Kyle Weaver out 4+ months

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kyle Weaver underwent successful surgery today to repair damage sustained due to a dislocated left shoulder.

This season Weaver is averaging 6.0 points, 1.7 assists, 1.0 rebound, 1.0 block and 10.0 minutes in three games.

Rehabilitation is estimated at a minimum of four months and his status will be updated as necessary.

Earlier today it was revealed that the Thunder will be without Kevin Ollie for around four weeks.

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Sixers meet with Allen Iverson

The Philadelphia 76ers are considering adding Allen Iverson back onto their roster and today they took the first step in making it happen.

Monday, the Sixers met with Iverson to talk about a possible reunion.

The following is a statement from President and General Manager Ed Stefanski:

Sixers meet with Allen Iverson

This afternoon, we met with free agent Allen Iverson in Dallas for the first formal discussion regarding a possible return to the Philadelphia 76ers. The meeting lasted approximately two hours and covered a variety of topics, all of which we would prefer to keep between the team and Allen.

The meeting was attended by Allen, his agent Leon Rose and his personal manager Gary Moore, along with 76ers Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager Tony DiLeo, Head Coach Eddie Jordan, Assistant Coach Aaron McKie and me.

At this time, both parties remain non-committal regarding a final decision and we will continue to discuss internally whether or not to pursue this course.

We want to thank Allen, Leon and Gary for taking the time to meet with us today.

The Sixers will have no further comment at this time and further updates will be provided as they become available.

Barely any fans attend home Sixers games. Adding Iverson would likely help the team win a few extra games but it would also create at least temporary added interest to the team.

It is assumed that Iverson still insists on only joining a team that will start him and provide full-game minutes.

If Iverson joined the 76ers, it would be interesting to see what would happen later in the season when young point guard Lou Williams returned from injury. If things were working out with Iverson, I would assume Williams would go back to the bench role he used to play when Andre Miller was around.

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Kirk Hinrich out 1-2 weeks with thumb sprain

Kirk Hinrich out 1-2 weeks with thumb sprain

Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich was examined this morning by Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole and hand specialists Dr. John Fernandez and Dr. Marc Cohen of Midwest Orthopedics at Rush University.  Their examination confirmed the earlier diagnosis of a left thumb sprain.  He is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.

Hinrich this season is fifth on the Bulls in scoring with 8.9 points per game. He’s shooting just 36.8% from the field and an unimpressive 32.5% from three-point range, and only making 68.0% of his free throws. The guard is also getting 2.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists, in 28.5 minutes per game.

The Bulls are currently 6-8 this season.

Bobcats assign Alexis Ajinca to D-League

The Charlotte Bobcats have assigned Alexis Ajinca to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.  Ajinca is expected to see his first action with the Red Claws on Friday, December 4, when the Red Claws host the Springfield Armor.

The 7-1 Ajinca has seen action in six games for the Bobcats this season, averaging 1.7 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.2 steals and 0.2 blocks in 5.0 minutes per game.

As a rookie in 2008-09, Ajinca averaged 2.3 points, 1.0 rebound, 0.4 blocks and 0.2 steals in 5.9 minutes per game in 31 games played for the Bobcats.  Ajinca was assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, then the Bobcats D-League affiliate, from March 9-April 12, 2009, averaging 11.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 0.8 steals and 0.4 assists in 22.7 minutes per game in 11 games played.

The Charlotte Bobcats, who became the NBA’s 30th franchise when they joined the league in 2004-05, return to action Tuesday when they host the Boston Celtics at 7:00pm ET.  The game can be seen on SportSouth and heard on WBCN 1660 AM.

Father of Josh Childress dies

The AP reports:

Veteran guard Theodoros Papaloukas scored 20 points to lead Olympiakos to an 87-76 victory over archrival Panathinaikos on Sunday.

The win left Olympiakos alone on top of the Greek league standings, the only undefeated team after six rounds.

Olympiakos forward Josh Childress, who played despite his father’s death on Friday, had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds and his contribution to the win was decisive. Childress will fly to the United States Monday to attend his father’s funeral. His father died following a car accident he had over a month ago.

NBA fines Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Rasheed Wallace

Phoenix Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler of the Charlotte Bobcats and Boston’s Rasheed Wallace have been fined, it was announced today by NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations Stu Jackson.

Stoudemire and Chandler were each fined $7,500 for the posting of messages on their Twitter accounts during games, in violation of NBA rules. On Wednesday, November 25, messages were posted on Stoudemire’s Twitter account during the Suns 126-111 victory over Memphis in Phoenix and on Chandler’s account during the Bobcats 116-81 win in Charlotte over the Raptors.

Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace has been fined $30,000 for public criticism of the officials following the Celtics 116-103 win over Toronto on Friday, November 27 in Boston.

Allen Iverson possible return to 76ers no sure thing

The Philadelphia Daily News reports:

Eddie Jordan is making it sound as if the 76ers’ consideration of free agent guard Allen Iverson isn’t as serious as it has been portrayed.

Speaking before this morning’s shootaround in San Antonio, Jordan said he has not spoken with Iverson and that the Sixers are not seriously looking at any free agents.

”It’s something that’s probably more in the media than it actually is,” the Sixers’ coach told reporters. ”We’re just going about our daily operation of practicing and trying to win a game. But certainly I have not talked to anybody about Allen Iverson.”

Leandro Barbosa out at least two games

Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports:

Suns guard Leandro Barbosa will sit out for at least the remainder of this road trip, which continues Tuesday in New York and Wednesday in Cleveland.Barbosa sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 113-94 victory at Toronto.

Barbosa was fouled from the side by Toronto’s Marco Belinelli as he made a jump shot but his left foot landed on the foot of Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani, who was in front of him.

Charlie Villanueva suffers broken nose

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports:

Villanueva suffered a broken nose with 9:30 left when he was fouled by the Hawks’ Zaza Pachulia on a drive to the basket. As he was falling his face appeared to hit near the hip of teammate Ben Wallace.

His nose started bleeding profusely and a time-out was taken. Pistons personnel was able to slow the bleeding just enough so Villanueva could make the two free throws. He then went to the locker room and never returned.