Chris Paul is one of the best point guards of all-time, elite on both ends of the court.
The Clippers have already replaced his defense with Patrick Beverley. Now, they’ll replace his offense with Milos Teodosic.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
The Teodosic is an offensive whiz, a visionary passer who shoots 3-pointers efficiently.
Neither he nor Beverley will near Paul’s two-way excellence, but the newcomers give the Clippers a chance to play to different matchups.
The Clippers also have an offensive-defensive 1-2 punch at shooting guard with Lou Williams and Austin Rivers, who can both shift to point guard. Beverley also plays well off the ball. It’ll be interesting to see how the Clippers rotate all four (if they remain on the roster).
Already hard-capped by receiving Danilo Gallinari in a sign-and-trade, the Clippers will use a portion of their non-taxpayer exception to sign Teodosic. With about $4.2 million left above minimum salaries to round out the roster below the hard cap, the Clippers could still use a trade exception to acquire Tony Allen in another sign-and-trade.
At least someone on the Warriors is getting healthy.
Big man Kevon Looney, who played opening night and has since been sidelined with a sore hamstring and neuropathy (what the team described as “nerve-related symptoms”), has been cleared to return to on-court basketball activities, the team announced Tuesday. From the official press release:
He will participate in select practice sessions with the Santa Cruz Warriors this week and will re-join the Golden State Warriors over the weekend. We will continue to monitor his progress and will provide another update on his status on Sunday.
Looney has already been officially assigned to Santa Cruz.
This is good news for the Warriors, who have been starting Willie Cauley-Stein but desperately need more shot blocking and depth up front.
Anyone getting healthy is good news for a Warriors team that is 2-12 and has the worst net rating in the NBA (-10.4).
Carmelo Anthony will wear No. 00 with the Trail Blazers.
Apparently because 00 kind of looks like ∞.
Somewhere, Kyrie Irving is nodding in support.
In terms of numbers that make sense…
Marc J. Spears of ESPN:
That’s a sizable role for a 35-year-old in his first game in more than a year. But Portland needs scoring with Damian Lillard sidelined, and – at last check (though, again, a while ago), Anthony was accustomed to big minutes.
Besides, we all want ample opportunity to see Anthony back on the court after his lengthy absence.
Knicks coach David Fizdale is on thin ice.
New York is 4-10. Knicks president Steve Mills is reportedly laying the groundwork to fire Fizdale. Mills and general manager Scott Perry addressed the media after a recent game and sounded as if they were at least partially blaming Fizdale.
But does Fizdale have a key supporter at the very top of the organization?
Fizdale, via Ian Begley of SNY:
“Every game, every game. Jim Dolan comes in and gives me a vote of confidence, a pat on my back and really has just been incredibly encouraging over the last year and a half or whatever it’s been,” Fizdale said. “All we talk about is just sticking to the process of making these guys better and building for a future of sustainable winning.”
A common synonym for “vote of confidence:” “dreaded vote of confidence.” Just how bad are near-nightly votes of confidence?
This will convince nobody that Fizdale’s job is safe. Someone will likely take the fall if the Knicks’ struggles continue. It might be Fizdale. It might be Mills. But Mills – who preceded and succeeded Phil Jackson in running the front office – knows his way around Madison Square Garden. And even if Mills gets demoted or fired, a new lead executive would likely want his own coach.
Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie was planning to move forward with his innovative investment plan despite the NBA prohibiting it. Then, he decided to meet with the league in search of compromise.
Without a satisfactory resolution, Dinwiddie is apparently back to barreling ahead.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Dinwiddie still plans to move forward and launch his digital investment platform, according to sources, with the Nets swingman said to believe that the NBA’s lack of approval is baseless.
“At the request of Spencer Dinwiddie and his advisors, we have reviewed a number of variations of their digital token idea,” Dan Rube, the NBA’s Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, told The Athletic. “All of the ideas presented would violate collectively bargained league rules, including rules prohibiting transferring a player’s right to receive NBA salary, gambling on NBA-related matters, and creating financial incentives to miss games.”
Dinwiddie following though would be quite daring. He could face fines, suspension or even a voided contract. With the threat of those consequences looming, who would invest, anyway?
Maybe this ends up in court. A favorable ruling there is about the only way to see this aggressive course working out for Dinwiddie.
Of course, this could be a bluff. Until Dinwiddie actually implements the investment plan, there’s still time for him and the NBA to agree or Dinwiddie to back down.