Sprung: Pelicans’ Ish Smith Making Most of Unexpected Opportunity


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


VIDEO: Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton discusses big contract, love for FIFA video games


Back in February, the Milwaukee Bucks traded starting point guard Brandon Knight in a three-team deal that netted Michael Carter-Williams from Philadelphia and young players Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee from Phoenix. Knight’s contract was up after the season, and his trade from Milwaukee freed up salary space for guard/forward Khris Middleton. Middleton blossomed in his third year in the league, hitting 40.7 percent of his threes and playing strong defense for the young Bucks, who rewarded the 24-year-old with a five-year,


Bernucca: Van Gundy Working His Magic In Detroit

Andre Drummond

As a personnel man, Stan Van Gundy has broken a lot of the so-called contemporary rules. Since being lured back to the NBA by Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores in May 2014, Van Gundy has not exactly followed the usual NBA blueprint in rebuilding the once-proud franchise, which has not been to the playoffs in six years. Van Gundy has flat-out waived four veterans with fully guaranteed contracts, accumulating nearly $32 million in dead money to be paid over the next five


Tweet of the Day: Suns, NBA congratulate Steve Nash on Ring of Honor induction

Nash Ring Ceremony

The Phoenix Suns notched their first win of the new season late Friday vs. the Trail Blazers, but the biggest event happened when play was stopped. The Suns formally inducted two-time league MVP Steve Nash into the organization’s Ring of Honor during the game, a special recognition given to very influential executives, coaches and players throughout the club’s history. Nash, who announced his retirement this March at 41 years old, was introduced at halftime by Charles Barkley before giving a 10-minute speech to the sold-out


VIDEO: Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas on departure from Suns, Brad Stevens


After being acquired from Phoenix at the February trade deadline last season, Boston point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points per game off the bench and helped lead the Celtics to an extremely unlikely playoff appearance. Now in his first full season with the Celtics, Thomas took some time to talk to SheridanHoops after a preseason game in Brooklyn about his departure from the Suns, Boston coach Brad Stevens and his expectations for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. Click on the box to


Five Things To Watch: Phoenix Suns

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The Phoenix Suns are a fascinating bunch to watch, in the way fans watch a demolition derby for the promise of imminent destruction. Coach Jeff Hornacek, entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, has to right the ship without the benefit of a rising star to buoy hopes for the future. That Hornacek was able to cobble together an 87-77 record the last two years without a single All-Star is a testament to his coaching ability. But he lost


Wacky Predictions That Just May Come True


Every year, unexpected players break out and teams exceed expectations. This year will be no different. So, here’s a strategic look and which players and coaches are the next in line to shock the experts and achieve more than was thought possible.     [Read more…]