@ 22.21NBA0 Nicolas Brussino to make Mavericks' roster
Argentinian forward Nicolas Brussino will make Dallas Mavericks roster, as reported by Marc Stein. Brussino's deal became guaranteed today and is expected to make a little bit more than 500.000 dollars.
The Mavs are committed to keeping Nicolas Brussino, sources say. The Argentina prospect's $543,471 deal is fully guaranteed at 5 PM today.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) 20 ottobre 2016Source: Marc Stein
@ 21.15NBA0 Pacers exercise third-year option on Myles Turner's contract
The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have exercised the option on center Myles Turner’s contract for the 2017-18 season. Turner finished his rookie season averaging 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. His performance led to his inclusion on the 2015-16 All-Rookie Second Team. Source: Indiana Pacers
@ 20.02D-League0 Sacramento Kings Buy Controlling Interest in NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns
The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. “With today’s purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate – an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. “I’m thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadivé and the Sacramento Kings’ ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.” Longstanding partners, the Bighorns and Kings have been affiliated since the 2008-09 season, Reno’s inaugural NBA D-League campaign. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the teams entered into a single-affiliation partnership, with the NBA franchise managing basketball operations for the NBA D-League club. With today’s purchase, the Kings will now assume all business operations of the Bighorns. “We’re excited to deepen our relationship with the Bighorns and the Reno/Tahoe community,” said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “This is an incredible opportunity to develop players, front-office staff and future business executives for the Sacramento Kings, while simultaneously contributing meaningfully to the Reno entertainment, commercial and non-profit ecosystem.” Four current Kings have NBA D-League experience. Additionally, head coach Dave Joerger and assistant coaches Bryan Gates and Duane Ticknor all made the jump to the NBA coaching ranks following stints on NBA D-League benches. Since the team’s inception, more than 10 Bighorns have earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, including San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green. Additionally, 16 NBA players have spent time on assignment in Reno, including current NBA players Jeremy Lin and Hassan Whiteside. “It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to grow basketball and provide family-friendly entertainment in the Reno community over the past five years,” said Bighorns minority owner Herb Santos. “I cannot thank everyone enough for the years of support and look forward to continuing to cheer for the Bighorns alongside each of you.” On Nov. 2, the Kings will join the Bighorns for a Celebration Day featuring Kings talent in order to give fans in Reno an opportunity to connect directly with the Sacramento organization. Those interested in purchasing a season-ticket membership can sign up on the priority list at RenoBighorns.com/membership or by calling 888-91-KINGS to have first shot at securing seats before they go on sale to the public on Nov. 2. Launched in 2001, the NBA D-League has expanded from an eight-team league to a record 22 teams for the 2016-17 season, all of which will be singly affiliated with an NBA parent club. The NBA D-League will tip off its 16th season on Nov. 11. About the NBA Development League The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 22 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2016-17 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2015-16 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com. Source: Sacramento Kings
@ 19.26NBA0 Elton Brand retires from basketball
Elton Brand has officially announced his retirement from basketball today. He had signed a contract with the Sixers for the training camp but he won't play this season. Brand spent 17yrs in NBA, averaging 15.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game during his career.
@ 19.13NBA0 Jazz waive Henry Sims
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived center Henry Sims. Following the move, Utah’s roster now stands at 16 players. Sims (6-10, 248, Georgetown) appeared in three preseason games for the Jazz, averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.3 minutes. He signed as a free agent on Sept. 21. Source: Utah Jazz
@ 17.24NBA0 Hornets waive Andrew Andrews
The Charlotte Hornets have waived Andrew Andrews. The rookie is a product of Washington.
Andrew Andrews has been waived from the Charlotte Hornets, league sources have informed me.
