Mitch McGary has a guaranteed contract but little certainty. The third-year Thunder power forward is guaranteed a little more than $1.5 million this season. But he’s coming off a foot injury and is suspended for the first 15 games of the regular season for twice violating the NBA’s anti-drug program. McGary didn’t play a minute in Oklahoma City’s six preseason games, the first four due to his foot injury. He was available but didn’t play in the final two. “If the opportunity doesn’t present itself (to play), that’s totally on me,” McGary said Sunday. “Just means I got to work a little bit harder to get where I want to go. Wherever that is — it may be here; I hope so — I just want to play. That’s it.”
After talks with team officials on Sunday, China star Yi Jianlian has asked the Los Angeles Lakers for his release, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that with the Lakers facing roster cut-down decisions by Monday at 5 p.m. ET, Yi and his representatives requested that the Lakers let him go to pursue other opportunities, largely because the role he envisioned in L.A. didn't materialize.
The Lakers will formally waive Yi later Monday, sources said, and will still have to release one more player to get down to the league maximum of 15. But Yi's departure would appear to increase the odds that former All-Star forward Metta World Peace will make the opening night roster, as he did a year ago, with fellow veteran Thomas Robinson being another strong contender for a roster spot.
Mark Medina: Not concrete yet, but I'm told Thomas Robinson feels encouraged after receiving positive feedback in recent days about his training camp.
The Indiana Pacers announced Sunday they have waived 6-9 forward Jeremy Evans and 6-6 guard Julyan Stone. Evans played in two preseason games and did not score. Stone played in five games, scoring one point and averaging two rebounds per game.
Adam Johnson: After being waived by the Hornets, KU alum Perry Ellis will be joining the Greensboro Swarm, source tells D-League Digest.
The New Orleans Pelicans have until Monday afternoon to get their roster to the NBA-maximum 15 players and it appears Lance Stephenson and Alonzo Gee are in a two-man battle to land the final spot. Stephenson signed a $1.2 million contract with the Pelicans in September but only $100,000 is guaranteed. Gee signed a guaranteed $1.2 million veteran minimum contract to this summer to return to the Pelicans, but averaged only 9.2 minutes in five preseason games and just 1.4 points.
Justin Verrier: Pelicans officially waive Quinn Cook and Quincy Ford. Pels are fans of both but have a need for a bigger wing with Holiday, Evans, Qpon out.
Tim MacMahon: A source said C Jaleel Cousins, DeMarcus' younger brother, is expected to join the D-League Texas Legends if he clears waivers following his release from the Mavs. All of the Mavs' cuts are open to joining the team's D-League affiliate with the exception of G Kyle Collinsworth, who plans to play overseas. However, there is a decent possibility that final cut Jonathan Gibson gets claimed by another NBA team.
Jeff Goodman: Charlotte Hornets waiving Rasheed Sulaimon, Mike Tobey, Perry Ellis and Andrew Andrews, source told ESPN.
The Cavs waived forward John Holland on Saturday, reducing their roster to 16 players. General manager David Griffin has to pare down the roster to 15 player by 5 o'clock Monday.
Ira Winderman: So Beno Udrih gives up $90,000 to Heat in 2015-16, gets $1.6 million not to play in 2016-17. Best rate of return . . . ever?
Josh Robbins: The Magic have waived Nick Johnson and Ramon Galloway, leaving their roster at 15 players. Damjan Rudez & Arinze Onuaku made the team.
Michael C. Wright: So Livio Jean-Charles, Pato Garino, Ryan Arcidiacono and Joel Anthony will be waived per source.
Chris Haynes: The Minnesota Timberwolves are releasing veteran forward Rasual Butler and guard Toure' Murry, league sources told ESPN. This move clears a nice path for John Lucas III to grab roster spot.
Ira Winderman: The Heat also will shortly waive Beno Udrih, party close to situation said. Waiting on that confirmation. So looks like McGruder sticks.
Michael Scotto: Milwaukee Bucks are waiving center Jaleel Roberts, a league source told Basketball Insiders. He's likely headed to the D-League.
Aaron Falk: The Memphis Grizzlies will cut Jordan Adams and DJ Stephens, league sources inform The Salt Lake Tribune
Scott Kushner: The #Pelicans will not make a final decision on Lance Stephenson until Monday. It's expected to be down to Stephenson or Gee for 15th spot.
