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Rosters finalized for each NBA team

What became of Omri Casspi, Renaldo Balkman, and Michael Beasley in their respective training camps? (Bill Baptist, Glenn James and Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) After a months-long crawl of roster moves, internal evaluation, and exhibition games, we’re just 24 hours away from the official start of the NBA season. Yet before the actual schedule gets underway, all 30 teams took part in one final bit of housekeeping: the finalization of their opening day rosters. While teams were allowed to field larger rosters during training camp, they were bound by a 15-man limit as of 5 PM on Monday. Below is a primer of the most notable decisions: those who made the cut, those who aren’t quite home free, and ... Read More »

Barkley says LeBron ‘not in my top 5′

Turner Sports tips off its 2013-14 NBA coverage with an opening-night doubleheader of Bulls-Heat and Lakers-Clippers on Tuesday. Before the games, TNT’s popular Inside the NBA studio show will air live at 7 p.m. ET from New York City’s Flatiron Plaza. As part of the promotion for the start of the season, the quartet of Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith met with a small group of reporters on Monday afternoon in New York. During that outing, SI.com sat down with the always-engaging Barkley. SI.com: Where should we place LeBron James right now in a historical context? Is he a top 10 all-time guy right now on your list? Barkley: I have him there. But he ... Read More »

Grizz F Davis fined for hard foul on Motiejunas

Grizzlies forward Ed Davis was fined $15,000 on Monday for a flagrant foul on Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas during Houston’s 92-73 preseason victory last week. “Ouch,” Davis wrote on Twitter in response to the sanction, which was handed out because the league deemed Davis’s foul to be “excessive and unnecessary contact.” With 8:42 remaining in the fourth quarter and Houston leading 74-54, Davis swung his left arm down across Motiejunas’ face as the Lithuanian attempted a putback in the paint. Motiejunas went stumbling to the court immediately and Davis was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2, which necessitates an automatic ejection. The fourth-year forward out of North Carolina departed three points, five rebounds and three assists in 12 minutes. The foul from Friday’s ... Read More »

Sullinger has domestic abuse charges dropped

Jared Sullinger has had all charges against him in a domestic abuse case dismissed. (Rocky Widner/National Basketball) Domestic abuse charges against Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger were dismissed today, according to ESPN. Sullinger was arrested in late August after his girlfriend called the police and accused Sullinger of attacking her in his Waltham, Mass., apartment. He was charged with assault and battery, as well as destruction of property and intimidating a witness after the incident. MAHONEY: NBA predictions for the 2013-14 season At a pre-trial hearing on Monday, the woman’s lawyer read a statement saying that her client no longer wished to pursue the case, and Sullinger’s lawyer asked for all charges to be dismissed, which the judge granted.  Sullinger released ... Read More »

Twenty predictions for 2013-14 NBA season

Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin should benefit from Dwight Howard’s presence. (Mike Young/Getty Images) I’ve already made picks for the NBA Finals and several traditional awards as part of SI.com’s Crystal Ball. Here are 20 more predictions for the 2013-14 season that run the gamut from micro to macro. 1. Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin will look like a different — and better — player. Not to oversimplify things (or undersell Lin’s offseason work), but playing with Dwight Howard tends to make a world of difference. With Howard as a pick-and-roll partner, the repercussions of Lin’s more problematic instincts should be mitigated. He won’t be bottled up as often after jumping into the air without immediate purpose and will often ... Read More »

Pacers’ Granger out three weeks with calf strain

Danny Granger played in just five games for the Pacers last season. (Joe Murphy/Getty Images) Danny Granger’s comeback season is off to a rough start. The Pacers announced Monday that the 30-year-old forward will miss at least three weeks with a strained left calf. Indiana had previously said that Granger was unlikely to play in the season opener, but decided to shelve him even longer as a precautionary measure. Via the team’s release: Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will miss approximately three weeks as he rehabilitates a strained left calf injury sustained in the preseason. The length of time is a precautionary measure as the team wants to ensure Granger is physically ready to play in light of missing all but ... Read More »

Cavs’ Bynum plays 5-on-5, could play in opener

Andrew Bynum (right) hasn’t played in an NBA game since May 21, 2012. (David Liam Kyle/Getty Images) The Cavaliers have been playing their cards close to the vest, but it appears Andrew Bynum is nearing his return to the court. According to Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Bynum took part in the Cavaliers’ practice on Sunday and even played some full-court five-on-five, signaling the big man could be ready to play after missing all of last season with the 76ers. Mike Brown said Bynum, who signed a two-year, $24 million deal this offseason, has yet to be cleared by the medical staff to play in a game or participate in a full practice, but the coach isn’t ruling out ... Read More »

SI.com’s 2013-14 NBA Crystal Ball Picks

Anthony Davis | Photo: Greg Nelson/SI Thomsen Bradley Beal. Beal is going to emerge as an All-Star contender as his shotmaking and scoring on the wing will help elevate the Wizards to their first playoff appearance in six years. Kawhi Leonard, Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond will emerge as challengers in this category, but Beal’s impact on his team will separate him from the rest. Mannix Anthony Davis. So many candidates here, but Davis, who spent his second straight summer working with the U.S. national team, is the pick. Already a superior defender, Davis added a little hook shot and an improved 15-foot jumper to his arsenal this summer. With All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday running the show in New ... Read More »

Report: Hayward, Jazz far apart in contract talks

The Jazz have until Nov. 1 to agree to an extension with forward Gordon Hayward. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) With just six days left to agree on a contract extension, the Utah Jazz and forward Gordon Hayward remain “far apart” in discussions, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting. “Talks are expected to pick up this week, but there’s nothing resembling even the baseline for an agreement in place,” sources told Wojnarowski. The deadline for players from the 2010 draft class to sign extensions is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31. If the Jazz do not agree to a deal with Hayward, they would allow him to hit the open market as a restricted free agent. Utah would have the option to match ... Read More »

D’Antoni says Kobe won’t play in Lakers opener

Kobe Bryant (center) averaged 27.3 points, 6 assists and 5.6 rebounds last season. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images) Kobe Bryant will not play for the Lakers in their regular season opener against the Clippers on Oct. 29. Following the Lakers’ 111-106 victory over the Jazz in their preseason finale, coach Mike D’Antoni ruled out the 15-time All-Star guard for the much-anticipated, nationally-televised opening night match-up. “No, my God,” D’Antoni replied, when asked if Bryant would play. “I know he’s Superman, but my God. He hasn’t run yet.” The post-game press conference, which marked D’Antoni’s first definitive assessment of Bryant’s opening night availability, was videotaped by LakersNation.com. L.A. completed its exhibition slate with a 4-4 record. Bryant underwent Achilles surgery in mid-April and his initial ... Read More »

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