Category Archives: Indiana Pacers

First preseason win shows Pacers still got the goods

CLEVELAND – Clearly, winning preseason basketball games aren’t what the Pacers are all about. They prefer to save it for when it really matters.

It’s true that the Pacers pulled away from the Cavaliers in the second half to coast to a 102-79 victory Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena. But you get the sense the Pacers would’ve been OK with it had they lost.

“We were able to further explore our roster flexibility,” was how Pacers coach Frank Vogel explained the evening.

The Pacers came within a game of reaching the NBA Finals last year, falling to the eventual-champion Heat in the Eastern Conference championship series. Saturday’s win was their first (in six tries) of the exhibition season, as Vogel has rested starters and used a variety of combinations.

“I think we’re alright,” he said before the game, when the Pacers were still 0-5.

Then forward David West scored a game-high 20 points (some of which came on very difficult shots that West made look easy) and newcomer Chris Copeland added 15 off the bench — and everyone got to see why the Pacers are considered a real threat in the East again.

“We started exhibiting some will, desiring to get that win,” Vogel said.

And that, folks, is the team the Pacers are used to being.

C.J. Watson tacked on 14 points, and Lance Stephenson (5-of-6 shooting) and Luis Scola scored 13 apiece.

“We didn’t think we were playing up to our standards,” Watson said. “So we just came out and played better as a team.”

NBA placing stronger emphasis on violations

CLEVELAND – NBA referees will whistle if you walk.

That’s the message being sent by the league entering the 2013-14 season, which begins in less than two weeks.

Along with traveling, the league is emphasizing quick whistles on infractions such as carrying, delay of game and contact on jump shots.

The NBA has also instituted a new rule that will result in a foul on offensive players who step out of bounds and stay there longer than they should — which teams have occasionally done in the past for the purpose of spacing.

It’s pretty clear the league is taking these points of emphasis fairly seriously, too. The Cavaliers were whistled for two traveling violations in the first 10 minutes of their preseason game Saturday vs. the Pacers.

Key dates for 2013-14 NBA season

NBA teams playing preseason games overseas will conduct their media days Friday, kicking off the 2013-14 season. Among those teams: the Wizards, Bulls, Warriors and two-time defending champion Heat.

Those teams will start training camp Saturday, with everyone else to hold media day Monday and start camp Tuesday.

Here’s a full list of key dates for the 2013-14 NBA season:

* Sept: 27: Media Day for teams competing in international preseason contests
* Sept. 28:  Training camps open for practice for teams competing in international preseason contests
* Sept. 30: Remaining Media Days held
* Oct. 1: Remaining training camps open
* Oct. 5: NBA Global Games Istanbul (Oklahoma City Thunder @ Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul, Turkey at Ulker Sports Arena)
* Oct. 6: NBA Global Games Bilbao (Philadelphia 76ers @ Bilbao Basket in Bilbao, Spain at Bizkaia Arena at the BEC)
* Oct. 8: NBA Global Games Manchester (Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers in Manchester, England at Phones 4u Arena)
* Oct. 10: NBA Global Games Manila (Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers in Manila, Philippines at Mall of Asia Arena)
* Oct. 12: NBA Global Games Rio de Janeiro (Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at HSBC Arena)
* Oct. 13: NBA Global Games Taipei (Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers in Taipei, Taiwan at Taipei Arena)
* Oct. 15: NBA Global Games Beijing (Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers in Beijing, China at MasterCard Arena)
* Oct. 18: NBA Global Games Shanghai (Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai, China at Mercedes-Benz Arena)
* Oct. 28: Rosters set for Opening Day (5 p.m. ET)
* Oct. 29: 2013-14 Season Tips Off
* Dec. 4: NBA Global Games Mexico City (Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs at Mexico City Arena)
* Jan. 6: 10-day Contracts can now be signed
* Jan. 10: All Contracts are guaranteed for remainder of the season
* Jan. 16: NBA Global Games London 2014 (Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets at The 02)
* Feb. 14-16: 2014 NBA All-Star (New Orleans, LA)
* Feb. 20: 2014 NBA Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
* April 16: Last Day of 2013-14 Regular Season
* April 19: 2014 NBA Playoffs begin
* April 27: NBA Draft Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)
* May 5: Conference Semifinals begin (possible move-up to May 3 or 4)
* May 20: Conference Finals begin (possibly move-up to May 18 or 19)
* May 20: 2014 NBA Draft Lottery
* June 5: NBA Finals begin
* June 16: NBA Draft Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline (5 p.m. ET)
June 26: 2014 NBA Draft

