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October 1, 2014 | 09:31 PM ET Update

General manager Chris Wallace says Beasley is one of six guys in training camp with a chance to show the Grizzlies what they've got and they'll see where this goes. Wallace says there's no depth chart for the regular season with Beasley's name on it or an estimate of minutes. "It's up to him to show us, make the case for himself then we'll see where this goes," Wallace said. "We're just at the beginning of it with training camp started, and obviously he's someone that's very talented ... His career hasn't gone the way he would've liked but this is the perfect place for him to rebound." Associated Press

October 1, 2014 | 07:09 PM ET Update

By signing just a two-year deal last year, Millsap is destined for free agency according to the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. He can still re-sign with the Hawks but there will definitely be competition. “We want to keep him,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He is someone who is really important to us. He fits us very well. We’ve communicated that with him on a regular basis.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pierce chose the Wizards this offseason in free agency, only after discussions with then-Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell and former Wizards forward Al Harrington convinced him that this place was right to continue and possibly finish his Hall of Fame-bound career. "I asked them at first what the guys were like to work with, you know, Bradley and all these guys," Pierce told USA TODAY Sports. "I asked them about the culture, 'Are there good guys in the locker room?' And they kept on saying, 'You're really gonna like these guys. You're really gonna like these guys.' " USA Today Sports

Olajuwon said Ferry reached out to NBA Vice President for Development in Africa Amadou Gallo Fall and asked to speak with Olajuwon, but Olajuwon said Ferry need not apologize to him because he does not believe the comments reflected Ferry’s way of thinking. “He’s been calling all the players to apologize,” Olajuwon said. “As you know, it was a surprise that kind of comment is still in mind. Those were not his words. He did not mean it. He was repeating something. I did not know what he meant. I don’t know what someone was thinking to say that. But those are not his words. He called Amadou to get my number. I told him, ‘There’s no need.’ I thought about it. He’s trying to rebound, to recover.” Houston Chronicle

COMMERCIALS: ALL DURANT, ALL THE TIME

Kevin Durant has come second in the draft and MVP votings, but nobody in the NBA can touch him nowadays when it comes to pitching products - whether it's shoes, video games or soft drinks. He leads our Commercials Rankings and No. 2 (Kobe Bryant) is not even close.

   
October 1, 2014 | 06:01 PM ET Update

Jenny Dial Creech: Pat Beverley and Kostas Papanikolaou played together in Greece - Pat said it was great to have him back on the same team. Beverley: "Me and Kostas were in Greece riding the bench together and now we are in the NBA battling together." Twitter @jennydialcreech

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN CLIPPERS HISTORY

Modern-day Clippers like Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are among the all-time best players in franchise history.

   
October 1, 2014 | 05:49 PM ET Update

Jason Lieser: Chris Andersen (36) believes he has at least 3 seasons left. Chris Andersen: “I was told a long time ago that even though I’m called Birdman, I can’t jump forever." Twitter @PBPjasonlieser

Wesley Matthews, the Trail Blazers' starting shooting guard, was forced to leave the team's practice on Wednesday because of an illness. Matthews participated the first half of the roughly three-hour-long workout at the practice facility in Tualatin, when he became too sick to keep playing. Matthews left the court and did not return as the Blazers scrimmaged over the second-half of practice. Oregonian

REAL ESTATE: WHERE DO PLAYERS OWN HOMES?

