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Coach Mike Malone said rookie Nik Stauskas has been picking things up quickly.

"He’s a very smart kid," Malone said. "He’s a very confident young man and he’s a hard, hard worker." The Kings gave the Michigan product plenty of responsibilities on top of scoring the ball, and they may have him help facilitate the offense in the regular season. He's a good bet to unseat Ben McLemore as the starter.
Jul 26 - 2:51 PM

Will Barton's rookie contract became fully guaranteed on July 25.

It's not a surprise at all and his 14.4 points per game in summer league only solidified the decision for the Blazers. He scored a career-high 23 points in the 2014 regular-season finale. With Mo Williams gone, Barton is in line for more playing time. He'll compete with second-year guard C.J. McCollum, who is coming off a fantastic summer league.
Source: CSN NW
Jul 26 - 1:59 PM

The Nets will introduce Bojan Bogdanovic on Monday.

The 25-year-old forward put up 14.8 points per game in Europe last season and will make the Nets team. Bogdanovic probably won't crack 20 minutes right away with the Nets, but losing out on Paul Pierce opens up some possibilities for him.
Jul 26 - 11:24 AM

President of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo said he sees Chandler Parsons and Paul George as possible stretch fours for the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

The team is really going to be shorthanded after losing out on Blake Griffin and Kevin Love. Small ball has been prevalent in the NBA these days and the national team will utilize a similar strategy. Parsons has a great chance to make the team now and Mavericks fans could get a longer look at the former Rocket.
Jul 26 - 11:01 AM

James Ennis missed some game action in summer league due to a strained left groin.

Ennis was a star at Orlando summer league with a 29-point game and he's looking like a strong bet to make the rotation. The Heat have some issues with depth, so he could be the first wing off the bench. He'll be worth watching for those who love picking up rookies.
Jul 26 - 10:32 AM

Kevin Love will not play for Team USA this summer because he doesn't want to risk injury, according to the Associated Press.

Team USA announced that Love is not going to play, but obviously did not list a reason for his absence. This is perhaps the strongest piece of evidence that Love very badly wants out of Minnesota. His decision to sit out clearly shows he's trying to do all he can to make sure the Wolves are able to deal him, or he may not want to answer hundreds of questions every day. FOX Sports reported that he wants to go to Cleveland, and the Cavs remain the frontrunners.
Jul 26 - 9:59 AM

The Grizzlies may not hire a new general manager, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.

Earlier this month, ESPN reported that the Grizzlies were going to remove the interim tag from Chris Wallace, so this report falls in line with that one. The Grizzlies also have former ESPN writer John Hollinger in their front office and may give him some added responsibilities.
Jul 26 - 9:57 AM

Kevin Love has relayed his desire for a trade to the Cavs, according to Fox Sports Ohio.

This isn't the strongest report in the world with words like "sources could not say for certain whether Love or [his agent] have made a formal trade request" and the headline of the story as 'Sources: Love may be requesting trade to Cavaliers.' Still, it makes sense for Love to want to be traded to Cleveland and the Cavs are definitely positioning themselves to strike up a deal. Now, it's just a matter of the Cavs and Wolves coming to terms on fair compensation.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 26 - 9:50 AM

Charlie Villanueva said the "road has come to an end" in Detroit.

He signed a five-year, $35 million deal back in 2009 and played just 9.0 minutes per game last season, so that contract wasn't exactly former general manager Joe Dumars' best move. Villanueva will likely sign somewhere, but it's almost certain he won't see major minutes out of the gate.
Jul 26 - 9:44 AM

Vitor Faverani (knee) is still rehabbing from his surgery back in March.

"I got injured because I trained there too [much] and, as I have no limits, I [got] hurt. [I] went a little silly, but it was my first year and I wanted to show a lot with my work," Faverani said in a translated version. He was all the rage to start the season with eye-popping block totals, but his numerous deficiencies eventually caused him to be phased out. He has a decent chance to make the team with Kris Humphries in Washington, but is not worthy of a pick in standard leagues yet.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 26 - 9:38 AM

Joakim Noah said he's happy for LeBron James but he hopes the Bulls "kick his ass as many times as possible."

The 29-year-old center is continuing the rehab on his knee and he said he feels "great." He also said he's "really, really excited" about the Bulls after their encouraging offseason. Noah may not need to play 35.3 minutes per game like last season thanks to some added depth, and the Bulls are hoping former MVP, Derrick Rose, can stay on the court. Noah touched the ball a lot last season, so the expected decrease in that department suggests his fantasy value is going down this season.
Jul 26 - 9:22 AM

The Raptors will reportedly buyout Lucas Nogueira's contract with Spanish club Estudiantes.

The Raptors will pay around $550,000 and Nogueira will pay around $250,000 to his old team. HIs impact wasn't as great in Las Vegas this summer compared to 2013, averaging 5.0 points, 5.8 boards, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's still extremely raw and is unlikely to make an impact with Toronto this season.
Source: Sportando
Jul 26 - 9:17 AM

Omri Casspi is finalizing a one-year contract with the Kings after clearing waivers on Friday.

The move will reportedly allow the Kings to keep Quincy Acy and that was previously in doubt. Casspi isn't going to move the needle in fantasy or reality, but he will add to the glut of power forwards the Kings are swimming in.
Jul 25 - 8:17 PM

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson will no longer be involved in the executive director search process for the NBA Players Association.

This doesn't sound like a friendly split and it sounds like the NBPA executive committee doing the same shenanigans that led to them getting murdered during the last CBA negotiations. Johnson successfully navigated them through the Donald Sterling saga, but apparently is no longer needed as the NBPA looks at the final three candidates, who could be voted on Monday.
Jul 25 - 7:43 PM

The Knicks recently proposed a trade of Amare Stoudemire, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert for Kevin Love, but the Wolves declined the deal.

Give Phil points for trying but that's hilarious.
Jul 25 - 7:35 PM



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