Rumor Roundup: Chalmers, Jones, Gee

Mario Chalmers are among those likely to find an NBA home before the start of next season.

Free agent guard Mario Chalmers is hoping to sign soon with a contender, per The Associated Press.

“My last performance in the Finals, that’s the one thing I do want to change if I ever get the opportunity again,” Chalmers said. “That’s the one thing that really sticks out in my mind.”

Chalmers won two titles with the Heat, and has been linked to the Cavaliers, Warriors and Thunder, and could potentially return to the Grizzlies.

He has not yet been cleared for full basketball activity after tearing his Achilles in March.

In other news: 

Former first-round draft pick and Thunder forward Perry Jones III has signed with the Iowa Energy of the D-League, per The Step Back.

Former NBA guard Sebastian Telfair has signed with Chinese club Fujian, per Asia Basket. Telfair, 31, has spent time with the Cavaliers, Trail Blazers and Thunder, among others.

Free agent forward Alonzo Gee has signed with the Nuggets, per the team. Gee has appeared in 404 career games for the Wizards, Spurs, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Trail Blazers and Pelicans.

The Nuggets also waived forward Jarnell Stokes, per the team.

There has been no progress, and no talks, between the Rockets and free agent big man Donatas Motiejunas, per the Houston Chronicle.

Former NBA guard Lorenzo Brown has failed a physical and will not be signed by Russian club Unics Kazan as expected, per Amico Hoops.

The struggling Pelicans could make changes soon, per Basketball Insiders.

Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes is being fueled by a “summer of disappointment,” per Yahoo Sports.

It appears Grizzlies swingman Vince Carter is winning the battle vs. Father Time, per ESPN.

Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is expected to return to game action Friday, per the team.

Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris could be sidelined up to four weeks with a foot injury, per The Denver Post.

Former NBA and D-League center Alex Kirk has been released by Guangzhou of China, per Amico Hoops.

The Knicks have assigned rookie center/forward Marshall Plumlee to the Westchester Knicks of the D-League, per the team.

NBA owners and the players’ union should finalize terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement within the next few weeks, per The Ringer.

Ex-Ohio guard Nick Kellogg has agreed to a contract with Start Lublin of Poland, per Amico Hoops.

Former Kent State shooting guard Jasmon Youngblood has agreed to a contract with Byblos of Lebanon, per Amico Hoops.

Ex-NBA and D-League point guard Casper Ware has agreed to a contract with Melbourne United of Australia, per Amico Hoops.

Former Alabama forward Chris Hines has agreed to a contract with the Cape Breton Highlanders of NBL Canada, per Amico Hoops.

Earlier this week

The Warriors have shot down several reports that they are looking to trade star shooting guard Klay Thompson to the Celtics, per USA Today.

Also according to the newspaper: “Yet chances are, this won’t be the last time Thompson’s name pops up leading up to the Feb. 23 trade deadline because, well, they do have a gaping hole to fill at center and you have to give something to get something. Andrew Boguts are hard to come by, and the early returns on his replacement (Zaza Pachulia) and the replacement’s backup (JaVale McGee) are not pretty.”

As an aside, several reports said some Warriors teammates were not happy with how Thompson behaved following the finals loss to the Cavaliers — and that the Warriors discussed a deal that would have sent Thompson and forward Kevon Looney to the Bucks. Part of the return would have been Bucks swingman Khris Middleton, reports said. But Middleton suffered a major hamstring injury and the talks died.

One opposing team executive told Amico Hoops: “We’ve talked (to the Warriors) about Klay, but I don’t think they’re serious at all about moving him. It’s just been talk.”

Another GM told Amico Hoops of the Thompson-to-Celtics report: “Man, I hope they don’t do that. If they got Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder, it’s over. It would be a major step up, because Klay doesn’t seem like a fit now that they have Kevin Durant.”

In other news:

Kings forward Omri Casspi, the subject of recent trade rumors, has met with GM Vlade Divac, per ABC 10 in Sacramento.

The Kings aren’t looking to trade anyone, “especially players on rookie deals,” per the Sacramento Bee.

However, league executives have told both Amico Hoops and the Sporting News that the Kings are likely to explore deals centered on DeMarcus Cousins. (Full report.)

ESPN has also reported the Kings are open to moving second-year big man Willie Cauley-Stein.

The Celtics are yearning for a star such as Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, per ESPN.

Mike D’Antoni may be doing his best coaching job yet with Rockets star James Harden, per The Denver Post.

Former St. John’s standout and NBA swingman D.J. Kennedy has signed with Foshan Lions of China, per overseas reporter David Pick. The club cut former UConn guard Ryan Boatright to make room for Kennedy, Pick adds.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry may be on the hot seat, per Amico Hoops.