Archive for December 16th, 2011

Washington Wizards re-sign Maurice Evans

Maurice Evans

The Washington Wizards announced today that they have re-signed guard/forward Maurice Evans.

“Mo was a very good midseason addition to the team last season and we are excited to have him back with us,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld.  “In addition to the versatility and athleticism he brings to the lineup, he gives us another solid veteran presence along with Rashard Lewis, Roger Mason and Ronny Turiaf that balances nicely with our core of young players.”

Evans averaged 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 26 games for the Wizards last season.  He was originally acquired along with Jordan Crawford, Mike Bibby and a first round pick from Atlanta in exchange for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong on Feb. 23, 2011.  Evans holds career averages of 6.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in eight seasons with Minnesota, Sacramento, Detroit, L.A. Lakers, Orlando, Atlanta and Washington.

Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee were named Warriors’ tri-captains on Friday. Warriors coach Mark Jackson said the team voted on captains at practice on Thursday, and that threesome got the nod.

“I expect those guys to be an extension of me on the floor and it starts with point guard (Curry),” Jackson said. “As a player I took tremendous pride in being a captain, especially if the players voted. Because a coach can be biased, a coach can take his best players. The players are saying, ‘We believe in you.’”

– Reported by Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area

Chicago Bulls waive guard Jannero Pargo

Jannero Pargo

The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived guard Jannero Pargo.

Pargo (6-1, 185) signed with the Bulls last season (03/20/11) and did not appear in a game following his arrival.  He spent 14 games on Chicago’s Inactive List.

In 379 regular season contests in the NBA, Pargo has averaged 6.6 ppg, 2.0 apg and 1.5 rpg in 15.7 mpg.

Chicago Bulls waive guard Keith Bogans

Keith Bogans

The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived guard Keith Bogans.

Bogans (6-5, 215) started all 82 games for Chicago last season and posted averages of 4.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.2 apg in 17.8 mpg.  He also shot .404 from the field, .380 from downtown and .656 from the line.

With the addition of shooting guard Rip Hamilton, the Bulls obviously felt that Bogans’ services were no longer required.

The Golden State Warriors have been awarded guard Ish Smith off of waivers, the team announced today.

Smith, 23, spent last season with the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies, appearing in 43 games (three starts) and averaging 2.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 10.3 minutes per contest. In three starting assignments, the 6’0” guard averaged 6.3 points, 3.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.00 steals in 27.0 minutes.

Originally signed by Houston after a four-year career at Wake Forest, Smith was traded to Memphis along with Shane Battier in exchange for DeMarre Carroll, Hasheem Thabeet and a first-round draft pick on February 24, 2011. The Charlotte, NC, native appeared in five playoff games for Memphis.

Prior to being traded, Smith appeared in eight games (five starts) for Houston’s D-League affiliate, posting averages of 12.5 points, 7.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.50 steals and 1.25 blocks in 32.9 minutes for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Eduardo Najera

Charlotte Bobcats forward Eduardo Najera underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a cartilage tear in his left knee that was discovered during an MRI earlier this week. The surgery was performed by Bobcats team physician Dr. Glenn Perry at Midtown Medical Plaza in Charlotte.

He is expected to be sidelined for approximately 6-8 weeks.

Najera saw action in 31 games for the Bobcats last season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game.

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