Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young, interviewed by TMZ, has affirmed how he believes that LaMelo Ball could be a top 3 NBA draft pick next year: “Possibly, yeah for sure. He’ll be ready the by the time he gets to the league”.
Young has been working out in Los Angeles with the Ball brother and he’s real about his NBA chances: “He’ll be good in the league. If he’s #1, #2, #3 … regardless he’ll be a good player”.
According to Marc Berman, former Oregon big man Kenny Wooten ‘has agreed to terms on an Exhibit 10 contract to attend Knicks training camp’.
Last year Wooten averaged 6.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks for the Ducks.
The Exhibit 10 deal will make him earn up to a $50,000 bonus if he is waived and spends 60 days with the G League affiliate. The deal can also convert into a two-way contract.
Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas today announced the team has signed guard Jordan McLaughlin to a two-way contract.
Last year the former USC guard played in the G League with the Long Island Nets, 39 games with averages of 15.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.6 steals.
Mike Penberthy will be the new Los Angeles Lakers shooting coach.
Penberthy has played for the Lakers during the Shaq-Kobe days.
The former shooter had the same role in New Orleans last season.
Lakers are hiring a former guard from the Kobe-Shaq days, Mike Penberthy, as a shooting coach, according to league sources. “Good to be back,” Penberthy told ESPN. Penberthy worked for the Pelicans last season in the same role.
Rockets guard James Harden has denied any reported contrasts and fights with former teammate Chris Paul: “All the negative media stuff wasn’t true”, has said “Chris has been unbelievable these past two years, he’s a beast”.
The Toronto Raptors officially announced the signing of free agent guard Matt Thomas.
Thomas shined during the last two seasons in Spain as he posted ridiculous shooting percentages from 3-point range: 46% with Obradoiro as a rookie, 49% with Valencia last season. He also averaged 12 points per game while shooting 48% for three in the EuroCup to help Valencia win the title.
After Anthony Davis and Ben Simmons, another client of agent Rich Paul, Tristan Thompson, will miss the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The Cleveland Cavaliers big man was named to Canada’s NT preliminary roster ahead of FIBA WC but he won’t play for his national team in China.
Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson will not play for the Canadian national team in this summer's FIBA World Cup, agent Rich Paul tells @TheAthleticNBA@Stadium. Thompson was named on Canada's training camp roster this week.
The Boston Celtics will sign Javonte Green to a partially guaranteed deal.
Green spent last season with Ratiopharm Ulm.
The American forward averaged 10.8 points per game in the Vegas Summer League.
The Celtics will be signing Javonte Green to a partially guaranteed deal, league sources told ESPN. Green played well for Boston's summer league team, averaging 10.8 points and shooting 50 percent from the field in 5 games. He'll get a shot at earning Boston's final roster spot.
The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Shaquille Harrison and center Luke Kornet.
Last year Harrison averaged 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.22 steals over 19.6 minutes per game.
Kornet played 46 games for the Knicks, scoring 7 points per game while shooting 36% from long range.
OFFICIAL: The Bulls have signed guard Shaquille Harrison and center Luke Kornet.
The Milwaukee Bucks will have a meeting with free agent guard JR Smith.
Smith is free agent after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
JR Smith will have a free-agent meeting with the Bucks today in Milwaukee, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA@Stadium. Bucks are searching for a wing shooter and both sides will have opportunity to sit down.
The New York Knicks announced that Reggie Bullock underwent surgery for a cervical disk herniation.
Per ESPN, The team said it would provide an update on his rehab and progress around the start of training camp.
On Tuesday, Bullock signed a two-year, $8.2 million deal with the Knicks. The sides reworked the deal after his medical issue prompted the team to back out of its original two-year, $21 million agreement.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were not able to find a trade partner for Chris Paul.
And CP3 is likely to start the season with OKC.
Per ESPN, Oklahoma City’s discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the Thunder, league sources tell ESPN.
Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the year with the Thunder. For now, there’s a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 — or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.
Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta was fined $25,000 by the NBA for commenting on the Russell Westbrook trade before the deal was official.
“We’re excited to have Russell Westbrook,” Fertitta told Fox 26. “I would watch him play for Oklahoma City, and he’s so athletic. At the same time, this franchise just had the two years with the most wins it’s ever had in consecutive years, and we wouldn’t have accomplished that without Chris Paul. Chris Paul is unbelievable, and he’s gonna be sadly missed.”