The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Marcus Lee. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lee began his collegiate career at the University of Kentucky before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley for his senior season where he appeared in 32 games (all starts) with the Golden Bears last season and averaged 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.63 blocks, 1.3 assists and 27.8 minutes while shooting 56.3 percent from the field.
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Tim Reynolds: Heat agreeing with former Kentucky forward Marcus Lee on a deal, so he will be in camp.
Mark Berman: Former @UHCougarMBK G Rob Gray says he has a “training camp contract” w/ #Rockets. After training camp it could be more if they sign me to the roster on a 1-year deal. If not I’ll be on their G-League team.Either way I should be a part of the organization& continue to get better”
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed rookie free agent guard Rob Gray. Gray (6-1, 185) was eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft following his senior season at the University of Houston. He played for the Rockets during the 2018 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Shams Charania: Sources: Undrafted Georgetown forward Marcus Derrickson has agreed to sign with the Warriors on an Exhibit 10 contract. He averaged 13 points/five rebounds in eight summer league games for Golden State.
Continuing their backcourt overhaul this off-season, the Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to a one-year non-guaranteed deal with point guard Isaiah Taylor late Thursday night, a league source confirmed to cleveland.com. Taylor, 24, is the latest addition to a crowded perimeter. According to a source familiar with the team’s thinking, Taylor is committed to attending Cavaliers training camp, where he will compete for the third point guard spot.
Jordan McLaughlin, a 6’2” senior point guard from USC, has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Nets, essentially a camp invite. The signing brings to 19 players with either agreements or signed contracts, including 15 guaranteed deals.
In addition to McLaughlin, the Nets have either an agreement or signed contract with three players, Theo Pinson, 6’7” swingman out of North Carolina; Tyler Davis, 6’10” center out of Texas A&M, and Mitch Creek, 6’5” guard who played for the Adelaide 36ers of the Australian League.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jaylen Morris to a Two-Way contract. The team also signed free agent center Brandon McCoy and guard Travis Trice to training camp contracts. Morris, 22, appeared in six games with the Atlanta Hawks last season and averaged 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.4 minutes per game.
Nets Daily: Nets are signing Australian star Mitch Creek to a training camp invite, according to league source. Creek is a 26 year old SG who played last year in Australia and Germany.
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has signed guard Joe Chealey to the team’s training camp roster. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chealey, an undrafted free agent out of the College of Charleston, participated in the 2018 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League with the Hornets. In four games, he averaged 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 17.4 minutes per game. The Orlando, Florida, native played in 129 collegiate games over four years (2014-18) for the Cougars, finishing his career with averages of 14.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 31.1 minutes per game.
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has signed guard Jaylen Barford and forwards Zach Smith and Isaiah Wilkins to the team’s training camp roster. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In two years at Arkansas, the 6-3 Barford averaged 15.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 28.3 minutes per game in 71 contests. An undrafted free agent, Barford recorded averages of 17.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 35 games as a senior in 2017-18. The Jackson, Tennessee, native finished the season amongst the SEC leaders in the following categories: field goals made (first, 224), points scored (third, 628), points per game (third, 17.9), three-point field goals (fourth, 87) and field goal percentage (sixth, .470). As a junior, he averaged 12.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Jeremy Woo: Source: Arizona wing Rawle Alkins has agreed to a training camp deal with the Toronto Raptors.
Brad Turner: The Clippers signed guard Ike Iroegbu contract to play on their G-League team. He’ll be in uniform for Clips tonight against the Lakers.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets signed forward Danuel House Jr. He was not in camp with any team so they will have the G League rights to him if he is released.
The Sacramento Kings have signed guards Reggie Hearn and David Stockton, the team announced today.
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed DeAndre Liggins. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Liggins, who was originally signed by the HEAT to two 10-day contracts in 2014, spent two seasons with Miami’s NBA G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, helping them capture the 2016 Championship after appearing in 34 games (33 starts) and averaging 13.0 points, 7.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds, 2.06 steals and 38.4 minutes while shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 43.4 percent from three-point range and 71.1 percent from the foul line.
