The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed Isaiah Taylor, the team announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Taylor saw action in four regular season games and three playoff contests for Houston as a rookie in 2016-17, after signing with the Rockets on Feb. 27. Additionally, the 6’3 guard averaged 21.0 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 34.9 minutes (.515 FG%, .457 3FG%, .816 FT%) in 25 games (19 starting assignments) for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League, while being named to the league’s All-Rookie Team. A three-year letterman (2013-16) at the University of Texas, Taylor played in 92 career games (all starts) for the Longhorns and averaged 13.6 points, 4.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 30.8 minutes (.404 FG%, .792 FT%). As a junior, he was named First-Team All-Big 12 after posting 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 30.9 minutes (.420 FG%, .811 FT%) in 33 games. He was named Third-Team All-Big 12 as a sophomore, as well as Honorable Mention and to the conference’s All-Newcomer Team as a freshman. Source:
The season of the Bulls started with a brawl. Bobby Portis punched and sent to the hospital Nikola Mirotic. As reported by Chicago Tribune, According to several witnesses, tensions heightened between Portis and Mirotic during a competitive scrimmage. Several words were exchanged over trips up and down the court. Some shoving escalated matters and Mirotic once moved in Portis’ direction. And then Portis landed the lone punch, which placed Mirotic on the ground for several minutes before his hospital trip.
Chris Paul did not play the final 4 minutes and 47 seconds of the Rockets-Warriors game with knee soreness. CP3 is doubtful for the game against the Kings. Per ESPN, Chris Paul was a crunchtime spectator during his Houston Rockets debut, cheering on his teammates from the bench for the final 4 minutes, 47 seconds of Tuesday's 122-121 comeback win over the Golden State Warriors, a decision coach Mike D'Antoni attributed to lingering soreness in the star point guard's left knee. "Dragging his leg a little bit; I had to get him out of there," D'Antoni said. Paul was on his feet for most of the final 4:47, smiling and rooting for his teammates, while waving a towel in celebration on several occasions. "I'm a hell of a cheerleader, man," joked Paul, who wasn't certain whether he would play in Wednesday's road game against the Sacramento Kings. Source:
Draymond Green of the Warriors did not play the final quarter of the game against the Rockets due to a knee strain. Per ESPN, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was diagnosed with a left knee strain and missed the final quarter of Tuesday night's 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets. He had nine points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in 28 minutes. Source:
Kevin Durant almost saved the day for Golden State with a baseline jumper as time expired — the referees called it good, but an official review showed the ball was still in his hands when the buzzer went off.
Rockets win 122-121. Source:
Per Boston Celtics official website, The excitement surrounding Tuesday’s Opening-Night matchup between the Celtics and the Cavaliers quickly subsided with 6:45 remaining in the first quarter, when Gordon Hayward suffered a devastating fracture of his left ankle. Emotions quickly shifted from fun-loving dislike for Kyrie Irving, to true and sincere concern for Hayward’s health after he fell to the floor along the right block of the lane, causing Celtics and Cavs alike to turn away in disturbing fashion. Hayward leaped into the air in an attempt to corral an alley-oop pass from Irving, but he came in contact with LeBron James in mid-air, and with Jae Crowder, who was behind him, and suffered the horrific injury as he fell back to the floor. Jaylen Brown finished a layup for the Celtics off of the botched alley-oop, and Hayward immediately called to the referees to stop play as he sat on the floor along the right block of the lane, holding his left leg in pain. “I’ve had a few (injuries), and I’ve seen a few, and probably two of the worst ones, I’ve been in the game watching,” Irving said after the contest. “One was at (Team) USA (when Paul George broke his leg), and this one was tonight.” Added a somber Al Horford, “It was hard to see.”
#NEBHInjuryReport: After a medical evaluation by Celtics/Cavs medical personnel Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed w/ a fractured left ankle.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) 18 ottobre 2017
The regular season ain't even started and the Chicago Bulls are already facing some big chemistry issues. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, a fight broke out between Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic during Bulls' last practice. Bobby Portis punched Mirotic in the face and the Spanish forward suffered a broken bone in his face.
