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  • Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Ex-Suns player Chapman released from jail
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Phoenix Suns guard and NBA executive Rex Chapman was released from jail on Saturday after he was arrested by police a day earlier and accused of stealing more than $14,000 in merchandise from an Apple Store in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    • The 46-year-old Chapman faces nine felony counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property.

      The thefts took place during seven store visits over the past few months when Chapman, who has a residence in the area, appeared to be paying for the merchandise through a self-checkout system on an iPhone app, according to Scottsdale police.

      Chapman left the store without completing the purchases and took the items to a local pawn shop to sell for cash, Scottsdale Police spokesman St. Mark Clark said, according to AZCentral.com.

      Police were notified in August after store employees recognized Chapman as a former NBA player. He was arrested Friday afternoon following an investigation by property crimes detectives.

      The former University of Kentucky standout was drafted in 1988 by the Charlotte Hornets and retired as a player in 2000. He went on to become a vice president of player development for the Denver Nuggets.

  • Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Blatche headed to China
    By The Sports Xchange

    Andray Blatche is leaving the NBA for China.

    • Blatche opted out of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets in July with the idea of hooking up with another NBA team.

      Instead, he will play for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Western China. Reports out of China on Saturday said that Blatche will make $2.5 million after taxes.

      The Nets suspended Blatche in December for four games for "a lack of conditioning and preparedness." He averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds a game last season for the Nets.

      Blatche, who is a naturalized citizen of the Philippines, represented that country in the recent FIBA World Cup where he averaged 21.2 points and 13.8 rebounds in five games.

      The Flying Tigers also have signed former Golden State and Boston guard Jordan Crawford.

  • Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Report: Kings, Sessions agree to deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Sacramento Kings agreed to terms with free-agent guard Ramon Sessions on a two-year, $4.2 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports.

    • Sessions joins Darren Collison and Nik Stauskas as part of a new backcourt in Sacramento. The Kings used their bi-annual exception provision to sign Sessions.

      Sessions spit last season between the Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 12.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

      In seven NBA seasons, Sessions has averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 assists with the Bucks, Bobcats, Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Report: Suns not interested in dealing Bledsoe to Wolves
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Phoenix Suns have no interest in signing-and-trading restricted free-agent point guard Eric Bledsoe to the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Yahoo Sports.

    • It was reported Friday that the Timberwolves were pursuing Bledsoe in the final days before the start of NBA training camps.

      According to ESPN.com, the Timberwolves were interested in working out a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns after contract talks with Phoenix stalled. The Suns had offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million deal in July. Bledsoe is seeking a maximum four-year, $63 million contract that the Timberwolves were reported to be willing to pay to land him.

      However, the Suns were only interested trading Bledsoe in a deal involving All-Star power forward Kevin Love, who was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers in late July.

      The Suns are only interested in trading Bledsoe for an All-Star-caliber player. The Timberwolves were willing to offer Bledsoe a maximum deal, but only if they could get the Suns to take on some undesirable contracts in return, according to Yahoo Sports.

      Bledsoe's name came up in discussions associated with the deal that sent Love to the Cavaliers for No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, but nothing materialized involving Bledsoe.

      If the Suns do not meet Bledsoe's preseason demands, he plans to sign a one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer for this season and then become an unrestricted free agent after that.

      The Suns added two new point guards during the offseason -- signing free-agent Isaiah Thomas to a four-year, $27 million deal in July and selecting Tyler Ennis in the first round of the NBA draft in June.

      Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists in 43 games for the Suns last season after a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Friday, September 19, 2014
    Report: Timberwolves seek Bledsoe
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are pursuing restricted free-agent point guard Eric Bledsoe in the final days before the start of NBA training camps.

    • The Timberwolves are interested in working out a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, ESPN.com reported Friday.

      Contract talks with Phoenix stalled after the Suns offered a four-year, $48 million deal in July. Bledsoe is seeking a maximum four-year, $63 million contract that the Timberwolves are reported to be willing to pay to land him.

      Earlier in the summer, Bledsoe's name came up in discussions associated with the deal that sent Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, but nothing materialized involving Bledsoe.

      If the Suns don't meet Bledsoe's preseason demands, he plans to sign a one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer for the 2014-15 season and then become an unrestricted free agent after that.

      The Suns added two new point guards during the offseason -- signing free-agent Isaiah Thomas to a four-year, $27 million deal in July and selecting Tyler Ennis in the first round of the NBA Draft in June.

      Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists in 43 games for the Suns last season after a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    NBA roundup: Kings add Hollins, Casspi
    By The Sports Xchange

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings on Thursday signed two veteran free agents to bolster their bench.

    • Center Ryan Hollins joins forward Omri Casspi as the newest members of the Kings.

      This is Casspi's second tour with the Kings having been drafted by Sacramento with the 23rd pick of the 2009 draft.

      He is the first Israeli-born player to play in the NBA. In addition to the Kings, Casspi has played with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets. He has averaged 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in his career.

      The Charlotte Bobcats drafted the 7-foot-1 Hollins out of UCLA in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft.

      In eight seasons with six teams, Hollins has compiled career averages of 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

      --MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the signings of center Kyrylo Fesenko and guard Brady Heslip. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

      Fesenko, 27, appeared in five games for the Timberwolves' Summer League team in Las Vegas. He averaged 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

      Heslip, 24, also appeared in five games in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 6.2 points per game while making 61.1 percent of his shots. From 3-point range, he made 7 of 10 attempts.

      --The Chicago Bulls announced the signing of former Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore. Terms of the contract were not released.

      Moore, a native of nearby East Chicago, Ind., played in 79 games with the Magic last season, averaging 6.4 points per game. He shot 43 percent from the field.

      The Boston Celtics drafted Moore out of Purdue in 2011. He played the past two seasons with the Magic.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Kings sign C Hollins, F Casspi
    By The Sports Xchange

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings on Thursday signed two veteran free agents to bolster their bench.

    • Center Ryan Hollins joins forward Omri Casspi as the newest members of the Kings.

      This is Casspi's second tour with the Kings having been drafted by Sacramento with the 23rd pick of the 2009 draft.

      He is the first Israeli-born player to play in the NBA. In addition to the Kings, Casspi has played with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets. He has averaged 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in his career.

      The Charlotte Bobcats drafted the 7-foot-1 Hollins out of UCLA in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft.

      In eight seasons with six teams, Hollins has compiled career averages of 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Timberwolves sign C Fesenko, G Heslip
    By The Sports Xchange

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the signings of center Kyrylo Fesenko and guard Brady Heslip on Thursday. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

    • Fesenko, 27, appeared in five games for the Timberwolves' Summer League team in Las Vegas. He averaged 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

      The 7-foot-1 center's best game came in a win over the Phoenix Suns. Fesenko recorded 17 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes.

      He originally was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft. During his five-year NBA career, he has averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

      Heslip, 24, also appeared in five games in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 6.2 points per game while making 61.1 percent of his shots. From 3-point range, he made 7 of 10 attempts.

      Heslip averaged 11.7 points last season at Baylor. He shot 43.7 percent from 3-point range in 38 games for the Bears.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Bulls sign G E'Twaun Moore
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Bulls announced Thursday the signing of former Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore. Terms of the contract were not released.

    • Moore, a native of nearby East Chicago, Ind., played in 79 games with the Magic last season, averaging 6.4 points per game. He shot 43 percent from the field.

      The Boston Celtics drafted Moore out of Purdue in 2011. He played the past two seasons with the Magic.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    NBA roundup: Kings deal Terry to Rockets
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Sacramento Kings traded 15-year veteran guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets for guard-forward Alonzo Gee, guard Scotty Hopson and two second-round draft picks on Wednesday.

    • Terry, a 15-year NBA veteran, has averaged of 15.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 1,136 NBA games, shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from three-point range and 84.6 percent from the free throw line. He missed the last 28 games last season because of a left knee injury.

      Gee, who played four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-11 - 2013-14) following stints in Washington, Toronto and San Antonio, has averaged 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in his career.

      Hopson, who was undrafted out of Tennessee, appeared in two games for Cleveland last season before being traded to the Rockets during the offseason.

      ---Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson was suspended five games by the league on Wednesday for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

      Hickson will begin his suspension without pay when 2014-15 regular season begins.

      Hickson averaged 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds last season.

      ---The Minnesota Timberwolves signed second-round draft pick Glenn Robinson III on Wednesday.

      Robinson, a 6-foot-6 forward from Michigan, was selected 40th overall in this year's draft. He played for the Wolves entry in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 7.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in six games (four starts).

      Robinson the son of former NBA forward Glenn Robinson Jr., who was the first overall pick in the 1994 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Nuggets F Hickson suspended 5 games
    By The Sports Xchange

    Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson was suspended five games by the league on Wednesday for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

    • Hickson will begin his suspension without pay when 2014-15 regular season begins.

      Hickson averaged 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds last season.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Kings deal Terry to Rockets
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Sacramento Kings traded 15-year veteran guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets for guard-forward Alonzo Gee, guard Scotty Hopson and two second-round draft picks.

    • Terry, a 15-year NBA veteran, has averaged of 15.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 1,136 NBA games, shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from three-point range and 84.6 percent from the free throw line.

      He played for the Atlanta Hawks (1999-2004), Dallas Mavericks (2004-2012), Boston Celtics (2012-13), Brooklyn Nets (2013-14) and Kings (2013-14).

      Terry missed the last 28 games last season because of a left knee injury.

      Gee, who played four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-11 – 2013-14) following stints in Washington, Toronto and San Antonio, has averaged 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in his career.

      Hopson, who was undrafted out of Tennessee, appeared in two games for Cleveland last season before being traded to the Rockets during the offseason.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Timberwolves sign F Robinson III
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Timberwolves signed second-round draft pick Glenn Robinson III on Wednesday.

    • Robinson, a 6-foot-6 forward from Michigan, was selected 40th overall in this year's draft.

      Robinson played for the Wolves entry in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 7.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in six games (four starts). His best performance came in the summer league finale, totaling 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

      Robinson played two seasons at Michigan and averaged 13.1 points per game and shot 48.8 percent from the field and 30.6 percent on 3-pointers.

      He is the son of former NBA forward Glenn Robinson Jr., who was the first overall pick in the 1994 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Lakers hire assistant coaches
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Lakers rounded out new coach Byron Scott's staff on Tuesday, announcing that Paul Pressey, Jim Eyen and Mark Madsen will be assistant coaches.

    • "I'm excited to have completed my staff with a group of individuals who each possess unique skills, but all share my vision for the future of this team," Scott said in a statement.

      Pressey formerly was an assistant under Scott with the New Orleans Hornets (2007-10) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-13). He also has coaching experience with the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics, helping the Spurs capture their first title in 1999.

      "Paul is a great basketball mind with vast experience," Scott said.

      Eyen was a Lakers assistant coach under Pat Riley and Mike Dunleavy from 1989-90 to 1990-92. He also worked under Dunleavy with the Milwaukee Bucks from 1992-96, the Portland Trail Blazers from 1997-2001, and the Los Angeles Clippers from 2003-09.

      From 2009-13, Eyen was on the Sacramento Kings' coaching staff.

      The Lakers also announced the appointment of Clay Moser (assistant coach/head advance NBA scout), Larry Lewis (assistant coach/director of player development), Thomas Scott (assistant coach/player development), Tom Bialaszewski (video coordinator/coach), and J.J. Outlaw (video coordinator/player development).

      Thomas Scott is Byron's son. He is a former assistant coach with the NBA Development League's Los Angeles D-Fenders.

      In addition, the Lakers promoted Rondre Jackson to director of player development and hired Jordan Wilkes as basketball operations assistant.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Report: Robinson gets guaranteed deal from Timberwolves
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are set to sign secound-round draft pick Glenn Robinson III to a guaranteed contract, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday.

    • The No. 40 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Michigan, Robinson would boost the Timberwolves' roster to 16 players with guaranteed contracts and 18 players overall.

      Robinson played for the Timberwolves' summer league team and averaged 7.7 points and shot 39 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.

      Projected as a small forward in the NBA, Robinson faces competition at that spot with rookie Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer, Shabazz Muhammad and Robbie Hummel already on the roster.

      The 6-foot-6 Robinson played two seasons at Michigan and averaged 13.1 points per game and shot 48.8 percent from the field and 30.6 percent on 3-pointers.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
    Mavericks sign guard Liz
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Victor Liz, according to the Fort Worth Star.

    • Liz is coming off the FIBA World Championships where he played with the Dominican Republic. He averaged only 6.5 points per game during the tournament, but did make 49 percent of his 3-point attempts.

  • Sunday, September 14, 2014
    Heat sign F Birch
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Heat signed forward Khem Birch, the team announced Sunday.

    • Birch averaged 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.17 blocks and 19.3 minutes while shooting 47.8 percent in six Las Vegas Summer League games (all starts) with the Washington Wizards.

