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So begins our first day of updating the Roundup throughout the day, every day.
With that, here is a look at the latest news and views from around pro hoops:
Andrew Bogut suffered a fractured left tibia two minutes into his Cavaliers debut, per the team. He was taken to Cleveland Clinic during the game for further evaluation. Updates on way.
Per Amico Hoops: “Bogut says his decision on where to play came down to the Cavaliers or Celtics. ‘It was a tough decision.’ Says he talked to Matthew Dellavedova, who helped sell Cleveland.”
Bogut, via Amico Hoops: “I think our bench could start some places.”
Per The Athletic: “Bogut took less money for better odds at a championship. The fact he may have to get through his former team to get there? He insists that wasn’t a factor in the decision.”
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) March 7, 2017
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is still sick and will miss Monday’s game vs. the Heat. Assistant Larry Drew will serve as head coach.
Per Cleveland.com: “Lue missed shootaround for the second time in the last several days, and has been sick for more than one week.”
Free agent forward Jared Sullinger has been in talks with the Heat, per the Miami Herald. Sullinger was traded from the Raptors to the Suns, then immediately waived, at the trading deadline.
Per Amico Hoops: “Cavaliers rookie point guard Kay Felder has been named the D-League’s Performer of the Week for his play with the Canton Charge.”
Per the Los Angeles Times: “Larry Bird planned to call Magic Johnson after the NBA trade deadline, just to congratulate his old friend on becoming the Lakers’ president of basketball operations. It’s the same title Bird has held for most of 14 years with the Indiana Pacers.”
Per the Los Angeles Times: “Johnson beat Bird to it. The phone call lasted less than five minutes, consisted mostly of small talk and might have touched only briefly on the fate of Indiana star Paul George.”
Per the Los Angeles Times: “I wasn’t motivated to move Paul George at the deadline,” Bird said. “I can’t remember if it was even brought up or not. I don’t think it was. It’s all fake news anyway. You know that. Somebody’s gonna start it and [it] just was a snowball effect. [The phone call] was not about Paul George.”
The Pelicans have signed free agent shooting guard Jordan Crawford of the D-League to a 10-day contract, per the team.
The Spurs have recalled Davis Bertans and Dejounte Murray from the Austin Spurs, per the team.
Per The Undefeated: “Kyrie Irving’s bag of tricks includes quick crossovers, hesitation moves and hard dribbles that can lead to step-back or step-side jumpers. There is also his trademark baseline dribble to an athletic reverse lay-in over an always late big man or a quick pass to a wide-open teammate. Always pretty. Always unstoppable. Always creative.”
Per The Undefeated: “It’s definitely a weapon,” Irving said about his dribbling. “But the fact that it’s a weapon with other weapons makes it a little more dangerous by being able to understand where my dribble can get me, what it can get me out of and how much more effective it can be if I utilize it more efficiently.”
Per The Undefeated: ““Hands down, Kyrie has the best ball-handling skills that we have in our league,” Atlanta Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap said. “The way he reads defenses, the way he reads your feet, it’s unbelievable … His biggest asset is his creativity. He is one of the most creative point guards we have.” (Full report.)
The Cavaliers have recalled rookie point guard Kay Felder from the Canton Charge, per the team. Full report.
Heat president Pat Riley, via Yahoo Sports: “Since I came here, we’ve had the same owner, same president, two coaches, same support staff. We’ve got a bunch of guys working for us who played for us. Players come and go, great players. When LeBron James left, that was the most shocking thing to me – not to say he was right or wrong – and the most shocking thing to the franchise. But our culture is the same. You have your up years and your down years, but what can’t change is the way you do things.”
Per Amico Hoops: “UCLA has the weapons to make a run deep into the Tournament. And that means that we’ll get to see plenty of freshman point guard Lonzo Ball. Everyone agrees that he’s a lottery pick, which also means that is more than a little likely that his time as a college basketball player is in its final month.” (Full report.)
Per Amico Hoops: “He’s a terrific passer, a smart and crafty player who extends defenses with his deep shot from outside, and at 6-foot-6 he is the perfect size to make the transition at the next level. A great NCAA Tournament and he could just play himself into the No. 1 pick.” (Full report.)
