Back together at last, Nate and Danny give a full slate of preseason predictions, ranking the conferences 1-15, conference finals and finals picks, all the major awards, and some we invented as well. Then (1:03:00) we look at some unexpected cuts and go through the rest of the NBA's news to get ready for the regular season.
The Phoenix Suns have exercised their 2017-18 options on guard Devin Booker and forward T.J. Warren.
Booker ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring this preseason, averaging 19.6 points in five appearances, including a 34-point performance at Portland on October 7. An NBA All-Rookie First Team selection in 2015-16, Booker ranked fourth among rookies with a scoring average of 13.8 points in 76 games, averaging 18.5 points over the season’s final 44 games after permanently joining the starting lineup on Jan. 8.
Warren started all six of the Suns’ preseason games, averaging 12.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting from the field and 4.2 rebounds. In his second season with the Suns in 2015-16, Warren averaged career bests of 11.0 points and 3.1 rebounds through 47 games before a right foot fracture caused him to miss the season’s final 34 contests.
The Sacramento Kings have waived Jordan Farmar, Isaiah Cousins and Lamar Patterson.
Sacramento's roster now stands at 15.
Farmar ended last season for Dave Joerger and the Memphis Grizzlies last season and he figured to have a decent shot of making the regular season roster since Darren Collison will begin the season on suspension.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will waive Dahntay Jones as DeAndre Liggins will make their regular season roster.
Jones was signed at the end of the 15-16 season and gave the Cavs a veteran bench presence.
Cleveland has yet to make a decision on Mo Williams.
The Detroit Pistons have claimed Beno Udrih off waivers.
The Miami Heat waived Udrih on Saturday.
With Reggie Jackson injured, the Pistons have a need for depth at point guard.
The Phoenix Suns and have released Archie Goodwin in an unexpected move.
Goodwin has been a promising prospect since entering the NBA in 2013 after one season at Kentucky but he has yet to receive consistent playing time with the Suns.
The Houston Rockets will waive Pablo Prigioni and keep Tyler Ennis.
The Rockets acquired Ennis during camp from the Milwaukee Bucks for Michael Beasley.
Houston was previously planning on waiving Ennis.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will waive Mitch McGary and Ronnie Price to keep Semaj Christon on their final roster.
McGary is due $1.526 million for this season while Price had guaranteed deals worth $2.557 million this season and $2.442 million for 17-18.
McGary received a five-game suspension and a 10-game suspension for the 16-17 season due to drug violations.
Christon averaged 7.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 18.6 minutes per game in the preseason.
The Thunder had just signed Christon to a two-year deal in August.
New Era and the NBA announced an expanded global licensing partnership that makes the brand the official authentic headwear provider of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and NBA Development League (NBA D-League).
The multiyear deal comes as the NBA celebrates its 20-year relationship with New Era, and will include marketing and retail activations within league and team platforms.
“We’ve been a partner of the NBA for many years and are excited for the opportunity to continue to work with such a storied league and its outstanding teams,” said Chris Koch, President & CEO, New Era. “We’re looking forward to using team and league logos to bring unique designs and styles to the market for both players and fans.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised the third-year options on Tyus Jones and Karl-Anthony Towns, along with the fourth-year options on Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins.
Jones, 20, posted averages of 4.2 points and 2.9 assists in 15.5 minutes per contest in 37 games over his rookie season. The Wolves originally acquired the draft rights to the 6-2 guard from the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 25, 2015.
LaVine, 21, owns career averages of 12.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 159 contests. The 6-5 guard tallied 14.0 ppg, on 45.2% shooting, including a 38.9% mark from three-point distance, a season ago. Minnesota drafted LaVine with the 13th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Towns, 20, averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game last season on his way to being named 2016 KIA NBA Rookie of the Year. The Wolves selected the 7-0 forward/center with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Wiggins, 21, has averaged 18.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 163 career contests over two seasons with Minnesota. The 6-8 forward tallied averages of 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists a season ago. Wiggins, who was named the 2015 KIA NBA Rookie of the Year, was acquired by the Wolves via trade on August 23, 2014 after being selected No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by Cleveland.