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Wes Goldberg: Steve Kerr says "Ky (Bowman) would not be playing right now if D'Angelo were healthy." Adds that Bowman can benefit from developing in the G League.
The Heat has not decided whether to convert forward Chris Silva’s two-way contract into a standard deal on Jan. 14, the earliest date it can do so under the restrictions of a hard cap. The positive for doing that: It would allow the Heat to sign a different player to a two-way contract; the deadline for that is Jan. 15. (Point guard Daryl Macon holds the Heat’s other two-way contract.)
The reason to hold off on converting Silva: It would leave Miami with about $800,000 in wiggle room under its hard cap if it wants to make a trade before the Feb. 6 deadline. Under that scenario, the Heat could take back a player earning nearly $1 million more than the player it sends out. That option would evaporate if Silva’s two-way is converted to a standard deal on Jan. 14. Silva said the Heat hasn’t shared its intentions. “That’s my hope and dream, to be converted,” he said.
Nets Daily: Sarah Kustok says @Timothe Luwawu is "somewhere in his 30's" on the 45-day limit for two-way contract, suggests that Nets will have to make decision on giving TLC a standard contract.
Chris Fedor: This is when teams are going to make small moves around the margins. #Cavs will be freeing up their second two-way deal by signing Tyler Cook to a non-guaranteed contract. The guarantee date for Cook and McKinnie is Jan. 7. The final day to sign a two-way is Jan. 15. More to come
Marc Stein: Also: Golden State is actively exploring ways to create the needed flexibility to keep Damion Lee on the roster after the 45 days on his two-way deal soon expire. The Warriors have made it clear they want Lee next season but remain hopeful they don't lose him for long this season
However, two-way contracts in the NBA come with restrictions. Once a player spends 45 days —not games— with the parent club, the team must either give the player a standard deal or send him back to the G League for good. There’s no public accounting of days (which includes games, travel and practices) so we don’t know how many days he has left before the Nets have to decided, but he’s now in the rotation. (Teams have been known to keep two-way players out of practices to keep the numbers down.) So what’s the solution? The Nets could waive Nwaba to open up a spot so they sign Luwawu-Cabarrot. That would also open up TLC’s two-way deal which the Nets could fill and protect one of their more prized Long Island Nets players from being called up by another team. They’d have to do all that by January 15, the last day teams can sign two-ways.
The 76ers have to make a major decision on Norvel Pelle. He’s closing in on the maximum number of days (45) an NBA team is allowed to bring up a player on a two-way contract. The Sixers will either sign him to the regular 15-man roster or part ways with the big man.
The Sixers would have to waive or trade someone from their 15-man roster to create a spot for Pelle. Pelle is the team’s best rim protector, if not one of the NBA’s best. The rookie is averaging 2.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 9.0 minutes in his seven appearances. Pelle made his NBA debut against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 29. The 6-foot-10, 235-pounder finished with three points, two rebounds, one assist and a career-high four blocks in 12 minutes, 33 seconds of action.
The Heat will have enough room under the hard cap to convert Silva’s two-way contract to a standard NBA contract starting Jan. 14, and Silva has enough two-way days available to play in every one of Miami’s games before then. The Heat has an open roster spot with just 14 players currently under standard deals. If Silva has his two-way deal converted to a standard NBA contract, that will be another memorable day. But Friday stands alone. “Today has been crazy,” Silva said. “From seeing my mom and catching a good win, all that, it’s crazy. I’m shook.”
Shams Charania: The Houston Rockets and two-way guard Chris Clemons have agreed to a three-year NBA deal, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Clemons ran out of two-way days and is now signing a full contract.
The Warriors will be sellers between now and the trade deadline. I outline all of that here. The gist: Expect them to make a minor move (or two) in an effort to convert Ky Bowman’s two-way contract to a standard roster spot.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed forward Kevin Hervey to a Two-Way Contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Devontae Cacok to a two-way contract, it was announced today. In a related move, the team has waived guard Zach Norvell Jr.
As a two-way-contract player, Bowman is almost halfway through his allotted 45 days with Golden State. If the Warriors can’t find a way to convert his deal to a 15-man roster spot, Bowman would have to spend the rest of the season with the Warriors’ G League affiliate in Santa Cruz.
An undrafted free agent, Bowman and his agent had been in contact with several teams, including Golden State, New Orleans and Detroit. After spurning a promising football career for a shot to play basketball for a living, he sought a guaranteed contract. They told teams Bowman would not sign a two-way deal. “That was one of my components when I was going into the draft,” Bowman said. “I wasn’t going to sign a two-way contract.”
The Orlando Magic have signed forward Amile Jefferson, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today.
The New York Knicks announced today that the team has signed forward Ivan Rabb to a Two-Way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Rabb, 6-10, 220-pounds, holds career averages of 5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists over 14.6 minutes in 85 games (18 starts) over two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Sacramento, CA-native recorded 5.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 14.7 minutes in 49 games (13 starts) with the Grizzlies last season.
The 6-10, 220-pound Rabb played parts of two seasons with Memphis, averaging 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 85 games (18 starts.) Rabb is not with the Knicks in San Antonio. The Knicks backed out of a verbal agreement with Wilkes because of an undisclosed illness. The Post reported they hadn’t ruled out signing Wilkes later in the year. The Knicks’ other two-way signee is Kadeem Allen.
The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Max Strus (Stroos) to a Two-Way contract. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Adam Zagoria: @Shamorie Ponds will sign a Two-Way contract with the Raptors, his agent Ryan Davis tells me. Ponds is traveling to Toronto tomorrow and will be there for the ring ceremony.
The Sacramento Kings made a series of moves today, according to General Manager Vlade Divac, as Sacramento exercised the Standard NBA Contract Conversion Option on forward Wenyen Gabriel and claimed guard/forward DaQuan Jeffries off waivers. Sacramento then exercised the two-way player conversion option on Jeffries and waived forward Tyler Lydon.
James Ham: According to a league source, DaQuan Jeffries is joining the Kings as a two-way player. Wenyen Gabriel is being converted to a regular NBA contract and added to the roster. Tyler Lydon is being waived.
Fred Katz: The Wizards have converted Chris Chiozza to a two-way deal, sources tell The Athletic. Wizards had to either convert or waive Chiozza by today’s 5pm deadline.
Jonathan Feigen: As mentioned on Friday, Frazier impressed the Rockets with his work in the off-season program and was expected to compete for a roster spot. Injury on first days of camp prevented that. They had G League rights, but did not want another team to get him on NBA roster with 2-way.
Jonathan Feigen: Chris Clemons will also be converted to a two-way contract, person with knowledge of that and the Frazier move said. That will move the Rockets to the maximum of 15 roster players.
Rick Bonnell: Hornets move Kobi Simmons into the open two-way contract slot, so roster — 15 regular spots, plus two two-ways — is complete for now.
Tony Jones: The Jazz have waived Isaac Haas and Mike Scott. Both will play for the SLC Stars. Utah still has to trim its roster by one to get down to 15. Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Foreman will be two-way players
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has converted the contract of forward Jalen McDaniels to a two-way contract. The Hornets selected McDaniels with the 52nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. McDaniels, a 6-10 forward from San Diego State, earned All-Mountain West Second Team in 2018-19 and All-Mountain West Third Team in 2017-18 as a freshman.
KC Johnson: Bulls have no plans to add player off waiver wire, which would necessitate waiving of Shaq Harrison, who isn't fully guaranteed. Bulls will add one 2-way contract in coming days.
Rod Boone: #Hornets have announced they've converted Caleb Martin's deal to a two-way contract. He had a partially guaranteed deal heading into training camp.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have claimed forward Tyler Cook off waivers, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Cook was under contract with the Denver Nuggets as a Two-Way player before being waived and will remain under that contract with the Cavs.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Celtics are converting 7-foot-6 rookie Tacko Fall to a two-way contract, league sources tell ESPN. He will spend most of his season developing with G-League affiliate Maine, but can spend up to 45 days with Celtics in NBA.
Albert Nahmad: BOS will sign Two-Way SG Max Strus to a 2-year, $2.5M min deal with nearly 1/2 his $898K 1st-year salary guaranteed. Get this symmetry: Max payout on a Two-Way? $411K. If that’s his guarantee, he’d out-earn it on 1/10, the exact day his and all NBA contracts get fully guaranteed.
Bobby Marks: Converting the Max Strus Two-Way to a standard contract now opens up Boston to having a 2W spot available. A player on an Exhibit 10 contract like Tacko Fall must be converted to a 2W by next Monday.
Shams Charania: The Boston Celtics are signing two-way guard Max Strus to a two-year NBA deal, with a partial guarantee this season of nearly half of rookie minimum, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium .
Jeff Siegel: Source: Bol Bol's two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets runs for two years, the maximum allowable length on a two-way contract. He's guaranteed $50,000 for each year.
Ira Winderman: G League season ends March 28, that will leave an additional 18 days two-way players can spend on NBA rosters beyond the 45-day limit between start of G League camp and end of G League regular season.
Albert Nahmad: Bol Bol is expected to accept a two-way contract from DEN (~$410K max payout). But if he doesn’t, DEN would need to issue him a Required Tender (a 1-year, $898K non-guaranteed contract offer) by 9/5 to keep him RFA, which he could accept through 10/15.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets announce that they have signed P.J. Dozier to a training camp deal and Tyler Cook to a two-way contract. The expectation is that second-rounder Bol Bol will also sign a two-way deal meaning the Nuggets could keep their final roster spot open for now.
Mike Singer: #Nuggets expected to sign Summer League standout Tyler Cook to two-way deal, per league source. Team has track record of converting two-way deals to standard contracts. It’s possible he ultimately competes for 15th spot on roster.
Michael Singer: The #Nuggets have signed P.J. Dozier to a training camp contract, a league source told @DPostSports. He’ll have a chance to make the roster or earn a two-way spot. More soon @denverpost.
Miami, which has been cycling through a few young prospects, has four open roster spots to use for training camp invitations and if it chooses, two-way contracts. The Heat is expected to allow training camp invites - including Heat summer league players Kyle Alexander, Chris Silva and Jeremiah Martin - to compete for at least one two-way contract.
Scott Agness: Pacers reached agreement with Naz Mitrou-Long on a two-way contract, league sources told @Shams Charania and me. He’s their second two-way guy, along with Brian Bowen II.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have signed DaQuan Jeffries and Vic Law to Exhibit 10 contracts. In addition, Amile Jefferson has signed his two-way contract with the Magic.
Brad Townsend: Mavs sign Josh Reaves to 2-way contract. pic.twitter.com/AjS2AuZ6XU
The Oklahoma City Thunder has waived two-way player Donte Grantham, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
Tim Cato: The Mavericks are signing Antonius Cleveland to a two-way deal, league sources tell me and @ShamsCharania.
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Kevin Durant, James Harden back on good terms

