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  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    NBA roundup: Kings' Gay suffers jaw injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay suffered a jaw injury in Friday night's preseason game, but a CT scan taken Saturday revealed no fracture.

    • Gay was injured at the 5:11 mark during the second quarter of the exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas. The Kings won 93-92.

      The team announced Saturday that Gay is expected to be available when the Kings take on the Golden State Warriors in their season opener Wednesday.

      Gay sustained a broken jaw when he was playing for Team USA against Lithuania in the FIBA World Cup in Spain last month.

      In 55 games (all starts) for the Kings last season, Gay averaged 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.22 steals. Between Toronto and Sacramento, Gay started 73 games and averaged 20.0 points and a career-best 2.9 assists.

      Guard Ben McLemore received five stitches above his right eye following the game in Las Vegas. A precautionary concussion assessment test was negative and he has been cleared for action.

      The Kings also waived guard Trey Johnson. The moved sliced the team's roster to 14 players.

      ---The Los Angeles Lakers want to keep injured point guard Steve Nash around in a mentor role, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

      Nash, 40, has been ruled out from playing this season because of nerve problems in his back. He only played 15 games last season because of injuries.

      The Lakers will apply for the disabled-player exception, the Orange County Register reported.

      Coach Byron Scott said he would like Nash to remain part of the team in a mentoring role.

      "I have some things in mind already if he would like to do that," Scott said. "I would love to have him around. I think his expertise and experience could help a lot of our young guys."

      The Lakers also waived guard Jabari Brown and forward Roscoe Smith.

      ---Orlando Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo is expected to miss about a month because of a facial injury, Yahoo Sports reported.

      The team said Oladipo had successful surgery to repair a facial fracture on Saturday.

      Oladipo averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists over 80 games last season.

      The Magic also waived power forward Kadeem Batts and guards Drew Crawford, Seth Curry and Peyton Siva.

      ---The Toronto Raptors waived guard Will Cherry and forward-guard Jordan Hamilton.

      The Raptors completed their preseason schedule Friday with an 83-80 win over the New York Knicks in Montreal and finished 7-1.

      ---The Houston Rockets signed guard Akeem Richmond as a free agent and requested waivers on guard Geron Johnson.

      Richmond is an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina.

      ---The Cleveland Cavaliers exercised the fourth-year contract option on guard Dion Waiters.

      Waiters has averages of 15.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game in 131 games (72 starts) in his two seasons with the Cavaliers.

      The Cavs also waived forward Shane Edwards.

      ---The Phoenix Suns released center Earl Barron, a seven-year NBA veteran. In six preseason appearances, Barron averaged 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game.

      ---The Minnesota Timberwolves waived guard Brady Heslip, who appeared in four preseason games. He had five points, two steals and one rebound in nine minutes of play.

      ---The Washington Wizards waived forward Damion James and guards John Lucas and Xavier Silas.

      ---The Memphis Grizzlies waived guards Patrick Christopher and Kalin Lucas.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Heat waives four, cuts roster to 15
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Heat reduced its roster to 15 players on Saturday by waiving forward Khem Birch, guard Larry Drew II, guard Tyler Johnson and forward Shawn Jones.

    • Birch appeared in six games with the Heat in the preseason and averaged 1.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.17 blocked shots, 1.0 assists, 1.00 steals and 16.9 minutes.

      Drew, who was signed as a free agent on Oct. 20, did not appear in a game for Miami.

      Johnson appeared in one preseason game, totaling 17 points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists in 36:13 minutes against San Antonio on Oct. 18.

      Jones appeared in four preseason games and averaged 3.0 points, 3.0 rebounds in 16.5 minutes.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Magic G Oladipo has facial surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Orlando Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo is expected to miss about a month because of a facial injury, Yahoo Sports reported.

    • Oladipo had successful surgery to repair a facial fracture on Saturday, according to the team.

      If Oladipo misses a month, that would equate to the team's first 16 games of the season.

      Last season, Oladipo averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists over 80 games last season.

      Also, the Magic waived power forward Kadeem Batts and guards Drew Crawford, Seth Curry and Peyton Siva. The team's roster is at 15 players.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Grizzlies waive Christopher, Lucas
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guards Patrick Christopher and Kalin Lucas were waived on Saturday by the Memphis Grizzlies, who reduced their roster to 14 players. Both were signed as free agents on Sept. 25.

    • Christopher (6-5, 209) averaged 4.5 points and 0.6 rebounds on .452 shooting in 10.0 minutes in eight preseason games.

      Lucas (6-1, 186) averaged 3.1 points and 1.0 assists on .429 shooting in 7.9 minutes, also in eight preseason appearances.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Kings' Gay suffers jaw injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay suffered a jaw injury in Friday night's preseason game, but a CT scan taken Saturday revealed no fracture.

    • Gay was injured at the 5:11 mark during the second quarter of the exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas. The Kings won 93-92.

      The team announced Saturday that Gay is expected to be available when the Kings take on the Golden State Warriors in their season opener Wednesday.

      Gay sustained a broken jaw when he was playing for Team USA against Lithuania in the FIBA World Cup in Spain last month.

      In 55 games (all starts) for the Kings last season, Gay averaged 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.22 steals. Between Toronto and Sacramento, Gay started 73 games and averaged 20.0 points and a career-best 2.9 assists.

      Kings guard Ben McLemore received five stitches above his right eye following the game in Las Vegas. A precautionary concussion assessment test was negative and he has been cleared for action.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Lakers want Nash to be mentor
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Lakers want to keep injured point guard Steve Nash around in a mentor role, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

    • Nash, 40, has been ruled out from playing this season because of nerve problems in his back. He only played 15 games last season because of injuries.

      The Lakers will apply for the disabled-player exception, the Orange County Register reported.

      Coach Byron Scott said he would like Nash to remain part of the team in a mentoring role.

      "I have some things in mind already if he would like to do that," Scott said. "I would love to have him around. I think his expertise and experience could help a lot of our young guys."

      It is not clear if Nash will accept such a role. He vowed last season to play one more year before retiring.

      General manager Mitch Kupchak said Nash needs to rest his back for the next two weeks.

      Nash, third on the all-time list in assists through 19 NBA seasons, is a two-time MVP.

      Also, the Lakers waived guard Jabari Brown and forward Roscoe Smith.

      Brown, a rookie from Missouri, appeared in four preseason games for Los Angeles, tallying five points, two rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes.

      Smith, a rookie from UNLV, saw action in seven of the Lakers' eight preseason contests, averaging 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds.

      The Lakers roster is at 15 players.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    G Johnson waived by Kings
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard Trey Johnson was waived on Saturday by the Sacramento Kings, it was announced by general manager Pete D'Alessandro, as the Kings sliced their roster to 14 players.

    • Johnson, a 6-5 guard, appeared in four exhibition games for the Kings, totaling eight points, two rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes off the bench.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Cavs exercise option on Waiters, waive Edwards
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers exercised the fourth-year contract option on guard Dion Waiters, the team announced Saturday.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed.

      Waiters has averages of 15.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game in 131 games (72 starts) in his two seasons with the Cavaliers.

      Also, Cleveland waived forward Shane Edwards, reducing its roster to 15 players.

      Edwards appeared in six preseason games for the Cavaliers, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Wizards waive James, Lucas, Silas
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Wizards waived forward Damion James and guards John Lucas and Xavier Silas on Saturday.

    • The team's roster is at 15 players.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Timberwovles waive Heslip, down to 16
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard Brady Heslip was waived on Saturday by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who reduced their roster to 16 players.

    • Heslip, 24, appeared in four preseason games for the Wolves, tallying five points, two steals and one rebound in nine minutes of play.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Suns release C Earl Barron
    By The Sports Xchange

    Center Earl Barron was released on Saturday by the Phoenix Suns, who reduced their roster to 15 players.

    • Barron, a seven-year NBA veteran, signed with the Suns on Sept. 26. In six preseason appearances, Barron averaged 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Rockets sign Richmond, waive Johnson
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Houston Rockets signed guard Akeem Richmond as a free agent and requested waivers on guard Geron Johnson on Saturday.

    • Richmond is an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina. He had transferred to the school from Rhode Island. He started 61 of 139 collegiate games he played in, averaging 11.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in 25.3 minutes.

      Johnson played 67 collegiate games at Memphis and had career averages of 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 28.3 minutes. He signed with the Rockets on Friday.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Cavs release Edwards, reduce roster to 15
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Cleveland Cavaliers waived forward Shane Edwards, general manager David Griffin announced on Saturday, reducing the Cavs' roster to 15 players.

    • Edwards appeared in six preseason games for the Cavaliers, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Raptors waive Cherry, Hamilton
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Raptors waived guard Will Cherry and forward-guard Jordan Hamilton on Saturday.

    • The Raptors completed their preseason schedule Friday with an 83-80 win over the New York Knicks in Montreal and finished 7-1.

      Cherry played in five games, averaging 3.4 points, 1.6 assists and 13.9 minutes. Hamilton averaged 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 18.3 minutes in six games.

      Toronto's roster is at 15 players heading into Wednesday's regular season opener against the visiting Atlanta Hawks.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Cavs go with Varejao as starting center
    By The Sports Xchange

    Veteran Anderson Varejao will start at center when the Cleveland Cavaliers open the regular season on Thursday night against the New York Knicks.

    • The Cavaliers' other starting spot up for grabs went to shooting guard Dion Waiters. He'll join Varejao, LeBron James, forward Kevin Love and point guard Kyrie Irving in the lineup.

      The 32-year-old Varejao beat out 23-year-old Tristan Thompson for the starting job in the middle, mostly because of his familiarity with playing alongside LeBron James when the two were teammates in Cleveland from 2004 to 2010.

      "That was more or less the idea of beginning with Andy just because those two guys are so good together," Cavaliers coach David Blatt said. "And Tristan is equally as efficient in either case. So that's more or less the basis, but it doesn't mean that Tristan won't be starting some of the games. I'm sure he will be. Just right now, that's the way we're looking to go."

      Returning to the Cavs after four years with the Miami Heat, James said it has been easy to get reacclimated with Varejao on the court. Varejao has been plagued by injuries the past two seasons but averaged 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in the preseason.

      "If you've seen some of the preseason games we played in, it's like we never missed a beat," James said.

      Both he also likes Thompson, who averaged 10.8 points and 7.8 rebounds off the bench in the preseason.

      "They're both high-energy guys, and they're both a very, very key proponent and (piece) to our (puzzle)," James said. "One thing about Andy, he's a veteran, he's been a part of big games, and he kind of knows what's going on at all times, and I think it's his seniority that gets him the nod.

      "He's a guy who kind of plays under the rim and uses his touch and uses his quickness, and Tristan gives us the guy above the rim. So it's great for those guys to complement each other, both with their ability to rebound, with their ability to finish around the rim. They just do it different ways."

      Thompson is used to starting, having been in the lineup for 189 of his 224 career games in the NBA.

      "He's one of the best guys out there," Blatt said. "Tristan wants to win, and Tristan knows that if he's coming in in the second wave, his job is going to be just what it would be if he was starting the game, and that's to be Tristan -- a rebounder, an inside scorer, an all-around-the-court defender and a guy that you can really pair and match with any other big man on our team.

      "I say again, guys, for me they're both starters. They're simply both starters. Only one is going to begin the game, the other isn't. That's all."

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Thunder lose G Morrow for 4-6 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Anthony Morrow is expected to miss four to six weeks after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during practice on Thursday.

