Andrei Kirilenko is in love with Cheetahs

Our favourite Russian NBA star, AK47 is currently in Africa as a part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program… Of course, No trip to Africa is complete without seeing some of the native wildlife.

Today, Kirilenko managed to get up close & personal with a cheetah. He was obviously taken away by it’s grace & majesticness because he went to instagram & stated:

I am in love with Cheetahs…влюбился в гепардов..:)

Now let’s hope that AK47 follows this up with a photo of him walking a brand new pet cheetah through the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

via: BDL

Joel Embiid in love triangle with Rihanna and the Bachelorette…..probably

As the NBA summer rolls along, some things never change and thankfully one of those is Joel Embiid’s Twitter game which remains strong as ever.

After recent attempts at wooing both Kim Kardashian and Rihanna over Twitter, the Embiid romance rollercoaster took another wild turn. Embiid ”revealed” that Andi Dorfman……the girl form the Bachelorette had in fact chosen the Philly big man over actual contestants Josh and Nick.

As far as moving on from Rihanna, Embiid’s brilliant Twitter avatar suggests otherwise.

If the creators of NBA 2K15 have any sense, the will be bringing the #Johanna cover to stores near you soon.

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Rihanna even gave Embiid a follow on Twitter a few days back so it appears we have the age-old case of the NBA/singer/reality TV star, love triangle. A subject which my sources confirm has a whole three-hour seminar dedicated to at the Rookie Transition Program, so i’m sure he will be just fine.

I will actually never get sick of this guy. Ever

#PlayOnPlaya

What’s in store for Steven Adams’ basketball camp

Let Steven guide your children today.

Let Steven guide your children today.

By Hayley Byrnes.

NBA stars are few and far between; some are born with natural talent, others need nurturing. That’s why when I think of “Basketball Camp”, I think of none other than my friend* Steven Adams. I mean, where else are your kids going to learn how to source MVP’s as best mates or how to take an elbow to the head? It just makes sense. Steven begins running his camp over in New Zealand next month, so let’s take a look into what the children of tomorrow will be learning.

Learn how to get your opponents suspended while looking innocent.
Here, Steven teaches the rare skill of “provoking”. From Nate Robinson to Zach Randolph, Adams teaches your children the art of getting under the oppositions skin.  Not everyone has been so blessed to grow up playing rugby like Steven. Kicks to that head and broken bones are as common as a fan wondering why Kendrick Perkins hasn’t been amnestied. Future skills to pay the bills.

Learn to not be a dick!
If there’s one thing I can relate to Steven the most, it’s being a Kiwi in America. When you’re not dealing with another “throw another shrimp on the barbie” quote or explaining that no, you don’t know any hobbits, it’s your job as a New Zealander to make our country look great.

“For me once I go out there to America I’m pretty much representing all of New Zealand because most people haven’t met New Zealand people, so I have to take that into consideration. If I’m like a dick, then they’re like New Zealand guys are dicks. If you’ve just got a normal Kiwi attitude then they’re fine with it” said Steven in Auckland yesterday.

So go forth and be dick-free today!

Being a Kiwi is rad.

Following the lead from Flight of the Conchords, Adams is letting the world in on the Kiwi dry sense of humor. While often regarded as nonchalant, Adams has proven time and time again how important it is not caring about interviews. Be candid, never smile and always make reporters nervous. Adams reminds New Zealanders that their power is in nobody knowing where the hell you’re from. Keep it up, Steven!

Learn real estate with Steven.

Steven knows property. He knows that a clothesline is neither here nor there, he knows his wood, and he can point out the perks of a double oven. Steven Adams Property Developer? Sign me up!

Grooming with Steven.

That hair gel game doesn’t just create itself. Steven will teach your children the art of  the “Scoop and Swoop” – sticking your hand in a tub of gel and hoping for the best. See, this is what makes Steven a double-edge sword, he doesn’t only rely on his hair-gel game to get him over the line, oh no. There is also “Summertime Steven”, a special look Steven crafted throughout this year’s Summer League. Short on testosterone and lacking facial hair is a common occurrence throughout the youth of today, and Steven showcases how to pull off the wispy mustache with conviction.

