• Sources: Mario Chalmers to Sign 1-Year Deal With Grizzlies

    Free agent guard Mario Chalmers is finalizing a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell ESPN.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Report: Willie Reed Reaches 1-Year Deal With Clippers

    Free agent center Willie Reed has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell ESPN. The deal is for one-year, $1.5 million.

    Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN
  • Sources: Manu Ginobili, Spurs Finalizing New Deal

    Manu Ginobili and the Spurs are finalizing details of a return for a 16th NBA season, league sources tell ESPN.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Lonzo Misses Summer League Finals, Lakers Win

    Forward Kyle Kuzma scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over the Portland Trail Blazers 110-98 in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game Monday night.

    Kuzma could not be stopped, shooting 11-of-16 from the field and 6-of-10 on three-pointers. With that effort, he finished as the Las Vegas Summer League's top overall scorer. Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft and the Las Vegas Summer League MVP, missed the game with a mild right calf strain. Shooting guard Josh Hart, picked 30th overall, sat with a sprained right ankle.

    Source: Paul Kasabian of Bleacher Report

  • Sources: LeBron Frustrated with Cavs Offseason

    LeBron James, the NBA’s most powerful player and biggest star who brought the Cleveland Cavaliers their first NBA championship, is concerned about the Cavaliers’ offseason, a person close to the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

    Expecting an aggressive offseason approach that would close the gap on the champion Golden State Warriors, James soon found his anticipation and optimism diminished after Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert dismantled the front office, declining days before the draft and free agency to bring back general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden.

    Source: Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today
  • Sources: Grizzlies, Rade Zagorac Agree to Deal

    Sources: Serbian forward Rade Zagorac's deal with the Memphis Grizzlies: three years, $3.9M -- with two years, $2.3M guaranteed.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Twitter
  • Lonzo Ball Named 2017 Summer League MVP

    Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball was named Most Valuable Player of MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2017 and headlines the All-NBA Summer League Teams, as selected by a panel of media members.

    Source: Official Press Release via NBA.com
  • LaVar Ball: Lonzo Does Not Need to Change Shot

    Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has dazzled in the Las Vegas Summer League, recording two triple-doubles and leading all players with 9.3 assists per game. He has struggled to make shots, however, but LaVar Ball says his son doesn't need to change how he shoots.

    LaVar Ball, in a radio interview Monday on Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ on ESPN LA 710, said his son doesn't need to tinker with his shot, despite his 38.2 percent shooting percentage in Las Vegas. "Oh, ain't nobody tinkering with his shot. He's going to shoot the same way, comfortable, like I said, who cares about his shot," he said.

    Source: ESPN
  • Iverson Doesn’t Play in Philly Big3 Homecoming

    Allen Iverson walked onto a familiar court to a rousing ovation and then took an unfamiliar spot on the sideline. The Answer was Coach AI in his Big3 homecoming.

    Iverson said a few hours before his team played against Julius Erving's squad that his doctor advised him not to play Sunday night for unspecified reasons. So he assumed his role as coach of 3's Company in Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league. That didn't stop fans from chanting: "We want AI!"

    Source: The Associated Press on ESPN
  • Paul Pierce Signs Contract to Retire as Celtic

    The Boston Celtics signed Paul Pierce on Monday so that he could retire as a member of the organization.

    Pierce, a 10-time NBA All-Star, spent the first 15 years of his career with Boston, winning a title in 2008. In announcing Pierce's retirement, co-owner Wyc Grousbeck said Pierce's No. 34 will soon hang in the rafters at TD Garden.

    Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
  • Knicks President: Possible Melo Stays Put

    New York Knicks president Steve Mills said Monday that Carmelo Anthony could remain with the team this season, despite acknowledging that the organization would continue to pursue a trade involving the 10-time All-Star.

    "We've been in contact with Carmelo's representatives. We've been in contact with other teams," Mills said Monday at a news conference to introduce new general manager Scott Perry. "Our view is if there's an opportunity that works for Carmelo and works for us, then we'll look at some kind of trade. But we also feel that Carmelo could easily be a part of our team next year.

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
  • Team President: Houston Rockets Up For Sale

    Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown announced Monday that the franchise is up for sale by owner Leslie Alexander. Brown offered a timetable of "sooner rather than later," but also said that since management is firmly in place, there is no rush to the process. The most recent Forbes evaluation of the franchise pegged its value at roughly $1.65 billion.

    Source: Houston Rockets
  • Sources: Hawks Back Out of Contract Talks with Mo Speights

    Sources: After week-long talks ended w/ Atlanta backing out of offer to Mo Speights, one of market's best shooting centers available again.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
  • Jeff Van Gundy: Houston, Carmelo Not a ‘natural fit’

    Former Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy still lives in Houston and has a good read on that franchise. And Van Gundy, recently named a Team USA coach for the Americas Tournament and World Cup qualifiers, isn’t sure Carmelo Anthony is “a natural fit” for a Houston team trying to dethrone the Warriors.

    In Las Vegas working the summer league final four Sunday and Monday for ESPN, Van Gundy told The Post in a phone interview the Rockets need more defense, not more offense, after the Chris Paul bonanza.

    “I think they have a lot on their plate integrating Paul and [James] Harden,” Van Gundy said. “They’re not going to be better offensively than they were last year. They were the second-best team in the league offensively. I thought they had defined roles everyone knew. [Coach] Mike D’Antoni did a fabulous job getting them to play on a consistent basis. The Chris Paul trade, there’s going to be some ups and downs, but they’re better equipped to win in the playoffs. Particularly if Harden has a bad night, they still have a superior player to play through. Their improvement is going to have to be defensively. So I’m interested in the Carmelo thing. I don’t necessarily see it as a natural fit.’’

    The Knicks and Rockets have halted talks on the four-team trade with the arrival of general manager Scott Perry, who wants a chance to sit down with Anthony to pick his brain.

    Source: Marc Berman of the New York Post
  • Pagliuca: Celtics Willing to Enter Luxury Tax to Win

    Steve Pagliuca says the NBA is going “back to the future” where the salary cap is concerned.

    This summer’s salary cap adjustment, which lowered the number to $99.093 million for the 2017-18 season, and set the luxury tax level at $119.266 million, took an especially draconian hit on the Celtics.

    That tightened cap number is the reason Avery Bradley was introduced as a member of the Detroit Pistons last Thursday, thus giving the Celtics room to account for Gordon Hayward’s four-year, $128 million contract.

    But the Celtics are likely on the brink of a true throwback, to the days when Celtics ownership happily paid luxury taxes throughout the era of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

    Pagliuca isn’t sure the team will re-enter tax-land next summer, but if exceeding the tax line means once again having an annual chance of reaching the NBA Finals, then the co-owner says so be it.

    “I don’t know if it’s inevitable, but if we feel it’s going to help us win a championship, then we will,” he said. “We have a history of doing what we need to do to win.

    Source: Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald