Indiana looked for a way around this for the last few days, trying to trade away other assets to keep Magnum Rolle on the roster. Didn’t work out.
So today, the Pacers cut the second round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech that they traded up to get in June, according to a tweet from Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.
Rolle was not blowing anybody away in his limited preseason minutes, but the point with him was always potential. Which is why the Pacers traded with Oklahoma City to get him. There were questions about how much he would improve at age 24, but the raw athleticism was enough to get him a shot.
And Indiana liked what they saw enough to want to keep Rolle and move Solomon Jones, but it’s a numbers game.
With injuries to Jeff Foster and Tyler Hansbrough, the Pacers were thin across the front line behind Roy Hibbert. They needed 6’10” Jones for depth, just in case. Also, it cost $50,000 to buy Rolle out, while Jones had a guaranteed $1.5 million due him, cut or not.
The NBA is a business. A cold, hard business. Rolle got that lesson, some cash and will get the chance to be paid to play at some level this season (hello D-League). If he can start to harness that athleticism, he won’t be the last cut from an NBA team next time around.
Warriors center Anderson Varejao will miss the Rio Olympics due to a back injury.
Where will Team Brazil turn now?
Likely to Bulls center Cristiano Felicio.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Felicio came on strong late last season. He puts his 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame to good use protecting the paint and rebounding. He showed potential as passer and mid-range shooter, too.
At age 24, he’s a candidate to break out in the Olympics.
If he’s not ready, Brazil can turn to a steady veteran at center, Nene.
Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.
Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?
Royce Young of ESPN:
I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.