HoopsHype Training Camp rumors

March 9, 2014 Updates

In soccer, pro leagues around the world take a break for World Cup qualifying. It's called the international break, where England's Premier League stops play so its national team can play, say Spain, in a qualifier. Spain's La Liga takes a break, too, so the two nations can play a home-and-home series in the span of a week and have access to their top players. The NBA does not plan on taking such a break to allow its players to participate, but FIBA will try to convince other pro leagues to take a break during qualifying windows which fall during the season. USA Today Sports

Using college players in November and February seems unlikely. Even if it were possible to schedule a qualifying game where a player from Kansas would be available, how willing would Jayhawks coach Bill Self be to let a player participate in one of those games when he's trying to win a conference and national championship? D-League players and Americans playing overseas might be the best option for some games. "We have to look at everything," Tooley said. USA Today Sports

December 28, 2013 Updates

Because Dragic had pushed so hard during the Eurobasket tournament last summer in which he starred for host Slovenia, he was told by Hornacek in training camp that he wouldn't take part in most practices as a way to fight the building fatigue. New coach, new backcourt mate, and very little shared court time to work on the early chemistry. Matters were made even worse for the Suns' new core when the regular season rolled around, as Dragic sprained his left ankle early on and missed three games. "I was talking with Jeff, and he told me, 'Look, I know that you're in great shape, and I know that you're tired, so we're just going to sit you down a little bit (in camp); you're going to just do some walk-throughs with us so you can see the new plays, but most of the practices with us, you're going to be on the sidelines and just trying to get your body right until the beginning of the season,' " Dragic told USA TODAY Sports. "Jeff is a great coach and a great coach for the young players. He teaches a lot. And I think from the first day on, we had great communication between me and him." USA Today Sports

"Last year was a really tough year for us, even for me," Dragic said. "We didn't win a lot of games, and most of the guys were not — how you say — happy. You didn't see smiles on our faces. But this year, I think (Hornacek) changed that. Everybody is on the same page, and everybody wants to come to practice. "We have a great chemistry. It's so much fun because all the media and all the people before the season they thought we'd win 14 or 15 games, and so far we already win 14. It just gives you great pleasure to be here and every night play hard." USA Today Sports

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Phoenix Suns training camp invite James Nunnally has reached agreement on a deal to return to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League, a league source told RealGM. Following three games with the Suns in the preseason, Nunnally was released and had been evaluating options overseas and in the D-League before deciding to return to Bakersfield. He averaged 10.3 points and nearly three rebounds in 19.7 minutes a game with Bakersfield a season ago. RealGM

October 31, 2013 Updates

The Miami Heat have begun stocking their NBA Development affiliate, with Heat camp cuts Jarvis Varnado, Justin Hamilton and Larry Drew II among those invited Thursday to the Sioux Falls Skyforce's training camp. Also on the Skyforce camp roster are Anthony Mason Jr. and former NBA forward Bill Walker. Also invited to camp was Jeffrey Remmington, a former Florida Atlantic guard who advanced out of an open tryout staged last month by the Heat. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 25, 2013 Updates
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Childress, the sixth overall pick of the 2004 NBA draft, received almost four times more minutes than Silas and Mensah-Bonsu with Martell Webster sidelined because of a sprained left ankle. He scored five points, grabbed four rebounds and added a steal but was appreciative of the opportunity that he got to revitalize his career in Washington. “I’ve been around the league for a minute and I know that, you’re not always going to get playing time, you’re not always going to get a ton of touches,” he said. “You have to try and work through that and bring a bunch of other things to the table. I’m glad I came and we’ll see what happens in the future. I don’t have any expectations. Just kind of wait and continue to keep working and keep pushing.” Washington Post

After the Wizards’ regulars turned what was about to be a blowout loss into a lopsided victory, Wittman gave the tenuous trio one last opportunity to play as a way of recognizing the contributions that they had made since training camp. “You always like to play guys like that more than you’re able to,” Wittman said. “That’s the tough part about, having a bunch of those guys in the preseason, especially with us. We needed to get guys on the floor playing together. But they were great. Practiced hard, played like they did. X has a lot of confidence. Josh knows how to play. He’s been around the block. Pop. It was good to get them in.” Washington Post

October 23, 2013 Updates
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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

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