UPDATE 6:11 pm: According to Brian Windhorst at ESPN this is a two-year deal worth $2.8 million. Other reports have suggested the second year of the deal is a player option.
Not expensive. Still not a huge risk. But in that second year if he doesn’t pan out the Heat could have really used that roster slot for someone else. We will see.
UPDATE 5:06 pm: All sorts of reports came flying in after we posted this that the deal is more than just close, it’s agreed to. Marc Spears of Yahoo reports this as a two year deal, but I have to think the second year is a team option. If it’s not the Heat really are making a mistake. One year at the veteran’s minimum is a no-risk move for the Heat, two is a mistake.
4:52 pm: How much does Rashard Lewis have in the tank?
The Miami Heat appear willing to pay the veteran’s minimum to see if the quinticential stretch four still has a few three balls left, tweets Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.
People I’ve talked to today believe it’s very likely Rashard Lewis will end up in Miami for the $1.35 million veteran’s minimum.
The two sides have been meeting and there is a fit. Seriously. I saw you just roll your eyes, but you need to make a distinction between Rashard Lewis the guy with the worst contract in the league and Rashard Lewis the player. He is not worth near the $22.7 million he was to get paid for next season, which is why the Hornets bought him out (after trading for him). He wasn’t worth the $13.7 million buyout either but they saved $9 mil.
But that is different than saying he is a bad player. The questions are is he healthy and can he regain his form? This is a career 38.8 percent shooter from three who fell off to 23 percent last season, while he was battling knee injuries. He plays a smart game, if he’s back he can help a team. Not star, but help.
If healthy and able to get up and down the court for 15 minutes a night, he becomes another guy who can come off the bench in Miami and knock down threes. Which is good fro them and bad for everyone else. One year at the vets minimum is not a big risk for Miami.
Lewis also had talks with the Knicks and Hawks before working out the South Beach deal.
Anfernee Simons spent the last year playing high school basketball. But because he did so as a fifth-year prep after technically graduating from high school last year and turns 19 in June, he’s eligible for the NBA draft.
Following a path taken by Thon Maker and considered by Jonathan Isaac, Simons – as expected – is turning pro.
Jonathan Givony of ESPN:
Anfernee Simons will forgo his collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA draft, he informed ESPN.
Simons informed ESPN that he will sign with agent Bobby Petriella of Rosenhaus Sports Representation
Simons looks like a mid-first-rounder, though his range is quite wide considering how large of a jump he’s making. Teams can learn relatively more about him in workouts and interviews.
A 6-foot-4 shooting guard who specializes in scoring, Simons is quick on his feet with a quick release off the dribble – with range from beyond the 3-point arc to an impressive floater game. Those floaters will be important, because Simons isn’t nearly strong enough for the NBA. He’s also a lackluster passer, though because of physicality concerns, no team will count on Simons to run an offense anytime soon, anyway. He’ll have time to develop as a distributor.
By signing with agents, Simons loses his college eligibility. Drew Rosenhaus, a big-name football agent, isn’t certified with the National Basketball Players Association. Petriella’s only NBA client has been Diamond Stone, a 2016 second-rounder who’s out of the league. They’re all in this bold venture together now.
As the NBA considers changing its draft rules for young prospects, Simons will be an interesting case study. He obviously meets the draft-eligibility requirements in the one-and-done era, but he’s also jumping from prep-school competition to the NBA. The league’s strength and nutrition programs should serve him well. His overall development could influence the wider debate.
In the midst of his historic 32-point, 30-rebound game, Dwight Howard picked up a technical foul for arguing about an uncalled foul when his shot was blocked.
Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard has been suspended one game without pay for receiving his 16th technical foul of the 2017-18 season, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
Five players have been suspended 11 times under NBA’s current technical-foul policy, which went into effect before the 2005-06 season and suspends players one game for their 16th technical and another game for every other subsequent tech each season.
The full list of suspensions:
- Rasheed Wallace 2006-07
- Rasheed Wallace 2006-07
- Stephen Jackson 2008-09
- Dwight Howard 2010-11
- Dwight Howard 2010-11
- DeMarcus Cousins 2013-14
- Blake Griffin 2013-14
- DeMarcus Cousins 2015-16
- DeMarcus Cousins 2016-17
- DeMarcus Cousins 2016-17
- Dwight Howard 2017-18
The Hornets are already out of the playoff race, and Howard will serve the suspension against the tanking Grizzlies tonight. He loses $162,069 in salary, but the effects of this suspension are relatively minimal.
However, Howard will miss his first game this season. Playing all 82 games would have been quite an accomplishment at this stage of his career.
The Spurs reportedly held a players-only meeting to implore Kawhi Leonard to play. He reportedly defended his missing games due to injury. Even if his teammates believed his extended absence was justified, they surely wanted to know when it would end.
Apparently, they didn’t get an answer.
Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News:
According to sources, Leonard, who was caught off guard by the meeting, stood his ground. He spoke up telling his teammates that a return was still the goal. But Leonard offered no set date or guarantee about a return this season.
Leonard did receive support from some teammates, urging him not to return until he feels healthy enough, sources told the Express-News.
The meeting lasted roughly five to 10 minutes with no clear update on Leonard’s plans.
Leonard previously told teammates he planned to return to play, according to Danny Green (who, incidentally, denied the ESPN report). Later, Leonard said he planned to play soon. But despite reportedly targeting a return a week ago, he remains out.
No matter how hard anyone pushes, nobody can seem to get a straight answer – which only adds frustration.
Some teammates are apparently more understanding than others, though. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN characterized the meeting as “tense and emotional at times” with teammates “expressing frustration and confusion.” Young adds Leonard “did receive support from some teammates, urging him not to return until he feels healthy enough.”
I’m sure everyone wants Leonard back only once he’s healthy enough, but that’s a vague standard. The Spurs have reportedly cleared him. Leonard and his own medical team haven’t. It wouldn’t be surprising if his teammates are also divided on whether or not Leonard should play.
When will he deem himself ready? If this meeting didn’t yield an answer, I don’t know what will.
A pattern is emerging.
A report said there’s a disconnect between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs. Leonard’s uncle denied it.
A report said San Antonio held a players-only meeting to implore Leonard to play. Danny Green denied it.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN wrote the latest article. Michael C. Wright and Ramona Shelburne contributed. These are credible reporters.
At minimum, someone wants the information out there. That alone makes this an issue. The Spurs, so unaccustomed to dealing with this noise, are facing it now.
Is every detail in the report accurate? Is it accurate overall? I don’t know.
But Green is loyal to San Antonio. Him shooting down a report of disarray means something, but it doesn’t mean everything.