HoopsHype Othyus Jeffers rumors

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October 16, 2012 Updates

The Suns waived forward Othyus Jeffers on Monday but their more-difficult roster decisions are still to come. The Suns have two weeks to decide which, if any, of their three non-guaranteed big men they will keep for their opening-night roster and whether they want to invest in 6-foot-5 rookie Diante Garrett as a fourth point guard. Arizona Republic

October 1, 2012 Updates

Once relatively settled with 13 guaranteed contracts, the Suns likely will stage a battle for another roster spot in light of the expectation that Channing Frye's enlarged heart will sideline him for the season. The Suns have invited NBA veteran power forward/center Solomon Jones, power forward/center Luke Zeller, swingman Othyus Jeffers and point guard Diante Garrett to training camp, which opens Tuesday with the first of four consecutive two-a-day sessions at UC-San Diego. The camp, which is closed to the public, will conclude Saturday with an intrasquad scrimmage before the Suns return to Phoenix to prepare for their Oct. 10 preseason opener at Sacramento. Arizona Republic

March 10, 2012 Updates
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December 5, 2011 Updates

Jeffers stayed optimistic that the owners and players could reach an agreement and that he could be ready soon thereafter. With the lockout close to officially ending on Friday, Jeffers’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said that his client is “ahead of schedule” and could potentially be ready to contribute in January. “He’s about a month away,” Bartelstein said. “I actually spoke to his doctor [on Thursday]. Can’t believe how good he’s doing. They obviously don’t want to rush him too much. But he’s already back on the court. So he’s doing well. But for him to get back and playing competitively, he’s probably a month away.” Washington Post

October 31, 2011 Updates

But only a few weeks later, Jeffers was back in a precarious position. First, NBA owners decided to lock out players, placing free agency on hold. Then, while working out in Chicago last July, Jeffers was maneuvering through cones and making cuts to the rim when he landed awkwardly and collapsed. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee – an injury that usually requires a six-to-eight month rehabilitation. “It was just a freak accident,” said Jeffers, who is now unsure about what the Wizards plan to do with him when the lockout ends. “Am I worried? Yes, I am worried. But at the same time, I believe in God and I think everything will work out.” Washington Post

Jeffers is on a different grind with his knee injury. He said his knee didn’t swell until he went under the knife. “I have a weird body,” Jeffers said with a laugh, adding that he even played a little basketball without a working ACL before having the surgery. He was unable to work with members of the Wizards’ medical and training staff, but Jeffers credits his agent, Mark Bartelstein, for getting him connected with Brian Cole, an orthopedist and team physician for the Chicago Bulls, and finding a trainer to help him get back on the court. Washington Post

October 17, 2011 Updates

Instead of participating in the summer league circuit and charity games all over the country like teammate John Wall, Jeffers has remained in Chicago throughout the offseason rehabbing. At the same time, he has been trying to get out in the community more through speaking engagements at schools. "I'm building my brand," said Jeffers, who recently joined Twitter (@OthyustheGreat). "I'm just trying to get Othyus out there a little bit more. When the season comes back, everything should take full shape." Washington Examiner

Othyus Jeffers, a NBA Development League all-star forward who impressed in 16 games with Washington after a call-up last spring, needs every minute he can get for rehabilitation after tearing the ACL in his right knee during a workout in July. Asked whether the current stalemate between NBA owners and players had a silver lining, Jeffers said, "For me, yes. At this moment, I really don't know [when I will be ready to return]. I've just got to keep going to therapy and let it work out." Washington Examiner

June 19, 2011 Updates
April 30, 2011 Updates

Nick Nurse and the Iowa Energy won the 2011 NBA D-League championship over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers with a 119-111 victory on Friday night to win Game 3 of the three-game series. The Energy outscored the Vipers 38-23 in the fourth quarter to claim the first championship in team history behind 31 points from guard Stefhon Hannah following D-League MVP Curtis Stinson's first half injury. The Energy were also missing Othyus Jeffers, Marqus Blakely, Chris Lofton and Courtney Sims, all of which were missing either due to NBA call-ups or overseas opportunities that offered higher salaries. Ridiculous Upside

April 14, 2011 Updates

Before the game, I informed Larry Owens and Othyus Jeffers that they were both named to the NBA Developmental League second team. Owens was happy to hear the news, but Jeffers responded by asking, “Second team?” Saunders gave the D-League all-stars an opportunity to close out the game with Seraphin, Yi and Mustafa Shakur. They were handed a three-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but were unable to hold on. Washington Post

April 6, 2011 Updates
March 17, 2011 Updates

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed swingman Othyus Jeffers from the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy to a 10-day contract. Jeffers (6-5, 200), a two-time D-League All-Star (2009, 2011) and the 2009 D-League Rookie of the Year, has averaged 21.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists this season through 38 games (18 double-doubles) with Iowa. RealGM

With no timetable on the returns of forwards Josh Howard, Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis, the injury-riddled Wizards had to get some help, and they did, by signing swingman Othyus Jeffers to a 10-day contract. The 6'5" Jeffers was playing for Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League where he averaged 21.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 38 games. He is a two-time Developmental League All-Star and was the league's Rookie of the Year in 2009. Jeffers has played in 15 NBA games with the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz, he will wear #12. CSNWashington.com

March 4, 2011 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have signed guard/forward Othyus Jeffers from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract. Jeffers is the 11th call-up of the 2010-11 D-League season. Jeffers, a 6-5 guard/forward, has appeared in 37 games with the Energy this season, averaging 21.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.95 steals in 38.4 minutes while shooting .480 (276-575) from the field, .295 (13-44) from three-point range and .741 (22-293) from the foul line. He’s led the Energy to a D-League best 30-10 record, reaching double figures in scoring in all 37 games he’s appeared in. Jeffers has registered 17 double-doubles on the season, including a 32 point, 18 rebound performance at Tulsa on Nov. 26. NBA.com

The Spurs are expected to sign Othyus Jeffers, a 6-foot-5 guard-forward most recently with the D-League’s Iowa Energy, to a 10-day contract. In 37 games with the Energy, Jeffers has averaged 21.2 points, on 48 percent shooting. The second 10-day contract of forward Steve Novak expired on Thursday and Jeffers will replace him as the 13th player on the roster. San Antonio Express-News

March 2, 2011 Updates

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