NBA suspends Nick Calathes for 20 games
Nick Calathes | MEM
(April 18, 2014 7:33 PM EDT)
Nick Calathes will be suspended 20 games for violation of the NBA's Anti-Drug Policy.
The suspension starts now which means he won't be see postseason action. Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, an over-the-counter athletic supplement. He was solid this year and filled in admirably while Mike Conley was out earlier this season, averaging 14.7 points, 4.7 boards, 4.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.3 triples in his seven starts. Beno Udrih will back up Mike Conley, who figures to get more than 40 minutes per night vs. OKC in round one.
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Report: Jazz will not bring back Ty Corbin
Tyrone Corbin | UTA
(April 18, 2014 5:23 PM EDT)
The Jazz will not bring Ty Corbin back for the 2014-15 season, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News.
It seemed like Corbin was on thin ice considering how his team was the worst in the Western Conference. Plus, he wasn't even a lock to make it through the season in the last year of his deal. With Corbin out, the team doesn't seem to have any candidates that jump right out, but there should be some reports in the coming days.
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Darrell Arthur planning to pick up option
Darrell Arthur | DEN
(April 18, 2014 5:18 PM EDT)
Darrell Arthur is planning to pick up his player option of $3.4 million this offseason.
It's kind of a no-brainer for Arthur after yet another injury-plagued season. He played just 17.1 minutes per game and couldn't really get much playing time despite the Nuggets having very little depth down the stretch. He The 26-year-old forward won't have much fantasy value next season.
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J.J. Redick feeling refreshed for playoff run
J.J. Redick | LAC
(April 18, 2014 5:01 PM EDT)
J.J. Redick said he feels "refreshed" on Friday as the Clippers prepare for a deep playoff run.
He has been dealing with a bulging disc in his back, missing 25 games while rehabbing. When asked if he anticipates head coach Doc Rivers placing a limit on his minutes, Redick said he will remain ready when his number is called. "If we look at it from need in the game, needing every win we can get, if he needs me, I’m available." Redick posted a career-high 15.2 points per game in his first season in Los Angeles.
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Vogel still not sure on his rotation
Roy Hibbert | IND
(April 18, 2014 4:52 PM EDT)
Coach Frank Vogel said he'll adjust his rotations on a game-by-game basis during the playoffs.
"It’ll vary night by night and we’ll see how the flow of the game is going," Vogel said. The first player that comes to mind here is Roy Hibbert. He's been yanked from games on several occasions and has quickly become a huge liability on offense. In fact, he had the second-worst effective field goal percentage among qualifiers this season and looked as slow as his teammate Andrew Bynum.
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Wilson Ramos (hand) takes five swings
Wilson Ramos | WAS
(April 18, 2014 4:03 PM EDT)
Wilson Ramos (hand) took five light swings Friday.
It's the first time he's swung a bat since hamate bone surgery on April 2. Although Ramos said he didn't feel any pain, his left wrist remains weak (which is no surprise). He's expected back with the Nationals in mid-May.
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76ers owner calls season huge success
Brett Brown | PHI
(April 18, 2014 4:01 PM EDT)
Sixers owner Josh Harris called the 2013-14 season a "huge success" on Friday.
"We want to be an elite team, challenging for a title as soon as possible," Harris said. He also mentioned he doesn't use the word "tanking" during his interview. Despite a 26-game losing streak allowing a league-worst 109.9 points per game, they still managed a better record than the Milwaukee Bucks. The Sixers are armed with their draft pick as well as New Orleans', so they'll have an opportunity to turn things around.
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The Warriors recalled Ognjen Kuzmic on Friday
Ognjen Kuzmic | GS
(April 18, 2014 3:36 PM EDT)
The Warriors recalled Ognjen Kuzmic from the D-League on Friday.
He was sent to the D-League for extra playing time against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Kuzmic grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds in the win. In three D-League games he posted averages of 20.3 points, 15.3 rebounds, and shot an outstanding 77.1 percent from the field.
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Rockets recall Canaan and Covington
Isaiah Canaan | HOU
(April 18, 2014 3:26 PM EDT)
The Rockets recalled Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington on Friday.
The two were sent down to the D-League to get extra playing time. Canaan played well in the loss, scoring a game-high 25 points and he will continue to be the Rockets third-string point guard behind Patrick Beverley and Jeremy Lin.
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Kupchak: Pau Gasol is a priority this summer
Pau Gasol | LAK
(April 18, 2014 2:45 PM EDT)
General manager Mitch Kupchak said on Friday that Pau Gasol is a "priority" this offseason.
"If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board," Kupchak said. While this isn't a surprising quote, the Lakers should certainly look to bring Pau back despite their ending result on the standings. He finished with averages of 17.4 points, 9.7 boards and 1.5 blocks, so he'll be a high pick in fantasy leagues next year.
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