With Tony Parker sitting at home, eating fatty French foods and hanging out with wife Eva Longoria-Parker — sure, and resting his broken hand we suppose — the San Antonio Spurs have reached into the D-League for some bench depth at point guard.
According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs are calling up Cedric Jackson out of Erie to come to the team.
If that name sounds a little familiar to Cavaliers fans, that’s because the Cleveland State graduate spent 20 days with the team before heading back down.
So what are the Spurs getting? Good question. A little lesson for young writers out there — when you don’t know, ask someone who does. I asked Matt Hubert of Blog Talk Bayhawk (the blog about the Erie team) and D-League Digest about Jackson.
He has been dealing with bruised ribs the past few games, but it hasn’t seemed to slow him down at all. He’s lightning quick with the ball, gets to the rim almost at will in the D-League and, along those same lines, he gets to the free throw line at a very high rate (and converts at a 72% clip). His decision-making has gotten better as the season has gone on, and he now has one of the top assist-to-turnover ratios in the D-League.
I think his game has a lot of similarities to Parker in terms of scoring points in the paint despite his stature. His biggest weakness, however, is his outside shooting. He’s much better creating off the dribble and scoring at the rim than hitting spot up jumpshots. Defensively, he’s very active and quick, averages better than 2 steals per game in the D-League.
So he is a drive-and-kick guard, which could work if paired with the right shooters on the Spurs. After this first 10-day stint, the guy will have spent 30 days in the NBA this season, a sign that he is doing it right in the minors. The only question now is can he translate his tame to the next level.
Until this season, Jason Thompson had never been to the playoffs. He spent seven seasons in Sacramento before getting traded to the Warriors last offseason, and then signing with the Raptors midseason when Golden State waived him to make room on the roster for Anderson Varejao. His NBA days appear over, at least for now. International basketball reporter David Pick reports that Thompson has agreed to a deal to play in China.
Since the CBA’s season ends in March, Thompson could theoretically join an NBA team for the stretch run next year. But he didn’t appear to have much interest on the free-agent market this summer.
After five years in Washington, French forward Kevin Seraphin signed a one-year deal in New York last offseason. He played 48 games for the Knicks, averaging 3.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11 minutes per game and wasn’t a big part of their rotation. Now, as a free agent, he’s looking for a new NBA home, and Yann Ohnona of L’Equipe reports that he’s worked out for the Indiana Pacers and has interest from the Spanish club FC Barcelona.
The translation of that tweet reads:
Kévin Seraphin, always courted by Barcelona, is in the United States for a trial with the Pacers of Indiana
With Barcelona in pursuit, Seraphin appears to have a solid fallback option if he can’t land a spot on an NBA team. He can be useful as a fourth or fifth big, it’s just a matter of a team having room.
Lakers forward Julius Randle has suffered a minor setback in his summer workouts. The team announced he received stitches on his right hand and will be sidelined for two weeks.
Lakers forward Julius Randle suffered a laceration to his right hand (webbing between middle and ring fingers) yesterday while practicing. He received seven stitches and will be re-evaluated in approximately 14 days.
That sounds painful, but the timing works out such that the two weeks will be up and he’ll have plenty of time to get back into things before training camp kicks off the last week of September.
One of the most surprising developments of the summer came when Evan Fournier, coming off an excellent year with the Magic, was left off the French national team that went to Rio to compete in the Olympics. Fournier himself doesn’t have a good answer for why he wasn’t included, according to an interview with the French magazine L’Equipe (translation via EuroHoops.net).
“I hated not being in the Olympic Games,” he said. “I had suspected that I won’t make the cut a week before I was informed about it. I was reading interviews where only Rudy (Gobert) was mentioned among the players who didn’t play in the OQT but would go to Rio. In the end, I received a voicemail by Vincent Collet that briefly explained the reasons I was left out.”
Fournier said he didn’t have much communication with the national team, except for when head coach Vincent Collet asked him for tickets to a Magic game.
“The only time I’ve heard from the Federation this year was during a visit from Patrick Beesley (French NT technical director) in Orlando where he told me the dates of the qualifying tournament and Olympics. He didn’t tell me ‘If you do not come in Manila, then you do not come in Rio’. The second time was from an sms by Vincent Collet. It was our only contact outside competitions in the last three years. He was asking me for tickets to a game for his friends. I never closed the door to the French national team but these events sent me a clear message. That i’m not in the project. It’s that simple and it hurts.”
It’s a little bizarre that Fournier, at 23 years old and one of the better basketball players from France, isn’t on the team and a clear reason hasn’t been given. But it sounds like that isn’t going to change anytime soon.