August 7, 2018, 4:40 pm
The Wolves have finally added a true small forward to the roster, signing James Nunnally to a two-year contract according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The terms of the deal are not yet known, but it’s likely a minimum contract with a partial guarantee.
Euroleague standout James Nunnally has agreed to a two-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 7, 2018
If the name doesn’t sound familiar, that’s because he hasn’t been around the NBA much, but instead torching up the Euroleague from beyond the arc.
Undrafted in 2012 out of UC Santa Barbra (where he was a career 38.6 3-point shooter), Nunnally put two years of service into the G-League (where he was a career 41 percent 3-point shooter, sense a theme?). He was awarded three 10-day contracts to close out the 2013-14 season before deciding to jump overseas and formulate an international career.
He bounced around quite a bit before most notably landing in Turkey to play for Fenerbahce, one of the biggest powerhouse teams in Euroleague. He helped the team win a title in 2016-17, shooting a robust 45.1 percent from 3-point range, then followed up that campaign shooting 55.4 percent in 2017-18 (on 2.9 attempts per game!), losing to the Luka Doncic led Real Madrid squad in the championship.
Really happy for Bako Jam alum James Nunnally (27th G-League draft pick in 2012) signing w/ Minny. He's played in Greece, Puerto Rico, Spain, Israel, Italy, and most recently Turkey for Fenerbahce. Prototype size, high-level shooter, feel for the game. Grinded back to the NBA.
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) August 7, 2018
This feels like a savvy move for the team and shows that they did their homework. Standing at 6′-7″ Nunnally has ideal size for the wing and at 28 years old with high-level Euro experience, he fits the exact player Thibodeau described in their offseason presser. More than just a shooter, Nunnally is also capable with the ball in his hands and understands team basketball. Euroleague is much different than the NBA and encourages more ball movement and team play.
Big game for former Bakersfield Jam wing James Nunnally against Real Madrid — 16 PTS on 8 shots in 29 MIN. Great to see him back on the floor after a scary fall in January. He's shooting 56% from 3 on the year. pic.twitter.com/21hJ3ziJB6
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) March 3, 2018
Nunnally was determined to return to the NBA. The Wolves brought him in for a workout in early July, according to Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports. He also had workouts with the Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets, and other teams showed varied interest.
His fit with the Wolves is clear, and it’s possible he chose the Wolves over others because the path to playing time is not hard to envision. With Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins as the only two established players on the wing, Nunnally has a huge opportunity to carve out a role that no one on the Wolves could last year.
Between the disastrous stretch from Shabazz Muhammad, Nemanja Bejlica playing somewhat out of position and the Wolves giving Derrick Rose a shot in three-guard lineups, noting quite seemed to work over the course of the season at the reserve wing for Minnesota.
Nunnally can solve that weakness and give the Wolves a dynamic they completely lacked last season, so long as he can carry over that sweet shooting stroke from Europe.
With Tyus Jones being the facilitator, Rose being the playmaker, Nunnally and Anthony Tolliver stretching the floor and Gorgui Dieng manning the middle, the Wolves have a semblance of a bench squad that is versatile and experienced, a key for Thibodeau. As well as Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop played in the Summer League, it was a risky proposition to bet on them to contribute right away for a playoff contender. Now the two can come in and compete with a little less pressure.
The roster now stands at 15 players, including both the two-way contracts the Wolves signed. This should just about complete the offseason for the team as they are totally capped out.
The Wolves set out to add playmaking, defense and shooting. Between bringing back Rose and adding Tolliver, Okogie, Bates-Diop and now Nunnally the Wolves achieved just that. They may not have been the biggest household names but with limited resources this feel like a solid haul for Minnesota.
Here’s a highlight package from Nunnally’s 2017-18 season to send you off.
April 25, 2019, 1:55 pmSemi Ojeleye - F - Boston Celtics
Celtics' forward Semi Ojeleye has taken his training up a notch in preparation for his looming battle with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in their upcoming second-round series, and his teammates have noticed.
Ojeleye hasn't played much this season, but he and the team know that he matches up to Giannis the best physically. If the Celtics want to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, they'll need to get productive minutes from Ojelyeye. Buckle up, this series is going to be exciting.
