NBA Player News

  • Paul George SF | IND

    Pacers' Paul George: Dealing with minor calf strain

    George left Tuesday's USA exhibition matchup against China with a minor left calf strain and will not return, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.

    George is dealing with a minor calf strain, but he's reportedly only being held out as a precautionary measure considering Team USA had double the score of the Chinese by halftime. It's not expected to be serious and George will likely be available as early as Friday's exhibition game versus Venezuela. He finished the night playing just under 10 minutes, posting six points, one rebound, two assists and a block.

  • Paul Pierce SF | LAC

    Clippers' Paul Pierce: Will return for another season

    Pierce will return to the Clippers for the 2016-17 season, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Pierce has been mulling over his options since the start of the offseason and was recently reported as leaning towards coming back, so this news comes as little surprise. However, Pierce averaged career-lows of 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist over just 18 minutes per game this past year and likely won't see a much larger role heading into his age 38 season, meaning he should remain heavily restricted in his fantasy potential.

  • Adreian Payne PF | MIN

    Timberwolves' Adreian Payne: Stars in summer league

    Payne went for 15.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game in eight Las Vegas Summer League contests.

    Despite his strong summer, Payne may not have even been the team's best player thanks to the shows put on courtesy of both Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones. However, Minnesota would be foolish to overlook Payne's strong performance. The former Michigan State product led the Timberwolves in the rebounding department this summer. Unfortunately for Payne, Minnesota has a plethora of bigs such as Karl Anthony-Towns and Nikola Pekovic which is likely to restrict much if not all of his production.

  • Glenn Robinson SG | IND

    Pacers' Glenn Robinson: Leads Indiana in scoring during summer league

    Robinson averaged 15.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2 assists per game in five Orlando Summer League appearances.

    Robinson served as Indiana's leading scorer throughout summer league play. In 80 career games, the two-year veteran has posted 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per contest, so his performance this summer proved to be something out of the ordinary. While Robinson only shot 54.5 percent from the charity stripe, he converted on 38.1 percent of his three-pointers. While the offensive will likely run through both Paul George and Monta Ellis, Robinson could be ready to take on a bigger role this upcoming season.

  • Jerian Grant PG | CHI

    Bulls' Jerian Grant: Turns it around in summer league

    Grant tallied 12.7 points, 2.9 boards and 3.9 assists per game in seven Las Vegas Summer League appearances.

    Grant eclipsed double figures in the scoring column in five of his seven games with Chicago including one double-double on July 18. After a slow start, Grant ultimately finished his summer on a strong note. In his first two games, the Notre Dame product recorded just three assists and coughed up a combined seven turnovers. However, over his next five contests, Grant dished out 24 assists while turning it over just six times. Grant will have to improve on his field goal percentage (34.9 percent) moving forward, but with his physical attributes and experience, he may be ready to help Chicago in his sophomore season.

  • Rudy Gay SF | SAC

    Kings' Rudy Gay: Underwent offseason surgery

    Gay revealed he underwent surgery on his Achilles this offseason in an interview with Sactown Royalty on Monday.

    In the interview, Gay mentioned he has been dealing with Achilles tendonitis for the past couple of seasons and underwent surgery to address the problem. He reportedly now feels better than he has the past two years and shouldn't be limited by the injury as training camp approaches. Gay, who's name has been swirling in trade rumors, had a down-year last season but could return to form next year as he returns to full strength, regardless of what team he ends up with.

  • Briante Weber PG | MIA

    Heat's Briante Weber: Performs well in summer league outings

    Weber averaged 9.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in nine Orlando and Las Vegas Summer League games.

    Having appeared in only seven games during his rookie season, Weber came into the summer eager to prove his ability. While he didn't necessary make any jaws drop, he likely played well enough to secure a spot on the roster. The 6-foot-2 guard led the Heat with 39 assists and 35 steals. Aside from Goran Dragic, Weber remains the only other true point guard on Miami's current roster.

  • Trail Blazers' Maurice Harkless: Re-signs with Trail Blazers

    Harkless agreed Tuesday to re-sign with the Trail Blazers on a four-year, $40 million contract, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    After going underutilized for much of the first half of the season, Harkless took over as the Blazers' starting power forward in February and made a positive impression. In his 14 regular-season starts, Harkless averaged 11.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block in 26.9 minutes per game. He came close to maintaining those averages during the Blazers' 11-game postseason run, but it's uncertain if he'll continue to work as a starter in 2016-17. The Blazers' brain trust has already indicated that the team intends to play Al-Farouq Aminu more frequently at power forward this season, and with Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe in the mix to see playing time at the other forward spot, Harkless could see his minutes tail off a bit.

  • Warriors' Anderson Varejao: Likely to miss 2016 Summer Olympics

    Varejao is expected to miss the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to a back injury, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

    It's an undoubtedly frustrating development for Varejao, who was hoping to represent Brazil for a final time while his home country hosted the Olympics. The veteran big man returned to the United States over the weekend to undergo testing on his back, and evidently, it was determined his injury was significant enough to require time off for rest. It's uncertain if Varejao will be healthy enough to join the Warriors for training camp, but the team isn't counting on him to play big minutes this season in any case.

  • Otto Porter SF | WAS

    Wizards' Otto Porter: Contract extension looks unlikely

    Porter isn't expected to come to terms with the Wizards on a contract extension before the upcoming season, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

    Porter's rookie-scale contract will come to an end next summer, so he'll become a restricted free agent at that time if he doesn't reach agreement on an extension. The former No. 3 overall pick is projected to start at small forward again in 2016-17 after turning in career-best production last season. He averaged 11.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 three-pointers across 30.3 minutes per game during his third NBA campaign.