Boston Celtics: We have signed guard Marcus Georges-Hunt and waived Justin Bibbs.
December 16, 2018 | 8:52 am EST Update
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Denver Nuggets are signing G League Memphis guard Brandon Goodwin to a two-way NBA contract. Goodwin was with the Nuggets prior to team signing Nick Young this week.
Fizdale believes if he pulled the same stunt that his friend and former Golden State colleague Jim Boylen did in Chicago, his players would have trusted him enough to accept the practice punishment. They would not have run crying foul to the Players Association, as the sad-sack Bulls players did earlier in the week, unhappy with their interim coach. “I wouldn’t rule it out,” Fizdale said Friday. “I can’t think about what’s going on in Chicago — I’ve got a house full of young ’uns that I’ve got to take care of. But you know every coach has got to handle their situation the way that they see fit. I can only speak for my group. I feel like I’ve established a good trust with these guys so they know if I do pull something, it’s probably worthwhile and that they deserve it.
The Bulls fiasco saddens Fizdale because he had learned so much from Boylen in Golden State in 2003. “I’m a friend of Jim Boylen,” Fizdale said. “Me and [Knicks assistant] Keith Smart were on staff with him, and he’s a heck of a coach, so you never want to see him go through that. This guy, he taught me so much. Man, he overwhelmed me with information as an assistant coach. Between him and Keith Smart, I was getting this flood of education. This guy is a brilliant coach, so I never want to see that happen to my friend. I’m hoping that they can figure that thing out, and he can get to where he can coach that team.”
December 16, 2018 | 8:01 am EST Update
Which is why, when reports that the Lakers would not include any of their young core in a trade for Trevor Ariza came out, it fit with the Lakers’ long-term thinking. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN discussed this on a special trade season preview broadcast Saturday morning (transcription via Real GM). “Here’s the line [the Lakers] have to walk: they’re not going to give away picks and their top young players in some deal that makes them incrementally better this season because they have to save all those assets for Anthony Davis, a big trade this summer either pre or post free agency… “The absolute dream scenario, people talk about (how) they can trade for Anthony Davis or sign a free agent. The dream scenario is they do both.”
A day after a three-team trade with the Grizzlies, Suns and Wizards fell through when the Suns thought they were getting Memphis forward Dillon Brooks when they had been offered MarShon Brooks, a clearly agitated Memphis general manager Chris Wallace said he never discussed dealing Dillon Brooks, blaming one or both of the other teams for the mess left behind. “I don’t carry grudges,” Wallace said, “but I’m not happy about what happened. “We were very clear about who was in the trade. Contrary to reports, it was not Dillon Brooks, which put us in a very difficult situation with our players. Individuals from one or both of those teams leaked the deal, while we were playing last night. That forced me to do something I’ve never done in 30-plus years working in this league for seven teams, which was to drag two players out of the locker room and tell them they have been traded and eventually have to come back in and tell them, ‘no you haven’t been traded.'”
Friday night’s three-team trade that never happened still was buzzing before the game. The Grizzlies’ MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden were believed to be headed to Phoenix after the trade talks surfaced Friday night. Instead, confusion over whether the Grizzlies were including MarShon or Dillon Brooks killed the Memphis part of the deal, leading to a lot of talk on Saturday. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he apologized to the players. MarShon Brooks still expressed his confusion over the circumstances. His mother learned of the trade near the end of Friday’s night’s game with Miami, even trying to tell him of the report from her seat in the stands. “It’s a little awkward, you know. I’m a human,” Brooks said. “I’ve got feelings. I’m not just numb to the situation. “I don’t know how it happened. I guess (the general managers) were in a group text or something.”
After the Orlando Magic completed a two-game sweep of the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in Mexico, shooting guard Evan Fournier poked fun at doing so despite little encouragement from the local crowds. “Yeah, we felt more support tonight,” Fournier said after Saturday’s 96-89 win over the Jazz at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico. “But I did get booed at the line at the end of the game. I think fans just wanted a close game,” he added, smiling.
Lonzo’s first career triple-double, which came when he was 20 years and 15 days old, actually eclipsed LeBron’s previous record of 20 years and 20 days … at least until Markelle Fultz did it later last season when he was 19 years and 317 days old. “They play basketball and they know how to make the right decisions,” said Luke Walton. “So I thought they were both very aggressive on both ends of the floor making sure we didn’t lose two in a row. It’s something that we talk about as a team and they are both such brilliant playmakers that when they are aggressive and they can get in the lane it puts a lot of pressure on another team’s defense and with LeBron we are used to him doing that.”