ClutchPoints: “From what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite [James] Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn.” @ramonashelburne on the Sixers’ reported interest in trading for Kevin Durant.

Grant Williams addresses Jaylen Brown trade rumors

After speaking with children during the Jr. Celtics camp, Grant Williams was asked how he felt about the trade rumors involving Brown. Williams responded by talking about the business side of the NBA while also praising Brown’s mindset and value as a player. “I feel like JB is mature in his mindset, and he knows that. I talk to him, texted him, reach out of as often as I can. It’s one of those things. It’s the league. It’s a business. It’s one of those things that you can’t be discouraged by because we love JB. It also shows how valuable he is.”
Obviously, Durant is one of the greatest players of all time. Williams explained that Brown having his name mentioned as the potential centerpiece in a deal for Durant just shows how great the Celtics star is. “It kind of shows how valuable he is. The fact that, top-10 player in the world, you’re the focal point. It’s one of those things, I remember, back in the day with Al Jefferson and KG [Kevin Garnett]. It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘oh dang, Al Jefferson.’ It’s not even like a difference,” said Williams.
“I think he’s going to approach it even better. He’s going to take it with a competitive mindset, too. So, if it doesn’t work out, which, I don’t know what it is or not, I’m not involved in none of those processes,” stated Williams. “But I think that he’s going to come back with a chip on his shoulder, and I love that. Because I know how JB responds, and he’s going to be very, very, very, very secure because he’s secure of himself and he’s secure of what he’s going to be.”
Green then admitted that it’s usually him who takes the high road. Curry and Thompson don’t always clap back, so when they do, Dray knows that he has to take a step back in order to avoid an escalation: “That’s just not how we roll,” Green said. “So I usually do the majority of the talking most the time. It either leads to us having a conversation and discussing what I think and what they think and how we can figure it out. If it’s in a heated battle, a heat-of-the-moment situation and I’m like ‘Klay stop shooting the ball’ and he cuss and yell back, then we just keep it pushing and I run on and he run on. Or if I say something to Steph and he gets mad and snaps back every two blue moons then he says something back and I just run off and go about my day.”

Dwyane Wade on Heat Big 3: 'The hate was because of our skin color'

It was at this point where Wade decided to drop a shocking truth bomb about how the hatred for the Heat was racially motivated: “We knew that some of the hate was because of our skin color,” he claimed. “Because of being Black men and deciding to control the fate of our careers. … So, when we had the power, when we had the moment, we took it. But some of the hate came because we were three Black guys who decided and changed the way that the NBA probably would ever be because of that decision.”
Dwyane Wade recently made a guest appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & The Three podcast, and it was an opportunity for the Heat icon to get brutally honest with his thoughts on why their Big 3 garnered so much hate. Wade was quick to point out that the way they teamed up to win a title wasn’t much different from how other iconic teams did it in the past (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter): “If you think about it, no one gives backlash to any championships that Larry Bird won, that Magic Johnson won, that Michael Jordan won,” Wade said. “… You don’t win championships without playing with other guys that are great, first of all.”
Clutch Points: Brandon Jennings has some thoughts on the state of today’s NBA… 🤔 Jennings mentions that he feels Chris Paul and LeBron James were among those who contributed to turning the NBA into a “player’s league,” which has hurt the league. (via @Tuff__Crowd) pic.twitter.com/0fKrdStGsK