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Spurs sign Shannon Brown to 10-day contract

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The Spurs have signed Shannon Brown to a 10-day contract, a move announced on Saturday via official release. The team also released Othyus Jeffers, whom they had previously called up from the D-League on a 10-day contract following the injury to Kawhi Leonard.

Brown played well for the Phoenix Suns over the last two seasons, and averaged 10.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per contest. He clashed with interim head coach Lindsey Hunter near the end of last year over a lack of playing time, but mostly over a lack of communication regarding his status.

The Suns traded Brown in the deal that sent Marcin Gortat to the Wizards before the season began. He never played a game for Washington, however, and was waived as soon as the trade was finalized.

Brown will infuse a nice dose of athleticism into a Spurs team that (seemingly always) desperately needs it. San Antonio will be looking for consistent minutes from Brown, potentially in a starter’s role, while Leonard is out for another few weeks with a fractured hand injury.

San Antonio has lost three straight, and despite the fact that they sit at second place with a 33-13 record in the Western Conference standings, the team has legitimate concerns because it has yet to register a single win against any of the league’s elite.

This is likely just a short-term fix for the Spurs until Leonard gets back, although should Brown make an impact on both ends of the floor, it’s possible he could stick as an improvement to the roster.

Report: Donatas Motiejunas no-shows physical after Rockets match Nets’ offer

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The Nets’ signed Rockets restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet. Houston elected to match.

Case closed?

Hardly.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Houston has a right to demand Motiejunas undergo a physical within two days of exercising its matching rights, which it did yesterday. Motiejunas is requires to answer questions truthfully and supply requested medical information.

If Motiejunas fails to meet those requirements, he hangs in limbo until the Rockets decide his fate.

At any time between now and March 1, they could elect to undo their offer-sheet match. That would invalidate Motiejunas’ offer sheet and make him a restricted free agent again, and the Nets couldn’t sign him for a year. On March 2, the same effect will become automatic.

I don’t see what Motiejunas gains by not reporting. If he fails his Houston physical, he’d go to Brooklyn on the terms of the offer sheet.

By not undergoing the physical, he goes nowhere.

Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant team up for floor-is-lava alley-oop (video)

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Klay Thompson might have had the huge game for the Warriors, but Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant teamed up for the Warriors’ most spectacular play against the Pacers.

Once Green released his long outlet pass, the ball travelled three-quarters of the court and into the basket without a player touching it and the floor simultaneously.

Here’s another angle:

Dwight Powell obliterates Cody Zeller on alley-oop (video)

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Andrew Bogut patting Cody Zeller on the head, even if unintentional, was the perfect response to Dwight Powell dunking on the Hornets center.

There, there, Cody. It’ll be OK.

At least Charlotte got a 109-101 win over the Mavericks.

Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)

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Klay Thompson scored an incredible 60 points in 29 minutes.

So, what did Stephen Curry do? Dump ice on his Warriors teammate during the post-game interview, of course.

That didn’t cool down Thompson, who’s probably still hot this morning.