Marc D’Amico: The #Celtics have signed Daniel Dixon.
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the Grizzlies signed guard Durand Scott and waived guard Jeremy Morgan.
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Gian Clavell is “making a strong statement” to make the team. #DALvsCHI
By cutting Williams, the Cavs can keep center Kendrick Perkins in camp. Perkins, a friend of LeBron James, is trying to make an NBA comeback after missing last season. With Cleveland’s roster constructed as is, Perkins’ chance of making the team is small. The Cavs will have to waive or trade a player with a guaranteed contract before the start of the season because of Wade’s arrival. Wade is expected to clear waivers at 5 p.m. Wednesday and sign with the Cavs.
Bronson Koenig will sign a training camp contract with the Bulls, according to ESPN.
Houston Rockets: ROSTER UPDATE: Rockets have signed free agent guard George de Paula. He played on this season’s Rockets Summer League team.
Fourteen of the roster spots are accounted for by players on guaranteed deals. The last slot, though, is up for grabs. Over the next three weeks, six players — Joel Anthony, Gerald Green, Kendall Marshall, Gary Payton II, Brandon Rush and James Young — will compete to earn a place on the team. Five of those players have multiple years of NBA experience, with Anthony and Green each with 10 years in the league, Rush with nine, Marshall with four and Young with three. Payton, a rookie last season, may not be as long in the tooth, but he is the incumbent, so to speak, considering he signed with the Bucks late last season and has been with the team all summer.
It’s possible the Bucks could keep three of the six players under their control. With both of their two-way contracts open, the Bucks could add Young and Payton — each of whom fit the criteria of have three years or fewer of NBA experience — in those two-way spots. That would allow them to spend most of their time in the G League with the Wisconsin Herd while easily moving up to the Bucks if needed. That’s a scenario that has not yet been discussed with Payton or Young, who are focused on making the NBA roster. For Payton, that means defending the spot that’s been his this summer. “All these guys know what it takes to make a team,” Payton said. “For me, it’s just to do what I do best, lock down and play defense and do what I can and just play and compete.”
Bill Herenda: #Kings announce signing of Marcus Williams
Andy Larsen: The Jazz signed Taylor Braun to be their 20th and final training camp attendee. Braun averaged 8 points per game in the Bundesliga last year
The Cavs will fill out their training camp roster with JaCorey Williams with their 20th and final spot, a team source tells ESPN. Williams, a rangy 6-8 forward, was named Conference USA’s Player of the Year last season while putting up 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for Middle Tennessee State University.
Dave McMenamin: CLE adding J.Williams to camp “has no affect” on a potential pursuit of DWade, per source. Need to shed guaranteed contracts either way.
The Chicago Bulls announced today the signing of free agents Jarell Eddie and Jaylen Johnson to round out their 2017-18 training camp roster. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Eddie (6-7, 218) saw action in five games for the Phoenix Suns last season, along with 45 appearances in the NBA G League for the Austin Spurs and Windy City Bulls. Eddie totaled 4.8 ppg and 1.4 rpg in 12.4 mpg for the Suns during a 10-day contract. In his G League action, he averaged 14.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.5 apg in 28.3 mpg total, including 17.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.0 apg in 20 games for the Windy City Bulls. The Tampa, Florida, native played in 26 games for the Washington Wizards in 2015-16, scoring 2.4 ppg in 5.7 mpg.
Detroit Pistons: Here’s our training camp roster! Also, the #Pistons have signed guard Beno Udrih, forward Derek Willis and center Landry Nnoko to contracts.
Fred Katz: Thunder announce the training camp signings of Bryce Alford, Markel Brown, Isaiah Canaan and forward Rashawn Thomas.
Vincent Ellis: #Pistons announce camp roster and Beno Udrih on it. Told me the other day he wants to catch on somewhere. Has trained here all off-season.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announce training camp roster, including the signings of Chris Johnson and Bobby Brown.
Scott Agness: Damien Wilkins’ contract is only partially guaranteed. So two roster spots are up for grabs in training camp.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Our 2017-18 Training Camp roster is set for #CavsMediaDay! 🏀
The San Antonio Spurs today announced their 2017-18 training camp roster. The current Spurs roster stands at 19 players, and includes the addition of Amida Brimah. Brimah (6-10/230) played four seasons at the University of Connecticut, averaging 7.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.64 blocks in 24.7 minutes over 33 games last year in his senior season. A native of Ghana, Brimah is UConn’s all-time leader in career field goal percentage (.637, 347-545) and ranks third in school history in career blocks (367) and blocks per game (2.76), helping the Huskies to the 2013-14 NCAA Championship.
The Philadelphia 76ers today announced the team’s 20-man training camp roster. The Sixers also agreed to terms with forward Kris Humphries and center Emeka Okafor. See below for the full training camp roster.
The Brooklyn Nets announced their training camp roster of 20 players today. Training camp begins tomorrow, September 26, and runs through Saturday, September 30, at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
The New Orleans Pelicans today announced the team’s 2017 training camp roster. Pelicans training camp will begin on Tuesday, September 26 at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center (Metairie, La.)
The Philadelphia 76ers today announced the team’s 20-man training camp roster. The Sixers also agreed to terms with forward Kris Humphries and center Emeka Okafor. See attached for the full training camp roster.
Shams Charania: Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett has signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell The Vertical.
Brett Martel: AP source: Martell Webster and Perry Jones have agreed to terms with #Pelicans on non-guaranteed deals. They have to make the team in camp.
Chris Reichert: The Chicago Bulls are signing Diamond Stone to a partially guaranteed 2-year deal, per league sources
Chris Reichert: The Indiana Pacers are signing Trey McKinney Jones to a training camp deal, per league sources
Chris Reichert: The Indiana Pacers are signing DeQuan Jones to a training camp deal, per a league source
Chris Reichert: CJ Williams has signed a training camp deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, per league sources.
Chris Reichert: The Los Angeles Clippers are signing LaDontae Henton to a training camp deal with an Exhibit 10 clause, per a league source
The Toronto Raptors continue to fill out their training camp roster with the addition of former Gonzaga star Kyle Wiltjer to a one-year, $1.3 million dollar non-guaranteed deal. The second-year man will join the Raptors on non-guaranteed contract to compete for one of the final roster spots for the 15-man roster. Wiltjer, a Canadian-American, played for Canada when he was 16 years old playing in the 2011 Nike Hoops Summit.
“I’m just really excited to be back in Toronto and Canada,” Wiltjer told DIME. “I’ve been working really hard all summer long to get better in all facets of my game and I’m just happy that I’ll be in my home nation.”
Alex Kennedy: The Detroit Pistons have signed former Clemson big man Landry Nnoko to a partially-guaranteed minimum deal, according to league sources.
The Mavericks have put the wheels in motion to sign veteran Chinese swingman Ding Jinhui this summer and have him play in their summer league and likely be on their training camp roster, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said.
Dan Gelston: 76ers sign former Temple guard Dionte Christmas.
Adrian Wojnarowski: James Young has made the Boston Celtics 15-man roster, league source tells @The Vertical.
Marc Stein: The Pelicans just announced that they’ve waived Alonzo Gee and kept Lance Stephenson, even though Gee is owed a full $1.2 million.
Mark Medina: Not concrete yet, but I’m told Thomas Robinson feels encouraged after receiving positive feedback in recent days about his training camp.
The New Orleans Pelicans have until Monday afternoon to get their roster to the NBA-maximum 15 players and it appears Lance Stephenson and Alonzo Gee are in a two-man battle to land the final spot. Stephenson signed a $1.2 million contract with the Pelicans in September but only $100,000 is guaranteed. Gee signed a guaranteed $1.2 million veteran minimum contract to this summer to return to the Pelicans, but averaged only 9.2 minutes in five preseason games and just 1.4 points.
