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“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.”
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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April 19, 2018 | 11:00 pm EDT Update
Chris Mannix: With Mike Budenholzer withdrawing from consideration in Phoenix (per @Adrian Wojnarowski), look for Steve Clifford to interview at some point. Mutual interest, source told @The Vertical.
Manny Navarro: Embiid on his block exchange with Winslow: “It felt great. When he blocked me I didn’t say anything. Good for him. He talked a lot. On the other end, I got him back. You don’t really want to talk trash to me. I’m glad I got him back.”
Jon Johnson: Joel Embiid on Winslow breaking mask:”Little do they know I have about 50 of them. It’s going to take much more than that to get me out of this series. I’m going to be a nightmare for them too.”
Sarah Todd: “We’re not here to make friends we’re here to win a series.” Joel Embiid after saying he’s glad Dario scored late with a lead because he didn’t feel like Dragic got enough “shit” after he did the same in Game 2.
April 19, 2018 | 10:39 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has withdrawn from consideration for the Phoenix Suns head coaching job, league sources tell ESPN.