According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Grizzlies center Steven Hunter will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury. From the article:
“Veteran center Steven Hunter has left the team and will not return for the rest of the regular season.
Hunter, who is dealing with a knee injury, is in Chicago rehabilitating with personal trainers. The Griz granted Hunter permission.
“We talked to him about what was best for him in terms of getting in an environment where he could focus on getting ready for next season,” Wallace said.”
The 28-year old Hunter, a former first-round pick of the Magic, failed to do much on the court in the final season of his contract. Hunter only managed 2.5 points and 2 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game, and failed to shoot 40% from the field or 55% from the free-throw line. Hunter hasn’t done much in his NBA career so far — the best of his eight seasons was his 06-07 campaign, when he averaged 6.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 22.9 minutes per game. This is the last year of Hunter’s 5-year, 16.24 million dollar contract, which he originally signed in 2005.
Hunter has only played in 40 games over the last two seasons, and Memphis will reportedly not have him back next season. A seven-footer will always attract some interest, but Hunter’s remaining NBA days may be numbered.
While the rampant speculation continues about whether the Celtics may or may not trade for a superstar, Danny Ainge is filling out his roster with veterans. Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports that they’ve agreed to a one-year minimum deal with guard Gerald Green:
Green was originally drafted by the Celtics in 2005 at No. 18 overall, and after bouncing around different teams and overseas in the first few years of his career, he’s carved out a nice niche for himself in the NBA as a scoring guard off the bench. He played 69 games for the Heat last season after two solid years in Phoenix.
The NBA has unveiled its top 100 plays of the 2015-16 season, and there’s no mystery as to what were the top two.
No. 2: Stephen Curry‘s halfcourt buzzer-beater in overtime against the Thunder in Oklahoma City during the season.
No. 1: “The Block” by LeBron James on Andre Iguodala in the final stretch of Game 7 of the Finals.
There’s plenty more, too, and if you have 25 minutes to kill, you can and should watch all of them above.
Tyler Zeller is one of the few restricted free agents left on the market who could make an actual impact next season, and on Saturday morning, he’s come off the board. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that the fourth-year big man has agreed to a deal to stay with the Celtics. It’s for two years and $16 million, with the second season being a team option.
Zeller isn’t a starter, but he’s a nice rotation big man, especially at that price. He can play minutes off the bench for Boston, and his contract is also very movable with the second season being unguaranteed. He played just 11.8 minutes per game last season, but averaged 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per 36 minutes.
The Toronto Raptors were good last season, second best team in the East. That means the guys on Inside the NBA on TNT had to talk about them.
Which means Charles Barkley had to say “Jonas Valanciunas” a lot. Which is high comedy. While a lot of people struggle to say his name the guy is a solid NBA center who, with a little practice, you can say (and spell) his name pretty easily.
This comes from a YouTube user, via Reddit, with a hat tip to Eye on Basketball.