Per Warriors public relations: “Warriors center Anderson Varejao was examined earlier this week by Dr. Robert Watkins at the Marina Spine Center in Marina Del Rey, CA, and was diagnosed with a small lower back disc herniation. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, but will be forced to miss the 2016 Summer Olympics due to the injury.”
Per ESPN: “The Bulls’ Cristiano Felicio has emerged as the strong favorite to replace Varejao on Brazil’s Olympic roster, league sources say.”
Per ESPN: “NBA sources say Clippers are actively exploring sites for new arena. One area that interests: Westside. Staples Ctr lase runs thru 2024.”
Per ESPN: “A new Clippers arena isn’t a certainty. Steve Ballmer just wants to have options. If he decides to build one it likely wouldn’t open until 2024.”
Clippers forward Paul Pierce is still weighing whether he will retire or return for a 19th season, per the Los Angeles Times.
Per the LA Times: “Can also confirm reports Clippers assist. equipment manager Matias Testi is no longer with team. Testi was punched in face by Blake Griffin.”
Per Basketball Insiders: “Larry (Sanders) is not looking for crazy money, in fact I think he’d play for the minimum, so everyone is possible.”
Per Yahoo Sports: “Bradley Beal on $128 million contract with
#wizards: ‘You guys are probably thinking, ‘Can a 23-year-old handle?’ The answer is yes, I can.'”
The Kings are attempting to lure point guard Nick Calathes from his team in Greece, per David Pick.
The Trail Blazers have officially re-signed guard C.J. McCollum and forward Mo Harkless, per the team.
The Celtics have officially signed swingman Gerald Green, forward Jaylen Brown, forward Ben Bentil, center Tyler Zeller and point guard Demetrius Jackson, per the team. Jackson will reportedly receive a four-year deal worth $5.5 million.
The Suns announced Earl Watson’s coaching staff Wednesday, naming Jay Triano associate head coach, Tyrone Corbin and Nate Bjorkgren assistant coaches, Marlon Garnett assistant coach/player development coordinator, and Scott Duncan and Jason Fraser player development coaches, per the team.
Hawks assistant GM Michael Blackstone is leaving the organization after one season, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Amare Stoudemire hoped to play one more season with the Suns before retiring, but the Suns weren’t interested, per Arizona Sports 98.7.
Per CSN Bay Area: “Earlier this summer, Rudy Gay underwent shock wave treatment — not surgery — to alleviate pain in his Achilles, a source confirmed to CSNCalifornia.com.”
Per CSNmidatlantic.com: “Dez Wells, after resisting going overseas when he went undrafted out of Maryland in 2015, will play in Germany, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com on Wednesday. Wells will play for Tigers Tubingen in the Bundesliga.”
Warriors center Anderson Varejao will “likely” miss the Rio Olympics with a back injury, per ESPN. Varejao is a key member of Brazil, the team representing the host country.
Former No. 1 overall draft pick Andrea Bargnani has agreed to a contract with Spanish club Laboral Kutxa, per Amico Hoops. Bargnani, 31, last played for the Nets.
The Heat have officially signed free agent guard Dion Waiters (Thunder), per the team.
Undrafted forward Jameel Warney (Stony Brook) has agreed to a contract with the Mavericks, per The Associated Press.
Undrafted big man Matt Costello (Michigan States) has signed with the Hawks, per the team.
Former D-League swingman Treveon Graham has signed with the Hornets, per the team.
The Greensboro Swarm of the D-League have named longtime NBA assistant Noel Gillespie (Nuggets, Suns) head coach, per the team.
Former Purdue guard Willie Deane has agreed to a contract with BK Ventspils of Latvia, per Amico Hoops.