Archive for July 12th, 2012

Blake Griffin hurts left knee at Team USA practice

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin hurt his left knee in a Team USA scrimmage Wednesday and is returning to Los Angeles to be examined by team doctors, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Griffin twisted the knee in a scrimmage, a source said. The severity of the injury is unclear. He’s expected to have an MRI, possibly as soon as Thursday.

Griffin injured the same knee in Game 5 of the Clippers’ first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies.

– Reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports

Timberwolves waive Darko Milicic via amnesty clause

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has waived center Darko Milicic, designating him as the team’s amnesty player. The one-time amnesty provision allows a team to waive a player and not have his salary count against the salary cap or luxury tax.

Milicic spent parts of three seasons as Minnesota’s starting center, averaging 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over 122 games, 110 starts with the Wolves. The Wolves originally acquired the 7-0 center from the New York Knicks on Feb. 17, 2012.

Spurs re-sign Boris Diaw

Spurs re-sign Boris Diaw

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they re-signed forward Boris Diaw. Per club policy details of the contract were not released.

“Boris was a key addition to our team late last season and we are happy to have him back,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.  “The depth of his game and his basketball IQ make him a special player.”

Diaw, signed last season by the Spurs on March 23, played in 20 games (seven starts) with the Silver and Black, averaging 4.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 20.3 minutes while shooting .588 (40-68) from the field.  In the postseason, Diaw started all 14 games for the Spurs and averaged 6.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 24.7 minutes.

The 6-8, 235-pound Diaw started the 2011-12 season with the Charlotte Bobcats before being placed on waivers on March 21. In 37 games with the Bobcats, Diaw averaged 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 27.5 minutes.

A nine-year NBA veteran, Diaw was originally drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 21st overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. He was traded to the Phoenix Suns on Aug. 19, 2005. In his first season with the Suns, Diaw won the 2006 Most Improved Player Award, after averaging 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 35.5 minutes over 81 games.

For his career, Diaw has appeared in 680 NBA  games, averaging 9.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and  4.0 assists in 30.1 minutes while shooting .492 (2,685-5,457) from the field, .333 (301-904) from three-point territory and .708 (785-1,109) from the foul line.  He has posted six triple-doubles during his career. Diaw has seen action in 53 playoff games, averaging 11.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 32.2 minutes.

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