Tag: Josh Howard

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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.

Nuggets sign former ACC Player of the Year Erick Green

Nick Covington, Erick Green

Twelve of the last 13 ACC Player of the Year winners have signed in the NBA.

Shane Battier, Joseph Forte, Juan Dixon, Josh Howard, Julius Hodge, J. J. Redick (who won twice), Jared Dudley, Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, Greivis Vasquez, Nolan Smith, Tyler Zeller and Shane Larkin have all played in the NBA, and 2014 No. 14 draft pick T. J. Warren has already signed his rookie-scale contract.

Soon, it will be 13-for-13.

Erick Green – after playing four years at Virginia Tech, getting drafted No. 46 in 2013 and spending a season overseas – is headed to the NBA.

Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops:

According to Eurohoops sources, Green is ready to sign a multi-year deal with the Denver Nuggets

Green will likely settle in as Denver’s third point guard behind Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson. The 23-year-old is a talented scorer, but there are questions about how effective a 6-foot-3 scoring guard can be in the NBA. At least Green minimizes some of the concerns by doing an exception job of protecting the basketball.

Robinson is entering the final year of his contract, and if all goes well, Green will be ready to replace him as backup point guard the following season. However, it’s possible Green tops out as a third guard.

Josh Howard joins Pelicans’ Summer League team trying to get back in NBA

Josh Howard Jazz

Josh Howard, at age 34 and after multiple ACL surgeries, is not giving up on the dream.

The former NBA All-Star with 10 years of service (he was in the LeBron James/Carmelo Anthony draft class) played 24 games for the Austin Toros last season in the D-League, looking to impress some NBA team into giving the veteran a shot. He scored 14.7 points per game but needed 13.3 shots a game to get there, and he struggled from three. He was decent, but there were no calls to come up to the show.

So now he’s headed to Las Vegas as part of the Pelican’s Summer League team trying to get back into the league. Howard spoke with Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune about the chance and how bad he wants it after lat season.

“To fight through all that adversity: the travel was rough, playing in different arenas, that whole avenue of being in the NBA for 10 years and having to go down to the D-League. . . .

“Riding those AAU vans was a humbling experience,” Howard said. “That right there was a motivation in itself. I just took it and ran with it. I couldn’t finish the season because I had a sports hernia, but that was like the last month. I played pretty much every day.”

He’s chosen wisely. The Pelicans don’t have a lot of money to spend and could use help off the bench at the three. Howard fits that mold… if he can still play at an NBA level. And stay healthy.

He’s got competition, the Pelican’s Summer League team has about six guys who are threes on it. They are trying to get a good look at their options.

If it’s not in the Big Easy, Howard isn’t done playing — he loves the game and wants to keep on ballin’.

“I plan on making a comeback. That’s my motivation,” Howard said. “Ultimately, it’s up to the GMs and the coaches to put me on the team. As far as me being prepared and being ready, I put myself in a position to be like that. Whatever happens. Pelicans, D-League, overseas. Whatever happens, just to have the opportunity to play the game that I love. You can’t beat that.”

Got to love that attitude.

J.R. Smith’s brother Chris costing the Knicks over $2 million this season

Vitor Faverani, Phil Pressey, Chris Smith

When Chris Smith tried to tell us that he earned his roster spot with the Knicks to start the season, the amount of disbelief expressed was understandable.

Despite his declaration, most saw his addition to New York’s squad for what it was — a favor to the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith, who could have left the Knicks this summer as a free agent.

Plenty of players have friends or family members on payrolls around the league, but having one taking up a precious roster spot is something else entirely. It adds to the lore of disfunction within the Knicks franchise, and whether it is deserved or it isn’t, what’s indisputable is that this particular decision is costing the team far more than Chris Smith’s $490,000 guaranteed salary.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Point guard Chris Smith has become the D-League’s first $2 million player.

That’s the amount Smith, J.R. Smith’s brother, is costing the Knicks as their 15th man due to the punitive luxury-tax system under the new collective bargaining agreement. …

Hence, the Knicks are paying Smith his minimum contract of $491,000 and have to pay the league’s escrow account an additional $1.6 million in luxury tax, equaling about $2.1 million. Because of a favorable quirk in his contract, the whole sum became fully guaranteed on opening night.

Smith will spend time developing in the D-League, but the Knicks could have had him do that at a far less expensive price. Had New York simply waived Smith before the season began, his contract would not have been guaranteed, but they still would have retained his D-League rights.

That’s exactly what the Spurs did by signing Josh Howard and waiving him a day later before the season started. But then again, it’s probably silly to compare a move made by the NBA’s model franchise to something done by a team which sits near the opposite end of that spectrum.

Spurs sign Josh Howard to non-guaranteed contract

Josh Howard

The Spurs were looking for a veteran, reliable backup to play behind Kawhi Leonard. They went first with Corey Maggette, but that didn’t work out.

So now they are trying Josh Howard — the Spurs just signed him to a non-guaranteed contract, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

This is a roll of the dice by the Spurs, but a low risk one at the veteran minimum price. Howard is coming off a second knee surgery in the past three years and while he has worked to get back to the Association there are serious questions about how much he can contribute. Last season the injury-plagued Timberwolves tried to give him a shot but cut him loose a month later.

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It is likely (as suggested by the Express-News) that the Spurs will turn around in the next week and waive Howard, then as one of the last three cuts by the team he can be assigned to the Austin Toros of the D-League. There they can see if he still has enough game left to help the Spurs out.

Vintage Howard would be a great scoring wing off the bench — he has a career 14.3 points per game average and was a All-Star back in 2007 (when he was with Dallas) because he could fill it up. The Spurs could use a guy like that… if Howard is still a guy like that.