Archive for October 19th, 2010

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.

Lou Amundson has right finger surgery

Lou Amundson has right finger surgery

Golden State Warriors forward Lou Amundson underwent successful surgery this afternoon to repair a fractured right index finger, the team announced.  The procedure was performed by Dr. Andrew Gutow, a hand specialist from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, at the Menlo Park Surgical Hospital.

Amundson will begin rehabilitation immediately and his return will be based on the progress of his rehabilitation.  The injury, which consisted of a displaced joint with a fracture of the proximal phalanx, occurred during the fourth quarter of Golden State’s preseason game at Portland on Saturday, October 16.

The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have picked up the options on Darren Collison and Tyler Hansbrough’s contracts. Per club policy no details of the contracts are released.

Collison, a second-year player out of UCLA, was traded to the Pacers on Aug. 11 from New Orleans.  Last year for the Hornets, he averaged 12.4 points and 5.7 assists per game.

Hansbrough, the 13th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, played in 29 games for the Pacers during the 2009-10 season and averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

“Darren and Tyler are key components of our team’s young core,” said Larry Bird, Pacers President of Basketball Operations. “They both have bright potential and we’re excited to have them as part of our future.”

Feb. 28, 2010: New Orleans Hornets guard Darren Collison tied his season high with 35 points during an NBA game between the New Orleans Hornets and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Dallas defeated New Orleans 108-100.

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