Joey Dorsey was one of the Rockets’ throw-ins to the Nuggets in last month’s Ty Lawson trade, and he wasn’t long for Denver’s crowded roster of big men. It turns out his current stint in the NBA wasn’t meant to last, either. International basketball reporter David Pick is reporting that Dorsey has signed a deal with a Turkish club:
Dorsey had a small role on the Rockets this season, but he started 17 games while Dwight Howard sat out with a knee injury. It was his first year back in the NBA after spending three years playing in Greece and Spain. It’s unclear whether his new deal in Turkey has an NBA out — he’s still a useful fourth or fifth big in the league, so there’s a chance another team will pick him up at some point.
It happened to DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard seemingly every game. It happened to guys such as Josh Smith, although less often.
But when it came to the Pistons’ Andre Drummond, there was not a lot of hack-a-Drummond taking place. That despite the fact he shot just 38.7 percent from the free throw stripe last season.
The Pistons should be improved this season, and Drummond should be at the heart of it — he had 27 points and 16 rebounds in the Team USA exhibition last week. He’s going to draw more attention and it he’s shooting around 40 percent from the line there will be hacking.
His coach, Stan Van Gundy, told Zach Lowe of Grantland on his podcast that he’s not worried about it (hat tip to the Detroit Free Press).
“We had teams do it,” said Van Gundy. “Quite honestly if we get better we’ll see it more. I had Dwight Howard and I also had Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal) so I’ve been through this before. In terms of wins and losses it just hasn’t been that effective. It might be effective for a possession or two….
“I don’t think it’s hopeless,” said Van Gundy. “I think my hope would be that this year we could get him up over 50% and we could start pushing 60%. If you get him over 50% then it’s not really an effective strategy. If you get to 52% then you’re having a quality possession.”
The average NBA team averaged 1.025 points per possession last season, so you can see where Van Gundy is going here — even at 52 percent that’s well above average.
The Pistons are talking extension with Drummond, and they will give him the max (it is possible the sides decide to do what Kawhi Leonard did with the Spurs and wait to sign next summer, giving them more cap space to chase free agents). The Pistons are going to pay Drummond to be their future, their cornerstone.
Will free throws be his Achilles heel, or will he knock enough down to take that off the table?
Jason Richardson played just 51 games over the past three seasons, and didn’t play at all in 2013-14 due to injuries. But the 13-year veteran is going to get a chance to make the Hawks’ roster out of training camp, reports Yahoo’s Marc Spears:
Richardson, a career 37 percent three-point shooter, put together a solid career in Golden State, Charlotte, Phoenix and Orlando before being traded to the Sixers as part of the Andrew Bynum/Dwight Howard trade in 2012. He didn’t play much in Philadelphia, between his knee injuries and the team’s preference to give younger players minutes. But there’s no downside to giving him a training camp invite and seeing if he can help the Hawks. Richardson is 34 years old, has made over $100 million in his career and has battled serious injuries in recent years, so it’s good to see that he’s still motivated to make a team. He’d have every right to decide to hang it up, but he still feels he has something to prove.