With the end of the NBA lockout, NBA players are exiting Europe and heading back to the good ol’ US of A for an NBA season. What players are on the move are the highlights of our morning one liners.
If you read one thing today, make it this very thoughtful look at where the NBA will be in six years and how the fast-changing style of media consumption by you fans could impact the league and the new labor deal, written by friend-of-this-blog Kevin Arnovitz
Despite all kinds of rumors there were handshake deals under the table, so far Chinese teams do not look like they are going to release J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler and others.
Know this about the new NBA 66-game schedule — it’s not good for quality NBA play. But it will maximize revenue for the owners and players. Again, it’s all about the money, not the game.
Tony Parker and Ronny Turiaf have played their last game for ASVEL in France and are on their way back to the USA. In his last game there, Parker had 23 points and 8 assists, he has looked good.
Wizards draft pick and dunk machine Jan Vesely has arranged a buyout agreement with his team, Partizan Belgrade.
Leandro Barbosa is on his way back to the USA soon, but he doesn’t sound happy about it. The Brazilian was playing in his home country and was pumped to have Christmas with his family. Not going to happen now.
While a lot of players are pumped to be coming back for an NBA season, Chris Douglas-Roberts is not, he’s staying in Italy (he was an NBA free agent who did not ask for an opt-out).
Rudy Fernandez tweaked his knee with Real Madrid and will be out about a week. That will not impact his return to the Dallas Mavericks for training camp. Or him telling Dallas he wants to go back to Spain.
This is the second report suggesting Tyreke Evans looks like he put on weight during the lockout. We will see when camps open.
Here’s a great breakdown of where every team is in relation to the salary cap and what kind of moves they can make starting Dec. 9 when free agency opens.
More rumors that John Wall didn’t play in the Donte Green charity game because of a groin injury. Not sure if it’s true, but those are slow to heal and need rest when they happen.
The Knicks and Nets may make a run at Jamal Crawford, but smart money has him staying with the Hawks.
In a shock to almost nobody, the Bulls will not bring back Janero Pargo.