Vasquez knocked in the head, out of game (Oct 17 12:00 ET )
Greivis Vasquez was hit in the head by a basketball during shootaround prior to Friday's preseason game against the Thunder and will not play.
Greivis Vasquez played 28 minutes and hit just 3-of-14 shots on Wednesday, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.
The Scoop:Kyle Lowry played just nine minutes so Vasquez got some nice run tonight. His shooting wasn't great, but any time Lowry is out with an injury, Vasquez should be an interesting fill-in in daily leagues.
Down in New Orleans, a young superstar’s waiting in the wings, and we’re not talking Trombone Shorty . Actually, Anthony Davis is more wings in waiting, a 21-year-old specimen with a 7-foot-6 wingspan who belongs on the short list of legitimate NBA MVP candidates and means everything to Big Easy basketball. A walking double-double with the league’s most prolific shot-blocking prowess, Davis alone makes the Pelicans appointment television, but it’s his supporting cast — acquired this summer both by trade and from the infirmary — that will ultimately determine whether we’re still watching come late April. Davis averaged 20.8 points (58.2 TS%), 10.0 rebounds and 4.4 combined blocks/steals last season — submitting a 26.5 PER that ranked behind only Kevins Durant and Love and LeBron James — and yet New Orleans finished 34-48 in part because of season-ending injuries to Ryan Anderson (neck), Jrue Holiday (tibia) and Eric Gordon (knee). Even Davis missed 16 games with hand and back problems. All appear healthy, save for Tyreke Evans, whose hamstring injury is an ominous start to 2014-15 for another shallow pod of Pelicans, even if he’s scheduled to return around the start of the regular season. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Still in charge of basketball operations after sending Greivis Vasquez and Robin Lopez — two 20-somethings who contributed to a pair of playoff runs in 2013-14 — for the right to sign Evans to a four-year, $44 million deal, Dell Demps finally replaced the self-described and under-appreciated “Screech Powers of the NBA .” The Pelicans sent their 2015 first-round pick to Houston in exchange for 7-footer Omer Asik, whose rim-protecting ability ranked only slightly behind that of Lopez last season. Of course, Demps has also now filled holes left by both Vasquez and Al-Farouq Aminu, who signed a two-year minimum contract with the Mavericks this summer, with a 34-year-old John Salmons and Jimmer Fredette, the sharpshooting former top-10 pick who couldn’t crack the Kings rotation. After leading the then Hornets to the playoffs in his first season at the helm, New Orleans coach Monty Williams has won roughly a third of his games since the departure of Chris Paul and David West. In addition to ranking among the worst defenses in the league each of the past two seasons, the Pelicans have played at an awfully slow pace, and that should be cause for concern, since Monty’s best player thrived in transition on Team USA this summer and headlines a roster among the NBA’s youngest. Once again, the playoff potential falls on the considerable shoulders of Davis and the health of his fellow top-six rotation players. In other words, little has changed. The Pelicans are still waiting in the wings.
The Toronto Raptors officially announced free-agent forward James Johnson has re-signed. Financial terms of the two-year deal were not disclosed, but the deal is reportedly worth $5 million. Guard Greivis Vasquez also signed a two-year contract reportedly worth $13 million. Johnson spent parts of two seasons with the Raptors in 2010-11 and 2011-12, but had issues with coach Dwane Casey and was ultimately benched.
Patrick Patterson saw the Raptors bring back guards Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez and coach Dwane Casey, and he wanted to stay along for the ride. So the 6-foot-9 forward re-signed with Toronto for a reported $18 million over three years in the hope that this past season's playoff run was just the start of something good. ''(We) still have that core group of guys that we can build on and have another successful year.'' The Raptors' turnaround began in December when they acquired Patterson, Vasquez, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes from Sacramento for Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy. In a statement announcing the deal over the weekend, general manager Masai Ujiri said the Raptors were ''very pleased with what Patrick brought to us both on the court and in the locker room last season.'' The feeling was mutual, so the 25-year-old restricted free agent felt little uncertainty about returning.