On Saturday, Oct. 24, three days before the start of the NBA regular season, 27-year-old guard Ish Smith was finishing up the Washington Wizards’ final preseason practice as he and his teammates prepared for Wednesday’s season opener in Orlando. Then, like he had five times before in his career, Smith got cut. Smith was one of five players on non-guaranteed contracts waived by Washington that day, an all-too-familiar occurrence for a player who spent his previous five seasons on eight different NBA
The NBA tips off for real on Tuesday night, and daily contests at DraftKings are now open. In Thursday’s Spin, we outlined the basics of DFS basketball: pick an 8-man roster for a 1-day points league, within a $50K salary cap. [Read more…]
It’s great to be back on the basketball beat. The start of a new season in any sport is one of the best times to play Daily Fantasy Sports. If you were following my MLB picks at DraftKings all summer, hope you made even more money than I did. [Read more…]
You hear the phrase all the time: “Don’t drink and drive.” Unfortunately, Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson still hasn’t gotten the memo. Lawson was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles early Tuesday morning at 2:30 AM, TMZ reported. This is Lawson’s second DUI arrest this year. Lawson was also arrested for DUI back in January. There’s simply no excuse for this once, let alone twice. Lawson is on the books for $12.4 million this season and $13.2 million the following season. Simply put, he
“Fuhgetaboutit!” That’s what Brooklyn Nets fans were saying on Twitter when the team announced it had agreed to terms with Andrea Bargnani. Nets fans in Little Italy applauded the move. The agreement is reportedly a two-year deal for the veteran’s minimum salary, according to the New York Post. The second year of the deal is a player option. Barring a catastrophically bad season, Bargnani would opt out after this season. Fans of the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks may laugh at the signing,
The Chicago Bulls announced Derrick Rose had an MRI, which showed a medial meniscus tear of the right knee that will require surgery. A timetable for Rose’s recovery will be given following his surgery. That leaves Chicago with Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich as the current options at point guard. Nate Robinson is an intriguing option for Chicago on the free agent market. Robinson played well for the Bulls during the 2013 playoffs where he averaged 16.3 points per game. With that in
The Cleveland Cavaliers (22-20) seem to finally be turning things around, having won three straight — two over the Clippers and Bulls — after a brutal stretch of 10 losses in 12 games. But they aren’t forgetting what got them in that hole. The Cavs are 1-8 this season without LeBron James, and injuries to both he and Kevin Love have exposed Cleveland’s roster for lacking depth. They addressed that need up front (Timofey Mozgov) and at the wing spots (J.R.
Brook Lopez has been with the Brooklyn Nets since the 2008-2009 season when the team selected him with the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft, but it appears more so than ever that his time with the franchise has run its course. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, multiple teams are interested in the center and the Nets are more than eager to make something happen as they try to figure out how to fix their deeply-flawed roster: [Read more…]