NBA Rumor Round Up For Monday, August 3:
Patrick Patterson: The Toronto Raptors starting power forward position is open for competition with Amir Johnson's departure via free agency to the Boston Celtics. Patterson may have the inside track to winning that spot, according to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.
Anthony Bennett: The Minnesota Timberwolves hold a team option worth $7.31 million for 2016-17 as part of his rookie-scale contract. The decision regarding the option could go all the way up to the Nov. 2 deadline. "We’re going to evaluate him over the summer. He played a good Pan American Games. There is no question about his talent," Flip Saunders told Grantland's Zach Lowe. "It’s about getting in shape. He’s in shape now. But it’s going to be competitive with all those guys, and also Nemanja Bjelica, who no one talks about." Last season, Bennett averaged 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 15.7 minutes in 57 appearances.
Indiana Pacers: According to D-League Digest, the Pacers are expected to buy the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. An announcement might come this week. Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com contacted the Pacers and received a "no comment" regrading the report. Fort Wayne was the only team in the D-League without a one-on-one affiliation with an NBA team. If the sale does go through, there will be 10 NBA teams without a D-League affiliate. The NBA will probably have those teams allocate players to the other D-League teams.
Kostas Papanikolaou: A lot of rumors claiming the Denver Nuggets have decided to waive Papanikolaou. According to Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, the Nuggets are keeping the forward at this time. Papanikolaou's deal currently offers no salary protection until Oct. 4, when it becomes fully guaranteed if he's not waived by that date. The Nuggets could shop Papanikolaou and his $4.79 million cap hit for the next two months.
Joakim Noah: The Chicago Bulls starting center has dealt with a bunch of injuries over the last few years, which have hindered his ability to play at a high level. Noah is feeling good and ready to bounce back with a new head coach running the team. “I feel great,” Noah told the Chicago Tribune. "This is the first time I’ve taken a lot of time for myself to just focus on what I need to get done. Sometimes when you go through humbling experiences, (you) hungrier than ever. And I feel ready to prove I can help this team win big." ... And regarding Fred Hoiberg: “We got to break bread together. I’ve enjoyed talking to the coaching staff, spending time with Fred. I think it’s going to be very different." 2015-16 is very important for Noah as his contract expires in June. Should the Bulls have another tough season, Noah may look to leave free agency in July.
Philadelphia 76ers: According to Jake Pavorsky of Liberty Ballers, Jordan McRae will be in camp with the team. The Sixers selected McRae with the No. 58 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. Last season he played in Australia.
Sacramento Kings: There was an item suggesting the Kings might be an option free agent forward Hedo Turkoglu. Well, according to Bill Herenda of CSN Bay Area, all that talk can be quashed. Turkoglu played with the Kings from 2000 through 2003 -- his first three years in the NBA.