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Celtics Claim Jarell Eddie Off Free Agent Waivers

The Boston Celtics have claimed free agent forward Jarell Eddie off NBA waivers, a league source told RealGM.

Eddie was recently released by the Atlanta Hawks, and he drew multiple waiver bids before the Celtics were awarded his rights. Eddie, who has a non-guaranteed contract, could be being signed to be released as part of Boston’s allocated players to Maine in the NBA D-League.

Eddie scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in 39 minutes over four preseason games for the Hawks.

Eddie, a standout at Virginia Tech, went undrafted in the June NBA Draft. He played in the summer league for the Washington Wizards. 

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Josh Powell Waived By Rockets

Veteran forward Josh Powell has been waived by the Houston Rockets, a league source told RealGM.

Powell had a non-guaranteed contract for 2014-15 as part of the multi-year deal he signed late last season. Despite the likelihood of his release, Powell entered training camp as one of the Rockets’ locker room voices, a close friend of Dwight Howard who trained with the All-Star center in Atlanta throughout the offseason.

Powell appeared in one game a season ago, scoring five points, grabbing four rebounds and recording one blocked shot.

In parts of seven NBA seasons with Dallas, Indiana, Golden State, both Los Angeles teams and Houston, Powell has averaged 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds. The 6-foot-9 big man served as a contributing role player in the Lakers’ back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Monta Ellis Hopes To Spend Rest Of Career With Mavs

Monta Ellis has the ability to opt out of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks after this season, but he has become fond of the organization and discussed a desire to retire with the team.

“It is a business, but at the same time, I’m going to look into everything with my family, sit down with my wife, my kids and we’re going to go from there," Ellis said. "But I’m with the Dallas Mavericks for the next two years and hopefully throughout the rest of my career."

“They love it here," Ellis said when asked how his family is doing in Dallas. "I would love to retire here. My wife loves it. It’s good because she’s trying to go back to law school and get into being a lawyer or whatever. So my life is great on the outside of basketball. I love the city of Dallas. I like how they embraced me. That’s the thing that was with me as well. My first two years at Golden State, the fans embraced me so much that it wanted me to give back to them. That’s why I worked so hard to be the type of player that I was because the fans were 100 percent behind me. And when I came here it was the same way. It got me back to want to give back to them because they give me so much.”

Via Ben & Skin/KRLD-FM Dallas

Rockets Sign Geron Johnson, Release Akil Mitchell

The Houston Rockets have signed Geron Johnson and requested waivers on Akil Mitchell.

Johnson (6-3, 203, Memphis), appeared in 67 contests at Memphis University holding career averages of 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 28.3 minutes.

Mitchell (6-9, 230, Virginia), appeared in 133 contests and held career averages of 6.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists as a Virginia Cavalier.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Michael Carter-Williams Targets Return From Shoulder Injury On Nov. 13

Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers have a target return date of Nov. 13 against the Dallas Mavericks, according to a source.

Carter-Williams has been out since May after surgery on his right shoulder.

Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds for the 76ers team that finished with the second-worst record in the NBA last season.

While Carter-Williams is optimistic about returning in Dallas on Nov. 13, Sam Hinkie and the 76ers could hold him out.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Knicks Sign Jordan Vandenberg To Camp Roster

The New York Knicks have signed center Jordan Vandenberg.

Vandenberg, 7-1, 245-pounds, an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina State University, averaged 2.0 points and 4.0 rebounds over 9.9 minutes in two games with New York’s entry at the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV.

Via RealGM Staff Report

T.J. Warren Out Indefinitely With Bone Crack In Thumb

T.J. Warren has sustained a small crack in a bone in his left thumb and will be treated with a splint and rest, the Phoenix Suns announced on Thursday.

There is no timetable for Warren's return.

Warren, a rookie from North Carolina State, was selected by the Suns with the 14th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He has averaged 5.0 points and 12.2 minutes in five preseason appearances.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Thunder Exercise Rookie Options On Adams, Roberson, Jones, Lamb

The Oklahoma City Thunder exercised their third-year options on Steven Adams and Andre Roberson in addition to its fourth-year options on Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb, the team announced Wednesday.

During his rookie season with Oklahoma City, Adams appeared in 81 games (20 starts) and averaged 3.3 points, 4.1 rebounds (ninth among NBA Rookies) and 14.8 minutes while being named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

In one season with the Thunder, Roberson appeared in 40 games (16 starts) and averaged 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game.

Over two seasons with Oklahoma City, Jones has appeared in 100 games (eight starts) and averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game.

In two seasons with the Thunder, Lamb has appeared in 101 games and averaged 7.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Steve Nash To Miss Entire 14-15 Season

Steve Nash is expected to be ruled out for the entire 14-15 NBA season due to recurring nerve damage in his back, according to sources.

Nash had said he expects this season to be his final one.

Nash hurt himself last season getting out of bed and was hurt a week ago carrying his bags.

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Nash in a sign-and-trade from the Phoenix Suns in 2012, but he has been unable to stay healthy. Nash is in the final season of a three-year, $27 million contract.

Nash played one exhibition game Oct. 6 but felt discomfort in the first quarter of his next one Oct. 12; he has worked out only individually since then, getting a feel for the lack of progress.

Via Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Spurs Waive Bryce Cotton, Josh Davis

The San Antonio Spurs have waived guard Bryce Cotton and forward Josh Davis.

Cotton, who was signed by San Antonio on July 7, appeared in five preseason contests for the Spurs, averaging 4.8 points and 1.4 assists in 11.3 minutes.

Davis was signed on Aug. 27. In three preseason games, he averaged 1.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 6.0 minutes.

San Antonio’s roster now stands at 16.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Love: My Decision Was About Wanting To Win

Kevin Love wrote a first-person essay called "How I Spent My Summer Vacation", which details his trade from the Timberwolves to the Cavaliers.

Nets Waive Willie Reed

Willie Reed posted averages of 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two preseason contests.

Kevin Love Acknowledges He'll Need To Make Big Adjustments With Cavs

Kevin Love will play a different role with the Cavaliers than he has throughout his entire basketball career, using his size and shooting ability to stretch the floor.

Noah's Surgically Repaired Left Knee Has 'Ways To Go'

A source in Joakim Noah's camp said that, “Jo’s knee is going to be an issue all season long.’’

Nuggets Waive Jerrelle Benimon, Marcus Williams

The Nuggets have waived forward Jerrelle Benimon and forward Marcus Williams.

Jazz Waive Dahntay Jones, Jack Cooley

Following the moves, Utah’s roster now stands at 15 players.

Jackson: Carmelo Is Knicks' Only 'Certified All-Star', Bargnani Will Thrive In Triangle

Phil Jackson candidly spoke with Charley Rosen about the entire Knicks' roster.

13 Teams Vote Against Lottery Reform, Current System Stays In Place

The 76ers and Thunder led the charge against changing the draft lottery system.

GMs Predict Spurs' Title, LeBron For MVP, Jabari For ROY

The Spurs received 46.2 percent of the vote on which team will win the 2015 NBA Finals.

Nuggets Releasing Quincy Miller

The Nuggets informed Quincy Miller of the organization’s plan to waive the forward, a source with knowledge told RealGM on Tuesday night.

Nikola Vucevic, Magic Agree Upon Four-Year, $54M Extension

RealGM's Shams Charania reports that Nikola Vucevic's deal is fully guaranteed with no option seasons.

Jimmy Butler Out With Sprained Ligaments In Thumb

Jimmy Butler will not practice this week and will not play in the Bulls' final preseason game against the Timberwolves.

Thunder, Bucks Join 76ers In Opposing Lottery Reform

Sam Presti has attempted to warn other small-market executives that changing the system is a risky proposition for their franchises.

Mavs Release Eric Griffin, Yuki Togashi

The Mavericks roster now stands at 18 players.

Kevin Durant Hopes For December Return, Won't Rush Recovery

Kevin Durant is expected to miss up to eight weeks and said he will not speed up his recovery timetable.

Dexter Pittman, Jarell Eddie Waived By Hawks

Both Dexter Pittman and Jarell Eddie were training camp invitations.

76ers, Knicks, Lakers, Celtics Each Have Only One Player In ESPN's Top-100

Michael Carter-Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo represent their respective teams in the top-100.

LeBron: We're Not A Big Three, We're A Big Fifteen

The Cavaliers will need significant contributions this season from the likes of Anderson Varejao, Shawn Marion, Dion Waiters, Mike Miller and Tristan Thompson.

Wizards May Sign John Lucas III

John Lucas III would give the Wizards veteran depth in the backcourt.

Paul George Shoots Jumpers At Pacers' Practice

Paul George said recently that he plans to play at some point during this NBA season.
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