If Chalmers somehow makes it to training camp with the Heat, he would be the obvious choice to back up Dragic. But Miami appears intent on trying to purge the final year of his contract; his $4.3 million salary could result in a tax bill three times that amount, depending on the Heat’s final payroll number. The Heat has time to move Chalmers, because a team’s tax bill is based on the roster on the final day of the regular season, an NBA spokesman said. But Miami appears interested in moving as soon as it can find a suitable deal, according to a league official who has spoken to the Heat.
August 4, 2015 | 9:12 pm EDT Update
Jeff Zillgitt: LeBron James officially informs USA Basketball he will attend next week’s mini-camp in Vegas, per person w/info. Yahoo reported last week.
August 4, 2015 | 8:06 pm EDT Update
August 4, 2015 | 6:46 pm EDT Update
Jody Genessy: Initial concern is that Dante Exum might have suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, per a source. Jazz will know more when he’s evaluated.
Basketball Australia will hold a press conference on Friday at 1030am when the Boomers return. Further details will be about the press conference will be provided later today. The entire Basketball Australia family wishes Dante Exum well on his return to Utah and hopes for positive news on his injury.
Nike is unsure if it’s gonna just do it with James Harden — TMZ Sports has learned the Swoosh isn’t jumping to top his $200 million Adidas offer. We spoke with some Nike honchos who told us they held a war room style gathering in the wake of Adidas trying to nab last year’s MVP runner-up, and former Nike client. We’re told they were unable to reach any consensus about a counter offer amount, or if they even want to make a counter.
His “massive” closet turned out to be too small to contain his collection of more than 150 pairs of shoes. In a new video interview with Slam Magazine, the NBA player says his solution is to build a mini-house behind his regular house to act as “a little showroom” for his footwear.
August 4, 2015 | 5:58 pm EDT Update
The L.A. Clippers announced today the team has signed guard Pablo Prigioni Prigioni, 38, joins the Clippers after playing in a total of 67 regular season games (three starts) last season with the Houston Rockets (24 games) and the New York Knicks (43 games), averaging 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 17.9 minutes.
August 4, 2015 | 4:29 pm EDT Update
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Rakim Sanders – MVP of the Italian finals – has undergone wrist surgery, forced to postpone NBA interest. Rakim Sanders was killing the Italian finals with a broken wrist. He averaged 18 & 6 after getting hurt. Targets mid-season comeback. http://bit.ly/1Drddc3
August 4, 2015 | 3:18 pm EDT Update
“He was saying they were trying to do something about it,” Gallinari said Tuesday in a phone interview. “And then after that my agent called and we started talking more about what the extension was about.” Less than a month later, a deal was struck and the contract — three years, $45 million — was signed.
The Nuggets knew they wanted Gallinari, and Gallinari knew he wanted to stay in Denver. “I was very fast in saying yes to this extension,” Gallinari said. “I’m very happy to stay in Denver. This extension came because of the people in Denver, the fact that I’ve been in Denver for awhile now and the fact that I love the city.”