Archive for October 1st, 2012

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Stefhon Hannah, the team announced today. We assume it’s just a training camp signing.

Hannah, 27, appeared in 29 games (27 starts) last season with the Warriors’ NBA D-League affiliate, the Dakota Wizards, where he helped the Wizards to a postseason berth with averages of 18.4 points, 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.14 steals (second in the league) in 32.0 minutes en route to earning 2011-12 NBA Development Defensive Player of the Year honors. The 6’1” guard played the previous season in the D-League with the Iowa Energy and has played professionally in Poland, Cyprus and Lithuania since graduating from the University of Missouri in 2008.

The Warriors now have 20 players under contract.

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The San Antonio Spurs today announced that guard Sherron Collins and center Eddy Curry have been added to their 2012-13 training camp roster. The Spurs current roster stands at 20 players.

Collins (5-11, 215) played last season for Hacettepe Universitesi of the Turkish Basketball League where he appeared in 19 games, averaging 10.6 points, 2.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.05 steals in 28.9 minutes.

Collins, who appeared in 20 games with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010-11, played collegiately for the University of Kansas.  In 143 career games for the Jayhawks, he averaged 13.2 points, 3.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 28.5 minutes while shooting .444 (656-1,476) from the field, .377 (232-615) from behind the arc and .807 (344-426) from the free-throw line.  He was named a consensus First Team All-American in 2010 and was named to the All-Big 12 First Team in 2009 and 2010.

Curry (7-0, 295), drafted fourth overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2001 NBA Draft, played last season for the Miami Heat where he averaged 2.1 points in 5.9 minutes.  From 2005-10, the center appeared in 222 games for the New York Knicks, averaging 10.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20.0 minutes.  In a Bulls uniform from 2001-04, Curry averaged 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 23.4 minutes in 289 games.  For his career, he has appeared in 525 NBA career games, averaging 13.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 24.9 minutes while shooting .545 (2,574-4,726) from the floor.

The Denver Nuggets will open training camp with 17 players after signing G Anthony Carter and G Ben Uzoh, Nuggets Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today.

Carter, 6-1, 190, is a 13-year NBA veteran who previously spent four-plus years with Denver from 2006-11. He has appeared in 218 games for the Nuggets, averaging 5.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

Carter, 37, reached the postseason each of his four full seasons with Denver and appeared in all 16 of their games during the Western Conference Finals run in 2009. He played for the Toronto Raptors during the 2011-12 campaign, where he averaged 2.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24 games.

Uzoh, 6-3, 205, attended the University of Tulsa before playing in the NBA and NBA D-League over the past two seasons. He owns career averages of 4.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 60 career games with New Jersey (2010-11), Cleveland (2011-12) and Toronto (2011-12).

Uzoh, 24, has appeared in 24 career games in the D-League (four with Springfield and 20 with Rio Grande Valley), averaging 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.50 steals.

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (fractured bone in his right hand) and forward/center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) have been cleared for full team practice participation starting with the commencement of training camp on Tuesday, October 2nd. Irving injured his hand on July 14th,2012 and Varejao’s injury occurred last season on February 10th, 2012. Guard Daniel Gibson (torn tendon in his left foot and ankle) has been cleared for participation in practice to tolerance. Gibson’s injury occurred last season on March 19th, 2012.

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Chris Douglas-Roberts, it was announced today. We assume this is just a training camp signing.

Douglas-Roberts, a three-year NBA veteran out of the University of Memphis, was originally selected by the then-New Jersey Nets in the second  round (40th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft. Douglas-Roberts has appeared in 155 NBA games (53 starts) for the Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, recording career averages of 7.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 20.6 minutes.

Most recently, the 6-7 forward spent the 2011-12 season playing for Virtus Bologna of the Italian League. In 34 games, Douglas-Roberts averaged 12.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 27.0 minutes.

The Milwaukee Bucks announced their 2012 training camp roster today with the additions of Eddie Gill, Orien Greene, Mustapha Farrakhan and Alando Tucker.

Gill (6-0, 190) returns to Milwaukee after seeing action in six games with the Bucks during the 2008-09 campaign. An undrafted guard, he has averaged 3.1 points, 1.2 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 187 NBA games on the rosters of New Jersey, Memphis, Portland, Indiana and Seattle. A native of Aurora, Colo., he has played in the NBA D-League with the Asheville Altitude and Colorado 14ers. The 2008-09 D-League Impact Player of the Year, Gill averaged 15.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists over 112 career games. Last season, Gill participated in Australia’s premier league, averaging 13.3 points for the Townsville Crocodiles.

