Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has waived guard Keandre Cook, forward Javin DeLaurier, forward Xavier Sneed and forward Kahlil Whitney. Cook (6-5, 187) went undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft after two seasons at Missouri State University. The Baltimore native appeared in 33 games during his senior season, averaging 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32.1 minutes per game to earn All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team honors. He appeared in one preseason game for the Hornets.
Blake Murphy: The Raptors signed and waived Breein Tyree, Tres Tinkle and Dewan Hernandez today, sources tell me and @ShamsCharania. Those are all 905-oriented moves, no impact on NBA side.
Alykhan Bijani: The Houston #Rockets waived William McDowell-White, Trey Mourning, and Josh Reaves, league sources tell @TheAthletic
Grizzlies PR: The @memgrizz today announced the team waived Bennie Boatwright, Shaq Buchanan and Ahmad Caver to finalize their 2020-21 regular season roster. Press release below.
Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas today announced the team has waived guard Charlie Brown Jr. and forwards Zylan Cheatham, Tyler Cook and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Brown Jr., 6-6, totaled 20 points and 4 rebounds last season in 10 games with Atlanta. He was originally signed by the Hawks on July 1, 2019. The 23-year-old played in 29 games in the G League for the College Park Skyhawks where he averaged 17.1 points on 42.2% shooting and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Steve Popper: The Knicks have made it official - announcing the waiving of Myles Powell, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bryce Brown. That finalizes the roster unless they opt to grab another player cut loose from another team.
Fred Katz: The Wizards have cut Jordan Bell, who they signed earlier today, according to a source. Look for Bell to play for the Wizards’ G League team in the bubble.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs have requested waivers on Levi Randolph, Charles Matthews and Matt Mooney thus far, sources tell @clevelanddotcom
JD Shaw: The Bucks have requested waivers on Treveon Graham and Nik Stauskas. The team’s roster now stands at 16 players.
Will Guillory: Pels make it official that they've waived Rawle Alkins, Tony Carr, Jarrod Uthoff and Ike Anigbogu. pic.twitter.com/RJrbdHg2GR
Ira Winderman: The Heat have waived guard BJ Johnson. So 17 player roster now set: 15 standard contracts: Achiuwa, Adebayo, Bradley, Butler, Dragic, Harkless, Haslem, Herro, Nunn, Iguodala, Leonard, Okpala, Olynyk, Robinson and Silva. Two ways: Vincent. Strus.
James Edwards III: Per sources, the #Pistons have waived Anthony Lamb, Louis King and LiAngelo Ball.
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.
James Ham: The Kings have officially waived Hollis Thompson and Tyler Ulis. Roster is now down to 15 players.
James Ham: Both Hollis Thompson and Tyler Ulis are expected to play for the Stockton Kings, barring someone claiming them off waivers.
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
Logan Murdock: Warriors officially waive Alfonzo McKinnie along with Jared Cunningham and Nick Zeisloft, who were signed earlier today.
Chris Grenham: Max Strus has been waived by the Celtics, per the team. Javonte Green has won the final spot.
Daniel Greenberg: The Chicago Bulls have waived three players: Milton Doyle Justin Simon Simisola Shittu Bulls roster now stands at 16 players.
Fred Katz: Wizards have officially waived Anzejs Pasecniks and Jalen Jones, as expected. They’ll play for the Go Go in training camp
Brad Townsend: As expected Chad Brown waived. Plan all along was for him to start in Frisco with the Legends.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs have waived Jarell Martin, league sources tell @clevelanddotcom. Roster is at 13. They are still looking at all their options.
Shams Charania: The Memphis Grizzlies are waiving forward Ivan Rabb and center Miles Plumlee, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Roy Parry: The Magic have waived B.J. Johnson, Vic Law, DaQuan Jeffries, Isaac Humphries and Jon Davis, the team has announced. The moves put the Magic roster at 15, including two-way players Josh Magette and Amile Jefferson.
JD Shaw: The Trail Blazers have waived forward Keljin Blevins and guards Troy Caupain and London Perrantes, the team announced in a press release.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Golden State Warriors are waiving forward Alfonzo McKinnie, clearing way for Marquese Chriss to make regular-season roster. McKinnie will be one of the top available players on market.
Andy Larsen: Jazz just waived Kyle Collinsworth and Juwan Morgan. Both likely to play for SLC Stars.
Kelly Iko: The Rockets are waiving Jaron Blossomgame and Michael Frazier today, sources tell @Alykhan Bijani and I.
The Thunder trimmed their roster this morning by placing DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, Abdul Gaddy, Myke Henry and Eric Moreland on waivers, the team announced in a press release.
The Nuggets released rookie forward Tyler Cook, the team announced Wednesday. Cook had been on a two-way contract, and the timing could allow him to latch on with another team before the season begins. Backup point guard PJ Dozier will be converted to the other two-way spot, a league source told The Denver Post.
Scott Agness: One day after the conclusion of their preseason, the Pacers waived Walt Lemon Jr., C.J. Wilcox and Amida Brimah. They will soon head to Fort Wayne and begin training camp with @TheMadAnts.
Josh Lewenberg: The Raptors have waived Sagaba Konate, who was in camp on an Exhibit 10 deal. The roster now stands at 19 - 12 players on guaranteed deals and 7 on partial or non guaranteed contracts competing for 3 roster spots and 2 2-way spots.
