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Minnesota’s Corey Brewer fined $5,000 for flopping (VIDEO)


Minnesota’s Corey Brewer, you’re the next contestant on “pay some money to NBA Charities for flopping!”

The league announced Monday that Brewer has been fined $5,000 for his second flopping offense of the season. His first came against the Knicks earlier in the year, this new one was against the Heat on Saturday, when he was in going for a rebound and oversold some contact with LeBron James order to draw a call. You can see it above.

Brewer joins James Harden as the other NBA player fined for flopping this season — if either of them do it again the fine jumps up to $10,000. A host of other players including Chris Paul have gotten warnings for flopping (the fine comes on the second offense).

No, this slap-on-the-wrist fine is not going to stop flopping, David Stern said as much last season. But the owners decided to keep the fines at this level so here we are.

Brewer is averaging a career high 14 points a game, benefiting from the fast pace in Minnesota (and Kevin Love’s outlet passes).

Report: Wizards signing Ryan Hollins

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Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.

Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.

So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.

So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?

Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.

Dwight Howard crushes Kristaps Porzingis with dunk (video)

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Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.

Marc Gasol heads ball into basket after drawing foul (video)

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This was not Marc Gasol‘s first attempt to head in the ball after a whistle, but this time, he converted.

Here was his January try: