Rumor Roundup: Carmelo, Wolves, etc.

Sam Amico

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told the Syracuse Post-Standard that Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is unlikely to win a championship.

Boeheim told the newspaper: "He's unlikely to win an NBA title. He's never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title. As a player, all you can do is try to make your team better and every team he's been on he's made them a lot better. Denver hadn't done anything prior to him getting there and he took them into the playoffs. They weren't going to beat the Lakers or the Spurs. In those years, they won the championship most of the time."

The Timberwolves have signed guards John Lucas III and Toure Murray to training camp contracts, per ESPN.

Per Entrepreneur: "In June, Vasu Kulkarni was standing in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ locker room, his hands sticky with champagne spray, his ears ringing with screams. The team had just won the NBA championship game, and Kulkarni, CEO of Krossover, was invited in for the trophy presentation. It wasn’t his footwork or his coaching skills that landed him the enviable invite: The Cavs use Krossover’s data analytics tools to study their games to improve performance." (Full story.)

Trail Blazers center Festus Ezeli is expected to be sidelined for six weeks after an injection in his left knee, per the team. Jason Terry's contract with the Bucks is a guaranteed minimum-salary deal for one year, per Basketball Insiders.

Jazz second-round draft pick Joel Bolomboy will receive a fully guaranteed $1 million from his contract with the team, per Basketball Insiders. Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews says he is fully recovered from Achilles surgery, per this article on Mavs.com. Ryan Gomes and Pat Rafferty have been named assistant coaches with the Long Island Nets of the D-League, per the team.

Tuesday's News

Former Cavaliers and Bucks guard Jared Cunningham has signed with Jiangsu Tongxi of China, per Sportando. Cunningham, 25, appeared in 40 regular-season games with the Cavs last season. The Lakers have officially signed first-round draft pick Brandon Ingram (Duke) to his rookie contract, per the team. The signing of forward Yi Jianlian of China is also official, the Lakers announced. Second-round pick Marcus Paige (North Carolina) has officially signed with the Jazz, per the team. The Bucks have officially signed free agent guard Jason Terry (Rockets), per the team. Former No. 1 overall draft pick and NBA center Kwame Brown is attempting a comeback, per his new agency. Recently signed Clippers guard Alan Anderson has switched agents, from Mark Bartelstein to Chris Luchey, per HoopsHype. Former D-League center Jordan Bachynski has agreed to a contract with the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins of Japan, per Upside & Motor. Second-round draft pick Abdel Nader will play for the Celtics' D-League affiliate in Maine, per Yahoo Sports. The Nets have hired Gianluca Pascucci as director of global scouting, and B.J. Johnson as coordinator of player evaluation, per the team.

Monday's News

Warriors guard Klay Thompson per an interview in GQ: "I just want to go out there and prove to people how great we can be. Everyday at the media session here I have to answer questions about it. 'Oh, how's the chemistry between you three.' Everyday."

Thompson added: "But it's part of the territory. I just give some automated answers. I can be pretty robotic. There's a lot of hype surrounding the franchise now, and deservedly so. It’s part of our job, we have to answer those questions." (Full story.)

The Lakers have reached an agreement with undrafted forward Zach Auguste (Notre Dame), per Basketball Insiders.

Sixers coach Brett Brown expects center Joel Embiid to play in the preseason, Brown says on a podcast with Zach Lowe of ESPN.

Former Dayton small forward Devin Oliver has agreed to a contract with Olimpija in Slovenia, per Amico Hoops.

Ex-Providence forward/center Kadeem Batts has agreed to terms on a deal with Polish club Rosa Radom, per Euorbasket News.

Former Tennessee forward Kenny Hall has agreed to sign with Koroivos of Greece, per Eurobasket News.

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