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Report: Pacers interested in MarShon Brooks, Gary Forbes as Paul George replacements


The Pacers’ have grander problems in the wake of Paul George’s season-ending injury.

But in the simplest sense, their wing depth is thinner by one payer.

That modest problem can be solved through modest solutions, and in MarShon Brooks and Gary Forbes, that’s apparently what Indiana is eying.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Brooks has yet to use his scoring potential to find footing in the NBA. In the last 13 months, he’s been with the Nets, Celtics, Warriors and Lakers.

Forbes had a couple decent seasons off the bench, one with the Nuggets and another with the Raptors. But he last played in the NBA in 2012. Since, he’s played in China and the D-League.

These are clearly minimum-salary-level players.

However, the Pacers already have 15 players under contract, so if they add Brooks or Forbes or anyone else, someone has to go before the regular season. That could be bad news for Donald Sloan (fully unguaranteed contract) or Shayne Whittington (just $25,000 guaranteed).

The Grizzlies only have slightly more room to accommodate Forbes. They have 14 players with guaranteed contracts plus a non-guaranteed deal for Patrick Christopher.

Report: Lamar Odom found unconscious, taken to Las Vegas hospital

Lamar Odom

Let’s hope that this is not as bad as it sounds.

Lamar Odom, whose NBA career was cut short due to his challenges with drug use, has been taken to a Las Vegas-area hospital after being found unconscious at a brothel in a city not far outside the city, according to the report from TMZ.

Lamar Odom is fighting for his life after falling into unconsciousness at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada … TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources at the Love Ranch tell us … 35-year-old Odom arrived at the Ranch Saturday and was partying with the girls for days. A source at the Ranch said Lamar was taking an herbal substitute for Viagra. We spoke with Hof … who tells us Tuesday afternoon, a woman went into Odom’s room in the VIP suites and found him unconscious.

Odom spent 14 seasons in the NBA, starting his career with the Clippers and going on to be a key figure in the 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Lakers title teams. He won Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.

While famous in basketball circles — and incredibly well liked by players and media, he was one of the funniest guys in the league — he became a pop culture sensation when he married Khloe Kardashian. However, it was about that time that his drug use started to take a toll on everything in his life. It was not long before he was traded to Dallas, and things started to truly spiral out of control for him. He went for treatment after that, but never returned to the NBA.

We will have more as the story develops. Our thoughts are with Odom, and we hope he pulls out of this.

Jazz waive Jack Cooley and J.J. O’Brien

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz said Tuesday that they have waived forwards Jack Cooley and J.J. O'Brien.

Cooley played in 16 games with the Jazz last season after being called up from the NBA Developmental League. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Cooley’s fate with the team seemed to be decided when 7-foot center Jeff Withey signed a multi-year free agent deal in August. The 6-9, 260-pounder was in his second NBA season.

O’Brien was signed as an undrafted rookie Aug. 28 and played in one preseason game with the Jazz.

The Jazz roster now stands at 18.