6:51 PM EDT, Sat October 25, 2014
Liberty Ballers 1 hour ago

The Cuts Keep Coming: Drew Gordon Also Waived

Roster is at 18 after this move. Drew Gordon, the older brother of fourth overall pick in the 2014 Draft Aaron Gordon, was waived by the Sixers today. Like Ronald Roberts, he Woj-bombed himself. Just got cut by the sixers... Sad news but keeps the chip on my shoulder .. Still have something to prove — drew gordon (@xtraGORDONary32) October 25, 2014 Gordon performed surprisingly well in preseason action, averaging roughly eight points and four rebounds in 16 minutes of preseason action per game. Despite not being overly impressive in Las Vegas, the Sixers invited him to camp. Gordon...
Liberty Ballers 1 hour ago

Sixers Waive Ronald Roberts II, Roster Stands at 19

The St. Joe's alumnus spent most of camp on the sidelines due to an injury. The first camp casualty comes in, and it's not all that surprising. Ronald Roberts Woj-ed his own release: got waived by the @Sixers today..thank you so much for the opportunity...my dreams came true! thank you to all my supporters il be back — Ronald Roberts II (@RonaldRoberts5) October 25, 2014 Roberts played especially well for the Sixers at the Orlando Pro Summer League, earning a spot in Sixers camp because of his performance there. A St Joe's product, this is a bit of a letdown for Big 5 fans.. Roberts...
Posting and Toasting 1 hour ago

It appears the Knicks will keep Travis Wear

We heard earlier that Travis Wear survived another round of cuts.. Not long after, Ian Begley reported the Knicks were looking to either waive or trade Travis Outlaw (for nothing), then give the other Travis his roster spot: The New York Knicks are strongly considering parting ways with veteran forward Travis Outlaw, league sources told ESPNNewYork.com on Saturday. Outlaw is owed $3 million this season. If the Knicks released him, they would still owe him his full salary. They also could dump him on another team via a trade. Getting rid of Outlaw would open up a roster spot for another...
Liberty Ballers 1 hour ago

4 Days Till Sixers: Can Nerlens Go 5x5?

Nerlens Noel recorded a 4x5 on Thursday night and is one of the NBA's most likely candidates for a 5x5 this season. Usually, the Hakeem Olajuwon comparisons are reserved for Joel Embiid. An African-born 7-footer with excellent footwork, Embiid drew comparisons based off those features alone. But what if Nerlens Noel is the more likely to repeat some of Hakeem's statistical accomplishments? Namely, I'm referring to the ever-rare 5x5. The "five by five" is where one player records at least five markers in each of the primary basketball statistical categories: points, rebounds, assists,...
Raptors HQ 2 hours ago

Raptors Waive Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton, Roster Set At 15 Players

The final roster spot goes to Greg Stiemsma as the Raptors get set to start the season on Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks. The Raptors announced today that they've waived guard Will Cherry and swingman Jordan Hamilton. So, Greg Stiemsma wins the battle for the 15th spot. In the preseason, Cherry averaged 3.4 points and 1.6 assists in 13.9 minutes of play. Hamilton played in five games and averaged 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. Not a surprise that the Raptors would go with Stiemsma, considering they have more than enough options at the moment at the guard and wing position....
Net Income / NetsDaily 2 hours ago

No Practice, but Brook Lopez still on track for Opening Night

So far, so good on health. Brook Lopez wasn't back on the court Saturday and his status for Open Practice Sunday is unknown but Lionel Hollins kept saying the right things about the possibility of his return to the starting lineup Wednesday when the Nets open their season in Boston vs. the Celtics. Lopez is the only Nets player who might be out Wednesday.  Everyone else is healthy and ready to go. The decision to play Lopez will be left to the team's medical and training staff but Hollins told reporters at practice Saturday that he's confident his center will be ready for the season...
Posting and Toasting 4 hours ago

The Knicks cut Langston Galloway and Jordan Vandenberg

We knew this would happen, even though Jordan Vandenberg just signed: Oct. 25 – NY Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has waived guard Langston Galloway and center Jordan Vandenberg. — NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) October 25, 2014 Those two, plus D.J. Mbenga and Orlando Sanchez, are now eligible to have their rights sent to the Westchester Knicks if that's what everyone wants. We'll see about that. Meanwhile, Travis Wear survived another round of cuts. He's the 16th man on a roster that needs to get down to 15. This is encouraging if you're among those who...
CelticsBlog 4 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 10/25/14

