Knicks waive Cuttino Mobley

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UPDATE 7:33 pm: The other shoe dropped on this move when’s Marc Stein reported that the league had granted the Knicks luxury-tax relief on Mobley’s $9.5 million salary. It was granted because he never played with the Knicks due to an undisclosed injury — the Knicks traded for him then it was discovered he had a heart condition that meant he had to retire. He did, but the Knicks were still on the hook for his luxury tax numbers.

He was not waived earlier because the league just granted the tax relief today.

2:26 pm: He hasn’t ever worn a Knicks uniform on the court. He hasn’t played meaningful minutes since 2008.

Still, there were good times with Cuttino Mobley, so it’s a little sad to see him waived today by the Knicks.

Remember the good times in Houston, paired with best bud Steve Francis in the backcourt. Before the Yao/McGrady era. There was the slam dunk contest and some pretty good play in those years. There were the lost Clippers years, when he continued to be a solid NBA player but nobody noticed.

That Mobley era has really been over for a while, but it’s official now.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.