Josh Lewenberg: Khem Birch, who could debut for the Rap…

Josh Lewenberg: Khem Birch, who could debut for the Raptors in New York tomorrow, will become the 6th Canadian to play for Toronto, joining Jamaal Magloire, Cory Joseph, Anthony Bennett, Oshae Brissett, and fellow Montrealer Chris Boucher.

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Bobby Marks: Birch gave back $413,964 on his buyout with Orlando. It is the same amount for a player (with 3 years of service) that signs a contract on Sunday April 11.
Blake Murphy: Freddie Gillespie is available tonight. Khem Birch has officially cleared waivers and will be signing with the Raptors for the rest of the season, could join team as soon as tomorrow.
Michael Grange: Raptors 10-day signee Freddie Gillespie will join team in Cleveland presuming tests negative today and tomorrow. Will fly privately Saturday. Khem Birch can clear waivers at 5 pm Saturday. IF he clears Raps leaders to sign him as a FA. Unlikely to be with team in CLE.
Josh Lewenberg: Khem Birch is expected to sign with the Raptors after he clears waivers tomorrow afternoon. Would think that because he's coming from another NBA team and has been following the league's protocols, there's a good chance he'll be available vs Cleveland.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Khem Birch has agreed to a two-year, $6M deal to return to Orlando, agents Mike George of @OneLegacySports and Jeff Schwartz of @excelsm tell ESPN.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have issued qualifying offers to Khem Birch and Amile Jefferson, making both of them restricted free agents on June 30.
The Magic will attempt to re-sign Birch and will almost assuredly make him a restricted free agent by extending him a qualifying offer, but Philadelphia expressed interest in him during the season and there could be several more this offseason, sources said.
Khem Birch, a 6-foot-9 center, signed with the Magic on Thursday. Team officials would not disclose the terms of the deal, but Birch said his contract is for two years.
Orlando Magic PR‏: RELEASE: The Orlando Magic have signed free agent center Khem Birch. #PureMagic #LetsGoMagic
Khem Birch opted out of his contract with Olympiacos to sign in the NBA with the Orlando Magic. The American big man has played one season in Greece with Olympiacos.
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Though it doesn’t look good right now, the Sixers continue to insist that their preferred outcome at this point is to bring Simmons back and try to work through this. Embiid has publicly stumped for Simmons and privately insisted they can turn this around if they simply get him back in the gym and around the team. Rivers does not believe this will be an issue in the locker room, using an example from his own playing days to show these situations can be rectified.
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The Simmons-Rivers relationship has been one of many issues in question as this has played out over the summer. Sources with knowledge of the situation have noted throughout the offseason that mending that relationship would be one of the most important steps toward potentially making this work, even if temporarily, and there has been little-to-no progress on that front. Simmons’ buy-in has been described as “low” or “non-existent” by team sources in recent weeks, with the head coach and player rarely speaking since the season ended in late June.
Vogel hopped on Spectrum’s “LakeShow” podcast on Wednesday and shed some light on AD’s apparent physical transformation this summer. Clearly, Davis’ new look has Vogel feeling particularly optimistic about the upcoming season. “He put a lot of work this off-season into his body, a lot of work,” Vogel said. “We had a moment maybe two weeks ago, where he had been training at home and we had a lot of conversations about concerns we have with our team … And (AD) comes in for a workout, the first time we’ve seen him for a while, and his body looked imposing. And we all just looked at each other like, ‘We’re going to be really good this year. Just looking at that guy right there, we’re going to be really good this year.’”
A NBA team parting ways with its president of basketball operations a week before training camp would be remarkable in any circumstances, but the Minnesota Timberwolves’ decision to move on from president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas was even more notable for one simple reason; they forgot how to spell their own franchise name. In both a statement (which was quoted verbatim by several reporters, including the spelling mistake) and a release, they called themselves the “Timberwovles”: