The Dallas Mavericks are confident they are inching closer to the eventual signing of veteran center Jermaine O’Neal, according to team sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks — who continue to closely monitor the 36-year-old center’s progress as O’Neal works out in preparation for a comeback — hope to sign him by the All-Star break.
August 24, 2016 | 9:13 pm EDT Update
Though he was mentioned in trade rumors previously, the Heat has indicated to Josh McRoberts’ camp that he’s in the team’s plans for this season, his agent said, adding Miami called to go over his offseason training and make sure everyone is on the same page. McRoberts will make $5.8 million this season and has a $6 million player option for 2017-18.
For the second consecutive year Houston Rockets guard James Harden has organized a players-only minicamp scheduled for next week. Last September Harden had the Rockets players together for a minicamp in Los Angeles.
“James is doing everything,” said Corey Brewer, Rockets guard/forward. “He is showing he wants to be a leader. He’s the franchise player. He signed the extension. So it’s his team, and he’s doing all the right things to do what we need to do to have a chance to win championships.”
When Thon Maker worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks before the NBA draft in June, I asked him to compare his game to another player. Maker, an affable young man, didn’t hesitate in responding and fired back, smiling, “I’m a modern-day version of Kevin Garnett.’’ The Bucks, who shocked the basketball world by making the 7-foot-1 Maker the No. 10 overall selection in the draft, would be ecstatic if he came remotely close to having the same type of pro career as Garnett, who is a lock for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.