Luc Mbah a Moute F SAC 3 weeks ago
Mbah a Moute signed a deal with the Kings on Tuesday.
This will be Mbah a Moute's second time with the franchise, as he appeared in nine games for the team in 2013 before being traded away to Minnesota. The 28-year-old is not much of an offensive threat, but defensively, he is one of the better all-around defenders in the league. Rudy Gay has firmly established himself as Sacramento's starting swingman, but Mbah a Moute should serve solidly as a defensive stopper off the bench, even if he won't give you much in the box score.
Perry Jones F BOS 3 weeks ago
Jones was traded to the Celtics on Tuesday, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.
It doesn't appear Boston had to give up anything but a second round pick and money, as this was salary dump to save money for the Thunder. Jones is a lengthy, versatile player who can play on the wing as well as on the block, but given the depth in the Celtics' frontcourt, it may be hard for 23-year-old to come across many minutes next season. In just 43 games with Oklahoma City last season, Jones averaged 4.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in nearly 15 minutes per game.
Thomas Robinson PF BKN 3 weeks ago
Robinson tore the meniscus in his right knee and will have surgery on Wednesday, Andrew Keh of The New York Times reports.
Robinson signed a new two-year deal with the Nets, and given that the tear is reportedly a small one, it appears that he won't be held out for too long. Entering the season, it is expected that Robinson will serve as Thaddeus Young's backup at the power forward position.
JaKarr Sampson F PHI 3 weeks ago
Sampson has added 13 pounds of muscle during the offseason and possesses aspirations of playing power forward this season, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Sampson, the quintessential jack-of-all-trades, master of none, has been competing with the Sixers during their summer league circuit. Through two games, he's shooting 8-of-28 from the field and scoring 11.0 points in 27 minutes per game. He still has room for improvement, and should the Sixers enter the season with lacking point guard depth, Sampson will moonlight as the team's primary ballhandler.
Nick Calathes G MEM 3 weeks ago
Calathes signed a three-year. $7 million deal with the Greek basketball club Panathinaikos on Tuesday.
While Calathes did officially sign the deal, he does have an NBA out clause until July 15, giving him the opportunity to strike a deal with a team until then. However, the more likely scenario is that Calathes doesn't receive many competitive offers and goes through with playing overseas, where he will likely serve a much larger role. In 58 games with the Grizzlies last season, Calathes averaged 4.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in just over 14 minutes per game.
Quincy Pondexter SF NOP 3 weeks ago
Pondexter (knee) expects to be healthy by the start of training camp, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Pondexter underwent arthroscopic surgery in May on his left knee. He's recently spent time watching the summer league squad and catching up with assistant coach Darren Erman. The new offense installed by head coach Alvin Gentry will push the pace, and Erman has been going over the defensive coverages with Pondexter.
Eric Gordon SG NOP 3 weeks ago
Gordon has shed 10 pounds since the end of last season, the Times-Picayune reports.
Gordon will enter camp the proverbial favorite for the starting shooting guard spot. With coach Alvin Gentry and his uptempo offensive system in tow, Gordon will aim to build upon his career-high 44 percent three-point accuracy from last season. However, the coaching staff has already confirmed they'll keep a close eye on Gordon in order to keep him healthy the entire season. That may include limiting his playing time and occasionally resting him. He hasn't played more than 64 games since his rookie season.
Ty Lawson PG HOU 3 weeks ago
Lawson was arrested Tuesday morning in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence, the Denver Post reports.
Lawson was arrested in January on the same allegation, and he pleaded guilty to underage drinking and driving back in 2008 when he was at North Carolina. The Nuggets didn't hide their displeasure with the January incident, which occurred less than 24 hours before the team had a game. Lawson has been the subject of frequent trade rumors, particularly since the Nuggets drafted Emmanuel Mudiay, but this latest incident could make it harder for the team to get a strong return. Once one or both of his cases is/are resolved, Lawson may draw a suspension from the NBA.
Cameron Bairstow PF CHI 3 weeks ago
Bairstow has been working on his outside shot in summer league, NBA.com reports.
Bairstow played 18 games in his rookie season and attempted 14 shots the entire year. Through two summer league games, he leads the Bulls with 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 26 minutes per contest. Bairstow has also converted 2-of-7 three-pointers, tied for second most on the team. He's impressed coach Hoiberg thus far, but the Bulls' frontcourt situation doesn't provide much playing time. His contract this season is partially guaranteed.
Jeremy Lin G CHA 3 weeks ago
Lin will play alongside starting point guard Kemba Walker at times, Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Walker, Nicolas Batum, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have already been named starters by coach Steve Clifford. At Lin's introductory press conference, coach Clifford confirmed he'll use Lin as a combo guard, which helps his fantasy value since he won't be solely utilized as Walker's backup. Lin's goal this season is to attack the basket more and create for his teammates.