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Former Canton Charge wingman John Holland will join the Cavaliers for training camp as a non-roster invitee, according to a team source. Holland, who is 6-5 and 27-years old out of Boston University, was waived by the Boston Celtics in August. The Celtics signed him off the Charge roster in April -- he played in one postseason game for the Cs and didn't score. He averaged 16 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Charge, the Cavs' D-League affiliate.
The Suns will head to training camp this month with three additional players who could typify the D-League ideals of untapped potential, second chances and late-bloomers. Overseas two-year pro Mike Moser, a former Arizona commit who had stops at three other colleges, and undrafted rookies Shaquille Harrison and Derrick Jones Jr. will join 15 contract players when Suns training camp opens Sept. 27 in Flagstaff. They likely will stay at higher in-state elevation for the inaugural season of the Northern Arizona Suns, Phoenix’s D-League affiliate in Prescott Valley.
The Boston Celtics have signed Jalen Jones and Damion Lee. Jones went undrafted in 2016 out of Texas A&M. Jones appeared in five Summer League games for the Toronto Raptors, averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.9 minutes.
The Golden State Warriors have signed JaVale McGee, Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey and Elgin Cook to contracts. McGee played in just 34 games last season with the Dallas Mavericks. McGee agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Warriors in late July.
Manu Ginobili will be joined by two fellow Argentines in training camp with the Spurs adding 23-year-old swingman Patricio Garino and 26-year-old guard Nicolas Laprovittola. The latter, who played with Lietuvos Rytas of Lithuania and Estudiantes of Spain last season, recently discussed how this opportunity with San Antonio came to be with https://t.co/k09yah3O3U. "During the Olympic Games, I was under the impression I could have a tryout in the NBA," Laprovittola said. "After Rio, I got away a bit but the chance with the Spurs came up. It was perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I took it even if it involved putting European options on the side, but I wanted to take advantage of it. I have nothing guaranteed, I come for a tryout but that's what I decided and I'm looking forward to it."
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard/forward Xavier Henry to the training camp roster, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed in accordance with team policy.
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed center Greg Stiemsma to a training camp contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Brooklyn, I'm hearing, invited Tibor Pleiss to camp. Nets assistant Chris Fleming is coach of the German national-team.
David 'Dubi' Pick: The Cavaliers will sign John Holland, waived by Celtics, according to source. He'll get a shot to crack roster.
The Orlando Magic have signed six free agents: forward Cliff Alexander, forward Branden Dawson, guard Nick Johnson, guard Kevin Murphy, center Arinze Onuaku (ah-RIN-zay on-ooh-AH-koo) and forward Damjan Rudez (DAHM-yahn ROO-dezh), General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed. Orlando’s roster stands at 19 players (see below), as training camp opens on Tuesday, September 27. Alexander (#2, 6’8”, 245, 11/16/95) played in eight games last season during his rookie campaign with Portland, averaging 1.3 ppg. in 4.5 minpg. He also spent time with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League. Alexander, who was not drafted by an NBA franchise, played in 28 games (six starts) during his only season at the University of Kansas (2014-15), averaging 7.1 ppg., 5.3 rpg. and 1.32 blkpg. in 17.5 minpg.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard Orlando Johnson and free agent forward J.J. O’Brien to the training camp roster, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed in accordance with team policy.
JJ O'Brien has signed a camp deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. O'Brien averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 36.0 minutes over 46 games last season in the D-League for the Idaho Stampede.
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have signed forward E.J. Singler. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guards Andrew Andrews and Rasheed Sulaimon. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. As a senior at the University of Washington last season, the 6-2 Andrews averaged career highs of 20.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. During his final collegiate campaign, he ranked first in the Pac-12 in scoring per contest and fourth in assists per game, earning 2015-16 All-Pac-12 First Team honors. The Portland, Ore., native appeared in 128 career games during his four-year career, owning averages of 14.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 30.7 minutes per game. He left Washington as the school’s all-time leader in free throws made (578) and ranked third all-time in points (1,812).
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Elton Brand. Over 17 NBA seasons, Brand has appeared in 1,058 career games with 868 starts, posting averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. He has played 34,910 career minutes, which ranks him 67th all-time. Brand was also the recipient of the 2005-06 Joe Dumars Trophy, presented each season to the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court.
Jessica Camerato: The Sixers signed veteran Elton Brand. It is a one-year, non-guaranteed deal according to sources.
The Utah Jazz have signed rookie small forward Quincy Ford, the team formally announced on Wednesday morning. In a deal that comes with a partial guarantee of $75,000, Ford, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Northeastern, will attend training camp, which starts on September 27th, and is expected to be on the Salt Lake City Stars roster, Utah's D-League affiliate.
Orazio Cauchi: Jazz have officially signed Quincy Ford. Roster now stands at 18. #NBA
The #Pacers signed 6′4″ guard Nick Zeisloft. Indy will be up to 19 players on the roster, 4 non-guarantees.
Shams Charania: Sources: Brooklyn free agent Markel Brown has agreed to a deal with Cleveland. Brown is among Cavs' camp invites to battle for open spots.
The Sacramento Kings today signed guard Isaiah Cousins, according to Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac. Selected by Sacramento out of Oklahoma in the second round (59th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft, the 6-5 guard averaged 9.7 points (.408 FG%, .407 3pt%, .711 FT%), 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 27.7 minutes per game over 137 career contests in four seasons with the Sooners (2012-13 – 2015-16).
Difficult to see Rodney McGruder, Stefan Jankovich or Okaro White making the roster barring trades of veterans. The Heat hopes to stash all three in D-League. Miami loves Jankovic’s soft touch and range but he needs to gain at least 10 pounds.
The Cavs are bringing DeAndre Liggins to training camp. He has an outside shot to make the team. The 28-year-old was the D-League's Defensive Player of the Year. He's 28 and 6-foot-6, 200 pounds and was on the Cavs' summer league team. They love how he defends small forwards and guards.
Michael Scotto: Source: The Bucks and Orlando Johnson have agreed to terms. Milwaukee has 15 guaranteed contracts, but is looking at ways to add wing depth.
The Spurs will have three Argentineans at training camp after the agent for Nicolas Laprovittola announced Friday his client will join fellow Rio Olympians Manu Ginobili and Patricio Garino. Agent Carlos Prunes said via Twitter that Laprovittola “will participate in the preseason of the Spurs” and is scheduled to travel with Garino to San Antonio this weekend. Laprovittola, 26, is a 6-foot-4 point guard who most recently played professionally for the Spanish club CB Estudiantes. He’s expected to compete for a bottom-of-the-roster spot with the Spurs.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Julian Jacobs and forward Travis Wear, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
The 6-foot-8 Ellis averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game for the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. He’s expected to miss three to four weeks of individual workouts prior to training camp following surgery. “It’s a really good fit. They like him a lot. They’ve talked about him all summer,” Bartelstein said of the Hornets. “We think it’s got a chance to be a really good opportunity for him. Coaches there are excited to have him. He has to get himself healthy here the next couple weeks. Then he’ll go into camp and compete.”
“There were a number of teams interested,” Bartelstein said. “They (Hornets) showed a lot of interest. Obviously you can only pick one. You’ve got to weigh everything. We looked at the coaching staff and the way they want to play and what they are looking for. We think he’s a really good fit for them. “There were a lot of people overseas that called about him. His heart right now is set in the NBA,” Bartelstein added.
Shams Charania: After Lakers workout and deciding among options, Xavier Henry has agreed to a training camp deal with Milwaukee, sources tell The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers signed forward Travis Wear to a training camp deal, league source tells @The Vertical. He will compete for a roster spot.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Zach Auguste, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
While Singler won himself fans in the organization with a strong finish to the D-League season and an impressive performance with the club at Summer League, it was unclear if he’d opt for a camp invite over taking more lucrative overseas opportunities. The contract will likely contain a small guarantee to help supplement a potential D-League salary – Fred VanVleet and Jarrod Uthoff both received $50,000 guarantees on their camp deals – and Singler’s chosen the chance to fight for an NBA roster spot over a return to the international market.
Eric Pincus: I hear the Lakers have a deal with Zach Auguste, who played for the summer league squad, haven't gotten word on terms.
