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Marla Ridenour: #Cavs announce signing of guard R.J. Nembhard to a two-way contract. Joins forward Isaiah Mobley, who signed a two-way contract Saturday

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Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Bryce McGowens to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. A native of Pendleton, South Carolina, McGowens averaged 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 33.3 minutes per game as a freshman at Nebraska in 2021-22, starting all 31 games in which he appeared. The 6-7 guard/forward earned All-Big Ten Third Team honors and was named Big Ten Newcomer of the Year by the media. McGowens led the Cornhuskers in scoring and ranked ninth in the Big Ten, while also ranking third in the conference in free-throw percentage (83.1%).
Keith Smith: The Brooklyn Nets have tendered a $2.2M qualifying offer to make Nicolas Claxton a restricted free agent on July 1, a league source tells @spotrac. The Nets have also tendered a Two-Way qualifying offer to make David Duke Jr. a restricted free agent on July 1.
Rylan Stiles: Lindy Waters said it’s most definitely a goal to have his contract to be converted to a standard NBA Deal. Said he is going to get his conditioning, strength, and basketball wisdom to the highest level.
Shams Charania: The Lakers also intend to sign forward Wenyen Gabriel on a two-way NBA contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Gabriel has had stints with the Nets, Clippers and Pelicans this season, showing flashes of athleticism and versatility at 6-foot-9.
Marc Stein: The Celtics are planning to sign Matt Ryan to a two-way contract, league sources say. Ryan currently plays in the @nbagleague for the @NBAGrandRapids Gold. More NBA from me:
Eddie Sefko: The Mavericks announced today they have signed forward Moses Wright to a two-way contract. Wright (6-8, 226) went undrafted in 2021 and signed with the Agua Caliente Clippers of the G League. Wright has averaged 17.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.9 blocks in 17 games.
Shams Charania: The Oklahoma City Thunder are signing two-way forward Aaron Wiggins to a new four-year, $6.4M deal, agent Austin Walton tells @TheAthletic @Stadium. Team option on the fourth year. Wiggins earns full contract after going No. 55 in 2021 NBA draft, starting 18 games this season.
Joe Mussatto: The Thunder has signed former Oklahoma State guard Lindy Waters III to a two-way contract, the team announced. In a corresponding move, Paul Watson Jr. has been waived.
Shams Charania: The Chicago Bulls are signing forward Malcolm Hill to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Hill earns deal for the season after playing 18 productive minutes in Saturday's game vs. Celtics.
Shams Charania: The Philadelphia 76ers are signing hardship guard Charlie Brown on a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. 76ers released forward Aaron Henry to create space.
Dallas Mavericks PR: The Dallas Mavericks have signed Theo Pinson to a two-way contract. Pinson signed a 10-day contract with Dallas on 12/20/21 and has appeared in 10 games with the Mavericks.
Shams Charania: The New Orleans Pelicans are signing forward Gary Clark to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . Clark returns after playing in eight games for the Pelicans, shooting 47.4 percent from 3-point range.
Shams Charania: The Golden State Warriors are planning to sign guard Quinndary Weatherspoon to a two-way contract, sources @TheAthletic @Stadium. Weatherspoon earns roster spot after starting the season with the Warriors’ G League affiliate Santa Cruz and receiving hardship call up.
And with you getting that four-year contract, what was the internal message to you? It’s a sign of respect, good faith and trust from the organization. Coming from where you did, how do you process all of that? Garrison Mathews: I’m actually just super thankful and, honestly, kind of relieved, too. To go from year to year … those two-way contracts, they’re hard to get out of. Because with two-way contracts, there’s not a lot of opportunities. Then you’re in restricted free agency. It’s just tough, man. A lot of people go through it, and it’s hard. So, a lot of relief, a lot of thankfulness, honestly. I wouldn’t be able to get this contract without Rafael, Coach, the owners putting me in this position to succeed. Just a lot of thankfulness.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard Jared Harper from the team’s G League affiliate, the Birmingham Squadron, to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a related move, the Pelicans waived two-way player Daulton Hommes.
