NBA Rumors: News About Jimmer Fredette, DeMarcus Cousins, Kobe Bryant, Plus More

Jimmer Fredette is part of today’s NBA rumors as he was released by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Jon Reid of the Times-Picayune reported that the Pelicans waived Fredette as their exemption for a hardship waiver was about to expire tomorrow. Reid added that the provision for an extra player lasts only 10 days, and since New Orleans was not granted another 10-day exception, it likely means one of the injured players is poised to return.

Fredette’s scores tallied two points in 13 minutes that were spread over four games. Unless he is signed by another NBA team, Fredette will likely return to the Westchester Knicks.

In other NBA news, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for one game for hitting Atlanta Hawks Al Horford in the head with a forearm on Wednesday night, the NBA announced. Cousins will miss Sacramento’s game against Miami tonight. Cousins has averaged 27.5 points and 11 rebounds this season in eight games for the Kings. He has missed four games because of a strained right Achilles.

New Orleans only dressed nine players in its 110-103 loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis, who was one of seven injured Pelicans not to dress, was scratched from the game after feeling discomfort in his ailing left shoulder, according to the Times-Picayune. The shoulder injury is Davis’ second in a week.

ESPN is reporting that if former Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale is interested, he could have a job with the Boston Celtics or Dallas Mavericks in some capacity.

“I’ve always tried to get Kevin to come work with me and work with my big guys,” Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge told the Boston Herald. “I told Kevin that today…. We’ve got a spot for him. I know we could figure something out for him in some capacity, but I think he’s just in a wait-and-see mode.”

Sergey Karasav wants the Brooklyn Nets to trade him, SB Nation noted.

McHale, 57, was fired on Wednesday after the Rockets got off to a 4-7 start. McHale went 105-130 in four-plus seasons with Houston and led the Rockets to three straight playoff appearances. He was replaced by assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff on an interim basis. CBS Sports has reported that Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said that Bickerstaff, who has never been a head coach, will finish out the season as the team’s head man.

Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams was fined $15,000 for elbowing New York Knicks forward Lou Amundson during the Hornets 102-94 loss. Williams was given a flagarant 2 and ejected in the fourth quarter.

The Philadelphia 76ers (0-12) are five losses of matching the worst start in franchise history after falling to the Indiana Pacers 112-85 on Wednesday. The 76ers had a season-high 31 turnovers against Indiana. Philadelphia has committed 58 turnovers over the past two games and is averaging a league-high 17.9 a game.

The Sixers begin a six-game road game at Charlotte on November 20. If Philadelphia loses all six games, the 76ers will tie the NBA record for most consecutive losses to start the season — New Jersey Nets in 2009.

Philadelphia could own up to four first round draft picks in 2016. The picks that the Sixers own are their own, the Lakers’, Heat’s, and Thunder’s. They could also swap picks with Sacramento and are owed a future first rounder from the Kings. Plus, 2014 first rounder Joel Embiid and 2014 lottery selection Dario Saric may also be available for Philadelphia.

Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he plans on keeping Kobe Bryant’s minutes at around 30 a game after practice on Thursday, according to ESPN.

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“I’m gonna stick to what it’s been about — that early-30-type minute, late 20s. Just kind of depending on the situation. But I’m happy where his minutes are right now.” The five-time champion is currently averaging 30.4 minutes.

According to the Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Suns have a giant log in their locker room as a reminder of the need of teamwork.

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