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July 13, 2013 | 09:58 PM ET Update

“We are happy to bring Jeff back to our team. He has improved each year of his career and continues to get better,” Ferry said. “At 25, he’s already been a key contributor on a playoff team and we look forward to seeing him develop into even more of a leader on our team.” NBA.com

Otto Porter hit his first two shots of the Washington Wizards' Summer League opener against the Golden State Warriors ... and then hit one of his last 13, often disappearing from the offense in an ugly 56-52 loss. Afterwards, multiple people with the Wizards noted that they wanted to see him find ways to be more aggressive. "He's got to be more assertive. He's got to find some of his own offense sometimes on the court. I could run plays for him, get him shots. But if those don't work, now what?" Wizards summer league coach Sam Cassell said. "There are things he's got to do himself. He did it at Georgetown, and he can do it here." Bullets Forever

July 13, 2013 | 07:59 PM ET Update

Before joining LA in '09, World Peace's preference was to become a Detroit Piston or go to Greece ... "One of the only reasons I’m in L.A. is because of my agent,' World Peace said. "He didn’t call Greece. I was so mad at him about that. "My first choice was Detroit. We called Joe Dumars and Joe Dumars said, ‘We can’t have it.’ I wanted to play in Detroit so bad … I wanted to do a lot of charity things … It was a bigger picture. If we did something like that (to get past the Malice at the Palace), people around the world would be like, ‘Wow.’ "So, I wanted to play in Detroit and Joe Dumars was like, ‘I don’t think it’s a good time for you to come to Detroit.’ "So, then my next option was Greece and then I was trying to play overseas, and then the Lakers called. Then I was like, ‘Cool, let’s do this. Let’s go to L.A.’ That’s how I became a Laker." Sulia

Metta World Peace is a big fan of LeBron, in part because James' dad and MWP's brother were in jail together ... "I never did (talk to LeBron about it)," World Peace said. "But (James' father and World Peace's older brother) were in there together, federal prison. That’s why I always understood LeBron. "So, I would never tweet LeBron because I’m a groupie fan. I’m super competitive. When I’m on that court, if you’re even my brother you might get an elbow to the ribs. Elton (Brand) probably got an elbow to the ribs before. That’s my best friend. Sulia

July 13, 2013 | 06:36 PM ET Update

The Sacramento Kings today signed first-round draft pick Ben McLemore to a contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Sacramento selected McLemore with the seventh-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. NBA.com

Within 24 hours signing on with the Rockets, Dwight Howard will return to Los Angeles. This time, however, will be very different. Howard will be joining a group of Rockets players for workouts together in Los Angeles. “I’m leaving for LA (Sunday),” Howard said. “A couple of those guys are flying with me. I’m looking forward to it. It’s a chance to learn each other, learn each other’s game, just have a feel for what we want to do as a team. The guys are excited, very excited.” Houston Chronicle

With the exit of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, there’s a good chance the regular playoff meetings between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will be put on a temporary hiatus, but Celtics point guard and Connect Four prodigy Rajon Rondo still isn’t too fond of the world champions. At Rondo’s basketball camp in Kentucky, he told the crowd he’d never suit up in Miami. For The Win

On May 20th, 2000, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Sealy was leaving the birthday party of Kevin Garnett, who had just turned 24, when a drunk driver traveling on the wrong side of the road stuck Sealy’s SUV, killing Sealy at the age of 30. Though they only played one full season together, Garnett and Sealy were close friends — Garnett chose Sealy’s college number, #21, when he came into the league — and after Sealy’s death Garnett received a tattoo of Sealy’s name on his right arm. Garnett will now honor Sealy in Brooklyn by changing his jersey number from #5 to Sealy’s #2. For The Win

July 13, 2013 | 03:44 PM ET Update

“The Champs” hosts Neal Brennan and Moshe Kasher pushed Baron on the story, telling him, “We don’t know if you’re being serious or not.” “They were poking me on my nose and they were, like, looking me in my eyes,” Baron responded. “They had my hands like, tied up and the next thing you know, I was f***ing in Montebello, dude, burning rubber on the way back to LA. It was like four o’clock in the morning.” The NBA star finished his story explaining how the experience — or whatever you wanna call it — changed him: “I come back and I’m like, sharper and s**t. I’m retaining information.” hollywoodlife.com

July 13, 2013 | 02:11 PM ET Update

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free-agent guard O.J. Mayo (6-4, 210), General Manager John Hammond announced today NBA.com



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July 13, 2013 | 01:45 PM ET Update

“Dwight is the biggest free agent acquisition in the history of the Rockets,” said Alexander. “His addition puts us in contention. This is good for the city and especially the fans. Fans are going to have a great time this year. This team will be tremendous fun to watch.” NBA.com

