Tim MacMahon: Source: The Rockets are signing guard Michael Frazier, who was named the G League’s Most Improved Player this season. He averaged 16.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists for Rockets affiliate Rio Grande Valley.
Isaac Humphries has signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told foxsports.com.au. The Australian centre played his last game for the Hawks’ G-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, this past weekend, and the NBA team chose to reward his recent productive play with this deal.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announce the signing of guard Chris Chiozza to get to the required 14 players. He played with the Vipers when on a 10-day contract with the Rockets and has been in the G League with Capital City this season.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Scott Machado to a 10-day contract, it was announced today.
Shams Charania: The Miami Heat have signed guard Charles Cooke of G League Sioux Falls to a 10-day contract, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Cooke spent last season with New Orleans.
Jovan Buha: The Clippers are signing G League guard Justin Bibbs of the Maine Red Claws to a 10-day contract tomorrow, league sources tell @TheAthletic.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed forward B.J. Johnson to a 10-day contract, it was announced today.
The Hawks plan to sign shooting guard B.J. Johnson to a 10-day contract this week, according to several people familiar with the situation.
Michael Scotto: The Brooklyn Nets will sign Tahjere McCall of the G League's Long Island Nets to a 10-day contract, league sources told @TheAthleticNBA.
Shams Charania: The Minnesota Timberwolves are signing forward Cam Reynolds of G League’s Stockton Kings to a 10-day contract, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announce the signings or Chris Chiozza and Terrence Jones to 10-day contracts. Chiozza assigned to the Vipers.
Chris Kirschner: The Atlanta Hawks are signing guard Jordan Sibert from their G-League affiliate to a 10-day contract, league sources tell the @TheAthleticNBA and @TheAthleticATL.
Shams Charania: The Washington Wizards and guard John Jenkins of G League Westchester are finalizing a 10-day contract, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium.
Shams Charania: Sources @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Indiana Pacers are signing guard Stephan Hicks from G League affiliate Fort Wayne on a 10-day contract.
Marc J. Spears: Guard Gary Payton, Jr., expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Wizards tomorrow, a source said.
Fred Katz: The Wizards, by rule, have to add a player by tomorrow. And Scott Brooks had an A+ non-answer when asked what type of player the team, which has only 13 guys on the roster, might be after: “Yeah, we will definitely add a player soon. Pretty quick. Yeah.”
James Edwards III: According to sources, the #Pistons are signing former MSU point guard Kalin Lucas to a two-way deal, cutting Zach Lofton.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Milwaukee Bucks are signing forward Bonzie Colson to a two-way contract, league sources tell ESPN. He was playing with Canton Charge of G League. He missed pre-draft and summer after broken foot ended Notre Dame career.
Shams Charania: Sources @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Cleveland Cavaliers are signing Deng Adel of G League's Raptors 905 to a two-way NBA contract.
The New York Knicks announced today that the team has signed guard Kadeem Allen to a Two-Way contract.
Shams Charania: Sources @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Knicks are signing G League Westchester guard Kadeem Allen to a two-way NBA deal.
Mike McGraw: Brandon Sampson, 6-5 guard from LSU, is going to be a #Bulls two-way player, replacing the injured Tyler Ulis.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Chicago Bulls are signing forward JaKarr Sampson of G League affiliate Windy City to a two-way NBA contract.
The Washington Wizards announced today that the team has signed guard Chasson Randle from the Capital City Go-Go, the team’s NBA G League affiliate. Randle has appeared in seven games this season with the Go-Go, averaging 23.1 points, 4.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. Randle has scored at least 20 points in six of his seven games played with the team this season and is shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 46.8 percent from three. The Stanford-product earned an NBA call-up earlier this season, but did not appear in any games for the Wizards.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Denver Nuggets are signing G League Memphis guard Brandon Goodwin to a two-way NBA contract. Goodwin was with the Nuggets prior to team signing Nick Young this week.
The Denver Nuggets have been granted an injury hardship relief exception from the NBA and will use that exception to sign guard Brandon Goodwin of the G League, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Mirjam Swanson: Good news for Johnathan Motley fans: The Clippers have transferred the two-way forward to L.A. from the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.
Andrew Greif: Johnathan Motley is joining the Clippers. Two-way player spent training camp with the Clips and has averaged 24.4/11.6/3.1 assists with team's G League affiliate.
Harrison Wind: Can confirm that the Nuggets are bringing in G League guard Brandon Goodwin, per a source. Goodwin was with the Memphis Hustle, averaging roughly 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists in 9 games this season. Nuggets are signing Goodwin with an injured player exception.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The San Antonio Spurs are signing forward Ben Moore to a two-way NBA contract. Moore started this season with the Indiana Pacers.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guard Chasson Randle from the Capital City Go-Go.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed forward Jeremy Evans to a 10-day contract, it was announced today. The team was granted an injury hardship exception by the NBA to allow for the additional roster spot.
Sean Cunningham: Kings coach Dave Joerger on Nigel Hayes signing said he hasn’t seen him play a lot. Said he was between a small and power forward.