“I don’t think you’re ready for this gel-ay”

“I don’t think you’re ready for this gel-ay”

Steven will extend your vocabulary

Some players will cruise through a decade of  NBA and leave us with nothing — but not our Steven. Instead he’s generously given us more than most stars in a lifetime.

On his first year in the NBA:

“Probably the biggest thing is the private planes. Wow, that thing’s amazing. Got all the food on there, a bunch of drinks. I don’t know, It’s just amazing, never seen nothing like it. Tables, tables on planes, that’s amazing.”

On Oklahoma City:

“The winter is like, I was sliding around everywhere, it’s really cold. Like thunderstorms, it’s so hot. I was like, ‘Oh, man’. I don’t want to say it sucks, but it’s borderline.”

On watching Kevin Durant play basketball:

“I was amazed like the first time, like ‘Whoa, this is cool’ in practice. But after some time, you get used to it and now it’s just like ‘Cool.’”

“Steven Adams – An elbow in time” – on bookshelves soon.

Steven teaches why New Zealanders are better than Australians.

For most, this is a daily struggle and many misguided Australians go about daily life still not understanding the basic concept – New Zealanders are way cooler than Aussies. While it’s easy to make excuses for the Australians given their low IQ and reluctance to acknowledge their superiors, Steven had been an avid Aussie basher from the start and has used his profile to get the message out there.

“I search out Aussies and make it my job to make their lives miserable” Steven said back in May.

What a guy. Hopefully Steven continues his selfless crusade to get this message out to more people.

It’s OK to be hated.

So what if you got that kid sent off throwing a punch? That’s not your problem! Steven teaches it doesn’t mater if you piss people off, as long as your team is winning.

On people not liking him?

“Kinda sad, to be honest with you. I don’t like people not liking me. I like to think I’m a likable guy. And when they elbowed me, I’m like, “Aww, that’s our friendship out the door.”

*Steven is not really my friend although he should be.
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Hayley Byrnes is a New Zealander living in the fine city of Miami. She runs game-face.net & covers the Miami Heat for SB Nation’s HotHotHoops.com. Follow her on Twitter: @HayloHaylz.

Boris Diaw signs Spurs contract on a boat

Last month, tongues were wagging at Chandler Parsons’ A+ swag move of signing the Dallas Mavericks $46 million offer sheet in a nightclub with Mark Cuban.

I mean, that is pretty cool, but nothing says “I’m cooler than you and there’s nothing you can do about it,” more than signing a three-year, $22 million extension on the deck of a luxury boat.

The Spurs not only get another three years of Boris Diaw’s awesomely versatile play, they get another three years of Bo-Bo: the daydreaming, frogging, sailing adventureman.

#LongLiveDiaw

via: EOB

Jamieson’s Summer League Diary

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By Jamieson Welsh.

Check out Believe The Hype’s Summer League podcasts including Jamieson’s interviews with Anthony Bennett, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Kendall Marshall, James Ennis, Cameron Bairstow, Brock Motum, Tony Snell, Jordan Clarkson, Nik Stauskas, Ray McCallum & Kyle Anderson…. HERE & HERE.

Another Summer League in the books and I am happy to say I survived it. From the Wiggins/Parker showdown, to secret location Cleveland Cavalier practices, interviewing three lottery picks from this year’s draft, an eye infection that had had me in ER for half a day and of course… Watching the team that eventually won the whole thing several times, it was a busy 11 days.

Once the Summer League schedule was released everyone had the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Milwaukee Bucks circled on the calendar. It is very rare that we get the #1 vs #2 picks in this tournament and for them to face off in the comfy confines of the Cox Pavilion. It was so packed for the prime-time game, that the power outlets didn’t work in the media section because of over use. The Cox Pavilion which has never been at capacity during a Summer League was suddenly at capacity and the Fire Marshall wasn’t letting anyone else in the building. There was even a long line that wrapped around the concession stands during the action. For a game that had a ton of build up the best player on the court was Giannis Antetokounmpo and the second best player was Matthew Dellavedova. The two top picks showed flashes of brilliance but struggled throughout. The Cavs won that game and then the media overloaded the small area to where we had to interview players. It got so bad I had to conduct an interview underneath the stands. All eyes were on Wiggins.

