NBA Teams locked in their opening day rosters.
|Pero Antic||Brandon Bass||Alan Anderson||Bismack Biyombo||Cameron Bairstow|
|Kent Bazemore||Avery Bradley||Bojan Bogdanovic||PJ Hairston||Aaron Brooks|
|DeMarre Carroll||Jeff Green||Kevin Garnett||Gerald Henderson||Mike Dunleavy|
|Al Horford||Kelly Olynyk||Jorge Gutierrez||Al Jefferson||Pau Gasol|
|John Jenkins||Phil Pressey||Jarrett Jack||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||Taj Gibson|
|Shelvin Mack||Rajon Rondo||Joe Johnson||Jason Maxiell||Kirk Hinrich|
|Paul Millsap||Marcus Smart||Jerome Jordan||Gary Neal||Doug McDermott|
|Mike Muscala||Jared Sullinger||Sergey Karasev||Jannero Pargo||Nikola Mirotic|
|Adreian Payne||Marcus Thornton||Andrei Kirilenko||Brian Roberts||Nazr Mohammed|
|Dennis Schroder||Evan Turner||Brook Lopez||Lance Stephenson||E'Twaun Moore|
|Mike Scott||Gerald Wallace||Mason Plumlee||Kemba Walker||Joakim Noah|
|Thabo Sefolosha||James Young||Mirza Teletovic||Marvin Williams||Derrick Rose|
|Jeff Teague||Tyler Zeller||Deron Williams||Cody Zeller||Tony Snell|
|Elton Brand||Vitor Faverani||Markel Brown||Jeffery Taylor||Jimmy Butler|
|Kyle Korver||Dwight Powell||Cory Jefferson||Noah Vonleh|
|Matthew Dellavedova||Al-Farouq Aminu||Arron Afflalo||Joel Anthony||Leandro Barbosa|
|Joe Harris||Tyson Chandler||Darrell Arthur||D.J. Augustin||Harrison Barnes|
|Brendan Haywood||Jae Crowder||Wilson Chandler||Caron Butler||Andrew Bogut|
|Kyrie Irving||Monta Ellis||Kenneth Faried||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||Stephen Curry|
|LeBron James||Devin Harris||Randy Foye||Spencer Dinwiddie||Festus Ezeli|
|James Jones||Richard Jefferson||Danilo Gallinari||Andre Drummond||Draymond Green|
|Alex Kirk||Gal Mekel||Alonzo Gee||Brandon Jennings||Justin Holiday|
|Kevin Love||Jameer Nelson||JJ Hickson||Jonas Jerebko||Andre Iguodala|
|Shawn Marion||Dirk Nowitzki||Ty Lawson||Cartier Martin||Ognjen Kuzmic|
|Mike Miller||Chandler Parsons||JaVale McGee||Tony Mitchell||David Lee|
|Tristan Thompson||Greg Smith||Timofey Mozgov||Greg Monroe||Nemanja Nedovic|
|Anderson Varejao||Charlie Villanueva||Jusuf Nurkic||Kyle Singler||Marreese Speights|
|Dion Waiters||Brandan Wright||Nate Robinson||Josh Smith||Klay Thompson|
|Lou Amundson||Raymond Felton||Erick Green||Gigi Datome||Shaun Livingston|
|AJ Price||Ricky Ledo||Gary Harris||Jodie Meeks||Brandon Rush|
|HOUSTON||INDIANA||LA CLIPPERS||LA LAKERS||MEMPHIS|
|Trevor Ariza||Lavoy Allen||Matt Barnes||Carlos Boozer||Jordan Adams|
|Patrick Beverley||Chris Copeland||Reggie Bullock||Kobe Bryant||Tony Allen|
|Tarik Black||Roy Hibbert||Jamal Crawford||Jordan Clarkson||Vince Carter|
|Isaiah Canaan||Solomon Hill||Jared Cunningham||Ed Davis||Mike Conley|
|Troy Daniels||Ian Mahinmi||Chris Douglas-Roberts||Wayne Ellington||Marc Gasol|
|Joey Dorsey||CJ Miles||Jordan Farmar||Xavier Henry||Kosta Koufos|
|Francisco Garcia||Damjan Rudez||Blake Griffin||Jordan Hill||Courtney Lee|
