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The Toronto Raptors continue to fill out their training camp roster with the addition of former Gonzaga star Kyle Wiltjer to a one-year, $1.3 million dollar non-guaranteed deal. The second-year man will join the Raptors on non-guaranteed contract to compete for one of the final roster spots for the 15-man roster. Wiltjer, a Canadian-American, played for Canada when he was 16 years old playing in the 2011 Nike Hoops Summit.
“I’m just really excited to be back in Toronto and Canada,” Wiltjer told DIME. “I’ve been working really hard all summer long to get better in all facets of my game and I’m just happy that I’ll be in my home nation.”
The Mavericks have put the wheels in motion to sign veteran Chinese swingman Ding Jinhui this summer and have him play in their summer league and likely be on their training camp roster, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: James Young has made the Boston Celtics 15-man roster, league source tells @The Vertical.
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.
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: League source says Spurs will keep Nico Laprovittola and Bryn Forbes, and they will part w/the other 3 in that derby for the spot.
Shams Charania: Sources: Toronto has chosen guard Fred VanVleet for its 15th roster spot and third point guard role to start the season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rookie Tim Quarterman has won 15th spot on Portland, league source tells @TheVertical. Portland releasing Grant Jerrett and Greg Stiemsma.
The Mavericks are committed to keeping Nicolas Brussino, according to team sources, after the Argentina prospect's strong play in camp. When Brussino was still on Dallas' roster as of 5 p.m. Thursday, his $543,471 rookie salary became fully guaranteed, after just $100,000 was guaranteed to that point. But there was never any danger of Brussino getting cut, sources say.
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed forward Ryan Kelly. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kelly, a 6’11” forward, appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2016 Preseason where he averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.0 minutes per game. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Kelly has appeared in 147 career games and recorded averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
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.
Steve Kyler: Magic have signed guard Ramon Galloway spent last season playing in Italy with Varese of the SerieA League & Fulgor of SerieA2 League
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.
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
When the media doors opened to the Kings practice facility at the new Golden 1 Center Monday afternoon, point guard Ty Lawson was on the floor with his teammates. It’s been a rocky 72 hours for the 28-year-old after he missed a team flight to Kentucky, but he’s survived for the moment and will remain part of the Kings roster. Lawson, who has a history of off-the-court issues, was brought in late during the offseason to support one of the soft spots in the Kings roster. Starter Darren Collison is scheduled to miss the first eight games of the 2016-17 season due to league suspension.
Fresh off a 3-year, $35 million contract, Lawson was signed to a non-guaranteed, league minimum contract with Sacramento. The Kings had a zero-tolerance policy in place, but Lawson’s explanation of the situation has extended his stay with the team, at least for now.
Marc J. Spears: The Mavs have signed free agent center Jaleel Cousins, the brother of Kings All-Star center @DeMarcus Cousins.
Ian Begley: Jeff Hornacek told reporters that Chasson Randle's orbital fracture won't influence the Knicks' decision on whether to keep him on the 15-man roster or cut him. "I don't think it hurts it at all," Hornacek said Sunday. "We kind of understand what he can give us as a player." Randle is on a partially-guaranteed deal. Even if he's waived, the Knicks would have to pay him until he's cleared to play.
It’s unclear if Brand will have any role on this year’s team beyond training camp since he hasn’t played at all in the preseason. But “him being there, it helps me off the court probably more than on the court,” Holmes said. “This is a guy who truly, truly loves basketball, so it wasn’t a shock for me,” Holmes said of Brand re-signing with the Sixers. “I didn’t know what the decision was going to be, but for him to come back wasn’t a shock at all because he truly loves being around the game.”
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.
Justin Verrier: Pelicans sign Quincy Ford, a former Northeastern swing man who played for the Jazz in summer league. Roster back up to 20.
KC Johnson: Spencer Dinwiddie has partial guarantee on Nov. 1 and full guarantee in January 2017. Bulls historically have carried 13-, 14-player rosters
“He never takes plays off,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He’s a great guy. You want him around. He’s a monster on the offensive glass and has a great attitude with everything we’ve done.” That has included often finishing near the top of the Lakers’ so-called winner’s board, which has awarded points for any player that wins a drill in practice. “I’m just trying to be who I am as a player,” Robinson said. “Those are exactly the things Coach said.”
The Lakers also became impressed with Robinson’s hustle during informal summer workouts. All of which could leave a much more lasting impression than McGee’s dunk over him. “The way he was working and the way he was winning, we thought we at least have to bring this guy to camp,” Walton said of Robinson. “He looks great out here.”
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek appears overjoyed the Knicks landed point guard Chasson Randle in August after he became July’s summer league sensation in Orlando. According to an NBA source, Randle chose the Knicks over Oklahoma City and signed him to a partially guaranteed deal. That’s a good sign since Thunder general manager Sam Presti is considered one of the league’s top talent evaluators.
Ethan Sherwood Strauss: Iguodala on JaVale's value: "Talk to some different people, GMs, front office people. He's so much better than a lot of these guys who got paid this past year. Like, so much better."
He does not just hope to stay on the Lakers roster on a non-guaranteed contract for a second consecutive season. World Peace, 36, enters his 17th NBA season and 18th playing professionally overall hoping he can log at least three more years on the hardwood. “I want to finish off strong,” World Peace said. “It’s not about what it will mean to me. It’s about, ‘Can I get there?’”
First things first. World Peace must first prove he can survive several rounds of roster cuts before the NBA regular season starts in late October. “We didn’t expect him to make the team last year and he made it,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “The same thing can happen this year.”
McClellan scored 20 points in 32 minutes of action in the Wizards’ double-overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. Besides that performance, he has shown potential behind closed doors in practices. “Like every player that comes into this league, he has a lot to learn about what we do and be able to do it consistently,” Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said. “But he’s had a good start to his pro career. He’s had a lot of good practices and a couple of good moments, or good games, and he’s played well but it’s a long training camp. He still has to focus on being consistent with his habits, practice and game. But he’s played well.”
“He’s not scared of anybody,” Wall said of McClellan. “He’s got a lot of heart. Anytime [we] play a one-on-one drill … he always calls out, like, me or Brad. He always wants to take on the challenge of guarding the best player. That’s something you don’t see too often from a rookie, not worrying about the scoring the ball but worrying about trying to guard the best player and that’s how you get yourself established in this league.” McClellan recognizes that nothing is certain and the likelihood of his roster spot is contingent on improvement. So, he knows he has to keep learning and growing — for instance, McClellan points to his attempt at a game-winner in Philadelphia, when he followed a strong blow-by move with a weak up-and-under layup that was blocked.
Candace Buckner: I asked Scott Brooks about Casper Ware & John Wall's edgy play yesterday & he "absolutely" likes seeing Ware, a training camp invitee, play with a chip. Scott Brooks on Casper Ware: "He pushes John and he pushes our guards. You want to give yourself a chance to make the team, that’s what you have to do."
The 6-foot-2 point guard faces an uphill battle to crack the Pistons roster, sitting fifth in the pecking order behind two players with guaranteed contracts (Reggie Jackson, Ish Smith) and two others under partially-guaranteed deals (Lorenzo Brown, Ray McCallum). Detroit will likely only carry three point guards on its 15-man roster. "I don't know what they were looking for, but I was just going to try and push the top guys and work my butt off and do whatever I can," Freeman said. "That's just my mindset."
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed point guard Toney Douglas to a contract, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not released. In a related move, the Cavs have waived forward/center Eric Moreland.
Dave McMenamin: Toney Douglas' deal includes zero guaranteed money, a league source tells ESPN. It's a make-good contract. Will have a chance to earn a spot
The Hawks agreed to a training camp contract with point guard Josh Magette on Sunday. The move brings the Hawks roster back to 20 players and adds depth at the position depleted by injuries to starter Dennis Schroder and Jarrett Jack.
