Lakers coach Byron Scott reiterated Saturday that Young needs to return with a more balanced game, one that includes passing and defense to supplement his high-volume shooting. With Young averaging 13.4 points per game this season on a career-low 36.6-percent shooting, Scott also threatened to reduce his minutes if the Lakers upgrade their roster this summer. “I’m used to it right now, hearing what Byron has to say,” said Young, who is in the first season of a four-year deal worth $21.5 million “I take it with a grain of salt.”
August 1, 2015 | 8:31 pm EDT Update
The New York Knicks are finalizing an agreement with former Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic. Vujacic’s deal was originally believed to be a training camp pact but league sources said the two sides later agreed to a fully guaranteed contract for the veteran’s minimum ($1.35 million).
With Vujacic on board, the Knicks have 12 players signed to guaranteed contracts. Counting Langston Galloway, who has a partially guaranteed deal but is expected to make the regular-season roster, they have two open spots.
August 1, 2015 | 6:31 pm EDT Update
James Ham: Kings contend that team doctors found an injury in Mbah a Moute that caused them to void his deal. Well within their rights under CBA. Kings have been in similar situations in the past with both Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Chuck Hayes. Kept both players.
August 1, 2015 | 5:33 pm EDT Update
Glen Davis is open to playing overseas if he doesn’t sign a contract in the NBA, a source told Sportando. Big Baby is in talks to re-sign with the Clippers but if they won’t reach a deal, the center may join the Chinese League or one of the European top divisions. Davis has played 74 games with the Clippers this past season averaging 4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12 minutes of action.
August 1, 2015 | 4:26 pm EDT Update
Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose is still undecided about attending Team USA’s minicamp, according to league sources. Rose has indicated in the past that he would like to play for Team USA in the Olympics, but sources told ESPNChicago.com that he is weighing the potential benefits of taking more time off before the start of Bulls training camp in late September.
August 1, 2015 | 2:42 pm EDT Update
August 1, 2015 | 1:26 pm EDT Update
Stefan Bondy: Agent Herb Rudoy says Sasha Vujacic’s contract is $1.35 million FULLY guaranteed w/ Knicks. He’s one of 12 such players on roster.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: For as long as I can, I’ll always be in the national team. As long as I’m healthy and as much as I have a say in it, I want to play for Greece. I know that, one day a lot might depend on me for the team to achieve its goals and I already feel that responsibility. I think about the fact that, in ten years from now, there’s a chance that some of my brothers might also be playing in the national team and that seems amazing to me! To be able to say, ‘I’m going off to play for my country,’ and to know that you’ll be playing with members of your family. All of us playing for our country! That’s a big dream.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo: (Anthony Davis) was trying to post me and I was using all of my strength, I didn’t let him. He turns around, shoots off balance and scores. As we were running side-by-side, he says to me: You can’t guard me young fella! As we were running together towards the Bucks’ offense, I process it and think about it. Dude, what are you talking about? You’re only a year older than me! In the next possession he was defending me and I scored that shot where I faked and I let the ball in with the left hand.
It started with a trip to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Jeff Teague just wanted to visit hospitalized children to spread a little cheer last summer. He and the hospital got a whole lot more. The Hawks guard felt compelled to donate $20 for each assist he had the previous season, a sum of $11,260. He felt he could do more. Teague and the hospital set up a program where he would match the figure again this year and challenge others to do the same. Those who matched his $20 per assist total would be All-Star sponsors. Others could give $2 per assist for $1,126 as Teammate sponsors. The money benefits the Hughes Spalding Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.
There are plans to continue the program next year – and for years to come. Teague finished last season with 620 assists in the regular season and playoffs combined. He finished 10th in the NBA in regular-season assists with 513 and added 107 more in the postseason. His donation will be $12,400 dollars. He will ask others to match or give $1,260 at $2 per assist. “I just wanted to give back,” Teague said. “I didn’t think it would grow into something like this. It’s a beautiful thing. At first it was just something I wanted to do from my heart. I just wanted to give back. Now, it’s grown into something beautiful and large.”
August 1, 2015 | 10:50 am EDT Update
Now, he’s on the roster, signed to a two-year vets’ minimum deal with a player option. He told the Kathryn Pryzbala he wants to stay … For a while “I’m glad I’m finally here and hopefully we can make this a long-term relationship,” he said. “This time I hope it’s for real.”
The Trail Blazers have informed Allen Crabbe his contract will be guaranteed for the 2015-16 season, CSNNW.com has learned. The team had until Saturday to decide on Crabbe’s contract status. The 23-year-old is expected to make more than $900,000 next season. “It’s always good to know that your [contract] is going to be guaranteed so it just makes you focus on continuing to work hard for the rest of the summer and get prepared for training camp,” Crabbe told CSNNW.com on Friday. “I’ve got a clear mind just knowing that I’m going to be on the roster next year.”