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.

Report: Danny Ferry not expected to supplant Dell Demps as Pelicans GM

CLEVELAND - JUNE 02:  General Manager Danny Ferry of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after the Cavs won 98-82 to win the Detroit Pistons in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on June 2, 2007 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has repeatedly failed to build an adequate supporting cast around Anthony Davis, keeping Demps on the hot seat.

Meanwhile, former Hawks and Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry – still respected in many circles, despite using “African” pejoratively to describe Luol Deng – is working in New Orleans’ front office.

You can see where this is going…

Or not.

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

Don’t look for Danny Ferry, currently an advisor to the front office, to take over in any shakeup, sources say.

I’m skeptical. Nobody wants to acknowledge an internal coup before it’s executed. Doing so would create a terrible workplace environment until it happens or if it doesn’t.

The Pelicans’ ownership situation makes this a little more tricky. There’s an apparent desire in New Orleans to win quickly for an aging Benson, and that directive has limited Demps’ flexibility.

Still, Demps’ plans have mostly busted. Eventually, he’ll run out of chances to try new ones.

If that happens soon, when the Pelicans search for a replacement, Ferry will be right there with an impressive record building up Atlanta and no stains that make him unhirable to New Orleans. Would the Pelicans, who thought enough of him to hire him once already, really not consider promoting him?

Report: Potential top-10 pick, Indiana’s OG Anunoby, undergoes season-ending knee surgery

Indiana's OG Anunoby dunks during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Rutgers, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Indiana players and coaches were tearing up after OG Anunoby got hurt.

Unfortunately, their fears about the lottery prospect were founded.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Indiana Hoosiers sophomore forward OG Anunoby will undergo right knee surgery and miss the rest of the NCAA season, sources told The Vertical.

The 6-foot-8 small forward is a versatile defender. He has grown as a shooter, and there’s hope he could become a 3-and-D player – or, given his athleticism, maybe more.

Anunoby wasn’t in the top tier of prospects in a loaded 2017 NBA draft, but he was headed toward the lottery, maybe even the top 10. How he recovers from this injury will factor significantly into his draft stock now.

On the bright side, this is less opportunity for scouts to pick apart his raw offense (though it’s also less opportunity for Anunoby to develop).

NBA: Mavericks got away with key late foul in win over Bulls

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Wesley Matthews hit the game-winning 3-pointer in the Mavericks’ 99-98 win over the Bulls on Wednesday.

But perhaps the game would’ve had a different outcome with correct officiating down the stretch.

Dallas guard Seth Curry got away with a loose-ball foul on Robin Lopez with 1:26 left, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:

Curry (DAL) clamps the arm of Lopez (CHI) and affects his ability to retrieve the rebound.

A correct call would’ve put Dallas in the penalty and sent Lopez – who has made 66% of his free throws this season and and 76% for his career – to the line for two attempts.

Instead, not only was Lopez denied his free throws, he committed a frustration foul on Dirk Nowitzki – who grabbed the rebound with help of Curry – moments later. Nowitzki converted one of two free throws.

We’ll never know how the rest of the game would’ve played out after a correct call, but a swing of 1-to-3 points is pretty big in a one-point game.

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, reportedly Spurs’ Jonathon Simmons invited to dunk contest

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Jaylen Brown entered the NBA as a highly touted prospect, the No. 3 pick by the Celtics last year.

Jonathon Simmons paid a $150 fee to try out for the Spurs’ D-League team before eventually climbing to the NBA.

Their very-different paths could cross during All-Star weekend in the dunk contest.

Brown said he has been invited, though he hasn’t made up his mind:

Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News:

Both would be worthy candidates. Between the two, I’d favor Brown, but it’ll be interesting to see the rest of the field.

Just what can Brown and Simmons do?