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  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Hornets waive three
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Charlotte Hornets waived guard Justin Cobbs, forward Dallas Lauderdale and center Brian Qvale on Friday.

    • The Hornets' roster currently stands at 15 players.

      Cobbs saw action in two preseason games, averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 rebound in 4.5 minutes.

      Lauderdale and Qvale each appeared in one preseason game, seeing 3:13 worth of action.

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Magic's Oladipo out indefinitely with facial fracture
    By The Sports Xchange

    Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday.

    • General manager Rob Hennigan said Friday that Oladipo will undergo a corrective surgical procedure Saturday. Oladipo was injured after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.

      With Oladipo out, rookie point guard Elfrid Payton and shooting guards Ben Gordon, Evan Fournier and swingman Maurice Harkless are expected to take on bigger roles.

      The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Oladipo has not played during the preseason due to a sprained MCL in his left knee. Last season, he played in 80 games (44 starts) during his rookie campaign, averaging 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and a team-high 1.61 steals in 31.1 minutes per game.

      Oladipo, 22, was selected in the first round (second overall) of the draft by Orlando. He was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

      Orlando begins the 2014-15 regular season at New Orleans on Tuesday.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Back problem sidelines Nash for season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Oft-injured point guard Steve Nash will miss the 2014-15 season because of recurring back issues involving nerver damage, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday night.

    • The Lakers said the decision was made in consultation with the team's medical staff and the 40-year-old Nash, who will focus on rest and rehabilitation.

      "Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now," Nash said. "I work very hard to stay healthy and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing at full capacity difficult.

      "I will continue to support my team during this period of rest, and will focus on my long-term health."

      Nash, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, was entering his 19th season in the league. Since joining the Lakers before the 2012-13 season, Nash has experienced medical issues ranging from nerve damage in his leg to nerve damage in his back.

      Last season, he played in just 15 games and averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 assists. In two years with the Lakers, Nash saw action in 65 games and averaged 11.4 points and 6.4 assists.

      Nash reinjured his back last week while lifting bags.

      "As disappointed as we are for ourselves and our fans, we're even more disappointed for Steve," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "We know how hard he's worked the last two years to try to get his body right for the rigors of the NBA, and how badly he wants to play, but unfortunately he simply hasn't been able to get there up to this point in time.

      "Steve has been a consummate professional, and we greatly appreciate his efforts."

      There was no word on whether Nash will retire. The oldest player in the NBA was due to make $9.7 million in the final year of his contract.

      Nash, the league's MVP in 2004-05 and 2005-06, has career averages of 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game. He shot 90.4 percent from the free throw line, the best in NBA history, and his 10,335 assists are third most all time behind John Stockton and Magic Johnson.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    NBA roundup: Carter-Williams expected back Nov. 13
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia 76ers and point guard Michael Carter-Williams established Nov. 13 as the target date for Carter-Williams' return, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

    • Carter-Williams, last season's Rookie of the Year, had shoulder surgery in May.

      He averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds for the 76ers last season.

      Even if Carter-Williams is ready to play Nov. 13, it remains to be seen whether 76ers officials will put him in the lineup then.

      Philadelphia's first-round pick this year was Kansas center Joel Embiid, who might miss the entire season because of a foot injury.

      Nerlens Noel, the 76ers' first-round pick in 2013 who missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL, has missed the last three preseason games due to an upper respiratory infection.

      ---The Orlando Magic signed center Nikola Vucevic to a contract extension, the team announced.

      The team did not provide details of the signing, but multiple media outlets reported earlier that it was a four-year extension. The Orlando Sentinel and ESPN.com reported the extension is worth $53 million. Yahoo Sports reported the deal will pay Vucevic $54 million. USA Today Sports listed the contract value at $48 million with incentives that could hike the total to $53 million.

      ---NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah said he has no pain in his surgically repaired left knee, but it remains unclear how much playing time he will get early in the season.

      "Yeah ... I had surgery," Noah said. "It's fine. It's a work in progress. It's getting better. I'm happy with where it's at. Let me live, man. Jeez."

