Morris stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Suns as the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

Suns lottery pick Morris in talks with Greek team

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There are a few reasons to wonder if he will ever sign on the line that is dotted, but if nothing else this shows just how pervasive NBA players talking with overseas teams has become.

Suns lottery pick Markieff Morris is in negotiations to join Panthianakos of the Greek league, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. Morris is a 6’10” power forward out of Kansas.

I have no doubt the talks are taking place (his agent Tony Dutt has said he is looking at overseas options for all his clients). I do have doubts that it ever gets finalized, for a couple of reasons.

One, Greek teams not exactly flush with money as their country’s economy is trying to drag the whole of Europe back into recession. They are not big spenders on the free agent market right now like they have been in previous years.

Secondly, this is a big risk for Morris. He is a first round pick, a lottery pick, which means three years of guaranteed good NBA money. Last year’s No. 13 overall pick, Ed Davis (to Toronto), made $1.9 million this past year with the Rockets. We don’t know what Panthianakos is offering, but you can be sure it is less than $1.9 million.

And if something goes wrong in Greece for Morris, if he gets injured, his NBA money and dreams can disappear. He does not have an NBA deal, he has nothing, and the Suns don’t have to sign him.

For a second round pick, a guy not guaranteed an NBA roster spot, going to Europe to get a paycheck makes sense. For a first round pick? Well, these are unprecedented times, so who knows, but don’t bet on this one.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.