Archive for October 27th, 2012

Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has waived forwards Josh Owens and DaJuan Summers.  The Bobcats roster currently stands at 14 players.

Summers played in six preseason games, averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 7.5 minutes.  Owens did not see any game action in the preseason.

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Thunder trade James Harden to Rockets

Thunder trading James Harden to Rockets

The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first round picks and a second round pick from the Houston Rockets in exchange for guard James Harden, center Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

“We wanted to sign James to an extension, but at the end of the day, these situations have to work for all those involved. Our ownership group again showed their commitment to the organization with several significant offers,” Presti said. “We were unable to reach a mutual agreement, and therefore executed a trade that capitalized on the opportunity to bring in a player of Kevin’s caliber, a young talent like Jeremy and draft picks, which will be important to our organizational goal of a sustainable team. We appreciate James, Cole, Daequan and Lazar’s contributions to the Thunder organization and this community and wish them the best in the future.”

According to Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman, “The deal comes on the heels of negligible progress being made on a contract extension for Harden following nearly four months of negotiating. As a result, the Thunder parted ways with the fan favorite after stagnant talks made it clear Harden would be too much of a financial burden to keep. If no deal was reached on an extension by Wednesday’s midnight Eastern deadline, Harden would have become a restricted free agent next summer. Houston is believed to now be ready to ink Harden to the maximum-allowable contract that Harden has long been believed to covet. A report by Yahoo! Sports on Saturday said Harden recently turned down a four-year extension worth roughly $52 million. The report also was the latest to say Harden is pushing for a max deal, expected to be roughly $60 million over four years.”

Martin (6-7, 185) will enter his ninth NBA regular season with career averages of 18.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists, including a .377 (744-of-1974) mark from three-point range and .865 (2,716-of-3,140) from the line. The Western Carolina product has averaged 20 or more points in five of the last eight seasons and has finished in the top 10 in the NBA in free-throw percentage in each of the last three seasons.

The 20-year old Lamb (6-5, 180) enters his rookie campaign after being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. During his sophomore season, Lamb averaged 17.7 points and 4.9 rebounds on his way to being named to the All-BIG EAST First team after finishing the previous season as the second leading scorer on UCONN’s 2011 NCAA Men’s Championship team.

“We are very excited with tonight’s trade,” said Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander. “While I never like having to send out quality players like Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, this trade gives us a chance to make an immediate impact on the future of our franchise moving forward.  James Harden was part of Team USA’s gold medal team at the London Olympics and is one of the most skilled shooting guards in the NBA.  James, along with the mix of young players we already have in place such as Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik give us a very solid group of young, talented players who will form the core of our team.”

Harden (6-5, 225, Arizona State) has averaged 12.7 points, 2.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 220 regular season games (seven starts) with Oklahoma City. Additionally, he’s averaged 16.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 20 playoff games.  Selected by the Thunder with the third overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, Harden played in 76 games (no starts) as a rookie and averaged 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game on his way to earning NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors.  In 2010-11 he played in all 82 games (five starts) and improved his scoring average to 12.2 points while posting 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest.  Harden enjoyed a breakout season in 2011-12, establishing career high averages for points (16.8), rebounds (4.1), assists (3.7), shooting percentage (.491), 3PT% (.390) and FT% (.846) while playing in a career-most 31.4 minutes per game.  On April 18, 2012, Harden poured in a career-best 40 points in a 109-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns.  After leading all NBA reserves in scoring average in 2012, Harden became the youngest recipient of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award.

Aldrich (6-11, 245, Kansas) has averaged 1.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 44 regular season games (no starts) with the Thunder.  After forgoing his senior year at Kansas, Aldrich was selected with the 10th pick of the 2010 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets, who then traded his rights to the Thunder on draft night.  Aldrich still owns the Jayhawks school record for blocks in a season (125) as a junior and ranks second on the school’s career blocked shots list (253).  Aldrich, who finished his collegiate career in 2009-10 as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, also participated as a freshman in Kansas’ national title run in 2007-08.

Cook (6-5, 210, Ohio State) has averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 279 (48 starts) career games.  The former Ohio State Buckeye is entering his sixth NBA season after being selected 21st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2007 NBA Draft.  After a post-draft night trade to the Miami Heat, Cook spent the first three seasons of his career with the Heat before being traded to the Thunder on 6/23/10.  In his first season with the Thunder during the 2010-11 season, Cook posted career-bests in FG% (.436) and 3PT% (.422).  In his final season with Oklahoma City, he averaged 5.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 57 games (22 starts).

Hayward (6-6, 225, Marquette) has averaged 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 68 games (no starts) since being selected by the Washington Wizards with the 30th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. After having his draft rights traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Hayward played in 42 games (no starts) for the Timberwolves, averaging 3.8 points and 1.7 rebounds during the 2010-11 season.  Prior to the start of the 2011-12 season, Hayward was traded to Oklahoma City where he saw action in 26 games (no starts) and averaged 1.4 points per game.  He finished his Marquette career as the program’s second all-time leading scorer and the 5th all-time rebounder.

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The Atlanta Hawks have waived guard James Anderson and forward Damion James, President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry announced today.

Anderson appeared in six preseason contests (one start), averaging 2.0 points (.238 FG%) in 10.7 minutes. James put up 6.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 19.2 minutes (.400 FG%, .846 FT%), starting in two of his six appearances.

Atlanta’s roster now stands at 14.

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has waived guard Steven Gray and forward Shavlik Randolph.

Gray (6-4, Gonzaga) appeared in two games averaging 1.5 points in eight total minutes.

Randolph (6-10, Duke) appeared in five games averaging 2.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per contest.

The Wizards roster now stands at 17.

The Memphis Grizzlies waived guard/forward Ronald Dupree, center Jerome Jordan and guard Ronald Murray, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

Dupree (6-7, 209) averaged 3.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in 13.2 minutes in six games for Memphis after signing as a free agent on Sept. 29.  The six-year NBA veteran (2005-11) holds career averages of 3.5 points and 2.2 rebounds on .427 shooting in 11.2 minutes in 157 games (eight starts) with the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, Seattle SuperSonics and Toronto Raptors.  The 31-year-old LSU product also has played in the NBA Development League for the Huntsville Flight, Tulsa 66ers and Utah Flash.

Jordan (7-0, 253) posted 5.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.14 blocks in 12.6 minutes in seven games (three starts) for the Grizzlies after signing as a free agent on Sept. 29.  The 25-year-old Tulsa product recorded 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds on .515 shooting in 5.1 minutes in 21 games as a rookie last season with the New York Knicks.  The Kingston, Jamaica native also has played for the NBA D-League’s Erie Bayhawks and overseas in Serbia and Slovenia after being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round (44th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft.

Murray (6-4, 200) registered 4.3 points and 1.8 assists in 11.8 minutes in four appearances for Memphis after signing as a free agent on Oct. 1.  The eight-year NBA veteran (2002-10) owns 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.  Drafted by Milwaukee in the second round (41st overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft, the 33-year-old Shaw product has played the last two seasons in Turkey (2010-11) and, most recently, the 2012 D-League Champion Austin Toros.

Memphis’ current roster stands at 13.

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that the team has waived forward Mike Harris and center Chris Johnson. The Wolves roster now stands at 15 players.

Harris appeared in five preseason games, totaling six points, seven rebounds, one assist and four steals in 30 minutes.

In three preseason contests with Minnesota, Johnson registered six points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 15 minutes.

Miami Heat waive guard Garrett Temple

The Miami Heat announced today that they have waived guard Garrett Temple.

Temple appeared in six games with the HEAT this preseason, averaging 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 20.5 minutes. He originally signed with Miami on September 13, 2012.

The Heat’s roster now stands at 15.

New York Knicks Executive Vice President and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has waived guard Oscar Bellfield, forwards John Shurna and Mychel Thompson and center Henry Sims.

Bellfield, 6-2, 190-pounds, recorded two points, two rebounds and one assist over 13 minutes in two games this preseason.