Mirotic is out indefinitely and now Portis is facing a long suspension. Definitely not the best way to start the season for the Bulls. Source:
The Phoenix Suns have exercised their 2018-19 options on guard Devin Booker, forward Dragan Bender and forward Marquese Chriss. Booker led the Suns with 22.1 points per game last season, the third-highest scoring average ever posted by a player 20-years-old-or-younger at season’s end, behind only LeBron James in 2004-05 and Kevin Durant in 2008-09. The 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Booker’s 2,774 total points through his first two seasons trail only James, Durant and Carmelo Anthony for the fourth-most ever by an NBA player before his 21st birthday. Bender averaged 7.2 points and 7.0 rebounds this preseason, after averaging 3.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.51 blocks in 43 appearances as a rookie last season, missing 31 games to a right ankle injury. The 4th overall pick and youngest player in the 2016 NBA Draft, Bender averaged 14.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Suns at NBA Summer League 2017 in Las Vegas, and also played for Croatia’s national team at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 this past summer. Chriss was named to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie Second Team for averaging 9.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting, 4.2 rebounds, 0.85 blocks and 0.82 steals while playing all 82 games. The 8th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Chriss led all rookies in games started (75) and dunks (103), and was one of just two first-year players along with Joel Embiid to rank in the top 10 on the rookie leaderboard in scoring average, rebounds per game, blocks per game and steals per game. Source:
Free-agent rookie Cullen Russo signed an NBA G League contract before yesterday's deadline and will be draft eligible, agent Benjamin Khabie of Vision Quest Agency told Sportando. Russo, a 6-foot-9 forward out Fresno State, averaged 8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game as a senior in the 2016-17 season. He also finished third in the Mountain West Conference in steals per game (1.7). Russo participated in the NBA G League Player Invitational, where he scored a total of 27 points in two scrimmage games, shooting 9 of 12 from the field, 4 of 5 from three-point range, and 5 of 5 from the free-throw line. The 2017 NBA G League Draft is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st.
The New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans are among the teams with interest in signing Wade Baldwin IV, per Darren Wolfson. The 2016 first-round pick was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed Gary Payton II to a Two-Way contract. Payton II, 24, originally signed with Milwaukee on April 2 and played in six games during the 2016-17 season where he averaged 3.3 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds. He appeared in four preseason games and averaged 7.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists. NBA rules permit teams to have two Two-Way players on their roster at any given time, in addition to their 15-man regular season roster. A Two-Way player for the Bucks will provide services primarily for the team’s G League affiliate – the Wisconsin Herd – but can spend up to 45 days with Milwaukee, not including any time prior to the start of the Herd’s training camp and following the conclusion of the G League regular season. Source:
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The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard PJ Dozier to a two-way contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In two seasons at South Carolina, Dozier (6-6, 205) appeared in 70 games (64 starts) and averaged 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.34 steals in 24.0 minutes per game. During the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Dozier averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as he helped the Gamecocks clinch their first Final Four berth in school history. Starting in the 2017-18 season, each team is allowed two players on two-way contracts, in addition to the standard 15 players on the roster. Players on two-way contracts spend most of the season in the NBA G League, but can be called up to their NBA team for a maximum of 45 days. Source:
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The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories are on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season. This marks the fourth consecutive season that opening-night rosters feature at least 100 international players and that all 30 teams have at least one international player. The record for international players (113) and previous record for countries and territories represented (41) were set at the start of the 2016-17 season. In addition to the 108 international players on 2017-18 opening-night rosters, there are five international players on “two-way” contracts. Beginning this season, NBA teams can sign up to two two-way players to NBA contracts. These contracts allow two-way players to be with their NBA parent team for up to 45 days, spending most of the season in the NBA G League. The most-represented countries among the 108 international players on opening-night rosters are Canada (11 players), France (10 players), Australia (record-tying eight players) and Spain (seven players), followed by Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Serbia and Turkey (five players each). Opening-night rosters also feature a record number of European players (64). The Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz have an NBA-high seven international players each. The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs each have six. The Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic field five each. The NBA’s 72nd season begins tonight with a doubleheader on TNT as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2017. In the opening game, the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Celtics in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals at 8 p.m. ET. In the second game, the Houston Rockets visit the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m. ET. A number of international players are scheduled to make their NBA debut during opening week, including: Lauri Markkanen (Finland; Basketball without Borders 2014 and 2015), the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, will make his NBA debut when the Chicago Bulls visit the Raptors on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBA LEAGUE PASS. Frank Ntilikina (France; Basketball without Borders 2015 and 2016), the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, will make his NBA debut when the Knicks travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. Zhou Qi (China), the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, and the Rockets take on the Warriors tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT. Ben Simmons (Australia), the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, will make his NBA debut when the 76ers visit the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Milos Teodosic (Serbia; Basketball without Borders 2001), who was voted the best international player not in the NBA in the 2016-17 NBA.com GM Survey, will make his NBA debut when the LA Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT. Below please find the full list of international players on 2017-18 opening-night rosters (active and inactive): Country First Name Last Name Team Argentina Nicolas Brussino Atlanta Hawks Argentina Manu Ginobili San Antonio Spurs Australia Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics Australia Aron Baynes Boston Celtics Australia Andrew Bogut Los Angeles Lakers Australia Matthew Dellavedova Milwaukee Bucks Australia Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers Australia Patty Mills San Antonio Spurs Australia Dante Exum Utah Jazz Australia Joe Ingles Utah Jazz Austria Jakob Poeltl Toronto Raptors Bahamas Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivica Zubac Los Angeles Lakers Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Teletovic Milwaukee Bucks Bosnia and Herzegovina Jusuf Nurkic Portland Trail Blazers Brazil Cristiano Felicio Chicago Bulls Brazil Nene Houston Rockets Brazil Bruno Caboclo Toronto Raptors Brazil Lucas Nogueira Toronto Raptors Brazil Raul Neto Utah Jazz Cameroon Luc Mbah a Moute Houston Rockets Cameroon Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Cameroon Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors Canada Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers Canada Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks Canada Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets Canada Trey Lyles Denver Nuggets Canada Cory Joseph Indiana Pacers Canada Tyler Ennis Los Angeles Lakers Canada Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies Canada Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat Canada Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves Canada Khem Birch Orlando Magic Canada Nik Stauskas Philadelphia 76ers China Zhou Qi Houston Rockets Croatia Ante Zizic Cleveland Cavaliers Croatia Bojan Bogdanovic Indiana Pacers Croatia Mario Hezonja Orlando Magic Croatia Dario Saric Philadelphia 76ers Croatia Dragan Bender Phoenix Suns Czech Republic Tomas Satoransky Washington Wizards Dem. Republic of the Congo Emmanuel Mudiay Denver Nuggets Dem. Republic of the Congo Bismack Biyombo Orlando Magic Dominican Republic Al Horford Boston Celtics Egypt Abdel Nader Boston Celtics Finland Lauri Markkanen Chicago Bulls France Guerschon Yabusele Boston Celtics France Nicolas Batum Charlotte Hornets France Alexis Ajinca New Orleans Pelicans France Frank Ntilikina New York Knicks France Evan Fournier Orlando Magic France Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot Philadelphia 76ers France Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs France Joffrey Lauvergne San Antonio Spurs France Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz France Ian Mahinmi Washington Wizards Georgia Zaza Pachulia Golden State Warriors Germany Dennis Schroder Atlanta Hawks Germany Daniel Theis Boston Celtics Germany Paul Zipser Chicago Bulls Germany Maxi Kleber Dallas Mavericks Germany Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Greece Georgios Papagiannis Sacramento Kings Haiti Skal Labissiere Sacramento Kings Israel Omri Casspi Golden State Warriors Italy Marco Belinelli Atlanta Hawks Italy Danilo Gallinari LA Clippers Latvia Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks Latvia Davis Bertans San Antonio Spurs