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NBA Rumors: Analyzing Latest Chatter Throughout the Association

NBA Rumors: Analyzing Latest Chatter Throughout the Association

As the NBA‘s free-agency period starts to wind down with many of the big names accounted for, there are still some interesting options out on the market, whether it be a couple of sharpshooters or a two-time NBA champion.

Teams are still hoping for some legitimate talent to sign with them as they finalize their 2013-14 rosters, whether it be veteran help or an undrafted rookie who took the summer league by storm.

Here’s a look at the latest chatter throughout the Association, complete with analysis.

Spurs’ Gary Neal to Become Unrestricted Free Agent?

After signing former Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli to a two-year deal in June, the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly set to withdraw their qualifying offer to Gary Neal and let the 28-year-old walk, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

The interest in Neal should stretch throughout the NBA, from contenders to rebuilding teams. The three-year pro has shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free-throw line in his career.

Adding to Neal’s intrigue is the fact that he played better defensively in 2012-13. After opposing point guards registered a PER of 21.3 against him in 2011-12, according to82games.com, they registered a PER of 15.5 against him last season.

That’s not great, but it is a noticeable improvement.

If anything, Neal can space the floor, which is always valuable.

Clippers to Re-Sign Lamar Odom?

According to Arash Markazi of ESPN LA, the Los Angeles Clippers are still interested in signing free-agent forward Lamar Odom.

Earlier in the month, Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times reported that Odom was deciding between the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, who both offered him $1.4 million.

Odom averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from the floor in 20 minutes per game last season. He ranked well below the league average in PER among forwards who averaged at least 15 minutes per game, via Hoopdata.com.

While that’s not exactly eye-opening, there aren’t many other options on the market to back up Blake Griffin at this point.

Rookie guard Ian Clark went undrafted this year, despite averaging 18.2 points while shooting 54 percent from the floor and 46 percent from beyond the arc in his senior season at Belmont.

Now, after he posted 33 points against the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game, he’s reportedly drawing heavy interest throughout the NBA, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports.

According to Zillgitt, the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz are interested in the 6’3″ combo guard.

In seven games with the Warriors in Las Vegas, Clark averaged 12.4 points while shooting 48 percent from the field and 49 percent from beyond the arc. Against the Suns, he posted 33 points while going 12-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-10 from three-point range.

Before that, he averaged 16.4 points (ranked sixth) while shooting 48 percent from the field in five games with the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League.

One thing’s for sure: Ian Clark knows how to drop buckets. He also knows how to defend, averaging 2.2 steals in Orlando and 1.1 steals in Vegas while playing strong man-to-man defense.

So, why wasn’t he drafted?

Well, there is the matter of his size. At 6’3″, there are concerns about plopping him into the shooting guard role. He may have trouble finishing against the more physical players in the league.

But, given the way he shot the ball and defended this summer, it’s hard to imagine an NBA team not picking him up now.

Who said summer league didn’t mean anything?

