The Houston Rockets today announced they have signed guard Jalen Green, who was the second overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Green is scheduled to play for the Rockets entry in NBA Summer League 2021, which runs from August 8-17 in Las Vegas. Green (6-6, 178), who turned 19 years old on Feb. 9, was the first player to sign with NBA G League Ignite, a team dedicated to the development and mentorship of top young prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft. In 15 G League games last season, he averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.53 steals, and 2.1 3-pointers made. Green tallied 30 points, 7 assists, 5 boards, and 3 steals in the Ignite’s lone playoff game vs. Raptors 905.
January 18, 2022 | 2:27 pm EST Update
Mark Haynes: Andrew Wiggins on Detroit Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham: “He’s a really good player. He came in ready and can do it all. He can score the ball. He can play make, defend. So, the sky’s the limit for him. He’s a good young player.”
Rylan Stiles: Mark Daigneault said Kenrich Williams is “close” as far as the health and safety protocols hurdle. Says everyone practiced today.
Brooklyn Nets star James Harden isn’t just producing on the court. The nine-time NBA All-Star, through his “Impact 13 Foundation,” donated approximately 5,000 essential supplies to children in Haiti last week. Performance apparel such as Adidas backpacks, socks, shoes, water bottles and basketballs as well as personal hygiene products such as Art of Sport deodorant, body wash, lotion, Gopuff tampons, condoms and postpartum undergarments were distributed to more than 300 kids.
“Leading by example is the best way I can inspire others to step up and join the effort to help change lives for the better,” Harden told Yahoo Sports. “I’ve read about the poverty in Haiti and the disadvantages they face every day, and I want to make sure I am doing my part to help where I can.”
On the court, Harden is seeking his first championship. But off the court, he’s seeking to be a champion of supplying resources to the underprivileged youth all across the world. “A goal of mine is to win the NBA Community Assist Award,” Harden revealed to Yahoo Sports. “I have always been active within my community, but this year and moving forward, I will do more within my community and globally. Through my Impact 13 Foundation, we want to impact the lives of thousands and inspire the youth to chase their dreams.”
January 18, 2022 | 2:00 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: Denver Nuggets forward Bol Bol has decided to undergo surgery on his foot and will be sidelined for 8-to-12 weeks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Bol’s trade to Detroit was voided last week because of issue with physical exam.