News Roundup: LeBron, Cavs, Kings

Nike has cancelled LeBron James’ stop in the Philippines, per a company press release.

Free agent guard Markel Brown has agreed to a training camp deal with the Cavaliers. Full report on Amico Hoops.

Per NBC Sports: “Richard Jefferson’s Snapchat account was one of the breakout stars of the 2016 NBA playoffs, but he may have jumped the gun on Tuesday. Jefferson posted, then quickly deleted, what appears to be an image of the championship rings the Cavaliers will receive at their season opener against the Knicks on October 25.”

The Kings have signed second-round draft pick Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma) to a partially guaranteed one-year contract, per Yahoo Sports.

The Bucks are nearing a deal with former UNLV star and NBA forward Stacey Augmon for a role as assistant coach, per ESPN.

Hoops Rumors takes a look at NBA teams below the salary floor. Check it out here.

Will Monta Ellis move to a reserve role with the Pacers? NBA.com takes a look.

Former Youngstown State point guard Kendrick Perry has agreed to a contract with Karpos Sokoli in Macedonia, per Eurobasket News.

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Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari declined a chance to be traded at the deadline in February, per DenverStiffs.

The Nuggets are expected to add D-League MVP and former Jazz draftee Jarnell Stokes to the training camp roster, per The Denver Post.

Former Purdue small forward Robbie Hummel has signed a two-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Nuggets, per GoldandBlack.com.

Former Nets GM Billy King rejected a trade proposal for then-Grizzlies guard Lance Stephenson last season, per NetsDaily.

The Nets may yet invite another player to training camp, with the idea being to find help for their new D-League squad, NetsDaily reports.

A reader question in the Hoops Rumors weekly mailbag asked where guard J.R. Smith might sign should he not return to the Cavaliers. Hoops Rumors’ response is directly below:

“While it’s true that all those teams have the cap room to add Smith, it’s also true that none of them has made an offer since he became a free agent more than two months ago. At age 30 and with a somewhat checkered NBA past, it’s understandable why teams didn’t line up to throw money at him.

More from Hoops Rumors on Smith: “Plus, there have been reports that J.R. and the Cavs aren’t that far apart on money, with the team offering $10MM to $12MM a year and Smith wanting $15MM. Our best guess is that this gets wrapped up before the season starts and at terms closer to the Cavaliers’ offer, much like the Tristan Thompson standoff did last year.” (Full report.)

Neither Cavs point guard Mo Williams nor his agent, Mark Bartelstein, has told the Cavs that Williams will retire, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Bartelstein has not responded to an Amico Hoops inquiry on Williams.

The Cavs’ assistant coaches are reportedly frustrated in their own contract negotiations. Full Bleacher Report story.


Free agent swingman Rasual Butler and forward Dorell Wright are among those coming in for a workout with the Timberwolves, per 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis.

Well-traveled shooting guard Orlando Johnson has agreed to a contract with the Bucks, per the Associated Press.

The Clippers have added former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt as a scout, per Yahoo Sports. Hewitt was also the head coach at George Mason and Siena.

Second-round draft pick and point guard Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame) is among the new Celtics likely headed for the D-League, per ESPN.

The Lakers are continuing their plans to rebuild around youth, per this NBA.com season preview.

Former Old Dominion guard Trey Freeman has agreed to a contract with the Pistons, per the Associated Press.