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Lakers guard Xavier Henry underwent an MRI exam today which revealed a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Henry suffered the injury at this morning’s practice. He is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow morning with Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Steve Lombardo of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Henry is expected to be out the reminder of the season.

Henry, who re-signed with the Lakers as a free agent on July 25, has appeared in nine games this season, averaging 2.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 9.5 minutes per game. The five-year pro averaged career-highs in points (10.0), rebounds (2.7), and assists (1.2) per game last season.

Damien Wilkins named D-League Performer of Week

Damien Wilkins of the Iowa Energy today was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Friday, Nov.14, through Sunday, Nov. 23.

A 6-6, 225-pound guard/forward out of Georgia, Wilkins averaged 28.3 points (fourth in the league) on .561 shooting (32-for-57), 10.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists to lead Iowa to a 3-0 start to the season. On Nov. 14, he recorded a double-double, scoring 32 points and snatching 13 rebounds, to go along with nine assists, one block and one steal in a 152-144 victory over the Reno Bighorns. On Nov. 15, he tallied 30 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in a 102-100 victory over the Santa Cruz Warriors. Wilkins is in his first season in the NBA D-League and was selected by Iowa in the 2014 NBA Development League Draft with the 16th overall pick.

Other top performers considered include Austin’s JaMychal Green, Bakersfield’s Elijah Millsap, Canton’s Alex Kirk, Delaware’s Ronald Roberts Jr., Fort Wayne’s Andre Emmett, Idaho’s Kevin Murphy, Reno’s Brady Heslip, Rio Grande Valley’s Earl Clark and Texas’ Eric Griffin.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement today in response to statements made by NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts to ESPN.com:

“We couldn’t disagree more with these statements. The NBA’s success is based on the collective efforts and investments of all of the team owners, the thousands of employees at our teams and arenas, and our extraordinarily talented players. No single group could accomplish this on its own. Nor is there anything unusual or “un-American” in a unionized industry to have a collective system for paying employees – in fact, that’s the norm.

“The Salary Cap system, which splits revenues between team owners and players and has been agreed upon by the NBA and the Players Association since 1982, has served as a foundation for the growth of the league and has enabled NBA players to become the highest paid professional athletes in the world. We will address all of these topics and others with the Players Association at the appropriate time.”

Enjoy this video of the top defensive plays of the week, through November 9

Enjoy this video of the top assists of the week, from November 2-9, 2014:

OKC Thunder sign Ish Smith

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed free agent guard Ish Smith to a contract pursuant to the NBA’s hardship rule, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

Smith (6-0, 175) spent the 2013-14 season with Phoenix where he averaged 3.7 points, 2.6 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 14.4 minutes in 70 games (one start). An undrafted guard out of Wake Forest, Smith owns career averages of 2.9 points, 2.0 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 11.5 minutes in 191 games (eight starts) with Houston, Memphis, Golden State, Orlando, Milwaukee and Phoenix.

Knicks exercise contract option on Tim Hardaway Jr

The New York Knicks made an easy decision today and exercised their third-year contract option on guard Tim Hardaway Jr.

On a roster lacking in young talent other than Hardaway, guard Iman Shumpert and rookie forward Cleanthony Early, this move was expected.

Hardaway, 6-6, 205-pounds, averaged 10.2 points over 23.2 minutes in 81 games (one start) last season for the Knicks and was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie first team. He was originally selected by New York with the 24th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Rosters for 2014-15 NBA regular season

We’re here! The 2014-15 NBA regular season begins Tuesday night.

Today, all 30 NBA teams trimmed their rosters to 15 or fewer players.

Here they are, official NBA opening night rosters for every team in the league.

Lakers waive Keith Appling, Jeremy Tyler

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived guard Keith Appling and center Jeremy Tyler, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Appling, a rookie from Michigan State, saw action in two games this preseason, scoring two points with three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.

Tyler, a three-year NBA veteran with Golden State, Atlanta, and New York, appeared in three preseason games for the Lakers, averaging 2.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game.

Both players were originally signed to the Lakers training camp roster on September 23.

The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived guards Kim English and Ben Hansbrough, as well as forward/center Solomon Jones.

The three players originally signed with Chicago as free agents on Sept. 26, 2014.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 14

Grizzlies waive Luke Hancock

The Memphis Grizzlies waived guard Luke Hancock, the team announced today.

Hancock (6-6, 200) recorded two points in nine minutes in his lone preseason appearance on Oct. 9 at Houston. Undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Louisville product signed with the Grizzlies as a free agent on Sept. 25.

The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 18 players.

Bradley Beal undergoes wrist surgery

Wizards guard Bradley Beal underwent successful surgery today to repair a non-displaced fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left (non-shooting) wrist.  The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson.

The injury occurred during the first quarter of Washington’s preseason game against Charlotte in Greenville, SC, on October 10.

Beal is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

Grizzlies waive Michael Beasley

Grizzlies waive Michael Beasley

The Memphis Grizzlies waived forward Michael Beasley, the team announced today.

A Yahoo Sports report says Beasley will sign with a team in China.

Memphis signed Beasley (6-9, 235) as a free agent to a non-guaranteed contract on Sept. 25.

