David Khan may have been relieved of his GM position with the Timberwolves, but the team is still cleaning up after his mistakes.
Today, the team officially announced that they have waived veteran guard Brandon Roy, likely ending his career in the process:
“We wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future,” said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders.
Roy tried to restart his career in Minnesota after retiring from the NBA with chronic knee pain after the 2010-11 campaign. Kahn took a gamble on Roy, signing him to a two year $10.4 million contract, hoping that he could come back even if only as a part time contributor to help the upstart ‘Wolves make a playoff push this season.
Unfortunately Roy was still hampered by the knee issues that plagued him, appearing in only 5 games and needing surgery after experiencing more pain throughout the season. In those 5 games Roy averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds while shooting only 31.4% from the floor.
Roy appeared in three all-star games in his career, was a former rookie of the year with the Portland Trailblazers and one of the best young players in the league during his great, but brief prime. And while it was always a long shot that he’d be able to come back and be an effective player after all his health issues, it’s a shame that this is the way his career will end.
During the 2014-15 season, Rockets star James Harden said the Warriors “ain’t even that good.”
Golden State went on to reach the last three NBA Finals, twice beating Houston in the playoffs, and win two championships.
The Rockets have since re-tooled around Harden, Chris Paul and several quality role players and are in first place. Houston looks like the biggest threat to the Warriors in the Western Conference.
Rockets center Clint Capela on the Warriors, via Dave Schilling of Bleacher Report:
“I expect to beat them,” Capela says.
That’s a fine sentiment. Saying it publicly is another matter. Not even Harden did that a couple years ago. He was recorded during a pregame team huddle.
There’s a fine line between self-fulfilling confidence and providing bulletin-board material to the opponent. There’s already some animosity between the teams stemming from the Stephen Curry-Harden MVP race in 2015, and it has bubbled since. No matter how harmless Capela’s remark might have been intended to be, it’ll be met contentiously in the Bay Area.
Oklahoma City traded for Victor Oladipo out of Orlando to be their third scorer, behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It didn’t exactly work out that way, Durant bolted town and when Westbrook went off Oladipo was looking for a place to fit in.
That place turned out to be the Pacers.
Oladipo has been playing like an All-Star this season with Indiana, and last week he was key in snapping Cleveland’s 13 game win streak, then turned around and dropped 47 points on Denver. For the week he averaged 35.7 points a game, shot 45.7 percent from three, plus grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game.
That will get you named the PBT Extra Player of the Week.
Paul George – who told the Pacers he’d leave in free agency, prompting them to trade him to the Thunder – expected boos in his return to Indiana.
Pacers fans delivered.
They’ve also booed him every time he has touched the ball, which will certainly persist.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Point guard John Wall was in the Washington Wizards’ lineup Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies after missing nine games with a sore left knee.
Coach Scott Brooks said Wall would play in the mid-20-minute range, perhaps a bit more.
The Wizards (14-13), currently in first place in the Southeast Division, went 4-5 in Wall’s absence.
“He such a force offensively,” Brooks said of Wall. “He’s a two-way player and he’s one of the few guys in the league that can find open 3-point shooters going 100 miles an hour in transition.”
Wall, 27, is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.