And Fizdale’s not going to stop demanding that his best players, Gasol included, be a bigger part of decision-making. He’s committed to building a strong, collaborative culture, similar to the one he saw thrive in Miami. “The culture is not going to be compromised. That’s just what it is. That is being put into place for longevity, the way we conduct ourselves, compete, the way we are as professionals, the way we treat each other and interact with each other, that’s a staple. It’s always being tested, especially in adversity, but that’s what culture is there for. The teams that don’t have a culture, they will break in moments like this. The teams that do, they weather this stuff, and they’re better on the back side for it. I’m expecting this team to be better on the back side for this.”
October 16, 2017 | 8:06 pm EDT Update
Free agent forward Richard Jefferson has agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Denver Nuggets, league sources told ESPN. Denver will likely waive veteran guard Jameer Nelson to make room on the 15-man roster for Jefferson, league sources said.
A Cavs source tells ESPN that Kendrick Perkins’ “weight and game look like his early OKC days” as CLE’s G-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, signed Perkins on Monday. The Cavs believe Perkins can be a hybrid player/teacher for a team this season, in the mold of Nazr Mohammed, Nick Collison and Elton Brand.
Logan Murdock: Warriors forward Omri Casspi has been upgraded to probable for tomorrow’s game against Houston. Iguodala remains questionable.