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Yossi Gozlan: OKC has 16 players. Three of them are non-guaranteed. I think we can lock in Kenrich Williams to make the roster. He’s a good rotation player on a great contract and will probably be a strongtrade candidate among other competitive teams. That leaves among the non-guaranteed guys Gabriel Deck and Charlie Brown Jr. for the last roster spot. I think I saw some reports that Deck might be headed back to Europe, but I’m not sure how true that is. If he’s headed overseas, then he’s the logical candidate. Otherwise, Brown seems like the guy to go. OKC is still roughly $22 million below the salary floor, so they are definitely going to add some more players via salary dumps to get a little closer.

Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas today announced the team has waived guard Charlie Brown Jr. and forwards Zylan Cheatham, Tyler Cook and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Brown Jr., 6-6, totaled 20 points and 4 rebounds last season in 10 games with Atlanta. He was originally signed by the Hawks on July 1, 2019. The 23-year-old played in 29 games in the G League for the College Park Skyhawks where he averaged 17.1 points on 42.2% shooting and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has waived guard Keandre Cook, forward Javin DeLaurier, forward Xavier Sneed and forward Kahlil Whitney. Cook (6-5, 187) went undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft after two seasons at Missouri State University. The Baltimore native appeared in 33 games during his senior season, averaging 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32.1 minutes per game to earn All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team honors. He appeared in one preseason game for the Hornets.
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The Nuggets released rookie forward Tyler Cook, the team announced Wednesday. Cook had been on a two-way contract, and the timing could allow him to latch on with another team before the season begins. Backup point guard PJ Dozier will be converted to the other two-way spot, a league source told The Denver Post.
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Jimmy Butler will return against Celtics on Friday?

With Jimmy Butler set to rejoin his teammates on Friday, the Heat will gain some clarity on a key question: Has the gap between last year’s Eastern Conference finalists widened to the point that their records would suggest? Or is the Heat (10-12) still positioned to be competitive with Boston (18-4) should the teams meet again in the postseason? Butler was set to join the Heat in Boston on Thursday evening after missing seven games with a knee injury; Miami listed him as questionable for the game.
“I said it at the beginning of the year, I’m not worried about Harrison. I don’t call many plays for him at all. He’s a vet who knows how to play. He settles us when we get a little haywire because we all get a little haywire, including me. He just settles everybody on both ends of the floor. So he’s great to have out there. Obviously, he’s a guy that can score on all 3 levels. He’s just getting comfortable picking his spots. His ability to get to the free throw line has been tremendous for us the whole year because he’s gotten there at crucial times. Times that we needed to slow the pace and get our defense set, and all those other things. He’s done it for us. So he’s just doing what he’s capable of doing. I don’t think it’s anything special.”