Russell Westbrook earned kudos from Michael Jordan and former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant after being honored with his first league MVP trophy at the NBA Awards show.
In a letter signed by Jordan and posted in an Instagram story on his Nike brand’s account, the Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner told Westbrook he also won his first MVP award before winning a championship. Durant congratulated Westbrook in a comment on his YouTube channel page. “Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on 2k all year, F—in balled out,” the Golden State Warriors star wrote. “Gotta respect it!”
Indiana Pacers and Jarrod Uthoff Agree To Deal
The Indiana Pacers and free agent forward Jarrod Uthoff have agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal, a league source told Basketball Insiders.
Uthoff, who shot 46 percent from beyond the arc in the G-league last year before being called up by the Dallas Mavericks, gives Indiana 20 players heading into training camp.
Uthoff passed on EuroLeague offers as well as offers from three other NBA teams, Basketball Insiders has learned.
The 24-year-old forward averaged 4.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game while playing in nine games for the Mavericks last season.
For more information on Indiana’s salary cap and roster situation, click here.
Source: Jarrod Uthoff, who shot 46% from 3 in the G-league last year before being called up by Dallas, has agreed to a deal with the Pacers.
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Source: Markieff Morris Expected to Miss a Month
Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris is expected to miss approximately one month following surgery for a sports hernia, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Morris had participated in his normal offseason workout routine before experiencing pain late in the summer. The surgery’s delay, according to the Washington Post, is a result of an ongoing aggravated assault trial involving his twin brother Marcus Morris, as well as other family obligations.
Morris, 28, averaged 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season for a Wizards team that fell one game shy of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.