andrewwigginsThe next morning I get a call from a friend who’s a local media member here in Vegas and he told me about the time and private location of the Cavs practice. I had to juggle some radio appearances to make it but certain things are worth it. I had a chance to watch Wiggins work on his handle and jumper (both look great by the way) after practice ended. Also I had a chance to interview Anthony Bennett and Dellavedova whilst Wiggins was finishing up his workout. Bennett has gotten in better shape since last summer and he’s more comfortable infront of the media than he was in college. Dellavedova knows I was stalking him because I’ve interviewed him more than any American media member over the last two summers. After those two interviews I had the opportunity to get to ask Wiggins a couple of questions before the Canadian media took over… Notably, he agrees with everyone… Joel Embiid is a funny dude.

Later that night I had a chance to watch the fifth pick of this year’s draft Dante Exum. Exum really impressed upon first review. Yes, there’s some loose ends of his game and he’s far from a finished product but he looks the part and he didn’t show any fear on the offensive end. Even other media members who say him play before were impressed by his play. He didn’t have great numbers but he had the look of a guy who is going to be very good very soon. Now after the game Exum drew superstar like media attention. All the media members in attendance had their microphones and tape recorders ready. The saddest part of the night was when a media member got an autograph from Exum and almost got his credential ripped off his neck by a NBA executive.

The next batch of games I went to featured the Warriors (who haven’t lost a summer league game since Aaron Hernandez was locked up) & the Lakers. This matchup was intriguing for several reasons. One was the streak the Warriors had going, both teams had a lot of fans in the arena and thos was Kendall Marshall’s last game as a Laker. It was a pretty good game for a summer league matchup. Got to see the Lakers two draft picks in action and came away very impressed with both. The reason why Marshall got his walking papers was because of the play of second round pick Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson is a bit of a combo guard but he was another guy that looked the part. He was very aggressive on the offensive end and usually got to his spot of choice. Clarkson eventually had the game winning tip in at the buzzer and the streak was officially over.

Unfortunately I had to miss a couple of days due to health reasons but when I got back it was time to watch the single elimination games. It was kinda weird because you’re watching someone’s hoop dream end. Also you’re watching team’s hold out there good players, especially the teams that played in the Orlando summer league. The Heat held James Ennis out, the Bulls held Doug McDermott (who was giving everyone buckets all tourney long) out as well because he showed them everything they needed to see. Another trend that I observed was that the International guys who are playing in the FIBA games next month were leaving midweek so some of the teams were really affected by that most noticeably the Cavs.

Some of the players that I was impressed by during the week were Rodney Hood who was very streaky but looks pro ready, Gary Harris who looks very confident on the court already, TJ Warren who made the second team All-Summer League and Otto Porter who looks night and day better than last summer and is the reason why Trevor Ariza is no longer on the team.

mclemoreEven though the Sacramento Kings started their starting backcourt and had a lottery pick in the lineup they had the best team. Led by second year guy Ray McCallum who did a great job of getting everyone involved and setting up his gunner teammates like Ben McLemore, Marshon Brooks and Nic Stauskas. They were simply the best team and were on a mission.

The last day I attended summer league produced the best summer league game I have ever seen. The three overtime thriller between the Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs was nothing short of amazing. Glen Rice Jr and Otto Porter did the damage for the Wizards both looked like guys who didn’t belong there. Rice Jr had the biggest moment of the game after missing two free throws in the second overtime he knocked down a three to send it to a third overtime. It had the feel of a playoff game and it probably won Glen Rice Jr the mvp of summer league award.

All in all this was the best summer league experience I have ever experienced. The NBA really got it right this year. With all the story-lines from the draft to free agency the Las Vegas summer league was the center of the sport for a week plus. Now I don’t know how the out of town media does 11 straight days of this but I know I couldn’t. I’m definitely appreciative of the opportunity to cover this event because the memories and the connections will last a lifetime. Until next summer…

 Jamieson Welsh is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the West Coast for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter:@theejamieson

The ultimate breakdown of 2014 NBA Free Agency

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By JT.

NOTE: Naturally there are a few Free Agents who are yet to sign… Notably Eric Bledsloe & Greg Monroe. They’ll be included at a later date.

LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers – two-years, $42.1 million

Yes, the Miami Heat are a first class organisation. Yes, Dan Gilbert is a cretin. But LeBron James absolutely made the right choice here.

The future was murky in Miami (I mean seriously, trying to entice him back with the additions of McRoberts and Granger was laughable), but in Cleveland, with Irving and Wiggins and several other intriguing young pieces, the potential is off the charts.

It will take some time before the Cavaliers are truly ready to contend, but they will get there and they will be scary. A great, great move for LeBron and the NBA.

(Obviously the narrative will change here if Wiggins is traded for Love. If it does go down they’ll be a contender right out of the gate.)

Chris Bosh – Miami Heat – five-years, $118 million

The general consensus seems to be that the Miami Heat have recovered well from LeBron’s departure and can still contend in the east.

I don’t buy it.

This move reminds me of the Cavs in 2010 when LeBron left and they kept operating like nothing had changed.

With this roster, built around Bosh, I see a 6-7 seed and first round ouster.  In the shitty east. So is it really worth the outlay?

Denial is a funny thing.

Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat – two-years, $34 million

I know he did them a favour by opting out and taking a bit less but these ‘payment for past performance’ contracts never end well. Like, never.

Luol Deng – Miami Heat – two-years, $20 million  

This would all make sense if Dwyane Wade could be counted on. He can’t. So I don’t see the point.

Carmelo Anthony – New York Knicks – five-years, $124 million

Carmelo Anthony earlier this year: “I don’t care about the money, I just want to win.” Sure, bro.

With or without Melo the Knicks are going to stink (seriously, who on that team can defend?).

Patty Mills – San Antonio Spurs – three-years, $12 million

Huge props to the Spurs for stepping up and paying Patty his worth despite the injury. A lesser organisation might have played hardball and forced him in to a smaller contract. There’s no doubt the injury cost him money (probably $3-4 million over the life of the contract) but a $4 million per year deal is still a good get for Patty and commensurate with his talent and play over the last season. Well deserved, mate!

Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks – three-years, $25 million

Talk about a haircut. You gotta love the big German.

Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors – four-years, $48 million 

A no-brainer, for both sides.

paugasolbullsPau Gasol – Chicago Bulls – three-years, $22 million

My issue with the Bulls is this – all of their key additions over the last few years (Gasol/Dunleavy/Hamilton/Boozer) have been guys that were past their prime and had an injury history. I’m just sayin’.

Nevertheless, this will be a formidable team and a genuine contender if, and that’s a very big ‘if’, everything breaks right and Derrick Rose is healthy.

Marcin Gortat – Washington Wizards – five-years, $60 million

It seems that $12 million per is the going rate for a 7-footer who can walk and chew gum at the same time. Glad it’s not my team, though.

Chandler Parsons – Dallas Mavericks – three-years, $45 million

A great acquisition for the Mavericks. Yes, they steeply overpaid, but to pry him loose they had to. And they couldn’t keep swinging and missing on all their free agent targets. A frontline of Parsons, Nowitzki and Chandler, with Monta Ellis on the perimeter, makes for a dangerous team.

Boris Diaw – San Antonio Spurs – four-years, $28 million 

Considering how he played in the playoffs, it’s hard to criticise this deal (except for its length). He’s a unique player who fits perfectly in the San Antonio system.

Lance Stephenson – Charlotte Hornets – three-years, $27 million

The third year is a team option so it’s definitely a risk worth taking for Charlotte.

Man, the Hornets have some talent now in Walker, Lance, MKG, Vonleh, Big Al and Zeller. With an improved roster, a good coach in Steve Clifford and a defensive identity (which Lance will enhance) they could be the third/fourth best team in the east.

Gordon Hayward – Utah Jazz – four-years, $63 million

Utah couldn’t let him walk for nothing so they had to match Charlotte’s bloated offer sheet.

I like their young core of Hayward, Favors, Exum and Hood, but I don’t buy this narrative that Exum and Burke will be able to function together. That won’t work for Dante. It’s clear, they’re both point guards, but only one of them looks like a game-changing star. At some point it’s going to become blatantly obvious (if it isn’t already) that the team needs to be turned over to Exum, and Burke will either have to back him up or be moved.

Mike Miller – Cleveland Cavaliers – two-years, $5.5 million

I’m not a fan of LeBron bringing his chronies in. Miller’s made of tissue paper.

James Jones – Cleveland Cavaliers – one-year, $1.4 million

Now that’s just silly. Make no mistake about who is running the Cavs now.

Trevor Ariza – Houston Rockets – four-years, $32 million 

I probably would have swallowed hard on the Parsons contract because he’s a better player than Ariza, but with the aim of maintaining flexibility I can understand why Morey moved on. At some point though you’ve got to bed down your team and stop star chasing.

Darren Collison – Sacramento Kings – three-years, $16 million

I don’t like it. The Kings are in desperate need of three things (especially from their point guard) – defense, a pass first mentality and shooting. Collison is none of these things and he’s now your starting point guard. They’re a mess.

And this is clear evidence that Patty Mills lost money because of the injury. (Note: it did come out that several teams had prepared big offers to Patty but pulled it at the last moment when news of his injury surfaced.)

Paul Pierce – Washington Wizards – two-years, $11 million

Like most people I thought Pierce was headed to the Clippers to reunite with Doc Rivers, so this one came out of left field.

Turns out, Ariza’s departure was a good thing for the Wizards. Instead of overpaying and locking in Ariza for 4-5 years, they get Pierce, who is still a very good player, on a short term deal and they can now try and work in their youngsters Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr. And the added bonus – it also opens up the possibility that they could make a run to bring Kevin Durant home in 2016. Don’t rule it out.

Health permitting the Wizards will be dangerous in the east.

Chris Kaman – Portland Trail Blazers – two-years, $9.8 million 

I just don’t know why anyone would bother with this guy. He’s injury prone, shot happy and completely useless on the defensive end. He’s done as a relevant NBA player.

Steve Blake – Portland Trail Blazers – two-years, $4 million

I don’t think they’re in a position to be settling for washed up dudes like Kaman and Blake in crucial back-up spots.

Isaiah Thomas – Phoenix Suns – four years, $27 million

Goran Dragic. Eric Bledsoe. They draft Tyler Ennis. I don’t get it.

Jordan Hill – Los Angeles Lakers – two-years, $18 million

Who would have thought the Lakers would ever have to stoop to these levels (i.e. grossly overpaying someone just so they can hopefully transition from bad to mediocre).

Nick Young – Los Angeles Lakers – four-years, $21.5 million 

Throwing the fans a bone with this one. Is it logical, though?

Carlos Boozer – Los Angeles Lakers – one-year, $3.25 million (Amnesty waiver)

Ok, so they get a flashy name on a cheap deal and someone who can make them slightly better next season. But, they’re still a bad team who won’t make the playoffs in the west. And Boozer is abysmal defensively. And this will take away minutes from their prized rookie Julius Randle. And it will probably guarantee that they don’t have a first round pick in next year’s draft (it’s owed to Phoenix if it falls outside the top 5). How the mighty have fallen, hey.

Spencer Hawes – Los Angeles Clippers – four-years, $23 million 

I can see the benefit because a) they were way too thin upfront last season and b) Hawes can space the floor and allow Griffin to own the middle. But at what point are they going to start acquiring guys who can actually defend?

Channing Frye – Orlando Magic – four-years, $32 million

A deal like this was inevitable for Frye given the current love affair with stretch bigs. His quick release and smooth stroke make him deadly from beyond the arc, but there’s not a whole lot there beyond that. Regardless, his shooting and veteran presence should help this young Magic squad.

Marvin Williams – Charlotte Hornets – two-years, $14 million 

$7 million per year for this guy? That’s $3 million more than Patty Mills. What’s he ever done, besides be a massive disappointment?

