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BBNBA: Murray leads Nuggets to win over Nets

On another productive day for Cats in the NBA, Jamal Murray stole the show by scoring a game high 26 points in the Nuggets win over the Nets. Murray was not the only Cat with an impressive showing. While De’Aaron Fox’s stat sheet won’t blow you away, he did start for the first time in his young career. Here are your stats from Sunday:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
DeAndre Liggins117-106 L vs. ATL
DNP
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Alex Poythress97-94 W vs. SA
DNP
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Jamal Murray124-111 W vs. Nets268-14 (2-3)15111+3231
Trey Lyles124-111 W vs. Nets00-010010-42
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist120-113 W vs. Orl104-440010+223
Malik Monk120-113 W vs. Orl21-8 (0-3)13013-818
John Wall110-83 W vs. Sac197-12 (5-6)29116+2619
Jodie Meeks110-83 W vs. Sac113-11 (2-7)40102+121
Willie Cauley-Stein110-83 L vs. Was62-692001-2724
Skal Labissiere 110-83 L vs. Was104-1040111-1822
De'Aaron Fox110-83 L vs. Was21-8 (0-1)45004-2126
Enes Kanter114-95 W vs. Cle186-12120113+633

Highlights

Jamal Murray… wow!


ARROW


So smooth

Today’s Games

  • Spurs at Celtics- 7:30pm NBATV
  • Timberwolves (Towns) at Heat (Adebayo) 7:30pm
  • Nuggets (Murray and Lyles) at Knicks (Kanter) 7:30pm
  • 76ers at Rockets- 8pm
  • Hornets (Monk and Kidd-Gilchrist) at Grizzlies (Harrison)- 8pm
  • Magic at Pelicans (Davis, Cousins and Miller) 8pm
  • Mavs (Noel) at Jazz- 9pm
  • Raptors at Trail Blazers- 10pm
  • Warriors at Clippers- 10:30pm NBATV

Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins go to a haunted house

Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins go to a haunted house

Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are averaging 57.7 points, 26.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 4.13 blocks per contest between the two of them. The New Orleans Pelicans superstars have easily become the most dominant duo in the NBA, and they seem to only be getting better each night.

The former Wildcats took a break from basketball this weekend to walk through a local haunted house, and the video footage is absolutely priceless.

Watch Boogie and the Brow get into the Halloween spirit:

“I’ve got DeMarcus Cousins here with me because he’s my protector,” said Davis.

Yet when the chainsaw murderer came running after them, Davis left Boogie behind to fend for his life. Bad look, AD.

In all seriousness, there’s absolutely nothing like our NBA Cats.


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DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Pelicans win over the Cavs

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Boogie Cousins has been on a tear as of late, the big man went for 41 points and 23 rebounds against his former team on Thursday night. Last night Cousins put on a show against the Lebron-led Cavs.

Cousins recorded his 7th career triple double with 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists as the Pelicans picked up a big 123-101 win against the best team in the Eastern Conference.

His teammates were at a loss for words trying to describe the big man’s past two games:

Boogie is having a good time in New Orleans:

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Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

BBNBA: Cousins returns to Sacramento

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DeMarcus Cousins finally made his return to Sacramento to take on the Kings for the first time since they traded him to the New Orleans Pelicans during last year’s All-Star break. I’m sure Cousins had this date circled on his calendar for the entire offseason, and you know last night had to mean a lot to him.

Many speculated on what the reception would be like when DeMarcus was announced before the game, and I’m so happy that Cousins received the recognition that he deserved with a standing ovation. Throughout the game though, those cheers may have turned to some boos, as Cousins had a monster game in the stat book. He finished with 41 points, 23 rebounds, and 6 assists.

And here are Cousin’s comments after the game about what this meant to him.

