Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Dellavedova, Parsons
Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith "isn't optimistic" that he'll be invited to the NBA 3-point shooting contest at All-Star Weekend, per the Akron Beacon Journal.
According to the Beacon Journal: "Among the shooters ranked ahead of him, only Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford and Kobe Bryant never competed in a 3-point contest. Smith made a career-high 204 3-pointers last season, and despite his best efforts to rehab his image, Smith said last year he doesn’t believe the NBA wants him anywhere near All-Star weekend because of his reputation." (Full report.)
Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "As traditional centers begin to fade, a new breed has emerged, with big men being asked to expand their games beyond the arc, needing speed and quickness to defend on the perimeter."
The website/newspaper quoted Cavs coach Tyronn Lue as saying: "I think change is better for the fans and for basketball as far as moving freely, shooting the 3-point shot, scoring more points per game," Lue said. "I think the game is faster when you have stretch 4s and smaller guys playing the 4 position. That's always exciting. It's just a different game now and we've got to get accustomed to it." (Full report.)
Occasionally resting Cavs star LeBron James is a wise thing to do, per Terry Pluto in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova has an increased role as a playmaker, per Brew Hoop.
Lakers guard Nick Young has resurrected his career under new coach Luke Walton, per ESPN.
Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons is expected to miss around two weeks with a bone bruiser in his left knee, per ESPN.
The Rockets are still talking new contract with forward Donatas Motiejunas, per ESPN.
Trail Blazers swingman Allen Crabbe didn't believe the Nets' offseason free agency offer was real, per NetsDaily.
The Bulls seem to have solved any chemistry issues that may have impacted them last season, per the Boston Globe.
Knicks president Phil Jackson is still taking shots at Heat president Pat Riley, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis "didn't mean to scare anybody" about a possible move out of the nation's capital, per The Washington Post.
Former NBA forward Dijon Thompson (UCLA) has signed with Hapoel Jerusalem of Israel, per Amico Hoops.
Former Marquette point guard Matt Carlino has signed with Vanoli Cremona of Italy, per Amico Hoops.
Former Talladega guard Brandon Peters has agreed to a contract with Mgzavrebi of Georgia, per Amico Hoops.
Ex-Rhode Island forward Will Daniels has signed with Mouttahed of Lebanon, per Amico Hoops.
Former Judson forward Caleb Sutton has agreed to a contract with Ezerunas-Karys of Lithuania, per Amico Hoops.
Former Mississippi State forward Travis Daniels has agreed to a contract with Bulgarian club Balkan Botevgrad, per Amico Hoops.
Undrafted North Carolina A&T forward Bruce Beckford has signed with Apollon of Cyprus, per Amico Hoops.
Center Dwight Howard has made the Hawks better in many ways, per Yahoo Sports.
The Jazz may be prioritizing a contract extension for point guard George Hill over an extension for forward Derrick Favors, per ESPN.
Former NBA swingman Josh Childress has agreed to a one-year contract with a club in Japan, per Sportando.
Former NBA point guard Sebastian Telfair has agreed to a contract to play in China, per David Pick.