• Jason Terry on Choosing Bucks: ‘I Couldn’t Say No’

    The newest Milwaukee Buck, Jason Terry, had a range of teams that were seeking the 17-year NBA veteran’s services for the 2016-17 season. But ultimately, Terry ended up in Milwaukee, and it was his former teammate, and current Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, who got “The Jet” to land in Milwaukee. Terry knew that when he got the call from Coach Kidd, he had to answer.

    Once Terry heard the sales pitch from Kidd, his decision was simple. “I just told him that I couldn’t say no.”

    Source: NBA.com/Bucks
  • Chalmers Cleared to Return to Court After Achilles Tear

    "Finally cleared to get back on the court. This been a long 5 months man. But we don't kill u make u stronger. #backlikeineverleft."

    Source: Mario Chalmers on Twitter
  • Rockets’ Harden Arranges Players-Only Mini-camp

    For the second consecutive year Houston Rockets guard James Harden has organized a players-only minicamp scheduled for next week.

    "James is doing everything," said Corey Brewer, Rockets guard/forward. "He is showing he wants to be a leader.

    Source: Marc Berman of KRIV
  • SVG Expecting Drummond to Make a Jump This Year

    I (writer Keith Langlois) asked him (Stan Van Gundy) about the strides Andre Drummond has shown but still needs to make as a rim protector. Van Gundy acknowledged the ups and downs – more on that in a minute – and in the course of answering, said this: “Look, he’s the guy – probably he and Stanley (Johnson) are the guys who can, I think, based on their age and what they’ve done and what they’re capable of doing, who have the potential to make the biggest jumps.”

    “He’s still so young, but he’s been in the league long enough,” Van Gundy said. “He’s got to really just do what it takes on the mental level to get himself ready to play every night and get himself focused at that level and that hasn’t quite happened yet."

    Source: Keith Langlois of NBA.com
  • Los Angeles Lakers Sign Center Tarik Black

    The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Tarik Black, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

    Source: NBA.com/Lakers
  • Agent: Josh McRoberts in Miami’s Plans This Season

    Though he was mentioned in trade rumors previously, the Heat has indicated to Josh McRoberts’ camp that he’s in the team’s plans for this season, his agent said, adding Miami called to go over his offseason training and make sure everyone is on the same page.

    McRoberts will make $5.8 million this season and has a $6 million player option for 2017-18.

    Source: Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald
  • Nate Robinson Seeking Fair Shot to Join NBA Team

    @naterobinson tells @jasonterry31 on The Runway that he wishes NBA teams would give him a fair shot at playing again.

  • Source: Raptors, E.J. Singler Reach Terms

    The Toronto Raptors have agreed to terms with E.J. Singler, Raptors Republic has learned.

    While the deal is yet to be signed, Singler will be in training camp with the Raptors, with a chance to win the 15th roster spot.

    Source: Blake Murphy of the Raptors Republic
  • Rose on Knicks Season: ‘Chance to Win Every Game’

    Derrick Rose has heard the critics and is preparing to be at his best for New York’s opening game against the defending champions in Cleveland.

    “I feel like I’m not done,” Rose said. “It’s a new start. I feel rejuvenated, and when you put all that together, when I step on the floor, I really don’t know what to expect. What I’m doing right now is just preparing myself for something big. I think we have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that’s rare. ”

    Source: Nick DePaula of The Vertical

  • Wall on Beal: ‘We Have Tendency to Dislike Each Other’

    Familiarity doesn't always breed friendship, and that's something Washington Wizards stars John Wall and Bradley Beal are hoping to finally smooth over heading into this season. Though they've been paired together since Beal's rookie season of 2012, Wall and Beal admit they haven't exactly found common ground yet.

    "I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court. ... We've got to be able to put that to the side," Wall, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick, told Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. "If you miss somebody on one play or don't have something go right ... as long as you come to each other and talk. If I start arguing with somebody I'm cool. I'm just playing basketball." Beal agreed with the root of the pair's problem.

    Source: ESPN
  • Jim Boeheim on Carmelo: ‘He’s Unlikely to Win NBA Title’

    Carmelo Anthony made men's Olympic basketball history on Sunday when he won his third gold medal. Two days later, Anthony's college coach offered a sobering prediction for the remainder of the veteran's NBA career.

    "He's unlikely to win an NBA title,'' Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. "He's never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title. As a player, all you can do is try to make your team better, and every team he's been on he's made them a lot better. Denver hadn't done anything prior to him getting there and he took them into the playoffs. They weren't going to beat the Lakers or the Spurs."

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
  • Los Angeles City Council Declares ‘Kobe Bryant Day’

    Los Angeles city leaders have declared this Wednesday as "Kobe Bryant Day," honoring the Los Angeles Lakers icon who played 20 seasons in purple and gold before retiring in April.

    The honor, which was announced in a statement Monday, falls on a day that commemorates the two jersey numbers that Bryant wore during his Lakers career: 8 and 24.

    Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN
  • Rose on No. 25 Jersey: ‘Signifies New Step in Career’

    Derrick Rose wore jersey No. 1 with the Chicago Bulls. This season, his first with the New York Knicks, Rose will wear No. 25, a number he says signifies a "new step" in his career.

    "The past is the past, but that No. 1, I think, will always be stuck with me. It's always going to remind people and give them memories of how I played when I was younger. I was playing reckless, and I was just ballin'. I had raw talent," Rose said in an interview with The Vertical. "Now, with the No. 25, I think you'll see a more mature player. You'll see the player that you saw toward the end of last year. More under control-type of game, and I got a lot more options now this year. That No. 1 will always be engraved in me, and it's not going anywhere. Twenty-five is just a new step, and a new step in the right direction."

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
  • Ben Gordon Gets Offer to Play in Turkey

    Anadolu Efes Istanbul made an offer to Ben Gordon, according to Basketfaul.
    The British player is inactive since one year and recently expressed his desire to return to the NBA.
    Gordon has played 744 games in the NBA averaging 14.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

    Source: Basketfaul.com
  • Lakers Announce Signing of Forward Yi Jianlian

    The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward/center Yi Jianlian, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

    "We're excited to have a player of his worldwide accomplishments," said Kupchak. "We look forward to bringing him to training camp and hopefully having him make an impact on our team."

    Source: NBA.com
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