Keyon Dooling Rumors
April 7 at 5:54pm CST By Zach Links
The biggest D-League news of the day came when the Warriors inked Scott Machado to a 10-day deal, giving the Iona guard another crack in the NBA for the 2012/13 campaign. We'll keep track of today's call-ups and assignments in this thread. If you want to take a look back at all of the D-League assignments and recalls from this year, check out Hoops Rumors' running log. Here's the latest..
- The Grizzlies announced that they have recalled Keyon Dooling and Tony Wroten from the Reno Bighorns. Dooling had six points and two steals in his D-League debut. Wroten, making his fourth D-League appearance of the year, had 30 points and eight assists.
- The Heat announced that they recalled Jarvis Varnado from the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Varnado averaged 18.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.75 blocks, and 1.75 steals in his eight game stint.
April 6 at 3:28pm CST By Chuck Myron
We'll track today's D-League assignments and recalls here, with any additional moves added to the top throughout the day.
- The Grizzlies have sent point guards Keyon Dooling and Tony Wroten to the D-League's Reno Bighorns, tweets Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Both will be back with Memphis in time for Sunday's game against the Kings, Tillery adds. The team had to get the consent of Dooling to assign him to the D-League, since he's a 13th-year veteran and league rules only allow players with less than three years of experience to be assigned freely. Dooling briefly appeared in one game for Memphis this week after the team signed him to take some of the backup point guard burden off Wroten, a rookie.
April 3 at 11:49am CST By Chuck Myron
WEDNESDAY, 11:49am: The Grizzlies have officially signed Dooling, the team announced today in a press release. The release didn't specify that the deal was a 10-day contract, so I'd assume it's for at least the rest of this season.
MONDAY, 11:12am: The Grizzlies will sign Keyon Dooling today, tweets A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com, formalizing a move that had been rumored since Wednesday, when former New York Post columnist Peter Vecsey originally reported the story. The Grizzlies had been looking at other options in their search for a point guard, including Jonny Flynn, Scott Machado, Courtney Fortson, and Sundiata Gaines.
According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the move has been held up as the team waited on the results of physical and psychological tests on Dooling, who retired after a nervous breakdown this past summer (Twitter link). Dooling had originally wanted to return to the Celtics, with whom he spent last season, but since Boston waived him following his retirement, the team wasn't allowed to bring him back.
The 32-year-old Dooling, who's averaged 7.0 points and 2.2 assists per game over his 12-year career, will give the Grizzlies some more depth at point guard. Memphis has been using rookie Tony Wroten as a backup to Mike Conley. The signing will bring the team's roster to 14 players, leaving room for one more.
April 1 at 7:46am CST By Chuck Myron
MONDAY, 7:46am: Dooling is still the "big favorite" to earn a spot with the Grizzlies, but the team's search for a guard may continue for a couple more days before a signing occurs, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
FRIDAY, 10:56am: In addition to Dooling and Flynn, the Grizzlies are also considering Scott Machado, Courtney Fortson, and Sundiata Gaines, according to Chris Vernon of 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis (Twitter link).
WEDNESDAY, 10:14pm: Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe received a similar text from Dooling, who says he'll know for sure about a deal with Memphis by Sunday (Twitter link).
10:05pm: Dooling texted TNT's David Aldridge to say that he's been in contact with the Grizzlies, but hasn't signed with the team (Twitter link).
7:20pm: The Grizzlies haven't committed to signing Dooling, a source tells Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal. Memphis is also considering Jonny Flynn as the team looks to add a veteran point guard rather than rely on rookie backup Tony Wroten, according to Tillery (Twitter links).
6:31pm: Former New York Post columnist Peter Vecsey reports that the Grizzlies have signed Keyon Dooling for the rest of the season (Twitter link). If the move becomes official, it would mark an end to Dooling's retirement, which he announced in September while with the Celtics. Presumably, he'd have to leave his job as a player development coordinator for the C's, which he assumed after he retired.
