September 11, 2016, 7:44 pm
A quiet September continues as the dog days of the summer off-season drag on. (*SIGH*) Of course the staff here at Hoop-Ball has not taken a break and has been hard at work putting together the best draft guide out there. For those that haven’t checked it out yet, now is the time! With a recap of Sunday’s headlines, here’s Monday’s daily dish.
Rumours from Cleveland seem to think that Mario Chalmers might be an option as back-up point guard for the Cavs this year. With Kyrie Irving and Kay Felder as the only options right now on the current roster, it makes perfect sense. Mo Williams has been hinting at retirement and with LeBron having won a championship with Super Mario in the past, it seems likely that this rumour may have some legs to it. Chalmers could have some deep league value if there were any injuries to the Cleveland back-court.
Transitioning to Utah, it seems that point guard George Hill is likely to walk as a free agent next year. Hill was brought to Utah to help mentor young point guard Dante Exum. Despite the starting title however, owners should temper their expectations as his value will likely take a hit with more back-court options in Utah.
Lastly, the carousel in Miami continued with news on Sunday coming that Chris Bosh and the Heat are now working together to have him return to the court. Although nothing has been solidified, Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald stated that there was growing optimism that Chris Bosh would play this season. We’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out. In the meantime, Bosh will be a risky fantasy player to target on draft night with so much uncertainty surrounding his health.
I’m @radiomunoz and that does it for another tasty dish. Again, the guys here at hoop-ball.com have put together the best draft guide in the business, so make sure you get your hands on it. Don’t forget to keep it locked on hoop-ball.com and follow @hoopballtweets for the best in NBA news. Breathe folks, October’s almost here.
July 15, 2019, 1:48 pmVincent PoirierC, Boston Celtics
The Celtics have announced the signing of Vincent Poirier.
Poirier joins the Celtics after six professional seasons in Europe and is believed to be on a two-year deal. Last season he averaged 10.5 points (61.6 percent shooting), 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.0 blocked shots in 73 games between EuroLeague and Liga ACB competition. Poirier figures to be battling Daniel Theis and Robert Williams for playing time behind Enes Kanter and doesn't have much fantasy appeal.
Source: Boston Celtics
July 15, 2019, 1:43 pmBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons has agreed to a five-year, $170 max contract extension with the Sixers.
The Sixers reportedly offered up the deal a couple weeks ago and the sides have been ironing out the details since. It's not surprising that things resolved quickly, and Philly wasted no time in giving Simmons huge money. He's a jump shot away from being truly elite. For fantasy purposes, until we see Simmons either hit some threes or improve his free throw shooting, he remains a prime over-draft candidate. The stat set holes are simply too impactful to select the talented young guard before the third round.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 1:34 pmWilliam HowardF, Utah Jazz
The Jazz have a verbal agreement to sign French forward William Howard, per Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune.
Howard is a 25-year-old from Montbrison, France who spent the last two seasons with Limoges in France's LNB Pro A. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 threes per game, shooting .411 from the field in 24.9 mpg. While last season saw Howard post career-low marks from deep, he is a .364 3-point shooter across five seasons in the LNB Pro A. It's unlikely that Howard plays much for the Jazz this season.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 1:27 pmWesley MatthewsSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Michael Scotto of The Athletic is reporting that Wesley Matthews' deal with the Bucks is for two years and $5.3 million, with a player option on the second season.
Matthews was initially reported to be heading to Milwaukee on a one-year deal for the minimum, and that may still essentially be the case given the likelihood that Matthews opts out if he has a strong season. Either way, it's a nice piece of business for the Bucks, who get a 3-and-D wing player at a very affordable price. Matthews is shaping up as a low-end source of threes and steals, as he typically does.
Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 1:23 pmAndre IguodalaSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Shams Charania is reporting that the Clippers and the Rockets are the two teams still "strongly pursuing" Andre Iguodala in trade talks.
Charania adds that the Mavs and the Nuggets have also engaged Memphis but those discussions never gained much traction. The Rockets are hesitant to increase their tax bill while the Clippers don't want to part with Moe Harkless, who is the only player on the roster that represents a salary match. If either of these two teams wants to execute a trade, it looks like it will require another team.
Source: Stadium on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 12:43 pmAlize JohnsonPF, Indiana Pacers
The second-year option for Alize Johnson has been fully guaranteed.
Johnson, who put up an excellent performance at Summer League, will make $1.4 million this season. He is unlikely to play much but the Pacers have been consistent in their view that he is a player worth developing over the long-term.
Source: Indianapolis Star
July 15, 2019, 12:19 pmJR SmithSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs are expected to waive J.R. Smith on Monday if no last-minute trade emerges, per Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
It would be shocking if someone went out and traded for Smith, who will be guaranteed $4 million of his $15 million salary. The Lakers have already been mentioned as a potential landing spot, and Smith doesn't figure to have a ton of teams eager to sign him after the way last season went off the rails.
Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 12:13 pmDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
The Heat will be picking up Duncan Robinson's $1 million guarantee for the upcoming season.
Robinson played well throughout Summer League and will now officially be on the roster. He only appeared in 15 games last season, and although he's showed some promise Robinson will likely need another trade to go down to open up a serious shot at playing time.
Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 12:09 pmHenry EllensonPF, Brooklyn Nets
Henry Ellenson has signed a two-way contract with the Nets.
Ellenson left the Knicks in Summer League due to personal reasons, but the former lottery pick has resurfaced with the other New York team. He'll give the Nets someone who can provide stretch four play in a pinch, but odds are he'll spend most of his time in the G-League. Time is running out for Ellenson to establish himself as an NBA player.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 2:08 amAnthony DavisPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis has decided not to participate in Team USA training camp and has withdrawn from FIBA World Cup consideration.
Davis has chosen to spend his offseason preparing for what he hopes is a championship run with the Lakers this season. AD is still a go for the 2020 Olympics and he'll be at training camp to support his teammates, but he won't be on the court with them. At least he's well-versed in that move from his days with the Pelicans.
Source: Yahoo Sports