The dog days of August roll forward. Here’s a quick spin around the league:
Not a whole lot to report on this week. On the Wolves front, domestic assault charges against Dante Cunningham were dismissed, and AP’s Jon Krawczynski reports that Cunningham is planning on filing a civil suit against the woman that accused him.
As mentioned in Cunningham’s player capsule from Tuesday, he is still unlikely to be returning to the Wolves for the upcoming season. Despite a brief void that would seem to be left at the power forward spot by the impending departure of Kevin Love, it is expected to be filled by some combination of Thaddeus Young and/or Anthony Bennett. Throw in Robbie Hummel, Gorgui Dieng, and others, and there simply are not enough minutes for Cunningham.
On Monday, the Los Angeles Clippers introduced their energetic new owner, Steve Ballmer. He likes to yell, shout, and carry on, so that should be fun. And he isn’t racist, so it looks to be a win-win for the Clippers, their fans, NBA fans as a whole, and fans of humanity.
Long-time NBA referee Dick Bavetta retired after an astonishing 39 years of officiating in the league. Follow the link for a list of impressive accomplishments and milestones achieved by Mr. Bavetta. Of course, no mention of Dick would be complete without reliving his famous (and entertaining) footrace with a retired Charles Barkley.
Finally, Shawn Marion made his decision and will be joining LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014-15 season. He’ll be accepting a near-minimum contract to join The King, and should have a positive impact on the rotation for coach David Blatt’s crew.
While Marion is 36-years old, he was still a productive player over the past few years for the Dallas Mavericks. At this point in his career, he’s actually a more valuable player on the defensive side of the ball than he is on offense. However, he did shoot 35.8% from three-point range last year while attempting 3.5 threes per game. If he can find his niche as an important defensive cog and a spot-up shooter in
Blatt’s LeBron’s offense, he can be of great value off the bench.
The Wait for Wiggins ends on Saturday/Sunday. Stop back here for analysis on whatever the exact particulars of the trade end up being. In the meantime, we’ll have a few more player capsules for the off-season crowd. Enjoy them, enjoy the rest of your week, and rest up for the Weekend of Wiggins.