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Celtics Notebook: Rajon Rondo’s hand up in the airCavs, Bulls the expected frontrunners in East Globe  Celtics notebook: Rajon Rondo still working toward Opening Night start Rajon Rondo Cleared For First Full-Contact Practice Since Hand SurgeryCeltics want to evaluate waiver claim Jarell Eddie These Celtics will be anything but boring Celtics Green  Bounces From FLCeltsFan’s Random ThoughtsToday's Video:Celtics Talk TV, Young Dancing, Practice Report ESPN   Rondo engages in first full-contact practiceNotebook: Celts...
Net Income / NetsDaily 7 hours ago
Bruce Ratner wants to keep part of Barclays Center ... and continue to manage it

Bruce Ratner wants to keep part of Barclays Center ... and continue to manage it

Despite a report last Monday that Barclays Center is for sale, sources close to Bruce Ratner told both the Wall Street Journal and Crain's New York that Bruce Ratner wants to maintain a position in the Nets' arena and continue to manage it. Eliot Brown, who has covered the Atantic Yards (now Pacific Park) controversies for years, reported late Friday Left unclear is how much of Forest City’s 55% ownership stake in arena, which cost about $1 billion to construct, will be sold. The company is planning to keep some financial stake in the property, the official said, although the precise...
Posting and Toasting 8 hours ago

Saturday Pacific Sanddabs

Good Saturday! Preseason is over and we've got a couple days to collect ourselves before the real thing begins. Let's look at some links! - I dunno, I just think it's so funny that nature put some fish's eyes on either side and some all one one side to make them flatfishes. I want both eyes on one side of my head so I can get realllly comfortable on the couch when I watch TV. - If you haven't seen it yet, here's Chris Herring's piece on Carmelo Anthony's minutes and how they correlate with his late-game performance. - Derek Fisher would like to make it very clear he's not just Phil...
Net Income / NetsDaily 11 hours ago

Latest benefit of All-Access tickets for Brooklyn Nets: "Loyalty Insurance"

In what is being billed as a first for any pro sports team, the Nets will be offering "loyalty insurance" on their All-Access tickets, the higher priced, three-year commitment season tickets that already include all-you-can-eat service at Barclays Center concessions. Crain's New York described the program this way: Starting with the 2015-2016 season, the Nets will cover up to 15% of the total season-ticket purchase price for those tickets that the holder resells. A fan who spends $5,940 for the $135-per-seat package of 44 home games will be covered for losses on resold tickets up to...
Posting and Toasting 17 hours ago

Preseason: Raptors 83, Knicks 80: "Oh well."

New York mostly kept pace with Toronto but got walloped in the third quarter, which was ultimately their undoing. Pre-season is over. I say we bury it. This was the second time the Knicks fell to the Raptors in this here pre-seasoning. Toronto is the early favorite to win the Atlantic Division, so it should count for something that New York had their chances to win both encounters. I guess. Pre-season doesn't count, though, so perhaps I'm the unreliable narrator. Maybe what StarksMiddleFinger said in the game thread is what actually counts: "I'll dwell on the positives". I imagine Derek...
Raptors HQ 18 hours ago

The Raptors Top the Knicks 83-80 in Final Preseason Tuneup in Montreal

We move to 7-1 in the preseason with the win. Next up: real, meaningful basketball games. In front of 20,738 spectators at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC, the Toronto Raptors finished with a franchise record 7-1 in the preseason (key word: preseason, not franchise record) by beating the New York Knicks 83-80. Kyle Lowry flirted with a triple-double in the win, posting 12 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists, while DeMar DeRozan led all Raptors with 15 points. Lou Williams contributed 12 points off the bench, including four points in the final two minutes, once again showing off his...
Net Income / NetsDaily 19 hours ago

