|Sun Aug 30||16:30||Haslem continues to work on his three-point shot in hopes that h...||Udonis Haslem||PF||Heat||Free Agent|
Haslem continues to work on his three-point shot in hopes that he'll be able to find his way into a regular role in the rotation this season, the Miami Herald reports.
Haslem played in 62 games last season, averaging 4.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 0.2 blocks. This coming season is Haslem's last contracted year, and as he appears on his way out of the league at 35 years old, there's little room for hope when looking at the possibility of Haslem becoming a three-point threat in the NBA. Over his 12-year career, he's attempted just 23 three-point shots and converted only two of those.
|Fri Aug 28||15:26||Al-Farouq Aminu: Seems In Line To Start At Small Forward||Al-Farouq Aminu||SF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Aminu appears in line to start at small forward for the Blazers this season after general manager Neil Olshey listed Aminu amongst Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Meyers Leonard, and Mason Plumlee on the Lowe Post podcast. "We believe that Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard, and Mason Plumlee ... can do what [our young core did when I was with the Clippers]," Olshey said.
Olshey used to be the general manager of the Clippers when they had Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan, Aminu, and Blake Griffin all playing together, and Olshey was trying to make the point that this new young Blazers roster is built to grow on Lillard's career trajectory, similar to how the Clippers were built to grow around Griffin. It's good to hear what the team's plan is, because it gives us a better understanding of how the rotations might fall, which helps project fantasy value. Though Maurice Harkless and Alan Crabbe's place on the roster makes Aminu's value still somewhat suspect, there are plenty of reasons to think Aminu is in position to have a career season and possibly a good enough one to make him worth drafting in the later rounds of standard leagues right now. Through 12 games in February last season, Aminu played 24 minutes per game, averaging 7.6 points, 0.8 three-pointers, 6.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.5 blocks. Ultimately, it looks like Aminu will end up producing stats similar to what a poor man's Nerlens Noel might put up, despite them playing different positions.
|Fri Aug 28||13:01||Ajinca dealing with pain in his Achilles tendon and will not pla...||Alexis Ajinca||PF||Raptors||Free Agent|
Ajinca has been dealing with pain in his Achilles tendon and will not play in Eurobasket with the French national team, Eurohoops.net reports.
Ajinca wants to play, apparently, but after the Pelicans re-signed him to a four-year, $20 million deal this offseason, they told him he can't play with the injury. With NBA training camp another month away, Ajinca will likely be healthy by the time camp starts up, but even when he is healthy this season, Ajinca will likely be the second or third player in the center rotation for the Pelicans, limiting his value when Anthony Davis, Omer Asik, and Ryan Anderson are healthy.
|Tue Aug 25||19:07||Whiteside's workload may not increase much from 2014-15 season||Hassan Whiteside||C||Kings||Free Agent|
Whiteside's workload may not increase much from the 2014-15 season, when he logged 24 minutes per game, the Miami Herald reports. "You might see his minutes jump up when we're playing Andre Drummond or DeAndre Jordan. But if we're playing a team that likes to play small ball, you'll probably see his minutes around 20 or 25," said Heat assistant coach Dan Craig.
After working himself into the Heat's frontcourt rotation in late December, Whiteside soon entered the starting five on Jan. 14 and got the nod at center in 32 of his final 34 appearances, averaging 13.6 points (on 61 percent shooting), 11.7 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks in 28 minutes. Much of that run coincided with Chris Bosh's (illness) absence from the court, so his return will more than likely cap Whiteside's minutes in the aforementioned range (20-to-25).
|Mon Aug 24||22:02||Adrien close to finalizing one-year contract with Pelicans||Jeff Adrien||PF||Warriors||Free Agent|
Adrien is close to finalizing a one-year contract with the Pelicans, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Adrien has played for five different teams since entering the league in 2010, most recently playing 17 games for the Timberwolves last season. At 29 years old, the veteran figures to provide some ruggedness to the Pelicans' roster heading into training camp.
|Mon Aug 24||10:55||Casspi did not compete in Isreal's two-game tuneup against Serbi...||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
Casspi did not compete in Isreal's two-game tuneup against Serbia on Saturday and Sunday due to an illness, David Pick of Basketball Insiders reports.
The Israelian National Team lost both matches against Serbia over the weekend, falling to 0-5 this summer in their exhibition season prior to EuroBasket. Casspi's exclusion from the proceedings shouldn't affect his ability to play this upcoming NBA season for the Kings.
|Mon Aug 24||09:59||Fesenko agreed to deal with Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban club earlie...||Kyrylo Fesenko||C||Jazz||Free Agent|
Fesenko agreed to a deal with Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban club earlier this summer, Shams Charania of RealGM reports.
Fesenko carved out a five-year career in the NBA before the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season. Afterward, he floundered in the D-League and spent time on international ballclubs. Over the last three seasons, he signed training camp deals with various teams, never lasting the entire preseason. Most recently, Fesenko joined the Timberwolves for the 2014 training camp, only to be released a week before the season. He averaged 14.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 26 minutes per game last year in the VTB United League, and an eventual return to the NBA appears unlikely at this juncture.
|Sun Aug 23||16:10||Rubio (ankle) expected to be 100 percent healthy for training ca...||Ricky Rubio||G||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Rubio (ankle) is expected to be 100 percent healthy for training camp, KSTP reports.
Rubio underwent arthroscopic surgery on his severely sprained left ankle on April 13, better than five months ago. There isn't a lot news regarding exactly where he's at health-wise in his recovery, but with training camp a little more than a month out, it sounds like Rubio should be ready to play during the preseason and on the court for the tipoff on Opening Night.
|Thu Aug 20||16:16||Bynum working on deal to re-sign with Guangdong Tigers in China||Will Bynum||PG||Pistons||Free Agent|
Bynum is working on a deal to re-sign with the Guangdong Tigers in China, David Pick reports.
Bynum, who was signed by the Wizards in March of 2015, is heading overseas to play in China. He averaged 3.1 points, 0.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 10 minutes in seven games during his brief stint with Washington.
|Thu Aug 20||14:55||Terrico White: Signs With Suns||Terrico White||SG||Pistons||Free Agent|
White and the Suns have agreed on a free-agent contract, RealGM.com reports.
White, who was taken 36th overall in the 2010 NBA draft, spent the last three seasons playing overseas. He averaged 11.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 42 games with Russia's Enisey squad last season. At 6-foot-5, White will provide depth in the shooting guard spot if he's able to make the final roster.
|Wed Aug 19||10:00||Bogut battling through minor back issues while competing with Au...||Andrew Bogut||C||Bucks||Free Agent|
Bogut was battling through minor back issues while competing with the Australian National Team on Tuesday in their 89-79 win over the New Zealand squad, Marc Hinton of stuff.co.uz reports.
Bogut chipped in 10 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks in the game that helped Australia clinch a spot in the 2016 Olympics. He required treatment prior to the game before arriving in New Zealand the night before the match. His body felt good enough to participate in the game, but this pain could have arisen due to his summer-long commitment to the international club. Playing only 67 games each of the past two seasons, Bogut is always a health risk and his minutes will be capped accordingly.
|Tue Aug 18||15:46||Smith remains free agent but still hopes to re-sign with Sixers||Ish Smith||PG||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Smith remains a free agent but still hopes to re-sign with the Sixers, Dei Lynam of CSN reports.
Smith is currently working out in Charlotte, focusing on improving the skills that coach Brett Brown told Smith to emphasize in his offseason workouts. He's trying to improve his three-point shooting, free-throw shooting, and finishing at the rim. It's unclear whether or not the Sixers want Smith to come back. They currently have Tony Wroten (knee), Isaiah Canaan, and Scott Wilbekin on the roster and capable of playing point guard, but none of them seem to have a leg up on the starting job going into camp. If the Sixers aren't satisfied with their current point guards, it's possible Smith could find his way onto the roster. If he does, Smith would be a good source of assists if he earned enough minutes.
|Tue Aug 18||11:47||Dorsey and Nuggets reached buyout agreement Tuesday||Joey Dorsey||PF||Raptors||Free Agent|
Dorsey and the Nuggets reached a buyout agreement Tuesday, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports.
Dorsey was acquired from Houston as part of the Ty Lawson trade, and he'll now sign overseas with a Turkish club team. The former Memphis standout has bounced around the league since being selected 22rd overall by the Blazers in 2008, spending time with the Rockets, Kings and Raptors over parts of four NBA seasons. In 2014-15, he appeared in 69 games for Houston, averaging 2.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game.
|Sat Aug 15||11:02||Aminu may be more focal offensive contributor this season||Al-Farouq Aminu||SF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Aminu may be a more focal offensive contributor this season, the Oregonian reports. "I think it's an opportunity for a lot of these players coming in to expand their games offensively in particular," Stotts said. "You look at (Al)-Farouq (Aminu) and Moe (Harkless), they have a chance to become ball handlers, facilitators much in the way that we used Nic Batum."
Aminu relies on athleticism to secure offensive rebounds and play stout defense. He's a career 29 percent three-point shooter and ran 14 pick-and-rolls last season with the Mavericks, per NBA.com. Aminu has never been much of a playmaker or driver, so to expect Nicolas Batum-like statistics his first season with the Blazers would be foolhardy. However, he'll have the opportunity if he starts at small forward, and that will allow him to expound upon his career average of 2.5 assists per 100 possessions. Aminu was utilized as a spot-up shooter with the Mavs, and that included heavy minutes at power forward. If coach Stotts absolves him of outside shooting and removes him from the basket on defense, expect a rise in field goal percentage at the detriment of block opportunities.
|Wed Aug 12||21:06||Oden has signed with Jiangu Dragons of China||Greg Oden||C||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
Oden has signed with the Jiangu Dragons of China, RealGM reports.
Oden's NBA career has been plagued with constant injuries, and it looks as if no team in the league thought he was worth the risk. If he can at least stay somewhat healthy, Oden will likely be able to make a larger impact overseas than he ever has in the NBA. However, it appears as though Oden's time as an NBA is over.
|Wed Aug 12||10:47||Gay (concussion) active participant during Team USA's practice o...||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Gay (concussion) was an active participant during Team USA's practice on Tuesday, quelling any lingering concerns about the concussion that ended his season last year.
Gay missed the final five games and seven of the last eight contests due to a concussion stemming from a Marc Gasol elbow to the head. The Kings were out of the playoff hunt and clinging onto a top-10 protected pick, so they withheld Gay from further activities. He provided top-30 fantasy value the second half of the season under coach George Karl last season, and he could broach similar territory this year.
|Mon Aug 10||17:15||Clark officially waived by Nets on Monday||Earl Clark||SF||Magic||Free Agent|
Clark was officially waived by the Nets on Monday, Rod Boone of Newsday reports.
The news was initially reported last week, so Monday's announcement is essentially a formality. Clark appeared in only 10 games for the Nets after signing on in early-April. His immediate future is now unclear, and he could be headed back overseas, where he spent most of the 2014-15 season
|Mon Aug 10||09:09||Mills will join Australian National Team after Jazz's Dante Exum...||Patty Mills||PG||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
Mills will join the Australian National Team after the Jazz's Dante Exum suffered a left ACL tear, Basketball Australia reports.
Mills was excused from the original roster because he skipped mandatory international games in order to rest his ailing shoulder. The Australian team will compete against the New Zealand team later this month for a chance at
|Sun Aug 9||19:07||Maxiell signed deal with Tianjin Steel of Chinese CBA||Jason Maxiell||PF||Pistons||Free Agent|
Maxiell signed a deal with Tianjin Steel of the Chinese CBA, David Pick of Basketball Insiders reports.
Maxiell has floated around the NBA for the past couple of years, but was unable to find a home in the league for his 11th season. Maxiell logged minutes as a fairly effective rebounder and interior defender during his time in the league, but it appears, at least for now, that his remaining talent is better suited for overseas.
|Thu Aug 6||09:56||Speights has noticeably slimmed down in hopes of playing consist...||Marreese Speights||C||76ers||Free Agent|
Speights has noticeably slimmed down in hopes of playing consistent minutes this season, Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area reports.
Speights altered his diet and increased his offseason workout regiment to help improve his stamina. He admitted to poor conditioning late last season, and that dropped his playing time from 16 minutes per game in the regular season to 7 minutes per game in the postseason. Speights will have to contend with newcomer Jason Thompson for reserve power forward minutes, and a dramatic increase in playing times seems unlikely.