    • The team announced Friday that Morrow's knee will be re-evaluated in a week.

      The Thunder have been hit hard by injuries before the regular season begins, losing NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant after right foot surgery and and rookie Mitch McGary to a left foot injury that will sideline both for the first month of the season.

      Oklahoma City is expected to get guard Reggie Jackson (wrist) and center Kendrick Perkins (quad strain) back before their opener on Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

      Morrow had started the last three preseason games in Durant's absence. In six exhibition games, Morrow made 13 of 29 3-point shots (44.8 pecent).

      The 29-year-old signed a three-year, $10 million deal with the Thunder during the summer after spending last season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    NBA roundup: 76ers acquire Teague from Nets
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia 76ers obtained guard Marquis Teague and a 2019 second-round draft pick in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday for guard Casper Ware.

    • Reports indicated that the Nets were likely to waive Ware, who played in nine games for the 76ers last season and averaged 5.3 points and 1.1 assists.

      The 21-year-old Teague totaled 10 points, four assists and six turnovers in Brooklyn's final preseason game on Wednesday night in Boston.

      Drafted with the 29th overall pick after his freshman season at Kentucky by the Chicago Bulls, Teague played in 88 games the previous two seasons with the Bulls and the Nets. His career averages are 2.3 points and 1.4 assists per game.

      ---Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday.

      General manager Rob Hennigan said Friday that Oladipo will undergo a surgical procedure Saturday. Oladipo was injured after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.

      The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Oladipo has not played during the preseason due to a sprained MCL in his left knee. Last season, he played in 80 games (44 starts) during his rookie campaign, averaging 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and a team-high 1.61 steals in 31.1 minutes per game.

      With Oladipo out, rookie point guard Elfrid Payton and shooting guards Ben Gordon, Evan Fournier and swingman Maurice Harkless are expected to take on bigger roles.

      ---The Houston Rockets picked up forward Earl Clark off waivers on Friday and waived Josh Powell.

      The 6-foot-10 Clark, who was let go Thursday by the Cleveland Cavaliers, is in his sixth year in the NBA. Last season, he played in 54 games for the Cavaliers and New York Knicks and averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds.

      Powell, in his seventh year in the NBA, played in one preseason game for the Rockets and had one rebound in six minutes. He also was with the Rockets at the end of last season.

      ---The Detroit Pistons have exercised contract options for center Andre Drummond and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the team announced Friday.

      The contracts of the former first-round picks run through 2015-16.

      Drummond, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft, averaged 13.5 points and 13.2 rebounds last season. He also has averaged 1.6 blocked shots in his two-year career.

      Caldwell-Pope, the eighth overall pick last year, averaged 5.9 points in 19.8 minutes as a rookie.

      ---Oft-injured point guard Steve Nash will miss the 2014-15 season because of recurring back issues involving nerve damage.

      The Los Angeles Lakers said the decision was made in consultation with the team's medical staff and the 40-year-old Nash, who will focus on rest and rehabilitation.

      Nash, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, was entering his 19th season in the league. Since joining the Lakers before the 2012-13 season, Nash has experienced medical issues ranging from nerve damage in his leg to nerve damage in his back.

      Last season, he played in just 15 games and averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 assists.

      ---The Charlotte Hornets waived guard Justin Cobbs, forward Dallas Lauderdale and center Brian Qvale on Friday.

      Cobbs saw action in two preseason games, averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 rebound in 4.5 minutes.

      Lauderdale and Qvale each appeared in one preseason game, seeing 3:13 worth of action.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Rockets claim F Clark
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Houston Rockets picked up forward Earl Clark off waivers on Friday and waived Josh Powell.

    • The 6-foot-10 Clark, who was let go on Thursday by the Cleveland Cavaliers, is in his sixth year in the NBA. Last season, he played in 54 games for the Cavaliers and New York Knicks and averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds.

