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The Raptors signed Will Cherry to a two-year deal.

It's at the minimum and for the second year in a row the Raptors sign a point guard who impressed at summer league. They already waived Dwight Buycks earlier this month, so Cherry essentially takes his place and could fall on the depth chart as the third point guard. He performed very well at summer league, averaging 12.8 points, 4.0 boards, 3.0 assists and 0.2 steals on 52.1 percent from the field.
Jul 30 - 8:12 PM

Derrick Rose praised Doug McDermott for his floor presence, not forcing the issue, and his shooting ability.

Those were three things that were on display for McDermott on his way to earning a first-team spot for Las Vegas Summer League. The Bulls are likely going to bring McDermott off the bench, so his scoring output likely won't be on full display right off the bat.
Jul 30 - 7:04 PM

Derrick Rose said that he "wasn't enjoying the game" during his comeback from ACL surgery last season.

Rose Watch was in full effect for all of 2013 and his demeanor coincides with his recent comments. Rose reportedly looks good at Team USA camp and general manager Gar Forman said the Bulls are supportive of Rose with the national team. He'll be watched closely yet again this offseason.
Jul 30 - 6:56 PM

John Wall said his back injury almost kept him from participating with Team USA this summer.

"I was still in the process of rebuilding and getting that back stronger, so I didn’t know that I was going to have the opportunity to come," Wall said. "I didn’t want to come and take somebody’s spot that they could’ve gave to somebody else if I wasn’t healthy. So basically I just waited." This is interesting to hear because the last time he had a back injury on record was in November, so it suggests he played through some pain this season. He's a No. 1 point guard in fantasy leagues and is worth a look at the end of the first round.
Jul 30 - 6:49 PM

Bucks sign C Johnny O'Bryant.

He turned in an impressive summer league, averaging 8.2 points, 5.2 boards, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks in 18.2 minutes per game. O'Bryant was the 36th pick in the draft and the team said they viewed him as a first-round talent. He'll have to work on his conditioning, but he could wind up making the Bucks given their lack of an interior presence.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 30 - 6:07 PM

Timberwolves sign G Mo Williams.

"We are excited to bring Mo into the fold this season," head coach Flip Saunders said. "His veteran leadership and excellent three-point shooting ability will be a valuable addition to our team." He will likely run the point for the second unit, which means rookie Zach LaVine may have to play off the ball more in his rookie campaign. Williams isn't worth a draft pick in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 30 - 5:55 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Heat sign F/C Chris Bosh.

He's been out of the country for most of the month, which explains why he hasn't signed his contract. Bosh's deal is reportedly $118 million over five years and he'll enter the season with more offensive responsibility. He already had second-round fantasy value last season due to a career high in effective field goal percentage, so the extra shots aren't going to boost his fantasy value too much.
Jul 30 - 5:36 PM

Wizards waive F/C Melvin Ely.

His contract came over in the Omer Asik deal and it wasn't guaranteed. The Wizards also gained a trade exception of $8.5 million, which could help them make another trade next summer. Ely could wind up on a training camp roster in October.
Jul 30 - 5:24 PM

Warriors waive F/C Hilton Armstrong.

They signed him in March due to the injury to Andrew Bogut and he didn't really have any chance for his contract to be guaranteed to start the season. Armstrong played in 15 games last season, averaging 1.7 points, 3.1 boards and 0.3 blocks in 6.5 minutes per game.
Jul 30 - 5:21 PM

Kevin Durant said Anthony Davis is "next in line" to win MVP.

If anyone besides LeBron James is a threat to unseat Durant as MVP, Davis is definitely one of the first players to come to mind. He exploded last season, averaging 20.0 points, 10.0 boards, 2.8 blocks and 1.3 steals in 67 games, but injuries have occurred a little too often.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 30 - 4:55 PM

The Nets have named Paul Westphal, John Welch, Tony Brown, Joe Wolf and Jay Humphries as their assistant coaches.

Westphal headlines the group with over 20 years of experience and a 318-279 record as a head coach. The Nets aren't nearly as old as they were last year, but coach Lionel Hollins tends to run a slower pace than most coaches.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 30 - 4:05 PM

The Lakers worked out unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley on Wednesday.

Beasley's agent said some teams have interest in his client, so he wasn't bluffing. The Lakers would be a good spot for Beasley due to their lack of depth at small forward, but he certainly wouldn't be a lock to make the rotation. Additionally, the Lakers would have a handful of characters on their team should they sign Beasley.
Jul 30 - 3:08 PM

Kings sign F Eric Moreland.

He was undrafted after being named as Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention in 2013-14 and 2012-13 at Oregon State. Moreland is also the Beavers' all-time leader in blocks, and he swatted 2.7 shots per game at summer league this month. He'll head to training camp with an outside shot to make the team.
Jul 30 - 3:06 PM

Damian Lillard said Matt Barnes told him his defense will be the key to making the Team USA roster.

"He just called and told me that everybody knows that I can shoot the ball and make plays, but he said he knows that I can defend too," Lillard said. "He said just go out there and be a dog and pick up full-court." Lillard's offensive skill set has grown as his career has moved along, but he has still been torched on defense, giving up numerous season highs to opposing point guards last year. If Derrick Rose is healthy, Lillard may have a tough time making the team.
Source: CSN NW
Jul 30 - 3:00 PM

Free agent Gustavo Ayon (shoulder) is healthy and will join the Mexican National Team for the Centrobasket tournament this summer.

Ayon had surgery after injuring his shoulder in February, but he's reported no setbacks after playing vs. the Dominican Republic this week. "I only have a small contraction in the neck but the injury to his right shoulder, I feel pretty good," he said. As an unrestricted FA, his ability to stay healthy throughout Centrobasket will be crucial to landing another NBA contract.
Source: Record.com
Jul 30 - 1:17 PM



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