Othyus Jeffers Rumors

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The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard/forward Othyus Jeffers to a 10-day contract. Jeffers, 6-5/200, most recently played for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. Through 22 games this season, Jeffers was averaging 22.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.50 steals in 38.3 minutes per game while shooting .501 (176-351) from the field. Prior to his call-up, Jeffers ranked sixth in the D-League in scoring, third in rebounding and second in steals per game.
According to Spurs coach and president of basketball Gregg Popovich it is just a matter of time and weather before swing man Othyus Jeffers joins the team on a 10-day contract. Jeffers, a 6-foot-4 player who has been on three NBA teams, including the Spurs, over the past three season, played 22 games with the D-League Iowa Energy this season and averaged 22.8 points and 11.4 rebounds. The Spurs were trying to arrange for Jeffers to catch up with the team in either Atlanta or Miami but weather that has disrupted air travel in the East has affected his travel, as well. “He will either join us (Friday) in Atlanta or (Saturday) in Miami,” Popovich said.
Timberwolves brass has two choices when the final roster spots are filled before opening night, decisions that, barring a trade or free-agent signing, will force Flip Saunders and Rick Adelman to decide between veteran savvy and rookie potential. If it is life experiences they want, fifth-year guard A.J. Price has them and maybe then some. Price was invited to training camp partly because of his connection with new Wolves General Manager Milt Newton from the season they spent together in Washington a year ago, partly because of three seasons with the Pacers and one with the Wizards. And partly because of two transformational years in college when he went two seasons without basketball because of complicated brain surgery and his own decisions. At age 27, he is trying to stay in the NBA with an opportunity he admits was the only real one that didn’t involve playing overseas. He is competing with fellow veteran Othyus Jeffers and rookies Lorenzo Brown and Robbie Hummel for the team’s final two jobs because of what Adelman calls his professionalism and Price himself attributes to life’s lessons learned.
Taylor said it’s unlikely that Saunders will bring in a 15th guaranteed contract. In other words, forwards Robbie Hummel and Othyus Jeffers, rookie guard Lorenzo Brown and an expected to-be-determined big man will compete for the final spot in camp. Those three players, first round picks Muhammad and center Gorgui Dieng, and big man Chris Johnson arrive into town Monday for developmental work. Other players are expected to be in-and-out for informal workouts before training camp starts.
The Wolves expect summer-league players Robbie Hummel, Lorenzo Brown and Othyus Jeffers to be in training camp, Saunders said. The Wolves drafted Hummel in the 2010 draft’s second round and Brown in the June draft’s second round. The Wolves will have 14 players under guaranteed contracts once Pekovic signs. Saunders said he prefers to keep that 15th and final spot open “in case something happens and somebody gets hurt.”
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Once relatively settled with 13 guaranteed contracts, the Suns likely will stage a battle for another roster spot in light of the expectation that Channing Frye’s enlarged heart will sideline him for the season. The Suns have invited NBA veteran power forward/center Solomon Jones, power forward/center Luke Zeller, swingman Othyus Jeffers and point guard Diante Garrett to training camp, which opens Tuesday with the first of four consecutive two-a-day sessions at UC-San Diego. The camp, which is closed to the public, will conclude Saturday with an intrasquad scrimmage before the Suns return to Phoenix to prepare for their Oct. 10 preseason opener at Sacramento.
Jeffers stayed optimistic that the owners and players could reach an agreement and that he could be ready soon thereafter. With the lockout close to officially ending on Friday, Jeffers’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said that his client is “ahead of schedule” and could potentially be ready to contribute in January. “He’s about a month away,” Bartelstein said. “I actually spoke to his doctor [on Thursday]. Can’t believe how good he’s doing. They obviously don’t want to rush him too much. But he’s already back on the court. So he’s doing well. But for him to get back and playing competitively, he’s probably a month away.”
Jeffers is on a different grind with his knee injury. He said his knee didn’t swell until he went under the knife. “I have a weird body,” Jeffers said with a laugh, adding that he even played a little basketball without a working ACL before having the surgery. He was unable to work with members of the Wizards’ medical and training staff, but Jeffers credits his agent, Mark Bartelstein, for getting him connected with Brian Cole, an orthopedist and team physician for the Chicago Bulls, and finding a trainer to help him get back on the court.
But only a few weeks later, Jeffers was back in a precarious position. First, NBA owners decided to lock out players, placing free agency on hold. Then, while working out in Chicago last July, Jeffers was maneuvering through cones and making cuts to the rim when he landed awkwardly and collapsed. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee – an injury that usually requires a six-to-eight month rehabilitation. “It was just a freak accident,” said Jeffers, who is now unsure about what the Wizards plan to do with him when the lockout ends. “Am I worried? Yes, I am worried. But at the same time, I believe in God and I think everything will work out.”