Drew Gooden was included in the Mavericks/Wizards trade to make the salaries work, but he may not end up playing basketball for Washington. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Gooden will “likely negotiate a buyout” with the Wizards. Wojnarowski reports that the Nuggets, Bucks, and Bobcats are the most likely suitors for Gooden, and that a return to the Mavericks is still in play.
ATLANTA (AP) — Dennis Schroder insists the Atlanta Hawks will be fine when their three injures starters return.
Schroder said the Hawks must snap their seven-game losing streak with their current limited roster, which will be without the three starters for at least one more game.
“I’m saying now we have to change something,” Schroder said Monday. “We can’t wait until they come back. Maybe it’s too late then.”
The Hawks are in a three-way tie for fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. They are only 2 games ahead of eighth-place Miami, which currently has the final playoff spot, and 2 + ahead of ninth-place Chicago.
The Hawks see they could drop out of the playoff standings if they don’t quickly end the losing streak.
“The NBA isn’t easy,” Schroder said. “You’ve got to win games to make it in the playoffs.”
Coach Mike Budenholzer said Millsap, the four-time All-Star who has missed five straight games with left knee tightness, and the other two injured starters will not play in Tuesday night’s home game against Phoenix.
Bazemore, who has missed four straight games with a right knee bone bruise, said he hopes to return for Wednesday’s game at Philadelphia.
Sefolosha, held out against the Nets with a right groin strain, was seen working on an elliptical machine at the portion of Monday’s practice open to media. There is no timetable on Millsap’s return.
Before the losing streak, which matches the team’s longest of the season, the Hawks were competing with Toronto for the fourth seed in the East and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Home-court advantage is now a distant dream.
Atlanta is tied with Milwaukee and Indiana for fifth following Sunday’s 107-92 loss to New Jersey, which owns the NBA’s worst record.
The latest ugly loss left Atlanta in what Bazemore described as “a dark time.” Even so, he insists the players’ spirit is not broken.
Bazemore pointed to players taking extra shots after practice and said “My teammates are still laughing. … We’re still alive and kicking.”
Budenholzer’s message is for players to avoid trying to do too much to fill the void left by the injured starters.
“I think to some degree we’re all pressing,” Budenholzer said. “Coaches pressing, each guy individually. It comes from actually a good place. They want to win. They want to have success and it’s just remembering that the best way for us to have success is to do it as a group and do it together.”
Budenholzer said rookie Taurean Price, who had 17 points, six rebounds and three steals in his first start against the Nets, likely will remain in the lineup against Phoenix.
Budenholzer said Bazemore is “very close” to playing and could be cleared after “another good day.”
Bazemore said has done “pretty much everything” on the court in testing his knee, including change-of-direction drills.
“I’m starting to feel good,” Bazemore said. “… Things are trending in the right direction.”
Consider this a look at what might have been this past season. Or a look into what will be next season.
Philadelphia has shut No. 1 pick Ben Simmons down for the season as they wait for the Jones fracture in his foot to heal properly, but he is traveling with the team and working out on its current road trip. Before the game in Indianapolis, Simmons got in a workout on the court.
Then casually threw down a between-the-legs, off the backboard self alley-oop.
What does that mean? Nothing. Other than next season in Philadelphia could be a lot of fun.
The Magic traded Victor Oladipo and the rights to Domantas Sabonis for Serge Ibaka then, after a failed half season in Orlando, flipped an unhappy Ibaka for a lesser shooting guard (Terrence Ross) and a lesser draft pick (the lower of the Raptors’ and Clippers’ first-rounders).
What went wrong in Orlando?
And Ibaka indicates he knew it would, asking Orlando coach Frank Vogel to play more center.
“At some point, I spoke with Coach about playing small ball,” Ibaka said. “At some point, he agreed with me. But we never did it. We never did it.”
The Magic used Ibaka just 88 minutes with neither Biyombo nor Vucevic on the court, per nbawoy!. Orlando played opponents even in that span — not bad for a team that has been for a team that been outscored by 6.3 points per 100 possessions, better than only the Nets and Lakers, this season.
But reducing minutes of Biyombo and Vucevic would have created its own complications. They wouldn’t have been happy to sit.
One way or another, this roster was going to cause problems. That’s why Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan is on the hot seat.
Becky Hammon, the NBA’s first female full-time coach, faced an intriguing choice: Remain a Spurs assistant or become the head coach of Florida’s women’s basketball team.
She apparently chose the former.
Hammon has decided she will not take the coaching position at Florida. Instead, she will remain an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs under Gregg Popovich.
The Florida job would’ve offered a higher salary and full charge of a program.
It also would’ve taken her further from her goal of becoming the NBA’s first female head coach.
Perhaps unfairly, it would have been too easy for NBA teams to forget about Hammon if she returned to women’s basketball. Her road is already difficulty enough. An opportunity for teams to typecast her as only a women’s-basketball coach could’ve debilitated her NBA-coaching prospects
Hammon still faces a long road, but the more time she spends coaching men, the more barriers she erases. Her staying in San Antonio goes a long way toward normalizing the idea of women coaching in the NBA.