Jeremy Pargo

Pacific Notes: Simmons, Thompson, Harrell, Caruso

Swingman Jonathon Simmons is among the non-roster players joining the Warriors for their mini-camp, Anthony Slater of The Athletic tweets. Simmons joined the Warriors’ G League team in Santa Cruz in February after having played a combined 56 games with Orlando and Philadelphia in 2018/19. Zach Norvell, Jeremy Pargo, Ryan Taylor, and Roger Moute a Bidias are the other non-roster players participating in the mini-camp.

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • Klay Thompson will be able to practice without restrictions, but there are still some questions to be answered during the Warriors’ mini-camp, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area writes. While reports have been encouraging, Thompson still has to show he can regain the form he had prior to tearing his ACL. Kevon Looney, who underwent core muscle injury in May, could also answer some questions about his health if he looks sharp on the court, Poole adds.
  • The Clippers probably won’t re-sign forward Montrezl Harrell unless it’s a sign-and-trade scenario, Jovan Buha of The Athletic opines. The likely contract demands of the league’s Sixth Man Award winner, coupled with his limitations and subpar playoff performances, make him a prime candidate for a sign-and-trade, Buha continues. The team will also look for an upgrade at point guard, though there won’t be a lot of attractive alternatives in free agency.
  • Guard Alex Caruso has become an essential role player for the Lakers and the stats prove it, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times notes. In Caruso’s 18.4 MPG during the regular season, the Lakers were 9.8 points per 100 possessions better than their opponents. During the postseason, the Lakers’ best defensive lineups have often been with Caruso on the court. He can become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

Jeremy Pargo Signs With Israeli Team

JUNE 3: Hapoel Jerusalem has published a tweet officially welcoming Pargo to the team, a signal that they’ve reached a deal with him.

JUNE 2: Jeremy Pargo is receiving interest from Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League, Ennio Terrasi Borghesan of Sportando reports.

Pargo, who went undrafted back in 2009, spent this past season with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s G League team. He earned a 10-day deal back in February and saw NBA action in three games.

Prior to his 44 minutes of court time, the combo guard had not played in the NBA since the 2012/13 season, when he suited up for the last Sixers’ team before Sam Hinkie took over the reins of the franchise. In addition to Philadelphia, Pargo has had stints in Memphis and Cleveland, and has six years of international experience, playing in Russia, Israel, Italy, and China at various points in his career.

Warriors To Replace Pargo, Norvell On Roster?

FEBRUARY 19: Despite an earlier report (outlined below) that suggested Pargo would probably return to the Warriors, Anthony Slater of The Athletic (Twitter link) hears that the team is expected to sign new players soon to replace Pargo and Norvell.

That doesn’t mean that Pargo – or Norvell – won’t re-sign with Golden State later in the season, but it sounds like the team is casting a wider net as it evaluates back-of-the-roster players.

FEBRUARY 18: A pair of players on 10-day contracts with the Warriors saw those deals expire on Monday night, as guards Jeremy Pargo and Zach Norvell are now technically free agents. Golden State’s roster count has dipped back down to 12 players, and the club will have up to two weeks to return to the league-mandated minimum of 14 players.

Although the Warriors may not wait the full two weeks to fill out their roster, they seem unlikely to make a move for at least a couple more days, since their schedule doesn’t resume until Thursday against Houston.

There’s no guarantee that both Pargo and Norvell return for another 10-day contract – or a full-season deal – but Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle suggests that Pargo’s time in Golden State probably isn’t over yet. A source tells Letourneau that the Warriors are expected to let Pargo finish the season on the NBA roster.

Pargo, who turns 34 next month and hadn’t played in the NBA since 2013, was an unlikely G League call-up for the Warriors, but he has played well in three games with the team, averaging 8.3 PPG and 2.7 APG with a .500 FG% and .429 3PT% in 14.7 MPG. As Letourneau relays, head coach Steve Kerr has been impressed with the veteran guard.

“You watch him play, and he fits,” Kerr said. “He’s an NBA player. It’s good to see him out there, and I’m glad we’re able to give him this opportunity because he’s earned it.”

While Pargo intends to play professionally for several more years, he’s not necessarily counting on this season as a springboard to further NBA opportunities, per Letourneau. The former Gonzaga standout says he’s just trying to “enjoy the moment” with the Warriors and see what happens next. According to Letourneau, Pargo has already emerged as a respected elder statesman in Golden State, where he’s the oldest player on the roster.

“The biggest thing for me is that guys like Jordan (Poole) and Ky (Bowman), they really listen to what I have to say,” said Pargo, who has played in just 86 total NBA games. “They don’t go, ‘Oh, you’re not this or that.’ They listen, and that means a lot.”

