HoopsHype Maurice Evans rumors


December 30, 2011 Updates

Maurice Evans remains sidelined with a sore right knee and will get an MRI when the Wizards return home from Milwaukee. Evans re-signed with the Wizards before their preseason opener but has been unable to practice the past week after development pain and swelling in his surgically-repaired knee. Washington Post

December 20, 2011 Updates

Coach Flip Saunders and several members of the Wizards have discussed the possibility of reaching the playoffs this season and Evans won’t dispute them. “It’s a very realistic goal,” Evans said. “I spoke to Ernie about that in-depth in my exit interview especially about the possibility of a shortened season and having a young team, and if you can get off to a good start there’s a lot of ifs in there, that’s a big if you can get off to a good start, and if guys are focused and committed and can play, they got young legs. Back to backs shouldn’t be as much of a problem for a young team as it is for a veteran team like the Celtics and other such teams. If we can take advantage of that. And if we can get better, learn from your mistakes and don’t compound them, then this team has a chance.” Washington Post

December 16, 2011 Updates

The Washington Wizards announced today that they have re-signed guard/forward Maurice Evans. “Mo was a very good midseason addition to the team last season and we are excited to have him back with us,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “In addition to the versatility and athleticism he brings to the lineup, he gives us another solid veteran presence along with Rashard Lewis, Roger Mason and Ronny Turiaf that balances nicely with our core of young players.” NBA.com

Maurice Evans has agreed to come back to Washington for a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. The deal is contingent upon Evans passing his physical. Washington Post

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In a memo to union members Saturday night obtained by ESPN.com, NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter told players that they will receive a 51.2 percent share of Basketball Related Income in the 2011-12 season. After months of contentious talk with the owners on the annual revenue split, which saw the players drop more than seven BRI points from their 57 percent share in the final year of the last labor agreement, 51.2 percent would fall at the high end of the 49-to-51 BRI band that Hunter and fellow union leaders Derek Fisher and Maurice Evans agreed to Friday during a 15-hour marathon negotiating session. ESPN.com

“I trusted Billy. I knew for me to go up there it had to be serious,” said Evans, the Washington Wizards’ free agent swingman and union vice president. “I knew it was an opportunity to close out. I think that was big for everybody to get that and take the pressure off everybody.” Washington Post

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November 15, 2011 Updates

National Basketball Association players won’t get their first paychecks of the season today. NBA Commissioner David Stern says they may not get the rest either, after they dissolved their union yesterday. Under the labor agreement that expired 138 days ago, most of the league’s 450 or so players received 1/12th of their salaries on Nov. 15 of each season. With average salaries last season at $5.1 million, that’s a $425,000 payday. The date arrived this year with no new deal after negotiations collapsed and the National Basketball Players Association said it was disbanding as a union to allow for antitrust lawsuits against the league. “This goes far beyond paychecks,” Maurice Evans, a member of the union’s executive board who finished last season with the Washington Wizards, told reporters following what he said was a unanimous vote. The union will become a trade association. “It’s bigger than just basketball. It’s about guys who will play after us and it’s about guys who played before us.” Bloomberg

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