Sam Amico: Cavs have signed F Jack Cooley, per GM David…

Sam Amico: Cavs have signed F Jack Cooley, per GM David Griffin. Cooley appeared in 16 games for Jazz last season. Jazz released him this week.

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Chris Haynes: Per @Shams Charania, #Cavs are bringing in Jack Cooley for camp. I'm told the team will waive Chris Johnson.
Scott said he and general manager Mitch Kupchak will make roster cuts “probably next week.” The Lakers have to trim their 19-man roster to at least 15 by their season opener on Oct. 28.
Camp invite Jared Cunningham is by far the favorite to claim the 14th slot at this point. The team isn't totally against taking on 15 by adding two roster hopefuls, but I'm told it would take an extraordinary effort on the part of the other invites to make that a possibility.
One of those remains finalizing the 15-man roster. And to that end, two of the players in the competition for the final spot — guards Nick Johnson and Erick Green — were on the court for extended minutes Friday in Denver's 106-81 victory against the Phoenix Suns at the Pepsi Center. Johnson had three points (1-of-7 shooting) and three assists in 19 minutes and Green had seven points (2-of-5) with two assists and a rebound in 21 minutes. Each was out there with a lot to prove. It was Johnson's second consecutive game with ample court time. "Nick Johnson got a great opportunity at Golden State in the first half, rotation minutes," Malone said of Tuesday's game.
The training camp battle between Tim Frazier and Phil Pressey is expected to go down to the wire. But after more than two weeks of training camp and four exhibition games, it seems as if Frazier has distanced himself in the race to be the Trail Blazers' third-string point guard. Not that anyone affiliated with the Blazers would say so. "I think they're both doing a good job of competing," coach Terry Stotts said Friday after his team's practice. "We'll make a decision next week."
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived center Jerome Jordan, who was originally signed by the team on Oct. 11. Jordan, 7-0, 253, appeared in 44 games for the Brooklyn Nets during the 2014-15 season, averaging 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game. New Orleans’ roster now stands at 19.
The Sacramento Kings announced today they have waived Marshall Henderson and Vince Hunter, according to Kings Vice President and General Manager Vlade Divac.
Marc J. Spears: The Warriors have waived guard Ben Gordon. Free agent guard Ben Gordon appeared in two preseason games with the Warriors. He averaged 1.0 points and 1 assists in 8.3 minutes per game.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Rockets claimed Iranian forward Arsalan Kazemi off waivers, league source tells Yahoo Sports. He had been on Atlanta roster.
Sam Amico: Cavs have officially signed G Dionte Christmas, per GM David Griffin. Here is Dionte's basketball background. amicohoops.net/2015/10/report…
The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on forward Jon Horford and guard Charlie Westbrook, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Horford saw six minutes of action in last night’s preseason game at Chicago, while Westbrook posted four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in nine minutes. Both were signed by the Bucks as free agents on Sept. 18. The Bucks roster now stands at 18 players.
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has requested waivers on forward Eric Griffin. He was signed to the training camp roster on September 28 and played for the Texas Legends of the NBA’s Developmental League last season. In 49 games, he averaged 19.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.4 blocks in 35.2 minutes. The Orlando native played collegiately at Campbell University and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the team has signed free agent forward/center Alex Stepheson. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. Stepheson (6-10, 270) has played professionally in Greece, Slovenia and Turkey since finishing his collegiate career at the University of Southern California. The 28-year-old averaged 12.3 points and a league-leading 9.2 rebounds in 26.8 minutes while shooting 56.3 percent from the field, in 29 games (21 starts) last season for Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi. Unselected in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles native also made three appearances for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Grizzlies’ roster stands at 20 players.
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the team has waived center Michael Holyfield. Holyfield (6-11, 270) signed with Memphis as a free agent on Sept. 28 and played eight minutes in the Grizzlies’ preseason opener last night against the Houston Rockets. Unselected in the 2015 NBA Draft following a four-year collegiate career at Sam Houston State University, the 22-year-old Albuquerque, N.M. native appeared in five games for Memphis during the 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League. The Grizzlies’ roster stands at 19 players.
The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday they have signed free agent Kadeem Jack. Jack is a 6-9, 235 lb. forward that played collegiately at Rutgers. The Pacers training camp roster now stands at 18.
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the team has signed free agent forward Sampson Carter. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. Carter (6-8, 220) joins the Grizzlies after playing professionally last season in Slovakia, Portugal and the Dominican Republic. Undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, the 25-year-old averaged 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 21.8 minutes in 135 games (88 starts) over five seasons (2009-14) at the University of Massachusetts. The Baton Rouge, La. native attended Ridgeway High School in Memphis before beginning his collegiate career. The Grizzlies’ roster stands at 20 players. An updated roster is attached.
The Cavaliers have signed center Michael Dunigan, the team revealed on its training camp roster, one that also officially confirmed earlier reports of deals with Jared Cunningham, Austin Daye, Chris Johnson, Nick Minnerath and D.J. Stephens. Quinn Cook also appears on the roster, so it looks like he and the team have worked out a deal, as expected. Cleveland has 20 players, 13 of whom have fully guaranteed contracts, though those totals don’t include Tristan Thompson, who remains in restricted free agency with Thursday looming as the final day for him to sign his qualifying offer before it expires. The Cavs would have to waive a player before signing Thompson, since they’re at the preseason roster limit.
Ira Winderman: Heat confirm signings of guards John Lucas III and Tre Kelley, as previously reported by Sun Sentinel. Camp roster now at maximum of 20.
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guards Julyan Stone and Dez Wells along with forward Talib Zanna, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guards Ian Clark and Juwan Staten along with free agent forwards Tony Mitchell and Jarell Eddie to contracts, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. Clark, 24, holds career NBA averages of 2.4 points and 6.9 minutes in 53 games over two seasons with the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. Prior to signing with Utah in 2013-14, Clark spent the 2013 NBA Summer League with the Warriors, earning MVP honors in the championship game to help Golden State complete a perfect 7-0 campaign in Las Vegas. The 6’3” guard is the all-time leader in points (1,920) and three-point field goals (340) at Belmont University, where he was named the Ohio Valley Conference Co-Player of the Year as a senior in 2012-13.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed center Earl Barron, forward DeQuan Jones (duh-QUAN) and guard Edgar Sosa it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Free agent center Chris Johnson has agreed to terms on a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a league source informed Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guards Jaron Johnson, Toure' Murry and Ish Smith and centers Josh Harrellson and Jaleel Roberts. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. Wizards training camp, presented by Draft Ops, begins on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at SECU Arena on the campus of Towson University. The team will hold their first three practice sessions (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) in Baltimore before returning to Verizon Center for the remainder of camp.
The L.A. Clippers announced today the team has signed free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute and forward/center Nikoloz Tskitishvili. A seven-year NBA veteran, Mbah a Moute has appeared in 466 career regular season games (301 starts) with Milwaukee, Sacramento, Minnesota and Philadelphia averaging 6.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.3 minutes. Born in Yaounde, Cameroon, the 29-year-old spent last season with the 76ers, averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 28.6 minutes of play over 67 games (61 starts). Mbah a Moute played three seasons at UCLA, where he helped the Bruins reach three straight Final Fours. He was the 37th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Bucks.
Shams Charania: Philadelphia 2014 pick Jordan McRae has signed a one-year tender with the 76ers, league sources tell Yahoo. McRae will go to training camp.
The Orlando Magic have signed four free agents: guard Keith Appling, center Nnanna Egwu (NEH-nah EGG-woo), guard Jordan Sibert (SIGH-bert) and center Greg Stiemsma (STEAM-smuh), General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed. Orlando’s roster stands at 19 players (see below), as training camp opens on Saturday, Sep. 26.
Shams Charania: Free agent guard Julyan Stone has agreed to deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell Yahoo. Three seasons with DEN and TOR.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today the team has signed free agents Jeff Adrien, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Corey Webster. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Jeff Adrien, 6-7, 245, appeared in 17 games last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game before signing with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. In China, Adrien appeared in 11 games, averaging 13.6 points on .551 shooting from the field, 11.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Prior to his stint in Minnesota, Adrien was a member of the Houston Rockets’ preseason roster.
Shams Charania: Knicks have agreed on deal to sign forward DaJuan Summers, source tells Yahoo. Agent Brian Elfus of Impact confirms Summers, Mitchell deals.