      Last season at UNLV, Birch averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.76 blocks, 1.2 assists and 31.4 minutes while shooting 51 percent in 33 games (32 starts). He was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Defensive Team and All-Mountain West Second Team honors. He finished second in the NCAA in blocks per game and total blocks (124) and tied for seventh in total rebounds (337).

      The Heat's roster is at 17 players.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
    NBA roundup: Hawks apologize to their fans
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Atlanta Hawks released an open letter Saturday apologizing to their fans and the city of Atlanta because they "did not do the right thing" to correct racially-charged comments "over a period of years."

    • The apology was signed by CEO Steve Koonin. It came a day after the Hawks announced that general manager Danny Ferry was taking an indefinite leave of absence for his racially-insensitive remarks about forward Luol Deng.

      A week ago, co-owner Bruce Levenson announced he would sell his controlling share of the team after voluntarily reporting to the NBA that he made racist remarks in an email about fans.

      "We are very sorry," Koonin wrote. "Over the course of the last week, the Hawks have let down our players, our employees, our fans and the city we love. Our shortcomings have been broadly shared -- including how we have failed to operate well internally and externally. It has been humbling and, while we have read, seen and come to know many things about ourselves, our learnings have just begun."

      Ferry said that Deng, who is from South Sudan, "has a little African in him," during a recorded conference call with the team's ownership in June. "He's like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back."

      An internal investigation of the comments uncovered the email sent by Levenson in 2012. In the email, Levenson wrote that "the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base."

      ---Team USA forward Rudy Gay told USA Today that the broken jaw he sustained in Thursday's win over Lithuania in the FIBA World Cup in Spain came on a "dirty play."

      The Sacramento King is part of a U.S. squad that will play in the gold medal game against Serbia.

      "I've got a fracture in my jaw, a broken tooth and am going to probably need a root canal," Gay said. "The top is where I got hit. It's painful. It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man."

      After the game, he spoke up about it in the handshake line. That started a shouting match between the two teams.

      ---The Los Angeles Clippers announced Friday that they re-signed veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu.

      Turkoglu signed a one-year veteran's minimum deal, which placed the Clippers' roster at 14 players with guaranteed contracts for this season.

      Turkoglu, 35, averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.3 minutes over 38 games last season for the Clippers. He signed with the team in January.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
    Hawks apologize for racially-charged comments
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Atlanta Hawks released an open letter Saturday apologizing to their fans and the city of Atlanta because they "did not do the right thing" to correct racially-charged comments "over a period of years."

    • The apology was signed by CEO Steve Koonin. It came a day after the Hawks announced that general manager Danny Ferry was taking an indefinite leave of absence for his racially-insensitive remarks about forward Luol Deng.

      A week ago, co-owner Bruce Levenson announced he would sell his controlling share of the team after voluntarily reporting to the NBA that he made racist remarks in an e-mail about fans.

      "We are very sorry," Koonin wrote. "Over the course of the last week, the Hawks have let down our players, our employees, our fans and the city we love. Our shortcomings have been broadly shared -- including how we have failed to operate well internally and externally. It has been humbling and, while we have read, seen and come to know many things about ourselves, our learnings have just begun."

      Ferry said that Deng, who is from South Sudan, "has a little African in him," during a recorded conference call with the team's ownership in June. "He's like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back."

      An internal investigation of the comments uncovered the e-mail sent by Levenson in 2012. In the e-mail, Levenson wrote that "the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base."

      "We know enough today, based on investigations conducted by the league, by external legal counsel on behalf of the team, and information that has appeared in the media, that our shortcomings are beyond a single e-mail, a single person or a single event," Koonin wrote in the letter. "To the contrary, over a period of years, we have found that there have been inflammatory words, phrases, inferences, and innuendos about race. We as an organization did not correct these failures. We did not do the right thing."

      He also wrote: "To be clear, I am angry that this has happened. I am deeply saddened and embarrassed that this has put a blemish on our team and our city, which has always been a diverse community with a history of coming together as one. We should build bridges through basketball, not divide our community and serve as a source of pain.

      "I am committed to seeing the Hawks change because of these past shortcomings. It starts by taking a hard look at ourselves, which in this case has been a particularly difficult thing to do."

      Koonin also wrote that the team will work with a diversity consultant and hire a chief diversity officer.

