Mark Berman: Raymond Brothers, agent for #Rockets forward @Danuel House in a text message: “Rockets initially offered Danuel a 3-year league minimum non guaranteed deal. Last offer was a 3-year league minimum guaranteed deal. Both rejected.”
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Jonathan Feigen: Rockets failed to reach an agreement with Danuel House, Jr. today, source said. He will remain on a two-way contract and play for the Vipers. Rockets expect to sign a wing to a 10-day contract tomorrow, source said.
James Edwards III: According to sources, the #Pistons are signing former MSU point guard Kalin Lucas to a two-way deal, cutting Zach Lofton.
Rod Beard: Been on a 3-hour flight but confirmed that #Pistons are replacing Keenan Evans’ two-way contract with Isaiah Whitehead’s.
Shams Charania: Sources @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Memphis Grizzlies are planning to sign G League Austin’s Julian Washburn to a two-way NBA deal.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Deng Adel to a Two-Way contract, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today. Adel (6-7, 200) has played in 25 games (24 starts) this season for the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League, averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 31.6 minutes per game. He played three years collegiately at Louisville, where he averaged 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 26.8 minutes per game over 89 games (71 starts). The Khartoum, South Sudan native originally went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft.
In a minor roster move, the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to sign G League player Deng Adel to a two-way contract and waive Jalen Jones, league sources told cleveland.com. Adel will ink his contract Tuesday, the final day for teams to sign players to new two-way deals, and is expected to report to the Canton Charge.
Jones did nothing wrong with the Cavaliers and everyone in the organization really liked him, including head coach Larry Drew. Jones averaged 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 13.4 minutes. He reached double figures in scoring twice over the last six games. But by rule, Jones started with just 34 days that he could spend with the Cavaliers and those were almost up. A league source estimated that Jones had just 10 days remaining with the Cavs before the team needed to make a decision between signing him to a contract or sending him back down to the G League until that season ended.
Jaron Blossomgame, Cleveland’s other two-way player, still has more time that he can spend with the Cavs. But his days are also starting to run out. A source said the Cavs’ plan for now is to either send Blossomgame back down Canton when his NBA time is up or he could be a candidate for the team’s final roster spot, depending on what happens with Cameron Payne.
Chris Fedor: Source: #Cavs will waive Jalen Jones. Will sign Deng Adel to a Two-Way deal tomorrow.
The New York Knicks announced today that the team has signed guard Kadeem Allen to a Two-Way contract.
The Knicks are planning to sign Kadeem Allen to a two-way contract prior to the Jan. 15 deadline to add two-way players, sources confirmed. Allen was with the Knicks in training camp and signed an Exhibit 10 contract to remain with the Knicks’ G League club. He averaged 13.7 points on 47 percent shooting, 5.7 assists 1.6 steals per game for Westchester.
Allen is also known as a strong perimeter defender. He will take the two-way spot that was vacated when the Knicks signed Allonzo Trier to a standard NBA contract. Allen, whose signing was first reported by The Athletic, will have roughly 23 days of NBA service available with this contract.
Shams Charania: Sources @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Knicks are signing G League Westchester guard Kadeem Allen to a two-way NBA deal.
The Rockets have begun talks with House’s agent on a new deal, two individuals with knowledge of the team’s plans said. If House remains on a two-way contract, he would be a restricted free agent in the off-season.
Even if House does not practice on Saturday, he could be out of NBA days by playing against the Cavaliers on Friday and in the back-to-back against the Magic and Grizzlies Sunday and Monday. That would require that the Rockets reach agreement on a deal for a standard NBA contract or keep House in the G League
Adrian Wojnarowski: After complications finalizing a new China Basketball Association contract, center Alan Williams has decided to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets on a two-way contract, league sources tell ESPN. He’s expected to be dressed for game against Toronto on Friday.
Priority Sports: A huge congrats to RJ Hunter for signing with the @celtics! Can’t wait to see you back in green!
Adrian Wojnarowski: Two-way contract for RJ Hunter with the Celtics, per source.
