Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  NBA Free Agency, Day 2: Sacramento’s Crazy Salary Dump and Greg Monroe’s Milwaukee Move  (from Zach Lowe,  Grantland):

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–  Week In Review  (from Eddie Scarito,

” The NBA’s free agent signing period is underway and there have already been a flurry of deals agreed upon, though, these pacts cannot become official until after the moratorium is lifted on July 9th. Before the next wave of wheeling and dealing begins, here’s a look back at the week that was.”

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–  Tracking the Journeys of Free Agents and Traded Players  (from Jessica Camerato, Basketball Insiders):

” In the opening days of NBA free agency, players have shuffled around the league. Add this to a handful of trades, and there will be new faces in new places next season. Basketball is a business, though, and these players have been through this before. See just how many organizations those in the news this week have played for over the years.”

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Fred Hoiberg Q & A (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

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–  Five to watch at Orlando Summer League  (from Michael Wallace,  ESPN):

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–  Talents to watch in Orlando Summer League  (from Brett David Roberts,

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–  D-League alums to watch at the Orlando Summer League  (from Chris Reichert,

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–  NBA Summer League 2015: Rosters for Orlando and Vegas Teams  (from Alec nathan, Bleacher Report):

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Hassan Whiteside:


Greg Monroe:


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Aaron Baynes:


Spencer Dinwiddie:


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Cliff Alexander:

Summer League, Lionel Hollins, Kirilenko, Hornets, Sessions, OKC

Las Vegas Summer League: Day 9 grades (from Andrew Han/Fred Katz, ESPN):

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– Phil Pressey’s former AAU coach helps explain why Celtics love their young point guard (from Jay King,

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– Quincy Acy: More than just blue collar: (from James Ham,

” …(A)cy has been typecast as a ‘dirty work’ player…(H)e has that ability but does so much more”

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– Recollected Delonte West gets shot from Doc Rivers (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

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– A long shot at first,  Sessions thriving as NBA veteran (from David Wetzel,

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– Adreian Payne works to adjust to the NBA game (from Lang Whitaker,

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– The Warriors have a decision to make on 2013 first-rounder Nemanja Nedovic, and yes, Aaron Craft could be a part of the call (from Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News):

“The Warriors have an interesting decision to make on 2013 first-round pick Nemanja Nedovic, who did not exactly inspire gushing reviews through the team’s Las Vegas Summer League run, which just ended yesterday.

It’s certainly not a Kevin Love/Klay Thompson level decision; just one of those interesting roster/payroll decisions teams face every year.

-The decision: The Warriors have until Oct. 31 to decide whether to exercise Nedovic’s $1.15M third-year option for 2015-’16 (not for this season, but NEXT season), a paperwork deadline that only becomes tricky when the guy you drafted hasn’t looked very good for his first 13 months as an NBA player.”

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– Why Josh Huestis might become the NBA’s first domestic ‘draft-and-stash’ player (from Darnell Mayberry,

” NBA teams have long drafted international players and left them overseas, developing on someone else’s dime. But if Huestis signs with the 66ers as expected, he’ll be an American-born, American-bred prospect who, as a first-round pick, could be the flag-bearer for how the NBA envisions the future of the D-League.”

” As the 29th overall pick, Huestis would become the first player selected in the first round to forgo his rookie season to sign in the D-League. In other words, he’d be the first-ever domestic “draft-and-stash” player.

” His selection, which on draft night was viewed as a duplicate of last year’s pick, Andre Roberson, also would make more sense. By taking Huestis with the second-to-last selection in the first round, the Thunder secured another critically cost-effective rookie scale contract. The difference is that standard four-year deal — two guaranteed years and two team options in the final two seasons — would come on the back end of a preliminary year in the D-League and ensures the Thunder would have Huestis developing in its program for at least five seasons.

It’s forward-thinking at its finest.”

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– At first look, Dante Exum and Nerlens Noel have dazzled audiences (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

” Being in the building, whether it’s the size of a college arena or a high school gym, for the Las Vegas summer debuts of Dante Exum of the Utah Jazz and Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers was electrifying. While Noel was limited to just two games, his impact in those games showed waiting for a year for his debut was worth the wait. Waiting for Exum to finally show us what he looks like against better basketball talent also started to justify the hype of this mysterious Australian point guard of this past year’s basketball lore.”

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– Kings believe they’re progressing in Malone’s strategic overhaul (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

” Even before the end of last season, Kings coach Michael Malone spoke often about changing the team’s style of play.

Malone wanted the Kings to play smarter and faster, move the ball and commit more to defense. That’s how the San Antonio Spurs won the 2014 NBA championship.

Through free agency (point guard Darren Collison) and the draft (shooting guard Nik Stauskas), the Kings believe they have taken steps toward those changes while counting on growth and maturity from returning players.

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– Phoenix Suns Summer League Wrap-Up: Warren shines, Ennis shows and Goodwin struggles (from Dave King,

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– Lionel Hollins appears a good fit to coach Nets (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

” Finding Hollins to replace Kidd in such a short period compensated for an embarrassing episode for the Nets. They felt betrayed by Kidd, who accepted the Nets job shortly after retiring, and maintained their confidence in his coaching abilities despite a series of missteps during the first season. Hollins doesn’t require tutoring. He is a confident coach who built the Grizzlies into a consistent winner. Yet it will be a challenge to win in Brooklyn.”

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– Andrei Kirilenko: “We intend to seriously compete for the title” (from Net Income,

” In a wide-ranging interview with SovSport, the Russian sports tabloid, Andrei Kirilenko said everyone on the Nets remains focused on a championship for Brooklyn, is happy for Sergey Karasev who he expects will get playing time under Lionel Hollins and offers some telling criticism of Jason Kidd whose decision to leave Brooklyn for Milwaukee he called “an unequal exchange.”

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 – Hornets Making Their Move (from Lang Greene, Basketball Insiders):

   “Hornets eyeing bigger things than just playoff appearances”

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 – Vonleh and Zeller show Hornets ready to build (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
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