Nemanja Nedovic reportedly suffered a stress fracture in his foot earlier this summer that was of little concern to the Warriors, but would have kept him from playing for Serbia in the FIBA World Cup.
It appears that the injury was not as serious as originally believed, and Nedovic now hopes to be ready to participate in the international competition.
From Sportando.net (via HoopsHype):
Nemanja Nedovic did not fracture his foot and hopes to play with Serbia in the FIBA World Cup. All the examinations the point guard had were sent to the Warriors.
The Serbian point guard is waiting for the green light from the Warriors to play in Spain.
Nedovic is under contract with Golden State for the upcoming season, which is why permission would be needed for him to play at the Worlds given his medical condition.
But Nedovic is more of a development project than he is a key part of the team’s plans for next season, and that development has been slow, to the point the club has an unusually difficult decision to make regarding his contract for the 2016 season.
If the doctors’ reports check out from the Warriors perspective, Nedovic will play for Serbia later this month. He scored just 26 points in total in 24 appearances for Golden State last season, while averaging 5.9 minutes in those contests.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.