The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed Canadian free-agent guard Brady Heslip. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Heslip, a native of Burlington, Ontario and a member of the Canadian Men’s Senior National Team, spent the 2015-16 season with Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie-A) in Italy, averaging 12.7 points and shooting .455 from three-point range in 29 games.
J.J. Avila has signed a camp deal with the Chicago Bulls. Avila played for the New York Knicks in Summer League.
Chicago Sports News: According to RealGM’s transactions log, J.J. Avila and Vince Hunter have signed with the Chicago #Bulls.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed free agents Will Bynum, Ryan Kelly and Richard Solomon, it was announced today by General Manager Wes Wilcox. The training camp roster (attached) stands at 20 players. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Bynum, a Georgia Tech alum and eight-year NBA veteran, has played in 360 career games (29 starting assignments) with Golden State (2005-06), Detroit (2008-14) and Washington (2014-15). The 6’0 guard owns career averages of 8.1 points, 3.3 assist and 1.6 rebounds in 18.4 minutes (.442 FG%, .799 FT%).
The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent guard C.J. Williams. Williams (6-5, 225) spent the 2015-16 season with JDA Dijon Bourgogne in France, where he averaged 11.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in 34 games. Williams also played for the San Antonio Spurs’ 2016 summer league teams that competed in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.
After another summer in which Christon showcased NBA-caliber skills, the 23-year-old is still on the fringe of the big league roster. “My goal is to stay here,” the soft-spoken Christon said Thursday at a Thunder community event in Oklahoma City. “… but if it happens it happens.”
Then, the Thunder signed veteran guard Ronnie Price on a two-year guaranteed deal. Now, it looks like Christon is either headed back to the Blue, where he was a D-League All-Star in 2014, or overseas again. Christon's deal is reportedly partially guaranteed for this season for around $543,000. Unless the Thunder gives up his draft rights via trade or by cutting him in camp, his only current path to the NBA is through Oklahoma City. It's a route he's willing to take.
Chris Vivlamore: Hawks sign Will Bynum and Ryan Kelly to non-guaranteed contracts. Training camp roster set at 19.
The Golden State Warriors will hold their 2016 Training Camp, fueled by Gatorade, at the team’s Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland beginning Tuesday, September 27, it was announced today. The team also announced the signing of free agent center JaVale McGee, free agent forward Elgin Cook, and free agent guards Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey and Elliot Williams. The team’s roster currently stands at 19 players.
Nikola Jovanovic and Trey Freeman have signed camp deals with the Detroit Pistons. Jovanovic played for the Lakers and Magic in Summer League. Jovanovic averaged 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in his junior season at USC. Freeman played for the Rockets in Summer League. Freeman averaged 22.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his senior season at Old Dominion.
The Hawks will sign Richard Solomon to a non-guaranteed contract and the forward will join the team for training camp in two weeks, according to several people familiar with the situation. Exact terms of the contract are not known. The 6-foot-11, 235-pound Solomon worked out for the Hawks this week.
The Denver Nuggets have signed F Robbie Hummel, G/F D.J. Kennedy, F Jarnell Stokes and G Nate Wolters to contracts, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Shams Charania: Sources: Raptors will sign Canadian sharpshooter Brady Heslip to a partially guaranteed deal Friday. TOR also acquired his D-League rights.
Scott Agness: North Central HS product D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has signed a training camp deal with the Bulls, per source.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Source: Only $100K guaranteed on Lance Stephenson's $1.22M minimum deal with New Orleans.
Former Canton Charge wingman John Holland will join the Cavaliers for training camp as a non-roster invitee, according to a team source. Holland, who is 6-5 and 27-years old out of Boston University, was waived by the Boston Celtics in August. The Celtics signed him off the Charge roster in April -- he played in one postseason game for the Cs and didn't score. He averaged 16 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Charge, the Cavs' D-League affiliate.
The Suns will head to training camp this month with three additional players who could typify the D-League ideals of untapped potential, second chances and late-bloomers. Overseas two-year pro Mike Moser, a former Arizona commit who had stops at three other colleges, and undrafted rookies Shaquille Harrison and Derrick Jones Jr. will join 15 contract players when Suns training camp opens Sept. 27 in Flagstaff. They likely will stay at higher in-state elevation for the inaugural season of the Northern Arizona Suns, Phoenix’s D-League affiliate in Prescott Valley.
The Boston Celtics have signed Jalen Jones and Damion Lee. Jones went undrafted in 2016 out of Texas A&M. Jones appeared in five Summer League games for the Toronto Raptors, averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.9 minutes.
The Golden State Warriors have signed JaVale McGee, Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey and Elgin Cook to contracts. McGee played in just 34 games last season with the Dallas Mavericks. McGee agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Warriors in late July.
Manu Ginobili will be joined by two fellow Argentines in training camp with the Spurs adding 23-year-old swingman Patricio Garino and 26-year-old guard Nicolas Laprovittola. The latter, who played with Lietuvos Rytas of Lithuania and Estudiantes of Spain last season, recently discussed how this opportunity with San Antonio came to be with https://t.co/k09yah3O3U. "During the Olympic Games, I was under the impression I could have a tryout in the NBA," Laprovittola said. "After Rio, I got away a bit but the chance with the Spurs came up. It was perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I took it even if it involved putting European options on the side, but I wanted to take advantage of it. I have nothing guaranteed, I come for a tryout but that's what I decided and I'm looking forward to it."
"We only saw Popovich the first day I went to a shootarund with (Patricio Garino). Everything is new and surprising. I'm getting acquainted with this new world and want to know everything about it because I want to stay."
David 'Dubi' Pick: The Cavaliers have signed ex-Kings forward Eric Moreland to training camp deal, according to source.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard/forward Xavier Henry to the training camp roster, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed in accordance with team policy.
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed center Greg Stiemsma to a training camp contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent center Greg Stiemsma is signing a training camp deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, league source tells @The Vertical.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Brooklyn, I'm hearing, invited Tibor Pleiss to camp. Nets assistant Chris Fleming is coach of the German national-team.
Jeff Goodman: Johnny O'Bryant will sign a deal with the Washington Wizards, source told ESPN.
The Knicks have not made a final decision on whether to bring Cleanthony Early to training camp, according to an NBA source.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Spurs agreed on camp deal with 2010 second-round pick, Brit footer Ryan Richards, according to source.
David 'Dubi' Pick: The Cavaliers will sign John Holland, waived by Celtics, according to source. He'll get a shot to crack roster.
The Orlando Magic have signed six free agents: forward Cliff Alexander, forward Branden Dawson, guard Nick Johnson, guard Kevin Murphy, center Arinze Onuaku (ah-RIN-zay on-ooh-AH-koo) and forward Damjan Rudez (DAHM-yahn ROO-dezh), 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 Tuesday, September 27. Alexander (#2, 6’8”, 245, 11/16/95) played in eight games last season during his rookie campaign with Portland, averaging 1.3 ppg. in 4.5 minpg. He also spent time with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League. Alexander, who was not drafted by an NBA franchise, played in 28 games (six starts) during his only season at the University of Kansas (2014-15), averaging 7.1 ppg., 5.3 rpg. and 1.32 blkpg. in 17.5 minpg.
The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have signed veteran free agent forward/center Kevin Seraphin and rookie guard Nick Zeisloft. Per team policy, terms of the contracts are not released.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard Orlando Johnson and free agent forward J.J. O’Brien to the training camp roster, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed in accordance with team policy.
JJ O'Brien has signed a camp deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. O'Brien averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 36.0 minutes over 46 games last season in the D-League for the Idaho Stampede.
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have signed forward E.J. Singler. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guards Andrew Andrews and Rasheed Sulaimon. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. As a senior at the University of Washington last season, the 6-2 Andrews averaged career highs of 20.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. During his final collegiate campaign, he ranked first in the Pac-12 in scoring per contest and fourth in assists per game, earning 2015-16 All-Pac-12 First Team honors. The Portland, Ore., native appeared in 128 career games during his four-year career, owning averages of 14.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 30.7 minutes per game. He left Washington as the school’s all-time leader in free throws made (578) and ranked third all-time in points (1,812).
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Elton Brand has signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, league source tells @The Vertical.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Elton Brand. Over 17 NBA seasons, Brand has appeared in 1,058 career games with 868 starts, posting averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. He has played 34,910 career minutes, which ranks him 67th all-time. Brand was also the recipient of the 2005-06 Joe Dumars Trophy, presented each season to the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court.
Jessica Camerato: The Sixers signed veteran Elton Brand. It is a one-year, non-guaranteed deal according to sources.
The Utah Jazz have signed rookie small forward Quincy Ford, the team formally announced on Wednesday morning. In a deal that comes with a partial guarantee of $75,000, Ford, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Northeastern, will attend training camp, which starts on September 27th, and is expected to be on the Salt Lake City Stars roster, Utah's D-League affiliate.
The #Pacers signed 6′4″ guard Nick Zeisloft. Indy will be up to 19 players on the roster, 4 non-guarantees.
Shams Charania: Sources: Brooklyn free agent Markel Brown has agreed to a deal with Cleveland. Brown is among Cavs' camp invites to battle for open spots.
The Sacramento Kings today signed guard Isaiah Cousins, according to Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac. Selected by Sacramento out of Oklahoma in the second round (59th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft, the 6-5 guard averaged 9.7 points (.408 FG%, .407 3pt%, .711 FT%), 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 27.7 minutes per game over 137 career contests in four seasons with the Sooners (2012-13 – 2015-16).
Shams Charania: Kings second-rounder Isaiah Cousins of Oklahoma has signed a partially guaranteed one-year deal, league sources tell The Vertical.
Difficult to see Rodney McGruder, Stefan Jankovich or Okaro White making the roster barring trades of veterans. The Heat hopes to stash all three in D-League. Miami loves Jankovic’s soft touch and range but he needs to gain at least 10 pounds.
GoldandBlack.com: Former #Purdue star Robbie Hummel has signed a contract with the NBA's Denver Nuggets. Two years partially guaranteed.
The Cavs are bringing DeAndre Liggins to training camp. He has an outside shot to make the team. The 28-year-old was the D-League's Defensive Player of the Year. He's 28 and 6-foot-6, 200 pounds and was on the Cavs' summer league team. They love how he defends small forwards and guards.
Michael Scotto: Source: The Bucks and Orlando Johnson have agreed to terms. Milwaukee has 15 guaranteed contracts, but is looking at ways to add wing depth.
Darren Wolfson: Busy day of news/scoops. #Twolves scoop: bringing in FA vets for workouts next week. Among those coming in: Dorell Wright + Rasual Butler.
Marc Stein: San Antonio has a deal with Argentina guard Nicolas Laprovittola and will give him a shot to win its 15th roster spot, league sources say.
The Spurs will have three Argentineans at training camp after the agent for Nicolas Laprovittola announced Friday his client will join fellow Rio Olympians Manu Ginobili and Patricio Garino. Agent Carlos Prunes said via Twitter that Laprovittola “will participate in the preseason of the Spurs” and is scheduled to travel with Garino to San Antonio this weekend. Laprovittola, 26, is a 6-foot-4 point guard who most recently played professionally for the Spanish club CB Estudiantes. He’s expected to compete for a bottom-of-the-roster spot with the Spurs.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Julian Jacobs and forward Travis Wear, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Eric Pincus: The Lakers previously signed Zach Auguste, who is inked to a 2-yr min deal with $60k of his $543k rookie season guaranteed. The Zach Auguste $60k guarantee suggests he's D-Fenders bound, but he could certainly still make Lakers if a roster spot is opened up
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Cory Jefferson agreed to deal with Cavaliers. Hearing Eric Moreland is also a training camp target.
Former Kansas basketball forward Perry Ellis, who had successful sports hernia surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia, will attend preseason training camp of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and attempt to make the team as a free agent, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Star on Tuesday afternoon.
The 6-foot-8 Ellis averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game for the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. He’s expected to miss three to four weeks of individual workouts prior to training camp following surgery. “It’s a really good fit. They like him a lot. They’ve talked about him all summer,” Bartelstein said of the Hornets. “We think it’s got a chance to be a really good opportunity for him. Coaches there are excited to have him. He has to get himself healthy here the next couple weeks. Then he’ll go into camp and compete.”
“There were a number of teams interested,” Bartelstein said. “They (Hornets) showed a lot of interest. Obviously you can only pick one. You’ve got to weigh everything. We looked at the coaching staff and the way they want to play and what they are looking for. We think he’s a really good fit for them. “There were a lot of people overseas that called about him. His heart right now is set in the NBA,” Bartelstein added.
Gery Woelfel: After Ra'shad James rejects camp invite and instead chooses to play in Croatia, Bucks will bring in journeyman Xavier Henry.
Shams Charania: After Lakers workout and deciding among options, Xavier Henry has agreed to a training camp deal with Milwaukee, sources tell The Vertical.
Adam Zagoria: The Pacers have 15 guaranteed contracts so Alex Poythress will go to their D-League team, league sources tell @SNYtv.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers signed forward Travis Wear to a training camp deal, league source tells @The Vertical. He will compete for a roster spot.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Zach Auguste, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Brett Dawson: Free agent Lance Stephenson will work out for the Pelicans, league source says.
The Toronto Raptors have agreed to terms with E.J. Singler, Raptors Republic has learned. While the deal is yet to be signed, Singler will be in training camp with the Raptors, with a chance to win the 15th roster spot. Failing that, Singler has agreed to head to Raptors 905 of the D-League, should he clear waivers. That’s an important note, as while it’s always the hope with camp invites, they’re not contractually obligated to a D-League season, even if they get a partial guarantee.
While Singler won himself fans in the organization with a strong finish to the D-League season and an impressive performance with the club at Summer League, it was unclear if he’d opt for a camp invite over taking more lucrative overseas opportunities. The contract will likely contain a small guarantee to help supplement a potential D-League salary – Fred VanVleet and Jarrod Uthoff both received $50,000 guarantees on their camp deals – and Singler’s chosen the chance to fight for an NBA roster spot over a return to the international market.
Marc Stein: The Wolves have signed Toure Murry and John Lucas III to bring them to camp and give both guards a shot at a roster spot, league sources say
Eric Pincus: I hear the Lakers have a deal with Zach Auguste, who played for the summer league squad, haven't gotten word on terms.
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard Semaj Christon, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Shams Charania: Free agent Nate Wolters has agreed to a deal with the Denver Nuggets, league sources tell The Vertical. Wolters was 38th pick in 2013 draft.
Chris Reichert: Cameron Jones will attend training camp with the Golden State Warriors, a league source tells U&M
Chris Reichert: Undrafted guard, Isaiah Taylor will attend training camp with the Houston Rockets, a league source tells U&M.
Ra'shad James is also the definition of “late bloomer’’, someone whose game has steadily improved over the years to the point where he is now a legitimate NBA prospect. Several teams have recently inquired about the possibility of him coming to their training camps, although all indicators point toward him agreeing to a non-guaranteed deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. “We’ve had interest in the Bucks and they have had interest in Ra’shad,’’ said Bill Neff, James’ agent. “Nothing is finalized; there’s still some paperwork to do. But both sides want to do it.’’
Tim Bontemps: The Wizards have signed guard Casper Ware to a training camp deal, according to a league source.
That drive led him to Wednesday’s free agent minicamp at the Lakers’ practice facility, where General Manager Mitch Kupchak labeled him as “one of the players that we did want to take a look at.” The Lakers only have so many spots left to fill for their 20-man training camp roster, and space for Henry is far from guaranteed. But it is nonetheless a major step for a player whose career could have very well been over. “I’ve been doing a lot of workouts this summer with a lot of different teams and getting feedback and seeing how I feel,” he said. “I’ve been feeling really good. I’m feeling blessed that I can even play basketball again.”
Three of those present at the Lakers’ practice facility — Jeff Ayres, P.J. Hairston and Johnny O’Bryant — played in the NBA just last season. Three more — Xavier Henry, Orlando Johnson and Travis Wear — also have experience in the world’s top league. Still, Kupchak cautioned that the team isn’t looking for a roster-shaking player with this one-day camp. “I don’t think we’re looking at players here that would be in the rotation, although you never know,” Kupchak said. “They come to camp and earn whatever they can get. But what I think we’re looking at here are known players. They’re free agents and we do have roster spots open in terms of our team. But also we have roster spots open in terms of training camp.”
Henry credited Santa Cruz’s training and coaching staffs with assisting his rehab and never letting him get too down on himself. In spite of this, it was still a far-from-perfect path for Henry, who only played nine games for the team. Nonetheless, his dedication to grinding his way back to the court was noticed from afar by his former general manager. “I think it’s a testament to a great kid,” Kupchak said. “That’s nothing new to us. We know the kid and we know what kind of heart he has. He’s had several different types of injuries and he’s worked his way through it. He’s still young enough to make a run at the NBA and playing basketball professionally, so we wish him the best.”
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed forward Grant Jerrett to a training camp contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
With the agreement with Udrih, it makes it unlikely that summer-team additions Stefan Jankovic, Okaro White and McGruder make the final roster, also putting into question the possibility of Weber surviving the final cut to 15. The Heat open training camp the final week of September, with the preseason to open the following week. The Heat open their regular season on Oct. 26 on the road against the Orlando Magic.
October 20, 2021 | 3:39 pm EDT Update
The draft-night trade? That was more difficult for Favors. He expected the first trade. He didn’t expect this one. At 30 years old, winning a championship is prevalent on his mind. As most of us know, Oklahoma City is not in win-now mode. Favors’ presence on the Thunder roster is kind of a square peg. He knows that he’s going to have to play as hard as he can and let things fall where they may. “At first, I was kind of confused,” Favors said. “I was caught off guard. But, I knew it was nothing personal. When I reflected on it from a business standpoint, I knew that something had to happen. I accepted it, and I’m in a great place. I love what the Jazz have done for me, and I love the fans there. OKC, we have a very talented team. We have a lot to learn, and a long way to go. But, we have a group of guys that work hard. It’s going to be a journey in this first year. But this is a talented group of guys.”
“I’m going to try and treat it like it’s another game,” Favors said in an interview with The Athletic. “But, I know that it’s not another game. Honestly? I just hope I don’t get emotional.” Favors will make his return to face the Utah Jazz on Wednesday as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It will be the season-opener for both teams, and, since twice being traded away from the franchise, it will be the first time Favors makes his appearance in a visiting uniform. Many remember he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans two years ago. Twice, he was supposed to come back to Utah with the Pels. Once, he got injured at the last minute. The other? COVID-19 hit that very week.
Lakers legend Magic Johnson wants every NBA player to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Ahead of Opening Night of the league’s 75th anniversary season, Johnson told CBS News that every player should advocate for vaccination of the general public. He also urged non-vaccinated NBA players to get vaccinated. “You have said to your teammates that you are going to be there for them, well you can’t be there if you don’t get vaccinated,” Johnson said. “You letting them down and then that hurts our chances of winning a championship, I would never do that to my teammates. Never.”
Hoops star James Johnson, who just signed with the Brooklyn Nets, has also signed a lease to rent a Tribeca pad at 57 Reade St. Johnson, 34, is a 12-year NBA veteran. “He toured the apartment in late September and signed the lease in early October. He loves the layout and the location,” a source close to the deal told Gimme. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo was asking $16,500 a month to rent.
October 20, 2021 | 3:09 pm EDT Update
The 2018 No. 1 overall pick — who helped lead Phoenix to the 2021 NBA Finals — was reportedly expecting an offer, but it never came. Ayton expressed his disappointment about the development. He can still re-sign with the Suns in restricted free agency after fielding offers from around the league. “My biggest advice for him is: control what you can control and that’s how you go out and hoop,” Paul said, per AZ Central’s Duane Rankin. “Things happen, the business of the game, but I know DA’s heart … and how competitive he is. At the end of the day, he wants to do a good job for our team. And I appreciate him for that. I know when we step out on the court tonight, it’s going to be all about what he’s gotta do to help our team win.”
Ball also compared his mindset as a player to those who took the court during Jordan’s dominance in the 80s and 90s as we discussed his accelerated return from a broken wrist. He could have been out of action until the summer, but with the Hornets’ postseason chances fading, he was back from the injury in just five weeks. “I feel like I still kind of got that mentality that they had back in the day,” Ball said. “Even with the switching teams and stuff, they never used to do that. You go to one team, you stay there.”
Why he brought it up, players hopping from team to team, including today by forcing a trade with multiple years and millions of dollars left on their contracts, was unclear. But at his tender age, and so early in his career, with a franchise owned by the legendary Jordan trying to build around him, Ball sounds like he wants the responsibility of helping Jordan in Charlotte. “You supposed to just go to a team and build from there — I feel like that’s how it should be,” Ball said. “Especially when you like a high pick too, most likely going to a team that wasn’t as good, so you try to make them better. I feel like that’s the whole process right there.”