JR Smith: Happy to say that I am returning to the Cavs! It’s been a long ride this summer but I can say for sure, well worth the wait. When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best. The Cavaliers had things they needed to do in order to piece together a championship caliber roster. I ended up deciding that instead of potentially securing a larger deal elsewhere, I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization in pursuit of the ultimate goal, an NBA championship. Thank you to the Cavaliers for making this happen. Can’t wait to get started! #TheLand http://instagram.com/p/6oG0NDNfH-/
October 21, 2016 | 9:05 pm EDT Update
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed forward Ryan Kelly. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kelly, a 6’11” forward, appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2016 Preseason where he averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.0 minutes per game. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Kelly has appeared in 147 career games and recorded averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Tim MacMahon: Chandler Parsons fully participated in the Grizzlies’ last two practices but has yet to be cleared for game action. “No problems at all with the knee,” he told ESPN in a text message. Parsons hopes to play in Memphis’ opener, but he understands that the Grizzlies will take a cautious approach in his return from the second surgery on his right knee in two years.
Several sources have indicated the Heat will have a new alternate uniform this season. Although nothing has been released yet, the video game NBA 2K17 may have provided a hint of how the design will look:
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard aka Dame D.O.L.L.A. dropped a 12-track rap album on Friday. He has released songs before, but this is his first album. It comes after a summer in which he performed his first concert on his birthday, and then he performed with DJ Esco for fans at an adidas event in Vegas. The album, called The Letter O (which he explained stands for Oakland, Ogden and Oregon), features artists such as Lil Wayne and Jamie Foxx. And the first song is called Bill Walton. You can buy it on iTunes or stream it on Spotify/Apple Music. The response from the NBA has been great.