JaVale McGee C DAL 2 weeks ago
Dallas Mavericks center JaVale McGee is expected to be ready for the start of training camp next month as he continues to recover from a leg injury, according to ESPN. The Mavericks were reportedly aware of McGee's injury before signing him earlier this week and are confident that their medical staff can have him ready when camp commences.
JaVale McGee C DAL 2 weeks ago
Free-agent center JaVale McGee signed a two-year deal worth the veteran's minimum with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, according to ESPN. McGee, who averaged 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 27 games with the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers last season, will compete for a rotation spot on a team devoid of a clear-cut starter at center.
Tayshaun Prince SF MIN 2 weeks ago
Free-agent forward Tayshuan Prince signed a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, according to Yahoo!Sports. Prince, who averaged 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 58 games with the Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons last season, will provide wing depth on the young Minnesota roster.
Anthony Davis PF/C NOP 2 weeks ago
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis sat out Team USA's minicamp practice Wednesday after rolling his ankle Tuesday, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Davis was able to do some light shooting after sustaining the injury, and he is fully expected to be healthy for the start of the regular season at the end of October. "He's just got a minor sprain, no big deal," Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's not any big deal. I think he's doing a good job (in the offseason). He's working on some things we talked about, just trying to get stronger and get a better feel for what we're talking about. Expanding his range, working on 3-point shots from the corner, things like that." Davis had a career-best season last year, averaging 24.4 points, 2.2 assists, 2.8 blocks and 10.2 rebounds in 36.1 minutes per game.
Mike Scott PF ATL 2 weeks ago3 Comments
Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is facing up to 25 years in prison after being charged with felony drug possession for an incident that occurred in July, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Scott was pulled over, along with his younger brother, and was found to be carrying 35.2 grams of marijuana and 10.9 grams of Schedule I drug MDMA. The marijuana charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, while the MDMA charge carries a maximum of 15. All drugs confiscated in the incident have been sent to an independent lab for testing and a court date will not be set until after the results come back, likely sometime during the upcoming NBA season. Scott averaged 7.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in 68 appearances last season, but his status with the team can now be called into question, with such serious legal matters hanging over his head.
Toney Douglas G IND 2 weeks ago
Freeaagent guard Toney Douglas agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, according to NBA.com. Douglas, who averaged 4.3 points and two assists per game in 12 appearances with the New Orleans Pelicans last season, is expected to compete for a roster spot as a backcourt reserve.
Carmelo Anthony F NYK 2 weeks ago
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is expected to participate in minicamp practice with Team USA on Tuesday, according to ESPN. Anthony played just 40 games last season before undergoing surgery in February to repair a torn left patellar tendon, but he is ahead of schedule in his rehab and has been cleared to take part in the non-contact portions of this week's camp. "I'm doing extremely well; rehab is going very, very well. I'm actually ahead of schedule [compared] to where everybody predicted I would be at this point in time," Anthony said Monday. The 31-year-old will not participate in Thursday's intra-squad showcase game, but his ability to work out at all this week represents a step forward in his recovery process. If he continues to progress without any setbacks, Anthony should also be available when NBA training camp starts next month.
Kevin Durant SF OKC 3 weeks ago
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant will practice with Team USA at this week's minicamp in Las Vegas after recovering from a foot injury, according to USA Today. Durant was expected to attend the minicamp all along, but he was not initially scheduled to take part in any practices. The 27-year-old was limited to just 27 games last season because of persistent foot problems, but he was recently cleared to return to basketball activities. Durant will not participate in the intra-squad showcase game Thursday, but he is expected to participate fully in practices Tuesday and Wednesday. He has stated repeatedly that he intends to play in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, and he is a virtual shoo-in to make the 12-man squad assuming he can stay healthy. Durant's participation should also be taken as a sign that he will be ready to go for the start training camp in October.
Donald Sloan G BKN 3 weeks ago
Point guard Donald Sloan signed with the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, according to the team's official website. Sloan, who averaged 7.4 points and 3.6 assists in 53 games with the Indiana Pacers last season, will compete for reserve minutes behind starter Jarrett Jack.
Alec Burks SG UTA 3 weeks ago
Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks said that he is fully healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery in December, according to SLAM online. Burks played just 27 games before succumbing to a lingering shoulder problem, but he said he does not have any reservations about entering the 2015-16 season after being cleared for contact a few weeks ago. The Jazz struggled out of the gate last season, but went 19-10 after the All-Star break, creating a momentum Burks said he wants to build on in October. "We’re going to build on the second half of our season’s success," he said. "They played very well and I wish I could have been out there. But I just can’t wait to get back to training camp. We’ll just try to build on that success." Burks averaged 13.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game prior to being sidelined for the season.