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Report: Suns sign former Harvard forward Kyle Casey

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Allowed 15 players on their regular-season roster and having just 13 with guaranteed salaries, the Suns aren’t stopping at Terrico White.

Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic:

The Suns have training-camp agreements with shooting guard Terrico White and small forward Kyle Casey

Casey built momentum for the 2013 NBA draft entering his senior year at Harvard. But he and teammate Brandyn Curry became the faces of a cheating scandal that involved 125 students. Casey withdrew from school to avoid a suspension wiping out his final season of eligibility. He spent part of his year away working for a non-profit and then returned to the team for 2013-14. But he had a down season and went undrafted. He played overseas last season.

A 6-foot-8 forward with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Casey has potential as a defender. Maybe his off-court issues just causes him to fall through the cracks.

He and White will have a chance to earn the two vacant roster spots.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Suns sign more players for training camp, though. Plus, a Markieff Morris trade could change Phoenix’s roster breakdown.

Both Casey and White are eligible to be waived and have their D-League rights assigned to the Suns’ affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam. It’d hardly be surprising if that’s the outcome.

For now, though, Casey and White are the 14th and 15th players on a team that can keep 15 players into the regular season.

Report: Suns sign Terrico White

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Markieff Morris’ dissatisfaction looms over the Suns’ entire offseason. They must trade him or find a way to keep him from lowering the team’s morale, and of course, dealing him requires finding someone to take him (ideally for value).

But the Suns aren’t letting that troubling situation overwhelm them.

They’re also filling out their roster.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Guard Terrico White has reached agreement on a free-agent contract with the Phoenix Suns, league sources told RealGM.

White’s agent, Daniel Hazan of Hazan Sports Management, confirmed the deal via text message Thursday.

The Pistons drafted White No. 36 out of Mississippi in 2010, though he never played for them after suffering a preseason injury. White then fizzled out of the NBA and has played in the D-League and overseas since.

I’d be surprised if White got much of a guarantee, if any, but he still has a chance to stick in Phoenix. The Suns have just 13 players under contract, though all 13 have guaranteed salaries. That leaves two vacant roster spots below the regular-season limit.

The 6-foot-5 White entered the NBA as an explosive leaper with a promising shooting stroke. If he has become more aggressive and/or developed his playmaking skills, he has a chance to become Phoenix’s primary backup shooting guard. Devin Booker and Archie Goodwin are definitely more valuable, but they’re so young, it’s not completely inconceivable White is more ready to produce right now. That role is particularly important because the Suns’ starting guards, Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe, figure to play point guard exclusively while the other sits.

Still, I’d bet on at least one of Booker or Goodwin – and maybe even both – outplaying White already. If that’s the case, it’s much harder to find a reason for Phoenix to keep the 25-year-old White.

But there’s a regular-season roster spot available for White now. Depending how everything shakes out with Morris, maybe that will remain the case.

Thursday morning one liners


Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT.

The Celtics may have been closer to getting Chris Paul than you think.

Eddy Curry is about to sign a deal with the Heat. So, you can just start sizing them all for championship rings right now. (Actually, this is certainly a make-good contract for camp.)

how u? Roger Mason is likely to sign with the Wizards.

Jamal Magloire is about to sign with the Toronto Raptors (which would make him the first ever Canadian born Raptor).

Earl Watson may well be with the Wizards as a backup to John Wall.

Marquis Daniels is about to return to the Boston Celtics.

Terrico White is being let go by the Pistons, so if anybody needs a guy who can dunk….

T.J. Ford could be backing up Tony Parker with the Spurs.

Carlos Arroyo is interested in the Knicks.

John Wall says the Wizards’ goal is to make the playoffs this year.

Dwyane Wade enters this season lean after a training program with a black belt and former military pilot.

Pau Gasol is pretty much just trying to ignore the trade rumors.

After all the talk and meetings, maybe the Nuggets end up with Nene.

You want to know why all the star free agents gravitate towards the big markets? Check out the NBA television broadcast schedule.

Check out the Wizards’ new court. I like it.

A closer look at the back-to-back-to-backs (or, stop your whining).

One thing not in the new NBA labor deal — testing for human growth hormone (although it could be approved later). Not sure it’s a big problem in the NBA, but shouldn’t there be testing for it?

Speaking of human growth, the Celtics appear to be inviting Mike Sweetney to training camp.

There are things to like about Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley. He’s up front, for one.

More and more rumors of Big Baby Glen Davis being headed to the Hornets, although the Celtics are talking to him.

Maybe Jordan Crawford finds his footing with the Warriors.

Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide says he was not drunk when he called Dwight Howard to tell him the entire city of Orlando loved him.

The Associated Press has settled a lawsuit with NBA referee Bill Spooner for $20,000, after Spooner sued because an AP writer said he made a make-up call in an NBA game. The AP writer may have misheard the one conversation in question. But make no mistake, NBA refs do makeup calls all the time.

What was it like to cover the NBA lockout on stake out in New York? Howard Beck of the New York Times tells you.

Video: Top 10 plays from Rudy Gay charity game Tuesday

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We already brought you one highlight from the Rudy Gay All-Star charity game in Memphis, but we thought we’d bring you the Terrico White highlight video that is the rest of it. These kind of no defense, wide open games suit White well. And he stole the show over LeBron James, Josh Selby and others.

Video via HoopMixTape.com.

Detroit rookie Terrico White breaks foot, needs surgery

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Thumbnail image for twhite_rookiephoto.jpgUPDATE 5:37 pm: Just a bad outcome for White — he needs to have surgery to repair his broken foot and will go under the knife on Friday, according to the official Detroit Piston twitter account.

How long he will be out will be determined after the surgery. However the basic rule of “foot surgery is never good news for basketball players” applies here. Hopefully it is not that serious and as a young buck he can bounce back.

8:26 am: In the second half of the Pistons first preseason game, Pistons rookie Terrico White broke his foot and now will be out through the rest of camp and into the season.

Exactly how long he will be out will be determined after a re-evaluation of this foot today, tweeted Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News.

The injury happened in the second half but wasn’t really diagnosed until the Pistons were back in their locker room, where suddenly Pistons staff was carrying White around.

White, drafted last June in the second round out of Ole Miss, is a bit of a project for Detroit. He may well be the best athlete in the draft but he was very raw. During Summer League we saw a player who showed flashes of that athletic ability but for the most part seemed to be thinking more than just reacting. The Pistons signed him to a two-year deal to see if he could harness those physical gifts.

This, obviously, is a bit of a setback. Camp was where guys like White can get focus from the coaches. During the season there is little time for practice with one-on-one instruction.