Tyshawn Taylor

Tyshawn Taylor Signs With Italian Team

Former Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor has signed with Fiat Torino of Lega Basket Serie A, the team announced. Taylor spent last season with Samsun BSB Anakent of the Turkish Basketball First League, averaging 21.0 PPG and 5.6 APG in eight contests.

Taylor, 28, was originally drafted 41st overall in the second round by the Trail Blazers in 2012. He was later traded to the Nets for cash considerations. The guard spent his first two NBA seasons in Brooklyn and was part of the team’s rotation when injuries to stalwarts such as Deron Williams struck.

After playing in 38 contests during his rookie season, averaging less than six minutes per game, Taylor saw a spike in playing time his sophomore campaign. In 23 games during the 2013/14 season, Taylor averaged 11.7 minutes per contest while posting 3.9 PPG and 1.6 APG.

The Nets traded Taylor to the Pelicans in January 2014, but he was waived before he played in a game for New Orleans. Taylor has not appeared in the NBA since as he’s had stints in the G League, Puerto Rico, Russia, Venezuela, Israel and Turkey.

International Notes: Bennett, Greene, Kelly

Anthony Bennett, who was recently waived by the Nets, may head overseas to pursue his next basketball opportunity, sources tell Sam Amico of Pro Basketball Digest. Amico adds that the former No.1 overall pick is also considering the D-League as an option with an eye on signing a few 10-day contracts with NBA clubs.

Bennett flashed promise at UNLV but struggled mightily during his three stops in the NBA. Amico notes that Bennett’s poor performance during his rookie season played a role in Cleveland’s decision to fire then-GM Chris Grant during the middle of the 2013/14 campaign.

Here are a few more international updates on players with NBA ties:

  • Former Kings big man Donte Greene, a 2008 first-rounder who last played in 2012, has joined Puerto Rican team Capitanes de Arecibo, according to an announcement from the club (hat tip to Sportando). Greene, who turns 29 next month, said back in August that he continues to hope for one more shot from an NBA team.
  • Maccabi Kiryat Gat of Israel has released former Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor, according to international journalist David Pick (Twitter links). The team will use the roster spot to bring Josh Selby aboard. Selby, who was the No. 49 pick in the 2011 draft, previously played in Israel for Bnei Herzliya.
  • Sasha Djordjevic, the coach of Bayern Munich, is recruiting Nicolas Laprovittola to play for his team, Pick reports (Twitter link). Laprovittola was waived by the Spurs last month.
  • Ryan Kelly has garnered interest from Reggio Emilia, a team in Italy, but it’s unlikely he joins the club as he prefers to pursue NBA opportunities, according to Emilio Carchia of Sportando. The Hawks waived Kelly last week.

Luke Adams contributed to this post

And-Ones: Pistons, Taylor, Free Agents

The offseason losses of Anthony Tolliver, Steve Blake and Joel Anthony cost the Pistons a combined 30 years of NBA service on their roster, notes Keith Langlois of NBA.com, and the potential leadership void entering the season concerns coach/executive Stan Van Gundy. “Absolutely. Absolute concern,” Van Gundy admitted. “If you look at what we did (over the off-season) and said, ‘OK, where’s the problem?’ – that would be it. We had three outstanding veteran leaders who were all about the right stuff.”

Those guys provided a lot of leadership for the team in general and the younger guys in particular and now with all four of those guys gone, are these guys ready? Can they get themselves ready? Can they lead each other? Who’s going to emerge? Yeah, I think that there certainly is a concern,” Van Gundy continued. “It’s a challenge for the guys on our team. I don’t know how many teams in the league there are that will not have a single guy over 30 years old.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • Former Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor has signed a deal to play in Israel with Kiryat Gat, international journalist David Pick reports (via Twitter). The 26-year-old last appeared in the NBA during the 2013/14 season when he averaged 3.9 points in 23 games for Brooklyn.
  • While most teams are putting the finishing touches on their preseason rosters, there are still a number of intriguing free agents still on the market, notes Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com. The scribe notes that Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, Ty Lawson, J.J. Hickson and Kevin Martin could pay dividends for a GM willing to roll the dice on them.
  • Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com (Insider subscription required) ran down the teams taking a step back this offseason. Teams that fell into the “losers” category in Pelton’s view include the Thunder (for losing Kevin Durant), Bulls (for assembling an ill-fitting roster) and the Lakers (who hurt their future cap flexibility).

And-Ones: Cavs, Prince, Ferry, Draft, Taylor

David Blatt believes his comment questioning whether Kevin Love is a max player was “misunderstood or misconstrued” by many, but Love says he and the Cavs coach are on the same page, as Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group relays.

“Kevin Love for me is a player of the highest order,” Blatt said. “Whether you want to define that by max contract or any other thing, he’s one of the best players in the NBA and that’s the way we value him.”