“I’m just very excited to here. Leslie and everyone at the Rockets have been great to me so far,” said Howard. “This is very special. Words really can’t explain how I feel about being here. It is a fresh start, a clean slate. I am looking forward to doing it in Houston with these beautiful fans behind me. I think it is going to be great. I am looking forward to embracing this city and giving them everything I got.” NBA.com

Kirilenko can opt out of this deal before the 2014-15 season, so it's not as if he's taken a vow of poverty. Still, it's interesting to see one of Russia's wealthiest men and its most famous basketball player prioritizing an NBA title over a few more rubles. "I give him credit for it," Kirilenko's agent Marc Fleisher told The Wall Street Journal. "He said 'I've made well over $100 million in my career. The difference isn't going to change my lifestyle so, let me pursue the ability to possibly win a title.'" Wall Street Journal

Take it with a grain of salt. That’s the message from agent Doug Davis in response to Metta World Peace’s remarks Friday he’s done with the NBA, done with his dream of playing at the Garden and has China or arena football in his future plans. When told World Peace sounded serious, Davis told The Post, “Serious with Metta? You never know.’’ Davis, who is working on World Peace’s options with fellow New York-based agent Marc Cornstein, said he’s hoping the former Ron Artest has the choice to control his fate. New York Post

July 13, 2013 | 10:07 AM ET Update

The Boston Celtics have officially announced a trade that will send Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for a long list of players and draft picks. Among the players coming to Boston are Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries. However, CSNNE Celtics insider Sherrod Blakely has learned that the team may be looking to deal those two. Wallace has three years left on his contract, while Humphries has only one year left on his. CSNNE.com

Saunders said Friday that contract negotiations continue to progress with arguably the best free agent left on the market, albeit slowly as the team and Pekovic’s representatives work toward middle ground on a four-year contract that is expected to pay him at least $12.5 million a season. “I think there’s a misconception, at least when I read Twitter,” said Saunders, who has sworn off tweeting himself but still follows along. “People think he can go pretty much where he wants to go. We have the ability to sign Pek, so we expect he will be back.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

A person with knowledge of World Peace's situation told USA TODAY Sports that he now has the Los Angeles Clippers atop his list of possible destinations. The Queensbridge, N.Y. native previously had his hometown New York Knicks as his preferred choice his list of favorites, but he is now said to be more interested in joining the new-look Clippers while being able to avoid relocating. Both teams appear to have interest in adding World Peace, but would only be able to offer him a veteran's minimum contract of $1.4 million annually. USA Today Sports

The Knicks have targeted World Peace, who has to clear through amnesty waivers for the Knicks to have a shot at him. The 48-hour process began tonight at 5 p.m. as 11 under-the-cap teams are allowed to make bids. “Obviously it’s a byproduct of the CBA,’’ D’Antoni told The Post today at the Las Vegas summer league at UNLV. “As a person and player, I couldn’t find anyone better. He’s great. I enjoyed coaching him. I hope he finds something great. He deserves it. It’s not the coaches. It’s management. They have to manage the cap.’’ New York Post

Tim MacMahon: It's a virtual certainty Brandan Wright returns to Mavs. Sides discussing deal in $4M per year range. Might be 2-year deal. Twitter

Prior to the draft, Grunfeld said the Wizards might already have a player capable of being a “stretch four” already on the roster. The summer league will serve as an important time for both Vesely and Singleton to distinguish themselves as they head into possibly their final seasons in Washington. The Wizards also have the expiring contracts of Okafor ($14.5 million) and Ariza ($7.7 million) to use as trade chips for possible upgrades, as well. “We expect to have everybody back,” Grunfeld said, “but having said that, if the right opportunity comes along, it’s something that we’ll look at, but right now we expect to have everybody that we have on the roster currently, and we are having conversations as we move along like every team is.” Washington Post

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they have acquired 2013 All Star Point Guard Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson, the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, in exchange for the Pelicans first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, with whom they selected Kentucky F Nerlens Noel, as well as the Pelicans top five lottery protected first round selection in next year’s draft. “Jrue is the ideal fit for our team having already established himself as an All-Star guard at the age of 23,” said General Manager Dell Demps. “His leadership abilities also fit the culture we are developing for our franchise and he will be an integral addition to the Pelicans family for many years to come.” “We are very pleased with the opportunity to add a high character player with talent and experience to our roster like Jrue,” said Head Coach Monty Williams. “We believe he will be an integral part of our program and help us continue in the positive direction we are headed as a team.” NBA.com

