NBA news roundup: Celtics waive Donte Greene, Victor Oladipo finds an NBA position

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It's still the offseason, but things are starting to pick up around the NBA with training camp is less than two weeks away.

The Boston Celtics waived forward Donte Greene after acquiring him nearly one month ago, the team announced on Tuesday.

The Memphis Grizzlies sent the former Sacramento Kings forward to Boston in exchange for for big man Fab Melo, then followed that up by placing Melo on waivers. Now the Celtics have done the same with Greene.

Boston is now under the luxury tax threshold and have recouped the cost of waiving Melo's guaranteed deal with the savings. That means the Celtics are set to avoid paying the luxury tax and can duck the repeater tax, which is now a league-wide point of emphasis given the penalties set forth in the NBA's latest version of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Is Will Bynum the odd man out in Detroit?

The good folks over at Detroit Bad Boys pointed out that because of the increasing depth at the point guard position, veteran Will Bynum may not have a spot in the rotation given the additions of Brandon Jennings, Chauncey Billups and Peyton Siva.

As the story points out, Bynum was on his way to a resurgence of sorts. He developed sound chemistry with Andre Drummond in the pick-and-roll, yet is on the decline from an offensive standpoint. The combination of youth and experience in the Pistons' backcourt means that Bynum may be on his way out sooner rather than later.

John Wall vs. Kyrie Irving: Comparing two young stars

Fear the Sword took on the task of comparing the Washington Wizards' $80 million man, Wall, with a budding superstar in Irving.

Both are young, athletic and have the hopes and dreams of an up-and-coming franchise rested squarely on their shoulders. Each are former No. 1 overall draft picks who have shined throughout their young careers while battling an assortment of injuries.

There's a lot more that makes these two so similar, and it's summed up nicely at the end of a great piece by David Zavac:

Moving forward, this is going to be really fun. John Wall begins his age 23 season hoping to prove that his jump last season wasn't a mirage. Kyrie Irving begins his age 21 season hoping for a third year jump like Wall's that would cement his status in the NBA's elite. Both teams have playoff aspirations. Let's hope for a rivalry renewed.

It's going to be fun. With Wall and Irving both healthy, they can each reach new heights in their careers. Their youth means that this will be a long-lasting comparison that will be worth keeping tabs on for years to come.

T-Wolves owner confirms Rick Adelman will return

Though it was already a foregone conclusion, Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed on Sunday that Adelman would be back for the 2013-14 season.

Adelman invited all of his assistants to his home in Portland to go over the plan for next season. It was after that meeting that Taylor confirmed the news:

Via the Minnesota Star Tribune:

"Yes, he did [say he's coming back]," Taylor said."

This is doubly good news for the simple fact that the organization will retain a quality head coach and that Adelman's wife, Mary Kay, is in adequate enough health for him to return. Last season, Adelman took a leave of absence to tend to her during the season.

Victor Oladipo will play point guard in 2013-14

The Orlando Magic's No. 2 overall pick from 2013 will play the point guard position in the NBA, according to general manager Rob Hennigan.

Via the Magic:

"We are going to play @VicOladipo at both guard spots ... we see that as the future of the league."

Oladipo spent three seasons at Indiana as a two-guard, so the move to the more complex point guard spot at the highest level will require a substantial adjustment.

The Magic have been clear from the start that they intend to ease him into the role. He played all 130 minutes of his time in the Orlando Pro Summer League at the point. Hennigan was clear that they expect big things from their first-rounder, but fully understands there's a due process that comes with making a change of this nature.

Oladipo's biggest challenge lies in limiting turnovers. He averaged a team-worst 4.8 per contest during those minutes over the summer. His best moments came off dribble penetration, and the biggest question mark is whether or not he can create shots for others when initiating the offense on his own.

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