In the latest NBA news, there are numerous injuries and rumors swirling around the league. For instance, Kevin Durant is asking Steve Nash and Sean Marks to be fired, while Philadelphia 76ers forward Matisse Thybulle is nursing a sprained ankle. Another player getting some attention is Ime Udoka, who was suspended for a year by the Boston Celtics. Lastly, the Knicks signed Jamel Artis and Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
Kevin Durant wants Steve Nash and Sean Marks fired
Latest NBA News – Kevin Durant has given the Nets’ owner Joe Tsai an ultimatum: he wants to be traded to a team that is improving. During the offseason, Durant stated that he doesn’t believe the team is heading in the right direction and has asked for the GM and head coach positions to be fired. However, Tsai hasn’t caved in to his demands. The two men remain on the team, and a trade is unlikely.
The two men have a good relationship with each other, and it was Nash who helped Kevin Durant develop as a player during his time with the Warriors. The two played together in Phoenix for many years, and Nash had even sought out a job as head coach early in Marks’ tenure as general manager.
The recent firing of Steve Nash was a shock to Kevin Durant, who is likely familiar with the Nets’ troubles. The GM, Sean Marks, made the decision without consulting any players. Durant only learned of Nash’s firing when he turned on the television after a pregame nap.
The Nets are not likely to be able to trade Kevin Durant, who is entering his fourth season of a four-year contract. Consequently, the Nets will need to make a major overhaul of the team’s leadership to ensure a successful season. But if the front office can’t make these changes, Durant will likely stay with the team.
After a disastrous season for the Nets under Nash, Durant wants a new challenge. The Brooklyn Nets have been searching the league for a deal to acquire Durant, but the asking price is high. The Nets’ pursuit of a championship begins on Oct. 19, when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans.
Philadelphia 76ers’ Matisse Thybulle has a sprained ankle
Philadelphia 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle missed almost the entire second half of the game against the Washington Wizards on Monday. He will be re-evaluated in a week. The sprained ankle is not serious, but it is not good news for Thybulle, who has strong defensive upside and has been buried on the depth chart.
The injury occurred during the Sixers’ Jan. 14 win over the Celtics. Thybulle, who had five steals on the night, fell to the floor after a touch from Dennis Schroder. While he was on the floor, he was attempting to dunk the ball, which caused him to lose balance. The 76ers are likely to rely on P.J. Tucker to step into the starting lineup in Thybulle’s absence.
Though Thybulle will miss the next two games, he should be back in the lineup soon. The Sixers have been dealing with several injuries lately. They have dealt with James Harden, who missed the game with an illness, and Joel Embiid, who was sidelined due to lower back soreness. But despite all of these setbacks, the team is now 4-4 heading into November.
In college, Thybulle averaged 9.2 points and 3.1 rebounds. He also averaged 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocks. And he converted 35 percent of his 3-point shots. With the right offensive and defensive skills, Thybulle can become a valuable asset for the Sixers.
Boston Celtics’ Ime Udoka suspended for one year
The Boston Celtics have suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season after an investigation found multiple violations of team policies, but the report did not indicate a broader culture problem of sexual misconduct.
Owner Wyc Grousbeck and president of basketball operations Brad Stevens declined to elaborate on the private report, but a person with knowledge of the matter said the allegations stemmed from an inappropriate relationship with a woman within the organization.
After going undrafted out of Portland State, Udoka spent four seasons playing in the NBA’s minor leagues before becoming an assistant coach for the Celtics.
In his first season, Udoka led the Celtics to the NBA Finals. However, they were knocked out by the Golden State Warriors in the championship round. Before joining the Celtics, Udoka spent the 2006-07 season with the Portland Trail Blazers. In that season, Udoka was engaged to actress Nia Long.
The suspension is the first of its kind for a head coach in the NBA. Udoka was suspended for one full season. The Celtics have left open the possibility of extending his suspension. While the suspension does not appear to be severe, it is nonetheless a big blow to Boston’s hopes of making the playoffs again in the near future.
The Celtics are denying that Udoka had an extramarital affair with a female staff member. The team has kept the woman’s identity confidential. The Celtics were aware of the relationship in July and believed it was consensual. After the woman complained about unwanted comments from Udoka, they started an investigation into the matter.
New York Knicks sign Jamel Artis, Xavier Rathan-Mayes
The Knicks have signed guards Xavier Rathan-Maye and Jamel Artis to one-year contracts. Both are free agents who spent their college careers at Florida State. Rathan-Mayes averaged 12.4 points and 4.5 assists in his three seasons at Florida State. He finished his career fourth in Seminole history and earned All-ACC Defensive team honors in 2016-17.
The Knicks’ first-round picks this year have tended to be guards, so they’ve been looking for some experience in that area. Artis and Rathan-Mayes have both played four years in the NBA.
Rathan-Mayes has four years of experience playing on the defensive end for the Seminoles, while Artis played four seasons at Wisconsin. After signing the guards, the Knicks have 19 players on their training camp roster. They’ll open their season on Oct. 19 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis are two other Knicks who were free agents last week. Anthony is reportedly interested in signing with the Houston Rockets. The Knicks have made several offseason moves in order to improve their roster.
They’ve also signed Jamel Artis, Nigel Hayes, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes. Jamel Artis went undrafted from Pittsburgh last year, but he’s already averaging 18.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
Xavier Rathan-Maye and Jamel Artis were signed to one-year, non-guaranteed contracts. The Knicks also signed Kevin Knox to a two-year, partially guaranteed contract. Despite the turmoil surrounding the Knicks’ front office, the Knicks have received praise for their efforts.
They replaced Phil Jackson with Steve Mills as team president and hired Scott Perry as general manager. The Knicks are now one of two NBA teams to have a majority African-American in their front offices.
The signing of Xavier Rathan-Maye and Jamel Artis means that the Knicks have added a new core of players to the roster. In addition to the two newcomers, the Knicks have added Willy Hernangomez and Emmanuel Mudiay.
Washington Wizards sign Donald Sloan
The Washington Wizards have signed free agent guard Donald Sloan to a one-year deal. The guard spent last season with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. He averaged 23.6 points, 6.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals in that competition.
Sloan has played in five NBA seasons, most recently with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2015-16 season. He has averaged 5.5 points on 40.9 percent shooting this season.
Sloan’s pro career includes stints with the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers. He began his rookie season with the Atlanta Hawks and finished it in New Orleans before spending part of the 2014-15 season with the Pacers.
He has also spent part of the past two seasons with the Indiana Pacers. The 6’3” guard is expected to compete with Tim Frazier and Tom Satoransky for a backup role on the Wizards’ roster.
Sloan has been in the NBA for five seasons, with stints with the Nets and the Pacers serving as springboards to stay in the league.
He is capable of playing the shooting guard position and could help fill in at the four spot if the team struggles to replace starter John Wall. Adding Sloan to the roster would put the Wizards over the cap for their reserve guard position.
Donald Sloan is an experienced basketball player with experience in Europe and Asia. He played with the Indiana Pacers from 2013 to 2015. In the 2014-15 season, he played with the team and was an important rotation player. In 21 minutes per game, he averaged 7.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.