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  • 76ers' Embiid to undergo knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, already ruled out for the season, will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

    • Embiid will have the procedure in the next few days. The 76ers announced on March 1 that Embiid was done for the season after an MRI exam revealed the tear was "more pronounced" than initially diagnosed.

      The 7-foot, 250-pound Embiid missed the first two seasons of his career with foot injuries. The Cameroon native took the court this season and in 31 games averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 25.4 minutes per contest.

      The 23-year-old Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, has not played in a game since Jan. 27. He had been listed as out indefinitely by the team due to swelling and soreness in the knee before he underwent the MRI.

      Embiid had scored at least 20 points in 10 consecutive games before the streak was broken in an 18-point effort against Portland on Jan. 20 -- the game in which he was injured.

      The former Kansas University standout missed the next two games before returning to score 32 points against Houston on Jan. 27 in what would be his final game of the season.

  • NBA notebook: Bulls' Lopez, Raptors' Ibaka suspended
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto forward Serge Ibaka each have been suspended one game for their roles in a fight during the Raptors' 122-120 overtime victory on Tuesday.

    • Toronto assistant Jamaal Magloire was also fined $15,000 for pushing Chicago forward Nikola Mirotic during the altercation, the NBA announced on Wednesday.

      Lopez will sit out the Bulls' game versus the visiting Detroit Pistons on Wednesday while Ibaka will miss the Raptors' encounter at the Miami Heat on Thursday.

      Tempers flared with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter after Ibaka grabbed the ball and threw an elbow near the back of Lopez after a made 3-pointer, causing the latter to swipe at the ball. Ibaka appeared to shove Lopez, who responded by misfiring on an attempted punch. Ibaka retaliated by taking a swing at the head of Lopez.

      --Resting superstars might not be an issue if the NBA was willing to shorten the 82-game regular season.

      Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr shared that opinion amidst the ongoing conversation around backlash from the league office and fans over the number of games off granted to the NBA's premier players. When a reporter questioned whether Kerr, whose players have topped 200 total games played the past two seasons including the postseason, might pass up a portion of his salary if the NBA shortened the season, he didn't hesitate.

      "I wouldn't be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own salary, but it's something that everyone would have to agree to," Kerr said. "I think even just going down to 75 games, I think that would make a dramatic difference in schedule. Now I don't see that happening because there is money at stake for everybody."

      The NBA plans to stretch the regular season over seven more days in 2017-18 to accommodate players. Preseason game schedules were also tightened.

      --The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.

      Felder appeared in 38 games for the Cavaliers this season and is averaging 4.1 points in 9.7 minutes per game. He averaged 30.4 points in nine games with Canton.

      Felder was selected with the 54th pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. He was later traded to the Cavaliers on draft night.

      --The Denver Nuggets assigned rookie guard Malik Beasley to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League.

      Beasley, a first-round draft pick (No. 19 overall) in 2016, has appeared in 19 games for the Nuggets, averaging 2.6 points in 4.7 minutes.

      The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Beasley, who played at Florida State, has appeared in 12 games with Sioux Falls and averaged 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

      --The Chicago Bulls recalled guard Cameron Payne from the Windy City Bulls of the NBA Development League.

      Payne has appeared in 29 games combined this season with Chicago and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is averaging 6.0 assists in nine games with the Bulls.

      A first-round pick of the Thunder (No. 14 overall) in 2015, Payne is coming off a big game with Windy City on Tuesday night, scoring 22 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists.

  • Bulls recall G Payne from D-League
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    The Chicago Bulls on Wednesday recalled guard Cameron Payne from the Windy City Bulls of the NBA Development League.

    • Payne has appeared in 29 games combined this season with Chicago and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is averaging 6.0 assists in nine games with the Bulls.

      A first-round pick of the Thunder (No. 14 overall) in 2015, Payne is coming off a big game with Windy City on Tuesday night, scoring 22 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists.

  • Nuggets assign rookie G Beasley to Sioux Falls
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    The Denver Nuggets assigned rookie guard Malik Beasley to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

    • Beasley, a first-round draft pick (No. 19 overall) in 2016, has appeared in 19 games for the Nuggets, averaging 2.6 points in 4.7 minutes.