— Oliver Maroney (@OMaroneyNBA) October 20, 2016
@ 14.49NBA0 Pistons' Aron Baynes had surgery to repair a broken nose
Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes has had surgery to repair a broken nose. Baynes was ruled out for Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Toronto Raptors. With a protective mask, he is expected to be available to play when Detroit opens the regular season next week at Toronto. Baynes broke his nose in Tuesday’s practice and had surgery the same day. Source: NBC Sports
@ 11.57NBA0 Pelicans and 76ers show interest in Timberwolves' Tyus Jones
The Timberwolves are not ready to trade Ricky Rubio but they are open to listening offers for Tyus Jones. Per The Vertical, Several teams – including Philadelphia and New Orleans – have shown interest in point guard Tyus Jones, 20, whom the Wolves are more open to moving in the short term, league sources said. Thibodeau has used non-guaranteed veteran John Lucas III – a 33-year-old whom he brought back to his roster several times with the Chicago Bulls – in the preseason point-guard rotation. Source: The Vertical
@ 11.42NBA0 Timberwolves reportedly resisting trade overtures for Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio
The Timberwolves are resisting trade overtures for Ricky Rubio. The Spanish point guard has still a three-year, $43 million contract. Per Yahoo Sports, The Sacramento Kings are the most determined of several teams expressing interest in finding a pathway to a Rubio deal, league sources said, but Minnesota president and coach Tom Thibodeau is reluctant to move Rubio – outside of bringing back a no-brainer package, of course – until Dunn’s progress illustrates this season that he’s ready to fully take over the team. Source: Yahoo Sports
@ 10.29NBA0 Kings waive Lamar Patterson
The Sacramento Kings have waived Lamar Patterson. The player was waived by the Hawks early in the training camp and claimed by Kings. The news was reported by Eric Pincus.
@ 22.42NBA0 Derrick Rose cleared of all charges in civil lawsuit
A Los Angeles jury cleared Knicks player Derrick Rose of all charges in a civil sexual assault lawsuit brought against him by a 30-year-old woman. The eight jurors, six women and two men, deliberated for three hours and 45 minutes before deciding he shouldn’t be held liable. Source: New York Post
@ 21.55NBA0 Bucks exercise fourth-year contract option on Jabari Parker
The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the fourth-year contract option on Jabari Parker, General Manager John Hammond announced today. This is not a surprise. Parker is one of the team’s key young building blocks. Parker, 21, has appeared in 101 games (97 starts) in his first two NBA seasons and holds career averages of 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game. He was selected to participate in the 2016 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge as part of the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, where he suited up for the U.S. Team. The 6-8 forward was named to the 2016 USA Men’s Select Team and earned the opportunity to train with the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas in July. Parker is averaging a team-best 16.8 points to go along with 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in five preseason matchups in 2016. Under the terms of the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement, the first two years of a first round draft pick’s contract are guaranteed, while the third and fourth year of the contract are the team’s option. Source: Milwaukee Bucks
@ 21.29NBA0 Knicks picked up Kristaps Porzingis' 2017-2018 option
As reported by Ian Begley, the New York Knicks have picked up 2017-2018 option on Kristaps Porzingis' contract. Latvian big man had a very good rookie season and is now ready for sophomore year.
