Miami Heat: OFFICIAL: The @MiamiHEAT have signed F Michael Beasley to a 10-day contract – http://gohe.at/1zidQfg
September 3, 2015 | 4:54 pm EDT Update
“I loved the partnership and platform we built at RealGM, and I’m so honored to say I worked there,” said Charania. “I hope to continue improving and wish RealGM only the best!” “Congrats to Shams on his move to Yahoo,” said RealGM’s Christopher Reina. “They’re getting a great reporter and an even better person. Every step of his rise in this industry has been well-earned through his hard work and dedication to his craft. We couldn’t be happier for him professionally and personally.”
According to prosecutors, White stole money during a period from 2008 to 2011, making unauthorized bank transfers from Arenas’ accounts into three accounts of his own. He was found guilty of 11 counts of wire fraud for the theft. The money funneled from Arenas was not reported in White’s and his wife’s joint income tax returns during that span, resulting in four additional counts of filing a false tax-related document.
Big win for ex-NBA star Michael Beasley in his rape case in Arizona — the judge has thrown out the $25 MILLION lawsuit filed against him … but he’s not out of the woods yet. As we previously reported, Beasley — the #2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft — was sued for sexual assault and kidnapping by a woman who claims he raped her in 2013.
As for the kidnapping allegation, the judge says the allegations sound more like false imprisonment … but the statute of limitations ran out on that … so she’s S.O.L. So, for now, the case has been dismissed … no word if the accuser will go ahead with the battery suit.
September 3, 2015 | 4:03 pm EDT Update
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Greg Whittington. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Whittington appeared in nine total games (six starts) with the HEAT during Summer League play in both Orlando and Las Vegas this summer and averaged 9.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.44 steals and 1.33 blocks while shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three-point range and a perfect 13-of-13 from the foul line. During Las Vegas Summer League play, he led the team in points (65), rebounds (41), blocks (8) and three-point field goals made (8).
On D’Angelo Russell: Jeanie Buss: I found that he’s fearless. There’s something about when you talk to a young person and they don’t have that doubt in their eye. He seems very confident but not in a cocky way, in a way of knowing who he is and what he’s capable of and owning that. To see that in somebody that’s 19 years old, I was very impressed by that.
On whether she could envision Kobe Bryant still having a role within the Lakers after he retires: Buss: I think Kobe has to pursue what’s going to make him happy. I think Kobe can do anything that he wants. He’s just got to find his comfort level and he’s got to find what’s going to motivate him. I think he’s capable of anything and doing anything. It’s kind of like Magic Johnson, in that the kind of career Magic’s had off the court has been phenomenal and I expect Kobe’s going to do great things that we can’t even imagine yet.
On Kobe and Shaq reuniting on Shaq’s podcast: Buss: I have not heard it myself, but I’ve gotten some great feedback. Even today at the manicurist, the woman next to me had listened to it and she said it was terrific, and I always thought that someday I would like to see them be re-cast as The Odd Couple and have their own TV show or that they’re roommates, and these two opposites that get along and respect each other, so I’m happy to see that.
September 3, 2015 | 2:43 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Sources: free agent Eric Moreland has reached agreement on a one-year contract to re-sign with the Sacramento Kings. Significant guarantees.
The only remaining player on a partially guaranteed contract is guard Tyler Johnson, who had 50 percent of his $845,050 2015-16 salary guaranteed on Aug. 1. Otherwise, forward James Ennis has a opening-night guarantee deadline for his entire 2015-16 salary, with recently added free agents Keith Benson, Corey Hawkins and Greg Whittington guaranteed until Jan. 10.
The Miami Heat have established clarity with center Hassan Whiteside when it comes to his contract for the coming season. What follows, however, remains complex. The Sun Sentinel has confirmed that rather than make the emerging center wait through a series of guarantee dates, the Heat this week instead went gone forward and guaranteed Whiteside’s salary for the season.
J.R. Smith declined a player option that would have guaranteed him a $6,399,750 salary for this season alone. Instead, he settled for a contract that guarantees him just $4.15 million over the next two years. But that’s a little misleading. Another $3 million of his salary this season will become guaranteed Monday.
LeBron James is now trying to help Akron adults get their GEDS by using the same basic principles his charitable foundation designed to help children stay in school and graduate. Under a new partnership announced Thursday with Project Learn of Summit County, which exists to help adults get their GEDs, parents of the children enrolled in the LeBron James Family Foundation’s scholastic mentorship program can get financial and emotional support to obtain high school equivalency credentials and learn other life skills.
September 3, 2015 | 2:04 pm EDT Update
Free-agent guard Landry Fields underwent surgery for a hip labral tear and will be out five months, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Fields, 27, played an increasingly diminished role with the Toronto Raptors over parts of the past three seasons, despite two productive years upon entering the NBA with the New York Knicks in 2010-11.
“Just getting started, man. A fresh start is what I’m most excited about,” Williams said Wednesday during an exclusive interview with Mavs.com while making an appearance at the organization’s fantasy camp. “You know, playing with this group of guys, I feel like we have a great group of guys here, and so (I’m looking forward to) just getting everybody healthy and getting on the court with them.” He added: “It’s been a great transition for me. You know, it’s tough to pick up and move that quick and find schools for your kids and all that. But, as far as what’s going on here, these guys have been great and helping. The transition has been really smooth, and I’m excited about this season.”
The former Boston Celtics coach and his successor took part in the Action for Boston Community Development Hoops Dreams charity event, joining a few local celebrities, such as Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and journalists Bob Ryan and Jackie MacMullan, for a friendly shooting competition. “I haven’t shot on this court probably yet, other than in shoot-arounds a little bit,” said Stevens. “We don’t usually even shoot around here because the only time I ever come down here is for games, so it’s great to be here in a setting where you’re doing something for somebody else where it’s not just a part of a game.”
September 3, 2015 | 11:59 am EDT Update
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: Galatasaray finalizing deal with Errick McCollum (CJ’s older brother) – averaged 39.6 points per game in China. Errick McCollum, Galatasaray to sign a one-season contract, I’m told. Official soon.
Stephon Marbury: Darryl L. Dawkins #RIP You will be missed in this life time so enjoy forever with the father and my father. Your heart sang for #Jesus by your acts and doings. Family and friends know the real in who you were and what you were on earth. Life changer is what I grew to know you as a child of God. #ChocolateThunder we will miss the dunks and the amazing plays in a game that we all loved but it’s just a game. In the game of life your logic to spread love is the true way to win consistently. Your off the court presence had more of an effect then your basketball presence
September 3, 2015 | 10:12 am EDT Update
Ric Bucher: I’m hearing that the Minnesota Timberwolves are actually looking at potentially moving Ricky Rubio.
But now, White is hoping to return to the NBA and finally make his regular season debut five years after being an early second-round pick. He has agreed to a training camp deal with the Phoenix Suns and he’s competing for a roster spot against players like Deonte Burton, Henry Sims, Cory Jefferson and Kyle Casey. White is hoping this is his big break that will lead to a guaranteed contract in the NBA. “I’m very motivated,” White told Basketball Insiders. “Everyone counted me out. I heard things like, ‘He’s failed throughout his whole career.’ With this opportunity, this is my chance to prove I belong in the NBA and show everyone that I’m a way better man and a way better player now than I was at 20 years old.”