|James Harden||Luis Scola||Spencer Hawes||Wesley Johnson||Jon Leuer|
|Dwight Howard||Donald Sloan||DeAndre Jordan||Ryan Kelly||Quincy Pondexter|
|Terrence Jones||Rodney Stuckey||Chris Paul||Jeremy Lin||Tayshaun Prince|
|Donatas Motiejunas||C.J. Watson||JJ Redick||Ronnie Price||Zach Randolph|
|Kostas Papanikolaou||David West||Hedo Turkoglu||Julius Randle||Jarnell Stokes|
|Jason Terry||Shayne Whittington||CJ Wilcox||Robert Sacre||Beno Udrih|
|Clint Capela||Paul George||Glen Davis||Steve Nash||SUSPENDED LIST|
|Nick Johnson||George Hill||Ekpe Udoh||Nick Young||Nick Calathes|
|MIAMI||MILWAUKEE||MINNESOTA||NEW ORLEANS||NEW YORK|
|Chris Andersen||Giannis Antetokounmpo||Anthony Bennett||Alexis Ajinca||Quincy Acy|
|Chris Bosh||Jerryd Bayless||Corey Brewer||Ryan Anderson||Cole Aldrich|
|Shannon Brown||Jared Dudley||Chase Budinger||Omer Asik||Carmelo Anthony|
|Mario Chalmers||John Henson||Gorgui Dieng||Luke Babbitt||Jose Calderon|
|Norris Cole||Ersan Ilyasova||Robbie Hummel||Anthony Davis||Samuel Dalembert|
|Luol Deng||Brandon Knight||Zach LaVine||Tyreke Evans||Cleanthony Early|
|James Ennis||Kendall Marshall||Kevin Martin||Jimmer Fredette||Tim Hardaway Jr.|
|Danny Granger||O.J. Mayo||Shabazz Muhammad||Eric Gordon||Shane Larkin|
|Justin Hamilton||Khris Middleton||Nikola Pekovic||Jrue Holiday||Pablo Prigioni|
|Udonis Haslem||Zaza Pachulia||Ricky Rubio||Darius Miller||Iman Shumpert|
|Shabazz Napier||Jabari Parker||Andrew Wiggins||Austin Rivers||Jason Smith|
|Dwyane Wade||Larry Sanders||Mo Williams||John Salmons||JR Smith|
|Shawne Williams||Nate Wolters||Thaddeus Young||Jeff Withey||Amar'e Stoudemire|
|Andre Dawkins||Damien Inglis||Glenn Robinson III||Russ Smith||Andrea Bargnani|
|Josh McRoberts||Johnny O'Bryant||Ronny Turiaf||Patric Young||Travis Wear|
|Steven Adams||Dewayne Dedmon||Michael Carter-Williams||Eric Bledsoe||LaMarcus Aldridge|
|Nick Collison||Evan Fournier||Brandon Davies||Goran Dragic||Will Barton|
|Serge Ibaka||Aaron Gordon||Christapher Johnson||Tyler Ennis||Nicolas Batum|
|Reggie Jackson||Ben Gordon||Luc Mbah A Moute||Archie Goodwin||Steve Blake|
|Grant Jerrett||Willie Green||KJ McDaniels||Gerald Green||Joel Freeland|
|Perry Jones||Maurice Harkless||Nerlens Noel||Alex Len||Chris Kaman|
|Jeremy Lamb||Tobias Harris||Jakarr Sampson||Marcus Morris||Meyers Leonard|
|Kendrick Perkins||Devyn Marble||Alexey Shved||Markieff Morris||Damian Lillard|
|Andre Roberson||Andrew Nicholson||Henry Sims||Miles Plumlee||Robin Lopez|
|Sebastian Telfair||Kyle O'Quinn||Malcolm Thomas||Shavlik Randolph||Wesley Matthews|
|Lance Thomas||Elfrid Payton||Hollis Thompson||Isaiah Thomas||CJ McCollum|
|Russell Westbrook||Luke Ridnour||Tony Wroten||Anthony Tolliver||Thomas Robinson|
|Nikola Vucevic||PJ Tucker||Dorell Wright|
|Kevin Durant||Channing Frye||Joel Embiid||Zoran Dragic||Victor Claver|
|Mitch McGary||Victor Oladipo||Jerami Grant||TJ Warren||Allen Crabbe|
|Anthony Morrow||Jason Richardson|
