Each weekday morning, BDL serves up a handful of NBA-related stories to digest with your Detour bar.
Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel: "Adonal Foyle has decided to end his NBA playing career after 13 years. The 35-year-old center chose to retire after a right-knee injury often prevented him from practicing with the Magic during the 2009-10 season. 'It just never really quite got back to where I could feel like I could keep pushing it and do what I wanted to,' Foyle told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday night. 'Basically, I never really got back to that place where I felt like I could make a contribution. My thing has always been that the game has really been too good to me to really be around it if I can't give anything to it.'"
Michael Cunningham, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "There were cracks about Larry Drew directing like Spike Lee and how Hawks players would laugh when they watched video of their coaches, long past their playing days, working this hard. But it was mostly business during Drew's recent five-day minicamp at Philips Arena to teach his coaches the details of his new motion offensive system. And it's doubtful his players' amusement will last long after they replace their stand-ins-they'll be too busy catching their breath. There's lots of motion involved in Drew's offense. Hawks players are going to have to be in very good physical condition to run it, and that's why Drew said conditioning would a 'top priority' when training camp opens on Sept. 28. In his first season as a head coach, Drew hopes to develop a drastically different offensive identity for the Hawks, from sometimes stagnant and predictable to dynamic and versatile. 'It's very difficult to guard,' Hawks assistant coach Larry Conner said of Drew's offense. 'You have to be precise in your defensive schemes. You can be beat at any spot on the floor at any time. NBA teams don't like to guard a lot of movement and screens. I've heard the guys [Hawks players] are all for it and are excited about it.'"
Tom Moore, Philadelphia Intelligencer: "Doug Collins had hoped to meet in person with Elton Brand(notes) this summer. Though that hasn't happened - Collins' birthday prevented it the last time, with Sixers assistant coach Quin Snyder visiting instead - Collins has been in regular communication with Brand and is thrilled with the veteran power forward's progress. Brand traveled from his home in Los Angeles to Philadelphia two weekends ago and worked out with strength and conditioning coach Jesse Wright. 'He had a great workout,' Collins said. 'More importantly, he weighed 255. That's the weight I want him. I said, "Elton, I'd like to see you at 255." Here it is early August at 255. It's going to take all that stress off his legs. To me, that's an incredibly positive sign to what Elton would like to see happen this year.'"
Tony Bizjack, Sacramento Bee: "Sacramento Kings star Tyreke Evans(notes) will speak Wednesday at a California Highway Patrol safe driving class about his experience being arrested- at gunpoint - after driving 130 miles per hour on Interstate 80 in May. Spots are available for teens and their parents interested in participating in the free, two-hour class. 'He's really regretful,' CHP spokesman Adrian Quintero said of Evans. 'He'll talk about the incident and the repercussions.' Evans pled no contest to reckless driving the evening of May 31 when a CHP plane spied him driving his Mercedes at high speeds for nine miles on I-80 in north Sacramento. Officers arrested him when he pulled into a park parking lot in Robla. His sentence includes 80 hours of community service, plus talks at the CHP's Start Smart safe driving class for teens and their parents. Evans will attend a Start Smart class at CHP headquarters on North 7th Street, and will speak at the end, officials said."
Julian Benbow, Boston Globe: "Somehow, when the music stopped and the hectic dance that is NBA free agency wound down, Glen Davis(notes) went from a young Celtics reserve to a veteran on the team that will count on him as much as anyone next season. Davis is still only 24. But he's been on the Celtics' bench longer than anyone there now. He was there in 2008 when an all-hands-on-deck effort (see Eddie House(notes), Sam Cassell(notes), and P.J. Brown(notes)) helped win a title. He was even more of a presence in 2009 when the Celtics made a playoff run without Kevin Garnett(notes). He was there last year, when the team came within minutes of another title. Maturity and consistency have been challenges for Davis during that time, and he knows that this season he'll have to show how far he's come on both fronts. 'This is the year of finally hitting that line of maturity, of finally becoming that player that I knew I could be,' Davis said yesterday. 'Throughout my career, my three years being here, it's been up and down. When I play, you've seen glimpses, like, "Wow, this guy could start. Or come off the bench." Glimpses up and down. But this is the year of Glen becoming that whole player that 10 years down the road, eight years down the road, will hopefully be an All-Star.'"
The Canadian Press: "The Toronto Raptors waived forward-centre Dwayne Jones(notes) on Monday. He was acquired with guard Leandro Barbosa(notes) in a July 14 trade with Phoenix that saw disgruntled forward Hedo Turkoglu(notes) go to the Suns. Jones, a six-foot-10 250-pounder, is a five-year NBA veteran who has averaged 1.3 points in 82 career games. With the move, the Raptors' roster is down to 15 players."
AP: "The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed free agent forward Samardo Samuels(notes), who left Louisville after his sophomore season. The 6-foot-9, 260-pounder averaged 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds last season for the Cardinals before declaring for the NBA. In 70 starts at the school, Samuels averaged 13.6 points and 5.9 rebounds and made 55 percent of his shots."
Jeff Caplan, ESPN: "Free-agent power forward Tim Thomas(notes) has passed his physical and should finalize a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, his agent Bob Myers said. Thomas and the Mavs agreed to a deal last week that will pay him the veteran minimum of $1.35 million for the 2010-11 season. The 6-foot-10 forward played 18 games for the Mavs last season before leaving to care for his ailing wife."
AP: "The Orlando Magic have signed rookie forward Stanley Robinson(notes). The team made the announcement Monday. Robinson was selected by Orlando with the 59th overall pick in this year's NBA draft. The former Connecticut forward averaged 5.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game on the Magic's summer league team. Robinson is the 14th player on the Magic's roster. The team did not disclose details of his contract."
Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: "Jerry West with a prominent role in the new Golden State hierarchy will apparently remain an interesting what-could-have-been, but the legendary former personnel boss of the Lakers and Grizzlies confirms he is open to returning to the front-office world. That could have been with the Warriors if Oracle boss Larry Ellison had bought the team. West has known Ellison for years and said the two talked several months ago about His Logo-ness as part of a possible management team in Oakland, West confirmed publicly for the first time. It appealed to West because of the relationship with Ellison and the proximity of an hour plane ride from West's permanent home in Los Angeles, but became moot once Joe Lacob and Peter Guber beat Ellison to the Warriors. 'I haven't spoken to him since, but he would have been a great owner and I'm sure the people up there knowing his ability to get things done, it would have been a great thing,' West said, adding he has not spoken with Lacob or Guber. 'But, obviously this other group was very, very impressive in their own right, and I'm sure that they'll do a great job up there. That is a franchise that does have a lot of possibilities. He said he has not had any contact with the Lacob-Guber team that only needs rubber-stamp approval from the Board of Governors to officially take control of the Warriors. But West is also very clear: he is interested in getting back in the game, even if in a reduced role, and would definitely listen if the phone rings. 'There's things about the NBA I miss,' he said. 'I do not miss the deceptive part of it. I don't like the negativity part of it; in all sports, we see a lot of that today. That's the only thing I don't like. But all I seem to know in my life is being involved in basketball, a sport I know and love and a sport that has led me to somewhere in my life I never would have dreamed. If there were an opportunity that I considered attractive, and obviously working with the right people would be very, very important, I could have an interest. But it wouldn't be on a day-to-day interest. I've always felt it would be nice to be a working consultant. I'm not talking about somebody that just sits around and does nothing. You're either in or you're out.'"