Johnny O'Bryant enjoyed the Summer League
Johnny O'Bryant | MLW
(August 1, 2014 6:07 PM EDT)
Rookie C Johnny O'Bryant enjoyed his time playing for the Bucks' Summer League squad.
"It was just getting used to the NBA-style offense we ran, getting used to the different play clock and the NBA rules," O'Bryant said Friday. "But overall it was a fun experience for me." While the Bucks aren't exactly brimming with talent, it will still be difficult for O'Bryant to see quality minutes during his rookie campaign. He is not someone to target in standard leagues.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Report: Corey Brewer not headed to CLE
Corey Brewer | MIN
(August 1, 2014 5:52 PM EDT)
Updating a previous report, Corey Brewer is not being discussed in a deal that will send Kevin Love to Cleveland.
There wasn't much credence to the initial report, and Jon Krawczynski (a beat writer for the Timberwolves) shot down the purposed rumor. While it looks all but certain that Kevin Love is headed to Cleveland, Brewer will apparently not be joining him.
NBC Sports
Derrick Rose likes the Bulls' new roster
Derrick Rose | CHI
(August 1, 2014 5:42 PM EDT)
In a recent interview, Derrick Rose was complementary of GM Gar Forman's offseason acquisitions.
"I think this is the most talented team I’ve played on in my NBA career to tell you the truth," Rose said. "With all the players that I have, with the experience that everybody’s bringing to the table. And the way that everybody’s working out individually during the offseason and what I’ve been hearing... I have that sense that they went for it. That they gave their all. We got who we could get and who wanted to come." With LeBron James leaving Miami, the East is now wide open, and the Bulls look like an early favorite to make a deep playoff run in the weaker Eastern Conference.
NBC Sports
Victor Oladipo loved intensity of Team USA
Victor Oladipo | ORL
(August 1, 2014 5:24 PM EDT)
Victor Oladipo learned a lot from his experience with USA Basketball's select team, and he will bring that knowledge with him to Orlando.
"The biggest thing was just the intensity everybody played with," said Oladipo. "It was amazing, and I could definitely learn from that... Going up against the best in the world every day, for three days straight, was crazy. It definitely helped me realize where I was at and what I need to work on and what I need to get better at. And it gave me a little bit of confidence as well. I’m just going to try to carry it over to the team, and I’m looking forward to bringing the same intensity that was there every day to the Orlando Magic as well." With Aaron Afflalo gone, Oladipo has no competition for minutes, and he is primed to have a solid sophomore season with the Magic.
Orlando Sentinel
Steve Nash 100 percent healthy, no nerve pain
Steve Nash | LAK
(August 1, 2014 4:50 PM EDT)
Lakers trainer Gary Vitti said that Steve Nash is now 100 percent healthy, and he's not having nerve pain for the first time in a long time.
Nash was only able to suit up for 15 games last season, and we're not expecting much from the 40-year-old veteran for the 2014-15 season. Nash has yet to play in any 5-on-5 scrimmages, and there's no guarantee that the pain doesn't re-emerge once he's under the rigors of another full NBA season. Nash won't be worth drafting in most formats.
Mike Trudell on Twitter
LAL's trainer not betting against Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant | LAK
(August 1, 2014 4:41 PM EDT)
The LA Lakers trainer Gary Vitti was asked if he thought Kobe Bryant would remain healthy for the upcoming season and he responded: "You'd be crazy to bet against him."
Vitti also added that he believes LA will "play a style of basketball that is conducive to what Kobe’s body will allow him to do." The fact that we're still talking about the possibility of Kobe being an impact player for the 2014-15 season is a testament to what he's done throughout his career. Kobe suffered what to many athletes is a career ending injury when he tore his Achilles at the end of the 2012-13 season. He then made a delayed debut last season, but only made it through six games before fracturing his left knee, an injury that ended his 2013-14 campaign. Still, Kobe is not contemplating retirement, and has vowed to return for the upcoming season. And if this was any other athlete we'd be saying he's off the fantasy radar, but because he is "The Black Mamba," we'll consider him a risk/reward target with the potential to be amazing.
Mike Trudell on Twitter
Rumor: Corey Brewer now part of Love deal
Corey Brewer | MIN
(August 1, 2014 4:15 PM EDT)
Corey Brewer is reportedly being included in a deal that would send Kevin Love to Cleveland.
This smells a lot more like a rumor than a report, but the reported deal would involve sending Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a 2018 first-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love and Corey Brewer. Wiggins can't be traded until August 23, so nothing is imminent, but Brewer would be a solid backup to LeBron James in Cleveland.
NBC Sports
Glowing reports of Derrick Rose continue
Derrick Rose | CHI
(August 1, 2014 4:02 PM EDT)
USA Basketball's managing director and chairman Jerry Colangelo believes that Derrick Rose is back to playing at an MVP-like level.
"The first three days here, he has shown that he hasn’t missed much in terms of a beat," Colangelo said. "That’s very, very exciting for all of us. We didn’t know what to expect. So you’re surprised in a positive way, like, ‘Wow.’ He’s really pretty close to who he was and that bodes well for the Bulls, the NBA, and certainly for us, right now, with USA Basketball." The basketball world will get a glimpse of the restored Rose during USA Basketball's showcase on Friday night.
Washington Post
Damien Inglis (foot) on road to recovery
Damien Inglis | MLW
(August 1, 2014 3:41 PM EDT)
Damien Inglis (broken right foot) hopes to have his walking boot removed in the next two weeks.
Inglis also stated that he hopes to sign his rookie deal with the Bucks in the near future. Inglis is still very raw, and he'll likely spend some time in the D-League this upcoming season. He's unlikely to become a rotation player, and he's off the radar in most formats.
Andrew Gruman on Twitter
Tony Parker's extension for 3-years, $43.3 M
Tony Parker | SA
(August 1, 2014 3:23 PM EDT)
Updating a previous report, Tony Parker's extension with the Spurs is for three-years, at $43.3 million, according to Yahoo! sources.
Another star, another discount for San Antonio. The Spurs never seem to have any issues with re-signing their key guys, and Tony Parker is giving the organization yet another discount in exchange for continued success of the franchise. Parker still makes for a solid fantasy play, but the constant fear of random DNP-CD's knocks him out of the first-tier point guard pool.
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter