Toney Douglas G IND 1 month ago

The New Orleans Pelicans waived guard Toney Douglas on Friday, according to Basketball Insiders. Douglas averaged 5.4 points and 2.0 assists per game in 12 appearances last season while helping to fill in for Jrue Holiday, who was sidelined by a leg injury.

Jerian Grant G NYK 1 month ago

New York Knicks guard Jerian Grant signed his rookie contract on Thursday, according to NBA.com. Grant was selected 19th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft and is set to make roughly $1.3 million this season as he competes for a starting job in the team's backcourt.

Kyle Korver SG/SF ATL 1 month ago

Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver has yet to resume basketball activities as he continues to recover from offseason ankle and elbow surgeries, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Korver underwent surgery to repair a sprained right ankle which was followed by another procedure to clean up loose bodies in his right elbow, but he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Mike Scott PF ATL 1 month ago

Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott was arrested on felony drug charges on Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Scott was a passenger in the car and is accused of having marijuana and MDMA in his possession. The driver of the car reportedly led police on a brief chase, topping out a speeds of 98 miles per hour, before eventually pulling over. Banks County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Carissa McFaddin said, "Deputies located over an ounce of marijuana in the vehicle along with approximately 10.9 grams of MDMA." Scott averaged 7.8 points and 2.9 rebounds during his third NBA season, a step back from the 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds he averaged in the 2013-14 season. The team and the NBA have yet to comment on the situation, but Scott could be suspended. Scott played in 68 games last year, missing time late in the season due to a bruised back.

Brendan Haywood C POR 1 month ago

The Portland Trail Blazers waived center Brendan Haywood on Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Haywood, who averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in 22 appearances with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, was acquired in a trade earlier this month and will now become a free agent.

Jabari Parker SF MIL 1 month ago

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker is progressing in his recovery from a serious knee injury, but will be brought along slowly as he recovers, according to the Washington Post. Parker, who underwent surgery to repair a torn left ACL in January, is considered questionable for for the start of training camp at this point. "We're going to be very conservative with him," general manager John Hammond said. "If we think he’s capable of playing 20 [minutes], we’ll maybe play him 10 minutes. If we think he can play a back-to-back, we’ll wait on the back-to-back. Whatever it is, we’re going to be very cautious as [we] move forward." The Bucks are very deep in the frontcourt, so they can afford to bring the 20-year-old along slowly until he is fully fit. Parker will likely be limited throughout training camp and at the start of the regular season, but should see increasingly more court time.

Thabo Sefolosha SG/SF ATL 1 month ago

Atlanta Hawks swingman Thabo Sefolosha is progressing in his recovery from a serious leg injury, but is still without a timetable for beginning basketball activities, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Sefolosha underwent surgery to repair a broken right fibula suffered in an incident outside of a New York nightclub in April and was handed a six-month recovery timetable. "I am doing better every day,” Sefolosha said. "The leg and ankle are feeling good, but it is too early to say exactly when I’ll be back on the court." Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer has indicated that the 31-year-old could enter the starting lineup this season to replace the departed DeMarre Carroll, but he currently appears likely to be limited at the start of the season. An update on Sefolosha's projected recovery should be available closer to the start of training camp.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 1 month ago

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play some power forward next season, in addition to his duties at guard and on the wing, according to NBA.com. Head coach Byron Scott said Bryant would see most of his minutes at small forward once healthy from a shoulder injury, but that he could play anywhere from point guard to power forward. "Kobe can play one, two and three," Scott said. "There's no doubt in my mind. And there's some games, against some teams, where he'll probably play four. If we can get him at the elbows and at the mid-post, the more effective he'll be. I don't think he needs to be using up the whole 94-foot floor. If we can cut that down some, I think that saves his legs as much as possible. But if we can get him where he operates best, which to me is elbows on each area, top of the key, at the pinch post, at the mid-post, then I think he can be real effective for us." The Lakers want to play Bryant alongside guards Jordan Clarkson and De'Angelo Russell, who they took with the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft in June.

Kevon Looney F GSW 1 month ago

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney could undergo surgery on his hip this offseason, according to NBC Sports. Looney was selected 30th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft despite playing through hip issues during his single season at UCLA. "I actually feel good right now. I had suffered a hip injury when I first got to UCLA. I played the whole season with it. I went through the workouts with it. I still can play now, I can play just fine," Looney said. "I'm not hurting right now. I'm gonna look at the doctors (and let them) tell me what they really want me to do, but this is an injury I had and I can actually play with, and do well with." The 19-year-old isn't expected to play much of a role for the team this season, so they may elect to err on the side of caution for the sake of his long-term future.

Jae Crowder F BOS 1 month ago

Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder stated that he believes he is 100 percent healthy after recovering from a knee injury, but he is still undergoing precautionary rehab, according to the Metro West Daily News. Crowder sprained his left ACL in the team's first-round playoff loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he is fully expected to be ready for training camp in September.