Archive for April 20th, 2012

Anderson Varejao

Cavaliers Forward/Center Anderson Varejao continues to rehabilitate and recover from his fractured right wrist. While the healing of his fracture has progressed well, his full recovery is not complete and he is still experiencing some soreness in the wrist.

As a result, the team has made the decision to withhold him from play for the remainder of the Cavaliers season.

This will put Varejao in the best position to focus on his rehabilitation and hence reach the point of full recovery as quickly as possible.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Larry Sanders has been suspended two games without pay for initiating an altercation, failing to leave the court in a timely manner and actions following his ejection – all during the Bucks’ 118-109 loss to the Indiana Pacers Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.  The suspension was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

In addition, the Pacers’ Danny Granger and David West have both been fined $25,000 for instigating and adding to the escalation of an on-court incident, which occurred with 3:29 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Sanders will serve his suspension during the Bucks’ next two games: Saturday versus the New Jersey Nets and Monday against the Toronto Raptors.

Dan Gadzuric

New York Knicks Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations and Interim General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed free agent center Dan Gadzuric and waived guard/forward Bill Walker.

Gadzuric, 6-11, 240-pounds, holds career averages of 4.7 points, on .500 shooting from the field, 4.4 rebounds, 0.85 blocks and 14.8 minutes in 525 games (164 starts) over nine NBA seasons with Milwaukee, Golden State and New Jersey. He appeared in 12 games for Texas Legends of the NBA Development League this season, averaging 12.0 points, on .531 shooting, 11.3 rebounds and 1.00 blocks over 25.7 minutes.

The Netherlands-native was originally selected by the Milwaukee Bucks following a four-year career at UCLA in the second round (34th overall) of 2002 NBA Draft.

Walker, 6-6, 235-pounds, averaged 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 19.4 minutes over 32 games (eight starts) this season for New York. He was originally acquired from Boston, with Eddie House and J.R. Giddens, in exchange for Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry on Feb. 18, 2010.

NBPA STATEMENT REGARDING THE NBPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE VOTE REQUESTING THE RESIGNATION OF NBPA PRESIDENT DEREK FISHER

On April 18th, the NBPA executive committee cast an 8-to-0 vote that it lost confidence in Derek Fisher’s ability to act as Union President, and requested Derek’s resignation.

The Executive Committee based its decision on numerous instances over the past six months, where Fisher engaged in conduct detrimental to the union, including acting in contravention of the players’ best interests during collective bargaining, declining to follow the NBPA Constitution, and failing to uphold the duties of the Union President. To avoid further damage to the NBPA and its 450 members, the Executive Board again calls for Derek’s resignation.

The NBPA performs annual financial audits and shares the results of those audits with the Executive Committee and Player Representatives at its annual meetings. The NBPA completed a financial audit in February and will share the results of the audit with the Executive Committee and Player Representatives at the union’s summer meeting.

Additionally, the NBPA conducted two business reviews following the negotiation of the 1999 and 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreements. And with the support of the entire Executive Committee, the union will conduct another business review in a timely manner.

We hope for a swift and complete resolution to these issues.

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Grizzlies sign guard Lester Hudson

Lester Hudson

Guard Lester Hudson played some good basketball during his brief time on the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, and he’s landed himself another job.

The Memphis Grizzlies signed Hudson, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

Hudson (6-3, 190) averaged 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 24.2 minutes in 13 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season after signing the first of two 10-day contracts on March 30.  The 27-year-old poured in 24.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.00 steals in 32.4 minutes over a three-game tear from April 6-10, including a career-high 26-point performance on April 8 at New Jersey.

Originally selected by Boston in the second round (58th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft, Hudson holds career averages of 4.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 10.6 minutes in 49 career games for the Celtics, Grizzlies, Washington Wizards and Cavaliers.

A Memphis native, Hudson recorded 4.0 points in 6.8 minutes in nine appearances for the Grizzlies as a rookie in 2009-10.

