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  • NBA notebook: James, Curry will stand for anthem
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 26, 2016

    NBA superstars LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors support Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel in protest, but they plan to stand during the national anthem before games.

    • "I'm all in favor of anyone athlete or non-athlete being able to express what they believe in in a peaceful manner and that's exactly what Colin Kaepernick is doing and I respect that," James said during Cavs' media day. "I think you guys know when I'm passionate about something I'll speak up on it, so me standing for the national anthem is something I will do, that's who I am, that's what I believe in. But that doesn't mean I don't respect and don't agree with what Colin Kaepernick is doing."

      Curry also said he plans to stand during the national anthem and talked about the recent events in the country, including in Charlotte, N.C., where a police shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott last week sparked outrage and violent protests.

      "I respect everybody's voice, everybody's platform," Curry said. "About Charlotte, it's another opportunity for people to use their voice. You don't want it to ever turn violent."

      --Miami Heat president Pat Riley said he believes star forward Chris Bosh has played his final game for the team.

      Riley told reporters the team is no longer working toward Bosh's return.

      The Heat announced Friday that the 11-time All-Star would not be allowed to participate in their preseason training camp after failing a physical and remaining unable to return to basketball activities.

      Asked whether he felt Bosh's NBA career is over, Riley said, "That's up to him."

      --The Los Angeles Police Department continues a criminal rape investigation against New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose, who is scheduled to go to court next week in a civil case.

      In a letter obtained by ThinkProgress.org, the LAPD detective in charge of the case wrote a letter to the unnamed accuser's attorney attempting to clear up reports that Rose was not under investigation.

      The civil trial against Rose and two friends is scheduled to begin on Oct. 4. In July, a federal judge denied Rose's motion to dismiss the case. Rose, who turns 28 on the day of the civil trial, is being sued for $21.5 million.

      --Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce announced he will retire at the end of the 2016-17 season, his 19th in the NBA.

      The 38-year-old Pierce made the announcement in a post published by The Players' Tribune. Pierce said he is eager to win a championship with the Clippers.

      --The Brooklyn Nets signed free agent forward Chase Budinger and guard Jorge Gutierrez.

  • LeBron supports Kaepernick but will stand for anthem
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 26, 2016

    NBA superstars LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors support Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel in protest, but they plan to stand during the national anthem before games.

    • Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers' backup quarterback, said last week he has received death threats for kneeling during the national anthem prior to NFL games in his protest of what he calls racial inequalities and injustices taking place in America, including fatal police shootings.

      James, who has been outspoken on social issues, said Monday he intends to stand while "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played.

      "I'm all in favor of anyone athlete or non-athlete being able to express what they believe in in a peaceful manner and that's exactly what Colin Kaepernick is doing and I respect that," James said during Cavs' media day as the defending champions get ready to open training for the 2016-17 season.

      "I think you guys know when I'm passionate about something I'll speak up on it, so me standing for the national anthem is something I will do, that's who I am, that's what I believe in. But that doesn't mean I don't respect and don't agree with what Colin Kaepernick is doing. You have the right to voice your opinion, stand for your opinion and he's doing it in the most peaceful way I've ever seen someone do something.

      "I don't have the answer. None of us have the answer, but the more times we can talk about it, the more times we can conversate about it. Because I'm not up here saying all police are bad because they're not. I'm not up here saying that all kids are great and all adults are great, because they're not. But at the same time all lives do matter. It's not black or white, it's not that. It's everyone, so, it's just tough being a parent right now when you have a pre-teen."

      James, a father of three, is troubled by repeated videos of police shootings, saying he has fears for his own 12-year-old son, LeBron Jr.

      "You see these videos that continue to come out, it's a (scary) situation that if my son calls me and said if he got pulled over, that I'm not that confident that things are gonna go well and my son is going to return home," James said. "My son just started the sixth grade."

      Curry also said he plans to stand during the national anthem and talked about the recent events in the country, including in Charlotte, N.C., where a police shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott last week sparked outrage and violent protests.

      "I respect everybody's voice, everybody's platform," Curry said. "About Charlotte, it's another opportunity for people to use their voice. You don't want it to ever turn violent."

      Speaking of Kaepernick, Curry said: "He took a bold step to continue the conversation and make it more poignant, but I do plan on standing."

      Another NBA superstar, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, believes social injustice is "actually getting worse and it will continue to get worse."

      Anthony took the stage at the 2016 ESPYs, along with fellow All-Stars Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and James, and said, "We cannot ignore the realities of the current state of America."

      "We want to do it in the right way," Anthony said Monday at media day of any plans the Knicks have to raise awareness. "Whatever we do, we want to do it as a collective group. I don't know what that is yet. We'll figure that out. But we want to do it all together. We want everybody to feel a part of it.

      "We want everybody to have a right to make their own decisions about what they want to do. And we'll go from there. Everybody sees what's going on out there in the sports world and what everybody is talking about."

      Anthony did not discuss Kaepernick but said he wants a unified message for the Knicks.

      "For me it's not about one single gesture," said Anthony, who won a third Olympic gold medal this summer with Team USA. "If the guys want to create a gesture or figure it out, we'll figure it out. We will address those issues.

      "My goal is to keep the conversation moving, the conversation going. Talking to the right people, getting in front of the right people, making a stand for kind of what we believe in -- whether you're black, white, indifferent. I think it's for everybody to come on board and figure everything out."

  • Nets sign F Budinger, G Gutierrez
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 26, 2016

    The Brooklyn Nets signed free agent forward Chase Budinger and guard Jorge Gutierrez on Monday.

    • The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Budinger has appeared in 407 career NBA games (50 starts) with Phoenix (2015-16), Indiana (2015-16), Minnesota (2012-15) and Houston (2009-12). He holds averages of 7.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 19.7 minutes per game.

      Budinger, 28, was selected 44th overall out of the University of Arizona in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons before being traded on draft night to the Rockets.

      The 6-3, 195-pound Gutierrez most recently played for the Charlotte Hornets during the 2015-16 season after NBA stints with Milwaukee (2014-15) and the Nets (2013-15). In 47 career NBA games, he holds averages of 2.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 10.3 minutes per contest.

      The 27-year-old Gutierrez, who began his professional career playing for Pioneros de Quintana Roo in Mexico (2012-13), has had four stints in the NBA Development League over the past four seasons, all with the Canton Charge. In 2014 he was named to the All-NBA D-League Second Team and was twice named to the league's all-defensive team (2013, 2014).

  • As rape investigation continues, Knicks' Rose professes innocence
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 26, 2016

    The Los Angeles Police Department continues a criminal rape investigation against New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose, who is scheduled to go to court next week in a civil case.

    • In a letter obtained by ThinkProgress.org, the LAPD detective in charge of the case wrote a letter to the unnamed accuser's attorney attempting to clear up reports that Rose was not under investigation.

      The civil trial against Rose and two friends is scheduled to begin on Oct. 4. In July, a federal judge denied Rose's motion to dismiss the case. Rose, who turns 28 on the day of the civil trial, is being sued for $21.5 million.

      A woman filed a civil sexual assault case against Rose on Aug. 26, 2015, alleging Rose and two friends raped her. The suit accuses Rose and his friends of slipping a drug into her drink, and the accuser says she was incapacitated and did not give consent.

      Rose, who has not been criminally charged in the case, has denied those claims and said that the sex was consensual.

      Rose, in his first public comments about his upcoming civil trial, said he will be "proven innocent" and hasn't done "anything wrong."

      "I'm not really worried about it,'' Rose said Monday at the Knicks' media day at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, N.Y. "But if I do have to miss time, it's a part of it. Of course I don't want to be in this position. It is what it is. I'm going to let my lawyer team handle it."

      A Los Angeles judge ruled last week that the accuser can't remain anonymous once the civil trial begins.

      LAPD Detective Nadine Hernandez, in charge of the case, argues in the letter that maintaining the victim's anonymity "is an invaluable investigative aid to investigators" and the department plans to maintain her anonymity "throughout the criminal investigation being handled by the Los Angeles Police Department."

      In response to Hernandez's letter, the accuser's attorney has requested the judge reconsider the ruling. The accuser is identified in court records as Jane Doe.

      Rose said he was unaware of the criminal investigation.

      "I've handled it pretty good,'' Rose said Monday, appearing composed when answering questions on the subject. "I haven't really been thinking about it. I've been thinking about the team, how I'm going to jell as a team and getting used to the organization. ... As far as the trial, it's something I can't think about. It's not true. I will be proven innocent. ...

      "My concern is just playing well this year. I can't think about the case. I felt I didn't do anything wrong. I can't let that distract me with the year I have ahead of me.

      "I just feel right now I have a big year ahead of me. The team I have, that's why I hired them to handle this case where they're out there doing a good job, handling everything and giving me time to focus on what I have to focus on. That's straight basketball.''

      A former NBA MVP with the Chicago Bulls, Rose will be entering his first season with the Knicks after being traded in the offseason. He is in the final season of a five-year $94.3 million deal and is scheduled to make $21.3 million in 2016-17.

      The oft-injured Rose tore his ACL in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs before tearing the meniscus in his right knee early in the 2013-14 campaign. He averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists in 66 games for the Bulls last season.

  • Riley: Bosh's career with Heat likely over
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 26, 2016

    Miami Heat president Pat Riley said Monday he believes star forward Chris Bosh has played his final game for the team.

    • Riley told reporters the team is no longer working toward Bosh's return.

      "We are not," Riley said in his office at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I think Chris is still open-minded. But we are not working toward his return. We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over."

      The Heat announced Friday that the 11-time All-Star would not be allowed to participate in their preseason training camp after failing a physical and remaining unable to return to basketball activities.

      The Heat declined to explain why Bosh failed the physical and cited a clause in the collective bargaining agreement that prohibits the team from releasing certain medical information without a player's consent.

      Asked whether he felt Bosh's NBA career is over, Riley said, "That's up to him."

      The 32-year-old Bosh wants to resume playing even though each of his last two seasons was cut short by blood clots. He was examined by doctors last week in an attempt to be cleared for camp with the Heat, who were flying to the Bahamas on Monday for Tuesday's start of training camp.

      Riley said Bosh will not be on that trip.

      "It's pretty definitive from us, in our standpoint, that this is probably going to be a time where we really have to step back," Riley said before the start of the team's media day. "His health, playing and economics -- it's been health, health, health. Whatever the cap ramifications are, they are there, but we never ever thought about that."

      The Heat would receive salary-cap relief going forward on Feb. 9 if Bosh is ruled medically unable to play by an NBA specialist.

      If the medical issue keeps Bosh out of action for good, he would be paid the remainder of his contract -- three years, $76 million. He averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 53 games last season when the second bout with clots began in February.

      Bosh released a video statement Friday night that was accompanied by a Twitter post of, "Setbacks may happen, but my intentions remain the same. Thank you all for the warm wishes and support."

      "Just because the journey has ups and downs doesn't mean I will stop sharing with you guys," Bosh said in the video. "So I will just continue to share despite what's going on."

      Coach Erik Spoelstra said the situation with Bosh has been difficult.

      "I love C.B. dearly," Spoelstra said Monday. "It was tough to watch C.B. and his family go through this the last couple of years. Your heart just goes out to him.

      "I'm going to prepare for this group right now. But there's going to continue to be changes -- hopefully not as big of an impact as this. The other 19 players that are going to training camp, my focus will be on them. That does not take away my feelings on C.B."

  • Clippers' Pierce to return for 19th season, then retire
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 26, 2016

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce announced Monday he will retire at the end of the 2016-17 season, his 19th in the NBA.

    • The 38-year-old Pierce made the announcement in a post published by The Players' Tribune. Pierce said he is eager to win a championship with the Clippers.

      "This is it, my final season," Pierce wrote. "It's time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you've got to be at peace with yourself. I'm at peace with retiring, but I've got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity.

      "With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We're hungry. We want to win a championship.

      "After 18 NBA years, it's hard to believe I'll be playing in each arena for the last time. So I'm going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I'm going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal."

      Pierce was selected in the first round of the 1998 NBA draft and spent his first 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics -- nine of them for Clippers coach Doc Rivers, including winning the NBA championship in 2007.

      Pierce, who has also played for the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards, signed a three-year, $10 million deal with the Clippers before last season.

      The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Pierce was named an NBA All-Star 10 times and enters this season fourth on the all-time list in 3-point field goals made. He has averaged 20 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in his career.

  • Bosh pushes forward, acknowledges 'setback'
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, September 24, 2016

    After failing his preseason physical, Miami Heat star forward Chris Bosh remains hopeful and vows to continue his comeback to the NBA from a pair of season-ending bouts with blood clots.

    • Bosh released a video statement Friday night that was accompanied by a Twitter post of, "Setbacks may happen, but my intentions remain the same. Thank you all for the warm wishes and support."

      The Heat announced earlier Friday that the 11-time All-Star would not be allowed to participate in their preseason training camp after failing a physical and remaining unable to return to basketball activities.

      "I had the intention of releasing Episode 2 of 'Uninterrupted: Bosh Rebuilt' today under the assumption I would be cleared to go for camp," Bosh said in his video post after his failed physical. "Unfortunately that is not the case. But that doesn't stop me from wanting to share my creative side with you guys and hoping that you want to come along on the journey with me. So, just because the journey has ups and downs doesn't mean that I will stop sharing with you guys. So I will just continue to share, despite what's going on.

      "Little setbacks happen, but that doesn't change my intentions and what I want to accomplish. So, I hope you continue to watch. I hope you continue to really just take in my journey and just come along with me, with the ups and the downs. So it's a down moment right now, but everything's going to be all right."

      The 32-year-old Bosh wants to resume playing even though each of his last two seasons was cut short by blood clots. He was examined by doctors in recent days in an attempt to be cleared for camp, which begins Tuesday.

      Last week, Bosh repeated what he said during the 2016 playoffs when he declared himself ready to play in the upcoming NBA season.

      Bosh, eight months removed from his second blood clot-related health scare in a calendar year, posted a video of a private workout last month.

      Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra have been supportive of Bosh but continue to point to the importance of medical input.

      If the medical issue keeps Bosh out of action for good, he would be paid the remainder of his contract -- three years, $76 million -- but that wouldn't count against the Heat's salary cap after Feb. 9. He averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 53 games last season when the second bout with clots began in February.

  • Lakers announce signing of F World Peace
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 23, 2016

    The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed forward Metta World Peace, the team announced Friday.

    • Terms of the contract were not released, but World Peace said earlier that he agreed to a one-year deal.

      After playing in China in the 2014-15 season, World Peace returned to the NBA last year with Los Angeles. He played in 35 games and averaged 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds for the Lakers.

      Prior to that, World Peace played 29 games for the New York Knicks in 2013-14. He spent five seasons with the Lakers from 2009 until 2013, winning a championship in 2009-10.

      The 36-year-old World Peace is one-time All-Star (2004) with career averages of 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals over 966 games in 16 seasons.

      World Peace is expected to provide leadership for a young Lakers squad. He is a former teammate of first-year Lakers head coach Luke Walton.

  • Warriors sign F Wood
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 23, 2016

    The Golden State Warriors signed free agent forward Scott Wood, the team announced Friday.

    • Terms of the agreement were not released.

      Wood, 26, spent the past three seasons playing overseas with UCAM Murcia in Spain's top league, Liga ACB. He averaged 9.1 points and 1.6 rebounds and 21.1 minutes over 103 games.

      Prior to joining UCAM Murcia, Wood played collegiately at North Carolina State, where he averaged of 10.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists over four seasons.

  • Timberwolves F Garnett officially retires
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 23, 2016

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett announced his retirement after 21 NBA seasons on Friday.

    • "It has been a real joy to watch KG come into the league as a young man and watch him develop his skills to become one of the very best in the NBA," said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. "I have treasured the opportunity to see him grow as a leader. I wish him continued success in the next chapter of his life. His Minnesota fans will always cherish the memories he has provided."

      The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Garnett and the Timberwolves reached a contract settlement earlier Friday. Garnett was signed for $8 million this season.

      Garnett, 40, easily the most productive player in franchise history, spent 13 1/2 of his 21 NBA seasons with Minnesota.

      He was drafted out of high school in 1995 and developed into one of the top power forwards in NBA history.

      The 15-time All-Star ranks 17th with 26,071 career points, ninth in career rebounds with 14,662 and 17th in blocked shots with 2,037.

      "Kevin Garnett is one of the fiercest competitors our league has ever seen," NBA comissioner Adam Silver said in a statment. "He held himself to the highest standard of preparation and performance for a remarkable 21 seasons. On behalf of the NBA family, I thank Kevin for his sustained excellence and the enormous impact he's had on the game."

      Garnett played in just 38 games last season due to knee and leg injuries and averaged just 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. His value lied more in terms of being a mentor for young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins than for his production.

      The Timberwolves hired Tom Thibodeau as coach and president in the offseason as well as a new general manager in Scott Layden. The duo is charged with completing the rebuilding process and halting a playoff absence that dates back to the 2003-04 campaign.

      That meant resolving the Garnett situation in a manner that would eliminate the veteran from the roster prior to Tuesday's opening of training camp.

      Garnett was drafted fifth overall out in 1995 and quickly blossomed into a major star and franchise icon. He averaged over 20 points in nine consecutive seasons and earned MVP honors in 2003-04 when he averaged 24.2 points and 13.9 rebounds.

      Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007 and was part of that franchise's 2008 championship squad.

      "Very few players can affect an organization like Kevin did here in Boston, both on and off the court," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement. "He led our team by example every day with his drive, his passion, and his relentless commitment to winning. While always putting team ahead of individual, Kevin earned his place among the greatest players in Celtic and NBA history."

      Garnett returned to Minnesota prior to the trading deadline in 2015, when he was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets. He played in just five games prior to the end of the season.

      Upon returning to Minnesota, Garnett spoke of his desire to become part owner of the team once his playing career again. But last year's death of Flip Saunders, the coach and president of basketball operations, began a transformation that now has Thibodeau and Layden shaping the team's future.

  • Heat F Bosh fails preseason physical
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 23, 2016

    The Miami Heat announced Friday that star forward Chris Bosh has failed his preseason physical and remains unable to return to basketball activities.

    • The Heat said there is no timetable for Bosh's return.

      "The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible," the team said in a statement. "Chris has now taken his preseason physical. The Miami Heat regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return.

      "We are not able to comment further in light of Article XXII, Section 3(e) of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which precludes a team from releasing certain medical information without a player's consent."

      The 11-time All-Star forward is hoping to resume playing even though each of his last two seasons was cut short by blood clots.

      Bosh has been examined by doctors in recent days in an attempt to be cleared for camp, which begins next Tuesday.

      Last week, Bosh repeated what he said during the 2016 playoffs when he declared himself ready to play in the upcoming NBA season.

      Bosh, eight months removed from his second blood clot-related health scare in a calendar year, posted a video of a private workout last month and went a step further in a podcast interview with Uninterrupted.

      "I'm ready to play," Bosh said. "We've been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement back in May saying as soon as I'm ready to play as soon as possible, we'll play. And I'm ready. I've done all my work. I've done what I need to do working with the doctors."

      Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra have been supportive of Bosh but continue to point to the importance of medical input.

      If the medical issue keeps the 32-year-old Bosh out of action for good, he would be paid the remainder of his contract -- three years, $76 million -- but that wouldn't count against the Heat's salary cap after Feb. 9. Bosh averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 53 games last season when the second bout with clots began in February.

  • Warriors coach Kerr 'in a better place' health-wise
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 23, 2016

    Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers is not expecting coach Steve Kerr to miss time due to the health-related issues that plagued him last season.

    • Myers told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday that Kerr is "trending in the right direction" as the team prepares to open training camp on Tuesday.

      Kerr missed the bulk of training camp and the first 43 games in 2015-16 as a result of complications from back surgery. He told reporters on Wednesday that he would be "ready to go," but Myers was more expansive on Kerr's health issues.

      "He is in a better place, and hopefully he's in a perfect place at some point," Myers said. "I think he's working toward that. I have no doubt that he's ready for camp and ready to go for the season. Last year, he just wasn't."

      Myers said the severe migraines that plagued Kerr, 50, last season have largely dissipated. Golden State won the NBA championship in Kerr's first season and lost in seven games to the Cleveland Cavaliers in last season's NBA Finals.

      Assistant coach Luke Walton served as interim coach in Kerr's absence and guided the Warriors to a record-setting 24-0 start and 39-4 record.

  • NBA notebook: Bucks' Middleton out six months
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, September 22, 2016

    The Milwaukee Bucks are reeling after receiving word that leading scorer Khris Middleton will miss approximately six months due to a hamstring injury.

    • Middleton tore his hamstring in a workout earlier this week and is slated to undergo surgery next week.

      Middleton, 25, averaged a career-best 18.2 points, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals last season.

      "We're obviously disappointed for Khris and our team, but injuries are an unfortunate part of the game," Bucks general manager John Hammond told reporters. "We'll rely on our overall roster depth to help us while Khris is out for a significant period of the season."

      --The Bucks acquired forward Michael Beasley from the Houston Rockets in exchange for guard Tyler Ennis.

      Beasley was signed by Houston late last season and averaged 12.8 points and 18.2 minutes in 20 games.

      Ennis averaged 4.5 points and 2.1 assists in 46 games last season.

      --The Minnesota Timberwolves are working on a buyout for Kevin Garnett that would end the forward's second stint with the team.

      Minnesota opens training camp on Tuesday and would like to have a solution before it starts, preferably with the 40-year-old Garnett electing to retire.

      Garnett is entering the final season of his contract and hasn't given the Timberwolves an answer on which direction he is leaning. He has spent 13 1/2 of his 21 NBA seasons with Minnesota.

      Garnett played in just 38 games last season due to knee and leg injuries and averaged just 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds.

  • Bucks acquire Beasley from Rockets
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, September 22, 2016

    The Milwaukee Bucks acquired forward Michael Beasley from the Houston Rockets on Thursday in exchange for guard Tyler Ennis.

    • Beasley was signed by Houston late last season and averaged 12.8 points and 18.2 minutes in 20 games. Prior to that stint, the 27-year-old Beasley played with the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball League.

      "We're excited to add a player with Michael's skill set to our team," Milwaukee general manager John Hammond said in a statement. "He's someone that we've kept our eye on the last few seasons and we're looking forward to watching him compete throughout training camp and the season."

      Beasley averaged 13.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in eight seasons with the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns.

      Ennis averaged 4.5 points and 2.1 assists in 46 games last season. A first-round selection of the 2014 draft, Ennis is expected to provide depth in the Rockets' backcourt.

  • Bucks lose Middleton for six months
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, September 22, 2016

    The Milwaukee Bucks are reeling after receiving word that leading scorer Khris Middleton will miss approximately six months due to a hamstring injury.

    • Middleton tore his hamstring in a workout earlier this week and is slated to undergo surgery next week.

      Middleton, 25, averaged a career-best 18.2 points, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals last season.

      "We're obviously disappointed for Khris and our team, but injuries are an unfortunate part of the game," Bucks general manager John Hammond told reporters. "We'll rely on our overall roster depth to help us while Khris is out for a significant period of the season."

      Middleton has developed into a key figure on a building roster that includes star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and power forward Jabari Parker. Middleton signed a five-year, $70 million extension prior to last season.

      Middleton was originally a second-round pick by the Detroit Pistons in 2012. He was dealt to Milwaukee the following year in the trade that sent guard Brandon Jennings to the Pistons.

      Middleton is averaging 13.6 points in 267 career NBA games.

  • Garnett, Timberwolves talking buyout
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, September 22, 2016

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are working on a buyout for Kevin Garnett that would end the forward's second stint with the team.

    • Minnesota opens training camp on Tuesday and would like to have a solution before it starts, preferably with the 40-year-old Garnett electing to retire.

      Garnett is entering the final season of his contract and hasn't given the Timberwolves an answer on which direction he is leaning. He has spent 13 1/2 of his 21 NBA seasons with Minnesota.

      The 15-time All-Star ranks 17th in NBA history with 26,071 career points, ninth in career rebounds with 14,662 and 17th in career blocked shots with 2,037.

      Garnett played in just 38 games last season due to knee and leg injuries and averaged just 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. His current value lies more in terms of being a mentor for young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins than for his production.

      The Timberwolves hired Tom Thibodeau as coach and president in the offseason as well as a new general manager in Scott Layden. The duo is charged with completing the rebuilding process and halting a playoff absence that dates back to the 2003-04 campaign.

      Garnett was drafted fifth overall out of high school in 1995 and quickly blossomed into a major star and franchise icon. He averaged over 20 points in nine consecutive seasons and earned MVP honors in 2003-04 when he averaged 24.2 points and 13.9 rebounds.

      Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007 and was part of that franchise's 2008 championship squad.

      Garnett returned to Minnesota prior to the trading deadline in 2015 when he was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets. He played in just five games prior to the end of the season.

      Upon returning to Minnesota, Garnett spoke of his desire to become part owner of the team once his playing career again. But last year's death of Flip Saunders, the coach and president of basketball operations, began a transformation that now has Thibodeau and Layden shaping the future.

  • Metta World Peace reportedly returning to Lakers
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    The Los Angeles Lakers are ready to give Metta World Peace a chance again.

    • The 36-year-old told ESPN on Wednesday that he has agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers, who are coached by former teammate Luke Walton.

      While the Lakers have yet to confirm that deal, they did sign forward Thomas Robinson to a contract on Wednesday. Robinson is averaging 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in his career with the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.

      As for World Peace, the 16-year NBA veteran feels he has more to add after averaging 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 35 games for the Lakers last season.

      "I'm excited about everything. I'm prepared to help the young guys grow. To play, everything," World Peace told ESPN.

      World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, was the Defensive Player of the Year with the Indiana Pacers in 2003-2004 and initially played for the Lakers from 2009-13.

  • Raptors sign G Heslip
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    The Toronto Raptors signed Canadian-born free-agent guard Brady Heslip to a contract on Tuesday.

    • Terms of the deal for the former Baylor sharpshooter weren't announced.

      Heslip made 301 3-pointers during three seasons at Baylor while averaging 10.2 points in 112 career games.

      The 26-year-old joined the Reno Bighorns after being selected 11th overall in the 2014 D-League draft and averaged 24.5 points. He set the D-League record by making 13 3-pointers while scoring 45 points against the Idaho Stampede on Nov. 29, 2014.

      Heslip is a native of Burlington, Ontario. He played in Italy last season and averaged 12.7 points in 29 games for Acqua Vitasnella Cantu.

      He played for Canada in the 2015 Pan American Games and averaged 13.0 points per game. He also averaged 10.7 points at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship.

  • Bucks, Antetokounmpo agree to 4-year extension worth $100M
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 19, 2016

    The Milwaukee Bucks and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo on Monday agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $100 million.

    • The deal, expected to be signed Tuesday, was first reported by The Vertical, citing league sources.

      Antetokounmpo, 21, is coming off a breakout third season with Milwaukee. The 6-foot-11 forward averaged career bests across with board with 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds. 4.3 assists and 1.4 blocks in 80 games last season.

      The No. 15 overall selection in the 2013 draft, Antetokounmpo's deal is just below the league maximum. Antetokounmpo played for Filathlitikos in Greece prior to being drafted by Milwaukee.

      He averaged 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds as a rookie before raising those numbers to 12.7 points and 6. 7 rebounds in his second season.

  • Spurs hire Williams as VP of basketball operations
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, September 16, 2016

    The San Antonio Spurs hired former New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams as vice president of basketball operations on Friday.

    • Williams, who played two-plus seasons for the Spurs during a nine-year playing career, rejoins the franchise after experiencing a family tragedy last season when he was an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

      Williams' wife, Ingrid, died at the age of 44 in February when her car was struck by a vehicle that crossed the center line. Ingrid Williams was the mother of five children.

      Monty Williams took an indefinite leave and it was announced following the season that he would not remain with the Thunder.

      Susannah Donaldson, 55, the driver of the other car, also died in the accident.

      Monty Williams joined the Thunder coaching staff before the 2015-16 season after serving as Pelicans head coach from 2010-15 before he was fired. Williams played in the NBA for five teams from 1994-2003.

      San Antonio also named Brian Wright as assistant general manager. Wright spent the past two seasons in the same role for the Detroit Pistons.

  • Heat's Bosh: 'I'm ready to play'
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Miami Heat star Chris Bosh repeated what he said during the 2016 playoffs on Wednesday, when he declared himself ready to play in the upcoming NBA season.

    • Bosh, eight months removed from his second blood clot-related health scare in a calendar year, posted a video of a private workout last month and went a step further in a podcast interview with Uninterrupted.

      "I'm ready to play," he said. "We've been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement back in May saying as soon as I'm ready to play as soon as possible, we'll play. And I'm ready. I've done all my work. I've done what I need to do working with the doctors."

      Meanwhile, mum is the word from the Miami Heat since owner Micky Arison posted a "looking good CB. See you at camp" line in social media. That was the only team-related comment on Bosh's status since the team issued a statement with Bosh during the playoffs outlining the next steps that could lead to his return.

      Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra have been supportive of Bosh but continue to point to the importance of medical input. Bosh, asked Wednesday if he thought he'd get medical clearance, had no answer.

      But the 32-year-old said he is more optimistic doctors would allow him to play under a prescription for a new blood thinner that flushes from him system in eight hours. It's a regimen approved for NHL player Tomas Fleischmann, who has played five seasons thanks to the injections without incident.

      "And this particular doctor has had the same regiment with other athletes. So this is nothing that is new," Bosh said of adopting Fleischmann's approach to return to the NBA. "It's not ground breaking. We're not reinventing the wheel here. It's pretty standard. It's been proven. Guys have played on it. Like I said, for anybody to have worries, there are guys playing basketball and hockey and football."

      Riley said Bosh would be evaluated in "late August or September" and training camp opens Sept. 27.

      That will be the first camp since 2003 to convene with Dwyane Wade, who left in free agency for a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls, and the Heat maintain only tiny remnants of their championship roster anchored by Bosh, Wade and LeBron James.

      When Bosh was hospitalized with blood clots, he was leading the team in scoring and 3-point shooting last season.

      If the medical issue keeps Bosh out of action for good, he would be paid the remainder of his contract -- three years, $76 million -- but that wouldn't count against the Heat's salary cap after Feb. 9.

  • Heat C Bosh on 2016 season: 'I'm ready to play'
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Chris Bosh repeated what he said during the 2016 playoffs on Wednesday when he declared himself ready to play in the upcoming NBA season.

    • Bosh, eight months removed from his second blood clot-related health scare in a calendar year, posted a video of a private workout last month and went a step further in a podcast interview with Uninterrupted.

      "I'm ready to play," he said. "We've been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement back in May saying as soon as I'm ready to play as soon as possible, we'll play. And I'm ready. I've done all my work. I've done what I need to do working with the doctors."

      Meanwhile, mum is the word from the Miami Heat since owner Micky Arison posted a "looking good CB. See you at camp" line in social media.

      That was the only team-related comment on Bosh's status since the team issued a statement with Bosh during the playoffs outlining the next steps that could lead to his return.

      Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra have been supportive of Bosh but continue to point to the importance of medical input. Bosh, asked Wednesday if he thought he'd get medical clearance, had no answer.

      But the 32-year-old said he is more optimistic doctors would allow him to play under a prescription for a new blood thinner that flushes from him system in eight hours. It's a regimen approved for NHL player Tomas Fleischmann, who has played five seasons thanks to the injections without incident.

      "And this particular doctor has had the same regiment with other athletes. So this is nothing that is new," Bosh said of adopting Fleischmann's approach to return to the NBA. "It's not ground breaking. We're not reinventing the wheel here. It's pretty standard. It's been proven. Guys have played on it. Like I said, for anybody to have worries, there are guys playing basketball and hockey and football."

      Riley said Bosh would be evaluated in "late August or September" and training camp opens Sept. 27.

      That will be the first camp since 2003 to convene with Dwyane Wade, who left in free agency for a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls, and the Heat maintain only tiny remnants of their championship roster anchored by Bosh, Wade and LeBron James.

      When Bosh was hospitalized with blood clots, he was leading the team in scoring and 3-point shooting last season.

      If the medical issue keeps Bosh out of action for good, he would be paid the remainder of his contract - three years, $76 million - but that wouldn't count against the Heat's salary cap after Feb. 9.

  • Kings sign G Farmar
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    The Sacramento Kings signed free agent journeyman guard Jordan Farmar to a contract Wednesday.

    • The team did not disclose terms of the deal for Farmar, who averaged 9.2 points, 3.1 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 12 games with coach Dave Joerger and the Memphis Grizzlies last season.

      Joerger is now with the Kings and the 29-year-old Farmer's value could rise as anointed starter Darren Collison pled guilty to a domestic violence charge. Collison is likely to face a lengthy suspension to begin the season.

      Ty Lawson and Isaiah Cousins can also play the point on Sacramento's roster.

      Farmar has averaged 7.7 points, 2.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game since being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 26th overall pick of the 2006 draft. The 6-foot-2 Farmar is a two-time NBA champion with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

  • Thunder F McGary suspended 15 games
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mitch McGary had his suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy increased by 10 games on Tuesday, and he will now miss the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season, the NBA announced.

    • The latest violation is for non-compliance of the league's drug policy, according to Yahoo! Sports. McGary was originally suspended for five games in July.

      The 24-year-old has played in just 52 games for the Thunder since being a first-round draft pick (21st overall) in 2014.

      McGary played just 72 minutes for the Thunder last season and averaged 1.3 points per game. He left the team late in the season for what the Thunder termed "personal reasons."

      McGary also failed a drug test in college at Michigan. The penalty required him to sit out an entire season but he instead declared for the NBA draft.

  • Hawks' Howard released from hospital after dehydration
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, September 12, 2016

    Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard was released from the hospital Monday morning after being treated for dehydration.

    • Howard, 30, took ill during a plane flight to Atlanta on Sunday and was briefly hospitalized, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

      Howard has recently been in China on a 10-day promotional tour with shoe manufacturer Peak. He worked out with a personal shooting coach while in China and posted videos of his workouts on social media.

      Howard, a native of Atlanta, signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal with the Hawks in July.

      The 6-foot-11, 265-pound Howard is an eight-time All-Star who has won three Defensive Player of the Year Awards. He has averaged 17.8 points and 12.7 rebounds in his career with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. Last season for the Rockets, Howard averaged 13.7 points and 11.8 rebounds.