Archive for March 9th, 2010

GM Mike Dunleavy gone from Clippers

GM Mike Dunleavy gone from Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers and General Manager Mike Dunleavy today have severed ties. Dunleavy previously also served as the team’s head coach from 2003-04 until February 4, 2010, when he resigned as head coach.

The organization has determined that the goal of building a winning team is best served by making this decision at this time. The team has simply not made sufficient progress during Dunleavy’s seven-year tenure. The Clippers want to win now. This transition, in conjunction with a full commitment to dedicate unlimited resources, is designed to accomplish that objective.

Neil Olshey, presently the Clippers’ Assistant General Manager, will assume the duties created by Dunleavy’s departure. He joined the organization as Director of Player Development for the 2003-04 season. He served as an Assistant Coach in 2004-05, and was elevated to the position of Director of Player Personnel from 2005-06 through 2007-08. He assumed the role of Assistant General Manager prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.

Olshey has played an important role in the completion of several significant team transactions, including the deals which brought Marcus Camby, Craig Smith, Rasual Butler, Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw, and Drew Gooden to the Clippers, among others. He also played a integral part in administering all preparation for the Clippers’ last four NBA Drafts, which produced Al Thornton, Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, and last year’s #1 overall pick, Blake Griffin.

Danny Granger, Channing Frye suspended for fight

The Indiana Pacers’ Danny Granger and the Phoenix Suns’ Channing Frye have each been suspended one game without pay for their participation in an altercation on March 6. Frye was suspended for throwing a punch at Granger, and Granger was suspended for fighting with Frye.

In addition, Indiana’s Earl Watson was fined $30,000 for instigating and adding to the escalation of an on-court incident.  Indiana’s Roy Hibbert and Phoenix’s Jason Richardson have each been fined $25,000 for adding to the escalation of an on-court incident.

The fines and suspensions were announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 46.7 seconds remaining in the third period of Phoenix’s 113-105 win over Indiana at US Airways Center in Phoenix on Saturday, March 6.

Frye will serve his suspension March 12, when the Suns host the Los Angeles Lakers at US Airways Center. Granger will serve his suspension tonight when the Pacers host the Philadelphia 76ers at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Wizards sign Shaun Livingston to second 10-day contract

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guard Shaun Livingston to a second 10-day contract.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

Livingston originally signed with Washington on February 26.  In four games for the Wizards, Livingston has averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 assists in 9.3 minutes per game.

So far, there’s no firm reason to believe Livingston will ever make it back into the NBA permanently. It’s an uphill battle for him due to past injuries.

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