On Pro Bball Report recently: waiting on Tristan Thompson, Markieff Morris trades, extending Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors new jerseys, FIBA Europe power rankings, Shannon Scott camp invite and more.
Are The Cavs Hoping Tristan Thompson Takes The Qualifying Offer?
The silence coming out of Cleveland about Tristan Thompson has been deafening ever since talks apparently stalled around a rumored five-year $80 million offer that was supposedly rejected. The longer the stalemate lasts, the more likely Thompson just takes the $6.8 million qualifying offer and cashes in next summer.
Should Raptors Trade For Suns Markieff Morris?
Even with Morris on a steal of a contract, teams won’t be tripping over themselves to add a player who spent the last year building a bad reputation for himself. From calling out the home fans to finishing with the second most technicals in the league to the felony aggravated assault charges.
At the end of games last year, Casey sat Valanciunas 23 times for the entire fourth quarter and he did it with good reason. In the 57 fourth quarters he played in, Valanciunas averaged 5.1 minutes, 2 points, 1.6 rebounds and was a net -0.6 points. Even Valanciunas acknowledges what he needs to do, “I am trying to increase my speed.”
The Toronto Raptors have officially released the team’s new uniforms for next season. They played it safe with a clean crisp image largely reminiscent of recent older designs. The 2015-16 uniforms should be well received.
Lithuania Ranked 4th Heading Into Eurobasket 2015
The very early power rankings for the top National teams heading into Eurobasket 2015 has the historically very competitive Lithuania ranked 4th behind Spain, Serbia and France. Pau Gasol will be leading Spain once again. Serbia won Silver at the 2014 World Cup and looks to field an even stronger team than before. France will be led by Tony Parker.
The Toronto Raptors now have four players vying for the 15th spot on the roster once training camp opens in a couple of months. Undrafted Ohio State senior guard Shannon Scott has a camp invite along with undrafted free agents Ronald Roberts, Axel Toupane and Michale Kyser.
• Big Stories From The Previous Week
How The Toronto Raptors Became A Free Agent Destination
“I drooled at the mouth just to play alongside guys like Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Those two All-Star guys, they bring a lot. It was really just deciding to be able to come to a winning program and to help this team as much as I can.” DeMarre Carroll
Is Bruno Caboclo Still 2 Years Away From Being 2 Years Away?
“Last year I wasn’t able to speak the language and understand the plays,” Caboclo said. “But, now I know everything. I know what I need to do to do good this season. I gained 20 lbs in one year. I’ve been working all summer on defense and conditioning to prepare for the Summer League.”
Biyombo Was The First Free Agent Raptors GM Ujiri Called (with audio included)
“It’s quite a funny story,” Biyombo said. “I have known Masai for a while and when the free agency was coming my agent gave me a call right before 12 and let me know the teams that would be calling me and right after 12, it was like 12:03, I got a phone call from Masai”
Could A Team Of 35-Year-Old NBA Players Win A Championship?
The NBA actually has an “Over-36″ rule where certain contracts that extend past a player’s 36th birthday are deemed likely to continue after the player retires. Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter, Paul Pierce and others should thank the NBA for the vote of confidence?
Cavs Trade Is A Heavy Price For Flexibility And Tax Savings
This shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise, but no one was willing to give the Cavs anything of value for the non-guaranteed $10.5 million contract belonging to Brendan Haywood. Essentially, Cleveland had to pay the Trail Blazers to take him.