NBA News

Russ Smith    G  Grizzlies

 

 

Russ Smith will play in China with Fujian next season. He's been ridiculous overseas in China, posting a four-game stretch with 70.8 points per game. Smith did show up back in the 2016 summer league, but he may just wind up being an international superstar due to being a little undersized.

Sportando on Twitter

Aug 11 - 3:57 PM

Julyan Stone    G  Hornets

 

 

Stone is expected to sign a two-year contract with the Hornets, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

RotoWire

Aug 11 - 3:08 PM

Jon Leuer    F  Pistons

 

 

Coach Stan Van Gundy envisions Jon Leuer primarily as a power forward, but could join Boban Marjanovic as "a two-headed monster" as the backup center. SVG would use Leuer against a stretch five while Boban guards a traditional center. There's a very good chance Leuer starts and the Pistons push Tobias Harris to the three or even bring him off the bench as a sixth man -- Stanley Johnson could start. While Leuer did fizzle out late in the 2016-17 season, he's still worth a look late in drafts.

NBA.com

Aug 11 - 2:49 PM

Andre Drummond    F/C  Pistons

 

 

Andre Drummond said he has lost over 20 pounds since the end of the regular season. Drummond had offseason surgery to repair a deviated septum and says it has already made a world of difference. "I’m breathing better, sleeping better and in way better shape now," said Drummond. "I’m going to be able to go longer. I’m able to breathe clearer. I keep the weight off now." He also says he's looking to extend his range and is "shooting free throws with confidence" and "taking shots with confidence now." It's worth noting that Drummond attempted six 3-pointers during the NBA Africa Game last weekend. He made one.

Yahoo.com

Aug 11 - 1:24 PM

Boban Marjanovic    C  Pistons

 

 

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed that he plans to play Boban Marjanovic extended minutes this season. With Aron Baynes now in Boston, Marjanovic is expected to serve as Andre Drummond's primary backup. SVG did say that Jon Leuer will also see some time at center, but that the Pistons will give Boban plenty of playing time. "I don’t want to be in situations where I’m making an immediate response to a team going small and I just reflexively take [Marjanovic] out of the game," Van Gundy said. "That no matter what we’re doing defensively, that we give him a chance." SVG's endorsement is clearly good news for Boban's fantasy prospects.

NBA.com

Aug 11 - 11:47 AM

Mathias Lessort    C  76ers

 

 

Mathias Lessort has signed to play with KK Crvena Zvezda in Serbia next season. The Sixers selected Lessort with the 50th overall pick in the 2017 draft. The plan has always been to stash him in Europe for a year or two. Lessort's contract with KK Crvena Zvezda is reportedly for three years, but very likely has an NBA opt-out clause should the Sixers want to bring him stateside in 2018-19.

Kristaps Porzingis    F  Knicks

 

 

The Knicks officially picked up the 2018-19 team option on Kristaps Porzingis' contract. This was a mere formality for New York, as Porzingis has been remarkably productive over his first years in the NBA. Porzingis will make $5.7 million in 2018-19. Next summer, the Knicks will be able to sign KP to an extension worth up to $156 million over five years. Last season, he averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers. If the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony, KP would be asked to shoulder more of the offensive load and would see his stats increase.

Ian Begley on Twitter

Aug 11 - 10:22 AM

Anthony Davis    F/C  Pelicans

 

 

Anthony Davis confirmed that he wants to remain in New Orleans and believes the Pelicans can make a playoff run in 2017-18. Davis acknowledged that he had heard trade rumors about potentially getting shipped to Boston, but has ignored them since getting confirmation that the rumors were unfounded. "I understand it's a business, but if I don't hear anything from [GM Dell Demps] or my agent, I don't pay attention to it," said Davis. He also added that he thinks the Pels have enough talent to make some noise this season. "We definitely believe we have enough pieces on paper to make the playoffs. Not just make it, but actually make a run in the playoffs."

Joffrey Lauvergne    F/C  Spurs

 

 

Joffrey Lauvergne suffered a minor knee injury while warming up for France’s exhibition game on Aug. 8 but is expected to play in the team's next contest. Lauvergne reportedly saw a specialist in France, but the injury is "not considered to be serious." Thus, Lauvergne has been cleared to play in Team France's matchup vs. Lithuania. Lauvergne signed with the Spurs as a free agent this summer and is expected to see limited minutes off of the San Antonio bench next season.

Zach Randolph    F/C  Kings

 

 

Zach Randolph’s agent and attorney Raymond Brothers said that the recent drug charges against Randolph are "false and misleading." Z-Bo was arrested on Thursday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell. TMZ is reporting that Randolph and his associates had two pounds of marijuana with them at the time of the arrest. Randolph would be facing a lengthy suspension if found guilty, but we'll have to wait until legal matters proceed before attempting to speculate on possible punishment from the NBA or the Kings.