NBA Rumor Round Up For Friday, October 2:
John Henson: According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Milwaukee Bucks and the forward have agreed to terms on a four-year deal that will pay around $45 million. The Bucks had until Nov. 2 to sign Henson to an extension.
Tristan Thompson: The Cleveland Cavaliers free agent forward did not accept the $6.8 million qualifying offer by Thursday's deadline, so now he is considered to be a hold out. ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin has more on the story.
Mike Conley: Even though the Memphis Grizzlies starting point guard has fully recovered from the facial fractures suffered in the 2015 playoffs, Conley will continue to wear a protective mask. "I feel more comfortable with it on whenever I'm playing because I already know I get hit in my face all the time," Conley said The Commercial-Appeal earlier this week. "I'm a little dude, so I'm around elbows and stuff all the time."
Andre Roberson: The starting shooting guard position had appeared to be up for competition, but that may not be the case for Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan. ESPN.com's Royce Young writes: "One ongoing camp battle for the Thunder is at starting shooting guard, but there may be a few things to read into already. Russell Westbrook was asked about what it's like having Andre Roberson defend him and said Roberson has never really guarded him because they're always on the same team in practice. Billy Donovan was asked what he's looking for most in a starting 2-guard and talked about defense, which is Roberson's specialty. Hmm..." ... Roberson started 65 out of the 67 games he played in last season due to his high defensive skills.
Terrence Jones: Right now Jones looks to be the starting power forward when the 2015-16 regular season tips off, however before we get to that point he'll have to deal with a recent rib injury. Jones, the oft-injured forward, is currently listed as day-to-day by the team. Should Jones not be ready for the first preseason game, head coach Kevin McHale will look at several options for that role. “We have a lot of guys back, but we have a lot of young guys, especially with Donatas Motiejunas (out), T.J. didn’t practice today," McHale told the Houston Chronicle. “We have so many young guys playing in the frontcourt. The only two guys that have been in our system at all as far as bigs are Clint Capela and Dwight Howard. The rest are trying to figure out what they’re doing.” ... The injuries to Jones and Motiejunas will allow rookies Montrezl Harrell and Chris Walker to impress McHale.
Los Angeles Lakers: Rookie D'Angelo Russell is dealing with a bone bruise in his right foot and limped off the floor after Thursday's practice. The Lakers don't think it's too serious. “If he has a little pain in there, we’ll sit him down for precautionary reasons," head coach Byron Scott told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "We’ll get him ready for [Friday]."
Jrue Holiday: The New Orleans Pelicans have been without their starting point guard for a lot of games the last few years and Thursday he said his lower right leg has been without pain since June. "I attended the World Cup and during that whole time (June 6-July 5), I haven't felt any pain," Holiday said, per The Times-Picayune. "I honestly haven't done anything either. I think the first time matter of fact I actually got on the anti-gravity treadmill and ran. Since the third week of June, I haven't felt anything." ... The Pelicans want to make sure Holiday doesn't have any more issues with the leg, so for the first few months of the season his minutes will be limited.
Alan Anderson: Anderson is dealing with pain in the left ankle and has yet to participate in a training camp session. On Thursday, Anderson met with the doctor who removed the bone spurs in May. Anderson may be cleared soon. "We're anticipating hopefully he'll give him the go-ahead to start (practicing)," head coach Randy Wittman told CSN Washington. "We should know more (Friday)."
Grant Jerrett: The Utah Jazz forward is currently dealing with a shoulder injury and a return to the floor is uncertain. This certainly comes at a bad time as he needs to impress during training camp and the preseason to keep his roster spot. "It's feeling really well," Jerrett told The Salt Lake Tribune earlier this week.. "I don't know what the timing will be to get back on the court. I'm just taking it day by day." ... Jerrett's $947,276 salary for 2015-16 is fully guaranteed, so he will get something if the Jazz cut him. In 2014-15, Jerrett averaged 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in eight appearances.
Chicago Bulls: The team, per the club website, signed guard Stefhon Hannah to a training camp deal on Thursday. Hannah has been one of the best defenders in the D-League as he won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012 and 2013.. ... The Bulls now have 19 players under contract.