Training camp Rumors
The Toronto Raptors continue to fill out their training camp roster with the addition of former Gonzaga star Kyle Wiltjer to a one-year, $1.3 million dollar non-guaranteed deal. The second-year man will join the Raptors on non-guaranteed contract to compete for one of the final roster spots for the 15-man roster. Wiltjer, a Canadian-American, played for Canada when he was 16 years old playing in the 2011 Nike Hoops Summit.
“I’m just really excited to be back in Toronto and Canada,” Wiltjer told DIME. “I’ve been working really hard all summer long to get better in all facets of my game and I’m just happy that I’ll be in my home nation.”
Stefan Bondy: Free agent Marshall Plumlee has been selected to participate in Team USA’s training camp ahead of FIBA Americup. Jeff Van Gundy is coaching.
Last season, the Mavs pulled down just 38.6 rebounds a game as a team, ranking 30th out of 30 squads while allowing opponents to grab 44.5 boards an outing. The Mavericks grabbed just 7.9 offensive boards per game as well, which also ranked 30th in the league. And after seeing his team collect only 30.7 defensive boards a game to finish the ’16-17 season, Carlisle admits that rebounding will be more of a focus of the squad when training camp gets underway in late September. “Rebounding is a big challenge. It’s been a big challenge for us all year, so we’re going to have to do a better job than we’ve done from top to bottom,” Carlisle confessed last season. “Rebounding is a big key. There’s no doubt. Pursuing the ball is one of the big keys to this game.
Adrian Wojnarowski: 7-foot Stephen Zimmerman, 20, will sign for a partial guarantee to join Lakers training camp, league sources tell ESPN.
The Knicks have ditched West Point as their training-camp site, according to multiple sources, after a three-year run that was marked with controversy last October. West Point was the brainchild of Jackson, who took the team to the picturesque fort in the hills of Orange County during his failed reign. What seemed like a terrific idea never materialized into victories as the Knicks emerged from the United States Military Academy sessions with records of 17-65, 32-50 and 31-51.