The Toronto Raptors need help at the four, and there was some surprise (and frustration by Raptors’ fans) that they didn’t make a move at the trade deadline. For now, it is still the Luis Scola and Patrick Patterson show, and that could be trouble come the playoffs.
The guy who would be a fantastic four for them in the playoffs? DeMarre Carroll.
And it sounds like he is getting closer to a return, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.
There have been questions about whether the Carroll will be back from his knee injury in time for the playoffs, but if this is any indication he might make it.
Integrating him into the lineup will not be simple (he averaged 11.7 points in the 23 games he played, and he was still trying to find a role), but it’s their best chance at improving at the four and making a serious run in the playoffs.
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh offered a slight update Saturday on his health, his first public hint of how he’s doing since withdrawing from the NBA All-Star Game three weeks ago.
“Feeling good! Feeling great!” Bosh wrote on Twitter, along with a separate mention that he worked out Saturday. He also posted a blog about things he wished he knew in his 20s, but made no reference to his health status there.
Bosh was ruled out of the All-Star Game with what was described as a calf strain. A person with knowledge of the situation later told The Associated Press that a blood clot was found in Bosh’s calf, and that he was back on blood-thinning medication – just as he was last year when his season ended at the All-Star break.
Neither the team nor Bosh has confirmed the second clot, although this situation clearly is not as severe as what he faced last year. At that time, he was hospitalized for several days after a clot worked its way to one of his lungs.
Athletes on blood thinners typically are prohibited from contact sports, given the higher risk of bleeding. It’s unclear if Bosh is still on blood-thinning medication.
He will not play Sunday when Miami, a winner of four straight games, hosts the Philadelphia 76ers. Bosh has been around the team at times since the All-Star break, even doing some shooting on occasion, according to teammates.
Heat President Pat Riley said late last month he believes Bosh is trying to find a way back to the court this season, but did not elaborate.
Miami is 7-2 since Bosh was sidelined. Bosh is averaging 19.1 points this season, his 13th in the NBA and his second year in a five-year, $118 million contract.
After four seasons out of the NBA and bouncing around Europe, Sonny Weems was back in the league this season thanks to the Phoenix Suns, who took a flier on him. They thought he could be a “3&D” guy.
That ended on Saturday when Phoenix waived Weems, reported Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
It’s unlikely anyone will claim Weems off waivers. He was going to be waived before July 11 anyway so his contract would not become guaranteed for next season.
Part of the motivation here is the Suns clearing out another roster spot to bring in Chase Budinger, who reportedly is coming to Phoenix.
The Suns hoped that Weems would be a rotation player, but he was beat out by Devin Booker over the course of the season, plus Ronnie Price and Archie Goodwin were ahead of Weems in the rotation. Weems had a lot of success in Europe and may be headed back there next summer.
This has been the rumor ever since reports came out that the Indiana Pacers would waive Chase Budinger to clear space for Ty Lawson to join the team for the playoffs.
Budinger is headed to Phoenix, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
Budinger played his college ball at Arizona and has a comfort level in the state. With T.J. Warren out injured (not to mention Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight in the backcourt injured) the Suns could use all the help they can get. Over the course of a career beset by injuries, Budinger has averaged 8.1 points a game, showed off impressive athleticism, and shot 35.4 percent from three. But those numbers were way down in Indiana this season as he struggled to find a role with the team. He should have more freedom in Phoenix.
Because he was waived after March 1, he cannot join a team’s playoff roster. That is moot in Phoenix.
The Lakers snapped up Anthony Brown out of Stanford in the second round of the 2015 draft and thought they might have a future “3&D” rotation guy. Brown has shown flashes this season, but is shooting 28 percent from three and has not found a steady spot in the rotation. He’s another one of those guys the Lakers need to develop, and he likely would have gotten a lot of run through the end of the season to do just that.
Now it looks like Brown will be out the rest of the season.
With just five weeks left in the regular season, it’s hard to imagine him getting back on the court before Summer League. This leaves the Lakers thin on the wing, with Kobe Bryant out with a sore shoulder and Lou Williams also banged up.
The Lakers have Brown on a three-year contract that caps out at $1 million the third year, so they will bring him back and see if their next coach can develop him.