Kyle Weaver’s not a bad young guard. He’s not going to set the world on fire or anything, but he’s also not going to be pulling in millions. He’s a prospect that struggled with injury last year, but shot 46% his rookie season.
And the Thunder have no room for him. The Thunder released Weaver this week, completely full-up on talent on a roster loaded with young talent. Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor, Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden, the Thunder simply have too many good players to make room for Weaver, who has never taken the leap the coaching staff has needed him to.
Weaver has injury concerns and was unable to crack OKC’s rotation, but it’s hard to say he’s another wash-up, considering the flashes he showed in OKC and in the D-League for the Thunder-affiliate 66ers. It wouldn’t surprise to see Weaver picked up by another club looking for an end-of-the-bench guard. After all, Shannon Brown is debating a $4 million offer from the New York Knicks and had a similar start to his career.
It’s a hard life for Thunder GM Sam Presti. He’s literally leaking talent out the edges of the Thunder.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dallas guard Devin Harris was ejected from Wednesday night’s 121-118 loss to New Orleans after angrily protesting calls made by official Ben Taylor.
Harris was assessed two quick technical fouls by Taylor, the first after Harris protested Taylor’s decision to whistle him for a personal foul when he collided with Pelicans’ guard Jordan Crawford.
The impact with Crawford sent Harris crashing to the court, marking the second time in the period that Harris had gone down hard. The first time, no foul was called when a collision with Pelicans’ guard E'Twaun Moore left Harris flat on his back.
When Harris was assessed the first technical, he went into a tirade and had to be restrained by teammates as he advanced toward Taylor. That triggered his ejection.
Who should win Rookie of the Year?
Joel Embiid has been, by far, the best rookie while on the court, but a season-ending injury will limit him to just 31 games. Malcolm Brogdon has been next best over the full course of the season. Dario Saric is making a heck of a finishing kick, and with a couple weeks left, he can still catch Brogdon.
But Brogdon got his own late signature moment in the Bucks’ 103-100 win over the Celtics tonight.
With the Bucks up one in the final seconds and the shot clock nearing expiration, Brogdon hit an off-balance jumper with 3.9 seconds left to produce the final margin.
Milwaukee’s win drops Boston (48-27) to second in the Eastern Conference, behind only the Cavaliers (47-26). The Bucks (39-36) keep pace with the Hawks in a tie for fifth.
Russell Westbrook led a double-digit comeback in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Been there done, that.
Westbrook hit a defining buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Been there done, that.
Westbrook posted a historic triple-double. Been there, done that.
All three in one game?
That’s a new level for Westbrook, who lifted the Thunder to a 114-106 win over the Magic tonight while posting an incredible stat line: 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
James Harden scored 53 in a triple-double just this season, and Westbrook has already one-upped that record.
This MVP race is one for the ages.
The Thunder trailed the Magic by 21 points in the second half and 14 points midway through the fourth quarter.
Russell Westbrook capped the incredible comeback with this 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.
This becoming the norm for Oklahoma City.