NBA team-by-team remaining free agents

A look at which NBA players remain unsigned through July 29:

ATLANTA HAWKS — Unrestricted: Ivan Johnson, Devin Harris, Dahntay Jones, Johan Petro, Anthony Tolliver

BOSTON CELTICS — Unrestricted: Chris Wilcox

BROOKLYN NETS — Unrestricted: Jerry Stackhouse

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS — Unrestricted: DeSagana Diop, Jannero Pargo

CHICAGO BULLS — Unrestricted: Daequan Cook, Vladimir Radmanovic

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — Unrestricted: Daniel Gibson, Luke Walton

DALLAS MAVERICKS — Unrestricted: Rodrigue Beaubois, Mike James


DETROIT PISTONS — Unrestricted: Corey Maggette



INDIANA PACERS — Unrestricted: Ben Hansbrough, Sam Young

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS — Unrestricted: Lamar Odom

LOS ANGELES LAKERS — Unrestricted: Devin Ebanks, Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris, Antawn Jamison

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Unrestricted: Austin Daye, Keyon Dooling

MIAMI HEAT — Unrestricted: Juwan Howard.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS — Restricted: Brandon Jennings. Unrestricted: Marquis Daniels, Joel Przybilla

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES — Restricted: Nikola Pekovic

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS — Unrestricted: Lou Amundson, Xavier Henry, Roger Mason Jr.

NEW YORK KNICKS — Unrestricted: Earl Barron

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — Unrestricted: Ronnie Brewer

ORLANDO MAGIC — Unrestricted: DaQuan Jones, Beno Udrih

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Unrestricted: Charles Jenkins, Royal Ivey, Damien Wilkins

PHOENIX SUNS — Unrestricted: Diante Garrett

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS —Unrestricted: Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith, Elliot Williams

SACRAMENTO KINGS — Unrestricted: Cole Aldrich, James Johnson

SAN ANTONIO SPURS — Unrestricted: DeJuan Blair, Tracy McGrady

TORONTO RAPTORS — Unrestricted: Mickael Pietrus, Sebastian Telfair

UTAH JAZZ — Unrestricted: Jamaal Tinsley, Mo Williams

WASHINGTON WIZARDS — Unrestricted: Leandro Barbosa, Jason Collins, Cartier Martin, A.J. Price


2013 Orlando Summer League rosters

The NBA’s Orlando Pro Summer League runs from July 7-12 in Florida. Here are rosters as of opening day:


Tim Abromaitis, F, 6-8, 236, 09/17/89, Notre Dame
Courtney Fells, F, 6-6, 200, 09/20/86, NC State
Jayson Granger, G, 6-2, 192, 09/15/89, Estudiantes/Uruguay
Lawrence Hill, F, 6-8, 235, 09/16/87, Stanford
Eli Holman, F/C, 6-10, 260, 03/22/89, Detroit
Colton Iverson, C, 7-0, 255, 06/29/89, Colorado State
Darius Johnson-Odom, G, 6-2, 215, 09/28/89, Marquette
Fab Melo, C, 7-0, 255, 06/20/90, Syracuse
Tony Mitchell, F, 6-6, 216, 08/07/89, Alabama
Kelly Olynyk, F, 7-0, 238, 04/19/91, Gonzaga
Phil Pressey, G, 5-11, 175, 02/17/91, Missouri
Shavlik Randolph, F, 6-10, 235, 11/24/83, Duke
Omar Reed, G/F, 6-6, 210, 07/02/87, Bluefield
Nolan Smith, G, 6-2, 185, 07/25/88, Duke


