NBA Rumors for Fri, March 27
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The Washington Wizards plan on releasing guard Toure’ Murry Friday and signing guard Will Bynum to provide depth in the back court following Bradley Beal’s injury, according to people familiar with the situation. The 6-foot Bynum, 32, went undrafted out of Georgia Tech and is a seven-year NBA veteran. He spent the last six seasons with the Detroit Pistons, where he averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 assists, before signing with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association this season. Washington Post Blog
Jazz swingman Joe Ingles announced today that he will not participate in international play this summer. Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed forward Chris Johnson to a multi-year contract. Johnson re-joins the team following a 10-day contract with the Jazz from Jan. 28 through Feb. 6, during which time he appeared in two games and averaged 7.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 19.0 minutes per game. Inside Hoops
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived guard Ian Clark. Following the move, the Jazz roster now stands at 14 players. Clark (6-3, 180, Belmont) appeared in 23 games as a reserve this season for the Jazz, averaging 1.9 points in 7.0 minutes per game. Inside Hoops
Isaiah Thomas sat out those contests due to a hard fall he took back on March 9, in a game against the Heat. Upon driving the lane, Thomas was fouled by Heat star guard Dwyane Wade, who stood over the 5-foot-8 guard after the play ended. Some Celtics fans took issue with the hard nature of Wade’s foul, especially given his lengthy track record of dirty plays. Boston.com Blog
Wade’s actions after the play did catch the ire of Thomas. "It is what it is,” Thomas said of the foul. The only thing I didn't like was how he looked at me after. You can't control that. He tried to block the shot, but the only thing I thought about when I watched the film was how he looked at me after." Boston.com Blog
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul said ahead of this three-game roadie that this was a “business trip.” In other words, they’re playing two lousy teams and one mediocre team, so just go out and take care of business. They did that with the Knicks in this one, bolting to a 63-33 halftime lead and never looking back. The Knicks are now 14-58. Up next are the Philadelphia 76ers (18-54) on Friday and then the Boston Celtics (31-40) on Sunday. LA Daily News Blog
Nets forward Thaddeus Young will miss Friday’s game against the Cavaliers in Brooklyn because of a left knee strain, the team announced Thursday. Young was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s home game against the hapless Lakers. Still, it is positive news after Young hyperextended his left knee in the third quarter of Wednesday’s win in Charlotte. NY Post
Bradley Beal didn't practice Thursday, of course, after leaving early with a sprained right ankle in Wednesday's 103-101 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Based on the way coach Randy Wittman sounds, he could be able to play Friday vs. the Charlotte Hornets (CSN, CSNwashington.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 p.m. ET). "Not too bad," Wittman said. "Not too bad swelling today. Overnight was a good night in terms of where he was after the game. He's sore. That's a good sign. We'll see how much progress he makes tomorrow." CSN Washington
Darrell Arthur will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. Nuggets interim coach Melvin Hunt said he'll keep a close eye on the veteran in terms of figuring out playing time. "It's like anything else, sometimes you have to protect him from himself," Hunt said. "And that's what we'll do. Because I know D.A. He's game. He's 10 toes in. He knows but one speed. He's not the kind of guy that can coast through it. If he's playing, he's playing hard." Denver Post
Rockets guard Pat Beverley has ligament damage in his left wrist, but is still waiting for a second opinion, a person familiar with the process said. A decision on whether or not he will have to undergo surgery for the injury or he will be able to play again this season should be made within the next 7-10 days. Houston Chronicle
Jae Crowder has been a champion for accountability in the Celtics’ young locker room, calling for his teammates to speak up and to not fear criticism. “Accountability is fine,” head coach Brad Stevens said, “but I’m more interested — we’re all more interested — in showing your conviction in your action. I think that’s the challenge. Everybody’s going to have one or two (games) that you really are sick about. (The Miami loss) is hopefully the one for us. NESN
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