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.
July 31, 2015 | 5:09 pm EDT Update
I had a chance to speak with former Huskies Forward Bobby Jones who recently released a documentary made about his life playing basketball overseas. The very first recruit signed by Lorenzo Romar when he took the job at Washington, Jones was picked in the NBA Draft and carved out a career playing in Italy. Although his career in Europe may not be over, the documentary is a revealing look at life outside of the NBA.
The movie which Jones released on July 24th entitled, “Basketball Jones: The Overseas Journey,” chronicles the paths of American players in Europe. Jones came up with the concept for the documentary while playing in Italy. “There’s a big void on what people know about overseas basketball in America,” Jones explained. He did a bulk of the work including coordinating interviews, editing, producing, and coming up with the music for the documentary among other things. “It wasn’t easy but definitely worth it,” Jones said of his passion project. The documentary was Jones’ second attempt at chronicling his journey as a first try was scrapped as he was unhappy with what was made. “I wanted to make sure that the message was the right message.”
July 31, 2015 | 4:35 pm EDT Update
The Iowa Energy and its NBA affiliate, the Memphis Grizzlies, today jointly announced Nicki Gross as an assistant coach for the Energy. With her promotion Gross becomes the only female assistant coach in the NBA D-League. Gross enters her second season with the Iowa Energy. Gross spent the 2014-2015 season with the Energy as video coordinator after previously serving as the assistant video coordinator for the Bakersfield Jam in 2013-2014. Pending league approval, Gross will begin her assistant coaching duties this upcoming season.
“I am very excited to promote Nicki within our staff as she becomes the only female assistant coach in the NBA D-League,” said Energy Head Coach Bob Donewald. “Nicki joined our franchise last season as video coordinator and did an outstanding job in helping the team prepare for each game. She is a tireless worker who has a bright future in basketball.”
July 31, 2015 | 3:50 pm EDT Update
Danilo Gallinari: We did it. Very happy day. A special thanks to the entire Nuggets organization. @nuggets #nuggetsnation. Eccoci. Oggi e’ un giorno molto importante e felice per me. Un ringraziamento speciale alla franchigia dei Denver Nuggets
The Sacramento Kings has signed Chad Iske as associate head coach and John Welch, Anthony Carter, and Nancy Lieberman as assistant coaches, according to Kings Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations Vlade Divac. Iske, Welch, Carter and Lieberman join Corliss Williamson and Vance Walberg on George Karl’s staff.
July 31, 2015 | 1:28 pm EDT Update
Sergio Rodriguez: “This is my city, and I’ve just become a father. After seeing that there was interest from NBA teams, I realized there was no chance of going back to the NBA because I’m very comfortable here.”
The Philadelphia 76ers today announced they have signed rookie forward Richaun Holmes Holmes appeared in all three games for the Sixers in the 2015 Utah Jazz Summer League, averaging 10 points and five rebounds in just 17 minutes per game.
Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Chris Paul was on the fence when first approached about making the trip but his wife, Jada, encouraged him to go. Paul has made it a point to spend as much time with Deng as possible in South Africa. “It’s a life-changing experience,” Paul told USA TODAY Sports. “Luol’s been telling me a lot of the history. It’s one thing to be in the States and have people tell you how big of an impact it is but you don’t understand it until you travel here and see it.
The league increased its effort this season bringing several high-profile NBA players and coaches to Johannesburg, South Africa for three days of basketball and life instruction for nearly 60 of Africa best players born in 1998. “What will come of this is the development of more clinics, more camps and more youth competition,” said Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, who was born in Nigeria. “It continues to grow, and this will expose more young players and give them more opportunities and we have to create that opportunity.
Still, it might be the jersey Batum puts on for a 9 a.m. (EST) exhibition slate on August 1, 2015 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa that will cause him to take pause. That’s because Batum will be taking the court for Team Africa against Chris Paul’s Team World squad in the first NBA game to ever take place in Africa. The matchup will air live on ESPN. “This is huge for us and huge for me,” Batum stated about the importance of an NBA game being played in Africa. “I grew up in France, played for the French team and am French, but my dad is from Cameroon. I’ve got roots in Cameroon and family in Cameroon, so for the first time in my life I’ll be able to experience the pride of playing in a jersey with Cameroon on it. My family and I are proud about that. It’s a special thing for me.”