Dooling suffered a nervous breakdown over the summer that stemmed from sexual abuse he endured in childhood, as he detailed last year to Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com and TNT's David Aldridge. Shortly after his retirement, he was linked to the Heat, but denied interest in a return to the league. The 32-year-old guard told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe he was open to coming back in January and said he informed Celtics coach Doc Rivers he was upping his workout regimen, but announced a few days later that he would not return to the NBA this year.
Boston and Dooling agreed to a $400K buyout of his guaranteed minimum-salary contract, so he's represented a small cap hit for the C's all year despite not having been on the team's roster. Dooling couldn't return to the Celtics unless they waived someone else, but the Grizzlies have two open roster spots, so they could accomodate Dooling if they choose.
March 31 at 12:35pm CST By Chuck Myron
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe delivers noteworthy news from around the Association in the latest installment of his weekly column, which blends a review of the top storylines from the past week with fresh news from league sources. We'll pass along the latter here:
- Washburn wonders if Kenyon Martin's resurgence with the Knicks late this season will help his free agent stock in the summer, though the veteran big man isn't looking for a change of scenery. "I would love to stay a Knick," Martin said. "I don’t want to go nowhere. I am proving to this organization what I can be and who I am as a person on and off the court, and I think they see that. I’m here now and I’m going to make the best of this opportunity."
- Keyon Dooling, whom the Grizzlies are reportedly considering, wanted to come out of retirement with the Celtics earlier this season, but he's barred from signing from Boston for a year after the team waived him in September, according to Washburn. I'm unaware of any such restriction under the collective bargaining agreement, but since the CBA isn't a public document, this could be a rule we're simply learning about for the first time.
- Washburn expects several underclassmen who are on the fence about entering the draft to go ahead and do so, given the perceived weakness of this year's field. Of course, not everyone benefits from early entry. Washburn caught up with Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, who believes his brother, Bulls rookie Marquis Teague, should have stayed in college one more year.
January 30 at 3:03pm CST By Luke Adams
Even before news of Rajon Rondo's ACL tear, we figured the Celtics would be a team frequently mentioned in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. With Rondo on the shelf and the possibility of major changes looming, we'll likely hear even more updates out of Boston as February 21st approaches. Here's the latest:
- Despite rumblings that Keyon Dooling may come out of retirement to play for the Celtics this season, Dooling announced on his Twitter account that he won't be returning to the NBA in 2012/13 (hat tip to Ben Rohrbach of WEEI.com).
- Rondo will seek a second opinion on his injury, possibly from renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, says A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. According to agent Bill Duffy, he and Rondo are also hoping to speak to other athletes who have suffered ACL injuries, including Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
- While trading Paul Pierce might make some sense on paper, Danny Ainge owes it to Pierce and to fans to let the longtime Celtic finish his career in Boston, opines Gary Dzen of Boston.com. Pierce told reporters yesterday he hopes to retire as a Celtic.
January 29 at 6:20pm CST By Luke Adams
Sunday's win over the Heat was officially the first game of the post-Rajon Rondo portion of the Celtics' 2012/13 season, but news of Rondo's injury broke during the game, and Boston players didn't hear about it until after the fact. As such, tomorrow's contest against the Kings feels more like our first real glimpse of the new-look Celtics, who are set to run a "no point guard"-type offense, according to coach Doc Rivers. Here's the latest out of Boston:
- Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com reports that Keyon Dooling has already increased his workout regimen in preparation for a potential call from the Celtics, telling reporters: "I'm definitely considering...I've upped my exercise starting today and if Doc (Rivers) gives me the word I will be ready."
- Earlier today, Paul Pierce told reporters, including Ben Rohrbach of WEEI.com, that he hopes to retire as a Celtic, though he recognizes that the decision may not be entirely in his hands.
