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.

PBT Extra Player of the Week: Victor Oladipo

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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.

Watch Pacers fan boo Paul George during introductions (video)

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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.

John Wall returns for Wizards-Grizzlies

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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.

Pacers president Kevin Pritchard likes tweets critical of Paul George trade

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Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard was widely panned – including by me – for trading Paul George for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

Oops.

Oladipo and Sabonis are killing it while George has underwhelmed.

Upon George’s return to Indiana, Pritchard took the opportunity to gloat. The Pacers general manager recently liked these tweets (hat tip: Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation):

This is petty – and I love it. Pritchard earned the victory lap.