Archive for January 25th, 2010

Hornets trade Devin Brown to Bulls for Aaron Gray

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have acquired center Aaron Gray from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for guard Devin Brown.

“Aaron will help bolster our frontcourt and add depth to our team,” Head Coach and General Manager Jeff Bower said. “We continue to be pleased with the play of Marcus Thornton and feel he, along with our other backcourt players, can step up.”

“We’re excited to add Devin Brown to our team,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman.  “His toughness, defensive versatility, and shooting will be excellent additions to our perimeter rotation.”

Gray, in his third year after being drafted 49th overall out of Pitt in the 2007 NBA Draft, is averaging 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in eight games with the Bulls this season. The 7-foot, 270-pound center has career averages of 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, having played in 125 games (19 starts).

The Hornets signed Brown as a free agent on August 22, 2008. Brown holds career averages of 7.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in his 8-year career. In 160 games as a Hornet (91 starts), Brown averaged 8.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists, playing for the club in the 2006-07 season and since signing back with New Orleans on August 22, 2008. This season, Brown has averaged 9.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 39 games (37 starts).

Lakers visit White House, meet Obama

The Los Angeles Daily News reports:

The Los Angeles Lakers will be honored at the White House today for winning last season’s NBA championship.

The team, coach Phil Jackson and Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson, will be joined by President Barack Obama for the ceremony in the Palm Room, according to White House officials and team spokesman John Black.

The team’s White House visit is expected to last about an hour. It will come one day before the Lakers face the Washington Wizards in the fourth game of an eight-game, 12-day road trip.

The visit will be the Lakers’ first at the White House since January 2002, their only visit during their three-peat tenure.

Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today the Jazz has signed rookie guard Sundiata Gaines for the remainder of the season.

Gaines (6-1, 185, Georgia) was originally signed to a 10-day contract by the Jazz on January 5 before being re-signed to a second 10-day contract on Jan. 15.  Gaines has appeared in seven games for the Jazz, averaging 2.9 points and 1.1 assists in 7.1 minutes per game.  The Jazz is 6-2 since signing Gaines, who hit a game-winning three-pointer as time expired to beat Cleveland, 97-96, on Jan. 14.  The former University of Georgia Bulldog also recorded a career-high nine points vs. the Cavaliers.  Gaines reached career highs in minutes (21) and assists (five) in his NBA debut vs. Memphis on Jan. 6.

Gaines became the fourth NBA Development League (D-League) Call-Up to the NBA this season, as well as the fourth D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, joining Rusty LaRue (2000-01), Mikki Moore (2003-04) and Louis Amundson (2006-07).

Jazz assign Kosta Koufos to D-League

Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that the team has assigned second-year center Kosta Koufos to the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League (D-League). Koufos is expected to be in uniform when the Flash host Maine tonight, January 25, at 7 p.m.

In 21 games this season, the 7-0, 265-pound Koufos has averages of 1.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.2 assists in 3.6 minutes. Koufos has been inactive six times this season and DNP-CD 13 times. Koufos last appeared in a game on January 23 against New Jersey, grabbing three rebounds in a 116-83 home win. The center has notched a season-high six points twice this season and also picked up a season-high three rebounds vs. the L.A. Clippers on October 30.

In 48 games (seven starts) last season Koufos averaged 4.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.4 assists. In 10 games (all starts) with the Flash in 2008-09, Koufos averaged 16.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.0 assists in 10 games.

Selected by the Jazz out of Ohio State in the first round (23rd overall selection) of the 2008 NBA Draft, Koufos averaged 14.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists in his only season with the Buckeyes. The Canton, Ohio native was also named the postseason NIT MVP after leading Ohio State to the 2008 title. Koufos, who holds dual American and Greek citizenship helped lead Greece to a silver medal in the 2007 UMCOR U18 European Championships after averaging 26.5 points, 13 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots.

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced today that Christine Godleski has been named Chief Operating Officer.  In this role, Godleski will manage the day-to-day operations of the WNBA, where she will oversee the execution of league events and strategic planning initiatives.  She will also support league and team revenue-generating opportunities.

Godleski joins the WNBA after spending 12 years with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company, where she worked in various roles for ESPN Outdoors, ESPN The Magazine and Disney Consumer Products.  Most recently Godleski served as VP/General Manager of ESPN Outdoors, leading a team of 150 staffers to develop and operate all aspects of the division.

“We are very pleased to add Christine to our WNBA executive leadership team,” said WNBA President Donna Orender.  “Her experience in finance and strategic planning will help us capitalize on opportunities while continuing to improve the efficiency of our business operations.”

Godleski boasts nearly 25 years of experience in finance, budgeting, and operations. Her professional career spans a wide array of corporate assignments, including CG Consulting, Viacom, and Deloitte and Touche.  A graduate of Penn State University, Godleski has volunteered time teaching elementary school students in Tanzania, in addition to fundraising for World Team Sports, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Godleski has also served as Chairperson for the International Council of Orphans International and summitted Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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