DeShawn Sims

And-Ones: Rockets, Daniels, Wizards

There are a number of notable players waiting on a call from an NBA team and Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders runs them all down.  Many of the best available players, including Ray Allen, Eric Bledsoe (restricted), Jermaine O’Neal, and Michael Beasley, have been featured in Hoops Rumors’ Free Agent Stock Watch series. Here’s more from around the Association..

  • Alessandro Gentile‘s father Nando Gentile says that his son wants to play two more years in Italy before joining the Rockets in the NBA, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando (on Twitter).  Gentile’s rights are owned by Houston, who acquired the No. 53 pick in this year’s draft to snatch him.  The 21-year-old wing recently re-signed with his Italian club for three seasons.
  • Scott Rafferty of Ridiculous Upside looked at what Troy Daniels could bring to the Rockets next season.  Daniels made a name for himself with a big shot in the first round of last year’s playoffs and he’ll now look to cement his role as a spark plug off of Houston’s bench.  Daniels shattered the D-League’s record for threes made in a season and did it in just 27 games, so his future looks pretty bright.
  • Kennedy (on Twitter) opines that Xavier Silas would be a great fit in the 15th roster spot for the Wizards.  Silas, who went to training camp with Washington in October, was an undrafted rookie out of Northern Illinois leading into the lockout and has since traveled the globe.
  • Forward DeShawn Sims has signed in South Korea, agent Daniel Moldovan tells David Pick of (on Twitter).  Sims was in camp with the Celtics last October before taking a deal in Israel.

Odds & Ends: Mavs, D-League, Collins, Dragic

Dirk Nowitzki publicly questioned Mark Cuban‘s approach to retooling the Mavericks back in January, and the team struck out on its top target again this summer when Dwight Howard decided to join the Rockets. But Nowitzki tells Tim MacMahon of that he’s pleased with the roster Cuban and Donnie Nelson put together this offseason, and he’s encouraged by the club’s direction.

“I think as a franchise, we’ve moved on,” Nowitzki said of the failed attempts to recruit star free agents. “We didn’t go for the whole cap space deal again, like we did last year, so I was obviously pleased to see that.”

Here are a few more Friday afternoon odds and ends:

  • With the D-League draft set to get underway at 6:00pm CT tonight, the Iowa Energy traded the third overall pick as part of a deal with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Heat camp invitee and NBA champion Jarvis Varnado headed to Iowa in the move, as Keith Schlosser writes at Ridiculous Upside.
  • One player who won’t be playing on a D-League squad anytime soon is free agent big man Jason Collins, according to’s Marc Stein. Stein hears from a source that Collins isn’t considering playing overseas or in the D-League, since he still believes he’s an NBA player and prefers to continue his workout regimen at home in Los Angeles.
  • In a separate story, Stein writes that the Suns are comfortable with Eric Bledsoe heading into free agency next summer. However, it sounds like Phoenix hasn’t ruled out the possibility of facilitating a sign-and-trade involving Bledsoe in July if he gets too pricey, so the team likely won’t shop Goran Dragic for now.
  • John Jenkins tells Lang Greene of HoopsWorld it “feels great” that the Hawks elected to exercise his third-year option for 2014/15 yesterday.
  • $14MM over four years is a reasonable price for Quincy Pondexter, but he’ll have to continue to develop for his new contract to be a good investment for the Grizzlies, says Mark Deeks of
  • DeShawn Sims, who was in camp with the Celtics in October, has signed with Galil Gilboa in Israel, agent Mike Silverman tells Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype (Twitter link).
  • Since being released by the Rockets, Tim Ohlbrecht has remained in the U.S. in hopes of landing another NBA job, but continues to consider overseas offers, according to Schlosser at Ridiculous Upside.

Celtics Rumors: Brooks, D-League, Osby

Jared Sullinger got some good news and bad news today, as Celtics GM Danny Ainge indicated that the team would pick up the forward’s third-year option for 2014/15. However, the team also announced that Sullinger would be suspended for a game to start the ’13/14 season. While Sullinger had domestic charges against him dismissed in court, the club elected to suspend him for one game for “failing to meet the high expectations we have for all Celtics employees.” As Chris Forsberg of writes, the former Buckeye understand and accepts the club’s decision.

Here’s more from out of Boston:

  • The Celtics don’t intend to exercise MarShon Brooks‘ fourth-year option, as we heard earlier today, and Forsberg has more details from Ainge on the team’s decision: “With MarShon, we haven’t enough chance to evaluate him in a fair way and so we probably won’t pick up his extension. But we will retain his Bird Rights and I’m sure he’ll get plenty of opportunities this year to see if he fits our system.”
  • According to Forsberg, Ainge would be open to all four Celtics camp invitees – Chris Babb, Damen Bell-Holter, DeShawn Sims and Kammron Taylor – joining the team’s D-League affiliate. NBA clubs are only allowed to retain the D-League rights for three players, but the Maine Red Claws already held Sims’ rights. Those players have yet to decide on whether to play in the D-League or pursue overseas jobs, so it’s not clear yet which ones will land in Maine.
  • The Red Claws are also trying to add another team’s camp invitee, according to Shams Charania of, who reports that the Celtics’ D-League affiliate is attempting to obtain the rights to Romero Osby. Because Osby attended camp with Orlando, his rights belong to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, but the Magic share their D-League affiliate with five other NBA clubs, so their influence is limited. According to Charania, Osby is finalizing a D-League deal, and while the Celtics are in the lead to acquire his rights, the Warriors, Thunder, Spurs, and Nets have also expressed interest.
  • Ainge also suggested today that Jordan Crawford won’t be extended by Thursday, but a new deal for Avery Bradley is still a possibility.

Celtics Release Sims, Taylor, Bell-Holter

The Celtics have trimmed their roster to 15 players, according to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe, who tweets that the team has released camp invitees DeShawn Sims, Kammron Taylor, and Damen Bell-Holter. All three players were on fully non-guaranteed contracts and won’t count against the team’s cap.

We heard last night that the Celtics intend to carry a 14-man roster into the season, preferring to keep one spot open rather than filling it with a non-guaranteed player. So while Chris Babb, the team’s final non-guaranteed camp invitee, remains under contract for now, he’ll likely be waived as well within the next few days.

Sims, Taylor, and Bell-Holter are all candidates to land with the Celtics’ D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Eastern Notes: Celtics, Bulls, Bucks

A few notes from around the Eastern Conference.

  • According to a tweet from Boston Globe scribe Baxter Holmes, the Celtics training camp invites are all set. Chris Babb, Damen Bell-Holter, DeShawn Sims, and Kammron Taylor round out the list. 
  • Trey McKinney Jones, a former guard for the Miami Hurricanes, will participate in the Bucks training camp, according to
  • According to the team, the Bulls have made several changes to their staff, promoting Randy Brown to assistant GM, Nick Papendieck to head strength coach, and Ivica Dukan to director of international scouting, as well as special assistant to the general manager.

DeShawn Sims To Join Celtics In Training Camp

Former University of Michigan power forward DeShawn Sims will be in training camp with the Celtics this fall, the 25-year-old tweets (hat tip to Sportando). Sims was on the Suns summer league team last month, and he spent the past season playing in Lebanon.

Sims went undrafted in 2010 despite notching 16.8 points and 7.6 rebounds as senior with the Wolverines. He upped his scoring numbers in parts of two seasons with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, averaging 19.1 PPG and the same 7.6 RPG. He managed 10.8 PPG and 4.0 PRG in 19.7 minutes per contest with the Suns this summer, enough to convince the Celtics that he deserves a shot.

The Detroit native will compete with newly acquired Donte Greene, who has a non-guaranteed deal, and any other training camp invitees the Celtics sign. Boston already has 14 guaranteed contracts, as our roster counts show, and with the team near the luxury tax line and only obligated to carry 13 players, Sims figures to have an uphill battle to make the team.