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Steve Nash: 'I think this is my last season'


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Lakers guard Steve Nash has struggled through a series of injuries and appears to be just about at the end of his career at the age of 40.

"I think this is my last season," Nash told Sport TV, via the Los Angeles Daily News. "But I still love to play. I love to practice and work on my game. I'm going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. It'll be nice to play one more year."

Nash was limited to just 15 games a year ago due to a back injury that also caused nerve problems in his lower body. The Lakers acquired point guard Jeremy Lin this offseason and likely do not expect much from Nash, given his injury issues. 


Xavier Henry re-ups with Lakers for one year


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Lakers announced the signing of forward Xavier Henry to a one-year contract Friday.

Henry, was productive when healthy for the Lakers last season, averaging 10.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in 43 appearances. He is recovering from wrist and knee surgeries this offseason.  


Manu Ginobili will sit out FIBA World Cup


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) As expected, a leg injury will force Spurs guard Manu Ginobili to miss the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, an MRI revealed a stress fracture in Ginobili's lower right fibula. The decision to sideline Ginobili was actually handed down from the team, with a message stating that he did not have their permission to compete.

The  37-year-old world champion averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 assists per game in 68 outings for San Antonio last season. 


Derrick Rose will have no restrictions at Team USA camp


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a recent interview that Bulls guard Derrick Rose would have no physical limitations once training camp begins for USA basketball. In a Q&A with Yahoo Sports, Krzyzewski said he believes Rose intends to compete for a spot.

"He says he's ready to go," Krzyzewski said. "I'm excited about having him. He's very excited about being here."

Training camp begins Monday in preparation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which gets underway in August. Rose played in just 10 games before going down with yet another knee injury. He averaged 15.9 points and 4.3 assists per game in those 10 outings. 


Lakers finally choose Byron Scott to coach


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) In an expected and long-awaited move, the Los Angeles Lakers offered coaching candidate Byron Scott a head coaching position. According to ESPN, the two sides began negotiating Friday, meaning Scott will soon be named head coach. 

Scott spent his most recent coaching stint in Cleveland, where he led the Cavaliers to a 24-58 record two seasons ago. He'll now attempt to balance Kobe Bryant's playoff ambitions with the Lakers' inevitable rebuilding around rookie Julius Randle. 


Rashard Lewis has contract voided, will require surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Mavericks voided forward Rashard Lewis's contract Thursday, after he failed a physical due to an issue with his right knee.

At this point, it is not clear how serious the injury is, but Lewis will require surgery, the team announced. The 34-year-old was expected to sign a one-year deal with the Mavericks, but his next move is not yet known. 


Rashard Lewis agrees to deal with Mavericks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Free-agent forward Rashard Lewis has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavericks, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Lewis averaged 16.2 minutes in 60 appearances with the Heat last season while averaging 4.5 points and 1.8 points per game. He'll come off the bench behind Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas.


Report: Carmelo Anthony's $124-million deal includes opt-out


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has agreed to a $124-million, five-year contract, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

While Anthony has taken slightly less than the max, he will have the option to opt out of the fifth year of the contract, according to the report. He's slated to earn $22.5 million during the 2014-15 season.


Alex Len to miss rest of Vegas Summer League with broken finger


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Suns center Alex Len was ruled out for the remainder of the Las Vegas Summer League because of a fractured finger on his right hand, the team announced. Len got his finger caught in the jersey of an opponent on Saturday breaking his pinky finger. He will fly back to Phoenix for further evaluation.

Pau Gasol announces signing with Bulls


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Free agent center Pau Gasol announced he is signing with the Bulls Saturday, confirming multiple reports that he was leaning that that way.

Yahoo.com reported the Bulls were working on a sign-and-trade with the Lakers for Gasol, but that deal fell through, limiting how much the Bulls can offer. Gasol will sign a mulit-year deal with a starting salary of approximately $6.5 million according to report, though exact details are not yet known.

Gasol played in 60 games last season, averaging 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. 


Hornets, Cavaliers announce minor move


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) The Cavaliers acquired center Brendan Haywood and the draft rights to Dwight Powell from the Hornets for guard Scotty Hopson, the team announced Saturday.

Haywood did not play at all for the Bobcats last year.  


Carmelo Anthony returning to Knicks


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Free agent forward Carmelo Anthony has decided to re-sign with the Knicks, CBSSports.com NBA Insider Ken Berger was able to confirm Saturday.

Exact details on the contract are not yet known, but Anthony is expected to sign a five-year max contract which could pay him $129.5 million total. That deal would begin with $22.5 million in 2014-15.

Anthony missed the playoffs with the Knicks last season for the first time in his career, but still averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. 


Hawks add Kent Bazemore on two-year deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) The Hawks added depth on the wings Friday, with the addition of free agent guard Kent Bazemore on a two-year deal.

Bazemore will reportedly sign for a $4 million over two years, choosing the Hawks over expressed interest from numerous teams. Bazemore finally broke into an NBA rotation last season following a trade from the Warriors to the Lakers, as he averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his final 23 games before his season ended with a foot injury.  


Shaun Livingston dealing with offseason toe injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Warriors guard Shaun Livingston will spend part of his offseason recovering from an injury, as reported by the Bay Area News Group.

Livingston suffered a sprained right big toe during his playoff run with the Nets, and has been put in a cast to immobilize the toe. He will wear the cast 3-to-4 weeks before being re-evaluated, but at this point there is no reason to think this injury will impact him when the season begins in five months.

Livingston signed a three-year deal with the Warriors at the start of free agency, likely to serve as the team's backup point guard. He averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds while appearing in a career-high 76 games last season.  


Report: Carmelo Anthony returning to New York


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Despite taking several meetings with other teams this offseason, Carmelo Anthony is expected to announce that he'll return to the Knicks. The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Anthony told a close friend he "believes in Phil" and plans to announce his intent Thursday.

Anthony was said to be deciding between the Lakers and Knicks over the past few days, but it ultimately appears he'll opt to make more money by staying put while seeing what the new regime under Phil Jackson can do for him in the coming years. 


Chauncey Billups' next career move undecided


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) The Pistons opted not to pick up a $2.5 million team option for veteran guard Chauncey Billups, and that might spell the end of his career as a player.

As he told BasketballInsiders.com, he has opportunities waiting for him in front offices or as a member of the media, if he does decide to retire. Though he has not made a decision on whether he will retire or not, Billups did say he is considering playing if the right situation presents itself.

"I know that in the right situation, I can really help a team win," he said. "But it would take the right situation. I'm not going to play just to play. I have nothing left to prove and I've accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish playing basketball, so it would take the right situation for me to play."

Billups appeared in just 19 games a year ago, averaging 3.8 points and 2.2 assists per game for the Pistons. 


Josh McRoberts agrees to join Heat


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Free agent forward Josh McRoberts had been reportedly been deciding between the Miami Heat and the incumbent Charlotte Hornets, but ESPN reported Monday that a decision has been made. The report suggests McRoberts has "verbally committed" to joining the Heat.

McRoberts will likely take Miami's full mid-level exception. NBA Insider Ken Berger reports that the deal is worth $23 million over four years. He had a successful season playing point forward for Charlotte last year, averaging a career-high 4.3 assists per game.


Lakers move into three-team race for Carmelo Anthony


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony came away from his meeting with the Lakers very impressed and is now seriously considering them as a free-agency destination, according to reports Saturday.

ESPN.com first reported that the Lakers made a 'major impact' on Anthony and are now one of three teams the free agent is considering, along with the Bulls and Knicks. The Knicks can offer the most money and an extra year on a max contract, however the Lakers have also offered a max contract for his services. The Bulls do not currently have the cap space to give Anthony a max deal.  


Nerlens Noel gets through first summer-league game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) 76ers center Nerlens Noel shined in his Orlando Summer League debut Saturday, his first game action since tearing his ACL as a freshman in college.

Noel played 26 minutes in the exhibition game against the Magic, and looked dominant at times against rookies and other fringe NBA players. He scored 19 points on 6 of 11 shooting, with two rebounds, three assists and four steals. Noel also went 7 for 7 from the free-throw line, a promising sign after he shot just 52.9 percent from the free-throw line at Kentucky. 


Pierre Jackson suffers Achilles injury in Summer LEague


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) 76ers guard Pierre Jackson may have suffered a serious injury during his summer league debut in Orlando Saturday, as he went down with an Achilles injury against the Magic.

Jackson had to be carried off the floor by teammates, and the team confirmed he injured his right Achilles. Details are not yet known, but there is some concern that the Achilles is torn, which would likely end Jackson's 2014-15 season.

Jackson was the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, and the 76ers acquired his rights at the 2014 draft. He spent the 2013 season playing in the D-League, averaging 29.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game for the Idaho Stampede. 


Report: Carmelo Anthony expected back with Knicks


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Free agent forward Carmelo Anthony is taking the weekend to mull over his options, but the New York Daily News reports Saturday he is expected to re-sign with the Knicks.

Anthony has been offered a five-year, $129 million contract from the Knicks, more than any competing team can match. Anthony has also received offers from the Mavericks, Rockets, Lakers and Bulls, but those teams can only offer four year deals. According to a New York Post report, Anthony is also considering taking less than the max from the Knicks.

Anthony spent the previous three and a half seasons with the Knicks, but put together arguably his best last year. He averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists while appearing in 77 games, his highest total since 2010-11. 


Report: Thunder leading the pack for Pau Gasol


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Free agent center Pau Gasol has found a fairly hot market for his services this offseason, despite dealing with injuries and declining production in recent seasons.

Gasol has been linked to the Heat , Bulls and Thunder in addition to the incumbent Lakers during the first few days of free agency. According to ESPN.com, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and forward Kevin Durant met with Gasol in Los Angeles Wednesday, and the Thunder are considered possible frontrunners for his services at this point.

Gasol was limited to 60 games last season and just 49 the year before, after missing just one game in his previous two seasons. The 34-year-old did average 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game when healthy in 2013-14. 


Patty Mills expected to return on three-year deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) The Spurs have reached an agreement with guard Patty Mills on a three-year contract, the San Antonio Express-News reports Wednesday.

Mills will return for three years and $12 million, according to the report. This comes one day after news broke that Mills will likely be out until March due to shoulder surgery. He has been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff and is expected to need seven months to recover.

Milles averaged 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 81 appearances with the Spurs last season, while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from three-point range. 


Pacers and C.J. Miles agree to multi-year deal


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) The Indiana Pacers and shooter C.J. Miles agreed to a multi-year deal Wednesday, according to the Indianapolis Star. The deal is reportedly worth $18 million over four years.

Miles played just 51 games for the Cavaliers last season, but he did shoot 39 percent from three on the year. He averaged 9.9 points per game. It remains to be seen whether or not this move complicates the Pacers' re-signing Lance Stephenson. 


Manu Ginobili diagnosed with stress fracture in leg


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Fresh off a sterling Finals performance, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili has been diagnosed with "the early stages of a stress fracture" in his right leg, according to Yahoo Sports. 

That sounds bad, but it seems the injury will only have a two-month recovery time. Ginobili will miss the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain but should be OK once training camp begins in September. 


 
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Which of these forwards would you rather have on your Fantasy teams for the remainder of the season?

Kevin Love, Timberwolves
21%
Kevin Durant, Thunder
64%
LaMarcus Aldridge, Blazers
6%
Blake Griffin, Clippers
4%
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
4%

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