Nets forward Mirza Teletovic has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a bilateral pulmonary embolus (multiple blood clots in the lungs), according to the team. Teletovic left last night’s game against the Clippers with shortness of breath, and was taken to a Los Angeles hospital. Tests there revealed the diagnosis. Teletovic will remain hospitalized in Los Angeles, receiving treatment and further testing, and won’t return to New York until he’s cleared to travel.
August 31, 2015 | 3:42 pm EDT Update
Tim Kawakami: I’ve been skeptical about Warriors’ ability to get $26M or so under the cap-line next July in any theoretical Kevin Durant pursuit, and And I’m still not sure they can do it. But league people emphasize: 1) Never under-estimate the aggressiveness of Lacob/Myers/West. And due to huge increases to cap # this year & next, there’ll be many teams set up to absorb huge salary chunks if GSWs start maneuvering. That does NOT mean anybody thinks the Warriors are leaders in the Durant chase. Just means league people figure they’ll be creative.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he has had preliminary contract talks with the agents for forwards Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger. Both players are eligible to be offered extensions prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, though it remains unclear whether the Celtics will choose that route for either. “Obviously, those are two guys that we like moving forward,” Ainge said. “So, yeah, there will be more discussions with both of them, probably during the month of October.”
Forward Perry Jones, who was acquired in a trade with the Thunder in July, is also eligible for an extension. But he is not a lock to make the final roster this fall. Zeller, 25, appears the most likely of the three to be in line for an extension. The 7-footer averaged 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds last season and shot a team-high 54.9 percent from the field. Zeller’s win share of 6.5 — a metric that measures the amount of victories contributed by a player — was the highest on the team.
Boston has agreed to nonguaranteed deals with guards Coty Clarke (Arkansas), Corey Walden (Eastern Kentucky), and Levi Randolph (Alabama), and forward Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross). All four players will take part in training camp, bringing the preseason roster to its maximum of 20 players. The Celtics will hold practices in Waltham during the last week of September before leaving for Europe Oct. 2. They will face Olimpia Milano in Milan Oct. 6 and Real Madrid in Madrid Oct. 8. “I think it can help [team chemistry],” Ainge said of the trip.
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal squashed whatever beef was lingering from their split in 2004 on the latest episode of O’Neal’s The Big Podcast, which was released Monday. O’Neal introduces Bryant as “the greatest Laker ever,” and starts the show by clearing the air. “I just want people to know that I don’t hate you. I know you don’t hate me. I called it today a ‘work beef,’ is what we had. I was young, you was young. As I look at it, we won three out of four so I don’t really think a lot was done wrong. I just wanted to clear the air and let everybody know that no, I don’t hate you. We had a lot of disagreements, we had a lot of arguments, but I think it both fueled us — and I was thinking back the other day why Phil Jackson never really jumped in, because he knew that you say something about me, I get pissed off, I say something about you and you get pissed off, and again it works.”
One Trail Blazer has already punched his ticket to the 2016 Olympics as Al-Farouq Aminu helped Nigeria qualify for next year’s games in Brazil by winning AfroBasket in Tunisia on Sunday. This week Blazers coaches Jay Triano and David Vanterpool will try earn a spot in the Olympics starting Tuesday when they lead Canada into the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City. The Canadian roster features nine NBA players, including former No. 1 overall picks from Minnesota, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, as well as Toronto’s Cory Joseph, Boston’s Kelly Olynyk, Philadelphia’s Nik Stauskas and the Lakers’ Robert Sacre.
The Celtics and the NBA Development League’s Maine Red Claws have extended their exclusive affiliation through the 2017-18 season. The teams have had a partnership since the Red Claws’ opening season in 2009-10, and in 2012 the Celtics became Maine’s lone affiliate and took over its basketball operations. Last season, the Celtics assigned a total of six players to the Red Claws, including former first-round picks James Young and Marcus Smart.
With their surge to a NBA title and guard who earned a regular season MVP award, a number of Warriors players have been involved in the Silicon Valley culture that their team attracts to games and will likely continue to bring in when they move to their new arena in San Francisco. “You’ll see Larry Ellison, you’ll see Jack Dorsey, you’ll see Adam Bain,” said Harrison Barnes, listing off the names of the co-founder of Oracle and Twitter executives. “You’ll see all these guys courtside that they’re walking down the street people might not say ‘oh my god that’s so-and-so’ but if you know who they are and you know what they do, there’s obviously well-respected in their fields.”
Jordan Fliegel, the co-founder of CoachUp said that there were a million reasons they partnered with Curry – after all he’s marketable on his own personality and what seems like a sincere dedication to the company. But playing in the Bay Area is helpful. “I think as we go, if we need introductions to various people, Stephen’s offered to help however he can,” Fliegel said. “He’s a huge part of our team.” Curry is also involved in another company that’s “in the social media space that talks about athletes and fan engagement, especially on the professional level,” he said, that will hopefully be coming out in the next year. His agent, Jeff Austin, said that playing in the Bay Area definitely influenced the opportunities sent his way, even as a high-profile player.
August 31, 2015 | 1:35 pm EDT Update
David Pick: Source: Utah Jazz looking for point-guard. Could be Marcelinho Huertas.
August 31, 2015 | 12:17 pm EDT Update
Apparently, $94,343,125 – a max contract – and not a penny less. Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report: A league source tells me that his agent, Rich Paul, has already made it clear to the Cleveland Cavaliers that Thompson will not sign a long-term deal unless it is a max deal. And otherwise, he is prepared to sign a one-year qualifying offer with the additional knowledge, according to the source, that Paul believes that he can get a max deal with the Raptors next summer.
During the summer, reports surfaced that the Los Angeles Lakers were on the verge of signing undrafted rookie Robert Upshaw to a deal. Fans clamored over Upshaw during the draft process, viewing him as a first-round talent. The problem with Upshaw is that he had as much public baggage as anyone in recent draft history and while he’s an immensely talented player, the stories surrounding him were downright scary from a team point of view. Upshaw was kicked out of two NCAA college programs amid reports of heavy drug use and personal issues that had most executives in the NBA removing him from their draft board.
August 31, 2015 | 11:40 am EDT Update
Sir’Dominic Pointer, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 53rd pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, will play for the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League, a league source informed Northeast Ohio Media Group. Pointer, 23, will not attend training camp with the Cavaliers and instead will report to Canton once its camp opens up, the source said. The Charge is the Cavaliers’ D-League affiliate.