Marc Stein: The Wolves have signed Toure Murry and John Lucas III to bring them to camp and give both guards a shot at a roster spot, league sources say
Marc Stein: With the Heat now financially able to add two players this week, keep an eye on vet guard John Lucas, who nearly made Miami's roster in camp
Chris Reichert: The Fort Wayne Mad Ants announce they have waived John Lucas III. Hearing they did this so he can sign overseas #NBADL
Barry Jackson: Miami has made due diligence calls on Wroten, kept tabs on John Lucas and others.Would obviously be natural to add PG if tax weren't factor.
Ira Winderman: John Lucas III is a possibility for Heat if they can open a roster spot. Heat had been in contact when they were down two point guards.
Jorge Sierra: Guard John Lucas III is headed to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League, we're told.
Marc Stein: With an eye toward a quick NBA call-up, veteran guard John Lucas has entered the @nbadleague player pool, according to ESPN sources
USA Basketball executive director and former Phoenix Suns CEO Jerry Colangelo, who recently joined the 76ers as chairman of basketball operations, has spoken to Okafor. Philadelphia is also considering adding veteran players to help their young locker room, and has spoken with Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Chuck Hayes and John Lucas III. Okafor also has received mentoring from former and current NBA veterans. "There are a lot of guys that I've been able to speak with and still speak to on just staying focused and being smart," Okafor told Yahoo Sports. "(The advice was), 'Obviously, we are in the NBA and we're going to have fun and things like that. Just be smart and learn from the mistakes.' "
Several 76ers weren't surprised and were excited about an ESPN report that former NBA players Chuck Hayes and John Lucas III recently met with coach Brett Brown as the team possibly looks to add much-needed veteran leadership. "I heard that somewhere," power forward Nerlens Noel said of Hayes and Lucas.
"I think that will be good for us to have any type of veterans," Noel said. "I think [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] is looking into that a little more . . . You know Chuck Hayes is a big man and I think it's going to help us."
Brian Windhorst: Chuck Hayes & John Lucas recently visited Philly to meet with coach Brett Brown, sources told ESPN. Sixers considering adding some veterans.
Ira Winderman: Sun Sentinel confirms that John Lucas III will attend training camp with Heat. Has been working with team. Will attend non-guaranteed. Lucas was close to signing with Clippers before they reached agreement with Pablo Prigioni. Instead he has been on Heat radar for a while.
July 31, 2021 | 7:28 am EDT Update
Mike Finger: Had a nice conversation with Patty Mills about the 2014 “Beautiful Game” Spurs and his currently rolling Boomers. As for whether he’ll have a new NBA contract by the time we see him again Tuesday? “That’s kept in the inner circle,” he said. “In the Australian trenches.”
Neil Dalal: Montrezl Harrell sounds like someone who expects to play for the Wizards and so does Kyle Kuzma pic.twitter.com/grM4WjkaTm
Filip Petrusev was selected with the 50th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the recent NBA draft. Players in that selection range tend to be stashed outside the NBA and that is looking like the case for the young Serbian big. “We think Petrusev is someone who has a real chance to help us down the road,” explained 76ers president Daryl Morey, “He’ll likely start overseas and be someone who could come over later.”
Gary Washburn: Nigeria’s Chimezie Metu, tore into the country’s govt and Olympic committee for mistreatment of NGR athletes. “I’d like to use this time to bring awareness and comment on the off-the-court things a lot of Nigerian athletes have had to go through. in these Olympics.” #Tokyo2020
After the game, the 24-year-old Metu expressed frustration with the way he said the Nigerian Olympic Committee handled organizational matters for the Tokyo Games. The basketball teams sent to Saitama had difficulty obtaining proper credentials, and 10 track and field athletes from Nigeria — nearly half the country’s team — were disqualified from competing at the Olympics because the national federation hadn’t ensured they would meet minimum doping test requirements before coming to Tokyo.
“They were disqualified and they had nothing to do with it,” said Metu, who plays for the Sacramento Kings. “What there was was a lack of attention to detail and a lack of empathy for the hard work that has been put in by us athletes. … For 60-some athletes to come here and fly halfway across the world and be disrespected and humiliated by our country … it’s a lack of attention to detail by our government.”
Brown said four members of his staff who made the trip to Japan — which wound up being a 30-hour ordeal instead of the planned 10-hour flight, another issue that Metu blamed on a lack of organization — were never allowed in the Olympic village because of credential and paperwork issues “I don’t know why it is this way,” said Brown, who started a foundation earlier this year seeking financial help for the men’s basketball program.
Australia upped its Group B record to 3-0 and secured first place with the 89-76 victory versus Germany on Saturday. Patty Mills packed a game-high 24 points and also dished out six assists leading the way. Jock Landale with 18 points and Nick Kay with 16 points delivered a large chunk of the 42-28 points edge in the paint.