NBA players spend a lot on real estate. But where and how much exactly? Find out here

   
October 1, 2014 | 03:39 PM ET Update

In the chaos of LeBron James Day, the Pelicans considered both trading Rivers and waiving him with the stretch provision to make sure they had enough room to complete the Asik deal with Houston. To be clear: Stretching Rivers was an absolute last resort, and New Orleans demanded real assets for him in trade talks, per several league sources. New Orleans eventually traded Asik into cap space after acquiring several nonguaranteed contracts they could trade to Houston — including the contracts of Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson, who might have spent time on all 30 NBA rosters this summer. Grantland

Rivers would earn $3.1 million in 2015-16, about the equivalent of the taxpayer midlevel exception, if the Pellies pick up that option. That doesn’t sound like much, but it could limit New Orleans’s ability to pivot into being a major cap room team if Omer Asik bolts in free agency. The Pelicans won’t have much cap flexibility as long as they keep Asik’s $12 million cap hold on the books, and they may need to do that in order to keep his Bird Rights — and the right to go over the cap in re-signing him — in a frothy big-man market. They could in theory re-sign him with cap room, but Rivers’s $3.1 million might torpedo that plan. And if Asik jumps ship, Rivers’s option could be the difference between major cap room and sub–$10 million room. The Pelicans could also stay over the cap, which would put the midlevel exception in play, but they don’t need Rivers’s contract to do that. Grantland

 

SOCIAL MEDIA PICTURES: PHOTOS PLAYERS POST

Just like everybody else, NBA players are spending more and more time on social media sites and photo-sharing services. Check all the pictures they are posting on Instagram, Twitter and more here.

   
October 1, 2014 | 02:56 PM ET Update

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Stephen Holt, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league policy, terms of the contract were not released. NBA.com

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Heat power forward Udonis Haslem has signed on to be an executive producer of an inspiring film about a South Florida youth basketball coach with ALS. The film “Who is Lou Gehrig?” is being directed by Gil Green, who is well known in the music video business and also directs commercials and the Heat’s player introduction videos. Green’s lifelong friend, Jeff Vogel, has ALS, but continues to coach girls’ youth basketball at the North Miami JCC. The movie will focus on Vogel’s powerful imagination, which he uses as a coaching tool. Miami Herald

The finished film will be screened at this year's Borscht Film Festival, which is Dec. 18-21. The film will feature Haslem’s debut as an actor. He will play himself. Many of Vogel’s lessons as a coach revolve around his players imagining they’re playing for the Miami Heat. Haslem has donated $10,000 to the project, but Green is still short of his financial goal to finish the film. For more information about donating to the project please visit the film’s page on KickStarter.com. The deadline for donations is Oct. 9. Miami Herald

SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEOS: THE BEST OF VINE AND INSTAGRAM

Adding to our social media tools, you can now watch here all the videos NBA players are posting online – including those by Nate Robinson, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith, of course.

   
October 1, 2014 | 12:37 PM ET Update

Philadelphia's K.J. McDaniels, the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, made a bold decision on his rookie contract, agreeing to a one-year, non-guaranteed tender that could make him a restricted free agent next July. Yahoo! Sports

McDaniels’ agent, Mark Bartelstein, wouldn't accept the 76ers’ structure of two guaranteed contract seasons that included two non-guaranteed seasons in years three and four of the deal. The 76ers have had success using these contracts to control young players’ service and flipping the non-guaranteed seasons into valuable trade chips. Yahoo! Sports

But will he? Asked about the possibility of taking more shots behind the arc this season, Aldridge -- who made three All-Star Games with no three-point game to speak of -- didn't give a firm yes, but admitted he did prepare for the possibility. "This summer, I worked on it a lot more, so we'll see this season," he said, later adding, "If it's there, I'll take it. I'm not going to force it at all." Oregonian

Around last season’s All-Star break, preliminary chatter began among the league’s basketball operations folks and rule geeks about the prospect of reducing all trips to the free-throw line to a single foul shot. D-League president Dan Reed and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey were the closest thing to co-sponsors of a bill. Nobody was proposing anything to be fast-tracked, but an imperative to figure out ways to shorten pro basketball games gave the idea some life as something to consider implementing in the D-League. ESPN.com

Li-Ning Basketball has come to terms on endorsement deals with NBA rookies Cleanthony Early and Glenn Robinson III. After starring at Wichita State, Early was selected 34th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. The 6-8 forward, who is also from New York, is known for his tenacity and all-around game. He is expected to play behind All-Star Carmelo Anthony. SLAM

