Week in Review

Five Key Stories: 11/23/19 – 11/30/19

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:

Nets guard Kyrie Irving missed his first trip back to Boston because of a shoulder injury, then responded on Instagram to derisive chants from Celtics fans. “It happens all the time and Tonight just shows how Sports/Entertainment will always be ignorant and obtrusive,” Irving wrote. “It’s one big SHOW that means very little in the real world.”

Zach LaVine had a meeting with Bulls coach Jim Boylen to discuss a perceived lack of trust. The clash came after LaVine was pulled from a game early after a couple of defensive mistakes.

Carmelo Anthony continues to impress since signing with the Trail Blazers last week and said he never intended for this season to be a farewell tour. Playing on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, Anthony is averaging 17.7 PPG as Portland has turned its season around with three straight wins.

The Magic were successful in their petition to the NBA to have the remaining $16.7MM of Timofey Mozgov‘s salary removed from their books. The 33-year-old underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee in January.

The NCAA upheld a 12-game suspension for potential No. 1 pick James Wiseman. The Memphis center will also have to make a donation of $11.5K, which is the amount his family received as moving expenses from coach Penny Hardaway.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:

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Five Key Stories: 11/16/19 – 11/23/19

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:

Magic center Nikola Vucevic became the latest star player to be sidelined by injury during the first month of the season. Vucevic twisted his right ankle in an awkward fall Wednesday night and is expected to be out of action for at least four weeks. That’s a long time for Orlando to survive without one of its top scorers when the team is already off to a slow start.

The Trail Blazers waived Pau Gasol, who still hasn’t recovered from offseason surgery on his left foot. The veteran center signed with Portland as a free agent over the summer and may be transitioned into a coaching role.

The Rockets released Ryan Anderson, who re-signed with the team shortly before the start of training camp. Anderson saw just 14 minutes of playing time during his second stint in Houston and wasn’t being used despite a string of injuries.

The NBA Players Association appealed a 10-game suspension for Heat guard Dion Waiters. The action seeks to recoup $834K in salary that Waiters will lose for being suspended.

The NBA is considering changes to the schedule and the postseason, along with a possible midseason tournament. An ESPN report suggests that the Board of Governors may be ready to vote on the proposals by April.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:

  • A report identifies the Hornets as a team likely to be interested in Pistons‘ center Andre Drummond on the free agent market. Charlotte may seek to work out a trade before this year’s deadline, but won’t give up any of its young core to make it happen.
  • The Pelicans offered an encouraging update on top draft pick Zion Williamson, who has been sidelined since the preseason because of meniscus surgery. General manager David Griffin said Williamson should be back by mid-December.
  • Nets guard Kyrie Irving didn’t accompany the team on its current road trip, which means he won’t be available for Wednesday’s game in Boston. Irving, who is sidelined with a shoulder impingement, receives a lot of blame from Celtics’ fans for the disappointing season a year ago.
  • Carmelo Anthony talked about how grateful he is to be back in the NBA after making his season debut with the Trail Blazers Tuesday night. Anthony was out of the league for 12 months after the Rockets sent him away from the team last year.
  • Paul George revealed that he wanted to team up with Kawhi Leonard two years ago, telling the Pacers that San Antonio was among the destinations he was interested in when he issued a trade request in 2017. Both players went to other cities before teaming up with the Clippers over the summer.
  • Andrew Bogut may be interested in returning to the NBA again once his Australian season is over. It likely won’t be with the Warriors this time, as Golden State appears to be a long shot to reach the playoffs after an injury-plagued start.
  • The NBA is working on a solution with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie regarding his plan to allow investors to buy a digital token backed by his contract.
  • Memphis center James Wiseman, who is under consideration to be the top pick in the 2020 draft, had 11 games added to his suspension by the NCAA.
  • Two more NBA coaches could be part of the Olympics next summer. Kings assistant Igor Kokoskov is the new coach of the Serbian National Team, which still must qualify after a disappointing showing at the FIBA World Cup. Sixers head coach Brett Brown is finalizing a deal to become head coach of the Australian National Team.
  • Jamal Crawford admits to being “baffled” that he hasn’t received an NBA opportunity this season.

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Five Key Stories: 11/9/19 – 11/16/19

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:

Carmelo Anthony is back in the NBA after agreeing to a non-guaranteed deal with the Trail Blazers. Anthony will try to turn around the fortunes in Portland, which has gotten off to a slow start and is dealing with a string of injuries to its big men. The 10-time All-Star has been out of the league for about 12 months.

Paul George made his Clippers debut this week after missing nearly a month while recovering from offseason surgery on both shoulders. George looked as good as ever with 33 points and nine rebounds.

Reports out of New York suggest the Knicks are making plans to fire coach David Fizdale if the season doesn’t turn around soon. Owner James Dolan held a meeting during halftime of an embarrassing loss Sunday with president of basketball operations Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry, who followed with an unusual post-game press conference to address the team’s poor performance.

The NBA sent a memo to all 30 teams telling them to avoid using “load management” when talking about injuries. The newly accepted phrase appears to be “injury management” with the specific injury listed on the inactive report.

The Magic have expressed interest to the Spurs about acquiring guard DeMar Derozan. DeRozan has a $27.7MM player option for next season and may not fit into San Antonio’s long-term plans. Orlando needs scoring help and may view a DeRozan deal as a way to spark the team after a slow start.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:

  • Nets guard Caris LeVert will be sidelined four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to fix ligaments in his right thumb. LeVert was averaging 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists through his first nine games of the season.
  • The Kings will re-evaluate De’Aaron Fox in three to four weeks after he suffered a sprained left ankle in practice this week. It was diagnosed as a a Grade 3 sprain, which is a full tear of the ankle ligament.
  • Celtics forward Gordon Hayward opted for surgery to fix a broken bone in his right hand, which is expected to sideline him for about six weeks. Hayward seemed to be fully recovered from a severe ankle injury two years ago, averaging 20.3 PPG, 7.9 RPG and 4.6 APG though seven games.
  • A left leg injury will keep Bucks guard Khris Middleton out of action for several weeks. An All-Star last season, Middleton was hurt during Sunday’s game with the Thunder.
  • Rockets guard Eric Gordon will miss six weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Gordon has been bothered by knee issues and decided to have the surgery to get some debris removed.
  • Veteran swingman Iman Shumpert signed a minimum-salary contract with the Nets. Brooklyn is permitted to carry a 16th player on its roster while Wilson Chandler serves out the remainder of his suspension.
  • LeBron James told reporters he has no plans for retirement as he nears age 35. The Lakers star already ranks in the top 50 for most career games.
  • Stephen Curry hasn’t given up hope of playing again this season. The Warriors guard will need another operation on his broken hand, but he is still targeting a return in the spring.
  • The Heat suspended Dion Waiters for 10 games for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Waiters, who hasn’t played this season, had a medical incident on the team plane last week related to an edible form of marijuana.
  • The Nets parted ways with CEO David Levy after less than two months on the job.

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Five Key Stories: 11/2/19 – 11/9/19

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:

Kawhi Leonard‘s load management plan drew a lot of complaints this week when it wiped out a potential matchup with Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the league decided that the way the Clippers are handling their new star is within the rules. However, the NBA office later fined the team $50K for making conflicting statements about Leonard’s health.

Paul George is targeting next week to make his debut with the Clippers. He has been sidelined since having surgery on both shoulders over the summer and wasn’t able to participate in a five-on-five practice until today. George is expected to start playing either Wednesday in Houston or Thursday in New Orleans.

The Hawks lost one of their brightest young stars when John Collins was suspended 25 games for violating the league’s anti-drug program. Collins contends he took a supplement that was “contaminated with an illegal component” and plans to appeal the suspension, which would keep him off the court until December 23.

Heat guard Dion Waiters, who has been at odds with the organization since a preseason argument with coach Erik Spoelstra, had a medical incident on a team flight Thursday night. Waiters reportedly passed out on the plane and suffered a seizure when he was awakened. He hasn’t played yet this season.

