Point guard Chasson Randle, playing while wearing a mask after fracturing his orbital bone, is averaging 26 points in the first two games for the Westchester Knicks. He was cut by the Knicks in training camp with the idea he would play in Westchester and perhaps be re-signed. Ron Baker, who is not in the rotation, took Randle’s spot. “We’re not going to bring him up unless someone has an injury,’’ Hornacek said. “He’s doing a great job down there, had a nice game [Wednesday] night. Of course, we have an eye on him. With the group we have now with 15 guys, more than likely it’d be an injury for him to come up.’’
Point guard Chasson Randle (fractured orbital bone), who is not on the 15-man roster, is starting his rehab stint with the Westchester Knicks at training camp and is expected to be signed when he’s back in shape. Hornacek, meanwhile, still is trying to find his bench rotation. The new flavor of the week is defensive forward Maurice Ndour, who managed five fouls in six minutes of action and went scoreless. Hornacek has soured on the two rookie Europeans, small forward Mindaugus Kuzminskas and center Willy Hernangomez, because of their inexperience on defense.
D-League call ups since 2011 have earned a total of almost $431M in current and future salaries. This figure does include non-guaranteed, partially guaranteed and fully guaranteed contracts that are currently in place.
Here are some other tidbits not included in the chart above: Of the 155 players called up, 47 became millionaires!; Of those 47 players, 5 earned more than $20M; Of the 155 players, 28 are currently in the NBA (18 percent); Not 1 of these players made an NBA All-Star game.
The three largest earners of the bunch are Hassan Whiteside ($100M), Tyler Johnson ($52M) and Lance Thomas ($31M); bet you didn’t expect that last one!
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Dahntay Jones, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Jones (6-6, 225) appeared in 43 games (39 starts) for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League this season, averaging 15.7 points on .546 shooting from the field, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 35.7 minutes. He also shot .546 from the field, .413 from the three-point line and .851 from the charity stripe with Grand Rapids.
Adam Himmelsbach: Former BU star & new Celtic John Holland: "Everybody’s journey is different. But I’m happy to be back and trying to help in any way I can. So grateful to be with the Celtics, one of the best organizations in the history of the game. I’m honored."
Chris Reichert: The Boston Celtics have officially signed John Holland to a 2yr deal. He's the 40th call up this season #NBADL
Shams Charania: Forward John Holland will sign a two-year deal with Boston, with next season being non-guaranteed, league sources tell The Vertical.
Shams Charania: The Boston Celtics plan to sign forward John Holland of D-League Canton with final roster spot, league sources tell The Vertical.
Barry Jackson: The Heat has indicated to Briante Weber that it intends to sign him, per source. 3 yr deal, partially guaranteed. Yahoo 1st on this just now
Shams Charania: The Miami Heat are planning to sign Sioux Falls guard Briante Weber to a three-year contract, league sources tell The Vertical.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed forward Jordan Hamilton to a 10-day contract after receiving a hardship exception from the NBA. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Shams Charania: The New Orleans Pelicans plan to sign forward Jordan Hamilton of Rio Grande Valley to a 10-day contract, league sources tell The Vertical.
Ira Winderman: The Grizzlies have released Briante Weber and signed Jordan Farmar. Weber is playoff eligible and free to be signed by any NBA team.
The Phoenix Suns today signed forward/center and Phoenix native Alan Williams to a multi-year contract. Williams initially signed with the Suns on March 8 and made his debut with the team last night at Utah.
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has signed guard Lorenzo Brown to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Journeyman Sean Kilpatrick is transforming a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets into staying power. Kilpatrick, 26, is finalizing a two-year deal with the Nets, sources told The Vertical. The deal will include a guarantee for the 2016-17 season, sources said.
Shams Charania: The Detroit Pistons plan to sign guard Lorenzo Brown of D-League Grand Rapids to a 10-day contract, league sources tell The Vertical.
The Brooklyn Nets today announced that they have signed center Henry Sims to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Sims (6’10”, 248) has appeared in 121 games (57 starts) in parts of three seasons with New Orleans, Cleveland and Philadelphia, recording averages of 7.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 18.8 minutes per game. Sims spent the 2014-15 season with the 76ers, averaging 8.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.2 minutes per game in 73 games (32 starts).
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard Tim Frazier to a 10-day contract after receiving a hardship exception from the NBA. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The L.A. Clippers announced today the team has signed forward Jeff Ayres for the remainder of the season.
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: ESPN sources say New Orleans is poised to add guard Tim Frazier to its roster on a 10-day callup from the @nbadleague.
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.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Jared Cunningham is on the brink of a 10-day call up to the Milwaukee Bucks from the Idaho Stampede in the @nbadleague
Shams Charania: Memphis is acquiring another injury exception to sign guard Xavier Munford of D-League Bakersfield, league sources tell The Vertical.
Shams Charania: The Brooklyn Nets are planning to sign forward Henry Sims of Grand Rapids to a 10-day contract, league sources tell The Vertical.
Chris Reichert: However, Justin Harper will likely return to D-Fenders after his 2nd consecutive 10-day with Detroit expired #NBADL
Shams Charania: The Los Angeles Clippers will sign veteran center Jeff Ayres of D-League for the rest of the season, league sources tell The Vertical.
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.”
Chris Reichert: The Memphis Grizzlies have officially signed Briante Weber to a 10-day contract. He's the 29th call up this season #NBADL
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.
Shams Charania: Memphis Grizzlies plan to sign guard Briante Weber of Sioux Falls to 10-day contract w/ injury exception, league sources tell The Vertical.
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.
Shams Charania: New Orleans plans to sign Austin guard Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract with injury exception, league sources tell The Vertical.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Cody Clarke contract "more of a reward" for his work, great season w/ @maineredclaws.
The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that the team has called up forward Christian Wood from the Delaware 87ers and signed him to a 10-day contract.
Shams Charania: Philadelphia will sign forward Christian Wood of Delaware, sources tell The Vertical.
Jake Fischer: Christian Wood will be joining the Sixers on a 10-day contract, according to a league source.
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.
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.
Chris Reichert: The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to sign Raptors 905 center Greg Smith to a 10-day contract, per a league source
Shams Charania: Denver plans to sign Toronto 905 forward Axel Toupane to a 10-day contract, league sources tell The Vertical.
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.”
Rivers said he didn’t know if he’ll sign forward Alex Stepheson to a second 10-day contract. He signed his first Feb. 20.
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.
Marc J. Spears: D-League Delaware G Jordan McRae is in Cleveland where he is expected to sign a 10-day contract with Cavs as early as today, sources said.
Chris Reichert: Hearing that the Cleveland Cavaliers will sign Jordan McRae from the Delaware 87ers, per league sources #NBADL
Darren Wolfson: Hear Sean Kilpatrick is expected to sign with the Nets. Thought the #Twolves should've pursued. Best wing in the D-League.
Jimmer Fredette: It's definitely an adjustment going from the NBA to the D-League. You play in a lot of smaller cities... Sometimes there's almost no one on the stands... You can only just focus on the basketball aspect of it and that's why guys are here.
If the Heat waits until March 7/8, the Heat will consider players from a list it has compiled –-- one that includes Dorell Wright, Wroten, Jordan Crawford, Jason Thompson, D-League players and some others likely to be available.
Shams Charania: The Detroit Pistons plan to sign forward Justin Harper of the Los Angeles D-Fenders to a 10-day contract, league sources tell The Vertical.
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.”
Chris Reichert: The Los Angeles Clippers have officially signed Alex Stepheson to a 10-day contract. He's the 19th NBA call up this season #NBADL