The Nuggets have recalled rookie guard Malik Beasley from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, per the team.
The Hornets have signed forward Johnny O’Bryant to a second 10-day contract, per the team.
The 76ers will sign center Shawn Long of the Delaware 87ers to a 10-day contract, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 6, 2017
Per Cleveland.com: “Andrew Bogut’s arrival Monday completes the deepest bench in the 47-year history of the Cavaliers.”
Per Cleveland.com: “When the Cavs are whole, Bogut figures to be Cleveland’s 11th or 12th player in coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation.”
Lue on the rotation, via Cleveland.com: “I don’t know how I’m going to use all of these people I got yet. I got three new players coming back. Got J.R. Smith, who we haven’t seen in a long time, got Kevin Love, and now we’ve got Bogut. And now we’re trying to implement (Deron Williams) right now, so.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Lue lauded the roster assembled by General Manager David Griffin, especially with limited financial resources, but knows deciding what to do with it will be “tricky.” Aside from LeBron James and KyrieIrving, who fit with any lineup Lue puts on the court, Lue must maximize his players’ strengths and figure out who works best with whom.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “He can go big or go small, emphasize athleticism or send out five of the best 3-point shooters in the league.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “And the Cavs have created a culture in which all are willing to put aside their egos and sacrifice statistics and playing time for a chance at another championship.”
Per Mavs.com: “Quinn Cook has played pretty well during his 10-day contract. Not sure what will happen when J.J. Barea returns, but he belongs in the NBA.”
Per the New York Times: “The path to the N.B.A. playoffs is never a straight line. The regular season is too long, too taxing. Teams go through slumps. Players sustain injuries. Superstars get bored.”
Per the New York Times: “Consider the plights, if that is the right word, of the Warriors and the Cavaliers, who would love to reunite in June for a third consecutive matchup in the N.B.A. finals. Both teams are dealing with first-world basketball problems about six weeks from the start of the postseason.”
Per the New York Times: “The Warriors were not expecting anyone to feel sorry for them. Over the weekend, the Cavaliers’ LeBron James was asked about Durant’s injury. James expressed some sympathy — ‘You hate to see it from anybody,’ he said — before discussing his own team’s woes.”
Per USA Today: “For the first half of Sunday’s game against the Warriors, Madison Square Garden was without music, video or in-game entertainment. It was just basketball. And the sounds that come with basketball. Really, this was a great idea.”
Per USA Today: “There were no T-shirt tosses or sponsored in-game promotions during timeouts, it was just an empty basketball court.”
Warriors forward Draymond Green, via ESPN: “That was pathetic. It was ridiculous. It changed the flow of the game. It changed everything. You get used to playing a certain way. It completely changed it. To me, I think it was completely disrespectful to everyone from [NBA senior VP of entertainment and player marketing] Michael Levine to [Warriors president and COO] Rick Welts and all these people who’ve done these things to change the game from an entertainment perspective.”
Per ESPN: “Stephen Curry said the scene was so bizarre that players began making beat sounds during layup lines to keep a musical presence.”
Per Hoops Rumors: “What do you suppose you would prefer at the next professional game you attend? And would this differ if you were a player who had grown accustomed to playing under certain conditions?”
Per The Associated Press: “Change is coming to the defense-optional All-Star Game, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to hear ideas.”
Per The Associated Press: “Silver and players’ union President Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers have spoken about how to make the game more competitive. No decisions have been made, but the Western Conference’s 192-182 win over the Eastern Conference last month in New Orleans underlined such a need.”
Per The Associated Press: “Some All-Stars said that night they would like to see a more authentic game, and the league apparently agrees.”
Chris Paul to reporters, via The Associated Press: “We collectively want to try to make All-Star weekend better for the fans,” Paul told reporters in Milwaukee on Friday. “All the way around. Even in CBA talks and stuff like that, that was one of the things that the players, the owners and everybody was talking about. Trying to fix that, spice it up a little bit to keep it interesting.”
Per ESPN: “Steve Kerr is adamant that the onus for change is on the players.”