Lithuania Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers Lithuania Mindaugas Kuzminskas New York Knicks Lithuania Jonas Valanciunas Toronto Raptors Mali Cheick Diallo New Orleans Pelicans Montenegro Nikola Mirotic Chicago Bulls Montenegro Nikola Vucevic Orlando Magic New Zealand Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder Poland Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards Puerto Rico J.J. Barea Dallas Mavericks Republic of the Congo Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors Russia Timofey Mozgov Brooklyn Nets Senegal Gorgui Dieng Minnesota Timberwolves Serbia Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets Serbia Boban Marjanovic Detroit Pistons Serbia Milos Teodosic LA Clippers Serbia Nemanja Bjelica Minnesota Timberwolves Serbia Bogdan Bogdanovic Sacramento Kings Slovenia Goran Dragic Miami Heat South Sudan Luol Deng Los Angeles Lakers South Sudan Thon Maker Milwaukee Bucks Spain Jose Calderon Cleveland Cavaliers Spain Juancho Hernangomez Denver Nuggets Spain Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies Spain Willy Hernangomez New York Knicks Spain Alex Abrines Oklahoma City Thunder Spain Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs Spain Ricky Rubio Utah Jazz Sweden Jonas Jerebko Utah Jazz Switzerland Clint Capela Houston Rockets Switzerland Thabo Sefolosha Utah Jazz Tunisia Salah Mejri Dallas Mavericks Turkey Ersan Ilyasova Atlanta Hawks Turkey Cedi Osman Cleveland Cavaliers Turkey Omer Asik New Orleans Pelicans Turkey Enes Kanter New York Knicks Turkey Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers Ukraine Alex Len Phoenix Suns United Kingdom OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors Below please find the full list of international two-way players: Country First Name Last Name Team Canada Chris Boucher Golden State Warriors Dominican Republic Luis Montero Detroit Pistons France Yakuba Ouattara Brooklyn Nets Puerto Rico Gian Clavell Dallas Mavericks Sudan Mangok Mathiang Charlotte Hornets Source:
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni plans to play James Harden and Chris Paul together for 18 minutes per game. Per ESPN, Meanwhile, D'Antoni hauled Paul and Harden into his office and laid out the specifics of their workload. Paul will log 32 to 33 minutes and Harden 34 minutes a night. "I will have a Hall of Fame point guard on the floor at all times, I promise you that," D'Antoni says. Paul will come out of the game after five minutes of the first quarter, earlier than at any other point in his career. Harden, who prefers to play the entire first quarter, will now have to take a seat with two and a half or three minutes left. By D'Antoni's estimation, Paul and Harden will play 18 minutes together, including the final five of every game. That requires Harden to sit for the first four minutes of the final quarter. "I already know there will be times (when the game is close) and James will be saying, 'This is bulls--t, I gotta be in there,'" D'Antoni says, laughing. "And I'm gonna say, 'I don't know what to tell you. We talked about this.'" Source:
The Dallas Mavericks have exercised the two-way player conversion option in the contract of guard Gian Clavell. This option makes Clavell the Mavericks second two-way player, along with Johnathan Motley. Source:
The Utah Jazz have waived forward Joel Bolomboy. Following the move, the roster now stands at 17 players. Bolomboy (6-9, 235, Weber State) was originally drafted by the Jazz in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft and appeared in 12 games during the 2016-17 season, owning averages of 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 4.4 minutes per game. He also appeared in two games for Utah during the 2017 NBA Playoffs, averaging 2.0 points and 1.0 boards in 4.5 minutes. During last season, Bolomboy played in 24 games (22 starts) while on assignment with the Jazz’s exclusively owned and operated NBA G League team, the Salt Lake City Stars, where he averaged 16.4 points, 13.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks in 34.5 minutes per contest. A native of Ukraine, Bolomboy played four seasons at Weber State (2012-16) where he averaged 17.1 points on 57.3 percent shooting and grabbed 12.6 rebounds (third in the nation) during his senior year, setting a school single-season record by tallying 415 total rebounds. Source:
JR Smith thinks that LeBron James will play the regular season opener against the Celtics. James missed almost the entire preseason with an ankle injury. Per ESPN, There's no way LeBron James' sprained left ankle will keep him out of the Cleveland Cavaliers' regular-season opener against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics -- at least according to JR Smith. "Oh, he's going to go," Smith said after practice Monday. "He's going to go, trust me on that. I don't care what he's got to do, he's going to play." "You know, I never hide stuff from you guys. I really don't know," Lue said, adding that James participated in Monday's practice, which featured a walk-through and shooting drills. "I mean, just depends on how he feels after today, but I really don't know." Source:
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed LaMarcus Aldridge to a contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not announced. The 2017-18 season will mark Aldridge’s third year with the Silver and Black after originally signing with the team on July 9, 2015. An 11-year NBA veteran, he is just one of three players, along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, to score 1,000 points or more in each of the last 10 seasons. Aldridge has been named to the All-NBA Team four times (Second Team in 2015, Third Team in 2011, 2014 and 2016), earned All-Rookie First Team honors in 2007, and has been selected as an All-Star five times (2012-2016). In Aldridge’s first two seasons with the Spurs, San Antonio posted back-to-back 60-plus win seasons for the first time in team history going a franchise-best 67-15 in 2015-16 and 61-21 during the 2016-17 season. In 146 games with the Silver and Black, Aldridge is averaging 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.16 blocks in 31.5 minutes while shooting .495 (1,036-2,094) from the field and .836 (479-573) from the foul line. During the 2015-16 season he was selected to the All-NBA Third Team and was named an All-Star for the fifth time in his career. Aldridge has appeared in 26 playoff games with the Spurs, averaging 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.15 blocks in 33.6 minutes in the postseason. Originally drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the second overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Aldridge was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers in a draft-night trade. He spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Trail Blazers where he appeared in 648 regular season games, averaging 19.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.02 blocks in 35.5 minutes. He is the Trail Blazers all-time leader in rebounds (5,434), second in points (12,562), and fourth in games played (648) and blocked shots (658). His 234 double-doubles also rank first all-time in Trail Blazers history. In 794 regular season NBA games, Aldridge has averaged 19.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.04 blocks in 34.5 minutes. The 32-year-old has appeared in 60 playoff games, averaging 20.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.52 blocks and 1.5 assists in 37.5 minutes. Prior to his NBA career, Aldridge spent two seasons at the University of Texas (2004-06). He was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of The Year and was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team as a sophomore. Source:
San Antonio Spurs
76ers big man Joel Embiid will be on minutes restriction in the regular season opener. Per NBC Sports, "I don't really know if there's a solid number," Brett Brown said Monday after practice. "I can tell if you were to choose a number, it's somewhere in the teens." "I didn't know about that, but that's very disappointing," Embiid said Monday of the minutes restriction. "I feel great and hopefully that changes based on today's practice and tomorrow's practice. Source:
The Grizzlies have waived guard Wade Baldwin IV and forward Rade Zagorac to finalize its 2017-18 regular season roster. Baldwin (6-4, 202) appeared in all five preseason games (two starts) and averaged 5.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 18.3 minutes. The 21-year-old Belle Mead, New Jersey native competed in 33 games (one start) for the Grizzlies as a rookie last season and averaged 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 12.3 minutes after he was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Zagorac came off the bench in all five preseason contests and averaged 3.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 10.1 minutes. Selected in the second round (35th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft and traded to the Grizzlies on draft night, the 22-year-old played last season for KK Mega Leks in his native Serbia. The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 17 players, including two-way players Kobi Simmons and Vince Hunter who will be eligible to play for both the Grizzlies and the team’s NBA G League affiliate, the Memphis Hustle. Source:
Lonzo Ball said that he will play in the regular season opener against the Clippers on Thursday. Per ESPN, When asked what made the regular-season opener special after his experiences in the summer league and preseason, Ball downplayed it a bit, saying, "It's the opener. That's all there is to it. Gotta get a win." But Ball also shot down any chance he'd miss the game Thursday: "No, I'm playing. For sure." Source:
The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Danté Exum who suffered a separated left shoulder on October 6 vs. Phoenix. After further evaluation, Exum (6-6, 190, Australia) has elected to undergo surgery to stabilize the AC joint of his left shoulder. The surgery is scheduled to take place Tuesday, October 24 in Los Angeles. Further updates will be provided when appropriate. Exum appeared in 66 games (26 starts) last season for Utah, averaging a career-high 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 18.6 minutes per contest. Additionally, the 22-year-old saw action in seven 2017 NBA Playoff games, owning averages of 4.6 points and 1.3 assists in 12.0 minutes per game. Source:
Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics were close to reaching an agreement on a contract extension. But the two sides ended talks without the contract signed. Smart will become restricted free agent from July 1, 2018.
