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Dennis Smith Jr.    G  Mavericks

 

 

Coach Rick Carlisle is expected to ask for much more production to come from this floor generals next season. "Well, having a dynamic point guard that can get places, that can attack space, create help and kick to guys like Dirk, like Wes [Matthews] and like [Harrison] Barnes, guys that can shoot the ball, and be able to hit guys like Nerlens (Noel) on rolls can really be a game-changer," Carlisle said. The Dennis Smith Jr. hype train just won't stop as the Mavs look to increase their last-ranked offense in scoring, which was also due to their slow pace. DSJ is going to cost a pretty penny in drafts, but he could be worth it.

Mavs.com

Aug 10 - 8:35 PM

Dennis Smith Jr.    G  Mavericks

 

 

Coach Rick Carlisle is expected to ask for much more production to come from his floor generals next season. "Well, having a dynamic point guard that can get places, that can attack space, create help and kick to guys like Dirk, like Wes [Matthews] and like [Harrison] Barnes, guys that can shoot the ball, and be able to hit guys like Nerlens (Noel) on rolls can really be a game-changer," Carlisle said. The Dennis Smith Jr. hype train just won't stop as the Mavs look to increase their last-ranked offense in scoring, which was also due to their slow pace. DSJ is going to cost a pretty penny in drafts, but he could be worth it.

Mavs.com

Aug 10 - 8:35 PM

Adam Silver    C  Player

 

 

The Christmas Day schedule includes the 76ers at Knicks, Cavaliers at Warriors, Wizards at Celtics, Rockets at Thunder and Wolves at Lakers. The Knicks still get their national game despite how they are not expected to be very good, but at least we get The Process at noon EST to start this slate. As expected, we get a Finals rematch on Christmas for the third consecutive year, and we get a look at the three teams all making big moves this summer: Rockets, Thunder and Celtics.

Aug 10 - 6:06 PM

Carmelo Anthony    F  Knicks

 

 

The Knicks and Rockets have re-engaged on trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com. Woj adds that the Rockets are still looking for a third team to get a deal done, and that Anthony has been "steadfast" that he only plans to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to Houston. The Rockets are trying to get someone to take Ryan Anderson, but it won't be easy with $60 million left on his deal. Woj also added that the Rockets will remain patient while the Blazers have an interest in acquiring the 10-time All-Star.

ESPN.com

Aug 10 - 5:38 PM

Jabari Bird    G  Celtics

 

 

Bird, who was selected by Boston with the 56th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has agreed to join the team on a two-way contract, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.

RotoWire

Aug 10 - 4:08 PM

Kyrie Irving    G  Cavaliers

 

 

Kyrie Irving went "consecutive days without speaking to teammates at practice" between the first and second round of the NBA playoffs last year, James Jones told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. It's certainly possible he was just not talking to his teammates because he was locked in on winning games, but it's peculiar for the team's point guard. McMenamin added that Irving wasn't happy about a week before the July 21 report saying he requested a trade, and that Irving is just looking for a different situation. This story won't be going away any time soon.

BBall Breakdown Podcast

Aug 10 - 4:03 PM

Adam Silver    C  Player

 

 

NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, according to Jeff Zilgitt of USA Today. The rules are expected to be in place for the 2017-18 season and there will be consequences for teams that don't adhere to those rules. The NBA is doing all they can on their end with an earlier start in the season, no more four games in five nights, no more months with at least 18 games, cutting down on single-game road trips, and dropping the total number of back-to-backs. The new rules are going to be tough to enforce, so it's not likely going to be a stiff penalty for violators.

USA Today

Aug 10 - 3:04 PM

Bryce Alford    G  Thunder

 

 

Alford signed a training camp deal with the Thunder on Thursday, Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reports.

RotoWire

Aug 10 - 1:48 PM

Patrick Patterson    F  Thunder

 

 

Patterson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks, Erik Horne of NewsOK.com reports.

RotoWire

Aug 10 - 12:49 PM

Patrick Patterson    F/C  Thunder

 

 

Patrick Patterson underwent a successful scope on his left knee on Thursday. He will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks, so we'll consider him questionable for training camp. He did struggle with his knee last season, so hopefully those concerns will be in the rearview mirror. Recently signed to a three-year, $16.4 million deal, Patterson actually has a decent path to minutes in OKC, as his competition for minutes at the four consists of Jerami Grant and Nick Collison. He averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.4 triples in just under 25 minutes per game last season, so his upside isn't the greatest.

Fred Katz on Twitter

Aug 10 - 12:42 PM