Archive for July 11th, 2012

OKC Thunder sign center Hasheem Thabeet

OKC Thunder sign center Hasheem Thabeet

The Oklahoma City Thunder signed center Hasheem Thabeet to a contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. We’ll post contract details on this page later today.

Thabeet (7-3, 263), the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, has appeared in 135 games (16 starts) with Memphis, Houston and Portland, averaging 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome Hasheem to our organization,” said Presti. “We look forward to him continuing his development as a young player as a member of the Thunder.”

The center played three seasons at Connecticut, averaging 10.3 points on .611 shooting from the floor, 8.5 rebounds and 4.2 blocks in 100 games (99 starts). He was a two-time winner of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009.

Magic trade Ryan Anderson to Hornets for Gustavo Ayon

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have acquired forward Ryan Anderson from the Orlando Magic in exchange for forward/center Gustavo Ayon.

“We are very excited to add a player of Ryan’s caliber to the Hornets Organization and the New Orleans Community,” Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said. “Ryan is a high character person, a good teammate and a player we believe will make the Hornets a better team.”

Anderson (6-10, 240), was drafted with the 21st overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets, averaged career-highs of 16.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and shot 39 percent from three-point range in 61 games last season (all starts) en route to being named the NBA’s Comeback Player of the Year. Anderson made at least seven three-pointers in a game four times last season and made at least five in a game 11 times. He was just the second power forward in NBA history to lead the league in three-pointers made. The University of California product scored at least 20 points in a game 11 times last season, including a career-best 30 points at New York on Jan. 16. He collected 10 or more rebounds 16 times including a career-high 20 on Jan. 30 against Philadelphia. Anderson has played four seasons in the NBA with the Magic and the Nets, his career averages are 10.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 254 career games (111 starts).

Ayón (6’10”, 245, 4/1/85) played in 54 games last season with the Hornets, averaging 5.9 ppg., 4.9 rpg. and 1.4 apg. in 20.1 minpg., while shooting a team-high .536 (140-261) from the field during his rookie campaign.  He started in 24 games, averaging 8.3 ppg., 6.4 rpg., 2.0 apg., 1.38 stlpg. and 1.08 blkpg. in 28.5 minpg. during that span.  Ayón ranked in the top ten among all NBA rookies in field goal percentage (second), rebounding (fifth), blocked shots (fifth, 0.85 blkpg.) and steals (seventh, 0.98 stlpg.).

Ayón led (or tied) the Hornets in rebounding nine times and in assists twice last season.  He scored in double figures 11 times, including a career-high 16 points twice, the last time on Mar. 15 vs. Washington.  Ayón also pulled down 10+ rebounds five times and recorded two double-doubles.  He tallied a career-high 17 rebounds on Feb. 22 @ Cleveland.

Originally signed as a free agent by New Orleans on Dec. 21, 2011, Ayón is the third Mexican-born player in NBA history (Horacio Llamas, Eduardo Najera).  Prior to joining the Hornets, he played two seasons (2009-11) in Spain with Fuenlabrada of the ACB League, Spain’s top division, which is widely regarded as the best domestic league outside of the NBA.  Ayón was named the 2010-11 ACB “Best Newcomer” after averaging 10.8 ppg. and 6.3 rpg. in 22.6 minpg.  He also played professionally in Mexico for three seasons (2006-09) with Halcones de Xalapa, leading them to back-to-back championships in 2007-08 and 2008-09.  Ayón was a member of the Mexican National Team in 2009.

Brooklyn Nets re-sign Gerald Wallace

Brooklyn Nets re-sign Gerald Wallace

The Brooklyn Nets have re-signed forward Gerald Wallace, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.  We’ll post contract info on this page later today.

“Re-signing Gerald was a top priority this offseason, and we are very pleased that he will continue to be a Net,” said King. “He is a proven veteran who is a leader both on and off the court, and his style of play is critical to the team’s success.”