Chris Miller: #Wizards have waived Justin Anderson, Jemerrio Jones and Phil Booth. Booth will move to the @CapitalCityGoGo. Fred Katz first reported #RepTheDistrict
Shams Charania: The Houston Rockets have waived former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
JD Shaw: The Spurs waived Matt Farrell today, league sources told @HoopsRumors . Farrell is expected to play for the team’s G League affiliate this coming season.
JD Shaw: The Cavs will waive recently signed players Scoochie Smith and Isaac Hamilton. The team reached agreement with Kobi Simmons yesterday.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Detroit Pistons waived guard Beno Udrih, league sources tell ESPN. Pistons have 14 guaranteed contracts on roster.
Shams Charania: Sources: Milwaukee has waived guard Gerald Green. The 10-year veteran reenters free agency before season starts this week.
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, the @Dallas Mavericks have waived P.J. Dozier, Jameel Warney and Maalik Wayns.
The Philadelphia 76ers have waived guard Andrew Andrews, forward Marc Loving and forward James Webb III, 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today.
Bobby Marks: Luxury tax bill in Oklahoma City drops from $27.8M to $24.5M with the Semaj Christon waiver. $4.5M savings of salary + tax.
Scott Bordow: Suns have waived Elijah Millsap. Roster now at 17 players and a clarification: under new CBA teams can carry 17 all year
The Indiana Pacers announced Saturday they have waived three players: 6-8 forward DeQuan Jones, 6-5 guard Trey McKinney Jones and 6-8 forward Ben Moore.
The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on Vander Blue, Travis Wear and Briante Weber, it was announced today.
Manny Navarro: #Heat announce they've waived DeAndre Liggins, Erik McCree and Tony Mitchell. The roster stands at 17 with Derrick Walton Jr. (two-way contract) and Matt Williams Jr. still on the team.
Michael Scotto: Oklahoma City Thunder will waive guard Isaiah Canaan, a league source told @BBallInsiders.
Candace Buckner: The #Wizards have waived Donald Sloan, The Washington Post has leaned. Carrick Felix makes the final roster, which is now set at 17.
Ronald Tillery: Griz coach Fizdale on roster cut down: "No one is going to be happy about this one. I’ll tell you that right now.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cleveland has waived Kendrick Perkins, league source tells ESPN. Cavs reach 15-man roster. Perkins came to camp in terrific shape.
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the Grizzlies waived guard Durand Scott.
The Warriors have waived guard Georges Niang and forward Michael Gbinije, the team announced in a press release. Both men were second-round picks in last year’s NBA draft.
Keith Pompey: The Sixers informed Kris Humphries, Emeka Okafor and James Blackmon Jr. they would be waived after the game, according to sources.
Keith Pompey: The #Sixers’ waiving of Kris Humphries, Emeka Okafor and James Blackmon Jr. becomes official on Saturday, according to a source.
The Bucks have requested waivers on Joel Anthony, Gary Payton II and Brandon Rush. The roster now stands at 15 players.
Sean Cunningham: Warriors just announced they've released Trevor Thompson. His signing was announced around 10am this morning.
The Boston Celtics announced Friday that they signed former Washington Wizards big man Daniel Ochefu. The Celtics will waive Ochefu and then sign him to their G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, a source told Celtics Wire.
When Ochefu clears waivers, the Celtics’ roster will go back down to 14 players, leaving one spot open. Boston may carry this open spot into the regular season, although more players getting cut at the last minute, such as Richard Jefferson in Atlanta after Friday’s reported trade, may end up in their crosshairs.
It’s expected that the Jazz will waive Nazareth Mitrou-Long, a guard out of Iowa State who played light minutes this preseason. The Tribune has learned the last roster spot will come down to forward Joel Bolomboy, a 2016 draft pick out of Weber State, or guard Royce O’Neale, who was most recently playing overseas.
Royce Young: With tomorrow the non-guaranteed cut deadline, likely outcome is both Christon and Canaan are waived and OKC keeps the 15th spot open.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets waive Isaiah Taylor, Tim Quarterman, George de Paula, Chris Johnson. Troy Williams, Nanu Onuaku, as expected, make roster.
Brian Lewis: The #Nets waived guard Tahjere McCall and forward Kamari Murphy. They hold both players G League rights, so they're Long Island bound
September 26, 2021 | 6:15 am EDT Update
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
When asked directly about Irving’s vaccination status — or his plans to change it — multiple people familiar with his thinking declined to answer directly. But one confidant and family member floated to Rolling Stone the idea of anti-vaxx players skipping home games to dodge the New York City ordinance… or at least threatening to protest them, until the NBA changes its ways.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”
In their sit-down interview back in August, Durant and Green rehashed the incident and how it ultimately affected KD’s decision to leave the Warriors. Surprisingly, KD claimed it wasn’t the beef itself that pushed him away, but the way Steve Kerr, Bob Myers and the front office handled things. “It wasn’t the argument,” the former Warriors star said. “It was the way that everybody … Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that would put a mask over everything. I really felt that was such a big situation for us as a group, the first time we went through something like that. We had to get that s— all out.”