Love can hit free agency this summer if he turns down his player option, but tonight he’ll hit the floor against the Suns and seek to help Cleveland avoid dipping below .500. There’s more on the Cavs amid the latest from around the league:

  • The Cavs would be interested in Tayshaun Prince if he and the Celtics strike a buyout deal, tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio. Cleveland apparently had interest in trading for Prince prior to Monday’s swap that sent him to Boston. Prince and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge are set to discuss the forward’s situation, and a buyout is on the table, as Chris Mannix of SI.com reported Monday.
  • Al Horford would welcome Hawks GM Danny Ferry back from his leave of absence, as the center tells Chris Mannix of SI.com (Twitter link). Ferry has appeared unlikely to return in the wake of racially charged comments he made about Luol Deng.
  • Fringe first-round draft prospect Chris McCullough will miss the rest of the season for Syracuse after tearing the ACL in his right knee, the school announced Monday (Twitter link). The freshman power forward is No. 29 in Jonathan Givony’s DraftExpress prospect rankings and comes in 31st with Chad Ford of ESPN.com. NBA teams saw him as a long-term project even before the injury, Givony tweets.
  • Russia’s Dynamo Moscow has let go of former Nets point guard Tyshawn Taylor, the team announced (translation via Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia). Taylor appeared in 23 games for Brooklyn last season, making three starts, but has been out of the NBA since the Pelicans waived him shortly after the Nets traded him to New Orleans nearly a year ago.

Tyshawn Taylor To Play In Russia

WEDNESDAY, 1:17pm: Taylor has signed his contract with the team, according to his representatives at the Interperformances agency (hat tip to Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia).

MONDAY, 11:33am: Former Nets point guard Tyshawn Taylor is putting the finishing touches on a deal with Dynamo Moscow, reports David Pick of Eurobasket.com (Twitter link). It’s not clear whether it will include any sort of out clause that would allow the 24-year-old to return stateside if NBA interest perks up, but considering the sparse activity on his rumors page, it seems likely Taylor will begin the season overseas.

Taylor has been out of the NBA since the Pelicans cut him loose two days after acquiring him from Brooklyn. Prior to the trade, he more than doubled his minutes per game in his sophomore campaign for the Nets, who’d put him on the floor for just 5.8 minutes per contest in his rookie season. The 41st pick from 2012 averaged 3.9 points, 1.6 assists and 1.3 turnovers in 11.7 minutes per contest over 23 NBA games last year before finishing up the season in the D-League and with Puerto Rico’s Atleticos de San German.

Dynamo Moscow will compete in Russia’s Super League, a minor league that plays second fiddle to the VTB League, as Pick points out (on Twitter). That’s quite a comedown for Taylor, who averaged 16.6 points per game as a senior at Kansas in 2011/12. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him stay with the club for just a short time if he puts up strong numbers and proves he deserves a shot on a more well-regarded circuit.

D-League Notes: Stampede, Ohlbrecht, Taylor

The Idaho Stampede will remain a D-League team next year despite the Trail Blazers’ recent decision to end their relationship with Idaho, Idaho managing investor Bill Ilett tells Gino Pilato of D-League Digest“Rest assured the Idaho Stampede will be in Boise next year, hopefully as a hybrid-affiliate for an NBA team.” Pilato suggests that the Stampede could become an affiliate for multiple teams as a short-term solution, an arrangement they have had in years past. Here’s more from around the D-League:

  • Blazers assistant GM Bill Branch told Pilato that, for their part, the Blazers don’t see the closed partnership as a catastrophe for the Stampede. “We hope with the trades, draft selections and affiliate player acquisitions, (Pierre Jackson, Dee Bost, Richard Howell, E.J. Singler, Scott Machado, C.J. Leslie, Dallas Lauderdale), that we are leaving the Stampede with a strong talent pool.” Branch says. “Boise is a great city, and we feel another team will likely want to establish another hybrid affiliation with the Idaho Stampede.”
  • Tim Ohlbrecht has been traded from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in exchange for a 2014 D-League first round draft pick, a source tells Pilato. Ohlbrecht’s entire NBA experience came in just three games with the Rockets last year, but the 25-year-old center is still considered an NBA prospect.
  • Tyshawn Taylor tells Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv he was surprised he ended up a free agent playing in the D-League less than two years after getting drafted by the Nets. “It wasn’t a tough situation until I found out I got cut from the Pelicans. My whole thing was to try to get somewhere where I can play. I gotta figure it out, where I can go next.” The Nets traded Taylor in January to the Pelicans, who waived him. The 23-year-old guard hopes to earn a call-up by playing for the Maine Red Claws. “I think this is more for my confidence and being able to play on a consistent basis. In the NBA, I only played one out of every 16 games.”