Wallace rejoins the Nets after appearing in 16 games, all starts, with the team during the 2011-12 season.  As a Net, he averaged 15.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 35.8 minutes, while shooting .416 (84-202) from the field, .385 (20-52) from downtown and .859 (55-64) from the line.  Prior to his mid-season acquisition by the Nets, Wallace appeared in 42 games with Portland averaging 13.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 35.8 minutes.  As a Trail Blazer, he shot .472 (203-430) from the field, .265 (26-98) from behind the arc and .776 (125-161) from the line.

The 11-year NBA veteran and former first round pick, 25th overall by Sacramento in 2001, has appeared in 673 career games, including 527 starts, with the Kings, Bobcats, Trail Blazers and Nets.  The 2010 NBA All-Star holds career averages of 13.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 31.1 minutes, shooting .473 (3,204-6,770) from the field, .318 (341-1,073) from behind the arc and .723 (2,320-3,211) from the line.

Denver Nuggets re-sign Andre Miller

Denver Nuggets re-sign Andre Miller

The Denver Nuggets have re-signed free-agent point guard Andre Miller to a multiyear contract, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today. We’ll update this page with contract info later today.

Miller, 6-2, 200, averaged 9.7 points and a team-leading 6.7 assists in 27.4 minutes for the Nuggets last season. Acquired as part of a three-team trade on June 23, 2011, he led the team in assists 17 times and recorded eight double-doubles.

“Andre was great for our team and our young guys last season,” Ujiri said. “Our players and coaches were excited when they heard he was coming back. He provides leadership and consistency and he really fits perfectly in our system. We’re very happy to keep him in Denver.”

Miller, 36, also continued to be a model of durability, playing in every game for the ninth time in his 13 NBA seasons. He separated his right shoulder on March 19 but went on to play the final 20 games of the regular season and the playoffs.

On Feb. 2, Miller appeared in his 1,000th career game. Remarkably, he accomplished the feat while missing only four games due to injury.

Originally drafted eighth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1997, Miller has established himself as one of the most consistent point guards in NBA history while playing for Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia, Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers.

He led the NBA in assists(10.9) in 2001-02 and has averaged at least six assists in 11 of his 13 seasons. On April 9, Miller passed Maurice Cheeks for 10th place on the NBA career assist list.

Miller also ranks third on Denver’s career assist chart. He spent three-plus seasons with the Nuggets after signing with the team as a free agent in 2003.

For his career, Miller has averaged 14.1 point, 7.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds.

Suns sign-and-trade Steve Nash to Lakers

Suns sign-and-trade Steve Nash to Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired two-time MVP Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for first round draft picks in 2013 and 2015 as well as second round draft picks in 2013 and 2014, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

According to multiple reports, Nash landed a three-year contract worth around $27 million.

Nash, who earned NBA Most Valuable Player honors in back-to-back seasons with the Suns (2005 and 2006), is an eight-time NBA All-Star and six-time All-NBA Team selection (First Team 2005-07, Second Team 2008, Third Team 2002-03).  The second best free throw shooter in NBA history (.9035) behind Mark Price (.9039) and eighth most accurate three-point shooter of all-time (.428), the 6’3” guard currently ranks fifth on the NBA’s all-time assists list (9,916).

Last season, Nash averaged 12.5 points on .532 shooting from the field while handing out 10.7 assists in 31.6 minutes.  Leading all guards in double-doubles (28), Nash also ranked among league leaders in assists (2nd), field goal percentage (10th), 3-point field goal percentage (31st) and free-throw percentage (4th).

The recipient of the 2007 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, Nash is the only player in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line in four different seasons after doing so in 2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 (only Nash and Larry Bird have done so at least twice).

Originally selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (15th overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft two picks after the Charlotte Hornets’ selection of new teammate Kobe Bryant, Nash, a 16-year NBA veteran, has career averages of 14.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 8.6 assists in 31.4 minutes.

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has signed first round draft choice Andre Drummond to a multi-year contract.

All players selected in the first round are guaranteed to receive a contract. So, this signing is standard and was expected.

