Kobe Bryant SG LAL 4 days 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 4 days 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 5 days 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.
Matthew Dellavedova G CLE 5 days ago
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract extension on Monday, according to ESPN. Dellavedova stepped into a larger role in the playoffs after averaging 4.8 points and 3.0 assists during the regular season, but is expected to again come off the bench behind Kyrie Irving and Mo Williams next season.
Zoran Dragic G BOS 5 days ago
Miami Heat guard Zoran Dragic was traded to the Boston Celtics on Monday, according to ESPN. Miami acquired a future second-round pick in exchange for Dragic, who averaged just five minutes in 16 appearances last season.
Rakeem Christmas F IND 5 days ago
Indiana Pacers rookie forward Rakeem Christmas signed a four-year, $4.3 million contract on Monday, according to IndyStar Sports. Christmas, who was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers after being selected 36th in the 2015 NBA Draft, will compete for reserve minutes in the Indianapolis frontcourt.
Shabazz Napier PG ORL 6 days ago
The Miami Heat traded guard Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic on Sunday, according to Yahoo Sports. Miami acquired a future protected second-round draft pick in exchange for Napier, who averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 51 appearances as a rookie last season. The 24-year-old never received an extended run in his first season in the league, and would have struggled to find consistent minutes for what has become a deep Miami roster. In Orlando, Napier will find himself behind Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson on the point guard depth chart, but could overtake the latter for backup duties with a strong showing in training camp. He showed flashes of his talent as a scorer by registering double-digit points totals in six straight games last season, but will need to improve his ability to run a team and contribute on the defensive end in order to gain a larger role.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 6 days ago
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was cleared to start working out Saturday as he continues to recover from a knee injury, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Irving underwent surgery last month after suffering a fractured kneecap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. He has begun walking and relayed that he is feeling well as he continues to progress in his rehab. "[I feel] Great," Irving said. "Taking it one day at a time. It's a process getting back to where I want to be. But I'm doing what I can here...You don't want any injuries. It sucks when you're actually injured but it's a test of your will and patience and just continuing to stay involved in the game the best you can. That's what I tried to do. I'm honestly not putting a date on anything. People are going to put a date regardless. I'm just continuing to rehab my knee." While he was noncommittal about a return date, the Cavaliers expect Irving to return for the start of training camp.
Cliff Alexander F BKN 1 week ago
Free-agent forward Cliff Alexander signed with the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, according to the team's official website. Alexander, who went undrafted after he was one of the top high school recruits in the nation last year, will compete for front court minutes in Portland after averaging 8.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the Brooklyn Nets' NBA Summer League team.
Rakeem Christmas F IND 1 week ago
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded forward Rakeem Christmas to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, according to Vigilant Sports. Christmas was selected 36th overall in the this year's draft and will provide the Pacers with front court depth.