Just when we thought the Cavaliers were done making moves … well, the whole Andrew Bogut situation comes along.
Here’s a look at more on that, and all the latest news and views from around pro hoops:
Per Amico Hoops: “They are likely to turn their attention to another playoff-eligible free agent big man soon, but will need to waive Bogut to create the roster spot. And assuming the Cavs do waive Bogut, they will still be on the hook for his salary.” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “The Cavs could waive an additional player — DeAndre Liggins would be the most likely candidate — to mitigate the cost hit it would require to replace Bogut, the source told ESPN.”
Per ESPN: “Bogut cost the Cavs nearly $1 million in salary tax and luxury tax fees. Bringing in another player would cost an additional $1 million. If Liggins was waived and another team picked up the defensive specialist before he cleared waivers, the Cavs would receive some cap relief as Liggins’ new team would be on the hook for his salary for the rest of the season.”
Per Amico Hoops: “Starting shooting guard J.R. Smith, out with a broken thumb since late December, has been cleared to resume practice and could make his return Thursday at Detroit, or Friday at Orlando. The Cavs (42-20) are also at Houston on Sunday.”
Smith, via Cleveland.com: “This has probably been one of the tougher years, if not the toughest year for me, on and off the court. Just part of the process I guess. I think it will just make the story better.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Associate head coach Larry Drew, who ran a lengthy practice in Tyronn Lue’s absence, said Smith’s shot didn’t look rusty in his return.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Surprisingly it didn’t take me no time,” Smith said about getting his stroke back. “Fortunately I don’t really use my thumb on my shot. It’s really all in my other four fingers and my fingertips and wrist. So, my thumb is really just there to keep the ball stable in my hand. So fortunately it didn’t really take me that long.”
Per Amico Hoops: “Swingman Kyle Korver will miss Thursday’s game vs. the Pistons with left foot soreness. It doesn’t appear to be anything serious.”
Per Amico Hoops: “Cavs coach Tyronn Lue missed Monday’s loss to the Heat and continues to receive treatment for a sinus/inner ear issue that’s been going on for about two weeks. Lue did not attend practice Wednesday or travel with the team to Detroit. He is, however, expected to head up there Thursday in time to coach.” (Full report.)
#Mavs to sign Manny Harris out of D-League, sending Quinn Cook back to Charge after strong 10-day showing. May bring him back later.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) March 8, 2017
Per ESPN: “Dion Waiters fell ass-backward into the bigger role for which he yearned, and didn’t lose his damned mind. He has nudged his game in healthier directions: He’s averaging 11 drives per game, sixth-most in the league, and more than double his average from last season in about the same number of minutes.”
Per ESPN: “He’s barreling to the rim with a new physicality, and sliding passes along the baseline to shooters in the opposite corner — something of a Waiters trademark.”
Per ESPN: “Joe Harris couldn’t believe what Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn’s coach, told him after the Nets rescued him from the D-League in July: ‘We want you to be our Kyle Korver.'”
Per ESPN: “Atkinson told Harris to watch film on Korver. Sean Marks, Brooklyn’s GM and a Spurs alum, suggested Danny Green. Meanwhile, Atkinson installed some of Atlanta’s pet Korver plays and let Harris stretch himself.”
Per Amico Hoops: “Cleveland State will cast a wide net in its search for a men’s basketball coach, and former Cavaliers and current Ohio State assistant Chris Jent is among those under consideration, a source familiar with the hiring process told Amico Hoops.” (Full report.)
Per Amico Hoops: “Jent moved on to the Cavs in 2006, where he served as assistant coach and director of player development until 2011. While there, he developed a tight bond with Cavs star LeBron James and often held the role of James’ personal shooting coach.” (Full report.)
Per the Toronto Star: “Kyle Lowry confirmed something we suspected since he underwent surgery: The wrist problem that eventually resulted in surgery was not something that happened at once.”
Lowry to reporters, via the Toronto Star: “It’s a long process of wear and tear, and bumping and grinding, and hitting guys. It’s a little bit of wear and tear. It was just at the point where it got a little bit worse to the point where I couldn’t play. If it’s that serious for me, I knew it was something that needed to be checked on.”
Per the Toronto Star: “Lowry says he has an idea of when he would like to be back in order to be at his best for when the playoffs roll around, but he wasn’t willing to share that date with the writers and broadcasters on hand.”
Per the New York Post: “In the aftermath of Dirk Nowitzki’s milestone achievement, Carmelo Anthony has set a goal of playing 20 seasons.”
Per the New York Post: “Anthony, currently in his 14th NBA season, would be 38 — nearly 39 — if he plays six more seasons. Good luck with that, Melo.”
Wizards guard Bradley Beal, via his new website: “Everything changed this year with the arrival of our coach, Scott Brooks. Ever since he got here, the culture has been different. Everything he does is about our team, our family. Win, lose, or draw, it’s always a collective effort. I know that sounds like something everyone says their team believes in, but it’s one thing to say it, and it’s another thing to live it.”
More Beal, via BradleyBeal.net: “With Coach Brooks, it’s never been about one player dominating the game, or winning us a game. There’s no favoritism for any of us. We’re all being held to a high standard, and knowing that has actually given all of us confidence. Coach trusts us all with the same responsibility, from the top down, and it’s spread throughout the players, too. The team atmosphere is great. It’s a family, brother-like atmosphere.”
The Mavericks are close to signing guard Manny Harris and forward Jarrod Uthoff to 10-day contracts, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The Hornets are signing guard Briante Weber to a second 10-day contract, per Yahoo Sports.
The Timberwolves have officially signed guard Lance Stephenson to a second 10-day contract, per the team.
The Pelicans have officially signed guard Wayne Selden to a 10-day contract, per the team.
The Spurs have recalled guard Bryn Forbes from the Austin Spurs, per the team.
The Thunder have recalled forward Josh Huestis from the Oklahoma City Blue, per the team.
Former NBA guard Marquis Teague has signed with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, per the team.
Former Lakers guard Jabari Brown has signed a contract with the D-League, per The Step Back.
Former Cavaliers forward Shane Edwards has signed a contract with the D-League, per The Step Back.
Former Jazz power forward Jerrelle Benimon has signed a contract with the D-League, per The Step Back.
No one knows the business of basketball more than @robpelinka. I wish him & the Lakers much success as they bring winning bball back to LA.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 7, 2017
Per ESPN: “With the Lakers headed toward a fourth straight losing season, Jeanie Buss fired Lakers executive vice president of player personnel, her brother Jim Buss, longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak and communications director John Black. At the same time, she promoted Lakers great (and recently hired advisor) Magic Johnson to president of basketball operations.” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “It was dramatic and decisive — the type of bold move her father, Hall of Famer Dr. Jerry Buss, was famous for. To the outside world, it seemed like she had finally swung the sword her father had bequeathed to her upon his death in 2013 and given the Lakers a new direction following four years of deep uncertainty.” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “Jeanie found herself constantly asking: What would her father say? What would he do? He had given her final say on running the Lakers upon his death. He had trained her himself and trusted her with his kingdom. What, exactly, were his final wishes?” (Full report.)
Per Sports Business Daily: “Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, who signed with Octagon last year, has left that agency and is now without an agent.”
Per TMZ Sports: “Ty Lawson has some serious explaining to do … because officials in Denver believe the Sacramento Kings star violated his probation and are gunning for a warrant, TMZ Sports has learned. ”
Per TMZ Sports: “Lawson is currently on probation stemming from his 2015 drunk driving case in Denver — but the Denver Probation Dept. has filed a complaint seeking to revoke his probation citing a potential violation.”