|Omri Casspi||Kyle Anderson||DeMar DeRozan||Trevor Booker||DeJuan Blair|
|Darren Collison||Jeff Ayres||Landry Fields||Trey Burke||Rasual Butler|
|DeMarcus Cousins||Aron Baynes||Tyler Hansbrough||Alec Burks||Drew Gooden|
|Reggie Evans||Marco Belinelli||Chuck Hayes||Ian Clark||Marcin Gortat|
|Rudy Gay||Matt Bonner||Amir Johnson||Jeremy Evans||Kris Humphries|
|Ryan Hollins||Austin Daye||James Johnson||Danté Exum||Andre Miller|
|Carl Landry||Boris Diaw||Kyle Lowry||Derrick Favors||Nene|
|Ray McCallum||Tim Duncan||Patrick Patterson||Rudy Gobert||Paul Pierce|
|Ben McLemore||Manu Ginobili||Terrence Ross||Gordon Hayward||Otto Porter|
|Ramon Sessions||Danny Green||Greg Stiemsma||Rodney Hood||Glen Rice Jr.|
|Nik Stauskas||Cory Joseph||Jonas Valanciunas||Enes Kanter||Kevin Seraphin|
|Jason Thompson||Tony Parker||Greivis Vasquez||Toure' Murry||Garrett Temple|
|Derrick Williams||Lou Williams||Steve Novak||John Wall|
|Eric Moreland||Kawhi Leonard||Bruno Caboclo||Jordan Hamilton||Bradley Beal|
|Patty Mills||Lucas Nogueira||Joe Ingles||Martell Webster|
- Shayne Whittington (Indiana Pacers), Jakarr Sampson (Philadelphia 76ers), Andrew Dawkins (Miami HEAT), Alex Kirk (Cleveland Cavaliers), Travis Wear (New York Knicks), Eric Moreland (Sacramento Kings) and Patric Young (New Orleans Pelicans) went undrafted this past year.
- Jerome Jordan (Brooklyn Nets), Jorge Gutierrez (Brooklyn Nets), Justin Holiday (Golden State Warriors), Jordan Hamilton (Utah Jazz), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz), Charlie Villanueva (Dallas Mavericks), Lou Amundson (Cleveland Cavaliers), A.J. Price (Cleveland Cavaliers) are veterans who played their way onto the opening night roster throughout training camp, or were picked up by another team after being cut.
- According to reports, Gal Mekel is going to be on his way out of Dallas soon as they look to make room for J.J. Barea, who recently was let go by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
- After being traded by the Detroit Pistons then cut by the Boston Celtics, veteran point guard Will Bynum is one of the top free agents on the market, and likely to get picked up in short order. The team that could have the most interest in him is the Los Angeles Lakers, who recently lost Steve Nash for the rest of the season. The Lakers are expected to apply for a Disabled Players Exception, which they could use to sign Bynum. Currently they only have Ronnie Price and Jeremy Lin as the only true point guards on the roster.
- Ray Allen has yet to make a decision on retirement, but will have plenty of suitors to choose from if he decides he wants to keep playing. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites and have told Allen they will make room for him whenever he is ready. They currently have 15 players under contract, but have the unguaranteed deals of Amundson, Price and Kirk they can easily let go of to make room.
