James Young SG/SF BOS 2 hours ago
Young claims to have added 20 pounds to his body and plans to attack the rim more often this season, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com reports.
Young flourished in the D-League last season, averaging 21.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals over 17 contests, but barely registered a blip on the NBA radar. After missing summer league and training camp during his rookie season due to an automobile accident, the 19-year old shooting guard will make his summer league debut Monday alongside Marcus Smart.
Bradley Beal SG WAS 3 hours ago
Beal intends to improve his ball-handling, playmaking, mid-range accuracy, and defense, SLAM Online reports.
In an interview with SLAM magazine, Beal insists he'll continue to work on his mid-range jumper, one of coach Randy Wittman's favorite shots. That shot accounted for 37 percent of Beal's attempts last season and were converted at 34 percent, well below league average. Heading into his fourth season, Beal's slice of the offence will likely increase coming off of back-to-back incredible postseason runs.
Jordan Farmar PG LAC 3 hours ago
Farmar signed a deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Sportando reports.
Farmar last played in Turkey and won't likely be returning the NBA anytime soon. This marks his second stint with Maccabi.
Kyle O'Quinn PF/C ORL 3 hours ago
O'Quinn has been improving his offensive repertoire at Impact Basketball, Basketball Insiders reports. "Of course, I'm working on my jump shot [and] some go-to moves in the post," O'Quinn said. "I do want to get better at shooting corner threes. Last year, I was asked to do that and I want to keep working on that and expanding my range."
O'Quinn struggled last season from beyond the arc, converting 28 percent of his career-high 43 attempts. He was limited all of last season from an ankle injury suffered opening night and eventually lost playing time to the Magic's Dewayne Dedmon under interim coach James Borrego. A healthy O'Quinn is an adept passer and quality rim deterrent, two qualities that all but solidify his spot in the Knicks' rotation.
Marcus Smart PG BOS 4 hours ago
Smart never fully recovered from last season's ankle injury, the Boston Herald reports. "Last year, my ankle injury held me back from a lot of things. I couldn't do a lot of things that I was capable of doing in college, like getting to the rim. It kind of slowed me down," Smart acknowledged. "Now that my ankle's healing up, I'm getting to the rim. I'm beating people off the dribble and making plays like I was in college."
Smart suffered a left ankle sprain and bone bruise five games into his rookie season. Upon returning, he became a three-point taker, attempting 4.0 per contest and converting at a 34 percent clip. Roughly 57 percent of his shot attempts were from distance, and he only attempted 1.9 free throws in 27.0 minutes per game.
Omri Casspi SG/SF SAC 5 hours ago
Casspi (illness) is on the verge of re-signing with the Kings for 2 years at $6 million, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
Casspi was spectacular down the stretch for the Kings last season. Over the final eight games, mainly without the services of DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rudy Gay (concussion), Casspi averaged 19.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. If George Karl plans to start Gay at power forward, Casspi may find himself starting at small forward.
Beno Udrih PG MEM 6 hours ago
Udrih had his option picked up by the Grizzlies, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Udrih underwent ankle surgery during the first week of June, but the Grizzlies still opted to pick up his $0.9 million contract for 2015-16. Though it appears Nick Calathes may not be re-signed, the Grizzlies traded for Andrew Harrison on draft night, and they still have Russ Smith as well. Regardless, those two young guards have a lot to prove if they hope to pass Udrih on the depth chart.
Cory Joseph PG SA 15 hours ago
Joseph agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract with the Raptors, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports.
The Raptors selected PG Delon Wright in the first round of June's draft, and while the rookie has a shot to earn a key role in the rotation, Joseph figures to open the season as Kyle Lowry's top backup. The Raptors were badly in need of guard depth behind Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, as Greivis Vasquez was recently traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, and Lou Williams agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Lakers on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. Joseph should improve on last season's career-high average of 18.3 minutes.
Cory Joseph PG SA 16 hours ago
Joseph is closing in on a deal with the Raptors, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
With Lou Williams heading out of town, the Raptors need a new backup point guard. Although he might have to hold off first-round pick Delon Wright for the right to serve as Kyle Lowry's top backup, Joseph would still probably have a bigger role than he ever did in San Antonio. If things don't work out with the Raptors, the Canadian point guard shouldn't have much trouble finding interest elsewhere.
Reggie Jackson PG DET 17 hours ago
Jackson has agreed to a five-year, $80 million extension with the Pistons, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The Pistons have repeatedly made it clear that they view Jackson as a key building block for the future, and they're apparently ready to pay him accordingly. He averaged 17.6 points, 9.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 turnovers over 32 minutes in his 27 games with the Pistons last season, shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from beyond the arc. Brandon Jennings (Achilles) was playing great in the weeks leading up to his season-ending injury, but the Pistons may explore a trade this offseason or before the trade trade deadline.