NBA Rumor Round Up For Thursday, August 27:
Glen Davis: The big man remains unsigned and according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Clippers have not closed the door on offering him a deal. President of basketball operations/head coach Doc Rivers had a conversation with Davis' agent this week. A source also tells Turner that Davis has received a call from the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas currently has a full 20-man offseason roster and a plethora of big men under contract, so a deal with the Mavs seems to be a long-shot. Davis also could have options in China and Europe. The Clippers have one open roster spot as 14 players are currently under contract for the 2015-16 season. Should they re-sign Davis, he will only get a one-year, minimum deal.
Brandon Jennings: The Detroit Pistons point guard is still in the process of recovering from the ruptured left Achilles tendon. Whenever he is cleared to rejoin the active roster, Jennings will have no issue coming off the bench during the 2015-16 season. "Bringing in Reggie Jackson was smart," Jennings told The Point Game Podcast. "I'm supposed to be out, really, for nine months, and they need a point guard. ... My main thing is just to get healthy. Hey, if I have to come off the bench and be the sixth man or whatever, I'm fine with that. Man, I just want to play basketball again. I just want to get back on the court and have fun." Jennings' contract, paying $8.34 million this season, expires in 2016. Jennings will move on to a new team next year if the Pistons don't deal him by the February trade deadline since Jackson is the starting point guard moving forward under Stan Van Gundy.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: According to The Charlotte Observer, the four-year extension signed by the Charlotte Hornets starting small forward includes a player option for the last year of the deal. This will allow Kidd-Gilchrist to become a free agent after the 2018-19 season. Kidd-Gilchrist will make $13 million for each season of the extension.
Joel Embiid: The Sixers 2014 first round pick is set to miss his second consecutive season due to a broken bone in his foot. At this time, Embiid has no trade value, which is expected. Michael Kaskey-Blomain of Philly.com tweets: "Not that #sixers are looking, but a front office exec told me that no teams would be willing to trade anything of value for Embiid right now."
Otto Porter Jr.: More and more NBA teams are planning to play "Small Ball" as a way to speed up the game and create mismatches as bigger/slower defenders try to stop smaller/quicker players on offense. This philosophy could be used in Washington with Porter Jr. getting some run at power forward. That is fine with him. "Because that’s who the NBA is transitioning, you know, to smaller lineups,' Porter Jr. told SiriusXM NBA Radio, according to The Washington Post. "So being able to stretch out as a four is going to be key, and that is something with our coaching we might end up doing. It’s definitely something I’ll be comfortable with." Porter Jr. is expected to be the Washington Wizards starting small forward this coming season after a strong performance in the 2015 playoffs.
Indiana Pacers: Center Myles Turner was selected with the 11th pick in the 2015 NBA draft, while guard Joseph Young was chosen in the second round (43rd). Team president Larry Bird expects both players to get minutes during their first year in the NBA. "(I) expect great things out of them this year," Bird told The Indianapolis Star on Wednesday. "Usually, you bring in rookies and you say nice things about them then they don't play for a couple years. But I expect both of these guys to play, play well. They are very talented."
Phoenix Suns: The team has already agreed to deals recently with C Henry Sims, PF Cory Jefferson, SF Kyle Casey and G Terrico White. Now we get word from Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times that they also signed guard Deonte Burton. Most, if not all of the deals will offer no salary protection for the season. Burton did not get drafted in 2014 and spent last season playing with ratiopharm Ulm in Germany. Burton recently played with Philadelphia during summer league action last month.
Utah Jazz: The Canadian National Team will set the roster for the 2015 FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament soon and it looks like Oliver Hanlan will be the final cut, speculates Josh Lewenberg of TSN. Hanlan, the No. 42 pick in the 2015 NBA draft, is set to spend the coming season overseas and will come back in 2016 to try to win a spot on Utah's roster.