Calvin Watkins: Mike D’Antoni told reporters today it was hard to release Pablo Prigioni. Expect to see Tyler Ennis get some minutes at point guard behind James Harden.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Rockets changed course on point guard release: waived Pablo Prigioni, kept Tyler Ennis.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Pablo Prigioni has reached agreement on a two-year deal with Houston, league sources tell @TheVertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: For Prigioni, the second-year on the Houston deal is a team option, league source said.
Pablo Prigioni: My priority is to play one more year in the NBA. (...) I don't know if I'll have options, but I'd like to return to the Clippers. If not, maybe I'd consider playing in Europe.
Doc Rivers would not get into specifics, other than to say his son is one of the players on the team he expects will “get deals this summer, and we’re hoping they’re here.” The salary cap is an issue. The Clippers — not including player options — have roughly $78 million in guaranteed contracts for 2016-17, when the cap is expected to rise to about $89 million. Jamal Crawford, Luc Mbah a Moute, Jeff Green, Pablo Prigioni and Jeff Ayers are free agents and Cole Aldrich and Wes Johnson have player options, so there are those considerations.
Shams Charania: Free agent guard Pablo Prigioni has reached agreement on a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, league source tells RealGM.
Prigioni, 38, the Argentinian point guard who the Knicks traded to Houston near the deadline for Alexey Shved and a couple of second round picks, was dealt to Denver in the weekend Ty Lawson swap and subsequently waived by the Nuggets. But league sources said neither the Nets or Knicks have interest.
As far as an NBA return to New York for Pablo Prigioni is concerned, it is a case of been there, done that for the Knicks while the Nets simply do not want to go there despite an apparent desire for a third point guard. Prigioni, 38, the Argentinian point guard who the Knicks traded to Houston near the deadline for Alexey Shved and a couple of second round picks, was dealt to Denver in the weekend Ty Lawson swap and subsequently waived by the Nuggets. But league sources said neither the Nets or Knicks have interest.
July 31, 2021 | 7:28 am EDT Update
Mike Finger: Had a nice conversation with Patty Mills about the 2014 “Beautiful Game” Spurs and his currently rolling Boomers. As for whether he’ll have a new NBA contract by the time we see him again Tuesday? “That’s kept in the inner circle,” he said. “In the Australian trenches.”
Neil Dalal: Montrezl Harrell sounds like someone who expects to play for the Wizards and so does Kyle Kuzma pic.twitter.com/grM4WjkaTm
Filip Petrusev was selected with the 50th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the recent NBA draft. Players in that selection range tend to be stashed outside the NBA and that is looking like the case for the young Serbian big. “We think Petrusev is someone who has a real chance to help us down the road,” explained 76ers president Daryl Morey, “He’ll likely start overseas and be someone who could come over later.”
Gary Washburn: Nigeria’s Chimezie Metu, tore into the country’s govt and Olympic committee for mistreatment of NGR athletes. “I’d like to use this time to bring awareness and comment on the off-the-court things a lot of Nigerian athletes have had to go through. in these Olympics.” #Tokyo2020
After the game, the 24-year-old Metu expressed frustration with the way he said the Nigerian Olympic Committee handled organizational matters for the Tokyo Games. The basketball teams sent to Saitama had difficulty obtaining proper credentials, and 10 track and field athletes from Nigeria — nearly half the country’s team — were disqualified from competing at the Olympics because the national federation hadn’t ensured they would meet minimum doping test requirements before coming to Tokyo.
“They were disqualified and they had nothing to do with it,” said Metu, who plays for the Sacramento Kings. “What there was was a lack of attention to detail and a lack of empathy for the hard work that has been put in by us athletes. … For 60-some athletes to come here and fly halfway across the world and be disrespected and humiliated by our country … it’s a lack of attention to detail by our government.”
Brown said four members of his staff who made the trip to Japan — which wound up being a 30-hour ordeal instead of the planned 10-hour flight, another issue that Metu blamed on a lack of organization — were never allowed in the Olympic village because of credential and paperwork issues “I don’t know why it is this way,” said Brown, who started a foundation earlier this year seeking financial help for the men’s basketball program.
Australia upped its Group B record to 3-0 and secured first place with the 89-76 victory versus Germany on Saturday. Patty Mills packed a game-high 24 points and also dished out six assists leading the way. Jock Landale with 18 points and Nick Kay with 16 points delivered a large chunk of the 42-28 points edge in the paint.