In today’s NBA news other than the big Wizards-Suns trade, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry will be forced to wear a splint on his left ring finger for about 6 weeks, and Bulls backup point guard Kirk Hinrich has been cleared to return from his concussion.
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
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
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.
Brett Poirier manages the Rumors and News page for Sheridan Hoops. Follow @BrettNBA
The 2012-13 season was a tale of two beings for the Denver Nuggets. The first being was the regular season, where they won an NBA franchise-record 57 games. The other was the playoffs, where they were abruptly taken out by the Golden State Warriors in six games.
This offseason was a shocking one for many Nuggets fans. GM Masai Ujiri, the NBA Executive of the Year, walked away and was replaced by Tim Connelly. Long-time coach George Karl was fired and replaced by rookie coach Brian Shaw. And free agents Andre Iguodola and Corey Brewer were not re-signed.
There is some new blood in the form of free agents J.J. Hickson, Randy Foye and Nate Robinson, further adding to the mystery of the 2013-14 season for the Nuggets. Nobody is sure what to expect out of them. Here are five things to watch.
It was 12 years ago today that the horrors of 9/11 were etched into the annals of history, yet the events of that day still seem so recent.
Two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City causing them to collapse and two other planes flew towards targets further south—one crashing in a field in Pennsylvania, the other hitting the Pentagon in Washington.
Today, as many across the United States take time to reflect on the tragedy that occurred so many years ago, so to do our favorite NBA athletes.
In what may have been one of the most surprising events to happen so far this offseason, Chris Paul has been elected as the new president of the NBPA. With his acceptance of the position, Paul is the most high- profile star to assume the role since Patrick Ewing was union president during the lockout of 1998-99.