Archive for October, 2010

Hornets waive D.J. Strawberry

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have waived guard D.J. Strawberry.

Strawberry (6-5, 205) played in four preseason games for the Hornets, averaging 3.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 6.8 minutes per game.

The Hornets roster now stands at 16 players.

Magic waive Stanley Robinson

The Orlando Magic have waived forward Stanley Robinson, President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Otis Smith announced tonight after the Magic’s preseason game vs. Dallas.  Orlando’s roster now stands at 14 players.

Selected in the second round (59th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft by Orlando, Robinson (6’9”, 210, 7/14/88) played in five preseason games with the Magic, averaging 2.0 ppg. and 2.4 rpg. in 8.2 minpg.

Robinson played in 126 career games during his four years at the University of Connecticut, averaging 9.8 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 1.0 apg. and 1.03 blkpg. in 26.3 minpg.  He helped the Huskies reach the NCAA Final Four in 2008-09.

The Miami Heat announced today that they have waived guard Kenny Hasbrouck and forward Shavlik Randolph.

Hasbrouck appeared in five preseason games (one start) averaging 4.6 points, 3.0 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 24.2 minutes.

Randolph appeared in three preseason games averaging 2.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 13.3 minutes.

The Heat roster now stands at 16.

The Atlanta Hawks have released Evan Brock, Richard Delk and Ricardo Marsh from the training camp roster, it was announced this afternoon by Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Sund.  This transaction brings the current roster to 14 players.

Brock and Marsh each participated in four of Atlanta’s five preseason games, with Brock averaging 0.5 points and 2.8 rebounds and Marsh totaling 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds.  In three contests, Delk scored 3.0 points and grabbed 1.3 boards.

Atlanta, 1-4 this preseason, hosts Miami Thursday night in a nationally-televised game on TNT at 8 p.m., and concludes exhibition action Friday at Charlotte (7 p.m.)

Chuck Hayes sprains ankle

An MRI performed yesterday afternoon on Rockets forward Chuck Hayes at Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute indicated that he suffered a mild to moderate sprain of his right ankle.

Hayes is expected to miss the team’s final two exhibition games at San Antonio and Dallas and will be listed as day-to-day.

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has requested waivers on guard Jason Hart and forward John Thomas.

The preseason roster now stands at 15 players.

Spurs exercise George Hill option

Spurs exercise George Hill option

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have picked up the fourth year contract option on guard George Hill.  He is now signed through the 2011-12 season.

An early entry candidate, out of IUPUI, in the 2008 NBA Draft, Hill was selected by the Spurs in the first round with the 26th overall pick.  Last season Hill enjoyed a breakout year finishing second in Most Improved Player voting.  He appeared in 78 games, including 43 starts, averaging 12.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 29.2 minutes while shooting .478 (353-738) from the floor, .399 (75-188) from the three-point line and .772 (183-237) from the free throw line.  As a starter Hill averaged 15.8 points, 3.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 35.2 minutes. During his rookie season, Hill averaged 5.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 16.5 minutes in 77 games.  He shot .403 (150-372) from the field, .329 (24-73) from three-point land and .781 (114-146) from the line.

For his NBA career Hill has appeared in 155 games, averaging 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 22.9 minutes.  He has seen action in 10 playoff games, averaging 11.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 30.0 minutes.

Hill is the first player out of IUPUI to be selected in an NBA Draft and to appear in an NBA game.  As a junior he was named the Summit League Player of the Year and earned All-American Honorable Mention honors by the Associated Press.   He finished fourth in school history in scoring with 1,619 career points.

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the club has requested waivers on guard Vernon Hamilton and forward Ike Diogu.

Hamilton appeared in five games, averaging 0.6 assists and 0.8 rebounds in 3.6 minutes per game.

Diogu appeared in three games, averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 5.3 minutes per game.

Warriors waive Aaron Miles

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Aaron Miles, the team announced today.  Miles appeared in six preseason games, averaging 3.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 14.0 minutes per contest.

The Warriors roster now stands at 15 players.

Nuggets waive Eric Boateng

The Denver Nuggets waived C Eric Boateng on Wednesday, bringing their training-camp roster to 14 players.

Boateng, an undrafted free agent, averaged 1.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in five preseason games. He had two points, 10 rebounds and two assists against the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 17.

The Nuggets (4-2) conclude their preseason schedule with back-to-back road games Thursday at Portland and Friday at Phoenix.

The Oklahoma City Thunder waived guard Jerome Dyson and guard Elijah Millsap it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

Dyson saw action in two games this preseason for Oklahoma City, averaging 4.5 points and 1.0 rebound in 6.5 minutes.

Millsap appeared in four games for the Thunder, averaging 3.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 12.5 minutes.

Oklahoma City’s roster now stands at 15.

