Archive for December 19th, 2011

Steve Novak

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that forward Steve Novak has been placed on waivers. He originally signed with the Spurs on March 4, 2011. In 23 games in San Antonio, during the 2010-11 season, he averaged 4.0 points in 8.6 minutes. Novak re-signed with the Spurs on December 15, 2011.

At the same time the team announced that, due to the structure of his contract, Antonio McDyess has also been placed on waivers. McDyess signed with the Spurs on July 10, 2009. He spent the last two NBA seasons in San Antonio and, in April, McDyess announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2010-11 campaign.

“Antonio McDyess is the ultimate pro,” said Spurs General Manager RC Buford. “It was truly a pleasure to have him in San Antonio the last two seasons. Antonio and his wife, Liara, are an important part of the Spurs family and will always be welcome.”

Bismack Biyombo

Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed rookie forward Bismack Biyombo. He was a first round draft pick, so his salary is according to rookie scale.

The seventh overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Bobcats acquired Biyombo’s rights from the Sacramento Kings as part of three-team trade on June 23, 2011, in which the Bobcats also acquired Corey Maggette from the Milwaukee Bucks and sent Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and the draft rights to Tobias Harris to Milwaukee.

The 6-9 Biyombo spent the last two seasons playing professionally in Spain.  He split the 2010-11 season between C.B. Illescas in LEB Silver and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in the ACB.  Biyombo started the season with C.B. Illescas, averaging 9.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 21.9 minutes over 14 games played.  He later moved to Fuenlabrada, appearing in 14 contests with averages of 6.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 17.1 minutes

As a member of the World Select Team at the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit on April 9, Biyombo recorded the first triple-double in the history of the event, tallying 12 points, 11 rebounds and a Hoop Summit-record 10 blocked shots.

Chuck Hayes

STATEMENT FROM STATEMENT FROM GEOFF PETRIE REGARDING CHUCK HAYES

“This morning, in one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life, Chuck Hayes was notified that he failed his physical exam with the Sacramento Kings. Subsequent to that, the contract signed on December 9th has been voided. At Chuck’s request, we will have no further comment at this time.”

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UPDATE: According to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, Hayes’ deal was for four years and $21 million, and in the past tests showed an abnormality in Hayes’ heart. We assume that the failed physical is heart-related, but don’t know that for sure. Whatever the case, we wish Chuck the best. As a person, he’s a player worth rooting for.

Bismack Biyombo

Forward Bismack Biyombo is free to join the Charlotte Bobcats after agreeing to pay a buyout clause to release him from his contract with Spanish club Fuenlabrada.

He will not play in Monday night’s preseason opener against the Hawks because he hasn’t had a chance to practice with the team, coach Paul Silas said.

Silas said Biyombo would begin to practice Tuesday and would play in Thursday night’s game at Atlanta.

Fuenlabrada said on Monday that Biyombo had agreed to pay the $1.5 million clause that will free him from the remaining two years of his contract.

– Reported by the Associated Press

Antonio McDyess will not return to Spurs

Antonio McDyess

The Spurs had until the end of business Monday to guarantee the other half of veteran big man Antonio McDyess’ $5.2 million contract, but they won’t drag the process to the end of the day.

The teams acknowledged that McDyess won’t be back, and the club will get to remove $2.6 million, the non=guaranteed portion of his contract, off its player payroll for the 2011-12 season.

McDyess, a former All-Star and an Olympic gold medal winner i n 2000,  started all six playoff games last season.

– Reported by Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News Blog

Brandon Rush

The Golden State Warriors have acquired guard Brandon Rush from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for forward Lou Amundson, the team announced today.

“We’re very happy to get Lou,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “He gives us another big guy who rebounds and plays extremely hard. He gives us more depth up front and will be a player who gives us energy off the bench.”

“I want to thank Brandon for his three seasons with us,” said Bird. “Anytime you make a trade, especially when it’s a guy such as Brandon who you’ve come to know and like, it’s tough, but he’ll get a good opportunity and a fresh start with Golden State.”

