Ross has been coming off the bench since mid-January, and though he can shoot, the rest of his game has stagnated — especially his defense. The Raps are listening to incoming offers on Ross, per several league sources, and a couple of power forwards on borderline playoff teams stand out as intriguing targets: David West and Kevin Garnett.
September 1, 2015 | 6:37 am EDT Update
The answer isn’t nearly as straight forward as the question. There are a number of factors that contributed to Bennett’s forgettable rookie and sophomore seasons, health and conditioning among them, but the word he frequently uses to explain his improved play this summer should not be overlooked. Confidence. “[I’m] just playing with confidence, pretty much,” the 22-year-old forward responded. “Just going out there, playing defence, running the court. Just doing the little things first and trying to make offence come to me.”
The smile has returned – you’ll rarely catch him without it. He’s healthy, he’s slimmed down considerably and he has that bounce in his step again. “It feels great,” Bennett told TSN in a sit-down interview earlier this month. “My body feels great. I feel like I’m 100 per cent right now. Just getting out and running like I did at UNLV.” “It looks like he’s loving basketball again,” Triano added. “And I think that was the big thing for us. We try to make it fun for him, try to simplify it. He’s so talented in a variety of areas that we needed to just simplify what we expect of him. If he does that, the rest of it is gonna fall into place.”
The other thing Barlow made abundantly clear was that Andersen made a conscious choice to play in Europe rather than pursue an NBA career earlier, despite being drafted by Atlanta back in 2002. “To put that comment about him being the best player in Europe into perspective. That was at a time when guys were choosing to be in Europe rather than the NBA because they were getting paid way more. It was around the time [Josh] Childress gave up huge money in the States to sign in Greece.”
The public’s first opportunity to formally comment on part of a $500 million funding plan to build a new Milwaukee Bucks arena attracted an overflow crowd Monday evening, with one group questioning how the city has enough money to help pay for the project but not neighborhood or school investments. The packed City Hall meeting began the final stage of a process that could see Milwaukee keep or lose an NBA franchise that has called the city home for nearly 50 years. Without a new arena by 2017, the NBA has said it will buy back the team and move it. The Bucks currently play in the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center.
August 31, 2015 | 8:36 pm EDT Update
The L.A. Clippers announced today the team has signed free agent center/power forward Chuck Hayes. A 10-year NBA veteran, Hayes appeared in 642 career regular season games (244 starts) with Houston, Sacramento and Toronto averaging 3.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.4 minutes. Hayes, 32, spent the last two seasons with the Raptors and averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 29 appearances in 2014-15.
August 31, 2015 | 6:42 pm EDT Update
Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin, Brandon Knight, Alex Len, Jon Leuer, Ronnie Price, P.J. Tucker, T.J. Warren and Sonny Weems have been playing at US Airways Center since Monday. There is no surprise that Markieff Morris is missing from that list, given his “Keef beef” with the franchise. His trade request fell on deaf ears. The other absent contract players, Tyson Chandler and Mirza Teletovic, are expected to join their new teammates in Phoenix over the next 10 days.
The Suns need and want Morris. They would not stand much of a chance to replace him by trade. They would have no chance to replace him by free agency. They do not have an adequate existing roster option.
Mark Medina: Per league source, Lakers expected to add between 1-3 more players before training camp. One of those players could be Marcelo Huertas
Brad Turner: Can confirm Clippers will sign Chuck Spears to a 1 year, “training camp/make good” contract, @Marc J. Spears reported first
Baron Davis: I’m focused. My conditioning is getting better and I am getting stronger. Hey, I’m starting to look like them and walk and talk like them again. Hell, these dudes are getting up to play against me again. Challenging me. Pushing me. Talking trash. I kinda like this. Wait until I get to where I know I can get to the level I need; wait until I am around a team and can really lock in on tools and start to sharpen them with some structure around. This is a good feeling. I’m feeling good about this. I need to embrace this feeling and be more like these guys. I like this new generation. I want to be a part of it. I have something to offer, something valuable. I still got it, so they say. But it’s a long journey and now I’m fully committed to the journey, the climb, the hurt, the commitment, the unity and the brotherhood.
Baron Davis: And it’s fun, because it the hardest thing I have done this far and the war with myself is over. The battle with the demon of doubt is over. I’m focused and I’m going for it. Wherever this game leads me, I know it won’t be disappointing because I’m appreciative of the journey and the opportunity. It was almost lost, gone and killed off.
August 31, 2015 | 5:50 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: The Clippers are signing veteran forward-center Chuck Hayes to a one-year deal, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Tell us about your experience playing for Team Italy. Andrea Bargnani: Playing with the national team is always a big honor for me because I get to represent my country. I am part of a generation of very talented players here in Italy, so playing with them is extremely good for my game because I keep getting better.
What does it mean to you to represent your home country? Andrea Bargnani: The European Championships are always extremely challenging because of the quality of the other teams. So far we didn’t accomplish any big results so everybody in the team is really motivated in trying to do something big this year. At the same time we are all very humble because we know we still haven’t proved anything yet.
August 31, 2015 | 5:04 pm EDT Update
Free-agent guard Marcelo Huertas – one of the Euroleague’s most accomplished playmakers – has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Huertas, 32, could give the Lakers an experienced pick-and-roll point guard to complement the development of No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell. Huertas would be competing in a backcourt that also includes Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams and star Kobe Bryant.
In case you needed a reminder, Hassan Whiteside is really, really tall. Standing on his tippy toes, the Miami Heat center proved his point by reaching a standard 10-foot-tall basketball rim with his outstretched arms on a photo posted to his Instagram account. Standing 7′-1″ and with a 7′-7″ wingspan, Whiteside posted a 31.5 inch max vertical leap at the NBA Combine years ago, though he clearly doesn’t need it in this picture. Any chance we’ll see him at the Dunk Contest at the next All-Star Weekend?
August 31, 2015 | 4:58 pm EDT Update
Brad Turner: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has parted ways with his representatives from Relativity Sports, per source.