We don’t know who the starting point guard in Milwaukee will be next season — Jeff Teague just signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet that the Hawks can match; plus the Bucks still have the rights to Brandon Jennings (a restricted free agent).
However, we know who the backup point guard will be.
Luke Ridnour has been traded from Minnesota to Milwaukee, reports the Star Tribune. The Timberwolves will get a future pick, likely second rounder, in the deal.
This move is all about saving money for the Timberwolves — they are about to sign Corey Brewer to a three-year, $15 million deal as part of a sign-and-trade and needed to get under the cap to do it. Ridnour is owed $4.3 million next season. Plus Minnesota has some other expenses coming, for example they still are in negotiations to retain Nikola Pekovic on a deal in the four-year, $50 million range. That’s a lot of money out the door so they needed to save a little.
Minnesota also didn’t need Ridnour, they are set at the point with Ricky Rubio starting and Alexey Shved coming off the bench.
Ridnour is a solid, veteran backup point who averaged 11.5 points and 3.8 assists a game in Minnesota last season. He’s a solid shooter, although his three point numbers dipped the past couple seasons.
Ridnour spent two seasons with the Bucks, from 2008-2010. That second season, where he came off the bench in all 82 games, was arguably his best as a pro.
Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.
Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?
Royce Young of ESPN:
I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson completed his staff Wednesday, naming Jay Triano associate head coach and Tyrone Corbin and Nate Bjorkgren assistant coaches.
Triano spent the last four seasons as assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers, including Watson’s final season as a player in 2013-14. The first Canadian-born head coach in NBA history when he directed Toronto, he also is the coach of Canada’s national team.
Corbin was Sacramento’s interim head coach for 28 games in 2014-15. He played the Suns in 1987-89.
Bjorkgren remains with the Suns after spending last season as assistant coach/player development coordinator. He also was head coach of the Suns’ NBA Summer League team the past two years.
The Suns also named Marlon Garnett assistant coach/player development coordinator, and Scott Duncan and Jason Fraser player development coaches.