With the roster at 19, the Raptors will have to cut four players on Saturday, the final day to waive non-guaranteed contracts. Though the team likes all of its training camp invitees, there is no room for Ronald Roberts, Axel Toupane, Michale Kyser or Shannon Scott.
The Orlando Magic have waived center Nnanna Egwu (EGG-woo), General Manager Rob Hennigan announced following tonight’s preseason game. Orlando’s roster now stands at 14 (attached below).
Erik Gundersen: Blazers announce they've waived Phil Pressey and Omari Johnson. Roster now stands at 15.
Bobby Marks: $275 cap hit for the players waived today. Good investment to be used towards a better product with @wcknicks RT New York Knicks: NYK announced today that the team has waived Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Darion Atkins and DaJuan Summers, Travis Trice II and Wesley Saunders.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets waive Chris Walker, Jeremy Tyler, Will Cummings and Denzel Livingston. Roster at 16 players.
Jim Eichenhofer: #Pelicans waive Sean Kilpatrick, Chris Douglas-Roberts. Roster now 17. Five players are ruled out for tonight, so max of 12 available
Detroit Pistons: ROSTER UPDATE: We have waived forward Cartier Martin, guard/forward Adonis Thomas and center Jordan Bachynski.
Cartier Martin had a fully guaranteed salary after the Pistons curiously gave him a player option when signing him last year. He’s a spot-up outside shooter who works hard enough defensively to play when his shot is falling, which it wasn’t last season. He has hung around the periphery of the NBA for years, but apparently there were no takers in a trade.
Richardson likely isn’t headed anywhere. But the Heat could opt to release Ennis (his entire $845,059 salary becomes guaranteed if he’s on the roster for Wednesday’s regular-season opener) and leave a spot open for potential three-point shooting help should it become available on the waiver wire this weekend. So far this preseason, outside of Gerald Green (14 of 34 from three-point range, 41.2 percent) and Tyler Johnson (6 of 12), the rest of the Heat has struggled from beyond the arc, going a combined 20 of 120 (16.7 percent).
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived forward E.J. Singler. Following the moves, Utah’s roster now stands at 15 players.
Ryan McDonald: As expected, the Jazz have waived E.J. Singler. We should see him on the Idaho Stampede roster this season
The Sacramento Kings announced today they have waived guard David Stockton, according to Kings Vice President and General Manager Vlade Divac. The Kings roster stands at 15. Stockton totaled four points (1-7 FG, 0-1 3pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and four assists in 16 minutes off the bench in three preseason contests with the Kings.
James Ham: The Sacramento Kings have waived point guard David Stockton. He is definitely a candidate for the Reno Bighorns.
Shams Charania: Sacramento has waived guard David Stockton, son of Hall of Famer John Stockton, source tells Yahoo. Eric Moreland secures Kings roster.
The Oklahoma City Thunder waived guards Michael Qualls, Julyan Stone and Dez Wells along with forward Talib Zanna, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Stone appeared in one preseason game with the Thunder and recorded one rebound while logging four minutes of action. Wells saw action in one preseason game and tallied one point and one steal in five minutes of play. Zanna played in four preseason games for Oklahoma City and averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 5.9 minutes. Qualls did not make a preseason appearance for the Thunder. Oklahoma City’s roster now stands at 15.
To make room on the roster for Tristan Thompson, the Cleveland Cavaliers will release camp invite Nick Minnerath, league sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group.
The 27-year-old forward will play for the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers' Development League affiliate.
Bobby Marks: $75k cap hit for the Hawks. Since no @nbadleague team for ATL, Petteway if he chooses can enter the draft pool.
"Jimmer thinks everybody is stupid," said an NBA assistant who worked with Fredette. "He thinks everybody needs to come and just turn over their offense and let him shoot it anytime he wants. That's not how the league works."
After squandering his opportunity in New Orleans, Fredette was admittedly surprised last summer when he was working out in Denver and the Spurs called to offer him a half-year guaranteed contract. The situation seemed to be his last best chance to stick around in a selfless Spurs system that has revived a few stagnant careers. But the NBA assistant coach never expected the partnership to go anywhere. "He won't adjust his game for it," he said. "He'll tell you, 'This is what I did at BYU.' Well, BYU, that's a long time ago."
Fredette's former coach suggested that the 26-year-old pattern his next incarnation after Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick, a former unconscious shooting stud at Duke who needed nearly four seasons to establish himself in the league. "J.J. is a good example for him," one of his NBA coaches said. "He had done a lot of prolific scoring in college, but came in and eventually figured out the NBA. He changed his body. He learned the league. He's had a hell of a career, but it wasn't easy for him early on."
DM: Your roster stands at 17* now, how will you make those final decisions? Do you think you’ll have a 15th guy? Have you made that decision yet? Or how will you view these last games with these final two or three roster spots? (* NOTE: Since the recording of this interview, the Magic have also waived Melvin Ejim.) RH: I think we’re going to take this next week to sort of cement that in our minds. I think there’s a chance we could keep 15, there’s a chance we don’t. A lot is going to depend on the next couple of days and certainly the last few preseason games. We’ll have to make a decision here by this weekend at the latest and we will. I’m not sure yet. Don’t know.
John Denton: @OrlandoMagic have waived F Melvin Ejim. Ejim, who got a camp invite after a strong summer league, was beat out by Devyn Marble.
Mark Medina: Byron Scott said Marcelo Huertas has "pretty much solidified a spot." Roster cuts will come down to Metta World Peace & Jabari Brown
Teams around the league began trimming their rosters for the regular season last week but the Wizards aren’t expected to make their cuts until after their current road trip, which concludes in Montreal on Friday, because their roster is so depleted with injuries. Washington already has 15 players with guaranteed contracts, so barring a last-minute change, the five non-guaranteed training camp invitees — Toure’ Murry, Ish Smith, Josh Harrellson, Jaleel Roberts and Jaron Johnson — will be released.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that the team has waived Jimmer Fredette, Youssou Ndoye, Keifer Sykes and Deshaun Thomas. San Antonio's training camp roster now stands at 16 players.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Wisconsin-Green Bay's Keifer Sykes, released by San Antonio, plans to join Spurs' D-League affiliate in Austin, league source tells Yahoo.
The San Antonio Spurs will waive guard Jimmer Fredette on Wednesday, making the former No. 10 overall draft pick a free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports. As part of his partially guaranteed deal to go to camp with San Antonio, the Spurs paid Fredette $500,000 for the season.
The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on guard Jorge Gutierrez and forwards Marcus Landry and Josh Powell, General Manager John Hammond announced today.
Shams Charania: The San Antonio Spurs are waiving guard Jimmer Fredette today, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Shams Charania: San Antonio has waived center Youssou Ndoye and 2013 second-round pick, forward Deshaun Thomas, sources tell Yahoo.
Mike Bresnahan: Lakers hope Upshaw clears waivers + signs with their D-League team. He was cut because of "big-time learning curve on both ends," Byron said
It was viewed by some as a mild surprise when the Lakers waived Robert Upshaw instead of Robert Sacre on Tuesday, but people within the organization were unanimous in the decision. Sacre keeps the locker room light with his offbeat humor, can play some defense as the team’s third-string center, and has a guaranteed contract for just under $1 million.
According to a team announcement Tuesday afternoon, the Celtics have waived three of their four camp invitees in Levi Randolph, Coty Clarke and Malcolm Miller, trimming their roster down to 17 players.
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The consensus around the league is that Horford, even at his advanced age, left money on the table to remain with the Celtics. “I think he could have got more,” the executive said. “This is definitely a hometown discount, it’s like Dirk (Nowitzki) or Tim Duncan (both signed team-friendly contracts late in their careers). But, look, the teams with money next year are mostly young teams. So maybe Horford was looking at the landscape and saw who had cap space and wound up saying, ‘I do not want to go to Houston, man.’ It is a win for both sides, really, but if he wanted to chase money, he could have gotten more.”
As far as Williams, executives have told Heavy Sports in recent weeks that a deal starting in the $18-20 million range, while obviously very high for a player averaging 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds this season, could be enough to scare off the Celtics from matching an offer for Williams, a restricted free agent. “I don’t know that they would go into $20 million a year for Grant Williams,” the executive said. “I don’t know that anyone else would, either. But they have some cushion. If it winds up being $15 million a year for Grant, they can match that and still be in a position where they’re not adding to that (tax) burden.”
Jorge Sierra: LEBRON JAMES More points than Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. More assists than Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. More steals than Allen Iverson and Karl Malone. More rebounds than two-time rebounding champion DeAndre Jordan. More blocks than Bill Walton.
Vaughn stepped in as the interim head coach on Nov. 1, inheriting a 2-5 mess. Since then he’s engendered players’ trust and commitment, earned the permanent job and changed the vibe inside the HSS Training Center halls and Barclays Center walls. Oh, and gone 11-6 in his first month (and a day) on the job. “They’re in the process of establishing that identity,” Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. said of Vaughn, his former boss. “You’re seeing that on the defensive end. I don’t know how much is different, but a little bit more buy-in, a little bit more commitment. You can tell there’s more intent.
Vaughn’s age isn’t just visible in a beard flecked with gray. It showed up as a wiser coach during his 7-3 interim stint in 2020. And a more experienced one that ended Friday 9-4 since having the interim tag removed on Nov. 9. “In today’s NBA, [it’s important to have] the ability to communicate with guys on as small as things as what time do we want to leave, to big things as pick-and-roll coverage and lineups on the floor,” said Vaughn. “It’s OK to have that kind of communication. “I might’ve resisted that as a young coach, where I thought I had to prove to everyone that I knew every answer all the time and wasn’t vulnerable to ask someone a question and get an answer from a player. That’s changed.”
Clutch Points: Anthony Davis and LeBron James did separate postgame interviews and Lakers head coach, Darvin Ham videobombs both of them 😆 pic.twitter.com/LJjfMpo2rt
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“To know that I’m in the conversation or about to get to a point that I’m breaking a record that he set for this franchise — and I’m not comparing myself to Magic with this franchise, what he did, sheesh. “Him, [James] Worthy, Kobe [Bryant], Shaq [O’Neal], those guys are synonymous with this franchise. But it’s just pretty cool, always, when I’m able to see my name with some of the greats that have played this game,” James told ESPN this week when asked about the accomplishment he was approaching.