It was a busy weekend with the Oscars on and the XFL beginning, among other events. Do you feel like you missed out on something in the NBA? Don’t worry, we have you covered in a week which featured some in-game drama, an NBA guard nearly coming out of retirement and one buyout candidate in Andre Iguodala finally debuting in the 2019-20 season.
There’s a lot to be sorted out in the NBA during the second half of the season, specifically with the playoff picture. Before that talk ramps here, we’ll start with Darren Collison’s somewhat surprising decision not to join either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Clippers.
Darren Collison Flirted With the Lakers & Clippers but Decided to Stay Retired
As our own Sean Deveney reported, Darren Collison preferred to stay local in the Los Angeles area if he came out of retirement. As Adrian Wojnarowski reports, the point guard will stay away from the game.
Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III Sixers Debut Delayed
The Sixers traded for Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III from the Warriors on Wednesday. The duo didn’t play for the Sixers on Thursday against the Bucks, which was understandable. They didn’t play on Friday against the Grizzlies, OK, and there were rumblings that they wouldn’t play until Tuesday against the Clippers—nearly a week after being traded—because they still needed to get their physicals with the team.
Apparently, all went well with the team’s medical staff on Saturday and both Burks and Robinson were available on Sunday vs. the Bulls. Robinson played 12 minutes (scoring 10) and Burks…didn’t see the floor (coach’s decision).
Ja Morant Records First Career Triple-Double
2019 No. 2 overall pick recorded what should be the first of many triple-doubles in his career on Sunday as the Grizzlies took down the Wizards in Washington. After the game, he gave his kicks to a special fan.
Andre Iguodala Returns To The Court
The last time we saw Andre Iguodala on the court, it was Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Golden State. Since then, he’s been traded to the Grizzlies, and (after a half-season of waiting) traded to the Heat. The 35-year-old played 23 minutes, shooting just two shots (he made one), though he contributed six rebounds, three assists, and a steal in Miami’s loss to the Blazers.
The play, which the NBA later admitted should have been called goaltending, upset Damian Lillard…just a little bit.
Wizards’ Bradley Beal Remains Clutch
On Friday night, Bradley Beal proved why he should have been an All-Star. Down with by one; under 1.2 seconds left; off a pass from Troy Brown Jr., Beal showcased his clutchness.
There was a celebration inside the Wizards locker room after the game and fans continued to celebrate for a few hours afterward as the organization treated fans to concert by Ma$e and Dru Hill.
Marvin Williams Secures Buyout with Hornets, Signs With Bucks
Williams said last month that he thought he might retire rather than seek out a new deal once he was done in Charlotte. “I’ll be honest with you, I’ve certainly thought about being done,” Williams said at the time. “I feel like that’s where I am right now: I could do it or I could not.”
The Bucks didn’t make a move at the deadline, opting to not mess with the good chemistry they have. Williams will come to a good situation, one that could help him achieve a goal of winning an NBA championship. Williamson, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft, already owns an NCAA championship as he contributed to Roy Williams’ first title at UNC.
Does Reggie Jackson Want to Give up Money to Play For a Contender?
Reggie Jackson’s tenure in Detroit could come to an end but as in any buyout agreement, it’ll cost Jackson some salary. The point guard is still accessing his options.
The Pistons made a major move at the deadline, shipping Andre Drummond to the Cavs. There’s a rebuilding happening in Detroit and Jackson could be the next veteran to exit the franchise.
Hornets, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Working On Buyout
The former No. 2 overall pick will reportedly part ways with the Hornets, as he and the team are working on a buyout. We outlined four teams, including the Lakers and Mavericks, that would be good fits for MKG.