Morning Shootaround — Jan. 6


VIDEO: The Daily Zap for games played Jan. 5

NEWS OF THE MORNING

Nets get good news on Lopez | Cavs have no deals for Bynum | Report: Nuggets trying to deal Miller | Report: Barbosa set for 10-day with Suns | Wade is back … to back

No. 1: Nets get good news on Lopez surgery – Not only are the Brooklyn Nets winning games in 2014, but the reeling franchise got some good news about Brook Lopez after he had surgery this weekend on his right foot. He’s still done for the season, but at least there is light at the end of the injury-filled tunnel for the Nets’ big man, according to Mitch Abramson of the New York Daily News:

For once, the Nets received a bit of good medical news when it comes to an injury. Nets center Brook Lopez underwent successful surgery to fix a fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot on Saturday morning, and Nets general manager Billy King expects Lopez back for offseason workouts this summer, fully recovered. A second procedure — a first metatarsal osteotomy — was also completed on Saturday to “unload and protect the injured area” and to reposition the bone to lessen the strain and reduce the chance for another injury, according to a press release put out by the Nets. Lopez, who was injured on Dec. 20 at Philly, is out for the remainder of the season.

“With this procedure, we both fixed the broken bone (fifth metatarsal) in Brook’s right foot and repositioned another bone, so that his sole of his foot will bear weight more evenly than before,” said team medical director Dr. Riley Williams, one of three doctors who were involved in the procedure.

Still, despite the positive tone of the statement by Williams, King admitted before Saturday’s game to the uncertainty involved with a surgery such as this.

“They said it was going to be a successful recovery, so I mean, we can’t sit here today on Jan. 4 and say what’s going to be when he starts playing (again),” King said. “We can’t speculate and that’s what I’m not going to do.”

“Right now, he had(the surgery), and I expect him to have a full recovery and be playing next year,” King said.


VIDEO: Take a look at Sunday’s Top 10 plays

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No. 2: Cavaliers running out of time with Bynum? – The countdown clock is ticking on the Cleveland Cavaliers and their attempts to make something of the mess that is the Andrew Bynum affair. They’ve engaged several teams (most notably the Los Angeles Lakers, for Pau Gasol) in trade talks about their disgruntled center in advance of Tuesday’s deadline, but still have nothing concrete to choose from in terms of options. They’ll obviously push it to the deadline, but there is nothing imminent, writes Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

Any team that acquires Bynum must waive him by Tuesday in order for him to clear waivers in time to have his salary removed from their cap, but any players the Cavs acquire will have to first pass a physical unless the team agrees to waive it.

ESPN.com reported the Cavs and Lakers were hopeful of completing a deal Sunday for Pau Gasol, but that didn’t happen. Gasol played for the Lakers on Sunday night while the two sides continue negotiating. The Lakers are insisting on assets beyond luxury tax relief, but thus far Cavs General Manager Chris Grant hasn’t budged. The Cavs are offering tax relief and little else.

One source described the talks as stalled late Sunday night, but another source said talks have been off and on throughout the negotiations. No deal is considered dead until 5 p.m. Tuesday, when the deadline is reached for Bynum to be waived for cap relief.

Bynum’s agent, David Lee, said Sunday he has been told nothing by the Cavs. Wherever Bynum is traded, his stay will be brief. He is expected to be released, since only about half of his $12 million contract is guaranteed. Any team that acquires Bynum can waive him without paying him a dollar and shed $12 million off their cap. He will then be free to sign with any team in the NBA, likely for the league minimum.

Cavs coach Mike Brown didn’t want to discuss the trade talks prior to Sunday’s game against the Pacers.

“Those are great questions for Chris,” Brown said. “I’m coaching the guys in the locker room.”

Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday the Lakers were seeking Dion Waiters as part of the trade, but a league source said Sunday the Cavs weren’t interested in parting with Waiters for what will likely be a brief rental of Gasol.

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No. 3: Report: Nuggets actively looking to deal Miller  – In a loss to the Sixers last week, Nuggets point guard Andre Miller blew up at coach Brian Shaw during the game in a vocal outburst that was witnessed by practically everyone in attendance. As a result of that outburst, Miller was suspended by the team for detrimental conduct, but the team rescinded that move on Friday. Miller was not with the team as he was granted leave to deal with a personal issue, but it seems more and more unlikely that Miller will ever suit up for the Nuggets once he returns, writes Christopher Dempsy of The Denver Post:

Andre Miller, who was excused from all team activities for four days, won’t be part of the Nuggets for long after he returns.

The Nuggets are actively trying to trade Miller, according to a league source. If accomplished, it would be the second time Denver traded him. He was traded in 2006 in a package that brought Allen Iverson to the Nuggets.

It has been a dicey few days for Miller, who had harsh words for Nuggets coach Brian Shaw during Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia. Miller was initially suspended, but then the suspension was rescinded, in part so Miller would be able to continue getting paid during his time off.

Miller has spent all or parts of seven seasons in Denver, in two stints, this latest one starting in 2011, when Portland traded him back to the Nuggets.

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No. 4: Report: Barbosa set for a (10-day) return to Suns  – Eric Bledsoe‘s knee sprain could be the New Year’s blessing Leandro Barbosa was hoping for as he readies to sign a 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns, according to a report from Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. The Suns, who remain one of the surprise teams in the league this season, need the added depth in the backcourt and are turning to a familiar face in Barbosa:

Barbosa has not played in the NBA since Feb.11, 2013, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury while playing for Boston when Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough was the assistant GM there. Barbosa was part of a later trade to Washington but the torn ACL made him just a salary-slotting part of the Jordan Crawford deal while he was at home rehabilitating in Brazil.

After going unsigned this season, Barbosa began playing for Pinheiros in Brazil to try to get his body ready for a NBA opportunity. Barbosa averaged 20.8 points, 3.1 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals in eight games while making half of his 3-pointers.

Barbosa is expected to join the Suns in Chicago, where they begin a five-game road trip Tuesday and where Barbosa made a game-winning shot for the Suns in 2007. The 10-day contract is pending a physical. Barbosa was recently considered by the Lakers, who later signed ex-Suns point guard Kendall Marshall.

Barbosa played the first seven of his 10 NBA seasons with Phoenix, playing a key bench role for the winningest era in franchise history. Barbosa was the 2006-07 Sixth Man Award winner, when he averaged a career-high 18.1 points per game. He averaged at least 13 points for four consecutive Suns seasons and is a 39.1 percent career 3-point shooter.

Barbosa last played with the Suns in 2009-10, when he was bench teammates with current Suns starters Goran Dragic and Channing Frye.

NBA teams can begin signing free agents to 10-day contracts Monday. Signing Barbosa will put the Suns roster at the 15-man maximum.

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No. 5:  Wade goes back-to-back, ready for the grind? – Dwyane Wade chose the first weekend of the New Year to test himself and his knees to see if he was ready for the grind of the remainder of this NBA regular season. Wade played on back-to-back nights for the first time this season, gauging his own progress from July shock-wave knee therapy, a process that Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel points out, is believed to take six months to recover from. The two-time defending champs can afford him all the time he needs (it’s easier to do with LeBron James and Chris Bosh healthy and rolling) but Wade is ready to push it now. The Heat, by the way, are 4-4 in games Wade has missed this season:

“I just want to be able to go,” he said of Sunday’s start. “I got a good workout in. It felt OK. There’s no guarantees. But there’s got to come a point where I feel comfortable with trying it. So I thought this would be a good time.” …

“It’s getting better,” he said. “I feel like it’s less sore now in the beginning of January than it was in the beginning of December.

“So, it’s all about continuing to progress. So hopefully it’s better as the months go on.”

He wound up playing 35 minutes in Sunday’s 102-97 victory, after playing 36 in Saturday’s victory over the Magic. He closed with 14 points, nine assists and four rebounds, making a pair of critical late free throws.

“He was competitive, particularly in that fourth quarter,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “His legs were live and he had to make some defensive plays at the end.”

Wade has missed eight games this season, seven as part of his knee maintenance program.

The last time Wade played both games of a back-to-back set was Nov. 15-16 against the visiting Dallas Mavericks and at the Charlotte Bobcats. He said he felt compelled to play in Charlotte because of the suspension of starting point guard Mario Chalmers due to a flagrant foul the night before. He scored just four points in that game in Charlotte.

Wade later said he regretted playing on those consecutive nights, sitting out the next two games, inactive for six days.


VIDEO: A career night for Reggie Jackson worked wonders for the Thunder

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SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: Kobe Bryant doesn’t want your All-Star votes, and get off his lawn while you’re at it … The Warriors did their best to break the scoreboard Sunday night … Russell Westbrook speaks about his three surgeries since last spring and where he goes from here … The Colts are following the Pacers’ postseason lead in Indianapolis … The Nuggets care, they really do!

