The 2014 NBA Summer League finally came to a conclusion on Monday with the Sacramento Kings coming out on top against the Houston Rockets 77-68.Ray McCallum, who is expected to see more playing time for the Kings next season with the departure of starting point guard Isaiah Thomas, scored 29 points in the contest – including this impressive game-clinching basket – to win the MVP honors. Thomas actually saw all the action and was proud to see his former teammate
With LeBron James out of the picture as a free agent, the biggest focus for the remainder of the summer will be on Kevin Love’s situation with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love has made it clear that he wants out of town, and Flip Saunders has been entertaining offers – most notably from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Both teams, however, have put up a posture during discussions by refusing to add a highly-attractive piece to seal the deal. The Timberwolves
With a slew of injuries to key point guards for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kendall Marshall was brought in as an emergency replacement in mid-season for the team last season. He wasn’t expected to do much, but actually made quite a name for himself playing under Mike D’Antoni’s point-guard friendly offense, averaging eight points and a whopping 8.8 assists in just under 30 minutes. Almost instantly, he became a fan favorite. It was a feel-good story for the guard who took advantage
After coming off one of his best seasons ever and winning the Sixth Man of the Year award over Jamal Crawford in 2013, J.R. Smith spiraled down in the wrong direction last season. Due to off-season knee surgery, Smith had no time to work on his game or stay in shape. Consequently, he started the 2013-2014 season comically bad, scoring 11.7 points on just 32.8 percent shooting in November and 12.4 points on 36.8 percent shooting in December. To be fair, Smith
After being unhappily glued to the bench behind Dwight Howard for the Houston Rockets over the past season, Omer Asik will now have a chance to be a starting center once again for the up-and-coming New Orleans Pelicans. Asik is known for his gritty defense and the ability to rebound – he led all players in total rebounds (956) and came second in total rebound percentage (22) as a starter two seasons ago. He will now be paired with a rising
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been unbelievably lucky with the NBA draft over the past few years. Since 2011, they have netted the No. 1 pick, No. 4 pick, No. 1 pick and another No. 1 pick this summer. Unfortunately, not all of them have necessarily panned out as hoped, with Dion Waiters still trying to figure out what his role is in the league, while Anthony Bennett had one of the most forgettable seasons in NBA history for a No. 1
With LeBron James finally making the decision to return home to Cleveland on Friday, it’s safe to say that the real free agency period of 2014 has truly begun. There was always going to be a trickle-down effect from whatever decision James came to, and his former teammate Chris Bosh proved to be the player in line to make the next move. The rumor – and a strong one at that – was that Bosh would strongly consider leaving the Miami Heat to
Just a tad over four years ago, LeBron James made his breathtaking decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat live on ESPN – a move that would be scrutinized for years to come. At least back then, though, everyone knew when the announcement would be made because there was a set time, date and place for it. This year, all we know is that James is supposed to post the decision to return to Cleveland on his website lebronjames.com.