Michael Scotto: Atlanta Hawks will waive point guard Josh Magette, a league source told Basketball Insiders. Roster will stand at 15 players after the move.
J. Michael: Btw, Jarell Eddie is a great dude. A pleasant, all-around decent guy. Hes like Garrett Temple Jr. Hope it works out for him #WizardsTalk
Chris Dempsey: League sources: #Nuggets will waive Robbie Hummel and Nate Wolters. That means Jarnell Stokes has made the roster.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rookie Tim Quarterman has won 15th spot on Portland, league source tells @TheVertical. Portland releasing Grant Jerrett and Greg Stiemsma.
Jabari Young: #Spurs have just waived Ryan Arcidiacono a league source just informed the Express-News. The Nova product could end up in Austin … we’ll see
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the team has signed forward JaKarr Sampson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In addition, the Grizzlies waived guard Kellen Dunham. Sampson (6-9, 214) has appeared in 147 career regular season games (72 starts) over his two-year NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets and holds career averages of 5.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.6 minutes. The 23-year-old has also competed in two NBA Development League games (two starts) for the Delaware 87ers and averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.00 steals and 1.00 blocks in 31.7 minutes.
NY_KnicksPR: Oct. 21, 2016 – NYK announced today that the team has waived Randle, Tokoto, Amundson, Early & Inglis. The roster now stands at 15 players.
Eric Pincus: The Atlanta Hawks waived Will Bynum - now at 14 guaranteed + Mike Muscala with a heavy partial + former @DFenders guard Josh Magette
Shams Charania: Sources: Knicks waived guard Chasson Randle, plan more releases to clear likely roster spot for Ron Baker. Randle two weeks away in return.
The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that the team has waived guard Shawn Dawson and center Robert Sacre. Dawson, 6-6, 205, appeared in three preseason games for New Orleans, averaging 1.7 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists. The Israeli native was originally signed by the Pelicans on Aug. 12.
The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on Yogi Ferrell. Ferrell, who originally signed with Brooklyn on August 5, appeared in three preseason games with the Nets, recording averages of 4.3 points and 1.7 assists in 9.6 minutes per game.
Shams Charania: Boston has released forward Ben Bentil, league sources tell The Vertical. Bentil could become waiver claim or affiliate option elsewhere.
Marc Stein: Story posting now with @Ramona Shelburne: Lakers have interest in making Metta World Peace an assistant coach if they run out of roster room.
Sources say that World Peace's preference, at age 36, is to continue his playing career, even if the Lakers ultimately decide they won't keep him and that forces him to look elsewhere. L.A.'s decision must be made Monday by 5 p.m., when all NBA teams are required to get down to 15 players in advance of the first night of the regular season.
The Hawks releasing point guard Will Bynum on Friday, a move that reduces their roster to 16 players. The Hawks will need to make one more roster move to get to the maximum of 15 players.
Hornacek indicated the Knicks could have enough reserve bigs after starters Joakim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis. He named Kyle O’Quinn, Willy Hernangomez, Marshall Plumlee, saying that group could be sufficient. That leaves big men Lou Amundson, Maurice Ndour and guard J.P. Tokoto as potential three cuts to get down to 15.
The Hawks waived veteran Jarrett Jack on Thursday. The release of the veteran point guard, who has been unable to practice as he returns from torn right knee ligaments, reduced the training-camp roster to 17 players. Jack suffered the injury last season as a member of the Nets and has been rehabbing during training camp. He missed all seven of the Hawks’ exhibition games this preseason.
Dave McMenamin: The Cavs have released Cory Jefferson, Markel Brown and Jonathan Holmes according to a league source.
Oliver Maroney: Andrew Andrews has been waived from the Charlotte Hornets, league sources have informed me.
