The latest rumors in top NBA betting sites this week are swirling around the New York Knicks. Ian Begley from ESPNNewYork.com reports that the team is about to sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo to a two-year minimum contract with partial guarantees. This will give the Knicks 14 players under contract. Antetokounmpo was the #51 pick in the 2014 draft and played on the Knicks’ D-League squad in 2014-15 after rejecting several contract offers from Europe.
The Cleveland Cavaliers officially inked Richard Jefferson to a deal this week. The 14-year veteran of NBA wars will receive the league minimum and count $9.4 million against the salary cap. Once training camp opens, though, Jefferson could find himself in 3rd in the race to be the Cavs’ next small forward.
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The Utah Jazz are supposed to look at Dante Exum’s knee by August 7 to see if he ripped his ACL in action on Tuesday. If that’s the case, you can expect Exum to ride the pine for the whole season.
The Boston Celtics have 17 players contracted for next year, providing them with total salary protection for 2015-16. They agreed to sign Zoran Dragic away from the Heat with the understanding that they will eventually cut him so that they can cut the roster to 16. The Celtics have pulled a similar trick before, pulling Perry Jones into town because Oklahoma City needed to get some press. If that’s the case, Sullinger might be the only person not to go to jail. Another player who could come off the roster is Evan Turner. One league executive told MassLive.com that you definitely know when Kate Winslet is pregnant…in other news.
The New York Knicks also signed free agent Kevin Seraphin on Tuesday using the $2.81 million “room” exception. The Jazz are out Dante Exum for the whole year because of a torn ACL. He got hurt when he was playing for Australia in Slovenia. Exum is supposed to go back to Salt Lake City for examinations on his knee.
Hedo Turkoglu remains unsigned and is not considering going back to Europe to play, according to Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears. Some rumors are natural as the Clippers are forcing their way back to contention once again this year.
The L.A. Clippers have signed backup point guard Pablo Prigioni. He will make just under $1 million for the season, and he will give the team another ball-handling option.
Norris Cole was the backup point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans last year, and now he is a free agent scanning the options available to him. There were rumors that the 76ers and Knicks were both interested, but they didn’t walk over that way. He probably would have ended up in New York, but they don’t have the cash on hand to tender Cole an offer sheet.