- Teams with spots available: Chicago Bulls, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings.
- The Philadelphia 76ers have 15 players under contract, but outside of Michael Carter-Williams, Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel, nobody should feel safe. Even those three, as Carter-Williams found out this offseason, shouldn’t feel too comfortable either. The 76ers have shown a willingness to take on bad contracts if they like the asset attached to it enough, and can easily make room with so many low-figure contracts.
- One player, Memphis’ Nick Calathes, is starting the season off on the suspension list after failing a drug test for Tamoxifen, which is on the banned substances list. Calathes was suspended 20 games and have served seven already.
NBA Daily: Rich Cho Out As Charlotte Hornets GM
The Charlotte Hornets opted to not move forward with GM Rich Cho and are expected to pursue former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.
The fateful moment for Rich Cho came days after he was hired as GM of the Charlotte Hornets in June of 2011. With the NBA Draft coming just nine days later, Cho started work on a three-team trade that would land Charlotte a second top-10 pick to pair with its own ninth pick, which was used to draft franchise cornerstone Kemba Walker.
In that draft, Klay Thompson went 11th to the Golden State Warriors and Kawhi Leonard 15th to the Pacers. Of the 17 players selected after Bismack Biyombo, who went to the Hornets with the seventh pick, 12 are regular contributors on current NBA rosters. The Orlando Magic are currently outscored by 11.6 points per 100 possessions with Biyombo on court, a rotation-worst.
Today, Hornets owner Michael Jordan announced that Cho is out as Charlotte’s GM.
“Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization,” said Jordan in a press release. “We are deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”
While the failure to obtain Thompson, Leonard or any of the numerous impact players in the 2011 draft will always mar Cho’s record, falling to the second pick in the 2012 NBA Draft will continue to haunt Charlotte. Despite a brutal 7-59 record in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, which set the record for lowest win percentage in an NBA season (.110), the New Orleans Pelicans won the right to the first overall pick and selected Anthony Davis.
The Hornets selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second pick. Although the 2012 Draft wasn’t nearly as deep as 2011’s, the Hornets still left players like Bradley Beal (third) and Andre Drummond (ninth) on the board. Either would have been an outstanding compliment to Walker, who remains with the team despite rumors of his availability leading up the the trade deadline.
“I feel like I’m going to be in Charlotte,” said Walker at his All-Star media availability. “So that’s where I’m at, that’s where I’m playing. So I never really sat and thought about any other teams.”
Walker made his second All-Star appearance after Kristaps Porzingis suffered a season-ending ACL injury.
“I wish K.P. hadn’t gotten hurt,” said Walker. “Everybody hates to see guys go down, especially great players like him. But when I was able to get the call to replace him, it was a really good feeling.”
Another fateful moment in Cho’s tenure came during the 2015 NBA Draft. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Boston Celtics offered the 15th and 16th picks, a future protected first rounder from the Brooklyn Nets and a future first from either the Grizzlies or Timberwolves in exchange for the ninth pick, which Cho used to draft Frank Kaminsky.
“If it was such a no-brainer for us, why would another team want to do it,” Cho asked rhetorically in defense of the Kaminsky selection, according to Lowe.
Years later, it’s evident that the Celtics dodged a bullet when both Charlotte and the Miami HEAT rebuffed its attempts to move up and draft Justise Winslow. The latter has not panned out while Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the players Boston subsequently obtained with Brooklyn’s picks, have developed into starters.
Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports reported in the first week of February that Charlotte may target former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak for a high-ranking role in the organization. Kupchak, like Jordan, is a former UNC star. Kupchak would join Jordan’s UNC teammate and Charlotte assistant GM Buzz Peterson.
The G-League is a Path Back to the NBA
The G-League has become an avenue for several player types toward the NBA, writes David Yapkowitz.
When the NBA first instituted their development league, its main purpose was two-fold. The first was to give experience to young players who perhaps were not seeing regular playing time on their respective NBA teams. The second was to give undrafted players a chance at getting exposure and ultimately getting to the NBA.
With the growth in size and popularity of the development league, now known as the G-League, it’s begun to serve another purpose. It’s become a place for older veterans who have already tasted the NBA life to get back to the highest level of basketball that they once knew.
One player in particular who has a wealth of NBA experience is Terrence Jones. Jones is currently playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors, the G-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors.
Jones was originally drafted by the Houston Rockets with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 draft. He was part of a vaunted class of Kentucky Wildcats that year, which included Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, and Darius Miller. During his four years with the Rockets, he emerged as a dependable reserve and part-time starter. He averaged 9.5 points per game on 49.5 percent shooting and 5.3 rebounds.
“It was just a lot of excitement and a lot of joy, being part of the Houston Rockets was a lot of fun,” Jones told Basketball Insiders. “We had great memories and great seasons, a lot of up and downs, I just enjoyed the journey.”
Jones’ dealt with injuries his last two season in Houston, and when he was a free agent in the summer of 2016, the Rockets didn’t re-sign him. He was scooped by the New Orleans Pelicans, however, and he made an immediate impact for them. Prior to the trade deadline, he played in 51 games for the Pelicans, including 12 starts while putting up 11.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting, and 5.9 rebounds.
When the Pelicans acquired DeMarcus Cousins, however, they cut Jones. He didn’t stay unemployed for long, though, as he was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks to add depth for a playoff run. He was unable to crack the rotation, though, and the Bucks cut him as well before the playoff started. After a brief stint in China, he’s now back stateside and using the G-League to get back to the NBA.
“That’s the goal. Right now, I feel I’ve been playing pretty well and just trying to help my team get wins,” Jones told Basketball Insiders. “I think I can play multiple positions offensively and defensively. Whether that’s creating plays for myself or for others, I think I can help contribute on the offensive end.”
He’s been the second-leading scorer for Santa Cruz with 19.9 points per game. He’s pulling down 7.1 rebounds, and even dishing out 4.5 assists. In the G-League Challenge against the Mexican National Team at All-Star Weekend, he finished with eight points on 50.0 percent shooting, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. He’s definitely a name to watch for as NBA teams scour the market for 10-day contract possibilities.
Another player who’s had a taste of the NBA is Xavier Silas. Silas is currently with the Northern Arizona Suns, the affiliate of the Phoenix Suns. He went undrafted in 2011 and started his professional career in France. That only last a few months before he came back the United States and latched on with the Philadelphia 76ers.
He played sparingly with the 76ers and was ultimately cut before the start of the 2012-13 season. Since then, he’s played summer league with the Bucks, and been in two different training camps with the Washington Wizards.
“It was amazing, any time you get to go and play at the highest level, and I even got to play in the playoffs and play in the second round and even score, that was big,” Silas told Basketball Insiders. “It was a great time for me and that’s what I’m working towards getting back.”
While his professional career has taken him all across the globe from Israel to Argentina to Greece to Germany and even Ice Cube’s BIG3 league, he sees the G-League as being the one place that will get him back to where he wants to be.
He’s done well this season for Northern Arizona. He’s their third-leading scorer at 19.3 points per game and he’s one of their top three-point threats at 39.9 percent. At the All-Star Weekend G-League Challenge against the Mexican National Team, Silas had a team-high 13 points for Team USA including 3-5 shooting from three-point range.
It’s isn’t just what he brings on the court that Silas believes makes him an attractive candidate for an NBA team. At age 30, he’s one of the older guys in the G-League and one with a lot of basketball experience to be passed down to younger guys.
“I think it’s a little bit of leadership, definitely some shooting. I’m a vet now so I’m able to come in and help in that aspect as well. But everybody needs someone who can hit an open shot and I think I can bring that to a team,” Silas told Basketball Insiders. “I think it’s the best place for anyone who’s trying to make that next step. We’re available and we’re right here, it’s just a call away.”
