Heat's Josh McRoberts: Will stick with Miami for upcoming season
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(8/25/2016) The Heat have informed McRoberts that he remains in the team's plans for the upcoming season, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

McRoberts' name surfaced in trade rumors throughout the offseason, but since the big man underwhelmed during an injury-plagued 2015-16 campaign and is due $5.8 million in 2016-17, it's unlikely the Heat gained much traction with any supposed discussions. With Chris Bosh's health on uncertain ground heading into the season while he recovers from a setback relating to blood clots, the Heat could need McRoberts to raise his performance in order to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference.


Bulls' Nikola Mirotic: Indicates knee injury isn't serious
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(8/25/2016) Mirotic (knee) Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Mirotic hurt his right knee in a collision during the Spanish team's bronze-medal winning performance Sunday against Australia in the 2016 Summer Olympics, but after briefly leaving the contest, he was able to return minutes later. After the win, Mirotic suggested the injury wasn't anything serious, so it doesn't seem he's at risk of being unavailable when the Bulls open training camp in the fall. The 25-year-old is expected to compete with Taj Gibson in camp for the starting power forward role.


Lakers' Brandon Ingram: Signs rookie contract
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(8/25/2016) Ingram signed a rookie-scale contract with the Lakers on Tuesday.

The second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft is expected to immediately play a major role for the rebuilding Lakers, though he'll likely find himself on the second unit to begin the season after the team signed veteran forward Luol Deng in the offseason. The 18-year-old Ingram provided glimpses of his vast potential during the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists across five games.


Toure' Murry: Signs deal with Timberwolves
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(8/24/2016) Murry signed a deal with the Timberwolves on Wednesday, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.

Murry will get a chance to tryout for the team during camp, and try to earn a roster spot. The guard however is a long shot to make the final roster, as Minnesota has a deep guard roster. He'll have to compete with Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, rookie Kris Dunn, Andrew Wiggins, Tyus Jones and Shabazz Muhammed for a consistent role.


Abdel Nader: Signs with D-League team
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(8/22/2016) Nader confirmed Monday that he'll play for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League during the upcoming season, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports.

Nader was a second-round pick of the Celtics during the 2016 NBA Draft, but realized he was going to have a tough time making the team's final roster. Instead of going overseas on a potentially higher salaried contract, he'll play in the NBA D-League and should be an option for a call-up later in the season if the Celtics experience any injuries.


Steve Novak: Expected to re-sign with Bucks
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(8/21/2016) Novak (knee) is expected to re-sign with the Bucks later in the offseason, Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The Bucks currently have 13 contracts on the books for the upcoming season and appear to be looking at reserving their final two roster spots for veteran shooters who can supplement the team's young core. Jason Terry, 38, has agreed principle to a deal with the Bucks that's expected to be finalized Monday, and the team is likely to use its remaining cap space to re-sign the 33-year-old Novak, a Milwaukee native who appeared in three games for his hometown squad in the second half of last season before being sidelined the rest of the way with an left MCL sprain. Fortunately, Novak didn't require surgery to address the injury, and after taking the last several months off to recover, he'll be ready to go for the start of training camp in the fall. Due to his limitations on the defensive end, Novak doesn't figure to be a regular cog in the rotation for coach Jason Kidd, but as a 43.1 percent career three-point shooter, he's capable of providing the Bucks with a threat from the outside on the occasions he does see the floor.


JJ Hickson: Headed to China to begin 2016-17 season
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(8/21/2016) Hickson is finalizing a contract with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

Hickson gained little traction with NBA teams in free agency this summer after he underwhelmed across 35 appearances with the Nuggets and Wizards last season, averaging 5.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists across 12.5 minutes per game. While the 27-year-old has occasionally held some fantasy utility across various points in his career for his strong per-minute scoring and rebound totals, the 6-foot-9 big man is quite undersized for the center spot and has long been a liability on the defensive end. He'll look to show improvement in that regard during his stint with Fujian and could end up resurfacing with an NBA squad in the spring when the CBA season has concluded.


Jazz's Chris Johnson: Chances of making club appear slim
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(8/21/2016) Johnson isn't expected to crack the Jazz's 15-man roster for the start of the season, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

After the Jazz signed second-round draft pick Joel Bolomboy earlier this weekend, the team now has 17 players under contract heading into training camp. Since the Jazz are particularly deep at the small forward spot after adding Joe Johnson to the ranks earlier this offseason, Johnson, a minor role player last season, appears most at risk of missing out on a roster berth. Unless Johnson has an outstanding training camp, it's unlikely the Jazz will be anxious to clear room for him after he shot just 37.1 percent from the field across his 70 appearances in 2015-16.


Bulls' Nikola Mirotic: Dealing with sore knee
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(8/21/2016) Mirotic is going for "some tests" on his knee after briefly leaving Sunday's Olympic win over Australia, John Schuhmann of NBA.com reports.

Mirotic appeared to collide knees with fellow NBA player, Aron Baynes. He temporarily left the game, but was able to return and finished with 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and one assist over 30 minutes of action. Considering he was able to return, the injury isn't expected to be serious, but Mirotic did mention that it felt increasing sore following the game. He's expected to undergo tests, which should reveal the severity of the injury.


Spurs' Pau Gasol: Cleared to play against Team USA
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(8/19/2016) Gasol (calf) was cleared to play in Spain's semifinal matchup Friday against the United States in the Summer Olympics, International basketball writer David Pick reports.

Gasol was dealing with a calf injury heading into Friday's matchup, but it looks as if the the injury isn't going to hamper the forward's ability to play. Barring a setback, Gasol should, for now, be seen as healthy with the NBA season still a couple months away.


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