Archive for January 4th, 2010

Warriors waive Mikki Moore

The Golden State Warriors have waived center Mikki Moore, the team announced today.

Moore, 34, appeared in 23 games with Golden State this season (20 starts), averaging 5.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.7 minutes.  A 12-year NBA veteran, Moore underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his right heel on December 18.

With today’s transaction, Golden State’s roster currently stands at 15 players.

Bucks waive Roko Ukic

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on guard Roko Ukic (6-5, 190), General Manager John Hammond announced today.  Ukic requested to have his contract voided by Milwaukee, removing any further obligation by the Bucks for the remainder of his contract.

“Roko asked to be released from his contract in order to pursue other playing opportunities,” said Hammond.  “We appreciate his hard work and professionalism while with the Bucks and wish him well in his career.”

According to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “the Bucks are expected to save about $2 million in releasing Ukic, including $1.45 million in a player option which Ukic held for the 2010-’11 season.”

In 13 games for the Bucks this season, Ukic averaged 3.1 points in 7.5 minutes per game.  He was acquired along with Carlos Delfino from Toronto on August 18 for Amir Johnson and Sonny Weems.

The Bucks roster now stands at 14 players.

Blazers recall Patty Mills

The Portland Trail Blazers recalled guard Patty Mills from the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede, it was announced today by General Manager Kevin Pritchard.

In two games since being assigned to the Stampede on Dec. 29, Mills posted averages of 30.0 points (21-37 FG, 11-15 3-PT) and 7.5 assists in 34.0 minutes off the bench.

In his first professional game, Mills led all players with 38 points and 12 assists on Jan. 1. The 6-0 guard’s put-back with 1.2 seconds remaining gave the Stampede a one-point win on Jan. 3.

Mills, selected by the Trail Blazers with the 55th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft, will join the Trail Blazers for Monday’s game at the L.A. Clippers.

Hornets face tough schedule

John Reid of the New Orleans Times Picayune reports:

New Orleans plays 11 of its next 16 games this month on the road. Despite its 13-3 record at the New Orleans Arena, the Hornets are in last place in the Southwest Division, a half-game behind the Memphis Grizzlies based on Sunday’s standings.

Hornets Coach Jeff Bower said he addressed his players Sunday about the challenges they face this month. After Utah, the Hornets play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night at the Ford Center. The Thunder, led by Kevin Durant, is a surging young team that is in the playoff hunt with an 18-15 record.

“We talked about our schedule and our ability to address our road record,’’ Bower said. “We have a lot of road games, but we view it as an opportunity to make progress and move ahead.’’

Denver fans cheer Iverson

Dave Krieger of the Denver Post reports:

Allen Iverson could hear the tribute as he stood in the Sixers’ huddle during a first-half timeout Sunday night, but he couldn’t see the video board.

“I couldn’t really pay attention to it because it was during a timeout and Coach was talking,” Iverson said after putting up 17 points and seven assists in Philly’s 108-105 win over his former team.

“But I looked up and seen what was going on and then, just to hear the fans react the way they reacted, it was a great feeling. I kind of got beside myself.”

The video montage showed the usual A.I. magic, driving the NBA forest, slicing through the trees, somehow getting the ball up through the branches and in the net, time after time after time. Out of the timeout, the crowd rose to serenade him back onto the floor.

To the full house at the Pepsi Center, it was like he never left. The fans seemed to have no trouble cheering for the Nuggets and Iverson at the same time. Considering he played only 135 games for the Nuggets, less than two seasons’ worth, it is an extraordinary bond.

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