Marc Stein: The Rockets are poised to sign Tim Quarterman from the @ACClippers of the @nbagleague to a 10-day contract, league sources say
Jonathan Feigen: Can confirm the Rockets are in the process of bringing in Quarterman again. Still have not yet done the physical, etc. Was in camp with them for a couple weeks.
Adrian Wojnarowski: G League guard Xavier Silas will sign a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics, league source tells ESPN.
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the team signed guard Marquis Teague to a 10-day contract as a Call-Up from the NBA G League’s Memphis Hustle. Teague becomes the first GATORADE Call-Up in Hustle franchise history. Teague (6-2, 180) started in all 47 of his games with the Hustle this season and averaged 17.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 32.5 minutes while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 42.7 percent from three-point range and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. He has led the Hustle in total points, total assists and free throws made and attempted during the team’s inaugural season in the G League. In the month of March, Teague averaged 22.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 34.7 minutes for the Hustle.
Adrian Wojnarowski: One of the most interesting 10-day contract deals in recent years: The Utah Jazz are signing David Stockton today, league sources tell ESPN. He is the son of Hall of Fame guard John Stockton. David has been playing in Reno of G League.
Shams Charania: Sources: Pelicans plan to sign guard Larry Drew II of G League Sioux Falls to a 10-day contract.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Guard Briante Weber has agreed to a 10 day contract with Memphis, league source tells ESPN.
The Milwaukee Bucks are planning to get some point guard help from a familiar face. According to league sources, Brandon Jennings is coming back to the franchise that drafted him. Taken by the Bucks with the No. 10 pick in the 2009 NBA draft and most recently a member of the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks' G League affiliate, Jennings, 28, is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Bucks in the coming days.
Eddie Sefko: Mavericks, by the way, did not extend a second 10-day to Scotty Hopson. They likely will sign Jameel Warney to a 10-day on Sunday. Warney has been lighting up the G-League all year.
G League Wisconsin Herd point guard Brandon Jennings is returning to his original NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks, on a 10-day contract, he confirmed to ESPN's The Undefeated.
He expects to arrive in Milwaukee on Saturday night, practice with the Bucks on Sunday and be available for the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. "Blessed and grateful for a second chance coming from a franchise where I started," Jennings told The Undefeated.
Bobby Marks: Even with the injuries to Mirza Teletovic, Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova, Milwaukee is not hardship eligible to sign a player. The Bucks will need to create a roster spot to sign Brandon Jennings to a 10-Day Contract.
G-League Wisconsin Herd guard Brandon Jennings is signing a 10-day contract with his original NBA team in the Milwaukee Bucks, a source told ESPN's The Undefeated.
Marc Stein: The Mavericks will soon sign Jameel Warney of the @TexasLegends -- long overdue for an NBA callup from the @nbagleague -- to a 10-day contract, according to league sources
Shams Charania: Sources: The Grizzlies are signing guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes of G League Westchester to a 10-day contract.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta is signing Jaylen Morris of Erie G League affiliate to a 10-day contract on Wednesday, league sources tell ESPN. Morris comes out of Division II Molloy College of the ECC.
John Gambadoro: Suns are signing Shaq Harrison to a 10-day contact and waiving Josh Gray.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Utah Jazz plan to sign guard Naz Mitrou-Long on a 10-day contract. Long rejoins Jazz from G League's Salt Lake City, after guard Ricky Rubio suffered injury in win last night.
Ian Begley: Top G League prospect Christian Wood looked good against Westchester on Thursday. He had 15 pts, 7 reb & hit two game-winning free-throws. Wood, 22, is averaging 22 and 10 for Delaware. The Knicks have an open roster spot and are keeping an eye on many top G League players.
Shams Charania: The Los Angeles Lakers are signing forward Nigel Hayes of G League's Westchester to a 10-day contract, league sources tell Yahoo.
Shams Charania: Sources: Milwaukee is signing center Marshall Plumlee of G League's Agua Caliente to a two-way NBA contract.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Brooklyn Nets are signing forward James Webb III of G League's Delaware on a two-way contract.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Indiana Pacers are signing forward Ben Moore of G League affiliate in Ft. Wayne to a two-way contract, league sources tell ESPN. Moore is an undrafted rookie out of SMU.
Hardaway Jr. envisioned a great partnership if point guard Trey Burke is called up from the G-League. Together at the University of Michigan, they made up one of the best backcourts in the NCAA. “It’d be great if he does get called up. We play off one another very, very well,” Hardaway Jr. said. “I would definitely be happy with him. It would be like the old times; just him bringing the ball up the court and me running the wing, just doing our thing. It won’t take that long for us to mesh. That’s a positive.”
Burke can sign with any team at the moment, but sources with knowledge of the situation say Burke would prefer strongly to sign with New York, even if other teams express interest.
Shams Charania: Sources: The New York Knicks and Trey Burke of G League Westchester are in serious talks on a deal, with the guard expected to be held out of the showcase and an agreement as soon as the weekend.
The Knicks' offense is floundering and there's a desire from some in the organization to call up their G-League star Trey Burke, a source told the Daily News. However, there's also a big obstacle to such a move — the team would need to create a roster spot. Burke, a 25-year-old point guard, signed with the Knicks in October but was immediately released and sent down to the G-League team in Westchester, where he's averaging 27.3 points and shooting nearly 50 percent.
New York's current starting point guard, Jarrett Jack, is the only Knick on a non-guaranteed deal. His contract will become guaranteed if he's not cut by Jan. 7 because it takes a full 48 hours to clear waivers (the guarantee date is technically Jan. 10). Among the other 14 players on the roster, point guard Ramon Sessions would be the most likely waiver-wire candidate given his small contract and lack of playing time.
However, the Knicks would prefer to make a trade to free up a roster spot. They already waived a player on a guaranteed deal (Mindaugas Kuzminskas) to make room for the return of Joakim Noah following a PED suspension.
Michael Grange: Chatted with Edy Tavares, ex-Raptors 905-turned LeBron's newest teammate. Said his agent had to tell him 3x before he believed the news.
Rick Noland: Tavares signed for 2 more seasons after this one. Griff says he's more game ready than Sanders
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Dahntay Jones and center Edy Tavares, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced on Wednesday from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to waive Larry Sanders and sign center Edy Tavares from NBA Development League, league sources told The Vertical.
The Larry Sanders experiment is apparently over with the Cavaliers, who are planning to release him and sign 7-3 center Edy Tavares for the playoffs, a source told cleveland.com.
Shams Charania: The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to sign center Edy Tavares to a multiyear contract on Wednesday, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Shams Charania: Tavares, 7-foot-3 center, has been critical part of Raptors 905's championship contention in D-League. He's played 12 NBA games for Hawks.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Axel Toupane (pronounced too-PON) for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Aaron McMann: Update: no roster moves coming for the Pistons. Too late to waive players, source says.
Shams Charania: Sources: Pistons signing guard Lorenzo Brown of D-League, releasing Beno Udrih. Udrih had productive season for DET before injury Sunday.
Shams Charania: The New Orleans Pelicans are signing forward Axel Toupane from D-League's Raptors 905, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Chris Reichert: The New Orleans Pelicans are signing Axel Toupane from the Raptors 905, per @Shams Charania. The Raptors 905 losing Axel Toupane in the playoffs could be a back breaker. He had 41 points in their game 1 win over Canton #NBADL
Chris Haynes: New Orleans to sign Quinn Cook (@QCook323) to two-year deal following two 10-day contracts, league sources tell ESPN. This year, plus next.
Bobby Marks: Strong gesture by Nets management honoring the commitment to Cliff Alexander and Prince Ibeh. Nets had committee to both players for a 10-day contract this season but injuries derailed the signing. The Nets commitment to both is similar to what Golden State did with Jose Calderon and his agent Mark Bartelstein back in early March.
The Orlando Magic have signed Patricio Garino and Marcus Georges-Hunt today. Garino and Georges-Hunt will be with the team for the remainder of this season, and their contracts will include non-guaranteed salaries for at least the 2017-18 season. They are expected to play summer-league ball for the Magic and then have an opportunity to earn regular-season roster spots in training camp.
Josh Robbins: The Magic will waive C.J. Wilcox today to sign Patricio Garino for the remainder of the season & to a non-guaranteed salary for 17-18.
Former Georgia Tech star Marcus Georges-Hunt will sign with the Orlando Magic for the remainder of the season. Georges-Hunt will join the team for its final five regular-season games, a good friend of Georges-Hunt’s confirmed. An Orlando Sentinel article reported on Sunday that the signing appeared likely. “I’d say it’s definitely for sure,” said Shawn Fowler, a Tech donor and graduate who had communicated with Georges-Hunt Sunday.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Gary Payton II to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Gary Payton II to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Payton, 24, appeared in 49 games (all starts) with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League this season, and averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 49.8 percent from the field.
Chris Haynes: Gary Payton II to sign two-year deal with Milwaukee, league source tell ESPN. Partial guaranteed next year. @Charles F. Gardner first on agreement.
The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that the team has signed forward Alex Poythress from the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. Pursuant to the NBA’s roster hardship exception, the Sixers roster now stands at 16.
Scott Agness: Sixers officially call up rookie Alex Poythress from the Mad Ants using NBA’s roster hardship exception. He's in Toronto for tonight's game.
September 26, 2021 | 6:15 am EDT Update
“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?”
Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
When asked directly about Irving’s vaccination status — or his plans to change it — multiple people familiar with his thinking declined to answer directly. But one confidant and family member floated to Rolling Stone the idea of anti-vaxx players skipping home games to dodge the New York City ordinance… or at least threatening to protest them, until the NBA changes its ways.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”
In their sit-down interview back in August, Durant and Green rehashed the incident and how it ultimately affected KD’s decision to leave the Warriors. Surprisingly, KD claimed it wasn’t the beef itself that pushed him away, but the way Steve Kerr, Bob Myers and the front office handled things. “It wasn’t the argument,” the former Warriors star said. “It was the way that everybody … Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that would put a mask over everything. I really felt that was such a big situation for us as a group, the first time we went through something like that. We had to get that s— all out.”