this offseason. Bynum opened up the 2013-14 campaign as the No. 3 point guard as well, but he still managed to carve out nearly 19 minutes per game for the second consecutive season. First-year Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy values three-point shooting, which isn't a strength of Bynum's and should lead to many of the backup minutes going to Augustin.
|Sun Aug 31||12:55||Gaines has signed with Besiktas of Turkish Basketball League||Sundiata Gaines||PG||NJ Nets||Free Agent|
Gaines has signed with Besiktas of the Turkish Basketball League, Sportando reports.
Gaines played in the D-League and in Europe last season. The 2011-12 season was the last time he played for an NBA team, and the longer he stays overseas, the less likely it is that he'd return to the NBA and carve out a sizable role.
|Fri Aug 29||19:48||Mahinmi injured his shoulder and won't be able to play for Team ...||Ian Mahinmi||C||Mavericks||Free Agent|
Mahinmi injured his shoulder and won't be able to play for Team France in the FIBA World Cup, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Early reports suggest that Mahinmi may be out for the next 2-3 months with a dislocated shoulder. While that's not official, it's concerning that he might not be able to suit up for the Pacers at the start of the season. The Frenchman will likely backup Roy Hibbert this season, but if he's unable to go, Luis Scola may see significant time off the bench in the frontcourt.
|Fri Aug 29||05:10||Lin seems destined to be starter at point guard this season||Jeremy Lin||SG||Warriors||Free Agent|
Lin seems destined to be the starter at point guard this season, although no official announcement has been made, NBA.com reports.
Coming over to the Lakers in the last year of a three-year, $25 million contract, Lin will be looking to have a bounce back from a somewhat disappointing 2013-14 season. With Steve Nash's health an ever present question mark, it's not much of a surprise to see Lin as the starter at point in Los Angeles and should improve on his numbers from last season.
|Fri Aug 29||05:06||Hill likely to begin training camp as starting center||Jordan Hill||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Hill is likely to begin training camp as the starting center, although no official announcement has been made yet, NBA.com reports.
Coach Byron Scott has been praising Hill this offseason and it's no real surprise that he will get the first crack at the starting job over Ed Davis and Robert Sacre. Down the stretch last season, Hill racked up five double-doubles in the last eight games and has upside as a fantasy option provided he can stay healthy.
|Fri Aug 29||00:22||Barron has accepted an invitation to Suns training camp on non-g...||Earl Barron||C||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
Barron has accepted an invitation to Suns training camp on a non-guaranteed contract, Azcentral Sports reports.
The seven-year NBA veteran returns to Phoenix, where he played 12 games during the 2010-2011 season. With a lot of incumbent players ahead of Barron, it isn't likely that he will see any action, much less make the team. The veteran may have been brought on the team to help the younger players as an experienced competitor, but it is unlikely that he will provide any fantasy value this season.
|Thu Aug 28||17:44||Rautins has signed with Pallacanestro Varese of Serie A||Andy Rautins||PG||Knicks||Free Agent|
Rautins has signed with Pallacanestro Varese of Serie A, Sportando reports.
Last season, Rautins started all 15 of his appearances for his previous squad, Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt, putting up 17.6 points (on 43.8 percent shooting), 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.3 treys, and 0.9 steals in 34 minutes per game. Additionally, the 27-year-old boasted stellar ability from beyond the arc, knocking down over 42 percent of his threes.