Content provided by Player News - Monday, September 22nd, 2014
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|Nets will add Willie Reed to camp roster||09-22-2014|
|Willie Reed F SAC|
The Nets signed Willie Reed to their training camp roster.
Stefan Bondy on Twitter
|Reed is going to be the 20th player at camp for the Nets and has a very slim chance to make the team. The 6'9 forward played just 31 minutes during the 2013 preseason with the Grizzlies.|
|Starting roles are up for competition||09-22-2014|
|Brandon Jennings G DET|
General manager Jeff Bower said the Pistons' roles will be up for competition in training camp.
Detroit Free Press
|"We have to compete on a daily basis, as a team," Bower said. "We have players that have talents and abilities that will create a very competitive environment." This is obviously GM speak, but Jennings was a disaster last season with the Pistons. The team added D.J. Augustin to bolster their 3-point shooting and Will Bynum also had some success with the first unit. Both would still need to play almost perfectly to usurp the starting job from Jennings.|
|Tyson Chandler says Mavs will be better on D||09-22-2014|
|Tyson Chandler C DAL|
Tyson Chandler said the Mavericks will be a great defensive team.
|" You can score as many points as you want, but at the end of the day, defense wins championships and that's what we're going to do," Chandler said. The Mavericks ranked 22nd in defensive efficiency last season and ranked 27th in field goal percentage allowed at the rim. The former Defensive Player of the Year should definitely help.|
|Nets to play bigger this season?||09-22-2014|
|Brook Lopez C BKN|
General manager Billy King said on Monday that the Nets plan to play bigger this season.
Nets Daily on Twitter
|In other words, they're hoping Brook Lopez stays healthy. Coach Lionel Hollins ran a lot of his offense in the post thanks to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Lopez had first-round value in fantasy leagues before his season-ending injury, so he'll be a risk-reward pick in the late-early rounds.|
|Alexis Ajinca bulks up 20 pounds||09-22-2014|
|Alexis Ajinca F NO|
Alexis Ajinca added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason.
|We're almost at training camp, so there won't be many more "Player X added Y pounds of muscle" stories this year. Ajinca wasn't very effective after the break last year due to fouling a whopping 3.9 times per game in just 19.2 minutes. He'll be on the bench most of the time with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis holding down the center spot.|
|Blake says he knew Sterling was a racist||09-22-2014|
|Blake Griffin F LAC|
Blake Griffin said he knew about Donald Sterling's racism before being selected by the Clippers, but he and the owner had little interaction.
|Griffin discussed how he googled Sterling after the Clippers won the NBA Draft Lottery and "Donald Sterling racist" popped up first. He then read a bunch about Sterling, which wasn't exactly a secret in the NBA world. As for Griffin on the basketball court, he had his best season as a pro in 2013-14 and could flirt with first-round value if he's able to continue to improve at the free throw line.|
|Tristan Thompson working out with LeBron||09-22-2014|
|Tristan Thompson F CLE|
Tristan Thompson worked out with LeBron James on Sunday.
LeBron James on Twitter
|He has become closer to LeBron this offseason, but it's not likely going to get him minutes. Thompson was one of the most inefficient big men in the NBA last season and his minutes will be severely cut with Kevin Love taking over at power forward.|
|Dirk Nowitzki speeding up shot release||09-22-2014|
|Dirk Nowitzki F DAL|
Dirk Nowitzki is working on making his shot release quicker.
|The old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" saying comes to mind here. Nowitzki added the naked eye won't notice much of a difference on the surface for his new tweaked jumper. He produced first-round value in fantasy leagues last season, but he's more of a pick at the turn of the second and third rounds this upcoming season.|
|Knicks are committed to Derek Fisher||09-22-2014|
|Derek Fisher G OKC|
The Knicks plan to add a D-League coach for their Westchester team who is familiar with coach Derek Fisher's system.
|Obviously, the Knicks are committed to Derek Fisher and it sounds like they'll be giving him a long leash to let him go through some growing pains. The Knicks will run a triangle offense and it could help Carmelo Anthony produce more well-rounded stat lines.|
|Cavs sign A.J. Price to a camp deal||09-22-2014|
|A.J. Price G MIN|
The Cavs have added A.J. Price to their training camp roster.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
|He's been fairly quiet since the Wizards needed him back in 2012-13 when John Wall had a knee injury to start the season. Price played just 3.5 minutes per game with the Wolves last season.|
|LeBron James working out at UCLA||09-22-2014|
|LeBron James F CLE|
LeBron James worked out at UCLA on Sunday with Chris Paul and Tristan Thompson.
LeBron James on Twitter
|The Cavs open their training camp this week and LeBron appears to be ready. He and Thompson have been pretty close this offseason, but the two aren't likely going to be on the court together very often while the team is healthy. LeBron's durability makes him your best bet for the No. 2 pick in standard drafts.|