|Sat Aug 1||20:43||Hill arrested for reckless driving and speeding near Atlanta on ...||Jordan Hill||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Hill was arrested for reckless driving and speeding near Atlanta on Friday, announcer Scott Agness reports.
Hill doesn't seem to be in any danger of being suspended by the NBA since initial reports indicate his only wrongful action was speeding. The Pacers have yet to issue a statement on the matter but early indications suggest the upcoming season will carry on in normal fashion for Hill.
|Sat Aug 1||12:43||Rubio (ankle) working on improving his jump shot and upper body ...||Ricky Rubio||G||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Rubio (ankle) has been working on improving his jump shot and upper body strength in the four months since ankle surgery, Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated reports. "I try to get 100-200 shots a day up without jumping. For the first three months [after surgery], I was doing low-impact work in the gym, working out my upper body, working on my core strength."
Rubio is steadily ramping up workouts in preparation for training camp. He was limited to 22 games last season due to recurring ankle issues and underwent surgery in early April. He mentioned in the interview that the injury stalled his shooting development. A career 31-percent three-point shooter, Rubio's improved upper body strength should allow him to finish at the basket more frequently. Over his four-year career, his field goal percentage has suffered because of his 47-percent accuracy inside the restricted area, roughly 13 percent below the league average. With the addition of a floater, Rubio could drastically improve his efficiency, but first, he must fully heal from surgery.
|Sat Aug 1||12:18||Jack has inside track for starting point guard role||Jarrett Jack||PG||NO Hornets||Free Agent|
Jack has the inside track for the starting point guard role, according to coach Lionel Hollins, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN reports. "Why can't he [handle the starting point guard role]," Hollins inquired. "He's done it last year, he's done it in Portland, he's done it in Golden State -- wherever he's been, he's had moments where he's had to start."
After the release of Deron Williams last month, Jack faces minimal competition for the starting point guard position. In 27 starts last season, Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 36 minutes per game. Three-point shooting is a deficiency, as he converted 27 percent of his 1.8 attempts per game last season, but Jack tends to operate in mid-range more often and at an above-average clip. With the backing of his head coach, expect Jack to hoard plenty of playing time at point guard and return decent value when healthy.
|Sat Aug 1||09:41||Patterson intends to improve his low post scoring this offseason...||Patrick Patterson||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Patterson intends to improve his low post scoring this offseason with intentions toward securing the starting power forward spot, the Toronto Star reports. "Realistically, [power forward] is the one role that's not filled yet," Patterson said. "I see it as it's mine to lose."
Patterson has transformed himself into one of the better stretch fours in the league, and the addition of a low-post game would allow coach Dwane Casey to shift Patterson to center in certain lineups. In four starts last season, he averaged 8.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steal, 0.5 blocks, and 1.5 three-pointers in 25 minutes per game, roughly similar stats in less playing time coming off the bench. With DeMarre Carroll destined to play the power forward spot late in games, Patterson's playing time won't likely exceed 30 minutes per contest. He profiles as an out-of-position three-point specialist late-round flier.
|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.
|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.
|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||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||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.
|Wed Jul 22||10:07||Anderson provided Kings' summer league team 12.3 points, 2.7 reb...||James Anderson||SG||Spurs||Free Agent|
Anderson provided the Kings' summer league team 12.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 23.3 minutes per game.
Anderson, fresh off a stint in Lithuanian, played three games in Las Vegas. Even though he shot 64 percent from the field, he only connected on 1-of-6 three-pointers. During his time in Lithuania, Anderson was an all-star and led his team to the championship while averaging 14.5 points per game. His struggles with the three-ball have plagued him most of his NBA career, and his 33 percent accuracy in Lithuania mirrored his career mark in the NBA.
|Tue Jul 21||13:08||Thabeet played with D-League Select in Las Vegas Summer League||Hasheem Thabeet||C||Rockets||Free Agent|
Thabeet played with D-League Select in the Las Vegas Summer League. He averaged 4.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in 15 minutes per game through five games.
Thabeet has not cracked an NBA roster since was released by the Pistons last October. Unless an NBA team begins to have depth issues, it is not likely that he will be signed.
|Sun Jul 19||21:48||Dorsey traded to Denver as part of Ty Lawson deal on Sunday||Joey Dorsey||PF||Raptors||Free Agent|
Dorsey was traded to Denver as part of the Ty Lawson deal on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Dorsey spent the majority of his time in Houston off the bench and he'll likely welcome the move to Denver since their frontcourt has had trouble staying healthy over the last few years, giving him more opportunities off the bench since he's in line for yet another reserve role. While playing behind Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic, he'll compete for minutes with J.J. Hickson and Nikola Jokic.
|Thu Jul 16||14:13||Hudson officially waived by Clippers||Lester Hudson||SG||Wizards||Free Agent|
Hudson was officially waived by the Clippers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Hudson was relieved of his contract to free up funds for the Clippers to sign rookie second-round pick Branden Dawson. For his career, Hudson sports averaged of 4.7 points, 1.2 assists, and 1.4 rebounds per game.
|Thu Jul 16||11:56||Matt Bonner: Re-Signs With Spurs||Matt Bonner||PF||Spurs||Free Agent|
Bonner re-signed with the Spurs on Wednesday, Dan McCarney of San Antonio Express-News reports.
Bonner is a Spurs lifer and fan favorite, so the organization was likely more than happy to bring him back on board for a league minimum, $1.5 million contract. This season will be Bonner's 10th with the team, and while he is a sharpshooting forward, he likely will not be seeing the court much this year other than when garbage time hits.