Lakers Nation "What level Kobe Bryant will return to this season is one of the biggest questions heading into this season, not only for the Lakers, but for the NBA as a whole. Bryant is one of the greatest players of all-time, but coming off two major injuries and having just turned 36, no one knows how good..." August 30
One more Spurs rumble with Team USA v Finland now seven hours away: Reigning champs, I'm told, trying to barge into Ray Allen Sweepstakes
Pro Basketball Talk "I believe Seth Curry deserves an NBA chance – and I mean more than the 13 minutes he played for the Grizzlies and Cavaliers last season. Just watching him, Seth doesn’t exude NBA talent, though he’s not that far off. But his brother, Stephen Curry, has defied expectations at every level. Few..." August 30
CBSSports.com "Every time Team USA gets together, there's talk of how players return to the NBA better. They can see how other stars work, go against them in practice and refine their individual games. If there's one guy this summer who people are talking about using this experience as a springboard to..." August 30
ESPN.com "Manny Pacquiao has expressed interest in recruiting former NBA All-Star Metta World Peace to the Filipino boxing champion's newest venture -- professional basketball. Pacquiao has become player/coach of the newly formed Kia Sorentos in the Philippine Basketball Association, adding to his other..." August 30
CBSSports.com "A positive marijuana test administered by the NCAA is the reason Mitch McGary is no longer on the Michigan basketball team. What many criticized to be an archaic rule -- a year-long suspension for a single positive test -- basically forced McGary's hand, and he opted in late April to pledge for..." August 30
Doc Rivers had been in contact with Ray Allen earlier this summer. Expect the Clippers to make a run at him again.
NBA.com "NBA schedules haven’t been out long, but Ty Lawson has already been studying up on the Denver Nuggets’ first month. “We’ve got the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers twice, We got OKC twice,” Lawson said. “Our first month is crazy so I was like, ‘coach, we’ve both got to be ready coming..." August 30
Pro Basketball Talk "The No. 1 reason LeBron James signed with the Cavaliers is because he was born in Northeast Ohio. The No. 1 reason Kevin Love approved a trade to the Cavaliers was because LeBron had already signed. So, Cleveland’s great offseason was set in motion for reasons outside the Cavaliers’..." August 29
CSN Northwest "Damian Lillard is not out of the loop completely when it comes to his summer involvement with Team USA and FIBA World Cup competition in Spain. Prior to being left off of the final 12-man roster last week, the Portland Trail Blazers’ All-Star point guard was informed that there could be a..." August 29
Also pleased to hear, since writing about ZORAN Dragic yesterday, that a few NBA teams are indeed tracking him. Hope for a two-Dragic NBA!
SI.com "For a recent SI Longform story, I spoke with Judy Seto, the longtime physical therapist for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. The excerpts from our conversation focus on Bryant, his recovery and his singular pain tolerance. Quotes edited for clarity. Kobe's medical expertise "He's the kind of guy..." August 29
ESPN.com "Brazil guard Leandro Barbosa has reached an agreement to sign with the Golden State Warriors for the upcoming season, ESPN.com has learned. After Barbosa received initial interest from the Miami Heat, Golden State has secured a commitment from the 31-year-old on a one-year deal at the veteran..." August 29
Los Angeles Clippers will release Miroslav Raduljica on Friday morning, league sources tell RealGM. Raduljica had two years left on deal.
USA Today "The free agency season isn't over just yet for the Los Angeles Lakers. After missing out on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in July, the Lakers held a free agent workout Tuesday in Los Angeles. The workout included forward Michael Beasley; big men Dexter Pittman, Greg Stiemsma, and Daniel..." August 28
Pro Basketball Talk "Michael Carter-Williams had shoulder surgery last May, and though no timetable was given for his return, it seemed likely he’d recover in time for the upcoming season. There was no clear cause of the injury, perhaps indicating it wasn’t too, too serious. Plus, he’d have a full offseason to..." August 28
Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Doc Rivers to a contract extension through the 18-19 season. Rivers signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Clippers in June of 2013 after the club agreed to a compensation deal with the Boston Celtics." August 28
ESPN.com "Remember how supremely confident DeMarcus Cousins was in his last chat with reporters before Team USA's FIBA World Cup roster was finalized? Insisting he had zero worries about making the 12-man squad, Cousins brushed off the doubters Friday night in the bowels of Madison Square Garden,..." August 28
Fox Sports North "Now that he's arrived in the Twin Cities, Thaddeus Young would like to clear up any misconceptions. He's not a "grizzled, old" veteran, he said. His seven years of NBA service are a product of coming out of Georgia Tech as a 19-year-old and becoming a pillar player in Philadelphia. "I feel..." August 28
Pro Basketball Talk "At the 2012 NBA draft combine, John Henson weighed just 216 pounds. For reference, the 6-foot-4 Dwyane Wade is listed at 220 pounds. Obviously, there were plenty of questions whether the 6-foot-11 Henson had the bulk to play inside in the NBA. Henson’s game dictated he should, at least. His..." August 28
Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers' extension will be worth more than $50 million over five years, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
SI.com "In a development that makes Donald Sterling reacquiring the Los Angeles Clippers virtually impossible, court records indicate that Sterling failed to petition the California Supreme Court for review by Monday’s deadline. The failure means that Sterling has run out of legal options in California to..." August 27
Washington Post "James Harden was going up for a layup. Paul George was going up to contest the shot. When they came down, George had broken his leg and Harden had to look on, petrified and perplexed by what transpired. “That was tough,” said Harden, who struggled to watch as George agonized near the basket..." August 27
Philly.com "Dion Waiters was en route to Los Angeles last month for a weeklong workout session with pro basketball trainer Rob McClanaghan, an annual West Coast trip that had become as much a part of Waiters' offseason routine as the trade rumors that always seem to include his name, when his cellphone..." August 27
ESPN.com "New Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has a message for Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor: Quit worrying about me and focus on your team instead. Love, appearing on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" on Wednesday morning, responded to comments made by Taylor, who said Tuesday that the..." August 27
CBSSports.com "Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie denied the rumors that the team had tried to acquire 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett in a conference call on Tuesday. "I can tell you unequivocally we didn't have any conversations about [Bennett]," Hinkie said, via The Intelligencer's Tom..." August 27
CBSSports.com "Kobe Bryant is looking to follow an old rival's example. Preparing to make his comeback from a knee injury, the Los Angeles Lakers star has been studying how Paul Pierce adjusted his game as his athleticism faded away. From Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard: In preparing for this..." August 27
Shannon Brown's contract with the Miami Heat is for one year at $1.3 million, I'm told.
If Clippers clear roster space by waiving Delfino (and maybe Raduljica), the team could look at bringing Hedo Turkoglu back.
CBSSports.com "Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters is excited about the possibilities with LeBron James and Kevin Love on his team next year, and he's prepared for the season differently this summer, via Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer: What he has a chance to be now, with James and Love, is..." August 27
Yahoo! Sports "Russian shooting guard Dmitry Kulagin is receiving interest from the Sacramento Kings and is seriously considering coming to the NBA, a source told Yahoo Sports. Kulagin, 22, averaged 7.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists for Russia BC Triumph Lyubertsy last season. The 6-foot-6,..." August 27
SB Nation "On Tuesday, Timberwolves franchisee* Glen Taylor held court at the Minnesota State Fair as the newest hopes of the team were introduced. As he is wont to do, he openly discussed his feelings with the media. Kudos to him for that. Without franchisees, players, coaches and GMs spouting off,..." August 27
CBSSports.com "USA Today reports that after the Los Angeles Clippers traded Jared Dudley to the Milwaukee Bucks for Carlos Delfino Tuesday, LA plans to waive Delfino immediately using the "stretch" provision allowed in the last CBA: Yet according to a person with knowledge of the Clippers' situation, it's..." August 27
Bucks will send Carlos Delfino and Radiluca to the Clippers for Dudley and a future first-round pick, source tells Yahoo.
TheScore.com "The Philadelphia 76ers will accept just about any and all reclamation projects, except former No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet. For Philadelphia, the move nets them nothing more than a bit of cash. According to salary information from Shamsports, only $500,000 of Thabeet's deal is guaranteed...." August 26
SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26
USA Today "The 11 players currently on the Philadelphia 76ers are owed $24.25 million combined next season, or in clearer terms, about $1 million less than Amar’e Stoudemire will get from the New York Knicks. The team, which traded its most established player (Thaddeus Young) this weekend, is terrible,..." August 26
Real GM Basketball "Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been retired for three seasons and the Cleveland Cavaliers retired his No. 11 last season, but he could be considering a comeback. ESPN Cleveland radio host Tony Rizzo first talked about an Ilgauskas return on Sunday and reiterated the possiblity on Monday." August 26
CBSSports.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers have been trying to work out a trade for Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov for the past six to eight weeks, ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on ESPN Cleveland radio. Mozgov played for Cavaliers head coach David Blatt on the Russian national team. Blatt told Russian outlet..." August 26
Sporting News "Kobe Bryant is supremely confident. This is a secret to no one. And because of that confidence, there is no doubt in his mind that he is the best player in the world, even at age 36. In one of a series of untold Bryant stories, Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report provides details that explain who..." August 26
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Larry Drew said he was "blindsided" by the way he lost his job as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. Commenting at length for the first time since he was fired by the Bucks' new ownership June 30, Drew said his firing was "definitely mystifying." The veteran coach lasted just one season in..." August 26
Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant is under contract with the Lakers for two more seasons and $48.5 million, a deal which he and the team were both widely criticized for agreeing to under the circumstances. The thinking was that Bryant should have taken a far more substantial discount in the twilight of his career,..." August 26
CBSSports.com "The Minnesota Timberwolves want to cut ties with point guard J.J. Barea and failed to trade him to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Zgoda added that he thinks Barea will be waived if Minnesota can't move him. The writing was on the wall for this..." August 26
CBSSports.com "Turner Broadcasting CEO Josh Martin is preparing to fire 550 people in advance of the new NBA rights deal, which is expected to cost the company much more money this time around, according to the New York Post's Claire Atkinson: The CEO of Time Warner's cable-network division, which..." August 26
ESPN New York "With training camp less than two months away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the New York Knicks. Today’s question: How will Carmelo Anthony fit into the triangle offense? Last week, we posed the question above to a longtime scout for an Atlantic Division team. His first..." August 26
Pro Basketball Talk "On his way out the door in Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas said what a number of scouts had said before about DeMarcus Cousins. “I think if he ran the floor a little more, he would make the game a lot easier for him.” That was one of the things holding him back from getting a roster spot on..." August 26
Nets Daily "It certainly wasn't a defense and not even an explanation, but in an interview with a North Carolina newspaper, Mike Krzyzewski talks about why he chose his former center for Team USA ... and how USA Basketball only decided at the last minute to choose a select team to practice against the senior..." August 26
Washington Post "Stephen Curry is no longer the overlooked overachiever who routinely silenced those with modest to low expectations for his game or his career. Curry is now a star with playmaking skills to accompany that pure shooting stroke and has stepped into a world where outside perceptions of his talent..." August 26
Minneapolis Star Tribune "While most of the local media attention in the Timberwolves’ trade of Kevin Love to the Cavaliers has focused on the arrival of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, Flip Saunders believes that Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young will play crucial roles with the team, as well. Bennett was the No. 1..." August 26