ICYMI(s) Of The Night: J.R. Smith continues his weird ways with the New York Knicks, this time checking into the game and promptly going to work on Shawn Marion‘s shoelaces. At least the Knicks won this game without Smith’s antics interrupting their flow …


VIDEO: JR Smith unties Shawn Marion’s shoes at the free throw line

28 Comments

  1. Luis says:

    Some of these comments are dumb. If you do not know why the lakers want to trade then don’t comment. The Lakers will be over the tax this year, which means they can fall under the repeater tax which starts next year. That would make them pay more and could ruin several years of their franchise. If the lakers trade Pau for Bynum, then they can waive Bynum and avoid the repeater tax senerio. Would you rather get rid of Pau and ruin this season, which is already bad, but free yourself up to make changes for the future, or put yourself at multiple years of disappointments.

  2. LakerFan247 says:

    I’m not sayin that George Hill isn’t good enough..I’m jus sayin that I think the PACERS should pull the plug on GRANGER….trade DANNY GRANGER to the NUGGETS for lil NATE ROBINSON….head up trade…It would give INDIANA that extra juice off the bench…I doubt the MIAMI HEAT can handle NATE and LANCE on a fast break!!!

  3. okc2014 says:

    I think JR Smith should be fined for taking lose Marion’s shoe strings. That’s not funny. If he didn’t see him do it, he could of gotten injured. JR Smith is a dirty player and a troublemaker.

  4. Melo says:

    Do any of you read the articles before commenting? Just like to hear the sound of your own typing maybe?

  5. dustydreamnz says:

    I agree Milo. Pau playing really well at the moment just makes the Bynum-Pau Gasol trade look even more stupid.

  6. MillertoClippers says:

    A. Miller is good fit for LA Clippers. His a good replacement for CP3 while his out for 6 weeks.

    • erxzed says:

      ok, let me break this down for you gently…the lakers is not looking at swapping Gasol for Bynum so that they can win games right now. With this trade, the lakers are not looking at playing Bynum at all. They are simply going to trade and then immediately, I mean immediately (without playing any games) waive off Bynum. The move is simply to save them money since they are not going anywhere anyway. I suppose the logic for the lakers is that if they are going to stink the entire season, then they might as well save money. But I will repeat once again, they are not looking at playing Bynum.

    • LBJthaking!!!! says:

      I think Bynum shuld go to Miami

  7. Milo says:

    Why would Bynum be interested to go back to Lakers after ditching him for Howard.

    • Josh says:

      All Bynum cares about at this stage is getting as much money as he can. Its not like he has a choice in the trade. And as the article said, all LA will do is sign and waive him, no game time. He effectively is paid 6mil for doing jack this year. Such a wasted talent.

    • erxzed says:

      He is not signing on his free will like a free agent. He is being traded.

      • Ed says:

        Bynum needs a real good coach. He is a type of player that needs motivation, but once he gets it he is I such a good player.

  8. Brendan says:

    I thought the shoelace trick was hilarious

  9. Toni says:

    I love Andre Miller hes so smart and good…..Brian Shaw is just stupid. Miller come to Miami man! :D Get that ring!

  10. Fra says:

    Memphis, please don’t trade Bayless !!!

  11. Luca says:

    This trade would benefit a lot the phoenix suns!!!

    Barbosa is one of the best “six” scorers in the league…

  12. Bill Kovacs says:

    Sorry to see Courtney go, really don’t know what Danny is thinking. One thing I know is that they have to concentrate on going to the hoop as often as they can, this will keep them in games and maybe they will win a few, also it will get the other teams big men in a bit of foul trouble.

    • Danny is a genius, he knows what he’s doing…He just unloaded one of our longer and more expensive contracts for an expiring one..We are going to have more cap space and flexibility to make moves these next two seasons. It is sad seeing Courtney go cause he was a great guy, good teammate, and good player on both ends of the floor. But you should have faith in one of the best GM’s in the NBA..He knows what he’s doing.

  13. Game Time says:

    Miller could be good for New York or even the Lakers right now.

  14. Joseph Puatu says:

    Just don’t understand, why the lakers are interested in Bynum
    Just doesn’t make sense

    • Dave says:

      Because the Lakers are done for the season. They are WAY over the luxury tax and getting rid of Gasol would free up some cash. They would basically take Bynum and release him the same day… They have no interest in bringing him back to the team.

    • J.P. says:

      They are not interested in bynum. There just trying trade Pau and save money. We gon cut bynum you should know that if you a laker.

  15. Cesar says:

    /\ word

  16. ronny says:

    Nothing about the Boston trade?