Drummond, who was an early-entry candidate for the 2012 NBA Draft and selected by the Pistons with the ninth pick, averaged 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 2.7 blocks last season as a freshman for the University of Connecticut.  In 34 games, he shot a team-high 53.8% from the field and ranked third in blocks (2.7) in the Big East Conference.  The 6-11, 279-pound center recorded a season-high 24 points (11-12 FG), eight rebounds and five blocks vs. Holy Cross (12/18).  Drummond also earned two Big East Big East Rookie of the Week honors last season by scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds vs. West Virginia (1/9) and 18 points (9-12 FG) with seven rebounds at Georgetown (2/1).  A native of Mount Vernon, N.Y., he was rated the No. 1 high school prospect by, No. 2 in the ESPNU Top-100 and led St. Thomas More (Conn.) to the 2011 Prep National Championship.

Brooklyn Nets re-sign Deron Williams

Brooklyn Nets re-sign Deron Williams

The Brooklyn Nets have re-signed three-time NBA All-Star and USA Basketball guard Deron Williams, Nets General Manager Billy King announced tonight. According to multiple reports, the deal is for five years and $98 million.

“We are obviously thrilled that Deron will lead the Nets into our new home in Brooklyn,” said King. “Deron is in my opinion the top point guard in the NBA. With his leadership and guidance on and off the court, the fans of Brooklyn should be proud.”

“I am really excited to be able to officially say that Brooklyn is home,” said Williams. “It is an incredible time to play in Brooklyn and to be a part of this organization, the first sports team to call Brooklyn home in over 50 years. I believe in the team and what we are going to be able to accomplish on the court, as well as in the community. My family and I have come to know New York and the more we do, the more we love it. I look forward to going to London to represent the United States in the Olympics and then coming back to Brooklyn to open Barclays Center.”

Williams appeared in 55 games with the Nets in 2011-12, and averaged a career-best 21.0 points (9th in NBA), 3.3 rebounds, 8.7 assists (5th in NBA) and 1.2 steals in 36.3 minutes.  He tallied 22 double-doubles (3rd in NBA) along with scoring a career-high/Nets franchise-high 57 points, 16-29 FG’s and 21-21 FT’s, in 38 minutes at Charlotte on March 4, 2012.

Williams, (6-3, 209), was selected third overall in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft by Utah.  The Illinois product and seven-year NBA veteran holds career averages of 17.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 35.7 minutes per game.

In 506 career games, including 473 starts, Williams has shot .455 (3,175-6,978) from the field, .351 (642-1,828) from three-point range and .812 (1,918-2,361) from the free throw line.

In 44 career postseason games, Williams has averaged 21.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 9.6 assists and 1.2 steals 40.4 minutes, while shooting .458 (308-672) from the field and .796 (238-299) from the line.

Williams is a three-time All Star (2010, 2011, 2012), made the All-NBA Second Team in 2008 and 2010, won a gold medal as part of Team  USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, was a member of the All-Rookie First Team in 2006 and became only the third player in NBA history to have 1500+ points and 800+ assists while shooting .500+ from the field in a single season in 2007-08 (Magic Johnson, 1986-87, 1988-89 and Kevin Johnson, 1988-89).  Williams will make his second Olympic appearance this summer in London as a member of Team USA.

Jordan Farmar to be bought out; will play in Europe

Jordan Farmar is okay with it. The former Nets backup point guard, traded to Atlanta Tuesday as part of the package the Nets used to acquire all-star guard Joe Johnson, will be bought out by the Hawks today for $1.5 million. And once he clears waivers and is officially a free agent, Farmar, who played in Israel last summer during the NBA lockout, intends to go play in Europe, with Anadolu Efes, of Istanbul.

Farmar had the option of becoming a free agent this summer or exercise his player option to play for the Nets one more year, at $4.25 million. Farmar decided on June 30 — the day he had to make the decision and hours before free agency began — to pick the option up. But two days later, he was included in the trade to Atlanta, along with Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro and Jordan Williams. With a three-year offer from Efes on the table, Farmar asked to be bought out, and the Hawks were willing to accommodate him.

– Reported by Colin Stephenson of the Newark Star-Ledger

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