David Lee PF/C GS 12 Days
Lee (stomach) is said to have an "automatic" starting spot under new Warriors coach Steve Kerr, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Lee was included in trade talks surrounding Kevin Love this summer, but with Love set to join the Cavaliers, Lee remains with the Warriors as the team's starting power forward this season. Although coach Kerr is thought to prefer a 'stretch four' at the position, Lee's production of 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds last season is certainly welcomed. After overcoming a minor surgery to his pelvic area in July, the veteran big man will once again start next to center Andrew Bogut for Golden State this season. Nonetheless, it will be worthwhile to monitor how Kerr manages Lee's minutes with lineup combinations in the early going.
Jordan Clarkson PG LAL 12 Days
Clarkson is expected to sign with the Lakers before the start of training camp, NBA.com reports.
Clarkson has been a bright spot for the Lakers during Summer League play and his signing can certainly add some depth to the team. So far, he has played five games and averaged 15.8 points on 42% shooting including 42% from deep. He has also put up five rebounds per game, along with 1.2 assists in 30 minutes per game. The Lakers are hoping that he can add some depth to their bench in the back court with Nick Young being inconsistent at times and Kobe Bryant coming off of nagging injuries that plagued him for most of last season.
Tibor Pleiss C OKC 12 Days
Pleiss has officially signed a contract to play for FC Barcelona Basketball this upcoming season, Sportando reports.
Pleiss will go to Spain to try and develop his game to potentially become a decent front court player for the Thunder in the 2015-2016 season. With Kendrick Perkins and Nick Collison becoming free agents at the end of next season, the move makes great sense for the team to try and develop their young talent. Getting Pleiss some playing time this season should help mold his game and prepare him for the NBA.
Al Harrington PF WAS 12 Days
Harrington will sign a one-year deal to play for Fujian SBS Xunxing Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association this season, SI.com reports.
Harrington averaged just 6.6 points in 34 games played for the Wizards last season. The 34-year-old received minimal free agent interest from NBA teams this summer, so he'll follow the path of many aging American players and play in the CBA this year. Should he impress, it's possible Harrington could land with a playoff-bound NBA team following the Chinese season; however, his balky knee could prevent such a scenario.
Ray Allen SG MIA 13 Days
Allen will return for his 19th season, ESPN.com reports. He is leaning toward signing with Cleveland, but it is not a done deal.
Allen stated after the season that he would like to continue to play with LeBron James, so he may follow James from Miami to Cleveland (like James Jones and Mike Miller - with a stop in between). He averaged just 9.8 points in 2013-14 and likely won't be much more than a 3-point shooting streamer in fantasy leagues.
Evan Fournier SG ORL 13 Days
Fournier appears to have cemented his spot on the French National Team for this summer's FIBA World Cup, Canal+ reports.
Fournier joined the team during their recent three day exhibition in France, where he averaged 7.6 points in 14.0 minutes while converting an impressive 44.4 percent of his three-point attempts as a reserve. French coach Vincent Collette is deciding between cutting Edwin Jackson or Charles Kahudi, thus confirming Fournier's spot on the roster. Fournier spent the majority of his possessions as a primary ball handler, showcasing a skill seldom displayed during his tenure with the Nuggets. This is clearly a confidence booster for the 21-year-old Frenchman, who was the final cut on last summer's EuroBasket championship team. Next up for the the French team is another three-day tournament, scheduled from August 15th through August 17th.
Gustavo Ayon PF/C ATL 13 Days
Ayon tabbed a double-double in the championship game and MVP of the Centrobasket tournament, Court Side reports.
Ayon scored 16 points and 16 rebounds in the championship game as the Mexico defeated Puerto Rico 74-60. He seems to be healed from a shoulder injury that ended his season early with the Hawks. Ayon shot 51 percent from the field but only averaged about 17 minutes per game in 26 games. He is currently a free agent, so this performance could help him find a home for next year.
Jordan Hill PF/C LAL 14 Days
Hill will play good minutes at center this season amid the morass of frontcourt players the Lakers have accumulated this offseason, head coach Byron Scott stated on the Lakers' official Twitter account.
Hill was projected to be the Lakers' starting center, but it's good to hear it come from someone within the organization. Scott also mentioned that newcomer Ed Davis would see time at the five, presumably backing up Hill. Last season, in former coach Mike D'Antoni's offense, Hill put up impressive per-36 minutes stats of 16.7 points and 12.8 rebounds and he is on the verge of a breakout campaign in 2014-15.
Kostas Papanikolaou F HOU 15 Days
Papanikolaou has agreed on a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets, ESPN reports.
Papanikolaou will be able to play in Houston this season because the Rockets decided to employ a mid-level exception on the forward. He'll likely see playing time behind Trevor Ariza after the departure of Chandler Parsons created a void at small forward in Houston.
Rudy Gay SF SAC 15 Days
Gay has been added to the current group of players vying for the 12 spots on Team USA's roster for the FIBA World Cup later this month, ESPN reports.
Gay will replace Kevin Durant since the reigning MVP decided that he needs to take the rest of the summer off to rest. The Sacramento stalwart will have a legitimate shot at making the final 12-man roster, but he doesn't have as much time to prepare compared to the other current members of Team USA.