Richard Jefferson SF CLE 2 weeks ago
Free-agent forward Richard Jefferson will sign a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, according to Fox Sports. Jefferson was earlier reported to have reached an agreement to return to the Dallas Mavericks, but will instead sign with the reigning Eastern Conference champions for the veteran's minimum.
Brandon Jennings PG DET 2 weeks ago
Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings could miss the start of the upcoming season as he continues to recover from an Achilles injury, according to MLive.com. Jennings tore his left Achilles tendon in January and is questionable at best for training camp as he continues his rehab in Las Vegas. "Obviously [Jennings is] still not at the point of running or anything," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Can start to do a little bit more activity all the time. We're hopeful. We've still got about 14 weeks before the season opens. We've got a long time. We're hoping that he will be back and ready to play but it may not be at the beginning of the year. We'll just have to see." Jennings is approximately six months removed from surgery and his role with the team upon his return is unclear, as guard Reggie Jackson was signed to a long-term contract earlier this summer.
Jordan Mickey F BOS 2 weeks ago
Boston Celtics forward Jordan Mickey agreed to a four-year, $5 million contract on Monday, according to NBA.com. Mickey was selected 33rd overall in last month's NBA Draft and is expected to compete for minutes in the Boston frontcourt this season.
Ty Lawson PG HOU 2 weeks ago
The Denver Nuggets traded guard Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets on Sunday for four players and a two draft picks, according to Yahoo Sports. The Nuggets acquired forwards Kostas Papanikolaou and Joey Dorsey, guards Pablo Prigioni and Nick Johnson, a 2016 protected first-round pick and a 2017 protected second-round pick from the Rockets. First-round pick Emmanuel Mudiay will replace Lawson at point guard in Denver. Lawson, meanwhile, will send Patrick Beverley to the bench for the Rockets. Lawson was recently arrested for driving under the influence for the second time in six months and reportedly had been on the trade block prior to his latest incident. He will enter a rehab program for at least 30 days, and it is not believed he will face league discipline. In his sixth season in 2014-15, Lawson averaged a career-high 9.6 assists while adding 15.2 points and shooting 34.1 percent from three-point range.
K.J. McDaniels SF HOU 2 weeks ago
Free-agent forward K.J. McDaniels signed a three-year, $10 million contract to return to the Houston Rockets on Sunday, according to Fox 26 in Houston. McDaniels appeared in only 10 games for the Rockets after spending the majority of his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Marcus Smart PG BOS 2 weeks ago
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will miss the next two weeks after dislocating two fingers Thursday in a summer league game, according to the Boston Globe. Smart will need to undergo therapy as he recuperates from the injury, but assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry said the team is relieved that the issue is not more severe. "When you first hear screams, it's not always the best feeling in the world," Shrewsberry told the Boston Herald. "He'll be OK. He's in good spirits in the locker room. He's got the pictures on his phone. He was joking with the guys, showing it to them. And just like the warrior that he is, he comes back out to the bench and is leading the cheers and talking on defense." Smart, who will likely be the starting point guard this year, does not appear to be in danger of missing time in the regular season.
Ty Lawson PG HOU 2 weeks ago
Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson will enter a 30-day rehab program at a facility in Malibu, California, according to ESPN. Lawson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence last week, his second violation of this nature in the last six months. "We will be handling the personal needs of the defendant," said Lawson's lawyer, Harvey Steinberg. "Now we have a new situation to deal with. This program will ensure his sobriety." The 26-year-old has been involved in trade rumors dating back to last season, and his most recent violation, combined with the Nuggets' selection of point guard Emmanuel Mudiay in last month's draft virtually assures that he will not be with the team next season. The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets are reportedly interested in acquiring Lawson, though any trade talks will likely be on hold until he completes his rehab program in August.
Aaron Gordon PF ORL 2 weeks ago
Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon underwent surgery Friday in California to repair a broken jaw, according to NBA.com. Gordon, who led the Magic's summer league team in scoring and rebounding, suffered the injury while "horsing around" with his brother while visiting family this week.
Noah Vonleh PF POR 3 weeks ago
Vonleh has added 15 pounds to his frame this offseason and has been working on his improving his defense through film study, the Oregonian reports.
Vonleh, just 19 years old, played 275 minutes in his rookie season and failed to play more than 16 minutes in a game until April. The Blazers' frontcourt depth doesn't provide much leeway for Vonleh to return standard league value in fantasy leagues. Through three summer league contests, he's averaging 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 31 minutes per game. His inability to produce serviceable steal and block numbers given his 7-foot-4 wingspan is another indication of his limited appeal for the 2015-16 season.
Matt Bonner PF/C SAS 3 weeks ago
Bonner re-signed with the Spurs on Wednesday, Dan McCarney of San Antonio Express-News reports.
Bonner is a Spurs lifer and fan favorite, so the organization was likely more than happy to bring him back on board for a league minimum, $1.5 million contract. This season will be Bonner's 10th with the team, and while he is a sharpshooting forward, he likely will not be seeing the court much this year other than when garbage time hits.