Tim MacMahon: The Mavs decided to give undrafted rookie F Dorian Finney-Smith their final roster spot, a source said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte is planning to keep Aaron Harrison and Treveon Graham on the 15-man opening night roster, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets signed former Oklahoma State forward Le’Bryan Nash, source said. Will be with RGV.
Vincent Ellis: SVG announces the team will keep former UDM standout Ray McCallum for the 15th roster spot. #Pistons.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Undrafted Indiana U. forward Troy Williams will make the Memphis Grizzlies opening night roster.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have waived Nick Johnson and Ramon Galloway, leaving their roster at 15 players. Damjan Rudez & Arinze Onuaku made the team.
Barry Jackson: Per source, Heat keeping Rodney McGruder. Udrih will be cut.
Michael C. Wright: League source says Spurs will keep Nico Laprovittola and Bryn Forbes, and they will part w/the other 3 in that derby for the spot.
Rod Beard: #Pistons announce they have signed 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye to a contract. Presumably will go to @grdleague
Shams Charania: Sources: Toronto has chosen guard Fred VanVleet for its 15th roster spot and third point guard role to start the season.
Alex Kennedy: Sources say Lamar Patterson is re-signing with the Sacramento Kings.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rookie Tim Quarterman has won 15th spot on Portland, league source tells @TheVertical. Portland releasing Grant Jerrett and Greg Stiemsma.
The Mavericks are committed to keeping Nicolas Brussino, according to team sources, after the Argentina prospect’s strong play in camp. When Brussino was still on Dallas’ roster as of 5 p.m. Thursday, his $543,471 rookie salary became fully guaranteed, after just $100,000 was guaranteed to that point. But there was never any danger of Brussino getting cut, sources say.
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed forward Ryan Kelly. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kelly, a 6’11” forward, appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2016 Preseason where he averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.0 minutes per game. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Kelly has appeared in 147 career games and recorded averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the team has signed forward JaKarr Sampson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In addition, the Grizzlies waived guard Kellen Dunham. Sampson (6-9, 214) has appeared in 147 career regular season games (72 starts) over his two-year NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets and holds career averages of 5.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.6 minutes. The 23-year-old has also competed in two NBA Development League games (two starts) for the Delaware 87ers and averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.00 steals and 1.00 blocks in 31.7 minutes.
Steve Kyler: Magic have signed guard Ramon Galloway spent last season playing in Italy with Varese of the SerieA League & Fulgor of SerieA2 League
When Erik Spoelstra was asked Monday about the battle for the final roster spot between Beno Udrih and Briante Weber, he gave a very interesting answer. “It’s not a competition just between those two,” Spoelstra said. It turns out that Udrih and Weber aren’t just competing against each other for Miami’s 15th roster spot. The pair of point guards are also competing against 25-year-old shooting guard Rodney McGruder. “Yeah, he is,” Spoelstra said Wednesday when asked if McGruder is still in the race for a roster spot. With the Heat’s roster still at the NBA preseason maximum of 20 players, Miami must cut its roster to the regular-season maximum of 15 players by Monday’s deadline. With 14 players pretty much guaranteed a spot on the roster, that leaves Udrih, Weber and McGruder fighting for the final opening.
Manny Navarro: Erik Spoelstra says Rodney McGruder is competing for 15th spot on the roster. Says yes and he reminds him of Winslow in terms of making winning plays
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed guard Luis Montero and waived Keith Benson. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has re-signed forward Cleanthony Early. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
When the media doors opened to the Kings practice facility at the new Golden 1 Center Monday afternoon, point guard Ty Lawson was on the floor with his teammates. It’s been a rocky 72 hours for the 28-year-old after he missed a team flight to Kentucky, but he’s survived for the moment and will remain part of the Kings roster. Lawson, who has a history of off-the-court issues, was brought in late during the offseason to support one of the soft spots in the Kings roster. Starter Darren Collison is scheduled to miss the first eight games of the 2016-17 season due to league suspension.
Fresh off a 3-year, $35 million contract, Lawson was signed to a non-guaranteed, league minimum contract with Sacramento. The Kings had a zero-tolerance policy in place, but Lawson’s explanation of the situation has extended his stay with the team, at least for now.