Celtics and Marcus Smart were relatively close in talks at deadline, but he'll enter restricted free agency in July, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived forward Jarell Eddie and center Diamond Stone, and claimed guard Kay Felder off waivers. Felder (5-9, 176) played in four games (1 start) this preseason for the Cleveland Cavaliers before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks, and then waived by the Hawks, on Oct. 14. He averaged 7.3 points, 1.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.00 steals per game in preseason play. In his rookie season in 2016-17, Felder appeared in 42 games for Cleveland (no starts) and averaged 4.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 9.2 minutes per game. In 11 games (11 starts) with the Canton Charge of the G League, he put up 29.9 points per game to go along with 3.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.55 steals per game. Atlanta selected Felder at No. 54 in the 2016 NBA Draft, and he was then acquired by Cleveland on draft night. Chicago’s roster now stands at 17, including two Two-Way players.
The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have exercised the third-year team options on the Rookie Scale Contracts of centre Jakob Poeltl and forward Pascal Siakam and the fourth-year team option on the Rookie Scale Contract of guard Delon Wright. The contracts for Poeltl, Siakam and Wright are now guaranteed through the 2018-19 season. Source:
Kendrick Perkins will play in G-League this season. The big man reached an agreement with the Canton Charge, affiliate to the Cavaliers. Per ESPN, Perkins had the opportunity to start a professional coaching career with the Cavaliers, but is determined to return to the league as a player. In a text message on Monday, he told ESPN.com: "I'm serious and I'm committed to this (opportunity). I will sacrifice to show the NBA." Source:
LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs are in serious discussion on a contract extension. Per ESPN, There's an 11:59 deadline on Monday for Aldridge to reach an agreement with San Antonio that would allow him to opt in to the $22.3 million player option on his 2018-19 contract and extend his deal for a maximum of three additional years. Aldridge is set to make $21.4 million in the 2017-18 season. Source:
Not only the Bucks. Also the Nuggets are interested in Richard Jefferson. The forward was traded to the Hawks and waived by Atlanta. Per ESPN, There are believed to be three or four teams serious about signing Jefferson, league sources told ESPN. Denver has 15 guaranteed contracts and would have to make a roster move to clear an available spot for Jefferson. Nuggets president and governor Josh Kroenke enjoys a strong friendship with Jefferson, and Jefferson could be one more veteran contributor and influence to a Denver team trying to reach the Western Conference playoffs. Source:
Coach Tyronn Lue did not tell the media how the Cavaliers are planning to stop Kyrie Irving. The point guard was traded to Boston during the summer. Per ESPN, How are the Cavs going to stop Kyrie Irving? "You want me to tell you? Really? Come on, man," said Tyronn Lue. "I’m not going to tell you. ... "He’s still unstoppable. He’s still the same player. Just with a different team. So, offensively, like I said before, he has no offensive weaknesses so that’s all I can say." Source:
Marcus Morris of the Celtic will miss at least 10 days with knee soreness. The forward will be re-evaluated in 10-14 days. With Morris out, rookie Jayson Tatum is expected to start for the Celtics. Per MassLive, Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris is expected to miss at least the first week of the regular season due to right knee soreness, according to head coach Brad Stevens. Stevens said Morris has been dealing with the issue since arriving to training camp. He is expected to undergo reevaluation sometime within the next 10-14 days. With Morris out, Stevens hinted the Celtics will likely start rookie Jayson Tatum against the Cleveland Cavaliers. There could be bench minutes available in Boston’s frontcourt. Source:
Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been suspended for the first game of the NBA regular season. The player commented the decision made by the NBA. Per The Oregonian, "They could have suspended me for the preseason game," McCollum said. "They could have fined me more money and allowed me to play in the regular season game. It's the intent and it's usually up to them, it's to their discretion. So they had a choice. They didn't have to suspend me." McCollum earned a suspension. Asked if he was surprised, McCollum could only make a joke. "I should have known that they were going to suspend me," he said. "It cost me a lot of money and the first game of the season. But I should have known better with my history of violence on the court that I would be suspended." Source:
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has exercised the fourth-year options on Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones. Towns, 21, averaged 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season, starting all 82 games for the second consecutive year. The 7-0 forward/center set a franchise single-season scoring record with 2061 points while recording 1007 rebounds, becoming the youngest player in NBA history (15th overall and first since Tim Duncan in 2001-02) to collect 2000+ points and 1000+ rebounds in a season. In 2016-17 he ranked 12th in the NBA in scoring, 6th in rebounding, 12th in field goal accuracy (54.2%) and 19th in blocked shots (1.26 bpg). The Wolves selected Towns with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Jones, 21, posted averages of 3.5 points and 2.6 assists in 12.9 minutes per contest in 60 games last season, his second in the NBA. The Wolves originally acquired the draft rights to the 6-2 guard from the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 25, 2015. Source:
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have converted the contract of Matt Williams Jr. into a two-way contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Williams Jr., who was originally signed by the HEAT on July 24, appeared in all six preseason games with Miami and averaged 2.2 points in 6.4 minutes of action. He scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range in a win vs. Washington on October 11. Williams Jr. previously appeared in eight Summer League games (six starts) with the HEAT in Orlando and Las Vegas and averaged 9.9 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and a perfect 2-of-2 from the foul line. He started all six games in Las Vegas with Miami and shot 45 percent from three-point range, leading the team in three-point field goals made four times, including a 5-of-8 performance from beyond the arc vs. Washington on July 10 and a 6-of-9 output from downtown vs. Memphis on July 15. The University of Central Florida graduate finished his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made (274) and became the 18th player in program history to score at least 1,000 points. He appeared in 36 games (all starts) as a senior and averaged 15.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 36.5 minutes while shooting 39.1 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from three-point range and 81.1 percent from the foul line. He set the single-season school and conference records for three-point field goals made (126) and set the Knights’ single-game three-point field goals made record after connecting on 11 against USF on January 17. He capped the season scoring the fifth-most points for a single-season in school history and earned the team’s MVP award. Source:
The Philadelphia 76ers have waived guard Andrew Andrews, forward Marc Loving and forward James Webb III, 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today. With the move, the Sixers roster stands at 17 players, including two Two-Way players (James Michael McAdoo and Jacob Pullen) who will spend time with Philadelphia and its G League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. Source:
The Utah Jazz and Dante Exum are weighing rehabilitation options on his separated left shoulder for the point guard. If Exum undergoes surgery, he will miss the entire season. Per ESPN, The Jazz and Exum have been exploring multiple medical opinions on an injured shoulder that suffered ligament damage in a preseason game collisionon Oct. 6. For Exum, the shoulder separation is the second significant injury of his young NBA career. Source:
Khem Birch made the roster of the Magic for the beginning of the season. The big man spent the previous two years in Turkey and Greece. Per Orlando Sentinel, The 25-year-old earned the Orlando Magic’s final roster spot — the first time he’s made an NBA regular-season roster. “When you’re over there [in Europe], you never think you’re going to come back home,” Birch said. “So the fact that I’m here this year, it’s an amazing feeling. But this is only the beginning. I’m not relaxed or anything. I’m still going to work hard, like I haven’t made it yet.” Source:
The Milwaukee Bucks are in advanced negotiations with Richard Jefferson. The forward was traded by the Cavaliers to the Hawks which waived him. Per ESPN, The Milwaukee Bucks have emerged as serious suitors in the pursuit of forward Richard Jefferson, league sources told ESPN.com. No agreement has been reached, but the Bucks and Jefferson, 37, have mutual interest in a possible deal once he clears waivers Monday, league sources said. Source:
The Toronto Raptors announced they have waived guard Davion Berry. The Raptors have reached the roster limit with 17 players including two-way players Malcolm Miller and Lorenzo Brown. Source:
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The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on Vander Blue, Travis Wear and Briante Weber, it was announced today. Blue played in five preseason games and averaged 3.4 points, while Weber notched 3.0 points, 1.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds in three games played. The Lakers roster stands at 16. Source:
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The Miami HEAT announced today that they have waived DeAndre Liggins, Erik McCree and Tony Mitchell. Liggins, who was signed on October 10, started in his only preseason game with the HEAT last night against Philadelphia and totaled five points, three rebounds and a steal in 26:36 minutes of action. McCree, who was signed on September 18, appeared in two games with Miami this preseason totaling six points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal while shooting 3-of-8 from the field. Mitchell, who was signed on October 12, did not appear in a game with the HEAT. The HEAT’s roster now stands at 17. Source:
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