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.
Jason Washburn will sign with the Charlotte Hornets for the training camp, a source told Sportando.
Washburn went undrafted out of Utah in 2013. The 7-foot center has played overseas since. He wasn’t really touted as a draft prospect two years ago, and the biggest red flag is his lackluster rebounding for his size.
I’d guess the Battle Creek, Mich., native didn’t get any guaranteed money. If so, that would put him further behind the competition for Charlotte’s final spot.
Washburn’s best chance isn’t outplaying Williams, Harrison and Thompson. It’s the Hornets deciding they need more help at center. Al Jefferson will start, and Spencer Hawes will back him up. But is Tyler Hansbrough, Frank Kaminsky or Cody Zeller comfortable as the third center? I think Hansbrough can handle it, but if he can’t, that opens the door slightly for Washburn.
Report: Hedo Turkoglu wants to play anther NBA season, Kings possiblity
The fact Doc Rivers played Hedo Turkoglu 11 minutes a game last season speaks less to where Turkoglu’s game is and more to how bad the Clipper bench was — Los Angeles was 8.2 points per 100 possessions better when he was on the bench rather than on the court. Yet he was still playing better than Spencer Hawes most of the time, so he got a little run. During the playoffs, Turkoglu got five minutes a game.
Turkoglu is a free agent, and he wants at least one more run at the NBA, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Free agent Hedo Turkoglu has played 997 career games and wants to hit 1K. Sacramento, w/ pal Vlade Divac, a possibility, sources tell Yahoo.
Divac may be the GM in Sacramento, but he already had 14 guaranteed contracts on the roster. That leaves one spot open, although most teams leave that that last roster slot empty to allow flexibility with trades or to bring in someone due to injury. Is Divac going to give that up for Turkoglu? It’s a little hard to imagine.
I appreciate Turkoglu wanting to get to 1,000 games, and if he is patient he may get a call in season, when a team that has suffered injuries needs to pick up a big body. But right now, the market is pretty dry.