Warriors Sign Jeremy Pargo To 10-Day Contract

FEBRUARY 8: Pargo has officially signed his 10-day deal with the Warriors, the club confirmed today in a press release. The Warriors have now signed five players since the deadline, getting their roster count back up to 14.

FEBRUARY 7: The Warriors‘ run of free agent contract agreements will continue with a 10-day deal for Jeremy Pargo, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). Pargo is the fifth player to agree to a contract with Golden State in the last 24 hours.

Pargo will be called up from the Santa Cruz Warriors, but his résumé looks much different than a typical G-Leaguer’s. A combo guard, Pargo entered the NBA in 2011 and hasn’t appeared in a game since the 2012/13 season. Since then, he has had stops in Russia, Israel, China, Italy, and Lebanon. He also had a stint in the BIG3.

Pargo, who will turn 34 next month, appeared in 11 games for Golden State’s G League affiliate in 2017/18, then rejoined the club for the 2019/20 season. He has averaged 17.2 PPG, 5.8 APG, and 3.7 RPG with a .469/.331/.733 shooting line in 31 NBAGL games (31.1 MPG) this season.

It’s very unlikely that Pargo is part of the Warriors’ future plans, so this 10-day contract looks like a reward for his solid work in Santa Cruz. If and when he takes the court for Golden State, it will be his first NBA appearance since March 29, 2013.

The Warriors had six open roster spots after completing a series of deadline deals. They’ve since agreed to sign Pargo, Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Zach Norvell, and are promoting two-way players Ky Bowman and Marquese Chriss to their standard roster.

Eastern Notes: George, Pacers, Deng

Hoopsworld's Yannis Koutroupis explores the possible implications from a potential contract extension for Paul George and suggests that Danny Granger has now become an expendable piece. Losing Lance Stephenson - who is coming off of a career year and may have likely played himself out of Indiana's price range next summer – would be a bitter pill to swallow, opines Koutroupis. Here's more out of the Eastern Conference: 

  • Granger believes that Indiana can contend for a title next season and calls the addition of Luis Scola "our biggest free agent pickup" (Scott Agness of NBA.com). 
  • ESPN's Chad Ford (via Twitter) notes that Luol Deng has been working out at BYU-Hawaii over the last several weeks and says that the Bulls forward appears to be in fantastic shape.
  • Erildas Budraitis of RealGM catches up with CSKA Moscow's Jeremy Pargo, who last played for the 76ers and Cavaliers during the 2012/13 season.  The 6'2" point guard admitted that he probably won't think of returning to the NBA for another one or two years and calls his exit from Cleveland "unfortunate."
  • Earlier today, Yahoo's Marc J. Spears reported that Cavs number one overall pick Anthony Bennett resumed playing five-on-five basketball this week. 
  • Nets star Deron Williams is even more eager to get the season started after hearing head coach Jason Kidd and teammate Jason Terry say they expect him to be a part of the MVP conversation in 2013/14 (link via Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report). 
  • Despite NBA commissioner David Stern's recent efforts to quell tension between the Knicks and Nets owners, the players don't seem to be necessarily following suit. When Paul Pierce was asked today about J.R. Smith calling him a bitter person recently, the Brooklyn forward tersely responded with "Who? Who are we talking about right now? Exactly" (Tim Bontempts of the New York Post). 

Jeremy Pargo Signs With CSKA Moscow

9:56am: Pargo's deal with CSKA Moscow is actually worth $5.2MM in total, for two years, agent Brad Ames tells Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). For a player whose largest NBA contract was a two-year, $2MM pact, that's a pretty strong incentive to head overseas.

TUESDAY, 8:13am: CSKA Moscow has officially announced Pargo's signing, as passed along in English by Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.

FRIDAY, 2:04pm: Pargo's deal with CSKA Moscow will be a two-year pact that he intends to play out, tweets Shams Charania of RealGM.com. The wording of Charania's tweet suggests Pargo will earn $2.2MM in total, rather than annually, which would make more sense.

10:00am: After having been released by both the Cavaliers and 76ers during the 2012/13 season, Jeremy Pargo appears to be lining up a deal to play overseas. According to Emiliano Carchia and David Pick of Sportando, Pargo has agreed to terms with CSKA Moscow. Pick tweets that the deal would pay the point guard $2.2MM, which almost certainly exceeds any salary he'd land in the NBA.

Pargo, the younger brother of Jannero Pargo, appeared in a total of 39 games for the Cavs and Sixers in '12/13, averaging 6.8 PPG and 2.4 APG in 16.8 minutes per contest. His most successful stretch of the season came when he was subbing in for the injured Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, recording double-digit points in seven games — that run included a 28-point performance against the Sixers, the team he'd join a few weeks later. The 27-year-old is also no stranger to international ball, having previously played for two Israeli teams from 2009 to 2011.

Assuming the deal is finalized, Pargo will be far from the first player to make the jump from the NBA to CSKA Moscow. Past and present NBA veterans such as Andrei Kirilenko, Alexey Shved, Sonny Weems, and Nenad Krstic have played for the European powerhouse in just the last couple years.

Sixers Sign Justin Holiday, Waive Jeremy Pargo

9:48am: The Sixers have officially signed Holiday and waived Pargo, the team announced via press release. The release doesn't specify whether Holiday signed a 10-day contract or a lengthier deal, though according to Mitchell, the deal is for the rest of 2012/13. Pargo departs the team after signing a 10-day contract in February followed by a deal that covered the rest of the season. Philadelphia is on the hook for a prorated portion of the minimum salary for Pargo even though he won't be on the roster anymore. All told, Pargo will make about $265K from the Sixers this year.

MONDAY, 7:59am: Holiday has a signed contract and will be at Sixers practice Monday, according to John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The team will likely waive Pargo or Jenkins to make room. 

SATURDAY, 11:29pm: The Sixers will sign shooting guard Justin Holiday, the older brother of All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, tweets Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. The Sixers are at the 15-man roster limit, so they'll have to waive someone on a guaranteed contract to fit Holiday in. It's unclear whether the deal is a 10-day contract or covers the rest of the season.

Holiday has averaged 17.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the D-League's Idaho Stampede this season, having spent the year with the club after the Blazers waived him at the end of training camp. The Blazers appeared high on the 6'6" 23-year-old, claiming him off waivers from the Cavs during camp and protecting his D-League rights so they could keep him on their affiliate. Portland never elected to re-sign him during the regular season, however.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Sixers are bringing Holiday aboard on a rest-of-the-season deal with a team option or non-guaranteed year that covers 2013/14. With the team five and a half games out of the playoffs with nine games left to play, there'd be little reason to waive a guaranteed deal just to sign a guy to a 10-day contract, but we'll see. The most likely candidates to go appear to be Royal Ivey, Charles Jenkins and Jeremy Pargo, all of whom are on minimum-salary deals. Damien Wilkins is also making the minimum, but he's been a part of the team's starting lineup of late.

Sixers Sign Jeremy Pargo For Rest Of Season

4:45pm: The Sixers have officially signed Pargo a contract for the remainder of the season, the team announced today in a press release.

12:34pm: Following the expiration of Jeremy Pargo's 10-day contract with the 76ers, the team has agreed to re-sign the point guard to a rest-of-season deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter).

No corresponding move to clear a spot on the roster will be necessary for the Sixers, who had been carrying 13 players. Even with Pargo under contract for the rest of the season, the club will have one open roster spot to facilitate a trade or sign another free agent.

Pargo, who appeared in 25 games for the Cavaliers earlier this season, was released by Cleveland when the team acquired three Grizzlies players in exchange for Jon Leuer. The Sixers signed Pargo to a 10-day deal back on February 7th, and saw the 26-year-old averaged 8.0 PPG and 2.7 APG in three contests before deciding to re-sign him for the season.

Jeremy is the younger brother of current free agent Jannero Pargo, who signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the Hawks and was recently said to be drawing interest from the Celtics.

Sixers Sign Jeremy Pargo

The Sixers have signed Jeremy Pargo to a 10-day contract, the team announced today in a press release. No corresponding move will be required, as the team had two open roster spots after deciding not to re-sign Shelvin Mack when his second 10-day deal expired.

After appearing in 44 games last season for the Grizzlies, Pargo was dealt to the Cavaliers, where he averaged 7.8 PPG in 25 contests, including 11 starts, in 2012/13. However, the 26-year-old was the odd man out when Cleveland acquired Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, and Josh Selby from Memphis last month, and was waived to clear room on the roster.

Since the contract guarantee deadline passed a month ago, the Sixers have employed a revolving-door approach, using 10-day contracts to bring aboard a number of guards. Prior to Mack's two 10-day deals, the team had signed Maalik Wayns to a 10-day contract.

Pargo's older brother, Jannero Pargo, is also currently on a 10-day contract, with the Hawks.

Odds & Ends: Mavs, Van Gundy, Howard, Barbosa

Shorthanded following the completion of the Rudy Gay trade, the Pistons and Raptors were both beaten in their respective games on Wednesday night. Tonight, in the first game of the post-Gay era in Memphis, the Grizzlies will be tasked with what would be a tough matchup under normal circumstances, as they travel to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder. While we look forward to that game, let's round up a few odds and ends from around the NBA: