NBA Rumor Round Up For Monday, August 31:
Cleveland Cavaliers: The team has no room on their roster for 2015 second round pick Sir'Dominic Pointer, so he'll spend the 2015-16 season playing for their D-League team, the Canton Charge, reports Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group. According to Haynes, the source says Pointer will not be with the Cavs during training camp and instead report to the Charge. Pointer averaged 5.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals during the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League.
Golden State Warriors: The team has until Nov. 2 to sign Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli to contract extensions. The Warriors value both players and plan to keep them for the long-term. "We’re going to work hard on both those guys," Warriors GM Bob Myers told KNBR-680 AM last week. "And if we can do a deal, we’ll happily do it." Barnes' new deal will likely average more than $14 million, while Ezeli may get $5 million to $7 million annually. "I think Harrison is fully aware of that (the massive jump of the salary cap in the next few years), and so is Festus," Myers said. "I’m sure their agents are. So we have to find a common ground."
Washington Wizards: According to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic, guard Toure' Murry has accepted an offer to attend Washington's training camp. Murry spent five games with the Wizards last season via 10-day contract. The Wizards already have 15 players under contract with fully guaranteed salaries for this coming season and six of them will play in the backcourt. Both of those scenarios leave Murry as a long-shot to make the regular season opening night roster.
Eric Moreland: The free agent forward has training camp invites from a few teams and the Detroit Pistons are the current frontrunners to land him, reports Shams Charania of RealGM.com. The Sacramento Kings waived Moreland on July 29 and he could chose to accept their offer to re-sign with the team. A source also lists the Los Angeles Lakers as a possibility. Out of those three teams, Moreland probably has the best shot to make the regular season opening night roster with the Kings as the Lakers and Pistons already have a full compliment of forwards.
Kelly Olynyk: The Boston Celtics big man tweaked his left knee last week, but all is good and he is set to play when Canada tips off their first game at the FIBA Americas Qualifying Tournament in Mexico City. "I'm definitely getting better each day," Olynyk told reporters over the weekend. "That's definitely a positive sign."
Philadelphia 76ers: The team is looking at point guard options and one name on their radar is Kendall Marshall, according to Michael Kaskey-Blomain. Marshall suffered a torn right ACL back in January, which may limit the amount of training camp offers that come his way.
Oklahoma City Thunder: According to Shams Charania of RealGM.com, the Thunder agreed to terms with forward Talib Zanna. The training camp deal offers no salary protection and with a full roster, Zanna will be released late in the upcoming preseason, like in 2014, so he can return to OKC's D-League team.