Mike Scott arrested on felony drug charges
Mike Scott | ATL
(July 30, 2015 8:27 PM EDT)
Mike Scott was arrested on felony drug charges for possession of marijuana and possession of Schedule I drug (MDMA).
Scott was arrested due to having drugs in his possession and was the passenger in a car. Banks County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Carissa McFaddin said, "Deputies located over an ounce of marijuana in the vehicle along with approximately 10.9 grams of MDMA (Molly)." Police pulled over the SUV going 98 MPH.
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Josh Huestis, Thunder agree to four-year deal
Josh Huestis | OKC
(July 30, 2015 6:03 PM EDT)
The Thunder will sign F Josh Huestis to a four-year deal at the rookie scale.
There have been numerous reports that the Thunder were saving their final roster spot for Huestis, and now it is finally official. Huestis spent the entire 2014-15 season in the D-League and put up averages of 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists, and he likely won't be in the rotation next season on a deep Thunder squad. Huestis can be ignored in just about all leagues.
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Report: Dallas Mavericks sign C Salah Mejri
Salah Mejri | DAL
(July 30, 2015 4:58 PM EDT)
The Dallas Mavericks have reached an agreement to sign Tunisian center Salah Mejri.
Mejri played with Real Madrid last season and averaged 4.3 points and 2.1 boards in 9.2 minutes per game, but the 7'1", 245 pound center does have good size and excels at the pick-and-roll, so it's a decent signing for Dallas. Zaza Pachulia is penciled in as the starting center, but Mejri could emerge as the primary backup because Satnam Singh and Jarrid Famous likely aren't ready to contribute.
SVG: Stanley Johnson could play some SG
Stanley Johnson | DET
(July 30, 2015 3:58 PM EDT)
Stan Van Gundy indicated that Stanley Johnson could play some shooting guard next season.
Johnson is certainly a versatile wing, so this is interesting to say the least. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jodie Meeks will soak up a lot of minutes at SG, but Johnson's value would see a boost if he does see some action at SG considering Marcus Morris is expected to start at SF. Johnson averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game on 57.7 percent shooting from the field during the summer league, but he is going to have to fight for his minutes during training camp. Don't be surprised if Johnson ends up playing some PF either, as it's obvious that small-ball lineups are becoming a major trend in the NBA.
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Paul George to participate in Team USA camp?
Paul George | IND
(July 30, 2015 3:35 PM EDT)
According to Jerry Colangelo, Paul George (calf) will be participating in Team USA's minicamp this August.
"It will be great to see him in a USA uniform," Colangelo said of George. "With as little as we are going to do, it’s going to be a great way to come back. It’s not a competitive camp. Really, it’s a show and a sign that you’re interested in USA Basketball and wanting to continue to represent your country in 2016." George suffered a brutal leg injury playing for Team USA last summer, but it will be great for his confidence if he participates in the camp. It should be noted that the camp is going to very light, but it's still a good sign that George is making good progress.
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Wiggins and Muhammad could play some PF
Andrew Wiggins | MIN
(July 30, 2015 2:34 PM EDT)
Flip Saunders said that Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad could see some time at PF in small-ball lineups next season.
"Oh, no, he can still play it," Saunders said in regards to Muhammad playing some PF. "We can play Wiggins there. We have a lot of depth and talent, but also a lot of flexibility. Two years ago, we didn’t have that. We were locked into playing just one way." This speaks to the versatility of both players, but there may not be enough minutes to go around for Muhammad to be a reliable asset in standard leagues. As for Wiggins, the Wolves will likely give him all the run he can handle and he should be able to build off last season in which he averaged 20.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks on 44.6 percent shooting from the field after the break. Wiggins has also been working on his ball-handling skills, so it's possible that we will see him run the pick-and-roll a lot more this season.
Karl-Anthony Towns could start at center?
Karl-Anthony Towns | MIN
(July 30, 2015 2:26 PM EDT)
Flip Saunders hinted that Karl-Anthony Towns could start at center next season since Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) is still hurt.
When asked if Towns would be the starting center Saunders said, "Well [Pekovic] is still hurt. And we have another guy who isn't bad in Gorgui Dieng." Saunders also added that Towns' versatility will allow him to play multiple positions. "It doesn’t matter. He’s a player. Good teams have guys that can play multiple positions. It makes them harder to guard. Besides, it’s not what position you play. It’s what position you can guard. Some nights, Towns will guard power forwards and [Kevin Garnett] will guard centers. Some nights, it will be the other way around." Saunders is still holding his cards close to his chest, but Towns should see plenty of run regardless of what the first unit looks like.
Saunders says Kevin Garnett will start at PF
Kevin Garnett | MIN
(July 30, 2015 2:19 PM EDT)
Flip Saunders confirmed that Kevin Garnett will be the starting PF next season.
"He’s gonna start. That’s who he is. KG is a starter," Saunders said. "He’s the best power forward on our team, actually. No one rebounds better. He’s the best help defender. No one communicates better. He knows the offense, and he can pass it." Garnett is only going to see around 20 minutes per game and should also have plenty of maintenance days, so KG still won't be an asset in standard leagues.
Wolves agree to terms with Andre Miller
Andre Miller | MIN
(July 29, 2015 7:00 PM EDT)
The Wolves agreed to a deal with Andre Miller.
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.
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Wes Matthews says Blazers never made offer
Wesley Matthews | DAL
(July 29, 2015 3:19 PM EDT)
Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said the Blazers never made an offer to re-sign him.
"I was pissed off," Matthews said. "I felt disrespected." The Blazers didn't call him, text him, or express any interest in bringing him back. Apparently, when word came out of Matthews wanting $15 million per season, they lost interest. Matthews picked up an extra $13 million to his contract with the DeAndre Jordan decision, so he got his money. Iron Man is targeting training camp.
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