Source: NBC Sports
April 25, 2019, 1:44 pmLuke Walton - Team - Sacramento Kings
The Kings and the NBA announced a joint investigation into the allegations made against Luke Walton on Thursday.
This story is heating up by the day and the team and NBA figure to dive quickly into the fact-finding process of this investigation. With this being such a delicate issue, we will continue to update as more revelations are made and more information is available.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 1:36 pmEvan Fournier - G/F - Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier revealed that he and his wife will be welcoming a baby boy as first-time parents in a month.
Congratulations to Fournier and his wife. The Magic's season ended earlier than they would have hopes, but Fournier has a lot to look forward to. Fournier should resume his role as the starting two-guard for the Magic next season.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 1:21 pmPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George said that he wasn't in much pain during the playoffs but he will address his shoulder situation soon.
Though he doesn't want it to be used as an excuse, George was clearly bothered by the shoulder through the end of the season and into the series with the Blazers. His shot wasn't the same and it showed in the first few games of the playoffs. George should be fully healthy entering next season and ready to be a to produce another top fantasy season.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 1:13 pmMike Scott - F - Philadelphia Sixers
Sixers coach Brett Brown said that he wasn't proceeding as if the Sixers will have Mike Scott (right heel bruise/plantar fasciitis) against the Raptors and it would be a blessing if they did.
This comes on the heels of Scott exiting Game 5 against the Nets on Tuesday and being unable to practice on Thursday. If Scott is unable to go, that will open up 20-30 minutes off the bench. The minutes are likely to be dispersed amongst any of T.J. McConnell, James Ennis III, Jonah Bolden and Greg Monroe depending on game flow and matchups.
Source: Tom Moore on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 1:00 pmMagic Johnson - Team - Los Angeles Lakers
Jeanie Buss mistakenly CC’d Magic Johnson on emails directed to GM Rob Pelinka that were critical of Magic.
And the drama continues. For a team that hasn’t reached the playoffs or 40 wins for six consecutive seasons, they sure know how to gobble up the headlines. The Lakers are full of dysfunction right now, and the only way to change things is to win basketball games. We’ll see what the rest of the offseason brings.
Source: NBC Sports
April 25, 2019, 12:51 pmKlay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors
Klay Thomson admitted to looking past the Clippers on Wednesday night and towards a rematch with the Rockets.
This scenario is always speculated throughout sports and hardly admitted, but Thompson didn't hold back his truth. You never want to see this from a player, but since Thompson was man enough to admit it, we can give the slick-shooting all-star and his two-time defending champion Warriors a mulligan. Expect the Warriors to come out laser focused in Game 6 on Friday.
Source: NBC Sports
April 25, 2019, 12:40 pmMichael Carter-Williams - G - Orlando Magic
During the exit interview, Michael Carter-Williams said, "I love the guys on the team, I love the organization & Coach Cliff is great. I could definitely see myself here. I’m comfortable here & I can play my game. I’d love to come back.”
MCW proved to be a good bargain for the Magic and for really deep-league fantasy owners with 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in just 18.9 minutes off the bench. Those aren't eye-popping numbers, but for a backup seeing minutes in the teens, that was plenty valuable. Along with retaining Nikola Vicevic, PG will be a point of emphasis for the Magic this offseason.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 12:20 pmMohamed Bamba - C - Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba (left tibia stress fracture), who has progressed to jogging and shooting jumpers in his rehab, hopes to be ready to play in the summer league.
Bamba showed his tantalizing fantasy potential in limited minutes during his rookie season averaging 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Bamba has the ability to produce big man stats and hit some threes if given a full complement of minutes. With Nikola Vucevic heading into free agency and potentially leaving, Bomba has a chance to get there next season.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 11:58 amAndre Roberson - G/F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Billy Donovan said that Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is healing well.
"The healing has been good from what I’ve been told." Roberson missed the entire season after sustaining a setback while attempting to return from last year's awful injury. Another full summer of recovery should do the trick, so hopefully we see OKC's defensive stopper return to the court by opening night.
Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter