06 Feb

KEVIN KNOX ADDED TO NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND

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A shred of light was cast upon the dreadful Knicks on Wednesday when rookie Kevin Knox was named an injury replacement for the Rising Stars Challenge.

In replacing injured Lonzo Ball, Knox will join newly acquired Dennis Smith Jr., who is in the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend. Knox originally was snubbed as just three rookies were selected for the U.S. team for the Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 15. The game features the NBA’s best rookies and sophomores.
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30 Jan

TERRY ROZIER KEEPS THRIVING WHEN CALLED UPON AS STARTER

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BOSTON — After the display, he put on down the stretch last season, it’s not the most well-kept secret that Terry Rozier can more than aptly serve as a starter.

With Kyrie Irving still sidelined due to a left hip strain, Rozier started for the second straight game. The result was the 24-year-old posting his first double-double of the season and third of his career in a 126-94 throttling of the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday at TD Garden.

Rozier dropped 17 points with a team-high 10 assists, adding five rebounds and three steals.
Some teams struggle to find one suitable guard to run their offense, but the Celtics are in the enviable position of having one of the best in the game in Irving, plus a reserve in Rozier who would start on many other NBA teams.
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29 Jan

HORNETS’ J.P. MACURA DROPS GAME-HIGH 30 POINTS

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Macura totaled 30 points (13-21 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists and six steals in 41 minutes Saturday against Delaware.

Macura shot an impressive 61.9 percent from the field and contributed across the board in a 111-105 comeback victory. The former Musketeer continues to impress in the G League this season, as he’s averaging 15.1 points along with 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals through 22 contests (21 starts).
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29 Jan

DWYANE WADE OFFERS ADVICE TO DERRICK JONES JR. ON DEALING WITH BONE BRUISES

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As Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. prepares for at least a six-week absence due to two bone bruises in his right knee, he can look no further than veteran 37-year-old teammate Dwyane Wade on how to deal with the injury.

Wade, in his 16th and final season, has had a history with bone bruises, battling through it during Miami’s 2013 run to the Heat’s third title.

“Just take his time to get back,” Wade said at Heat practice on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday night’s home game against the Chicago Bulls. “That’s something you don’t want to come back too soon, and you have to deal with it because it takes bone bruises a while to heal. For you to be healthy and do the things you want to do on the court, you want to make sure that you’re fully healthy.”
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15 Jan

CAVS SIGN DENG ADEL TO TWO-WAY CONTRACT

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Deng Adel to a Two-Way contract, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today.

Adel (6-7, 200) has played in 25 games (24 starts) this season for the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League, averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 31.6 minutes per game. He played three years collegiately at Louisville, where he averaged 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 26.8 minutes per game over 89 games (71 starts). The Khartoum, South Sudan native originally went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft.
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13 Jan

DERRICK JONES JR. CHANGES THE HEAT

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There hasn’t been an invitation to this year’s Slam Dunk Contest yet, but Derrick Jones Jr.’s athleticism has earned him something else.

A spot in the Heat’s rotation.

After starting the season as a situational player, Jones has become a consistent part of Miami’s rotation because of his athleticism and versatility on both ends of the court. Entering Tuesday’s contest against the Bucks that kicks off a four-game trip for the Heat (21-20), the 6-foot-7 forward has played in 17 of the past 18 games.

Jones, a 21-year-old who went undrafted out of UNLV in 2016, has found a skill he can excel with the help of his leaping ability and persistence. Nicknamed “Airplane Mode” because of his high-flying game, Jones has turned himself into one of the NBA’s top offensive rebounders at his position.
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25 Sep

COACH CARLISLE HEAPS PRAISE ON RAY SPALDING

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Dallas Mavericks rookie center Ray Spalding may earn some minutes early on after hearing Coach Rick Carlisle talk up the rookie.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Ray Spalding late in the second round. At pick 56, most figured he was ticketed for G-League this season. He would play it out on a two-way contract in hopes of impressing the organization for a long-term deal in the future.

The 21-year-old Spalding showed something special, though. He earned a four-year deal with the Mavs. Only this season is guaranteed according to Spotrac. That means Ray Spalding has to continue to prove himself every single day.

Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle likes a lot of things about Spalding’s game. Coach Carlisle was asked about what earned him that four-year deal after the team’s first practice on Sept. 22, and he heaped a ton of praise on Ray Spalding.
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24 Sep

BULLS FINALIZE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

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September 24, 2018 – The Chicago Bulls have signed free agents Kaiser Gates and JaKarr Sampson to round out their 2018-19 training camp roster. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Gates (6-8, 227) played in three games on the Bulls’ 2018 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League team, averaging 6.7 points per game. Prior to his Summer League experience, Gates played three seasons at Xavier (2015-18), appearing in in 97 games (22 starts). He finished his career with an average of 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Gates’ statistical averages improved in each season at Xavier, averaging 7.2 points, 4.6 rebounds per game and scoring in double figures in 11 games in his final season. As a junior in 2017-18, his .378 shooting percentage from behind the arc ranked second on the Big East-champion Musketeers.

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21 Sep

DERRICK JONES JR. HOPING FOR BREAKOUT SEASON

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On Heat roster with many of the same faces, ‘Airplane Mode’ is working to show something new.

There aren’t too many unknowns when it comes to the Miami Heat’s roster.

After all, 14 players are returning from last season. But one player on the team who does have some unknowns surrounding his game is Derrick Jones Jr.

Jones, a 6-foot-7 and 200-pound wing player, has appeared in 52 regular-season games over his two-year NBA career after going undrafted out of UNLV in 2016. He possesses elite athleticism, with a vertical leap that was once measured at 48 inches and earned him the runner-up spot in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game’s Slam Dunk Contest and the nickname “Airplane Mode.”
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