Kerr on the All-Star Game, via ESPN: ““Players have to make that decision, and I think they need to understand that it would be good for the league if they did compete,” Kerr said. “Again, you’re not undercutting people in transition, you’re not taking charges, you’re not diving on the floor for loose balls. But if you’re staying in front of guys, and if somebody throws a pass in your direction, you’re going to steal it. I mean, I saw guys in that game purposely not stealing the ball even though it was thrown right to them.”
Per the Chicago Tribune: “Jamal Crawford will turn 37 in two weeks. But get this: The ageless wonder said he wants to play three or four more seasons. ‘When you love the game, playing is easy,’ Crawford said.”
If Rick Carlisle's able to lead this Mavericks team into playoffs, after that awful start, where would it rank among his best coaching jobs?
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) March 6, 2017
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Playing with his fifth team in six years in the NBA, Derrick Williams carried a career 3-point percentage of .298 going into Saturday night’s game at American Airlines Arena. In 25 games with the Miami Heat, who waived him on Feb. 6, he shot 20 percent from beyond the arc.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “But in his short stint with the Cavs, he’d connected on .429 (12-of-28) going into Saturday. His previous best season in that category came in 2012-13 with the Timberwolves, when he shot .332 from long range.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Williams seems to be reverting back to his form from his two years at the University of Arizona, when he hit .511 from beyond the arc (.586 overall) in 69 games while averaging 17.8 points. ‘Yeah, I can shoot. I’m not worried about makes and misses,’ Williams said.”
Per ESPN: “Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was guided off the court by Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue and members of the team’s security staff at the conclusion of their 120-92 loss to the Heat on Saturday night, after he engaged in a shouting match with several Miami players.”
Per ESPN: “Smith’s ire was prompted by Miami’s Rodney McGruder, who scored on a putback dunk over Cleveland’s Channing Frye with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Heat up by 31 points and then celebrated by appearing to push Frye in the lower back.”
Frye to reporters, via ESPN: “Tempers flared. It is what it is. It’s over now. The game’s over. They won. Congrats. We play another game on Monday. It’s all good.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “The Cavs signed big man Andrew Bogut on Thursday, but he didn’t join the team on its three-game trip that ended Saturday. Coach Tyronn Lue said they will use Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to get Bogut up to speed.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Here’s where we plug in the Cleveland-without-LeBron James numbers, but, really, it isn’t fair in this case. Sure, the Cavs have dropped eight straight and are 0-5 this season when he doesn’t play, and are 4-20 since 2014 without him. But, come on. In addition to James and Kyrie Irving (who missed his seventh game), Kevin Love (knee surgery) and J.R. Smith (thumb surgery) were out too. That’s four starters from Game 7 of the Finals.”
Per ESPN: “Iman Shumpert chipped his front two teeth in the Heat game and was evaluated by the Miami team dentist. He will receive further evaluation Monday in Cleveland but will not require oral surgery, according to the Cavs. He is expected to wear a mouthguard in the games moving forward.”
David Griffin: "We got Iman Shumpert without giving up a first-round pick, because we were willing to take on JR Smith." #ssac
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) March 4, 2017
Per Cleveland.com: “Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was suspended for one game without pay Saturday for bumping an official during the Cavs’ 135-130 victory there Friday night.”
Budenholzer per Hawks.com: “”With the league’s permission, I have reached out to and apologized to Ben Taylor for what happened in the game versus Cleveland. Ben is an excellent young referee who is a valuable member of the NBA family. We all understand that any contact – – including incidental contact – – with an official is unacceptable. I accept the NBA’s fine and look forward to putting this situation in the past.”
Per the Oklahoman: “He wasn’t in China for long, but Norris Cole managed, during his time with the Shandong Golden Stars, to soak up some culture, and a little of the local language. ‘Just a little bit,’ Cole said. ‘Ni hao.'”
Per the Oklahoman: “That’s hello, which is what Cole said this week to the Thunder.”
Per the Oklahoman: “Still, Cole faces an adjustment. He hasn’t played in the NBA since last season with New Orleans, so he’ll be shaking off some rust and adjusting to a whole new team on the fly.”
Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune: “Pundits and conventional wisdom tabbed the DeMarcus Cousins-bolstered Pelicans as the favorites to land the No. 8 playoff seed in the Western Conference. Some even anointed them as a new power in the league.”
Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune: “But what’s looked so good on paper hasn’t looked nearly as good on the court. While the landmark deal has done wonders for the Pelicans’ ticket sales and Q Rating it has yet to make a difference in the club’s lopsided win-loss column.”
Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune: “Plain and simple, the Pelicans must play better and smarter when it matters. They need to stop finding excuses and start finding answers.”
The Pelicans have signed shooting guard Hollis Thompson to a second 10-day contract, per the team.
Charlotte Hornets to sign Johnny O'Bryant to second 10-day contract on Monday, league sources tell ESPN. Had 15 points, 6 boards last night.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 5, 2017
Per CSN Mid-Atlantic: “Brandon Jennings had a rough debut for the Wizards, scoring zero points and committing a memorable turnover. But he still sounded very happy with his new situation after being waived by the New York Knicks.”
Jennings to reporters, via CSN Mid-Atlantic: “I’m in the same position I was in New York, but just in a better system for me personally and with a team that actually plays together.”
Per Newsday: “Kristaps Porzingis is trying to find a silver lining in the Knicks’ disappointing season. The team should try to find Porzingis more on offense.”
Per Newsday: “Porzingis hasn’t played well consistently since the calendar turned to January. He’s been battling injuries, and his Achilles issue probably limited him more than he let on.
Per Newsday: “But the popular assessment from NBA scouts and other league officials is that he is standing around too much, that Derrick Rose rarely looks for him and that the Knicks don’t run enough plays for him.”
Per the South Florida Sun Sentinel: “I were Pat Riley, I wouldn’t sign Dwyane Wade this offseason. Wade is the biggest winner ever in South Florida. His bond is forever. But no matter how tempting, no matter how much eye contact is made across the room, I don’t bring Wade back this soon.”
Per the South Florida Sun Sentinel: “The Heat moved on this year from Chris Bosh, just as they did with Wade, who keeps dropping bread crumbs that he’d be open to leaving Chicago. He caused another local stir this week by again talking about his option to leave this summer, as his contract allows.”
Per USA Today: “Jimmy Butler played one-on-one with Dwyane Wade’s 15-year-old son Zaire, who we’ve long known has game, for the first time earlier this week. Wade mentioned it on Snapchat, and Zaire shared the moment with his followers.”
Per ESPN: “This was a milestone night for the Grizzlies, coach David Fizdale declared before Saturday’s game, a smile beaming on his face. Chandler Parsons would finally play both ends of a back-to-back.”
Rookies Jamal Murray and Juancho Hernangomez are making a bigger impact than expected for the young Nuggets in their push to the playoffs, per The Denver Post.
Per ESPN: “Trail Blazers center Festus Ezeli is expected to undergo a surgical procedure on his left knee next week.”
Per ESPN: “The procedure will involve the use of a cadaver donor, league sources said. Ezeli has sought a donor for months, sources said, but because of his 6-foot-11 stature, finding a matching donor was problematic. The surgery was scheduled when a donor was recently submitted, sources said.”
The Hawks have claimed point guard Jose Calderon off waivers, per Yahoo Sports.
The Bucks have officially signed forward Terrence Jones and released guard Axel Toupane, per the team.
The Kings recalled Georgios Papagiannis from the Reno Bighorns, per the team.
The Mavericks recalled A.J. Hammons and Nicolas Brussino from the Texas Legends, per the team.
The Spurs assigned Davis Bertans and Dejounte Murray to the Austin Spurs, per the team.
Former NBA guard Lorenzo Brown has agreed to a contract with the Grand Rapids Drive, per Amico Hoops.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders acquired a 2017 first-round draft pick and the returning player rights to former NBA shooting guard Elliot Williams from the Santa Cruz Warriors, per the team.
Former Eastern Michigan standout center Dashonte Riley has agreed to sign with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, per Amico Hoops.
Former NBA guard Carlos Delfino has agreed to a deal with Boca Juniors of Argentina, per Amico Hoops.