Archive for August 7th, 2009

Boston Celtics sign Shelden Williams

Boston Celtics sign Shelden Williams

The Boston Celtics announced today that the club has signed free agent center/forward Shelden Williams to a contract.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Williams, a 6’9”, 250 lbs center/forward, was originally drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.  The former Duke Blue Devil has posted career averages of 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game.  After being acquired by the Minnesota Timberwolves from the Sacramento Kings on February 19, 2009, he appeared in 15 games for his new team and averaged 4.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game.

InsideHoops.com editor says: I haven’t seen that Williams is a particularly good backup yet. Usually I’m able to at least say that a guy helps a team’s bench. I’m not saying that isn’t the case with Shelden, but he hasn’t really shown much so far. Still, he’s a young player and hopefully still improving.

Nuggets trade Steven Hunter to Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies received a protected 2010 first round draft pick, along with center Steven Hunter and cash considerations from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a future conditional second round draft pick, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

ESPN reports that, factoring in the luxury tax, removing Hunter’s $3.7 million dollar salary will save the Nuggets $7.4 million next year.

The future protected first round draft pick from Denver could potentially give the Grizzlies three first round selections in next year’s NBA Draft. In addition to its own pick, Memphis is owed the Lakers’ 2010 first round draft pick to complete the Pau Gasol trade with the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 1, 2008.

“This trade provides us with a probable 2010 first round pick that will bring our total to three first round picks in hand for the next draft,” Wallace said.  “We are a team which emphasizes the draft and next year’s draft is projected to be strong.  This draft pick from Denver provides us with increased options for the future.”

Hunter, a seven-year NBA veteran, holds career averages of 4.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 15.4 minutes in 379 games (130 starts) with the Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic. The 7-0, 240-pounder from DePaul sat out the 2008-09 season after undergoing successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Nov. 14, 2008.

Originally selected by the Magic with the 15th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, the Maywood, Ill. native was a key reserve on the Phoenix Suns’ franchise record-tying 62-win team in 2004-05, averaging 4.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and a career-best 1.3 blocks in 13.8 minutes in a career-high 76 games (three starts).

The 27-year old enjoyed his best statistical season with the Sixers in 2006-07, posting career highs in points (6.4 ppg), rebounds (4.8 rpg), minutes (22.9) and starts (41). The Sixers traded him to the Nuggets along with Bobby Jones in exchange for Reggie Evans and the draft rights to Ricky Sanchez on Sept. 10, 2007.

The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 13 players, including an NBA-high four players (Hunter, Marc Gasol, Hamed Haddadi and Hasheem Thabeet) who are 7-0 or taller.

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The AP reports: LeBron James is unlikely to accept a contract extension from the Cleveland Cavaliers until after the 2009-10 season, when he can become a free agent… “I signed a contract in 2006 with an option,” he said. “It would make no sense for me to sign that contract if I didn’t keep my options open. I’ll let you fill in the blanks.”

InsideHoops.com editor says: This is entirely unsurprising. Most other players would be advised to sign the extension. But LeBron is doing the right thing for himself. I still think he’s going to wind up staying with the Cavs, unless he and some other top 2010 free agent agree to play together on the Knicks or some other team.

Atlanta Hawks re-sign Marvin Williams

Atlanta Hawks re-sign Marvin Williams

The Atlanta Hawks today re-signed restricted free agent forward Marvin Williams, according to Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund.  ESPN reports that the deal is likely a five year, $37.5 million contract.

“Marvin is an important part of our core, and we’re very pleased to keep him in a Hawks uniform,” Sund said. “As one of our talented and versatile young veterans, he’s shown improvement every year in the league, and we look for that trend to continue. A big priority this summer was to retain as many of our free agents as possible and keep our nucleus intact, so Marvin’s return is significant for us.”

The 23-year-old Williams, entering his fifth year with the Hawks, averaged 13.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 1.3 apg in 34.3 mpg (.458 FG%, .355 3FG%, .806 FT%) last season, playing in 61 games (59 starts).

Williams knocked down 55 three-pointers on the season after making just 25 in his first three seasons combined. He ranked second on the team in FTM (220), 3rd in rpg and 4th in ppg, FT% and 3FG%. He scored in double-figures 46 times, including 10 20-point outings, compiling six double-doubles.

In 284 career games, Williams is averaging 12.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.4 apg in 31.7 mpg (.450 FG%, .801 FT%). He’s also seen action in 13 postseason contests (10 starting assignments), putting up 8.5 ppg.

Williams was originally selected by Atlanta with the second overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft.

Detroit Pistons sign 2009 draft picks Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers and Jonas Jerebko

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the club has signed draft selections Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers and Jonas Jerebko to contracts. Daye received the standard first round draft pick deal. And according to the Detroit News, Summers and Jerebko each signed 2-year deals worth $457,000 per year.

Daye was drafted by Detroit with the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft.  A 6-foot-11 sophomore forward from Gonzaga, he averaged 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in 34 games (33 starts) last season.  Daye shot 48% (159-333) from the field and 43% (36-84) from beyond the arc.  He also finished the season with 70 blocks, the third-best single season total in program history, and scored a career-high 28 points against Santa Clara, shooting 10-for-13 from the field and 3-for-4 from three-point range.  As a freshman, Daye, the son of former NBA player Darren Daye, averaged 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 33 games (one start).  He recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds in his collegiate debut against Montana State and finished the season with 54 blocks, the fourth-best single season total in program history.

Summers was selected with the 35th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft.  He started 98 of his 101 games at Georgetown University and finished his collegiate career with averages of 11.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.  Summers averaged a career-best 13.6 points last season and scored in double figures 25 times, including a streak of 19 consecutive games.  Summers finished his career ranked 29th in scoring at Georgetown with 1,129 points and seventh in three-pointers made with 141.  A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he led the Hoyas to three straight postseason appearances (two NCAA Tournaments, one NIT).

Jerebko was selected with the 39th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft.  A native of Sweden, he played professionally in Italy the last two seasons.  Jerebko averaged 9.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 23 games for Angelico Biella last season.  Prior to his stint in Italy, Jerebko played two seasons in the Swedish league where he averaged 10.0 points in 2006-07 and 20.0 points and 11.6 rebounds in 2005-06.  He also represented Sweden on both the junior and senior men’s national team.

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