If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:
The Heat suspended Dion Waiters for the third time this season. The latest ban is six games for failure to adhere to team policies, violation of team rules and continued insubordination. Although Waiters hasn’t played this season, Miami is unlikely to try to terminate his contract.
The G League will expand to Mexico City next season. An announcement was made Thursday that Capitanes, which is currently part of Mexico’s Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional, will join the G League starting in 2020/21.
The Nets waived Iman Shumpert, even though the veteran swingman had played well since joining the team last month. Brooklyn needs an open roster spot once Wilson Chandler becomes eligible to be activated again following his 25-game suspension.
Former NBA commissioner David Stern was hospitalized after suffering a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday. Stern, who ran the league for 30 years, collapsed at a restaurant in Manhattan and had emergency brain surgery.
The Rockets’ protest of a loss in San Antonio was denied by the league. Commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged that the referees missed the call on a James Harden dunk that was disallowed, but ruled that Houston had plenty of time to overcome the mistake.
Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:
- Cavaliers forward Kevin Love reportedly prefers to join his hometown Trail Blazers if he gets traded to a contender. However, his hefty contract may make him difficult to move.
- Two potential lottery picks playing in Australia both suffered injuries this week. LaMelo Ball will miss approximately four weeks with a bruised foot, and R.J. Hampton is expected to be out for about the same amount of time with a hip flexor injury.
- The Trail Blazers applied to the league for a disabled player exception after a season-ending Achilles injury to Rodney Hood. The Wizards are seeking a DPE for C.J. Miles, who had wrist surgery last week.
- Cavaliers rookie Dylan Windler suffered a setback as he tries to recover from a lower leg stress reaction. He will be held out of on-court basketball activities and re-evaluated in two weeks.
- The Hornets‘ PJ Washington had his rookie season interrupted by a fractured finger. He’s not expected to return until after Christmas.
- Marcus Morris said he doesn’t want to be traded despite the Knicks‘ disastrous start. The veteran forward came to New York on a one-year contract over the summer.
- In light of several reports that the Knicks plan to pursue Toronto executive Masai Ujiri, Raptors chairman Larry Tanenbaum vowed that Ujiri is “here to stay.”
- A number of teams are keeping their eyes on Pelicans center Derrick Favors to see if he hits the trade market after the team’s slow start.
- The Rockets are reportedly interested in acquiring forward Robert Covington from the Timberwolves.
- The Wizards are expected to guarantee Jordan McRae‘s contract for the rest of the season.
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