Greene (6-4, 208) was a second round pick by Boston in the 2005 NBA Draft (53rd overall) and tallied 3.2 points over 80 appearances (five starts) in his rookie year. He has played in 131 NBA games with Boston, Indiana, Sacramento and New Jersey, averaging 2.5 points, 1.2 assists and 1.5 rebounds. Greene spent the 2011-12 season with the NBA D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders, and played two seasons with the Utah Flash, averaging 14.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.1 steals in his D-League career.

Farrakhan (6-4, 175) averaged 13.5 points and 2.8 rebounds during his senior campaign at the University of Virginia. The guard from Harvey, Ill., led the Cavaliers in both points (418) and minutes played (956) during the 2010-11 season where he was the squad’s high scorer in 15 contests. For his efforts, Farrakhan earned 2010-11 Honorable Mention All-ACC accolades before spending the 2011-12 season with the NBA D-League’s Bakersfield Jam. There, he made 11 starts in 39 games, averaging 9.0 points and 3.4 assists.

Tucker (6-6, 205) joins the Bucks after spending the 2011-12 season with the NBA D-League’s Texas Legends where he averaged 14.5 points and 3.6 rebounds. After a standout collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin where he earned Big Ten Player of the Year and First Team All-America honors, Tucker was selected by Phoenix as the 29th overall pick in the 2007 draft. The Lockport, Ill., product has averaged 4.1 points through 51 career NBA games with the Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Cavaliers have added guard/forward Justin Holiday to their training camp roster.

Holiday appeared in all five 2012 Summer League games for the Cavs and averaged 6.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game.

The roster now stands at 20.

The Chicago Bulls announced today the signing of free agents Ryan Allen, Vance Cooksey, Andre Emmett, Kyrylo Fesenko and Marko Jaric to round out their 2012-13 training camp roster.

Allen (6-3, 200), a rookie guard out of UW-Milwaukee, earned Horizon League All-Defensive Team honors last year, as he averaged 8.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 apg and 1.06 spg in 29.1 mpg .  A native of Chicago, Allen attended Thornton Fractional High School in Harvey, Ill.  His brother Tony is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Cooksey (6-0, 175) spent last season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League.  In 38 D-League games, he posted 8.8 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.6 rpg and 1.10 spg in 23.9 mpg.

Emmett (6-5, 230) split last year with the New Jersey Nets and the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.  In six games with the Nets last season, he recorded 2.2 ppg and 1.0 rpg in 7.5 mpg.  While with the Bighorns, he averaged 23.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.70 spg and 36.7 mpg.

Fesenko (7-1, 280), a veteran of 135 NBA games (seven starts), played in three games with the Indiana Pacers last year.  During his time with the Pacers, he posted 2.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 0.70 spg in 5.7 mpg.  For his NBA career, the Ukraine native has averaged 2.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 8.2 mpg.

Jaric, a seven year veteran of the NBA, has previously played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota and Memphis.  In 447 career games (221 starts), he has averaged 7.1 ppg, 3.6 apg, 2.7 rpg and 1.30 spg in 25.2 mpg.  Jaric last played in the NBA in 2008-09, as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.  He spent the 2011-12 season with Montepaschi Siena of the Italian League.

The Bulls will open training camp today with Media Day at the Berto Center, prior to tomorrow’s first practices of the season.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 18.

The Memphis Grizzlies signed free agent guards Ronald Murray and Kyle Weaver, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

An eight-year NBA veteran (2002-10), Murray (6-4, 200) holds career averages of 9.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists on .414 shooting in 22.7 minutes in 487 games (92 starts) with the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls.  The Shaw product was drafted by Milwaukee in the second round (41st overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft.

Most recently, the 33-year-old averaged 12.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists on .667 shooting in 23.3 minutes in three games for the 2011-12 NBA Development League Champion Austin Toros.  Nicknamed “Flip,” the Philadelphia native also has played professionally in Turkey for Anadolu Efes Istanbul during the 2010-11 season.

A three-year NBA veteran (2008-11), Weaver (6-6, 201) owns NBA career averages of 5.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists on .441 shooting in 18.9 minutes in 73 games (19 starts) with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz.  Following a four-year collegiate career at Washington State, Weaver was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in the second round (38th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft and traded to Oklahoma City on draft night.

The 26-year-old comes to Memphis after playing for ALBA Berlin last season, recording 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists on .508 shooting in 37 games in the German League and averaging 10.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 11 games during the EuroCup.

A native of Janesville, Wisc., Weaver owns NBA Development League career averages of 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists on .434 shooting in 36.7 minutes in 37 games (31 starts) for the Tulsa 66ers, Iowa Energy and Austin Toros.  He also has competed professionally in Belgium, guiding TEC Spirou Charleroi to the 2011 Belgian League Championship.