Memphis center James Wiseman, considered a possibility for the top pick in the 2020 draft, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA, but played Friday after obtaining an “emergency temporary restraining order.” The issue involves money that Tigers coach Penny Hardaway gave to Wiseman and his family to help them move to Memphis last year.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:

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Five Key Stories: 10/26/19 – 11/2/19

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 Warriors’ start went from bad to worse when Stephen Curry suffered a broken left hand on Wednesday. Curry underwent surgery on his hand and is expected to be sidelined for at least the next three months, joining Klay Thompson on the injured list and significantly diminishing the Warriors‘ playoff chances. Draymond Green is also battling a finger injury.

Tempers boiled over in Philadelphia as Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns brawled on Wednesday. The two star big men, who took their fight to social media after the game, were each suspended for two games by the NBA. The league didn’t punish Ben Simmons for his role in the altercation, even though the Timberwolves disputed a ruling that he acted as a “peacemaker.”

The Cavaliers signed general manager Koby Altman to a long-term contract extension. Altman, who took over as the team’s head of basketball operations in 2017, became the first GM of the Dan Gilbert era to receive an extension from the Cavaliers‘ owner.

Rockets swingman Gerald Green underwent surgery on his broken foot and is expected to be sidelined for the next six months. It appears unlikely that Green will suit up for Houston in the regular season, though it’s possible he’ll be able to return in the playoffs.

The Kings opted to turn down their 2020/21 options on Harry Giles and Caleb Swanigan. While the decision on Swanigan wasn’t a surprise, the Kings were believed to be high on Giles, the 20th pick in the 2017 draft. However, knee injuries have limited the former Duke standout to just 58 games since he arrived in Sacramento. Both Giles and Swanigan will become unrestricted free agents next summer.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:

Five Key Stories: 10/19/19 – 10/26/19

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:

Pelicans forward Zion Williamson underwent meniscus surgery and will be out for six to eight weeks. The No. 1 pick’s regular-season NBA debut was one of the most anticipated events of the league’s opening week, but it sounds like it won’t happen until December now.

The Celtics signed Jaylen Brown to a four-year rookie scale extension that can be worth up to $115MM. The base value of Brown’s new deal, which will run through 2023/24, is said to be $103MM, but it features another $12MM in incentives. The 11th-hour agreement ensures that the swingman won’t become a restricted free agent in 2020.

Suns center Deandre Ayton has been suspended 25 games for violating the NBA’s drug policy. Ayton, who tested positive for a diuretic, is fighting the ban, but Phoenix is preparing to be without last year’s top pick until mid-December.

The Kings locked up Buddy Hield to a four-year extension worth up to $106MM. Hield’s new deal is heavy on incentives and may not ultimately be worth more than $86MM, but the two sides were happy to reach an agreement after a negotiation that got somewhat contentious.

Domantas Sabonis also got a rookie scale extension, signing a four-year, $74.9MM deal with the Pacers. Like Brown and Hield, Sabonis can make a little extra money via incentives. And like Hield, he’ll stick with his current team after it briefly looked as if the situation might go in an entirely different direction.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:

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Five Key Stories: 10/12/19 – 10/19/19

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 Bradley Beal trade rumors will have to wait as the high-scoring guard agreed to a two-year extension with the Wizards. The extension will pay Beal nearly $72MM, although he can opt out after the 2021/22 season. League rules prohibit players from being traded for six months after signing an extension, which takes him past this year’s deadline.

Two days before the deadline, the Raptors worked out a rookie scale extension for Pascal Siakam. The max deal will pay the reigning Most Improved Player nearly $130MM over four seasons and will keep an important piece of Toronto’s foundation in place through 2023/24.

The Pacers are reportedly looking for trade offers involving Domantas Sabonis. The talented young big man is eligible for an extension, but Indiana has long-term cap concerns that may make it wiser to move him.

The Jazz reached a multi-year extension agreement with coach Quin Snyder. It was a “top organizational priority” to keep Snyder, who is entering his sixth year as the team’s head coach.

The NBA had planned to feature Zion Williamson in this season’s first game, but the top pick in the draft will be sidelined for several weeks with a right knee injury. The Pelicans don’t believe it’s severe, but they’re handling the situation with “an abundance of caution.”

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:

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Five Key Stories: 10/5/19 – 10/12/19

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:

A Daryl Morey tweet expressing support for protestors in Hong Kong created an international incident between the NBA and China. While the Rockets general manager quickly deleted his tweet, Chinese officials and businesses didn’t took exception to it, with many of them suspending or cancelling partnerships with the NBA. The Lakers and Nets still went ahead and played two exhibition games in China this week, but those games weren’t televised by CCTV. All of our stories on the controversy can be found right here.

The Raptors and Kyle Lowry agreed to a one-year contract extension. The one-year, $31MM deal will keep the veteran point guard locked up through the 2020/21 season without impacting Toronto’s long-term cap flexibility.

Buddy Hield expressed a strong desire to sign a contract extension with the Kings this month. The two sides face an October 21 deadline, with Hield on track for restricted free agency in 2020 if a deal doesn’t get done now. “I’m ready to make things happen, man,” Hield said. “I want to make Sacramento my home. I’m ready to get this s–t done. I want to be here and if it doesn’t happen, then things can go the other way.”

Kevin Durant made waves by claiming that younger players don’t consider the Knicks a “cool” franchise. As Durant explains, those younger players don’t remember a time when the Knicks were a contender and don’t consider the team’s brand to be a strong as that of the Warriors or Lakers.

The Pistons and Andre Drummond are reportedly exploring a contract extension. The two sides are said to be “talking at a business level” and have exchanged numbers on a new deal for the All-Star center.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:

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Five Key Stories: 9/28/19 – 10/5/19

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:

Giannis Antetokounmpo told reporters he won’t discuss contract speculation during the upcoming season. The reigning MVP will become eligible for a super-max deal next year and would be the top name on the market in 2021 if he turns down the offer. Antetokounmpo needs seven years of experience before he can sign a super-max, which would start at 35% of the salary cap.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle declared at Media Day that Kristaps Porzingisrecovery from a torn ACL is “complete.” Porzingis didn’t play for Dallas after being acquired from the Knicks in January, but his preseason debut is expected to happen this week.

Warriors fans shouldn’t expect any news about Klay Thompson‘s progress in recovering from a torn ACL until mid-February. President of basketball operations Bob Myers said the team won’t issue any updates before the All-Star break.

New Clippers star Paul George is targeting November for a return from shoulder surgery. George said he “still has a little ways to go” after having offseason procedures on both shoulders.

Erik Spoelstra agreed to a four-year extension in Miami. Spoelstra, who is beginning his 12th season as head coach of the Heat, is now under contract through the end of the 2023/24 season.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from the past week:

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Five Key Stories: 9/21/19 – 9/28/19

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:

Nets GM Sean Marks quashed speculation that Kevin Durant may try to return before the end of the season. There had been talk around the league that Durant could recover from a torn Achilles in time to help Brooklyn late in the season and into the playoffs. The expectation now is that he’ll be out for the year,” Marks told reporters. “We’re not going to plan on him playing.”

Andre Iguodala reached an agreement with the Grizzlies that won’t require him to report to training camp. Iguodala, who played an important role on the Warriors‘ five straight trips to the NBA Finals, was traded to Memphis over the offseason to open up cap room. He will remain apart from his new team as it tries to work out a trade.

The NBA fined the Bucks $50K for publicly discussing their desire to give Giannis Antetokounmpo a super-max contract. At a televised fan event, GM Jon Horst talked about giving the reigning MVP that new deal, which violates league rules because Antetokounmpo isn’t eligible yet.

It appears the Celtics won’t reach a rookie scale extension agreement with Jaylen Brown before the October 21 deadline. A source called the chances “pretty slim,” which means Brown would become a restricted free agent next summer.

Markelle Fultz received full medical clearance to participate in Orlando’s training camp. The No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft was traded to the Magic last winter, but hasn’t played for them because of thoracic outlet syndrome.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from the past week: