NBA Notes: Gallinari has 'no idea' on return date


NBA Notes: Gallinari has 'no idea' on return date

DENVER -- Danilo Gallinari says he has "no idea" when he will return to the court as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

For now, the Denver Nuggets forward is limited to rehabbing in the weight room from the injury he suffered last April. He said Monday he occasionally shoots free throws.

As for concerns over losing his touch from the 3-point line, Gallinari smiled and said, "It's always there."

Off to a 2-4 start, the Nuggets sure could use the long-range shooting of Gallinari. He will be a big boost for first-year coach Brian Shaw once he returns to the court.

Gallinari hurt his knee against Dallas when he planted awkwardly while going in for a layup. He's undergone two surgeries on the knee (see full story).

Bulls: Rose day to day with sore hamstring
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls say Derrick Rose is day to day with a sore right hamstring.

Rose winced after he drove down the lane for a twisting layup with 3:39 left during Chicago's 96-81 victory over Cleveland on Monday night. He remained in the game for a short time before coach Tom Thibodeau called for a timeout to put in Kirk Hinrich.

Rose called it a minor sprain after the game, and the 2011 NBA MVP thought he would be able to play Friday night at Toronto.

The Bulls issued a one-line update for Rose on Tuesday, just saying he was day to day and calling it a sore hamstring.

The Bulls are scheduled to practice on Wednesday morning.

Cavs: Bynum excused for family matter
CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum has been excused from the team to address "a family medical matter."

The Cavs said in a release on Tuesday that Bynum, who signed a two-year, free-agent deal with Cleveland this summer, is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday in Washington. The Cavs stayed in Chicago to practice after losing to the Bulls on Tuesday night.

The release said Bynum would travel to attend to the matter, but there were no other details.

Bynum will miss Wednesday's game at Minnesota and a home game on Friday against Charlotte.

The 7-foot-1 Bynum made his first start of the season against Chicago and scored 11 points with six rebounds in 21 minutes.

Bynum missed all of last season with Philadelphia because of knee problems.

Last week, the two-time All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers said he has contemplated retirement, but believes he can still be a productive NBA player.

Sixers cut Brandon Paul, Dionte Christmas, 3 others to trim roster to 15

Sixers cut Brandon Paul, Dionte Christmas, 3 others to trim roster to 15

In a preseason full of unexpected turns, the Sixers' final cuts were as anticipated.

The Sixers on Monday waived guards Cat Barber, Dionte Christmas, Brandon Paul and forwards Shawn Long and James Webb III to trim their regular-season roster to 15. 

Long, Paul and Webb had been with the Sixers since summer league. Barber signed with the team for training camp. Philadelphia native Christmas was the newest addition. He joined the Sixers the day of the deadline (see story)

The Sixers own the D-League rights to Barber, Christmas, Long and Webb. They are expected to land with the affiliate Delaware 87ers. 

Paul’s D-League rights are owned by the Cavaliers. He has received interest from other NBA teams, according to a source, and has not discussed playing in the Development League. 

Long appeared in each of the Sixers' preseason games. He averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds. Webb posted 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in six games. 

Paul averaged 7.3 points (36.4 percent from three) and 2.3 rebounds in four games. Barber was sidelined during the preseason by a right hand/wrist injury. He played two games, averaging 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. 

Christmas, 30, had planned to play this season in Greece and decided on Sunday to sign with the Sixers instead of returning overseas. 

The Sixers waived 17-year veteran Elton Brand last weekend after he announced his intention to retire. 

Source: Sixers to waive Brandon Paul as roster deadline nears

Source: Sixers to waive Brandon Paul as roster deadline nears

The Sixers, who have an afternoon of cuts to make in order to get the regular season roster down to 15 before 5 p.m. on Monday, will waive guard Brandon Paul, according to a source.

Jake Fischer first reported the news. Paul has received interest from other NBA teams, per the source, and has not yet had talks about the D-League. 

Paul, 25, appeared in four preseason games for the Sixers. He averaged 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three.

Paul recently shared with his challenges to pursue an NBA career.

The Sixers' roster stood at 20 after they signed Temple alum Dionte Christmas.

Cat Barber, Shawn Long and James Webb III also are expected to be waived and spend time in the Development League. Elton Brand announced his retirement and was waived last week.