Memphis’ roster currently stands at 20.

76ers add Mikki Moore to training camp

76ers add Mikki Moore to training camp

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today they have signed free agent center Mikki Moore in preparation for training camp which begins on Tuesday, October 2 at Saint Joseph’s University’s Hagan Arena.  The Sixers training camp roster now stands at 18.

Moore (7-0, 225) has played 13 seasons in the NBA despite not being selected in the 1998 NBA Draft out of Nebraska.  In 564 games with 181 starts, he has averaged 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game while shooting 55.1% from the floor.  In 2006-07, Moore led the NBA in field goal percentage (.609).

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Center Andrew Bynum had a full share of injury issues during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers. Will the trend continue now that he’s on the Philadelphia 76ers?

The 76ers announced today that the team will take precautionary measures with Bynum and will withhold him from basketball activities for the next three weeks in order to maximize the therapeutic effects of the Orthokine therapy he received earlier this month.

Bynum was examined by Dr. Jack McPhilemy of Main Line Health and was diagnosed with a bone bruise of the medial femoral chondyle of his right knee. During the aforementioned time frame, Bynum will continue participate in low impact conditioning drills.

The team will provide additional updates as they are available and appropriate.

The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard Walker Russell to a contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. We presume it’s just a training camp deal.

Russell (6-0, 170 pounds), appeared in 28 games last season as a member of the Detroit Pistons where he averaged 3.0 points and 2.1 assists in 12.8 minutes per game.

After playing collegiately at Jacksonville State University, Russell spent five seasons in the NBA D-League where he amassed averages of 15.1 points, 8.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 132 contests.

During the past six years, Russell has spent time playing professionally in the Dominican Republic (2011), China (2011), Germany (2010-11), Puerto Rico (2010), Bulgaria (2009-10), Madrid (2008) and the Czech Republic (2006-07).

The Oklahoma City Thunder roster now stands at 19.

Raymond Felton reportedly in good shape for Knicks

Point guard Raymond Felton has been an active participant in workouts.

Felton’s conditioning is considered a key for the Knicks this year.

Felton is coming off a sub-par year in Portland for the Blazers, where he reportedly entered the season out of shape.

So the Knicks are hoping that Felton can bounce back in New York.

According to multiple sources at the training facility, Felton is in solid shape and motivated for his second act in a Knicks uniform.

“He looks great,” one observer said. “He looks like 2010 Ray.”

– Reported by Ian Begley of ESPN New York

Wizards sign guard Jannero Pargo

With point guard John Wall injured and likely out of action for around eight weeks, the Washington Wizards have added some PG depth.

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Jannero Pargo.

“Jannero brings us veteran leadership and added depth to our backcourt,” said Grunfeld.  “He is a hard-nosed competitor and proven outside shooter that will fit well with the mix of veterans and young players on our roster.”

Pargo (6-1, 185) holds career averages of 6.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game while shooting .354 from three-point range in 429 games (18 starts).  Originally undrafted out of the University of Arkansas, Pargo began his career in 2002 with the Los Angeles Lakers.  He has also spent time with the Raptors, Bulls, Hornets and Hawks.

Pargo comes to Washington after spending the 2011-12 season with the Atlanta Hawks where he averaged 5.6 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds while shooting .384 from three-point range in 50 games.   The eight-year pro enjoyed his best season in 2006-07 with the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets when he appeared in all 82 games and averaged a career-high 9.2 points per contest.  He has averaged 5.8 points and 1.5 assists in 40 career playoff games with the Lakers, Bulls, Hornets and Hawks.

With an average of two years of NBA experience on their roster, the Rockets will head to training camp Tuesday with more than the usual work to do.

Coach Kevin McHale will have less than a month to evaluate the hand he has been dealt and how to best play it. There is little that can be considered a certainty.

General manager Daryl Morey said last week that only two players on his 20-man roster are known commodities. That did not include his top free-agent additions, guard Jeremy Lin and center Omer Asik. Of the 20 players heading to McAllen, only two — forward/center Patrick Patterson and forward Chandler Parsons — finished last season in the rotation. Only one, guard Kevin Martin, went through the bulk of last season’s abbreviated training camp.

Finally, they will begin to work through the uncertainty. But after a nearly complete offseason overhaul of the roster, the summer of their reinvent sends them to camp with more questions than answers.

– Reported by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle Blog

In conjunction with Fox Sports North, the Minnesota Timberwolves today named Dave Benz as the team’s television play-by-play announcer. Benz will team up this season with color analyst Jim Petersen to call 75 Wolves games this season on Fox Sports North and WFTC MY29.

Benz, a graduate of Oswego State University (Oswego, NY,) brings a wealth of experience and versatility to Minnesota with over 20 years in the sports industry. His television and radio play-by-play experience includes college basketball for FOX Sports, the mtn. and Comcast Sportsnet where he covered a number of men’s and women’s programs in the Mountain West, Pac-12, Big-12, WCC, Big West and Sun Belt conferences.  He has also been behind the mic for Major League Baseball Cactus League games as well as Arena Football League and CHSAA High School Football games.  Most recently he was the radio “Voice of the Sabercats” for San Jose’s AFL team.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be the new television voice of the Timberwolves.  It has been my lifelong dream to be an NBA play-by-play announcer,” said Dave Benz. “I look forward to calling many Timberwolves wins this season alongside Jim Petersen, who is one of the best in the business. I also look forward to meeting Timberwolves fans and sharing in their passion for this organization.”

Benz comes to the Twin Cities from the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked as host, anchor and reporter for Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area.  There he had the opportunity to cover the Giants 2010 World Series title and the 49ers run to the NFC Championship game as a pre and postgame show host.  His lengthy career has afforded him the opportunity to regularly cover a number of NBA teams including roles as pre and postgame host for the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.  He has also had roles covering the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets.

“After a nationwide search, we were captivated by Dave’s call of a game and how he captures the moment,” said Ted Johnson, Wolves Sr. Vice President of Marketing/Communications & Chief Marketing Officer. “Dave has experience covering many teams in different leagues and we feel he will be a great fit for our emerging team.”

“We’re pleased to welcome Dave to our FOX Sports North family, we’re confident he’ll bring energy and enthusiasm to our Timberwolves telecasts,” said Tony Tortorici, executive producer for FOX Sports North. “His knowledge of the sports scene will complement Petersen, Hanneman, Lynch and the rest of the TV team very well.”

Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson insists … he’s no jewel thief — and now, he’s lashing back against a lawsuit that says he stole $125,000 worth of bling from an Atlanta diamond dealer.

Aydin & Company filed a lawsuit against Johnson earlier this month, claiming the NBA star entered into a purchase agreement back in October 2010 for $125,500 worth of jewelry.

The items in question — a white gold watch with diamonds, diamond beaded bracelet, black diamond stud earrings and a white gold bezel set rosary.

– Reported by TMZ.com

Stephane Lasme signs to play in Greece

Panathinaikos Athens found a stopper to reign in the paint by signing [forward] Stephane Lasme, who returns to the Euroleague after two years away. Lasme (2.03 meters, 29 years old) finished among the top vote-getters for the 2010 Best Defender Award after his last season with Maccabi Electra. He averaged 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and was third in the league with 1.4 blocks per game in a reserve role for Maccabi that season. He helped Partizan Belgrade and Maccabi to playoff appearances in both of his two previous Euroleague campaigns. Lasme is ranked second all-time with 1.46 blocks over his 39 career Euroleague games. Last season he played for Obradoiro CAB in the Spanish League, where he was worth 10.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 34 games.

– Reported by Euroleague.net

Elton Brand expects to be Mavs enforcer

The Mavericks need somebody willing to do the dirty work in the paint. It doesn’t take a Duke education to figure that out.

Elton Brand, a first overall pick out of Duke and former All-Star, basically announced himself as willing and able to play the enforcer role.

“I’m definitely going to have to anchor the defense, bring toughness,” the 6-foot-9, 254-pound Brand said. “I’m not proud of it, but I think I led the league in flagrant fouls last year. You’ve got to bring that. In order to win, you’ve got to do those kind of things, protect that paint.”

Actually, Brand led the league in flagrant fouls in 2010-11, but you get his point.

– Reported by Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas

The Detroit Pistons announced today the addition of guards Terrence Williams and Jonny Flynn to the 2012-13 training camp roster.

Williams was drafted 11th overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 2009 NBA Draft.  He’s played in 129 career NBA games with the Nets, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings, averaging 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists.  Williams was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in April 2010 while with the Nets where he averaged 8.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 22.6 minutes while recording eight double-doubles as a rookie.

Flynn was drafted sixth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2009 NBA Draft.  In 163 NBA games (90 starts) with Minnesota, Houston and Portland, the 2010 NBA All-Rookie second team member has averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds.  With the Timberwolves in 2009-10, Flynn ranked fifth among rookies in scoring (13.5 ppg), fourth in free throw accuracy (82.6% FT), fifth in assists (4.4 apg) and seventh in steals (1.01 spg).

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