Archive for September 12th, 2012

Brooklyn Nets sign Andray Blatche

Brooklyn Nets sign Andray Blatche

The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Andray Blatche, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.

Blatche played in 26 games for the Washington Wizards in 2011-12, making 13 starts. The 6-11 forward averaged 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game. As a starter, Blatche posted averages of 11.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 31.0 minutes per game. Due to a calf injury, Blatche was forced to miss the last 40 games of the season.

The South Kent High School (South Kent, CT) alum was selected 49th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Wizards. In seven NBA seasons, all with the Washington, Blatche holds career averages of 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 409 games, including 176 starts. During the 2010-11 season, Blatche posted career-highs of 16.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.9 minutes per game. Blatche has made postseason appearances twice, in 2006-07 and 2007-08. In eight career playoff games, he averaged 3.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per contest.

The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guards DeAndre Liggins and Andy Rautins to contracts, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

Liggins (6-6, 209 pounds) saw action in 17 games during the 2011-12 season as a member of the Orlando Magic where he registered averages of 1.9 points and 0.9 rebounds in 6.8 minutes.

After spending three years at the University of Kentucky, Liggins was selected in the second round (No. 53 overall) of the 2011 draft by the Orlando Magic.

Rautins (6-4, 190 pounds), a second round pick of the New York Knicks in 2010 (No. 38 overall) spent the 2011-12 season playing in Spain for Lucentum Alicante where he appeared in 17 games and averaged 7.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 15.4 minutes per contest.

The former Canadian National Team member appeared in five NBA games with the Knicks after concluding his four year collegiate career at Syracuse University.

Jason Kidd will fight DWI charge

New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd intends to fight a charge that he was drunk when he crashed his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons over the summer, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Kidd, wearing a navy pinstriped suit and tie, said “good morning” to reporters outside Southampton Town Court on Long Island. But he didn’t speak as he stood, back straight, facing the judge during his brief procedural appearance.

When asked about the allegations, attorney Edward Burke Jr. told reporters, “We are defending that.”

– Reported by the Associated Press

Toronto Raptors sign forward Dominic McGuire

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed forward Dominic McGuire.

McGuire, 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, spent the 2011-12 season with Golden State, appearing in 64 games (six starts), averaging 3.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 17.6 minutes. He achieved career highs in 2008-09 averaging 4.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 26.2 minutes in 79 games (57 starts) with Washington.

McGuire was selected 47th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Wizards and has also appeared in games for Sacramento (2009-10) and Charlotte (2010-11). He has posted career averages of 2.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 316 career games (74 starts).

After two seasons at the University of California, McGuire played one season at Fresno State where he averaged 12.5 points and 9.8 rebounds. He ranked fifth in the nation with 3.6 blocks during the 2006-07 season with the Bulldogs.

The Raptors open training camp October 2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Josh Childress is signing with Nets

Josh Childress is signing with Nets

The Nets have made plenty of moves since free agency began July 1, but they still needed a backup small forward.

It took them a while but the Nets filled that need yesterday, when sources confirmed they had agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with free agent Josh Childress.

The Nets had been on the verge of signing free agent Donte Greene late last month before Greene injured an ankle in a pickup game in Charlotte. That opened the door for Childress, who, assuming both he and power forward Andray Blatche sign with the Nets in the near future as expected, will bring the team’s roster to 15 players.

– Reported by Tim Bontemps of the New York Post

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