LeBron James' production company is working with ESPN Films on "Becoming," a Disney TV show for children, and the first episode will feature James. The partnership between Springhill Productions, James' company operated by long-time friend and business associate Maverick Carter, and ESPN was announced Wednesday. "Becoming" will feature star athletes and portray their childhoods -- beginning with James' upbringing in Akron. The pilot episode featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers' star forward will air at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26 on the Disney XD cable channel. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Denver's favorite mountain lion is in the doghouse. Unbeknownst to the Denver Nuggets organization, mascot Rocky was at the Colorado Republican rally Monday and evidently didn't check with his bosses at Kroenke Sports Enterprises about it. Nuggets marketing manager Graham Wincott, who handles Rocky and his appearances, said the team's mascot showing up at the GOP event was "an unsanctioned, unpaid appearance that we had no knowledge of." Denver Post

 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN PISTONS HISTORY

The Bad Boys beat the stars from Larry Brown's 2004 team at the top of the ranking.

   
October 1, 2014 | 10:10 AM ET Update

The similarities do not stop there, which is strange to say about the genial DeRozan and the verging-on-sociopathic Bryant. The Lakers star is famous for taking every perceived slight against him and blowing it up to majestic proportions. DeRozan, in a quieter fashion, is doing the same. The latest outrage: Sports Illustrated ranking DeRozan as the 61st best player in the league, the lowest returning all-star. He was placed behind less decorated players such as Utah’s Gordon Hayward and Detroit’s Josh Smith, as well as players on the back half of their career such as Washington’s Paul Pierce and Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson. “All of it matters to me,” DeRozan said on Tuesday. “I don’t let nothing go over my head. I use negatives, and not just on myself but on my team, as motivation. You need to. I’m never going to get comfortable with the accomplishments I’ve [had]. There’s always going to be something that’s said that I have to worry about.” National Post

That means he'll miss the first few weeks of the season . . . or will he? "Hopefully I won't miss any games this year," Rondo said in an exclusive interview with CSNNE's Mike Gorman. "Lord willing I heal correctly and I'll be back in no time. "They're telling me 6-to-8 [weeks]. But that means nothing to me." Gorman then asked if Rondo would be a possibility for Opening Night at the end of October. "Always," Rondo said. CSNNE.com

October 1, 2014 | 07:32 AM ET Update

As for a possible preseason trade, akin to the James Harden surprise trade, Presti said, “That’s just not something we’ve considered. He’s a guy we see being here for a long time.” These sound like reassuring words, but is it sufficient reassurance to believe in his long-term future in OKC? “My representation and Sam and the Thunder organization, they’re talking,” Jackson shared. “We’ve got a month to try to get things done; hopefully we can figure that out. I definitely like being a part of this team. Let’s just hope they make progress on things. It’s not something that anybody has to talk about anymore or think about it and we can just focus on the season.” Basketball Insiders

The Bleacher Report article quoted an unnamed source who claimed Thompson was ticked off that the Warriors seriously considered trading him to Minnesota for Kevin Love. “He jokes about it a lot,” Curry said. “I don’t know if he reads a lot, but people guess how he feels or his emotions, and he handles it really well. Somebody said he was pissed off about the trade rumors, and he showed me the link. He started laughing, like, 'What are they talking about?’ “He knows the game and what could happen every offseason. He handles it well. I don’t think it affected him with Team USA, and I don’t think it will affect him going into our season.” San Francisco Chronicle

"My family and I made the decision," Monroe said of signing the qualifying offer. "I have an agent who handles that and I don't feel as a player it's something I should talk about. Just because I signed a qualifying offer people assume I'm leaving. That's not the case. "I love Detroit and the people here. I'm looking forward to playing for this coaching staff. There's no problem with any of my teammates. I went to Josh and we talked. He knows what I said and didn't say." Detroit Free Press

