HoopsNews: Miller, Nowitzki, Cavs, Spurs

Mike Miller averaged a career-low 2.1 points per game last season with the Cavaliers.

Today’s quick news and moves from around the world of pro basketball, all on one easy-to-follow page. Check regularly for updates.

Cavs guard Iman Shumpert is expected to miss 12-14 weeks with a wrist injury, per the team. Full story

The Raptors have exercised the third-year team options on the rookie scale contracts of Bruno Caboclo and Lucas Nogueira, per the team.

Undrafted guard Michael Qualls (Arkansas) has signed a training camp contract with the Thunder, per GM Sam Presti.

The Nuggets are the favorites to sign Mike Miller should he clear waivers Wednesday, per ESPN. Miller, 35, was waived by the Trail Blazers earlier this week.

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki told Dallas reporters he would like to play two more years before retiring, per Mavs.com.

Free agent guard Ben Gordon has officially signed with the Warriors, per the team. Gordon, 32, averaged 6.2 points with the Magic last season.

Former NBA player and league executive Rod Thorn has been hired by the Bucks as a special consultant, per the team. Thorn most recently served as the NBA’s president of basketball operations under commissioner Adam Silver.

The Spurs have signed Rasual Butler and Deshaun Thomas, per the team.

Former NBA and current SMU coach Larry Brown has been suspended for 30 percent of his team’s games for NCAA infractions, per ESPN.  The Mustangs have also been banned from postseason play.

The Cavaliers have signed center Michael Dunigan, per the training camp roster. The roster also officially confirmed earlier reports of deals with Jared Cunningham, Austin Daye, Chris Johnson, Nick Minnerath, D.J. Stephens and Omar Cook, per Hoops Rumors.

Cavs guard Kyrie Irving said he has been running for three weeks, but has yet to be cleared for two-a-days, per ESPN. Irving said  there is no timetable for his full return from season-ending knee surgery during the Finals.

Cavs forward Anderson Varejao said there are no limitations with his injury and he will be “full go from the beginning,” per the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

LeBron James said he is optimistic the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson will solve their contract stalemate, per Amico Hoops. “He’s a huge piece to the puzzle,” James said from media day.

Suns center Tyson Chandler said he believes Markieff Morris‘ issuers with the team will be resolved, per The Arizona Republic. “I think all this stuff will be behind him,” Chandler said at media day. “This isn’t the first time a player had miscommunication with management.” Despite earlier trade demands, Morris told the assembled media Monday he wants to remain with the team.

Harrison Barnes said talks of a contract extension with the Warriors are “going well,” per the San Francisco Chronicle.

Pistons guard Brandon Jennings is not close to being game-ready after suffering a torn Achilles tendon last season, per the Detroit Free Press. “We’re hoping sometime in mid-October that he’s be able to start doing drill work out on the floor and then hopefully by mid-November he starts ramping up, actually getting in some five-on-five stuff,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters at media day.

The Pistons have officially signed Eric Griffin and Jordan Bachynski to training camp contracts, per the team.

The Bulls have officially signed Jordan Crawford, Marcus Simmons and Jake Anderson, per the team.

Second-round draft pick Aaron Harrison of the Grizzlies will sign to play for the Iowa Energy of the D-League this season, per the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Harrison was drafted by the Suns with the No. 44 overall pick, then traded to the Grizzlies for forward Jon Leuer.

The Grizzlies have officially signed Yakhouba Diawara, Ryan Hollins, Michael Holyfield, Lazeric Jones and Daniel Nwaelele, per the team.

Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur nearly signed with the Clippers as a free agent in the summer, per The Denver Post. “I was pretty close,” he told the newspaper.

The Sixers have released their rights to Arsalan Kazemi so he can try out for the Hawks, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. Kazemi was drafted by the Wizards with the No. 54 overall pick in 2013. The Hawks have finalized a contract with Kazemi and he is in camp, per the Atlanta Jounral Constitution.

The Lakers have hired former star James Worthy to assist with Byron Scott‘s coaching staff, per GM Mitch Kupchak. Worthy and Scott were teammates of the Showtime-era Lakers of the 1980s. Worthy is expected to work primarily with the team’s big men.

Former NBA forward Tracy Murray has been hired as a shooting consultant by the Lakers, per Yahoo Sports.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry plans to install a much more up-tempo offense focused on spacing and ball movement, per the New Orleans Times Picayune.

Italian coach Andrea Mazzon is signing with the 76ers, per Sportando. Mazzon will work with the team’s D-League affiliate in Delaware, the website reports.

Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson cannot give a timetable on his return to full contract drills following a hip procedure, per The Columbian.

Nets rookie forward Chris McCullough is expected to return to the court in January, per the New York Post. McCullough suffered a torn ACL last season at Syracuse.

The Heat have officially signed guards John Lucas III and Tre Kelley, per the team.

Former South Carolina guard Alfrie Kelley has signed a training camp contract with the Heat, per Eurobasket News. Kelley, 30, played professionally in Turkey last season.

The Bulls’ uniforms include a 50th anniversary patch this season, per the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Former Iowa State center Jiri Hubalek has signed with Sionista de Parana of Argentina, per EuroBasket.com.

Ex-Miami (Fla.) forward Anthony King has signed with Royal Hali Gaziantep in Turkey, per the team.

Former Fresno State swingman Quinton Hosley has signed with Turkish club Yesilgiresun, per EuroBasket.com.

Former Albany State guard Ronnie Childs has agreed to a contract with SS Kasserine of Tunisia, per Eurobasket News.

— Compiled by Sam Amico

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