Rumor Roundup: Pistons, Blake, Grizz

Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson is expected to miss the start of the regular season with a knee issue and the team may now be seeking help at the position, per ESPN.

Per HoopsRumors: “While it’s not yet clear how much time Jackson will miss, it makes sense that the team would keep an eye out for possible fill-ins. Internally, Detroit would turn to Ish Smith next, with Lorenzo Brown or Trey Freeman as options further down on the depth chart, as the team’s depth chart at shows.”

Free agents Steve Blake and Mario Chalmers are two free agents the Pistons are considering as fill-ins for Jackson, Amico Hoops has learned.

Coach Scott Brooks says undrafted shooting guard Sheldon McLellan (University of Miami) has “a great chance” to make the Wizards’ opening day roster, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Also per David Pick: “Twolves summer center Jarrid Famous, I’m told, to audition for Israel club Maccabi Haifa against the Kings on Oct 10.”

Can the Clippers keep impending free agents Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick? Story from NBC Sports.

The Cavaliers and J.R. Smith remain far apart in contract negotiations. Amico Hoops report.

Free agent guard Norris Cole (Cleveland State) has agreed to a contract with the Shandog Bulls in China. Amico Hoops report.

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Eric Moreland isn’t overly upset about being waived by the Cavaliers, he told ESPN.

The 6-foot-10 power forward/center told the website he isn’t ready to return to full-time action after last season’s foot injury. “I feel it is in my best interest for me to take my time to make sure I am 100 percent healthy,” Moreland said. “I feel really good and think I am close to being game ready but with the setback I have already been through, I want be extra cautious with my return and do everything I can to make sure I my foot has completely healed.” (Full report.)

NBA free agent guard Norris Cole is interested in playing for the Cavaliers and the Cavs have been in touch, but the team opted to sign Toney Douglas instead. (Amico Hoops report.)

Former Cavs center DeSagana Diop has been hired as a coaching associate by the Jazz, per the team.

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard to NBA Radio on the idea of super teams: “I wouldn’t do it. That’s just not who I am. I might have too much pride for that or be too much of a competitor where I couldn’t bring myself to do it, but it also makes it more fun. You get to take a monster down and that’s always fun.” (Full audio.)

Suns guard Brandon Knight will now come off the bench and play the role of sixth man, per the Arizona Republic.

Per the Republic: “A Suns offseason of curiosity about the loaded backcourt rotation was settled before the preseason even started when coach Earl Watson announced that Monday’s preseason starting lineup would be the regular-season starting lineup.”

Rich Paul, the agent for 76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons, would prefer Simmons sits out the entire season, per the Philadelphia Daily News. Paul is also the agent for LeBron James. Simmons suffered a broken foot in practice. (Full audio.)

Per ESPN: “When the Houston Rockets hired Mike D’Antoni, his former Lakers coach, Steve Blake perked up, optimistic. But then the Rockets locked up Pablo Prigioni with a two-year contract in July. When Mo Williams abruptly retired last week, Blake’s hopes were raised again that Cleveland might call. But the Cavaliers reached out to Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers instead.”

Per ESPN: “There were 201 free agents on the market on July 1. There are still 24 who remain unsigned, among them Chalmers, Cole, J.R. Smith, Josh Smith, Kevin Martin, Matt Bonner, Kendrick Perkins, Andre Miller and Chris Kaman.” (Full feature.)

Hoops Rumors has put together a list of NBA players who can veto trades. Check out the full list here.

The Pelicans have waived veteran forward Chris Copeland, per the New Orleans Advocate.

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili says he was “flattered” the Sixers pursued him in free agency, per

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Lakers center Timofey Mozgov says he is fully healthy entering the season, per the LA Daily News.

Per the Daily News: “Mozgov insisted he enters the 2016-17 season fully healthy. He also sounded confident he could assume a heavy workload to reward the Lakers for their hefty investment in a four-year deal worth $64 million. ‘I can do whatever I’ve been doing for six years in the NBA,’ Mozgov said in an interview with Southern California News Group. ‘I’ll work in the paint, be big, make contested shots and block shots.'”

Hawks center Dwight Howard wants to improve his outside shooting, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Hawks have agreed to a training camp contract with D-League point guard Josh Magette, per the AJC reports.

The Timberwolves have hired former NBA big man Ed Pickney as assistant coach, per ESPN.

Former NBA commissioner David Stern said he will attend the Kings’ home opener, per the Sacramento Bee.

The Nuggets could be getting a D-League affiliate franchise as early as next season, per The Denver Post.

Per ESPN: “The NBPA held a screening in the weight room of the Los Angeles Clippers’ practice facility, administering EKGs and blood pressure tests, echocardiograms, a consultation with multiple physicians and cardiologists, and orthopedic evaluations to more than 40 former players.” (Full story.)

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