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Popovich Fires Back At Sarver Apologizing To Phoenix Crowd For Spurs' Absent Players

Gregg Popovich responded Saturday to Robert Sarver, who grabbed a mic late in Thursday’s exhibition game to apologize to the Phoenix Suns' home crowd after five San Antonio Spurs players missed the game.

“As I said, the silliness begins," Popovich said. "Most wise individuals would check facts before they made statements. Unless you’re interested in putting on a show. In that case, the facts get in your way, as in this case.

“We had five guys we didn’t send: Patty Mills had a shoulder operation. Tiago Splitter has been out the whole preseason. Kawhi Leonard was out and is still out for 10 more days. The other two, Duncan and Ginobili, are two of the oldest guys in the league who just came back from a 13-day European trip.

“The only thing that surprises me is that he didn’t say it in a chicken suit. I’ll just leave it at that.”

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Celtics Likely To Waive Will Bynum

The Boston Celtics will likely waive Will Bynum.

Danny Ainge was set to meet wth Bynum on Saturday.

The Celtics acquired Bynum on Friday from the Detroit Pistons for Joel Anthony.

Bynum averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 assists per game last season.

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Cavs Monitoring Dion Waiters' Shot Selection, Adjustment To Balanced Roster

Dion Waiters has shot a total of 54 times in this preseason, the most of any Cleveland Cavalier player in five games. Each game he has been the leading shot-taker.

Waiters shot four-of-15 on Friday night, when Kyrie Irving scored 23 points on two less shots.

David Blatt chose his words carefully when responding to Waiters' rapid field goal attempts.

"I was thinking about that at halftime, actually," Blatt said. "Remember that we didn't play with a full roster tonight and our normal rotation was not what it will be. The way that Dallas played led to a lot of open perimeter shots, which Dion is going to take because that's what he does.

"I don't think he should lead the team in shots. On the other hand I don't really care. I just want us to take good shots and make them. But we'll look at it. It's something we really should look at it and we will."

The Cavaliers appear concerned with Waiters' ill-advised shots and are challenging him and others to adjust to a balanced roster.

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bulls Waive Kim English, Ben Hansbrough, Solomon Jones

The Chicago Bulls waived Kim English, Ben Hansbrough, and Solomon Jones.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 14.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Byron Scott Doesn't Believe High Rate Of Three-Point Shots Lead To Championship

Byron Scott discussed the high rate of three-point shot attempts taken by NBA teams and admitted he is not a believer in the system.

“You’ve got a lot of teams that just live and die by it,” Scott said Friday. “Teams, general managers, coaches, they kind of draft that way to try to space the floor as much as possible. But you have to have shooters like that; you also have to have guys that can penetrate and get to the basket, because that opens up the floor.”

When asked whether he buys into the style, Scott said: “I don’t believe it wins championships. (It) gets you to the playoffs.”

Through four exhibition games, the Los Angeles Lakers are averaging about seven 3-point attempts and have made just six of 29.

Seven of the last eight NBA champions led all playoff teams in 3-point attempts and makes.

Via Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Suns Consider Keeping Earl Barron For Season

The Phoenix Suns have 15 guaranteed contracts and a non-guaranteed deal in Earl Barron remains on the roster.

Barron is still a candidate to stay with the Suns into the regular season.

Barron could be competing with Shavlik Randolph for the 15th spot; Randolph has guaranteed salary for $1.23 million.

"The one guy that sticks out and is really fighting for the team is Earl Barron," Jeff Hornacek said. "He's still on the roster for a reason. I know our guys are saying, 'If he's going to help us and we have to eat a contract somewhere, I think Robert (Sarver, the managing partner) is willing to do that.' If it's going to help us win games and he's better than another guy, Robert is all for it."

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Larry Sanders Expected To Return For Start Of Season After Minor Surgery

Larry Sanders underwent a minor outpatient surgical procedure Friday afternoon, the Milwaukee Bucks announced.

Sanders will miss the remaining three preseason games but is expected to be available for the start of the regular season.

In three preseason games this season, Sanders, 25, has averaged 10.7 points, a team-high 10.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game

Via RealGM Staff Report

Pelicans Waive Dionte Christmas

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived Dionte Christmas.

Christmas, 6-5, 205, appeared in 31 games last season for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Celtics Trade Joel Anthony To Pistons For Will Bynum

The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons have traded Joel Anthony for Will Bynum.

The Celtics appear to be making the move with roster flexibility in mind. The Celtics have 16 fully guaranteed contracts on their books and must trim that down to 15 before the start of the regular season.

If the Celtics ultimately elect to waive Bynum, the $900,000 savings from the trade would give them additional flexibility with the goal of staying under the tax line this season.

Via Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Mavericks Trying To Trade Gal Mekel, Bernard James

The Mavericks would prefer to keep one or two of their 15 roster spots open entering this upcoming season.

Bulls Undecided Between Dunleavy, McDermott For Starting SF

Mike Dunleavy Jr. has filled a reserve and starting role in his two seasons with the Bulls.

Amar'e Helping Body Rejuvenate With Red Wine Baths

Amar'e Stoudemire has been taking baths in red wine at a spa to help his body rejuvenate.

Dario Saric Unlikely To Sign With 76ers Before 2016 Despite Unhappiness With Turkish Club

There is not a buyout in Dario Saric's two-year contract with Efes.

Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days With Foot Sprain

Brook Lopez sustained a mild right midfoot sprain, but x-rays are negative.

Bucks Exercise 15-16 Options On Antetokounmpo, Henson

Giannis Antetokounmpo appeared in 77 games last year during his rookie season and averaged 6.8 points with 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.6 minutes per contest.

Players Association Preparing To Opt Out Of CBA In 2017

With the NBA signing a new television deal and becoming incredibly more profitable than they were in 2011, the NBPA is preparing to opt out of the current CBA.

Michele Roberts Offended By Premise Of Max Contracts

New NBPA executive director Michele Roberts was asked this week to share her thoughts on maximum salaries in the NBA.

Daniel Orton Agrees To Sign With Shanxi

Daniel Orton was released on Thursday by the Wizards.

Chase Budinger Made Available By Wolves In Trade Talks

The Rockets and Pistons are interested in Chase Budinger, but are reluctant to take him on due to his $5 million player option for next season.

Kevin Durant Undergoes Surgery On Foot, Re-Evaluation Set For Six Weeks

The Thunder, Kevin Durant and his representatives jointly decided for surgery to be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson with Thunder medical personnel present.

Bucks Waive Chris Wright, Elijah Millsap

Chris Wright appeared in eight games for the Bucks in 2013-14.

Daniel Orton Waived By Wizards

Daniel Orton did not appear in a game in the preseason.

Quincy Acy Appears To Be Favorite To Start At Power Forward For Knicks

Derek Fisher likes the high motor of Quincy Acy at power forward.

Knicks To Exercise Third-Year Option On Shane Larkin

There was some initial uncertainty from Phil Jackson and the Knicks on the decision regarding Shane Larkin's $1.67 million contract for 15-16.

Michael Jordan Disagrees With Players' Preference For Shorter Regular Season

Michael Jordan also disagreed with the experiment of shortening individual games by four minutes.

LeBron: Winning Two Titles Has Made Recruiting To Cleveland Easier

LeBron James talked about how he's had a more successful time recruiting players to join him with the Cavaliers than he did in the past.

Chris Webber Involved In Prospective Hawks' Ownership Group

Chris Webber would have a modest financial investment in the partnership, but is expected to emerge as a face of the bid.

Pelicans Hire, Promote Seven In Basketball Ops

The Pelicans announced the hiring and promotion of several members of the teamís basketball operations staff.

Steve Nash Injures Back Carrying Bags

Steve Nash played in just 15 games last season.
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