Like the Hornets needed more injuries.
The Hornets’ back-up big man Sean Marks will have surgery Tuesday on a bum shoulder and miss the rest of the season. While Marks isn’t a pivotal cog or anything, it’s still an impact on the Hornets’ depth, which is near-non-existent as is. The Hornets aren’t the most injury-plagued team in the league (the Rockets, Blazers, and Warriors get to fight it out for that title, and try not to injure themselves in the process), but they’ve had a rough run of it, without Chris Paul, and with almost every player missing time.
Oh, and Peja Stojakovic will miss another ten days at least with an abdominal strain. Because, you know, when it rains, it pours injured old guys. Stojakovic could return at the same time as Chris Paul, who has missed 20 games after knee surgery.
The Hornets look more and more like a lock for the lottery. Unless they land a top-three, they probably won’t be able to get anyone to make a significant impact. Then again, we said that last year, and they garnered two of the top rookies in the league.
It’s a weird, mixed future for the Hornets.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.