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The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on Malik Newman, it was announced today.
The Denver Nuggets have signed rookie center Thomas Welsh to a two-way contract, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Trevon Bluiett to a two-way contract after the rookie guard averaged 18.3 points in four NBA Summer League games. The contract, announced by the club on Tuesday, means Bluiett will spend most of the season in the developmental G League, but can be called up periodically for a total of 45 days.
Mark Murphy: Correction to earlier report: Danny Ainge says Celtics have not yet agreed to terms with free agent Walter Lemon Jr. on two-way contract. Both sides still in discussions.
Mark Murphy: Danny Ainge confirms @Shams Charania report that Celtics have agreed to terms with PG Walter Lemon Jr. on two-way deal. “Speed, strength and experience,” he said.
Shams Charania: The Boston Celtics and guard Walt Lemon Jr. have agreed a two-way NBA contract, league sources tell Yahoo. Lemon played five games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season.
Gary Washburn: #Celtics officially waive guard Kadeem Allen
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard Naz Mitrou-Long (me-TRUE) to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Mitrou-Long (6-4, 218, Iowa State) originally signed a two-way deal with Utah last season on Dec. 23, as well as a two 10-day contracts on Feb. 11 and Feb. 24. He appeared in one game for the Jazz, tallying three points against Denver on Dec. 26. Mitrou-Long also appeared in 40 games (35 starts) for the team’s G League affiliate the Salt Lake City Stars, averaging 18.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 35.0 minutes per game. The 24-year-old totaled 17 games with 20-plus points and four games with 30-plus points, including a Stars-record 37 points on 9-of-15 from three on March 19 against Rio Grande Valley.
Shams Charania: Sources: Guard Naz Mitrou-Long has agreed to a two-way NBA contract with the Utah Jazz.
Less than 24 hours later, Mitrou-Long would be sharing a similar experience. Around noon Saturday, the former Iowa State star signed a two-way deal with the Utah Jazz at the same hotel next to his agent, Mike Silverman. “That was really the goal for me coming out of summer league,” said Mitrou-Long, who went undrafted in 2017. “I’m glad we got that done.”
Mitrou-Long has been staying in the same Salt Lake City apartment with Niang this offseason and considers the area as his second home. Returning to Utah, especially with his close friend Niang, is what he’s been working so hard for this off-season. “I’m just happy that the Jazz were so patient with me and kept contributing to the fact that they wanted to see me grow and they invested their time, their money and their knowledge into making me a better player and kept me around because they knew I had a chance to maybe seal this thing up,” Mitrou-Long said. “I’m happy I stuck around and I’m happy they kept me around for it. I feel blessed right now. I feel really good.”
Barry Jackson: Derrick Walton Jr. will remain with Heat in summer league this week even though Miami withdrew qualifying offer today, FYI. Heat will look at other options for second 2 way contract (along with Duncan Robinson, who got a 2 way)
Free-agent guard Damion Lee has reached an agreement with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell ESPN. Lee, the future brother-in-law of Warriors star Stephen Curry, will sign a two-way contract, sources say. Lee is engaged to Curry’s sister, Sydel.
Albert Nahmad: Heat has officially signed Duncan Robinson to a one-year, two-way contract. Miami quickly locked in the undrafted 24-year-old, 6-foot, 8-inch forward from U of Michigan, who has shown a sweet 3-point shooting stroke, before any other team got any ideas about stealing him away.
Michael Scotto: The Miami Heat and Duncan Robinson (Michigan) have agreed to a one-year, 2-way deal, league sources told The Athletic. Robinson, who attended Williams Ephs before Michigan, will have the opportunity to become the first D-III player since Devean George to play in the NBA.
Chris Dempsey: Craig’s deal frees up one of the two two-way contracts for the #Nuggets to use this season. Monte Morris is on the other two-way deal.
Brett Dawson: The Thunder announces it has signed Deonte Burton to a two-way contract. The 6-5 guard is playing with OKC’s Summer League team this week.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Colorado guard George King has agreed to a two-way deal with the Phoenix Suns, league source tell ESPN. King was the 59th overall pick in the June Draft.
Harrison Wind: Can confirm Nuggets intend to sign 58th overall pick Thomas Welsh to a two-way contract. Welsh is a true 7-footer with a knockdown jumper. He hit 40% of his threes last season at UCLA. He’s in line for a significant role later this week at Summer League @BSNDenver
The Denver Nuggets will sign Thomas Welsh to a two-way contract, a source told Sportando.
Ian Begley: Isaiah Hicks is expected to sign a 2-way contract with the Knicks shortly, per ESPN sources.
Emiliano Carchia: Thomas Welsh agreed on a two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets, a source told Sportando
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today the team has signed guard J.P. Macura to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Macura, an undrafted free agent from Xavier University, recorded averages of 12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 34 games as a senior in 2017-18. The Lakeville, Minnesota, native ranked second on the squad in scoring and assists and third in rebounds per game as a senior. He ranked sixth in the Big East in steals, 11th in free-throw percentage (.821) and 14th in assists. Macura finished his college career ranked ninth on Xavier’s all-time leaderboard in free-throw percentage (.798), tenth in steals (166) and 19th in scoring (1,491).
Ryan Ward: The #Lakers announce they’ve signed Malik Newman to a two-way contract. The rookie guard played for Kansas averaging 14.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game
The Hawks signed point guard Jaylen Adams to a “two-way” contract for 2018-19, the team announced Sunday. Adams, 22, wasn’t selected in the draft after playing four seasons at St. Bonaventure. He was voted co-player of the year in the Atlantic 10 as a senior, when he averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 assists per game.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Texas Tech’s Keenan Evans has agreed to a two-way deal with the Detroit Pistons, league source tells ESPN.
Sportando: J.P. Macura signing two-way deal with Hornets.
Jonathan Feigen: Asked Rockets second-round pickup Vincent Edwards about the possibility of signing a two-way contract. He said he did not know yet what the Rockets will want, but seemed open to it. Said “Possible standard, possible two-way.”
Ian Begley: The Knicks can add another two-way player in addition to Arizona’s Allonzo Trier. Last year’s 2-way players (Luke Kornet and Isaiah Hicks) were one-year contracts. Knicks can extend either player a qualifying offer to them restricted free agents.
Adrian Wojnarowski: St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams has agreed to a two-way deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league source tells ESPN.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Undrafted rookie forward Gary Clark out of Cincinnati has agreed to a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets.
Shams Charania: Sources: Undrafted Kansas guard Malik Newman has agreed to a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Shams Charania: Sources: Undrafted Seton Hall center Angel Delgado has agreed to a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Shams Charania: Sources: Undrafted Arizona forward Allonzo Trier has agreed to a two-way contract with the New York Knicks.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guard London Perrantes, who is on a two-way contract.
As an undrafted free agent there are a few likely options: Signing a two-way contract with an NBA team. Signing an affiliate player contract with an NBA team. Signing a contract with a team overseas. Two-way contracts and affiliate player contracts are both very team-friendly, with little guaranteed money for the player. Both deals will have the player spending the bulk of the season, if not the entire season, in the G-League. Typically the most conservative option, from a short-term financial standpoint, would be for a player to pursue opportunities overseas as guaranteed contracts are more common.
His destiny once more pointed towards the G-League. Although the Warriors called shortly after Cook resurfaced as a free agent, offering one of Golden State’s inaugural two-way contracts, allowing players to spend upwards of 45 days on the NBA club while primarily suiting up for the team’s G-League affiliate. Cook shuttled back and forth from Oakland to Santa Cruz, often carpooling with Warriors center Damian Jones. Curry went down in December, then again in February. Cook filled the role as aptly as possible. “Quinn Cook is a fantastic example of how the system is supposed to work,” says Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations. In Golden State’s whirring egalitarian offense, Cook’s scoring and shooting prowess naturally melded. He shed the scarlet letter for a green light, complimenting old friend Durant. “He’s fallen into the perfection situation,” Resner says.
Rookie wing Torrey Craig parlayed his two-way contract with Denver into a rotation role. But his deal was for one season, meaning he has “no clue” what the future holds for him with the Nuggets — or in the NBA. “I really don’t,” Craig said. “ … Now that this is over, I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know what’s gonna happen. Just gonna wait and see.”
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on Quinn Cook, the two-way rule: “This year was just so crazy with the injuries that, had we not had the two-way, I really honestly don’t know what we would’ve done.”
James Edwards III: SVG said two-players Reggie Hearn and Kay Felder will be with the team for the rest of the season. Both are here practicing today.
Cleveland currently has two open roster spots and has a history of signing players on the final day of the regular season for the playoffs. Kendrick Perkins is still on the Cavs’ radar and remains a possibility, sources said. Perkins played for part of this season with Cleveland’s G League affiliate in Canton but left the organization in February. The Cavs could also sign White, or take “two way” player John Holland and sign him to an NBA contract.
While Kerr had previously said that Cook would not be on the playoff roster, Cook’s play and Curry’s health might change that. Curry returned from his ankle injury last Friday against the Hawks, but that didn’t last long as he suffered a knee strain. The two-time NBA MVP is expected to miss the first round of the playoffs, according to Kerr. A source told The Undefeated that the injury-plagued Warriors are seriously considering signing Cook for the remainder of the season. Doing so would mean the Warriors would have to cut a player on their 15-man roster. Cook’s agent Jim Tanner told The Undefeated on Monday that the Warriors have not talked to him about signing his client for the rest of the season.
