Byron Scott getting close to finalizing starting five
by Chris Towers |
(9/10/2014) Lakers coach Byron Scott told the Los Angeles Daily News Wednesday he has penciled in four of the five spots for the team's starting lineup, with only the small forward spot left the fill.

Scott plans to start Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill together this season, with Wesley Johnson or Nick Young being considered for the small forward spot. That means rookie Julius Randle and newly acquired guard Jeremy Lin will come off the bench, and he is leaning toward bring Nick Young off the bench as well.

Hedo Turkoglu closing in on deal with Clippers
by Igor Mello |
(9/6/2014) 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.

Chris Singleton catches on with the Pacers
by Igor Mello |
(9/6/2014) 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.

Clippers sign Chris Douglas-Roberts, Ekpe Udoh
by Igor Mello |
(9/6/2014) The Clippers have signed power forward Ekpe Udoh and guard Chris Douglas-Roberts Wednesday. Both players signed a minimum contract worth approximately over $1 million.

Udoh averaged 3.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 42 games last season for Milwaukee. Douglas-Roberts averaged 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 49 games with Charlotte last season.

Mike Scott stays put with the Hawks
by Igor Mello |
(9/6/2014) Restricted free agent forward Mike Scott agreed 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. 

Noah Vonleh recovering from hernia surgery
by Chris Towers |
(9/6/2014) 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. 

Ryan Anderson cleared for contact
by Chris Towers |
(9/6/2014) 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. 

Greg Monroe agrees to return to Detroit for one season
by Chris Towers |
(9/6/2014) Pistons forward Greg Monroe has signed his $5.5 million qualifying offer for  the 2014-15 season as expected, 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. 

Jarnell Stokes signs multi-year deal with Memphis
by Igor Mello |
(9/6/2014) The Grizzlies signed power forward Jarnell Stokes to a multi-year contract, the team announced. The team did not reveal the terms of the deal.

The second round draft pick in this year's draft spent three years at the University of Tennessee. He averaged 13.0 points, 9.6 rebounds over 87 collegiate games.

Report: Houston acquires Jason Terry from Sacramento
by Igor Mello |
(9/1/2014) The Associated Press reports that the Rockets and the Kings have reached an agreement to a trade that will sent guard Jason Terry to Houston in exchange for two second-round draft picks and guard/forward Alonzo Gee.

Terry scored only 4.5 points per contest in 35 games with Brooklyn before being shipped to Sacramento. He did not suit up for the Kings after the trade because of a left knee injury.

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