JR Smith: Happy to say that I am returning to the Cavs! It’s been a long ride this summer but I can say for sure, well worth the wait. When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best. The Cavaliers had things they needed to do in order to piece together a championship caliber roster. I ended up deciding that instead of potentially securing a larger deal elsewhere, I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization in pursuit of the ultimate goal, an NBA championship. Thank you to the Cavaliers for making this happen. Can’t wait to get started! #TheLand http://instagram.com/p/6oG0NDNfH-/
November 25, 2015 | 10:39 am EST Update
The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a three-year contract extension with coach Steve Clifford, sources told ESPN.com. Clifford, who is in the final year of the contract he signed when he was hired in 2013, is now signed through the 2018-19 season.
That’s not stopping the Nets from beefing up their analytics operations. Until recently, Glen DuPaul, the 20-something Director of Analytics, was the only full-time numbers cruncher. He was assisted by an intern. Now, the Nets have decided to add a second full time analyst, advertising on the team jobs site. The Basketball Operations Analyst will be responsible for utilizing analytics to assist the front office and coaching staff. The incumbent will be responsible for recommending process improvement and changes in order to facilitate and maintain efficient and confidential sharing of information that may be deemed sensitive. It is critical the incumbent in this position have the ability and emotional maturity to exercise sound judgment regarding confidential matters and hold a high regard for ethical behavior. The Basketball Operations Analyst will report to the Director of Basketball Analytics.
Bryant also said the Lakers’ struggles after a 2-12 start are more than just about his level of play. “We have bigger problems,” Bryant said. “I could be out there averaging 35 points a game and we would be, what, 3-11? We’ve got to figure out how to play systematically in a position that’s going to win us ballgames.”