Would you want your brother on your team? Sure, so long as he doesn’t tell mom everything going on during road trips. Just the PG version.
Sixers All-Star Jrue Holiday is going to get his brother on the team — the Sixers have signed Justin Holiday for the rest of this season. Justin, like his brother, played his college ball in the Pac-12 — he had four seasons at Washington but went undrafted. This season the 6’6” swingman has averaged 17 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for the Idaho Stampede.
Obviously, don’t expect Justin to get a lot of court time, but he is getting a shot and that is key.
To make way for another Holiday, the Sixers cut loose Jeremy Pargo.
Philadelphia 76ers to sign guard Jeremy Pargo for rest of season
The Philadelphia 76ers have struggled with injuries and they’ve struggled finding a useful backup point guard this season.
Maalik Wayns had his shot…and shot 26 percent from the field with a PER of 2.
Royal Ivey hasn’t been a whole lot better with a PER of 8.9.
Although he wasn’t great on his 10-day contract period, the Sixers may have found a suitable stopgap at backup point guard. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Sixers will sign Jeremy Pargo for the remainder of the season:
The Philadelphia 76ers will sign guard Jeremy Pargo for the rest of the season, league source tells Y! Sports.
In three games with the Sixers this season, Pargo has averaged 8 points on 37.5 percent shooting in 23 minutes of play. The 26-year-old guard has made stops in Memphis and Cleveland prior to this and has scored decently (13.2 points per36 minutes), but his career shooting percentage of 37 percent is pretty brutal.
Pargo is a well-built athlete who can score at the rim reasonably well, but his jumper has always been dodgy at best. His reliance on it only makes things worse, and as a result, Pargo has struggled to make the transition from solid college player at Gonzaga to useful pro player. Unlike his brother Jannero, who had some successful years in New Orleans and Chicago, Jeremy needs to put the jumper on the backburner and focus more on getting to the tin and using his strong body to finish in traffic.
We’ll see if Pargo can do that in the second half with Philadelphia, who will need to get pretty hot to have a shot at the playoffs.
Thursday And-1 Links: Blake Griffin taps Chandler Parsons in the… watch the video
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 like old ladies like to complain about how loud movies are now days (written sitting at a coffee shop overhearing a conversation after “Argo”)….
In my favorite player interaction of the day, Chandler Parsons tweeted the video above to Blake Griffin, and Griffin responded.
@ChandlerParsons sprained my wrist and had to keep it moving.. My bad didn't even see you.
Shaun Livingston was let go by the Washington Wizards last week but got a Christmas Day gift from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland claimed him off waivers and Livingston is going to get the chance to be Kyrie Irving’s backup, reports the Beacon Journal. Right now that job often falls to rookie Dion Waiters, who like Livingston is really a combo guard. It’s Livingston’s job if he can claim it as Jeremy Pargo has clearly lost favor with coach Byron Scott and rarely sees action.
Lest you think he’s a savior Cavs fans, Livingston was just cut by the Wizards in favor of Shelvin Mack. Let that sink in.
Livingston is averaging 3.7 points a game on 39.2 percent shooting and he has no three ball to speak of. He has some court vision but also had a PER of 8.3 in Washington.
But he’s going to get a shot in Cleveland.
To make room for Livingston, the Cavaliers waived Donald Sloan.
Byron Scott is brutally honest in assessing Cavs’ latest loss (VIDEO)
Tuesday night wasn’t a good one for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They managed just 78 points in a home loss to the Suns, and shot 35.7 percent from the field, including a dismal 2-of-15 from three-point range, while committing 18 turnovers and getting outscored in the paint by 14.
Dion Waiters was 7-of-20, Jeremy Pargo was 3-of-12, C.J. Miles was 3-of-11, and Tristan Thompson was 1-of-7.
The lone bright spot was Anderson Varejao, who finished with 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting, to go along with 18 rebounds. He leads the league in that category, by the way, with an average of almost 15 per game.
Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott did us all a favor by succinctly summing up his team’s performance with his opening postgame presser remarks.
“I’ll make this a real quick statement,” he began, with a bit of a smirk. “Andy Varejao was fantastic. Everybody else sucked tonight. Anything else you need to know?”