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  1. Linas Kleiza headed to Turkey for next season

    Jul 25, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

    Linas Kleiza

    After the Toronto Raptors amnestied Linas Kleiza this summer, he said it was likely he would play in Europe next season. That has come to pass. The news first came from Uğur Türker of EuroBasket (and has since been confirmed by Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports). Breaking News: Fenerbahce Ulker and Linas Kleiza agreed in…

  2. Rosters set for Thursday’s USA Basketball intra-squad showcase

    Jul 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes

    LAS VEGAS — USA Basketball will wrap up its four-day mini-camp on Thursday with an intra-squad showcase that will be played in front of fans at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, and televised nationally on NBA TV. The rosters have been set for what is essentially an All-Star game where the…

  3. Report: Mike Miller agrees to play for Memphis Grizzlies

    Jul 24, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    Heat shooting Mike Miller celebrates after scoring against the Spurs in the second half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Memphis needs outside shooting to space the floor, it was painfully obvious during the playoffs (and spare me your Rudy Gay stuff, go look at his jump shooting numbers then move on). Mike Miller was good enough to space the floor for the Miami Heat the last couple years and picked up a couple rings…

  4. Raptors still looking for Terrence Ross to be more aggressive

    Jul 24, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    We’ve already told you more than once that Raptors fans should be encouraged by the Summer League Jonas Valanciunas had. Terrence Ross was on that team as well, and while he wasn’t bad he didn’t stand out. Which is a little concerning considering he may have been the best athlete on the court every time…

  5. Tuesday And-1 Links: Three years out, Lorenzen Wright’s murder unsolved

    Jul 23, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    Lorenzen Wright

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Americans love baby English monarchs… well maybe not that much. • Three…

  6. As it should be, Raptors’ Valanciunas named Vegas Summer League MVP

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    Raptors Heat Basketball

    Jonas Valanciunas showed up to Las Vegas NBA Summer League and the first thing you noticed was his physique — the 21-year-old had hit the gym and filled out his upper body considerably. He then used that new strength to be the most dominant player in Las Vegas — he averaged 18.8 points per game…

  7. Ian Clark leads Warriors to Summer League championship victory over Suns

    Jul 23, 2013, 12:38 AM EDT

    NBCSports.com

    LAS VEGAS – The Warriors wrapped up Las Vegas Summer League on Monday with a 91-77 win over the Suns to take home the first ever championship trophy in the event’s history. Undrafted rookie Ian Clark was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, after putting on a red-hot shooting display that netted him a game-high…

  8. Rudy Gay had eye surgery this offseason to correct vision problems

    Jul 22, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    What makes Rudy Gay divisive is simply he is not a good shooter. He puts up points — career average of 18 a game and 19.5 with the Raptors at the end of last season — but he’s a career 45 percent shooter who hit just 42.5 percent with the Raptors. He shot 32.3 percent…

  9. Marcus Camby clears waivers, reportedly deciding between Heat, Bulls, and Rockets

    Jul 21, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    Marcus Camby cleared waivers as expected on Sunday, and is now an unrestricted free agent. While the Rockets were reported to be the “leading contender” for Camby’s services, there are two other teams believed to still be in the running, as well. From Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida: With Marcus Camby having cleared waivers…

  10. Summer League notes: Archie Goodwin continues to impress for Suns

    Jul 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    archie goodwin summer league

    LAS VEGAS – After Saturday’s action at Las Vegas Summer League, we’re down to four teams and three games left in tournament play before the event wraps up on Monday. The Suns are still around, and were expected to be considering the amount of players with real NBA rotation experience that they brought to town.…

  11. Rockets a ‘leading contender’ to land Marcus Camby once he becomes a free agent

    Jul 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Marcus Camby was traded from the Knicks to the Raptors in the deal that brought Andrea Bargnani to New York, but after playing 17 NBA seasons, he had no desire to finish his career with a rebuilding team nowhere near championship contention. Camby reached a buyout agreement with the Raptors this week, and once he…

  12. Report: Raptors might shut down Valanciunas for rest of Summer League

    Jul 19, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Raptors Heat Basketball

    Jonas Valanciunas is one of the leading candidates for Summer League MVP. He showed up to Vegas filled out in the upper body and then proceeded to be a man among boys averaging 18.8 points on 56.1 percent shooting with 10 rebounds and almost one block a game. He isn’t just bullying his way to…

  13. Sprained ankle to keep Taj Gibson out of Team USA mini-camp

    Jul 19, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    Chicago’s Taj Gibson’s blend of size and athleticism makes him an interesting fit for what Team USA likes to do — press on defense, create turnovers then get out and run. Play to your strengths, and with the USA that is the level and depth of athleticism. But a sprained ankle is going to keep…

  14. Amnestied Linas Kleiza likely headed to Europe

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

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    The Toronto Raptors used their amnesty clause to wipe Linas Kleiza and the $4.6 million he is owed off their official books and keep the team below the tax line (he still gets paid, the Raptors just don’t pay any tax on his salary). Kleiza cleared waivers on Thursday, making him an unrestricted free agent.…

  15. Warriors’ Bazemore with big Summer League dunk (VIDEO)

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    When you start talking about Summer League MVP candidates, Golden State sophomore Kent Bazemore‘s name needs to come up (along the Portland’s C.J. McCollum, Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, and Chicago’s Andrew Goudelock). Bazemore is averaging 18 points a game for the undefeated Warriors, and he put up 25 on Thursday against Dallas. The Old Dominion guard…

  16. Thursday Summer League Notes: Dion Waiters puts up some numbers

    Jul 19, 2013, 2:45 AM EDT

    Dion Waiters

    The Summer League tournament continued on Thursday, with some teams playing their last game in Vegas. Here are a few notes from the action. • Dion Waiters finally broke out of an ugly slump with a good half of basketball. Waiters had been shooting 29.5 percent through three Summer League games, plus he was turning…

  17. Report: Quentin Richardson won’t play for the Raptors either

    Jul 18, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    When veteran big man Marcus Camby was scheduled to head to Toronto as one of the pieces the Knicks gave up to acquire Andrea Bargnani, we knew almost immediately that he wasn’t going to play for the Raptors. Camby isn’t looking to finish out a career that’s lasted 17 NBA seasons by playing for a…

  18. Report: Heat, Rockets, Bulls, Clippers all interested in Camby

    Jul 18, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Camby gestures while waiting for foul shot by Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of buying out Marcus Camby. He was traded to Toronto as part of the Andrea Bargnani deal (have fun with that one Knicks) but the veteran didn’t want to spend the last couple years of his career with a rebuilding team. He wanted to go to a contender.…

  19. Canadian Andrew Wiggins wants to play for Raptors

    Jul 18, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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    Andrew Wiggins — the presumptive No. 1 overall pick next draft, a wing who can score in a variety of ways and is thought to have a Durant-level impact on a team — is just like every kid who grew up rooting for and dreaming of playing for his hometown team. He has taken shots…

  20. Report: Raptors reach one-year deal with D.J. Augustin

    Jul 17, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

    D.J. Augustin

    Kyle Lowry is your starting point guard in Toronto, he and Rudy Gay are both going to want the ball in their hands. But with Jose Calderon gone the Raptors backup at the point was Dwight Buycks, who has looked pretty good in Summer League but is not somebody you yet want to trust with…

  21. It’s official: Raptors reach buyout with Marcus Camby

    Jul 17, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

    New York Knicks center Camby walks off the court after their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Marcus Camby will soon be a free agent. From the moment he was shipped back to Toronto in the Andrea Bargnani trade, Camby has been clear he didn’t want to play for the Raptors. He’s got a couple years left in the league, playing the role of backup big off the bench for the league…

  22. Summer League players: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly so far

    Jul 17, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

    Cody Zeller

    LAS VEGAS — As we enter the tournament phase of Summer League, it is pretty much the halfway point, which seems a good time to take stock of some of the player evaluation and development that is really the focus out in Las Vegas. And when you talk player evaluation, you should always try to…

  23. Tuesday Summer League Notes: Gorgui Dieng trying to find his groove, McLemore finds his

    Jul 17, 2013, 1:30 AM EDT

    Gorgui Dieng

    LAS VEGAS — Summer League is more than just coaches in cargo shorts, although it is a lot of that. There’s a lot more going on, so here are some notes from Tuesday…. • Minnesota didn’t draft Gorgui Dieng because of his offense, still it feels like his footwork and overall game has regressed since…

  24. Report: Raptors nearing buyout with Marcus Camby, who will receive interest from Clippers, Bulls and Rockets

    Jul 16, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

    Marcus Camby wasn’t happy to be traded to the Raptors, who tried to flip him before the deal – also involving Andrea Bargnani – ever became official. When that didn’t happen, Camby again expressed his desire for a buyout or trade. Because of his high salary – $4,383,773 next season and $4,177,208 the following year…

  25. Tyler Hansbrough doesn’t exactly sound pumped to be a Raptor (VIDEO)

    Jul 16, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough

    Tyler Hansbrough is EXCITED to be a Toronto Raptor… After the Pacers brought in Chris Copeland and let Hansbrough walk, he landed a two-year deal with the Raptors for just over $5 million (second year not guaranteed). Not a bad pickup for Toronto, he brings some toughness and minutes at the four off the bench.…

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