Jodie Meeks – Detroit Pistons – three-years, $19.5 million 

I know shooting is important, but sheesh, that’s an overpay. Van Gundy’s strategy is clear – surround Drummond with shooters, similar to what he did in Orlando with Howard. But again, that’s a lot to pay for a one trick pony.

Caron Butler – Detroit Pistons – two-years, $9 million 

Stan’s lost his mind.

Vince Carter – Memphis Grizzlies – three-years, $12 million 

Disappointing, if that’s their only move.

Avery Bradley – Boston Celtics – four-years, $32 million

I could see him eventually living up to this contract but it’s very risky given his injury history. Ainge has a nasty habit of overpaying – see Jeff Green, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry.

Nikola Mirotic – Chicago Bulls – three-years, $16.6 million

That’s a lot to pay for an unknown. All indications are he should succeed at this level, but you never know.

Shaun Livingston – Golden State Warriors – three-years, $16 million 

Not bad. He’s a good ball handler and stout defender so that will ease the burden on Curry. One problem though – he can’t shoot (he made one three-pointer last season) so that’s going to be problematic in postseason play.

chirsandersonChris Andersen – Miami Heat – two-years, $10 million 

Bringin’ back the band. You know my thoughts on it.

Mario Chalmers – Miami Heat – two years, $8.3 million

I would have let him go.

Udonis Haslem – Miami Heat – two-years, $5.6 million

I know they had to make him whole after the opt-out but that’s a waste of a roster spot.

Josh McRoberts – Miami Heat – four-years, $22.7 million  

It’s not an overpay but it’s not pretty either.

Danny Granger – Miami Heat – two-years, $4.2 million 

2011 Danny Granger ain’t walkin’ through that door.

Jerryd Bayless – Milwaukee Bucks – two-years, $7 million

I mean, did they learn nothing from the O.J. Mayo signing?

Patrick Patterson – Toronto Raptors – three-years, $18 million 

He’s a good player, probably underrated, and can function pretty well as a stretch four. $6 million per seems a bit steep but I think he’ll live up to it.

James Johnson – Toronto Raptors – two-years, $5 million 

Worth a gamble.

Greivis Vasquez – Toronto Raptors – two-years, $13 million

A handy player but more than $6 million per year is a bit rich.

Jordan Farmar – Los Angeles Clippers – two-years, $4.2 million 

With Chris Paul’s injury history it’s essential that the Clippers have a quality back-up behind him. I don’t think Farmar fits that bill.

Kris Humphries – Washington Wizards – three-years, $13 million 

Insurance for the inevitable Nene injury.

DeJuan Blair – Washington Wizards – three-years, $6 million

They’re really beefing up that frontcourt. Nice move.

Thabo Sefolosha – Atlanta Hawks – three-years, $12 million

Bit of an overpay but a solid acquisition nonetheless.

Anthony Morrow – Oklahoma City – three-years, $10 million

He can shoot, but that’s it.

Sebastian Telfair – Oklahoma City Thunder – one-year, $1.3 million

If I were Kevin Durant I’d be unimpressed with the Thunder’s offseason. They have some flexibility but they’re not using it. They’re cheap.

2016 is not too far away, you guys.

Brandon Rush – Golden State Warriors – two-years, $2.5 million 

A good deal if he can stay on the floor.

Ben Gordon – Orlando Magic – two-years, $9 million 

He has barely played in three years and he was kicked off the Bobcats last season prior to the playoffs. This is nuts!

Rodney Stuckey – Indiana Pacers – one-year, $1.2 million

What a bizarre world the NBA is. Some guys are signing lucrative deals which make no sense at all (see above), and then a guy like Stuckey who is actually pretty decent can only get the minimum. It’s crazy.

This pick-up is a nice recovery from losing Lance, but they’re still a lesser team without Lance.

C.J. Miles – Indiana Pacers – four-years, $18 million 

And who exactly were they bidding against?

Anthony Tolliver – Phoenix Suns – two-years, $6 million 

You won’t get much out of him.

Luke Ridnour – Orlando Magic – two-years, $5.5 million

Does this guy ever want to play for a winner? He always signs on with terrible teams.

