July 30, 2015 | 9:48 pm EDT Update
Hawks forward Mike Scott faces felony drug charges after he was arrested in Banks County on Thursday morning. Scott, who just completed his third season with the Hawks, was arrested along with his brother, Antonn Imhotep Scott, for possession of marijuana and MDMA, known as Molly.
According to a report from the Banks County Sheriff’s office, deputies attempted to stop a Chevrolet Tahoe on Interstate 85 driven by Antonn Scott for following too closely to other vehicles at 9 a.m. The vehicle failed to yield to police and reached a speed of up to 98 mph. The vehicle traveled for two miles before finally stopping for police. The deputies found over an ounce of marijuana and 10.9 grams of MDMA. The two were arrested and taken to the Banks County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Center. Mike Scott, 27, of Smyrna, was charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of Schedule I drug.
July 30, 2015 | 9:18 pm EDT Update
Chris Vivlamore: “We are aware of the situation involving Mike Scott this morning. Out of respect for the legal process, we will not have any additional comment at this time,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
July 30, 2015 | 7:01 pm EDT Update
The Portland Trail Blazers have waived center Brendan Haywood, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. Portland acquired Haywood, guard Mike Miller and two future second round draft picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 27 in exchange for cash considerations.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed forward Josh Huestis to a contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are excited to add Josh to our roster as he allows us to continue to increase our depth through his athleticism and versatility,” Presti said. “Josh knows our culture and our organization as a result of his time with the Blue and we look forward to his continued development with the Thunder.”
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July 30, 2015 | 4:18 pm EDT Update
The Lakers face one of their easiest decisions of the summer on Saturday, the deadline to cut second-year guard Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson, selected 46th overall in the 2014 NBA draft, is under contract for the 2015-16 season, but for a non-guaranteed $845,059. According to the terms of his contract, Clarkson’s contract locks in for the year, provided the Lakers do not waive him on or by Aug. 1. Naturally, the Lakers will keep one of last season’s best rookies, as confirmed to The Times by a team spokesman.
Because Clarkson played with the Lakers’ summer league squad in Las Vegas earlier in the month, the guarantee date of his contract moved up from opening night (approximately Oct. 31) to the first day of August. Once the Lakers let the deadline pass on Saturday, the team will have 14 players under contract, with two (Tarik Black and Jabari Brown) on similar non-guaranteed $845,059 deals.
July 30, 2015 | 1:59 pm EDT Update
Q: Has James said he will be playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics? Colangelo: I think he is intent on wanting to play for USA Basketball and be in the Olympics next year.
Q: Do you expect LeBron James to be playing for USA in the Olympics next year? Colangelo: He is one of the greatest players of all time. If he wants to be on the team, how is he not going to be on the team? It’s really not my call. It’s really his call. If that is still important to him and what he wants to do, I truly believe that’s what he wants, than he will be there.
Flip Saunders: But you say luck, and maybe I say patience. I didn’t have a problem keeping Kevin into the final year of his deal and coaching him. Guys just don’t turn down the extra year and $30 million. Even though he maybe wanted to leave, I thought we still had an opportunity to re-sign him. When you are patient, you can say, “This is what we need to get something done, and if we don’t get it, we’re keeping him.” Then things kind of fell into place, with LeBron going to Cleveland and [Andrew] Wiggins becoming available. That’s when you can say “lucky.”