With NBA Summer League action closing out Monday night, the offseason hits a new gear of boring this week, but rumors and transactions still continue to trickle in as teams finalize training camp rosters. The Denver Nuggets appear to have added one of the final remaining significant pieces on the market in Nate Robinson, giving the team some added scoring punch. Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks look to be going young with their front office after a second consecutive offseason of failing to sign top free agents. Here's the latest from around the NBA.
Nate-Rob goes Mile High
One of the shortest players in the NBA appears headed to the Mile High City as Nate Robinson reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets on Monday. Using the bi-annual exception, the contract could be worth up to $4.03 million, though Robinson also holds a player option for the second year. Should he break out and have another strong season with the Nuggets in 2013-14, it's possible he opts out of the deal to land an even more lucrative deal next offseason.
Over at Denver Stiffs, they note this deal could force another move down the road:
"This signing likely means another move is coming at some point, sooner rather than later. The Nuggets will likely look to deal backup point guard Andre Miller, who will make $5 million this season and has a $4.6 million not fully-guaranteed deal for the 2014-15 season."
Mavs hire Gersson Rosas as GM
The Dallas Mavericks couldn't beat out the Houston Rockets for Dwight Howard's services, but they did nab a key executive from the organization Monday by hiring Gersson Rosas as general manager. A key figure in Daryl Morey's front office over the past few years, Rosas brings youth and a forward-thinking attitude to the Mavericks after back-to-back disappointing offseasons. Formerly the Rockets' vice president of basketball operations, the 35-year-old becomes the second Houston assistant to land a GM gig this offseason after Sam Hinkie signed on with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Greg Oden to host suitors
The comeback of former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden appears to be nearing its next chapter, as the seven-foot center plans to host and work out for several suitors this week. The Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings will have executives in attendance as Oden works out, looking to sign a new deal over three years after his last NBA appearance. Since undergoing a third microfracture procedure in February 2012, he's gotten healthy enough to garner significant interest from teams, and he could prove to be an intriguing addition should he be able to make it onto the court.
DeJuan Blair to sign for around $3 million
Teams are becoming increasingly hesitant to hand out money to free agents, but DeJuan Blair holds out hope he can still land a mini-midlevel contract worth about $3 million. In a piece centered on Kenyon Martin's pursuit for a similar deal, ESPN New York's Jared Zwerling says Blair's market is currently in that range despite many teams having full rosters. "I think all teams are waiting out the free agency. They know guys will get nervous, and the longer teams wait, the more likely players will take a minimum," Jeremiah Haylett, Martin's agent, said. Still, the 24-year-old Blair could be one of the few players capable of commanding a decent deal at this point after putting in a few solid years with the San Antonio Spurs.
Grizzlies acquire Nick Calathes
The Memphis Grizzlies made a minor move Monday afternoon, acquiring the rights to guard Nick Calathes from the Dallas Mavericks, the teams announced. Dallas gets a minor improvement to one of its assets in the deal, as the 2016 second-round pick Memphis was already trading to the Mavs in a separate deal will now be unprotected. It had previously been top-55 protected, but now Dallas will receive the pick regardless of where it is.
A former star at Florida, the 24-year-old spent the past four seasons overseas, most recently playing for Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban. Starring for the club, he earned 2012-13 EuroCup MVP honors. You can check out a video some Calathes highlights over at Grizzly Bear Blues.