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Wolves Waive Kyrylo Fesenko

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived Kyrylo Fesenko.

The Wolves roster now stands at 17 players.

Fesenko, 27, appeared in one preseason game for the Wolves, tallying one rebound and one steal in three minutes of play. The 7-1 center saw action in five games (three starts) for the Wolves entry in 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game. Fesenko, originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (38th overall pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft, has averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game over his five-year NBA career.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Heat Sign Larry Drew II

The Miami Heat have signed guard Larry Drew II.

Drew appeared in 11 games (two starts) with the Heat during the 2014 Orlando and Vegas Summer Leagues and averaged 4.4 points, 3.6 assists, 1.55 steals and 1.5 rebounds while shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line. 

He spent the 2013-14 season with Miami’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, helping them to a postseason berth after appearing in 41 regular season games (36 starts) and averaging 11.4 points, 7.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.66 steals and 35.5 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent from the foul line.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Celtics Likely To Waive Will Bynum

The Boston Celtics will likely waive Will Bynum.

Danny Ainge was set to meet wth Bynum on Saturday.

The Celtics acquired Bynum on Friday from the Detroit Pistons for Joel Anthony.

Bynum averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 assists per game last season.

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Pelicans Waive Dionte Christmas

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived Dionte Christmas.

Christmas, 6-5, 205, appeared in 31 games last season for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bucks Exercise 15-16 Options On Antetokounmpo, Henson

The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the third-year contract option on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the fourth-year contract option on John Henson.

Antetokounmpo, 19, appeared in 77 games last year during his rookie season and averaged 6.8 points with 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.6 minutes per contest. 

Henson, 23, played in 70 games last season and ranked among the league leaders in blocks per game (1.7, 9th) and field goal percentage (.538, 13th). 

Daniel Orton Agrees To Sign With Shanxi

Daniel Orton has reached agreement with Shanxi of China on a $1 million-plus deal, a source tells RealGM.

Orton was released on Thursday by the Washington Wizards.

Orton played parts of last season with the Philadelphia 76ers and Maine Red Claws of the D-League.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Knicks To Exercise Third-Year Option On Shane Larkin

The New York Knicks plan on picking up their third-year contract option on Shane Larkin.

There was some initial uncertainty from the Knicks on the decision regarding Larkin's $1.67 million contract for 15-16.

Phil Jackson plans on using cap space in 2015 and has been cautious on committing to guaranteed money.

In the preseason, Larkin has averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 assists in 20 minutes per game for New York.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Mavericks To Sign Yuki Togashi To Non-Guaranteed Deal

The Dallas Mavericks will sign Yuki Togashi after he passes his physical on Tuesday.

Togashi will be eligible to practice with the team, but he is most likely to end up with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League.

Togashi, a 5-foot-7 guard who played for Dallas in Summer League, is going to sign a non-guaranteed deal.

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Ridnour Beginning To Consider End Of Career

Luke Ridnour is beginning to consider when he may retire from the NBA.

"It all goes by so fast," he said of his career, now in its 12th season. "My family is the most important thing. . . . After this [season,] I'll just take it season to season."

Ridnour signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the Orlando Magic and the team has an option for 15-16 when he will be 34.

 

Via Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

James Southerland To Be Waived By Blazers, Sign Overseas

The Portland Trail Blazers will waive James Southerland.

Southerland will sign a deal overseas, league sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski.

Southerland spent parts of last season with the then-Charlotte Bobcats and New Orleans Pelicans.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

John Holland Close To Signing With Besiktas

Last season with Gravelines in France, John Holland averaged 10.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

Celtics Could Waive Vitor Faverani As Part Of Roster Crunch

Vitor Faverani is owed $2.09 million this season, but he has yet to recover seven months later from a car accident that led to his arrest.

Chandler Never Thought Carmelo Would Leave Knicks

Tyson Chandler was recently asked if he tried to recruit Carmelo Anthony to the Mavericks.

Mickael Gelabale Finalizing Deal With Besiktas

Mickael Gelabale is finalizing details with Besiktas on an NBA out.

Michael Beasley To Sign With Shanghai Sharks

Michael Beasley was previously on a camp deal with the Grizzlies.

Warriors, Klay Thompson Apart By $2-3M Per Year In Extension Talks

Klay Thompson is seeking a maximum salary contract -- or close to it -- while the Warriors are hovering around a deal of $13 million per year.

D.J. Mbenga Signs With Knicks

D.J. Mbenga spent the last two seasons playing overseas in China (2012) and the Philippines (2013) after beginning his professional career in Belgium (2001-04).

Kenneth Faried, Nuggets Agree Upon Reworked Four-Year, $50M Extension

The Nuggets and Kenneth Faried pared down an original five-year, $60 million pact.

Ray Allen Remains Undecided On Playing This Season

Ray Allen remains undecided if he'll play this season amid reports that he'd agreed to a deal with the Cavaliers.

New TV Deal Unlikely To Impact LaMarcus Aldridge's Free Agency

LaMarcus Aldridge's annual salary will pencil in at 30 percent of the Blazers' cap when he signs his deal, no matter how much it is.

Rockets Plan On Having Harden Serve As Lead Recruiter For Durant

Goran Dragic and Rajon Rondo are free agents in 2015, while Kevin Durant will hit the open market in 2016.

Mavs Were Fully Committed To Parsons Before Receiving Word From LeBron

The Mavericks were pursuing Chandler Parsons along with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

Kenneth Faried Agrees To Five-Year, $60M Extension With Nuggets

The deal includes a partial guarantee in the fifth year that assures Kenneth Faried he will make no less than $52 million over the life of the contract.

K.J. McDaniels Agrees Upon One-Year Tender With 76ers As 2nd Round Pick

K.J. McDaniels is taking less money upfront from Sam Hinkie and the 76ers to become a free agent sooner.

Blazers Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard has averaged 19.9 points (42.7% FG, 38.1% 3-PT, 85.9% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.84 steals and 37.2 minutes per game.

76ers Waive Pierre Jackson

Pierre Jackson will receive a guaranteed $400,00 from the 76ers for this season while he rehabs from an Achilles tear.

Alonzo Gee Reaches Deal With Nuggets

Alonzo Gee has reached agreement on a deal with the Nuggets, a source with knowledge told RealGM
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