Devin Harris – Dallas Mavericks – four-years, $16.5 million

He should probably be their starter ahead of Felton.

Rashard Lewis – Dallas Mavericks – one-year, $1.4 million

Nice.

Richard Jefferson – Dallas Mavericks – one-year, $1.4 million

Ditto.

D.J. Augustine – Detroit Pistons – two-years, $6 million

He earned it.

kirkhinrichKirk Hinrich – Chicago Bulls – two-years, $5.6 million 

A helpful player, if he’s a back-up.

Glen Davis – Los Angeles Clippers – one-year, $1.2 million

Headcase.

PJ Tucker – Phoenix Suns – three-years, $16.5 million 

That’s a bit much but a good story nonetheless.

Jimmer Fredette  – New Orleans Pelicans – one-year, $1 million

Not a great situation for Jimmer, but beggars can’t be choosers I suppose.

Kent Bazemore – Atlanta Hawks – two-years, $4 million 

The numbers that he put up in Los Angeles last season were a mirage. I hope this doesn’t mean less time for Schroder.

Matt Bonner – San Antonio Spurs – one-year, $1.4 million 

I thought the Spurs would’ve moved on.

Alan Anderson – Brooklyn Nets – two-years, $2.6 million 

I wouldn’t like to be a Brooklyn fan next season. Or beyond.

Ed Davis – Los Angeles Lakers – two-years, $2 million

Worth a flyer.

Xavier Henry – Los Angeles Lakers – one-year, $1 million

A bargain if he can stay healthy. That’s the problem though.

Wesley Johnson – Los Angeles Lakers – one-year, $1 million 

There’s not much substance to his game.

Ryan Kelly – Los Angeles Lakers – two-years, $3.3 million

I haven’t seen him play much so I’ll reserve judgement.

Trevor Booker – Utah Jazz – two years, $9.7 million

You could do worse.

Jeff Adrien – Houston Rockets – one-year, $1.1 million

Nice pick-up.

Joey Dorsey – Houston Rockets – two-years, $2 million 

Having cleared the decks, they need bodies.

Ish Smith – Houston Rockets – one-year, $1 million

See above.

Jannero Pargo – Charlotte Hornets – one-year, $1.4 million 

He’s lucky to still be drawing NBA checks.

Jason Smith – New York Knicks – one-year, $3.3 million 

A good player but he can’t stay on the floor.

Brian Roberts – Charlotte Hornets – two-years, $5.5 million

Not sure what he’s done to warrant an almost $3 million per year contract.

John Salmons – New Orleans Pelicans – one-year, $2 million 

Who cares.

evanturner1Evan Turner – Boston Celtics – (terms not known, believed to be a portion of the mid-level exception)

He really got exposed in Indiana last season. He’s just not that good.

Gee, the C’s are going to be brutal to watch again. If they don’t trade Rondo before the February deadline, I’ll be shocked.

Aaron Brooks – Chicago Bulls – (terms not known, believed to be a one year minimum deal)

If Thibs can turn D.J. Augustine and Nate Robinson into helpful players, there’s no reason he can’t do the same with Brooks.

Drew Gooden – Washington Wizards – (terms not known, believed to be a one year minimum deal)

Nice recovery from Gooden. He played himself out of the league by not understanding his limitations (he thought he was a scorer), but when Washington threw him a lifeline late in the season he pulled his head in and accepted the role of defender/rebounder off the pine. He has a place in this league so long as he stays in his lane.

JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.

Aussie Update – Volume 25

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By JT.

A round-up of news featuring our top Aussie ballers.

* In an exclusive interview with NBA Australia, Patty Mills talks about free agency, re-signing with the Spurs, his injury, touring Australia, and more.

* Ben Simmons dominates again this time at the Nike Peach Jam, proving beyond doubt that he is the best player in the Class of 2015.

* An unnamed college coach on Ben Simmons: “He’s Scottie Pippen.”

* Cameron Bairstow scored 18 points, grabbed eight boards and hit a three-pointer to seal the game as the Bulls beat Philly at the Las Vegas Summer League. He also shined in their game against Minnesota.

