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Booker will serve the suspension in the Jazz’s season-opening game against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 28.
Booker spoke with the NBA on Wednesday about the incident, a source said.
Hibbert stormed into Booker’s personal space after Booker fouled a Lakers teammate in Tuesday night’s game and got chest to chest with him. Booker responded with an open-handed swing that grazed Hibbert’s face.
Booker was accessed two technical fouls and ejected.
Booker, who played nearly 20 minutes a game in 79 appearances last season, is a tough, physical presence for the Jazz.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo shoulder surgery and likely miss the entire season, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months with the injury, which wouldn't allow for a possible return until the final weeks of the season in April. It leaves little hope that Kidd-Gilchrist can return to the lineup this season.
Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a separated right shoulder in Saturday’s preseason victory over Orlando, and an MRI on Monday in Charlotte revealed a torn labrum. Kidd-Gilchrist, 22, signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension in September.
For the Hornets and coach Steve Clifford, the loss of Kidd-Gilchrist is a significant blow to a revamped roster with a real hope of returning to the playoffs. Kidd-Gilchrist is the Hornets’ best perimeter defender and a developing offensive player.
The loss of Kidd-Gilchrist will make the acquisitions of Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb even more important for the Hornets.
Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, has developed into a cornerstone player for the Hornets along with center Al Jefferson and guard Kemba Walker.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago
Center John Henson has reached agreement on a four-year, $44 million extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The deal could rise to as much as $48 million over the four years if Henson meets incentive clauses, league sources said.
The deal also includes a signing bonus and front-loaded payments, sources said.
The front-loading of money will minimize the financial impact of a potential work stoppage in 2017.
For Henson and his modest numbers thus far in the NBA, this is a tremendous deal. For the Bucks, it is a calculated hedge on the restricted free-agent market next summer – which could have included Henson – that could be a boon for big men.
Jim Tanner, Henson's agent, and Bucks general manager John Hammond had been negotiating the deal throughout the summer and finalized the terms Friday, league sources said.
At 6-foot-11, Henson is a dependable complementary player to the Bucks' talented young frontcourt core of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Greg Monroe.
Henson’s ability to play without the ball, defend and block shots gives the Bucks an important element for a franchise that promises to become a major factor in the Eastern Conference.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago
HOUSTON – Before Ty Lawson texted James Harden with a plea – “Man, get me over there” – he had studied the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in the Western Conference Finals and come to a conclusion: Half the time, Steph Curry was coasting.
“Steph Curry needed someone to go back at him,” Lawson told Yahoo Sports. “I thought Steph was just chillin’ on defense – and then going crazy on offense. He looked like he was just putting shots up and not working so much on the defensive end. He would just come down and hit three or four 3s. He can shoot when he’s got his legs under him.”
Now, Ty Lawson is sitting at a table in a room in the Toyota Center. He’s wearing a Houston Rockets practice top and a smile that keeps coming, and feeling so, so sure of himself again. “I’m not saying, ‘Oh, I’m going to stop Steph,' but just make him work harder at the other end. I saw that in the Cavs series too.
“He wasn’t really working at the other end.”
Lawson wanted out of Denver, and ultimately Denver wanted out of Lawson, too. He wanted a contender to compete for a championship, and the team wanted a point guard whom it could trust with the franchise.
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Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 11 days ago
SAN ANTONIO – Everyone else had left the floor in the Spurs' practice facility, but the NBA's oldest star is listening to music on his earbuds, catching and shooting again and again. Beneath the five championship banners hanging on the wall, this is the sweet, soft and comforting rhythm of a dynasty, mesmerizing to the San Antonio Spur paying $11 million for the privilege of playing with Tim Duncan.
"I find myself staring at Tim," David West tells Yahoo Sports. "I have just been trying to find little corners to watch him – and I just stare at him."
West is sitting in one of those quiet corners now, wearing No. 30 because No. 21 is the forever jersey of this franchise. West is a 35-year-old power forward, decorated with the unimpeachable respect of league personnel. His assimilation into these Spurs has a chance to be one of the most seamless the organization's ever seen. Never had a player come to this franchise with such pure intentions.
Some people talk about wanting to win, about championships superseding money but West lived it.
David West does drive a Lexus now.
He bought it over a decade ago.
"I needed that."
