Archive for February 7th, 2012

Chauncey Billups
Chauncey Billups
Career may be over

Clippers guard Chauncey Billups suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in last night’s 107-102 Clippers’ win in Orlando. The injury, which occurred with 5:48 remaining in the fourth quarter, will sideline Billups for the remainder of the 2011-12 NBA season.

Billups underwent an MRI today at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio which confirmed the injury. He will return to Los Angeles on Thursday for further evaluation. A date for surgery is yet to be determined.

In 20 games played this season (20 starts), Billups has tallied 14.9 points, 4.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 30.4 minutes per game.

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Wizards waive center Hamady Ndiaye

The Washington Wizards announced today that they have waived center Hamady Ndiaye.

Ndiaye appeared in three games for the Wizards this season and appeared in 10 games for the Iowa Energy (the Wizard’s NBA D-League affiliate).  He was originally selected by Minnesota with the 56th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft before his rights were traded (along with the rights to Trevor Booker in exchange for the rights to Lazar Hayward and Nemanja Bjelica) on Draft Night 2010 and was re-signed by the Wizards as a free agent on Dec. 11, 2011.

Kris Humphries
Kris Humphries
Does not want to keep up with the Kardashians

The Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries divorce has become a bitter fight, and we’ve learned Kris’ lawyer intends to put reality TV on trial … but that could blow up in his face.

Sources tell us … Kris and his lawyer, Lee Hutton, want to “expose the M.O. of reality TV” by proving Kim had no intention of staying married to him, but just wanted big ratings for her reality show.

Now here’s the irony. The duo wants to prove their point by asking the judge to allow TMZ and TV stations to broadcast the trial — something that the judge might find a tad hypocritical … not that we’re complaining.

TMZ broke the story … Kim filed for divorce on grounds of “irreconcilable differences.” Kris has countered that he wants the marriage annulled based on fraud.

– Reported by TMZ 

Lakers waive forward Derrick Caracter

Derrick Caracter

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived forward Derrick Caracter, it was announced today.

Caracter, who was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League on January 25, has played 4 games (1 start) with the D-Fenders this season, averaging 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 23.5 minutes.

Selected by the Lakers in the second round (58th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, Caracter appeared in 41 games last season, averaging 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 5.2 minutes.  Caracter was assigned to the Bakersfield Jam twice last season, averaging 8.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 20.0 minutes in three regular season games.  In two playoff games with the Jam, he averaged 7.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.50 blocks in 21.5 minutes.

The 6-9 forward played two seasons at Louisville before transferring to the University of Texas at El Paso, where he averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in 27 games as a junior with the Miners. Ranked as the best player in the country by some recruiting services heading into his senior year of high school, Caracter averaged 8.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 53 games (14 starts) over two seasons at Louisville. For his college career, Caracter averaged 10.2 points (.560 FG%) and 5.6 rebounds in 80 games (36 starts).

Clippers waive forward Solomon Jones

The Los Angeles Clippers today waived forward Solomon Jones.

In 10 games played for the Clippers this season, Jones averaged 0.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

The Clippers roster now stands at 14 players.

Grizzlies waive forward Josh Davis

The Memphis Grizzlies waived forward Josh Davis, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

Davis (6-8, 235) averaged 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds on .370 shooting in 8.7 minutes in 15 games for Memphis this season.  The 31-year-old holds NBA career averages of 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds on .373 shooting in 7.4 minutes in 67 games over four seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies.

A native of Salem, Ore., Davis was originally signed by Memphis as a free agent on Dec. 10, 2011.

The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 14 players.

Heat waive center Mickell Gladness

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have request waivers on center Mickell Gladness.

Gladness appeared in six games with the HEAT this season totaling two points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block in 21 minutes of action. He was signed in is second stint with the HEAT as a free agent on December 10, 2011. He was previously signed by Miami on September 27, 2010 before being waived on October 11, 2010.

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have assigned second-year forward Craig Brackins to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.  Brackins has appeared in eight games for the Sixers this season.

Brackins (6-10, 230) was assigned to the D-League three times last season with the Sixers old affiliate, the Springfield Armor.  In 18 games for the Armor, he averaged 20.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 37.6 minutes per game while shooting 44.0% from the floor, 24.7% from 3-point range and 72.7% from the line.  He was tied for the eighth highest scoring average of any D-League player last season.

Spurs waive forward Malcolm Thomas

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have placed forward Malcolm Thomas on waivers.

Thomas saw action in three games for the Spurs this season, totaling 3 rebounds, 1 point and 1 assist in 15 minutes.

The Spurs roster now stands at 13.

Chauncey Billups

The good news for the Clippers was that they beat the Orlando Magic, 107-102, in overtime Monday night at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

The bad news came when Chauncey Billups injured his left Achilles tendon with 5 minutes 48 seconds left in a game.

He was helped off the court and into the Clippers’ locker room and never returned.

The Clippers said Billups, 35, will be evaluated Tuesday when the team arrives in Cleveland.

Billups had 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. He had made three three-pointers in the fourth, his last giving the Clippers an 82-74 lead.

– Reported by Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times (Blog)

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