Brian Schmitz: The Magic are bringing 2nd-round pick Romero Osby to camp. Still negotiating his contract.
Deshaun Thomas: “Nanterre had a good program for me and it is a good step before joining the NBA. Pro A is a good competition and it will be interesting to play in the Euroleague. I spoke with David (Lighty, former Ohio State player) on the championship team. He told me they took good care of him, there’s a great atmosphere on the team, he had a lot of fun during the season and the city was great. It will be a good challenge for a young player like me to play the Euroleague. My goal this season is going to be to get better and win games.”
The Orlando Magic will soon lose the rights to Romero Osby, their second-round pick from the 2013 NBA Draft, unless they offer him the required tender for second-round picks. According to Larry Coon’s NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement FAQ page, this tender “is a one-year contract offer teams must submit to retain their rights to the player.” Second-round picks must sign their tenders by September 6th, Coon says, in order to avoid becoming free agents.
The Lakers have 12 players under contract and need to add another player to their roster before training camp starts on Sept. 27. The Lakers are expected to sign Ryan Kelly, who was drafted 48th overall out of Duke. But Kelly is currently rehabbing from foot surgery in April and it’s unclear when he’ll be fully healthy. The Lakers have also invited Marcus Landry to training camp after after leading the team’s summer league in scoring.
Joe Whelan: Thomas did state he’s pretty sure he knows where he is going (all indications are France) – but that paper work will be faxed tomorrow
Sam Amico: It appears ex-Ohio State F and Spurs draft pick Deshaun Thomas really is off to Spain, source close to situation says. Spurs retain rights.
Nick Calathes is officially in the NBA. Finalizing a deal that had been in the works for weeks, the former Lake Howell and University of Florida standout, signed a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. He and his fiancee, Tiffany Altman, were then taken on a tour of the city to check out places to live.
Hawks first round draft pick Lucas Nogueira will play another season with Asefa Estudiantes Madrid to continue his development. Atlanta has acknowledged the move with this statement from President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry: “We are very encouraged by what we’ve seen from Lucas this summer. Going back to Estudiantes will allow him to continue to develop while also playing meaningful minutes against very good competition. We will closely monitor his progress as he works towards his goals as a basketball player.”
Nick Calathes: Excited to start the new year with Grizz nation. Thanks everybody for all the support. Thank you Loko as well for a great year last year.
The Golden State Warriors want to bring Ognjen Kuzmic to the NBA this season. His current team, Unicaja, is not interested in letting him go.
The move also allows the Pistons to sign second-round pick Peyton Siva, as the roster is no longer at its limit of 15. At approximately $60 million, the Pistons are slightly over the salary cap.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed first round draft pick guard/forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAHN-iss ahn-teh-toe-KUHN-poe), General Manager John Hammond announced today.
Second-round draft pick Mike Muscala will also most likely play elsewhere next season while the Hawks retain his rights.
It appears that first-round draft pick center Lucas Nogueira will return to Spain for another season. I’m told that the Hawks’ waiver claim pick up of forward/center Gustavo Ayon “most likely” means that Nogueira will get another year overseas to work on his game and build his body.
Sam Amick: Money is just above the minimum. Grizzlies took Franklin with 41st pick. The versatile wing was a steal that low and is now locked up.