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Grizzlies first rounder Jordan Adams gets smaller guaranteed salary, weight-based incentive

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At UCLA, Jordan Adams scored at NBA-worthy levels.

He just didn’t look like an NBA player.

A little heavier and less athletic than a prototypical NBA prospect, Adams fought perception throughout the pre-draft process. He measured 6-foot-3.5 without shoes and 209 pounds at the combine, and only Kyle Anderson and (13.4) and Nik Stauskas (12.1) checked win with higher body-fat percentages than Adams (10.8).

But the Grizzlies saw through the physical concerns and drafted Adams No. 22.

However, there was a catch.

Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com:

I guess Jusuf Nurkic wasn’t the only first-round pick who didn’t received the standard fully guaranteed 120%-of-scale rookie contract. Adams’ salary can’t exceed 120% of scale, even with bonuses. So that means Adams making weight would be the only way to reach the full 120%. If he fails the test, he’ll make less.

Somewhere, former Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley is shaking his head.

In 2010, Heisley tried to tie a portion of Xavier Henry’s and Greivis Vasquez’s rookie-scale contracts to incentives. As a result – on the recommendation of Henry’s agent, Arn Tellem – the players held out until mid-September.

Finally, Memphis offered them the fully guaranteed 120%. Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal:

“In the general spirit of the way (the CBA) was put together, I felt we should relent and not have a performance situation,” Heisley said. “I don’t think I was on the right side of the issue.”

Tellem told The Associated Press last month that only one player out of more than 450 since the rookie salary scale was instituted in 1995 has agreed to a performance bonus.

Was that one player Williams?

Regardless, Adams didn’t drive such a hard bargain, which could lead to problems down the road. Not only did he relinquish guaranteed money nearly other first-round pick gets, he tied his remaining salary to a trait that is hard to accurately test.

Do you really think Stauskas had such a high body-fat percentage? If he did, it didn’t show like it did with Adams and UCLA teammate Anderson.

I’m surprised Adams agreed to this. I’d be less surprised if this ends in arbitration when one side is unhappy with the results of the test.

Report: Pelicans to waive Omri Casspi after broken thumb leaves them shorthanded

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In his first game in New Orleans, coach Alvin Gentry threw forward Omri Casspi right into the rotation, and he scored a dozen points.

Casspi also broke his thumb and will be out 4-6 weeks.

Because there is so little time in the season and the Pelicans want to make the playoffs, they have decided to waive Casspi, reports Sams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

The idea is to create a roster spot to either grab someone waived by another team over the next few days or to get players on 10-day contracts.

Casspi will be a free agent this summer, and there are a number of teams that think he has real potential once unleashed outside what was going on in Sacramento.

Hawks sign Ryan Kelly, Lamar Patterson to multiyear deals

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed forward Ryan Kelly and guard Lamar Patterson to multiyear contracts.

Patterson provides depth across the perimeter, including at point guard. He previously signed two 10-day contracts with the team, most recently on Feb. 8. He has averaged 2.3 points in four games.

The 6-foot-11 Kelly has played in nine games with the Hawks after signing Oct. 31.

The Hawks now have their maximum 15 players. They traded forward Mike Scott to the Suns on Thursday, leaving two vacant roster spots.

Kelly and Patterson are expected to be available when the Hawks play Miami on Friday night.

Kevin Durant: Shaq’s constant ripping of JaVale McGee ‘childish’

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee fired back at Shaquille O’Neal via Twitter after the former star-turned analyst posted on his verified account a disparaging photo of McGee with the words, “America meet Javale “BUM” McGee.”

O’Neal also responded angrily to McGee , saying he would “smack” McGee’s “bum a–.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant backed McGee on Friday, with Durant calling Shaq “childish” while calling out the retired center’s free throw shooting and other flaws in his game during a Hall of Fame NBA career.

Shaq and McGee went back and forth in a heated Twitter spat late Thursday night, when McGee returned to a reserve role for the NBA-best Warriors as starting center Zaza Pachulia returned from an eight-game absence because of a shoulder injury.

Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey on plan for Warriors: Bury them in an avalanche of threes

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For a couple of seasons now, teams have tried to beat the Golden State Warriors by making the game ugly — slow, grinding, physical, and the opposite of the free-wheeling game they like. Only one team has had any real success with that strategy, and it has LeBron James on it (and even that wouldn’t have been enough if Draymond Green could keep his hands to himself).

So why not beat them at their own game?

That’s what Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey thought when he added Lou Williams to the roster, he said.

There is a sense around the Warriors that the Rockets may be a bigger concern than the Spurs, because Houston can score with them. Don’t confuse that with worry in the Bay Area, they are the best team in the West if healthy, but the Rockets may be the team they face off against in the conference finals.

And if that happens, Lou Williams is going to play a significant role.