NBA Rundown: July 5th

Several former Blue Devil standouts are taking part in the NBA's offseason schedule. From free agency to the summer league, TDD runs it all down.


- Ryan Kelly's strong rookie campaign was enough to force the Lakers into making the combo forward a restricted free agent by offering a $1M qualifying offer. Kelly become a regular contributor this season, averaging 8.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game after the All-Star break.

- Unrestricted free agent, Luol Deng, met with the Miami Heat on Saturday as the small forward looks for his next team. Deng is believed to be seeking a salary in excess of $10M annually. Other teams involved with the former Blue Devil include Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, and the Lakers.

- Josh McRoberts, also an unrestricted free agent, met with the Trail Blazers this week in hopes of finding a landing spot after a successful season in Charlotte. During 2013-2014, McRoberts started 78 games for the Hornets (then Bobcats), averaging 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. Other teams interested in the former Blue Devil include Miami, Cleveland, the LA Clippers, Knicks, Suns, Spurs, Lakers, and Mavericks.

- Elton Brand is looking to play a 16th season in 2014-2015, and will likely catch on as a bargain addition somewhere. Both Atlanta and the Knicks have expressed interest in Brand providing depth in the front court this season. In 1,005 career games, the 6-foot-9 Brand averaged 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 blocks.

- Kyrie Irving has agreed to a max extension with the Cavaliers worth $90M over the next six years. The former Duke point guard has compiled career averages of 20.7 points on 45 percent shooting, to go with 5.8 assists.

- Former Duke big man Carlos Boozer's contract will finally be amnestied this offseason. The Chicago Bulls have reportedly notified the Boozer camp the cost cutting measure will be completed soon. Boozer is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $16.8 million this season. The move must be made by July 18th. Assuming the Bulls do move forward with this, Boozer would be made available for teams to bid on his services. If no teams bid, Boozer would become a free agent. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season.

- After a strong season in Los Angeles, J.J. Redick has a number of admirers outside of the Clippers' organization. One team pursuing the Duke great is Brooklyn, who is trying to work Redick into a trade for the Nets' Paul Pierce.

- Former Duke forward Shane Battier ended his on the court career as a two-time champion with the Miami Heat. He quickly moved into a broadcast career with ESPN. The deal is a multi-year contract that will cast Battier as a college basketball analyst.


Those Blue Devils who are either rookies, second year players, or simply looking for an NBA contract are taking part in the various NBA Summer League programs.

- For the Nets, Mason Plumlee shot 8-of-11 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Brooklyn to a 20 point win over Indiana.

- Andre Dawkins is suiting up for the Miami Heat in the Orlando league, but didn't factor in during the Heat's opening game against the Celtics. Dawkins registered a "DNP - Coach's Decision" in the loss.

- Seth Curry is running with the Orlando Magic this summer in hopes of making a roster. The scoring guard opened his stint with the Magic by scoring 9 points in 23 minutes on 3-of-9 overall shooting and 2-of-6 from the perimeter.

- After a strong season in Europe, Nolan Smith is back across the pond in hopes of finding another place in the NBA. He began this summer as the starting point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but managed just three points and four turnovers as the Thunder lost to the Grizzlies by an 84-63 margin.

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