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, the @Dallas Mavericks have signed center Jaleel Cousins.
Marc J. Spears: The Mavs have signed free agent center Jaleel Cousins, the brother of Kings All-Star center @DeMarcus Cousins.
Ian Begley: Jeff Hornacek told reporters that Chasson Randle’s orbital fracture won’t influence the Knicks’ decision on whether to keep him on the 15-man roster or cut him. “I don’t think it hurts it at all,” Hornacek said Sunday. “We kind of understand what he can give us as a player.” Randle is on a partially-guaranteed deal. Even if he’s waived, the Knicks would have to pay him until he’s cleared to play.
It’s unclear if Brand will have any role on this year’s team beyond training camp since he hasn’t played at all in the preseason. But “him being there, it helps me off the court probably more than on the court,” Holmes said. “This is a guy who truly, truly loves basketball, so it wasn’t a shock for me,” Holmes said of Brand re-signing with the Sixers. “I didn’t know what the decision was going to be, but for him to come back wasn’t a shock at all because he truly loves being around the game.”
The Heat made a roster move on Monday waiving rookie forward Stefan Jankovic and adding center Vashil Fernandez to the roster. The all-time leading shot blocker at Valparaiso, Fernandez (6-10, 260) was the NCAA leader in blocks last season (3.31 per game) and was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
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August 18, 2018 | 9:59 pm EDT Update
According to a source, the Cavaliers finished runner-up for Vonleh. San Antonio and Milwaukee also made bids. Vonleh was traded midseason by Portland to Chicago, which didn’t make an offer, despite him averaging 9.9 points and 10 rebounds in a seven-game stretch soon after the deadline deal. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he “inhales rebounds.’’
Vonleh expected a larger second contract. His deal isn’t even fully guaranteed. “Free agency was pretty tough this year,’’ he said. “I didn’t get anything. There were a lot of teams with interest. But I love the game of basketball. I’m happy to have another year in the league. I’m going to play this year out and see how things go and try to be in the league for many years to come.”
“I think I can definitely bring a lot,’’ Vonleh said. “They lost guys like Kyle O’Quinn, and Porzingis is hurt right now. Enes Kanter is a great rebounder, but I think I can help with that and bring energy.’’
Oscar Robertson’s 1971 Milwaukee Bucks NBA championship ring fetched $91,137.60at an auction Friday night. The ring, which features a diamond and the inscription “NBA World Champions” on the face, was one of 51 pieces of Robertson memorabilia auctioned off by Lelands.com. The collection also included Robertson’s Indiana State high school championship ring, College Player of the Year trophy, and several game-worn jerseys.
Detroiter Derrick Coleman was selected first overall in the 1990 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets, but not many know he played for 10 years with congestive heart failure. “I was diagnosed in 1995 while I was still playing,” said Coleman, now retired. “I know it looks like athletes have it all together, I thought I was Superman, but I wasn’t. Now, I bring awareness to testing, diet, exercising and advocacy for heart patients.”
Coleman said he never felt it and was the first in his family to be diagnosed with congestive heart failure after a stress test. He later had to be cardioverted shocked 12 times to regulate his heart. “Doctors said if I didn’t get better enough for a stint, I’d have to have a heart transplant,” Coleman said that alone nearly gave him a heart attack. “They told me to stay in bed, but I got up because I knew I had a stubborn heart and I will not give up.”
August 18, 2018 | 8:29 pm EDT Update
One of the Richmond league’s founders, Paul Taylor, grew up with Iverson in Newport News and Hampton, and invited him to come the final game of the season. “I didn’t expect him to come,” said Anthony Brown, a former Monacan High School standout, who played on Saturday for the victorious Richmond Kougars and took home the MVP trophy. Iverson high-fived him as he held up the trophy. “It felt good,” Brown said. Taylor, who was released from prison last year after serving more than two decades for murder, and Jawad Abdu, a former Richmond gang member, started the league to right some of the wrongs they’d done in the community.