“I haven’t heard anything. We haven’t discussed anything,” Cook said. “I’m only controlling what I can control. I can’t control that. All I can do is keep being a great teammate and pushing guys in practice. If I have to play extended minutes, just keep playing consistent. We’re just focused on getting guys healthy, finishing the season strong and just locking into getting a great playoff run. I’ve [worried] before when I’ve tried to make teams. When you start thinking ahead and about what can happen, for me, I don’t play as well. I just like to stay in the moment and control what I can control. When you start thinking hypothetically, you don’t perform as well. I’m just staying in the moment, man.”
Logan Murdock: Warriors owner Joe Lacob to @957thegame on Quinn Cook making the playoff roster: “We’re going to make that decision right at the end because a lot of things can happen.”
Cook is under a standard one-year, two-way contract, league sources tell ESPN. If the Warriors retain him for the playoffs, his contract would be converted into a minimum deal. “I want to secure a guaranteed deal,” Cook told ESPN. “I know I’m an NBA player, and I want to continuing proving that.”
League sources have told ESPN that discussions between the two sides on extending Cook’s season have not yet occurred. He has scored in double figures in each of the past five games, including outings of 20, 25 and a career-high 28 points.
The Miami HEAT announced today that Derrick Walton Jr. has re-joined the HEAT from the Sioux Falls Skyforce as part of his two-way contract. Walton Jr. has appeared in 26 games (all starts) with the Skyforce this season averaging 16.3 points, 6.9 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.46 steals and 32.4 minutes while shooting 44 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from three-point range and 90.1 percent from the foul line.
With the outcome long rid of doubt, Cook drained a corner three-pointer with 13.7 seconds left, turned around, hopped on one foot and smiled. Finally, after nearly three years on professional basketball’s fringes, he is showing he belongs. Kerr’s staff has mapped out a plan to maximize Cook’s NBA opportunities the rest of the regular season. But to use Cook in the playoffs, Golden State would need to waive someone from its 15-man roster.
Anthony Slater: Draymond Green on Quinn Cook: “I sit here and I watch teams play and wonder ‘How is Quinn Cook a two-way player?’ You got guys in the league that can’t dribble with their left hand.” -Is he forcing his way onto the playoff roster? “I think he is” pic.twitter.com/zGgGNLnTps
Michael Gallagher: On the Suns broadcast, Draymond Green talked up Quinn Cook and he brought the flames: “I don’t understand how that guy is a two-way player, and we got some guards in this league that I don’t understand how they’re in the league.”
Marc J. Spears: Warriors guard Quinn Cook scored a career-high 28 points at Phoenix tonight, which is the most by a player under a Two-Way contract this season.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets two-way player Torrey Craig is at the arena but won’t be active tonight, Michael Malone says. Craig will be with the team for the remainder of the season but that doesn’t mean he’ll play. The G League season ends March 24 – that’s when his days are no longer a factor.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets have transferred two-way player Torrey Craig from Sioux Falls. Denver’s other two-way player Monte Morris is also with the team in LA.
Anthony Chiang: Derrick Jones Jr. will be active vs. Pistons. He will have five NBA days remaining on his two-way contract clock after tonight.
The Heat has given some thought internally to possibly converting Derrick Jones Jr.’s two-way contract into a standard contract after the Feb. 8 trade deadline but likely also will consider other options, including trades and buyout candidates, with the roster spot now held by center A.J. Hammons.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Orlando Magic waived two-way player Adreian Payne, league sources tell ESPN. He was playing with G-League Lakeland Magic. Payne, a former first-round pick, has surfaced in the Michigan State scandal.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Houston Rockets plan to release guard Briante Weber, who’s on a two-way NBA contract, and plan to sign Markel Brown of G League’s Oklahoma City on a two-way.
Jessica Camerato: The Sixers signed guard Demetrius Jackson to a two-way contract, waived James Michael McAdoo.
Brian Lewis: The #Nets have signed forward James Webb III to a two-way contract and waived forward Jake Wiley.
Shams Charania: Sources: Milwaukee is signing center Marshall Plumlee of G League’s Agua Caliente to a two-way NBA contract.
