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The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Gary Payton II to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Payton, 24, appeared in 49 games (all starts) with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League this season, and averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 49.8 percent from the field.
Scott Agness: Sixers officially call up rookie Alex Poythress from the Mad Ants using NBA’s roster hardship exception. He's in Toronto for tonight's game.
"When I got the 10-day, that was the accomplishment. I didn't really feel like I was on a 10-day once I was here," Crawford said. "The hard part was getting the 10-day. I was grateful for the opportunity, when I (got) here I just wanted to make myself as comfortable as possible and just try to play my game."
Crawford is averaging 14.3 points in his first seven games with the Pelicans and is shooting a staggering 51.9 percent from the 3-point line on 5.4 attempts per game. Crawford said that he was determined to make his way back into the league, and once he was given a chance by the Pelicans, his mission was to display that he was still capable of being an explosive scorer in the NBA.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard David Nwaba to a multi-year contract, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
“We have been impressed by David’s focus and determination, especially on defense,” said Pelinka. “He has a mentality about him that is infectious, and he works hard every day to improve himself. He has brought energy to both our Lakers and D-Fenders games, and has certainly earned his spot on the roster.”
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard Quinn Cook to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Brianté Weber to a multi-year contract. The Virginia Commonwealth product signed consecutive 10-day contracts with Charlotte on Feb. 27 and March 9.
The Phoenix Suns announced today they have signed forward Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract. A three-year NBA Development League veteran, most recently playing with the Windy City Bulls, Eddie owns 26 games of NBA experience with the Washington Wizards last season.
Chris Reichert: Brooklyn Nets officially announce Archie Goodwin signing. He's the 40th D-League call up this season #NBADL
David Nwaba, who signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers last week, was encouraged by Walton's recent compliments. But when the Lakers mull whether to grant Nwaba a second 10-day contract on Friday, the variables go beyond Walton liking Nwaba’s defense. “We want to look at a couple of people before the season ends,” Walton said. “Some of them aren’t available right now. (Nwaba’s) been good. But we have to decide if we want to wait or look at someone else.”
“Sometimes guys don’t really believe in me. It’s your job to prove them wrong,” Nwaba said. “I can do more. I have high expectations for myself. Getting to those expectations is the ultimate goal.”
Aaron Falk: The Houston Rockets will sign small forward Troy Williams to a 10 day contract, league sources inform the Salt Lake Tribune
The New Orleans Pelicans announced the team has signed free agent guard Jordan Crawford to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Tom Moore: #Sixers have signed F Shawn Long to 10-day contract with 16th-player roster exception (at least 4 guys out with longterm injuries).
Keith Pompey: The #sixers will sign @shawnlong21 to a 10-day contract today, according to sources. They have an extra spot due to NBA injury exception. pic.twitter.com/S2MPbrJ3VJ
New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Hollis Thompson's 10-day contract is set to expire on Sunday, but he is expected to be extended a second 10-day contract. The Pelicans listed him as a starter for Sunday night's road game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Thompson, 6-foot-8, 206 pounds, has averaged 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds after five games, which includes four starts.
Chris Haynes: Charlotte Hornets to sign Johnny O'Bryant to second 10-day contract on Monday, league sources tell ESPN. Had 15 points, 6 boards last night.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today the team has signed forward Justin Harper to a 10-day contract. Harper, a two-time NBA D-League All-Star, most recently saw action with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where he appeared in 37 games (all starts) and posted averages of 16 points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes per game, while shooting 40 percent from three-point range.
Chris Reichert: The Los Angeles Lakers have officially signed David Nwaba from the D-Fenders to 10-day deal. He's the 31st D-League call up this year
The Dallas Mavericks reached down to the NBA Development League and signed Ferrell to a 10-day contract on Jan. 28, and after three games the Mavs and Ferrell agreed to a two-year contract that pays him $208,000 this season and $1.3 million next season. Cook played for the D-League’s Canton Charge, but signed a 10-day contract with the Mavs on Sunday. In the process, the 6-foot-2 guard noted that he and the rest of the D-League players were some of Ferrell’s biggest cheerleaders. “Guys in the D-League, we all root for guys who get called up (to the NBA),” Cook said. “I think guys who prosper from getting called up on 10-day contracts give us a lot of confidence.”
Chris Haynes: Charlotte to sign guard Briante Weber to 10-day contract, league sources tell ESPN. Weber recently completed two 10-days with Golden State.
Scott Agness: Ben Bentil, rookie out of Providence, signs a 10-day contract with the Mavs. Pacers gave him $50K in guarantees as he played for Mad Ants.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed forward Johnny O’Bryant to a 10-day contract. O’Bryant joins the Hornets from the NBA Development League’s Northern Arizona Suns, becoming the D-League’s 21st Gatorade Call-Up this season. The Hornets roster now stands at 14 players.
Marc Stein: The Pelicans are in the process of signing Hollis Thompson to a 10-day contract, league sources say. ESPN reported earlier this week that the Pelicans would audition Thompson, Mario Chalmers, Quinn Cook and Reggie Williams for a roster spot
Chris Haynes: Add Iowa Energy high-flying guard Wayne Selden to the list of participants, a source told ESPN. - RT: Marc Stein: Guards that the Pelicans will work out this week include Mario Chalmers, Quinn Cook, Reggie Williams and Hollis Thompson, per league sources
Do you feel like you might need to free a roster spot for buyout season? Bob Myers: “Well, Briante is on his second 10-day and it’s really a 12-day because (it has to last three games). That’ll give us more time to evaluate him push it past the deadline. So we’ll see who was or was not traded and who might or might not be a candidate for a buyout. The buyout market is always fluid. It’s unpredictable. Often times you hear a player’s name and that doesn’t come to fruition or conversely, you’ll not have thought of a possibility and that pops up. So technically, having let (Anderson) Varejao go, we have a spot. (Briante) Weber currently has it. We can be flexible. So we’ll see what happens. It’s kind of hard to speculate on the buyout market because it’s somewhat unpredictable.”
Jefferson wanted to stay in the states to prove himself instead, to prove he could make it in the NBA. Even if that meant extended time in the D-League. “It might have been a gamble to go to the D-League, but you have to believe in yourself,” Jefferson said. “I chose to bet on myself and I know I can add to an NBA roster.”
San Antonio selected him with the last pick in that June’s NBA Draft, No. 60 overall, a pick that was traded to Brooklyn that night. Almost three years later, Jefferson in an All-Star in a Spurs jersey – an Austin Spurs jersey. Leading the Austin in total points and rebounds this season, Jefferson will play in the 2017 D-League All-Star Game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on NBA TV. “I probably thought I was going to San Antonio for a few seconds on draft night before my agent told me I was in a trade,” Jefferson said. “If I could actually be a Spur some day, that would be everything coming full circle and a dream come true.”
Anthony Slater: Warriors make the second Briante Weber 10-day contract official. Clock starts today. Last 10-day before they must make season-long decision.
Vander Blue: Jae is my brother. I live with Jae in the summer, so I talk with him every day, we have the same agent. That’s my big brother. So we talk every day just about life and everything. I’m in contact with him every single day. I haven’t talked with Jimmy in a little bit. We don’t talk as much as we used to, but Jimmy is always there for me to trying to give me some assistance, trying to help me. In Marquette, we are family, so we’re all still pretty close and we take pride on that. It’s a brotherhood, so all those guys are still very supportive of me, they tell me what they think about me. They all believe I’m an NBA player and it’s gonna happen soon. We’re all just trying to embrace our grind. They grind in the NBA, I’m grinding here, but we all just want to see everybody be successful.
Vander Blue: The team, we’re playing the right way, we’re the best team as you said. We got blessed with three All-Stars, and also the coaching staff and the coach. So it’s a lot of good positive things in this. The ultimate goal is the call-up, but it’s a process so I’m just keeping my faith and keep believing in myself.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed center Mike Tobey to a second 10-day contract. Tobey signed his first 10-day contract with Charlotte on Feb. 3 from the Greensboro Swarm, after becoming the first Gatorade Call-Up call-up from the Swarm since its inception.
Six current NBA players, including five who have earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA this season, highlight the 12-man East and West rosters in the 2017 D-League All-Star Game. The East team features Yogi Ferrell (Long Island Nets/Dallas Mavericks), Ray McCallum (Grand Rapids Drive/Charlotte Hornets) and Chris McCullough (Long Island Nets/Brooklyn Nets). The West team is headlined by Johnny O’Bryant III (Northern Arizona Suns/Denver Nuggets), Briante Weber (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Golden State Warriors) and Okaro White (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Miami Heat)
Miami opted to sign White to a two-year contract, with NBA rules for capped out teams prohibiting a longer deal, according to cap expert Albert Nahmad. Per sources, White will be guaranteed 25 percent of his $1.3 million salary if he’s on the team July 1, another 25 percent if he’s on the team Aug. 1, and be guaranteed his full $1.3 million salary if he’s on the opening night roster next season.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Ray McCallum to a 10-day contract. McCallum joins the Hornets from the NBA Development League’s Grand Rapids Drive, becoming the 17th Gatorade Call-Up this season. The Hornets roster now stands at 15 players.
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June 19, 2021 | 3:34 pm EDT Update

Mike Conley talks free agency

On Saturday afternoon, Conley addressed his pending free agency during the Jazz’s customary exit interviews the day after the season. “Obviously you know how I feel about our team and the city and the fans,” he said. “It’s been just a wonderful two years. Definitely an up and down two years but wonderful regardless of how it ended last night. “Free agency is free agency…it’s something that I have to sit back and consider with my family and when that time comes, make the decision that’s best for us, myself. Like I said, obviously I’ve had a great time here, great, great experiences, coaches — Coach Quin and the players, Don and Rudy and everybody, so we’ll just have to see what happens.”
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Conley would certainly command less than the approximately $34 million he made this season but could still be in line for a big pay day despite his age given that he was named an All-Star this season for the first time in his career. “Obviously I can’t speak, look into the future what exactly will happen,” he said. “It’s actually like my first time being a real free agent, so it’ll be interesting, but I did love it here and we’ll see what happens.”
June 19, 2021 | 1:07 pm EDT Update

Celtics player told Blake Griffin not to come to Boston?

According to a source, Brooklyn’s Blake Griffin asked a Celtics player if he should join the team midseason and was told not to come to Boston because of the apparent dysfunction. At season’s end, multiple sources close to the players said several members of the locker room were welcoming a coaching change, noting Stevens did not appear to hold key players accountable, with complaints he was favoring Smart over others.
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Walker maintained his professionalism throughout the season but his health issues, the team’s poor performance and boos from TD Garden fans — something that particularly “pissed him off,” according to multiple sources — made him sour on his situation in Boston and had spoken privately about being willing to move to a new team. It had become clear he was not going to be in the team’s long-term plans.