Archive for April 12th, 2013

The Seattle group attempting to buy the Sacramento Kings says it has reached agreement to raise the purchase price by $25 million.

Chris Hansen, teaming with Steve Ballmer to lead the group, Hansen announced the decision to raise the valuation late Friday night. In a statement on his website, Sonicsarena.com, Hansen says the group has voluntarily raised the purchase price as a “sign of our commitment to bring basketball back to our city.”

Hansen’s group entered into a binding agreement with the Maloof family in January to purchase the controlling interest of the franchise based on a $525 million value.

– Reported by the Associated Press

San Antonio Spurs waive Stephen Jackson

Stephen Jackson

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have placed forward Stephen Jackson on waivers.

Jackson, who was in his second stint with the Spurs, saw action in 55 games this season, averaging 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.5 minutes.

According to the Associated Press, “Because he was released after March 1, Jackson - a member of San Antonio’s 2003 NBA championship team - is ineligible for the playoffs if he signs with another team. The move came about half an hour before the Spurs were scheduled to take their annual team photo. Fighting injuries, San Antonio is battling Oklahoma City for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.”

A 13-year NBA veteran, Jackson has appeared in 849 career games, averaging 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.30 steals in 32.1 minutes.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, ““We’re getting ready to playoffs and putting our team together, what we want to do and who we want to do it with,” head coach Gregg Popovich said. “We thought making this decision with Jack was best for the group. “Tough decision, because on a personal basis, I’ve known him a long time and I enjoy him very much. But you’ve got to make decisions that are tough sometimes. We thought this was best for our group.” Popovich said Jackson had not violated team policy. He also declined to address reports that Jackson was upset with his role. Jackson, who did not make the recent trip to Denver for unspecified reasons, had been averaging 6.2 points on 37.3-percent shooting this season. “You’ll have to ask Jack,” he said. “It’s basketball business. Family business. I don’t go into detail on that sort of thing.”

The Spurs roster now stands at 14.

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New York Knicks Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed forward/center Solomon Jones for the remainder of the season.

Earlier today, the Knicks waived beloved veteran big-man Kurt Thomas, who due to injury was going to be unable to help the Knicks for weeks.

Jones, 6-10, 245-pounds, holds career averages of 3.1 points, on 47-percent shooting, and 2.4 rebounds over 11.1 minutes in 268 career games (11 starts) with Atlanta, Indiana, L.A. Clippers and New Orleans. During the 2012-13 season, Jones played for Liaoning of the Chinese Basketball Association and last played in the NBA during 2011-12, averaging 3.2 points and 2.8 rebounds over 13.9 minutes in 21 games (one start) with the L.A. Clippers and New Orleans.

The Eustis, FL-native was originally selected out of South Florida University by the Hawks in the second round (33rd pick overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft.

New York Knicks waive Kurt Thomas

kurt thomas

New York Knicks Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has waived forward/center Kurt Thomas.

According to multiple reports, the team is expected to sign center Solomon Jones.

“Kurt’s contributions to the Knicks have been immeasurable,” Grunwald said. “From the first day of training camp, to his last game against the Utah Jazz, Kurt has been a key contributor to our team. The team’s success this season has been driven by veteran leadership on and off the court – it is something that cannot be quantified or read in a box score.

“Once it became clear that he would not be able to return this season, and due to a rash of injuries to our big men, we felt that it was important for us to free-up a spot on our roster. We thank Kurt for all that he has done. I have the utmost respect for Kurt as a player and as a man.”

The 6-9, 245-pound 18-year NBA veteran averaged 2.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 10.1 minutes in 39 games, including a six-point, three-rebound performance at Utah on Mar. 18 that sparked the beginning of a 13-game winning streak, despite being hampered by a foot injury. On Mar. 19, an MRI on Thomas’ right foot revealed an acute stress reaction surrounding a chronic stress fracture in his navicular bone. He spent the next 12 games on the Inactive List.

Thomas currently ranks ninth on the franchise’s all-time rebounding list with 4,272 caroms and 15th in games played with 569 appearances.

Nets sign Kris Joseph for rest of season

Kris Joseph has made a positive impression on the Brooklyn Nets, and the team has signed the forward for the remainder of the 2012-13 season, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.

Joseph (6-7/215), who signed a 10-day contract with Brooklyn on April 2, has appeared in three games for the Nets, averaging 3.3 minutes per game.  Joseph was Brooklyn’s second NBA D-League Call-Up of the season, joining the Nets from the Springfield Armor.

Acquired from Maine on February 11, 2013, Joseph started 15 games for the Armor, averaging 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.1 minutes per game. In 27 combined games for Springfield and Maine this season, Joseph averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.0 minutes per game.

The Syracuse University product was selected in the second round (51st overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. In six games for the Celtics this season, Joseph averaged 1.2 points and 0.8 rebounds in 3.8 minutes per game.

The Nets have a 46-32 record, good for 4th in the Eastern conference

The NBA regular season ends Wednesday, April 17.

Dirk Nowitzki

This is unfamiliar, uncomfortable territory for Mark Cuban.

It’s the first full season of his ownership tenure in which the Dallas Mavericks are finished before the playoffs. He hopes it will be the last such season.

“I’ve always said there is one winner and 29 other teams tied for last,” Cuban said via email Thursday morning, hours after the Mavs were officially eliminated, ending a 12-year playoff streak. “Our goal is to win championships, so it’s disappointing to not win. But we will come back and get better next year.”

This will be a big summer for the Mavs, as Dirk Nowitzki has said dozens of times as Dallas’ dozen-year playoff streak neared its end.

So was last summer, but the Mavericks had to settle for essentially constructing a temporary supporting cast of players on expiring contracts or willing to sign one-year deals. That definitely wasn’t the plan when Cuban made the difficult post-lockout decision to let Tyson Chandler and other key championship pieces depart Dallas via free agency.

The ideal situation would be adding a superstar who could take the burden off soon-to-be-35-year-old Nowitzki. When the Mavs opted to create significant salary-cap space for the first time in the Cuban era, they did so with the belief that Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Deron Williams would all be on the market last summer.

– Reported by Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas

Andrew Bogut

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut sprained his surgically repaired left ankle against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Bogut was not expected to make the trip to Los Angeles for Friday night’s game against the Lakers.

Bogut exited Golden State’s 116-97 loss with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter. He went to the locker room for observation and did not return to the bench.

– Reported by the Associated Press

kevin Durant

Russell Westbrook blocked Stephen Curry’s layup, Kevin Durant corralled the ball and dribbled down court. He threw down a soaring dunk at full extension, then pretended to slice his throat and crossed his hands in prayer.

”Kill ‘em and pray for ‘em after the game,” Durant said of his new celebration.

Durant finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder regain the Western Conference’s best record with a 116-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

”It’s nothing against the team I’m playing against,” Durant said of his animated moves, adding that somebody encouraged him to do it following a highlight dunk. ”Come out with a mindset and be friends after the game.”

With Durant leading the way, that’s just what the Thunder did.

Kevin Martin scored 23 points off the bench and Russell Westbrook added 18 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who moved a half-game ahead of idle San Antonio for the top seed. The Spurs split the season series with Oklahoma City, but the Thunder (58-21) own the tiebreaker because of its better conference record…

Curry scored 22 points and reserve Jarrett Jack had 19 points on a night the Warriors lost center Andrew Bogut to another injury. The 7-footer left in the first quarter with a sprained left ankle…

Ibaka finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Durant was 10 for 16 from the floor, helping the Thunder outshoot the Warriors 50.6 to 44 percent.

– Reported by Antonio Gonzalez of the Associated Press

Nate Robinson scores 35, Bulls end Knicks winning streak

The win streak’s over. Bigger goals remain in play.

All the New York Knicks could do was shrug off this one.

Nate Robinson scored a season-high 35 points and the Chicago Bulls stopped another lengthy winning streak, rallying to beat New York 118-111 in overtime Thursday night and end the Knicks’ 13-game run.

”It’s over with,” coach Mike Woodson said. ”You can’t win them all.”

Carmelo Anthony missed a potential winner at the end of regulation, and Robinson took over down the stretch, scoring eight points in overtime to lift the Bulls to another streak-breaking win.

”It would have been nice if Melo knocks down that shot,” Woodson said. ”We could have walked out of here with a win. It didn’t happen.”

Jimmy Butler added 22 points, Luol Deng scored 16, and the Bulls busted a long run for the second time in about a two-week span, ending the Miami Heat’s 27-game streak - the second-longest in NBA history - on March 27.

They put the Knicks’ longest streak in nearly two decades to rest with a huge surge in the second half, offsetting Anthony’s 36 points…

Smith scored 28 points and Raymond Felton added 19, but the Bulls hung on down the stretch in OT to complete the four-game sweep.

– Reported by Andrew Seligman of the Associated Press

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