This is no surprise at all, but the Knicks exercises Kristaps Porzingis' team option for 2017-18 on Tuesday.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) 19 ottobre 2016
@ 19.20NBA0 Ben McLemore not expected to sign a contract extension with the Kings
According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, guard Ben McLemore is unlikely to sign a contract extension with the Sacramento Kings by October 31st deadline. The player has been involved in several trade rumors during the off-season but so far Kings GM Vlade Divac has rebuffed all the proposals. Source: ESPN
@ 14.36NBA0 Hawks' Jarrett Jack won't be ready for the start of the regular season
Hawks’ Jarrett Jack will miss the start of the regular season. The point guard won’t play in any of the Hawks preseason games. Per Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jarrett Jack will not be ready for the start of the regular season, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. Jack has not been able to take part in contact drills or practice as he returns from torn ligaments in his right knee suffered last season as a member of the Nets. The point guard missed all six of the Hawks exhibition games this preseason. He will also miss Thursday’s finale. Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
@ 10.21NBA0 Spurs say they are not looking to trade LaMarcus Aldridge
The Spurs are not trying to trade LaMarcus Aldridge. #photo-11486331">Per San Antonio Express News, The NBA season does not tip off until next week, but trade rumors are already blowing in San Antonio. A television report out of New England cast LaMarcus Aldridge’s long-term future with the Spurs in doubt, indicating the team would consider trading the five-time All-Star this season. Spurs sources denied the report, saying no talks have occurred with any team. Source: San Antonio Express News
@ 10.04NBA0 Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson plans to dedicate the 2016-17 season in Cameron Moore’s honor
Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson plans to dedicate the 2016-2017 in Cameron Moore’s honor. Moore and Clarkson were close friends. Moore died during a practice with his team in Macedonia a few weeks ago. Per Insidelocal, So much that Clarkson plans to dedicate the 2016-17 season in Moore’s honor. “That’s one of my best friends,” Clarkson said. “That’s who I grew up with. He always looked out for me when I was young.” “He lived with me most of the summer, working out with me and everything,” Clarkson said. “It’s been tough on me.” As he reflected on his friendship with Moore, Clarkson was asked what memories will stick with him the most. Clarkson then stared at the ground and offered a sullen answer. “Everything.” Source: Insidelocal
@ 23.05NBA0 Sixers, Noel not discussing a contract extension
As reported by Keith Pompey, the Philadelphia 76ers haven't had any discussion with Nerlens Noel about a contract extension so far. This is definitely not a surprise considering the doubts that Noel expressed about loaded frontcourt of the team.
Noel is eligible for a contract extension and if he won't sign one, he'd become a restricted free-agent next summer. Source: Keith Pompey
@ 21.52NBA0 Sixers Announce Updates to Basketball Operations Staff
Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today that the team has made several updates to the basketball operations department, including the promotion of Ned Cohen to Vice President of Basketball Operations and Chief of Staff, as well as a re-structured analytics department, which will be led by Vice President of Analytics and Strategy Alex Rucker, and supported by Director of Applied Analytics Dr. Lance Pearson and Sergi Oliva as Director of Basketball Analytics and Innovation. Additionally, the Sixers promoted Vince Rozman to Senior Director of Basketball Operations. The team also named Scott Epsley as Director of Physiotherapy and Clinical Diagnostics, Juan Jackson as Director of Team Security, Shea Dawson as Manager of Team Services and Kevin Owens as Basketball Operations Coordinator. “These moves reflect the outstanding performance of many within the 76ers organization and also addresses our desire to enhance and improve our internal processes regarding decision making, athlete performance care and team services. We are very excited about the future of this organization both on and off the basketball floor,” said Colangelo. Cohen, who joined the Sixers this June, continues to serve as the primary liaison for all interdepartmental planning, coordination and communication. He joined the organization after serving as the Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations with the NBA. Since his arrival at the league office in 2004, he played a critical role in a number of areas, with a specific focus on competitive matters. Additionally, Cohen was a key part of the