Brian Lewis: #Nets have yet to confirm or deny a European report that they’re signing 6-foot-8 forward Paul Zipser to a two-way contact.
Jared Terrell is on a two-way NBA contract, so there are times where he has no idea if he’ll be with the Timberwolves or the team’s G-League affiliate in Iowa. On Wednesday, he was back home in Boston, where the Celtics topped the Timberwolves, 115-102. The Weymouth native and former Rhode Island standout was active for Minnesota, with Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose both injured. It was an unexpected trip home for Terrell, who was undrafted and signed a two-way deal on July 5. “It’s been a couple of months [away] but it feels good to be home.” he said. “I couldn’t circle [the game] on my calendar because I’m a two-way player and I spent time with both teams, so I didn’t know if I’d be called up or not. It’s just one of those things that just happened.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Nets waived center Alan Williams on two-way contract, allowing him to finalize a deal to sign in China, league sources tell ESPN.
Omari Sanfoka II: The Grizzlies have waived D.J. Stephens, who was on a two-way deal
AEK Athens and Xavier Rathan-Mayes have mutually agreed to terminate the player’s contract, the Greek club announced. The announcement of AEK mentions that the club wanted to help Rathan-Mayes who is pursuing a deal in the USA. Eurohoops has learned that the player is in talks with the Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards in order to potentially land a two-way contract.
Brett Dawson: Thunder make the Donte Grantham signing official. pic.twitter.com/jMtEmRsVqy
Brett Dawson: The Thunder will sign Donte Grantham to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic.
The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Brandon Sampson to a Two-Way contract. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a preceding move, the Bulls waived Two-Way player Tyler Ulis. Sampson (6-5, 184) went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft after playing three seasons at Louisiana State University. He has played in 18 games (18 starts) this season for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League, averaging 17.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 35.1 minutes per game. At LSU, Sampson played in 85 games (40 starts) from 2015-18. Over his career with the Tigers, he averaged 7.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists, scoring a career-high 24 points twice in the 2016-17 season.
Mike McGraw: Brandon Sampson, 6-5 guard from LSU, is going to be a #Bulls two-way player, replacing the injured Tyler Ulis.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Chicago Bulls are signing forward JaKarr Sampson of G League affiliate Windy City to a two-way NBA contract.
The Denver Nuggets have signed guard Brandon Goodwin to a two-way contract and have waived guard/forward DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Denver Nuggets are signing G League Memphis guard Brandon Goodwin to a two-way NBA contract. Goodwin was with the Nuggets prior to team signing Nick Young this week.
The Knicks this week are expected to convert Allonzo Trier’s Two-Way Contract to a standard NBA contract, a source told ZAGSBLOG. After going undrafted, the 6-foot-5 Arizona product is averaging 11.3 points and 3.1 rebounds for the Knicks (8-20). He has scored more than 20 points four times, including a season-high 25 with 8 rebounds and 4 assists against New Orleans on Nov. 23.
The Phoenix Suns today signed guard Jawun Evans to a two-way contract. Evans has played in 14 games this season with the Suns’ NBA G League affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns.
Mark Berman: Guard/forward @Danuel House says he has signed his 2-way contract with the #Rockets: “It’s cool. It’s fine. I’m still excited to be home of course and still excited to be with the team.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Guard Andrew Harrison will sign a two-way deal with New Orleans, league source tells ESPN.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived Billy Preston and Andrew Harrison — a pair of players on Two-Way contracts, league sources told cleveland.com.
With those spots available, the Cavs have signed Jaron Blossomgame and Jalen Jones to Two-Way contracts. Blossomgame, a 25-year-old forward, was a 2017 second-round pick by the San Antonio Spurs. He was recently acquired by the Canton Charge in exchange for John Holland.