Shurna, 6-9, 220-pounds, recorded seven points and six rebounds over 43 minutes in five preseason games.

Thompson, 6-6, 205-pounds, averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds over 16.2 minutes in six preseason games (two starts).

Sims, 6-10, 245-pounds, averaged 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds over 11.2 minutes in five preseason games (one start).

It appears the team may be keeping forward Chris Copeland.

The roster stands at 15 players.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived forward/center Micheal Eric, forward Kevin Jones and guard D’Aundray Brown, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Eric played in two preseason games with the Cavs, averaging 0.5 rebounds in 3.5 minutes per game. The 6-foot-11, 240-pound forward/center from Temple University played in five games with the Cavaliers in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and averaged 4.0 points on .667 shooting and 3.8 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game.

Jones,  a 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward from West Virginia University played in two preseason games with the Cavs, averaging 2.5 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game.

Brown, signed on October 25th, played in 115 games (91 starts) at Cleveland State University, averaging 7.8 points on .487 shooting, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 28.4 minutes per game.

The Cavaliers roster now stands at 15.

Lakers waive guard Andrew Goudelock

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived Andrew Goudelock, it was announced today.

Selected by the Lakers in the second round (46th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft, Goudelock appeared in 40 games last season for the Lakers averaging 4.4 points and 0.5 assists in 10.5 minutes.  Most recently, Goudelock played in six preseason games for Los Angeles where he averaged 3.8 points and 0.8 assists in 7.7 minutes.

The 6-2 guard out of the College of Charleston played all four seasons for the Cougars, averaging 18.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 32.8 minutes.  As a senior, Goudelock averaged 23.7 points, ranking him fourth nationally among NCAA Division I scoring leaders.

The Lakers training camp roster now stands at 15 players.

Chris Douglas-Roberts

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed forward/center Melvin Ely and forward Chris Douglas-Roberts.

Ely (6-10, 261) was the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.  He has played for five NBA franchises over his eight-year career (L.A. Clippers, Charlotte, San Antonio, New Orleans and Denver) and has career averages of 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. His most recent NBA experience was in 2010-11 season where he played 30 games for the Nuggets and averaged 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game.  In 2012, he played for Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rico.

Douglas-Roberts (6-7, 210) spent training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers where he averaged 4.0 points in 8.3 minutes in four games.  He was waived on Monday, Oct. 22.  He is a three-year pro and was originally selected by the New Jersey Nets in the second round (40th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft. In total, he has appeared in 155 NBA games (53 starts) for the Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks and has 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.

The Mavericks’ roster now stands at 18 players.

The Oklahoma City Thunder waived center Daniel Orton, guard Andy Rautins and forward Hollis Thompson, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

Orton appeared in one preseason contest for the Thunder and tallied 13 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

Rautins saw action in four exhibition games and recorded averages of 7.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per contest.

Thompson appeared in three preseason games for Oklahoma City and registered averages of 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.7 minutes.

Oklahoma City’s roster now stands at 15.

Adam Morrison

The Portland Trail Blazers have requested waivers on Demonte Harper, Justin Holiday, Coby Karl, Dallas Lauderdale and Adam Morrison, it was announced today by General Manager Neil Olshey.

Karl averaged 4.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 11.8 minutes in four preseason games.

Morrison posted averages of 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 11.4 minutes in five games.

Harper logged four minutes in three games, Harper played six minutes in two contests and Lauderdale tallied six minutes in three games this preseason.

With today’s transactions, the Trail Blazers roster stands at 15 players entering the regular season.

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on guards Mustapha Farrakhan, Eddie Gill, Orien Greene and forward Alando Tucker, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Farrakhan (6-4, 175 – Virginia/Bakersfield Jam), Gill (6-0, 190 – Weber State/Townsville Crocodiles) and Greene (6-4, 208 – Louisiana-Lafayette/Los Angeles D-Fenders) each appeared in three preseason games, while Tucker (6-6, 205 – Wisconsin/Texas Legends) played in four preseason contests. All four players signed as free agents on October 1.

The Bucks roster now stands at 15 players.

Sixers waive forward Devin Searcy

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have waived forward Devin Searcy. The Sixers roster now stands at 14.

Searcy (6-10, 226) appeared in two games for the Sixers this preseason. He played overseas last season after not being selected in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Toronto Raptors waive Jamaal Magloire

Toronto Raptors waive Jamaal Magloire

The Toronto Raptors announced Saturday they have waived centre Jamaal Magloire.

The 12-year NBA veteran did not see any game action during the preseason. He appeared in 34 games with the Raptors last season, averaging 1.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 11.0 minutes. Magloire is the first Canadian-born player to play for the Raptors.

The roster now stands at 15. The Raptors open the 2012-13 season October 31 versus Indiana at Air Canada Centre (7 p.m. ET, TSN, Sportsnet 590 The FAN).

Deron Williams dealing with ankle issue

Deron Williams dealing with ankle issue

Less than a week before the Nets officially begin the Brooklyn era, point guard Deron Williams, the star who is the cornerstone of the franchise, has been sidelined with an ankle injury that the team admits could be a lingering problem. Williams received an injection in his left ankle on Friday and is expected to miss two days of practice.

“We don’t think it’s anything serious, just a case of tendinitis, so he’ll be out (Saturday) for practice,” Avery Johnson said following Friday’s practice, “but we anticipate having him back Sunday or Monday.”

That would give Williams at least three days of practice to get ready for Thursday’s season opener against the Knicks at the new $1 billion Barclays Center. Williams, who signed a five-year, $98 million contract this offseason, was not available for comment after practice Friday.

– Reported by Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News

The Orlando Magic have exercised their third-year team option on the contract of center Nikola Vucevic, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today.  Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.  Vucevic is now under contract through the 2013-14 season.

Vucevic (7’0”, 240, 10/24/90) was acquired by Orlando from Philadelphia as part of a four-team, 12-player deal on Aug. 10, 2012.  He played in 51 games (15 starts) during his rookie campaign last season with the Sixers, averaging 5.5 ppg. and 4.8 rpg. in 15.9 minpg.  Vucevic ranked among all NBA rookies in rebounding (t-sixth), blocked shots (t-sixth) and field goal percentage (.450, eighth).  He led (or tied) the Sixers in scoring four times and in rebounding nine times.  Vucevic also played in one playoff outing.

The Orlando Magic have waived forward Justin Harper, forward Chris Johnson and guard-forward Quentin Richardson, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today.  Orlando’s roster now stands at 15 players.

Harper (6’9”, 225, 8/30/89) played in six preseason games, averaging 3.7 ppg. and 2.5 rpg. in 13.8 minpg.  He was originally acquired by Orlando on June 23, 2011 from Cleveland in exchange for two future second round picks.  Harper appeared in 14 games last season during his rookie campaign, averaging 1.4 ppg. in 6.0 minpg.

Johnson (6’6”, 201, 4/29/90) was signed as a free agent by Orlando on October 9.  He appeared in four preseason games, averaging 1.8 ppg. in 8.5 minpg.  Johnson played in 138 career games during four years at the University of Dayton, averaging 10.6 ppg., 6.1 rpg. and 1.1 apg. in 24.9 minpg.

Richardson (6’6”, 228, 4/13/80) played in three preseason outings, averaging 2.3 ppg. and 1.3 rpg. in 8.7 minpg.  He was originally signed as a free agent by Orlando on July 13, 2010 and appeared in 105 regular season games with the Magic (22 starts), averaging 4.4 ppg. and 2.9 rpg. in 17.3 minpg.  A 12-year veteran, Richardson has appeared in 782 career regular season games with the L.A. Clippers, Phoenix, New York, Miami and Orlando, averaging 10.3 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and 1.5 apg. in 26.5 minpg.

Nets waive James Mays and Carleton Scott

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on forwards James Mays and Carleton Scott, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. Both players were signed to the training camp roster on September 17.

In 24 minutes over two preseason games, Mays tallied six points and four rebounds. Scott totaled nine points and 10 rebounds with three blocks in 51 minutes over three contests.

The Nets roster currently stands at 15.

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