Kurt Helin

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, right, talks with Elijah Millsap during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Jazz Waive defensive wing Elijah Millsap

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Elijah Millsap has been as advertised in Utah.

He is a quality wing defender off the bench for the Jazz, but he is a dreadful shooter. He took more than 30 percent of his shots from three and hit 8.3 percent of them. He took more than half his shots in the restricted area and hit just 50 percent.

Those numbers and a non-guaranteed contract led the Jazz to release Millsap on Tuesday.

The Jazz had until the 10th to cut him before his contract became guaranteed for the rest of the season; they chose to make the move a few days early. Doing so gives Millsap a chance to land on another roster, either with a 10-day contract (how he first came to the Jazz last January) or through another deal. I’d be surprised if another team doesn’t give him a look.

Elijah is the brother of Atlanta Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap.

Pistons mix Barack Obama endorsement of Andre Drummond for All Star game

Andre Drummond, Ersan Ilyasova

Flat. Out. Brilliant.

Somebody in the Pistons marketing department should not be buying drinks next time everyone goes out, or at least, give the man/woman a raise. Because this is the best All-Star campaign effort I can recall.

Averaging 18.1 points and 16 rebounds a game, pushing the Pistons into playoff contention, Andre Drummond is having a breakout season. That includes him being third in frontcourt All-Star voting after the first returns. But Drummond is just a little more than 16,000 votes in front of Carmelo Anthony for that last spot, he needs some campaigning.

So the Pistons mixed Barak Obama speeches to Drake’s “Jumpman” and… brilliance. Vote for Drummond now.

Bulls’ Derrick Rose expected to return to lineup Tuesday vs. Bucks

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 10:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls, playing without a protective face mask, brings the ball up the court against the Los Angeles Clippers at the United Center on December 10, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Clippers 83-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Derrick Rose said he was getting his legs under him — he dropped 19 on the Thunder on Christmas, then 25 against the Mavericks, then 20 on Toronto, and he was shooting 48 percent in those games.

Then he sat out the next three games with hamstring tendonitis in his right leg.

Tuesday night against the Bucks, he should be back, reports Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said that as long as Rose didn’t have any setbacks after shootaround or warming up for the game, he expected him to play.

The Bulls seem to be finding a bit of an offensive groove of late, scoring 111.6 points per 100 possessions in their last five games (fourth best in the NBA). But can they do that with both Rose and Jimmy Butler healthy and needing to share the ball remains to be seen.

That test looks like starts tonight.

Brian Scalabrine: Shaquille O’Neal most underrated great player ever


Shaquille O’Neal is an all-time great. The resume is stunning: Four-time NBA champion, NBA MVP, three-time Finals MVP, 15 All-Star games, 14 times All-NBA teams, and he’s a lock Hall of Famer. All that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Brian Scalabrine told Dan Patrick we still underrate Shaq.

Often discussions of Shaq can focus on his oversized personality, his feud with Kobe Bryant, or how he didn’t max out his potential. All of those things are real. And still Shaq is one of the handful of greatest big men ever to play the game. Scalabrine does a great job laying out his impact.

Rumor: Prokhorov considering CSKA Moscow president for Nets GM

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 28: Andrey Vatutin and Alexey Savrasenko pose during the 2013-2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Date 8 game between CSKA Moscow v Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar at USH Arena on February 28, 2014 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Mikhail Serbin/EB via Getty Images)
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Billy King’s contract as GM and decision maker for the Brooklyn Nets is up this summer, and despite reports a year ago of an extension nothing has happened on that front. Which leaves him in a lame duck situation and a lot of people around the league expecting a change at the top after the season (and likely with that a new coach replacing Lionel Hollins).

Now comes a report out of the respectable eurohoops.net saying now that Mikhail Prokhorov owns 100 percent of the Nets, he is looking at bringing the president behind the run of success of CSKA Moscow over to become the first European GM in the NBA.

Mikhail Prokhorov is the full owner of the Nets and according to Eurohoops sources, Andrey Vatutin is his top choice for the job of the general manager. Billy King’s contract expires at the end of the season, things are going to change in the Nets and the president of CSKA Moscow is offered the position. This is not the first time Prokhorov wanted Vatutin in Brooklyn. Back in 2010 there were also reports about an offer to Vatutin for an undefined role. However this time things are different.

With that being said, Vatutin hasn’t decided yet anything about his future and the option of him remining at the head of CSKA Moscow is more than just an alternative. There’s no fixed timetable about his decision, Prokhorov, who was for year the main financial supporter of CSKA, is waiting for him and it remains to be seen what the future holds.

Vatutin knows basketball and talent. He’s made CSKA Moscow one of the biggest powers of European basketball for years running; he’s someone Prokhorov knows and trusts.

However, this would be an enormous risk.

While I’m not about to question Vatutin’s hoops knowledge, the European and NBA structures are very different. Specifically, the salary cap and the intricacies of the CBA require smart men and a lot of specialized knowledge — you can’t just buy a team and slap it together (Prokhorov learned that the hard way). The way teams are built here would be a dramatic change for Vatutin.

Second, being a GM is a lot about relationships. Ones built up over long periods of time. Guys near the top of front offices all tend to know each other, having spent years coming up in various organizations together. They also all know the top agents well. Trades are not cold-blooded calculations like a fantasy trade (although there is that aspect to them), trades happen because of relationships and mutual interest, plus both teams feeling like they got a win. Also, getting free agents to sit down and talk can happen because of relationships. Vatutin would be an outsider in this club.

Certainly the Nets could surround Vatutin with people to help him navigate these challenges, but they would be an issue. And no matter who takes over that seat, the fact remains that the Nets do not control their own draft pick until 2019 and will have a real challenge rebuilding without many young players or assets (they will have about $40 million in cap space and need to nail free agency… again, relationships).

This hiring may not happen, but it’s something to keep an eye on — Prokhorov is enough of a wild card to try it.