Rumor Roundup: Sanders, Nets, Mavs
Free agent center Larry Sanders has no interest in signing a contract that's only guaranteed through training camp, per Basketball Insiders.
Sanders was a defensive and rising force with the Bucks from 2010-14, but hasn't played in more than a year because of several factors, anxiety and depression among them.
The Nets and free agent guard Lance Stephenson (Grizzlies) are not in contract talks despite reports to the contrary, per ESPN.
Per Nets Daily on the franchise's D-League squad: "The list of most likely to play this year, if they want to, starts with Gary Forbes, the former UMass star who at 31 is a free agent, having not yet signed a contract overseas; Carrick Felix, who is coming off knee surgery that kept him out of basketball last season; and Akil Mitchell, who played for the Nets summer league team in 2015 and is also apparently a free agent as well. All are swingmen with some defensive skills."
More from Nets Daily: "Two other strong possibilities are signed overseas: Peyton Siva, a 6'0" point guard, who'll play in Germany, and Alex Kirk, a 7'0" center, who's signed in China. Both attended the Nets mini-camp in May. Expect to see some news of signings in the coming weeks."
Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes to the Dallas Morning News on Dirk Nowitzki: "“He’s put in the years and won a championship. But I have to go out and earn that. People assume that just because you get paid a lot of money and have a lot of attention that all of the sudden you’re guaranteed this many shots. I have to prove that every day in practice. I have to prove that to the coaching staff, and ultimately, if I’m going to be the guy taking shots, I’ve got to prove it to Dirk." (Full report.)
Pelicans forward Terrence Jones tells the New Orleans Advocate he is excited to reunite with former Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis: "It's amazing. The chemistry is just a winning vibe, and I’m very excited. We really want to make the playoffs."
Former D-League guard Ra'Shad James has signed with Croatian club Cedevita Zagreb, per international basketball journalist David Pick. James joins former NBA guard David Stockton and ex-NBA swingman Scotty Hopson.
The Wizards could potentially be interested in veteran point guard Kendall Marshall, per CSN MidAtlantic.
Marshall was traded from the 76ers to the Jazz last week, then immediately waived by the Jazz.
Sixers big man Joel Embiid says he his healthy and ready to take the court for the first time as an NBA player, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I feel 100 percent and ready to get started, my summer has been great," Embiid said.
There is still no timetable to determine if forward/center Chris Bosh will play for the Heat in 2016-17, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Following several shrewd offseason moves, the Hornets could be the Cavaliers' biggest challengers in the East, Basketball Insiders opines.
Cavaliers guard Mo Williams is considering retirement, per cleveland.com. (Amico Hoops report.)
Free agent guard Bryce Cotton (Grizzlies) has signed with Anadolu Efes of Turkey, per the team.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan to Yahoo Sports, on Kevin Durant's free agency: "I don’t know if I ever felt like he was going to necessarily come back, but I thought our meeting went very, very well."
More Donovan to Yahoo Sports: "I think Kevin on the front end was very, very, honest that when the season ended, he was going to go through this process and he was going to take a meeting with us, obviously, first. And then he was going to have some other teams he was going to meet with. And I think a little bit later on, after the season ended, they decided to do it out in The Hamptons."
Former D-League guard Myck Kabongo (Texas) has agreed to sign with BCM U Pitesti of Canada, per Amico Hoops.