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And-1 Links: Paul George changes his number to 13. PG-13. Get it?


Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

The rumors are true, when he comes back in 2015 Paul George will change his number to 13. Yes, PG-13. Personally not really loving it but there you are.

• If you read one thing today it should be James Herbert’s interview with Patrick Patterson at CBS’ Eye on Basketball. For example he was at the Drake OVO show where Drake tried to recruit Kevin Durant and got fined for it:

“Ha, that was funny. It was cool. I know Drake, the whole OVO crew, Toronto, Canada, they would love to have Kevin Durant there. It’d be a great piece to this culture that we’re trying to create in order to win and be successful. I’d love it if Kevin Durant came, I’m not going to say I wouldn’t. That’d be a great piece, that’d be a great player to have. I thought it was fun, it was entertaining, the fans loved it. Kevin probably loved it as well, I think I saw a tweet about him saying, “Shout out to Drake, I love the 6,” something like that. It was definitely entertaining. It was a smart move on Drake’s part.”

• Also a great read on Josh Howard’s attempted return to the NBA.

• Your non-update update of the day on Ray Allen: He says not to trust sources, when he makes a decision he will make it public.

• Most traditional NBA centers put up better numbers when paired with a stretch four.

• Free agents Malcolm Lee and Chris Singleton worked out in Las Vegas on Monday for a number of teams, trying to get to a training camp, ideally with a team that has a roster spot or two open.

• David Stern was reportedly afraid to ask Bill Russell to Stern’s Hall of Fame induction.

• Stan Van Gundy likes the moves the Pistons made this summer (that he executed, so he better like them) to bring in more shooting and depth. And he says he expects these guys to play hard every possession.

“Yeah, for two reasons,” he said. “The people we added all play very hard and very competitively, but I also think that’s the value of depth and balance. Our guys are going to push each other. There will be competition for playing time.”

• Cleveland has signed undrafted center Alex Kirk to a partially guaranteed contract.

• Lance Stephenson posted this on Instagram saying he thinks he can be a professional model. I’ll leave that call up to you.

• RIP Robin Williams.

• Renaldo Balkman is working to get back to the NBA, says he wants one more shot.

• Khris Middleton milks a cow.

• MarShon Brooks has decided to take the bigger payday overseas and has signed with Olimpia Milano for next season.

• Thunder prospect Tibor Pleiss has signed to play with FC Barcelona next season.

• Finally, if you enjoyed the Charles Barkley/James Harden Foot Locker commercial, here are the outtakes.

Wizards’ Al Harrington out a month after knee surgery

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Al Harrington, who at 33 has been battling knee issues since last season when he has an infection in there, issues that have kept him out since Nov. 12, is now going to be out a while longer.

Harrington had knee surgery again on Monday and will be out at least a month, the Wizards announced during their game against Denver on Monday. Officially it is a “diagnostic arthroscopy and lavage procedure.” J. Michael at CSNWashington.com has the details.

Harrington has averaged 7.9 points and 1.4 rebounds 18.6 minutes in seven games. His absence has been especially difficult for Wittman who has had trouble finding scoring from his reserves.

The Wizards signed Harrington to a veteran minimum deal off the bench hoping for some scoring punch. Randy Wittman is looking to Chris Singleton, Jan Vesely, Trevor Booker and now Otto Porter for some kind of help off the bench, but is getting it only sporadically. Which is one reason the Wizards are 9-11 on the season now (after a loss to Denver Monday night).

Otto Porter finally joins Wizards’ practice

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On paper Otto Porter seemed a perfect fit and a smart pick for the Washington Wizards at the small forward spot last June in the NBA Draft — however we have never really seen if that is the case.

Porter struggled some at Summer League but his style of play is a poor fit for the undisciplined style in Las Vegas. Then in September while getting in shape for training camp he strained his hip flexor. He missed all of camp and the first part of the seson.

But he returned to Wizards’ practice on Monday, reports J. Michael at CSNWashington.com.

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There still is no timeline for his return to a game, he is officially day-to-day, but this is a good start.

“It looked like he’s been out three-and-a-half months. He’s got to get out there now and get his legs under him,” (Wizards coach Randy) Wittman said. “Number two, getting familiar with what we’re doing. It’s easy to sit there and think as you’re watching you know what’s going on until now it’s game speed and action. He’s not very familiar yet with what we’re doing. Repetition, conditioning. The last thing you what to do is throw him out there not in good enough condition and he gets hurt again. Those are the kind of things you want to stay away from. You get him healthy, get him in shape, see what happens.”

In other good injury news for the 5-8 Wizards, Trevor Ariza returned to practice and will start Tuesday night against the Lakers. Chris Singleton also practiced and is ready to return to action.