Kellan Olson: The NBA’s official release on the 22-team format notes that the NBA Draft Lottery standings will be based off the standings prior to play in Orlando. The 14 teams will be those who do not make the playoffs. So, the Suns will be in the 10th spot unless they make the playoffs.
September 24, 2022 | 7:13 pm EDT Update
Khobi Price: The Orlando Magic have waived Joel Ayayi, per league source. Ayayi signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Magic on Sept. 12. Orlando’s signed Aleem Ford and Zavier Simpson, putting the team’s roster at the offseason max of 20 players heading into training camp.
Bobby Marks: Dean Wade was on a $1.9M non-guaranteed contract that now becomes guaranteed. He signed a four-year $5.6M contract in June 2020. Only $375K of that amount was guaranteed. Cleveland now has 14 guaranteed contracts.
Some members of the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship in July, sources said. At that time, team leadership was led to believe by both parties that the relationship was consensual. But sources said that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments toward her — leading the team to launch a set of internal interviews. Given that report, and everything else said in private, an agent friend of mine delivered a verdict on Ime Udoka’s NBA head coaching prospects: “He’s done.”
September 24, 2022 | 6:55 pm EDT Update
Mark Haynes: Donte DiVincenzo explained why he signed with the Golden State Warriors. “I wanted to get back to that winning culture. The joy of playing simple winning basketball. I think I thrive in that.”