Archive for October, 2016

Celtics exercise contract options on Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier

The Celtics today exercised the contract options for Terry Rozier’s third year and Marcus Smart’s fourth year. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Rozier, a 6’2” guard, has appeared in all three games for the Celtics during the 2016-17 season and has posted averages of 6.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.33 steals in 23.9 minutes per game. He posted a career-high of eight points to go along with four rebounds and four assists against Chicago on October 27, 2016. During his rookie season last year, Rozier appeared in 39 games for the Celtics and totaled 72 points, 63 rebounds and 37 assists in 311 minutes. He increased his production during the 2016 preseason when he averaged 9.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 17.2 minutes per game while shooting 54.0 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from three.

Smart, a 6’4” guard, has posted career averages of 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 128 career games since the Celtics drafted him 6th overall out of Oklahoma State in the 2014 NBA Draft. During the 2015-16 season, Smart posted career-highs in points (9.1 per game) and rebounds (4.2 per game) while being selected to participate in the 2016 Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend.

Hawks sign Ryan Kelly

Hawks sign Ryan Kelly

The Atlanta Hawks have signed forward Ryan Kelly, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. He is expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game vs. Sacramento.

Kelly, who spent training camp with the Hawks, appeared in six preseason contests.

The 6’10 Kelly spent the last three years with the Los Angeles Lakers after being selected in the second round (48th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft, averaging 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.5 minutes in 147 games (59 starts). A four-year letterman at Duke, Kelly was a member of the Blue Devils’ 2010 NCAA Champion team.

He will wear uniform no. 30.

Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott will miss approximately four weeks while undergoing a series of non-surgical procedures for his left knee soreness.

And, the Hawks have requested waivers on Edy Tavares, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer.

Jeremy Lamb out with hamstring injury

Jeremy Lamb out with hamstring injury

Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb suffered a strained left hamstring in the Hornets home game on Oct. 29, 2016 against the Boston Celtics. The injury occurred with 4:40 remaining in the second quarter and he did not return to the game.

Lamb is listed as out and will be reevaluated in one to two weeks.

The fifth-year Connecticut product is averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in three appearances in the 2016-17 season. In five seasons, Lamb has averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in 217 games (8 starts).

The Hornets are 2-1 this season, which began less than one week ago. They’re getting 23.3 points per game from point guard Kemba Walker, while Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Frank Kaminsky are all averaging 11.0 ppg.

Pistons face rookie extension deadline

Here’s Michigan Live reporting on a few Pistons players, one of whom — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — could be a key building block for the future. Maybe.

Pistons face rookie extension deadline

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shot himself out of another mini slump Sunday, helping the Detroit Pistons to a 98-83 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

A day later, he’ll be spending some time on the phone with his agents.

The Pistons face an 11:59 p.m. ET Monday deadline to ink contract extensions with Caldwell-Pope and guard Reggie Bullock. If they fail to come to an agreement — and Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy didn’t sound too optimistic Sunday night deals would get done — then both would become restricted free agents at season’s end.

Hornets exercise option on Frank Kaminsky

The Hornets on Sunday exercised their third-year option on forward/center Frank Kaminsky.

“We are excited to keep Frank Kaminsky as a part of our team’s core,” said Hornets General Manager Rich Cho. “We have been very pleased with Frank’s development both offensively and defensively. We look forward to what he will continue to contribute to our organization while evolving into an even better player.”

The 23-year-old Kaminsky (7-0, 242, Wisconsin) enters his second NBA season after appearing in 81 games (three starts) as a rookie in 2015-16, averaging 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17.3 minutes per game. He scored in double-digits 23 times including two games of 20-or-more scored and nine games of 15-plus points. Kaminsky was selected by the Hornets ninth overall in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft.

The Brooklyn Nets exercised their team options for the 2017-18 season on forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Chris McCullough.

Hollis-Jefferson, selected with the 23rd pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by Portland and acquired via trade by the Nets on draft night, has appeared in 32 career games (20 starts), averaging 5.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.4 minutes per game.

McCullough, the 29th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, has seen action in 25 career games (four starts), recording averages of 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game.

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today the team has exercised the fourth-year contract options on center Joel Embiid and guard Nik Stuaskas, as well as the third-year contract option on forward Jahlil Okafor.

The Sixers selected Embiid with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. After missing the first two seasons while he fully recovered from an injury, Embiid appeared in all seven of the Sixers preseason games this season. He posted averages of 11 points, six rebounds and one block in only 15 minutes per game. He enters the 2016-17 season as a leading candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year.

Stuaskas, selected eighth overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2014 NBA Draft, was acquired by the Sixers as part of a trade on July 10, 2015. In his first season with the Sixers, he appeared in 73 games (35 starts) and averaged nine points, three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes per contest.

Okafor was selected by the Sixers with the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, after averaging 18 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block on 51% shooting from the field in 30 minutes per game. Additionally, Okafor was selected to participate in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Toronto.

The Oklahoma City Thunder exercised its third-year options on forward Josh Huestis and guard Cameron Payne, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

During the 2015-16 season, Huestis appeared in five games for the Thunder, averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game. Originally drafted by Oklahoma City with the 29th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Stanford product spent the 2014-15 season with the Oklahoma City Blue, averaging 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.57 blocks in 33.1 minutes per game.

Payne, the 14th overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, averaged 5.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 57 games (one start) during his rookie season. In two seasons at Murray State, the Memphis native averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 assists 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 32.4 minutes per contest.

Bucks exercise option on Rashad Vaughn

Bucks exercise contract option on Rashad Vaughn

The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the third-year contract option on guard Rashad Vaughn, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Vaughn, 20, appeared in 70 games (six starts) during his rookie campaign and averaged 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per contest. He scored two points and one rebound in the Bucks’ season opener vs. Charlotte on Oct. 26.

Under the terms of the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement, the first two years of a first round draft pick’s contract are guaranteed, while the third and fourth year of the contract are the team’s option.

Pistons may move to downtown Detroit

Here’s Michigan Live reporting on the Pistons, who may head from the suburbs into the city within the next year:

Pistons may move to downtown Detroit

The Detroit Pistons could have a new home for the 2017-18 season.

The team is positioning itself for a move to the new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit, team owner Tom Gores confirmed Friday.

Gores, founder of the Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity, said a deal is not in place but he and his representatives have had “really good conversations” with the Ilitch family, owners of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers and investor for the new arena.

“If we do it, it’s going to be soon,” Gores said before what could be the Pistons’ final home opener at the Palace of Auburn Hills. “I’ve always been relatively transparent with you guys, and we’re getting close. We’re getting close.”

Bulls exercise contract options on Bobby Portis, Jerian Grant and Doug McDermott

The Chicago Bulls have exercised their fourth-year option on forward Doug McDermott, and the third-year options on guard Jerian Grant and forward Bobby Portis.

By exercising these options, they will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2017-18 season.

McDermott (6-8, 223) played in 81 games (four starts) in 2015-16 after appearing in only 36 games during his rookie season. He recorded 37 double-digit scoring games last season, including a career-high 30 points on Feb. 19, 2016, versus Toronto – after only posting four games with 10+ points in 2014-15. McDermott’s 3-point percentage of .425 in 2015-16 ranked fifth in the NBA. The Creighton product owns career averages of 7.5 points and 2.0 rebounds while shooting .445 from the field, .410 from three and .828 from the free-throw line. McDermott was selected 11th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft and came to the Bulls in a draft-night deal with the Denver Nuggets on June 26, 2014.

Grant (6-4, 198) was selected 19th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, with the pick originally owned by the Washington Wizards and subsequently traded to New York via Atlanta. In his rookie year, Grant played in 76 games (six starts) and posted 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists (eighth among rookies) in 16.6 minutes per game. His .780 free-throw percentage ranked sixth among rookies. In his final year at Notre Dame in 2014-15, Grant earned NCAA First Team All-America honors from The Associated Press.

Portis (6-11, 250) appeared in 62 games (four starts) in 2015-16. In his rookie year, he became the first Bull to record 20 points and 10 rebounds in one of his first five career games since 1999. Portis also became the 25th player in Bulls history to log a double-digit scoring effort in their NBA debut (Nov. 3 at Charlotte), and his field goal percentage of .714 is the highest of any Bull in his first game. He owns careers averages of 7.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 17.8 minutes per game while shooting .427 from the field, .308 from behind the arc and .727 from the line. The Arkansas product was named SEC Player of the Year in his second and final season as a Razorback.

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the team has exercised the third-year contract option on forward Jarell Martin. Martin is now signed through the 2017-18 season.

Martin (6-10, 239) competed in 27 regular season games (zero starts) during his rookie season and averaged 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes for Memphis after being selected by the team in the first round (25th overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft. He did not appear in the Grizzlies’ opening-night victory on Oct. 26 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The 22-year-old also appeared in 10 games (six starts) last season for the Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, and averaged 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 28.9 minutes.

A native of Baton Rouge, La., Martin played two seasons (2013-15) at Louisiana State University, appearing in 65 games (57 starts) for the Tigers, and averaged 13.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 30.7 minutes while earning consensus First Team All-SEC honors as a sophomore. He guided the Tigers to the postseason in both of his seasons at LSU, including the 2014 National Invitation Tournament and the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Bulls sign R.J. Hunter

Bulls sign R.J. Hunter

The Chicago Bulls have signed guard R.J. Hunter.

