Josh Smith to play in China
Josh Smith will continue to get paid by the Detroit Pistons through the 2019-2020 season, but with none of the 30 NBA teams willing to open a roster spot for him, Smith has signed to play in China.
Smith, who will turn 31 next month, signed a $1.5 million deal to play for the defending Chinese Basketball Association champion Sichuan Whales for the next three months, according to international basketball reporter David Pick. He hopes to catch on with an NBA team after his contract in China expires.
Detroit is scheduled to pay Smith $5.3 million per season through 2019-20.
Smith spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets, averaging 13.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in 55 games between the two clubs. His best season in the NBA was 2011-12, when he averaged 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Atlanta Hawks.
NBA fines Pacers’ George
Indiana Pacers star forward Paul George was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for kicking a ball into the stands and hitting a woman in the face with it during Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bulls.
George was ejected from the contest — the first of his career — for the soft kick that hit Lindsey Yeager, a Pacers employee working with the Fox Sports Indiana television crew.
George apologized to Yeager before leaving the court and later sent her flowers and a personalized note.
Hurricanes’ Faulk sidelined
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is expected to be sidelined week-to-week with an upper-body injury, the team announced on Tuesday.
Faulk sustained the injury in the front end of a home-and-home series versus the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. The Metropolitan Division rivals conclude that set on Tuesday night.
“By the time we get home, we’ll know more,” Carolina coach Bill Peters said, referring to the team’s upcoming five-game homestand that follows Tuesday’s tilt.
Faulk’s absence certainly will not aid in the defensive troubles of the cellar-dwelling Hurricanes (3-5-3), who have yielded an NHL fourth-worst 3.45 goals per game.
Winnipeg activates Myers
The Winnipeg Jets activated Tyler Myers from injured reserve and demoted fellow defenseman Julian Melchiori to Manitoba of the American Hockey League.
Myers has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury, but could return to the lineup for Winnipeg’s home contest against the Central Division-rival Dallas Stars (4-5-3) later on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old Myers has two goals with six penalty minutes through his first eight games in 2016-17. Last season with the Jets (5-7-1), he recorded 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) and 72 penalty minutes in 73 games.
Predators recall two
The Nashville Predators recalled forward Pontus Aberg and goaltender Juuse Saros from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.
In corresponding moves, the Predators sent forward Kevin Fiala and goaltender Marek Mazanec to the Admirals.
Scherzer to pitch in World Baseball Classic
Max Scherzer, the Washington Nationals ace and a National League Cy Young Award finalist, told MLB.com he plans to pitch for Team U.S.A. in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, which takes place in March 2017.
The 32-year-old native of St. Louis and former AL Cy Young Award winner with the Tigers will join forces with Jim Leyland, his former manager in Detroit who is managing the United States’ squad in 2017.
One of the game’s best pitchers, Scherzer posted a 20-7 record with a 2.96 ERA, 284 strikeouts and a 0.968 WHIP in 228 1/3 innings over 34 starts with the Nationals in 2016. He is the first pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1965 to lead the NL in wins, strikeouts, WHIP and innings pitched.
Team U.S.A. has a lifetime 10-10 record and has never medaled in three prior Classic tournaments.
Gonzalez replaces Bonds
Fredi Gonzalez once was fired as manager of the Marlins. He is now returning to the organization as Miami’s third-base coach.
The additions of Gonzalez, who was fired as manager of the Atlanta Braves during the 2016 season, and hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo were announced by the Marlins as manager Don Mattingly reshapes his coaching staff.
Pagliarulo replaces home-run king Barry Bonds, who was fired after one season of duty.
Yanks claim Mantiply
The New York Yankees claimed left-handed pitcher Joe Mantiply off waivers from the Detroit Tigers and designated right-handed pitcher Branden Pinder for assignment, the team announced.
Mantiply spent most of the 2016 season in the minors but appeared in five games for the Tigers, allowing seven hits and five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Pinder pitched in one game for the Yankees this season, allowing three hits and two earned runs in one inning.