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nba rumors Vince Carter: “Yeah, I did,” Carter said when asked if he expected to be back with the Mavericks this season. “We talked at exit meetings and that was pretty much it. I was just waiting for free agency to hit. And then it all happened. “They offered that young man (Chandler Parsons) a lot of money. He knows how to play. You can’t pass on a guy like that. It’s a great opportunity for this team and him. “I kind of understood. It’s a business. There’s no hard feelings. It’s a great situation, a great offer from Memphis. It was like, if I pass on this, what would be left for me here. Obviously, not much. There was nothing there. It’s a great situation here. I can play for three more years, guaranteed.” Dallas Morning News Blog

And while he’s getting used to a much different style in Memphis with big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol dominating the action, Carter said he’s still a fan of the Mavericks. “It’s a very good basketball team,” he said. “The additions to this team makes them younger – just minus Trix (Shawn Marion) and I. They’re very athletic and they can do a lot of things and definitely can go deep in the playoffs.” Dallas Morning News Blog

nba rumors No surprise here, but the Timberwolves today announced they have waived training-camp invitee center Kyrylo Fesenko to get their roster down to 17 players. Former Baylor guard Brady Heslip remains, for now. Barring something really unforeseen, he'll, too, be waived, even though Flip Saunders said after Sunday's victory over Oklahoma City in Tulsa that he believes Heslip will play in the NBA because he shoots the ball so well. Minneapolis Star Tribune

Do they do the most cost-efficient thing and pay off Glenn Robinson III's very small guarantee? Do they trade or buyout J.J. Barea, the team's third point guard despite what Saunders has called impressive play throughout the preseason. Minneapolis Star Tribune

Do they pay off Robbie Hummel's fully guaranteed but minimum contract instead? Or do they find a team willing to take Chase Budinger's fully guaranteed contract for the next three years. Minneapolis Star Tribune

nba rumors [JaVale] McGee went down early last season with astress fracture in his left tibia. First, he opted for rest to see if it would heal on its own. When that didn't work out, he underwent surgery. It was expected he might get back for a few games at the end of last season. Denver Post

Many months later, the 7-foot McGee practiced Monday with the expectation of being back on the court this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday when the Nuggets play Portland at the Coors Event Center. If he doesn't play Tuesday, he'll likely play Friday at Golden State. "I thought it was going to be 6-8 weeks, not 6-8 months," McGee said. Denver Post

Point guard Ty Lawson will not play Tuesday due to a hamstring strain. "Those muscle injuries are something that you don't want to linger on, and they can linger," Shaw said. "For a guy that depends on speed as much as he does, I want him to be good to go the first game of the season. So, however long we have to take with him to make sure that he's right, we're going to do that." Denver Post

On Monday, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw was asked what has surprised him most this preseason: “I would say (Jusuf) Nurkic is the biggest surprise, pleasant surprise. Alonzo Gee I think has been really good in terms of his defense and his physicality out there on the floor. Randy Foye, because of the way that … I don’t know that he’s shot the ball great, but the last game when Ty (Lawson) was out, he had to be the point guard. He was a facilitator and he made some great decisions out there. I thought he ran the team really well." Denver Post Blog

nba rumors Hornets: Add power forward Marvin Williams to the injured list with a right elbow contusion. Gerald Henderson (hamstring strain) continues to be out and Clifford decided to rest center Al Jefferson against the Hawks. Charlotte Observer

Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston said he’s considering changing agent representation. One possibility: Former UNC Greensboro player Rodney Blackstock. Hairston originally retained Juan Morrow who, it turned out, was not certified as an agent by the players union. Charlotte Observer

nba rumors Former Nuggets center Dikembe Mutombo has met with a group of investors about joining their bid to buy the Atlanta Hawks, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The group, which may include other former NBA players, the AJC reports, is said have started the preliminary work to bid for the team and hopes to soon meet with the commissioner’s office. Denver Post Blog

Former player turned analyst Chris Webber announced on Twitter his intention to purchase the team as part of The Webber Group, while Hawks great Dominique Wilkins is also said to have expressed interest in bidding for the team. Denver Post Blog

nba rumors The Magic and Oladipo aren't providing a timetable on when he'll return. It could be overly optimistic to expect Oladipo to have recovered fully from his right knee's sprained MCL by the time the Magic open their regular season on Oct. 28 in New Orleans. Orlando Sentinel

"It feels a lot better," Oladipo said. "It's a day-by-day process. A sprained MCL is kind of like a scab. You've just got to let it heal. That's pretty much what I'm doing." Orlando Sentinel

Oladipo's injury likely is less severe than the sprained left MCL that power forward Channing Frye has. Frye watched all of Monday night's one-hour practice from the sidelines. It seems next to impossible that Frye will be ready for the opener. Orlando Sentinel

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Sean Kilpatrick to a contract, the team announced on Monday. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Kilpatrick, 24, earned First Team All-America honors as a senior at the University of Cincinnati in 2013-14, posting an American Athletic Conference-best 20.6 points per contest to go with 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.41 steals in 34 games, while leading the conference in three-point field goals (93). CSN Bay Area

Nets coach Lionel Hollins said power forward Kevin Garnett will probably not travel up to Boston for Wednesday’s preseason finale. Hollins said he wasn’t planning on playing Garnett anyway, “so this gives him an extra day to kinda get stronger and back on his feet.” Garnett has been sidelined with a stomach virus. ESPN NY

The availability of starters Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter for next week’s season opener remains in question as they continue to recover from their respective maladies. Splitter has yet to play in the preseason after straining his right calf early in training camp. He has been spotted doing rehab work but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he “probably” will miss Wednesday’s home game against Atlanta. San Antonio Express-News Blog

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