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Facing a 5 p.m. Monday deadline to reduce their roster to a maximum of 15 players, the Miami Heat on Thursday released rookie guards Tyler Johnson and Larry Drew and Hialeah-born forward Shawn Jones. The moves leave the Heat with 16 players on their preseason roster. Of the players released Thursday, Johnson was the most intriguing. Johnson, who went undrafted out of Fresno State in June, impressed the Heat with his athletic play during summer league to the degree that they offered him a $75,000 guarantee to attend training camp. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Heat close their preseason schedule Friday at FedExForum against the Memphis Grizzlies, then open their regular season Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Washington Wizards. The Heat's final cut could come down to guard Andre Dawkins or forward Khem Birch. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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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

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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

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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

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