operations surrounding many of the league’s significant meetings and events, including the NBA All-Star Game, Competition Committee and Board of Governors meetings. Rucker arrives in Philadelphia after having spent the last seven seasons with the Toronto Raptors as the Senior Analytics Consultant. In that role, he supported key decision makers with analytic tools and insight, identified new basketball data sources and directed the engineering and software team. For the past two seasons, he concurrently served as the Director of Performance Analysis with Basketball Canada, where he performed advanced statistical modeling and an analysis for the men’s national team. Prior to joining the Raptors, Rucker was a Staff Officer in the United States Navy, serving under the Commander of the United States 7th Fleet in an executive leadership role. He holds a law degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree. Pearson spent last season in the role of coordinator of coaching analytics and special video projects, and has been working within the Sixers’ basketball operations department for the past three seasons. He spent four years at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky as an assistant coach and adjunct professor of psychology. Pearson holds three bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky as well as a Ph.D. in cognitive and neutral systems from Boston University. Oliva begins his third season with the Sixers, after having served the past two as Basketball Operations Analyst prior to this promotion. Before joining the organization, he was a researcher at UPC-Barcelona Tech, where he received his PhD in Computational Complexity, as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science. He also continues to collaborate with the coaching development programs within the Catalan Basketball Federation. Epsley joins the Sixers sports performance staff with nearly two decades of physical therapy experience, previously serving dual roles as both the Head Physical Therapist for Georgetown University and as Director for Professional, Collegiate and Elite Sports Therapy and Clinical Education with Medstar Sports Medicine. He has served as a medical consultant for the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Nationals, DC United, Team Penske’s IndyCar drivers and the New York City Ballet. Additionally, Epsley has authored a wide array of research and is a certified musculoskeletal sonographer. Jackson has over 28 years of law enforcement and security experience, having most recently served as the Director of Team Security for the Atlanta Hawks last season. Prior to that, he spent five seasons as the Team Security representative for the Oklahoma City Thunder, while also serving as the Team Security representative for the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as the Director of Corporate Security and Emergency Management for the Simon Property Group. Additionally, Jackson spent over two decades with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and started his career as a New Jersey State Trooper. Rozman enters his 12th season with the organization, having spent the past two seasons as the team’s Director of Basketball Operations. In his current role, he will continue to play a key role while also overseeing the day-to-day operations of the scouting department. Dawson spent the last seven years as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Pangos All-American Camp while also serving as the Head Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach for the Windward School in Los Angeles, CA. Additionally, Dawson has extensive operations experience with a number of high-profile basketball camps and events, including the Samsung NBA Las Vegas Summer League, Adidas Nations and the Las Vegas Fab 48. Owens enters his second season with the Sixers, where he will assist with the overall day-to-day operations of the department and work closely with the executive and coaching staffs. Prior to this promotion, he served as an Operations Assistant for the 87ers, where he was responsible for a number of areas related to team operations, including the preparation of scouting reports and game film, implementation of data and analytics, and coding practices. In conjunction with the aforementioned changes, former Vice President of Basketball Operations Sachin Gupta and Vice President of Analytics Ben Falk have moved on to pursue new opportunities. Source: Philadelphia 76ers
@ 21.41NBA0 LaMarcus Aldridge may not finish this season with the Spurs
According to Jackie MacMullen of CSN, LaMarcus Aldridge may not finish the season with the San Antonio Spurs. During a tv appearance MacMullen said: 'For instance, sources were telling me the other day that LaMarcus Aldridge may not even finish the year with the Spurs. That experiment hasn't quite worked out the way they hoped."
This is not the first time that this rumor comes up, a couple of days ago Zach Lowe of ESPN predicted that Spurs might listen to trade offers for Aldridge, especially if this season doesn't end up in a good way. Here's what Lowe wrote in his piece: "The Spurs will see if this team outperforms expectations. If it doesn't, they should take calls on Aldridge. He's really good, and there are a lot of impatient owners chasing immediate gratification. Aldridge is 31, six years older than Kawhi Leonard, and his trade value will never be higher; he can opt out of his contract after the 2017-18 season" Source: CSN
@ 21.02NBA0 Kings reportedly offered Rudy Gay and Darren Collison to the Heat for Goran Dragic
According to Michael Scotto of BasketballInsiders, the Sacramento Kings have offered Rudy Gay and Darren Collison to the Miami Heat for Slovenian point-guard Goran Dragic. Kings has already informed the Kings that he'll leave the team at the end of the season and that wants to find a new team. Dragic would help Sacramento to solve the PG problem but Miami wants something more in return to move the player, after spending two future first-rounder a year and half ago to acquire him from Phoenix. Source: Michael Scotto
@ 20.37NBA0 Heat sign Luis Montero and waive Keith Benson
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed guard Luis Montero and waived Keith Benson. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Montero appeared in 12 games with the Portland Trail Blazers last season totaling 14 points, four rebounds and an assist in 42 minutes of action. He also appeared in six postseason games with Portland totaling eight points on a perfect 3-of-3 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range and 1-of-1 from the foul line. While on NBA Development League assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors last season, Montero appeared in four games (all starts) and averaged 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.75 blocks, 1.50 steals and 28.3 minutes while shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from three-point range and 78.3 percent from the foul line. Montero will wear number 44. Benson, who was signed by the HEAT on September 23, appeared in three preseason games with Miami averaging 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.9 minutes of action. Source: Miami Heat
@ 17.08NBA0 NBA GMs say Teodosic is best international not in the NBA, Antetokounmpo best international in NBA
NBA GMs in their annual survey said that Milos Teodosic is the best International Player not in the NBA. > Who is the best international player NOT in the NBA? 1. Milos Teodosic – 53.6% 2. Sergio LLull – 28.6% 3. Nando de Colo – 14.3% 4. Vassilis Spanoulis – 3.6% Last year: Dario Saric – 28.6% Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best International player in the NBA. > Who is the best international player in the NBA? 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 27.6% 2. Marc Gasol, Memphis – 24.1% 3. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas – 22.4% 4. Kristaps Porzingis, New York – 12.1% 5. Pau Gasol, San Antonio – 6.9% Also receiving votes: Rudy Gobert, Utah; Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Last year: Marc Gasol – 62.1%
@ 16.45NBA0 NBA GMs predict Golden State Warriors To Win 2017 Finals, LeBron For MVP According to the GMs of the NBA, the Golden State Warriors will win the 2017 NBA Finals while LeBron James will be the next NBA MVP. Per RealGM, The Golden State Warriors are predicted to win the 2017 NBA Finals by 69 percent of general managers while 31 percent predict the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs received 53.6 percent of the vote last season. LeBron James received the most votes in predicting the 16-17 MVP at 46.7 percent, followed by Russell Westbrook at 23.3 percent, Stephen Curry and James Harden at 10 percent apiece and Kevin Durant at 6.7 percent.
@ 15.16NBA0 The curious case of Donatas Motiejunas
In 2014-2015 Lithuanian big man Donatas Motiejunas had the best season of his career, averaging 12 points and 6 rebounds per game, shooting 36% from three-point line. After that great season, Motiejunas started to have serious back problems and the hype around him began to decrease day after day. Last season Motiejunas played only 37 games and Rockets traded him to the Detroit Pistons at the deadline in exchange of a future first-round pick. But the trade was rescinded a couple of days later following a failed physical by Motiejūnas.
The player entered into this off-season as a restricted free-agent but the market for him was way lower than expected because of his physical issues. The negotiations between Rockets and Motiejunas' agent, B.J. Armstrong, never gained any traction, with Houston not willing to offer anything more than the value of the qualifying offer, 4.4 mln dollars. While Motiejunas was seeking a multi-year deal, other teams were scared by his physical situations and didn't present any interesting deal to the player.
With the deadline of October 1st already passed, Motiejunas is no longer able to sign the qualifying offer, worth 4.4 mln, but is still a restricted free-agent, meaning that Houston has the right to match any offer that the player will receive in the coming weeks.
At this point, however, Motiejunas' options look very limited. He may sign a new deal with the Rockets but, as we mentioned before, Houston doesn't seem avalaible to offer him anything more than the qualifying offer's value. Only three NBA teams have the space under the cap to make an offer sheet to Motiejunas: Sixers, Suns and Nets. None of the three teams expressed real interest so far. Sixers and Suns have already a loaded frontcourt, Nets, despite the cap space avalaible, didn't make any offer for Motiejunas so far. It's important to note that Motiejunas can sign an offer sheet only until March 1st, after that date his only option is to re-sign with his current team or remain unsigned for the rest of the season.