      The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Beasley, who played at Florida State, has appeared in 12 games with Sioux Falls and averaged 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

  • Cavaliers send G Felder to D-League
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

    • Felder appeared in 38 games for the Cavaliers this season and is averaging 4.1 points in 9.7 minutes per game. He averaged 30.4 points in nine games with Canton.

      Felder was selected with the 54th pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. He was later traded to the Cavaliers on draft night.

  • Bulls' Lopez, Raptors' Ibaka suspended 1 game
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto forward Serge Ibaka each have been suspended one game for their roles in a fight during the Raptors' 122-120 overtime victory on Tuesday.

    • Toronto assistant Jamaal Magloire was also fined $15,000 for pushing Chicago forward Nikola Mirotic during the altercation, the NBA announced on Wednesday.

      Lopez will sit out the Bulls' game versus the visiting Detroit Pistons on Wednesday while Ibaka will miss the Raptors' encounter at the Miami Heat on Thursday.

      Tempers flared with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter after Ibaka grabbed the ball and threw an elbow near the back of Lopez after a made 3-pointer, causing the latter to swipe at the ball. Ibaka appeared to shove Lopez, who responded by misfiring on an attempted punch. Ibaka retaliated by taking a swing at the head of Lopez.

      "This game gets very competitive, obviously. It gets heated at times. That happened last night," Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We'll deal with it and move on, and we'll be happy to have (Lopez) in the lineup on Friday."

      Several other players and assistant coaches joined the fray before the situation settled down. Both players were assessed technical fouls and were ejected for fighting.

  • Warriors' Kerr not resting case on sitting stars
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Resting superstars might not be an issue if the NBA was willing to shorten the 82-game regular season.

    • Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr shared that opinion amidst the ongoing conversation around backlash from the league office and fans over the number of games off granted to the NBA's premier players. When a reporter questioned whether Kerr, whose players have topped 200 total games played the past two seasons including the postseason, might pass up a portion of his salary if the NBA shortened the season, he didn't hesitate.

      "I wouldn't be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own salary, but it's something that everyone would have to agree to," Kerr said. "I think even just going down to 75 games, I think that would make a dramatic difference in schedule. Now I don't see that happening because there is money at stake for everybody."

      The NBA plans to stretch the regular season over seven more days in 2017-18 to accommodate players. Preseason game schedules were also tightened.

      Several teams, following a trend established by the San Antonio Spurs, are resting key players and some of the off days are rubbing NBA commissioner Adam Silver the wrong way. He sent a memo to team owners asking them to get involved in decisions to rest players who help propel the turnstiles across the NBA.

      "Decisions of this kind do not merely implicate issues of player health and team performance on the court; they also can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation, and damage the perception of our game," Silver states in the memo. "With so much at stake, it is simply not acceptable for Governors to be uninvolved or to defer decision-making authority on these matters to others in their organizations."

      A week after Kerr and the Warriors rested Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala against the San Antonio Spurs on a Saturday ABC game, the Cleveland Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love against the Los Angeles Clippers last Saturday in another ABC game. The primetime contests are a shift in scheduling established in 2016, when the NBA reached a landmark broadcast and digital content deal with multiple partners.

      ESPN, one of the NBA's media partners and the Disney-family relative of ABC, released a statement.

      "As always, our aim is to serve NBA fans with the best matchups involving the league's top stars and we share the fans' disappointment," ESPN's statement read. "We understand this is a complex issue and we're working closely with the NBA to best address it going forward from a media partnership standpoint."

      Kerr told ESPN that his decision to rest players was based on the best way to get through a stretch of eight games in eight cities in 13 days that included 11,000 miles of air travel.

      Spurs coach Gregg Popovich plans no changes to his playing time decisions. Popovich stressed in previous seasons when pressed on the topic that managing injuries and player health is more of a concern than pleasing any fanbase.

      "There is still no rule because it's a bucket of worms," Popovich said Tuesday. " And it's hard to make a rule. I think the league has to understand the science of what we do is a whole lot more sophisticated than it used to be. We have definitely added years to people's (careers). So it's a trade-off. You want to see this guy in this one game? Or do you want to see him for three more years in his career."

  • NBA roundup: One Lopez beats buzzer, the other brawls
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    NEW YORK -- Brook Lopez capped a 29-point showing with a buzzer-beating jumper to give the Brooklyn Nets a dramatic 98-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

    • Lopez made 13 of 24 from the field and saved his biggest shot for the final possession after Detroit's Tobias Harris forged a 96-96 deadlock with an 8-footer.

      Caris LeVert added 15 points, K.J. McDaniels contributed 11 while Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in 10 and eight rebounds for Brooklyn.

      Harris scored 24 points for the Pistons, who are 3-11 in their last 14 road games. Caldwell-Pope added 19 and Ish Smith contributed 16 for Detroit.

      Raptors 122, Bulls 120 (OT)

      TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, for Toronto.

      The victory snapped the Raptors' 11-game losing streak to Chicago, including two losses this season.

      The game was marred by a fight late in the third quarter between the Bulls' Robin Lopez and Toronto's Serge Ibaka. Both were ejected. Lopez finished with 12 points and Ibaka had 16 points.

      Warriors 112, Mavericks 87

      DALLAS -- Klay Thompson led a balanced attack with 23 points that included going 5 of 8 from beyond the arc as Golden State routed Dallas.

      Steph Curry recorded 17 points and nine assists to help the Warriors win their fifth straight game. Golden State collected 34 assists on 43 baskets.

      The Mavericks were led by Dirk Nowitzki's 16 points and nine rebounds. Seth Curry, Steph's brother, had a disappointing evening, finishing with 10 points on 4 of 12 shooting.

      Spurs 100, Timberwolves 93

      MINNEAPOLIS -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, and San Antonio overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to top Minnesota.

      The Spurs swept the four-game season series with the Timberwolves. Kawhi Leonard added 22 points to supplement Aldridge's big night, and Pau Gasol scored 11 points off the bench for San Antonio.

      Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota -- his 53rd double-double of the season. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points for the Timberwolves.

      Heat 112, Suns 97

      MIAMI -- Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Miami.

      Whiteside also sustained a cut between his fingers and was getting stitches postgame. The team will know more about his status Wednesday, coach Erik Spoelstra said. The win moved the Heat one game ahead of Detroit for eighth in the Eastern Conference.

      Whiteside's performance surpassed former center Rony Seikaly for two club records. Whiteside has 936 career rebounds, eclipsing Seikaly's previous mark of 934. His double-double output increased his consecutive streak to 13, surpassing Seikaly's 12 in 1991-92.

      Pelicans 95, Grizzlies 82

      NEW ORLEANS -- DeMarcus Cousins had his breakout game with New Orleans, scoring a game-high 41 points, including nine in a decisive 21-0 third-quarter run, to power the Pelicans.

      It was the most points Cousins scored since coming to New Orleans in a trade with Sacramento. Cousins added a game-high 17 rebounds as the Pelicans won for the fifth time in six games. New Orleans also got 19 points and 13 rebounds from Anthony Davis.

      Memphis was led by Mike Conley with 16 points, but the Grizzlies saw their four-game winning streak end.

      Clippers 133, Lakers 109

      LOS ANGELES -- Chris Paul scored 27 points, J.J. Redick contributed 24, and the Clippers rolled past the Lakers for the 13th time in 14 games.

      Austin Rivers had 18 points and Jamal Crawford added 15, including a 3-pointer from 46 feet to end the third quarter, for the Clippers. Blake Griffin had 12 points and eight assists, while DeAndre Jordan chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds.

      Brandon Ingram scored 21 points to lead the Lakers, who lost their sixth in a row and 14th in the past 15 contests.

      Bucks 93, Trail Blazers 90

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- Khris Middleton had 26 points and Milwaukee scored the final six points to defeat Portland.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who won for the ninth time in their last 11 games.

      Damian Lillard scored 31 points for the Trail Blazers, who lost for only the third time in 11 outings.

  • Lopez, Ibaka ejected for fighting in Bulls-Raptors tilt
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    TORONTO -- Robin Lopez of the Chicago Bulls and Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors were ejected for fighting during the third quarter Tuesday night at the Air Canada Center.

    • The altercation broke out near the basket after Jimmy Butler's 3-pointer gave Chicago an 88-72 lead with 3:59 to play in the third.

      Ibaka had 16 points and six rebounds in the game. Lopez had 12 points and four rebounds.

  • Former Bulls GM Jerry Krause dies at 77
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Jerry Krause, who orchestrated the Chicago Bulls' dominant run in the 1990s, died at the age of 77 on Tuesday.

