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.