Charlotte picks up undrafted free agent Sherron Collins

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sherron_collins.jpgThe Charlotte Bobcats are about to find out just how rough life after Raymond Felton can be. With D.J. Augustin and Shaun Livingston as the primary point guards on the roster, Charlotte has added Sherron Collins as the team’s third PG, giving the Bobcats a trio of young guards to pair with Stephen Jackson.

Between Augustin, Livingston, and Collins, the Charlotte point guards will have a combined seven seasons of NBA experience. Livingston is the battle-worn sage of the three, and he’s just 24 years old. The often hilarious Bobcats offense has the potential to get even zanier.

Collins isn’t a surefire NBA talent, primarily because his most marketable NCAA skill — scoring — isn’t enough of a strength to guarantee NBA success. Collins wasn’t all that efficient at Kansas, and his shot selection is certainly questionable. This, ladies and gents, is Collins’ supposed strength. His playmaking abilities are secondary to his scoring, but the Bobcats are banking on Sherron’s ability to put up points and defend, and the former is certainly in doubt, to say nothing of the latter (he is sub-six-feet, after all).

Yes, he lit it up in a game at the Orlando Summer League. Collins can do that. He will have good games. The concern is what he’ll do to your team during those other games, where he’s shooting blanks from the perimeter and still insists on being a focal point of the offense. If Collins can adjust to being strictly a catch-and-shoot threat on most nights, he could easily be a quality pro. However, an insistence on being the “offensive force” Collins seemed to think he was at Kansas will doom his NBA career from the start.
 
It’s definitely worth noting that according to the Associated Press, Collins signed with the Bobcats for two seasons, both of which are unguaranteed. If he lasts through January, his salary for that season will be fully guaranteed for the league minimum. If not, Charlotte is off the hook for his remaining salary.

I think it’s likely that Collins will stick with the Bobcats for the full two seasons, if only because he’s very much in the Larry Brown mold. Somewhere along the line, playing “the right way” changed into “giving perimeter players license to take whatever shots they want.” Collins should dig that. Plus, assuming Collins can overcome his short stature to remain a quality defender, it’s not hard to imagine him being an LB favorite.

Dion Waiters explains decision to sign with the Heat in an Instagram post

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 24:  Dion Waiters #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts in the first quater against the Golden State Warriors in game four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 24, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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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.

Report: Celtics sign second-round pick Demetrius Jackson to four-year deal

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 27:  Demetrius Jackson #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks to the bench late in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional Final at Wells Fargo Center on March 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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.

Hawks sign former Michigan State center Matt Costello

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 18: Matt Costello #10 of the Michigan State Spartans handles the ball against Darnell Harris #0 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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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.

Watch Jamal Crawford drop an effortless 44, hit game winner at Seattle pro-am

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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.