How the Nets got a trade exception out of the Marquis Teague deal

In effect, the Nets and 76ers completed two simultaneous trades today.  Brooklyn acquired Casper Ware with the pre-existing Tyshawn Taylor trade exception then sent Marquis Teague and a second round pick in 2019 to Philly for Ware, whose contract was non-guaranteed.  As a result, yhe Nets got a $1,120,920 trade exception as well, the value of Teague's contract.Here's how it worked...Ware is scheduled to make $816,482 this season, none of it protected.  The Nets still had a $788,872 TE left over from the Taylor deal that didn't expire until January.  Teams can add up to $100,000 to the...
Posting and Toasting 20 hours ago

Preseason Final Score: Raptors 83, Knicks 80

The Knicks looked kinda okay in Montreal, then they looked horrible, then they had kind of a fun finish against the Raptors but lost. It got seriously ugly in the third quarter there. From now on, the games count, which is both exciting an dkind of terrifying. Jonathan will have your recap later!
Posting and Toasting Oct 24, 2014
Preseason Game Thread: Knicks at Raptors- 10/24/14

Preseason Game Thread: Knicks at Raptors- 10/24/14

The preseason concludes! Hey! It's the last pretend game of the year. Shane Larkin (Jose Calderon is resting), Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Smith, and Samuel Dalembert will start. That (with Calderon) may be the opening night starting lineup. I expect something vaguely resembling a real game. The last one was, and the Raptors are a similarly tough opponent. And, having watched these teams play at the CENTRE BELL, I expect a big, rowdy crowd. Should be fun! Tip-off is at 7:30 on MSG. This is your game thread. This is Raptors HQ. Please don't post large photos, GIFs, or links to...
Net Income / NetsDaily Oct 24, 2014
Looks like Brook Lopez and Rajon Rondo will play on Opening Night

Looks like Brook Lopez and Rajon Rondo will play on Opening Night

Lionel Hollins told beat writers what Nets fans wanted to hear.  Brook Lopez may very well play against the Celtics and Rajon Rondo may be on the opposite side of the court. "He was on the [anti-gravity] treadmill, but he’s doing fine," Hollins told reporters Friday when they asked about his mild midfoot sprain. "I think he’ll be ready by opening day, but that’s my opinion to talking to with him, but the doctors [still have to clear him]." Hollins said that he did not see the need for Lopez to practice prior to next Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics. Indeed, Lopez was the only Net...
Liberty Ballers Oct 24, 2014
Sixers Trade Casper Ware For Marquis Teague, 2019 2nd Round Pick

Sixers Trade Casper Ware For Marquis Teague, 2019 2nd Round Pick

The Sixers have traded Casper Ware to Brooklyn for Marquis Teague and a 2019 2nd round pick. Per multiple reports, the Sixers have traded Casper Ware to the Brooklyn Nets for Marquis Teague and a 2019 2nd round pick. The 2nd round pick is the one that Brooklyn received from Milwaukee. That pick will wind up being either Milwaukee's 2019 2nd round pick or Sacramento's 2019 2nd round pick, whichever is more favorable. This is one of the two picks that Brooklyn received as part of the Jason Kidd fiasco this past offseason. Marquis Teague is on the third year of his rookie contract, which will...
NetsDaily Oct 24, 2014
Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers complete Marquis Teague trade

Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers complete Marquis Teague trade

As was reported earlier, the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers completed a trade that sent point guard Marquis Teague to Philadelphia. In return, the Nets receive guard Casper Ware. Brooklyn will also send a 2019 second round draft pick, that was acquired by the Milwaukee Bucks, to Philadelphia. Or, the price of getting Teague's contract off their books. The pick will be the worse of the Bucks and Kings pick that year. It was one of two picks the Nets received in compensation for Jason Kidd.  The Nets retain their own 2019 pick as well as the other pick it received from the Bucks,...
Liberty Ballers Oct 24, 2014

5 Days 'Til Sixers: Getting Back To Basketball

Discussion of what is to come can take a backseat -- basketball is back. One championship is within reach for the Sixers this season, though it involves the bounce of ping pong balls. There are no illusions in Philadelphia; Sam Hinkie is rebuilding this thing from the ground up, and the losses will continue in 2014-15. The lofty goal of an NBA championship is well in the distance for 76ers fans, but each passing day marks a step forward for the franchise toward that end. In the wake of a first round that saw the Sixers select two players who wouldn't contribute this season, my initial...

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