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Lance Stephenson Selected By Nuggets’ Affiliate In G League Draft

Veteran guard/forward Lance Stephenson was selected by the Grand Rapids Gold with the No. 13 overall pick in Saturday’s G League draft, and by all accounts intends to play as he works toward an NBA comeback. The Gold are entering their first season as the Nuggets’ affiliate. Stephenson, 31, is...
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Shamorie Ponds Selected First In G League Draft

Former Raptors point guard Shamorie Ponds was selected by the Delaware Blue Coats with the first overall pick in Saturday’s G League draft, which was still ongoing at the time of this post. The Blue Coats are the 76ers’ affiliate. Ponds, 23, is 6-foot-0 and went undrafted out of St....
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Lakers’ Kendrick Nunn Expected To Miss Multiple Weeks

Nunn becomes the latest in a line of early-season injuries for the Lakers, who are also without small forward Trevor Ariza (ankle), shooting guard Wayne Ellington (hamstring) and guard/forward Talen Horton-Tucker (thumb). Nunn, 26, is in his first season in LA after agreeing to a two-year deal reportedly worth $10...
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Ex-Ohio State, G League Guard Shannon Scott Heading Overseas

Scott, 28, is 6-foot-1 and went undrafted out of Ohio State in 2015. He has since spent time in the G League with Raptors 905 and the Long Island Nets, and has played professionally in Greece, Venezuela and Lithuania. He is the son of Hall of Famer Charlie Scott, who...

Ben Simmons, 76ers Seem Ready To Reunite Until Trade Is Found

The 76ers and star guard/forward Ben Simmons had a productive meeting that is expected to result in Simmons returning to the lineup soon, per Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Of course, as Pompey added, Simmons could return “for the time being,” meaning both sides are likely operating with at...

LeBron On Lakers’ 0-2 Start: ‘It Doesn’t Happen Overnight’

It wasn’t much of a game, until garbage time at the end, and the Lakers understand there is work to be done. Final score: Suns 115, Lakers 105 in LA. It dropped the Lakers to 0-2, and about the most notable thing to come out of the night was the sideline tiff between Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard. (Both men say it’s since been squashed.)

Suns Announce Signing Of Ish Wainright To Two-Way Deal

The Suns have officially signed small forward Ishmail Wainright to a two-way contract, the team announced in a press release. Wainright, 26, is 6-foot-6 and was released by Raptors last week after spending training camp and preseason with the team. He played for Baylor from 2013-17 and spent the past...

Central Notes: Pistons, Bulls, Pacers, Cavs

The Pistons lost their season-opener vs. the Bulls, but Detroit coach Dwane Casey is far from panicked. “We played well defensively,” Casey said, via Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press. “The decisions offensively broke our back. Our margin for error is small. They made some tough shots, and we missed a lot. It sounds simplistic, but we missed a lot of shots we normally make. Some wide-open 3’s.

Ben Simmons Not ‘Mentally Ready’ To Join 76ers, Skips Workout

Ben Simmons skipped a scheduled individual workout with the 76ers on Thursday and will not play in Friday’s game vs. the Nets, as relayed by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Simmons cited back tightness as the reason for skipping the workout, though he did show...

George Karl: Alex English, Artis Gilmore Belong In NBA’s Top 75

Namely, former Nuggets forward Alex English and ex-Bulls center. “Man of class and dignity,” Karl tweeted about English. “Best player in Denver Nuggets history. Leading scoring of the 80s. Not a top 75 NBA player?! Alex is in my book!”. He offered the same praise for Gilmore, who also starred...

NBA Preparing For Possible Quick Launch Of European League

“Spanish newspaper Marca reports that the NBA and FIBA are currently working to launch NBA Europe, the European division of the NBA,” Borghesan wrote. “Negotiations are on the way, as NBA commissioner Adam Silver has already sent a letter to Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu, expressing his will to count on Europe’s best teams in the project.”

Suns Sign Ishmail Wainright to Two-Way Contract

The Suns are signing former Raptors forward Ishmail Wainright to a two-way contract. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news, via Wainright’s agents, Jim Tanner and Deirunas Visockas. At 27 years of age, Wainright approaches a potential career in Phoenix with several seasons of experience in international ball. Per Sam Amico...

Ben Simmons Reports To 76ers Shootaround, Indicates He’s Not Ready

Simmons, 25, took part in Friday’s shootaround and appeared to be engaged with his teammates, Charania wrote, adding that Simmons informed his teammates that he does intend to join them. The Sixers face the Atlantic Division rival Nets on Friday night. He missed training camp and the preseason while seeking...

Mavs Pick Up Option On Josh Green

Green, 20, is 6-foot-5 and appeared in 39 games last season, averaging 2.6 points. He was selected with the No. 18 overall pick out of Arizona in the 2020 draft. He also spent time last season with the Salt Lake Stars of the G League, as the Mavs sent him to the G League bubble in February.

Lance Stephenson Entering G League Draft

Veteran guard/forward Lance Stephenson will continue his NBA comeback attempt by playing in the G League this season, according to JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors. Stephenson, 31, is 6-foot-6 and last played for the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association. His last NBA run came with the Lakers in 2018-19, when he averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 68 games.

Bradley Beal: Rival Players Try To Recruit Me During Games

Wizards star Bradley Beal said he is being recruited by opposing players during games despite the fact he has indicated he plans to stay put. “Almost every game we play, someone says something,” Beal said. Beal, 28, is 6-foot-3 and finished second in the NBA in scoring last season at...

Jonas Valanciunas, Pelicans Agree To Contract Extension

The Pelicans and center Jonas Valanciunas have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $30.1 million, agents Aaron Mintz, Mitch Nathan and Drew Morrison told Andrew Lopez of ESPN. Valanciunas, 29, is 6-foot-11 and was acquired in an offseason trade with the Grizzlies. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.5 rebounds...

Adam Silver: Expansion Possibilities Not Dead, But On Hold

NBA commissioner Adam Silver didn’t entirely shoot down the idea of expansion, but indicated any thoughts of it have been placed on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Silver was speaking to reporters at his season-opening state of the NBA address. He indicated the league remains open to the idea of adding teams, but that it would “like to get further away from the pandemic before we move forward there.”

Cavs’ Collin Sexton ‘Disappointed’ On Failed Contract Extension Talks

Leading scorer Collin Sexton and the Cavaliers failed to reach agreement on a rookie-scale contract extension, ad Sexton was honest on his feelings about it. “Just pretty much disappointed,” Sexton told reporters. “Just disappointed, but I know they want me here. So, just a little disappointed, but at the end of the day, we move on and tomorrow is the day.”

Warriors Claim Jeff Dowtin, Sign To Two-Way Deal

The Warriors have claimed point guard Jeff Dowtin off waivers, the team announced in a press release. Dowtin, 24, is 6-foot-0 and went undrafted out of Rhode Island in 2020. He then spent the preseason with Orlando before being waived. Prior to that, Dowtin played for the champion Lakeland Magic...