DeSagana Diop

DeSagana Diop’s burdensome contract gets a bit heavier

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DeSagana Diop is over two years removed from being a productive NBA player, and based on Diop’s recovery timeline for his recent surgery on his Achilles’ tendon, it could be some time before Diop even has a shot at NBA relevance again.

According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Diop’s surgery could put him out of action for an entire year, making it a season-ending affair for the ’10-’11 campaign and a season-altering one for the next. That’s a damn shame for Diop, but losing him doesn’t much affect the Bobcats’ play. This injury does, however, make one of the league’s most immovable contracts even more immovable. Diop is due $14.3 million in the two seasons following this one, a pretty handsome paycheck for a marginal player. It would have been immensely difficult for the Bobcats to move Diop and his contract before, but Diop’s injury is a lead weight to even the slight possibility of mobility.

Given Diop’s sub-par performance, that may not seem to matter much. However, Michael Jordan is as aggressive in the short-term trade market as any manager in the league, and the rumored availability of Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace makes virtually every Bobcat a player of interest, if for no other reason than salary-matching purposes in a potential move. Shedding Diop’s contract is surely on MJ’s to-do list, but any chance of including him in a deal may have vanished along with the rest of Diop’s season.

Markieff Morris flips off Suns fan (video)

Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris reacts to a call during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Markieff Morris‘ frustrations last night didn’t end with his scuffle with teammate Archie Goodwin. They didn’t end with the Suns’ loss to the Warriors, either.

As Morris was leaving the court, a fan heckled him: “Markieff, you f—ing suck. I can’t wait until you’re traded.” Though Morris probably agrees with the second sentence, he flipped off the fan:

Though it’s difficult to confirm that video was from last night, it jibes with a previous report of the incident.

John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7

Morris will likely at least be fined. Considering his previous behavioral problems this season – he threw a towel at Jeff Hornacek – I wouldn’t completely rule out a suspension. But a fine seems most likely.

Dwight Howard commits ridiculously sloppy inbound violation (video)

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An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.

Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.

But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.

The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.

DeAndre Jordan dunks on Marcus Smart before Smart knows what’s happening (video)

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Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.