He had interest from other teams but he kept coming back to the Hawks even for a non-guaranteed training camp invitation. The odds are long as the Hawks already have 16 guaranteed or substantially guaranteed contracts. “I thought it was a really good fit in terms of the style of play,” Ryan said. “They are a team that has been calling me all summer because I think they value what I do. I needed a change, that’s for sure. Where I was, was just not working. I’m excited about this whole thing, a new home, a new opportunity and not to mention being on the east coast and a little closer to family.”
“My last couple years have been rough, both individually and as a team,” Kelly said. “It was good for a change. I’m excited about the future. I learned a lot from my experience there, I don’t want to say never because you never know where you are going to end up, but this is a great opportunity for me and I want to take advantage of it. “It’s going to be a fight. It’s going to be a battle. I’m going to try to take advantage of every opportunity. One, show the Hawks what I can do and that I’ve gotten better. And also, get an opportunity to show everybody in the league that I deserve to be here.”
Swingman Quincy Ford was held out of the Jazz's evening practice Wednesday after being hit in the head during the team's morning session, but had returned to play by Thursday morning. The 23-year-old rookie free agent out of Northeastern signed a three-year deal with the Jazz earlier this month, though only $75,000 is guaranteed.
Calvin Watkins: The Rockets signed forward PJ Hairston to a non guaranteed contract on Thursday according to a source. If Hairston doesn't make the 15-man roster the Rockets will retain his D-League rights. Last season for Memphis, Hairston averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Serena Winters: Mitch Kupchak said Metta World Peace understands they might not keep him on the final roster (but then again they didn’t expect him to make the team last yr!)
Serena Winters: Mitch Kupchak said Metta World Peace wanted to come back & they kept a spot: "He’s going to have to earn his way on the team which is what he did last year."
The Cavaliers have officially announced their camp roster, and there’s one new name on the list of 20 players. According to Cleveland’s announcement, the team has signed 6’9″ forward Jonathan Holmes to its roster for camp.
The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent forward Chase Budinger and guard Jorge Gutierrez. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. Budinger (6-7, 215) has appeared in 407 career NBA games (50 starts) with Phoenix (2015-16), Indiana (2015-16), Minnesota (2012-15) and Houston (2009-12) and holds averages of 7.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 19.7 minutes per contest. The California native was selected 44th overall out of the University of Arizona in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons before being traded on draft night to the Rockets.
The Detroit Pistons announced today their training camp roster and that the club has signed Nikola Jovanovic and Trey Freeman to contracts. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Jovanovic, a 6-11, 235 played three years at the University of Southern California and averaged 10.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 98 games for the Trojans. He averaged 12-plus points and 7.0 rebounds in both his sophomore and junior years and shot better than 50% from the field in all three of his collegiate years. A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Jovanovic became the 36th player in USC history to record 1,000-plus points.
The Chicago Bulls announced today the signing of free agents J.J. Avila, Vince Hunter, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Thomas Walkup to round out their 2016-17 training camp roster. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Avila (6-8, 250) played two seasons (2010-11, 2011-12) at Navy before transferring to Colorado State for his final two seasons (2013-14, 2014-15). He saw action in 115 games (103 starts) in his four-year career and posted 15.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.60 spg in 31.5 mpg. As a senior in 2014-15, he was the only player in NCAA Division I to average better than 16.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 apg and 2.00 spg while shooting better than .550 from the floor.
A small portion of Liggins' two-year, roughly $2 million contract is guaranteed, a team source told cleveland.com, and the second year of the deal is a team option. The significance is Liggins is the 14th player coming to camp with at least a portion of his salary guaranteed -- it means the Cavs think he has a better chance to make their 15-man roster than the players in camp whose contracts aren't guaranteed.
With no timetable on Jrue Holiday's return, the New Orleans Pelicans signed former Duke point guard Quinn Cook on Saturday. Cook attended the Pelicans' opening training camp practice on Saturday morning, but he did not participate. Cook, a 6-foot-2, 184 pounds, played for the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League after he was waived by Cleveland Cavaliers before the start of the regular season. ''We've got versatile players, combo guards more than anything,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.
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