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard Semaj Christon, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Shams Charania: Free agent Nate Wolters has agreed to a deal with the Denver Nuggets, league sources tell The Vertical. Wolters was 38th pick in 2013 draft.
Chris Reichert: Undrafted guard, Isaiah Taylor will attend training camp with the Houston Rockets, a league source tells U&M.
Ra'shad James is also the definition of “late bloomer’’, someone whose game has steadily improved over the years to the point where he is now a legitimate NBA prospect. Several teams have recently inquired about the possibility of him coming to their training camps, although all indicators point toward him agreeing to a non-guaranteed deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. “We’ve had interest in the Bucks and they have had interest in Ra’shad,’’ said Bill Neff, James’ agent. “Nothing is finalized; there’s still some paperwork to do. But both sides want to do it.’’
That drive led him to Wednesday’s free agent minicamp at the Lakers’ practice facility, where General Manager Mitch Kupchak labeled him as “one of the players that we did want to take a look at.” The Lakers only have so many spots left to fill for their 20-man training camp roster, and space for Henry is far from guaranteed. But it is nonetheless a major step for a player whose career could have very well been over. “I’ve been doing a lot of workouts this summer with a lot of different teams and getting feedback and seeing how I feel,” he said. “I’ve been feeling really good. I’m feeling blessed that I can even play basketball again.”
Three of those present at the Lakers’ practice facility — Jeff Ayres, P.J. Hairston and Johnny O’Bryant — played in the NBA just last season. Three more — Xavier Henry, Orlando Johnson and Travis Wear — also have experience in the world’s top league. Still, Kupchak cautioned that the team isn’t looking for a roster-shaking player with this one-day camp. “I don’t think we’re looking at players here that would be in the rotation, although you never know,” Kupchak said. “They come to camp and earn whatever they can get. But what I think we’re looking at here are known players. They’re free agents and we do have roster spots open in terms of our team. But also we have roster spots open in terms of training camp.”
Henry credited Santa Cruz’s training and coaching staffs with assisting his rehab and never letting him get too down on himself. In spite of this, it was still a far-from-perfect path for Henry, who only played nine games for the team. Nonetheless, his dedication to grinding his way back to the court was noticed from afar by his former general manager. “I think it’s a testament to a great kid,” Kupchak said. “That’s nothing new to us. We know the kid and we know what kind of heart he has. He’s had several different types of injuries and he’s worked his way through it. He’s still young enough to make a run at the NBA and playing basketball professionally, so we wish him the best.”
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed forward Grant Jerrett to a training camp contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
With the agreement with Udrih, it makes it unlikely that summer-team additions Stefan Jankovic, Okaro White and McGruder make the final roster, also putting into question the possibility of Weber surviving the final cut to 15. The Heat open training camp the final week of September, with the preseason to open the following week. The Heat open their regular season on Oct. 26 on the road against the Orlando Magic.
The Hawks open training camp next month. There will be a different narrative to start the new season. It won’t be about who makes the team, but who does not. The Hawks have 16 players under contract and 15 roster spots. Muscala has a strong chance to return. The Hawks picked up his option year this summer and he will enter the final year of his contract. Part of the big-man competition includes center Edy Tavares, who enters his second season after very limited playing time last year.
“Obviously, it’s something I know,” Muscala said of the Hawks’ need to trim a returning player barring a trade. “I understand it. All I can really do is work on my game and see what happens. I love the Hawks. I love the organization. As for who will be on the 15-man roster, I can’t say. It’s out of my control. A lot of people ask me about it but it’s out of my control. I keep working. I’ve learned through the years that if you do that, you make it hard on yourself. I’ve had to battle through non-guaranteed contracts. I came on a partially guaranteed two years ago. I battled through that. If I were to think I have to do this and this to stay on the team, it’s not that mindset. It’s make the right play and do good today in practice and it will figure itself out.”
University of Kentucky free-agent forward Alex Poythress has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Indiana Pacers, league sources told The Vertical.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed forward Shawn Dawson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have signed free agent guard Drew Crawford and centre Yanick Moreira (Yah-neek more-ERA). Per team policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
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