As the Washington Mystics wrapped up practice Thursday morning at Verizon Center ahead of their Game 1 playoff matchup in New York, a group of rather tall men entered the practice court. The Washington Wizards don't begin training camp until later this month, but many of the players are already working out together. Bradley Beal and Otto Porter were part of the group getting their conditioning game on. Roster mainstay Garrett Temple, rookie Kelly Oubre Jr., newcomers Gary Neal and Alan Anderson were on hand. Also part of the 10 or so players, training camp invitees Toure Murry and Josh Harrellson.
The Golden State Warriors have yet to waive former Celtic Chris Babb, who was acquired in the Gerald Wallace deal, and they plan to invite the swingman to training camp for an opportunity to make the team. The Celtics liked Babb’s effort and he also played a key role for their NBADL team in Maine. The Warriors also have an NBADL affiliate in Santa Cruz, Calif.
John Lucas III isn't the only new point guard working out with the Heat at AA Arena in recent days. Veteran point guard Tre Kelley also has been training with the Heat, according to a league source, and is a candidate for Miami's 20th and final roster spot for training camp. Kelley, 30, went undrafted out of South Carolina in 2007 and has played in eight countries (including Italy last season) and the D-League but has never appeared in a regular-season NBA game.
Chris Haynes: Forward Nick Minnerath reached agreement on 1-year, non guaranteed deal with #Cavs, league sources told @Clevelanddotcom. Played in France.
Although things could change in the next couple of weeks, a source with knowledge of the situation informed me that the Sixers do not expect Jordan McRae to be with the team for upcoming training camp. McRae, who was the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, was offered the required tender in the form of a non-guaranteed, one-year minimum deal by the Sixers last week, which allows the team to keep his rights for the season if he again signs overseas. He has yet to accept the offer.
The Pacers will be getting another up-close look at 6-foot-8 forward CJ Fair. The team and Fair have agreed to a non-guaranteed deal for training camp, according to multiple reports.
Shams Charania: Free agent DeQuan Jones has agreed on a training camp deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell Yahoo. Jones played for ORL in 12-13.
Eric Pincus: A "summer contract" is 1-year, non-guaranteed, with limited injury protection. On a summer contract, a team is responsible for just $6k if the players is injured - even season ending - big difference. If a player gets hurt a standard, non-guaranteed contract - he is compensated until healthy - even if for the season @BBallInsiders
In need of some big bodies, the Wizards have signed a couple centers, Josh Harrellson and Jaleel Roberts, to non-guaranteed contracts with invitations to training camp, which is slated to begin at Towson University on Sept. 29. Despite the lack of centers, both players are long shots to make the Wizards roster because it is already at the 15-man limit and the team plans to utilize more small-ball lineups this season.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed forward Sam Thompson and center Jason Washburn to its training camp roster. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. The training camp roster now stands at 18. As a senior at Ohio State last season, Thompson, a 6-7 forward, averaged career highs of 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Over his four-year career at Ohio State, he appeared in 146 games (83 starts), averaging 6.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.9 minutes per game. Thompson went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft.
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Lakers legend Pau Gasol, Marc’s older brother, recently sat down with Spanish newspaper Marca as he discussed the future of his sibling. Pau’s response was cryptic, but it is clear that he is hoping that Marc returns to Spain: “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides,” Pau said (h/t Sam Yip of Fan Nation). “I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.”
“I’ve been on him about things I need from him,” Billups said. “I said, ‘Nurk, I know you are going to be a free agent, and I understand you have to have a great year. You need me for you to have a great year, and I need you for us to have a good year. We need each other, right?’ “I’m going to give him every opportunity to have a great year. Because if he has a great year, that means we are a pretty damn good team. Because he is a good player. But that means he has to be focused and be in shape. Because you are only going to play as many minutes as you are physically able. If you are out there tired, uh-uh, come on, gotta get you out. There are good players behind you.”
It is unclear exactly what Nurkic and his role will look like under Billups, but to hear Nurkic talk, Billups has given him a vision of being more involved on both ends. Billups has been careful not to publicly define roles, but in general, he has preached that the offense will include more ball movement. “I just want to feel wanted, and I think I just need more support, and what I mean by that is different playing style, more inside-out game, more chance,” Nurkic said. “More chance to be successful and the position where they put you in. It’s all about the coach and where they put you, and I think Chauncey has figured out that certain people are going to have one to three points less, but the team is going to be way more successful with ball movement and playing together and be more fun. Even at the defensive end.”