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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

Nets Waive Willie Reed

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on forward/center Willie Reed.

Reed, who was signed to the Nets' training camp roster on September 25, 2014, posted averages of 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two preseason contests.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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

Nuggets Waive Jerrelle Benimon, Marcus Williams

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

Benimon appeared in six preseason games for the Nuggets, averaging 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game. He also appeared in three games for the Nuggets Summer League team in Las Vegas.

Williams appeared in six preseason games with Denver, averaging 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game. Williams was drafted by San Antonio with the 33rd pick of the 2007 NBA Draft.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nuggets Releasing Quincy Miller

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

Miller, once a promising young prospect in the Denver franchise, had a partially guaranteed contract for the upcoming season. Miller’s release signals another step toward the Nuggets keeping Alonzo Gee for the regular season roster.

Gee posted seven points on three-of-four shooting, four rebounds and four steals while defending Portland star Damian Lillard well in 27 total minutes in the Nuggets’ loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

In 52 games last season, Miller, 21, averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. He was the 38th overall pick by the Nuggets in the 2012 NBA Draft and has a skill set at 6-foot-10 that will warrant another opportunity.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

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

The Orlando Magic and Nikola Vucevic have agreed upon a four-year, $54 million contract extension.

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

Vucevic was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and came to the Orlando Magic in the Dwight Howard trade.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Wizards May Sign John Lucas III

The Washington Wizards are on the verge of signing John Lucas III, according to sources.

Lucas would give the Wizards veteran depth in the backcourt after losing Bradley Beal to a wrist injury that will keep him out at least six weeks.

Lucas was traded twice this offseason, first going from the Utah Jazz to the Cleveland Cavaliers and then to the Boston Celtics. Lucas was waived by the Celtics shortly after the trade.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

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

Chris Bosh Admits Money Was Factor In Choosing Heat Over Rockets

Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets, but ultimately decided to remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.

Bosh would have returned to his home state of Texas to form a Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden.

"I still had to finish conversations with the Heat," Bosh said of those hectic hours on July 11, when he handled his negotiations by phone from Africa, where he was on a vacation and promotional tour. "Everybody was aware, all parties were aware. It was always continuing conversations. I never made any commitments. I never wanted to put anybody in the position to make them feel like I said something and I reneged on the whole thing. So I just kept it open.

"LeBron (James) made his choice and then that kind of cleared things up, as far as negotiations are concerned."

Bosh had spoken with management and players on the Rockets.

"I talked to everybody," he said. "I like to get a feel for everybody, feel them out, see what they're thinking and just hear it from them."

Bosh admits that money was a factor in his decision to stay with the Heat.

"It's always business," he said. "Nothing is ever personal. I think 100 percent of those dudes would have taken the deal I took.

"It's not always about money," Bosh said. "But you do want your full market value. If you work your butt off to get to a certain point, you want to be rewarded for that."

Via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

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

Bo McCalebb Close To Deal With European Team

Bo McCalebb is nearing agreement on a contract with a team in Europe, meaning no move to the NBA for now, sources told RealGM.

LeBron's Major Rise In Leadership Evident To Teammates

Before the Cavaliers' first practice of the preseason, LeBron James held a players only meeting for 30 minutes.

Kidd Denies Seeking More Power From Nets

Jason Kidd returns to New York to face the Knicks on Monday.

Rockets To Rely On D-League Growth For Clint Capela, Nick Johnson

The Rockets plan to utilize the NBA Development League heavily this season for their two draft picks, Clint Capela and Nick Johnson.

Celtics Likely To Waive Will Bynum

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

Suns Consider Keeping Earl Barron For Season

Earl Barron is still a candidate to stay with the Suns into the regular season.

Pelicans Waive Dionte Christmas

Dionte Christmas appeared in 31 games last season with the Suns.

Celtics Trade Joel Anthony To Pistons For Will Bynum

The Celtics appear to be making the move with roster flexibility in mind.

Mavericks Trying To Trade Gal Mekel, Bernard James

The Mavericks would prefer to keep one or two of their 15 roster spots open entering this upcoming season.

Dario Saric Unlikely To Sign With 76ers Before 2016 Despite Unhappiness With Turkish Club

There is not a buyout in Dario Saric's two-year contract with Efes.

Bucks Exercise 15-16 Options On Antetokounmpo, Henson

Giannis Antetokounmpo 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.

Daniel Orton Agrees To Sign With Shanxi

Daniel Orton was released on Thursday by the Wizards.

Chase Budinger Made Available By Wolves In Trade Talks

The Rockets and Pistons are interested in Chase Budinger, but are reluctant to take him on due to his $5 million player option for next season.

Knicks To Exercise Third-Year Option On Shane Larkin

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

Michael Jordan Disagrees With Players' Preference For Shorter Regular Season

Michael Jordan also disagreed with the experiment of shortening individual games by four minutes.

LeBron: Winning Two Titles Has Made Recruiting To Cleveland Easier

LeBron James talked about how he's had a more successful time recruiting players to join him with the Cavaliers than he did in the past.

Hawks Quietly Explored Al Horford Trade Last Season

The Hawks quietly reached out to a select group of teams last season making Al Horford available.

76ers Could Revisit Michael Carter-Williams Trade Talks

The 76ers do like Michael Carter-Williams, but point guard is the most replaceable position in today's NBA

Mavericks To Sign Yuki Togashi To Non-Guaranteed Deal

Yuki Togashi is most likely to end up with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League.

Bucks Expressed Interest In Ray Allen But Were Declined

Ray Allen played his first 6 1/2 seasons with the Bucks.
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