Titus Young says little about exile from Lions

Titus Young says little about exile from Lions

DETROIT (AP) Titus Young had little to say about his brief exile from the Detroit Lions.

The second-year receiver spoke with reporters Friday for the first time since returning to practice. He was deactivated for Detroit's loss to Houston on Thanksgiving. Young rejoined the team for practice Wednesday.

Sitting in front of his locker wearing a pair of sunglasses, Young spoke for less than two minutes before the session was cut short by media relations personnel.

``What happens in house, stays in house,'' Young said - and that was about as thorough a response as he gave to any of the questions.

Detroit hosts Indianapolis on Sunday, and it's not clear yet if Young will be active.

``When we get to Sunday, we'll make a decision on who the best 46 are to give us a chance,'' coach Jim Schwartz said. ``We're taking it day by day.''

Young was banished for what Schwartz called ``unacceptable'' behavior during a loss to Green Bay two weekends ago. The second-round draft pick from Boise State has 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns this season. He had 48 receptions for 607 yards and six TDs as a rookie.

Young's latest setback was part of a disturbing trend. He was involved in an altercation with teammate Louis Delmas last offseason. When he was in college, he missed most of the 2008 season for disciplinary reasons.

When asked if he's becoming more accountable and more mature now that he's back with the team, Young said: ``Well, you'll have to talk to coach about that.''

Asked if he was disappointed in himself, he said: ``I'm not here to comment about the past.''

Teammate Dominic Raiola's patience is wearing thin.

``I don't know what to say. He has a chance to be a part of a great group on offense. ... You're either on the ship or you're off the ship,'' Raiola said. ``We're not here to baby-sit, we're here to try and get wins. ... You feel bad, because you want a guy like that, with so much talent, to last, and that's not how you last in this league.

``Just put your head down, go to work, do the right thing, and let your talent rule. If you could just make that point to some of these guys - you just can't make it sometimes, and I think that's where Jim stepped in and took over.''

Running back Mikel Leshoure, another 2011 draft pick by Detroit, sounded more optimistic.

``He'll better the team if he's out there making plays,'' Leshoure said. ``I don't think it's going to be anything that he won't be able to overcome. It's just going to take some time.''

Notes: Schwartz says injured OT Jeff Backus (hamstring) will likely be a game-day decision. ``It was encouraging to get Jeff back on the practice field, but we'll just see where he gets to by Sunday.''

Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors


Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.


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Trading Jodie Meeks gives Washington Wizards much-needed salary cap relief

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Trading Jodie Meeks gives Washington Wizards much-needed salary cap relief

With a luxury tax bill of approximately $19 million on the way, the Washington Wizards gave themselves some salary relief on Monday by trading veteran guard Jodie Meeks to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Wizards attached a future second round pick and cash to the deal and in exchange received a future second round pick of their own, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed. ESPN first reported the news.

Though Meeks, 31, was due to make $3.45 million this season, his departure saves the Wizards about $7 million because of projected tax penalties. That's a lot of savings in a deal that got rid of a player who had become expendable.

Meeks had fallen out of favor with the Wizards for a variety of reasons. He was due to serve a 19-game suspension to begin the season due to performance-enhancing drugs. The ban was announced the day before their first round playoff series against the Raptors was set to begin in April.

Meeks also underperformed last season in the first year of his contract with the Wizards and requested a trade in February. This summer, Meeks exercised his player option to remain with the team.

The Wizards were not likely to count on Meeks much at all this season because they traded for Austin Rivers in June to add depth at the shooting guard position. Meeks' role was made clear by the fact he did not appear in any of the Wizards' four preseason games against NBA opponents.

Meeks' tenure in Washington was a significant disappointment. The Wizards signed him last summer in hopes he could shore up the shooting guard spot on their bench. 

Though he stayed healthy for the first time in years, he never earned the trust of his coaching staff. The Wizards opted to rely more heavily on starter Bradley Beal, who logged the fourth-most minutes of any NBA player last season.

Now, they are moving on.

Meeks leaving the organization should have little effect on the Wizards, though it does leave them with a hole on their roster that needs to be filled. They currently have 13 players, one below the league minimum. The Wizards now have 14 days to add a 14th player.

They could sign a free agent, convert one of their players on two-way contracts (Devin Robinson and Jordan McRae) or make a trade. The Meeks deal gives them a $3.45 million trade exception.