January 28, 2018, 9:21 pm
Stanley Johnson struggled with his shot against the Cavs on Sunday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting, but added a 3-pointer, two steals and a block.
Johnson outplayed running mate Luke Kennard (two points, 1-of-7 FG) in 28 minutes off the bench but the shooting is just too suspect for him to be a standard league guy. There is still some untapped potential for Johnson to carve out a role in the NBA and blossom into a starting level player, but it looks like his development is taking a bit longer than expected and in today’s NBA if you can’t shoot you have to be elite in other areas which Johnson is not.
November 20, 2019, 11:28 amMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Luke Walton said on Tuesday that Marvin Bagley is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Wednesday and he will accompany the team on a four-game East Coast road trip that starts on Friday.
Bagley has been out since suffering a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb in the opening night. The Kings initially said that Bagley would be out four to six weeks and today will mark the four-week mark for the 20-year-old power forward who has gotten increasingly more physical in on-court workouts over the past several days. The buy-low window is rapidly closing and it will be interesting to see how the Kings use him once he is ready to return. Just make sure he is not sitting on any waiver wires.
Source: Sacramento Bee
November 20, 2019, 11:19 amZylan CheathamPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have transferred two-way players Zylan Cheatham and Josh Gray to the Erie BayHawks of the G League on Wednesday.
Both of them had joined the Pelicans recently due to a myriad injuries that decimated the team’s depth.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
November 20, 2019, 11:14 amJosh MagettePG, Orlando Magic
With Michael Carter-Williams sidelined with what the team has labeled left hip "irritation," the Magic have had point guard Josh Magette, who is on a two-way contract, join the team on its current road trip.
Magette has played really well in the G League so far this year but he will provide nothing more than insurance depth behind Markelle Fultz and D.J. Augustin.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
November 20, 2019, 10:55 amJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Steve Clifford said on Wednesday morning that, unless an unforeseen setback occurs during shootaround, Jonathan Isaac is on track to play tonight against the Raptors.
Isaac has missed the Magic’s last two games because of a sprained right ankle that happened at a team event. We should probably get another update later today but owners should prepare to have Isaac back tonight. Al-Farouq Aminu played well in his absence and it will be interesting to see whether Clifford can manufacture more playing time for the Nigerian forward.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
November 20, 2019, 10:46 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have become a considerably more effective fast-breaking team this season, but the improved pace could also be helping their halfcourt offense.
Houston is eighth in the NBA in fast-break points per game this season with 14.9, an increase from 19th last season when the team averaged 12.0 fast break points. They also have the top-ranked offense in the league, averaging 112.7 points per 100 possessions, in part because they have gotten into their halfcourt sets much quicker. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni credits the increase in pace to the addition of Westbrook who seems to be blending nicely with James Harden so far.
Source: Houston Chronicle
November 20, 2019, 10:09 amOtto Porter Jr.SF, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls announced on Wednesday that Otto Porter Jr. underwent a repeat MRI which revealed bone bruising not apparent on his original MRI and consistent with his ongoing symptoms.
This actually might be good news as we now have a crystal clear timetable about his potential return. Porter should be stashed in all leagues and hopefully he will be able to return soon. Look for Chandler Hutchison to continue starting for the Bulls at small forward.
Source: Bulls PR on Twitter
November 20, 2019, 9:54 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony finished with 10 points on just 4-of-14 shooting in his debut with the Blazers, but Terry Stotts said that he felt "very encouraged" by the chances his power forward was getting throughout the game.
Melo also had five fouls and five turnovers while he talked about adjusting to the speed of the game again after sitting out for an entire year. The Blazers meanwhile seem poised to continue using him in a starting role and it remains to be seen what kind of value can Melo generate in his new home.
November 20, 2019, 9:39 amTy JeromePG, Phoenix Suns
Suns GM James Jones said on Tuesday that rookie point guard Ty Jerome is still a couple weeks away from returning to action.
There still hasn’t been an official update and Jerome is now closing in on an absence of almost one month. The Suns have struggled in the last couple games with Ricky Rubio bothered by back spams while the backup point guard position looks to be up for grabs.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
November 20, 2019, 9:07 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
The Serbian Basketball Federation made official this morning the hiring of Igor Kokoskov as the head coach of their national team.
Kokoskov is currently an assistant with the Kings while he coached the Suns last year. He has tremendous experience at the international level where he helped lead Slovenia to the 2017 EuroBasket gold medal. Serbia failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year and they will compete for a wild card earlier this upcoming summer.
November 20, 2019, 8:59 amAndrew BogutC, Free Agent
Andrew Bogut said that he is open to returning to the NBA later this season if the right opportunity shows up.
Bogut played in Australia last year and then joined the Warriors for the end of the regular season and the playoffs. "An opportunity to try and win a championship will be the main thing in the NBA. But I wouldn't go back to the NBA just to play in the NBA, it's more about trying to win a title and somewhere where I feel comfortable for the family”, said the veteran big. The buyout market and potential injuries will determine a lot, but it seems unlikely that we see Bogut return to the NBA any time soon.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald