Patric Young, Cameron Bairstow get NBA contracts after impressive summer leagues

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Patric Young was the undrafted player every fan base wanted.

He came to Florida a highly decorated recruit, and one-time talk of him belong in the lottery wowing those hung up on potential. He also spent four years with the Gators, impressing those who value college experience.

Young had something for everyone – except NBA teams participating in 2014 NBA draft.

After going undrafted, the 6-foot-10 power forward impressed with the Pelicans’ summer-league team. Now, he has an NBA contract.

Another summer-league standout, Cameron Bairstow – drafted No. 49 by the Bulls – signed with the Bulls.

Young’s two-year, minimum-salary contract is fully unguaranteed, according to spotrac.

That technically puts him at a disadvantage. The Pelicans can waive him at any time, but if he wants to sign a guaranteed contract with another team, he can’t because of this deal with New Orleans. Theoretically, the Pelicans could bring another big man to camp and waive Young if the other player impresses more.

However, in reality, I believe a roster inertia exists that helps Young. I bet the Pelicans would give him undue preference simply because he’s already under contract.

No official word on Bairstow’s contract terms, but Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com has a theory related to Kirk Hinrich, who didn’t officially sign until today after previously agreeing to a deal:

A team may exceed the cap for a minimum contract up to two years in length. If the Bulls signed Bairstow to a three-year contract, they’ll have his Bird rights when it expires. That’s why they’d sign him before Hinrich exhausts their cap space.

However, Chicago doesn’t have to give him any guaranteed money. He might be in the same boat as Young.

Warriors F James Michael McAdoo leaves game vs. Rockets with head injury (VIDEO)

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There was a scary moment during the matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. During a change of possession, Houston’s Trevor Ariza and and Golden State’s James Michael McAdoo got tangled up and fell together on the floor.

McAdoo was under Ariza and wound up getting his head slammed into the hardwood. He was immediately taken off the floor and sent to the locker room.

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The NBATV broadcast said McAdoo received stitches but did not test positive for a concussion. He is averaging 8.7 minutes, 2.9 points, and 1.7 rebounds per-game for the Warriors.

Jusuf Nurkic trolls Nuggets, tells former team to enjoy their summer (VIDEO)

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Jusuf Nurkic did not enjoy his time as a member of the Denver Nuggets. His trade to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Mason Plumlee was a welcome change of scenery.

On Tuesday night, Nurkic got to take on his old team with huge playoff implications at stake. Portland beat the Nuggets, 122-113, moving a game ahead of their rivals in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and giving them the best tiebreaker between the two.

Nurkic was impressive, blasting his old squad with 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting, adding 16 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists.

Nurkic was interviewed in the arena after the game, and he was obviously happy he helped his team while also sticking it to Denver. Speaking with Portland reporter Brooke Olzendam, Nurkic took one last shot at the Nuggets, telling them to enjoy their summer.

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Nurkic quite possibly sent the Nuggets packing for the year with the game at the Moda Center on Tuesday, so he might have been the guy who helped start their summer.

Still, that is ice cold.

James Johnson decimates Marcus Morris with huge one-handed dunk (VIDEO)

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Miami Heat forward James Johnson is one of the NBA’s best in-game dunkers. On Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons, he yammed down a huge one-handed slam that embarrassed Marcus Morris and drew gasps from the crowd at the Palace.

The play came midway through the fourth quarter with Johnson at the top of the key. After a quick pass over to him, Johnson gave a quick hesitation before driving to his left and past his defender.

With the quick step, Johnson’s only remaining opponent at the basket was Morris, who was unfortunate enough to find himself between the high-flying Heat and the rim.

This is what happened next:

Morris was whistled for a foul on the play.

Watch Hassan Whiteside beat the Pistons at the buzzer with tip-in (VIDEO)

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The Miami Heat took until the final moments on Tuesday night to beat the Detroit Pistons, but it was worth it. With just a handful of games left to play, the Heat need to stave off the Chicago Bulls for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Thanks to a tip at the buzzer by Hassan Whiteside, they’re one step closer to achieving that goal.

The play came with just seconds left in the fourth quarter. James Johnson missed a shot with six seconds to go, and the Heat grabbed the rebound. Goran Dragic then tried his hand, but he couldn’t get it to go, either.

That’s when Whiteside came back with a tip at the buzzer that ended the game.

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Miami now sits at 36-38, a game above the Bulls for the No. 8 seed.

Whiteside, meanwhile, is never going to wash that hand again: