Michael Beasley F MIA 19 Hrs
The Lakers worked out unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley on Wednesday.
Beasley's agent said some teams have interest in his client, so he wasn't bluffing. The Lakers would be a good spot for Beasley due to their lack of depth at small forward, but he certainly wouldn't be a lock to make the rotation. Additionally, the Lakers would have a handful of characters on their team should they sign Beasley.
Eric Moreland F SAC 19 Hrs
Kings sign F Eric Moreland.
He was undrafted after being named as Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention in 2013-14 and 2012-13 at Oregon State. Moreland is also the Beavers' all-time leader in blocks, and he swatted 2.7 shots per game at summer league this month. He'll head to training camp with an outside shot to make the team.
Damian Lillard PG POR 19 Hrs
Damian Lillard said Matt Barnes told him his defense will be the key to making the Team USA roster.
"He just called and told me that everybody knows that I can shoot the ball and make plays, but he said he knows that I can defend too," Lillard said. "He said just go out there and be a dog and pick up full-court." Lillard's offensive skill set has grown as his career has moved along, but he has still been torched on defense, giving up numerous season highs to opposing point guards last year. If Derrick Rose is healthy, Lillard may have a tough time making the team.
Kevin Durant SF OKC 19 Hrs
In an interview on ESPN's SportsCenter Kevin Durant said he's deleting Twitter from his phone.
He added he wasn't joking and said it was a distraction from playing ball. Durant also had his phone hacked before, so that probably was a factor, as well. The talk of Durant going back to his home town of Washington, DC has increased this week due to LeBron James and that will likely continue until the summer of 2016.
Gustavo Ayon PF/C ATL 21 Hrs
Free agent Gustavo Ayon (shoulder) is healthy and will join the Mexican National Team for the Centrobasket tournament this summer.
Ayon had surgery after injuring his shoulder in February, but he's reported no setbacks after playing vs. the Dominican Republic this week. "I only have a small contraction in the neck but the injury to his right shoulder, I feel pretty good," he said. As an unrestricted FA, his ability to stay healthy throughout Centrobasket will be crucial to landing another NBA contract.
Markieff Morris PF PHO 21 Hrs
Markieff Morris has been focusing on his rebounding and 3-point shooting during voluntary workouts this summer.
His brother Marcus Morris is also bulking up with the expectation that he'll play more minutes at PF with Channing Frye out of town. Markieff was a top-100 fantasy option in most formats last season, averaging 13.8 points, 0.4 threes, 6.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks in under 27 minutes per game. He'll likely start at PF and have a bigger role offensively, and if he can knock down more 3-pointers he'll be a uniquely valuable option.
Michael Carter-Williams G PHI 23 Hrs
The 76ers have strongly objected to proposed rule changes for the NBA's draft lottery system.
The rule changes have yet to be finalized, but according to ESPN.com they will "balance out lottery odds so that the worst team or teams wouldn't have the highest chances of landing the top pick." Such a change would dissuade teams from intentionally tanking to improve their draft position, but it would also hurt teams like the 76ers whose long-term strategy is built around the existing draft rules.
Tobias Harris F ORL 24 Hrs
Tobias Harris is bulking up this summer in anticipation of playing more minutes at power forward next season.
"It's definitely going to help me a lot," Harris said of the added muscle. "Going into the offseason a focus was on being able to guard those stronger guys. I've put my time in the weight room and I can definitely feel it." Harris shot 46.4 percent from the field last season with nearly half his attempts coming within eight feet of the hoop, and his aggressive style should benefit from his offseason strength-training regimen.
Metta World Peace SF NY 1 Day
Free agent Metta World Peace is reportedly close to signing with the Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association.
MWP struggled to earn minutes under Knicks coach Mike Woodson last season, and he wasn't picked up after being waived by New York in February. He'd undoubtedly be a popular figure in China if he does sign with the Blue Whales, but we've learned not to assume anything until Metta signs on the dotted line -- before signing with the Knicks last summer, he said that he might retire, play in China, or coach in the Arena Football League.
Rashard Lewis F DAL 1 Day
Mavericks president Donnie Nelson said that Dallas may consider signing Rashard Lewis after his knee surgery.
Lewis' one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Mavs was rescinded after a physical revealed the need for surgery. The severity of his injury is unclear, which may be part of the reason for Nelson's hesitation, so hopefully Lewis will receive an optimistic prognosis after he goes under the knife.