McDaniels was not present Tuesday for the opening day of training camp at Richard Stockton College. As of Tuesday afternoon, he had yet to sign his contract. The Sixers expect him to sign it in the near future. "It's just a situation that comes up, and [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] is handling it," coach Brett Brown said. "I trust Sam will handle it the way we need to as a club. Philadelphia Inquirer

The Sixers waived Pierre Jackson, two months after signing the injured point guard to a partially guaranteed deal. Philadelphia Inquirer

John Wall keeps a list on his phone of the slights and criticism he hears, reads and perceives. He updates it whenever he comes across a new form of disrespect and reads it for motivation before he steps on the floor for every practice and game. Washington Post

“I thought I should’ve made the all-star team maybe four or five times,” Miller said. “It’s never happened just because it’s a popularity contest. So I just find myself going out and working hard. And I think that’s what he’s done.” Washington Post

Jackson became emotional when describing why he will not be satisfied until he locks down a regular starting role. He made his desire known during exit interviews last season when he simply disclosed he would like a starting role. His statement garnered attention back then; fast forward four months, and Jackson has now elevated his stance to a proclamation. “I want to be a starter,” Jackson said. “I’ve always wanted to be a starter. I’ve always wanted to be great. All the greats I’ve seen started, so that’s kind of the mold.” Basketball Insiders

“I feel like I’m blessed beyond wildest measures. So to me, I don’t want to – this is just how I feel, I don’t know how people will take it – I don’t want to disrespect my God by settling. I think me and everybody else has a reason and a chance to go out there and be great in whatever aspect they want in life, and I’ve always tried to do my best. That’s kind of how I approach life. My family taught me, and especially my brothers growing up, that I always wanted a chance to be great. That’s my destiny.” Basketball Insiders

Going even more in depth, when Thompson drives to the left in isolation situations (which he does 80.2 percent of his iso attacks) he is either heavily settling for a pull up jumper (48.2 percent of the time) of the time and shooting a lackluster 27.3 percent off the bounce; 33.8 percent of the time he is attempting to finish at the rim (an area he is increasingly improving at and showed great progress at the World Cup in Spain) but isn’t converting at much greater of a success rate (41.7 percent). What sticks out to me is the lack of in-between game, the floater, in which he only attempts 7.5 percent of the time he puts the ball on the floor. HoopsHype

Thompson is holding opponents to shooting an abysmal 35.8 percent from the field and forcing a turnover at a rate of 11.3 percent. With his length, mobility, and desire to win every play, Thompson has the mold to become a lock-down wing defender for years to come. HoopsHype

Miami Heat center Justin Hamilton is expected to be sidelined for about a month after undergoing a procedure to repair a common abnormal heart rhythm. The team says a full recovery is expected. Yahoo! Sports

Howard Lorber, who was sitting near Rotondi on the night of loss to the Pistons, said he went far beyond just yelling “You stink.” “I’ve never heard a fan sitting around there carrying on like that,” Lorber said. He said Rotondi was waving his arms, told Melo, “You suck!” repeatedly and then launched an F-bomb at him. “The loud part of it went on for a few minutes.” New York Daily News

Former University of Kentucky and NBA basketball player Rex Chapman began a 28-day substance-abuse treatment program at The Brook Hospital in Louisville on Monday, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Chapman, who will be 47 Sunday, is determined to break a reliance on suboxone, a medication prescribed to help patients stop using opioid-based pain medication. Chapman suffered multiple knee, ankle and thumb injuries over his 12-season, 666-game NBA career. He never played an entire 82-game schedule and retired from the Phoenix Suns, his fourth pro team, in 2000. WDRB

BUZZ METER: WHO'S TRENDING IN THE NBA TWITTERSPHERE?

Who's the man of the minute in the NBA Twittersphere? Find out here who's getting the most mentions at any given moment.

   

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