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NBA News for Former Cats

While the stars of the NBA (and Andre Iguodala) get busy in London, the rest of the players back in the states are hammering out details for the upcoming season.  That’s led to some good news and bad news for former Wildcats today, as Josh Harrellson and Daniel Orton both face new situations.

First, Daniel Orton has struck a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to General Manager Sam Presti.  This has got to be a dream come true for the Oklahoma City native, as he gets to return home to play for one of the league’s best teams (arguably the best in the West, which I’ve always wanted to say about myself but never could).  The Thunder sport a young, talented team, and have a ridiculous fanbase, so this seems to be a real windfall for Daniel Orton, who will be playing behind premier shot-blocker Serge Ibaka.  Maybe he can teach Orton how to block without goaltending.  Overall though, congratulations to Daniel; he’s got to be excited.

But as the NBA giveth, the NBA taketh away, as it’s being reported that the Houston Rockets will likely waive inevitable fan-favorite Josh Harrellson on August 15th.  Because the Rockets have 16 players, and Jorts’ contract is non-guaranteed until the 15th, they’re likely to keep him until then as a tradable asset, and ultimately waive him should no deal get done.  Rockets fans already seem to be fairly upset, as they could already tell that he was a great backup center, and “good character” guy to boot.  There’s no reason to think that Jorts won’t find another team ready and willing to pick him up, though.  He made the most of his time with the Knicks, and has a reputation of being a strong inside-outside big man that plays for the team and not himself.  Hopefully the waiver doesn’t happen, but regardless, best of luck to Josh.  We know we’ll see him in the league somewhere, just not quite sure where yet.

Article written by Corey Nichols

14 Comments for NBA News for Former Cats

  1. Catfan55
    4:36 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Jorts jorts

  2. Corey Nichols
    4:41 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    1 – Well said. I don’t know what it means, but it’s provocative. I like it.

  3. Jus Sayin
    4:45 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Orton to sign a deal with the best in the west… Jorts to get waived by a lottery team.

    This has got too be a sign of the apocalypse.

  4. SeoulCat
    4:49 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Alright, a lanky white guy named “Rupp” just finished an amazing 10,000m run to bring the silver back to the US of A. He beat the Ethiopians..I’m speechless…this guy needs his own ‘News and Views’ here on KSR. Make it happen.

  5. SeoulCat
    4:51 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    He beat the Kenyans, too…actually…he beat all the African runners, finishing second to a Brit. News and Views, “Rupp’s News and Views”…

  6. I say
    5:06 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Why are you hating AI? The dude is a gamer!

  7. HicksPickSix
    5:10 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Once again, you show you know nothing about the NBA by ignorantly dissing Iguodala.

  8. Jimmer
    5:31 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    What is up with the hate of Igoudala??? He has been one of the better wings in the NBA for years, is a stud defender, and is great at getting his teammates involved. Hating on him tells me that you don’t raelly know enough about the NBA to be writing a column about it. Aren’t you the same clown that said Carl Landry played for the Hornets about a week ago when everyone who even remotely follows the NBA knew he wasn’t going back there.

  9. Dan
    5:54 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t give one sh*t about Daniel Orton, he is the only cat Cal has brought in that I don’t care for. He shit in the fox hole so why would KSR or anyone else from KY embrace him?

  10. nkycat
    6:06 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe Oklahoma City was watching one of those 90’s twin movies and figured if they put Orton on the Thunder people might mistake him for russell westbrook and guard Orton instead of Westbrook.

  11. Corey Nichols
    6:09 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    10 – There is an uncanny resemblance. I call to call Westbrook “Daniel Shorton.” Not to his face, though. I know better than that.

  12. tyrus
    6:18 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Appearing at a car lot near you soon.

  13. Mase
    8:08 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m happy for him, he has finally found his mini-me

  14. truth
    8:25 pm August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Jorts sucks.