Another option for Motiejunas could be signing a deal overseas and waiting for a better deal in the NBA, just like Wilson Chandler did during the lockout in 2011. But also this option looks difficult at this point of the season. In addition the relationship between Rockets front-office and B.J. Armstrong, Motiejunas' agent, doesn't look very good. On October 1st Armstrong used his Twitter profile to send a clear messagge to Rockets GM Daryl Morey
When analytics can measure human behavior, then and only then will I find them useful
— BJ Armstrong (@bjarmstrong) 1 ottobre 2016
Morey is well known as analytics lover and agents are not exactly in love with GMs with that kind of attitude, just ask to former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie. Each day Donatas Motiejunas isn’t with the Houston Rockets, the playing time he would have earned as a reserve power forward goes to someone else.
Sam Dekker would probably be the reserve power-forward when the season begins, while Motiejunas' future looks cloudy. A strange fate for a player that looked on the verge of a bright future in the league just two years ago.
@ 15.06NBA0 Joerger on Ty Lawson: He had personal issue. There is no situation
Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger defended Ty Lawson from the reports that surfaced last week about a team flight missed by the point guard. Per CSN Bay Area, “Ty had a personal issue and that stuff is non-basketball related,” coach Dave Joerger said. “There is no situation,” Joerger continued. “It’s in my hands. The decisions that were made of the plane and all that stuff, that’s on me. It’s a personal issue, I think has been very inaccurately reported.” Source: CSN Bay Area
@ 12.30NBA1 Tayshaun Prince patiently waiting for an NBA offer to come soon
Tayshaun Prince hopes to sign in the NBA for at least one more season. The experience forward is stil free agent and would love to sign for a playoff contender. Per The Undefeated, Prince told his longtime agent Bill Duffy that he would like to sign as a free agent this past offseason with a team that was at least competing for a playoff spot. While Prince said there has been interest, there have been no contract offers from any NBA teams. He’s not interested in playing overseas and is patiently waiting for an NBA offer to come soon. Prince is now on the outside looking in during training camp and the preseason for the first time since entering the NBA in 2002. He said it’s odd not being in training camp enjoying “camaraderie and building the chemistry.” The good news is he has more time at the moment to spend with his wife and son. “The hardest part about the wait is that there are a lot of teams out there that know what I bring to the game,” Prince said. “I know I have good leadership, and they know I’m a great locker room guy. Obviously, some of the assistant coaches that you’ve played for are dispersed around the league. A lot of them are accustomed to what I do and what I bring to teams … Source: The Undefeated
@ 09.20NBA0 Carter-Williams: I didn't know the trade was going to happen. Chicago a great situation for me
Michael Carter-Williams said that he did not know that he was going to be traded to the Bulls and when he first heard the news he was shocked. “I was shocked and I didn’t know the trade was going to happen, but I think it’s a great situation for me” the guard told Mike McGraw. Michael Carter-Williams wanted to wear the jersey no.1, the former number of Derrick Rose: ““I’m not trying to step on anybody’s toes or boundaries. Just a number I like. I feel like I had success in Philly (with #1)” as reported by Vincent Goodwill. But at the end he decided to wear jersey no.7.
@ 22.35NBA0 Pacers Waive Alex Poythress and Nick Zeisloft
The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have waived 6-7 forward Alex Poythress and 6-5 guard Nick Zeisloft. Poythress played in two preseason games and scored one point. Zeisloft played in one game and did not score. Source: Indiana Pacers
@ 21.45NBA0 Steve Kerr: 'Javale McGee has a good chance to make the roster'
Warriors head-coach Steve Kerr is happy with JaVale McGee has brought to the team so far. Former Nuggets big man has a good chance of making the roster, as Kerr said to the reporters. McGee signed a non-guaranteed deal, worth around 940.000 dollars.
