The Houston Rockets have their starters at the wing spots, but who do they trust to back them up?
James Harden and Trevor Ariza will be the guys getting the bulk of the minutes at the two and three slots. To potentially back them up there is a list of guys but none really wow you: Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, not to mention Alonzo Gee and Robert Covington but neither of those two have guaranteed deals.
The Rockets may want someone they know and trust. Like Francisco Garcia. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle tweeted this out in a Q&A.
Not sure what there is to haggle over, Garcia made $1.3 million last year and should be on a veteran minimum contract.
Garcia will space the floor — almost 66 percent of his shots last season came from three and hit hit a solid 35.8 percent on them. That kind of three point specialist has a place on a team with Dwight Howard in the paint and the slashing James Harden.
Garcia doesn’t bring a whole lot else to the table but he’s a solid veteran player. He’s a long defender who does a decent job. Basically he’s a decent reserve as long as you don’t lean on him too much. At the minimum price he’s a better fit than some of the guys they’ve got.
Warriors center Anderson Varejao will miss the Rio Olympics due to a back injury.
Where will Team Brazil turn now?
Likely to Bulls center Cristiano Felicio.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Felicio came on strong late last season. He puts his 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame to good use protecting the paint and rebounding. He showed potential as passer and mid-range shooter, too.
At age 24, he’s a candidate to break out in the Olympics.
If he’s not ready, Brazil can turn to a steady veteran at center, Nene.
Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.
Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?
Royce Young of ESPN:
I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.