Shabazz Muhammad is going to be staying in Minnesota to play for the Timberwolves for the veterans minimum salary of $1.6 million according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Muhammad has been a member of the Timberwolves all four seasons that he has been in the NBA, but he entered free agency this offseason as a restricted free agent and then became an unrestricted free agent when the T-Wolves renounced his rights to free up cap room. Meaning he could sign with any team and the Timberwolves would not be able to match any offer sheet.
Muhammad has been pretty inconsistent during his four seasons in the league and he has not shown the ability to be the scorer that people thought he was going to be when he went to UCLA out of high school. He has still been a serviceable player and with Jimmy Butler being added to the team he will have even less pressure on him to try and score.
Former New York Knick Charles Oakley has filed a civil suit against James Dolan and MSG as a result of his forced removal from a Knicks home game back in February according to Victoria Bekiempis and Stephen Rex Brown of the New York Daily News. The Knicks have called the lawsuit “frivolous” and an attempt to garner attention tweets Ian Begley of ESPN.
The Brooklyn Nets signed center Tyler Zeller to a two-year contract, the team announced via their website. Over his 5-year career Zeller has been a nice player, doing his best work in Boston over the past three seasons, but he is not going to be the type of player to really make any big change to the Nets’ win total.
A press conference was scheduled to be held in Seattle to announce a plan to restore Key Arena to try and bring the NHL to the city, but also to try and bring the NBA back to the city. However, that press conference was cancelled after the now former mayor Ed Murray resigned amid allegations of sexual abuse. It will be interesting to see where the charge to bring the NBA back to Seattle goes from here.
Nets’ Jarrett Allen Credits Ed Davis with Improvement
Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen is battling through his second season in the NBA, and is crediting teammate Ed Davis for helping him continue his development into an NBA veteran, leaning on him for guidance and tips.
“That’s why you have Ed Davis around,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post. “He’s coaching when you’re not coaching. Great influence on our young guys.
“I’ve seen Ed take him aside after practice, before practice, talking post defense. These [vets], they have the nuances. They understand the game. He’s been a great influence not only on Jarrett Allen but our whole group.
“He’s just a solid, solid professional and the type of guy we like to bring in here,’’ Atkinson added. “We want to help him grow obviously first and foremost, but he’s helping our young guys grow, too.”
Davis inked a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Nets during the summer and has already paid dividends with his veteran experience.
Allen has posted 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.8 blocks thus far this season.
“When I signed here, Sean didn’t say, ‘We want you to mentor Jarret Allen,’ ’’ Davis said. “But I’m an intelligent guy, and I think Sean knew that by doing his diligence and his homework and whatnot. I wasn’t going to come in here like, ‘Oh, [crap], I’m trying to start, I’m trying I take his minutes.’
“I’m trying to win, and I’m trying to help him, because of the direction this franchise is headed.”
Nets’ Kenny Atkinson Discusses Caris LeVert’s Injury
One of the unfortunate headlines to come out of the NBA on Tuesday night was the brutal injury sustained by Brooklyn Nets top scorer Caris LeVert, who suffered a gruesome right leg injury with 0.3 seconds remaining in the first half after trying to contain a Josh Okogie drive during their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
LeVert had to be stretchered off the court, and the injury left many players and fans covering their faces and emotional as they watched him receive medical attention on the court.
“He’s the heart and soul of our program,” Atkinson said, according to Greg Logan of Newsday. “Really tough blow. I feel for him. He’s had a fantastic start to the season. He’s obviously made a huge jump. I just know Caris — if anybody’s coming back from this, knowing the human, the character, the person, the player, he’ll come back from this. Tough, tough blow for the Nets.”
“Our only thoughts are with him. Nothing else matters. The game doesn’t matter tonight. That’s it.”
Teammates such as Nets’ point guard DeAngelo Russell also commented on the injury.
“I saw right away what it was and tried to erase it from memory as soon as I could, but it doesn’t work like that,” Russell said. “It’s something that hurts. It’s hard to speak about.
“You don’t want to see anybody get hurt, but for us to see our brother go down that we practice with every day, that we’re on flights with every day, it’s devastating to the stomach. We can put up our prayers for him and step up and try to build off of it.”
Nets’ Treveon Graham To Miss 2 Months
The Brooklyn Nets were hoping to get forward Treveon Graham back on Wednesday, but he will miss 2 months after is was discovered that he had torn his left hamstring, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Graham suffered the injury during Friday’s game against the New York Knicks, after playing just 10 minutes of gametime.
While Graham is out, the Nets will see Rondae Hollis-Jefferson return to the court on Wednesday, as expected.
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