According to Shams Carania, Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and has a list of three teams with which he’d be open to signing an extension.
Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski. Butler has given Minnesota a list of one-to-three teams with whom he's open to signing extension, in anticipation of trade.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) 19 settembre 2018
Dirk Nowitzki talks with the official site about the upcoming season: "I think we have a good team, but the West is loaded, now LeBron came over to the West as well, so there are a lot of great, great players in the West. It’s going to be a fight every game, but I think we’re up for it. We have the depth for it. We should have a good bench with J.J. and Devin coming back and some of the other guys, so I think we should be OK, but it’s going to be hard.”
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has requested waivers on center Emeka Okafor. Okafor, 6-10, 252, appeared in 26 regular season games last season with New Orleans after signing with the team on February 3, 2018 and finished the season with averages of 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. Source:
As reported by Candace Buckner, big man Lavoy Allen has agreed to a training camp deal with the Washington Wizards. After three seasons with the Pacers, last season Lavoy Allen played in G-League.
Lavoy Allen has signed a training camp deal with the #Wizards, The Post has learned. He’s been in Washington for a week working out with the players and must have impressed the Wiz to the point that they gave him with camp invite. Allen will compete for the final roster spot.
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) 19 settembre 2018
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Denver Nuggets are signing guard Donald Sloan to a training camp deal. The Nuggets have already 15 players with guaranteed contracts so it won't be easy for Sloan to find a spot for the regular season.
As Isaiah Thomas continues to rehab his hip, Denver is signing veteran guard Donald Sloan to a training camp deal, league sources tell ESPN. Denver has 15 guaranteed contracts.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 19, 2018
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed center Cole Aldrich, it was announced today. Aldrich has played eight NBA seasons with Oklahoma City, Houston, Sacramento, New York, the LA Clippers and Minnesota, averaging 3.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.0 minutes (.527 FG%, .738 FG%) in 339 career games (23 starts). He was originally drafted by New Orleans in the first round (11th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, and was traded to Oklahoma City in a draft-night trade. Aldrich attended Bloomington Jefferson High School (Bloomington, MN) before a three-year career at Kansas. He was a consensus second-team All-American following his junior season in 2010, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and won a national championship with the Jayhawks in 2008. Source:
Rodney Hood recently signed the qualifying offer, worth 3.4 mln, to stay with the Cavs this season but the summer didn't go as planned. Hood was looking for an offer around 10-12 mln per season, but Cavs never reached that point and offered him a contract worth around $7 mln per season. Hood wasn't comfortable with that offer and decided, instead, to sign the offer sheet and waiting for a better proposal next summer. But despite the contract issues, Hood hopes to stay in Cleveland long-term, as he revealed to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:
"I believe strongly in myself that after this year, I’ll be able to make Cleveland my home and we’ll get a better deal next summer," Hood said. "I like the community, even though I haven’t been out there a lot. I want to make this a home. It’s just didn’t happen this summer. That’s how I look at it.” Source:
Drew Gordon is expected to join the Brooklyn Nets on an Exhibit 10 contract, a source told Sportando. Gordon, older brother of Magic forward Aaron, spent last season in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg averaging 11.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in VTB League and 12.3 points and 7 rebounds in EuroCup.
Will Cherry is expected to join the Golden State Warriors on an Exhibit 10 contract, a source told Sportando. The guard, who has played 8 games with Cavs in 2014-2015, spent last season with KK Cedevita in Croatia averaging 10.5 points in the domestic league, 11.1 points in AB Liga and 11.8 points with 4 assists in EuroCup.
76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Ben Simmons and Markelle Futlz have been working hard on their three-pointers during the offseason. The two players did not hit a single three-pointer in their rookie season as in the NBA. Per ESPN, Sixers coach Brett Brown said Tuesday that both players have put in the work needed on their jumpers, though neither player will ever become defined by his work beyond the arc. Brown said Fultz took about 150,000 shots this summer under the tutelage of trainer Drew Hanlen. Simmons has worked with his brother, Liam, a former college basketball assistant coach, at 3s and shooting from the elbow. "His jump shot's not going to define him," Brown said. "At some point, it will sure help. But I have aspirations, ambitions for him where I want him to feature on an all-defensive team. I personally want to post him more. I look forward to using him as a screener and giving Markelle the ball and let him roll out of it, that Blake Griffin-sort of half-roll and go to dunk." Simmons also needed work on his free throws -- he made 191 of 341 for just 56 percent last season.
Lonzo Ball will not participate in full-contact practice with the Lakers start their training camp next week. Per ESPN, Ball, a second-year point guard, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in mid-July. The Lakers said after the surgery that Ball would be fully recovered by camp, but Walton said they want to play it safe with him. "He will be in camp participating. He won't be doing full 5-on-5 contact at camp, at the start of camp," Walton said in an interview with Spectrum SportsNet that will air at 8 p.m. PT Wednesday. "So we're starting to ease him into it again, play some one-on-one, things like that, half-court stuff." Source:
Masai Ujiri can’t wait to see Kawhi Leonard wearing the Toronto Raptors jersey. Leonard has yet to speak with media since his trade to the Canadian franchise but the president of the Raptors said that the former Spurs is determined and with the right frame of mind. Per ESPN, "He is determined and seems in the right frame of mind," Ujiri said. "You will be hearing from him shortly. I think there is a fire inside of him, and we are all excited about that."
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced center Justin Patton underwent successful surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The surgery was performed in New York by Dr. Martin O’Malley of the Hospital for Special Surgery in collaboration with Timberwolves Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm of Mayo Clinic. Patton will be sidelined indefinitely and further updates to his progress will be issued when appropriate. Patton, 6-11, played in one game for Minnesota in 2017-18, totaling two points and one steal in just under four minutes of action on April 1, 2018 vs. Utah. Patton appeared in 38 games for the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota’s G League affiliate, starting 28 of those and averaging 12.7 points on 47.3% shooting from the field. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 23.1 minutes a game. The Wolves acquired the draft rights to Patton (selected 16th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft), along with Jimmy Butler, on June 22, 2017 from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the draft rights to Lauri Markkanen, the 7th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. Source:
Elton Brand will be the new General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. Brand has been GM of the Delaware 87ers the past four years and was recently promoted vice president of the basketball operations. Per ESPN, Brand made a strong impression on ownership and coach Brett Brown in the interview process, beating out several more experienced candidates inside and outside the Sixers organization, sources said. Ultimately, ownership believed Brand had sold them on vision, preparedness and the ability to grow into the role at a crucial time for the organization. Source: