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Rowan Kavner: Jeff Ayres is in Houston and has officially signed with the Clippers for the rest of the season after two 10 days earlier this year
Marc J. Spears: D-League Raptors 905 F Ronald Roberts will miss rest of season with right knee patellar tendon strain. Averaged 18.1 points & 12.1 rebounds. Three NBA teams had interest in calling up D-Leagye Raptors 905 forward Ronald Roberts for 10-day, but knee injury prevented it, source said
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced that the team has signed guard Xavier Munford to a 10-day contract as a Call-Up from the NBA Development League’s Bakersfield Jam and pursuant to the NBA’s hardship roster rules. Munford (6-3, 180) has appeared in 41 games (37 starts) for Bakersfield and averaged 20.4 points (.490 FG/.412 3P/.811 FT), 4.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.00 steals in 33.7 minutes. A 2016 D-League All-Star, he ranks sixth among qualifying players in assists per game and 11th in scoring average.
Peter Edmiston: Interesting quote from our talk w/ Griz GM Chris Wallace about philosophy on who to call up from the D-League. CHRIS WALLACE ON PHILOSOPHY OF D-LEAGUE CALL-UPS: "Some teams say 'Hey, we want an older guy who's going to make a minimum amount of mistakes, learn the system right away. We're not worried about any upside from a young guy who might become a rotation player down the road'. We've taken a little different track. We've wanted younger guys to take a look at, and that's sort of been my history in call-ups. I've been involved in more call-ups than I can remember from my days in Miami, Boston, and now here, and the best ones - like when we brought Bruce Bowen into Miami, Adrian Griffin and Mark Blount into Boston - those were young guys wto have not had a tremendous amount of opportunities. They had not had the opportunities to be rejected and fail like some of the older guys, and we got lucky and hit some of those players and they never went back down."
Marc Stein: In the wake of losing Eric Gordon as the latest in a season-long slew of injuries, New Orleans has been granted an injury exception that will allow the Pelicans to add Maine's Tim Frazier out of the @nbadleague, according to league sources.
Baron Davis, a month shy of his 37th birthday, wants to play again in the NBA. Preferably, he’d do so with the Warriors. “I would love to. It would be a dream come true. Be a dream come true, man,” says Davis, his grin as big as it ever was, nine years after leading the “We Believe” Warriors to pro basketball’s biggest-ever postseason upset. “Who wouldn’t want to play on a team that plays basketball the way it should be played? I’ve always dreamed about playing for a team that’s unselfish. “I love ’em. Everyone bought into the system. Most importantly, they bought into each other. It’s just the beauty of watching them. I never miss a game. They are my favorite team.”
The Grizzlies will soon sign guard Briante Weber of the NBA Developement League's Sioux Falls SkyForce to a 10-day contract, sources said. Memphis is also without starting point guard Mike Conley, who has a foot injury.
Rick Bonnell: The @Charlotte Hornets will sign point guard Jorge Gutierrez for the rest of the season tomorrow, according to a knowledgeable source. @theobserver
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract after receiving a hardship exception from the NBA. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
So what's happening with Briante Weber, a point guard from Virginia Commonwealth, is well within the rules. The Grizzlies are shorthanded, so they've chosen to sign Weber to a 10-day contract, as first reported by The Vertical at Yahoo! Miami really likes Weber, which is why it signed during training camp, when he was recovering from an ACL tear. It then sent him to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, with his consent, and was hoping to call him up near the end of this season, when it wouldn't push the team back over the luxury tax.
The Denver Nuggets have signed forward Axel Toupane to a 10-day contract, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Emiliano Carchia: Axel Toupane signed for the @Denver Nuggets, his agent @PedjaMateric confirmed
Jason Quick: Former Blazers guard Tim Frazier here in Boston, sitting courtside visiting with Damian Lillard, Allen Crabbe, Chris Kaman. Tim Frazier says he speaks daily with Lillard and CJ and often reaches out to guys like Vonleh when he sees his dunks.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed forward/center Greg Smith to a 10-day contract. With the signing, Minnesota’s roster now stands at 14 players.
Justin Crain: With Jimmer Fredette not getting another 10 day and Kevin Martin gone any chance we give him a shot? - Darren Wolfson: Checked for you. No current #Twolves traction. But he has an obvious NBA skill and it is needed here.
Mitchell said the Wolves will be patient while released players sign with teams aimed at the playoffs. They can wait and hope that a veteran — such as power forward Jason Thompson, perhaps — is available or sign one of the D League’s top big men. “After the dust settles, there are going to be some guys out there we’ll want to look at,” Mitchell said. “You don’t want to do it too fast because you don’t want to fill a spot and then someone becomes available. There are only so many playoff teams and only so many roster spots.”
The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, General Manager Sean Marks announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Jessica Camerato: The Cavs signed Jordan McRae to a 10-day contract. He was averaging 23.3 pt, 4.6 reb, 5.2 ast for the 87ers.
The Cavaliers will sign guard Jordan McRae to a 10-day contract, a league source confirmed. They need him as an extra practice body given some of their injuries. McRae spent time this season with the Phoenix Suns, but has spent the bulk of his season with the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Development League affiliate. He scored a D-League record with 61 points last month in an overtime victory against the Cavs’ affiliate, the Canton Charge.
Darren Wolfson: Hear Sean Kilpatrick is expected to sign with the Nets. Thought the #Twolves should've pursued. Best wing in the D-League.
Fredette, a former first round pick, is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Knicks on Monday. He has spent much of the season with the Knicks D-League affiliate in Westchester. "To be honest with you," Anthony said after being told about Jimmer's impending arrival, "I haven't seen Jimmy play in a long time. I've been hearing about what's he's doing down there in the D-League but I haven't seen him play in action for a long time."
However, sources have indicated it’s unclear if Fredette will get time unless he proves himself in practice. Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis indicated Friday that Fredette is an example of a top college star not fully yet making the adjustment to the NBA where the game is “faster” and the players are “stronger.”
Marc J. Spears: D-League point guard Phil Pressey is signing a 10-day contract with the Suns, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Stefan Bondy: Heard Jimmer Fredette will join the Knicks after they return from Minnesota so good news for Westchester -- he gets to play for them today + Sun.
Sam Amick: Can confirm @Ian Begley intel that the Knicks plan to sign Jimmer Fredette. He'll sign a 10-day contract.
Marc Berman: Confirming Knicks will sign Jimmer but contract won't be done until after today.
Sources close to situation said the Pelicans are waiting until after the trade deadline (Thursday at 2 p.m.) to complete a new deal with Dejean-Jones, who has already played through the maximum allowable two 10-day contracts.
The Knicks have an open roster spot and can use a point guard, but are waiting to see how the deadline shakes out. Fredette’s agents have been in contact with a few teams, not just the Knicks. “I feel I’ve definitely proven I can still play and provide something for a team out there,’’ Fredette told The Post in a phone interview Tuesday morning. “I’ve shown that. And I’m definitely confident if I do get an opportunity, I’ll be able to produce. The D-League has helped me to get better and develop as a basketball player. I hope there’ll be a team that takes notice and gives me a chance.’’
The Knicks have an open roster spot and can use a point guard, but are waiting to see how the deadline shakes out. Fredette’s agents have been in contact with a few teams, not just the Knicks. “I feel I’ve definitely proven I can still play and provide something for a team out there,’’ Fredette told The Post in a phone interview Tuesday morning. “I’ve shown that. And I’m definitely confident if I do get an opportunity, I’ll be able to produce. The D-League has helped me to get better and develop as a basketball player. I hope there’ll be a team that takes notice and gives me a chance.’’
“You never know what could happen – whether it’s the Knicks or another team,’’ Fredette said. “I’m hopeful there is a team that will arise, but I’m not positive who that will be. My agent talks to teams every day and at the All-Star break, but you never know how serious those conversations are. Maybe the Knicks will be that opportunity or some other team. We’ll see what happens in the next couple of days.’’
Gerald Bourguet: #Suns officially announce the Orlando Johnson signing. Forgot Earl Watson was an assistant with the Austin Spurs when Johnson played there
Shams Charania: The Phoenix Suns will sign guard Orlando Johnson of Austin to a 10-day contract, league sources tell The Vertical. Former 2nd round pick.
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Sixers not close to trading Ben Simmons

Complicating matters with that caveat of right now, of course, is the reality that the Sixers also do not appear close to a trade they are willing to go through with that gives Simmons his desired fresh start. More than two months after posting one of my Tuesday newsletter extravaganzas on Substack for the first time on July 13 — also a breakdown, on that occasion, of the latest on the Simmons front — Philadelphia looks no closer to a trade to bring an end to this stalemate.
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Weeks of Philadelphia’s Simmons talks with various teams haven’t brought the Sixers to the brink of a deal, largely because Morey is the one faced with trying to get commensurate value for his All-Star and still asking for so much in return in his determination to recoup a trade package that, as one source put it, keeps Philadelphia in title contention. History, however, says that Philadelphia’s president of basketball operations shouldn’t count on getting a glittering package back when a deal finally materializes — his own history.
I reported Monday that the Sixers don’t expect Simmons to show and are resigned to try to keep working behind the scenes to try to convince him to reconsider that stance. After I published that, another source close to the situation told me: “Right now, I don’t see a scenario where Ben is back in Philly.” The source meant it with permanence. As in: Simmons’ career with the Sixers, to the source, is over.
I was told very clearly that the Sixers do not liken these circumstances to Al Horford’s last season in Oklahoma City or John Wall’s in Houston. As the start of training camp draws near, Philadelphia has shown zero interest to date in striking the sort of mutual agreement that Wall and the Rockets just hatched to shelve the former All-Star point guard.
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The Sixers have not lowered the bar on what they’re seeking in a Simmons trade — yet. Toronto, Minnesota, Cleveland, San Antonio and Sacramento — all of them, league sources say, have engaged with Philadelphia in Simmons trade talks. They’re also all bubble playoff teams at best based in markets not known for attracting free agents and surely love the idea of acquiring Simmons when the 25-year-old is locked into three guaranteed seasons on his contract after this one.