      The Bulls are planning to manage Noah's minutes, but coach Tom Thibodeau is not the type to commit to a detailed playing time restriction.

      Noah said the Bulls have a plan for his workload and he is thrilled to be experiencing no pain.

      ---Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is ready for more touches, particularly in the paint.

      "The offense is built that way but I just have to make a conscious decision to get myself in there," Love told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "There are a lot of times where I just find myself fading to the three-point line. For me, it's a mentality and that's easy to fix.

      "My entire life I've played the game from inside-out. So the more touches I can get inside to get myself going, the better. I'm not accustomed to starting out a game shooting a three, so it's just something that I see."

      ---Phoenix Suns rookie forward T.J. Warren has been fitted for a splint and will be sidelined while a small crack in a bone in his left thumb heals. The team has not set a timetable for the return of the 14th overall pick in the 2014 draft.

      Warren has averaged 5.0 points and 12.2 minutes in five preseason games.

      ---Kobe Bryant is ready for the regular season according to Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott, who shut down Bryant for the last two games of the preseason to rest him for the games that count.

      Bryant sat out Wednesday as the Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 94-86 in Ontario, Calif., and he won't play Friday when the Lakers oppose the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas.

      ---Former Memphis guard Geron Johnson signed with the Houston Rockets, who waived forward Akil Mitchell to create a roster spot.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Magic announce Vucevic signs extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Orlando Magic signed center Nikola Vucevic to a contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

    • The team did not provide details of the signing, but multiple media outlets reported earlier that it was a four-year extension. The Orlando Sentinel and ESPN.com reported the extension is worth $53 million. Yahoo Sports reported the deal will pay Vucevic $54 million. USA Today Sports listed the contract value at $48 million with incentives that could hike the total to $53 million.

      The extension for Vucevic, who turns 24 years old this week, will start after the upcoming season and will run through 2018-19..

      "Today is an exciting day for Nik (Vucevic) and his family, as well as our entire organization," said general manager Rob Hennigan in a statement. "Since arriving in Orlando, Nik has demonstrated consistent work habits and a constant hunger to improve. He's a high character, team-first player. We are proud of his development and are looking forward to continuing to grow together."

      The 7-foot Vucevic appeared and started in 57 games last season with Orlando, averaging 14.2 points and 11.0 rebounds.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Report: Carter-Williams targets Nov. 13 for return
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia 76ers and point guard Michael Carter-Williams established Nov. 13 as the target date for Carter-Williams' return, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

    • Carter-Williams, last season's Rookie of the Year, had shoulder surgery in May.

      He averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds for the 76ers last season.

      Even if Carter-Williams is ready to play Nov. 13, it remains to be seen whether 76ers officials will put him in the lineup then.

      Philadelphia's first-round pick this year was Kansas center Joel Embiid, who might miss the entire season because of a foot injury.

      Nerlens Noel, the 76ers' first-round pick in 2013 who missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL, has missed the last three preseason games due to an upper respiratory infection.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Post-surgery, Bulls Noah getting comfortable
    By The Sports Xchange

    NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah is accustomed to rejections, the type the Chicago Bulls center dealt Wednesday when asked about the condition of his left knee.

    • Noah stared before offering a terse response to a question about whether the surgically repaired knee was feeling different than last season.

      "Yeah ... I had surgery," Noah said. "It's fine. It's a work in progress. It's getting better. I'm happy with where it's at. Let me live, man. Jeez."

      The Bulls are planning to manage Noah's minutes, but coach Tom Thibodeau is not they type to commit to a detailed playing time restriction. Similar thoughts on how point guard Derrick Rose will be used have been downplayed by the coaching staff.

      "We'll just see how it goes," Thibodeau said. "We've got some guys where it's a situation where they need to work, they need to play. But they also need to do what they can handle. It all plays into it."

      Noah said the Bulls have a plan for his workload and he is thrilled to be experiencing no pain.

      "None at all," he said. "In the beginning, I was a little bit more uncomfortable, I was a little limited. I still have to get my strength back; I have to get the strength back in my leg. I'm just trying to manage practicing, playing. But overall I'm happy with where it's at."

      The Bulls open the season Wednesday at New York against the Knicks. The status of shooting guard Jimmy Butler is not known, but he sounded optimistic he would return quickly from a thumb injury.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Cavs PF Kevin Love wants more touches
    By The Sports Xchange

    Preseason is no time to judge offensive output, but Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is ready for more touches.

    • Specifically, he wants the ball in the paint more frequently.

      "The offense is built that way but I just have to make a conscious decision to get myself in there," Love told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "There are a lot of times where I just find myself fading to the three-point line. For me, it's a mentality and that's easy to fix."

      With shooting guard Dion Waiters leading the team in preseason shot attempts -- first-ear head coach David Blatt said this week that should not be the case when games matter -- and stars at nearly every position, Love is still in the breaking-in phase with his new team. The All-Star was one of the only offensive threats with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

      Now he's sharing the load with point guard Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Waiters and a bench with significant depth.

      "My entire life I've played the game from inside-out," Love continued. "So the more touches I can get inside to get myself going, the better. I'm not accustomed to starting out a game shooting a three, so it's just something that I see. I'm 26-years-old and I've been playing basketball for quite a long time. Just finding ways to mix it up. If anything, keeping it around the basket a little bit more and the offense will allow me to get offensive rebounds. That will be tough for teams with Andy [Varejao] and myself and Tristan (Thompson) in there."

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Rockets sign Geron Johnson, waive Mitchell
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Memphis guard Geron Johnson signed with the Houston Rockets, who waived forward Akil Mitchell to create a roster spot.

    • Johnson averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 67 games with the Tigers. Johnson spent his junior and senior seasons at Memphis after transferring from Garden City Community College.

      Mitchell appeared in 133 contests with career averages of 6.9 points, 6.0 rebounds at Virginia. Mitchell was undrafted but was on Houston's Las Vegas and Orlando Summer League teams. He did not appear in a preseason game with the Rockets.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Healthy Bryant shut down for rest of Lakers' preseason
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kobe Bryant is ready for the regular season.

    • That is the opinion of Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott, who shut down the shooting guard for the last two games of the preseason to rest him for the games that count.

      Bryant sat out Wednesday as the Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 94-86 in Ontario, Calif., and he won't play Friday when the Lakers oppose the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas.

      The 36-year-old veteran's next action will be Tuesday in the season opener against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.

      "I was just thinking he needs some rest," Scott said. "I think he's shown me enough. I think we're all pretty happy with where he is."

      Bryant was limited to six games last season after he came back from a torn Achilles tendon and then fractured his left knee. He is set to begin his 19th season with the Lakers, tying the NBA record held by former Utah Jazz guard John Stockton for most years spent with one franchise.

      In the previous three games, Bryant produced averages of 26.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and one steal. In the last two games he played, Bryant averaged 33 minutes.

      "I think each game I wanted to see if he just got stronger," Scott said. "That's why the last couple games I've been playing him more in the second half -- later in the second quarters and later in the fourth quarters, just seeing how his body would react. From what I saw the last couple games, he's getting that lift. He just looked strong down the stretch, and I thought that was important.

      "Like I said, endurance-wise I think he's there. He's in great physical condition. So these last two games, it was more of let's rest it and let's be happy with that, and then we'll move forward and get ready with the four days of work we have to do to get ready for Houston."

      Scott said he will play Bryant between 30 and 40 minutes per game.

      According to the Orange County Register, Bryant didn't speak to reporters Wednesday.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Criminal complaint filed against Clippers' Griffin
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is the subject of a police investigation in Las Vegas into a criminal complaint by a man that accused Griffin of attacking him during an argument.

    • The man alleged that Griffin attacked him at a nightclub on the Las Vegas strip in a dispute over a photo. No arrest has been made since the man filed a battery complaint.

      According to the website TMZ, the man said Griffin grabbed him by the neck after he snapped a picture, took his cellphone and hit him on Sunday night at the Venetian resort.

      The Clippers were in Las Vegas to play a preseason game on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.

      Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before Wednesday night's exhibition game in Los Angeles against the Phoenix Suns that he trusts Griffin and believes the situation will be resolved without distracting the team.

      Las Vegas police are still investigating the complaint.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Thunder pick up contract options
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday exercised third-year contract options on center Steven Adams and forward Andre Roberson and fourth-year options on forward Perry Jones and guard Jeremy Lamb.

    • As a rookie last season, Adams averaged 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 81 regular-season games. He was selected to the NBA All-Rookie second team.

      Roberson played in 40 games and started 16 for the Thunder last season. He averaged 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

      In two seasons with the Thunder, Jones has averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds.

      Lamb's two years with the Thunder include 101 appearances and averages of 7.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Last season, he reached double figures in scoring in a career-best 30 games.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    NBA roundup: Draft lottery to remain unchanged
    By The Sports Xchange

    The proposed changes to the NBA's draft lottery format to more evenly distribute the odds among the 14 non-playoff teams failed to get enough votes, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

    • The final vote at the NBA's Board of Governors meeting reportedly was 17-13 in favor of the reform that falls short of the required 23 votes needed to push the change through.

      The reform plan was to discourage the idea of losing on purpose to increase a team's odds in the lottery. According to ESPN, the reforms would have given the league's four worst teams identical odds (around 11 percent) of winning the No. 1 pick, with the fifth team having about a 10 percent chance and the rest of the teams with declining odds.

      Under the current system, the team with the worst record has a 25 percent chance at the No. 1 pick and the second-worst team has a 19.9 percent chance. Each subsequent team's odds decline slightly

      ---The Memphis Grizzlies waived forward Earl Clark and center Hassan Whiteside on Wednesday as the start of the regular season approaches.

      The 6-foot-10 Clark averaged 5.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists and shot 47.4 percent from the field in four preseason games. The 7-foot Whiteside averaged 3.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks and shot 50 percent from the field in five preseason games.

      The Denver Nuggets waived forwards Jerrelle Benimon and Marcus Williams on Wednesday.

      Benimon averaged 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in six preseason games after appearing in three games for the Nuggets' Summer League team in Las Vegas. Williams, a second-round pick by the San Antonio Spurs in 2007, averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in six preseason games.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Nuggets waive Benimon, Williams
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Denver Nuggets waived forwards Jerrelle Benimon and Marcus Williams.

    • Benimon averaged 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in six preseason games after appearing in three games for the Nuggets' Summer League team in Las Vegas.

      Williams, a second-round pick by the San Antonio Spurs in 2007, averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in six preseason games.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Grizzlies trim two players from roster
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Memphis Grizzlies waived forward Earl Clark and center Hassan Whiteside on Wednesday as the start of the regular season approaches.

    • The Grizzlies reduced their roster to 16 players by releasing the two free agents, who signed with the team on Sept. 25.

      The 6-foot-10 Clark averaged 5.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists and shot 47.4 percent from the field in four preseason games.

      The 7-foot Whiteside averaged 3.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 50 percent from the field in five preseason games.

      The NBA deadline for final regular-season rosters is Oct. 27.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Reports: NBA lottery reform falls short of passing
    By The Sports Xchange

    The proposed changes to the NBA's draft lottery format to more evenly distribute the odds among the 14 non-playoff teams failed to get enough votes, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

    • The final vote at the NBA's Board of Governors meeting reportedly was 17-13 in favor of the reform that falls short of the required 23 votes needed to push the change through.

      The reform plan was to discourage the idea of losing on purpose to increase a team's odds in the lottery.

      According to ESPN, the reforms would have given the league's four worst teams identical odds (around 11 percent) of winning the No. 1 pick, with the fifth team having about a 10 percent chance and the rest of the teams with declining odds.

      Under the current system, the team with the worst record has a 25 percent chance at the No. 1 pick and the second-worst team has a 19.9 percent chance. Each subsequent team's odds decline slightly

      Only four teams with the worst or tied-for-worst record have earned the top overall pick since the league's weighted lottery system was adopted for the 1985 draft.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Vucevic, Magic agree to extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    Center Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic agreed to a four-year contract extension, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

    • The Orlando Sentinel and ESPN.com reported the extension is worth $53 million. Yahoo Sports reported the deal will pay Vucevic $54 million. USA Today Sports listed the contract value at $48 million with incentives that could hike the total to $53 million.

      The extension for Vucevic, who turns 24 years old this week, will start after the upcoming season and will run through 2018-19. Vucevic will not be able to opt out of the deal earlier.

      The 6-foot-11 center averaged a career-best 14.2 points per game last season while pulling down 11 rebounds per game. Over the first three seasons of his NBA career -- one season with the Philadelphia 76ers and two with Orlando -- he is averaging 11.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

      A first-round pick by Philadelphia in 2011, Vucevic joined the Magic as part of the four-team deal that sent center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers in August 2012.

      According to ESPN.com, Vucevic was the fifth 2011 first-round selection to sign a contract extension ahead of the Oct. 31 deadline, joining Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried and Phoenix Suns power forwards Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris.

      Others eligible for extensions prior to the end of the month include Orlando forward Tobias Harris, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Bulls' Butler injures thumb
    By The Sports Xchange

    Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler could miss the start of the regular season next week after injuring his left thumb on Sunday night during an exhibition game against the Charlotte Hornets.

    • The Bulls announced Tuesday on Twitter that Butler suffered sprained thumb ligaments. He will not practice for the rest of the week and miss the team's final preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves before the thumb is re-evaluated.

      Butler wore a splint on the thumb Monday night while working out before a preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Columbus, Ohio.

      The Bulls begin the regular season on Oct. 29 against the New York Knicks and face the Cavaliers two nights later.

      If Butler is unable to play, veteran guard Kirk Hinrich is expected to start in his place.

      The 25-year-old Butler is entering his four season in the NBA. In 67 regular-season games in 2013-14, Butler averaged 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    NBA roundup: Durant waits patiently for foot to heal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kevin Durant says he will not rush back from surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot.

    • Durant could miss two months with the Oklahoma City Thunder, projecting his return close to Christmas from what the reigning MVP said is his first real injury. Surgeons placed a screw in Durant's right foot to promote healing. The surgery is not always necessary, but Durant opted after consulting several doctors to have the corrective procedure.

      "It's something that's definitely going to help my foot and make it better in the long run," Durant said.

      Durant said he had a heart-to-heart conversation with point guard Russell Westbrook to encourage the All-Star to take the reins of the team.

      ---Veteran guard John Lucas III signed a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards.

      Lucas, undrafted in 2005 from Oklahoma State, spent his first six seasons with Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Utah. Lucas, 31, went to training camp with the Boston Celtics.

      He has appeared in 216 career regular season games (eight starts) while averaging 4.8 points and 1.4 assists in 12.2 minutes. Last season, Lucas appeared in 42 games with Utah and averaged 3.8 points and 1.0 assists in 14.1 minutes.

      ---The Atlanta Hawks reduced their roster to 15 players on Tuesday by waiving forward Jarell Eddie and center Dexter Pittman.

      The Hawks were left without roster spots for Eddie and Pittman after signing free-agents Thabo Sefolosha and Kent Bazemore and drafting center Adreian Payne during the offseason.

      Eddie, a rookie from Virginia Tech, averaged 2.8 points in three preseason games. Pittman is a four-year NBA veteran who has spent time with the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies and the Hawks.

      ---The Dallas Mavericks' experiment with Yuki Togashi lasted less than a week, as the team requested waivers on the 5-foot-7 Japanese point guard along with forward Eric Griffin on Tuesday.

      Togashi, who weighs 143 pounds, was signed Oct. 15 but did not see any game action. He was most recently a member of the Mavericks' NBA Summer League team. In his four games, he averaged 5.3 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting .467 from the field. Togashi could land with the Mavs' D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

      Griffin was signed July 18 after averaging 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 steals and 19.3 minutes for the Mavericks' Las Vegas Summer League team. He saw action in two preseason games.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Hawks trim roster, waive Eddie, Pittman
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Atlanta Hawks reduced their roster to 15 players on Tuesday by waiving forward Jarell Eddie and center Dexter Pittman.

