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 Posted: Fri Dec 9th, 2016 04:13 am
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A few short hours after waiving guard Yogi Ferrell, the Brooklyn Nets have filled his vacant roster spot by signing free-agent point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, the team announced Thursday.

The deal is partially guaranteed for three years, sources told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowksi.

Dinwiddie, drafted 38th overall by the Detroit Pistons out of Colorado in 2014, has averaged 4.4 points and 2.7 assists, with an unsightly .314/.173/.746 shooting line across 46 career NBA games.

He's spent this season with the Windy City Bulls, Chicago's D-League affiliate, averaging 19.4 points, 8.1 assists, and 2.2 steals through nine games.

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Power forward Donatas Motiejunas signed a four-year, $35-million deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Houston will reportedly pay Motiejunas $8.3 million this season, and will own team options in each of the next three seasons.

The Rockets initially pulled their offer sheet to the 7-foot power forward Friday after he refused to submit to a physical earlier in the week. Motiejunas will take a physical before officially signing his new deal, according to Wojnarowski.

The 25-year-old will be eligible to be traded 90 days from now, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports.

Motiejunas averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists on 43.9 percent shooting in 37 games for Houston last season.

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The New Orleans Pelicans have waived small forward Anthony Brown, the team announced Friday.

The Pelicans signed the 24-year-old in November.

Brown averaged 3.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.7 assists on 34.1 percent shooting and 25 percent from deep in nine games this season.

With their roster now down to 14 players, it appears likely the Pelicans will make a subsequent move in the near future.

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The Boston Celtics are interested in trading for Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Reports earlier in the week suggested the Mavericks would look to unload Bogut if their playoff hopes continue to fade, and the Celtics are a logical fit, given their lack of size and rebounding up front. However, Boston would need to unload a big contract on the Mavericks in order to absorb Bogut's $11-million salary.

It's unclear who the Celtics would look to deal, but big man Tyler Zeller could be an option given his struggles to see the court of late.

Bogut is expected to miss the next two weeks with a knee bruise, so it's unlikely that the Celtics will look to acquire him prior to his return.

The 7-footer is averaging 3.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks in 16 games for the Mavericks this season.

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lobo316 wrote: The Boston Celtics are interested in trading for Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Reports earlier in the week suggested the Mavericks would look to unload Bogut if their playoff hopes continue to fade....
Playoff hopes? They are the shittiest  team in the NBA.



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One night after moving into ninth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, Cleveland Cavaliers star and four-time league Most Valuable Player LeBron James joined an illustrious club that only he can say he's a member of.

With his fourth assist of the opening quarter Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets, James became the first frontcourt player ever to record 7,000 assists for a career.

Perhaps more notably, The King is now the only player to have scored at least 27,000 points, grabbed 7,000 rebounds, and dished out 7,000 assists, and it took him a little over 1,000 games to do it.

Congrats to @KingJames on becoming the FIRST player in @NBAHistory with 27,000 points, 7,000 rebounds & 7,000 assists! #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/oTn84b8qLW

— NBA (@NBA) December 11, 2016
James entered Saturday's matchup averaging 24.1 points on 50.4 percent shooting, 7.7 rebounds, and a career-best 9.1 assists in 36.5 minutes.

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The National Basketball Association's stance on the use of marijuana as an alternative pain regiment has been brought back to the forefront recently after Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr admitted to using it to treat his back pain following surgery.

During Friday's NBA Countdown panel, former Finals MVP Chauncey Billups revealed that some of his former teammates would dabble in weed prior to games, which he had no problem with since it had a positive impact on their performance.

"I actually wanted them to smoke, they played better like that," he said. "Big-time anxiety, a lot of things that can be affected, that it brought them down a little bit, helped them focus in a little bit on the game plan. I needed them to do that. I would rather them do that sometimes than drink."

Billups suited up for the Denver Nuggets for a second stint from 2008 through 2011. Medicinal marijuana was legalized by the state of Colorado in 2000, and then for recreational use 12 years later.

Players can be fined $25,000 by the league for testing positive on a second drug test, with a third positive resulting in a five-game suspension. Frankly, Billups would prefer if there were no punishments at all, and for the NBA to embrace the fact that marijuana is safer than other harsher means to dealing with pain.

"For medicinal use, I think we absolutely need to have that conversation," Billups added. "The Players Association, they need to talk about that with the NBA, because there's a lot of science behind it … because we've been through a ton of injuries. I've seen a piece on Jason Williams, who was the No. 2 pick in the draft, that talked about him being addicted to oxycontin and pain pills, and it would have been much better and much easier thing to have marijuana as a relief."

