Prof. Dre heads north to add some depth and coach up the Wolves' point guards. Rookie Tyus Jones probably wasn't quite ready for playing time and now Miller will likely be looking at minutes in the low teens. He's not worth drafting in most leagues.
James Michael McAdoo has been working extensively on his jumper with assistant coach Ron Adams.
The Warriors had some confidence in McAdoo at Summer League and even gave him the green light on treys. Even with the loss of David Lee, McAdoo is still not a lock for minutes. If Draymond Green, Marreese Speights, Festus Ezeli or Andrew Bogut miss time, he's likely the next man up.
Chris Kaman will star in a reality TV show 'Exploring Kaman' premiering on Aug. 5 on AXS TV, Mark Cuban's network.
It'll be a six-week show for the eccentric big man. Yes, this is another one of the "it's the offseason" blurbs, but Kaman has been entertaining off the court for years. He won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
When asked what Josh Smith learned last season, he said he "learned what 'waived' meant."
It all worked out for Smith last season. The Pistons waived him last season, but he still received his money made it to the Western Conference Finals, and now he's with a talented Clippers team. "We did some special things in Houston but it was more of a visual, concrete type of situation-scenario for me here [in Los Angeles]," Smith said. He should receive most of his minutes at power forward, which means his fantasy value won't be high while Blake Griffin is healthy.
Matt Barnes said he's going to foul DeAndre Jordan when the Grizzlies face the Clippers.
"I told him, 'Even though we're good friends, I'm still going to foul the beep out of you when we play,'" Barnes said. "That's just the kind of player I am. There's no hard feelings." Barnes added he and his former teammates "can be friends until the cows come home," but "if you're not wearing the same jersey, I don't know you."
Lavoy Allen said he hasn't been promised to play major minutes.
"If I come in at 290, overweight and sloppy, I'm not going to be playing major minutes," Allen added. The Pacers have one of the thinnest frontcourts in the NBA, so Allen should be in line for playing time. He'll compete with Myles Turner, Jordan Hill, Ian Mahinmi, Shanye Whittington and newly-added Rakeem Christmas.
Tony Parker said he's "super excited" for the upcoming season.
"That’s why I can’t wait to start with the national team and make sure we take care of business, and then go to the Spurs and try to go back at it and try to get another ring," Parker said. "It’s been an unbelievable summer for us. LaMarcus is going to help us a lot. I’m so happy that Manu and Timmy are back. And so we’re going for a last try, a last crack at it to try to win it all." The Spurs are stacked and it may help keep Parker healthy. He's a risky mid-round fantasy target.
Coach Dwane Casey suggested Norman Powell can make the Raptors better in practice.
The Raptors loved what Powell did in Vegas and co-Summer League head coach Jesse Mermuys praised the rookie. "Obviously it’s a different level than the NBA but with his physicality and toughness, I think he’s shown an ability that some things that will translate even with the big team," Mermuys said. Powell was arguably the best second-round pick in Vegas, but he won't be in the rotation to start the year.
Luis Scola said he doesn't think 2015-16 will be his last season.
"You never know," Scola said. "I don’t think anybody, that is actually retired now, actually thought it was their last year when the last year came, so I don’t know." Scola played 20.5 minutes per game last season and he will likely see less run than that with the Raptors. He's only a target in deep leagues.
Coach Dwane Casey said he'd like to see the Raptors have a more balanced attack outside of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
"One thing we’re trying to do was take the ball out of Kyle’s hands, take the ball out of DeMar’s hands and now we have a playmaker once that does happen," Casey said. DeRozan was the only qualifier for minutes last season to have a true shooting percentage below 52 with a usage rate of at least 28. Getting DeRozan better shots is definitely a good thing. He's much better in points leagues and in DFS than in standard leagues.