NBA Rumors for Monday, August 3
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Stanley Johnson's No. 1 fan won't be around to watch him make his NBA debut for the Detroit Pistons this fall. Johnson's mother, Karen Taylor, was a professional basketball player herself who played a major role in her son becoming the Pistons first-round pick (eighth overall) in this year's NBA draft. But Johnson will make his NBA debut with a heavy heart after confirming in a tweet that his mother has died. Michigan Live
Johnson gave his mother big props after being drafted. "Today was awesome to have her there with me and experience the event," Johnson said. "She set the foundation for me. She has always been the hardest coach on me and the hardest person on me. She's also been the strongest person in my life. She's been waiting for this her whole life. I'm happy to give this to her because she truly deserves this. She coached me all the way up until I was 14, 15-years-old." Detroit Free Press
Andre Drummond is preparing to turn 22 and he wants everyone to help him celebrate. The Detroit Pistons center's birthday is on Aug. 10 and a party is being thrown in his honor six days later, according to a video Drummond posted on Instagram. Michigan Live
Wesley Matthews, who is coming off an Achilles injury, will account for 23.44 percent of the Mavs' total cap, according to spotrac.com Combine Matthews' salary with Chandler Parsons' and that makes up 45.39 percent of the total cap. Dallas Morning News
The four players at the shooting guard and small forward positions have a total of 13 years of NBA experience. Samuel Dalembert and Dirk Nowitzki have as much, or more, experience by themselves. Dallas Morning News
The Denver Nuggets have signed guard Emmanuel Mudiay to a multi-year contract, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. All first round draft picks are guaranteed to receive a contract, assuming they wish to come to the NBA right away. Thereforefore, this is a standard signing, and was expected. Mudiay, 6-5, 200, was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 7th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. InsideHoops
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