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Take Flight Media Event 2013

Monday And-1 Links: Blake Griffin is a new dad (with Matt Leinart’s ex)


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.

• Blake Griffin is a new proud father of Ford Wilson Cameron-Griffin, who was born Aug. 1. Congrats to Griffin and we hope the child is healthy and happy. Of course, what is going to get people’s attention is who he had the baby with, as reported by TMZ:

Former USC basketball star Brynn Cameron has an eye for athletic sperm. You may recall she had a baby with NFL QB Matt Leinart. Well guess whose baby she just had …

What we can really hope for is a healthy, happy childhood for Ford. Nothing else really matters.

• Since we’re being sensational, here is Gilbert Arenas and Nick Young getting their pictures taken with a topless mermaid.

There is no timetable for Lou Williams and his return to the Hawks following a torn ACL.

• As expected, the Trail Blazers have waived Terrel Harris (who they got as part of the Robin Lopez trade). He could catch on with another team but if he does he will have to serve a five-game drug suspension to start the season.

• While earlier studies suggested there was no such thing as a shooter with a hot hand, a study using the high-tech tracking cameras going into stadiums now says there may be something to it after all.

• An update on the Jared Sullinger domestic abuse case.

• James Posey has been added as a coach to the Cavaliers D-League team.

•  Villanova associate head coach Billy Lange is joining Brett Brown and the staff of the Philadelphia 76ers. Brown has said he wants a couple of coaches on this team of young players focused simply on player development, Lange is part of that.

• Ike Diogu has a got an invite to the Knicks training camp.

• Patrick O’Bryant earned an invite to the Bobcats training camp.

• Larry Drew II got an invite to the Heat training camp.

• Darnell Jackson got an invite to attend the Pacers’ training camp.

• Heat draft pick James Ennis won the Australian league preseason MVP award. That and $4 buys you a latte at Starbucks.

Expect Portland to waive Terrel Harris before training camp

Terrel Harris

We weren’t going to see Terrel Harris opening night for Portland anyway — he got a five game suspension from the league for failing a drug test (the telltale sign he tested positive for marijuana on three different occasions).

But it looks like we will not see him at all in Rip City. The Blazers plan to cut him loose, reports the Oregonian.

Guard Terrel Harris, who has been suspended five games by the NBA for violating its drug policy, is also listed on the Blazers’ roster. But a team source said Harris, who was acquired as part of the three-team trade that landed center Robin Lopez, is expected to be waived before camp opens.

Harris has wanted to catch on as a three-and-D guy but last season he shot 14.8 percent from the field when he did get in games. Which was only 20 times anyway. Throw in that he has been a turnover machine (last season 35 percent of his possessions used ended in a turnover) and you can see why the Blazers would want to move on.

With all those issues and that five game suspension the next time an NBA team signs him, Harris might be a playing overseas this season.

Portland’s Terrel Harris suspended five games for drug violation

Terrel Harris

Terrel Harris, who was traded from New Orleans to Portland as part of the Robin Lopez deal, has been suspended five games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy, the league has announced.

That is a five games without pay, a suspension that will begin at the start of next season.

This length of suspension is not for a PED use but for a recreational drug. Players are tested six times a year, four in season and two out of season.

Harris had a couple 10-day contracts with the Hornets last season then signed this deal. Harris is on a non-guaranteed contract — he can be waived for nothing before Oct. 31 and for just $150,000 after that. This certainly does not help his cause for making the roster.

If he sticks this would be Harris’ third NBA season out of Oklahoma State, he played his rookie season with the Heat.

Thursday And-1 links: List of deals that have become official

Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

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 they love going to Vegas for Summer League…

• Since the calendar flipped from Tuesday to Wednesday, a lot of the NBA deals that had been agreed to during the signing moratorium have become official with ink put to paper. We’ve been keeping tabs on them at PBT (as did Hoopshype), so here is a list of what we know so far (this list is likely missing a couple deals):

• Chris Paul signed with the Clippers for five-years, $107 million (he has a player option after four years).

• The Clippers also completed this three-team trade: Milwaukee signs then trades J.J. Redick to the Clippers; the Bucks get two second round picks (one from the Suns, one from the Clippers); then the Clippers trade Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to Phoenix for Jared Dudley.

• The Clippers also signed Darren Collison to back up CP3 and re-signed Matt Barnes and Ryan Hollins.

• The Miami Heat re-signed Chris Andersen.

• The Pacers re-signed forward David West and signed backup point CJ Watson.

• Detroit signed free agent forward Josh Smith.

• San Antonio re-signed Manu Ginobili.