Odds & Ends: Durant, Brooks, Nuggets

With tax season approaching, Thunder star Kevin Durant is looking to get his house in order.  Durant is suing his former accountant for $600K over what he says were mistakes on his previous taxes, according to the Associated Press.  More from around the Association..

  • Aaron Brooks could have blocked the trade sending him from the Rockets to the Nuggets but he had a change of heart late in the game, tweets Mark Berman of FOX 26.  “I changed my mind after talking to [Denver exec] Jared Jeffries, the (Nuggets) GM and the coach,” said the guard.  Brooks also says that the need for him to play in the final year of his deal motivated him to say yes, tweets Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
  • Nuggets GM Tim Connelly offered a very rational take of today’s deal to acquire Jan Vesely from the Wizards.  “It’s not often you get a chance to get a 30-game look at the sixth pick in the draft from a couple years ago,” said the GM, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post (on Twitter).
  • Center Hamed Haddadi inked a deal in Iran after finishing his season in China, tweets Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.
  • Former Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor has signed in Puerto Rico, tweets Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv.  Taylor was traded to the Pelicans earlier this year but was promptly cut loose.
  • The Pelicans‘ inability to get back into the first-round of the 2014 draft at the deadline was disappointing, writes Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune.

Tyshawn Taylor Acquired By Maine Red Claws

After being waived recently by the Pelicans, Tyshawn Taylor has been claimed off waivers by the Maine Red Claws, according to Gino Pilato of D-League Digest.com. Taylor will play in the NBA D-League with the Celtics’ affiliate. Taylor has averaged 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in 10 career NBA D-League games (two games this season and eight games last season). He had also spent time with the Nets this season, where he appeared in 29 games, averaging 3.9 points and 1.6 assists in 11.7 minutes per game.

The D-League will probably be a better place for the Jeff Schwartz client than heading overseas to play, since it might be his best chance to try and showcase what he has to offer, especially if Taylor hopes to land a 10-day contract this season. Taylor is also still collecting his NBA paychecks, as his salary of $788,872 was fully guaranteed for the year.

Pelicans Waive Tyshawn Taylor

1:22pm: The Pelicans reached a buyout agreement with Taylor, according to John Reid of The Times Picayune, though it’s unclear how much money the one-year veteran gave up.

THURSDAY, 11:12am: The team has officially announced the move.

WEDNESDAY, 4:55pm: The Pelicans have waived Tyshawn Taylor, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). John Reid of The Times Picayune noted earlier that the team was unsure about Taylor’s future in New Orleans after acquiring him via trade from the Nets on Tuesday. The move opens up a roster spot for the Pelicans, who had been carrying the maximum 15 players.

Reid’s story suggested that Taylor might buy out the remainder of his guaranteed minimum-salary deal, but it’s not clear whether that happened. If there was no buyout, the point guard’s $788,872 will remain on the Pelicans’ books unless another team claims him off waivers. There’s a chance that a team could put in a claim, given the diminutive size of the 23-year-old’s contract and the fact that he’s unlikely to sign for more money elsewhere. Regardless, the Nets sent enough cash to New Orleans to cover their obligation to Taylor, so the Pelicans aren’t taking a financial hit.

Shedding Taylor gives the Pelicans more flexibility to add an interior player, as I explained earlier today. New Orleans is reportedly seeking a big man.

Pelicans Not Sure They’ll Keep Tyshawn Taylor

The Pelicans traded for Tyshawn Taylor on Wednesday, receiving cash that will be enough to cover his one-year veteran’s minimum salary in exchange for only a European prospect who isn’t likely to play in the NBA. It’s a sweetheart deal that would have been difficult for New Orleans to turn down, and it seems the club isn’t really that sold on Taylor. John Reid of The Times Picayune suggests the Pelicans could buy him out, pointing to comments from coach Monty Williams that indicate Taylor might not have a role on the team.

Taylor has already received about half of his $788,872 salary. As long as he doesn’t agree to a buyout worth nearly the entire amount remaining on his contract, which expires at season’s end, such a severance could be a financial plus for the Jeff Schwartz client if he quickly finds other NBA work. Taylor, the 41st overall pick in 2012, saw 11.7 minutes per game in 23 appearances for the Nets this season, and though he put up a discouraging 5.6 PER in that time, there’s at least a decent chance another team would take a flier on him.

The Pelicans are without starting point guard Jrue Holiday, so Taylor could provide them depth. Still, the injury-riddled team is also missing Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith, and New Orleans is reportedly trying to trade for a big man, and waiving Taylor would open up room on the roster that would make it easier to add an interior player. The Pelicans are currently at the 15-man limit. They could also use an open roster spot to sign Pierre Jackson, the D-League’s leading scorer. New Orleans acquired Jackson’s NBA rights on draft night.