Raptors slapped with $250k fine

The NBA fined the Toronto Raptors $250,000 for violations of rules pertaining to the rest of players and reporting of injuries. At this juncture no specifics have been offered on what rested player(s) and reporting triggered the fine.

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Ben McLemore and Lakers agree on contract

The Los Angeles Lakers and guard Ben McLemore have come to terms on a contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. The Rockets waived McLemore recently, as they continue their painful March towards a complete rebuild. After a solid campaign for the Rockets last season in which he averaged 10.1 points in 22.8 minutes per contest and shooting 40.0 percent from three-point range, McLemore has taken a step back this season, scoring just 7.4 points on a career-low 35.7 percent from the floor. The Lakers are hoping…

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Clippers to sign DeMarcus Cousins to 10-day deal

from Joseph Rucker of B/R: Veteran center DeMarcus Cousins is signing a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.  Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN noted Cousins needs to test negative for COVID-19 six times before he’ll be cleared to exit the NBA‘s health and safety protocols. The four-time All-Star should be cleared by Monday barring any setbacks. ESPN’s Bobby Marks noted how the timing would benefit the Clippers: Cousins averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25 appearances for the Houston Rockets. He struggled offensively, though, shooting 37.6 percent…

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Some NBA teams have issues with the buyout system

From: Rob Goldberg of B/R: The buyout market might have played a significant role in determining the 2021 NBA championship, which has caused complaints from small-market teams. “The system is flawed,” a small-market general manager told Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated. “You shouldn’t be adding to your team this deep in a season without giving things up.” The Brooklyn Nets added veterans LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin after they agreed to buyouts with the San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons, respectively. Andre Drummond signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday after parting…

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Andre Drummond to sign with Lakers

Before the injuries to Lebron James and Anthony Davis the Los Angeles most glaring weakness was their lack of size. Losing both Javale McGee and Dwight Howard in free agency hurt them and Marc Gasol has looked like even a shell of what he was in Toronto. That issue may be , in part, addressed in the form of Andre Drummond. According to Adrian Wojnarowski the big man will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers once he clears waivers Sunday afternoon. Drummond and the Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to a buyout…

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Thunder waive Austin Rivers, could resurface with Bucks

The machinations of the post-trade NBA continue to play themselves out. Austin Rivers who was involved in the three-team deal that sent George Hill to the 76ers and young big man Tony Bradley to the Thunder, was waived by Oklahoma City on Sunday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. Charania also adds that the Milwaukee Bucks are the leader in the clubhouse to acquire Rivers’ services. On the season, the son of championship coach Doc Rivers is averaging 7.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21.0…

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Spurs to sign veteran big man Gorgui Dieng

From Rob Goldberg of B/R: The San Antonio Spurs will sign center Gorgui Dieng when he clears waivers, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. Dieng was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday after the team was unable to find a trade before Thursday’s deadline. The 31-year-old was reportedly in high demand once he became available, with Stein reporting interest from the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets. Despite the opportunity to play for several contenders, Dieng joined the Spurs, a team that had…

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LaMarcus Aldridge signs with Brooklyn Nets

The NBA wealth get even wealthier. Seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge , who was recently bought out by the San Antonio Spurs, will reportedly sign a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal with the Brooklyn Nets. Aldridge had posted numbers 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in the 45 appearances he made for the Spurs this season. The Nets may not yet still not be done bolstering their roster, as Wojnarowski adds they have a remaining roster spot they can fill in the buyout market.

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Cavaliers send JaVale McGee to Nuggets for Isaiah Hartenstein and picks

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the Cleveland Cavaliers are wrapping up a deal that would send center JaVale McGee to the Denver Nuggets. Shortly after this initial tweet, more details surrounding the trade emerged: For McGee this will be a return to the Mile-High City. He was traded there in 2011-12 and spent the next three seasons before being traded to the Sixers during the 2014-15 season. This season McGee is averaging 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per contests.

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Houston trading PJ Tucker to Milwaukee

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker is headed to Milwaukee. With a 17-game losing streak under its belt, the Rockets are going nowhere fast and it appears they will become sellers, as this will signal the franchise in embarking on a full rebuild.

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