Trevor Booker will start Saturday against the Pelicans, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Booker will get the start in place of Derrick Favors, who was ruled out of Saturday's game due to personal reasons. Booker's been an effective rebounder for the Utah Jazz off the bench, but he's failed to score in double digits more than once this season -- a trend that could change Saturday.
Mike Hessman announced Saturday that he is retiring to pursue a coaching job, the Oakland Press reports.
Apparently, the Tigers considered giving Hessman a September call-up, but it was not in the cards for the 37-year-old. The all-time leader in minor league home runs with 433, he made 109 appearances at the major league level, the last coming back in 2010. Hessman, who spent time in five organizations in his 20 professional seasons, will now look to start a new chapter on the coaching side, though it's uncertain if the Tigers have any interest in bringing him back on in that capacity.
Rodney Hood (back) will start Saturday against the Pelicans, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Hood, who has been dealing with a case of back spasms, will play Saturday against the Pelicans. The hybrid guard/forward is averaging 12.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 29.5 minutes this season.
Tyreke Evans (knee) could make his return Tuesday against the Grizzlies, John Reid of The Times Picayune reports.
Some speculated that Evans would make his season debut Saturday against the Jazz, but after speaking with coach Alvin Gentry prior to the game it was decided the guard would be held out once again. While Evans isn't expected to record many minutes Tuesday, it's a good sign for the New Orleans Pelicans , as the team has been ravaged by injuries thus far in the season. He will likely be held to a minutes restriction until he's fully healthy.
Ryan Carter (lower body) will miss Saturday's game against the Stars.
He skated close to 11 minutes Friday in a loss to Winnipeg, scoring his third goal of the season to account for all of Minnesota's offense. Carter evidently suffered a lower-body injury at some point during the game, however, with the team specifying only that the ailment is in the "upper" part of the lower body.