Rush, 26, appeared in 67 games (21 starts) for the Pacers last season, averaging 9.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per contest.  In 21 starting assignments, the 6’6” guard averaged 11.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per contest.  For the season, he shot a career-best 41.7% (93-223 3FG) from three-point range.

Originally selected by Portland in the first round (#13) of the 2008 NBA Draft, Rush was acquired by Indiana via trade on July 9, 2008.  He has appeared in 224 regular-season games during his three-year career, averaging 8.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest.  In 2009-10, he appeared in all 82 games (64 starts) for Indiana and averaged career highs in points (9.4), rebounds (4.2), assists (1.4) and minutes (30.4).

Amundson, 29, appeared in 46 games (seven starts) for the Warriors last season, averaging 4.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in a career-high 15.0 minutes per contest.  A five-year NBA veteran, he was originally signed by the Warriors as a free agent on September 13, 2010.

Wizards re-sign guard Nick Young

Nick Young

The Washington Wizards announced today that they have re-signed guard Nick Young. According to the Washington Post, the deal a one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer, and “by signing his qualifying offer, Young will become an unrestricted free agent next season, when the market is expected to be better. Several teams are expected to have considerable salary cap room and few young guards will be available.”

“Nick is a very good scorer who has continually developed and shown steady improvement over his four years with us,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld.  “His size, shooting ability and athleticism allow him to get his own shot and compliment our other backcourt players, making him a valuable part of our young core.”

Young led the Wizards in scoring last season with a career-high 17.4 points over 64 games.  He scored a career-high 43 points on Jan. 11 vs. Sacramento and posted the second-highest scoring increase in the NBA from 2009-10 to 2010-11 (8.6 ppg – 17.4 ppg) behind Golden State’s Dorell Wright.

Young holds career averages of 10.9 points and 1.8 rebounds with career marks of .437 from the field, .383 from three-point range and .822 from the free throw line in 295 games with the Wizards.  He was originally selected by the team with the 16th overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft.

Knicks sign guard Baron Davis

Baron Davis

New York Knickerbockers Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations and Interim General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Baron Davis. It is widely reported to be a one-year deal for $2.5 million. Though, Howard Beck of the New York Times reports that the deal is actually for the veteran’s minimum ($1.4 million), which means the Knicks still have their $2.5 million exception to spend.

Davis, 6-3, 212-pounds, holds career averages of 16.5 points, 7.3 assists, 1.86 steals and 34.7 minutes in 806 games (677 starts) over 12 NBA seasons with the Hornets, Golden State, L.A. Clippers and Cleveland. The two-time NBA All-Star averaged 13.1 points, 6.7 assists and 1.34 steals over 28.4 minutes in 58 games (44 starts) with Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland last season.

The Los Angeles, CA-native was originally selected by Charlotte Hornets in the first round (third overall) of 1999 NBA Draft. He appeared in 46 postseason games (42 starts) to average 19.8 points, 6.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.50 steals over 38.1 minutes.

According to ESPN New York, “Davis has a herniated disk in his back that he said on Monday could sideline him for 8-10 weeks. But a source close to Davis told ESPNNewYork.com that 8-10 weeks is a conservative estimate and, if his rehabilitation goes well, he could return in 4-6 weeks “if not sooner.” Said Davis: “For me, it’s taking it one day at a time and … getting as close as I possibly can to practicing to practicing as soon as I possibly can.”

Thunder trade Byron Mullens to Bobcats

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Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has acquired a 2013 2nd round draft pick from the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for center Byron Mullens and cash considerations.

“While we believe that Byron will be a productive player in this league, it became apparent that in the near future it would be difficult for him to continue his development and have the opportunity to make a significant impact on our club because of the current make-up of our roster,” Presti said. “This trade allows us the opportunity to create both future financial and roster flexibility while providing us with an additional draft pick in 2013.”

In two seasons with the Thunder, Mullens has appeared in 26 games and posted averages of 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.3 minutes per contest.

Oklahoma City originally acquired the draft rights to Mullens from the Dallas Mavericks on draft night after he was selected in the 1st round (No. 25 overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft.

The former Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year at Ohio State saw action in 41 games for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League during the past two seasons. With the 66ers, Mullens recorded averages of 15.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots in 30.2 minutes per game.

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