The Pelicans are filling out the end of their bench and bolstering their frontcourt depth around Anthony Davis. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that New Orleans is finalizing a one-year minimum deal with veteran center Kendrick Perkins:
This is strictly a signing for the locker-room presence. Perkins has proven over the last few years that he doesn’t have much left in the tank beyond a few hard fouls, and he has Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca ahead of him in the rotation in New Orleans.
The NBPA’s first annual Players’ Awards, the players’ union’s response to the media-distributed end-of-season awards, isn’t airing until Tuesday night, but the ceremony took place on Sunday. Not all of the award winners are public knowledge yet, but James Harden — runner-up to Stephen Curry in the MVP award balloting — took home MVP honors. From Reid Leymance of the Houston Chronicle:
It may not be the official MVP award, but James Harden was picked as the league’s best in the first Players’ Awards, which is a collaboration between BET and the National Basketball Players Association.
In voting by players, Harden was the “Top Vote Getter” as the ceremony proclaims over Stephen Curry (the league’s official MVP in voting by media members), LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.
The ceremony airs tonight on BET.
After the shakeout following DeAndre Jordan’s change of heart, it was thought Richard Jefferson would re-sign with Dallas, likely on another one-year deal.
But the veteran swingman wants a ring, so he has done an about-face and is headed to Cleveland, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
Mavs’ owner Mark Cuban was quick to say “don’t confuse this with what Jordan did.”
Also, don’t confuse this with Jordan because Jefferson will be playing for the league minimum in a limited role, he’s not a franchise changer. You can slot Jefferson and Mike Miller in the “guys who will get a few minutes when we sit LeBron” rotation.
Jefferson averaged 5.8 points a game in almost 17 minutes a night, and he did shoot 42 percent from three. He’s a respectable reserve if used in a limited role. He’s the kind of veteran LeBron likes to see on the bench.
But this does make you wonder about what is next for J.R. Smith, who was already lacking in leverage to get a deal he wants.