NBA rumors: Grizzlies sign Xavier Munford

The Memphis Grizzlies today announced that the team has signed guard Xavier Munford to a 10-day contract as a Call-Up from the NBA Development League’s Bakersfield Jam and pursuant to the NBA’s hardship roster rules. Munford (6-3, 180) has appeared in 41 games (37 starts) for Bakersfield and averaged 20.4 points (.490 FG/.412 3P/.811 FT), 4.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.00 steals in 33.7 minutes. A 2016 D-League All-Star, he ranks sixth among qualifying players in assists per game and 11th in scoring average.

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Peter Edmiston: Interesting quote from our talk w/ Griz GM Chris Wallace about philosophy on who to call up from the D-League. CHRIS WALLACE ON PHILOSOPHY OF D-LEAGUE CALL-UPS: "Some teams say 'Hey, we want an older guy who's going to make a minimum amount of mistakes, learn the system right away. We're not worried about any upside from a young guy who might become a rotation player down the road'. We've taken a little different track. We've wanted younger guys to take a look at, and that's sort of been my history in call-ups. I've been involved in more call-ups than I can remember from my days in Miami, Boston, and now here, and the best ones - like when we brought Bruce Bowen into Miami, Adrian Griffin and Mark Blount into Boston - those were young guys wto have not had a tremendous amount of opportunities. They had not had the opportunities to be rejected and fail like some of the older guys, and we got lucky and hit some of those players and they never went back down."
Marc Stein: In the wake of losing Eric Gordon as the latest in a season-long slew of injuries, New Orleans has been granted an injury exception that will allow the Pelicans to add Maine's Tim Frazier out of the @nbadleague, according to league sources.
Baron Davis, a month shy of his 37th birthday, wants to play again in the NBA. Preferably, he’d do so with the Warriors. “I would love to. It would be a dream come true. Be a dream come true, man,” says Davis, his grin as big as it ever was, nine years after leading the “We Believe” Warriors to pro basketball’s biggest-ever postseason upset. “Who wouldn’t want to play on a team that plays basketball the way it should be played? I’ve always dreamed about playing for a team that’s unselfish. “I love ’em. Everyone bought into the system. Most importantly, they bought into each other. It’s just the beauty of watching them. I never miss a game. They are my favorite team.”
The Grizzlies will soon sign guard Briante Weber of the NBA Developement League's Sioux Falls SkyForce to a 10-day contract, sources said. Memphis is also without starting point guard Mike Conley, who has a foot injury.
Rick Bonnell: The @Charlotte Hornets will sign point guard Jorge Gutierrez for the rest of the season tomorrow, according to a knowledgeable source. @theobserver
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract after receiving a hardship exception from the NBA. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
So what's happening with Briante Weber, a point guard from Virginia Commonwealth, is well within the rules. The Grizzlies are shorthanded, so they've chosen to sign Weber to a 10-day contract, as first reported by The Vertical at Yahoo! Miami really likes Weber, which is why it signed during training camp, when he was recovering from an ACL tear. It then sent him to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, with his consent, and was hoping to call him up near the end of this season, when it wouldn't push the team back over the luxury tax.
The Denver Nuggets have signed forward Axel Toupane to a 10-day contract, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Emiliano Carchia: Axel Toupane signed for the @Denver Nuggets, his agent @PedjaMateric confirmed
Jason Quick: Former Blazers guard Tim Frazier here in Boston, sitting courtside visiting with Damian Lillard, Allen Crabbe, Chris Kaman. Tim Frazier says he speaks daily with Lillard and CJ and often reaches out to guys like Vonleh when he sees his dunks.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed forward/center Greg Smith to a 10-day contract. With the signing, Minnesota’s roster now stands at 14 players.
Justin Crain: With Jimmer Fredette not getting another 10 day and Kevin Martin gone any chance we give him a shot? - Darren Wolfson: Checked for you. No current #Twolves traction. But he has an obvious NBA skill and it is needed here.
Mitchell said the Wolves will be patient while released players sign with teams aimed at the playoffs. They can wait and hope that a veteran — such as power forward Jason Thompson, perhaps — is available or sign one of the D League’s top big men. “After the dust settles, there are going to be some guys out there we’ll want to look at,” Mitchell said. “You don’t want to do it too fast because you don’t want to fill a spot and then someone becomes available. There are only so many playoff teams and only so many roster spots.”
The Brooklyn Nets have signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, General Manager Sean Marks announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Jessica Camerato: The Cavs signed Jordan McRae to a 10-day contract. He was averaging 23.3 pt, 4.6 reb, 5.2 ast for the 87ers.
The Cavaliers will sign guard Jordan McRae to a 10-day contract, a league source confirmed. They need him as an extra practice body given some of their injuries. McRae spent time this season with the Phoenix Suns, but has spent the bulk of his season with the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Development League affiliate. He scored a D-League record with 61 points last month in an overtime victory against the Cavs’ affiliate, the Canton Charge.
Darren Wolfson: Hear Sean Kilpatrick is expected to sign with the Nets. Thought the #Twolves should've pursued. Best wing in the D-League.
Fredette, a former first round pick, is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Knicks on Monday. He has spent much of the season with the Knicks D-League affiliate in Westchester. "To be honest with you," Anthony said after being told about Jimmer's impending arrival, "I haven't seen Jimmy play in a long time. I've been hearing about what's he's doing down there in the D-League but I haven't seen him play in action for a long time."
However, sources have indicated it’s unclear if Fredette will get time unless he proves himself in practice. Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis indicated Friday that Fredette is an example of a top college star not fully yet making the adjustment to the NBA where the game is “faster” and the players are “stronger.”
Marc J. Spears: D-League point guard Phil Pressey is signing a 10-day contract with the Suns, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Stefan Bondy: Heard Jimmer Fredette will join the Knicks after they return from Minnesota so good news for Westchester -- he gets to play for them today + Sun.
Sam Amick: Can confirm @Ian Begley intel that the Knicks plan to sign Jimmer Fredette. He'll sign a 10-day contract.
Marc Berman: Confirming Knicks will sign Jimmer but contract won't be done until after today.
Sources close to situation said the Pelicans are waiting until after the trade deadline (Thursday at 2 p.m.) to complete a new deal with Dejean-Jones, who has already played through the maximum allowable two 10-day contracts.
The Knicks have an open roster spot and can use a point guard, but are waiting to see how the deadline shakes out. Fredette’s agents have been in contact with a few teams, not just the Knicks. “I feel I’ve definitely proven I can still play and provide something for a team out there,’’ Fredette told The Post in a phone interview Tuesday morning. “I’ve shown that. And I’m definitely confident if I do get an opportunity, I’ll be able to produce. The D-League has helped me to get better and develop as a basketball player. I hope there’ll be a team that takes notice and gives me a chance.’’
The Knicks have an open roster spot and can use a point guard, but are waiting to see how the deadline shakes out. Fredette’s agents have been in contact with a few teams, not just the Knicks. “I feel I’ve definitely proven I can still play and provide something for a team out there,’’ Fredette told The Post in a phone interview Tuesday morning. “I’ve shown that. And I’m definitely confident if I do get an opportunity, I’ll be able to produce. The D-League has helped me to get better and develop as a basketball player. I hope there’ll be a team that takes notice and gives me a chance.’’
“You never know what could happen – whether it’s the Knicks or another team,’’ Fredette said. “I’m hopeful there is a team that will arise, but I’m not positive who that will be. My agent talks to teams every day and at the All-Star break, but you never know how serious those conversations are. Maybe the Knicks will be that opportunity or some other team. We’ll see what happens in the next couple of days.’’
Gerald Bourguet: #Suns officially announce the Orlando Johnson signing. Forgot Earl Watson was an assistant with the Austin Spurs when Johnson played there
Shams Charania: The Phoenix Suns will sign guard Orlando Johnson of Austin to a 10-day contract, league sources tell The Vertical. Former 2nd round pick.
Sean Kilpatrick‘s second 10-day contract with the Nuggets has come to an end and he will not be retained by the team. In a move you don’t see very often when guys on short contracts are involved, teammate Gary Harris had nice words for the departing player on Twitter.
Rowan Kavner: Doc said Jeff Ayres will get a second 10 day contract. That means no D-League All-Star Game for him. I think he'll deal just fine. Apparently Jeff just found out the deal when asked about it in the locker room, so he should be happy today.
New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo -- from the Westchester Knicks -- to a 10-day contract. His signing marks the 15th NBA Gatorade D-League call-up of the season.
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September 26, 2021 | 12:48 pm EDT Update

Ja Morant: 'I'm a Top 5 point guard'

Where do you feel you rank among the top point guards in the game? Ja Morant: Top 5. If you’re Top 5, who else is there with you? Ja Morant: Morant: Steph (Curry). I’m a big Chris Paul fan. I’d say Dame (Lillard) and (Russell) Westbrook. It’s tough. The point guard position is so loaded. Some guys have to get left out.
Your teammate, Jaren Jackson Jr., was the No. 2 breakout player, according to a poll of 15 NBA executives I did for HoopsHype. What do you expect from a healthy Jaren this season? Ja Morant: To me, personally, I think he’s No. 1 if he’s healthy. He’s been battling some injuries that set him back. A healthy Jaren is definitely the number one breakout player this season. He’s just a special talent that’s gifted. He’s 7-foot-1, can shoot the three, can put it on the floor, and can play inside. He does so much on the floor. As long as he stays healthy, which we need him to be, he’s definitely number one.
What do you think of Dillon Brooks as a defender and as a player overall for this team? Ja Morant: Dillon is an important piece to this team offensively and defensively. I’ve been saying a lot now that I feel like he doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his defense, especially against some of the top guys. Some of them probably won’t admit it, but I feel like most of the games when they struggled, Dillon was guarding them. Soon, that’ll come that he gets his respect for that. Offensively, how he’s able to score the ball from all three levels is big-time for us.
Speaking of locker rooms, what are the expectations in the locker room for the Grizzlies this season? Where do you guys think you can compete on what type of level? Ja Morant: I feel like we can compete with the top teams in this league. We all have that mindset, and this chip on our shoulder we go out and play with each and every night. Now, it’s continuing to buy in and keep gelling as a team and getting better with chemistry. Having more guys step up and talk who’ve been in the game for a while to help the young guys come along. Our goal this year is to continue to be better in all areas and better than we were last year.
Granted, all of that stuff is a lot easier to say in the offseason than it is to actually feel when a player is on the outside looking in. But while it could just be a bunch of PR-friendly cliches being spewed, this team also really could be that committed to winning. Ellington certainly thinks so, and during a recent appearance on BallIsLife’s “Noble and Roosh Show,” he also outlined a few other reasons he thinks guys will be all right with not playing as much as they have in the past: “I think we have one of the older rosters, so I think guys are able to be mature about that. We understand that everybody’s not going to be able to play 30 minutes a game, so there’s going to be sacrifice. There’s going to be sacrifices that need to be made, and I think that’s part of the understanding. “But also, understanding that with the older roster, guys aren’t going to be able to play. Guys aren’t going to play every single game. I think you’re going to see sometimes guys get rested and that’s where the ‘Next Man Up’ mentality comes into play.”
It’s why he also likes that the team made sure to add a few younger players as well: “I think it’s a great combination, man, of basketball IQ, championship experience, hunger with the guys wanting more. You got a mix of guys that haven’t won championships who are hungry for championships. You got some young guys in Kendrick Nunn, Malik Monk, THT, you got some young guys that are dogs. I think it’s a great mix of veterans and some mid guys and some young guys. I think the roster was constructed beautifully.”
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "There’s no room for players who do not want to get vaccinated"

“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?”
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