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Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 15 days ago
Free-agent forward Metta World Peace has reached agreement on a one-year, nonguaranteed deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
World Peace signed his contract Thursday, and take a physical to formalize the agreement on Friday, league sources said.
"I'm excited for Metta to be rejoining the Lakers in this next chapter in his career," agent David Bauman told Yahoo Sports. "Metta is looking forward to working with Kobe and the young players to help the Lakers now and in the future. Los Angeles and the Lakers have always held a special place in Metta's heart."
World Peace is expected to make the roster and play a role as a small forward off the bench, and a veteran extension of coach Byron Scott in the young Lakers locker room.
He will join the Lakers in Hawaii on Monday for the start of training camp.
World Peace has been out of the NBA for a year, and eager for the chance to potentially end his career with the Lakers, where he won a championship and became a fan favorite.
World Peace has been out of the NBA since the New York Knicks waived him during the 2013-14 season. He played last season in China and Italy.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 16 days ago
LOS ANGELES – Doc Rivers is sitting on the veranda overlooking the first tee of the Bel-Air Country Club course, awaiting a Sunday morning round of 18 holes, grateful for the mulligan of his basketball life. When the Los Angeles Clippers lost DeAndre Jordan – and found him again – they found the truth about the fragility of the championship chase. Here today, gone tomorrow.
"Losing him would've always gnawed at me," Rivers told Yahoo Sports. "But it wouldn't have stopped me. I would've said, 'F--- that, we're going to figure out a way to get this right.' But it also triggered something else for me. It might have been my front-office wake-up call. I was not a pleasant guy to me, or my staff, after I thought we lost him – and even after we got him back. We had a lot of 'come-to-Jesus' meetings.
"I told them, and told myself: 'We've got to get f------ better. I don't care if we don't like how this was done, or we thought there was some injustice. We didn't get him. We've got to be f------ better.'
In other words, the Clippers have learned: Don't screw this thing up.
"That's on me."
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 16 days ago
LOS ANGELES – Months had passed for Julius Randle, his fractured leg had mended and, still, he sat as a solitary, seething customer in a Southern California restaurant. The trainers had let him back into the gym in March to start his long, lonely return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup, and Randle desperately resisted the slow, steady churn of the regimen. He wanted to go longer, harder. He wanted to stay in the gym.
"I'm frustrated," Randle texted. "I just want to play basketball."
"Patience," Kobe Bryant responded to him.
"I'm 19 years old," Randle wondered. "How do I have patience?"
"It's the only choice," Bryant told him.
Now, Randle is sitting in a corner booth of Don Chuy's in Playa Vista on a sunny September afternoon and laughs, "I do see it now."
Randle is forever grateful about the way his boyhood idol climbed down from the posters on his bedroom and into his basketball life.
"The biggest person to help get me through this was Kobe – by far," Randle says.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 18 days ago
Former Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is returning to the San Antonio Spurs in a player-personnel role, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Vaughn will replace Trajan Langdon, who recently accepted a front-office job with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Vaughn was fired as the Magic’s head coach in February, finishing 58-158 in two-plus seasons of undertaking the rebuilding project.
Vaughn has a longstanding relationship with the Spurs’ organization, where he served as an assistant coach (2010-12) and played the final three seasons (2006-09) of his 12-year NBA career.
Vaughn could eventually find his way back to the bench as an assistant coach, but there are no openings for him now. The Spurs hired James Borrego as an assistant this summer. Borrego had been promoted in Orlando to interim head coach in the wake of Vaughn’s firing. Vaughn and Borrego had previously worked together with the Spurs.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 19 days ago
The Golden State Warriors delivered forward Harrison Barnes an initial four-year, $64 million contract extension proposal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The $16 million annual offer wasn’t accepted, but appears to be a starting point in talks that could last until the Oct. 31 deadline for rookie extensions.
The Warriors are trying to prevent Barnes from reaching restricted free agency in July 2016, when a rising salary cap and scores of teams with financial flexibility will couple with Barnes' burgeoning talent and potential to make him a significant target on the market.
As a member of the 2012 NBA draft class, Barnes is eligible for his rookie contract extension. Without an agreement by Oct. 31, Barnes would become a restricted free agent next summer. Golden State would be able to match any offer sheet for Barnes and re-sign him.
Under coach Steve Kerr, Barnes started to blossom amid the Warriors' deep roster of talent during their championship season. Barnes, 23, averaged 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds last season, and graded out as one of the league's most efficient players.