    • Krause, a native of Chicago, became the Bulls' general manager in 1985 and drafted the likes of Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant to team with Michael Jordan and build a team that won six NBA championships.

      "The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause," Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. "Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years.

      "He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the '90s. I would not have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame if it were not for Jerry. We will miss him tremendously, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Thelma and the Krause family."

      Krause is a two-time winner of the league's Executive of the Year Award.

      "I owe a lot to Jerry," said John Paxson, Chicago's executive vice president of basketball operations who played for the Bulls from 1986 until 1994. "If it weren't for him bringing me to Chicago in 1985, I probably never would have been a Bull.

      "He had a great eye for talent, and his ability to build a team is unrivaled. He's one of the best the league has ever seen. We're keeping Thelma and his family in our thoughts and prayers."

      Krause retired from the Bulls in 2003. Krause also served as an NBA scout and a baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox.

      Out of college, he worked as a scout for the Baltimore Bullets and later with the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers.

      Krause is survived by his wife, Thelma, his two children, Stacy and David, and grandchildren Colette, Josh, Mia and Riley.

  • 76ers' Splitter continues rehab, assigned to Delaware 87ers
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    The Philadelphia 76ers assigned forward Tiago Splitter to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League on Tuesday.

    • Splitter will participate in a full practice with the 87ers as the next stage of his return to play protocol.

      The 32-year-old Brazilian center was traded to the 76ers along with a second-round draft pick from the Atlanta Hawks for Ersan Ilyasova on Feb. 22. He has not played this season since an MRI exam revealed a grade 2 right calf strain in October.

      Splitter has averaged eight points and 5.1 rebounds over six seasons with the Hawks and San Antonio Spurs.

      Philadelphia (26-44) is 13th out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference standings and visits the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

  • Silver: Owners must address issue of resting players
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Fans and the NBA's television partners are voicing displeasure at teams' practice of resting star players, and commissioner Adam Silver responded Monday by sending a memo to team owners in which called the sitting of marquee players "an extremely significant issue for our league."

    • A copy of the memo was obtained by ESPN and USA Today, and in it Silver said the issue of resting players would be a topic at the next NBA Board of Governors meeting April 6. He alerted teams that "significant penalties" would be meted out on teams that do not abide by the league's rules that require teams to give "notice to the league office, their opponent, and the media immediately upon a determination that a player will not participate in a game due to rest."

      It is not clear what those penalties might be.

      Silver added that owners must be involved and cannot simply defer decision-making on this issue to others who may not be aware of the impact that sitting star players has on fans and business partners.

      "Decisions of this kind do not merely implicate issues of player health and team performance on the court; they also can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation, and damage the perception of our game," Silver states in the memo. "With so much at stake, it is simply not acceptable for Governors to be uninvolved or to defer decision-making authority on these matters to others in their organizations."

      A week after the Golden State Warriors rested Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala against the San Antonio Spurs on a Saturday ABC game, the Cleveland Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love against the Los Angeles Clippers last Saturday in another ABC game.

      On Monday, ESPN, a media partner of ABC, released a statement.

      "As always, our aim is to serve NBA fans with the best matchups involving the league's top stars and we share the fans' disappointment," the statement read. "We understand this is a complex issue and we're working closely with the NBA to best address it going forward from a media partnership standpoint."

      Golden State coach Steve Kerr told ESPN that his decision to rest players was based on the best way to get through a stretch of eight games in eight cities in 13 days that included 11,000 miles of air travel.

      Silver said last month that reducing the number of preseason games was put into the new collective bargaining agreement to address the issue of resting players and help reduce injuries.

  • NBA roundup: Rockets win on Harden's late shot
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    HOUSTON -- James Harden converted a coast-to-coast layup with 2.4 seconds remaining to cap a wild fourth quarter and give the Houston Rockets a 125-124 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night at Toyota Center.

    • Harden corralled the rebound of an errant shot from Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson and raced up the center of the court before scoring to give the Rockets their final lead. Harden followed with a deflection on the subsequent inbounds pass intended for Nuggets center Mason Plumlee to seal the victory.

      Six Rockets scored in double figures, with Harden leading the way with a game-high 39 points and 11 assists.

      Gary Harris scored 28 points, and Will Barton tallied 24 points for the Nuggets, who fell to 0-3 against Houston this season.

      Warriors 111, Thunder 95

      OKLAHOMA CITY -- Klay Thompson made seven 3-pointers and scored 34 points, and Steph Curry also buried seven 3-pointers on his way to 23 points to lead Golden State past Oklahoma City.

      The Thunder's Victor Oladipo scored a team-high 17 points. Russell Westbrook had a subpar night. He was held to 15 points on 4-of-16 shooting to go with eight rebounds and seven assists.

      The Warriors swept the season series with the Thunder 4-0 by an average of more than 20 points per game.

      Celtics 110, Wizards 102

      BOSTON -- The Celtics, responding after a loss in Philadelphia on Sunday, held off the Wizards in a battle for second place in the Eastern Conference.

      Boston earned its 11th win in its past 12 home games to extend its lead to 2 1/2 games over Washington. The Wizards cut a 20-point third-quarter deficit to six late, but four straight points by Boston's Marcus Smart put the game away.

      Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 25 points, while the Wizards, losing for the fourth in their last five games, got 19 points from Bradley Beal.

      Hornets 105, Hawks 90

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker led a balanced attack with 16 points apiece, as the Hornets won their second straight game and beat the Hawks for the third time in three meetings this season.

      The Hornets opened the second quarter with a 15-2 spurt and led the rest of the way. Their biggest lead was 23 points.

      The Hawks lost their fifth straight and were without starters Paul Millsap (knee) and Kent Bazemore (knee). Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 20 points.

      Pacers 107, Jazz 100

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George made a clutch jumper with 18.9 seconds remaining, and Indiana overcame Gordon Hayward's career-best 38 points to beat Utah.

      A three-point play from Jeff Teague with 5:58 remaining gave Indiana a 94-84 lead. But Utah got a 3-pointer and a layup from Hayward to close to within 100-97 with 2:11 left. George's 3-pointer with 1:58 remaining gave the Pacers a 103-97 lead.

      Teague led Indiana with 21 points, and George added 19.

      Magic 112, 76ers 109 (OT)

      ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Orlando won a second consecutive game for just the first time since late December.

      Philadelphia had a two-game winning streak snapped.

      Evan Fournier had 19 points, including five in overtime, while center Rashaun Holmes led the Sixers with 24 points and 14 rebounds, both career highs.

      Clippers 114, Knicks 105

      LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin scored 30 points in three quarters, and Los Angeles beat New York for the 10th consecutive time.

      DeAndre Jordan had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks and J.J. Redick also scored 14 for the Clippers. Austin Rivers came off the bench to score 17 points, while Chris Paul had 13 points and 13 assists for Los Angeles.

      Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 18 points to lead the Knicks, who have dropped five of their past six contests. Porzingis returned to the lineup after missing a game with a thigh bruise.

  • Okafor ruled out against Magic
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 20, 2017

    Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Orlando Magic because of soreness in his right knee.

    • Okafor, who was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2015 draft, played in 12 minutes of Sunday's 105-99 win over the Boston Celtics before sitting out due to discomfort.

      Second-year center Richaun Holmes is expected to start in place of the 21-year-old Okafor, who is averaging 11.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game this season.

      Holmes, who played 29 minutes on Sunday, finished with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals versus the Celtics.

  • Timberwolves sign F Casspi
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 20, 2017

    The Minnesota Timberwolves signed free agent forward Omri Casspi to a contract on Monday.

    • Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team for Casspi, who was part of the trade that brought forward/center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans.

      Casspi broke his thumb in the first game with the Pelicans on Feb. 23, prompting the Pelicans to release him two days later so they could sign another player.

      The Timberwolves coveted Casspi to replace Nemanja Bjelica, who was lost last week with a season-ending foot injury.

      Casspi is averaging 6.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 23 games this season with the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans.

      The 28-year-old has career averages of 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in 486 games over eight NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Kings and Pelicans. His best season was when he averaged 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds for Sacramento in 2015-16.

  • Wolves set to sign F Casspi
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to terms on Sunday with free agent forward Omri Casspi, according to multiple reports.

    • The deal, which would run through the remainder of this season, is slated to be finalized on Monday.

      The 6-foot-9 Casspi became a free agent after breaking his right thumb on Feb. 23 in his first game with the Pelicans. New Orleans was forced to release him so it could sign another player.

      Casspi was sent to New Orleans in the blockbuster deal in which Sacramento All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins was dealt to the Pelicans during the All-Star break.

      The Timberwolves coveted Casspi to replace Nemanja Bjelica, who was lost last week with a season-ending foot injury.

      Casspi, 28, has career averages of 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in 486 games over eight NBA seasons. His best season was when he averaged 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Kings in 2015-16.

  • NBA notebook: Bazemore, Millsap to miss time with Hawks
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    The Atlanta Hawks will be without guard Kent Bazemore and forward Paul Millsap for at least the next two games.

    • Bazemore left Saturday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers with 5:27 remaining in the fourth quarter due to a right knee contusion. He received an MRI exam on Sunday morning, which revealed a right knee bone bruise.

      Bazemore will be treated and re-evaluated in seven to 10 days. He is listed as out and will not travel for Monday night's game at Charlotte. Bazemore is averaging 11 points in 67 games (64 starts) this season.

      Millsap missed the game against Portland due to left knee tightness. He is listed as out and will miss the next two games at Charlotte and Wednesday at Washington. Millsap is averaging 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, starting all 65 games played.

      --Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin exited Sunday's game against the Dallas Mavericks with a sprained right ankle.

      Lin appeared to be injured during the first quarter and was seen limping to the bench before a timeout with 4:35 remaining. He rode the stationary bike behind the Nets' bench for a few minutes and was ruled out for the remainder of the game midway through the second quarter.

      Before exiting, Lin scored four points in seven minutes. He is averaging 13.7 points and 4.8 assists on 45 percent shooting in 25 games this season.

      --Memphis Grizzlies small forward Chandler Parsons will undergo left knee surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

      The Grizzlies said Parsons will undergo a procedure called a meniscectomy to repair a partial tear of the medial meniscus. Memphis announced last week that Parsons was out indefinitely.

      The 28-year-old signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies in the offseason but averaged just 6.2 points in 34 games this season. He was plagued by issues with both knees all season.

      --The NBA fined Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe $35,000 for shoving Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young above the shoulders in a game on Friday.

      The incident occurred with 36 seconds left in the third quarter of the Bucks' 107-103 win over the Lakers at Staples Center.

      Young was fined $25,000 for initiating the altercation by shoving Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon.

      Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell was fined $15,000 for entering the altercation and pushing Monroe.

      All three players were ejected for the incident. Lakers coach Luke Walton was livid after the game.

      --The Phoenix Suns signed forward Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract.

      Eddie, a three-year NBA Development League veteran, most recently played with the Windy City Bulls.

      Eddie, 25, owns 26 games of NBA experience with the Washington Wizards last season, averaging 2.4 points and 5.7 minutes.

      --The Charlotte Hornets signed guard Briante Weber to a multi-year contract.

      Weber, 24, signed consecutive 10-day contracts with the Hornets on Feb. 27 and March 9. He has seen action in five games with Charlotte, averaging 3.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 9.4 minutes per contest.

  • NBA roundup: Irving, Cavs clobber Lakers
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Kyrie Irving scored 46 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers used a fourth-quarter rally to knock off the Los Angeles Lakers 125-120 on Sunday.

    • Irving connected on 15 of 21 shots from the floor and 6 of 10 from 3-point range for the Cavaliers, who increased their lead over the Boston Celtics for first place in the Eastern Conference to 2 1/2 games. LeBron James contributed 34 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love added 21 points and 15 boards for Cleveland.

      D'Angelo Russell, who hit seven 3-pointers, scored a career-high 40 points for the Lakers, who lost their fifth in a row. Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and Brandon Ingram chipped in 18 for Los Angeles.

      76ers 105, Celtics 99

      PHILADELPHIA -- Dario Saric scored 23 points and Robert Covington nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:41 left as Philadelphia beat Boston.

      Saric and Covington, who finished with 16 points, combined for nine in the final 5:27 as Philadelphia rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to win for the third time in four games.

      Boston's Al Horford scored a season-high 27 points and had eight rebounds and six assists. Jae Crowder added 15 points as the Celtics saw a three-game winning streak end. They played their second straight game without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who rested a sore right knee. He is expected to return Monday night against Washington.

      Spurs 118, Kings 102

      SAN ANTONIO -- Pau Gasol scored 22 points off the bench and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points in 21 minutes to help push San Antonio to an easy win over Sacramento at the AT&T Center.

      The Spurs snapped a two-game losing streak, and they still haven't lost three contests in a row this season. They also swept the four-game season series from Sacramento. Kawhi Leonard hit for 12 points for the Spurs, his season-low scoring output as he missed nine of his 12 shots from the floor.

      Tony Parker scored 16 points for San Antonio, which moved to within two games of idle Golden State for the best record in the NBA.

      Trail Blazers 115, Heat 104

      MIAMI -- Damian Lillard scored a season-high 49 points to lead Portland over Miami.

      It was Lillard's 13th game this season with 30 or more points and his fourth with 40 or more. He started the night seventh in the league in scoring with an average of 26.5 points per game. Jusuf Nurkic added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, and CJ McCollum scored 18 points.

      James Johnson came off Miami's bench to produce 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Hassan Whiteside battled foul trouble and had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his 12th straight double-double. Goran Dragic also had 17 points.

      Mavericks 111, Nets 104

      NEW YORK -- J.J. Barea scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Dallas never trailed but was forced to hold on against Brooklyn.

      Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 23 points but was not on the floor when Berea scored nine straight points in a span of 2:31. Nowitzki had 20 points in the first three quarters when the Mavericks took an 82-72 lead. He became the sixth NBA player to score at least 31,000 career points.

      Despite Barea's clutch baskets, Dallas did not seal the game until the final minute. The Nets were within 103-101 after two free throws by Randy Foye with 80 seconds left, but consecutive hoops by Harrison Barnes secured the win.

      Brook Lopez led the Nets with 27 points. Jeremy Lin exited the game with a sprained right ankle.

      Pistons 112, Suns 95

      AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 23 points and eight assists, and Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak.

      Andre Drummond contributed a double-double -- his 46th -- with 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit. Marcus Morris had 16 points and Reggie Jackson 14. Aron Baynes contributed 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds off the bench.

      Tyler Ulis had 17 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who had just eight available players.

      Raptors 116, Pacers 91

      TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points to lead Toronto over Indiana.

      Serge Ibaka added 16 points for Toronto. DeMarre Carroll and Jakob Poeltl contributed 12 points apiece, Cory Joseph scored 11 points and had nine assists, and Jonas Valanciunas scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. It was the 26th double-double of the season for Valanciunas, which leads the team.

      Paul George led the Pacers with 18 points. Thaddeus Young and Jeff Teague each scored 16 points and Monta Ellis added 10. Teague also had seven assists.

      Pelicans 123, Timberwolves 109

      NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis scored 28 points and keyed a 12-0, fourth-quarter run with a layup and two assists to power New Orleans over Minnesota.

      Jordan Crawford added 22 points off the bench for the Pelicans, who led 102-99 with 6:28 left after Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns slammed home a dunk. But in the next 3:01, New Orleans scored 12 straight to extend the advantage to 114-99 with 3:12 left.

      Towns led all scorers with 33 points, but Minnesota lost for the fourth time in five games.

  • Bazemore, Millsap to miss at least two games for Hawks
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    The Atlanta Hawks will be without guard Kent Bazemore and forward Paul Millsap for at least the next two games.

    • Bazemore left Saturday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers with 5:27 remaining in the fourth quarter due to a right knee contusion. He received an MRI exam on Sunday morning, which revealed a right knee bone bruise.

      Bazemore will be treated and re-evaluated in seven to 10 days. He is listed as out and will not travel for Monday night's game at Charlotte. Bazemore is averaging 11 points in 67 games (64 starts) this season.

      Millsap missed the game against Portland due to left knee tightness. He is listed as out and will miss the next two games at Charlotte and Wednesday at Washington. Millsap is averaging 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, starting all 65 games played.

      Due to the injuries, the Hawks recalled forward DeAndre' Bembry from the Salt Lake City Stars of the D-League. Bembry has played in 30 games for Atlanta this season, averaging 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds.

  • Bucks C Monroe, two Lakers fined for incident
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    The NBA on Sunday fined Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe $35,000 for shoving Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young above the shoulders in a game last week.

    • The incident occurred with 36 seconds left in the third quarter of the Bucks' 107-103 win over the Lakers at Staples Center on March 17.

      Young was fined $25,000 for initiating the altercation by shoving Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon.

      Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell was fined $15,000 for entering the altercation and pushing Monroe.

      All three players were ejected for the incident. Lakers coach Luke Walton was livid after the game.

      Walton seemed most bothered by a Milwaukee employee who grabbed Brandon Ingram and pushed him away.

      "The fact that they don't get in trouble for that, the refs don't say anything about that, and he puts his hands on one of our players -- he works for them -- he can touch their players all he wants, don't touch my damn players," Walton said.

      Because if that's OK, I'm sure we can find a couple people in LA who want that job working for the Lakers too. So that's ... that's not right."

  • Grizzlies' Parsons (knee) expected to miss rest of season
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Memphis Grizzlies small forward Chandler Parsons will undergo left knee surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

    • The Grizzlies said Parsons will undergo a procedure called a meniscectomy to repair a partial tear of the medial meniscus.

      Memphis announced last week that Parsons was out indefinitely.

      The 28-year-old signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies in the offseason but averaged just 6.2 points in 34 games this season. He was plagued by issues with both knees all season.

      Parsons has undergone two surgeries on his right knee over the past two years.

  • Suns sign Eddie to 10-day deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    The Phoenix Suns signed forward Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract on Sunday.

    • Eddie, a three-year NBA Development League veteran, most recently played with the Windy City Bulls.

      Eddie, 25, owns 26 games of NBA experience with the Washington Wizards last season, averaging 2.4 points and 5.7 minutes.

      After playing this past preseason with the Wizards, the 6-foot-7, 220-pound Eddie began 2016-17 with the Austin Spurs of the D-League before being traded to Windy City on Jan. 25. He averaged 14.1 points in 45 D-League games overall this season, and averaged 17.8 point on 50 percent shooting from the field and 49.3 percent from beyond the arc in 20 contests since joining Windy City.

  • Nets' Lin leaves game with sprained ankle
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin exited Sunday's game against the Dallas Mavericks with a sprained right ankle.

    • Lin appeared to be injured during the first quarter and was seen limping to the bench before a timeout with 4:35 remaining. He rode the stationary bike behind the Nets' bench for a few minutes and was ruled out for the remainder of the game midway through the second quarter.

      Lin's first season of a three-year contract with Brooklyn has been plagued by injuries. He missed 17 games with a strained left hamstring from Nov. 4 through Dec. 10, one game with lower back tightness on Dec. 14 and 26 more contests from Dec. 28 to Feb. 15 when he reinjured the left hamstring.

      Before exiting, Lin scored four points in seven minutes. He is averaging 13.7 points and 4.8 assists on 45 percent shooting in 25 games this season.

  • Hornets sign G Weber
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    The Charlotte Hornets signed guard Briante Weber to a multi-year contract on Sunday.

    • Weber, 24, signed consecutive 10-day contracts with the Hornets on Feb. 27 and March 9.

      The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Weber has seen action in five games with Charlotte, averaging 3.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 9.4 minutes per contest.

      In his NBA career, Weber appeared in 19 games (four starts) over two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and Hornets, averaging 3.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 13.8 minutes. He played in two postseason games with the Heat, logging six minutes of action during the 2016 playoffs.

      The Virginia Commonwealth product also played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League this season, appearing in 31 games (all starts) with averages of 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 3.3 steals and 36.8 minutes. He was selected as a 2017 NBA D-League All-Star.

  • Report: Timberwolves won't re-sign Stephenson
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Lance Stephenson's brief tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves is coming to an end.

    • The Timberwolves are not expected to sign the swingman for the rest of the season after Stephenson completes his second 10-day contract, ESPN reported Saturday.

      Minnesota has "chosen to go in a different direction," according to ESPN, and the 26-year-old Stephenson will become a free agent.

      Injuries played a role in hampering Stephenson's time with the Timberwolves. He is battling an ankle sprain which kept him from flying with the team to Miami for Friday's game against the Heat.

      Stephenson is expected to be fully healed within six days, per ESPN.

      The seven-year veteran averaged 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in six games with Minnesota. He also spent six games with the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this season, averaging 9.7 points, three boards and 4.8 assists.