Mike Dunleavy – sent from the Cavaliers to the Hawks in the Kyle Korver trade – refused to report to Atlanta.
Apparently, the standoff has ended.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
I’m not sure what Dunleavy expected. He knew the Hawks wanted him, and Budenholzer runs the front office and coaches the team. The Hawks wanting him was synonymous with Budenholzer wanting him.
Perhaps, something else – like the threat of fines for not reporting – factored.
Atlanta likely wants Dunleavy for two reasons (in no particular order):
1. He provides depth as the team continues to play for playoff position.
2. His salary could be useful in another trade.
No. 1 could change if they trade Paul Millsap and/or Thabo Sefolosha, but the Hawks are 21-16 and fourth in the East. They have a little buffer to remain in the postseason race.
If Atlanta falls and doesn’t re-deal Dunleavy, a buyout is always possible after the trade deadline.
First, he’ll try to make it work with the Hawks.
The brouhaha between Jordan Clarkson and Goran Dragic is going to cost… Clarkson.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has been fined $15,000 for throwing a forearm above the shoulders to Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred with 5:29 remaining in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 127-100 win over the Heat on Jan. 6 at Staples Center.
Though unsaid, this probably includes the resulting skirmish between the players. That amplified the incident into one that the NBA examined closely.
LeBron James made his 10,000th field goal. He dunked and pointed at Michael Phelps.
But LeBron’s most spectacular play in the Cavaliers’ win over the Suns yesterday was this tip pass to Kyrie Irving.
Plenty of teams emphasize closing quarters strong.
Few do it as well as the Grizzlies did in the third quarter against the Jazz yesterday.
Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left. Zach Randolph stole the inbound pass and tipped the ball to Vince Carter, who nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
And that’s how Memphis got its first double-digit lead in its 88-79 win over Utah.
The Lakers’ fortunes at guard rest with D'Angelo Russell. But Lou Williams is having a heck of a season – including this crafty pass through Nikola Vucevic‘s legs for a Timofey Mozgov dunk.