The Houston Rockets had a face-to-face meeting with 2016 second-round pick Zhou Qi for the first time in the United States on Sunday.
Noah Vonleh underwent a successful procedure to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh on Wednesday morning. The Trail Blazers forward is expected to be sidelined for just 3-4 weeks as he recovers. He should be back to 100 percent around the start of training camp in late September.
To the shock of no one, Masai Ujiri has agreed to a multi-year contract extension to stay on as President of the Toronto Raptors. In related news, Jeff Weltman will be promoted to General Manager, and Bobby Webster will step up as Assistant General Manager/Vice-President Basketball Strategy (by far the coolest title).
The Celtics will waive journeyman swingman John Holland, reports The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The Celtics have subsequently issued a release confirming they have waived Holland. The BU alum signed a two-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Celtics in April, but only played one minute in the second game of the Hawks series.
In retrospect, the entire 2013-14 Pacers team seems like a bizarre mirage. As the NBA violently careened towards the pace-and-space era that led to the Warriors’ small-ball rise, Indiana spent three seasons as the one of the last bastions of the ’90s, besieged all around by teams adopting increasingly modern approaches.