Author: Dan Feldman

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Report: Willie Cauley-Stein out of shape


How will the Kings fit DeMarcus Cousins, Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein into their rotation – especially when Rudy Gay should get minutes at power forward?

The problem might take care of itself.

James Ham of CSN on the Coz and Bru Show:

When you show up to camp and you can’t run up and down the court twice without being so winded you have to pull yourself off the court, then something’s wrong.

This will reopen pre-draft questions about Cauley-Stein’s focus on basketball. But it’s not fair to say a player shouldn’t hold interests outside the sport. Plenty of single-minded players have gotten out of shape, too.

The big worry is that so much of Cauley-Stein’s value comes from his mobility for his size. If he can’t move well, he can’t play.

Cauley-Stein will probably get past this. He’s only a rookie, and there will be many lessons ahead. But for now, it’s a pretty big setback.

Cavaliers’ Cedi Osman plans NBA jump in 2017

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Tristan Thompson is the Cavaliers’ best unsigned asset, but he’s hardly their only one.

Cleveland has the Brendan Haywood trade exception, all its future first-round picks but one and the draft rights to No. 31 pick Cedi Osman and No. 53 pick Sir’Dominic Pointer.

The Cavs won’t see return on Osman, who plays for Anadolu Efes in Turkey, for a while.

Osman, via Eurohoops:

In my mind, in the summer of 2017, I’m going to make the big step and go to the United States to play in the NBA.

At 22 and after some full seasons in the Euroleague and the TBL, I’d like to go to the NBA and begin my effort there. I’m happy that my rights are owned by the Cleveland Cavaliers and I hope that when I go there, I’ll meet LeBron James! I have a lot to learn from him!

Everything in life has to happen at the right time.

Osman is a good passer for a small forward, and he’s athletic. He could become a nice NBA player, though his shot needs major work. I rated him a low first-rounder.

The Cavaliers, facing the luxury tax, surely appreciate him developing on someone else’s dime.

Slimmed-down Kyle Lowry scores 26, Raptors beat Clippers

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Kyle Lowry scored 26 points in 21 minutes, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 93-73 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night in a preseason game.

The All-Star point guard, who arrived at training camp noticeably slimmer after a summer of healthy eating and grueling workouts, shot 7 for 10 from the field and 11 for 12 from the free throw line.

JJ Redick led the Clippers with 15 points, while Blake Griffin – who knocked the shot clock off its mooring with a thunderous dunk during warmups – added 14.

CLIPPERS: Paul Pierce made his only shot and scored two points in 9 minutes off the bench. He was booed after leading the Washington Wizards to a sweep of the Raptors in last season’s playoffs.

RAPTORS: Jonas Valanciunas, fresh off a strong EuroBasket performance in helping Lithuania earn an Olympic berth, had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Luis Scola scored 13 points and DeMar DeRozan finished with 11.

NEWCOMERS: Offseason acquisitions DeMarre Carroll, Bismack Biyombo, Scola, and Canadian Cory Joseph all had solid debuts for the Raptors.

BACK IN VANCOUVER: The game drew a capacity crowd of 19,000 that included former Vancouver Grizzlies guard Mike Bibby. The Grizzlies played in Vancouver for six seasons before moving to Memphis.

“It’s an amazing city,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Without saying too much, I miss Vancouver. It’s just a great city, it really is. It’s vibrant, it’s just nice. Deserves a team, along with Seattle.”

UP NEXT: The Clippers open a two-game series against Charlotte in China next Sunday. The Raptors play the Golden State Warriors in San Jose, California on Monday.