The franchise signed Trier to a two-way contract this summer, which allows him to spend 45 days with the NBA team — a number he’ll soon exhaust. The exact date is murky — Trier gets credit for every day he spends with the Knicks, except travel days and off-days, which can be complex accounting with some latitude and self-policing on what qualifies as a rest day and one with team obligations. It could come as early as Dec. 6 but is more likely to fall somewhere in the week after towards mid-December. At that point the Knicks can leave him in the G League for the rest of the season or sign him to an NBA deal, for which they’d need to clear out a roster spot. The Knicks and Trier have had ongoing discussions on a new contract, according to multiple league sources, one that would take him off a two-way and on a standard NBA deal. The logistics of a contract could be complicated though. Trier, averaging 11.8 points-per-game and 10th in eFG% of all rookies averaging at least 10 minutes a night, has played well enough to earn leverage in talks.
He entered draft night in June with strong expectations that he would be selected by the Knicks. He believed he had received strong indications the Knicks would take him in the second round, with the 36th overall pick. “I don’t want to say it was a promise but it was — I don’t know what’s a guarantee,” he said. “I thought that’s where I was going for sure.” Trier says he was told by the Knicks that if he was still on the board then, they would take him. The Knicks didn’t make a promise to Trier, according to league sources, but did have him in strong consideration for the pick. “I didn’t think I would get past there, honestly,” he said.
Tom Westerholm: The Celtics officially announced they have waived Walt Lemon Jr.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Boston Celtics have waived guard Walter Lemon Jr., who was on a two-way contract.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The San Antonio Spurs are signing forward Ben Moore to a two-way NBA contract. Moore started this season with the Indiana Pacers.
Bill Oram: The Lakers are already out here making moves. They waived Travis Wear (previously on 2-way deal) to sign undrafted rookie Johnathan Williams to 2-way. With apologies to Kyle Kuzma, Williams was the Lakers best small ball center in the preseason.
Mike Bresnahan: Lakers sign Johnathan Williams to a two-way contract and waive Travis Wear. Williams, a 6-foot-9 power forward out of Gonzaga, averaged 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in six pre-season games with the Lakers before becoming the last roster cut.
Scott Agness: The Pacers waived C.J. Wilcox (torn right Achilles) and signed 6-6 guard Davon Reed to a two-way contract. He was a final camp cut by the Suns. They have 17 players under contract, including two two-way deals.
Michael Scotto: Forward Troy Williams is planning to sign a two-way deal with the Sacramento Kings, league sources told The Athletic. Williams was waived by the Pelicans and still needs to clear waivers.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Guard Davon Reed is planning to sign a two-way deal with Indiana, league sources tell ESPN. Reed was waived on a guaranteed contract with the Suns and still needs to clear waivers today. Reed was the 32nd pick in 2017 Draft out of Miami.
Rod Beard: A league source confirms that the #Pistons have converted undrafted rookie wing Zach Lofton to a two-way deal and have released Reggie Hearn.
Kelly Iko: The Houston Rockets will convert undrafted forward Gary Clark’s deal to a two-way contract, per his agent @austingwalton. He will have a chance to contribute right away, until the start of the G-League season on November 2.
KC Johnson: Confirming that Tyler Ulis’ contract can become 2-way deal, which @Shams Charania 1st reported. Arcidiacono, whose deal isn’t fully guaranteed until January, remains on roster.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Bulls are signing guard Tyler Ulis to a two-way NBA contract. Chicago claimed Ulis off waivers today.
With the season set to begin in just a few days, the NBA has announced a minor tweak to the rules regarding two-way contracts. Per a report, travel days will no longer be included in the 45 days of service that a two-way player is allowed.
The Rockets on Saturday took the first steps toward reducing their regular-season roster to 14 players, waiving players signed to non-guaranteed contracts, and are expected to convert the contracts of impressive rookie Gary Clark and second-round pick Vincent Edwards to two-way deals, two individuals with knowledge of the moves said. The final steps, to put Edwards and Clark on two-way deals, has not been completed, but is expected in the coming days, one person with knowledge of the Rockets’ plans said.
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has exercised the two-way player conversion option on guard Joe Chealey. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Additionally, the team announced it has waived forward Zach Smith. Chealey, a College of Charleston product, was originally signed by the Hornets on July 27 as an undrafted free agent.
Anthony Slater: Marcus Derrickson will be the Warriors other 2-way roster guy, Steve Kerr says.
Marc Berman: Fizdale indicates club won’t rip up Allonzo Trier two-way contract until it has to. Will stretch that 45 days of Knicks time as well as they can before making the next step.
Ryan Wolstat: Deng Adel is intriguing and made a big push, but Raptors went with Chris Boucher in the end. Wanted a young big man and Boucher beat out Eric Moreland.
Connor Letourneau: Per a team source, the Warriors plan to give Alfonzo McKinnie their second and final two-way contract. Nothing official yet, though.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Golden State Warriors have signed training camp invite Alfonzo McKinnie to a two-way NBA contract. This could be a procedural move for McKinnie to negotiate newer deal.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Brooklyn Nets are converting rookie guard Theo Pinson’s contract into a two-way deal, league sources tell ESPN.
NBA teams are allowed up to two players under two-way contracts. Those players spend the bulk of the season in the G League and a maximum of 45 days with their NBA team. Those players are paid a corresponding daily salary based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four NBA seasons of experience or less can sign two-way deals, which can be for either one or two seasons. A player has to be active for one day to get credit for a year of service. While two-way contracts generally go to young players with potential upside, some older players with overseas experience took advantage of the opportunity. C.J. Williams, who previously played in Greece, Italy, France, and the former D League, earned a two-way contract at 27 with the Clippers. “It’s a dream come true, to be honest,” Williams said. “I always wanted to play in the NBA and get an opportunity. It’s not exactly an NBA contract, but at the same time I get an opportunity, and that’s all I can ask for, and I’ve just been enjoying every moment of it, but I know my work isn’t done. I can’t be satisfied with just a two-way contract, I have to work to progress to get more.”
Former Rockets two-way guard Markel Brown, 26, used the two-way contract as an opportunity to return to the NBA. The former second-round draft pick played two seasons for the Nets before spending one season in Russia with BC Khimki. After making substantially more overseas in Russia, Brown returned to the States with the hope of making the NBA again. “On the court, I feel like for overseas there is a lot of competition depending on what league you’re in, depending on what team you go and play for, it’s a lot of competition,” Brown said. “There are a lot of guys that used to be in the NBA that are overseas now, and I think it’s great. Going overseas, being able to make some money to be able to take care of your family, but I think staying in the States and playing in the G League is also good as well. You’ve got great coaches in the G League who are constantly preparing you for their affiliate team, so I think both are great on the court. Off the court, for me, being in Russia the language, food, traveling around trying to venture out and see new things versus being in the States it’s just like being home, so I think it opens up your eyes and makes you more thankful for what you have around you.”
In addition to inconvenient travel plans on a moment’s notice, some agents worried about the physical toll their clients endured and lack of sleep as former Brooklyn Nets two-way player Milton Doyle noted. “It gets crazy sometimes just because you never know when you’re going to get the call,” Doyle said. “Somebody might get hurt or be sick or anything. You might get a call at twelve, one, or two in the morning and they tell you that you’ve got to fly out at 6:00 in the morning. The flight, just to get to the airport — especially in New York — is crazy traffic and then a flight. It just takes a toll on your body with whatever traveling you’re doing.”
Looking ahead, some agents suggested changes to improve the two-way system. Multiple agents said they want the league to eliminate multi-year, two-way deals and limit the number of two-way contracts a team can use per season. “Teams like Milwaukee and Houston had at least four different guys on them (two-way contracts) throughout the year,” one agent said. “They are not being used for ‘development’ players. They’re being used as a way to circumvent the cap and a free (no cap hit) insurance policy against injury.”
The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward/center Alan Williams to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Williams (6’8”, 265) joins Brooklyn after three seasons (2015-18) with the Phoenix Suns. In 62 career games, he averaged 6.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per contest. During the 2017-18 season, Williams appeared in five games, averaging 4.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 14.1 minutes per game. He also appeared in three games with the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA G League last season, averaging 16.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 23.4 minutes per game.
In the Nets press conference Tuesday, Sean Marks said Theo Pinson, the 6’7” swingman out of North Carolina, will likely fill the Brooklyn’s second two-way slot, joining the recently signed Alan Williams. Asked if the Nets had someone in mind for the two-way deal, Marks did everything but confirm Pinson is his guy. “I think we do. It’s staying flexible throughout the year; we’ll see what happens. We do have a guy in mind,” said the Nets GM. “Theo Pinson is gonna be our two-way guy. It hasn’t been out there yet; it probably shouldn’t be.
Michael Scotto: The Brooklyn Nets and free agent Alan Williams have agreed to a two-way deal, league sources confirmed to The Athletic. First reported by ESPN. The Nets have been looking to add more rebounding. Williams can help in that department.
The Boston Celtics have signed guard PJ Dozier to a two-way contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard/forward Daniel Hamilton and forward Alex Poythress. Poythress’ contract is a two-way contract.
Shams Charania: Sources: The Houston Rockets have waived former Celtics first-round pick R.J. Hunter, who was on a two-way deal.
Mike McGraw: #Bulls still have a second two-way slot open, along with Rawle Alkins. It’s possible they wait and offer that to someone who is in camp.
Shams Charania: Sources: Oklahoma City is signing undrafted Texas A&M center Tyler Davis to a two-way NBA contract.
Chris Dempsey: The #Nuggets are expected to sign summer league standout DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell to a two-way contract for the upcoming season. They also will add his summer league teammate Emanuel Terry to the training camp roster. With both, the Nuggets have 18 players on the roster into camp.
The Indiana Pacers announced Friday they have signed C.J. Wilcox to a two-way contract. Per team policy, the terms of the contract were not announced.
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The Kings continue to explore adding a rangier small forward, but they need to be wary of throwing major assets and cap room at what could end up an incremental move. (The bet here is that they do proceed with caution, in part because the Wizards have shown little appetite for dealing Otto Porter anywhere for a return heavy on future assets and cap flexibility, sources say.
Musselman won’t make excuses for his time in Sacramento. “That was the one time I felt as a coach I failed,” Musselman said. But it was a turbulent time in his life. He was going through a divorce. His kids lived 90 minutes away, with their mother. He’d finish practices and spend hours in traffic to spend time with his children. The stress, he says, was overwhelming. In the preseason, Musselman was arrested for DUI.
So why hasn’t the NBA noticed? Ask around and you get a variety of vague answers. In the NBA, Musselman had a reputation of being tough to deal with. In Golden State, he clashed with management over his preference to play veterans over younger players. “He’s a very straightforward guy,” St. Jean said. “There’s no debate about his basketball knowledge. The basketball stuff, he checks all the boxes. But you have to feel comfortable with him.”
Who knows if the NBA will ever come calling again? Orlando had internal discussions about Musselman during its coaching search last summer, league sources told SI.com. Musselman is 54, but still coaches with the zeal of a man decades younger. “I see the same personality, I see the same love and thirst for the game,” St. Jean said. “The passion on the sideline, it’s there. Players can tell, too. They know where you are in terms of your knowledge, your passion. He had it a long time ago, and he’s still got it.”
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“Not sure he has played his last game as a (Maverick),” one team source said. “But we will see.” Still, the Mavericks wants Smith back on their own terms, and Carlisle doesn’t plan on budging. There’s no indication – one way or another – what Smith plans to do.
Personality-wise, Carlisle loves Smith, but they’re less of a match on the basketball court. Certainly, Smith is seasons away from being an effective true point guard, although it’s plausible there’s another productive role that could be created in the meantime for the ridiculously explosive athlete with a knack for scoring. As of Thursday, it’s still unclear if Carlisle has even spoken to Smith, saying Tuesday that he had only spoken to his agent, Glenn Schwartzman, and expected Smith to play moving forward if healthy.