Darnell Mayberry: The Thunder has added Mo Cheeks to its coaching staff, The Oklahoman has learned. Billy Donovan now has two former NBA head coaches on staff. With Mo Cheeks, Monty Williams and Anthony Grant, first-year Thunder coach Billy Donovan will have three former head coaches at his side.
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July 2, 2015 | 5:04 pm EDT Update
Portland center LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with the Lakers on Thursday in Los Angeles, according to a league source familiar with the situation. The discussion will center on basketball, a league source said. Wasserman Media Group had dismissed various reports that said Aldridge had ruled the Lakers out, tweeting out on Wednesday that Aldridge “has not made any decisions yet. All reports to the contrary are false & he looks forward to sharing his plans soon.” But those outlets outlined in detail that Aldridge apparently was not impressed with the Lakers’ basketball presentation.: 71 more rumors
Marc Stein: LaMarcus Aldridge’s meeting with Miami tonight will be a dinner with Pat Riley, sources say: 71 more rumors
Joe Freeman: Another interesting quote from Ed Davis on #Blazers: “I think there’s a good chance that they’re going to lose LaMarcus and Lopez. I’m going to go out and grind. I’m not shooting a whole bunch of 3s and things like that. But I’m going to grind every night. I’m going to dive for that loose ball, get that extra possession, make a big block. I’m one of those energy guys.”
The Lakers on Thursday announced their Las Vegas summer league roster. Current players and draft picks on the squad include guards D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, guard/forward Anthony Brown, forwards Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. and center Tarik Black.
Hezonja’s debut in a Magic uniform – he decided to wear No. 23 after some well-thought-out internet research – could come as soon as Saturday’s opening of the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League. Hezongja’s start was delayed a bit because of a minor clearance issue with FIBA, but it was resolved on Thursday afternoon and Hezonja – who negotiated his buyout with his Spanish League team earlier in the week – practiced for the first time with his new Magic teammates. Because he’s already played 53 Spanish League and EuroLeague games this season, Hezonja’s playing time in Summer League is expected to be limited.
July 2, 2015 | 4:42 pm EDT Update
Mike Bresnahan: Lakers are referring to their expected second meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge as “a follow-up.”: 71 more rumors
David Aldridge: The second meeting with the Lakers will only involve GM Mitch Kupchak and Coach Byron Scott, & will only be about basketball, per source.: 71 more rumors
David Aldridge: Knicks meeting was cancelled once it became clear NY wanted Aldridge to play center, something he is adamant against doing, per source.: 71 more rumors
Shams Charania: Portland’s UFA center Joel Freeland plans to sign in Europe if he doesn’t agree on an NBA deal before July 10, sources tell RealGM.
July 2, 2015 | 4:33 pm EDT Update
David Aldridge: Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings: LaMarcus Aldridge has cancelled his meeting with the Knicks today, per source.: 71 more rumors
Calvin Watkins: LaMarcus Aldridge doing the right thing making sure he’s got all the info before making a final decision. Rockets had great presentation.: 71 more rumors
Hawks unrestricted free agent John Jenkins has received interest from as many as six teams, according to a person familiar with the situation. The shooting guard became a free agent after the Hawks opted not to pick up his option last season.
July 2, 2015 | 4:19 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers will get a second meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge today in Los Angeles, league source tells Yahoo Sports.: 71 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: One source briefed on the Lakers second meeting with Aldridge told Yahoo Sports: “They want to see if they can get it right.”: 71 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yahoo Sources: Another high-profile team is pursuing the possibility of gaining an audience with LaMarcus Aldridge: The Miami Heat.: 71 more rumors
JJ Barea: “So far, there’s nothing official with Miami or Dallas. I’m considering those two at this moment and must make a decision this weekend.”: 4 more rumors
July 2, 2015 | 4:04 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers have expressed a desire to get a second meeting with Aldridge, but unclear if that’ll happen, league sources told Yahoo Sports.: 71 more rumors