In a move that should shock nobody, the Sacramento Kings have exercised their team options on DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, and Omri Casspi for the 2012-13 season. All three players are still on their rookie deals, and will make a combined $13 million in 2012-13.
Evans struggled with injuries and had a bit of a sophomore slump, but the 09-10 Rookie of the Year is still considered a franchise player. Cousins had a roller-coaster season both on and off the court and had some issues with his shooting efficiency and turnover ratio, but he’s still an immense talent who the Kings seem intent on making a core part of their rebuilding plan. Casspi also had a sophomore slump, but he’s a very promising role player who should be in the league for a long time.
If the Kings do complete a trade with the San Antonio Spurs for their #7 overall pick, Casspi may be part of the deal, as the Spurs have reportedly been high on Casspi for a long time.
Boston’s Marcus Smart gets flopping warning from NBA
It happened on the game’s final play — you were probably focused elsewhere, wondering how Al Horford could miss the game-winning layup. But watch Smart as he gets in position for the rebound on that shot.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is expected to play at least two games in the NBA Development League as he comes back from a knee injury that kept him out of training camp and the first 18 games of the season.
Scott played 15 minutes for the Delaware 87ers in Tuesday night’s loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors. He scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting, missing all four of his attempts from 3-point range.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says the D-League is the best way for Scott to get “meaningful, competitive minutes” after undergoing a non-surgical procedure on his left knee.
Scott has played three games for Atlanta since his return. In 28 minutes, he has two points on 1-of-9 attempts, to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.
Watch Kyle O’Quinn throw alley-oop to Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony isn’t young anymore, but he had the bounce to go get this one.
These were your two best players for the Knicks in their win over Miami Tuesday. Kyle O'Quinn was forced into action earlier than expected when Joakim Noah went on a fouling spree in the third quarter, but O’Quinn played well in the role. ‘Melo dropped 35 on 27 shots — he’s not as efficient as he once was, but he can still get some buckets.
The Knicks picked up a needed win, because they play a back-to-back Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a ticked-off LeBron James (New York will pay the price for Phil Jackson’s “posse” comments with a motivated LeBron Wednesday).