Alex Tyus, an undrafted center out of Florida, now a veteran Euroleague champion, is set to register his first NBA matchup as Maccabi Tel Aviv face the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Though Maccabi’s roster is stacked with talent: former Cavs, Grizzlies and Sixers guard Jeremy Pargo, defensive specialist guard Marquez Haynes, ex-Oylmpian Australian center Aleks Maric, skilled wing Sylven Landesberg, and 6-foot-5 veteran forward Devin Smith, who could’ve been a perfect glue-guy in an NBA system like the San Antonio Spurs — Tyus has the most NBA upside.
“The NBA is all about opportunity and getting a chance. I never got mine because of the NBA lockout and my pursuit of Israeli passport,” Tyus told Eurobasket.
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Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans
Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.
Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.
Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical
Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight
Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”
Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN