Kyle Fogg

Coronavirus Notes: Paul, Dolan, Arenas, China

Chris Paul, president of the National Basketball Players Association, admitted to reporters in a teleconference today that nobody can be certain what’s going to happen with the current season, writes Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman (link via USA Today).

“This is a situation where no one knows,” Paul said. “The virus is actually in complete control. I seriously tried to answer things the best I could, but there are things where, it’s not like I’ve got the answers and I’m just not telling you.”

Today marks six weeks since the last NBA game was played, and the league was supposed to be conducting the first round of its playoffs. If the season does resume, Paul estimates players will have to train for two to four weeks to get ready. He expressed confidence that the league will give them the time they need.

“Whatever the amount of time is, just know that players will have the input because we’re the ones playing,” Paul said. “We don’t ever want to put guys in a  situation where their injury risk is higher.”

There’s more coronavirus-related news to pass along:

  • Knicks owner James Dolan has fully recovered from the virus and has registered to donate plasma antibodies to help with research, according to Larry Brooks of The New York Post. Dolan recently tested negative and is reportedly in good health. He had only mild symptoms and continued to work while quarantined.
  • A professor at MIT tells Michele Steele of ESPN that arenas can eventually be made as safe as public parks. Alex Pentland, head of the human dynamic lab, recommends having fans wear masks and filling only half the available seats, although family members could sit together. He also advises making all aisles one way and having fans in each section enter from a specified gate.
  • Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times talked to several American players about their experiences with the Chinese Basketball Association. Kyle Fogg said when he returned to China, he had his temperature taken several times by workers in hazmat suits. He and Ray McCallum Jr. were both quarantined to hotel rooms with armed guards posted outside to ensure they didn’t leave. “Everybody back home, they’re like, ‘Oh, we’re quarantined,’” McCallum said. “But I see on the news they’re outside. No.” The CBA remains on hold with hopes of starting play again in July.

Nuggets Waive Reginald Becton, Kyle Fogg

The Nuggets have parted ways with a pair of camp invitees, announcing today in a press release that the team has waived Reginald Becton and Kyle Fogg. The cuts reduce Denver’s roster to 16 players.

Neither Becton nor Fogg was expected to make the Nuggets’ regular-season roster, so it comes as no surprise that they were released by the team. Fogg, who spent last season with the D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers, appeared briefly in one game this month for Denver, while Becton, an Ole Miss product, didn’t play in the preseason.

The Nuggets now have one camp invitee remaining on the roster, in Damion James. He looks like the best bet to be released by opening night, to get Denver down to the regular-season roster maximum of 15. Quincy Miller, who has a partially guaranteed contract, is also a candidate to be cut, but I’d be surprised if the club gave up on the 2012 second-rounder so soon.

Nuggets Rumors: Fogg, Shaw, Connelly

Here's the latest news out of Denver..

  • The Nuggets announced their complete training camp roster which includes a new name in guard Kyle Fogg.  The 6'3" guard averaged 6.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers last season.  Fogg averaged 13.5 PPG in his senior season at Arizona in 2011/12, but went undrafted.  
  • Coach Brian Shaw won't say that this year's Nuggets squad will finish with less wins than last year (57), but he does acknowledge that there will be a focus on player development, writes Terry Frei of The Denver Post.   The coach was also asked about a timetable for the return of Danilo Gallinari, but that's still an unknown at this point.
  • General Manager Tim Connelly says that Denver was lucky to land Nate Robinson because he was being pursued by playoff teams, tweets Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.  The GM also acknowledged that the team isn't where he'd like it to be as the season draws near.  While he likes the players he has, he won't hesitate to make a change if one is needed.

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Rockets Cut Kyle Fogg, Demetri McCamey

7:19pm: The team has put Fogg and McCamey on waivers, Feigen confirms

4:56pm: The Rockets will waive camp invites Kyle Fogg and Demetri McCamey, a couple of weeks after they were signed in tandem, tweets Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. The team is interested in having both play for its D-League affiliate, Feigen says. When the moves become official, Houston's roster will be at 18 players.

Fogg and McCamey are both 6'3" guards, but only Fogg saw action in the Rockets' preseason opener last night. He scored three points in over four minutes of court time, but it was evidently not enough to allow him to continue his pursuit of making the NBA with Houston after going undrafted out of Arizona this June. McCamey played in five summer league games for the Bulls this year, averaging 4.4 points and 1.6 assists in 13.7 minutes per game.

Both were on non-guaranteed, minimum-salary deals, so their subtraction from the roster won't do much to alleviate the team's logjam of 18 players on either fully or partially guaranteed contracts.

Texas Notes: Spurs, Lin, Rockets, Holloway

We rounded up news from the Mavericks earlier today as they continue their European tour, but there's still more from the Lone Star state, where the Spurs, with an 18-to-1 shot, are the most likely of the three Texas teams to win the championship, according to odds released today by the Bovada sports book.

  • The Spurs have announced Sean Marks as their new director of basketball operations and GM of the Austin Toros, their D-League affiliate.
  • The Rockets' commitment of more than $25MM to Jeremy Lin, a player with a tiny sample size of success whom the Knicks passed on keeping, says much about the team's inability to break out of a cycle of mediocrity, Fran Blinebury of writes.
  • With 11 players eligible to be sent down to the D-League at some point this season, Gino Pilato of Ridiculous Upside examines how the Rio Grande Valley Vipers will play a key role in player development this season for the Rockets, their parent club. Pilato notes Scott Machado and Kyle Fogg have given their blessing to D-League assignments this season if the Rockets want to send them down.
  • Fellow Ridiculous Upside scribe Keith Schlosser wonders what's next for former Xavier guard Tu Holloway, a training camp invitee whom the Mavs curiously let go before camp even began.

Rockets Waive Fortson, Sign McCamey, Fogg

5:34pm: The Rockets have made the series of transactions official in a press release.

1:24pm: Before training camp opens next week, the Rockets will waive Courtney Fortson and his non-guaranteed contract, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). That will reduce the team's roster to 18 players, at which point Houston will fill its last two roster spots by signing Demetri McCamey and Kyle Fogg, says Feigen.

We heard back in June that the Rockets had decided to bring back Fortson for this season, but the 24-year-old's contract ensured that Houston actually had to make two decisions on whether or not to retain him. As Mark Deeks of ShamSports explains, Fortson's deal included a team option for 2012/13, but despite that option being exercised, Fortson's contract was still non-guaranteed, meaning the Rockets won't take a cap hit by releasing him.

McCamey, 23, went undrafted out of Illinois in 2011, despite being ranked as the 53rd-best prospect of the class by's Chad Ford. The 6'3" point guard played in Turkey last season before joining the Bulls' summer league squad this July. Another 6'3" guard, Fogg went undrafted out of Arizona this June. The 22-year-old averaged 13.5 PPG in his senior year with the Wildcats, and played for the Rockets' summer league team in July.

Assuming the deals for McCamey and Fogg are fully non-guaranteed, the Rockets now have 18 contracts on their books that are at least partially guaranteed. Shaun Livingston, Greg Smith, and Scott Machado will all require small buyouts if they don't make the team's final roster and aren't traded.