Archive for December 13th, 2011

Rudy Fernandez

The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have traded guard Rudy Fernandez and forward Corey Brewer to the Denver Nuggets for a 2016 second round pick that originally belonged to Memphis.

Fernandez (6-6, 185) was acquired by the Mavericks from Portland in a three-way trade on draft night (June 23, 2011).

Brewer (6-9, 188) was signed as a free agent mid-season last year on March 3, 2011 and was a member of the 2011 NBA Championship team averaging 5.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13 regular season games (2 starts).

Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has acquired forward Lazar Hayward from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for guard Robert Vaden and two conditional second-round picks.

“We are excited to be able to add Lazar to our organization,” Presti said. “Lazar is someone who we followed closely through the draft process and identified as a potential fit for the culture and identity that we are continuing to build in Oklahoma City. His toughness, length and shooting are attributes that will add depth to our roster, while his professionalism and competitiveness embody the intangibles that we value as an organization.”

Hayward (6-6, 225), originally drafted by the Washington in the 2010 NBA Draft (30th overall) was acquired by Minnesota in a draft night trade.  The Marquette University product saw action in 42 games during his rookie campaign, averaging 3.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per contest.

The Oklahoma City Thunder roster now stands at 19.

Dallas Mavericks sign guard Delonte West

Delonte West

The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have signed free agent guard Delonte West. The deal is reportedly for one year and the league veteran’s minimum.

West (6-3, 180) is a seven-year veteran who owns career averages of 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 388 games (225 starts) for Boston, Seattle and Cleveland. In 2008-09, West played alongside LeBron James in Cleveland and started each of his 64 games and averaged 11.7 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the foul line.

Originally the first round draft pick (24th overall) of the Boston Celtics in the 2004 NBA Draft, West played in just 39 games his rookie season before becoming the starting shooting guard in his second year. That season, West started each of his 71 contests for the Celtics and averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 34.1 minutes per game.

The Washington D.C., native attended St. Joseph’s University where, as a junior, he teamed with Jameer Nelson to lead his school to an undefeated 27-0 regular season and an Elite Eight appearance. He was named Honorable Mention All-America by Associated Press and All-Atlantic 10 First Team.

Marco Belinelli

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that restricted free agent guard Marco Belinelli has accepted the team’s qualifying offer.  Belinelli will be at Hornets’ practice and available at media day tomorrow. The one-year deal is reportedly worth $3.377 million.

“We are excited to have Marco back on the roster,” General Manager Dell Demps said. “He had the best year of his career with us last season and we expect him to continue to grow in our system and be a valuable asset of our team this season.”

Belinelli averaged career-highs of 10.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 24.5 minutes in 80 games (69 starts). He shot 43.7% from the field and a career-best 41.1% from beyond the arc. Belinelli registered four 20-point performances for the Hornets last season.

Belinelli, a Bologna, Italy native, has appeared in 221 career games (93 starts) averaging 8.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists with the Hornets, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors. He was acquired by the Hornets from the Raptors in exchange for Julian Wright on August 11, 2010. The shooting guard was the 18th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Warriors.

Spurs waive Da’Sean Butler

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have waived Da’Sean Butler.

Butler was signed by the Spurs on March 25, 2011, but did not appear in any games.

He is a 6-7, 230-pound forward.

The Golden State Warriors have signed first round draft pick Klay Thompson and draft-night acquisition Jeremy Tyler to contracts, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms were not announced.  Additionally, the Warriors have signed free agent forward/center Julian Khazzouh, free agent guards Tommy Mitchell and Tim Pickett, as well as free agent forward Tommy Smith to contracts.  All six players will participate in Warriors practice today.

Thompson, 21, was selected by the Warriors with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft after playing three collegiate seasons at Washington State.  A two-time All-Pac-10 First Team selection following his sophomore and junior campaigns, Thompson appeared in 98 games during his three-year career, averaging 17.9 points, 4.8 rebounds 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 34.4 minutes per contest.  Last season, the 6’7” guard averaged 21.6 points per game, which led the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the nation.

Tyler, 20, was originally selected with the 39th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats and acquired by the Warriors for cash considerations.  A 6’10” forward/center, Tyler played the 2010-11 season with the Tokyo Apache of the Basketball Japan League, averaging 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 33 games.  In 2009-10 he appeared in 10 games with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli League after leaving high school following his junior year to play professionally overseas.

Khazzouh, 25, began this season with the Sydney Kings of the NBL in Australia, where he was averaging 18.6 points and 11.0 rebounds through 13 games.  A 6’10’’ forward/center, Khazzouh was named All-NBL First Team in 2010-11 while playing for the Sydney Kings and finished second in the league’s MVP voting.  In addition to his Australian career, which began in 2004, Khazzouh spent one season (2009-10) in Israel.

Mitchell, 29, played last season for the Quebec Kebs of the NBL in Canada, averaging 11.8 points in 12 games.  A 6’3’’ guard, Mitchell played four seasons at Siena from 2001-05.

Pickett, 31, has played professionally since 2005, appearing in France, Italy, China, Bulgaria, Puerto Rico, China and Israel.  The 6’4” guard was originally selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 44th overall pick out of Florida State, but never played in the NBA.

Smith, 31, has played overseas since 2003-04, making stops in Croatia, Germany, Syria and, most recently, China.  The 6’10” forward was originally drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 53rd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft out of Arizona State, but never played in the NBA.

Gerald Green

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Gerald Green, it was announced today. InsideHoops.com has not confirmed this but it is likely just a training camp signing and Green will have to prove himself to the Lakers in order to earn an actual regular season contract.

Green, a four-year NBA veteran originally selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round (18th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft, has appeared in 181 NBA games (41 starts) for the Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, posting career averages of 7.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 16.0 minutes.

The 2007 NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Champion and former McDonald’s High School All-American out of Gulf Shores Academy in Houston, TX, started the 2011-12 season in China where he was averaging 26.5 points on .545 shooting from the field through four games.

DeMarre Carroll

The Denver Nuggets have signed free-agent forward DeMarre Carroll, bringing their training-camp roster to 12 players.

Carroll, 6-8, 212, began the 2010-11 season with the Memphis Grizzlies but was traded to the Houston Rockets on Feb. 24, 2011. In two NBA seasons, he has averaged 2.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 83 games.

After playing at Vanderbilt and Missouri, Carroll was selected by Memphis with the 27th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. As a junior at Missouri, he averaged 13 points and 6.7 rebounds and was named Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Phoenix Suns sign guard Ronnie Price

Ronnie Price

The Phoenix Suns have signed veteran NBA guard Ronnie Price, the team announced today.  Phoenix also added Marcus Landry to the club’s roster.

The 6-2, 190-pound Price is a six-year NBA veteran who owns career averages of 3.6 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 319 games (25 starts).  Price joins his third NBA team after stints with the Sacramento Kings (2005-07) and most recently with the Utah Jazz (2007-11). Price’s best statistical season came in 2009-10 with the Jazz when he averaged a career-high 4.3 points and a career-best tying 2.1 assists in 60 games.

Undrafted out of college, Price was a four-year performer at Utah Valley State College (now Utah Valley University) and the first player to enter the NBA directly from that school, the second in the league overall (Travis Hansen, 2003-04).

Landry is a 6-7, 225-pound forward who has played professionally in the NBA, NBA Development League and Europe since leaving the University of Wisconsin in 2009.  The Milwaukee native and brother of NBA forward Carl Landry most recently played for Assignia Manresa in the Spanish League after spending the 2010-11 season with the Reno Bighorns of the NBADL.  Landry averaged 17.6 points and 4.4 rebounds with Reno a season ago.  The 26-year-old’s NBA experience includes 17 games with the New York Knicks in 2009-10 after earning a roster spot as a camp invitee.  He was traded by the Knicks to the Celtics that season as part of the deal that landed Boston Nate Robinson.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

The Milwaukee Bucks have matched the Denver Nuggets offer sheet to restricted free agent Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (6-8, 230) and re-signed the fourth-year forward to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.  We’ll post details of the contract later today on this page.

Under NBA rules, the Bucks had three days to match Denver’s offer sheet to Mbah a Moute or he would have become a member of the Nuggets.

Mbah a Moute, 25, appeared in 79 games (52 starts) for the Bucks last season and averaged 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. He was second on the team in rebounds (420 total) and recorded a career-high eight point/rebound double-doubles and 25 games with double figure scoring.

Entering his fourth NBA season, Mbah a Moute has appeared in 234 games (166 starts) and averaged 6.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  He was the 37th overall pick by Milwaukee in the 2008 NBA Draft out of UCLA, where he earned Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 and Honorable Mention All-Defensive Team honors as a junior.

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony, who hyperextend his knee during Monday’s scrimmage, is sitting out Tuesday’s practice session.

The Knicks had listed him as day-to-day, and it is unclear if he will undergo any MRI exams.

Anthony suffered the injury when he stepped on rookie Iman Shumpert’s foot as he was coming off a screen.

– Reported by Marc Berman of the New York Post (Blog)

Nets sign forward Shelden Williams

Shelden Williams

The New Jersey Nets have signed free agent forward Shelden Williams, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.  Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

“We are pleased to add Shelden to our roster,” said King.  “He is a proven veteran who will add depth to our frontcourt rotation.”

Williams (6’9”/250), a five-year NBA veteran who has played for six teams, holds career averages of 4.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 303 games.

Selected out of Duke by Atlanta with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Williams played one and a half seasons with the Hawks before being traded to the Sacramento Kings during the to the 2007-08 season.

After splitting the 2008-09 season between Sacramento and Minnesota, Williams signed as a free agent with Boston for the 2009-10 season, where he appeared in 54 regular season games and eight postseason contests, helping the Celtics reach the NBA Finals.

Last season, Williams played in 42 games with the Denver Nuggets before a mid-season trade that sent him to New York, where he appeared in 17 games.  Totaling 59 (38 starts) games in 2010-11, Williams had season averages of 4.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Phoenix Suns waive guard Zabian Dowdell

The Phoenix Suns today waived guard Zabian Dowdell, the team has announced.

Dowdell played 24 regular season games for the Suns in 2010-11, averaging 5.0 points and 2.1 assists in 12.2 minutes per game.

The 6-3, 191-pound guard attended Virginia Tech for college.

Ben Wallace

Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace was sentenced Tuesday to a year of probation but avoided jail time on drunken driving and gun possession charges that stemmed from a September traffic stop in suburban Detroit.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar also sentenced Wallace to 30 hours of community service.

Assistant Prosecutor Robert Novey didn’t ask for jail time and told Kumar that prosecutors wanted to treat Wallace “as if his name was Ben Smith.”

– Reported by Corey Williams of the Associated Press

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