Steve Kerr said "I think (JaVale McGee)'s got a good chance" of capturing the Warriors #15 spot.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) 17 ottobre 2016Source: Anthony Slater
@ 20.49NBA0 Marc Gasol suffered a bone bruise in right foot
Grizzlies head-coach David Fizdale revealed that Marc Gasol suffered a bone bruise in right foot during preseason game against the Houston Rockets. While it's not the same foot that forced him to miss the final 30 games of the 2015-16 campaign, the injury remains a cause for concern given Gasol's history. Source: The Score
@ 20.33NBA0 Ben Simmons appears in new Beats by Dre commercial
This is a celebration of life without strings. With Beats Wireless there's nothing to hold you down, make you fret, or make you frown. Starring: Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, Karlie Kloss, Travis Scott, Amber Rose, Rebel Wilson, Ben Simmons, Pharrell, Steve Buscemi, William Chen, Young M.A, Sayo, Juno Temple, Michael Phelps, Karen Civil, Liza Koshy, Al Rocco, Miyavi, PartyNextDoor Introducing Wireless Remastered: The 40-hour battery life Beats Solo3 Wireless, Fast-fuel charging Powerbeats3 Wireless...and the brand new BeatsX - your all-day companion. Source: Beats By Dre
@ 19.47NBA0 Chasson Randle to miss 3-4 weeks of action
New York Knicks announced that guard Chasson Randle won't need surgery for his left orbital injury and will recover in about 3-4 weeks. Randle has a non-guaranteed deal and is fighting for a roster spot with the Knicks.
Randle was seen by specialist today & it has been determined that surgery is not needed. Can resume full activity in approx. 3-4 weeks.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) 17 ottobre 2016Source: New York Knicks
@ 19.15NBA0 Brett Brown said he won't start Embiid and Okafor together, but they may finish games together
Sixers head-coach Brett Brown said during an interview that he doesn't plan to start Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor together during the season. He might experiment a little bit to see which will be the best lineup and that might lead to Okafor and Embiid playing closing minutes of the game together.
Okafor, after missing all the pre-season, should be ready for regular season opener.
Brett Brown says he doesn't plan to start Embiid and Okafor together. Plans to be selective in matchups. Might end games together.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) 17 ottobre 2016Source: Derek Bodner
@ 19.02NBA0 Heat sign Vashil Fernandez, waive Stefan Jankovic
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed center Vashil Fernandez. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fernandez, the all-time leading shot blocker at Valparaiso University, played all four seasons with the Crusaders appearing in 131 games (85 starts) and averaged 4.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.21 blocks and 19.8 minutes while shooting 54.8 percent from the field. As a senior, he led the NCAA in blocks per game (3.31) and was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He finished his career with 289 blocks, surpassing the previous school record of 228 held by Raitis Grafs from 1999-2003, including 119 during his senior campaign, setting the school’s single-season block record, a record he held the previous season with 98 rejections. Fernandez will wear number 14. Janković appeared in one preseason game with the HEAT, totaling 3:40 minutes of action Source: Miami Heat
@ 18.15NBA0 Pelican sign Quincy Ford
The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that the team has signed guard/forward Quincy Ford. Per team policy, terms of the deal were undisclosed. Ford, 6 feet 8, 225 pounds, was a member of the Utah Jazz’s summer league team, appearing in eight games, averaging 5.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists. Undrafted in 2016 out of Northeastern University, Ford appeared in 130 games for the Huskies, averaging 12.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists. New Orleans’ roster now stands at 20. Source: New Orleans Pelicans
@ 17.29NBA0 Bucks acquire Tony Snell from the Bulls for Michael Carter-Williams
Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced today that the team has acquired fourth-year guard Tony Snell from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for fourth-year guard Michael Carter-Williams. In three games to date during the 2016 preseason, Snell, 24, has averaged 9.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 16.0 minutes. He appeared in 64 games (33 starts) for the Bulls last season and averaged 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 20.3 minutes per contest. The 20th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of the University of New Mexico, Snell has played in 213 career games (67 starts) for the Bulls, and averaged 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists. In his last two seasons, Snell has shot 37.1 percent (2014-15) and 36.1 percent (2015-16) from the three-point arc. Carter-Williams, 25, appeared in 54 games (37 starts) for the Bucks last season and averaged 11.5 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game. Originally drafted by Philadelphia in the 2013 NBA Draft (11th overall) out of Syracuse, he was acquired by Milwaukee in a trade on Feb. 19, 2015, and has appeared in 190 career games with the 76ers and Bucks. Source: Milwaukee Bucks
@ 16.00NBA0 Hawks waive Matt Costello
The Atlanta Hawks have waived Matt Costello. The Hawks’ roster stands at 19 now.
