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MarShon Brooks signs deal to play in Italy next season


MarShon Brooks was a late first round pick in the 2011 draft, and while he showed potential as a scorer with a very bad Nets team in his rookie season, he’s bounced around ever since, and hasn’t shown the requisite amount of improvement to earn a spot on an NBA roster.

He’ll get the chance to showcase what he can do while playing overseas instead.

Brooks signed a deal with Italy’s Olimpia Milano for next season, the team announced on Friday (via

He’s largely been an asset that’s been passed around over the past couple of years more than anything else. Brooks was traded from the Nets to the Celtics last summer in the deal that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, then was dealt from Boston to Golden State in January as part of a three-team deal with the Heat that sent mostly uninspiring players to each respective team.

Then once more at February’s trade deadline, Brooks was traded to the Lakers along with Kent Bazemore in exchange for Steve Blake.

Brooks posted his best numbers since his rookie season while in Los Angeles, and averaged 6.4 points on a career-best 48.9 percent shooting in 12.7 minutes per contest, albeit in just 18 total appearances.

It was reported that Brooks most recently drew interest from the Indiana Pacers in the wake of the injury to Paul George, but obviously that didn’t get very far if signing overseas was the eventual decision.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

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.