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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

Timberwolves Exercise Third-Year Options On Bennett, Dieng, Muhammad

The Minnesota Timberwolves exercised the third-year options on forward Anthony Bennett, center Gorgui Dieng and forward Shabazz Muhammad on Sunday.

Bennett, obtained in a trade from Cleveland on Aug. 23, saw action in 52 games for the Cavaliers in 2013-14, averaging 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game.

Dieng saw action in 60 games last season, including 33 of the final 35; he averaged 4.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game
 
Muhammad finished his rookie NBA season by appearing in 37 games for the Wolves, all off the bench, and averaged 3.9 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.8 minutes per game
Via RealGM Staff Report

Ben McLemore's 15-16 Option Exercised By Kings

The Sacramento Kings have picked up the 2015-16 option on guard Ben McLemore’s contract.

Entering his second NBA campaign, the 6-5 guard averaged 8.8 points (.376 FG%, .320 3pt%, .804 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 26.7 minutes per contest as a rookie last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Pelicans Hire, Promote Seven In Basketball Ops

The New Orleans Pelicans announced the hiring and promotion of several members of the team’s basketball operations staff.

Duane Brooks, who brings over two decades of experience in his field, enters his first season as head athletic trainer with the New Orleans after spending the previous 13 seasons as the New Orleans Saints’ assistant athletic trainer. Brooks is responsible for the health care, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, daily training room operations and maintenance of the team’s medical records.

Jason Sumerlin joins the Pelicans as assistant strength and conditioning coach, where he will assist with the athletic development and training of players. 

Jamelle McMillan has been elevated to player development coach after serving as a coaching intern for the Pelicans the past two seasons. 

Terrance “Doc” Martin adds the role of player development coach to his director of player programs title, which he’s held the past two seasons. Martin served as a scout for the Pelicans from 2010-12 after spending the three previous years in Portland as a collegiate scout for the Trail Blazers.  

Michael Ruffin enters his first season with the Pelicans as player development coach.

Matt Whinrey has been promoted to head video coordinator after serving as the team’s assistant video coordinator last season. Prior to joining the Pelicans, Whinrey was an NBA regional scout and basketball operations assistant for the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Bryson Graham has been promoted to scouting coordinator after spending the last two seasons as the Pelicans video coordinator. Graham previously served as the team’s player development director/basketball operations associate in 2011-12 and was a front office intern in 2010-11.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wizards Pick Up Rookie Options On Bradley Beal, Otto Porter

The Washington Wizards have exercised the fourth-year contract option on Bradley Beal and the third-year contract option on Otto Porter.

"Bradley and Otto are both big pieces of the core group of players that we will build around as we continue to improve our team," Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement.  "We look forward to them playing significant roles in our success both now and in the future."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Raptors Exercise 15-16 Options On Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross

The Toronto Raptors have exercised the fourth-year team options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross.

The contracts for Valanciunas and Ross are now guaranteed through the 2015-16 season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Pacers Exercise 15-16 Contract Option On Solomon Hill

The Indiana Pacers have picked up the 2015-16 option on forward Solomon Hill’s contract.

Hill, entering his second season with the Pacers, averaged 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bucks Hire Peter Feigin As Team President

The Milwaukee Bucks have hired Peter Feigin as the team’s new president.  

Feigin comes to the Bucks with a depth of experience in both in the NBA and the corporate world. As the chief marketing and revenue officer of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, he managed global business units and handled branding across the international entertainment company. Prior to working at Deluxe, Feigin was president and COO of Marquis Jet Partners and helped lead its acquisition by NetJets. From 1998 to 2004, he worked for the New York Knicks and rose to become vice president of marketing – increasing profits, season subscriptions and suite revenue during his tenure. Additionally, