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October 20, 2014 Updates
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A 5-foot-7, 143-pound native of Niigata, Japan, Togashi averaged 16.3 points and a league-high 7.6 assists in 58 games last season for Akita Northern of the Japan Basketball League (JBL). The plan is for Togashi to remain with the Mavs throughout training camp, then play in Frisco for the Texas Legends of the D-League. “We’ve got a limited window to take a look,” said Donnie Nelson, who doubles as the owner of the Legends and president of basketball operations for the Mavs. “But really his opportunities are going to be with the Texas Legends. “I’d say it’s a long shot at best for him to make [an NBA] roster right now. But it’s an opportunity for him to make his dream come true in reality to play for the Legends and, like so many guys before him, to use this as a springboard to get in the league.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

As far as Togashi goes, forward Dirk Nowitzki said: “I’ve never seen him play. I heard he was in the summer league and was really good, really fast. “Obviously, he’s really agile at that size. So we’ll see what he’s got.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 15, 2014 Updates
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The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have waived guard John Holland. Holland, who was signed by San Antonio on Sept. 25, did not appear in either of the Spurs first two preseason games. San Antonio’s roster now stands at 18. NBA.com

Though centre Greg Stiemsma (below) has been seen as the favourite to earn Toronto’s final roster spot since Day 1, the other two contenders are still in the mix. Head coach Dwane Casey said Sunday that swingman Jordan Hamilton and point guard Will Cherry have also impressed the team and no decision is forthcoming. “We’re not in a hurry whatsoever,” Casey said. “All three men have done an excellent job in practice. Will Cherry is as tough a little competitor as you can find. Jordan Hamilton is a great scorer and really fighting on the defensive end and Greg Stiemsma is a solid, solid big man, veteran big man who has done some great things in the post. It may go down to the wire, the last day of camp because those guys have deserved it.” Toronto Sun

Detroit Pistons training camp invitees Josh Bostic and Lorenzo Brown could become the first two Grand Rapids Drive roster members if they accept assignments as affiliate players for the new NBA Development League team. The two perimeter players are trying to make a 15-man Pistons final roster in a training camp with 16 players on guaranteed contracts. While that numbers game may prove challenging, Pistons general manager Jeff Bower confirmed the team has discussed with the players' agents the possibility of joining the first-year Drive as affiliate players. Booth Newspapers

October 12, 2014 Updates

Stephens, who was not selected in the 2013 NBA Draft but played in Greece last season, is a longshot to make the roster. But Coach Monty Williams said Stephens might be the best athlete in the NBA. "I have not seen anybody jump that high," Williams said. ''He's a once in a generation athlete. He can almost touch the top of the backboard. That's how high he can jump.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Blazers also have camp invitees Darius Morris and Diante Garrett, both of whom are point guards and give the team more options in scrimmages. Both players have had stints on NBA rosters, and Morris played the game's final 4:46 Thursday, when the outcome was decided. "That's why they were brought in," Stotts said. "As has been noted, we don't have a prototypical third point guard right now, and so they were brought in to play that position." Portland has 15 players with guaranteed contracts, so for either Morris or Garrett to make the opening-day roster, the Blazers would either have to waive a player or execute a trade that would free up a roster spot. "They're here to try to make the team," Stotts said. Oregonian

October 9, 2014 Updates
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The Dallas Mavericks signed Villanueva to a non-guaranteed contract this summer. And even though the Mavericks already have the NBA maximum of 15 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, they’re not against dumping one of those players to create a roster spot for Villanueva. “We’re just going to pick the best players,” owner Mark Cuban said. “I don’t care what their contract is. I’m happy to [eat a contract]. I don’t care.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“It’s good to have guys like that [Cuban and Carlisle] on your back, on your side, but I can’t get satisfied at all,” said the 6-foot-11, 232-pound Villanueva. “I’ve got to keep grinding. I’ve got to keep working. I’ve got to keep getting better every day.” Villanueva said he considered signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, but just got a better vibe from the Mavericks’ front office. He also said he’s not using training camp as an audition to showcase himself to other teams. “My mentality is here,” Villanueva said. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 7, 2014 Updates

Jeremy Lin played 27 minutes in the Los Angeles Lakers 98-95 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night, the Lakers first preseason game of 2014. Lin had a rough shooting night (0-6), but excelled facilitating the offense and getting the ball down in the post, racking up 10 assists and committing just one turnover. After the game, Lin says he needs to do a better job of finishing and discusses what he hopes to capitalize on in training camp. “I just want to figure out how I can bring my strengths and apply it best to this system. It’s kind of like a chess match in learning and figuring it out. I think I’m more prepared for it just having gone through my time in Houston, and playing off the ball and learning different ways to try to be effective.” Lakers Nation

The Dallas Mavericks have invited point guard Yuki Togashi to their preseason training camp, according to Cloud9, his management company. The announcement was made on Tuesday, and Togashi is scheduled to travel to Dallas on Saturday. Japanese supporters expressed their excitement via Twitter. Exhibit A: “Yuki Togashi was invited (to) the last camp by the Dallas Mavericks!!” tweeted Akira Tokusatsu. “Great! I know it’s really tough but I believe he takes the chance!!” Japan Times

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