Derrick Rose was waived by the Jazz on Saturday, just two days after joining Utah via a trade from the Cavaliers.
While the move was expected, it marked the culmination of a humbling chain events for a point guard who won the NBA MVP award in 2011. Rose has played just 16 games (seven starts) this season, averaging 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19.3 minutes per contest.
Over his nine-year NBA career, Rose has averaged 19.2 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 34.2 minutes through 486 games (476 starts) with the Bulls, Knicks and Cavaliers.
You can’t be a winner if you didn’t play, right? Then again, Butler took a trip to LA, chilled with some of his friends and didn’t have to do any work. No, that sounds more like a winner. Just throw him in the previous group. My bad.
The 3-Point Contest: For all of the criticism the Slam Dunk Contest receives, it’s time to consider a change to the 3-Point Contest.
Devin Booker’s flamethrower final round was great, but the event as a whole is just not that interesting. Let’s allow players to choose different spots beyond the arc and accumulate points based on distance. Put a rack with three golden balls at halfcourt. Screw it. Those shots are each worth 10 points.
There’s not a perfect solution, but as we witnessed with the All-Star Game, change can work.
Thomas, 29, averaged 14.7 points and 4.5 assists per contest in 15 games with the Cavs this season before being dealt to the Lakers.
Hope that Gordon Hayward can play. The Celtics are thin and rely too heavily on young and inexperienced players. That’s caught up to them lately, especially with the load carried by second-year forward Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum.
Boston is building toward contending for a championship in the next couple of years, and it did not make a move at the trade deadline. If they Celtics are going to contend this year, they’ll need to get the injured Hayward back on the floor sometime before the end of March so that he can be ready to pitch in for the playoffs.
I was involved in basketball operations, but other than getting the financials and reports, I was not involved in the day to day [of the business side] at all, Cuban told SI. That’s why I just deferred. I let people do their jobs. And if there were anything like this at all I was supposed to be made aware, obviously I was not.