• Zoran Dragic Taking Steps for NBA Jump?

    Slovenian star Zoran Dragic is in advanced discussions to leave his European team, BC Unicaja, for the NBA, league sources tell RealGM.

    via Shams Charania of Real GM on Twitter
  • Report: Gustavo Ayon Signs with Real Madrid

    Star center for Mexico's national-team Gustavo Ayon signed with Spanish powerhouse and European finalist Real Madrid.

    via David Pick of Eurobasket.com
  • Buss ‘Not Worried’ About Kobe Returning

    One person who is not worried about Kobe (Bryant) is Lakers’ part-owner and President, Jeanie Buss, who revealed her thoughts on Kobe’s return to Time Warner Cable SportsNet on their ‘Inside The Lens’ series:
    "Phil (Jackson) told me when Kobe got hurt, he said ‘Jeanie it’s gonna take a year, but he will come back.’ And I know Kobe. He put a lot of pressure on himself to help the team out last season [...] He came back after six months, but now I know he’s healed, and he’s ready to play, so I’m really not worried about him coming back and contributing."

    via TWCsportsnet.com, transcribed by Corey Hansford of LakersNation.com
  • Celtics to Sign Evan Turner Prior to Camp?

    Source says #Celtics signing of Evan Turner will be completed/announced before training camp starts on Sept. 30.

    via A. Sherrod Blakely of CNSSE.com on Twitter
  • Source: Denzel Bowles Nearing Deal in China

    Free agent center Denzel Bowles is closing on an agreement with Jilin of the Chinese Basketball Association, a source told RealGM.

    Bowles worked out for Detroit this week, and the 6-foot-10 big man received a training camp invitation from the Pistons.

    via Shams Charania of Real GM
  • Forward Darington Hobson Inks Deal in Brazil

    Raptors SL forward Darington Hobson, a former draftee, signs with Brasilia in Brazil. I'm told deal includes NBA & Euro outs.

    via David Pick of Eurobasket on Twitter
  • Hornets’ Jeff Taylor Says Injury Fully Healed

    (Jeff) Taylor, a 6-foot-7 forward, will be in Charlotte Hornets training camp Sept. 30, almost nine months after he ruptured his right Achilles tendon in a game against the Detroit Pistons.

    “It’s been a long road,” Taylor said. “With an Achilles injury, you have to be really patient – slowly getting back all your strength, back to what you were.”
    Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/20/5187970/charlotte-hornets-jeff-taylor.html#storylink=cpy

    Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/20/5187970/charlotte-hornets-jeff-taylor.html#storylink=cpy

    “It’s not an injury anymore. It’s healed,” he said. “It’s not weighing on my mind.”

    via Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer
  • Forty Candidates Try Out for Ft. Wayne Mad Ants

    They came from near and far on Saturday to the Nets’ practice center in East Rutherford, where it was just infinitesimally possible that a cup of coffee in the NBA awaited their arduous efforts.

    The cost of this farfetched daydream was $150, the entry fee to try out for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the independent D-League team that occasionally feeds short-termers to injured and shorthanded NBA rosters. Of these 40 candidates, maybe two or three would be invited to return to the main training camp in Fort Wayne. They would still then have to make the D-League roster.

    via Flip Bondy of the New York Daily News
  • Kings Sign Ramon Sessions to Bi-Annual

    The Sacramento Kings have signed Ramon Sessions to the Bi-Annual Exception, according to league source.

    via Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders
  • Upset Tyson Chandler Fires Back at Phil Jackson

    It took him a while, but Tyson Chandler finally fired back at Phil Jackson.

    “I did nothing but try to help the culture there the three years I was there,” Chandler said. “You can say I didn’t live up to whatever, or you didn’t like the way I played or anything. But to ever question who I am and the type of leader I am in the locker room, I don’t even know where that came from.

    “I don’t know if Phil put that out there or who put that out there, but to me, that was the ultimate shock. And you don’t have to say that to get rid of me or to trade me. The trade is over.

    “So that was a shock to me that I didn’t appreciate.”

    Jackson, after completing the trade, said the deal was done, in part, to alter the chemistry of the team.

    via Tim Bontemps of the New York Post
  • Source: Wizards Reach Out Again to Ray Allen

    The Wizards have reached out to Ray Allen -- again -- in hopes of convincing the 39-year-old, if he decides to play rather than retire, to come to D.C., CSNwashington.com confirmed via multiple persons with knowledge of the situation Friday.

    While making another contact, after doing so early in the free agent process that opened July 1, doesn't improve their chances of landing Allen it does impact the big picture for Washington.

    via J. Michael of Comcast SportsNet Washington
  • Lou Amundson Signs Contract With Cavaliers?

    Lou Amundson signed a one-year, nonguaranteed deal with the Cavaliers, a league source confirmed. Although the Cavs’ rebuilt roster is filling up fast, the veteran journeyman stands a decent chance at making the final cut.

    via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal
  • Bogut, David Lee Healthy; Ready for Camp

    Warriors @andrewbogut & @Dlee042 expected to be healthy & ready for camp. Bogut has been playing 5-on-5 at team facility in recent weeks.

    via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports on Twitter
  • Papanikolaou Signing With Rockets Next Week?

    “Actually, what I was thinking was I didn’t want to be thinking like five years later that I had this opportunity and didn’t do it,” (Kostas) Papanikolaou said. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I didn’t want to miss it. I thought, ‘This is the time.’ I spoke with the GM (Daryl Morey). The coach himself (Kevin McHale) called me. That means a lot to a player. But I just didn’t want to be stupid and lose this opportunity to be here, to live this dream to go to the NBA.”

    Papanikolaou is expected to sign next week once his buyout makes its way through the FIBA approval process. Drafted by the Knicks in 2012, the Rockets acquired his rights in the space-clearing deal that sent Thomas Robinson to Portland in 2013. He is expected to compete for playing time off the bench, likely at small forward initially (though at 6-9, he could get time in the stretch four role Omri Casspi played last season).

    via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle
  • No Return Date for Warriors’ Shaun Livingston

    The Warriors are about uncertain when @ShaunLivingston will return from toe surgery.

    via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports on Twitter