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September 20, 2013 | 07:12 PM ET Update

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed rookie forward Ryan Kelly, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Kelly, a 6-11 forward out of Duke, was selected by the Lakers in the second round (48th overall pick) in the 2013 NBA draft. The former McDonald’s All-American, who earned a 2010 NCAA Championship as well as two ACC Championships with Duke, played all four seasons for the Blue Devils where he averaged 7.5 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 46 % from the field. NBA.com

Hawks training camp begins in 11 days – on Oct. 1 – and the team has no timeline on the return of Lou Williams from a torn ACL. According to team officials, Williams is progressing well with his right knee injury. However, he has not yet been given medical clearance by doctors to participate in training camp. While Williams still could be cleared in time for camp, he most likely will not be ready to immediately assume the role he had last season. It could take a month for him to be at full strength. Williams’ season ended after just 39 games last season when he tore the ACL Jan. 18 against Brooklyn. Such an injury typically takes about nine months to heal. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

With next June's draft figuring to feature several prospective franchise players, the outcry surrounding tanking has reached a fever pitch at a relatively early period in the NBA calendar. Enough so, in fact, that current deputy commissioner and soon-to-be real commissioner Adam Silver is being asked about the issue before any team plays an exhibition game. Watch his Bucks.com interview with Jim Paschke here, and read the relevant comments after the jump (as transcribed at EOB): "I don't think it works, because culture is critical. And I don't think you can build a winning tradition with an undercurrent that 'it's better to be bad.' I've never seen it be successful. It makes me nervous that it has to be asked, so I recognize it's something the league has to focus on." Yahoo! Sports

Former Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard DeAndre Liggins has been formally arraigned on numerous felony domestic violence charges. Defense attorney Tony Coleman says not guilty pleas were entered on Liggins' behalf in Oklahoma County District Court on Friday. Liggins faces two counts of kidnapping, two counts of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of domestic abuse in the presence of a minor and one count of violating a protective order. Liggins is free on bond. ESPN.com

 

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September 20, 2013 | 03:44 PM ET Update

Alex Kennedy: Former Dallas Mavericks guard Dominique Jones has decided to sign with a team in China, according to sources close to the situation. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

Steve Clifford: "Cody Zeller has a lot of physical ability, his basketball IQ is through the roof, he has great intangibles and he’s young. I don’t want to limit him in any way but I want him to progress at his own rate. I don’t want to put demands on him, because he’s so team-oriented he’d feel undue pressure. I’m going to watch him, let him be comfortable and see how he goes. For us to be good, he’s got to be a really big part of it. But he’s a young guy and I don’t think he needs undue demands." Raleigh News & Observer

Chase Budinger, Dante Cunningham, Ronny Turiaf, Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng, Lorenzo Brown and Robbie Hummel were all on hand Friday and participating in a 5-on-5 scrimmage. The chance to come in early allows rookies like Muhammad, Dieng and Brown to get familiar with the facilities and some of the training regimens prior to Training Camp. For guys like Budinger and Cunningham, it’s a way to get re-acquainted with the day-to-day grind. NBA.com

There remains no timetable for the return of Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari to game action, but his rehabilitation is going well, according to his agent Lee Melchionni. "Rehab is progressing well," Melchionni said. "He's doing well. Everything he's been asked to do, he's done." Denver Post

Chase Budinger missed nearly 60 games last year because of that left meniscus tear in November, and when he did return in late March he made his impact felt despite playing on a knee that was less than 100 percent. He spent the summer rehabbing and said while it was a different offseason program-wise, it paid off with how his leg now feels. It will be a work in progress throughout the year, and he’ll need to continue rehabbing, icing and treating it. But compared to the end of last season, there’s a world of difference. “It’s way better,” Budinger said. “The end of last season it felt like I had a brick on that foot. I’m starting to get my hops back a little bit and able to take off on it and land on it and not be able to think about it.” NBA.com

September 20, 2013 | 02:19 PM ET Update

The NBA is revising its media guidelines, loosening some obligations on players and coaches while making some additions it feels will improve access and be more enforceable. The new rules, sent to teams Friday, lessen the amount of times players are required to be available on game days but mandates they speak at least once while sidelined with a long-term injury. Seymour Tribune

JaVale McGee has a new website. So what, you ask? Most celebrities do, anyways. Well, this one is notable for who it represents. It (re)launched today, and does not disappoint. Worth a solid ten-minute break from your workday, no question. Do you know JaVale’s height and weight at birth? Do you know his high school GPA? Did you know he feeds over 1,000 families at his annual Thanksgiving Day JaVale McGee Turkey Giveaway? No? Well, now you do! NBCSports.com