Numbers:

 

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
DeMarcus Cousins114-106 win over Kings4114-25 (3-5)236114+143
De'Aaron Fox114-106 loss to Pelicans144-13 (1-1)25000-924
Skal Labissiere114-106 loss to Pelicans114-6 (1-2)30121+115
Willie Cauley-Stein114-106 loss to Pelicans125-9 (0-0)23300-1129
Darius Miller114-106 win over Kings00-1 (0-1)00000-156
Nerlens Noel96-91 loss to Grizzlies52-5 (0-0)82001+1120
Andrew Harrison 96-91 win over Mavericks41-6 (0-4)01103-920
DeAndre Liggins96-89 loss to Celtics00-0 (0-0)11010-716

 

Highlights:

Schedule:

  • Houston Rockets at Charlotte Hornets(Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk), 7pm ET
  • San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic, 7pm ET
  • Denver Nuggets(Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles) at Atlanta Hawks, 7:30pm ET
  • Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks(Enes Kanter), 7:30pm ET
  • Oklahoma City Thunder(Patrick Patterson, Dakari Johnson) at Minnesota Timberwolves(Karl-Anthony Towns), 8pm ET on NBATV
  • Washington Wizards(John Wall, Jodie Meeks) at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm ET on NBATV
  • Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Lakers(Julius Randle), 10:30pm ET

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Kentucky’s three Kings leading the rebuild in Sacramento

Kentucky’s three Kings leading the rebuild in Sacramento

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

What was once thought to be a long and arduous rebuild has turned into a bright future filled with Kentucky blue and white. De’Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Skal Labissiere have become the focal point of what was expected to be a grueling rebuild for the Sacramento Kings. However, the former Cats and Kings’ head coach Dave Joerger have the team on a path for success that may come sooner than expected. The Kings are only four games into a long and strenuous 82 games season, but even this small sample size has Kings’ (and Kentucky) fans imagining the potential of prosperity.

De’Aaron Fox

This team is now centered around De’Aaron Fox. The 19-year old rookie has looked everything but that. He plays like a 10-year veteran. Through four games, Fox is averaging 27.3 minutes per game with 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists on 45.6 precent shooting from the field (he’s also 2-5 from three). He’s running the offense like he never left Kentucky. His eyes are always up and he refuses to stop moving. He hunts for rebounds on missed shots and jumps at the opportunity to sprint down the floor, surveying the hardwood for anyone in position to score, and if they aren’t, he’ll gladly do it himself. Fox is already one of the fastest end-to-end players in the NBA and he abuses that ability to his advantage.

He plays with confidence and waits for plays to develop instead of forcing the issue. He has insanely high basketball IQ and it’s fascinating just to watch him as he brilliantly breaks down plays before they happen. Despite his slender frame, he knows how to play through contact. He isn’t as physically big as a lot of guards, but at 6-foot-4 with a seven foot wingspan, he can jump into bodies and still effortlessly get off a shot.

He’s only 2-5 from deep thus far, but shots like the one below are encouraging and different to anything fans saw when he was at Kentucky. His jumpshot is still one of his most dangerous assets – especially his pull-up jumper in transition, or PUJIT, as it is often referred to – and if he can expand on that range to beyond the arc, he’ll have to expand his trophy case as well.

Willie Cauley-Stein

A fan favorite in Lexington, Willie Cauley-Stein is quickly becoming the same in Sacramento. After two solid seasons to start his NBA career, Willie is looking to make his third season a breakout one. Through four games playing 28.3 minutes per game, Willie is averaging 11 points, 8.3 rebounds, and one block on an impressive 57.1 percent from the field. Normally shooting above 50 percent from the field for a big man is normal, especially one such as Willie, who typically hangs out in the paint. However, Willie took his improved jump shot from last season and implemented it into a larger role in his offensive arsenal.

On this next play he shows off his athleticism and the intangibles that now make up his game, nailing a difficult, fading jumpshot.

Willie has become a ball hound in his role in Sacramento. He has an incredible knack for knowing where the ball is and where it’s going to be. He’s been a subpar rebounder through his first two seasons but he’s emphasized the importance of that for his game and it’s translating in a noticeable way. He has two double-doubles already this season – including a 21 point, 10 rebound performance in the season opener against the Houston Rockets – after recording only eight total last season. It’s more than likely that Willie won’t ever consistently venture beyond the three-point line (at least not for a while), but the development of his jumpshot and a reliable hook shot have helped cover up that area of weakness. Thanks to unnatural athleticism and simply learning the intricacies of the game has turned Willie into a completely different player since he was at Kentucky. He was known for his lobs in college, but he’s become a dependable pick-and-roll man who knows how to cut and can finish with contact. He currently averages the most minutes per game among his teammates and it’s well-deserved. The Kings have found themselves a piece they can build around and their fans will surely embrace him just like the Big Blue Nation did and continues to do.

Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere may be the third and final player mentioned, but he’s done a complete 180 compared to his time at Kentucky. As John Calipari has said over and over again, Kentucky isn’t for everyone and it was easy to see that it wasn’t for Skal. Not because he couldn’t handle the pressure, but because he never played in an offense that suits his style. Now, Skal is getting the ball more than he ever has and people are noticing why he was such a heralded recruit coming out of high school. Four games into his sophomore campaign, Skal is playing 24.8 minutes per game while averaging 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds on 52.5 percent shooting from the field (he’s also a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line). He’s already made strides in his progression compared to last season and he’s become a lethal scorer with his back to the basket.

Unlike Willie, Skal has always had a jumpshot that can bail him out, but he’s taking that even further and following the trend of NBA by moving towards beyond the arc. He’s only shot three 3s so far (1-3), but he’s knocking down long 2s with ease and confidence. With that added into his bag of tricks, Skal has an endless amount of ways he can score. He can beat you on a turnaround, drill a jumper in the defender’s eye, drive to the rim like a guard, cut towards the rim without the ball, and everything in between. His quick feet and ball-handling make him a difficult cover and he’s putting it all on display in his second season.

What I’ve noticed from not only Skal, but the rest of the these three is that they have a ton of confidence. Part of that is knowing that they have room to grow and making a errant pass or taking a bad shot won’t pull them from the game. The Kings’ have an excellent coaching staff with Dave Joerger at the helm and they’ve given their players the green light to make mistakes and build their game. The Kings were looking at a long rebuild after trading Boogie, but they look to be in a better situation going forward than the team they traded him to and that is something for them to be excited about. The sample size is small, but it’s encouraging. The Kings are among the few lottery teams that have a legitimate shot at turning into something special and it will begin and end with the three boys who used to rock the Kentucky blue and white.

Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan


Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

BBNBA: John Wall vs Lonzo Ball

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The first matchup between John Wall and Lonzo Ball had build up all week, as Papa Ball warned the Wizards that Lonzo would never lose twice in one week. Wizards’ center Marcin Gortat responded that Wall would “torture” Ball in their matchup.

I eagerly watched every second of last night’s game, hoping for an awesome back and forth battle between the two talented guards. Unfortunately, outside of a few spurts from Wall, the matchup did not live up to the hype that it had been given. Wall clearly had the better game, which is a plus for UK fans everywhere, but neither guard played to their potential and the Wizards dropped the game. Even worse for the match up is that the two didn’t even defend each other for a majority of the game.

The game itself was exciting, going to overtime on a last second tip in by Bradon Ingram and Julius Randle had a huge presence in the OT period.

Wall did go right at Lonzo for Washington’s first bucket of the game.

Numbers:

 

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
John Wall102-99 loss to Lakers187-22 (1-5)39104-1441
Jodie Meeks102-99 loss to Lakers113-5 (2-4)20301+716
Julius Randle102-99 win over Wizards115-7 (1-1)91032+319
Karl-Anthony Towns122-101 loss to Pistons238-16 (3-6)101013-1436
Malik Monk110-93 win over Nuggets177-14 (3-9)22201+1325
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist110-93 win over Nuggets21-6 (0-1)00000-211
Jamal Murray110-93 loss to Hornets167-20 (0-5)35101-1333
Trey Lyles110-93 loss to Hornets00-1 (0-0)10000+64
Devin Booker97-88 win over Jazz177-19 (2-4)63114+533
Tyler Ulis97-88 win over Jazz136-11 (1-2)05201+713
Nerlens Noel103-94 win over Grizzlies83-5 (0-0)51112+1120
Andrew Harrison103-94 loss to Mavericks73-7 (0-3)22101-422
Bam Adebayo117-100 loss to Spurs42-6 (0-0)80010-1220
Patrick Patterson114-96 win over Pacers31-2 (1-2)32000+617

 

Highlights:

Schedule:

  • Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks(DeAndre Liggins), 8pm ET on TNT
  • Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls, 8pm ET
  • Dallas Mavericks(Nerlens Noel) at Memphis Grizzlies(Andrew Harrison), 8pm ET
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers, 10pm ET
  • New Orleans Pelicans(Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Darius Miller, Rajon Rondo) at Sacramento Kings(De’Aaron Fox, Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein), 10:30pm ET on TNT

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John Wall vows to show Lonzo Ball “no mercy” tonight

John Wall vows to show Lonzo Ball “no mercy” tonight

Tonight, the Washington Wizards take on the Los Angeles Lakers, and John Wall says he will show Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball “no mercy” after LaVar Ball’s recent trash talk.

After the Lakers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, LaVar told reporters there was no way Lonzo was going to lose twice in one week.

“Washington coming in here Wednesday? They better beware,” Ball said. “Because Lonzo ain’t losing again. Not in the same week.”

After seeing that video, Wall’s teammate Marcin Gortat tweeted that Wall would “torture” Ball for 48 minutes. When asked about it yesterday, Wall admitted he’s looking forward to the matchup and will show young Lonzo “no mercy.”

“Nah, no mercy,” Wall said. “Certain matchups you really get up for. Like when you play Steph [Curry], you definitely want to have a good game. I’m playing against [Ball]. [Gortat] said what he said about me. I didn’t say anything. His dad has been talking. … That makes me want to go out there and lead my team and play the best I can play.”

Tonight. 10:30 p.m. ESPN. We’ll be watching.

[Washington Post]


BBNBA: Cousins and Kanter have big nights; Davis leaves with knee injury

Last night was one of a lot of ups and downs for BBNBA fans. The big news is centered around Anthony Davis leaving the Pelicans’ loss to the Trail Blazers after only 5 minutes. Davis is expected to undergo an MRI tomorrow. The Pelicans sideline reporter had this to say:

Other than Davis, multiple former Cats had solid nights. DeMarcus Cousins added 39 points and became only the second player this season to have 30+ points and 12+ rebounds before the start of the 4th quarter. The other one? Anthony Davis.

Enes Kanter also turned in an impressive showing for the Knicks. He was the shining light on a bad basketball team. He finished three off of his career high in rebounds by finishing with 19.

Here are your overall stats:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Enes Kanter110-89 L vs. Bos167-11 (0-0)190013-1030
Alex Poythress130-107 W vs. Min00-0 (0-0)00000-21
Karl-Anthony Towns130-107 L vs. Ind2812-17 (0-1)72023-1631
Anthony Davis103-93 L vs. Por21-2 (0-0)10010-15
DeMarcus Cousins103-93 L vs. Por3912-23 (3-10)133138+639
Darius Miller103-93 L vs. Por51-2 (0-1)20001-720
Rajon Rondo103-93 L vs. Por
DNP
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Highlights:

DeMarcus with the drive!

Boogie with the MONSTER putback

Kanter with one of his 19 rebounds

Tonight in the NBA

  • Denver (Murray and Lyles) at Charlotte (Monk and Kidd-Gilchrist) 7pm
  • Minnesota (Towns) at Detroit- 7pm
  • Houston at Philadelphia- 7pm
  • Cleveland at Brooklyn- 7:30pm
  • San Antonio at Miami (Adebayo) 8pm (ESPN)
  • Indiana (Poythress) at Oklahoma City (Patterson and Johnson) 8pm
  • Memphis (An. Harrison) at Dallas (Noel) 8:30pm
  • Utah at Phoenix (Ulis, Booker, Knight* and Bledsoe*) 10pm
  • Toronto at Golden State- 10:30pm
  • Washington (Meeks and Wall) at Los Angeles Lakers (Randle)- 10:30pm (ESPN)

*=NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY


Could Eric Bledsoe join Jamal Murray and Trey Lyles in Denver?

Could Eric Bledsoe be teaming up with two former Wildcats in Denver?

It’s certainly possible, if not likely.

According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders and AP, the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets have discussed a trade to send Bledsoe to the Nuggets.

Former Kentucky recruit Emmanuel Mudiay and Morehead State alum Kenneth Faried are also included in the potential deal.

