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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 14:  Team Hill's Terrence Jones #6 of the Houston Rockets dunks the ball as Team Webber's Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge 2014 as part of the 2014 NBA Allstar Weekend at the Smoothie King Center on February 14, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Report: Pelicans nearing one-year deal with Terrence Jones

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The Pelicans have quietly had a nice offseason, adding plenty of young talent around Anthony Davis.

Buddy HieldSolomon Hill, E’Twaun Moore — and now Terrence Jones.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Jones is an unrestricted free agent, because the Rockets didn’t extend a qualifying offer — a surprising development on the talented 24-year-old. He has dealt with a spat of injuries, and — perhaps relatedly — his development has stagnated.

Still, he’s young and talented. His quickness gives him an offensive advantage, and a developing outside shot could give him an even bigger one.

Jones’ inability to guard bigger players inside makes him a tough fit with Davis, who counts that among his rare weaknesses. But Davis won’t play 48 minutes, and he and Jones can jell against certain lineups.

This is a pure talent upgrade for New Orleans, though it signals more minutes for Solomon Hill at small forward when his strengths are most pronounced at power forward.

For Jones, returning to the market in a year must be appealing. There’s plenty of room for his stock to rise.

Michigan State football player says Draymond Green’s companions choked him, girlfriend night before police heard Green’s slap

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors speaks to members of the media after being defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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DETROIT (AP) — Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green struck a Michigan State football player in the jaw during a weekend confrontation near campus, tried to apologize and then had to sit in jail for a while until he could sober up, according to a police report released Wednesday.

Senior cornerback Jermaine Edmondson – who the school announced Wednesday night has received his release to transfer – claimed he was punched by Green early Sunday outside a restaurant in East Lansing, though officers patrolling the area said they saw or heard a loud, open-handed “slap.”

Edmondson said it was his second confrontation with Green, a former Michigan State player, in two nights. He told police that he and his girlfriend were choked Friday night by men who were with Green at Rick’s, a bar near campus.

He said he spotted Green the next night and tried to talk to him, according to the police report released to The Associated Press.

“I walk over and I tell Draymond that last night wasn’t cool,” Edmondson, who is from Canton, Ohio, said in an email to police. “As he responded to me he began to poke me on my shoulder and I tell him that he doesn’t need to put his hands on me, we can just talk. As I started to talk again, boom, I’m punched in my jaw.”

He said he had a headache and pain in his neck and jaw.

Green was arrested and taken to the East Lansing jail where he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, police said. He was released when sober.

Green said “he was sorry for slapping the subject and wanted to speak with him to make things right,” Officer Jeff Horn wrote.

On Wednesday night, Michigan State said in a release that Edmondson was given his release and has decided to play his final college season elsewhere. The announcement from the athletic department included no mention of the alleged altercation between Edmondson and Green.

“In discussions with Jermaine Edmondson following spring practice and in the weeks thereafter, it became clear that Jermaine wanted to play a larger role on the team,” coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. “After consulting with him in the summer, he felt it was in his best interest to finish his playing career elsewhere.”

Edmondson had 24 tackles last season. He was listed as a third stringer on Michigan State’s spring depth chart.

If convicted of misdemeanor assault and battery, Green could face 93 days in jail, a $500 fine or both.

“My legal team is handling it. It will be resolved really quickly,” Green said Tuesday in Aspen, Colorado. “As a public figure, I just can’t put myself in certain situations. It’s something that I’ll learn from and move on.”

 

Report: Hornets signing Christian Wood

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The 76ers waived Christian Wood, an intriguing 20-year-old rookie on a team-friendly contract, so they could bring 36-year-old Elton Brand out of retirement.

Brand added value on a young Philadelphia team, but dropping Wood was a real cost. Though the 76ers eventually re-signed Wood to a rest-of-season contract, they lost his original deal, which included three more unguaranteed seasons.

Philadelphia’s loss is Charlotte’s gain with Wood entering free agency now instead of as late as 2019.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Wood showed an ability to leverage his face-up skills into drawing fouls, and his outside shooting has potential. His length gives the 6-foot-11 forward a chance defensively.

Though Wood is very raw and might not stick in the NBA, the Hornets’ strong culture should be good for him.

If he pans out, they’ll have a bargain in 2017-18. If not, they can drop him at no cost.

It’s almost as if having Wood on a team-friendly contract is a good idea.

Report: Rockets signing Pablo Prigioni

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 17:  Pablo Prigioni #9 of the Houston Rockets celebrates in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals at the Toyota Center for the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 17, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Rockets included Pablo Prigioni as a minor piece of their trade for Ty Lawson — a deal that turned into a major failure.

So, Houston is turning back to Prigioni.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

The 39-year-old Prigioni spent last season with the Clippers, and his age showed. He’s a defensive liability, and his 3-point shot became one too.

Still, Houston needs depth behind Patrick Beverley. Prigioni is a heady playmaker who can get the ball to the Rockets’ weapons old (James Harden) and new (Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon).

At this price, why not? Still, the Rockets should look for another point guard capable of at least preventing Prigioni from carrying too heavy of a load for his age.

Reports: Knicks give Marshall Plumlee and Maurice Ndour guaranteed 2017-18 salaries

PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 17:  Marshall Plumlee #40 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during the game against the North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Knicks aren’t just adding over-the-hill veterans.

New York is also signing a couple intriguing rookies in Marshall Plumlee and Maurice Ndour.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders:

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Power forward Maurice Ndour, last year’s summer-league sensation, is coming to Knicks training camp on a guaranteed contract, according to an NBA source.

It’s a two-year deal, though only the first year is guaranteed, according to a source.

Marshall becomes the third Plumlee in the NBA, joining Mason Plumlee (Trail Blazers) and Miles Plumlee (Bucks restricted free agent). Like his brothers, Marshall is tall and athletic. Like Miles, Marshall didn’t play that well at Duke. Marshall’s lack of refined skill and age (24) caused him to go undrafted, but both his brothers outplayed their draft position. Maybe he’ll follow the same path.

Ndour impressed on New York’s summer-league team last year, went to Mavericks training camp with a fully guaranteed salary, got hurt then got waived. He can make a difference inside with his length and energy, but that experience shows a regular-season roster spot isn’t guaranteed.

The guaranteed salaries must be nice for Marshall and Ndour, but they’re a drop in the bucket to the Knicks — especially with the humungous salary cap. This gets these players to training camp, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re competing with each other to stick.