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Cameron Payne Suffers Fracture In Right Foot

Sep 29, 2016 12:38 PM

Cameron Payne has suffered an acute fracture in the fifth metatarsal his right foot.

Payne suffered the injury on a drive to the basket against Josh Huestis in the first half of the Thunder's Blue and White Scrimmage on Tuesday.

The acute fracture is unrelated to the stress fracture Payne suffered during the season in that it's an impact injury. 

Following surgery on his right foot July 25 to repair a Jones fracture, Payne had been a full participant in preseason practice with no restrictions.

The Thunder acquired veteran guard Ronnie Price this offseason and is also confident with Victor Oladipo playing at point guard.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Tags: Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Tim Duncan At Spurs' Practice As Post-Playing Life Evolving

Sep 29, 2016 11:04 AM

Tim Duncan made an appearance at the San Antonio Spurs' training camp workout on Wednesday.

Duncan's role within the franchise remains unclear now that he's retired.

"When I got done arguing with him about why he's been fined for not showing up the last few days, we got that out of the way first. Most people under contract are required to show up for their jobs," Gregg Popovich said jokingly. "He said he didn't have a contract. But I told him I thought we had a verbal contract, and I thought that was just as good as written. We're having a tough time right now, the two of us, trying to get him straight. He's always been tough to manage, especially so now that he's retired."

Duncan served as a spectator as the club scrimmaged Wednesday and could be seen conversing with former teammates as they took part in an after-practice shootaround.

Popovich mentioned Monday that Duncan would remain involved with the team and joked that he would be "the coach of whatever he feels like." Popovich said there is no room for Duncan on the bench during game situations and joked that he's "too smart for that" anyway.

Like Popovich, R.C. Buford said Duncan's role will be "whatever he decides it to be." But first, the Spurs would like Duncan to adjust to life after basketball, while finding the niche in which he's most comfortable.

"I think he's learning about life after playing," Buford said. "And he can impact us in so many ways. I think we need to sit back and get a better understanding of how he feels like he wants to fit in and what works for his family. Then we'll figure it out from there. But the gym feels better when he's in it."

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Tags: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs Release Ryan Richards

Sep 29, 2016 12:09 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have released Ryan Richards.

Richards was drafted in the second round by the Spurs in 2010.

The Spurs' camp roster now stands at 19.

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

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Khris Middleton Undergoes Successful Hamstring Surgery

Sep 29, 2016 12:34 PM

Khris Middleton underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair his ruptured left hamstring. The surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by Dr. David Altchek. Middleton is expected to be sidelined for approximately six months. A timeline for his return to basketball activity will be established at a later date. Middleton suffered the injury during preseason workouts on Sept. 20.

Middleton’s rehabilitation will be conducted in Milwaukee under the direction of the Bucks medical and performance team with guidance from team orthopaedic physician Dr. William Raasch and the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin medical staff.

Middleton, 25, averaged a career-high 18.2 points, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals last season along with 3.8 rebounds in 79 games. Originally selected by Detroit (39th overall) in the 2012 NBA Draft, Middleton has career averages of 13.2 points, 2.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 267 career games (201 starts).

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Tags: Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury

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P.J. Hairston Signs Camp Deal With Rockets

Sep 29, 2016 6:00 PM

P.J. Hairston has agreed to a training camp deal with the Houston Rockets.

Houston will have Hairston's D-League rights if he does not make their regular season roster.

Hairston played 66 games last season with the Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies.

Hairston was a first round pick out of North Carolina in 2014.

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Tags: P.J. Hairston, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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Tyronn Lue Extends Open Invitation For Kevin Garnett To Join Cavs' Coaching Staff

Sep 29, 2016 5:54 PM

Tyronn Lue has extended an open invitation for Kevin Garnett to join his coaching staff with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I talked to him about it," Lue said after Cavs practice Thursday. "I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he's not ready yet. He goes back -- 'I might do it' -- but he's back and forth. We'll see. But I'd definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach."

Garnett retired last week after 21 seasons in the NBA.

"He's one of my best friends," Lue said of Garnett.

Lue, 39, was rooting for the 40-year-old Garnett to play a 22nd and final season in Minnesota this year.

"Didn't want to see him do it," Lue said of Garnett's retirement. "I thought he would've been the first player in NBA history to play in his teens, 20s, 30s and 40s. He just turned 40 in May. I just thought that would've been great for him."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bill Duffy Paying Anthony Carter For Lost Salary Until 2020

Sep 29, 2016 12:17 PM

Anthony Carter has returned to the Miami Heat organization as a coach after a clerical error on his player option ended his tenure with the team.

Carter's agent, Bill Duffy, failed to notify the Heat he would exercise his $4.1 million player option for the 03-04 season.

The mistake cost Carter more than $3 million in lost salary, which Duffy agreed to make up to him. Duffy has been paying Carter in installments over the years.

"In the end it was a blessing," Carter said. "I'm still getting paid from it. Everything happens for a reason and my agent was man enough to stand up and just pay me over a period of time. To this day, I'm still getting paid. I'm still getting paid until 2020."

Manny Navarro/Miami Herald

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Replay Center To Make More Review Calls To Speed Up Play

Sep 29, 2016 12:21 PM

The NBA plans on completing more in-game replay reviews by the league's staff at their replay center in New Jersey in order to make them more efficient and less time-consuming.

Last season, 72% of reviews were determined by the replay center, and during the 2016-17 season, nearly 87% of reviews will be made from the replay center with the assistance of active referees who are in the center for every game, NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia said.

“Many times last season with the NBA refs who are in the replay center, we had the judgement before the game refs even got to the scorer’s table,” Borgia said. “I’m sitting there saying, ‘If we already know the answer, common sense says let’s just do it.’ It’s pretty obvious from being the in replay center, it can be done quicker with active referees talking to each other in the replay center.”

NBA owners are expected to approve the measure in October.

Last season, the average play reviewed took 31.9 seconds, down from 42.1 seconds in 2014-15. 

The additional decisions made in the replay center will shave as much as 25% off the amount of time it took to review those same type of plays from a year ago.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

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Blake Griffin Spent Offseason Working On Three-Pointer

Sep 29, 2016 9:01 PM

Blake Griffin is hoping to add a three-point shot to his game this season.

Griffin has taken only 87 3-point shots in his last 182 games, hitting 32.2 percent of them. 

Griffin said he shot more 3’s than he’s ever shot before during the offseason, nearly mirroring his work from the long mid-range. 

If Griffin is able to shoot a respectable three-point shot, he would help the Clippers solve their spacing issues.

“I want to be someone who shoots from there confidently, for sure,” Griffin said. “A lot of us power forwards, our strength is inside or our versatility. You look at the best power forwards, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus (Aldridge), Draymond (Green) ... they can all shoot but they can all put the ball on the floor and they can all score inside. I don’t necessarily think falling in love with the 3-point shot is a good idea, but shooting it confidently from there is great.”

Green made 100 three-pointers last season, which helped the Warriors go small.

“The further out I can stretch, the more I can help open up the floor,” Griffin said.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Dunc'd On: BOS Season Outlook w/Jared Weiss, Bosh and News w/Danny Leroux

Sep 29, 2016 7:52 PM

Dunc'd On's Season Outlook for the Boston Celtics with Jared Weiss of CLNS. We analyze how the Celtics will look after acquiring Al Horford, potential breakout and regression candidates, overrated and underrated players, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and finally give our predictions for the Celtics season.

Danny Leroux also joins for a wrap-up of the Chris Bosh news out of Miami, and how a potential long-term injury exclusion would affect the Heat's cap space, plus injury news and the Beasley/Ennis trade.

 

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