• Morris Twins Sign Extensions With Suns

    Markieff Morris signed a four-year, $32M extension and Marcus Morris signed a four-year, $20M extension with the Suns.

    via Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic on Twitter
  • Deron Williams Responds to Kobe Remarks

    Deron Williams said he isn’t going to push the issue when he’s struggling, regardless of what Kobe Bryant thinks.

    The Nets point guard, who admittedly struggled with his confidence a year ago, fell under heavy scrutiny last season because he went scoreless in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Miami.

    Bryant chimed in on the subject in a Sports Illustrated article last month, saying Williams “psyched himself out” because he only took nine shots that game and “I would go 0-for-30 before I went 0-for-9.”

    Williams said Sunday that Bryant's mentality doesn't work for him.

    “I’m a point guard. If I'm 0-for-(expletive)-9, I'm not shooting 20 more shots. Not going to happen,” Williams said following the second day of training camp. “I'm a point guard. I'm going to find somebody else. Kobe Bryant, that's what he's supposed to do. He's got that mentality. That works for him, I got my mentality, it works for me.”

    via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News
  • Fisher: Melo Can Use Jordan, Kobe as Examples

    Derek Fisher, who knows a thing or two about the offense, believes (Carmelo) Anthony should look to examples set by Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant -- both of whom won multiple titles playing in the triangle.

    “I think that Kobe had Michael as an example of how he played in [the triangle] and how he worked in it. That helped him I think to be a natural when he got to it. Carmelo now has multiple examples of how guys have been successful inside of the system,” Fisher said. “Michael broke the mold in the sense of how to be that great within the system. I think Carmelo will have an advantage so to speak of having these examples of some of the greatest players to ever play, still have these hall of fame careers within the system and playing with their teammates.”

    via Ian Begley of ESPN New York
  • Nets’ Andrei Kirilenko Out with Back Issues

    It’s a new year but the same problem for Andrei Kirilenko.

    The versatile Nets forward, after missing most of the preseason and 25 of the first 29 games last season with back spasms, sat out Sunday morning’s practice — the team’s second of the season — because of a tight lower back.

    “Well, [it’s] not a big concern, but I guess it’s unavoidable,” Kirilenko said after the practice. “Like once, twice a year it kind of [flares] up a little bit. It’s a little bit tight, but no major soreness like I had last year, so I don’t know.

    “It could be seven days to I don’t know how much.”

    via Tim Bontempts of the New York Post
  • No Extension Talks Active for Knicks’ Shumpert?

    Iman Shumpert is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. He is eligible to sign a rookie scale extension between now and Oct. 31.

    According to league sources, the Knicks haven't had any contact with Shumpert or his representatives about a possible extension.

    New York still has about four weeks to start talks with Shumpert, but the feeling here is that it will be content to let him enter next summer as a restricted free agent.

    via Ian Begley ESPN New York
  • Kings’ Williams Working to Improve His Shooting

    Derrick Williams said he put up 1000 shots a day working with assistant coach Ryan Bowen for a month in the summer.

    via Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee on Twitter
  • Pistons’ Smith, Drummond, Monroe Won’t Start Together?

    Vincent Goodwill: Have you internally made the decision that someone of those three (Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe) has to come off the bench? Or have you decided they can't play together in stretches?

    Stan Van Gundy:  I think the second would be closer. I think there are situations where we'll play bigger and play them together.

    Vincent Goodwill:  Sometimes it worked last year.

    Stan Van Gundy: I was gonna say that. What I don't think will happen is it'll be our primary lineup. I'll go into camp, probably, I think I'm pretty open-minded but this will be the most open-minded I've ever been in coaching. I think if you look at the positions … people who watched us all the time, fans, media, coaches, whatever — if I gave 15 people and (asked) who would start, I might get 15 different lineups.

    Maybe what emerges is those three guys start at 3-4-5. I don't anticipate that would be the case but even if they do, that won't be the lineup that gets the most minutes. It can be effective against some teams and some lineups.

    via Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News
  • Sources: Sixers Claim Chris Johnson Off Waivers

    ESPN sources also say that the Sixers have claimed Chris Johnson off waivers

    via Marc Stein of ESPN on Twitter
  • Magic to Sign 4 Players to Training Camp Deals

    On Monday, the Magic are expected to announce they have signed guards Seth Curry, Peyton Siva and Drew Crawford and big man Kadeem Batts. But although Curry, Siva, Crawford and Batts are going to be training-camp invitees, they will not compete for spots on Orlando's season-opening roster. The team's plan is to waive them and, if they clear waivers, assign them to the Magic's D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks.

    Although Curry, Siva, Crawford and Batts will be in Orlando over the next month to train for the upcoming season, they are not expected to practice with the Magic and will not travel for preseason games.

    via Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel
  • Sources: Celtics Waive Lucas III, Thomas

    ESPN sources say that the Boston Celtics have officially waived John Lucas III and Malcolm Thomas

    via Marc Stein of ESPN on Twitter
  • HEAT’s McRoberts Expects to be Healthy for Opener

    Josh McRoberts confirms he had toe surgery immediately after last season. He is bring brought along cautiously, but will be ready for season

    via Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel on Twitter
  • LeBron James: This is Kyrie Irving’s Show

    (LeBron) James, however, made it clear on Saturday he doesn't want to always take the ball out of (Kyrie) Irving’s hands. Part of the appeal of playing alongside Irving means James doesn't have to work as hard on offense and he won’t always have to initiate. Theoretically at least, it should save some mileage and keep him fresher for the postseason.

    For all the talk of getting the young guards off the ball, James made it clear he still wants Irving running this team.

    “In certain sets, I’ll probably handle the ball a little bit, but this is Kyrie’s show,” James said. “He’s our point guard. He’s our floor general and we need him to put us in position to succeed offensively. He has to demand that from us with him having the ball.”

    via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal
  • Fisher: We Have to be an Elite Defensive Team

    But at least for right now, Jackson and Fisher are concerned with seeing how the Knicks, with seven new faces, play together and pick up the triangle offense and commit to defense.

    "I think defense is what we have to focus on from Day One," said Fisher, who played on five NBA championship teams under Jackson with the Lakers. "We got to figure out a way to break into that elite defensive teams."

    via Al Iannazzone of Newsday
  • Report: Pelicans’ Tyreke Evans Out 3-5 Weeks

    Tyreke Evans is expected to miss 3-5 weeks with a strained right hamstring, the New Orleans Pelicans announced on Saturday.

    "Tyreke injured his hamstring playing pickup basketball out of town last week,” Dell Demps said in a statement. “He is back in New Orleans rehabbing with our medical staff. Hopefully, he will be cleared to play before the season-opener.”

    via RealGM
  • Wolves Contracts Talks wih Rubio Progressing?

    Contract talks that could make Ricky Rubio the second-highest-paid Timberwolves player will take place in person this week, and both the 23-year-old point guard and the Wolves seem ready to make a deal.

    Rubio and Wolves owner Glen Taylor spoke several times by telephone last week, with each expressing hope a contract extension can get done soon.

    Rubio is to be paid $5.08 million this season. A new deal, expected to be for four years, could be worth $11 million annually. Center Nikola Pekovic is the highest-paid Wolves player at $12.1 million a year.

    via Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press