Shams Charania: The Los Angeles Lakers are signing guard Mason Jones to a two-way contract from their G League affiliate South Bay Lakers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Lauren Rosen: The @Philadelphia 76ers make it official: The team has signed Myles Powell to a two-way contract. Powell will wear no. 5.
Tony East: Pacers are waiving DeJon Jarreau and signing forward Terry Taylor to their open two-way slot. Taylor was a lock to get promoted at some point during his career, he has been a monster in the G League and spent training camp with the Pacers. Read more on…
On a two-way contract, Martin is limited to 50 games on the active roster during the 82-game regular season. Nineteen games into the season, he already has burned 17 of that total (including one game against the Indiana Pacers, when he was active but did not play). That means, unless he is converted to a standard deal, he is eligible to be active for only 33 of the Heat’s 63 remaining games. “I haven’t really thought that far ahead,” Martin told the Sun Sentinel, as the Heat prepare to conclude their four-game trip on Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. “I’ll leave that up to them. For them, that’s really on them to decide when they need me or when not.”
With Martin, there is a bit more flexibility. And once forward Markieff Morris returns from the whiplash that has had him out for almost three weeks, it is possible the Heat deactivate Martin on certain game nights, as has been the case twice this season. “Obviously that standard contract is what anybody who comes in on this situation works toward,” Martin, 26, said. “So, obviously, if that was the case, I’d be more than grateful and it would allow me to not only focus on my position here or not, because I just want to play, but it certainly would make things a lot easier. “But, yeah, that would be great if that happened.”
Although it is an option because of his two-way status, it appears unlikely the Heat would ship him for stints with their G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, although he said he would understand if that is what is requested. “Sometimes it’s about wanting to get in there and get reps, but obviously mental reps are a big part of it, too,” he said of the benefits of practicing with the Heat. “So sometimes it might be better for me to stay here and make sure I stay engaged, because I am thrown in there a good amount of times. So just to be ready, so when my numbers is called, that I’m not out of the loop.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Ish Wainright is signing a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns, his agents Jim Tanner and Deirunas Visockas of @Tandem Sports tell ESPN. Wainright, 27, played well in training camp for the Raptors. He's been playing overseas since his Baylor graduation in 2017.
Marc J. Spears: The Golden State Warriors say they have been awarded guard Jeff Dowtin off of waivers. Dowtin’s contract has been converted to a Two-Way deal.
The Utah Jazz have converted the contract of forward Malik Fitts to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Fitts (6-8, 230, St. Mary’s) played in four preseason games with the Jazz, seeing action in four games, averaging 3.8 points on 45.5 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from three, along with 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 11.8 minutes per contest.
Shams Charania: The Houston Rockets are converting guard Daishen Nix's deal to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Nix, who played with No. 2 pick Jalen Green with NBA G League Ignite, joined the Rockets for training camp.
Ian Begley: Source confirms Luka Samanic and Knicks have agreed to a deal. Spurs waived Samanic, the No. 19 pick in 2019 draft, earlier this month. First reported by The Athletic, which notes that it is a 2-way deal. Samanic would fill the Knicks’ second 2-way spot.
Shams Charania: The Lakers are progressing toward a two-way deal with free agent forward Sekou Doumbouya, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Doumbouya was the No. 15 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Shams Charania: The Detroit Pistons are signing rookie center Luka Garza to a new two-year contract, his agents Mike Kneisley and Odell Witherspoon told @TheAthletic @Stadium. Garza, the No. 52 pick, has his two-way converted to a full NBA deal.
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed forward/center Marquese Chriss, guard Quinn Cook, forward Patrick Patterson and guard Dennis Smith Jr. to training camp contracts and guard/forward Keljin Blevins to a two-way contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Portland will begin its training camp with Media Day on Monday, September 27 followed by the team’s first practice on Tuesday, September 28. Training camp practice times will be relayed at a later date.
Michael Scotto: The Utah Jazz have agreed to a two-way deal with Justin James, agents Austin Walton and Adam Papas of @nxtsportsagency told HoopsHype.