David Locke: The Utah Jazz have waived Henry Sims the roster now stands at 16. Must be 15 for start of season
Eric Pincus: The Thunder waived Reggie Williams - presumably they are paying him that $50k to go play for the Blue? @BBallInsiders
Eric Pincus: The Sacramento Kings have waived Lamar Patterson - originally was waived by Atlanta Hawks but claimed by Sacramento @BBallInsiders
When Erik Spoelstra was asked Monday about the battle for the final roster spot between Beno Udrih and Briante Weber, he gave a very interesting answer. “It’s not a competition just between those two,” Spoelstra said. It turns out that Udrih and Weber aren’t just competing against each other for Miami’s 15th roster spot. The pair of point guards are also competing against 25-year-old shooting guard Rodney McGruder. “Yeah, he is,” Spoelstra said Wednesday when asked if McGruder is still in the race for a roster spot. With the Heat’s roster still at the NBA preseason maximum of 20 players, Miami must cut its roster to the regular-season maximum of 15 players by Monday’s deadline. With 14 players pretty much guaranteed a spot on the roster, that leaves Udrih, Weber and McGruder fighting for the final opening.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Final cuts will be made in next couple of days. Everything factors in re: present/future potential.
Manny Navarro: Erik Spoelstra says Rodney McGruder is competing for 15th spot on the roster. Says yes and he reminds him of Winslow in terms of making winning plays
The Hawks released forward Ryan Kelly Tuesday night. The move brings the training camp roster to 18 players.
That means the competition between Lorenzo Brown and Ray McCallum could be decided during a closed scrimmage on Saturday at the Pistons' practice facility. "I mean, we certainly haven't made a decision yet," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said earlier this week. "I would say in our coaches' meetings — our coaches' room — I think there's been a lot of back and forth."
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed guard Luis Montero and waived Keith Benson. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on Beau Beech, Chase Budinger, Jorge Gutierrez and Egidijus Mockevicius. Beech, who originally signed with Brooklyn on August 5, appeared in one preseason game with the Nets, scoring three points in eight minutes. Budinger saw action in four preseason games, averaging 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game. He originally signed with the Nets on September 26.
Miami must cut its roster to the regular-season maximum of 15 players by Monday’s deadline. With 15 guaranteed contracts and five non-guaranteed contracts on the roster, the easy route for the Heat would be to keep their 15 guaranteed players to avoid spending any dead money. But coach Erik Spoelstra insists it’s not that easy. “I’m not looking forward to this weekend,” Spoelstra said after Monday’s practice. Who are Miami’s five non-guaranteed players? Guards Rodney McGruder and Briante Weber, centers Keith Benson and Vashil Fernandez, and forward Okaro White.
Weber’s contract with the Heat is worth $874,636 this season, but only $218,659 is guaranteed if he is cut before the start of the regular season, according to Spotrac. That guaranteed number goes up to $437,319 if Weber is on the roster for the first game of the regular season, $655,978 if he is still on the roster on Dec. 1, and the full $874,636 is guaranteed if he is still on the roster on Jan. 10. But Udrih’s full one-year, $1.6 million contract is guaranteed. If Miami opts to cut Udrih, his full $1.6 million salary will count toward the Heat’s cap as dead money.
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says the priority the last 2 preseason games is to get starters more time together & figure out a rotation, not roster spots. "The priority is the guys that are going to be the rotation guys. The end of the roster, you know, we'll figure that out. We want to have a pretty good idea what our rotation is going to be & the next couple of games is going to be key for that."
Mailson: Who will be cut, along with McGary before October ending? Erik Horne: I'd imagine Semaj Christon since his contract is partially guaranteed. He's really shown some poise and scoring in preseason, so I'd like to see the Thunder keep him, but with Oladipo being able to play point, Price guaranteed for two years, and Payne eventually coming back, I think Semaj is the odd man out. But he'll get an NBA chance somewhere if not with the Thunder.
The Heat made a roster move on Monday waiving rookie forward Stefan Jankovic and adding center Vashil Fernandez to the roster. The all-time leading shot blocker at Valparaiso, Fernandez (6-10, 260) was the NCAA leader in blocks last season (3.31 per game) and was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
Albert Nahmad: Miami Heat announces it has signed center Vashil Fernandez and waived power forward Stefan Jankovic, who had a $100K partial guarantee.
Chris Vivlamore: The Atlanta Hawks have waived Matt Costello. Training camp roster now at 19 players.
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, the @dallasmavs have made their 1st roster cut by waiving Jameel Warney.
The general consensus is that Boston's battle essentially comes down to Hunter versus Young. Veteran Gerald Green, signed to a minimum contract this summer, has proved he can help Boston's bench more than either player, securing his spot. (Plus, it would look bad if Boston let go a player who could have found other offers this summer.) Some have wondered if the team could find a way to move Tyler Zeller, but he's Boston's only pure big man and his salary -- nonguaranteed $8 million next year -- makes him a valuable trade asset further down the road. Jordan Mickey, a 2015 second-round pick, has shown enough -- at least last season in the D-League -- to be spared from the cutdown conversation.
Remember, too, Boston could always punt on the Hunter/Young decision and simply waive Jackson while hoping no one else leaps on him at a time when the market will be saturated with available bodies after final cutdowns.
Even if they waived Bentil, the Celtics would still have three young players vying for two spots in third-year swingman James Young, second-year guard R.J. Hunter and rookie guard Demetrius Jackson. Boston knowingly put itself in this bind when it signed Jackson, the No. 45 pick in June's draft, to a four-year, $5.5 million contract in which the first year is fully guaranteed. The Celtics like Jackson, who is perceived to have slid on draft night, and would love to keep him in the sort of emergency ball-handler role that Phil Pressey held down in recent seasons.
The Celtics don't just have 16 fully guaranteed contracts, they also have a pretty sizable chunk of change ($250,000) committed to second-round draft pick Ben Bentil. Considering a $94.1 million salary cap, that partial guarantee ultimately amounts to pocket change and is the sort of money a team comfortably below the luxury tax can commit to help encourage a fringe roster player to accept the low wages associated with joining the team's D-League affiliate in Maine.
Calvin Watkins: The Rockets waived guard Isaiah Taylor on Sunday. The six-foot-three Taylor played in three preseason games for the Rockets. Taylor played just five minutes of Saturday's double overtime loss to Memphis.
Mo Williams is still taking up a roster spot. The Cavs are trying to work out a contract settlement. Williams just had knee surgery. But that stalemate means DeAndre Liggins and Dahntay Jones and are probably batting for the last spot on the roster. Liggins was the D-League Defensive Player of the Year. My guess is he has the edge.
May 25, 2022 | 11:21 am EDT Update
SI: Who’s the toughest cover in the league? Grant Williams: For guys like myself, the hardest people to guard are like Darius Garland. Small, shifty point guards. The longer, taller guys, and the physical guys I’m OK with. I do a good job on Darius and guys like that, but for me, it’s always been a small, small, small point guard that’s really shifty and quick.
SI: You have a long history with Bam. Does that help at all? Grant Williams: I feel like he’s gotten so much better since then. So as much as it could help, he’s improved so much that it’s one of those things, I can’t really go off my high school scouting report. As the years have gone on, it’s gotten more and more fun to play against him because of how much he’s improved, how much he continually wants to get better and improve his shot. I’m really just excited to play him throughout my career.
SI: Not to kick this off by asking a weird question, but how does your body feel right now? You’ve taken as much punishment in this playoff run as any player that I can remember since I started covering the league. Have you ever felt like you do right now, playing basketball? Grant Williams: Definitely not. But hey, this is what the playoffs and everything is about, right? It’s my role to deal with. It’s something you embrace, and I feel like it’s just even more fun because it’s something that I feel is unique and I don’t see many guys that can do the same things that I do.
SI: Which is what, exactly? Grant Williams: Just like in terms of going from the first series of guarding Kyrie and KD, then going to the next series with Giannis, the guys there. And now it’s what, Bam and Jimmy, and having primary matchups with each one of them. Even next series, maybe Steph and those guys? It’s interesting.
He said working on every part of his offensive game will be an offseason priority. “I really haven’t had a summer healthy to really work on my game,” Victor Oladipo said. “This summer I’m looking forward to fine-tuning all the stuff I’m great at, which includes [three-pointers, pull-ups, drives to the basket] and more. Transition, half-court, all the stuff that was second nature to me.”
So is his biggest room for growth offensively and not defensively? “Definitely [offensively], especially because I didn’t have had an opportunity to find my rhythm,” he said last week. “I can still be effective, find ways to affect the game. Even offensively, it’s more of a mind-set thing. I haven’t played a lot. I don’t have as much reps as everyone else but I can still play at a high level.”
The Memphis Grizzlies could be looking at an expensive price tag to keep unrestricted free agent Tyus Jones this summer. If Memphis goes in another direction, it will have the draft, free agency and trade market to explore for a quality backup point guard. However, one of the best options may already be on the roster.