    • Eddie and Pittman were not used Monday night in the Hawks' 117-14 overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets in a preseason game.

      The Hawks were left without roster spots for Eddie and Pittman after signing free-agents Thabo Sefolosha and Kent Bazemore and drafting center Adreian Payne during the offseason.

      Eddie, a rookie from Virginia Tech, averaged 2.8 points in three preseason games. Pittman is a four-year NBA veteran who has spent time with the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies and the Hawks.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Mavs waive Griffin, Togashi
    By The Sports Xchange

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    • The Dallas Mavericks' experiment with Yuki Togashi lasted less than a week, as the team requested waivers on the 5-foot-7 Japanese point guard along with forward Eric Griffin on Tuesday.

      Togashi, who weighs 143 pounds, was signed Oct. 15, but did not see any game action. He was most recently a member of the Mavericks' NBA Summer League team. In his four games, he averaged 5.3 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting .467 from the field.

      He could land with the Mavs' D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

      A native of Niigata, Japan, Togashi attended high school in the U.S. at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md., which produced NBA players Kevin Durant, Terrence Ross and Greivis Vasquez.

      Togashi graduated high school in 2012 and returned to Japan to play professionally in the Basketball Japan League. He signed with Akita Northern and averaged 16.3 points, a league-high 7.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 58 games during the 2013-14 season.

      Griffin was signed July 18 after averaging 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 steals and 19.3 minutes for the Mavericks' Las Vegas Summer League team. He saw action in two preseason games.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Wizards sign Lucas III
    By The Sports Xchange

    Veteran guard John Lucas III signed a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards.

    • Lucas, undrafted in 2005 from Oklahoma State, spent his first six seasons with Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Utah.

      Lucas, 31, went to training camp with the Boston Celtics.

      He has appeared in 216 career regular season games (eight starts) while averaging 4.8 points and 1.4 assists in 12.2 minutes. Last season, Lucas appeared in 42 games with Utah and averaged 3.8 points and 1.0 assists in 14.1 minutes.

      Lucas also had three D-league stints, spent two seasons in Italy and played partial seasons in Spain and China.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Thunder in Westbrook's hands as Durant mends
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kevin Durant will not rush back from surgery to repair a Jones Fracture in his right foot.

    • "I'm not going to rush," Durant said.

      Durant could miss two months with the Oklahoma City Thunder, projecting his return close to Christmas from what the reigning MVP said is his first real injury.

      Surgeons placed a screw in Durant's right foot to promote healing. The surgery is not always necessary, but Durant opted after consulting several doctors to have the corrective procedure.

      "It's something that's definitely going to help my foot and make it better in the long run," Durant said.

      Oklahoma City played several weeks to start last season without point guard Russell Westbrook, who was coming back from surgery. Upon his return, he learned in late December he needed another procedure.

      This time, it's Westbrook's turn to go it alone as he waits for his co-star to mend.

      "It's not about me. It's about our team. I can't win games by myself. I can't do anything by myself," Westbrook said last week. "I kind of want to take the attention off me and put it more on the team. Everybody keeps asking what I'm going to do and how I'm going to change. I think it's more about our team and what we can do."

      Durant said he had a heart-to-heart conversation with Westbrook to encourage the All-Star to take the reins of the team.

      "Stay who you are," Durant said. "You may get more opportunities but you don't have to change what you do."

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Lakers waive Appling and Tyler
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Lakers have waived guard Keith Appling and center Jeremy Tyler, general manager Mitch Kupchak announced Monday.

    • Appling, a rookie from Michigan State, played in two games this preseason.

      Tyler, a three-year veteran, appeared in three preseason games. He also has played with Golden State, Atlanta and New York.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    NFL roundup: Harvin admits frustration in Seattle
    By The Sports Xchange

    New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin admitted Monday in his first comments since being traded Friday that he was frustrated in Seattle and now wants to put the past behind him.

    • "It definitely was," Harvin said after his first practice with the Jets when talking about his frustration with his former Seahawks. "I wanted to get downfield a little bit more."

      The Seahawks traded Harvin to the Jets for a conditional sixth-round draft pick. Reports surfaced Saturday that Harvin had physical altercations with players and was a destructive force in the Seattle locker room.

      Harvin denied that he refused to re-enter the game against the Dallas Cowboys -- his last one in Seattle. Multiple reports indicated Harvin didn't go back in against the Cowboys and the Seahawks were concerned he would shut down if not involved more in the offense.

      Former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, now an analyst with NFL Network, revealed Sunday that he was the one who broke up the fight between Harvin and wide receiver Golden Tate. It was reported that Harvin gave Tate a black eye during a fight before the Super Bowl earlier this year. Tate now plays for the Detroit Lions.

      Harvin said he had no issues with his former teammates.

      Harvin added that he did not have anger management issues with his former teams in Seattle and Minnesota.

      ---Commissioner Roger Goodell is likely to be informed soon whether his testimony if required by judge Barbara Jones, the appointed arbitrator in the independent review of the NFL's handing of the Ray Rice situation.

      Goodell is a key witness and one of the focal points in scrutiny of the league's response and actions in first suspending Rice two games and fining him the equivalent of three game checks before later ruling that he be suspended indefinitely when video showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in a casino elevator was released.

      The NFL claimed it hadn't seen that piece of evidence until TMZ released it, but law enforcement officials said the video was sent to an NFL executive.

      ---Colt McCoy will take over from Kirk Cousins as Washington's starting quarterback if Robert Griffin III remains out, coach Jay Gruden announced.

      If Griffin, who is expected to practice this week, is not completely healthy, McCoy will start next Monday against the Dallas Cowboys.

      ---Washington outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is out for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, and his career with the Redskins may be over as well.

      Orakpo was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Orakpo's 2011 season ended early because of the same injury to his left pectoral muscle, and just two games into the 2012 season he went down with another pectoral tear.

      ---Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn pectoral in the 24-6 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

      The team said Posluszny will have surgery this week and placed on injured reserve.

      Posluszny leads the Jaguars in tackles with 69.

      ---The Atlanta Falcons placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve, making him the team's fifth offensive lineman to be lost for the season.

      The team signed journeyman Jonathan Scott to replace Konz, who suffered a knee injury in the Falcons' 29-7 loss to Baltimore on Sunday.

      ---Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson could miss up to a month after suffering a groin injury, and fellow running back C.J. Spiller is scheduled to have season-ending surgery on a broken collarbone.

      Buffalo's top two running backs were carted off the field in the first half of Sunday's 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

      ---Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long admitted he was wrong for criticizing fans at Soldier Field for booing Sunday as the team went into the locker room at halftime down 14-0 to the Miami Dolphins.

      "It was wrong for me to point fingers at the fans," Long said Monday during his weekly appearance on the WXRT Morning Show in Chicago

      Long said the Bears should have given the fans a reason to cheer instead of losing 27-14 to the Dolphins.

      ---Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall called out quarterback Jay Cutler, as yelling could be heard from outside the double doors to the locker room after Sunday's game, ESPN reported.

      Marshall didn't deny there was friction in the aftermath of the game.

      "We lost, there should be a lot of frustration," Marshall said. "You should hear frustration. We're 3-4. Yeah, this means everything to a lot of guys in this locker room. This means a lot."

      Marshall reportedly also yelled at kicker Robbie Gould, but the receiver declined to answer when specifically asked.

      ---The Cleveland Browns waived fullback Ray Agnew and promoted fullback Kiero Small to the active roster from the practice squad.

      Agnew, who started Sunday's 24-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, played 18 snaps on offense and caught one pass for three yards.

      ---The Detroit Lions signed veteran tight end Kellen Davis.

      The move will give the Lions more depth at tight end after Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Eric Ebron (hamstring) sat out Week 7.

      --- Houston Texans rookie outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was declared inactive for Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

      He had arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 8, and the injury was expected to require 4-6 weeks of recovery time.

      The Texans and Clowney had hoped he could return for the game against the Steelers.