Brian Roberts is introduced in Charlotte. He played with New Orleans the last two seasons. ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHARLOTTE — The Hornets announced they’ve signed free agent point guard Brian Roberts, a graduate of St. John’s Jesuit and the University of Dayton.
Roberts, who spent the last two seasons with the Pelicans, is expected to back up Kemba Walker in Charlotte this season.
Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a release Wednesday, “Brian is a quality point guard who we believe will play a key role for us. We look forward to having him as part of our team.”
The 6-foot-1 Roberts started 42 games last season, averaging 9.4 points, 3.3 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game. He shot 42 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.
Prior to joining New Orleans, he spent the 2008-09 season with Galil Gilboa in Israel’s Winner League and then played for Brose Baskets in Germany’s BBL from 2009-12.
Testimony ends in Clippers’ trial
LOS ANGELES — Testimony ended on Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Shelly Sterling, who had testified early in the trial, was expected to be the final witness, but her husband’s lawyers decided not to call her back to the stand.
Instead, they called Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations such as the ones given to Donald Sterling to determine his mental competency and ability to act as owner.
Most of his testimony drew objections from Shelly Sterling’s attorneys, and the judge said he didn’t see how it would help him reach a decision.
The trial will not be in session for the rest of the week. The two sides are scheduled to return for closing arguments on Monday.
Mavericks’ Felton pleads guilty
NEW YORK — Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty in a New York gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting to a felony but spares him jail.
Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He admitted he knowingly had a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a semi-automatic pistol without a license. He was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. If he complies, the case will be closed without jail time or probation.
About a week after Felton’s wife filed for divorce, her attorney brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was Felton’s and she wanted it out of the house, authorities said. His attorney has said Felton never threatened anyone with the gun.
Timberwolves weigh trade offers for Love
MINNEAPOLIS — The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody’s guess.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by a league rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his contract.
Talks have picked up again this week, with the Cavaliers coming off of their long-held resistance to include No. 1 overall draft Andrew Wiggins in an offer and making a trade with Utah on Tuesday to help make an acquisition easier to pull off.
Just as the Cavs appeared to be closing in on grabbing Love to pair with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a new-look “Big 3” in Cleveland, the Bulls appear to be making one last run to try to wrestle him away from their Eastern Conference competitors.
The Bulls reached out to the Timberwolves again on Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions who requested anonymity because the teams were not publicly commenting on the process. But it remained unclear just how far they are willing to go to try to turn Minnesota’s attention away from Cleveland.
The Timberwolves were big fans of Bulls rookie Doug McDermott in the predraft process, but he landed in Chicago on a draft-night deal with Denver. McDermott shined at the Las Vegas Summer League, showing a versatile and NBA-ready offensive game, and after missing out on Carmelo Anthony in free agency, the Bulls could be willing to use McDermott as a headliner in a package to keep Love from going to Cleveland.
The proposals from Cleveland and Chicago carry with them the same obstacle. McDermott signed his contract on Tuesday and Wiggins was expected to sign his contract later this week. That means no potential deal involving either of those two players could be officially executed for 30 days.