Michael Scotto: Minnesota Timberwolves are signing forward Amile Jefferson to a two-way contract, league sources told @BBallInsiders. He’s averaged 18 points and 13.1 rebounds per game for the Iowa Wolves in the G-League. The former Duke standout earned First Team honors at the G-League Showcase
The Hawks signed forward Andrew White III to a two-way contract on Monday. White’s contract allows for a limited number of days with the Hawks, with the balance of time spent at their G-League affiliate in Erie, Pa. He will report to Erie.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers are planning to sign guard Gary Payton II to a two-way NBA contract. Payton is expected to join the team in Memphis.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announced the two-way deal with R.J. Hunter who said as much as he might have improved since Boston, the system the Rockets/Vipers play suits him. “The system has been great. It allows me to play free. That’s so helpful.”
Eric Woodyard: It’s official! Jazz Sign Georges Niang to a 2-Way Contract.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Atlanta Hawks are signing forward Andrew White of G League Maine on a two-way NBA contract.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Detroit Pistons are signing guard Kay Felder to a two-way NBA contract. Felder, a Detroit native, was Cleveland’s second round pick in 2016 and in his second NBA season.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets to sign Vipers guard R.J. Hunter to a two-way contract tomorrow, per source.
Shams Charania: Sources: Memphis is signing forward Myke Henry of G League’s Oklahoma City to a two-way NBA 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.
Adam Johnson: Hearing the Utah Jazz are planning to sign Santa Cruz Warriors forward Georges Niang to a two-way contract, league sources tell @2Ways10Days.
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz are planning on signing forward Georges Niang to a two- way contract, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Adam Johnson: Hearing the Utah Jazz are planning to sign Santa Cruz Warriors forward Georges Niang to a two-way contract, league sources tell @Adam Johnson.
Bobby Marks: The Jalen Jones waiver claim would be the first time a player on a Two-Way is claimed. Dallas now inherit his NBA days of service remaining for the rest of the season. Jones is under contract for next season.
Bobby Marks: The waiver claim process for a 2-Way is what has given agents agita. The last thing an agent wants is a player claimed that has no NBA days of service left. That’s a big reason why the Joel Bolomboy contract was converted.
Will Guillory: Source: Pelicans have waived Jalen Jones, one of their two-way players
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July 21, 2018 | 10:37 am EDT Update
John Gambadoro: The Suns have been talking to players about buyouts for a couple of weeks trying to free up a roster spot. They did discuss with both Dudley & Tyson. It may have been that they were just trying to get one to accept so they could make this move. Not sure what happens to Tyson now
What factors are you considering in free agency? What things are most important to you as look at potential destinations? Shane Larkin: The most important thing for me is playing time. I’ve been in a lot of different situations throughout my career thus far. Sometimes I’ve played a lot of minutes, sometimes I haven’t gotten many minutes, sometimes the minutes have been very inconsistent. I’m just trying to find a team that wants me to play good minutes so that I can continue to grow and develop for their team.
Shane Larkin: To be clear, I have no problem going back to the Celtics. I loved it there this year. I loved the role I had and they have a great, up-and-coming team that’s going to be outstanding for many years. This was the most fun year I had in the NBA, the most fun I’ve had since I left college. Boston is always an option that I would be interested in, but whichever team offers me the best chance go out there and continue to grow will be my main focus in free agency. I’d love to be back in Boston, given the right circumstances, though.
Alexey Shved will remain with Khimki Moscow at least one more season, as reported by Eurohoops. The Russian combo guard has a contract with Khimki till 2020 with NBA outs. Shved tried to return to the NBA but at the end he decided to remain in Moscow trying to bring Khimki to the EuroLeague Final Four.
July 21, 2018 | 6:57 am EDT Update
Dwyane Wade is still a free agent after his season with Cavaliers and Heat. Wade has not decided yet whether to play one more season or retire. But D-Wade is wished in China. Xinjiang Flying Tigers are ready to offer him a monster deal, as reported by Zhang Duo.
Ujiri could have seriously downplayed the reports that Leonard is unhappy to be coming to Toronto and started to try to rehabilitate the (perhaps momentary) hit his reputation has taken. He didn’t. The most Ujiri could say is that he has talked to Leonard and his representatives. “That’s my job, and I think that’s why I’m in this seat, is to try and figure that part out,” Ujiri said of selling Toronto on Leonard, a free agent in 2019 who apparently only has eyes for Los Angeles. “I’ve had conversations with Kawhi, with his agent, with his uncle and everything has gone well. I’m looking forward to meeting with them face-to-face. … Our responsibility is to figure it out and to make them as comfortable as possible and, on his part, hear more on what he wants in our team, in the future, and go from there. I take responsibility for that and I’m confident. I think we have a good game plan and we’ll see how that goes.”
If the Leonard gambit fails, the Raptors risk looking like a franchise that at once cannot keep a true star and does not know good enough when it is staring them in the face. “We’ve been doing this for how many years? You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again,” Ujiri said. “And when you get a chance to get a top-five player — which isn’t very often — I think you have to jump on it.”