• Celtics Shopping James Young, R.J. Hunter

    As cutdown looms, the Celtics continue to offer James Young or RJ Hunter for a second-round pick, league sources tell The Vertical.

    via Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical

  • Pistons Exercise Option on Stanley Johnson

    The Detroit Pistons have exercised their team option on forward Stanley Johnson through the 2017-18 season.

    The move Thursday came as little surprise after Johnson averaged 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds as a rookie in 2015-16. Detroit drafted him with the No. 8 pick in 2015. He made six starts last season. Johnson can provide extra athleticism on the wing for a Detroit team built around center Andre Drummond and point guard Reggie Jackson. The Pistons made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009.

    Source: NBA.com
  • Pelicans’ Anthony Davis Returns Ahead of Schedule

    Anthony Davis' ankle injury is healed enough that he will return ahead of schedule, playing in the New Orleans Pelicans' final preseason game against the Orlando Magic Thursday night. Sources had told ESPN that Davis was aiming for opening night on Oct. 26.

    "I was trying to find a way to beat the system and come back early, to be back on the floor," Davis said, according to NBA.com. "I knew in my head that I wanted to come back before the season opener. I think we did a great job of putting in extra work of getting my ankle back and being ready to play."

    Source: ESPN
  • Aldridge Denies Reports He’s Unhappy With Spurs

    Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has heard the reports that he's unhappy playing second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard and the speculation that he might not finish the season in San Antonio.

    He isn't buying into it.

    "I talk to [coach Gregg Popovich] daily and he's always telling me that I'm doing great," Aldridge said Thursday on the Jim Rome Show. "[I'm] trying to be a more of a leader. He's put me in positions where I can be more of a leader. As long as the guys here aren't saying bad things to me. All my teammates have said nothing but great things to me."

    Source: ESPN
  • Kings’ Rudy Gay Tries to Downplay Trade Rumors

    Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay knows about trade speculation, but he's more focused on what's in front of him rather than what might be around the corner.Gay, who averaged 17.2 points last season, said last month that he was planning to decline his 2017-18 player option, so he can be a free agent on July 1. He also told the team he wouldn't mind a move out of Sacramento, which rekindled trade speculation that also popped up in July.

    "I wake up every day and get ready to play the next game," Gay told reporters Wednesday. "I'm with the Sacramento Kings. I prepare as if I'm going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings. All the speculation is B.S. Really, it's out of my control. I'll come here and be with my teammates and act as if I'll be here all year.

    Source: ESPN
  • Jeff Hornacek: Rose Will Have to ‘Learn by Fire’

    To pick up the portions of the New York Knicks' offense he missed during his civil trial, Derrick Rose will have to "learn by fire" this weekend, head coach Jeff Hornacek said.

    Rose missed five preseason games and seven practices during his civil trial in Los Angeles over the past two weeks. A jury on Wednesday found Rose and his two friends not liable in a civil lawsuit that accused them of gang-raping Rose's ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol. I'll probably overload him with a lot of information and then when he comes in [Saturday for practice with teammates], he'll try to learn by fire," Hornacek said Thursday.

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
  • NBA Players, Owners Closing in on New CBA

    In recent weeks, there has plenty of optimism from both the players and owners as the two sides meet to discuss the new collective bargaining agreement. After a Wednesday meeting that yielded a number of updates, it appears a new CBA is very close to being finalized.

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that the two sides have agreed to keep the same split of the NBA's Basketball Related Income (BRI). In the current CBA, players receive a share in the range of 49 to 51 percent of the current BRI and it appears that will remain unchanged.

    Other news to come out of today's meeting is that the one-and-done rule is likely staying in the new CBA. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has made it clear that he wants players to wait two years after graduating high school before entering the NBA (and the players would like to get rid of the age limit altogether), but it appears the two sides will keep the existing age restriction in place, according to Wojnarowski.

    Also: "The NBA will raise rookie-scale, veteran minimum and free-agent exception deals in the new agreement, league sources said. Rises in those salaries could come in the 50 percent range over current numbers," Wojnarowski writes.

    As the two sides continue to meet, we'll get a better idea of what the NBA's new CBA will look like.

    What's becoming clear is that neither side wants to miss any games as a result of a work stoppage, and it seems likely that a new CBA could be agreed upon in the coming weeks - ahead of December's opt-out deadline.

    Recently, Basketball Insiders' Eric Pincus wrote about several issues that need to be addressed in the league's new CBA. If you're curious what else might be in the new deal, check out his article here.

  • Hawks Waive Jarrett Jack, Roster at 17 Players

    The Hawks waived veteran Jarrett Jack on Thursday. The release of the veteran point guard, who has been unable to practice as he returns from torn right knee ligaments, reduced the training-camp roster to 17 players.

    Jack suffered the injury last season as a member of the Nets and has been rehabbing during training camp. He missed all seven of the Hawks’ exhibition games this preseason.

    Jack agreed to a one-year, veteran-minimum contract worth $980,431 this summer after the Nets waived the 6-foot-3 guard and his $6.3 million contract in June making him an unrestricted free agent. His guaranteed salary will count against the Hawks’ cap.

    via Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Elton Brand Announces Retirement from NBA

    Elton Brand announces his retirement. He's not sure of his step. He will talk to the Sixers about future opportunities. But he's not sure.

    via Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer
  • Sixers, Pelicans Eyeing Point Guard Tyus Jones?

    Several teams – including Philadelphia and New Orleans – have shown interest in point guard Tyus Jones, 20, whom the Wolves are more open to moving in the short term, league sources said.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical
  • Marcus Smart Injures Ankle; Return Date Unknown

    Brad Stevens on Marcus Smart's ankle injury: "Twisted his ankle. Will be re-evaluated tomorrow. Early indication -- he's had an ankle sprain or two in the past -- but early indications are that it looks like hopefully not too long term. We don't know what it means; we'll have a better idea in the next couple days."

    Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
  • Kings Most Determined Team in Acquiring Ricky Rubio?

    The Sacramento Kings are the most determined of several teams expressing interest in finding a pathway to a (Ricky) Rubio deal, league sources said, but Minnesota president and coach Tom Thibodeau is reluctant to move Rubio – outside of bringing back a no-brainer package, of course – until (Kris) Dunn’s progress illustrates this season that he’s ready to fully take over the team.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical
  • Source: Jordan Crawford to Begin Season in D-League

    Jordan Crawford will in fact start the season in the NBA D-League with the Grand Rapids Drive, a league source tells Upside & Motor.

    Crawford is about to turn 28 and has his eyes set on an NBA return. Now he starts the 2016-17 season playing for his hometown affiliate.

  • Rudy Gay Was Nearly Dealt to OKC Thunder?

    The Kings were seriously engaged with Oklahoma City on a Rudy Gay deal that would have included the Thunder’s second-year point guard, Cameron Payne, but those talks stalled after Payne broke his foot in September, league sources said.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical
  • Bucks Exercise 4th-Year Option on Jabari Parker

    The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the fourth-year contract option on Jabari Parker, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

    Source: NBA.com/Bucks
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