      In 251 career games with the Cavaliers, Knicks, Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns, Clark averages 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds.

      Powell, in his seventh year in the NBA, played in one preseason game for the Rockets and had one rebound in six minutes. He also was with the Rockets at the end of last season.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Pistons pick up options on former first-rounders
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Pistons have exercised contract options for center Andre Drummond and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the team announced Friday.

    • The contracts of the former first-round picks run through 2015-16.

      Drummond, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft, averaged 13.5 points and 13.2 rebounds last season. He also has averaged 1.6 blocked shots in his two-year career.

      After playing as a reserve his rookie season, the 6-foot-11 center started 81 games last season, averaging 32 minutes.

      Caldwell-Pope, the eighth overall pick last year, averaged 5.9 points in 19.8 minutes as a rookie.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Hornets waive three
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Charlotte Hornets waived guard Justin Cobbs, forward Dallas Lauderdale and center Brian Qvale on Friday.

    • The Hornets' roster currently stands at 15 players.

      Cobbs saw action in two preseason games, averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 rebound in 4.5 minutes.

      Lauderdale and Qvale each appeared in one preseason game, seeing 3:13 worth of action.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Magic's Oladipo out indefinitely with facial fracture
    By The Sports Xchange

    Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday.

    • General manager Rob Hennigan said Friday that Oladipo will undergo a corrective surgical procedure Saturday. Oladipo was injured after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.

      With Oladipo out, rookie point guard Elfrid Payton and shooting guards Ben Gordon, Evan Fournier and swingman Maurice Harkless are expected to take on bigger roles.

      The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Oladipo has not played during the preseason due to a sprained MCL in his left knee. Last season, he played in 80 games (44 starts) during his rookie campaign, averaging 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and a team-high 1.61 steals in 31.1 minutes per game.

      Oladipo, 22, was selected in the first round (second overall) of the draft by Orlando. He was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

      Orlando begins the 2014-15 regular season at New Orleans on Tuesday.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Back problem sidelines Nash for season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Oft-injured point guard Steve Nash will miss the 2014-15 season because of recurring back issues involving nerver damage, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday night.

    • The Lakers said the decision was made in consultation with the team's medical staff and the 40-year-old Nash, who will focus on rest and rehabilitation.

      "Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now," Nash said. "I work very hard to stay healthy and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing at full capacity difficult.

      "I will continue to support my team during this period of rest, and will focus on my long-term health."

      Nash, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, was entering his 19th season in the league. Since joining the Lakers before the 2012-13 season, Nash has experienced medical issues ranging from nerve damage in his leg to nerve damage in his back.

      Last season, he played in just 15 games and averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 assists. In two years with the Lakers, Nash saw action in 65 games and averaged 11.4 points and 6.4 assists.

      Nash reinjured his back last week while lifting bags.

      "As disappointed as we are for ourselves and our fans, we're even more disappointed for Steve," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "We know how hard he's worked the last two years to try to get his body right for the rigors of the NBA, and how badly he wants to play, but unfortunately he simply hasn't been able to get there up to this point in time.

      "Steve has been a consummate professional, and we greatly appreciate his efforts."

      There was no word on whether Nash will retire. The oldest player in the NBA was due to make $9.7 million in the final year of his contract.

      Nash, the league's MVP in 2004-05 and 2005-06, has career averages of 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game. He shot 90.4 percent from the free throw line, the best in NBA history, and his 10,335 assists are third most all time behind John Stockton and Magic Johnson.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    NBA roundup: Carter-Williams expected back Nov. 13
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia 76ers and point guard Michael Carter-Williams established Nov. 13 as the target date for Carter-Williams' return, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

    • Carter-Williams, last season's Rookie of the Year, had shoulder surgery in May.

      He averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds for the 76ers last season.

      Even if Carter-Williams is ready to play Nov. 13, it remains to be seen whether 76ers officials will put him in the lineup then.

      Philadelphia's first-round pick this year was Kansas center Joel Embiid, who might miss the entire season because of a foot injury.

      Nerlens Noel, the 76ers' first-round pick in 2013 who missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL, has missed the last three preseason games due to an upper respiratory infection.

      ---The Orlando Magic signed center Nikola Vucevic to a contract extension, the team announced.

      The team did not provide details of the signing, but multiple media outlets reported earlier that it was a four-year extension. The Orlando Sentinel and ESPN.com reported the extension is worth $53 million. Yahoo Sports reported the deal will pay Vucevic $54 million. USA Today Sports listed the contract value at $48 million with incentives that could hike the total to $53 million.

      ---NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah said he has no pain in his surgically repaired left knee, but it remains unclear how much playing time he will get early in the season.

      "Yeah ... I had surgery," Noah said. "It's fine. It's a work in progress. It's getting better. I'm happy with where it's at. Let me live, man. Jeez."

      The Bulls are planning to manage Noah's minutes, but coach Tom Thibodeau is not the type to commit to a detailed playing time restriction.

      Noah said the Bulls have a plan for his workload and he is thrilled to be experiencing no pain.

      ---Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is ready for more touches, particularly in the paint.

      "The offense is built that way but I just have to make a conscious decision to get myself in there," Love told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "There are a lot of times where I just find myself fading to the three-point line. For me, it's a mentality and that's easy to fix.

      "My entire life I've played the game from inside-out. So the more touches I can get inside to get myself going, the better. I'm not accustomed to starting out a game shooting a three, so it's just something that I see."

      ---Phoenix Suns rookie forward T.J. Warren has been fitted for a splint and will be sidelined while a small crack in a bone in his left thumb heals. The team has not set a timetable for the return of the 14th overall pick in the 2014 draft.

      Warren has averaged 5.0 points and 12.2 minutes in five preseason games.

      ---Kobe Bryant is ready for the regular season according to Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott, who shut down Bryant for the last two games of the preseason to rest him for the games that count.

      Bryant sat out Wednesday as the Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 94-86 in Ontario, Calif., and he won't play Friday when the Lakers oppose the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas.

      ---Former Memphis guard Geron Johnson signed with the Houston Rockets, who waived forward Akil Mitchell to create a roster spot.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Magic announce Vucevic signs extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Orlando Magic signed center Nikola Vucevic to a contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

    • The team did not provide details of the signing, but multiple media outlets reported earlier that it was a four-year extension. The Orlando Sentinel and ESPN.com reported the extension is worth $53 million. Yahoo Sports reported the deal will pay Vucevic $54 million. USA Today Sports listed the contract value at $48 million with incentives that could hike the total to $53 million.

      The extension for Vucevic, who turns 24 years old this week, will start after the upcoming season and will run through 2018-19..

      "Today is an exciting day for Nik (Vucevic) and his family, as well as our entire organization," said general manager Rob Hennigan in a statement. "Since arriving in Orlando, Nik has demonstrated consistent work habits and a constant hunger to improve. He's a high character, team-first player. We are proud of his development and are looking forward to continuing to grow together."

      The 7-foot Vucevic appeared and started in 57 games last season with Orlando, averaging 14.2 points and 11.0 rebounds.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Report: Carter-Williams targets Nov. 13 for return
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia 76ers and point guard Michael Carter-Williams established Nov. 13 as the target date for Carter-Williams' return, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

    • Carter-Williams, last season's Rookie of the Year, had shoulder surgery in May.

      He averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds for the 76ers last season.

      Even if Carter-Williams is ready to play Nov. 13, it remains to be seen whether 76ers officials will put him in the lineup then.

      Philadelphia's first-round pick this year was Kansas center Joel Embiid, who might miss the entire season because of a foot injury.

      Nerlens Noel, the 76ers' first-round pick in 2013 who missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL, has missed the last three preseason games due to an upper respiratory infection.