“I hope, based on what people told me all the time around here, that I inspired them in some way to not give up on their dreams,” Wilkins said. “And I’m not giving up on mine. I still want to play this one season out, and then who knows? “(I‘m not going to get) discouraged,” Wilkins said. “I’m a fighter. Always have been. It’s the foundation of my life and my career.”
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McMillan said he knew of no candidates to fill Wilkins’ roster spot yet, but was pleased with what he got from the veteran wing. “Everything we were looking for from him, we got, even more,” McMillan said. “With such a young group, we wanted a guy who could come in and fill in if we needed him to play, who would have himself ready to play. “He was the pro we thought we were getting. (But waiving players) is part of our business and we have to go through with it.”
NBA teams had until the close of business on Sunday to waive players with non-guaranteed contracts to allow them a chance to be picked up by another team before the Jan. 10 deadline, when all contracts become guaranteed. Wilkins was one of those players, and knew all along he was an at-risk player. “I’ve been in this business long enough to not be surprised by anything,” he told the assembled media after talking with Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard, general manager Chad Buchanan and, separately, coach Nate McMillan. “Things like this happen. Businesses got to make business decisions. That’s the tough part of this business for guys like me.”
Bobby Marks: The Pacers now have $5.8M in cap space and an open roster spot after the Damien Wilkins waiver. The Pacers will have a $1,016,617 cap hit on Wilkins.
Mark Montieth: Damien Wilkins said he found out at 2pm yesterday he would be released today. Was surprised to get the starting opportunity after Bogdanovic was declared out, but said he felt no pressure, knowing his fate.
Jim Ayello: Damien Wilkins after being cut by #Pacers.”They told me not to get discouraged. Which is hard for me to do anyway. Get discouraged. I’m a fighter. Always have been. Always will be. It’s the foundation of my life and my career.”
Jim Ayello: Wilkins said there’s a chance he could return to #Pacers on a 10-day contract but isn’t sure. Said he’ll be hanging around Indy for a few weeks before returning home to Atlanta.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Indiana Pacers are waiving forward Damien Wilkins. Wilkins, 37, made Pacers roster this season after being out of the NBA since 2013, and had 11 points as a starter last night.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Pretty neat story: Damien Wilkins, 37 and out of the NBA since 2013, has made the Indiana Pacers roster.
Scott Agness: Pacers announce the signing of 37-year-old Damien Wilkins. They also signed 6-8 F Ben Moore out of SMU for @TheMadAnts.
The Indiana Pacers have agreed to a one-year, veteran minimum deal with veteran swingman Damien Wilkins, a league source told Basketball Insiders.
Michael Scotto: Indiana Pacers and Damien Wilkins have agreed to a one-year, veteran minimum deal, a league source told Basketball Insiders.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed free agent guard/forward Damien Wilkins. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
My agent told me the terms of the deal and that because for now it’s a non-guarantee I’d still have lots of work to do. I told him with a great deal of confidence and excitement that the flight was cancelled and delayed and that flight crew wasn’t on time for this reason. This was all God’s work!! It’s fate. I was supposed to have been in Venezuela already but that wasn’t God’s will. I’m where I’m supposed to be. There’s no way I won’t make this team! And to think my flight was supposed to connect in Miami but instead re-routed to Charlotte…fate man!
The Charlotte Hornets plan to sign former N.C. State player Damien Wilkins for a preseason look, an NBA source confirmed Monday. Wilkins, 35, has played in China, Puerto Rico and the NBA’s development league of late after a 10-year NBA career with five teams. He last played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.
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Marc Stein: There is a growing belief in league personnel circles that Utah could move swingman Rodney Hood before the Feb. 8 trade deadline … with multiple teams expressing interest
Sources also said the Cavs’ needs are a guard who can shoot and handle the ball, and, secondly, a rim protector. Separately, coach Tyronn Lue and players have said the team’s struggles this month can be pinned on a lack of continuity from the return of players like Isaiah Thomas and Tristan Thompson from injuries.
Joe Vardon: Everyone wants to know if the Cavs would trade the pick, and there’s been much speculation that Cleveland would not, in fact, make a deal involving it. That’s not true, league sources have told me. The Cavs would consider trading it if the right player were available — a player who’s either elite or who has the potential to become elite and is signed for multiple years. That player may not be available. Paul George and the Thunder are getting it together. The Pelicans are playing better with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The Cavs need a player who can dribble and shoot (sounds simple, but I’m serious), and after that, maybe a rim protector.
“Young Trey Burke was not all the way focused on basketball,’’ Burke said before the Knicks beat the Jazz 117-115. “Distractions going on in my life as a young player. “At the same time, I do feel I did a great job my rookie season. Second year, they drafted another point guard [Exum] — which kind of messed with my mind. It played with me a little bit. That’s where it went wrong. My rookie season the coach [Tyrone Corbin] gets fired. Going into the second year, it’s a whole new coaching staff to get used to. Sometimes it don’t work out.’’
Gina Mizell: Will Barton on the #Nuggets’ effort level: “Shots aren’t always gonna go in, but you can always play hard. We’re not doing that enough. We pick and choose when we want to play hard, and we can’t do that. We’re not good enough to do that.”
Rockets guard Chris Paul, the president of the National Basketball Players’ Association, would not share his position or the union’s on the idea of having the draft of All-Star teams to be made by captains Steph Curry and LeBron James public. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been opposed, despite the clamoring to have the selections Asked if he expressed his opinion, Paul said, “Yup.” Asked if he would share what he said, Paul said, “Nope.”