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October 16, 2014 Updates
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The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard Yuki Togashi. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Togashi (5-7, 143) was most recently a member of the Mavericks’ NBA Summer League team. In his four games, he averaged 5.3 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting .467 from the field. A native of Niigata, Japan, Togashi attended high school in the United States at Montrose Christian School which produced NBA players Kevin Durant, Terrence Ross and Greivis Vasquez. He was part of the 2011 Montrose team that captured the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational title. Togashi graduated high school in 2012 and returned to Japan to play professionally in the Basketball Japan League. He signed with the Akita Northern Happinets and averaged 16.3 points, a league-high 7.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 58 games during the 2013-14 season. mavs.com

Boston has gauged the market for both over the last year or so, and its expected price for Rondo has been sky-high, per several league sources. That price will drop as Rondo’s deal ticks toward expiration, but the market for him is thin. Point guard is stacked leaguewide, and Rondo is 28, coming off ACL surgery, and seeking a max contract as he approaches free agency. A few suitors could wait to chase him in the offseason instead of dealing assets now and risking that Rondo walks in July. Grantland

$2.6 billion TV contract deal. What’s your thought on max contracts and things going forward. LaMarcus Aldridge: Yeah, that’s the reason why I didn’t sign this summer. It makes more sense financially to wait one year and play it out and be a free agent and then re-sign here where I can get double the money and it just secures my future here in this organization. So that’s why I didn’t sign. Definitely I want to be looking for that maximum contract. I don’t think I’m going to hit that. I think that money kicks in in 2016, so I’m going to miss it by one year. So, that’s sad to know, but for all the guys in 2016, happy for y’all. Forward Center

LaMarcus Aldridge: I’ve been here my whole career and for one player to be in one organization, that’s rare. I didn’t want to leave like that, but if I didn’t feel like this team would have a chance to win, then that was going to change my mind. Last year definitely made me want to be here, it made me excited to come back. I came back into camp this year really excited about being here and just understanding I have to continue to lead these guys and that anything is possible. Forward Center

October 14, 2014 Updates

Bucks coach Jason Kidd said the team had sincere interest in bringing veteran Ray Allen back to the team during the past summer, but the former Bucks player was not inclined to return. Allen, an unrestricted free agent, still has not signed with any NBA team and has not said if he plans to retire. He played with the Miami Heat the past two years and helped it win the 2013 NBA championship. He also won a league title with the Boston Celtics in 2008. "We did contact Ray," Kidd said. "He's weighing his options to see where he wants to go. But we did have interest." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has exercised the fourth-year contract option on Bradley Beal and the third-year contract option on Otto Porter. "Bradley and Otto are both big pieces of the core group of players that we will build around as we continue to improve our team," said Grunfeld. "We look forward to them playing significant roles in our success both now and in the future." NBA.com

The Phoenix Suns today announced they have waived guard Joe Jackson, guard Casey Prather and forward Jamil Wilson. The three rookies initially signed with the Suns on Sept. 26. Jackson recorded two points in seven minutes in one appearance this preseason, while Prather played five minutes in one appearance and Wilson totaled nine minutes in two appearances. The Suns’ roster now stands at 16 players. NBA.com

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