The Suns have also been in contact with the New York Knicks about a deal involving rookie Frank Ntlikina and center Willy Hernangomez in exchange for the former Wildcat.

The Milwaukee Bucks have also reportedly reached out, but the pieces involved are unknown at this time.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns have lost a bit of trade leverage, but interest is still high.

Needless to say, a deal is bound to happen sooner rather than later for the former Wildcat.

Where do you hope Bledsoe lands?


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BBNBA: Ulis and Fox go head-to-head with Bledsoe on the bench

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Bledsoe sat out last night after the controversy surrounding him and the Phoenix Suns front office, but there were still plenty of former Cats to watch last night. Tyler Ulis and De’Aaron Fox were assigned to guard each other for a significant portion of the game while Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein continue to look like they’re ready to take their game to the next level. The Kings/Suns game was a must-watch last night but if you didn’t catch it, check out the stats from that game and others.

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)SAC @ GSW 110-106 W198-9 (0-0)86122+429
Julius Randle (LAL)LAL @ LAC 115-120 L112-5 (0-2)31013+1124
Skal Labissiere (SAC)SAC @ GSW 110-106 W94-7 (0-0)41022-515
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)SAC @ GSW 110-106 W63-7 (0-0)44202-323
Enes Kanter (NYK)POR @ NYK 91-103 LDNP (Back Spams)----------------
Alex Poythress (IND)ORL @ IND 121-109 WDNP-CD----------------
Nerlens Noel (DAL)DAL @ SAS 108-115 LDNP-CD----------------

News:

  • If you haven’t heard, Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns are no longer on good terms. The Suns star was benched for last night’s game following a “not-so” cryptic tweet he sent out yesterday. This is a long-time coming considering Bledsoe’s displeasure with the organization over the past couple years and it appears that the Suns are shopping Bledsoe for whatever offer they can find. It seems likely that Bledsoe will be traded sooner rather than later.
  • John Wall finished with only three made field goals but still managed to score 19 points because of great free-throw shooting. The Wizards are hopefuls to win the Eastern Conference this season and the first step towards that goal is taking down a high-caliber team such as Jamal Murray’s improved Denver Nuggets squad.
  • If you have NBA League Pass, I encourage you to go rewatch last night’s Kings/Suns game. Tyler Ulis and De’Aaron Fox played hefty minutes against each other and they did not disappoint. The two combined for 30 points and their battle was fascinating to watch as a UK fan. I couldn’t help but smile the whole time they went up against each other. They’re growing up so fast.

Highlights

Wall hits the silky fadeaway jumper to seal the victory over the Nuggets.

You saw that right. DeAndre Liggins is hitting threes.

Tonight in the NBA

  • 7:00: Bulls @ Cavaliers
  • 7:00: Nets @ Magic
  • 7:30: Knicks (Kanter) @ Celtics
  • 8:00: Pacers (Poythress) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
  • 10:00: Pelicans (Cousins, Davis, Miller, Rondo) @ Trail Blazers
  • 10:30: Jazz @ Clippers

Eric Bledsoe sent home; is a trade finally on the way?

Eric Bledsoe sent home; is a trade finally on the way?

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Will Eric Bledsoe’s tweet result in him finally getting traded?

Yesterday, Bledsoe tweeted that he doesn’t want to be in Phoenix anymore, a perfectly acceptable sentiment considering how badly things are going for the Suns, who fired their head coach yesterday after an 0-3 start. According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Bledsoe met with the Suns this morning and was sent home. He will not play in tonight’s game vs. the Sacramento Kings.

It’s no secret that Bledsoe has wanted out of Phoenix for a while. This summer, he was mentioned in a possible trade with the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving, who eventually landed in Boston. Some scenarios still have him going to Cleveland for Isaiah Thomas, who will be out until January with an injury, while others have him going back to the Los Angeles Clippers, who traded him to the Suns in 2013. Other potential destinations include New York, Denver, and New Orleans, where he would be reunited with DeMarcus Cousins.

With two years left on his five-year, $70 million contract, there may not be a lot of teams that can afford Bledsoe right now, but it’s clear he and Phoenix are through.

UPDATE: Bledsoe’s defense for that tweet was classic…


BBNBA: Cousins and Davis combine for 49 to defeat Randle’s Lakers

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

As we approach the end of the first week of the NBA season, we had yet another big performance by former Cats. Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns tied to score the most points for Kentucky players in the NBA. Here are your complete stats:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOsMins.
Karl-Anthony Towns115-113 W vs. OKC2711-17 (2-7)12101436
Patrick Patterson115-113 L vs. MIN00-2 (0-2)000016
DeMarcus Cousins119-112 W vs. LAL228-17 (1-6)11802636
Anthony Davis119-112 W vs. LAL279-18 (1-5)17333339
Darius Miller119-112 W vs. LAL62-5 (2-5)0010113
Julius Randle119-112 L vs. NO115-6 (0-0)2112224

Highlights


Anthony Davis with the THROW DOWN


Not sure if Boogie or Malik Monk…


So that Karl Towns guy is pretty good…

Tonight in the NBA

  • 76ers at Pistons- 7pm
  • Hawks at Heat (Adebayo)- 7:30pm
  • Grizzlies (An. Harrison) at Rockets- 8pm
  • Hornets (Monk and Kidd-Gilchrist) at Bucks (Liggins) 8pm
  • Warriors at Mavs (Noel) 8:30pm
  • Raptors at Spurs- 8:30pm
  • Wizards (Meeks and Wall) at Nuggets (Lyles and Murray) 9pm
  • Kings (Fox, Labissiere, and Cauley-Stein) at Suns (Bledsoe, Booker, Knight, and Ulis)- 9pm

Eric Bledsoe wants out of Phoenix

Eric Bledsoe wants out of Phoenix

Christian Petersen | Getty Images

A breakup is on the horizon at the University of Kentucky-Southwest campus.

The Phoenix Suns have started the season 0-3, and are currently on pace to be the worst defensive team in NBA history. Though he’s the team’s starting point guard and putting up solid numbers, Eric Bledsoe wants out.

This afternoon, Bledsoe sent out the following tweet:

Just a few hours later, Phoenix head coach Earl Watson was fired.

Bledsoe joins Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, and Brandon Knight as former Wildcats on the roster. That being said, the Suns are almost certainly going to finish with one of the worst records in the NBA, and at 27 years old, it’s understandable Bledsoe is ready to contribute for a title contender.

According to some Phoenix writers, the writing is on the wall for a much-needed trade sooner rather than later.

The only problem? There aren’t many teams that make sense right now.

With two years remaining on his contract and cap hits of $14.5 million and $15 million next season, not many contenders can afford him, nor do they need a starting point guard.

The Cavaliers have always been interested in him, but they’d have to shed a lot of salary to make it happen. New Orleans could definitely use him, but would Bledsoe turn them into contenders? The Celtics may possibly be granted a disabled player exception to free up cap space due to Gordon Hayward’s injury, but it seems highly unlikely because he has two years remaining on his contract and the exception lasts only one year. Denver? Milwaukee?

Regardless, be on the lookout for trade rumblings in the immediate future. More likely than not, Bledsoe is on his way out of Phoenix.


Dominique Hawkins has signed overseas contract in Denmark

While 27 former Wildcats get their NBA seasons underway, one is packing his bags and heading overseas.

According to his agency, Dominique Hawkins has signed an overseas contract with Denmark’s Horsens IC.

You can read the rest of the release here.

Best of luck to Hawkins in his new professional basketball journey!


Bad guy DeMarcus Cousins wins NBA Community Assist Award

To those who don’t really know him, DeMarcus Cousins is a terrible person and the bad guy in the NBA.

But to those who do, DeMarcus Cousins is as kind and as generous as anyone in the league, which is why we’re not surprised Cousins is the recipient of the inaugural Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award.

The award recognizes an NBA player for his work in the community from the end of one regular season until the start of the next. This past summer, Cousins participated in numerous charitable events in Alabama, New Orleans, Sacramento and South Africa, including “Boogie’s Block Party” in his hometown of Mobile.

“Giving back to those in need is something that has always been a big part of my life,” Cousins said in a release. “The NBA has given me a unique platform that helps me connect with the people I really care about in the community. I am so thankful for this recognition and extremely blessed to have the opportunity to touch people’s lives.”

Go Boogie.