Where will Joe Johnson be playing in 2016-17? Stein: Not. Brooklyn. That’s about as definitive as we can get this far away from free agency. But the more interesting question might be: Will Johnson finish this season in Brooklyn? There are some folks around the league who wonder if the Nets would consent to buying out Johnson after the Feb. 18 trade deadline if they can’t move him. The Nets would naturally dismiss any such suggestions, given that they have no other choice but to try to win as many games as they can before sending their unprotected 2016 top pick to Boston. But they also frequently insisted that they wouldn’t buy out Deron Williams before ultimately doing so.
Washington Wizards guard John Wall said he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play in Sunday’s All-Star Game after suffering a bruised right knee in Thursday’s 99-92 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Wall said he suffered the injury in the first quarter when he collided with Bucks guard O.J. Mayo. He stayed in the game and received treatment on his knee at halftime and after the game, according to the Washington Post.
The NBA is moving a step closer to putting advertisements on jerseys. Sources told ESPN.com that the league sent out a memo this week, ahead of the owners meeting Sunday at the All-Star Game in Toronto, where the topic of putting corporate logos on uniforms is expected to be discussed. Sources said the NBA’s planning committee is seeking comments from teams in advance of the April Board of Governors meeting. The committee will continue to meet with team feedback, which will determine if the proposal makes the April meeting agenda.
The humble boys didn’t talk much about having thrived on the courts as grade-school kids back in Charlotte, where the talent had been much tougher. But the older brother’s experience in particular stood out in Toronto, as he routinely scored 30 or 40 points a game. “There wasn’t the talent level there in Toronto then like there was in the States, but I think that was a good experience for them to play with kids less talented than they had encountered before,” says Dell Curry, reached by phone in Charlotte where he is now a television broadcaster on Hornets games for Fox Sports Southeast.