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Report: Hornets will waive guard Aaron Harrison

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There seemed to be hope that Aaron Harrison would develop a catch-and-shoot game that could make him more of a “3&D” guard off the bench in Charlotte. He was a solid defender, and he could drive and score/draw contact, but he needed more offensive versatility to make it work.

He also needed time on the court to develop his game, and he wasn’t getting that from a Hornets team chasing a playoff spot. On Wednesday, the Hornets will waive him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Harrison, 22, has seen limited minutes behind veterans Marco Belinelli and Jeremy Lamb. With both signed through the 2017-18 season, there was little opportunity for Harrison’s role to grow in Charlotte.

He will be one of a number of players waived on Tuesday — players with non-guaranteed contracts need to clear waivers by Jan. 10 or their contract becomes guaranteed for the season. It takes 48 hours to clear waivers, so the releases will happen today.

The Hornets roster is at 14.

Harrison has played well in the D-League this season — 20.6 points, 5.4 rebounds a game for the Greensboro Swarm — and he likely will latch on there looking for another call up and chance.

Aaron’s brother Andrew Harrison is having an impressive season for the Grizzlies.

Nets former second-round pick arrested for alleged kidnapping, robbery, assault

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Jordan Williams, a second-round pick who spent one season with the Nets, has been arrested for allegedly being part of an attack on a juvenile male in Tennessee on Thanksgiving night.

Here are the details, via the Register Citizen (hat tip Yahoo Sports):

Four people were arrested Friday in connection with a Thanksgiving incident in which a juvenile male was kidnapped, robbed and assaulted, according to a press release from police.

A juvenile was kidnapped at knifepoint on the night of Nov. 24 and robbed of his clothes and belongings, then forced into a Torrington residence where he was assaulted, the release said. He was later able to flee from the house and find help, police said.

The police Detective Bureau carried out a lengthy investigation and alleges the incident may have been related to a bad drug deal and resultant revenge, the release said.

Williams has been charged with charged assault, breach of peace, strangulation, and risk of injury to a minor. He is being held on $300,000 bail.

The Nets took Williams in the second round of the 2011 draft out of Maryland, and he played 43 games for them the next season. Williams started that season slowly but due to injuries got more run as the season wore on. He showed potential playing strong on the boards and within himself, but he needed to develop on the offensive end. He was traded to Atlanta as part of the Joe Johnson deal, but the Hawks waived him before the season started. He did play some overseas in Spain after that but seemed to fall out of the game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo blocks Westbrook, gets one young fan to switch shirts (VIDEO)

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Not many players can track Russell Westbrook in transition — he is lightning fast with the ball.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and his freakish length is one — Westbrook got by the Greek Freak in transition Monday, but the long arms of Antetokounmpo were there to shut Westbrook down.

Plays like that are winning Antetokounmpo a lot of fans. Like this young man, who switched allegiances from Westbrook to Antetokounmpo right after that block.

That kid even got to see a Bucks win over Westbrook and company.

Russell Westbrook taunts Bucks fans with Aaron Rodgers’ discount doublecheck celebration (VIDEO)

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Russell Westbrook got booed in Milwaukee Monday night.

Not because he dropped 30 points on the Bucks — the fans paid to see that, and they still got a Bucks win out of the game.

No, Westbrook dared tread on sacred ground in Wisconsin — he celebrated with the Aaron Rodgers discount double-check/putting on the belt move.

This likely was targeted at Steve Novak, the former Thunder player and long-time NBA sharpshooter who now rides the bench for the Bucks.

Milwaukee fans should take a deep breath — the Packers are in the playoffs, they have a home game this week, and nobody wants to face them right now, Rodgers and company are that hot.

Westbrook likes to taunt, to stir the pot. That or he wants a piece of that State Farm commercial money.

Jimmy Butler makes it eight different players to score at least 50 points in a game this season

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Scoring is up in the NBA this season — the median points scored per game is up more than four points per game this season over just two seasons ago. Teams are playing faster, shooting more threes, and scoring more buckets.

But what is stunning is the number of huge individual games this season.

Jimmy Butler‘s 52 point outburst on Monday night made him the eighth player this season to top 50 in a game. He joins Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Anthony Davis, and Isaiah Thomas. You can see highlights of all the performances above.

That ties the NBA record for most different players to get to 50 in a season in NBA history. It was done last season and in the 1989-90 season.

What’s crazy? We may well see more this season and a new record. Notice no Kevin Durant, no Stephen Curry, no DeMar DeRozan, no Damian Lillard, no LeBron James or Kyrie Irving on that list? There are a lot of guys in the league capable of having one of those nights who haven’t done so yet through the first 30+ games.

This has been one of the most interesting and entertaining NBA regular seasons in memory.