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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“They’re really loaded on him,” Rivers said. “We showed him on film, the flow pass the bounce pass are the two areas where we’re going to need him to be great.” Harris’ scoring is still his calling card and the area that you look at first to cite his playoff improvement: Through eight games, he’s averaging 23.6 points per game on 60 percent true shooting this postseason compared to 15.8 points per game on 46 percent true shooting in last season’s sweep against Boston in the bubble. But especially on those backup units, teams might force Harris to be a distributor. In Game 3, he looked up to the challenge.
Rivers joked on Sunday about how he doesn’t like “football players” in basketball, emphasizing that you can’t rest on defense in basketball. For Korkmaz, who gets on the floor because of his shooting, the defensive side is where he is forced to work harder. “Furk is doing all the little things that are required out of him,” Rivers said. “We’re not asking him to be Ben. But we’re asking him to be a better version of himself defensively. And I think he’s doing that.”
But with the Nuggets’ season on the line, and their two best players — Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray — out (Jokic was ejected at the 3:52 mark of the third quarter due to a flagrant foul 2), Denver scored 43 points over roughly the final 16 minutes. The Suns suffered a bit of a defensive letdown. “We know when we’re not playing the type of defense that we need to be playing,” Devin Booker said after the game. “So we communicate that amongst each other, and we tell each other ‘It’s time to lock in.’ And that’s what we do. But we saw a different style of offense once Jokic went out. Them having JaVale (McGee) picking and rolling to the rim.
Both of them get it, that life is bigger despite being uber-competitive. Paul is known for his relentlessness on the court that borders on maniacal. But even when he was going through his shoulder issues, he kept making it clear people are going through worse and he’d be fine. “To be on this journey with him and to see it paying off is nice,” Paul said. “We’re a lot alike. We stay locked in. I don’t feel good until the buzzer sounds. Mont’s the same way. When the series is over, and the game is over, it’s nice to share those moments.”

Former Celtic Glen Davis on Kyrie Irving's injury: 'Karma is real'

Davis, a member of the Celtics’ 2008 championship-winning squad, had some thoughts on the injury. In an Instagram reply, Davis seemed to imply that it was a result of basketball karma after Irving stomped on Boston’s center court logo earlier in the playoffs. “Karma is real. Energy is real no matter what you guys say,” Davis said in another IG comment. “That logo means something negative or positive. Ky wished that on hisself (sic). Energy is real, always have respect for other no matter if its (sic) a logo are (sic) not.”
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Stephen Curry on joining Team USA: 'I'm literally 50-50'

A gold medal is one thing missing from his resume, but he said he has yet to make up his mind. He continues to look at the logistics of playing in Tokyo. He is curious to learn which other players are planning to go and to see how strong the team will be. “I’m literally 50-50,” he said of his decision. “I probably need to decide in the next two weeks.”
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