NBA Rumors and News for October 21, 2013

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Monday, October 21

Daily Trivia: For more than 40 years, which mascot has been entertaining Chicago Bulls fans? Answer below.

Pistons could let Greg Monroe test restricted free agency
Posted at 10:48 PM ET
Greg Monroe The Detroit Pistons will likely let Greg Monroe test restricted free agency next summer, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Stein said the word out of Detroit is the 2010 No. 7 overall pick would likely be available in 2014. The Pistons just spent big money to sign Josh Smith and are believed to be sparing their wallet for young center Andre Drummond. In the 2011-2012 season Monroe broke out as one of the league’s top big men, putting up about 15 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game.

Nuggets’ Robinson fined $10K
Posted at 05:08 PM ET
Denver Nuggets’ guard Nate Robinson has been fined $10,000 for pushing Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams from behind and striking him in the chest, the NBA announced Monday. On Oct. 15, Robinson received a Flagrant Two foul and was ejected from the game for the incident.

Hayward could get big payday
Posted at 12:40 PM ET
i The Utah Jazz have apparently come to the instant realization that they want Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward to be a part of the franchise longterm. Rumors are the Jazz will offer Hayward an 8-figure a year extension, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Just the other day it was reported that Favors and the Jazz had agreed to a deal reportedly worth $49 million-plus over four-years. Hayward is entering his fourth season with Utah and has increasingly improved over his first three seasons. His minutes have doubled and points nearly tripled since joining the league and his three-point shooting remains among the top in the NBA at about 40%.

Trivia Answer: Benny the Bull is one of the longest-tenured mascots in the NBA. Benny was named after Ben Bentley, the Bulls first Public Relations Manager and Stadium Announcer. Benny is one of the many secret characters featured in the video game NBA Jam Tournament Edition. Via ESPN.

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Hawks suspend and fine Josh Smith


Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for conduct detrimental to the team.

The team did not reveal what that conduct was, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitiution reported that Smith was thrown out of Tuesday’s practice.

Hawks president Danny Ferry announced the suspension in a news release, saying, “Josh and I discussed the issue and he understood and accepted this course of action. We are confident that he will respond positively, learn from this experience and come back with a renewed sense of purpose to the team moving forward.”

Clippers’ Evans fined $25,000 for obscene gesture

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This has been a good week for obscene gestures, and the NBA’s coffers.

On Wednesday, Orlando Magic forward Glen Davis was fined $35,000 by the NBA for flipping the bird toward heckling fans in Toronto. On Friday, it was Reggie Evans’ turn.

Evans, the forward of the Los Angeles Clippers, was hit with a $25,000 fine for a middle-finger salute in a home win over New Orleans on Monday.

Both Davis and Evans tried to make their vulgarity appear to be something else.

Davis had a cut on his head, touched his middle finger to the blood, extended the finger and then licked the blood off it. Evans extended his middle finger and scratched his face while staring directly at someone.

Here’s what Evans did to make his wallet lighter. (Hat tip to Pro Basketball Talk.)


Big Baby Davis fined $35,000 for flip-off

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Orlando Magic forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for making an obscene gesture.

The fine was announced Wednesday and stems from Davis’ actions in Monday’s win at Toronto. Davis took a shot on the head from a Raptors player that drew blood. As he was checking his head for bleeding, fans at the Air Canada Centre began to heckle him.

With blood on his fingertips, Davis raised his middle finger, then licked the blood off it. Afterward, he said he was not making any sort of gesture.

Davis needed five stitches to close the cut.



Rockets’ Patterson fined $25,000

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Houston Rockets forward Patrick Patterson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday for public criticism of referees.

The fine was announced by NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson.

Patterson was fined for comments on his Twitter account.

The 6-9 forward scored 13 points in Sunday’s 99-86 loss at Phoenix. He is averaging 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds this season.