HoopsHype Training Camp rumors

October 23, 2013 Updates
October 22, 2013 Updates

Damion James' run at a roster spot will probably come to an end soon. It has been one heck of an effort by James, a very tough-minded small forward looking to latch on with the Nuggets for his fourth NBA season. He is the last player remaining signed specifically to the training camp roster. Two other players were waived a few days ago. Denver Post

October 18, 2013 Updates

Timberwolves brass has two choices when the final roster spots are filled before opening night, decisions that, barring a trade or free-agent signing, will force Flip Saunders and Rick Adelman to decide between veteran savvy and rookie potential. If it is life experiences they want, fifth-year guard A.J. Price has them and maybe then some. Price was invited to training camp partly because of his connection with new Wolves General Manager Milt Newton from the season they spent together in Washington a year ago, partly because of three seasons with the Pacers and one with the Wizards. And partly because of two transformational years in college when he went two seasons without basketball because of complicated brain surgery and his own decisions. At age 27, he is trying to stay in the NBA with an opportunity he admits was the only real one that didn’t involve playing overseas. He is competing with fellow veteran Othyus Jeffers and rookies Lorenzo Brown and Robbie Hummel for the team’s final two jobs because of what Adelman calls his professionalism and Price himself attributes to life’s lessons learned. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

His play hasn’t been eliciting oohs and aahs during games. His contributions barely stand out on box scores. But one consistent trend has developed during the Blazers’ training camp: Joel Freeland is quietly playing well. “He’s my MVP right now,” Batum said. “He’s one of the best players right now of the camp. Joel is playing good, especially on defense.” Oregonian

October 17, 2013 Updates

KC Johnson: This is time of training camp when final cuts are close to getting made. All signs still point to Mike James landing 13th roster spot. Twitter @KCJHoop

October 12, 2013 Updates

Warriors forward Harrison Barnes likely won't play the two exhibition games in China next week. Golden State is deciding to rest Barnes so the inflammation in his left foot will subside. According to a team official, Barnes does not have a condition, such as plantar fasciitis, and the ailment is something that just developed over time. Barnes was in the gym more than any player in the month leading up to training camp, and word coming out of Golden State is his injury is just a byproduct of that. The expectation in Warriors world is that Barnes' injury is nothing to be too worried about. But given the injury history, all fingers are crossed. "We'll find that out by giving him rest," coach Mark Jackson said. "I'm not an expert on that. We'll do everything we can do to put him in position to be ready. And hopefully, for his sake and our sake, he'll be ready." Contra Costa Times

October 10, 2013 Updates

The Cavaliers are enamored with Australian Matthew Dellavedova, who is competing for the third point guard spot behind Kyrie Irving and Jarrett Jack. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Dellavedova signed a partially guaranteed, two-year, $1.3 million contract. He’ll likely make the final roster. “I’m expecting to try to make the team,” he said. “That’s what I’m here to do.” Despite being at a disadvantage athletically, Dellavedova’s intangibles are what separate him from some of the free-agent invitees. “If I were to bet, I’d bet half my salary that I’d get a dunk before he does, and I’m not even playing anymore,” Cavs coach Mike Brown said. “He’s a non-athlete, but he gets everything out of his body you could hope or ask for. That’s all you want.” News-Herald

October 9, 2013 Updates
October 8, 2013 Updates

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have waived Mustapha Farrakhan and JaMychal Green. The Clippers roster now stands at 16 players. Farrakhan played seven minutes in last night’s 89-81 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, while Green had three rebounds in four minutes of action. NBA.com

Pittman told RealGM he had received offers from the Spurs and Atlanta Hawks after summer league, but he rejected them for a deal to head to the Chicago Bulls’ training camp. “I was out there in Vegas training the whole time, all summer, until I came here,” Pittman said. “Me and my team talked, and it was just a sacrificing summer for me. I sacrificed.” RealGM

October 7, 2013 Updates

"I want to invite him to come and watch us practice and just kind of see how I'm doing," said Shaw, who recently helped former Lakers assistant Frank Hamblen connect with former Lakers player and current Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue to observe Clippers training camp in San Diego. ESPN.com

A year ago, there was no training camp at all for Bradley, who was recovering from double shoulder surgeries after having the previous season halted in the playoffs. This year, though, has been different for the guard from Texas. There are no injuries and there’s no lockout, and after a full summer of preparation, Bradley was ready to go on the opening day of camp last week. “It feels good,’’ said Bradley after practice Sunday afternoon. “I’ve been making a lot of improvement in my game. I feel good about everything. “You kind of get a rough start (without a regular camp). I get a rhythm now and I feel more comfortable going out there playing the preseason games. I feel like I’ll be ready for the season.’’ The Enterprise

“It feels weird, but it’s pretty cool,’’ said Bradley, who not long ago was a little-used teenager. “I got a chance to learn from a lot of great players, how to play basketball the right way and how to be a professional, on and off the court. I’m just going to try to teach some of my teammates how to do the same. “It’s an amazing feeling. I’ve gotten a chance to play for the Celtics. It’s been a dream for me. I’m happy to be here and keep that culture going. I see Rondo, his approach. Even though he’s not playing, he’s on the sideline and he’s going hard in some of the drills that he’s in and helping us out. I want to do the same thing he does.’’ The Enterprise

October 3, 2013 Updates
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