– Pleasant Surprise (from Michael Pina, sportsonearth.com):
” No team — save the Cleveland Cavaliers, for obvious reasons — has had a more pleasantly surprising offseason than the Dallas Mavericks. They filled a glaring hole, added a rising star and filled the margins with cheap, veteran production. ”
– Why new Maverick Jameer Nelson expects to regain his 3-point touch (from Eddie Sefko, dallasnews.com):
” Newest Maverick Jameer Nelson wasn’t a bad 3-point shooter last season. He hit 34.8 percent, which is OK.
Except that, by his standards, it’s not. That’s what happens when you lack the proper sidekicks to help make your life easier. The free looks from the perimeter dried up along with the victories in Orlando the last two seasons.
Nelson firmly believes that problem will be history in Dallas.”
– Mavs round out offseason by adding Jameer Nelson and Al-Farouq Aminu (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
” Free agency, once a deluge, has slowed to a trickle. The biggest names are largely squared away and much of the cap space around the league is accounted for. What remains are largely moves of completion: The signing of a need-filling big man, the acquisition of third point guard or the default to a player once tabbed as a low priority.
The Dallas Mavericks excel in this arena. Over the last few seasons we’ve seen the Mavs cobble together talent at the eleventh hour in summer after summer, working not from a place of desperation but of patience. They have their targets and they know their price. Then, when things around the league finally settle down and the wells of free agency begin to run dry, they make their plays.”
– The whole picture on the Warriors’ potentially final decision to keep Klay Thompson out of any Kevin Love offer (from Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News):
– Porter, Rice Ready for Bigger Roles in Washington? (from Jabari Davis, Basketball Insiders):
” While Trevor Ariza left as a free agent, the Wizards re-signed key contributors Marcin Gortat and Andre Miller and added additional veteran depth in Paul Pierce, Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair. These moves, coupled with internal development from their young core of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr. and Glen Rice Jr. among others has Washington looking a playoff team for the second-straight season.
Rice, in particular, seems poised for a bigger role…”
– Kings’ Youth Provides Hope For Brighter Future (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
– D-League Head Coaches Discuss Advantage to Spending Time With NBA Affiliates In Las Vegas (from Keith Schlosser, ridiculousupside.com):
” As D-League alumni and other aspiring basketball athletes went about strutting their stuff in Las Vegas during NBA Summer League last week, the objective for many was being seen and getting noticed. Whereas snagging a gig anywhere in The Association would be nice, proving they could acclimate themselves into a respective team’s system rather quickly would go a long way towards securing them such a job.
The players may truly be the stars of the show in Sin City, but… the summer session provides coaches with valuable opportunities as well. For Santa Cruz Warriors head coach Casey Hill and recently hired Nate Bjorkgren of the Bakersfield Jam (who, coincidentally, together led Santa Cruz to a D-League Finals appearance back in 2013), the chance to join in on the fun was all the important towards setting the foundation towards a promising year this coming fall.”
– Q+A: Nikola Mirotic (from Sherron Shabazz, slamonline.com):
– Teams Limited To Paying The Minimum Salary (from Chuck Myron, hoopsrumors.com):
” Money dries up quickly in NBA free agency. Teams come to dozens of agreements within in the first two weeks of July, leaving little remaining cash for stragglers. That’s often why top restricted free agents remain on the table until late in the process, as teams hesitate to tie up cap room on an offer sheet that could end up being matched. Mid-tier veteran unrestricted free agents also feel the squeeze, as patience is often rewarded only with a shrinking pool of options.
Eleven of the NBA’s 30 teams are already limited to offering no more than the minimum salary to free agents from other teams. They’ve used up all of their available cap room and exceptions, aside from the minimum-salary exception. Teams below the tax apron can take sign-and-trades, as the Wizards did with Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair, and some clubs, like the Cavs, can waive non-guaranteed salary to open up more cap space. Still, these 11 teams can’t sign players for more than the minimum, at least without a corresponding move, and in most cases, such a move would require the cooperation of another team:”
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And for those with access to ESPN Insider:
– Summer League’s biggest draws (from David Thorpe):
” let’s take a look at the six most popular guys. They excited fans, executives and the media more than any other players, and were the reason why so many flocked to Thomas & Mack Arena and the Cox Pavilion.”
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