September 2, 2015 | 7:08 pm EDT Update
The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed guard J.R. Smith, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league and team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.
Calvin Watkins: Rockets getting ready for training camp. Jason Terry says at least 12 players are in LA for workouts. Jason Terry on the workouts: “Awesome. Full participation. Guys working hard focused on taking the next step towards a championship.”
Tim MacMahon: Chandler Parsons has added 1-dribble pull-ups to shooting routine. Has also been doing heavy lifting with his surgically repaired leg. Parsons hasn’t started running/cutting yet but should soon. Hope is still to be ready for season opener, but no guarantees.
Iman Shumpert: When a man loves a woman how she was born to be loved…procreation is the best blessing you can receive! I couldn’t be more happy than to share my first child with the woman I intended to have my family with. Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr is expected to enter this world “1.16.16”. We want that world to be as pure as possible for her. We people, show the world what we feel the world should see when we want them to see it…something this beautiful had to be announced when we were ready for everyone to know…this is what happiness grows into! I love you @teyanataylor thank you for your sacrifice in starting our very own family! P.s. I know you see my daughter with her hand behind her head and her feet kicked up…
September 2, 2015 | 6:31 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: Clippers free agent F Glen Davis is having surgery to repair torn ligaments, a cyst & bone spurs in his left ankle today. Glen Davis is expected to be out 8-12 weeks before returning to hoop related activities after ankle surgery, source told Yahoo.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: This note from Donald Trump in response to my editorial is the best, though inelegant, support for my claims. Here again he attacks a journalist who disagrees with him, not by disputing the points made but by hurling schoolyard insults such as “nobody likes you.” But if you look behind the nasty invective, you find the assault still remains against the Constitution in an effort to silence the press through intimidation.
September 2, 2015 | 6:01 pm EDT Update
TMZ Sports has learned the NBA superstar was stopped at George Bush Airport in Houston on August 28th … when Dwight put his carry-on bag through the scanner, and a TSA agent noticed a LOADED GLOCK inside!!! Law enforcement sources tell us … a further inspection revealed the gun — a Glock 26 9mm — was LOADED with one round in the chamber. We’re told Dwight said he simply forgot the gun was in the bag. But multiple law enforcement sources tell us … because it’s Texas — and they have looser gun laws than states like California — Dwight was NOT ARRESTED. Cops were called to the scene, but we’re told he was allowed to give the weapon to an associate who took the gun out of the airport. As for Dwight, once he was disarmed — he was allowed to get back in the security line … and boarded his plane as if nothing ever happened!
September 2, 2015 | 3:28 pm EDT Update
The journey Jordan Clarkson experienced as an emerging rookie briefly veered from his basketball development toward business. Excel Sports Management and Clarkson parted ways last month, according to league sources familiar with the situation. Though Excel Sports Management cut ties with Clarkson, the Lakers rookie guard also felt frustrated with the agency’s communication and conflicting information about marketing opportunities, according to a league source familiar with his thinking. Clarkson had worked with agents Mike George and Jeff Schwartz.
Despite the terminated relationship, Clarkson has to pay Excel Sports an undisclosed percentage of money despite leaving, according to a league familiar with the terms.
Robyn Hayward: This is a poem Gordon wrote for me for the night he proposed (just ran across it)… Our proposal is a wonderful story (thanks to him for his thoughtfulness and creativity). This is just a piece of what the proposal was like- this poem was my first clue to a scavenger hunt he had set up for me in Indiana while he pretended he couldn’t be in town on Christmas Eve, but really he was the last surprise just waiting for me on his knee
September 2, 2015 | 1:58 pm EDT Update
The Suns have at least three players for each of the guard and forward spots. With only Tyson Chandler and Alex Len in the middle, the Suns may look for another center. That center may be Henry Sims. Sims already has been in Phoenix for a week, participating in the voluntary workouts that started in earnest two weeks early with 10 contract players at US Airways Center daily. “This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do for a team that can make the playoffs,” Sims said. “I want to show the NBA I can do what I was doing there (in Philadelphia) on any team and do more. It gives me an extra boost of energy to be here for a potential playoff team.”
Newly acquired starting point guard Ty Lawson said the trade from the Denver Nuggets to the Houston Rockets will be a fresh start and that he’s the missing piece the team needs in its quest to reach the NBA Finals. “Oh yeah, for sure,” Lawson told Fox 26 Houston. “I was like, before I even came to the team, I was talking to James Harden. I was like, ‘Man get me over there.’ I’ll be that piece to get over the hump. It’s definitely a breath of fresh air.”
The Rockets dealt four backup players to the Nuggets in the July deal. As part of the trade, Lawson agreed to make the final year of his contract in the 2016-17 season worth $13.2 million, non-guaranteed. “It’s a huge chance,” he told Fox 26. “[The Rockets] went to the Western Conference finals [this past season] and could have won, but you just needed a couple of extra pieces. So I’m excited to be playing in a situation where I know I have a chance to win.”
Speaking of Kobe, Russell also put his amusingly accurate Kobe imitation up on display at the NBA rookie photo shoot in New York this summer, but although the 19-year-old has his Kobe impersonation down pat, he’s really hoping to pave his own path. “When people say ‘the next Kobe,’ there’s not going to be a next Kobe, there’s not going to be a next Michael Jordan. But, there’s something you can steal from all those players, stir it up and get what you get out of it. And, I want to be that player that’s the next D’Angelo Russell.”
After the backlash he received when his complimentary Tracy McGrady tweet created a bit of a social media firestorm among die-hard Kobe Bryant fans, Russell was quick to clarify that he was by no means disrespecting Bryant. “I’m not disrespecting Kobe. No disrespect to anybody, there’s never going to be a ‘next one’ of those icons that you consider in this era.”