Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.
Right before the season starts is when a lot of players who were invited to camp are cut free, and will be off to the D-League or Europe. A number of those cuts lead off our And-1 Links today:
• The Miami Heat waived Rodney Carney and Jarvis Varnado.
• The Brooklyn Nets waived Carleton Scott and James Mays.
• The Chicago Bulls waived Ryan Allen and Marko Jaric.
• The Utah Jazz waived Chris Quinn and Darnell Jackson.
• The Boston Celtics waived Rob Kurz and Micah Downs.
• The Phoenix Suns waived big men Ike Diogu and Solomon Jones.
• The Golden State Warriors waived Carlon Brown, Tarence Kinsey, Lance Goulbourne and Rick Jackson.
• Portland is sending Dallas Lauderdale and Demonte Harper to Idaho of the D-League.
• The San Antonio Spurs waived rookies Wesley Witherspoon and JaMychal Green.
• The Cleveland Cavaliers signed D’Aundray Brown but are expected to send him to the D-League.
• Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist and huge NBA fan Flea (who did one of the more interesting Star Spangled Banner renditions I have ever heard) wasn’t allowed to see the OKC Thunder locker room, because… I don’t know why, but he calls them “Noveau riche.”
• If you’re looking for a good season preview to read, you’re not going to do much better than the Hardwood Paroxysm 2012-2013 Season Preview Guide.
• This was expected, but it appears Jonas Valanciunas is your starting center in Toronto.
• Also expected, the Sixers picked up their fourth-year option on Evan Turner.
• Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak talks about how it all came together in Los Angeles this summer.
• In case you missed the news, the NHL’s Islanders are moving in with the Nets in the Barclays’ Center in Brooklyn. But if they move off Long Island do they have to change their name? Probably not, the Jazz didn’t when they left New Orleans for Utah.
• Watch and NBA game and you’ll see more and more players following Dwyane Wade’s trend and using Court Grip. This is certainly a bit of an ad, but you’ll get a sense of what it is and does this video will tell you. And as players are always looking for an edge (real or imagined), they are flocking to this.