Hudson also has played professionally in the NBA Development League with the Maine Red Claws (2009-10), Dakota Wizards (2009-10) and Austin Toros (2011-12), as well as in China for the Guangdong Southern Tigers (2011) and Qingdao DoubleStar (2011-12).

An explosive scorer in the collegiate ranks for UT-Martin, Hudson averaged 27.5 points during his senior season with the Skyhawks (2008-09), ranking second in the nation in scoring behind current Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.  During his junior year, he became the first men’s player in Division I history to record a quadruple-double (25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals) on Nov. 13, 2007 vs. Central Baptist College.

Hudson transferred to UT-Martin after playing his first two seasons at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis.

The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 15 players.

The fight between NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher is escalating, with Hunter hiring a public relations firm and calling for a player representative conference call as early as Friday in an attempt to oust Fisher, sources said Friday morning.

The two union leaders have been at odds since a rumor surfaced during the lockout that Fisher had met privately with commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver to cut a deal, a rumor that never was substantiated and that some in Fisher’s circle now suspect came from Hunter to undermine Fisher’s authority, sources said.

The board’s attempt to oust Fisher was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Fisher sent a letter earlier this week to player reps informing them the union’s executive committee had decided that the players union should undergo a business review, according to one Eastern Conference player representative. Several executive committee members, however, were surprised by the tone of the letter because the decision was not unanimous, another source said.

– Reported by Ric Bucher of ESPN the Magazine

The New Jersey Nets have signed guard Armon Johnson for the remainder of the season, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.  Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Johnson, who signed a 10-day contract with the Nets on April 9, has played in five games, averaging 4.4 points in nine minutes per game.  The 6-3 Nevada product has scored a season-high six points three times, most recently vs. New York on 4/18.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson started the 2011-12 season with Portland appearing in one contest before being assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the D-League.  In six games with the Stampede, he averaged 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 27 minutes.  He was recalled on January 15 before being waived by Portland on February 27.

Carl Landry

With an expiring contract and no guarantee from the Hornets on a possible extension, forward Carl Landry may have played his final home game Thursday night at the New Orleans Arena.

With two picks already assured to be among the top 14 in June’s NBA draft, it’s not certain what direction the Hornets may go with their rebuilding plans now that Tom Benson owns the franchise.

But Coach Monty Williams indicated Thursday night that changes are likely ahead for their roster.

“It could be some surprises, and I’ll just leave it at that,’’ Williams said. “We’ve been evaluating older guys, even when they’re not on the floor.’’

– Reported by John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Greg Stiemsma is in the midst of a breakout rookie year with the Boston Celtics. Next season, he would like to continue that success in green and white.

Stiemsma will be a restricted free agent this summer with a qualifying offer worth $1.05 million. After traveling through Europe and the NBA Development League for years, the 26-year-old center would like to return next season to the team that gave him his first shot in the NBA.

“Oh yeah, absolutely,” Stiemsma told CSNNE.com. “Next year’s going to kind of take care of itself, I’m hoping, so I’m not getting too worried about it yet. But at the same time, with everything that I’ve learned from these guys and this organization, I’d love to come back.”

– Reported by Jessica Camerato of CSNNE

Out with the very old, in with something new.

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed center/forward Sean Williams.

To make room on the roster for Williams, the Celtics requested waivers on center Jermaine O’Neal.

Williams, a 6’10″ center/forward, appeared in eight games for the Dallas Mavericks this season averaging 3.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.  The product of Boston College also appeared in 27 games for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League this season averaging 15.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.  Williams was originally drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 17th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and has posted career averages of 4.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 134 career games split between New Jersey and Dallas. Williams was named to the NBA’s 2008 Rookie/Sophomore game and recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds in the contest.  He recorded his best statistical season as a rookie with the Nets when he averaged 5.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.45 blocks per game.

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