NBA Rumor Round Up For Thursday, September 3:
J.R. Smith: The Cavaliers officially re-signed Smith on Wednesday night after agreeing to terms last month. Smith would have made $6.4 million had he picked up his 2015-16 player option in June. Now, Smith's new contract may pay him around $5 million for the coming season. Smith owns a player option for 2016-17 and he will likely pick it up next June. Now that Smith's deal is done, the Cavs' focus turns to forward Tristan Thompson with less than four weeks to go until training camp opens.
Memphis Grizzlies: The team will likely be without rookie forward Jarell Martin for several months as he is set to have surgery on Thursday to repair a fracture in his left foot, which occurred recently during a workout. Martin had issues with the foot prior to the draft and had to sit out Summer League action in July. “It’s the same area of the left foot that was previously affected but it’s a different injury,” Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace told The Commercial-Appeal. "We have two months before opening day. So however long rehab takes you’ve got two months of it out of the way. He has some time to regroup."
Glen Davis: According to the Los Angeles Times, the free agent center/forward will be sidelined two to three months following left ankle surgery on Wednesday to repair ligament damage. Davis also had a cyst and bone spurs removed. If the timeline is correct, Davis will look to sign with an NBA team in December. Davis has been with the Los Angeles Clippers for the last two years.
Paul Pierce: The 17-year NBA veteran signed with the Clippers on July 10 and the plan is to monitor his minutes in the regular season so he's fresh for the 2016 playoffs. "Paul will be great. Paul, I don't want to overuse him," head coach Doc Rivers told ESPNBoston.com. "I know that. So, I don't even know how we are going to use him yet. I want to play him at [power forward] a lot. What I want him to be is healthy in the playoffs. So however we can figure that out, that's what I'm going to try to do." ... Rivers also claimed Pierce may have gone back to the Boston Celtics had he not signed with the Clippers. "I'm really looking forward to him. You know, I think he wanted to go one of two places: One, he'd come back [to Boston], or he wanted to finish his career at home where he grew up," Rivers said.
Philadelphia 76ers: The team is looking for help at point guard and they may sign Kendall Marshall ahead of training camp opening later this month. According to Jake Fischer of Liberty Ballers, Marshall has been working out at the Sixers practice facility for several days. The Sixers point guard depth currently includes Isaiah Canaan, Pierre Jackson, Scottie Wilbekin and Tony Wroten.
Jordan Clarkson: Per The Associated Press, Excel Sports Management is no longer representing Los Angeles Lakers backup guard Jordan Clarkson. According to the report, Clarkson and agent Mike George parted ways last month. Clarkson signed a two-year, minimum contract on Aug. 25, 2014 and he could get a big raise in 2016 as a restricted free agent. Clarkson may be the first guard off the bench this coming season behind D'Angelo Russell and Kobe Bryant. There is a chance he may start a few games if head coach Byron Scott shifts Bryant to small forward. Clarkson averaged 11.9 points and 3.5 assists last season and was named to the 2014-15 All-Rookie First Team.
Justise Winslow: The Miami Heat landed a steal in the 2015 NBA draft when Winslow fell to them with the 10th selection. The Heat believe Winslow can contribute during his rookie season after the way he played in Summer League action, so the coaching staff is coming up with a creative game plan on how to use him when he's on the floor. “It’s going to be good. The way they’re using me I think is going to be really special, really going to help me showcase a lot of my skills,” Winslow told The Miami Herald on Wednesday. During the Orlando Summer League, Winslow averaged 11.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Brooklyn Nets: According to the New York Post, Mikhail Prokhorov is close to finalizing a deal to purchase the rest of the NBA team and the Barclays Center that he doesn't already own. Currently, Bruce Ratner owns 20 percent of the Nets and 55 percent of Barclays Center. Marc Berman writes: "Under the deal being discussed, he (Prokhorov) would kick in little cash beyond forgiving the roughly $31 million Forest City owes him to cover team losses, according to two sources familiar with the situation."