Jake Fischer: The Detroit Pistons have claimed Beno Udrih off of waivers, according to a league source. The Pistons will waive Ray McCallum Jr.
Chris Haynes: Cleveland Cavaliers to waive veteran Dahntay Jones, league sources inform ESPN. DeAndre Liggins makes the squad.
Goodwin, 22, is expected to garner significant interest on the waiver wire. The 6-foot-5 Goodwin is a dynamic athlete and has shown flashes as a scorer and playmaker.
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Phoenix guard Archie Goodwin has been released and will become a free agent. Explosive, young guard unexpectedly waived.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers will also waive James Webb III, Shawn Long and Cat Barber, according to source. They hold DLeague rights to Webb, Long & Barber.
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Houston is planning to release guard Tyler Ennis, but could negotiate a new deal once he clears waivers.
Jake Fischer: Nik Stauskas has made the Philadelphia 76ers' 15-man roster, according to a league source. They will release Brandon Paul.
Jessica Camerato: Confirming @Jake Fischer, the Sixers cutting Brandon Paul. He's received interest from other NBA teams, no talks of Sixers D-Lg, per source.
The Oklahoma City Thunder waived forwards Mitch McGary and Chris Wright along with guard Ronnie Price and center Kaleb Tarczewski, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
Randy Renner: #Thunder had been trying to work a trade deal for Mitch McGary but nothing in the works up to the end. McGary is owed $1.5 mil
Adrian Wojnarowski: For now, Mitch McGary is hoping to resume career in China or Europe, sources tell @The Vertical. Wherever he plays, he has issues to resolve.
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Oklahoma City plans to waive Mitch McGary and Ronnie Price ($5M guaranteed), keep rookie Semaj Christon on final roster.
Jay King: Amir Johnson begins his press conference, "Happy birthday, RJ. That's my guy." All the sads.
Bill Oram: Lakers announce they have waived Yi Jianlian. Here’s @Mark Medina’s story on how that played out. bit.ly/2eAk2iy
Serena Winters: Lakers on waiving Yi Jianlian: "...He felt that the minutes & opportunities he'd be afforded here were not in line w/ his goals & ambitions"
Calvin Watkins: Rockets waived forward PJ Hairston, forward Le'Bryan Nash and guard Gary Payton II. The Rockets took a cap hit of $543,471 with the release of Payton.
Jonathan Feigen: The Rockets have as expected waived Gary Payton II, the first of today's roster moves, per source.
Marc Stein: The Pelicans just announced that they've waived Alonzo Gee and kept Lance Stephenson, even though Gee is owed a full $1.2 million.
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.
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.”
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."
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New York will pursue Evan Fournier in free agency and are considering making a push for Spencer Dinwiddie, according to sources. Dinwiddie declined his player option for $12.3 million with Brooklyn Nets to become an unrestricted free agent.
The Boston Celtics acquired Fournier from the Orlando Magic in March. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent. The French guard, who helped his native country upset the U.S. in the Olympics earlier this week, is expected to ask for around $18 million per season, while Dinwiddie’s asking price is $25 million per, sources say.
If they lose Ball and miss on Lowry, the Pelicans might be on the lookout for Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie is looking for big money; in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, he tossed out a five-year, $125 million contract as what he would be looking for to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
A reasonable number of these players are expected to move in August with potentially more being involved in trades. Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves are among those who so far have been floated on the trade market.
Davis suffered a knee sprain in Game 3 but played through the pain in Game 4; however, he took a hard fall in Game 4 and suffered a groin strain. From that moment on, the balance of the firepower tilted towards Phoenix, who ensued to blow out the Lakers in the final games of the series. Though it’ll never be known how things would’ve transpired with a healthy Davis, Metta World Peace believes the Lakers would’ve advanced when discussing his thoughts on the Bucks-Suns matchup and Giannis Antetokounmpo being a great player, via Chris Sheridan of BasketballNews.com: “Now imagine, Giannis, one of the greatest players in the league, doesn’t really have to go up against the greatest team, then you would say Giannis was going to win. Because the Lakers got hurt. The Lakers were going to beat Phoenix before Anthony Davis got hurt.”
The Dallas Mavericks are on the verge of hiring Igor Kokoskov to join Jason Kidd’s coaching staff, sources confirmed to ESPN. Kokoskov, whose two decades of NBA experience includes a one-season stint as the Phoenix Suns’ head coach, has a strong relationship with Mavs superstar Luka Doncic stemming from his time coaching the Slovenian national team. Kokoskov coached Slovenia for two years, culminating with the EuroBasket 2017 title, when Doncic and Goran Dragic led the nation to its first championship in that event.
Ahead of the 2021 NBA draft, projected top overall pick Cade Cunningham has signed a multiyear footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Nike. After a COVID-19-impacted market found a majority of last season’s rookies playing out the 2020-21 season without a sneaker deal, brands are now returning to aggressively sign top players heading into this week’s draft. Nike had its eyes set on Cunningham, who starred at Nike-sponsored Oklahoma State University and has long had an affinity for the brand. “More than anything, they show that athletes are more than just athletes,” Cunningham told ESPN. “They really put the right message out for people to see. That was important to me. … I felt like it was a perfect match for me.”
Cunningham has also already agreed to endorsement deals in the plant-based food, energy drink, cryptocurrency, trading card, memorabilia and photo-sharing-app silos as well, which are expected to be announced in the weeks ahead. “I definitely have been putting thought into it. I’m not playing basketball just for fun anymore,” he said. “It’s a business now, and that’s the blessing of it. I’m happy that I’ve gotten to get to this point to where I can make money doing what I’m doing. Marketing myself, I want to be fully authentic with who I am. I don’t want to take any marketing deals that don’t match who I am.”