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Justin Holiday reportedly reaches deal with Pacers, will join forces with brother

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The Pacers just added the wing depth and some defense at the position they have been looking for.

It’s through someone they have long had their eye on, Justin Holiday, the six-year NBA veteran who split time last season between Chicago and Memphis. He has reached an agreement to join the Pacers — and his brother, Aaron Holiday — for a season in Indiana. Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news.

The Pacers have been in touch with Holiday for a while, reports J. Michael of the Indy Star.

Holiday averaged 10.5 points a game last season, shot 34.7 percent from three, and played solid wing defense.

Victor Oladipo is the team’s best wing player, once he returns from injury (the Pacers are hoping around Christmas or a little after). Beyond him there is Jeremy Lamb, C.J. Wilcox, T.J. Warren, Doug McDermott, and Brian Bowen. Holiday can find minutes in that group.

This also sparks the dream of an all T.J./Holiday lineup. The Pacers have two Holidays, Justin and Aaron, as well as three un-related players named T.J. — T.J. McConnell, T.J. Warren, and T.J. Leaf. We need to see those five on the court together next season, if only for a few minutes.

Orlando’s Jodie Meeks out indefinitely following thumb surgery

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After missing the start of the season due to injury, Jodie Meeks had become a regular part of the rotation in Orlando, giving then 8.9 points per game, shooting 40 percent from three, and providing a veteran presence. His role has grown since Evan Fournier went out injured.

Now Meeks is out injured again and it may well cost him the rest of the season. From the Orlando Magic’s web site:

Orlando Magic guard Jodie Meeks underwent surgery to repair his right thumb this afternoon, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced. He will be out indefinitely and his return to action will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation. Meeks sustained the injury on January 18 @ New Orleans. After conducting a follow-up exam, it was determined that surgery was the proper course of action.

This likely means more Jeff Green and C.J. Wilcox until Fournier returns.

Meeks is making $6.5 million this season and will be a free agent next summer.

Magic decline C.J. Wilcox’s fourth-year option

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The Magic have a troubling recent history of squandering positive assets with no real discernable return. Orlando has dumped:

Could C.J. Wilcox fit the trend?

The Magic declined Wilcox’s fourth-year rookie-scale option, letting him become an unrestricted free agent next offseason rather than guarantee his $2,183,328 salary for 2017-18.

Wilcox shot well beyond the arc in limited minutes in two years with the Clippers before they traded him to Orlando in July, and he has shown enough penetrating ability to complement his outside stroke. On the other hand, he settles for too many long 2s, and his defense causes concern for his own team.

I’m not ready to write off the 25-year-old, though to date, he has not been worth his option-year salary. He’s so cheap, I probably would’ve exercised his team option, but the Magic have more information than I do after evaluating him throughout training camp.

Wilcox joins Adreian Payne,James Young andTyler Ennis as the players who had their fourth-year options declined this fall while remaining on a team. Between the four, I bet at least one makes his team regret the decision.

Magic’s Jodie Meeks out indefinitely after foot surgery

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The Magic traded for Jodie Meeks despite the shooting guard missing 101 games the last two years.

It cost just a low 2019 second-round pick and $6.54 million of cap space, but Meeks might provide even less value than that.

Magic release:

Orlando Magic guard Jodie Meeks underwent a surgical procedure today to further stabilize the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. He will be out indefinitely and his return to action will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation.

Meeks originally injured his foot in the Pistons’ second game last season, and that kept him out until their final game. A back injury that cost him a quarter of the 2014-15 season only adds concern.

Wing Mario Hezonja can spend more time backing up Evan Fournier at shooting guard than playing small forward — especially with Serge Ibaka, Bismack Biyombo, Aaron GordonNikola Vucevic and Jeff Green crowding the frontcourt. Orlando might also have to rely more on recently acquired C.J. Wilcox than initially hoped.

Warriors ride hot shooting to 115-112 victory over Clippers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Klay Thompson scored 32 points, fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 115-112 on Saturday night to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The Warriors were coming off a 32-point drubbing at Portland a night earlier that snapped their 11-game winning streak. They appeared highly motivated to erase that memory from the opening tip, shooting 56 percent in the first half and twice leading by 15 points in the second quarter.

Draymond Green had his NBA-leading 11th triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to help the defending champions improve to 49-5.

Jamal Crawford scored 25 points off the bench, Chris Paul added 24 and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 21 rebounds for the Clippers. They fell to 19-6 without injured Blake Griffin. Their two earlier losses to the Warriors were by a combined 11 points with Griffin in the lineup.

The Clippers were coming off a 19-point win over San Antonio on Thursday night. Even with a day of rest, they played behind nearly the entire game.

Pablo Prigioni‘s 3-pointer left the Clippers trailing 115-112 with five seconds to go, long after both teams’ best players had gone to the bench. That brought Thompson, Curry, Green Harrison Barnes back in a hurry.

Andre Iguodala‘s pass was stolen by C.J. Wilcox, but his panicked shot fell well short of the basket as time expired.

The Clippers again trailed by 15 early in the third when they briefly matched the Warriors basket-for-basket during a furious scoring stretch to close within five on a dunk by Jordan off Crawford’s alley-oop pass. Jordan threw down some highlight dunks that had fans roaring and Crawford scored on a one-handed scoop shot, getting fouled as he crashed to the floor and making the free throw for the three-point play.

The Warriors’ shooting percentage dipped – barely – to 50 percent in the third when Curry missed a few shots and got called for traveling. The Clippers’ defense couldn’t stifle them, either from the perimeter or inside. Curry hit a 3-pointer with Paul in his face, and Green caught an inbounds pass from Iguodala in traffic at the basket and scored.

Curry was fouled on a 3-pointer and made two of three before Green’s layup kept the Warriors ahead 93-84 going into the fourth.

Golden State went up 14 points early in the fourth on consecutive baskets by Barnes and later stretched it to 18 points on a 7-0 run that included Barnes’ second 3 of the quarter.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Green had a technical in the first quarter. … The Warriors improved to 25-5 on the road. … C Andrew Bogot sat out with a strained right Achilles. … F James Michael McAdoo missed his 22nd straight game because of a sprained toe on his left foot. … After Curry got fouled on a 3-pointer and missed one of his free throws, a fan shouted, “Why don’t you make everything?”

Clippers: J.J. Redick, who finished with 16 points, and Paul each got technicals 67 seconds apart in the second quarter. … The Clippers signed F-C Alex Stepheson to a 10-day contract. The 28-year-old former USC player was averaging 15.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 31 games for the Iowa Energy of the NBA’s D-League this season. Stepheson, who is 6-foot-10, has played overseas since failing to be drafted in 2011. “He has the gift of a being a big that plays with energy,” coach Doc Rivers said. … Rapper Kendrick Lamar was on hand in the same arena where he won five Grammys last Monday. Beyonce and Jay Z, Floyd Mayweather, comic Adam Sandler, Northern Trust Open third-round leader Bubba Watson, “Grease” actress Keke Palmer and former Clipper Baron Davis also attended.

UP NEXT

Warriors: They continue a seven-game trip at Atlanta on Monday night.

Clippers: Host Phoenix on Monday night.