The Knicks have 10 roster spots to fill, and Brand said he hopes to hear from Jackson again. According to a friend of his mother’s, Daisy always hoped Brand would finish his career with the Knicks. Brand said he also may consider hanging it up after 16 seasons.
October 5, 2015 | 7:37 pm EDT Update
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the team has waived guard Daniel Nwaelele (wah-LAY-lay). Nwaelele (6-5, 205) was signed by Memphis as a free agent on Sept. 28. Undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft, the 31-year-old Air Force product has played professionally in Israel (2010-11) and in the NBA Development League with the Santa Cruz Warriors (2012-14). The Grizzlies’ roster stands at 19 players.
October 5, 2015 | 6:46 pm EDT Update
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist underwent an MRI today that revealed a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Kidd-Gilchrist will meet with Hornets team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook tomorrow to determine the next steps for the recovery and rehabilitation of his shoulder. Further updates on his status will be provided when available. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury in Saturday’s preseason game at Orlando when he dislocated his right shoulder with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Adi Joseph: Small clarification on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s injury: He hasn’t decided yes on surgery, though it’s entirely likely he will, I’m told.
October 5, 2015 | 4:54 pm EDT Update
After Rasual Butler worked out for the Spurs last month, this time with Gregg Popovich in attendance, he was urged to consider coming to training camp. Popovich didn’t make any promises, though — “I don’t even promise (Tim Duncan) anything,” the longtime head coach joked. “If I did, he wouldn’t believe me” — but he did inform Butler he had a good shot to make the roster. “He’s a seasoned pro in a sense that he knows himself, he knows what role he can play,” said Popovich. “He’s at a stage in his career where he just wants to be a part of something that’s just positive and good. He obviously can shoot the basketball. If he couldn’t shoot, we wouldn’t be talking to him. You got to have a skill to play. For all those reasons, he’s somebody that’s got a great shot to make our team.” Butler had another Western Conference team interested, but decided San Antonio would be the best fit. Now he’ll need to rely on the one thing that he’s done so well over the years if he plans to make the team: shooting.
“For me, this is the right decision,” said Butler. “I want to be around a positive environment. I want to be a part of a winning environment. I want to be a part of this organization. … There is no place better to be than here at this stage of my career where you have the opportunity to win and be a part of a great organization.”
October 5, 2015 | 4:31 pm EDT Update
My agent told me the terms of the deal and that because for now it’s a non-guarantee I’d still have lots of work to do. I told him with a great deal of confidence and excitement that the flight was cancelled and delayed and that flight crew wasn’t on time for this reason. This was all God’s work!! It’s fate. I was supposed to have been in Venezuela already but that wasn’t God’s will. I’m where I’m supposed to be. There’s no way I won’t make this team! And to think my flight was supposed to connect in Miami but instead re-routed to Charlotte…fate man!
American big-man Arinze Onuaku is expected to sign a deal with Israeli power-house Maccabi Tel-Aviv, a source told Sportando. Onuaku will likely be a back-up big man for Maccabi Tel-Aviv and should sign a short-term deal. He finished last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves after spent most of the time with Canton Charge in D-League.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: Maccabi Tel Aviv, Arinze Onuaku signing three-month deal. Full extension option for $200 thousand. Arinze Onuaku recorded 11 NBA showings for Pels, Cavs, and Wolves, posting 5.4 points & 4.2 boards.
Imagine a future where you don’t have to drive to the store to pick up a pair of sneakers, or wait on them to be delivered, because you can print them yourself in your own home. According to Nike COO Eric Sprunk, such a future isn’t too far off. Speaking at this weekend’s GeekWire Summit, Sprunk hinted at Nike’s efforts in the field of 3D-printing and how they could change the way people buy sneakers. “Do I envision a future where we might still own the file from an IP perspective – you can’t just have anyone making a Nike product – and have it manufactured in your own home or we do it for you at our store?” Sprunk said. “Yeah, that’s not that far away.”
October 5, 2015 | 3:14 pm EDT Update
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo shoulder surgery and likely miss the entire season, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months with the injury, which wouldn’t allow for a possible return until the final weeks of the season in April. It leaves little hope that Kidd-Gilchrist can return to the lineup this season. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a separated right shoulder in Saturday’s preseason victory over Orlando, and an MRI on Monday in Charlotte revealed the need for surgery. Kidd-Gilchrist, 22, signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension in September.
October 5, 2015 | 3:08 pm EDT Update
The Charlotte Hornets plan to sign former N.C. State player Damien Wilkins for a preseason look, an NBA source confirmed Monday. Wilkins, 35, has played in China, Puerto Rico and the NBA’s development league of late after a 10-year NBA career with five teams. He last played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.
“When I was a kid I was trying to look like Toni Kukoc and try to play like him,” Bender said. “I try to watch Dirk Nowitzki and Nikola Mirotic right now. Dirk is a famous NBA player and he’s playing like a stretch-4 like me. Mirotic came last year to the NBA last year and (I’m) trying to look at how he adjusted to the league.”
“Closet thing to Pau (Gasol) I’ve seen,” one Eastern Conference general manager told SheridanHoops. “He plays hard and has great anticipation defensively. The play when he caught a bad pass just inside the 3-point line and with one dribble did an up-and-under layup was incredible.”
October 5, 2015 | 3:01 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will need shoulder surgery and be sidelined six months, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Candace Buckner: Paul George spoke after #Pacers practice today. Of course major point of conversation was his Saturday night comments on playing the 4. Paul George said he spoke with coach Frank Vogel & team prez Larry Bird re: his role. However, clipped the details while speaking w/ media. Paul George on meeting w/ Vogel & Bird: “There was clarification on what we’re (doing) going forward. That’s what it was, just clarification.” I asked Paul George if there needed to be clarification, what did he believe his 4 role was in first place? Paul George: “Not sure. That’s where everything was clarified on. We know where we’re at, within our locker room.” Then I asked if part of that clarification by Vogel or Bird was about him not publicly voicing a complaint… Paul George: “It’s no complaint. I gave my opinion. That’s no complaint. Y’all asked me a question, I gave my opinion and that’s it.”