The 25-year-old owns career averages of 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24.9 minutes in 409 games (199 starts) for Miami, Minnesota and Phoenix after being drafted by Miami at No. 2 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Tons of NBA signings today

There was a ton of NBA signings today. Most of the moves were training camp deals, on non-guaranteed, very small contracts. The vast majority of players signed to such deals will not make the regular season roster, and will likely being playing overseas next season.

We posted every transaction, but in our main articles section today, not this blog section. To see what went down, hit our front page.

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Keith Appling, Jabari Brown, Roscoe Smith, and Jeremy Tyler to their training camp roster, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Appling played four collegiate seasons at Michigan State (2010-14), averaged 10.6 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in 142 games as a Spartan. He went undrafted in 2014 despite ranking in the top-10 in the Big Ten in assists per game each of his final three seasons.

Brown, a teammate of Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson as a junior last season at Missouri, averaged 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 2013-14 before declaring himself eligible for the NBA Draft.

Smith was a member of the Lakers 2014 Summer League team, appearing in all five games after a three-year college career at UConn (2010-12) and ultimately UNLV (2013-14), where he averaged 11.1 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting 53.1% from the field.

Tyler is a three-year NBA veteran who has played in 104 games (23 starts) with the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks, averaging 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per contest.

Atlanta Hawks re-sign Elton Brand

The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed forward/center Elton Brand, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer.

“We are happy to retain Elton,” Budenholzer said. “In addition to the production he gives us on the court, he is the ultimate professional and a terrific leader. Elton’s presence is felt by all of us, but especially his teammates.”

In 73 games (15 starts) last season with the Hawks, Brand averaged 5.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and a team-best 1.2 blocks in 19.4 minutes (.539 FG%, .649 FT%). He ranked 23rd in the NBA in blocks per game and 12th in blocks per 48 minutes (3.0), recording 25 multi-block contests. Brand scored in double-figures 10 times and had five double-digit rebounding efforts.

The 15-year veteran has appeared in 1,005 games (863 starting assignments) with Chicago, the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia, Dallas and the Hawks, putting up 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 blocks in 34.0 minutes (.501 FG%, .737 FT%). The two-time NBA All-Star (2002 and 2006) was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2005-06, won the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2006 and shared NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 1999-2000.

He ranks 16th among all active players in scoring (16,661), sixth in rebounds (8,877), second in offensive rebounds (3,267) and fourth in blocks (1,795).

Through 37 postseason games (30 starts), Brand has averaged 13.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 blocks in 30.8 minutes (.518 FG%, .722 FT%).

Hawks sign Kent Bazemore

The Atlanta Hawks have signed free agent guard Kent Bazemore, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer.

“Kent’s competitiveness and versatility make him a great addition to our group,” Budenholzer said.  “He can impact the game in a lot of ways, especially defensively guarding multiple positions. Kent’s work ethic and enthusiasm for the game make him a great teammate and great fit with the Hawks.”

Bazemore split time last season between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers averaging 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 13.6 minutes in 67 combined games (15 starting assignments).

After being acquired by the Lakers on Feb. 19, he recorded 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 28.0 minutes (.451 FG%, .371 3FG%) in 23 contests (15 starts).

The 6’5 Bazemore has played in seven NBA Development League games with Santa Cruz over the last two years, averaging 20.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.7 steals, 3.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 33.6 minutes (.432 FG%, .811 FT%).

Undrafted after a four-year career at Old Dominion University (2008-12), Bazemore signed with Golden State as a free agent on July 26, 2012.  The Warriors traded him, along with MarShon Brooks, to the Lakers in exchange for Steve Blake on Feb. 19, 2014. Bazemore appeared in an Old Dominion record 140 career games as a collegian, averaging 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals in 26.3 minutes, and is the Colonial Athletic Association all-time steals leader (250).  He won the Lefty Driesell Award as the nation’s top defender in 2010-11 and was the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year as both a junior and senior (2011-12).

Heat sign Andre Dawkins, Shawn Jones

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed guard Andre Dawkins and forward Shawn Jones.

Dawkins, who helped Duke University to the 2010 NCAA Championship as a freshman, appeared in four games with the HEAT during the 2014 Orlando Summer League and averaged 12.3 points, 1.3 assists and 19.1 minutes while shooting 40 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and a perfect 5-of-5 from the foul line. He hit seven three-point field goals in Miami’s Summer League playoff game vs. Oklahoma City on July 11, finishing with 27 points on 8-of-17 from the field, 7-of-12 from three-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line. He then joined the Houston Rockets in the 2014 Vegas Summer League and averaged 8.6 points and 17.4 minutes.

Dawkins played all four seasons at Duke, appearing in 142 career collegiate games (25 starts) and averaged 7.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 17.4 minutes while shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from three-point range and 76.9 percent from the foul line. He finished fifth in three-point field goal percentage and eighth in three-point field goals made (231) on the school’s all-time list. Additionally, he became the 63rd player in Duke history to score at least 1,000 points (1,014).

