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Report: Bucks get Westbrook (not that one)

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Russell Westbrook isn’t going to Milwaukee.

Charlie Westbrook, though?

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Westbrook went undrafted out of South Dakota in 2012 and has played overseas and in the D-League since.

He’ll give Milwaukee 17 players, but just 14 15 of them have guaranteed salaries. So, Westbrook will join Jorge Gutierrez and Marcus Landry (both of whose contracts are fully unguaranteed) in competing to supplant a guaranteed player for a  regular-season roster spot.

The Bucks already several players capable of playing Westbrook’s position, shooting guard: Khris Middleton, O.J. Mayo, Rashad Vaughn, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jerryd Bayless and even one of Michael Carter-Williams or Greivis Vasquez in bigger lineups. Without a clear need for him, Westbrook will really have to impress to stick past the preseason.

Report: Thunder sign Talib Zanna

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The Thunder already have 15 players with guaranteed salaries and are over the luxury-tax line.

I doubt Oklahoma City wants to eat any of those guaranteed contracts and pay for a replacement player.

But the Thunder are still adding to their training-camp roster.

First, Dez Wells.

Now, Talib Zanna.

Shams Charania of RealGM:


Zanna played for the Thunder’s D-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue, last season. So, they already have his rights. Therefore, this isn’t a gambit to waive Zanna and assign his D-League rights.

A 6-foot-9 forward who went undrafted out of Pittsburgh last year, Zanna averaged 13.3 points and 11.0 rebounds in the D-League.

Most likely, the Thunder just want him as an extra body for preseason practices. Plus, they can evaluate him more closely for a few weeks.

Friday night video fun: Best hustle plays of 2014-15 season

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In two months, we’ll be watching real NBA regular season games.

Until then, we will have to go to YouTube to get our fix. Over at NBA.com, they put together a mix tape of the best hustle plays of the 2014-15 season and nothing will make you jones for a game that matters like these kinds of plays.

It’s not a coincidence you see stars like Chris Paul, LeBron James, Tim Duncan and Russell Westbrook in a highlight package like this. But don’t worry, there’s some Matthew Dellavedova, too.

Pelicans strength coach says Anthony Davis is “stronger than he’s ever been”

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Who’s excited for #MuscleWatch? Every year, as training camp approaches, you hear about players being in the best shape of their lives, or putting on 10 pounds of muscle. Sometimes it translates into results, and sometimes it doesn’t.

If this latest entrant turns out to be the real deal, that could be scary for the rest of the league. Pelicans strength coach Jason Sumerlin says Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle, bringing him up to 253 pounds.

Via Pelicans.com:

“Our first phase was portion control,” said Sumerlin, taking over for Carlos Daniel, who left to further his education in the training field. “I wanted Anthony to eat more than he does, actually, because that’s the only way to gain weight. You have to get more protein, more calories. He’s never going to cut out pizza, but I finally got him to eat seafood, for the first time ever. He had salmon. He also has a chef now, so he’s become more adventurous when it comes to food and his diet. Changing his diet is a huge thing and probably half the battle.”

The second aspect of Davis’ muscle increase came from spending extensive time in the weight room with Sumerlin, getting on an uninterrupted lifting routine.

“He has been lifting consistently, doing all the small things perfectly and efficiently,” Sumerlin said of Davis’ regimen. “We are more consistent in his lifts and his corrective exercises. He’s lifted a lot more weight – he’s stronger than he’s ever been.”

The additional strength should allow Davis to hold his ground better against bigger frontcourt players he faces, some of whom have outweighed or outmuscled him in the past.

“He’s going to be stronger, faster, quicker and more explosive this year,” said Sumerlin, who has also emphasized core strength. “He talks about it all the time. He feels it. His trunk stability is a huge thing. Whenever he has been down low with the big guys, he kind of collapses (at his midsection). He’s starting to understand how to use his body more efficiently now.”

You obviously have to take any August reports about the shape a player is in with a sizable grain of salt, but the idea of a stronger but still agile Anthony Davis is absolutely terrifying. He’s going to be playing a lot of center in Alvin Gentry’s offense, so the added strength will come in handy for banging with opposing bigs. Davis is already in line to be the next generational superstar; this might be the year he overtakes LeBron James and Kevin Durant and becomes the best player in the NBA.

Report: Russell Westbrook marrying longtime girlfriend this weekend

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It’s been an eventful summer for Russell Westbrook. He participated in Team USA minicamp, launched his first signature shoe with Jordan Brand (the Westbrook Zero) and he’s capping it off by marrying longtime girlfriend Nina Earl, about a month before training camp.

Via TMZ:

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook is getting a ring even before the NBA season begins — he’s marrying his longtime GF this weekend in a pretty baller setting.

TMZ Sports has learned … Russell and Nina Earl will walk down the aisle in Beverly Hills on Saturday — just about a year after they started planning. As we reported, they announced their engagement last September … when Nina posted a pic of her $700k ring!

Earl and Westbrook have been together since they were in college at UCLA. Knowing Westbrook, his wedding-day suit will be something memorable.