Hunter (6-5, 185) was selected in the first round (28th overall) by the Boston Celtics in the 2015 NBA Draft. In his rookie season, the 23-year-old appeared in 36 games and averaged 2.7 ppg, 0.4 apg, 1.0 rpg and shot .302 from the field, .367 from downtown and .857 from the line.

During his tenure at Georgia State University, Hunter averaged 18.4 ppg, 2.4 apg, 4.8 rpg and shot .354 from the field, .423 from downtown and .853 from the free throw line. Hunter became the Panthers’ all-time leading scorer (1,819 points) in three seasons at Georgia State, and he was also named Sun Belt Player of the Year in both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

His full name is Ronald Jordan Hunter.

Gerald Green has a Celtics haircut

Gerald Green played for the Celtics as a rookie in 2005-06 and in 2006-07. After bouncing around the league for a while, he’s wearing Celtics green again this season.

Green apparently wanted to make a statement about his return. A positive one. In the form of a cool hairstyle. Here’s MassLive reporter Tom Westerholm with the photo:

That is awesome.

The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their team options for the 2017-18 season on forwards Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle, and guard D’Angelo Russell, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Nance Jr., selected with the 27th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, appeared in 63 games (22 starts) in his rookie season, tallying three double-doubles. He finished third among all rookies in field goal percentage (52.7%) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.0). On January 14 at Golden State, Nance Jr. recorded a career-high six steals, becoming the first Laker rookie since Eddie Jones to have at least six takeaways in a game.

Randle, the seventh overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, was one of only nine players in the NBA last season to average a double-double, and did so in the fewest minutes per game of anyone in that group (11.3 points and 10.2 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game). He appeared in 81 games (60 starts) in 2015-16, registering 34 double-doubles and one triple-double, finishing the season ranked sixth in the NBA in total rebounds. Randle was chosen by USA Basketball to compete with the USA Men’s Select Team that trained with the Men’s National Team in Las Vegas this summer in preparation for the Olympics.

The second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Russell garnered All-Rookie Second Team honors after finishing last season ranked fourth among rookies in assists (3.3) and steals (1.16) per game and fifth in points (13.2) and three-point field goal percentage (35.1%). He was one of 10 American rookie and sophomore players selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star 2016, and became the youngest player in NBA history to make 120+ three-pointers in a season. Russell was chosen by USA Basketball to compete with the USA Men’s Select Team that trained with the Men’s National Team in Las Vegas this summer in preparation for the Olympics.

Nerlens Noel undergoes knee surgery

Nerlens Noel undergoes knee surgery

Philadelphia 76ers power forward Nerlens Noel underwent what the team calls “a minor elective arthroscopic procedure to address localized soreness associated with inflamed plica in his left knee.”

The surgery was performed by Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and attended by Sixers Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Jonathan Glashow of Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Noel began his post-operative care at the Hospital for Special Surgery and will then travel to Birmingham, AL to continue his rehabilitation under the direction of Associate Clinical Director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

It’s not known yet how long Noel will be out of action.

Rockets waive Pablo Prigioni

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has waived guard Pablo Prigioni.

Prigioni finished his fourth NBA season with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015-16. He appeared in five games for the Rockets this preseason.

The Phoenix Suns have exercised their 2017-18 options on guard Devin Booker and forward T.J. Warren.

Booker ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring this preseason, averaging 19.6 points in five appearances, including a 34-point performance at Portland on October 7. An NBA All-Rookie First Team selection in 2015-16, Booker ranked fourth among rookies with a scoring average of 13.8 points in 76 games, averaging 18.5 points over the season’s final 44 games after permanently joining the starting lineup on Jan. 8. By eclipsing 1,000 career points at an age of 19 years, 162 days old on April 9 of last season, he became the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to score 1,000 points with only LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant doing so younger.

Warren started all six of the Suns’ preseason games, averaging 12.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting from the field and 4.2 rebounds. In his second season with the Suns in 2015-16, Warren averaged career bests of 11.0 points and 3.1 rebounds through 47 games before a right foot fracture caused him to miss the season’s final 34 contests. By shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from behind the three-point arc last season, he was one of only three players in the league, along with Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard, to shoot at least 50 percent on field goals and 40 percent on three-pointers among those who made at least 25 threes.

Suns waive Archie Goodwin

Suns waive Archie Goodwin

The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Archie Goodwin.

Goodwin averaged 7.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in four appearances this preseason and 8.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 57 games in 2015-16. The 29th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Goodwin played each of his first three professional seasons with the Suns, averaging 6.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 150 total games.

The Suns’ roster now stands at 15 players.

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