Ben Anderson: Justin James is entering his third NBA season after two years in Sacramento. He was the 40th pick of the 2019 NBA draft out of @wyo_mbb and has career averages of 3.2 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.6 assists. At 6'7, 190 lbs, he shoots 44% from the floor and 34% from three.
Your Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed Marcus Garrett to a two-way contract. Garrett appeared in four Summer League games with the HEAT and averaged 11.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.25 steals, 1.5 assists and a +9.3 plus/minus while shooting 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the field and 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from three-point range, helping Miami to a perfect 4-0 record before leaving his fifth game early due to an illness. He scored in double-figures in each of the four games and recorded 10 steals in two contests during the California Classic in Sacramento. He recorded a positive plus/minus in each game, including a +26 in the two games in Las Vegas.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kansas guard Marcus Garrett is signing a two-way deal with the Miami Heat, his agent Mike George of @onelegacysports tells ESPN. Garrett honored his college rep as a tenacious defender in summer league.
Brady Hawk: And the Heat officially lock up Marcus Garrett on a 2-way deal Haven’t seen an undrafted player this solid on defense in a while Quick feet, active hands, on-ball mechanics, off-ball anticipation And if a spot-up jumper is developed to become a 3 & D guy, they got something
Barry Jackson: Former Naismith Defensive Player of Year Marcus Garrett remains well positioned for Heat 2-way this summer. Heat obviously also looking at other young players to potentially compete for a 2-way. Every team has two 2-way contracts; those players can be active for 50 NBA games.
Chris Kirschner: Skylar Mays has signed his two-way qualifying offer with the Hawks, sources tell @The Athletic. Mays joins Sharife Cooper as Atlanta’s two two-way players on its roster for the coming season.
Tony East: The Pacers just announced that they have signed guard DeJon Jarreau to a two-way contract. In order to free up the roster space to do so, Amida Brimah was waived. Jarreau is a talented defender from the University of Houston who played well for the Miami Heat in summer league.
Scott Agness: The Pacers are signing DeJon Jarreau to a two-way contract, league source told @FieldhouseFiles. Story:…
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August 15, 2022 | 2:00 pm EDT Update
There are over 2,000 people piled into Room 6BCF of the San Diego Convention Center at 10:30AM on a Saturday morning and Zion Williamson wants—no, needs—them to know he belongs here, too. These folks got up early on the busiest day of the biggest multimedia entertainment expo of the year to make sure they got an all-but-guaranteed seat for this event: a Comic-Con panel dedicated to Naruto, the long-running manga/anime franchise. And while Williamson is easily the most famous person in the room, he’s aware that most of the fans aren’t even there to see him.
Williamson talks about Naruto with the same reverence with which other NBA players talk about the Bible—it brings comfort and clarity in equal parts. Over the course of this past year—an unusually tumultuous one in his otherwise starry career—Naruto was his north star. Naruto launched in Japan in 1999, the year before Zion was born, and quickly became a phenomenon: these days there are some 250 million copies in circulation. The animated adaptation launched in 2005, and has remained similarly popular even since. Naruto inspires the sort of fandom that leads people to don elaborate cosplays, and to tattoo themselves with its iconography. Williamson is not the only athlete who’s a fan (UFC champ Israel Adesanya is another notable), but he is, so far, the only NBA player to build an entire sneaker collection around his love for the franchise.
Getting in shape won’t be enough—the Pels need him to stay in shape. They need his dunks to come when the clock is running, and preferably over the heads of other All-Star-caliber players. One person who doesn’t seem concerned about any of that is Williamson. Basketball is what he loves. And he never feels pressure when it comes to doing what he loves. Whatever weight his shoulders bore over the last year seems to have lifted. “I had to come to a realization,” he explains. “No matter what the world is saying, I have to remember that I am who I am and stay true to that. That’s what Naruto did, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
The estate of Zeke Upshaw, a rising basketball star who died on the court while playing for an affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, has reached a settlement of wrongful death claims with the minor league team, DeltaPlex Arena, and emergency responders, according to federal court filings in Michigan. Upshaw played for the Grand Rapids Drive, a G League team. He collapsed and died in March 2018 from cardiac arrest in the final minute of the team’s final game of the season.
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