And-Ones: Rockets, Parsons, Sixers, Stern, Cavs

Coach Mike D’Antoni said there’s “always an open door” in regards to Donatas Motiejunas playing for the Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle passes along. “We can’t wait to have him if that works out,” D’Antoni said on Wednesday. “He will definitely be a positive. No negatives there.”

Here’s more from around the league:

  • Chandler Parsons, who signed a max contract with the Grizzlies over the summer, is the biggest disappointment in the league this season, Joel Brigham of Basketball Insiders contends. Parsons has been limited to only six games this season because of a knee injury and he’s averaging a pedestrian 7.7 point per contest.
  • The Sixers should deal Nerlens Noel, whom Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors profiled as a trade candidate recently, to the Bulls for Nikola Mirotic, Brigham argues in the same piece. The scribes believes Noel could anchor Chicago’s bench unit and Mirotic could turn his season around with more playing time in Philadelphia.
  • Former commissioner David Stern said he never canceled the proposed 2011 trade of Chris Paul from New Orleans to the Lakers because the GM at the time, Dell Demps, wasn’t authorized to make it, relays via Sports Business Radio. The league had assumed control of the New Orleans franchise, called the Hornets at that time and now the Pelicans, giving Stern the authority to nix it. “The GM was not authorized to make that trade,” Stern said. “And acting on behalf of owners, we decided not to make it. I was an owner rep. There was nothing to ‘void.’ It just never got made.”
  • John Holland, whose rights are owned by the Cavs’ D-League franchise in Canton, has returned to D-League, international journalist David Pick tweets.  The 6’5” swingman was one of Cleveland’s final training camp cuts in October.
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6 thoughts on “And-Ones: Rockets, Parsons, Sixers, Stern, Cavs

  1. Joshkind82

    Thank you CP for confirming Cuban was right to let you walk. Sorry to see it happen.

  2. MiggyCabby24

    Memphis was out of their mind, signing Parsons to that deal. Same could be said for Conley, but he’s marginally better. In either case, that’s a lot of cheddar for both of them, and it might hog tie the team for years to come.

    • TDKnies

      Parsons is already looking like a huge mistake, but let’s be real, who else would the Grizz get to spend money on even adding in the upcoming FA class? Not exactly prime destination (Miami / LA) or historical franchise (Boston) or already have a superstar people want to join (Cleveland / GS) over here. Parsons is unfortunately about as good as they can hope to get, not counting guys they drafted and can offer more money than everyone else.

      • GrizzTony

        Players like playing for stable organisations with a history of winning. How many teams have made 6 straight playoffs? Look ay the culture that Pop built in San Antonio.

        • TDKnies

          Lotta teams can boast that though, and the Spurs have been contenders for like two decades whereas we’ve ranged from kind of a contender to just a low end playoff team.

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