Kings keep Ty Lawson, release Jordan Farmar, Isaiah Cousins (October 25, 2016)
Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

Despite some preseason incidents, the Kings have elected to keep guard Ty Lawson on their roster. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Ty Lawson claimed the Sacramento Kings' last available roster spot Monday, after the team announced the release of fellow guards Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins.

Lawson won the duel for the Kings' 15th roster spot and is expected to open the season as the stand-in point guard for suspended Sacramento starter Darren Collison, despite the fact that Lawson showed up late for one morning shootaround and missed a team flight ‎the following day earlier this month‎.

New Kings coach Dave Joerger has been a big backer of Lawson, ‎insisting in recent days that there is "no situation" with Lawson and repeatedly praising the veteran guard's play throughout the preseason.

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The Pistons have claimed veteran guard Beno Udrih off waivers. He played part of last season with the Heat. Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons have claimed guard Beno Udrih off waivers from the Miami Heat and released guard Ray McCallum.

Detroit made the moves Monday, two days before opening the season at Toronto.

Udrih is entering his 13th NBA season. He has averaged 8.5 points and 3.4 assists in his career. He played for the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies last season, averaging 4.7 points and 2.6 assists.

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Although he's just 28, San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills has long been a source of pride for Australians.

After honing his basketball skills at the Australian Institute of Sport, he made a name for himself in the United States as a collegian at Saint Mary's. He was selected in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and spent two seasons in the Pacific Northwest. He joined the Spurs in 2011 and won an NBA championship in his third season in San Antonio.

Now heading into his eighth NBA season, he's moving into elite company in terms of longevity, with only two Australians having played more seasons in the league -- Andrew Bogut (11 and counting) and Luc Longley (10). We recently caught up with Mills to discuss his homeland, the upcoming season, the Rio Olympics, footy and more.

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Two-time Scoring Champion Romeo wants be better passer, defender (October 25, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Terrence Romeo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Terrence Romeo is more than willing to pass the rock next season.

Named Scoring Champion for the second straight year, the GlobalPort standout shared he still wants to improve on his passing game and defense as he eyes to be more of a complete player heading into his fourth season in the league.

“Magfo-focus ako sa assists, defense, at pag-lead sa mga teammates ko. Kailangan may isang tatayo para mag-lead sa team at gusto ko maging isa ako doon,” Romeo said Saturday during the 2016 PBA Press Corps Awards.

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Derrick Rose on if he's out to prove this season that he still is an elite point guard: "Yeah, but I know I am." Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Most NBA observers probably wouldn't label Derrick Rose as elite at this stage of his career. But Rose believes he fits that description and that it's only a "matter of time" before he shows it to others.

Rose was asked after Knicks practice on Monday if he wants to show this season that he still is an elite point guard.

"Yeah, but I know I am," he said. "That's no surprise to me. It's only a matter of time until I put it together. All the hard work I put in, everything how I dedicated my whole life to this game, what I sacrificed. It's only a few that did it and that's doing it. So it's all about just putting it together."

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 Meralco coach Norman Black. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – The Meralco Bolts sorely need a big man to shore up their frontline, but head coach Norman Black does not anticipate any to be available by the time they get around to making their pick in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft.

The Bolts will be picking seventh in both the special draft for Gilas pool players, as well as the regular in draft. In both instances, they will be selecting the "best player available," according to Black.

"The problem is that by the time we get to the seventh pick, there probably won't be any big man available," Black told reporters Sunday after watching Ateneo de Manila University's game against National University.

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Philadelphia 76ers guard Jerryd Bayless is likely to miss the first month of the regular season while he recovers from a torn ligament in his left wrist, sources told ESPN.

The team announced last week that Bayless will not have surgery on his wrist, but did not put a timetable on the injury.

Bayless signed a three-year deal with the Sixers in the offseason after averaging 10.4 points and 3.1 assists with Milwaukee in 2015-16.

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Belga and Almazan stay with RoS, seal maximum pay deals (October 25, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Rain or Shine is keeping the rest of the nucleus that made the Elasto Painters the most consistent team in the PBA in the last three years.

After letting go of JR Quiñahan and superstar point guard Paul Lee days after coach Yeng Guiao left the team three weeks ago, Rain or Shine management has put its foot down and apparently wants to keep its winning tradition, signing Raymund Almazan and Jericho Cruz to lucrative, multi-year extensions.

Beau Belga also signed the same deal just a few days back, with Gabe Norwood, an Elasto Painter all throughout his career, also close to sealing a new pact, sources said.

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Forward Chandler Parsons will not be cleared to play in the Memphis Grizzlies' season opener as the team continues to exercise caution in his return from the second surgery on his right knee, coach David Fizdale told reporters Monday.

The knee was the primary reason that the Dallas Mavericks did not attempt to re-sign Parsons, who signed a four-year, $94 million maximum contract with the Grizzlies in free agency. Parsons had season-ending surgeries on the knee each of the past two years.

Parsons began full participation in Grizzlies practices last week and hoped to be cleared to play in the opener. He told ESPN over the weekend that he was experiencing "no problems at all with the knee." However, Parsons understood that the Grizzlies would err on the side of caution after making such a major financial investment in him, plus he needs to work his way into basketball shape.

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PBA hopefuls will be put to test in 2016 Draft Combine (October 25, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]


PBA aspirants take one step closer in achieving their dreams as they participate in the 2016 PBA Draft Combine this week.

The two-day camp, which will be held at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong starting on Wednesday, will wage all the hopefuls against each other as they try to make an impression in front of PBA coaches and scouts.

The 55 applicants will be divided into eight teams, composed of six to seven players, for the combine.

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