* In Utah’s final Summer League game against the Blazers Dante Exum had 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals at +17, including the game winning points and game sealing steal with 1.9 seconds left.

* After struggling in a loss to the Spurs Dante Exum revealed his frustration about playing off the ball in a postgame interview. He is unequivocally a point guard so it’s going to be interesting to see how this situation plays out.

* The Patty Mills/Aron Baynes videobomb went viral.

* After an impressive showing with the Dallas Mavericks in Las Vegas Chris Goulding is on the verge of completing a move to Spanish ACB club CAI Zaragoza.

* The Boomers squad has been announced for the FIBA Basketball World Cup which will be held in Spain from 30 August to 15 September.

* Dante Exum chats to True Hoop’s Kevin Arnovitz.

* Dante Exum on The Jim Rome Show.

* An SBNation feature on Dante Exum.

* Some behind the scenes footage of Dante Exum in Las Vegas.

* Thon Maker was named the U17 MVP at the 2014 Summer Jam.

JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.

Joel Embiid hits up Kim Kardashian on Twitter

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After his failed free agency recruitment of LeBron James via Twitter, the hilarious Joel Embiid didn’t let that slow his Twitter game one bit.

Having just signed up with Adidas, Embiid was feeling pretty ‘happy with it’ and took to Twitter to get the attention of Kim Kardashian.

After discovering that she is in fact married, Embiid, the gentleman that he is, quickly rebuffed his advances.

After this latest failed Twitter foray, Embiid decided that perhaps it was time for another self-imposed ban. A ban that I 100% do not agree with, more Embiid on Twitter for everyone, all day erryday.

#TwitterGameStrong

#PlayOnPlaya

Jamieson Welsh – Fox Sports Radio (15th July)

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#BTHype’s US Correspondent Jamieson Welsh jumps on with Steve Bortstein at Fox Sports 1340 AM 93.9 FM New Mexico to talk the latest news out of the NBA.

Today, Jamieson chats LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, what journalists & media members that have come out of this looking good & what this means for the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers & Miami Heat. Furthermore, Jamieson chats about Carmelo Anthony returning to the New York Knicks, Chandler Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks, Emmanuel Mudiay, Summer League & more!

 Jamieson Welsh is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the West Coast for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter:@theejamieson

Patty Mills & Aron Baynes hijack a live TV broadcast

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The San Antonio Spurs trophy tour has begun ‘Down Undah’. No better way to start it than for the 2 Aussie Spurs to hijack a live TV broadcast?

This morning, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes & the trophy that Australia has affectionately dubbed as “Lazza” made a very unprompted public appearance on Fox Sports News. Whilst FSN reporter Julian De Stoop was doing a live cross from outside Collingwood Football Club’s training facility, the NBA Champions thought that it’d be a good idea to take over the broadcast to show off “Lazza” to the world.

De Stoop was none-the-wiser, saying “Get off boys, get off!” whilst accidentally pushing Patty Mills’ injured shoulder!

When De Stoop realised that it was in fact Patty & Aron doing the prank he said:

“I’m highly embarrassed about that, i’ll have to apologise to [Patty] down the track.”

“I had no idea it was him. I just thought it was a couple of Collingwood nuffies.”

I hope that this isn’t the last we see of Patty, Aron & Lazza gate-crashing Australian TV broadcasts… Who knows? We may see them do the same thing behind the window outside of the Sunrise Studio… Or even Frogging LIVE on stage during the X Factor?

The opportunities are endless.

Check out the video here

Let’s be honest… Julian De Stoop’s face says it all.

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UPDATE:

Julian De Stoop wrote on Fox Sports about the stunt & apologizing to Patty for elbowing his injured shoulder:

I can honestly say that this is the first time I’ve been punked by a bloke with a newly-minted three-year $12 million NBA contract. And I’m pretty confident in saying that I’ve never previously been photobombed with a major US sporting trophy.

By the way, I’ve got some good news for all you Spurs fans out there. Mills’ shoulder is in good nick after his recent operation. He barely flinched when I gave him a gentle shove!

Sorry for that Patty – all the best with the recovery and the championship defence.

H/T: @TomCastletonFOX & @MitchCompton