Archive for December 12th, 2011

Detroit Pistons waive guard Kareem Rush

Kareem Rush

The Detroit Pistons announced this evening that the club has requested waivers on guard Kareem Rush. He was signed mostly for training camp purposes and as far as we know, did not have a regular season contract with the team.

In the 2009-10 NBA season, Rush played seven games for the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 1.3 ppg.

In 2008-09, he played 25 games for the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 2.2 ppg.

Rush averaged 8.3 ppg for the Indiana Pacers in 2007-08, and 10.1 ppg for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2005-06.

DeAndre Jordan

The Los Angeles Clippers today re-signed restricted free agent center DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers matched an offer sheet presented to Jordan by the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, Dec. 11. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced. It had been reported to be a four-year deal worth $43 million.

Under current NBA rules, the Clippers had three days to match the Warriors’ offer sheet to the Texas native, or Jordan would have become a member of the Warriors.

Originally drafted by the Clippers with the 35th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Jordan, 23, is entering his third NBA season after enjoying a breakout 2010-11 with Los Angeles. The 6-foot-11 center appeared in a career-high 80 games last season, making 66 starts and averaging 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.78 blocks in 25.6 minutes.

Jordan finished third in the NBA with 158 dunks and shot a team-high 68.6 percent (234-of-341 FG) from the field, the highest field goal percentage of any player in the NBA with over 300 field goal attempts.

In his career, the Texas A&M product has appeared in 203 games and averaged 5.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Chauncey Billups

The Los Angeles Clippers today claimed five-time NBA All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups off of waivers. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced. Billups, 35, was waived by the New York Knicks on Dec. 10.

Billups averaged 16.8 points, 5.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 32.1 minutes in 72 games with Denver and New York last season. Billups was traded to the Knicks on Feb. 22.

The 14-year veteran point guard was an NBA All-Star in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2005-06 and the All-NBA Third Team in 2006-07 and 2008-09. Billups helped lead the Detroit Pistons to the 2003-04 NBA Championship and was selected the 2004 NBA Finals MVP for his stellar play in the series.

Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics with the third overall pick of the 1997 NBA Draft after a standout career at the University of Colorado, Billups has appeared in 982 career NBA games for Boston, Toronto, Denver, Minnesota, Detroit and the Knicks, averaging 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-3, 210 pound Colorado native was also a member of the gold medal winning USA Team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.

Dallas Mavericks sign guard Vince Carter

Vince Carter

The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have signed free agent guard Vince Carter. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Carter (6-6, 220) is an eight-time NBA All-Star who currently ranks 35th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (eighth among active players) with 20,250 career points. The former Rookie of the Year (1998-99) and Slam Dunk Contest winner (2000) holds career averages of 22.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 925 games (907 starts) with Toronto, New Jersey, Orlando and Phoenix.

Originally the fifth overall selection in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, Carter was traded on draft day to the Toronto Raptors where he would help lead that franchise to its first Playoff appearance in 2000. In December of 2004, Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets where he would team with current-Maverick Jason Kidd. Carter spent five seasons in New Jersey and is still ranked in the franchise’s Top 10 in 19 statistical categories.

The native of Daytona Beach, Fla., was traded to the Orlando Magic on draft day in 2009. Carter would play in his home state for a little more than a season, but in his short time there he helped take the Magic to the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals where they lost in six games to the Boston Celtics. In December of 2010, Carter was traded to the Phoenix Suns where he finished out last season and scored his 20,000th point becoming just the 37th NBA player to accomplish that feat.

Carter was a standout at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he led the Tarheels to two consecutive Final Four berths (1997, 1998). Carter declared himself eligible for the 1998 NBA Draft after his junior season in Chapel Hill.

The San Antonio Spurs announced that earlier today a successful appendectomy was performed on guard Gary Neal. The laparoscopic procedure was performed in San Antonio and Neal’s appendix was removed without complications.

Neal enjoyed a successful rookie campaign during the 2010-11 season. He averaged 9.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 21.1 minutes in 80 games. He led all rookies in three-point field goal percentage, posting a .419 mark, and earned a spot on the 2011 All-Rookie First Team.

For the first week of his recovery Neal will not be allowed to engage in any physical activity. Next week he will be examined by doctors at which point a timeline for his return will be determined.

76ers re-sign center Tony Battie

Tony Battie

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that the team has re-signed free agent center Tony Battie.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.  The Sixers training camp roster now stands at 18.

“We are happy to have Tony back with us,” Sixers President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn said. “He will add depth to our frontcourt and his veteran savvy will be invaluable to our locker room.”

Battie (6-11, 240) originally signed as a free agent with the Sixers on July 21, 2010.  In 38 games last season, he averaged 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per game.  Battie also saw action in all five games of Philadelphia’s First Round playoff series vs. Miami.

In 13 NBA seasons, Battie has appeared in 810 games with 418 starts, averaging 6.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.87 blocks in 21.4 minutes per game while shooting 49.0% from the floor.  He was the fifth overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft.

With the return of Battie, the Sixers now have 12 players returning from last season’s roster who accounted for 99.5% of the team’s scoring.  The Sixers went 38-28 over the final 66 games in 2010-11.

Orlando Magic re-sign Jason Richardson

Jason Richardson

The Orlando Magic have re-signed free agent guard-forward Jason Richardson, President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Otis Smith announced today. We’ll post contract details later today on this page.

Richardson (6’6”, 225, 1/20/81) played and started in 80 games last season with both Phoenix and Orlando, averaging 15.6 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 1.8 apg. and 1.16 stlpg. in 33.9 minpg., while shooting .395 (189-479) from three-point range.  He was acquired by the Magic on December 18, 2010 from Phoenix, along with Earl Clark and Hedo Turkoglu, in a six-player trade.  With the Magic, Richardson appeared and started in 55 games, averaging 13.9 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 2.0 apg. and 1.20 stlpg. in 34.9 minpg.  He also played in five playoff outings, averaging 10.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg. and 1.2 apg. in 30.6 minpg.

Richardson ranked second in the NBA in both three-point field goals made and attempted, 13th in steals-to-turnover ratio (0.98, 93/95), tied for 32nd in steals and tied for 37th in three-point field goal percentage.

“Jason (Richardson) is a tremendous competitor who is great in the open floor and can drain the three-point shot,” said Smith.  “We are very happy to have him back in a Magic uniform.”

Originally selected in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft by Golden State, Richardson has appeared in 751 career NBA regular season games with Golden State, Charlotte, Phoenix and Orlando, averaging 18.0 ppg., 5.1 rpg., 2.8 apg. and 1.18 stlpg. in 35.0 minpg.  He has shot .373 (1,418-3,804) from three-point range during his career.  Richardson has also played in 32 career playoff outings, averaging 18.0 ppg., 5.7 rpg., 1.4 apg. and 1.06 stlpg. in 34.8 minpg., while shooting .409 (85-208) from three-point range.  He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2001-02, claimed the NBA Slam Dunk championship in 2002 and 2003, while also being named MVP of the Rookie Challenge in 2002.

Boston Celtics bring back Sasha Pavlovic

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guard/forward Sasha Pavlovic. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pavlovic, a 6’7” guard/forward, appeared in 17 games for the Celtics last season and scored a season-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor against the New York Knicks on the final day of the season (April 13).

The native of Bar, Montenegro was a part of the 2006-07 Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers and was a starter in each game on their run to the Finals.

During that 2006-07 regular season he posted a career-high average of 9.0 points per game and shot 40.5% from three-point range in 67 games.

Pavlovic also shot a career-high 41.0% from three-point territory during the 2008-09 season. Pavlovic has posted career averages of 5.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 483 career games with stops in Utah, Cleveland, Minnesota, New Orleans, Dallas and Boston.

Brandon Bass

The Orlando Magic have acquired forward Glen Davis and guard Von Wafer from the Boston Celtics in exchange for forward Brandon Bass, President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Otis Smith announced today.

Davis (6’9”, 289, 1/1/86) played in 78 games (13 starts) with Boston last season, averaging 11.7 ppg., 5.4 rpg. and 1.2 apg. in 29.5 minpg.  He set career-highs in scoring, rebounding and minutes played.

Wafer (6’5”, 209, 7/21/85) appeared in 58 games (two starts) with the Celtics last year, averaging 3.2 ppg. in 9.5 minpg.

“Glen (Davis) is a versatile player that adds size to our frontcourt,” said Smith.  “He has a solid mid-range jumper and is a strong team defensive player.  Von (Wafer) brings athleticism and aggressiveness on the offensive end.  We’re excited to add both to our team and we wish Brandon all the best.”

Originally selected in the second round (35th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft by Seattle, Davis has played in 277 career regular season games (31 starts), all with the Celtics, averaging 7.6 ppg. and 4.1 rpg. in 21.0 minpg.  He was acquired by Boston on June 28. 2007.  Davis has also appeared in 64 career playoff outings (15 starts), averaging 7.5 ppg. and 3.8 rpg. in 20.6 minpg.  He helped the Celtics capture the 2008 NBA World Championship.

Originally selected in the second round (39th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft by the L.A. Lakers, Wafer has played in 167 career regular season games with the Lakers, L.A. Clippers, Denver, Portland, Houston and Boston, averaging 5.1 ppg. and 1.1 rpg. in 12.0 minpg.  Wafer has also appeared in 16 career playoff outings, averaging 6.6 ppg. in 11.6 minpg.

Bass, a 6’8 forward, averaged a career-high 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season for the Magic. Bass also shot a career-high 51.5% from the field last season, which ranked 19th overall in the NBA. The former Louisiana State Tiger scored in double figures in 45 games and recorded 20 or more points in three games.  He posted a career-high 27 points against Detroit on December 3 when he was 11-for-12 from the field.

Spurs sign Gani Lawal and Antoine Hood

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard Antoine Hood and forward Gani Lawal.  Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed.  At the same time, the Spurs announced that they have waived guard Devin Gibson.

Hood saw action with Nova Hut Ostrava in the Czech Republic in 2009-10, where he averaged 16.8 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting .594 from the field in 11 games. He played collegiately at the Air Force Academy (2002-06), where he averaged 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 118 games for his career. He was named All-Mountain West First Team his senior year, averaging a team-best 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 29 games.

Lawal was added to the training camp roster after being waived by the Phoenix Suns on December 10, 2011. In his rookie campaign with the Suns last year, he saw two minutes of action against Detroit before suffering a torn ACL and a partially torn MCL in practice on January 6. After rehabilitating his knee injury, he played 10 games with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, where he averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds. Lawal started the 2011-12 season in Poland playing for Zastal ZG, averaging 16.5 points and 11.7 rebounds while shooting .627 from the field in 10 games. In his final collegiate season at Georgia Tech in 2009-10, he averaged a team-best 13.1 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.

Chicago Bulls re-sign Brian Scalabrine

Brian Scalabrine

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has re-signed forward Brian Scalabrine.  Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Scalabrine (6-9, 235) saw action in 18 games last season with the Bulls and averaged 1.1 ppg in 4.9 mpg.

The 10-year NBA veteran has played in 492 regular season contests, and posted averages of 3.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg and in 13.5 mpg.  In 39 playoff games, he has averaged 2.7 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 10.6 mpg.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 12 players.

Mikhail Prokhorov, one of Russia’s richest tycoons and the owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team, said Monday he will run against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the March presidential election.

Prokhorov has been cautious not to cross Putin’s path in the past, but the billionaire may pose a serious challenge to Putin, whose authority has been dented by alleged widespread fraud during Russia’s Dec. 4 parliamentary election.

Putin’s party only won about 50 percent of that vote, compared to 64 percent four years ago, and the fraud allegations have allowed opposition parties to successfully mount massive anti-Putin protests in Russia.

On Sunday, President Dmitry Medvedev promised on his Facebook page that the alleged vote fraud will be investigated. But Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, predicted Monday the probe will show that little vote fraud occurred and that it had no effect on the outcome of the ballot.

– Reported by the Associated Press

Mavericks re-sign forward Brian Cardinal

Brian Cardinal

The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have re-signed free agent forward Brian Cardinal.  InsideHoops.com hears that it is likely a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.

Cardinal (6-8, 240) joined the Mavericks last season as a free agent and was a significant contributor during the Mavericks World Championship run. In 2010-11, Cardinal averaged 2.6 points, 1.1 rebounds and 10.8 minutes while shooting 43.0 percent from field goal range and 48.3 percent from behind-the-arc in 56 games (4 starts).

The Tolono, Ill., native is an 11-year veteran who holds career averages of 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 10.8 minutes in 412 games with Detroit, Washington, Golden State, Memphis, Minnesota and Dallas.

Pistons waive guard Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the team has waived guard Richard Hamilton.

According to the Associated Press, “The move was made Monday after both sides agreed to terms of a buyout, which saved the rebuilding team $4 million in salary cap space this season and $4 million more next season. Hamilton was due to make $19 million over the final two years of his contract in Detroit.”

It’s been widely reported that Hamilton will now likely sign with the Chicago Bulls.

“We thank Richard Hamilton for his time here with the Pistons organization,” said Dumars. “Rip was a champion with us and a big part of our success over the last nine years.  We wish him all the best in the future.”

Hamilton spent nine seasons with Detroit (2002-2011) leading the Pistons in scoring in eight of those nine seasons.  Last season he appeared in 55 games (39 starts), averaging 14.1 points (.429 FG, .382 3FG, .849 FG), 2.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 0.7 steals in 27.2 minutes per game.  Hamilton is one of six players in Pistons franchise history to reach the 11,000-point plateau and one of five players to score 50-plus points in a game (51 at New York, 12/27/06).

During his tenure the club made six consecutive trips to the Eastern Conference Finals (2003-2008), two trips to the NBA Finals (2004, 2005) and won the NBA Championship in 2004.  In 631 games as a Piston, the Coatesville native averaged 18.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.  He has career NBA averages of 17.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 33.0 minutes in 843 games.

Raptors sign guard Anthony Carter

Anthony Carter

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed free-agent guard Anthony Carter. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed. InsideHoops.com assumes but has not confirmed that it’s a short deal, for the league minimum.

Carter, a veteran of 12 NBA campaigns, split last season between Denver and New York. He has averaged 4.9 points, 3.9 assists and 20.0 minutes in 599 regular season games. He has started 181 contests, recording averages of 5.6 points, 7.3 assists and 27.6 minutes. He has averaged better than 15 minutes per game in nine of his 12 seasons.

In 39 playoff outings, Carter has averaged 4.5 points, 3.2 assists and 18.0 minutes. He contributed 7.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 27.5 minutes in 10 postseason contests with Miami in 2000.

The 6-foot-2, 195 pounder posted his best career statistical regular season in the 2007-08 campaign as a member of the Nuggets. He averaged 7.8 points, 5.5 assists and 22.9 minutes in 70 games, with a career-best 67 starts.

Carter has posted career highs of 21 points (last: vs. Orlando, 1/11/08) and 15 assists (last: vs. Philadelphia, 1/6/08). He has appeared with Miami, Sacramento, Denver and New York in his NBA career.

Carter attended the University of Hawaii for his junior and senior seasons, where he averaged 18.4 points, 7.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds.

Cavaliers re-sign Anthony Parker

Anthony Parker

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard/forward Anthony Parker to a contract, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today.  According to the Akron Beacon Journal, it’s a one-year deal.

“Bringing back Anthony was a high priority for us. We place great value on the leadership, professionalism and veteran presence he brings both on the court and in the locker room,” said General Manager Chris Grant.  “His high basketball IQ, ability to shoot with range and play solid perimeter defense made re-signing him extremely important for us.”

Last season, the 6-foot-6, 210-pounder averaged 8.3 points on .399 shooting, including .379 from three-point range, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists (the second-highest average in his career) in 29.0 minutes in 72 games (65 starts). He scored in double figures 27 times, including setting season highs in scoring (21) and rebounds (seven) while adding seven assists in 39 minutes versus Minnesota on Dec. 26 and scoring 20 points on 7-9 (.778) shooting, including 4-4 from three-point range, and grabbing seven rebounds in 29 minutes versus Miami on March 29.

Parker originally signed with Cleveland on July 13, 2009. Over the past two seasons with the Cavs, he has started 146 of the 153 games he has played in and posted averages of 7.8 points on .415 shooting, including .398 shooting from three-point range, 2.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 28.6 minutes per game. His 2.48 assists-to-turnovers ratio ranked 14th in the league while his 0.86 steals-to-turnovers ratio ranked 13th among all players over the past two seasons (min. 150 games).

Among all active players with a minimum of 1,000 three-point attempts, the eight-year veteran ranks sixth in the NBA in three-point percentage (.409) behind only Jason Kapono, Steve Nash, teammate Daniel Gibson, Matt Bonner and Kyle Korver. Parker played five seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv (2000-02, 2003-06) and one season with Virtus Roma (2002-03), winning five Israeli Premier League championships, five Israeli Cups and three Euroleague titles.  Parker was named Euroleague MVP and first-team All-Euroleague in 2005.  He averaged 12.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 148 career Israeli Premier League games and averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 90 Euroleague contests.

Bonzi Wells

The Timberwolves’ search for some stability and leadership has brought to training camp Bonzi Wells, who not that many years ago might have been one of the last guys ever considered to fulfill such needs.

Gifted but stubborn and immature once upon a time, he now, at age 35, is looking both for a job after three years out of the league and for a chance, perhaps, to tell young guys who think they know all a morsel or two about the way things really are.

He once was one of those guys.

Now, after playing in China in 2008-09, Puerto Rico in 2009-10 and not at all last season, he is seeking one last chance, mostly so he can leave professional basketball on his own terms.

“I really didn’t like the way I left the game,” Wells said. “You want to go out and say you’re retired. You don’t want to go out because someone tells you they don’t want you anymore.”

– Reported by Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune

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