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The Charlotte Hornets are revered as one of the more stout defensive teams in all of basketball, holding opponents to just 100.5 points per 100 possessions, good enough for fifth overall in the Association.

Analytics go out the door when LeBron James is staring you down, though, and on Saturday night at the Q, nothing the Hornets could muster up on the defensive end was strong enough to put a dent in The King's armor.

James' season high prior to his Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Hornets was the 34 he dropped on the Toronto Raptors less than a week ago on Dec. 5. Looking back, that performance pales in comparison to the level of dominance he displayed in Charlotte.

In 42 minutes of action, the four-time league Most Valuable Player barely missed out on his fourth triple-double of the season, scoring 44 points on an incredibly efficient 17-of-24 shooting from the field, including five makes from behind the arc in a 116-105 win. He also added nine rebounds and 10 dimes, one of which put him over the 7,000-assist mark for his career to make him the first frontcourt player ever to reach that milestone.

Related: LeBron becomes 1st player with 27K points, 7K rebounds, 7K assists

It was James' first 40-point outing during the regular season since Feb. 26, 2015 when he put up 42 against the Golden State Warriors.

As the game clock expired against the Hornets, James dribbled the basketball towards the scorers table and proceeded to spin it on his fingertip as if he were trying out for the Harlem Globetrotters before walking off the floor like a boss.

Afterwards, head coach Tyronn Lue acknowledged that Kyrie Irving (11 points on 4-of-13 shooting) didn't have his legs under him tonight, which he figured would be the case earlier in the day.

James told him he would pick the team up if Irving wasn't in top form, and, lo and behold, that's exactly what happened.

Long live The King.

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LeBron James continues his irrepressible ascent into rarefied NBA air.

With his 26th and 27th points Friday night against his former team, the Miami Heat, James surged past Elvin Hayes and into ninth place on the league's all-time scoring list.

With THIS BASKET @KingJames passed Elvin Hayes for 9th on the #NBA All-Time Scoring List! #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/lXpnltfcU0

— NBA (@NBA) December 10, 2016
He finished the Cavaliers' 114-84 win with 27,315 career regular-season points.

James started the season sitting in 11th all-time. He passed Hakeem Olajuwon - who was drafted by the Houston Rockets the year they lost Hayes to retirement - back in November.

He now has yet another Rockets legend in Moses Malone directly in his sights.

RANK PLAYER                   POINTS

7       Shaquille O'Neal       28596

8       Moses Malone          27409

9       LeBron James          27315

It's only a matter of time until he climbs another rung.

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Russell Westbrook's seven-game triple-double streak - the longest any NBA player had put together in nearly three decades - came to an end Sunday night, two games shy of Wilt Chamberlain's all-time record.

Instead, Westbrook had to settle for 37 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals, the game-winning driving layup, and an incredible game-clinching jump ball in a 99-96 comeback victory over the Boston Celtics.

Related: Westbrook beats Celtics with game-winning layup, jump ball

After the emotional teeter-totter of a game, falling short of an eighth straight triple-double was the last thing on Westbrook's mind.

"I don't care about that streak, man, I'm just happy we won," Westbrook said in his on-court interview.

"That's a small part of my game. I'm just happy we won tonight."

Not all his teammates agreed.

Steven Adams on Westbrook's triple-double streak ending: "Useless. Only seven?"

— Royce Young (@royceyoung) December 12, 2016
Oftentimes the wins and the triple-doubles go hand in hand. The Thunder amazingly went 18-0 last season when Westbrook reached the statistical benchmark, and they're 9-3 in such games this season.

Triple-double or no, the Thunder have now won seven of their last eight games, turning things around after a stretch that saw them drop seven of nine.

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LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies have been named NBA Players of the Week for the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively, for games played between Dec. 5-11, the league announced on Monday.

This is James' third award of the 2016-17 regular season and 56th of his career. It's Gasol's first of the year.

The Cavaliers went a perfect 4-0 with victories over the Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, and Charlotte Hornets, with James averaging a league-best 32 points on 58.5 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds, eight assists, and 2.2 steals.

The King passed Elvin Hayes for ninth on the NBA's all-time scoring list, scored a season-high 44 points against the Hornets, and became the only player to ever have at least 27,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 7,000 assists for his career.

Not to be outdone, the Grizzlies also went undefeated during that span, including an impressive 110-89 win over the powerhouse Golden State Warriors at the FedExForum on Saturday sans Mike Conley, Vince Carter, and Chandler Parsons. Leading the way was Gasol with his 27.3 points, 10 boards, and 5.3 dimes over four games.

