Archive for January 10th, 2014

Chicago Bulls sign Cartier Martin to 10-day contract

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed free agent forward Cartier (Karr-tee-A) Martin to a 10-day contract.

Martin (6-7, 220) is currently in his sixth year in the NBA. After being drafted by the Iowa Energy with the 15th pick in the 2008 NBA Developmental League Draft, Martin was signed by the Charlotte Bobcats (Feb. 18, 2009) for the remainder of the 2008-09 season. In addition to the Bobcats, Martin has also played for the Golden State Warriors, the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks. Earlier this season, he appeared in 25 games (two starts) with the Hawks, and averaged 6.6 ppg on .403 shooting from the field, including .405 from downtown, 2.0 rpg and 0.7 apg in 17.5 mpg.

In five-plus seasons in the NBA, Martin has played in 186 regular season games (11 starts) and averaged 5.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 0.5 apg in 14.6 mpg, and shot .391 from the field, .385 from behind the arc and .741 from the free-throw line.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 13 players.

The Golden State Warriors have recalled guard Nemanja Nedovic from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today.

Nedovic was assigned to Santa Cruz on December 28 and played in three games with the club, averaging 11.7 points, 3.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.67 steals in 23.0 minutes. The rookie point guard holds season averages of 19.0 points, 3.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.60 steals in 29.2 minutes over five games in the D-League.

Suns guard Eric Bledsoe out indefinitely after knee surgery

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe today underwent successful arthroscopic surgery involving meniscus cartilage in his right knee, the team has announced.

The surgery was performed in Phoenix by renowned Suns team doctor and knee surgeon Thomas Carter. Bledsoe will immediately begin a recovery and rehabilitation program and will pursue a possible return to action during the second half of this NBA season.

Bledsoe has averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 24 games this season, his first with the Suns.

According to the Associated Press, “Bledsoe was having the finest season of his career after being acquired by the Suns from the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, averaging 18 points and 5.8 assists per game. He and Goran Dragic formed the double-point guard backcourt that had been the catalyst of the Suns’ surprising start to the season. This is the second time in a little over three years that the 24-year-old player has undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the same knee. The first surgery was performed Oct. 7, 2011, during the NBA lockout of that season.”

According to Arizona Sports, “the Suns engaged with Bledsoe on extension talks but couldn’t reach an agreement before the NBA’s Nov. 1 deadline, though that seemed like the right move for Phoenix at the time because it could see Bledsoe’s production as the team’s centerpiece before committing to a major contract. But now the team may be burdened with the decision to match a maximum contract offer to Bledsoe despite the fact that he’s coming off a major injury.”

Jrue Holiday injured, suffers stress fracture in leg

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that Jrue Holiday has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right tibia. He is out indefinitely. This is a big blow to the Pelicans, who have a 15-19 record going into Friday’s games.

In 34 games this season, Holiday is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 33.6 minutes per game. The 6’4” guard holds career averages of 13.5 points, 6.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 332 games.

According to the new Orleans Times-Picayune, “it is unclear exactly when Holiday was injured. But he didn’t play in the fourth quarter of the team’s 102-96 loss to the Washington Wizards. In that game, Holiday turned in one of his worst performances of the season, shooting 3-for-11 from the field for eight points. He also had three assists, three rebounds and three steals. Holiday wasn’t available for comment following the Pelicans’ shootaround Friday morning, leading up to their game against the Dallas Mavericks at the New Orleans Arena. But forward/center Jason Smith said the team will have to continue to battle while it is shorthanded.”

According to the Associated Press, “In 34 games this season, the 6-foot-4 Holiday is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds. His injury comes while New Orleans struggles to overcome the absence of leading scorer Ryan Anderson, who has been out indefinitely with a herniated disk since last weekend.”

Here’s ESPN New York on Knick shooting guard J.R. Smith, who has always been a bit of a loose canon but recently is catching more heat than usual:

J.R. Smith Knicks future

In the last two days, J.R. Smith has been benched by the New York Knicks and fined by the NBA.

Suddenly, he is unsure of his future in New York.

“Honestly, I don’t even know at this point. At one point I was for sure, and now it’s rocking the boat,” Smith said after he was benched for the Knicks’ 102-92 win against the Miami Heat on Thursday night. “But it is what it is. It’s the nature of the business.”

The benching came one day after Smith was fined $50,000 by the NBA for “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct” stemming from his recent shoelace antics.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson wouldn’t comment on why he decided to bench Smith against the Heat. Smith said he showed up to Madison Square Garden expecting to play and never was told by Woodson that he wouldn’t.

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