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Saturday News Roundup - Johnson & Maxiell

Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by roscoe36, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. roscoe36

    roscoe36 All-Star Administrator

    Jul 5, 2005
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    Saturday News Roundup
    from BadBoySummerCamp.com

    Here is the news wire roundup with some of the summer plans for Jason Maxiell and Amir Johnson, so read on!

    Post Summer League, Chris McCosky at The Detroit News writes that Nik Caner Medley won’t have a chance on the Pistons 2006/7 roster;
    Veteran depth, at that. The Pistons chose to sign Dupree instead of taking a chance on undrafted rookie Nik Caner-Medley, who impressed during summer-league play, largely because of Dupree’s experience.
    Then again, with only two games played at the TVSL, the writing appeared to be on the wall for Caner-Medley much earlier than the Ronald Dupree signing.

    Krista Jahnke with the Detroit Free Press says that the Pistons are still in negotiations with Alex Acker, a restricted free agent;
    With those three on board, the Pistons have 13 of 15 rosters spots locked up and most of their major off-season work done. They are still in negotiations with Acker, a restricted free agent. But besides veteran’s minimum deals, the team has no more money to spend on the free-agent market.
    Chris McCosky though feels that Acker could be the odd man out with a rotation of Billups, Hunter, Murray, Delfino and Hamilton in front of him;
    Amir Johnson can back up both forward positions. Alex Acker would provide some backup at the guard spots, although seeing that the numbers might be against him here, he is testing the free-agent market. He is a restricted free agent.
    Yoav Borowitz @ Haaretz.com indicates that Acker and former Piston, Maurice Evans are front runners to replace Anthony Parker with Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

    This one gets me because Maurice Evans is under contract to the Los Angeles Lakers, implying that some sort of buyout may be possible. If you know more about transfer costs for players going from the NBA to European teams, let us know over at pistonsforum.com!

    It also sounds likely that Will Blalock will go into training camp without a guaranteed contract;
    Point guard Will Blalock, the Pistons’ second-round draft pick, also will have a good chance to win a roster spot.
    Jason Maxiell is looking to spend time this summer with old friends;
    UC REUNION CAMP: Former University of Cincinnati Bearcat Ruben Patterson is holding a “UC Reunion” basketball camp July 31-Aug. 4 at McGee’s Courts 4 Sports in Mason. It’s for boys and girls entering grades 1-8. Cost: $275 per person. Expected to appear during the week: Former UC coaches Bob Huggins and Tony Yates and former UC players Patterson, Kenyon Martin, Corie Blount, Nick Van Exel, Jason Maxiell, DerMarr Johnson, Tony Bobbitt, Pat Cummings, Melvin Levett and Shawn Myrick. Call 513-770-0667 for information or go to Courts4sports.com.
    Amir Johnson just can’t get enough of Summer League basketball, slated to appear at the Real Run in Carson, California.
    Besides Pierce, Langston expects several other local NBA players to be in the league. Trevor Ariza and Amir Johnson, two former Daily Breeze Player of the Year winners from Westchester High, are expected to play after finishing up summer leagues with their NBA teams.
    While information on the Real Run is sketchy and hard to track down, there are quite a few NBAers appearing in this league;
    NBA players who are playing in the Real Run are Bo Outlaw, Penny Hardaway, Baron Davis, Amir Johnson, Trevor Ariza, Antione Walker, Devon George, and many many others.
    And last but not least, LanierFan dropped me a message that there is a nice Manga-style TVSL 2006 recap of the Boston vs. Detroit game up from a hoops fan named Eric Lai. Definitely worth checking out for the pictures and video alone.

  2. LanierFan

    LanierFan Bench Warmer

    Sep 1, 2005
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    Somebody on another board quoted an NBA TV announcer as saying that Nik Caner-Medley hurt his foot and had to leave the team. I tried following up on that with a guy at his hometown newspaper, but even they seem in the dark about his early departure.

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