NBA Free Agent News
Let loose by the New York Knicks following the completion of training camp, John Shurna is now weighing his options for what comes next. The sharpshooter's agent says his client is currently weighting overseas options and may also look to the NBADL.
After spending two seasons with the NBA championship contending Spurs, James Anderson now finds himself thrust onto the Rio Grande Valley Vipers' roster in the D-League. He will now have to work his way back as he eyes a return to The Association.
Signed by the Mavericks just this past Saturday, NBA vet Chris Douglas-Roberts was subsequently waived the very next day. Could this all be part of a master plan by Dallas to have CDR play for their D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends?
The New Jersey Brooklyn Nets are the first team to hold a public free agent workout and, as a result, they were able to bring in some pretty good names. Maybe not "good" in a sense of them still having excellent basketball abilities, but rather "good" in the sense that they were able to wrangle up quite a few names that are recognizable.
It's been one week since the Showcase was completed, however, and the NBA veterans continue to sign with the D-League in hopes of showing talent evaluators that they're in shape. The latest, according to league sources, is eight-year NBA veteran Devin Brown.
Mikki Moore and Willie Warren both signed D-League contracts on Tuesday, according to a league source. Both former NBA players will clear waivers on Thursday and join their new team for a weekend of play before being thrust in front of an audience featuring representatives from all 30 NBA teams next week in Reno.
Ricky Davis last played in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2009-10 season. He'll make a bid at a comeback by playing with the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League.
Greg Ostertag and Ricky Davis, both former NBA starters, have decided to make NBA comeback attempts through the D-League.
Eddie Robinson and Rodney Buford are both rather infamously remembered for their NBA careers. Now, thanks to a wondrous new basketball league north of the border, the two will be united on the basketball court for the upcoming season.
NBA players are following Wilson Chandler to China to play during the NBA lockout.
NBA players are still steadily heading to Europe. The players aren't exactly the most recognizable names in the league, however.
The Los Angeles Lakers are hosting a free agent mini-camp this week, but we already knew that. Unlike most of the other teams bringing in a crop of young players for workouts this week, however, the Lakers have decided to go with a healthy dose of veterans.
Not much in the way of NBA rumors, but there were a couple of things of interest that I've tracked down for the 12 loyal readers of my humble abode. There are two more mini-camps taking place this week, in addition to the three already happening, as bot the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns will take looks at potential minimum salary additions to next season's roster.
The Miami Heat are holding a free agent camp this week, as briefly mentioned on Monday, featuring a fair amount of under-the-radar prospects. The names in Miami aren't the household names that have been frequenting this summer's free agent workouts, but there's a decent number of players that just might be able to crack an NBA roster next season.
There has been plenty of talk at Ridiculous Upside about free agent workouts over the past few weeks, but a less star-studded free agent workout happened over the weekend when the D-League held its National Tryout in Louisville, Ky.
The 2011 NBA Draft has come and gone, leaving everyone waiting now for good news regarding the looming NBA lockout. Until then, however, we'll keep the rumor roundup going as long as there are interesting things coming out on the undrafted prospects -- as well as the other free agents outside of the NBA.
There isn't going to be a Summer League this year, unfortunately, but plenty of teams are still holding workouts for the top undrafted rookies as well as a host of NBA and D-League veterans. The Atlanta Hawks have jumped out in front of most teams in this regard, too, bringing in the majority of the top undrafted free agents for a look this week.
The 2011 NBA Draft took place last Thursday, and while typically the next big thing to look forward to would be Summer League invites, the timeline has changed this summer due to the looming lockout. Instead of Summer League, though, teams have decided to keep busy by hosting NBA free agent workouts to get a look at the minimum salary-type guys for next season's training camp invites.
It's the week of the 2011 NBA Draft so we should probably be concentrating my efforts there. However, when news of Adam Morrison working out for the Chicago Bulls hits Ridiculous Upside headquarters, it has to be written about.
The Timberwolves, Thunder, Knicks, Hornets and Pacers have already brought in players fans sort of remember from yesteryear and now -- according to sources with knowledge of the workout -- the Denver Nuggets will begin a three-day workout for prospective additions to their training camp roster.
It's unclear if the impending NBA lockout is causing teams to hold more free agent workouts or I'm just hearing about them for the first time this offseason, but the Indiana Pacers became the latest team to invite non-rookies in for a look-see this week.
Bonzi Wells worked out with the New York Knicks last week, as reported here, and reports out of the camp from New York's local media seemed to be that the 34-year-old had a pretty good showing. That might be because he was the most familiar name of the three players they knew were in attendance, but it's at least a start toward an NBA comeback.
The New York Knicks are diving full bore into the D-League this week. Following their partnership with the Erie BayHawks earlier on Wednesday, team executives invited a host of professional prospects to take part in the first of two planned free agent workouts as the team builds its database of potential training camp invitees.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the more proactive NBA teams when it comes to taking advantage of its D-League counterpart in the Tulsa 66ers, but they'll take a look at a host of other free agents Tuesday and Wednesday during a free agent mini-camp according to sources with knowledge of the workout.
As the brilliant readers of Ridiculous Upside probably gleaned from the title, the Minnesota Timberwolves are working out free agent prospects on Thursday and Friday even after news broke of the team signing Ricky Rubio late Wednesday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have already hosted their share of NBA Draft workouts so, in a move unprecedented so far this offseason, the team has now decided to take a look at a group of prospects that aren't eligible to be drafted when the date of June 23 arrives.
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday a list of 17 players that will participate in the team’s free agent camp this weekend. Thefree agent workout features a weird combination of players: former NBA guys, a handful of D-League players, a bunch of Euroleague vets and a few guys who haven't been relevant for several years.
The Charlotte Bobcats are conducting a multi-day mini-camp with free agents from all around the world (and the D-League) beginning this morning according to a press release forwarded to Ridiculous Upside Monday. More than likely, it'll be a sort of Summer League team tryout - which is still exciting as it's another opportunity to play in front of NBA decision makers.