      Earlier in the week, Koonin cancelled a scheduled meeting with civil rights leaders. The leaders of the groups said the cancellation offended them.

      However, Koonin did write in the letter that the team will reach out to community leaders "not just now, but in an ongoing way to ensure that our values reflect, in the broadest sense, the community in which we play and work."

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
    Gay: Broken jaw came on 'dirty play'
    By The Sports Xchange

    Team USA forward Rudy Gay told USA Today on Saturday that the broken jaw he sustained in Thursday's win over Lithuania in the FIBA World Cup in Spain came on a "dirty play."

    • The Sacramento King is part of a U.S. squad that will play in the gold medal game against Serbia.

      "I've got a fracture in my jaw, a broken tooth and am going to probably need a root canal," Gay said. "The top is where I got hit. It's painful. It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man."

      He also said the play in which he was elbowed was unnecessary.

      After the game, he spoke up about it in the handshake line. That started a shouting match between the two teams.

      "I think (the elbow) had a little bit to do with (the situation afterward)," Gay said. "It was a dirty play, man. It was a dirty play."

      Gay said he was not sure who elbowed him. It was either center Ksistof Lavrinovic or his twin brother Darjus Lavrinovic.

      "I don't even remember; I couldn't tell them apart," he said.

      Gay had his mouth worked on until 2 a.m. Friday morning in Barcelona before flying to Madrid later in the morning.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
    Clippers re-sign F Turkoglu
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Clippers announced Friday that they re-signed veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu.

    • Turkoglu signed a one-year veteran's minimum deal, which placed the Clippers' roster at 14 players with guaranteed contracts for this season.

      "We are happy to welcome Hedo back to the Clippers," coach and team president of basketball operations Doc Rivers said in a statement. "Hedo is a versatile, veteran presence who contributed to the championship culture we are building in Los Angeles."

      Turkoglu, 35, averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.3 minutes over 38 games last season for the Clippers. He signed with the team in January.

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
    Ferry takes leave of absence from Hawks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has taken a leave of absence following reports he made racial comments in a conference call with team owners. The comments were made in reference to veteran forward Luol Deng.

    • Hawks CEO Steve Koonin released a statement Friday afternoon saying Ferry requested the leave of absence and it had been accepted by the team.

      "This has been an incredibly difficult time for him and his family, and it is my hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing. As a human being, manager and friend, I wish him well as he undergoes this process," Koonin said.

      Head coach Mike Budenholzer will assume Ferry's duties.

      Ferry contended that he was reading from a scouting report on Deng and the words were not his own.

      In June, Ferry said during a conference call with Hawks co-owners about Deng that "he has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he's like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out the back. ... For example, he can come out and be an unnamed source for a story and two days later come out and say, 'That absolutely was not me. I can't believe someone said that.' But talking to reporters, you know they can (believe it)."

      Ferry apologized for his action in a statement issued Friday. Deng signed with the Miami Heat.

      "No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng," Ferry said. "Luol is a good man who I have known for many years and he has done a tremendous amount of good for his country and around the world. I apologize to Luol and I apologize to all that I have offended.

      "As I have said, while these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them. Almost all the background information I provided during the lengthy presentation regarding Luol was positive and my personal and professional recommendation during the call was very much in favor of adding Luol to our team, but I never should have uttered those offensive remarks and for that I apologize.

      "My focus moving forward is to tirelessly work to rebuild trust with this community and with our fans. I realize that my words may ring hollow now and my future actions must speak for me. I will maximize my time during this leave to meet with community leaders and further educate myself and others on the extremely sensitive issues surrounding race, diversity and inclusion. I will find a way to make a positive difference in this area and further learn from the sensitivity training that I will go through."

      Hawks guard Kyle Korver told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday that he spoke with Deng and his former Chicago Bulls teammate said he didn't think Ferry or the Hawks were racists.

      "Luol is such a good guy. And he's been through so much in life that I don't really think this has really even phased him," Korver said. "He told me that he didn't think that Danny or anyone with the Hawks was racist. He said he was shocked when he heard what was said, but that sometimes things just slip out. It was pretty amazing, really. He just wants everything to move on. He wants to get back to basketball."

      The Journal-Constitution also reported that the scouting information that Ferry read in the June meeting might have originated with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Deng was traded from the Bulls to the Cavaliers last season and was not happy there.

      Minority owner J. Michael Gearon Jr. and the team's other owners requested in a letter to Bruce Levenson to ask for Ferry's dismissal. Levenson, another of the team's owners, created a controversy of his own with an email that had racial overtimes about the Hawks' struggles to attract fans to games.

      NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that the Hawks should not fire Ferry. Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, who is black, also backed Ferry.

      "I have no idea what is happening in the Atlanta Hawks organization," Ujiri said, "but I do know how the scouting world works. We all have different ways of sharing information about players and different vocabularies to do so. It crossed a line here.

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
    Ferry's remarks heard on audio recording
    By The Sports Xchange

    An audio recording confirmed Thursday the racially insensitive comments made by Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry when speaking about free agent Luol Deng in June.

    • Ferry contended that he was reading from a scouting report on Deng and the words were not his own.

      In June, Ferry said during a conference call with Hawks co-owners about Deng that "he has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he's like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out the back. ... For example, he can come out and be an unnamed source for a story and two days later come out and say, 'That absolutely was not me. I can't believe someone said that.' But talking to reporters, you know they can (believe it)."

      Ferry apologized for his actions. Deng signed with the Miami Heat.

      "In regards to the insensitive remarks that were used during our due diligence process, I was repeating comments that were gathered from numerous sources during background conversations and scouting about different players," Ferry said in a statement. "I repeated those comments during a telephone conversation reviewing the draft and free agency process. Those words do not reflect my views, or words that I would use to describe an individual and I certainly regret it. I apologize to those I offended and to Luol, who I reached out to Monday morning."

      Minority owner J. Michael Gearon Jr. and the team's other owners requested in a letter to Bruce Levenson to ask for Ferry's dismissal. Levenson, another of the team's owners, created a controversy of his own with an email that had racial overtimes about the Hawks' struggles to attract fans to games.

      NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that the Hawks should not fire Ferry. Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, who is black, also backed Ferry.

      "I have no idea what is happening in the Atlanta Hawks organization," Ujiri said, "but I do know how the scouting world works. We all have different ways of sharing information about players and different vocabularies to do so. It crossed a line here.

      "That said, we are all human. We are all vulnerable. We all make mistakes. You discover a person's true character in their ability to learn from and then move on from those mistakes. One of the truly important things we must learn is how to forgive."

      Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King also supported Ferry. King and Ferry both went to Duke.

      "I have known him since we were 15 years old," King told Grantland.com. "He is like a brother to me and he is the furthest thing from a racist."

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    NBA roundup: George apologizes for Rice-related tweet
    By The Sports Xchange

    Indiana Pacers forward Paul George apologized Thursday for insensitive remarks made via Twitter in reaction to the NFL announcing the indefinite suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

    • "I want to apologize to all victims of domestic abuse for my insensitive tweets," George said in a team-issued statement. "They were obviously without proper understanding of the seriousness of the situation and I sincerely regret my poor choice of words."?

      Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird also apologized on the franchise's behalf.

      George originally tweeted that Rice should still be able to play football. He also tweeted:

      "I don't condone hittin women or think it's coo BUT if SHE ain't trippin then I ain't trippin.. Lets keep it movin lol let that man play!"

      He also tweeted:

      "If you in a relationship and a woman hit you first and attacking YOU.. Then you obviously ain't beatin HER. Homie made A bad choice! #StayUp"

      George is recovering from a severe leg injury suffered in a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas.

      --The Brooklyn Nets announced the signing of center Jerome Jordan. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

      Last season, Jordan played with Virtus Bologna of the Italian League. He spent the 2012-13 season in the NBA Development League.

      The 7-foot Jordan, who played his college ball at Tulsa, was a member of the New York Knicks for 21 games during the 2011-12 season.

      --Los Angeles Lakers' star Kobe Bryant was back in Germany this week to have his knees examined by the surgeon who performed a platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokine on his right knee.

      Since having the procedure in October, Bryant has said his degenerative knee condition has not bothered him as much as it had in the past.

      Probasketballtalk.com said Bryant is undergoing another round of Orthokine while visiting Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Nets sign 7-footer Jordan
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Brooklyn Nets announced Thursday the signing of center Jerome Jordan. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

    • Last season, Jordan played with Virtus Bologna of the Italian League. He spent the 2012-13 season in the NBA Development League.

      The 7-foot Jordan, who played his college ball at Tulsa, was a member of the New York Knicks for 21 games during the 2011-12 season.