Young, a former Cleveland High of Reseda and USC standout, signed a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum of $1.2 million with the Lakers and was introduced at a news conference Friday. A phone call from Farmar, a former Taft of Woodland Hills star who has agreed to a similar deal to return to the Lakers, pending a buyout with his team in Turkey, helped Young make his choice. "Me and J, we've still been friends off the court," Young said of Farmar. "He tried to get me to UCLA -- I couldn't do that. He gave me a phone call to come on board here." Of course, there was one problem. "Jordan told me I couldn't get No. 1," said Young, who instead was holding a jersey with No. 0 on the back. "I picked this because I'm starting from the bottom again." Long Beach Press-Telegram

Remember Jonny Flynn, the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of Syracuse? Well, he's trying to catch on with an NBA team after playing last season in Australia. He was on the Indiana Pacers roster and wasn't very impressive during the week. Philadelphia Inquirer

Oklahoma City's summer team is stacked with post players, notably 7-footer Steven Adams, the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft from Pittsburgh, in addition to Andre Roberson, the 26th overall selection acquired from Minnesota, and Grant Jerrett, the 40th overall pick, who was acquired from Portland. Yet, Anderson remained confident in his worth. "I've always been into being the bruiser on the team, doing the dirty work, sticking my nose in the paint on every play and trying to get offensive rebounds and being able to branch out and hit that 15-foot jumper on more of a consistent basis," he said. Tampa Tribune

Anderson's father, Ron Anderson Sr., played 10 seasons in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Washington Bullets, and he scored 7,056 career points. Before he traveled to Orlando, his father told him to seize every opportunity and "to go out there and leave it all on the floor." "Nothing tomorrow is promised," Anderson Jr. said. Tampa Tribune

Chris Sheridan: “I watched C.J. Watson play a lot for Brooklyn as well, and he ain’t all that good, okay? I’ll just put it that way. He’s a mediocre NBA point guard. He can give you maybe 12 good minutes a night but he’s not as fast as D.J. Augustin is. He’s maybe a little bit better of a shooter, but he’s not what you call a very good shooter. He’s a plug-in guy and he’s expendable. If the Indiana Pacers want to become a super-elite team, and like I said, they’re close – they’re top two in the East right now – then the point guard position is the one place where they need the biggest upgrade.” When you’re analyzing a situation, being blunt and objective is a necessity, and that’s what Sheridan did in explaining why he thinks the Pacers need to improve at the point guard position to truly be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. What he probably didn’t expect was that Watson would actually hear every word of it and have a response to what was said about him. Well, that’s what happened, as you can see below: CJ Watson: Not very good, expendable and streaky huh. I'm a make u eat ur words!!!! SheridanHoops

And get this: McHale, who is now entrusted with getting inside Dwight Howard’s head (best of luck, Kev), thinks Olynyk’s game will improve concurrently with the level of competition. “Watching him at Gonzaga, I always liked him. But I always though, geez, is he athletic enough?” McHale said. “You always had questions. “But watching him here, his ability with more spacing on the floor and how the NBA game is played is magnified. His intelligence actually shows more here than it did in college. “The NBA game is spaced better, and he’s going to be able to play his game better in that kind of situation. I just like him.” Boston Herald

While currently recovering from a left ankle surgery that had him in a boot, Alex Len’s routine medical exam showed the Phoenix Suns’ medical staff the “very beginnings” of a stress fracture in the center’s right ankle. The team announced surgery was performed Monday. Len should be able to return by the beginning of the season, the team said. “As a precautionary measure, our medical staff determined that it would be prudent to perform surgery on Alex Len’s right ankle at this time,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby in a press release. “That surgery was successfully completed this morning. As part of a routine evaluation, our medical team identified the very beginnings of a stress fracture in Alex’s right ankle even though Alex was entirely asymptomatic. We expect him to be available to begin the season.” Valley of the Suns

Brown admitted in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that being dismissed by the Lakers in November after a 1-4 start still hurt eight months later. "It did sting and will always sting," Brown said, "but not to a point to where I'm holding onto it or anything like that. More than anything else, I just appreciate the opportunity and appreciate my time in L.A." Did the Lakers' subsequent struggles under Coach Mike D'Antoni signal to Brown that the team's problems went beyond coaching? "I always felt that we were going to come together," Brown said. "When you put a bunch of guys together, it takes some time. It's just my belief and it may be different than other people's, but I just feel like things take time to come together and I felt like I had a plan and I felt like the plan I had was going to be good." Centre Daily Times

Billy King has long been known as one of the NBA’s most aggressive general managers, and has made a series of big trades in his career. But even King, who is always thinking big, admitted yesterday he wasn’t sure he could land Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Celtics when he began discussing a potential deal with Danny Ainge, his counterpart in Boston. “Honestly, did I think we could pull something like this off? No,” King said on a conference call. “From the beginning, no. “But Danny and I just kept working at it and got to the point where we both were comfortable.” New York Post



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