The Atlanta Hawks have waived Matt Costello. Training camp roster now at 19 players.
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) October 17, 2016
@ 15.37NBA0 Knicks' Jeff Hornacek says he'd like to use Kristaps Porzingis at center this season
Kristaps Porzingis, who suffered a groin injury and may miss Knicks next preseason game, could play some minutes at five this season. Per ESPN, Hornacek said he'd like to use Porzingis at center this season but noted on Saturday that he didn't want to impact Noah's minutes. "It’s a long season. If we start playing [Porzingis] at the five with Jo then we end up kind of shortening our rotation a little bit," Hornacek said. "I think early on we’ll have times when we do that. But we don’t want to go to that too soon, just because it’ll build their minutes up throughout the season. We obviously know we can go with [Porzingis] at the five, and when Derrick gets back there we can put a pretty small lineup out there with [Porzingis] at the five." Porzingis said he likes the way he's shooting from the power forward spot at the moment but is open to playing some center. Source: ESPN
@ 15.00NBA0 Knicks head coach Hornacek praises Willy Hernangomez: We’ve got to find him some minutes
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek praised Willy Hernangomez. The Spanish big man recorded his first double double last night posting 12 points and 12 rebounds. Per ESPN, Hornacek said Hernangomez is "probably" in the running for the Knicks’ backup center spot. Other candidates include veteran Kyle O'Quinn and rookie Marshall Plumlee. “We’ve got to find him some minutes,” Hornacek said. “He deserves it.” “I like the big baby. He’s a guy who can score, he can pass, he can play D. He can do it all,” Anthony said. “I try to not make comparisons, but I see a lot of Marc Gasol in him. That’s a great sign because Marc is a great player. So for him to have the skills knowing that he has at his age, it’s something special.” Source: ESPN
@ 13.38NBA0 Dwight Howard: The Hawks another chapter of my life. Everybody is amazing here
Dwight Howard signed a three-year, $70 million contract with the Hawks this summer. The big man left the Rockets to join the team from his hometown. Howard explained his decision to return to Atlanta in an interview with Basketball Insiders. “It’s another chapter in my life,” Howard said Sunday night in Orlando. “There will always be good chapters and bad chapters, but I think I’ve already got those bad chapters out of the way. Everything else will be up from here. Atlanta is great; it’s my hometown. My family has been great, my friends have been great and the team, for the most part, everybody is amazing.” Source: Basketball Insiders
@ 11.45NBA0 NBA and NBPA to have a meeting in New York on Wednesday
The NBA and the NBPA have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday in New York to resume labor talks. Per ESPN, The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday in New York -- one day before the league's annual board of governors session -- as they inch closer to striking a new labor agreement, according to league sources. The meeting is the latest signal, sources told ESPN, that a new deal to avoid a work stoppage is looming in the near future. Sources say there is rising optimism on both sides of the bargaining table that the basic framework of a deal can be achieved as early as this month. The current collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the NBAPA runs through June 2021, with both sides holding the right until Dec. 15 to express an intent to opt out in 2017. Source: ESPN