Adrian Wojnarowski: Metta World Peace will sign a one-year deal today to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
November 25, 2015 | 11:35 am EST Update
Fifteen games into Porzingis’ NBA career, the Knicks’ rookie is doing just that. Porzingis, 20, is nearly averaging a double-double (13.7 points and 9.1 rebounds) and shattering the stereotype he knew didn’t fit him. “I’m not surprising myself,” Porzingis said. “I knew what I was capable of. A lot of people weren’t expecting much from me right away, so maybe a lot of people are surprised. But I knew what I could do.
A second-round pick of the Blazers in 2007, Byars has been on several NBA training camp rosters and summer league teams, appeared in two games with the Spurs in 2012, and played in the D-League. “I really thought he would succeed in the NBA,” said Byars, who played collegiately at Virginia and Vanderbilt. “I didn’t think he would be the quote-unquote European bust. One-hundred percent I didn’t think he would be a bust.
Lawson seemed fine with the change, hoping that playing more of his minutes with the second unit, rather than with James Harden, will allow him to run the offense more often and be more effective than in his first 14 games with the Rockets. “If I come off the bench, I can have the ball in my hands more and have more opportunity to get in the paint, play my game,” said Lawson, who is averaging just 7.7 points, 31.6 percent shooting, and 4.9 assists. “It’s good for the team, good for me. “Hopefully, this is a transition to getting back to myself, be more aggressive. Hopefully, it’ll be for the best.”
After several days of practices veteran guard Jason Terry described as “a mini training camp” Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said his players received the structure and discipline they wanted when he took over. “Our attitude has changed over the past week and a half,” Bickerstaff said. “We’ve taken a more serious approach in what we’re doing. Guys are more disciplined in what we’re doing and they were hungry for that. As a group, we brought them together. That was the first thing they were calling for, some more discipline, more structure and more rules.”
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.