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September 20, 2013 | 01:19 PM ET Update

In a short YouTube video on the Sprint Channel, Paul Pierce talks about the difficulty of leaving Boston, how he wanted to retire on the parquet floor of TD Garden, then discusses his new home... "I looked at a team like Brooklyn and said what better place. They got an up-and-coming team, they got a new building, a great home; and they want to win a championship. We had so many things in common, it's just at this stage of my career, great fit." NetsDaily

The Wizards have made enough roster adjustments that it begs the question: Where does Garrett Temple fit in? The 6-6 guard, who re-signed as a free agent to a one-year deal at just less than $1 million, is competing with Eric Maynor and rookie Glen Rice for backup spots in the backcourt. He gives the Wizards a uniquely different look because of his length and defensive prowess. "Honestly, I don't think much is going to change. Me and my agent talked to (president) Ernie (Grunfeld) before I signed. He said I'm basically in the same position as last year," Temple said. "I'm gonna push for that second spot behind John (Wall). They brought in Eric who is a good point guard who can back up John. I'm also going to be looking for that second spot behind Brad (Beal) being a defender. The main thing is still my versatility being able to guard point guards, (shooting) guards and small forwards if need be." CSNWashington.com

“Everything has been good. My game has been improving. [I'm] putting the ball on the floor a lot more and my confidence is still sky high,” Beal said. “I’m ready for this year and I couldn’t be more excited with the team that we have. And hopefully, starting next week, we’ll have a good start chemistry wise and we’ll go from there.” The Wizards have high expectations for the upcoming season but suffered a setback this week when they lost Emeka Okafor for an indefinite time with a herniated disk in his neck and Chris Singleton for at least six weeks with a broken bone in his left foot. Beal said the injuries shouldn’t keep the Wizards from targeting the playoffs. Washington Post

The team is led at the top of the rotation by Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley, while veteran forward Tony Allen serves as one of the lead dogs in the locker room. But for the team to take the next step, Joerger believes the growth will need to come from the team’s younger role players. “For us to grow from within Jerryd Bayless needs to have a nice season for us,” Joerger says. “Quincy Pondexter needs to have a nice season for us. Those guys need to make shots from the perimeter and for that to happen they’re going to have to be on the floor and be consistent.” HoopsWorld

Deron Williams' right foot was in a walking boot, forcing him to miss out on playing in his charity dodge ball tournament Thursday. But he said it won't keep him from going all out in training camp or playing in the Nets' regular-season opener. "Basically, this is just preventative,'' Williams said. "They have me in it now so I don't have to worry about it when the season starts. "It's frustrating because I want to be hooping with the guys right now. I want to play in this. It's frustrating. I have to deal with [the media] speculating. It is what it is. As long as I'm ready for October, that's all that matters to me. But I'll be ready for it.'' Newsday

Silver surprised no one when he remarked that the league feels the BMO Harris Bradley Center needs to be replaced. But in an interview with Milwaukee Bucks play-by-play announcer Jim Paschke, Silver, who will be taking over as commissioner next year, said Milwaukee is part of the NBA's footprint. "It's critical to us that the team remains here and remains successful here," Silver said. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

I've been coming to this house on Flathead Lake in western Montana most summers the past 40 years. My five children count it as the only reliable home that they've known after years of bouncing around the NBA circuit: first in New York City when I played for the Knicks, then in Chicago when I coached the Bulls, and finally in Los Angeles when I took over the Lakers. I've had a great career living in those cities doing what I love: showing young men how to bond together and win championships. However, I'm a country boy at heart and every year when the season ends in late June I'm itching to head north. Wall Street Journal

Many coaches spend their summers going to basketball workshops, trying to learn new techniques and get an edge on the competition. But for me the lake is my clinic. This is where I come to get back in tune with my innermost self after a long emotion-draining season. Every championship I've won began with a vision, born in silence along these shores. The lake has taught me another important lesson, as well. When we bought this piece of land, I thought it would be a good place for our children to expand their minds by having an intimate experience with nature. But, along the way, something unexpected happened: The lake gave our family the resilience to weather the many changes we've endured throughout the years. Now my children have grown and built lives of their own in different parts of the country. But we still gather each summer around the lake, to connect with one another and rejuvenate our spirits. Late at night, after the grandchildren have gone to bed, we often build a bonfire down by the lake and sing songs, spin tales and watch the planets rise and fall across the starlit sky. Wall Street Journal