Keith Benson, C, 6-11, 230, 8/13/88, Oakland/Eerie BayHawks
Jamelle Hagins, F, 6-9, 235, 10/19/90, Delaware
Matt Janning, G, 6-5, 200, 6/22/88, Northeastern/Montepaschi Siena
Damion James, F, 6-7, 225, 10/7/87, Texas/Bakersfield Jam
David Lighty, C, 6-6, 215, 5/27/88, Ohio State/JSF Nanterre
Mason Plumlee, F, 6-11, 235, 3/5/90, Duke
Tornike Shengelia, F, 6-9, 240, 10/5/91, Belgacom Spirou/Nets
Dominique Sutton, G, 6-5, 212, 10/20/86, No. Carolina Central/Tulsa 66ers
Carleton Scott, F, 6-8, 218, 10/9/88, Notre Dame/Springfield Armor
Tyshawn Taylor, G, 6-3, 185, 4/12/90, Kansas/Nets
Kashif Watson, G, 6-3, 185, 1/28/87, Idaho/Windsor Express
Chris Wright, G, 6-1, 220, 11/4/89, Georgetown/Capitanes de Arecibo


Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G, 6-6, 205, 2/18/93, Georgia
Andre Drummond, C, 6-11, 279, 8/10/93, Connecticut
Kim English, G, 6-6, 200, 9/24/88, Missouri
Ryan Evans, G/F, 6-6, 212, 6/19/90, Wisconsin
JaJuan Johnson, F, 6-10, 221, 2/8/89, Purdue
Viachelsav Kravtsov, C, 6-11, 253, 8/25/87, Ukraine
Korie Lucious, G, 5-11, 170, 11/5/89, Iowa State
Khris Middleton, G/F, 6-7, 217, 8/12/91, Texas A&M
Tony Mitchell, F, 6-9, 235, 4/7/92, North Texas
Travis Peterson, F/C, 6-10, 240, 5/18/85, Samford
E.J. Singler, G/F, 6-6, 215, 6/6/90, Oregon
Kyle Singler, F, 6-8, 228, 5/4/88, Duke
Peyton Siva, G, 6-0, 185, 10/24/90, Louisville


James Anderson, G/F, 6-6, 215, 3/25/89 , Oklahoma State
Patrick Beverley, G, 6-1, 185, 7/12/88, Arkansas
Vander Blue, F/G, 6-4, 200, 7/17/92, Marquette
Isaiah Canaan, G, 6-0, 188, 5/21/91, Murray State
Jack Cooley, F, 6-9, 246, 4/12/91, Notre Dame
Robert Covington, F, 6-9, 215, 12/14/90, Tennessee State
Jordan Henriquez, C, 6-11, 250, 8/29/89, Kansas State
Tyler Honeycutt, F, 6-8, 188, 7/15/90, UCLA
Terrence Jones, F, 6-9, 252, 1/9/92, Kentucky
Toure’ Murry, G/F, 6-5, 200, 11/8/89, Wichita State
Tim Ohlbrecht, C/F, 6-11, 255, 8/30/88, Skyliners Frankfurt/Germany
Greg Smith , C/F, 6-10, 250, 1/8/91, Fresno State
Casper Ware, G, 5-10, 177, 1/7/90, Long Beach State
B.J. Young, G, 6-3, 180, 5/26/93, Arkansas


Rasual Butler, F, 6-7, 205, 5/23/79, La Salle/Tulsa 66ers
Chris Daniels, C, 7-0, 265, 4/19/84, Texas A&M CC Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Micah Downs, G, 6-8, 200, 9/8/86, Gonzaga/Maine Red Claws
Jonny Flynn, G, 6-0, 185, 2/6/89, Syracuse/Melbourne Tigers
Austin Freeman, G, 6-3, 226, 5/6/89, Georgetown/Maccabi Ashdod
Steven Gray, G, 6-5, 205, 4/8/89, Gonzaga/Chorale Roanne
Ben Hansbrough, G, 6-3, 203, 12/23/87, Notre Dame/Pacers
Justin Harper, F, 6-10, 225, 8/30/89, Richmond/Idaho Stampede
Solomon Hill, F, 6-7, 220, 3/18/91, Arizona
Ron Howard, F, 6-5, 185, 11/4/82, Valparaiso/Ft. Wayne Mad Ants
Orlando Johnson, G, 6-5, 205, 3/11/89, Cal-Santa Barbara/Pacers
Jerome Jordan, C, 7-0, 240, 9/29/86, Tulsa/Los Angeles Defenders
Julian Mavunga, F, 6-8, 255, 1/24/90, Miami (OH)/Angelico Biella
Miles Plumlee, F, 6-10, 245, 9/1/88, Duke/Pacers
Travis Releford, G, 6-6, 210, 2/22/90, Kansas
Donald Sloan, G, 6-3, 205, 1/15/88, Texas A&M/Pelicans
Djibril Thiam, F, 6-9, 195, 7/6/86, Wyoming/North Dallas Vandals
Christian Watford, F, 6-9, 232, 4/28/91, Indiana
Chris Wright, F, 6-8, 225, 9/30/88, Dayton/Maine Red Claws


Jackie Carmichael, F, 6-9, 240, 01/02/90, Illinois State
Ian Clark, G, 6-2, 173, 03/17/91, Belmont
Vincent Council, G, 6-2, 180, 10/15/90, Providence
Dewayne Dedmon, C, 7-0, 255, 08/12/89, Southern California
LeRon Dendy, C, 6-9, 230, 12/18/88, Middle Tennessee State
Larry Drew, G, 6-2, 180, 03/05/90, UCLA
Michael Dunigan, C, 6-10, 238, 07/02/89, Oregon
James Ennis, G/F, 6-7, 210, 07/01/90, Long Beach State
Eric Griffin, F, 6-8, 189, 05/26/90, Campbell
Scotty Hopson, G, 6-6, 204, 08/08/89, Tennessee
Cedric Jackson, G, 6-3, 200, 03/05/86, Cleveland State
Myck Kabongo, G, 6-1, 180, 01/12/92, Texas
D.J. Kennedy, G/F, 6-6, 215, 11/05/89, St. John’s
James Nunnally, G, 6-7, 205, 07/14/90, Santa Barbara
D.J. Stephens, G/F, 6-5, 188, 12/19/90, Memphis
Jarvis Varnado, F/C, 6-9, 210, 03/01/88, Mississippi State


Steven Adams, C, 7-0, 250, 07/28/93, Pittsburgh
Ron Anderson, F, 6-9, 255, 09/12/89,  South Florida
Dwight Buycks, G, 6-3, 190, 03/06/89, Marquette
Reggie Jackson, G, 6-3, 208, 04/16/90, Boston College
Grant Jerrett, F, 6-10, 220, 07/08/93, Arizona
Perry Jones, F, 6-11, 235, 09/24/91, Baylor
Kyle Kuric, G, 6-4, 195, 08/25/89, Louisville
Jeremy Lamb, G, 6-5, 180, 05/30/92, Connecticut
DeAndre Liggins, G, 6-6, 209, 03/31/88, Kentucky
Daniel Orton, C, 6-10, 255, 08/06/90, Kentucky
Andre Roberson, F, 6-7, 190, 12/04/91, Colorado
Andrew Smith, C, 6-11, 240, 09/09/90, Butler
Michael Snaer, G, 6-4, 180, 06/21/90, Florida State
Tony Taylor, G, 6-0, 191, 09/09/90, George Washington


Jared Berggren, C, 6-11, 240, 4/2/90, Wisconsin
Keith Clanton, F, 6-9, 250, 8/18/90, UCF
Glen Dandridge, G-F, 6-6, 220, 7/16/85, Lambuth
Matt Gatens, G, 6-5, 210, 6/13/89, Iowa
Maurice Harkless, F, 6-9, 210, 5/11/93, St. John’s
Tobias Harris, F, 6-9, 226, 7/15/92, Tennessee
DeQuan Jones, F, 6-8, 221, 6/20/90, Miami (FL)
Doron Lamb, G, 6-4, 210, 11/6/91, Kentucky
Shane Lawal, C, 6-10, 230, 10/8/86, Wayne State
Rodney McGruder, G, 6-4, 205, 7/29/91, Kansas State
Andrew Nicholson, F, 6-9, 250, 12/8/89, St. Bonaventure
Victor Oladipo, G, 6-4, 215, 5/4/92, Indiana
Kyle O’Quinn, F/C, 6-10, 240, 3/26/90, Norfolk State
Romero Osby, F, 6-8, 140, 5/7/90, Oklahoma
A.J. Slaughter, G, 6-3, 185, 8/3/87, Western Kentucky


Michael Carter-Williams, G, 6-6, 185, 10/12/91, Syracuse
D.J. Cooper, G, 6-0, 176, 12/6/90, Ohio
Michael Eric, F/C, 6-11, 201, 6/24/88, Temple
Justin Holiday, G/F, 6-6, 185, 4/5/89, Washington
Arsalan Kazemi, F, 6-7, 226, 4/22/90, Oregon
Travis Leslie, G, 6-4, 205, 3/29/90, Georgia
Zeke Marshall, C, 7-0, 235, 12/13/90, Akron
Trevor Mbakwe, F, 6-8, 245, 1/24/89, Minnesota
Brock Motum, F, 6-9, 228, 10/16/90, Washington State
Arnett Moultrie, F/C, 6-10, 245, 11/18/90, Mississippi State
James Southerland, F, 6-8, 210, 4/8/90, Syracuse
Rodney Williams, G/F, 6-7, 205, 7/23/91, Minnesota
Khalif Wyatt, G, 6-4, 215, 6/10/91, Temple


Jeff Brooks, F, 6-8, 215, 6/12/89, Penn State
William Buford, G/F, 6-6, 220, 1/10/90, Ohio State
Trey Burke, G, 6-1, 185, 11/12/92, Michigan
Alec Burks, G, 6-6, 205, 7/20/91, Colorado
Dionte Christmas, G, 6-5, 205, 9/15/86, Temple
Jeremy Evans, F, 6-9, 194, 10/24/87, Western Kentucky
Tony Gaffney, F, 6-8, 215, 11/14/84, Massachusetts
Rudy Gobert, C, 7-1, 235, 6/6/92, Cholet Basketball/France
Drew Gordon, F, 6-8, 245, 7/12/90, New Mexico
Rodney Green, G, 6-5, 210, 6/24/88, La Salle
Rick Jackson, F/C, 6-9, 240, 5/26/89, Syracuse
Delroy James, F, 6-8, 220, 5/4/87, Rhode Island
Rasid Mahalbasic, F/C, 6-11, 220, 11/7/90, Asseco Prokom/Slovenia
James Mays, F, 6-9, 230, 3/3/86, Clemson
Amath M’Baye, F, 6-9, 216, 12/24/89, Oklahoma
Jerel McNeal, G, 6-3, 200, 6/1/87, Marquette
Kevin Murphy, G, 6-6, 185, 3/6/90, Tennessee Tech
Chris Roberts, G, 6-4, 205, 3/24/88, Bradley
Michael Stockton, G, 6-1, 170, 5/7/89, Westminster

Podcast: Talkin’ NBA Finals and Cavs’ draft prospects

I guaranteed the Spurs would win beat the Heat in Game 7. Well, we all know how that turned out. I talked about that — as well as offers updates on the Cavaliers’ draft prospects and a breakdown of Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum (Canton GlenOak) — with Jeff Phelps and Andy Baskin of 92.3 The Fan.

You can listen to the entire podcast by clicking this link.

I’ll have plenty more on the draft, and NBA free agency, in the coming days.

Three Cavs invited to participate in Team USA camp

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters and center Tyler Zeller are among the 27 players who have been invited to participate in the 2013 USA national team mini-camp, USA Basketball officials announced Wednesday.

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, Irving’s coach at Duke University, will direct the camp. It is scheduled for July 22-25 in Las Vegas.

Krzyzewski will be assisted by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, Pelicans coach Monty Williams and Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim.

Team USA’s next competition is at the World Championships in Spain in 2014.

The list of invitees:

Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans)
Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors)
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz)
Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls)
Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz)
Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers)
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
Ty Lawson(Denver Nuggets)
Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons)
Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets)
Larry Sanders(Milwaukee Bucks)
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats)
John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Tickets for the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase on July 25 go on sale June 13.  Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or at

Nuggets letting Karl walk is NBA lunacy at finest

The Denver Nuggets set a franchise record for wins without an All-Star, giving fans tons of fun for an entire regular season. So what do they do?

The answer is allow their general manager and coach to walk away.

It’s true, as former GM Masai Ujiri split to take the same position with the Raptors — and in the latest news, the Nuggets have parted ways with coach George Karl.

Keep in mind that Ujiri was named NBA Executive of the Year and Karl named Coach of the Year. This has to be a first, and not the good kind.

Now, the Nuggets are supposedly reaching out to Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, as well as Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins — whose contract expired and who is looking for work after leading his team to the Western Conference finals.

Karl, of course, is reportedly talking to the Grizzlies about Hollins’ job.

Welcome to today’s NBA, where success is rewarded almost exclusively with insanity.

Karl once coached the Cavaliers (and Warriors, SuperSonics and Bucks), and has fared well in e very spot. When he was fired by the Cavs back in the 1980s, he said he would return with another team and he would win.

He’s done that quite a bit in the time that’s passed. In fact, it was the Nuggets’ victory in Cleveland this season that prompted Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to tweet that when his team returns to relevancy, it’ll be with defense.

The season ended, coach Byron Scott was fired, and defensive-minded Mike Brown was hired (for a second time in Cleveland).

As for the Nuggets and Grizzlies and several others, there are plenty of other big names out there — Karl, Hollins, Stan Van Gundy and even the untested-but-highly-regarded Shaw.

Question is, will having a really good year even mean anything when these guys do land a job?

EuroCamp tipping off with all 30 NBA teams represented

The 2013 adidas EuroCamp tips off Saturday in Italy, and when it comes to the NBA Draft, this event is almost as significant as last month’s combine.

It is at EuroCamp that scouts aim to locate the next Danilo Gallinari, Serge Iabaka, Nicolas Batum or Omer Asik — all past participants.

This year, top names at the camp include potential first-round picks Rudy Gobert (France), Lucas Nogueira (Brazil) and Livio Jean-Charles (France).

All 30 NBA teams will be represented, with assistants Kenny Atkinson (Hawks), Armond Hill (Celtics), Melvin Hunt (Nuggets) and Kelvin Sampson (Rockets) among those handling coaching duties.

Timberwolves assistant Bill Bayno is this year’s coaching director.

Also, Ibaka of the Thunder, Omri Casspi of the Cavaliers and Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets will be present to share their NBA experiences with the campers.

Click here to visit the official EuroCamp website.

NBA Notes: Cavs hire another assistant, report says

A few notes from around the NBA:

• Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is adding a one-time Cavs big man to his staff. According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, the Cavs are in the process of hiring Vitaly Potapenko as an assistant coach. Potapenko was drafted by the Cavs and played for them from 1996-99.

• Potapenko hails from the Ukraine and also spent time as a center with the Celtics, SuperSonics and Kings. He has been an assistant coach with the Celtics and in the D-League.

• The Cavs have now added Phil Handy from the Lakers, Igor Kokoskov from the Suns and now Potapenko to Brown’s staff. Brown is expected to retain Jamahl Mosley from Byron Scott’s staff, as Brown and Mosley share an agent and Mosely has been credited with a role in the development of Cavs forward Tristan Thompson.

• Kent State forward Chris Evans is among the NBA Draft prospects working out for the Kings, who own the Nos. 7 and 36 picks. Others working out for the Kings include: French center Rudy Gobert, Montana guard Will Cherry and Syracuse guard Brandon Triche.

• Ohio guard D.J. Cooper has worked out for the Trail Blazers.

• Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has worked out for the Bucks and Timberwolves.

• Akron center Zeke Marshall worked out for the Bulls and Pacers.

• The Jazz worked out Indiana power forward/center Cody Zeller on Monday. They own the Nos. 14, 21 and 46 picks in the draft.