• Dan Feldman of PistonPowered adds another layer to his analysis of Detroit's Josh Smith signing by examining the relevant implications for the Pistons' 2014 first-round pick:
Generally, there’s little wrong with incremental improvements once a team has acquired young talent (like Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe) if it comes through that young talent developing and the outside addition of not-old talent (like Smith).
But the top-eight-protected first-round pick the Pistons owe the Bobcats next season complicates matters. The Pistons must time their surge forward in ways most teams needn’t worry about.
If the Pistons make the playoffs or land a top-eight draft pick, Smith, at least in that regard, would present no immediate downside. But for a team that picked eighth this year, Smith offering slight improvement could really set the Pistons back. Getting a pick between 9-14 and sending it to Charlotte, meaning the Pistons miss the playoffs, would be a disaster.
• Adam Morrison, just seven years after he was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick, is calling it a playing career and taking up coaching at Gonzaga.
• Own a piece of the title-christened hardwood floor from The House That Dirk Built.
[Nate] Robinson, who averaged 13.1 points for the Chicago Bulls last season, should be expected to get key minutes off the bench. So what about Andre Miller? Asked if last season's backup point guard will remain with the Nuggets, Connelly said "Absolutely." He said he spoke with Miller, as well as the other guards, before signing Robinson.
• With most of the league settling in with rosters intact, next comes the fine-toothed analysis. Over at 48 Minutes of Hell, Matthew Tynan gets the ball rolling with a sound, hair-splitting evaluation of the differences between new Spur Marco Belinelli and soon-to-be-former Spur Gary Neal.
• What is your favorite basketball shot?
• Some food for thought on the oft-praised intangible qualities that Mike Woodson brings to the table as head coach of the Knicks.
• Andrew Goudelock, one of the leading scorers of the Las Vegas Summer League, has agreed to a deal to play in Russia this season. According to Mark Medina, Goudelock's situation aligns perfectly with this previously-linked piece on the summer-league process by Keith Schlosser of Ridiculous Upside:
The fact of the matter is, with regard to international contract offers, players sometimes need to move quickly and take advantage of it sooner rather than later. At NBA Summer League last week, there were an array of scouts, coaches, and executives from overseas observing the talent present. They were all around, and could be seen talking to various agents about negotiating a contract for a player that was, at the time, going through Summer League motions with an NBA team. Just how difficult is it to turn down guaranteed money? For some players, it's indeed pretty tough if the only alternative to not making an NBA team is playing out a much less lucrative D-League contract. The international personnel at Summer League know this all too well, understand what's at stake for the players, and use such information to their advantage.