NBA Daily: Lillard Playing For Something Bigger
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has his eyes set on a bigger prize than just being an NBA All-Star.
Playing For Something Bigger
The NBA All-Star Game is a spectacle.
By design, the game is meant to be a showcase, not just for the players selected to compete, but for the league and all of its partners, on and off the floor. It is easy to get caught up in how players selected actually play, but the reality is while most see the game as important for a lot of reasons, Portland Trail Blazer star Damian Lillard understands it has to be put into perspective.
“I don’t think it’s fair to expect people to go out there and treat it like they are playing for the team they’re under contract for,” Lillard explained this weekend.
“It’s the one time in an 82-game season plus playoffs, preseason and training camp that we actually get a break. It’s necessary to take a mental break, along with a physical break from what we do every day. There’s nothing wrong with that, so I don’t think it’s fair to ask guys to go out there and play like it’s for the Trail Blazers. My loyalty is to my team; I got to stay healthy for my team. I got to do what’s best for my team. Obviously, go out there [during All-Star] and not mess around too much and that’s how people get hurt and stuff like that. You got to go out there and play and have respect for the game, but I don’t think it’s necessary to go out there and go crazy like it’s a playoff game.”
Lillard notched 21 minutes in Sunday’s big game, going 9-for-14 from the field for 21 points for Team Stephen, a roster that included three Golden State Warriors players. Lillard believes that eventually, he’ll get the chance to share the weekend, his third, with teammate C. J. McCollum.
“Each year you see teams are getting two to three, Golden State got four this year,” Lillard said. “But you look at it and say ‘why is that happening’ and it has a lot to do with team success. Me and C.J. just have to take that challenge of making our team win more games. I think when we do that, we’ll be rewarded with both of us making it. If we really want to make that happen, then we’ll do whatever it takes to win more games.
“I feel like this season we’ve moved closer in that direction. In the past, we haven’t even been in the position to get one, because I did not make it the past two years. I think if we keep on improving we’ll eventually get to the point that we’re winning games and people will say ‘how are they doing this’ and then hopefully our names come up. Hopefully, one day, it’ll happen.”
Another issue that got addressed during the All-Star Weekend was the growing tensions between the NBA players and the NBA referees. Representatives from both sides met to address the gap developing on the court, something Lillard felt was necessary.
“We’re all human,” Lillard said. “As competitors, we want to win. If you feel like you got fouled, you want them to call the foul every time. I think sometimes as players, we forget how hard their job can be. At the pace we play, it’s hard to get every call, and then you got guys tricking the referees sometimes, we’re clever too. It’s a tough job for them. I think when we get caught up in our competitive nature, and we forget that they’re not just these robots with stripes, they are people too. You have got to think, as a man if someone comes screaming at you every three plays, you are going to react in your own way. Maybe you’re not going to make the next call; maybe I am going to stand my ground. It’s just something that I think will get better over time. I think both have to do a better job of understanding.”
With 24 games left to play in Lillard’s sixth NBA season, the desire to be more than a playoff team or an All-Star is coming more into focus for Lillard, something he reportedly expressed to Blazers management several weeks ago.
“There are guys that have this record and guys that have done these things, and I want to at least get myself the chance to compete for a championship,” Lillard said. “If I get there and we don’t win it, it happens. A lot of people had to go see about Michael Jordan, a lot of people had to go see about Shaq and Kobe. You know, those great teams, but I have a strong desire to at least give myself a chance to be there. Take a shot at it.”
With All-Star out of the way, the focus in the NBA will switch to the race to the playoffs. As things stand today Lillard and his Blazers hold the seventh seed in the West and are tied with Denver, and just a half of a game back from the five seed Oklahoma City Thunder.
If the Blazers are going to make noise this post season its going to be on the shoulder of Lillard, and based on what he said, it seems he’s up to the challenge.
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