Other nominees for the award included: Paul Milsap, Nicolas Batum, Klay Thompson, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Eric Bledsoe, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and John Wall.

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Karl-Anthony Towns is emerging as a transcendent talent for the Minnesota Timberwolves. God forbid anything were to happen to him, though, since the frontcourt depth behind him on head coach Tom Thibodeau's second unit is essentially non-existent.

The organization is currently looking to acquire frontcourt talent via a trade, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Minnesota possesses the lowest-scoring bench mob in the entire Association, averaging 22.5 points per game. The two primary backup centers in Cole Aldrich and Jordan Hill are contributing a combined five points and 5.9 rebounds, while Nemanja Bjelica and Adreian Payne aren't providing much relief either as the backup fours.

In typical Thibodeau fashion, three of his players (Towns, Zach LaVine, and Andrew Wiggins) rank in the top 18 in minutes, and while running his players into the ground with heavy playing time seems to be his mantra, having the right pieces behind them would alleviate some of the pressure they carry to stay on the court.

That issue is especially true in the frontcourt, as Gorgui Dieng - who is paired with Towns in the starting lineup - is extremely limited as a scorer, with his role primarily being a rim-protector who can also hit the glass.

The Timberwolves improved to 7-18 on the season Tuesday night with a 99-94 win over the Chicago Bulls, ending their four-game losing streak.

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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose left Tuesday's 113-111 overtime loss against the Phoenix Suns with back spasms, and did not return.

Rose exited the contest after playing just nine minutes and was re-evaluated at halftime.

He has dealt with back problems before, and most recently suffered the same ailment a week ago versus the Miami Heat. He missed the next two games before returning to action Sunday, and raved about his new club's medical staff.

Despite telling reporters over the weekend there's "nothing wrong" with his back, something appears to be wrong.

The Knicks hope it isn't serious, as their starter at the one-spot has helped propel them to third in the East. Rose is averaging 17 points, 4.6 assists, and 4.1 rebounds in 32 minutes per outing while shooting 46.5 percent from the field.

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The Big Fundamental wasn't a showy player, but he got the job done.

Tim Duncan was known for his quiet, calm, and collected demeanor, so it was no surprise that when he decided to call it quits last offseason, he announced his retirement with little fanfare.

The San Antonio Spurs won five titles over 19 years during the Duncan Era, and will retire No. 21 in his honor Sunday.

Manu Ginobili, who played alongside Duncan for the last 14 seasons, reflected on the 40-year-old's greatness.

"I think the most remarkable thing about Tim is the quality of player he was on the court, and how he wanted to be recognized just as a player," the shooting guard told Lorne Chan of Spurs.com.

"There was no ego, there was no chest-thumping, it was about playing and helping teammates. We represented the community that way, and we hear it a lot, that they enjoy not only the buckets and the championships, but how we conducted ourselves and reacted to wins and losses."

Even without all the chest-bumping, dancing, and other boastful displays that are so prevalent in sports today, Duncan dominated and will go down as one of the best big men in NBA history. He's a two-time league MVP and three-time Finals MVP, and earned All-Defensive, All-NBA, and All-Star nods 15 times each.

He let this actions do the talking, and they spoke about greatness.

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Even as he's racked them up at a rate not seen in over 50 years, Russell Westbrook has continued to insist triple-doubles aren't important to him.
Still, it's hard to ignore the fact that the Oklahoma City Thunder tend to win nearly every time he records one. They're 27-3 in such games the past two seasons, and went 6-1 during his recent seven-game run of triple-doubles.
On Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz, Westbrook was held triple-double-less for the third consecutive game, and the Thunder lost their second straight. The loss owed more to the Jazz shooting over 58 percent from the field (56.5 percent from deep) while the Thunder shot 36.6 percent (Westbrook shot 7-of-25), but because of the intersection of outcomes, he was asked about it after the game.
His response was predictably prickly.
"Honestly, man, people and this triple-double thing is kind of getting on my nerves, really," Westbrook told reporters, according to Brett Dawson of NewsOK. "People think if I don't get it, it's like a big thing. When I do get it, it's a thing. If y'all just let me play - if I get it, I get it. If I don't, I don't care. It is what it is. I really don't care. For the hundredth time. I don't care. All I care about is winning, honestly. All the numbers s--- don't mean nothing to me."
That would seem to definitively put an end to the subject, but given that Westbrook is still averaging a triple-double - something that hasn't been done over a full season since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 - something tells us it won't be the last we (or Westbrook) hear about it.






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