• John Wall to be Limited at Camp After Knee Surgery

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall will be limited at training camp after undergoing knee surgery over the summer. The team has no timetable for his return.

    The 26-year-old All-Star says he's feeling great and has been able to play one-on-one and three-on-three with teammates. Coach Scott Brooks doesn't know if Wall will play in any preseason games.

    Source: The Associated Press on ESPN
  • J.R. Smith Doesn’t Report to Camp, Still No Contract

    J.R. Smith was absent on Monday as he and the Cavaliers were unable to reach an agreement on a contract. Smith has been seeking a long-term deal with the Cavs since July.

    Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
  • Mo Williams Announces Retirement From NBA

    Mo Williams surprised the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday when his agent called hours before the start of training camp to inform the team that Williams will be retiring.

    After dealing with chondromalacia (chronic knee pain) last season and debating his future throughout the summer, Williams announced last week that he would return for a 14th season. He then reversed course.

    Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
  • Mike D’Antoni Makes James Harden Starting Point Guard

    Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday morning that shooting guard James Harden is changing positions. He's becoming a full-time point guard. "With James you make a joke he's a 'points guard' because he's going to score some points," D'Antoni said.

    Under the new up-tempo offense, D'Antoni has decided to put the ball in Harden's hands more than last season, like a traditional point guard, to get opposing defenses off him in the half court. It should also allow Harden to become more of a playmaker.

    Source: Calvin Watkins of ESPN
  • Paul Pierce Announces This Will be Final Season

    L.A. Clippers forward Paul Pierce announced Monday via The Players' Tribune that he will return for his 19th season, then retire.

    "This is it, my final season," Pierce said. "It's time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you've got to be at peace with yourself. I'm at peace with retiring, but I've got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity."

    Source: ESPN
  • Carmelo on D-Rose: ‘Never Played Alongside Guy Like Derrick’

    There’s always plenty of optimism at NBA media day. Every player is in the best shape of his career and every team is optimistic about what’s to come. And then the season starts, and some of the predictions and platitudes end up looking silly. So on days like this, a lot of the rhetoric feels empty.

    But Carmelo Anthony said something at the New York Knicks' media day about Derrick Rose that could be worth remembering as the season approaches. “I’ve never played alongside a guy like Derrick,” Anthony said.

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
  • Pelicans Anthony Davis Now Stands at 6-Foot-11

    There will be more to Anthony Davis this NBA season. Davis, who was listed at 6-foot-10 last season and was measured as 6-10½ in shoes at the 2012 draft combine, said that he is now officially 6-foot-11.

    "They measured us like a week and a half ago and they said I was 6-11, which I don't want to be," he told the Pelicans' in-house podcast, The Black And Blue Report. "I think 6-10's like the perfect height for me. It just doesn't sound right; 6-10 sounds perfect to me. 6-11, 7 feet. ... I don't like it.

    Source: Justin Verrier of ESPN
  • Doc Rivers: “I Think We Can Play With Anybody”

    Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers is well-versed in the ways of NBA superteams. He led one to an NBA championship back in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.

    Accordingly, this year's iteration of a superteam, the 73-win Golden State Warriors team from a year ago that added Kevin Durant as a free agent and just so happens to be the Clippers' main rival in the Western Conference, doesn't scare him. "I think we can play with anybody, and we don't feel like there's a gap," Rivers said of the prospect of challenging the Warriors this season. "That's all we have to prove, and I think everyone has to prove that.

    Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN
  • Riley: Bosh’s “Heat Career is Probably Over”

    Miami Heat President Pat Riley said Monday that the team views Chris Bosh's career with the team as over, that the team no longer is working toward his return.

    "We are not," Riley said in his office at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I think Chris is still open-minded. But we are not working toward his return.

    "We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over."

    Asked if he felt Bosh's NBA career was over, as well, Riley said, "that's up to him."

    via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel
  • Noel: Makes No Sense to Have Three Starting Centers

    "I think it's just silly . . . this situation that we are in now with three starting centers," (Nerlens) Noel said on the eve of the Sixers' media day. "With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer."

    "Don't get me wrong. We all get along great on the court and off the court," Noel said. "But at the end of the day, it's like having three starting quarterbacks. It doesn't make any sense."

    Source: Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirier
  • Wolves’ Nikola Pekovic to Miss Entire 2016-17 Season

    The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that center Nikola Pekovic will miss the entire 2016-17 season due to recurring right ankle pain. A determination about future seasons will be made at a later date.

    Source: NBA.com/Timberwolves
  • Wade on New Challenge: ‘It’s going to be difficult’

    (Dwyane) Wade's first official day of work with an NBA team other than Miami comes on Monday, when he goes to media day on the eve of his first training camp with the Chicago Bulls - the team he grew up rooting for, a club he has faced off against 64 times as an opponent and now the franchise he'll be asked to help lead.

    ''It's going to be difficult, 100 percent. I'm fine with it, though,'' Wade said in an interview with The Associated Press. ''For me, it goes back to the whole challenge thing. It's not like I haven't done this before. At the end of the day we're all wearing the same jersey right now and we have to come together, just like any team. And that's going to be tough.''

    Source: The Associated Press
  • Jared Dudley Wanted to Land With Boston Celtics

    Jared Dudley has gone back to Phoenix on a three-year, $30 million deal, but the 31-year-old BC product told us he was hoping for a call from the C’s when he was a free agent this summer.

    “Boston never contacted me, but I made it known I was interested in them,” said Dudley, who shot 42 percent on 3-pointers for Washington last season.

    Source: Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald
  • Suns Sign Bakumanya, Cooke, Harrison, Jones

    The Phoenix Suns announced on Sunday they have signed center Gracin Bakumanya, forward Derek Cooke Jr., guard Shaquille Harrison and forward Derrick Jones Jr., bringing the club’s roster to 19 players.

    Source: NBA.com/Suns
  • Timberwolves Announce Additions to Coaching Staff

    The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced additions to the team’s coaching staff for the 2016-17 NBA season, naming Andy Greer and Rick Brunson as Assistant Coaches, Peter Patton as Shooting Coach, Daisuke Yoshimoto as Special Assistant to the President of Basketball Operations and promoting Vince Legarza to Player Development Coach. Ryan Saunders will also continue in his capacity as Assistant Coach.

    Source: NBA.com/Timberwolves
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