Indonesia in Grand Final of 3×3 World Basketball

Indonesia in Grand Final of 3×3 World Basketball

Indonesia Masuk Grand Final Basket 3x3 Dunia

Jakarta – The Indonesian team won the FIBA ​​3×3 World Tour event Tokyo Master 2013. By bringing the team name Yoska Jakarta, Indonesia bowed team Nagoya (Japan) in the final round on Sunday, July 21, 2013 with the score 16-15.
“This victory is not anyone thought,” said coach Yoska Jakarta, Anthony Gunawan at Hotel Atlet Century Jakarta, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, evening. The reason, the players just have little preparation time and have never played with three against three schemes. Not to mention, he said, his opponents are the best players representing each country.
Anthony describes his team lost in the preliminary round twice and only won once. However, they qualified for the second round because bears three teams with the best ratings. “After that we did not want to give up home. We focus per game and was finally able to get in the final and win,” he said.
Ramadhani said team captain Fandi although the first time three players to play with the format, his colleagues were able to show the best game. According to him, basically playing basketball at the same everywhere. It’s just using a 3×3 game rules and playing strategies specifically. “It was difficult to play. But we try to focus on playing games per game,” said Fandi, who plays Aspac.
Fandi said that in the first game against the team they play very bad Guangzhou. The cause is not just a matter of non-technical, such as hot weather, wind, and outdoor field, the players also do not know how to set the tempo of the game. But it could eventually be overcome after entering the second game.
Armed with passion and are reluctant to throw away a chance to play in the international arena, he said, the team was playing trengginas. “It can not be separated from our strong defense. Especially fitting in the final round,” said Anthony.
Secretary-General of the Basketball Association of Indonesia Indonesia Agus Mauro said they were proud to qualify for the grand final which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey. This achievement is the best achievement of Indonesian basketball team. “This is a tremendous victory, because our opponents are very good,” said Agus. He hopes that Indonesia could play more leverage in the grand final round later.
Further, Sport Director of the Federation Internationale de Basket-ball Amateur Kosta Iliev said initially the presence of the Indonesian team does not get the spotlight means. Costa also said he was surprised Indonesia could qualify and represent the Asia Pacific-Oceania region.
“It turns out Jakarta formidable team. Hopefully it can continue in the grand final,” he said. On the other hand, is currently being sought to basketball FIBA ​​3×3 can go down in the 2016 Olympics. According to Costa, basketball 3×3 has a good development.
For this result, Jakarta Yoska reinforced Fandi Ramadhani, Wijaya Saputra, Vinton Nollan, and Rizky Effendi entitled to a cash prize of $ 10,000 and a ticket to the world championship. Until now, only two teams that already have a place in the grand final, ie Jakarta and Nagoya.
FIBA are still awaiting the results of the series in the series tour San Juan, Puerto Rico; series Prague, Czech Republic; Laussane, Switzerland, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The grand final will take place in Istanbul, Turkey at 4-5 October 2013.

NBA flopping rule may go to arbitration, per report

NBA flopping rule may go to arbitration, per report

The NBA Players Association filed an unfair labor practices charge against the league to combat the new anti-flopping fines, but the National Labor Relations Board refused to rule on the complaint. Now, the NBAPA is seeking an arbitrator to work between itself and the NBA, according to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger. In October of 2012, the NBA announced a set of punishments for faking or exaggerating official calls: “We are now in the process of scheduling a case with our arbitrator to determine whether the NBA is allowed to unilaterally impose discipline in an area that exceeds the commissioner’s authority without the consent of the union,” NBPA interim executive director Ron Klempner told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. “It’s a subject they need to bargain with us, and we hope that the arbitrator will find that any type of discipline must be collectively bargained.” The complaint against the NBA was filed by the ousted director of the NBAPA, Billy Hunter, who said the league should not have the power to fine its players without discussing it and then earning consent from the union. In the regular season, players were warned once after a first-time offense before being charged $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 and then $30,000 for follow-up offenses. Nineteen NBA players were given warnings during the year, and five players received the initial fines. There were stricter rules without warnings during the playoffs, and eight players earned $5,000 fines in the postseason. The NBA and NBAPA could resolve the issue between themselves to avoid the need for arbitration, and Berger reports discussions are ongoing. Outgoing NBA commissioner David Stern said he was happy with how the anti-flopping rules worked to combat a growing league-wide problem.

NBL Players Open Trade in the Middle Season

NBL Players Open Trade in the Middle Season

Surabaya – It’s laid out three series, opening NBL clubs contestants the opportunity to exchange players (trade) in the middle of the season.

In a press statement received by the editorial detiksport, Wednesday (08/02/2012), PT Detection Basketball Cross (DBL) as the organizer NBVL explained about trade policy in the middle of the season.

Mentioned that each team has the right to exchange a maximum of three players with the system ‘one to one’. Players that can be exchanged is rated 9-17 players in each team. The player rating is based on statistics up to the end of the Series III in Palembang.

According to the Implementing Regulations Flexi NBL Indonesia 2011-2012, this player trade period lasts seven days before the convening Series IV in Denpasar, February 18 to 26.

Each team will use that right must notify the league and all the other teams, before the trade was closed on February 17. If there is no confirmation, the team considered not take advantage of that right.

“Strength in Flexi NBL team this season more evenly. Competition tight. Leveraging trade window could increase the chances of achieving their targets. However, the period is quite short. Hopefully this is not even a blunder,” said Yondang Tubangkit, basketball operations manager DBL Indonesia PT.