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Celtics add Mfiondu Kabengele

The Boston Celtics have signed forward/center Mfiondu Kabengele to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kabengele, 6’10”, has appeared in four games for the Celtics during their 2022 NBA2K23 Summer League campaign where he has averaged 14.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.8 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game while shooting 55.9 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from three and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The former 2019 first round draft pick by Brooklyn has appeared in a total of 51 NBA games split between the LA Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Bryce McGowens to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. A native of Pendleton, South Carolina, McGowens averaged 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 33.3 minutes per game as a freshman at Nebraska in 2021-22, starting all 31 games in which he appeared. The 6-7 guard/forward earned All-Big Ten Third Team honors and was named Big Ten Newcomer of the Year by the media. McGowens led the Cornhuskers in scoring and ranked ninth in the Big Ten, while also ranking third in the conference in free-throw percentage (83.1%).

And with you getting that four-year contract, what was the internal message to you? It’s a sign of respect, good faith and trust from the organization. Coming from where you did, how do you process all of that? Garrison Mathews: I’m actually just super thankful and, honestly, kind of relieved, too. To go from year to year … those two-way contracts, they’re hard to get out of. Because with two-way contracts, there’s not a lot of opportunities. Then you’re in restricted free agency. It’s just tough, man. A lot of people go through it, and it’s hard. So, a lot of relief, a lot of thankfulness, honestly. I wouldn’t be able to get this contract without Rafael, Coach, the owners putting me in this position to succeed. Just a lot of thankfulness.

On a two-way contract, Martin is limited to 50 games on the active roster during the 82-game regular season. Nineteen games into the season, he already has burned 17 of that total (including one game against the Indiana Pacers, when he was active but did not play). That means, unless he is converted to a standard deal, he is eligible to be active for only 33 of the Heat’s 63 remaining games. “I haven’t really thought that far ahead,” Martin told the Sun Sentinel, as the Heat prepare to conclude their four-game trip on Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. “I’ll leave that up to them. For them, that’s really on them to decide when they need me or when not.”

With Martin, there is a bit more flexibility. And once forward Markieff Morris returns from the whiplash that has had him out for almost three weeks, it is possible the Heat deactivate Martin on certain game nights, as has been the case twice this season. “Obviously that standard contract is what anybody who comes in on this situation works toward,” Martin, 26, said. “So, obviously, if that was the case, I’d be more than grateful and it would allow me to not only focus on my position here or not, because I just want to play, but it certainly would make things a lot easier. “But, yeah, that would be great if that happened.”

Although it is an option because of his two-way status, it appears unlikely the Heat would ship him for stints with their G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, although he said he would understand if that is what is requested. “Sometimes it’s about wanting to get in there and get reps, but obviously mental reps are a big part of it, too,” he said of the benefits of practicing with the Heat. “So sometimes it might be better for me to stay here and make sure I stay engaged, because I am thrown in there a good amount of times. So just to be ready, so when my numbers is called, that I’m not out of the loop.

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed forward/center Marquese Chriss, guard Quinn Cook, forward Patrick Patterson and guard Dennis Smith Jr. to training camp contracts and guard/forward Keljin Blevins to a two-way contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Portland will begin its training camp with Media Day on Monday, September 27 followed by the team’s first practice on Tuesday, September 28. Training camp practice times will be relayed at a later date.

Your Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed Marcus Garrett to a two-way contract. Garrett appeared in four Summer League games with the HEAT and averaged 11.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.25 steals, 1.5 assists and a +9.3 plus/minus while shooting 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the field and 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from three-point range, helping Miami to a perfect 4-0 record before leaving his fifth game early due to an illness. He scored in double-figures in each of the four games and recorded 10 steals in two contests during the California Classic in Sacramento. He recorded a positive plus/minus in each game, including a +26 in the two games in Las Vegas.
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Markelle Fultz fractures big left toe, likely to miss training camp

Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz suffered a fracture in his big left toe, a league source told the Orlando Sentinel Sunday. Fultz suffered the injury during a preseason workout before returning to Orlando and imaging confirmed the fracture. Surgery won’t be required but he’ll likely miss training camp, which tips off Tuesday at the Magic’s new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center.
Looney entertained other suitors. But ultimately, the three-time NBA champion and the Warriors were able to agree on a three-year, $22.5 million deal. “I wanted to come back here, have another chance at a championship,” Looney, speaking for the first time with the media since he signed the deal in July, said Saturday after the Warriors’ first day of training camp. “This is the final place, where I really wanted to be.”
“First of all, if you play at 9.30 and we come on at 10 and we say something, it’s just what we see. The mental thing ain’t come out until everybody start bashing you, then you let people know you have mental health problems. “And if you go back, Donzel is a witness he’s a producer on the show, I think I ever did it one the show. I did on you I told the world, I said ‘He did DM me he told me he’s going through some problems,’ and I said I was going to back up and then I told him in the DM ‘Okay, the reason why people don’t know what’s going on because you ain’t talking.’
“But as far as what I saw and I speak on what I know, I know how to get to that next level. He knows that and yes, you can be my brother, but I ain’t gonna always sugarcoat things, I’m gonna tell you the real. I ain’t never sugarcoat. I want you to get to the level, to the level, to the level. But you can’t say I’m hating because all the stuff you’re doing it because you saw me do it… If you’re greater, you can’t be a hater.”

Dwight Howard still interested in joining WWE

Dwight Howard tells TMZ Sports he’s dead serious about his interest in joining the WWE — explaining he’d trade the basketball court for the wrestling ring this year if the offer was right. Howard showed back in July he certainly has the chops to cut it in the squared circle — delivering an epic promo after crashing a WWE tryout in Nashville.