Northwest Notes: SGA, Murray, Beasley, Jazz

Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is looking forward to getting the chance to play Chris Paul and the Suns for the first time this season on Wednesday, as Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman writes. Paul served as a mentor for Gilgeous-Alexander in Oklahoma City last season, and the two guards have remained close even after CP3 was dealt to Phoenix.

“Obviously me and him built a bond over the past year, to where he’s almost like a brother to me,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “We talk about everything. How life’s going, how the teams are doing, how we’re doing.”

Gilgeous-Alexander added that it was a “blessing” to play with a veteran star like Paul last season, and that the bond the two former teammates built has had “even more of an impact than the on-the-court stuff,” per Mussatto.

Here’s more from around the Thunder:

  • Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was fined $25K on Wednesday for an incident that occurred during Monday’s win over Dallas, according to an NBA press release. During the third quarter of that game, Murray struck Mavericks wing Tim Hardaway Jr. in the groin area. Murray was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and was ejected.
  • After signing a lucrative new long-term deal with the Timberwolves in the offseason, Malik Beasley wants to win the Most Improved Player award and help lead the team to the playoffs this season, as he tells Ben Stinar of Forbes.
  • The Jazz‘s G League affiliate (the Salt Lake City Stars) officially announced its roster for the upcoming season, while the Thunder‘s affiliate (the Oklahoma City Blue) named Bradford Burgess an assistant coach. The Stars’ roster includes Yogi Ferrell, who will be an affiliate player for the Jazz after a brief stint with the Cavaliers earlier this month.
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10 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: SGA, Murray, Beasley, Jazz

  1. Stilt Armstrong

    Millionaires runnimg around hitting each other in the groin, with the winner being the guy who slips one by the refs?

    Pretty funny stuff!

    Sounds like professional wrestling

  2. Benboy

    I’m glad the Stars have the players on their roster that I liked from the off-season signings of the Jazz. Turns out this why they did that (it was already speculated). Tre Scott intrigues me. Yogi could be a nice call up if the Jazz need it later in the year.

    • x%sure

      What is your that/it? It’s not speculation when a player the Jazz signed in the offseason plays on a Jazz-sponsored team.

      • Benboy

        They signed them and then waived them. The speculation was that they did that to secure their rights for their G League team. Yogi ended up playing for the Cavs for a few games. Yet, he ended up on the Jazz’s G League team. Tre Scott was signed and waived from the Jazz, but here we are and he’s on their G League roster.

  3. Benboy

    Oh, and Malcolm Miller looks like a deadly shooter if they need it. Glad the Jazz are thinking ahead with their G League affiliated team.

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