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Trae Young: “LaMelo Ball could be a Top 3 pick in the 2020 Draft”

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”.

Source: TMZ.

Oshae Brissett signs an Exhibit 10 deal with Raptors

Former Syracuse forward Oshae Brisset announced on his instagram page the signing of an exhibit 10 deal with the Toronto Raptors:

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Last year Brissett averaged 12.4 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Orange

Kenny Wooten to sign Exhibit 10 deal with Knicks

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.

Source: NyPost.

Minnesota Timberwolves sign Jordan McLaughlin to two-way deal

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.

Lakers to hire Mike Penberthy as shooting coach

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.

Raptors officially sign Matt Thomas

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.

Source: Toronto Raptors.

Josh Gray to sign two-way deal with Pelicans

Free agent point guard Josh Gray has agreed to a two-way contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, his agent EJ Kusnyer of Beyond Athlete Management told Shams Charania.

Gray played in South Korea last season, averaging 17.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game for the LG Sakers.

He appeared in five NBA games with the Phoenix Suns during the 2017-18 season.

Source: Shams Charania.

Canada’s Tristan Thompson will skip FIBA Basketball World Cup

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.

Celtics to sign Javonte Green to a partially guaranteed deal

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.

Chicago Bulls sign Luke Kornet, Shaquille Harrison

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.

Minnesota Timberwolves sign Naz Reid

Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas announced the team has signed center Naz Reid to a multi-year contract.

Houston Rockets re-sign Austin Rivers, Danuel House

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that the team has re-signed forward Danuel House Jr and guard Austin Rivers.

JR Smith to have free agent meeting with Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks will have a meeting with free agent guard JR Smith.

Smith is free agent after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Knicks’ Reggie Bullock underwent surgery for cervical disk herniation

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.

Chris Paul expected to start season with OKC after attempts to move him stall

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.

Source: ESPN.

Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta fined $25,000 by NBA

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.”

Source: ESPN.