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Miami bringing Briante Weber into camp with chance to make roster

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For three seasons, Briante Weber has bounced around the fringes of the NBA. The defensive-minded point guard has played in short stints (often 10-day contracts) for the Grizzlies, Heat, Warriors, Hornets, and last season he got in 13 games for the Rockets (plus five in Memphis). He’s spent most of his career in the G-League, working for his chance to get in the door.

Miami is bringing him into training camp, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

This is apparently camp invite.

There is roster space in Miami if Webber blows them away. Miami has 12 fully guaranteed roster spots and, with Webber, two partially-guaranteed deals (Malik Newman, who was undrafted out of Kansas, is the other).

The problem for Webber is Miami is deep at the point guard spot: Goran Dragic will start, and if Tyler Johnson is healthy (as expected) he will get a lot of minutes behind him, and then there is Newman. The Heat also have in the guard rotation Dion Waiters, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder, and possibly Dwyane Wade if he returns (all of those guys are more two guards).

That’s a lot of guys for Webber to beat out and find a spot. On the other hand, his defensive style is something different from what the Heat have on the roster.

Webber is a longshot, but he’s at least going to camp.

Lakers signing Stephen Zimmerman, V.J. Beachem

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The Lakers have 14 players with guaranteed contracts. That leaves one regular-season, standard-contract roster spot up for grabs.

They’ve already added Vander Blue and Briante Weber. Now, two more competitors join the mix.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Stephen Zimmerman, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Magic drafted Zimmerman in the second round last year then waived the 20-year-old this summer. With a lingering arm injury and in need of more muscle, it’s unclear he’ll ever be healthy and strong enough to stick in the NBA, especially because his skill set requires him to play inside. But he’s moderately mobile and skilled. This is a fine flier.

V.J. Beachem went undrafted after four years at Notre Dame. He’s a 3-and-D prospect who’s not a sure bet to translate either skill to the NBA. Another reasonable choice for the Lakers here.

Both Zimmerman and Beachem likely end up waived and on the Lakers’ minor-league affiliate. But each will have a chance to beat out Blue and Weber first.

Lakers bringing Briante Weber in for training camp

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Briante Weber has been hanging around the fringes of the NBA for a couple years, the point guard has played in short stints (usually 10-day contracts) for the Grizzlies, Heat, Warriors, and most recently Hornets. He’s also spent time in the D-League and played for Charlotte in the Orlando Summer league this year.

Now the Los Angeles Lakers are bringing in Weber into training camp to see if he can make the roster, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

The Lakers have 14 players on guaranteed contracts, so in theory there is one roster spot left open. However, the Lakers may be set at the point — Lonzo Ball will start, but behind him Tyler Ennis and Jordan Clarkson can be the backups. It is possible the Lakers take on another point guard on a deal that carries no salary over to next season (they are being very protective of cap space, trying to set up two max contracts next summer) but it is very possible the Lakers will leave that final roster spot open for flexibility during the season.

The people who should be most concerned about the Weber signing is anyone who likes beer and has courtside seats for a Lakers’ preseason game.

Heat beat up Hornets in Game 1

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Hassan Whiteside started to flex his right arm while still swinging on the rim by his left hand. It was as if he couldn’t wait until landing to celebrate his strength.

A moment later, Whiteside came down from his dunk while drawing a foul, flexed both arms and smacked his chest. From the bench, teammates Justise Winslow, Richardson and Briante Weber imitated him with their own flexes, exaggeratedly puffed-out chests and big grins.

The Heat overpowered the Hornets inside in a 123-91 Game 1 laugher Sunday.

Luol Deng scored 31 as Miami set a franchise record for points in a playoff game. The Heat’s field-goal percentage, 57.6, was the most by any team this postseason or last. Their 28 baskets in the paint matched Charlotte’s total makes.

Even when Miami missed, it turned out OK. Before the final quarter, when they took their foot off the gas, the Heat had a offensive rating of 81.8… on possessions where they missed a shot. That’s better than the Rockets (73.9) or Mavericks (70.4) did overall yesterday.

Miami was so dominant, history suggests this series is already over. No NBA team has ever lost a first-round series after winning Game 1 by at least 30, going 12-for-12 entering this year.

Charlotte falls to 0-9 in the playoffs since reemerging as the Bobcats in 2004, and this defeat was twice as lopsided as any of the other eight.

Recovering from this setback won’t be easy. The Hornets allowed an NBA-low 20.2% offensive-rebounding percentage during the regular season, but the Heat cranked that up to 43.5% through three quarters. Essentially, Charlotte’s biggest strength turned into a debilitating liability.

Whiteside (21 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals) dictated so much of the game, acing his first playoff test. Dwyane Wade added 16 points, using his post-up skills well.

Nicolas Batum (24 points) provided a little individual offensive punch for Charlotte, but he couldn’t help get his teammates going against a stifling Heat defense. He had more turnovers (three) than assists (one), as did Kemba Walker (two to one).

Report: Heat to round out playoff roster with D-League’s Briante Weber

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We know the Heat are close to signing Dorell Wright to add some wing depth and three-point shooting for the playoffs. We also know Miami had one more roster spot they were looking to fill before the playoffs started, just to have some practice depth.

Enter Briante Weber. The guard who spent his season at Sioux Falls will be with Miami, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

The Miami Heat plan to sign guard Briante Weber to a three-year contract, league sources told The Vertical. The deal is partially guaranteed after this season.

Weber, 23, helped lead the Heat’s NBA Development League affiliate, Sioux Falls, to a 40-10 record in the regular season and a first-round postseason sweep over Westchester. For the D-League season, Weber averaged 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

Webber had a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies, the roster there was so depleted he even started four games, but they did not keep him beyond that deal. Webber shot 34.2 percent for Memphis and missed every three he took.

The Heat will take a longer view, having him work with the team through the playoffs then join their Summer League squad to see if he can develop his game and earn a roster spot for next season.