Report: Kevin Seraphin drawing interest from Wizards, Lakers, Mavericks


Kevin Seraphin is a solid NBA backup center who wanted to find a starting job somewhere this summer. I’m sorry Kevin, but it’s not going to work out that way.

He’s solid, but not really starter quality. Last season in Washington he played 15 minutes a night, scored 6.6 points on 51.3 percent shooting, grabbed 3.3 boards and was reliable nightly. He doesn’t have much shooting range, and in the past there have been issues with fouling and turnovers. That was enough to keep teams with starting spots looking elsewhere.

Washington would love to bring him back and have him behind Marcin Gortat in the rotation again. But they are not alone in the mix, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

The Suns and Spurs also have some interest.

Dallas makes sense, they will start Zaza Pachulia at the five and try to have shooters everywhere, Seraphin would get some good run behind him and be a quality change of pace. It has long been known that once DeAndre Jordan flipped on the Mavericks Seraphin became a big target of theirs.

The Lakers make less sense, they have Roy Hibbert and Robert Sacre under contract, plus they are bringing in rookie Robert Upshaw and giving him a chance to make the roster. Seraphin only makes sense if they don’t think Upshaw makes the team and they plan to move Sacre.

We know the Wizards want him back, we know that. The Suns already have Tyson Chandler and Alex Len at the five. The Spurs don’t have a more traditional big-body center with Tiago Splitter gone, but their roster seems fairly set.

Of course, the decision will come down to one thing: Money. Playing time too, but money wins out almost every time.

Report: Heat agree to one-year deal with veteran forward Gerald Green


All of the big names are off the market now, and we’re entering the stage of free agency where teams are fighting over the remaining role players and filling out their benches. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Heat have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran forward Gerald Green, who played for the Suns the previous two seasons:

Green has been solid for Phoenix, but they were unlikely to re-sign him given their depth on the wing. He’s a quality addition to Miami’s bench, a capable scorer and defender who should help their depth.

Now that players can finally, officially sign deals here’s a list of who did at midnight


The moratorium is over.

The NBA’s practice of allowing more than a week of negotiations between players and teams before anyone can actually put pen to paper to sign a deal has never gotten more scrutiny, thanks to DeAndre Jordan and his house guests. There could be changes in the future.

But the system wasn’t changing this year, and that moratorium ended when the calendar flipped from July 8 to 9 (Eastern time). Here is a list of who we know signed with teams immediately after midnight. There may be more, and the majority of players will sign later in the day (and have press conferences where they will talk to the media), but here is the list as we have it now (in no particular order):

• Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
• Omer Asik (New Orleans Pelicans)
• Alexis Ajinca (New Orleans Pelicans)
• Dante Cunningham (New Orleans Pelicans)
• Brandon Bass (Los Angeles Lakers)
• Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers)
• Ed Davis (Portland Trail Blazers)
• DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
• Luis Scola (Toronto Raptors)
• Brandan Wright (Memphis Grizzlies)

Report: Suns reach two-year deal to bring Sonny Weems back to NBA

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Sonny Weems was one of the first guys on the NBA bubble who during the 2011 NBA lockout said “screw this, I’m going to go get paid in Europe” and signed to play in Lithuania. He stayed overseas and got paid for a few seasons, spending the last one with Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow, but starting to eye an NBA return.

Now he’s back.

Weems has reached a deal to return to the Phoenix Suns, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN.

That’s a little bit of a pay cut from the $3 million he was under contract for in Russia (he had an opt-out to return to the NBA).

Weems scored 9.2 points and played almost 24 minutes a night for the Raptors when last he was in the NBA. However, reports out of Europe say the small forward has improved his game — he shot nearly 40 percent from three last season — and he could step in and give the Suns some help on the wings.

Weems will be battling for minutes with P.J. Tucker and T.J. Warren, and someone is going to lose out in that group and be mostly glued to the bench.

Also, here’s the best highlight we have of Weems in Europe, it should make Suns fans smile.

Report: Pistons reach two-year deal to retain Joel Anthony


Stan Van Gundy is going to start Andre Drummond at the five and Ersan Ilyasova as a stretch four next to him, with guys like Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris coming off the bench up front.

But like every coach, he’d like a little more depth up front.

Enter Joel Anthony.

The Pistons like what they saw from him last year (they traded for him from Boston at the start of the season) and now have reached a two-year deal to retain Joel Anthony as their third center, reports Vincent Ellis with the Detroit Free Press.

The 6-foot-9 center who provided a strong veteran presence in the locker room last season has agreed to a two-year, $5-million deal, according the person with firsthand knowledge of the situation. The second year of the contract is not guaranteed….

His playing time wasn’t consistent with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe taking the majority of minutes at center, but he excelled when called upon. His player efficiency rating of 14.74 was a career high for the eight-year veteran.

For the record, that PER is below the league average (15). Best remembered for his time on LeBron’s Heat squads, Anthony doesn’t bring much on the offensive end, but he rebounds and defends, plus plays with a lot of energy. In the limited minutes he will get this season, that’s all the Pistons need.

At this price for one year, it’s a fair deal.