Report: Biedrins faces tax evasion charges in Latvia

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Report: Biedrins faces tax evasion charges in Latvia

A report out of Andris Biedrins' home country of Latvia says the Warriors center is in hot water for evading taxes. Aiga Senberga, a spokeswoman for the Latvian state prosecutor's office, told AFP that a case has been launched against Biedrins. Latvia's State Revenue Service said the case, which revolves around the alleged creation of a bogus leisure-hire company as a work-around to avoid paying taxes on a Malibu Wakesetter boat, could last three years. Biedrins is being charged with two other people for evading taxes on 11,500 lats, or 20,000. If found guilty, the offenses could carry jail time up to five years.The Warriors drafted Biedrins in the first round (11th overall) in 2004. He has been a disappointment since signing a six-year, 62 million contract in 2008. Over his career, Biedrins has averaged 7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Geoff James is a web producer for CSNBayArea.com

Waived by Dallas, Deron Williams intends to sign with Cavs

Waived by Dallas, Deron Williams intends to sign with Cavs

CLEVELAND -- Free-agent guard Deron Williams has cleared waivers and told the Cleveland Cavaliers he intends to sign with them.

Williams, a five-time All-Star, was waived this week by Dallas. He will give the defending NBA champions a playmaker they've needed all season and one LeBron James demanded.

Williams cannot sign with the Cavs until Monday. Cleveland hosts the Milwaukee Bucks that night. The Cavs will be the fourth team for Williams, who is averaging 13.1 points this season.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue can bring him off the bench and also play him with Cleveland's starters to give James and Kyrie Irving rest before the playoffs.

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin didn't make a move at Thursday's trade deadline, but said the team still needed a playmaker. Williams can also back up Kyrie Irving at point guard, a spot the Cavaliers have been trying to fill since the start of the season.

Griffin's previous acquisitions are a big reason the Cavaliers are 8-1 in February. Kyle Korver is shooting 52 percent from 3-point range since being acquired from Atlanta and has made up for the loss of J.R. Smith, who is out until April with a broken right thumb.

Derrick Williams, who is on a second 10-day contract, is averaging 9.8 points in five games with the Cavaliers.

Cleveland has been also looking to add frontcourt depth since Kevin Love had surgery on his right knee earlier this month. Love, who is averaging 20 points and 11.1 rebounds, said Friday that he plans on being ready for the playoffs.

Free-agent Larry Sanders worked out for the Cavaliers last week and Andrew Bogut is another possibility to join Cleveland. Bogut is expected to have his contract bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers, who acquired him from the Mavericks at the deadline.

 

Reports: Weber, Hornets agree to deal hours after Warriors release him

Reports: Weber, Hornets agree to deal hours after Warriors release him

Briante Weber wasn't unemployed very long.

Less than 12 hours after the Warriors released him, the guard has reportedly agreed to sign a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

News of the agreement was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Weber's second 10-contract with the Warriors expired following Saturday's game against the Nets. Immediately after the contest, the team announced they were releasing the 24-year-old.

In seven games with the Warriors, Weber averaged 1.7 points, 0.7 assists and 0.6 rebounds in 6.6 minutes.

Shortly after being released by the Warriors on Saturday night, Weber sent out a pair of tweets. He didn't appear to be upset by the move.

"[Fuel] 2 [Fire] #NewBeginning," Weber tweeted.

About an hour later, he sent this:

"I don't function well with pitty(sic) I dont need it [world] turns [sun] comes up in am and STILL I RISE lol  #NewBeginning," Weber wrote.

Shortly after midnight, Warriors veteran guard Shaun Livingston sent a message to Weber.

"@Sir_deuce2 a player in this league. Stay focused keep it pro and good karma will follow you. Keep grindn Brodie. Luv," Livingston wrote.