Archive for February 22nd, 2008

Suns sign Linton Johnson to 10-day deal

The Phoenix Suns today signed forward Linton Johnson to a 10-day contract, the team announced.

The 6-8, 205-pound Johnson joins his fifth NBA team after spending parts of the last four seasons with the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets. In 133 career games (27 starts), Johnson owns averages of 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.0 minutes. The four-year NBA veteran enjoyed his best career season in 2005-06 with the Hornets, posting averages of 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 18.1 minutes in 27 games. Johnson signed his first NBA contract with the Bulls on Sept. 29, 2003.

A four-year athlete at Tulane University, Johnson averaged 6.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 107 career games. An undrafted free agent out of college, Johnson averaged 9.0 points and 6.5 boards as a senior during the 2001-02 season.

The Suns roster now stands at 13.

Antoine Walker open to buyout

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: Wolves veteran Antoine Walker said today he’s open to a “workable buyout” of his contract, though he believes the odds of such a deal happening are slim.Walker said the next step in a season that’s turning more frustrating because of his limited role is to explore the possibility of a buyout. Any possible buyout would have to be completed before March 1 so Walker could be eligible to make a playoff roster with another team, said Walker’s agent, Mark Bartelstein. “It’s something we’ve thought about and are giving consideration to,” Bartelstein said. “If there’s something out there that would ultimately make sense, we’re open to it. I don’t know where it’s going to wind up yet.”Bartelstein declined to comment when asked if he has contacted the Wolves’ front office or owner Glen Taylor about a buyout.

The San Antonio Express News (Jeff McDonald) reports: The agent (Arn Tellem) for Brent Barry says it’s too early to speculate whether the displaced Spurs guard might return to San Antonio this season. Barry, traded to Seattle along with Francisco Elson and a 2009 first-round draft pick on Wednesday, was immediately waived by the SuperSonics, clearing way for him to become a free agent. That led to the supposition that Barry might be headed back to the team that just traded him.

Andris Biedrins has appendectomy

Golden State Warriors forward/center Andris Biedrins underwent a successful appendectomy last night, the team announced today. The procedure was performed by Dr. Bruce Moorstein at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland.

Biedrins will be sidelined indefinitely and no timetable has been established for his return.

Biedrins, 21, has appeared in all 54 games this season (41 starts), averaging 10.3 points, a team-leading 9.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and a team-leading 1.19 blocks in 27.5 minutes per contest. The fourth-year professional is currently leading the NBA in field goal percentage, having shot 62.2% (240-386 FG) from the field for the season.

In his last game, Wednesday vs. Boston, Biedrins recorded his 18th double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds in 40 minutes. He has played in each of the Warriors last 153 games (including playoffs), having last missed a game on April 8, 2006 due to a sprained left ankle.

Nets waive Jamaal Magloire

The New Jersey Nets have requested waivers on center Jamaal Magloire, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today. 
Magloire, who signed with the Nets on July 17, 2007, played in 24 games this season, averaging 1.8 points and 3.4 rebounds.  The eight-year pro holds career averages of 8.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 530 NBA games.

Pistons waive Flip Murray

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the club has requested waivers on guard Ronald “Flip” Murray.

Murray, who signed as a free agent with Detroit on 7/18/06, averaged 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 19 games this season (three starts).  In his first season with Detroit a year ago, he averaged 6.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 21.4 minutes in 69 games (18 starts).  The five-year pro has played in 309 NBA games with Milwaukee, Seattle, Cleveland and Detroit.  As a collegiate player at Shaw University, Murray was named NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, Division II First Team All-America and CIAA Player of the Year during his senior season where he averaged 23.5 points per game and led the school to a 28-5 record.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Kaniel Dickens and guard Billy Thomas from the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Development League, Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry announced today. The signings of Dickens and Thomas mark the 13th and 14th D-league-to-NBA call-ups of the 2007-08 D-League Season.

In 29 games (28 starts), Dickens has averaged 20.4 points on .472 shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 31.3 minutes per game. Thomas is averaging 15.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 27 games (all starts).

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