• In a three-team trade, Golden State acquired Andre Iguodala from Denver and Kevin Murphy from Utah; the Jazz got Brandon Rush,  Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and what they really wanted two first-round picks (2014 and 2017).

• Dallas signed Wayne Ellington and Israeli guard Gal Mekel.

• The Bulls signed Mike Dunleavy.

• Brooklyn re-signed Andray Blatche.

• Chicago re-signed Nazr Mohammed.

• The Washington Wizards signed draft picks Glen Rice Jr. and Otto Porter, plus inked deals with Eric Maynor, Martell Webster and Eric Maynor.

• The trade became official that sends Andrea Bargnani to New York for Quentin Richardson, Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and three second round picks.

• This three team Tyreke Evans trade went official: New Orleans sent  Terrel Harris and Robin Lopez to Portland, plus they sent Greivis Vasquez to Sacramento, for the draft rights to just drafted center Jeff Withey (Portland) and Evans (Sacramento).

• The Lakers re-signed Robert Sacre.

• The Knicks re-signed J.R. Smith and guard Pablo Prigioni.

• New Orleans (I’m partial to ‘Cans over Pellies if we are going to play with the new nickname) signed center Greg Stiemsma and re-signed  Al-Farouq Aminu.

•  The Trail Blazers inked Dorell Wright and just drafted Allen Crabbe.

• The Charlotte Bobcats signed free agent forward Al Jefferson. They also inked just signed draft pick Cody Zeller.


In some other news not with its own post on PBT:

• Nerlens Noel is going to wear No. 5 in Philly. Why? That’s how many teams passed over him in the draft.

• If you are wondering why the Noel trade is not official, Jrue Holiday (going to New Orleans) is on his honeymoon so he has not taken the team physical to make the trade official. We can cut him some slack on that one.

• In case you missed it, Ice Cube went on stage the night of Dwight Howard’s announcement and summed up the feelings of most Lakers fans pretty succinctly.

They are pretty pumped about Andre Iguodala in Golden State.

• Ty Lawson says the Nuggets are not going to take a step back next season.

• Tyreke Evans is good with being the sixth man in New Orleans.

• Former NBA player Duane Washington was sentenced to 60 days on a hit-and-run charge.

Larry Brown warns Sixers fans this rebuild is going to take a little time.

• Al Jefferson is excited about being in Charlotte, and not just because of the big paychecks.

• When the 1970 expansion draft came, the Cavaliers scouted it with NBA trading cards.

Golden State picked up the 2014-15 contract option for coach Mark Jackson.

• The NBA’s international outreach program Basketball without Borders this year will host camps for youth in Portugal, Argentina and South Africa, it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

Kings, Pelicans, Blazers agree to three-way deal involving Tyreke Evans, Robin Lopez, Greivis Vasquez

Greivis Vasquez, Jae Crowder, Vince Carter

UPDATE 5:31 p.m.: The deal has been agreed upon, and now involves a third team in the Portland Trail Blazers. Tyreke Evans goes to the Pelicans, Greivis Vasquez heads to Sacramento, and Robin Lopez ends up in Portland.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that Terrel Harris will also head to the Blazers, who will send two second round draft picks to the Kings.

11:59 a.m.: Tyreke Evans wants to go to New Orleans. He has told the Kings he plans to sign a four-year, $44 million offer sheet with the Pelicans come July 10.

Technically, Sacramento can match that and keep him (Evans is a restricted free agent), but they are not going to because they will let just drafted Ben McLemore be the two guard of the future.

However, what the Kings are working on is a sign-and-trade to get some talent back from New Orleans out of the deal, according to a report in the Sacramento Bee.

According to sources close to the situation, the new Kings management group instead is hoping to close Thursday on a sign-and-trade agreement involving Pelicans point guard Greivis Vasquez and backup center Robin Lopez.

The Pelicans traded for Jrue Holiday on draft night, which means they were expected to move Vasquez at some point. That would be a great fit for the Kings, Vasquez grew into a quality starting point guard last year who assisted on 44.9 percent of his team’s buckets when he was on the floor. Vasquez with Isaiah Thomas would make a good tandem at the one. Lopez is needed to match the salaries up. His size and skill set next to Anthony Davis would be missed but is not irreplaceable for New Orleans, he would likely backup DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento.

We’ll see if this gets done. It makes some sense but the Kings don’t have a ton of leverage here because they don’t plan to match the offer, according to the same report.

Because Evans, the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year, is a restricted free agent, the Kings have the right to match any offer he receives in the open market. However, team officials reportedly believe the offer is excessive and would damage the team’s long-term salary cap flexibility.