Archive for September 25th, 2012

Milwaukee Bucks sign Marquis Daniels

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The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free-agent guard-forward Marquis Daniels (6-6, 200), General Manager John Hammond announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed in accordance with team policy.

Despite going undrafted in the 2003 NBA Draft, Daniels, 31, has carved out a nine-year NBA career with stops in Dallas, Indiana and Boston. The Auburn University product has averaged better than 10 points per game in a season on two occasions (10.2 ppg with Dallas in 2005-06; 13.6 ppg for Indiana in 2008-09), and he owns career averages of 8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 489 games (113 starts). Daniel’s best statistical season came in 2008-09 when, in addition to the 13.6 points per game, he added 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals while starting 43 of the 54 contests in which he appeared.

Daniel’s teams have advanced to the postseason in five of his nine NBA seasons, where he has averaged 4.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 62 career playoff appearances. Daniels appeared in 20 playoff games with Dallas in 2006 when the Mavericks reached the NBA Finals before falling to Miami in six games.

The Charlotte Bobcats have signed free agents Jeff Adrien, Paris Horne, Josh Owens and DaJuan Summers to their training camp roster.

A 6-7 forward, Adrien has appeared in 31 career NBA games over two seasons for the Warriors and Rockets, averaging 2.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game.  He played in eight games with the Rockets last season, averaging 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds.

A 6-3 guard, Horne appeared in three games with the Bobcats Summer League team in Las Vegas, averaging 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 20.3 minutes. He spent the 2011-12 season with BG Gottingen in Germany, where he averaged 10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31.1 minutes in 40 games played.

A 6-8 forward, Owens appeared in four games with the Bobcats Summer League team in Las Vegas, averaging 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.8 minutes. Last season as a senior at Stanford, he was named Second Team All-Pac-12 after averaging 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, while ranking third in the conference in field goal percentage (.571).

A 6-8 forward, Summers has appeared in 81 career NBA games over three seasons for the Pistons and Hornets, averaging 3.4 points and 1.0 rebound in 10.0 minutes per game.  The 35th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, he played in 15 games for the Hornets last season, averaging 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13.9 minutes.

The Bobcats training camp roster stands at 18 players.

Seattle City Council OKs arena deal

A wealthy hedge-fund manager won approval Monday for his plan to bring professional men’s basketball and hockey back to Seattle, with initially skeptical City Council members agreeing to put up $200 million for a new arena after he promised to personally guarantee the city’s debt.

Council members voted 6-2 to approve Chris Hansen’s plan for a $490 million arena near the Seahawks and Mariners stadiums south of downtown.

“I was a skeptic when this came forward because I was worried about our taxpayers,” said Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw. “The fact that we have a personal guarantee from Mr. Hansen … that makes a big difference.

“At the end, we’re going to have something the city is proud of.”

– Reported by the Associated Press

Brook Lopez confident injury is behind him

During the recovery process from his second foot injury last season, Brook Lopez was hesitant to say he was back to 100 percent.

But that, Lopez said Monday, was just a case of him being hesitant because he hadn’t played in any competitive game settings yet.

“It was being cautious,” Lopez said at the opening of the Nets team shop at Barclays Center. “And, honestly, I hadn’t played any 5-on-5 or competitive basketball, but now, being that I’ve been here for three weeks, I’ve played 5-on-5 with everyone on the team … we’ve got 15 guys going every day, and I’ve had no problems. I’m very confident in my foot.”

– Reported by Tim Bontemps of the New York Post (Blog)

Steve Blake punctures foot in parking lot accident

Backup Lakers point guard Steve Blake suffered a puncture wound to his left foot stepping on a spike strip in a parking lot and is prohibited from any impact exercises for approximately three weeks.

Lakers training camp opens in eight days.

With Blake sidelined, Chris Duhon will get an added opportunity to impress his new coaching staff in pursuit of backup minutes behind Steve Nash.

– Reported by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register

With the Miami Heat still sorting through roster possibilities five days before the start of training camp, former University of Miami guard Jack McClinton was among those working out Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

With teams allowed to carry up to 20 players during training camp, the Heat remain two spots below the maximum.

In addition to McClinton, also working in the team’s pre-camp sessions were Heat 2009 second-round pick Robert Dozier, the forward out of Memphis, and swingman Chamberlain Oguchi, who had an impressive offseason with the Nigerian national team at the London Olympics.

– Reported by Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Lou Amundson, Wolves agree to deal

Lou Amundson, Wolves agree to deal

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with free agent power forward Lou Amundson.

Amudson’s deal with Minnesota is a guaranteed contract for one year at the league minimum.

Amundson’s agency tweeted the agreement on Monday and the Timberwolves were expected to announce the deal once he passes a physical. Amundson adds some needed depth to the frontcourt in Minnesota

– Reported by News Services

The Knicks have hired shooting coach Dave Hopla as an assistant.

According to a league source, Hopla will work specifically in player development and conduct individual drills for the Knicks, similar to the role that former assistant Kenny Atkinson served last season.

Hopla has worked with the Wizards and Raptors as a shooting consultant.

– Reported by Ian Begley of ESPN New York

Also, according to sources, the Knicks are expected to hire shooting coach Dave Hopla, who once made 550 out of 550 free throws while working with the Wizards.

– Reported by the New York Daily News

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