With designated gunslinger off the bench Mike Miller sidelined until January with a thumb injury, the Miami Heat have signed veteran wing Jerry Stackhouse to a deal, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
The move got approval from the other Heat players.
“I think he proved last year, coming back with the Bucks, that he’s a very productive player,” (Dwyane) Wade said.
“A tough guy, a professional, and a veteran with a very high basketball IQ,” (Udonis Haslem) said.
Players also said he moved well Saturday, although he did not get to practice with the team (he will Sunday).
Stackhouse, 36 and entering his 16th NBA season, came back last season for 42 games with the Milwaukee Bucks and did a good job shooting the rock from distance — he hit 43 percent of his shots from 16 feet out to the arc and 34.6 percent from three. Which was a bit of a surprise because Stackhouse has never been known as a shooter from deep, hitting 30 percent from three for his career. But like Jason Kidd, Stackhouse seems to have developed the shot as he has gotten older and can’t blow by people as easily. Stackhouse’s percentages are not nearly the numbers of Miller (48 percent from three last season) but if Stackhouse shoots the same as last season it will be solid and respectable.
Considering the situation, it was about as good a pickup as the Heat could make. Plus, he can sing the national anthem for them one night.
Now the question is who will be cleared off the Heat roster to make way for Stackhouse (the Heat were already at 16 in camp). Two of these three will be cut: point guard Patrick Beverley, injured forward Da’Sean Butler and center Jamaal Magloire. Beverley likely seems gone, but for the last roster spot do the Heat go with another big man or the injured rookie who shows promise down the line but will contribute little if anything this season?
The Chicago Bulls are one of the teams getting a D-League affiliate franchise this season. The Windy City Bulls will play in the suburb of Hoffman Estates, and now they have a head coach: North Carolina State assistant Bobby Lutz.
Via Upside & Motor‘s Chris Reichert:
Lutz was previously linked to the Bulls’ D-League job in July but there was confusion as to whether he would actually get the job. Now, it appears he has. And he has familiarity with the coaching staff, having served as an assistant coach at Iowa State under Fred Hoiberg in 2010-11, prior to going to NC State.
The release of NBA 2K17, the latest edition of the popular 2K video-game series, is less than a month away. Players are starting to get their likenesses in the game, as well as their player ratings, and tweet them out. Magic forward Evan Fournier wasn’t too happy with the way his came out.
Fournier’s countryman Rudy Gobert got in on the fun, too, changing his Twitter avatar to Fournier’s screenshot and encouraging others to do the same. He even created a hashtag for it.
At least they’re having fun with it.
On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.
Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.
As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.”
Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.