Delfino says he will sign with NBA team after Olympics

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Carlos Delfino has been a kind of easy to overlook in the NBA the past couple seasons — he started 53 games for the Bucks last season and gave them 9 points a game, he shot 36 percent from three, but he was not making a big impact on the games.

He will be harder to miss on Friday when he plays a key role for Argentina against the United States. He is their third-leading scorer at 15.3 points per game and is shooting a respectable 49.3 percent. It makes you think he could be helpful to an NBA team.

And he will be with an NBA team next season, he told Marc Stein of ESPN.

Ran into Carlos Delfino today. He didn’t want to go into specifics on eve of huge USA game but said he WILL sign w/NBA team after Olympics

Not sure who will get him. Houston seemed to be the front-runner but Cleveland was reportedly in the mix, at least until they inked C.J. Miles.

Boston Coach Doc Rivers, in London for NBC Sports as a studio analyst, said he would love to pick up Delfino after watching him play, but the Celtics can’t afford him.

Delfino and Argentina will play on Sunday (let’s hope in the bronze medal game) so expect a decision next week sometime.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.