This would have been fun to attend, a little showdown between the Seattle Pro AM and the Los Angeles-based Drew League.
It attracted plenty of NBA talent: Jamal Crawford, Zach LaVine, Isaiah Thomas, Stanley Johnson, Trevor Ariza, Baron Davis, Nate Robinson, Malcolm Thomas, Dorell Wright, Bobby Brown and Spencer Hawes were among the ballers. And when you turn those guys loose in a world with no defense, you get a show.
Enjoy, we’re still a couple of months away from NBA games that matter so this can be a little fix.
5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas blocks 6-foot-8 Trevor Ariza at the rim (VIDEO)
Isaiah Thomas is a 5-foot-9 point guard. Trevor Ariza is a 6-foot-8 forward. You wouldn’t think it would be possible for Thomas to block someone who’s nearly a foot taller than him, but that’s exactly what happened this week in the Seattle Pro-Am game:
We told you almost a month ago that Chuck Hayes was going to go back to where his NBA career started and sign with the Houston Rockets. He was going to bring them veteran leadership, good defense in the post, strength on the glass, and hustle everywhere on the court.
Now he’s going to take those talents somewhere else.
The deal never got signed. Houston has a crowded frontcourt and roster, and due to that and salary cap reasons the deal could not be finalized. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports has the details.
Free agent forward Chuck Hayes will not be signing with the Rockets as expected, his agent Calvin Andrews tells Yahoo http://t.co/ClMbFJZyZm— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 27, 2015
Houston made some moves after the Hayes deal was agreed to — the Ty Lawson trade, the signing of Jason Terry — that changed their cap picture.
Hayes wants to be a coach, eventually, but he thinks he’s got some ball left in his body.
There are teams that could use Hayes — he works hard and does the little things like battle on the boards, set hard screens, and play physical defense. He is a pro’s pro. Teammates love him. But he has battled injuries for a couple of seasons now and, at age 32, we will see what team will want to roll the dice on him staying healthy and taking up one of their final roster spots.