News: The Clippers are close to signing forward Hedo Turkoglu, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The deal would last one year, worth $1.4 million. Turkoglu was limited to only 38 games and averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds last season with the Clippers. He shot 38.5 percent from the field and 44.0 percent from behind the arc over that span.
News: Celtics president Rich Gotham told reporters that point guard Rajon Rondo has not requested a trade, per the Boston Globe on Saturday. He was disputing a report from earlier in the week that Rondo “wanted out” of Boston.
"You know if he has made that demand, it hasn't been directly to the Celtics," Gotham said.
Rondo is entering the final year of his deal of his contract and is expected to be fully healthy heading into the start of the 2014-15 season. He was limited to only 30 games last season because of his recovery from a torn ACL. He averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 62.7 percent from the field and 28.9 percent from downtown over that span.
News: Free agent small forward Chris Singleton agreed to terms with the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not made public. Singleton averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 25 appearances last season for the Wizards.
News: The Mavericks are bringing back Bernard James. He signed a one-year contract with the team on Wednesday. The third-year center averaged 2.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 7.9 minutes in 76 career games (11 starts) with Dallas.
News: The Raptors signed center Greg Stiemsma to a one-year, $1 million contract. Stiemsma registered career bests of in rebounds (4.1) and minutes (18.3) per game last season with New Orleans. In 55 games (20 starts) he averaged only 2.9 points.
News: The 76ers acquired center Hasheem Thabeet from the Thunder in exchange for a 2015 protected second round draft pick. The team also received cash considerations from Oklahoma City. Thabeet was immediately waived by Philadelphia.
News: Restricted free agent forward Mike Scottagreed to a three-year, $10 million contract with the Hawks. He has the first two years of his deal guaranteed, with a team option in the third year, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Scott had a productive 2013-14 campaign, averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game.
News: Hornets rookie forward Noah Vonleh may get his career off to a delayed start, after he was forced to have sports hernia surgery in early September.
Vonleh, the No. 9 overall pick in this year's draft, will require 6-8 weeks of recovery time following the surgery, putting his availability for the start of the regular season in question. At the very least, this could cause him to miss the start of training camp, hurting his chances of earning a role early.
Vonleh played one season at Indiana University before declaring for the draft. The big man averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in just 26.5 minutes per game.
News: The Heat have signed guard Shannon Brown to a one-year, $1.3 million contract. Brown averaged 2.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per game while shooting 36.4 percent from the field for the Knicks last season.
News: Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson has been cleared for contact and will move forward without limitations after finishing his recovery from a herniated disk surgery, he announced via Instagram recently.
"After 8 months out, I can finally play again," he wrote. "Thank you God!"
Anderson suffered the injury in January and had surgery in April, but should have no problems being ready for the start of the season. He was limited to just 22 games a year ago, but averaged 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game prior to the injury.
News: Pistons forward Greg Monroe has signed his $5.5 million qualifying offer for the 2014-15 season as expected, Yahoo.com reports.
Monroe was a restricted free agent this offseason who found a lukewarm market awaiting his services. Monroe reportedly wanted out of Detroit, but was unable to find a long-term deal to his liking. Monroe will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason, and the Pistons risk losing him for nothing, because any team acquiring Monroe via trade this season would lose his Bird rights.
Monroe's numbers took a bit of a hit last season, as the Pistons' frontcourt grew more crowded. He still averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 82 contests.
News: The Clippers waived guard Carlos Delfino and center Miroslav Raduljica, the Los Angeles Times reports. Both players were acquired in late August by the Clippers as part of a trade that sent Jared Dudley and a 2017 first-round draft pick to the Bucks.
News: Pacers center Ian Mahinmi suffered a shoulder injury while practicing with the French national team in August, and could end up missing up to three months as a result.
However, Mahinmi told VigilantSports.com the injury is not as serious as initially thought, as he will not require surgery. At this point, there is no concrete timetable for his return to action, though he has been cleared to lift weights.
Mahinmi could be ready by the start of the season. He has mostly avoided injuries in recent seasons, missing just 12 games over the last three seasons. He averaged 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game a year ago.