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Wizards sign Shaun Livingston, cut Jannero Pargo


John Wall is still out and the idea that he could be back around Thanksgiving is about as done as you’re turkey is going to be next Thursday — there is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards had brought in Jannero Pargo to help out with Wall out, but they have changed course on Thursday bringing in Shaun Livingston and letting Pargo walk, reports Ben Standig at

“We are obviously familiar with what Shaun brings both on and off the court based on his previous time here and we’re confident that he will be a positive addition to our team,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement released by the team. “His size and playmaking ability will give us more flexibility in the backcourt.”

Livingston played with the Wizards in the 2009-10 season and was a fan favorite. This year, Livingston had been in Houston for training camp but didn’t make the cut.

A.J. Price will remain the starter but there are minutes to be had. Price is averaging 10 points a game but shooting just 32.9 percent and dishing out 6.9 assists. Which are the kind of things you can live with in a backup playing 15 minutes a night, but with Wall out it hurts. Pargo was worse, taking terrible shots, hitting just 25 percent of what he took and giving the team three points a game. Livingston will be an upgrade.

Stan Van Gundy rips ‘selfish’ Pistons

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The Pistons had just 19 assists – to 22 turnovers – in their 93-83 loss to the Nets last night.

Stan Van Gundy was none too pleased.

On offensive problems:

I told them in there – that was the first thing – we’re not playing together at all. I thought it was a very selfish performance, and guys wouldn’t just pass the ball to open men. They wanted to see if they could take one more dribble to get their own shot, so the passing angles were gone. I just thought we forced play after play after play. We’re not willing to move the ball

On Reggie Jackson, who scored seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with six assists and six turnovers, and was coming off Achilles soreness:

He was not good at all. He was forcing everything.

On injuries to point guards – Jackson, Brandon Jennings and Steve Blake – hindering the team’s flow in practice and that carrying over to the game:

We could probably make a lot of excuses for our guys, but we were selfish.

Van Gundy is clearly trying to send a message, and the preseason is the best time to do it.

But it’s somewhat troubling he had to do it after this game.

Eight of the 10 Pistons who played against Brooklyn project to make the regular-season rotation. Joel Anthony played over Aron Baynes, and once healthy, Blake could challenge Spencer Dinwiddie to become back up point guard – at least until Jennings is ready. Otherwise, Detroit – with Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova, Andre Drummond, Jodie Meeks, Stanley Johnson and Anthony Tolliver – looked similar to its opening-night lineup.

Van Gundy is blunt, but he doesn’t tell the media things he hasn’t already directly told his players. They appreciate that.

He’d appreciate them getting this message.

Report: Dwight Howard didn’t have offseason surgery

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Dwight Howard said he played with a torn MCL and meniscus in the Western Conference finals – pretty shocking news that few knew what to make of.

So, um, did he have offseason surgery?

Calvin Watkins of ESPN:

Howard obviously feels great about his health now, so maybe this was the right course.

We’ll never how Howard would have performed if fully healthy, but he averaged 14.4 points and 14.4 rebounds in 35.1 minutes per game against the Warriors during the conference finals. How bad could the injuries have been?