- Rivers confirmed today that Dooling, who retired before the season, could return to the Celtics, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. "He would be the closest for me if we had to go in another direction (at
point guard)," Rivers said. "We'd have to find out if he could still do
it. He knows our stuff. He's the easiest by far. He's going to (get in
- Celtics president Danny Ainge isn't about to make a panic move to replace Rondo, as Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe writes. Ainge intends to assess his team's performance over the next couple weeks before deciding on the next step.
- In a video segment, CSNNE.com's analysts take a look at what that next move for Ainge might be.
- ESPN.com also has a pair of pieces examining the Celtics' options, as J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez debate whether Ainge should blow up the roster, while the 5-on-5 crew examines whether this represents the end of an era in Boston.
January 27 at 4:16pm CST By Sean Highkin
Veteran guard Keyon Dooling, who retired before the season, told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe (via Twitter) that he would consider making an NBA comeback, although he noted that he is not currently in shape.
Dooling, who played for the Celtics last season, re-signed with Boston this summer but ultimately opted for retirement. It's possible the Celtics will look to bring him back following Sunday's news that Rajon Rondo will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
November 12 at 4:51pm CST By Luke Adams
Let's round up a few of Monday's odds and ends from around the Association....
- Carmelo Anthony told reporters, including Marc Berman of the New York Post, that he's happy for Mike D'Antoni and that he and the former Knicks coach had a "good relationship."
- Brian Musburger, the agent for Phil Jackson, said he and his client were indeed "stunned" by the Lakers' hiring of D'Antoni: "Not so much with the decision the Lakers made, because
Phil had no hold on the job. But we are stunned with the way Phil learned of it" (Sulia link via Kevin Ding of the O.C. Register).
- Following up on the Sixers' latest update on Andrew Bynum, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (Sulia link) points to Bynum's health as one reason why the Cavaliers didn't get far in trade negotiations for the big man this past summer.
- In his Morning Tip piece at NBA.com, TNT's David Aldridge discusses the Lakers' coaching hire, Keyon Dooling's decision to retire, and Mickey Loomis' role with the Hornets.
- DeMar DeRozan is hoping to help turn the Raptors into a team that will be attractive to players in free agency, as he tells Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld.
- NBA veteran Marcus Banks, who last played for the Raptors in 2010/11, has agreed to terms with Panathinaikos, according to a report passed along by Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.
November 7 at 11:21pm CST By Chuck Myron
Earlier we passed along Nets GM Billy King's admission that he made roster moves this summer with the idea of taking down the Heat, which surely makes the team's 30-point loss in Miami tonight that much tougher to take. Nets coach Avery Johnson downplayed the idea that his squad is on the Heat's level, as Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News observes (Sulia link). Bondy juxtaposes Johnson's comments by noting that shooting guard Joe Johnson said earlier that he thinks the Nets can dethrone the champs this season. While Brooklyn's team sorts out its troubles, it's a more upbeat story on the other side of the East River, as we detail among other news on a 13-game night around the Association.
- The moves Knicks GM Glen Grunwald and company made this summer are paying early dividends, even in spite — or perhaps because — of the absence of Amare Stoudemire, as the USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt examines.
- The Grizzlies new ownership group borrowed $125MM from the NBA and another $50MM from a bank to close their deal to buy the team, but that's nothing out of the ordinary, a league executive tells Kyle Veazey of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
- Cavs coach Byron Scott encouraged the organization to use the fourth pick this June on Syracuse sixth man Dion Waiters, who's paying early dividends, at least offensively, as Sean Deveney of The Sporting News and Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal write.
- Waiters was the choice over Harrison Barnes, who went to the Warriors at No. 7 and hasn't performed as well so far, as Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer chronicles.
- The Lakers are off to a 1-4 start, but Jordan Hill has been a bright spot, tweets Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
- Yesterday, Vince Carter said he wouldn't mind a return to the Raptors someday, but Doug Smith of the Toronto Star doesn't see that happening anytime soon, arguing that Carter's current skill-set isn't a match for the team's needs.
- The Celtics have hired former player Keyon Dooling as a player development coordinator, reports Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald (Twitter link). The 32-year-old guard abruptly retired in September.