On Saturday, the Houston Rockets legend (and, for one season, Toronto Raptors contributor) will host an event at the DR34M Mansion — a sprawling Clear Lake City, Texas, estate that Olajuwon bought, renamed (because he's "The Dream" and he wore 34, get it?) and turned into a fashion boutique where you can make an appointment with the DR34M brand's "master tailor" to get fully suited and booted — to release the first edition of his "Dream Shake" sneaker line, which we've shown above. Unlike the Etonic, L.A. Gear and Spalding kicks he wore and endorsed during his 18-year NBA career, Olajuwon says he's been intimately involved in the development of the Dream Shake — "I went to different sources, looking at the manufacturing, selecting the material," he told Houston's FOX 26 — throughout the two-year process of bringing it to market. Yahoo! Sports

But what likely will draw most attention from the session that came with comedian Tim Allen seated to his right were Wade's comments on his relationship with actress Gabrielle Union, "You know what, I'm going to tell you something a little personal. So, celebrity relationships is very hard. You guys would know. So, for us, this was a big year for us in our relationship from the standpoint of she was shooting her show, Being Mary Jane, gone most of the year. I was dealing with my injuries, trying to win a championship. So, you know, we kind of took a step back." Leno then interjected, "Kind of drifted apart?" with Wade then continuing, "Yeah, we kind of took a step back. We supported each other, but we took a step back for a little while. But, at the end of the day, we came back together and said, 'Listen, we want to continue this. We want to try to continue to try to get better each day.' She's been with me and I've been with her all summer long. And we're going strong now." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

 

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September 20, 2013 | 08:41 AM ET Update

The Magic will bring second-round pick Romero Osby to training camp along with free agents Solomon Jones, Michael Eric, Manny Harris and Kris Joseph, according to a source close to the team. The Magic are working on coming to terms with Osby, the former Oklahoma forward whom the club selected 51st in the second round. Orlando Sentinel

Derrick Rose on his health status: “Right now I’m in training, and I’m getting a lot stronger. I gained 10 pounds of muscle. I don’t know how that’s going to carry over to how I play on the court, but I know it’s going to be very weird. I’m shooting a lot of shots right now, working with Rob, just putting memory back in my leg.” SLAM

On how his added muscle will affect him on the court: “With me, I was always kind of strong, but the way that I play, I hit tricky lay-ups and all of that stuff because going to the hole in my neighborhood, they don’t call any fouls, so I was just used to hitting all types of shots. Now this year, I got a little more strength behind me, so I think going to the hole, taking those shots, I’ll be able to finish a lot stronger this year. There should be a lot more and-ones, hopefully.” SLAM

Can Deron Williams not only help the new-look Brooklyn Nets knock off the Miami Heat this season but also take away the MVP crown from LeBron James? Two new members of the Nets, coach Jason Kidd and sixth man Jason Terry, have said Williams should be in the MVP conversation in 2013-14. And that has D-Will pumped up. "It definitely excites me when they're talking about you like that," he told Bleacher Report. "I feel like if we're winning and I'm playing well, it will take care of itself. I don't get caught up too much into that stuff." Bleacher Report

The Western Conference scout agreed with some of Williams' assessment, saying the Nets will be able to find the right offensive balance between their younger and older players, also including Terry, Joe Johnson, Andrei Kirilenko and Reggie Evans: "I really don't believe [playing up-tempo] is going to be an issue with them at all. Kidd is smart and with vets like KG, Pierce and Jet, he won't have to 'coach' a lot. I think Kidd will take the leash off so to speak, and allow his point guard some flexibility. "Having a veteran team can be a luxury because those guys know how to play. They are in great shape and take care of their bodies. My guess is they won't spend much time on their feet at practices." Bleacher Report

The ankle problems actually began when Williams was playing in the 2012 Olympics. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo later said he was out of shape when he initially suffered the injury. Now, while Williams is recovering from a sprained right ankle and bone bruise, he feels he's prepared physically for the season. (A Nets spokesperson confirmed that Williams is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, which tips off on the Duke campus from Oct. 1 to 5.) "I worked out in Utah all summer. [New Nets assistant coach] John Welch gave me my training program, and I did it daily myself. I don't need a trainer; I'm good" he said. "I feel like I'm in great shape right now, and I want to get in better shape in the next couple weeks." Bleacher Report

Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin said he was "humbled and flattered" by the glowing comments made about him by Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon in his interview on Tuesday with FOX 26 Sports. Lin worked with Olajuwon and center Dwight Howard last week in Colorado. Rockets coach Kevin McHale and his staff were on hand to watch the workouts. It was the first time Lin worked with Olajuwon, who is in his new role as the Rockets' player development specialist. Olajuwon thought Lin and Howard worked remarkably well together. "Just the little offense I saw, that combination is very deadly and you can see that both of them are very excited seeing that 'wow, we bring the right ingredients together,' " Olajuwon said on Tuesday. FOX 26 Sports

Lin was surprised he had made that kind of impact on Olajuwon. "I think anybody and Dwight is a deadly combination," Lin said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports on Thursday. "I'm just glad I'm on the same team as him. I think if we do it right. If we move the ball. If we space properly. If we run quick offense. I think our offense will be very deadly and not just because of me and him, but because of all of the weapons that we have." FOX 26 Sports

Lin said he really enjoyed his time with Olajuwon in Colorado. "I was really impressed by just how candid, how down to earth, how normal he was," Lin said. "You think of someone of his caliber, Hall of Famer, one of the great players to ever play in the NBA, the fact that he says what he says and is that encouraging and is that down to earth, speaks a lot about him. "I was thankful for the time that I had working out with him." FOX 26 Sports

However, Olynyk's offseason workouts have been slowed down some by a plantar fasciitis injury that he said on Thursday is improving. He has been able to spend some time with a few of the Celtics veterans, many of whom are in town with training camp starting October 1. "It's great to meet guys who have been there before," Olynyk said. "You can learn a lot from those guys." CSNNE.com

Last season, Adelman was forced to take a three-week leave midseason to help his wife, Mary Kay, who was suffering from seizures. Rubio says it is a huge lift for the Timberwolves that he has opted to return. "It's great news," he said. "He's great for us. He's doing a great job. He had a tough time last season but I'm just happy because I owe a lot to him. I love the way he wants us to play." ESPN.com

THE 76ERS announced yesterday that they will begin training camp a week from today at Saint Joseph's University. The team will hold training camp from Sept. 28 through Wednesday, Oct. 2. Three of those days will be double sessions with the other two having just one practice. The team will leave for two exhibition games in Europe on Oct. 3. They will play in Bilbao, Spain, on Oct. 6 against Bilbao Basket, then play in Manchester, England, on Oct. 8 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Philadelphia Inquirer

Brett Yormark told ITAR-TASS, the Russian news agency, that the Nets' acquisition of Andrei Kirilenko will help him market the team both in Russia and the Russian-speaking neighborhoods of New York. Russia, along with China, are the Nets top marketing targets overseas, he added. Yormark, in Moscow with Kirilenko and Irina Pavlova, said that the Nets are working with Adidas to get Kirilenko jerseys on the shelves in Russia as soon as possible and pointed to plans to use AK-47 in selling the team in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, home of 100,000 Russian speakers. "We have a desire to [market] a large number of products in Russian and geared towards Andrei Kirilenko. I think that soon the Russian fans will able to fulfill this dream," said the Nets CEO when asked about Kirilenko jerseys. NetsDaily

'Linsanity' comes to Houston on Oct. 4, but its first premiere before hitting different cities globally takes place Thursday in Los Angeles. It marks a milestone in a long journey for the documentary. "Excited is probably an understatement," said Brian Yang, one of the producers of the film. "Getting to introduce it to the the world - it means everything. Obviously, people have been getting sneak peeks here and there, but this is it. This is gametime and we're psyched. Obviously, I couldn't be happier and it's been a real labor of love. "Back in 2010, if you told me this was going to happen, I'd probably not only laugh at you, but I'd slap you in the face and say, 'Haha, good one!'" Yang said while laughing. "It just wasn't even a pipe dream at that time, so this is amazing and excited is just a tenth of how this feels." CSN Houston

"It's really the ultimate underdog story," Yang said. "I think what our hope is is that this isn't just a basketball film. It's not just something that appeals to sports fans. I mean, yes, that's there, that's one of the audiences we definitely want to have enjoy this. But the people who are outside of the zone, any demographic, anywhere on Earth, whatever you do, whatever you enjoy, by watching the film, we hope they can deepen their relationship and their understanding of what made Jeremy who he is and how relatable the story really is to themselves, to their own journey. "Someone who's just struggling to find his footing in society. Not looking like the obvious choice. Always being told no. In your career, whatever journey you go down, just kind of being the person who goes against the grain." CSN Houston

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