Ex-Cats notes: Contract deadline day coming up for Harrellson; Bledsoe sidelined

January 4, 2014 

Josh Harrellson is less than a week away from the yearly contract deadline that cost him his spot with the Miami Heat last season.

The former University of Kentucky standout, who is the only player on the Detroit Pistons roster without a guaranteed contract, will have his deal become guaranteed if he isn't cut before Friday.

Harrellson seems much less likely to get get cut this time around, though.

He played in only six games for Heat last year. He has played in 24 games for the Pistons and he's averaging 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game.

"I haven't really been thinking about it," Harrellson told Michigan-based MLive.com. "I know it's coming up soon. But hopefully, I've done enough in the games I've gotten to play to show him I can play, and hopefully I can stay here."

The website reported that only $150,000 of his $884,000 contract for this season is guaranteed at this point.

"I'm pretty confident in what I can do," said Harrellson, who also played two years ago for the New York Knicks and starred with a Chinese Basketball League team after he was cut from the Heat. "I've made three (NBA) teams in three years. They've all seen that I can play. It's just finding that chance to be able to play."

Harrellson’s 40-percent three-point shooting (10-for-25) is best among Pistons rotation players and second-best on the team, MLive.com reported.

“This year, I’m a little more confident in the things that I’ve done,” Harrellson told MLive.com. “There’s always going to be that doubt. So right now, I’ve just been doing the same things I’ve been doing, coming in early and getting my work in, and hopefully I can stay consistent in games.”

Harrellson told the website that he hasn't asked management about his status.

"Personally, I feel confident that I'm going to be here," he said. "But that's ultimately their call in the end."

Bledsoe sidelined for another week

The Phoenix Suns said guard Eric Bledsoe will be out for at least another week with a sprained right knee. The injury bothered Bledsoe in the Suns' victory over the Clippers on Monday and he sat out the team's home loss to Memphis on Thursday night.

After the morning shootaround on Saturday, the Suns issued a news release saying Bledsoe would miss Saturday night's game against Milwaukee and would be re-evaluated in a week.

"The swelling is still in there and it's stiff," Suns Coach Jeff Hornacek said of Bledsoe's injury, according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

■ The Suns had no problem beating the Bucks without Bledsoe. Archie Goodwin had seven points and three rebounds off the bench in Phoenix's 116-100 victory.

Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 25 points, eight assists and four rebounds.

Patterson stepping up for Raptors since trade from Kings

The Toronto Raptors have gone 8-3 over their last 11 games, and part of the reason is the addition of Patrick Patterson.

The former Kentucky star has shot 50 percent from three-point range since coming over in a trade from the Sacramento Kings.

“Shooters shoot the ball, if you miss, hey, you keep shooting, some stretches will be bad stretches, but you just keep working on it," Patterson told the Toronto Sun. "Teammates and the coaching staff have faith in you, keep telling you to shoot the ball.”

Patterson was 4-for-7 from three-point range and scored 18 points in the Raptors' most recent game, a rout of the Washington Wizards.

“Whenever you string together wins, when you beat the top teams, people start believing in themselves and what’s going on," Patterson told the newspaper.

Patterson told The Sun that he didn't expect to fit in so well so quickly with the Raptors.

He says he never expected things to come together so fast following the trade.

“We have great chemistry on this team, everybody’s focused, nobody’s selfish and most importantly, we have great leadership," he said. "Everyone’s just embracing their roles.”

Another double-double for Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds -- his seventh straight double-double and 20th overall this season -- in the Sacramento Kings' 113-103 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. Cousins also had four steals and two assists.

Tough night for Davis in Pelicans' loss to Pacers

Paul George scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead four Pacers in double figures and Indiana rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit for a 99-82 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night at Indianapolis.

Anthony Davis was limited to 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots for New Orleans.

Solid night for Nazr in Bulls' win

Nazr Mohammed scored a season-high seven points to go with six rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot in the Chicago Bulls' 91-84 victory at home against the Atlanta Hawks.

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