Scott Agness: TJ Leaf, the Pacers’ 2017 first-round pick, has agreed to a deal to play in the Chinese Basketball Association, per league source. He was most recently with the Portland Trail Blazers on a two-way deal.
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free-agent forward TJ Leaf to a two-way contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Leaf, 23, holds career averages of 3.3 points (49.1% FG, 34.1% 3-PT, 57.1% FT), 2.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 8.7 minutes in 139 games (two starts), all with Indiana. A three-year veteran, Leaf (6-10, 222) was selected with the 18th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Pacers following his freshman season at UCLA.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F TJ Leaf is signing a two-way deal with Portland, sources tell ESPN.
October 2, 2022 | 5:47 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Houston Rockets center Bruno Fernando has agreed on a four-year, $10.9 million deal, his agents Andy Shiffman and Mark Bartelstein of @Priority Sports tell ESPN. Fernando will have his two-way contract coverted to this new long-term deal.
John Karalis: Mfiondu Kabengele didn’t realize he dapped up a referee who was looking for the ball after his diving play. “The ref? I was so locked in I didn’t realize that. I just saw hands and I dapped him up, for sure … apologies sir”
October 2, 2022 | 4:42 pm EDT Update
Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth reached a multiyear extension that will keep him in Denver through at least the 2024-25 season, league sources told The Denver Post. Booth took over this past summer as GM following the abrupt departure of former president of basketball operations Tim Connelly to Minnesota.
Christian Clark: CJ McCollum on finding a balance between scoring/passing: “I played with a guy who scored 50 more times than Allen Iverson. I know how to share the ball. I know how to let somebody go when they’re in a rhythm, in a groove. I’m comfortable doing whatever it takes to win.”
Christopher Hine: Austin Rivers after practice today talking about Jaden McDaniels: “My God, he’s pretty special. … He can do a little bit of everything. I don’t even think he understands how great defensively he can be. He plays hard and when he’s active, his length bothers people.”