Archive for October 12th, 2009

Taj Gibson having impressive preseason

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports: Taj Gibson is averaging 13.7 points on 53.6 percent shooting and also has matched up against the Jazz’s Carlos Boozer. In his matchup against the Bucks’ Thomas, the veteran forward pump-faked Gibson into an early foul, after which Gibson punched the stanchion in disgust. “You can’t take this job for granted,” Gibson said. “You have to take advantage of every chance you get. That’s why I watch so much film, which is fun for me. “One thing about me is I’m a gym rat. From the time I came, I told (general manager) Gar (Forman) that I love playing basketball. I’m going go to do whatever it takes to be the best player I can be.” Gibson earned Pac-10 defensive player of the year honors at USC, so his ability to consistently sink the midrange jumper has surprised some. Gibson isn’t one of them.

Heat sign Carlos Arroyo

heat sign carlos arroyo

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed free agent guard Carlos Arroyo. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the deal is for one year and is not a guaranteed contract.

Arroyo, 6’2”, 200 pounds, has appeared in 433 regular season NBA games (113 starts) and averaged 7.0 points, 3.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 18.2 minutes while shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from three-point range and 80.1 percent from the foul line. The seven-year NBA veteran spent last season with Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), appearing in 28 games averaging 15.3 points, 5.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.29 steals in 31.1 minutes of action. Prior to his stint in Israel, Arroyo spent his NBA career with Toronto, Denver, Utah, Detroit and most recently appeared in 161 games (25 starts) with the Orlando Magic over the course of three seasons from 2005-08. Additionally, he has appeared in 29 postseason NBA games and averaged 2.3 points and 1.9 assists in 8.5 minutes of action.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “Coach Erik Spoelstra said Arroyo was one of several candidates considered. Heat President Pat Riley stressed last week that because of concerns about the dollar-for-dollar luxury tax on excessive payroll, the Heat only would offer non-guaranteed, one-year contracts to such candidates. For a player of Arroyo’s experience, that is $1.1 million. Arroyo’s contract would not become fully guaranteed until Jan. 10.”

Arroyo, a Puerto Rican native, helped lead the Puerto Rican Men’s National Team to a Bronze medal in the Olympic qualifying tournament in 2003 and also led the national team to a sixth place finish in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. In 2001, he became just the fifth player from Puerto Rico to play in the NBA.

During his colligate career in Miami at Florida International University, Arroyo became just the second player in school history to score at least 1,600 career points. He finished his FIU career setting school records with 459 assists and 177 steals. He also ranked second in school history in three-point field goals made (174), third in field goals made (562) and third in free throws made (302).

Arroyo will wear number 8.

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