Detroit Pistons executive Joe Dumars went on the record Tuesday afternoon to put any rumors regarding Rajon Rondo and Brandon Jennings to rest. There could be more to the Rondo chatter, though, because the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn added fuel to the rumor fire this weekend.
The gist from all the reports is this, though: Even if the Pistons do like Rondo and actually have discussed trade options with Boston's Danny Ainge, there hasn't been any headway made. Detroit News reporter Vincent Goodwill and Detroit Free Press reporter Vince Ellis both report that there have been some talks, but nothing going as far as which Detroit players would be sent to the Celtics.
The Pistons reportedly don't want to part with center Andre Drummond and, because of that, it appears unlikely they can acquire Rondo -- even if they are willing to give up 21-year-old point guard Brandon Knight.
Miami uses amnesty provision on Mike Miller
The Miami Heat needed to do something to give themselves and owner Micky Arison some breathing room. But the end result could hurt a bit.
The team announced it had amnestied forward Mike Miller on Tuesday.
From a financial standpoint it makes sense. Miller was set to earn $6.2 million this upcoming season and $6.8 million in 2014-15, and with a luxury tax bill being mighty steep under the new collective bargaining agreement, Miami saves potentially $40 million by letting Miller walk, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
The news hurts the Heat, a close-knit team that saw Miller rise to the occasion in the playoffs despite battling injuries over the last three years. Miller told the Sun Sentinel he has already talked with Udonis Haslem, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade about the news, but he added that the writing was on the wall ever since the new CBA came about.
It'll be interesting to see where he lands. One potential suitor is Memphis, as Miller played for the Grizzlies and could fit in financially and otherwise, according to Grizzly Bear Blues.
He's a need, an absolute need.
So, should they make a run at him? Of course. And it seems as if they may have an upper-hand in landing him: a contending team he's familiar with (home!) who can offer him money. Not a bad deal, if you ask me.
Devin Harris and Mavs want to talk it out
The Dallas Mavericks and free agent point guard Devin Harris were set on a reunion. Dallas put a three-year, $9 million contract on the table but pulled it once the team discovered a toe injury that would require surgery.
Both sides want to make it work, according to ESPN's Marc Stein, though the potential terms of a new deal are unclear. The Mavericks signed free agent guard Monta Ellis after the Harris agreement was rescinded, and they now have set aside the approximately $3 million that was for Harris to sign a big man -- both Samuel Dalembert and Greg Oden are possibilities.
The team sees Harris working well in a three-headed backcourt including Jose Calderon and Ellis.
Magic sign Price as insurance point guard
The Orlando Magic might be rebuilding, but having point guard depth seems to be a priority. Veteran Jameer Nelson will have tabs on the starting job, but the team signed journeyman Ronnie Price as a backup on Tuesday.
Price's experience will help as the bulldog point guard has played for the Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers. He's averaged 3.5 points and 1.4 assists in his seven NBA seasons. He is also a poor shooter, but should at least provide intensity in practices.
Price will likely have to fend off young guard E'twaun Moore for the backup position.
Kaman excited to join Lakers
Kaman said he will be fine as a screen man in Mike D'Antoni's system, wants to see Kobe Bryant's work ethic first-hand and doesn't mind if he's coming off the bench. Oh, and apparently he hasn't spoken to any of his new teammates since he's been "out in the woods" over the last few month or so.
Apparently he's been doing normal Chris Kaman things -- AKA wearing bear suits -- out there.
Knicks introduce World Peace
The New York Knicks officially signed Metta World Peace on Tuesday, and the amnestied Los Angeles Lakers forward posted a picture of the act on his Twitter account. World Peace will flip his number from 15 to 51, as the Knicks' No. 15 jersey is retired under Earl Monroe's name.