Jones, a Miami native, appeared in five games with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2014 Vegas Summer League and averaged 5.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 14.4 minutes. He tallied 10 points, eight rebounds, an assist and a block in 19:02 minutes of action while shooting 4-of-7 from the field and a perfect 2-of-2 from the foul line vs. Houston on July 15, 2014.

The Hialeah High School alum played all four seasons at Middle Tennessee State, appearing in 131 career collegiate games (62 starts) and averaged 8.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.24 blocks and 19.2 minutes while shooting 54.1 percent from the field. During his senior season, he appeared in 33 games (all starts) and averaged 14.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.91 blocks and 28.2 minutes while shooting 57.7 percent from the field. He led the team in points (467), rebounds (279), blocks (63), field goals made (183) and free throws made (101) and was named the Conference USA Player of the Year and selected to the All-Conference USA First Team.

The HEAT’s roster now stands at 19.

Nets void contract of Hamady Ndiaye

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Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King announced today that the team has voided the contract of Hamady Ndiaye due to Ndiaye failing the required physical.

Ndiaye was signed by the Nets on September 17th.

The roster now stands at 16 players.

Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that Paul Pressey, Jim Eyen and Mark Madsen will serve as assistant coaches on Byron Scott’s staff.

Additionally, it was announced that Clay Moser (assistant coach/head advance NBA scout), Larry Lewis (assistant coach/director of player development), Thomas Scott (assistant coach/player development), Tom Bialaszewski (video coordinator/coach), and J.J. Outlaw (video coordinator/player development) will round out Scott’s staff.

“I’m excited to have completed my staff with a group of individuals who each possess unique skills, but all share my vision for the future of this team,” said Scott. “Paul is a great basketball mind with vast experience and someone with whom I have worked before, while Jim returns to the Laker family with a proven track record and a tremendous amount of respect around the league. Thomas has worked very hard through the ranks of the video department, player development and the NBA Development League to earn this position. I’m delighted to retain Mark, Clay, Larry, Tom and J.J., who are all highly qualified and have worked tirelessly with our players throughout the summer to prepare for next season. I can say with certainty that our staff is dedicated to upholding the winning culture and tradition of the Los Angeles Lakers.”

Pressey, who brings 31 seasons of NBA experience as a coach and player, previously worked with Scott as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2010-13, and the New Orleans Hornets for three seasons from 2007-10. Prior to New Orleans, he was an assistant coach with the Celtics as a member of Doc Rivers’ staff from 2004-06 and served as advance scout for Boston during the 2006-07 season. Pressey also spent time with the Orlando Magic (2000-04), San Antonio Spurs (1994-2000), and Golden State Warriors (1992-94) as an assistant coach, including helping the Spurs win their first-ever NBA Championship in 1999. He was originally named an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors prior to the 1992-93 season, but injuries forced him back into uniform, where he appeared in 18 games.

The Richmond, VA native was drafted 20th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1982 NBA Draft and played the first eight of his 11 NBA seasons in Milwaukee, followed by stops in San Antonio (1990-92) and Golden State (1992-93). In 724 career games (420 starts), Pressey, the father of Celtics guard Phil Pressey, averaged 10.6 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 48.5% from the field. The 6’5’’ guard/forward was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team during both the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons and All-Defensive Second Team in 1986-87.

Eyen originally worked with the Lakers as an assistant coach to Pat Riley during the 1989-90 season and remained with the team from 1990-92 as an assistant coach to Mike Dunleavy, helping Los Angeles to the NBA Finals in 1991. In an assistant coaching capacity, he followed Dunleavy to Milwaukee from 1992-96, then to Portland from 1997-2001, and finally back to the Clippers (the franchise with which he began his NBA journey as an assistant coach in 1988-89) as lead assistant from 2003-09. In between coaching stints, Eyen remained in the NBA, spending the 1996-97 season as a pro and advance scout for the Knicks and the 2002-03 campaign as a college scout, also for New York.

Most recently, the University of California at Santa Barbara alumnus and letter-winner was an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings for four seasons from 2009-13, totaling 24 seasons of NBA experience as a coach and scout, and 31 years of combined coaching experience at the professional, collegiate (UCSB and Santa Barbara City College), and high school (Dos Pueblos in Goleta, CA) levels. He has also served as a consultant for professional clubs in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan, in addition to working with the Japanese National Team in 1996.

Scott, Byron’s eldest son, brings a combined nine seasons of experience as an assistant coach and video coordinator at the NBA and NBA D-League levels to his position. Last season, he served as an assistant coach with the Western Division Champion Los Angeles D-Fenders, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Lakers. Working closely with the parent club, Scott had a variety of duties, including aiding the development of current Lakers players Xavier Henry and Ryan Kelly while on assignment.

His two prior seasons were spent as Alex Jensen’s lead assistant for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, which saw the team claim back-to-back playoff appearances, the 2013 East Division title, and Jensen (now an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz) win 2013 NBA D-League Coach of the Year. Scott spent the 2010-11 campaign as a player development/video coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers, preceded by four seasons (2006-10) served as assistant video coordinator for the New Orleans Hornets.

In additional moves, the basketball operations department announced the promotion of Rondre Jackson to director of player development and the hiring of Jordan Wilkes as basketball operations assistant.

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