Jared Zwerling: The Pelicans have signed Toney Douglas for the rest of the season, via source. Had been on 10-days.
October 6, 2015 | 4:20 pm EDT Update
After consulting with team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook this morning, Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Cook tonight at Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. Further updates on his status will be provided when available. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter in Saturday’s preseason game at Orlando.
The Nets announced Tuesday that Markel Brown will not play in preseason –a total of six games over three weeks– because of a strain in his left oblique muscle. He will be reevaluated at the start of the regular season. Brown strained it last Thursday in what he has called a “freak accident.” He flew home on the weekend and was evaluated by Dr. Riley, J. Williams, the team medical director. Brown missed some time last preseason due to a severe stomach flu.
A lawyer representing a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub has told a jury his client was targeted because he’s black. Attorney Alex Spiro said Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court that a white police officer saw a black man in a hoodie when he confronted the Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha on April 8. Sefolosha was arrested while leaving a Manhattan nightclub following a stabbing. He subsequently suffered a season-ending leg fracture after a confrontation with police. A prosecutor said in opening statements that Sefolosha called an officer who repeatedly told him and others to leave a “midget.” Sefolosha pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges. The Swiss citizen declined a plea deal from prosecutors.
October 6, 2015 | 3:47 pm EDT Update
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the team has signed free agent forward Sampson Carter. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. Carter (6-8, 220) joins the Grizzlies after playing professionally last season in Slovakia, Portugal and the Dominican Republic. Undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, the 25-year-old averaged 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 21.8 minutes in 135 games (88 starts) over five seasons (2009-14) at the University of Massachusetts. The Baton Rouge, La. native attended Ridgeway High School in Memphis before beginning his collegiate career. The Grizzlies’ roster stands at 20 players. An updated roster is attached.
Blatt also confirmed LeBron James will play in Wednesday’s game, while sitting out Thursday’s game at Philadelphia. James said following Monday’s Wine & Gold game he preferred to play in Cincinnati because the fans there won’t have any other opportunities to watch him play this season.
Kevin Love remains on track to play in the Oct. 27 regular season opener at the Chicago Bulls, but Kyrie Irving won’t be ready, coach David Blatt confirmed Tuesday. “That would be fair and realistic,” Blatt said. ove is participating in 3 on 3 drills this week and the Cavs hope he will be cleared for full practices by the weekend. Blatt has already ruled him out for this week’s preseason games at Cincinnati on Wednesday (against the Atlanta Hawks) and at the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. But Blatt has previously said the plan is for Love to play in preseason games at some point this month.
October 6, 2015 | 2:32 pm EDT Update
Nicholas A. Kovach: Guess who’s back … At least in the .@Cavs Team Shop. @RealTristan13 pic.twitter.com/SKqyOfFjJG
Nathen Vieira: He’s back on the team site too pic.twitter.com/pOT23Jo46T
October 6, 2015 | 1:43 pm EDT Update
Under the current rules, Durant would be eligible for a larger maximum salary in 2017. Using the estimated $108 million salary cap figure, Durant could be eligible to earn approximately $35.6 million in the first year of a new deal that summer. The rules could be radically different or mostly the same by then, so any numbers for this timeframe should be considered very theoretical. But if the numbers and rules stay mostly intact, he could sign for up to five seasons with Oklahoma City and net over $200 million.
Cousins was not done, though. He made Leonard unconformable by not leaving him any room to land on another jumper after returning, causing Leonard to throw up his arms toward the referee, showing his discomfort. “I haven’t seen the video of it, I’d like to peak at it tomorrow, it’s not that big of a deal,” Leonard said, trying to be diplomatic. “I did feel a little more uncomfortable after the second one just because it had just happened.”
“We’ve added probably three sets, three actions, from when Derrick was here that first day [last Tuesday],’’ Hoiberg said. “You know, he was great. He was in great spirits, a great mood. He’s itching to get back here. He’s got a follow-up appointment [this afternoon], and then hopefully he’ll be able to get out of his house a little bit Wednesday. Then he’s got another full week where he’s got total inactivity. “His eye is swollen shut, as far as his appearance, but again he’s moving around, he’s great. He just can’t do anything right now to get his blood pressure up, but it was great to see him. We also sent him the file of everything we’ve got going. After the [preseason] game tonight, we’ll have another session with him before we head out of town.’’
After hiring Whitlock in August 2013 to be the founding editor for a still-yet-to-launch website (The Undefeated) on the intersection of race and sports—a talent acquisition that was also part of a spending spree to counter the launch of Fox Sports 1—ESPN has bought out the remainder of Whitlock’s contract. This ends the second go-around for ESPN and Whitlock, who worked from ESPN from 2002 to 2006 as an ESPN.com writer and frequently opinionist on its studio shows. The buyout was quietly negotiated a couple of weeks ago.
October 6, 2015 | 12:53 pm EDT Update
So after averaging 27.4 points, 7.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game while at times solely dragging his Rockets to the Western Conference finals for first time in nearly two decades and it was still not enough to win the 2015 Kia MVP award, Harden has a plan. “You don’t think I can do more?” Harden asks. “Just wait. I’ll show you.”
The beard mostly covers up the defiant grin that practically dares you to tell him he’s already scraping at the ceiling. “I am the best player in the league. I believe that,” he said. “I thought I was last year, too.”
Some players, damningly, agree with Rivers’s claim that they didn’t grant Houston enough respect. “We never thought we could lose three in a row to them,” says one. The Clippers relaxed when things were easy and froze up when the Rockets made them difficult. That sounds like a team that should be asking whether it lacks some indefinable championship quality, but the Clippers aren’t going there — yet.
The connection that Donovan made with Presti wasn’t rooted simply in Xs and Os and analytics, although they were prominent. There also was a personal connection, and a belief that Donovan has demonstrated an uncanny ability to adapt as a coach. At Florida, Donovan won back-to-back NCAA titles with a roster that included three lottery picks (Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer). In 2014, he led the Gators to the Final Four without a single NBA player on the roster. He’s maintained as a strong a connection with Mike Miller (who he last coached 15 years ago) as he has with Bradley Beal (2012). “His players swear by him,” a coaching source said.
October 6, 2015 | 12:01 pm EDT Update
Though he’s never been an All-Star, Hayward believes he belongs in that group of players. He made that clear when asked if he sees himself as a top seven or eight small forward in the NBA, a group that includes the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, DeMar DeRozan, Klay Thompson, etc. “I don’t look at myself like that,” Hayward responded. “I look at myself as one of the best in the league. Period.”