Cameron Bairstow PF CHI 15 Hrs
Bulls sign F Cameron Bairstow.
He put up some decent numbers in his five games in Las Vegas, averaging 10.2 points, 7.0 boards, 1.4 assists and 0.6 blocks. Bairstow got to the line 13 times in the July 17 game and he will be able to build his game in the D-League next year.
Lance Stephenson SG CHA 15 Hrs
President Larry Bird said he feels "really bad" about losing Lance Stephenson.
"I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship," Bird said. "But I did what I could possibly do to keep him here. Even if he didn't have any other offers, I was committed to giving him that $44 million because I believe in the kid." Stephenson will likely start at shooting guard for the Hornets next season and bump Gerald Henderson over to small forward for some of his playing time.
James Johnson F TOR 15 Hrs
James Johnson said he's over not seeing eye to eye with coach Dwane Casey from back in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
"It never was bad, we had our bumps, but that's war," Johnson said. "It's a war out there when we're playing a game and sometimes you say stuff that you regret or you say stuff that you don't really mean." He won't be seeing major minutes with the Raptors this upcoming season.
Chris Singleton SF WAS 16 Hrs
Chris Singleton has received some interest from the Heat and Pacers.
These two teams lost some notable free agents on the wings and are just looking for depth here. Singleton hasn't really improved in the past three seasons and would just be an end-of-the-bench guy at best.
Ian Clark G UTA 16 Hrs
Ian Clark said he wanted to show he can play point guard.
The Jazz used him off the ball more often than not in Las Vegas, but he was still able to average 2.0 assists per game. Clark's game has been primarily making 3-pointers and he hit 1.4 per game in his 21.4 minutes of action. He has a chance to make the team, but it'll likely be as a shooting guard.
Malcolm Thomas F UTA 16 Hrs
Assistant coach Brad Jones said Malcolm Thomas "had a really good week" at summer league.
Thomas ranked second on the Jazz in Vegas with his 11.8 points per game and started all five games. Thomas has a very good chance to make the team and they could use his hustle off the bench. Of course, he's no lock to make the rotation despite his improvement.
Trevor Ariza SG/SF HOU 16 Hrs
Trevor Ariza said he joined the Rockets because he was "familiar" with his surroundings.
"I just felt like the fit here was similar to what I had in Washington," Ariza said. It sounds like the Rockets and Wizards offered very similar money, but Ariza went with the four-year, $32 million offer from the Rockets. He's a great fit with Houston's up-tempo, triple-happy offense and he should be able to put up solid numbers.
Greg Monroe PF/C DET 17 Hrs
The Suns are looking into signing restricted free agent Greg Monroe to an offer sheet.
This could just be a leverage move by the Suns in talks with Eric Bledsoe, or it would make sense to add a guy like Monroe. The Suns only have Miles Plumlee at center right now with Alex Len unable to stay healthy, so Monroe would give them added size. He thrives around the rim, which would complement the backcourt-heavy attack of Phoenix.
Ben McLemore SG SAC 17 Hrs
The Kings are still committed to 2013 draft pick Ben McLemore.
I told him," coach Michael Malone said of McLemore, " 'Listen, we drafted Nik Stauskas. That's not any slight on you. We still believe in you. You're still our guy and we still expect great things from you from Year 1 to Year 2.'" McLemore has really struggled on both ends of the floor. At times, he was replaced defensively by Marcus Thornton, which is saying something. On offense, he really hasn't been able to separate. There's little reason to draft him in any fantasy league.
Kobe Bryant SG LAL 18 Hrs
Kobe Bryant said he's "afraid" of life after basketball.
"You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It's about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it's fun at the same time," Bryant said. He seems like a basketball lifer and may play beyond the two years of his current deal. Bryant should be 100 percent healthy coming into the 2014-15 season and is a decent risk-reward pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.