A person with firsthand knowledge of the Pistons’ off-season plans said signing Green is not realistic because they expect the Warriors, playing in the NBA Finals and working for a new arena, to match any offer sheet. The person, not publicly authorized to discuss the team’s plans, said that the Pistons do not want to tie up salary cap space for 72 hours – the time allotted the Warriors to match any offer – when more easily obtainable free agents might be available.
October 23, 2017 | 10:36 am EDT Update
Giannis Antetokounmpo: The season has begun. Several things have happened and, to be honest, this season I feel like I’m on a mission. I had a good start and I achieved a new career high in points. I believe that, during the season, I can surpass it again and again. I have nothing to lose and I will be giving 100% in every game. I know that my personal stats are not important if they are not accompanied by wins and good performances for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: The goal this season is not just to reach the playoffs but to make our mark in the league. The season is long. I’m not affected by an average or a very good performance. After the game against the Portland Trail Blazers I did what I always do. Early the next morning I went to the training center to watch videos of plays, have my leg treatment, do my shooting drills, to be ready for the next game against the Charlotte Hornets. We have 79 games ahead of us and they are all very important. I believe this will be an important season for my team, the Bucks, but also for me personally. For many reasons…
The Charlotte Hornets announced today that guard Julyan Stone has suffered a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. The injury occurred in practice on Sunday, Oct. 22 and he did not travel with the team to Milwaukee. Stone is listed as out for tonight’s game against the Bucks and his expected recovery time is estimated at four to six weeks. Further updates on his status will be provided when available.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was cited earlier this month with reckless driving and excessive speeding in Bay Village. Smith, whose real name is Earl Joseph Smith III, pleaded not guilty Friday through his attorney to a charge of willful or wanton disregard of safety when the charge was filed in Rocky River Municipal Court.
He waived his first court appearance and defense attorney Daniel Klonowski asked for a pretrial hearing date that has not yet been set. Klonowski did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Monday.
October 23, 2017 | 8:00 am EDT Update
Free-agent guard Briante Weber has agreed to a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets, league sources told ESPN.