The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Zabian Dowdell and forward/center Dwayne Jones.

Dowdell appeared in five preseason games for the Suns, averaging 5.4 points and 1.6 assists, while Jones saw action in three exhibition contests for Phoenix and averaged 2.0 points and 3.3 rebounds.

The Suns’ roster now stands at 14

Suns F Josh Childress breaks finger

Suns F Josh Childress breaks finger

Phoenix Suns forward Josh Childress suffered a fractured distal phalanx (index finger) on his right hand during the Suns’ exhibition win over the Golden State Warriors tonight at US Airways Center.

Childress will do no activity for approximately one week and will be re-evaluated at that time.

Childress suffered the injury after being fouled on a drive to the basket with 7:54 remaining in tonight’s home preseason contest.  Childress returned to the game with 5:39 remaining and played the rest of regulation, finishing with three points and five rebounds.

Including tonight’s contest, Childress owns preseason averages of 7.9 points and 4.0 rebounds, and is shooting 57.1 percent from the field (20-of-35) in seven games as a reserve.

Cavaliers waive Danny Green

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced tonight that they have waived guard/forward Danny Green. Green averaged 3.3 points on .375 shooting, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 14.0 minutes per game in four games this preseason.

The Cavaliers roster now stands at 15.

Raptors release Ronald Dupree

The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have released forward Ronald Dupree.

A free agent, Dupree was signed September 15. He appeared in five preseason games where he totaled 20 points and eight rebounds in 55 minutes.

The roster now stands at 15.

The Raptors’ final preseason game is Friday versus the New York Knicks at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Raptors and Knicks will tip-off the regular season at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, October 27.

Tim Buckley of the Deseret News reports:

Gordon Hayward may earn a regular spot within Jazz rotation

He hardly expects Gordon Hayward to do every night what he did Sunday.

But the day after Utah’s 2010 first-round draft choice scored a team-high 26 in a preseason win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan hinted Hayward has a shot at cracking Utah’s regular rotation for the 2010-11 NBA season.

“We intend on trying to play him,” Sloan said. “He’s got a lot of basketball savvy. And he’s got a lot to learn, which is fine.

“He’ll work,” Sloan added, “to try to get better every time we play. And we see him do other things each time we play — some good, some bad. But we’re not dissatisfied with him. We think he’s gonna be a very good player.” editor says: One obstacle Hayward faces is constantly being asked for ID by security to prove he’s over age 13 and is allowed to scoot around without being accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The AP reports:

The NBA said in a statement Tuesday that “under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game that creates an undue competitive advantage.”

Athletic Propulsion Labs’ Concept 1 shoe employs a spring-based system designed to increase lift. editor says: Players need shoes like this in order to try to sky-walk through the air like I do.

Spurs waive James Gist

The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they have waived forward James Gist.  Gist was originally selected by the Spurs in 2008 NBA Draft with the 57th overall pick.  He spent the past two seasons playing overseas before being signed by San Antonio on September 27.  Gist appeared in four preseason games, averaging 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 10.8 minutes.

The Spurs roster now stands at 15.

The New Jersey Nets have exercised the fourth year contract option on Brook Lopez and the third year contract option on Terrence Williams, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.  Lopez and Williams are now signed through the 2011-12 season.  Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Lopez was selected 10th overall by the Nets in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft.  Last season he was the only Net to appear and start in all 82 games, becoming the first center in franchise history to do so.  He averaged team-highs with 18.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.70 blocks (ranked 10th in the NBA) and dished out 2.3 assists in 36.9 minutes per game, while shooting .499 (563-1,129) from the field and .817 (416-509) from the line (3rd among qualified centers).  In his rookie season, 2008-09, he was selected to NBA All-Rookie First Team and finished third in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting (Derrick Rose, O.J. Mayo).  He also set the Nets all-time rookie blocks record with 151.

Williams was selected 11th overall by New Jersey in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft.  The Louisville product appeared in 78 games for New Jersey last season, earning nine starts.  He finished 5th among rookies in double-doubles with eight and 9th among rookies in rebounds and assists, while earning Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors for April.  Williams averaged 8.4 points while shooting .401 (261-651) from the field, along with 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 22.6 minutes per game.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA. OCTOBER 10. 2010. New Jersey Nets Brook Lopez attends the opening of the first NBA store NBA Shop in Shop in Russia, Moscow. (Photo ITAR-TASS / Alexei Filippov) Photo via Newscom

Bucks waive Chris Kramer

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on guard Chris Kramer, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Kramer (6-3, 214 – Purdue) signed as a free agent on September 27. He appeared in four of the team’s preseason games and averaged 5.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist. On Sunday at Minnesota he played a team-high 36 minutes and contributed 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The Bucks Training Camp roster now stands at 16 players.

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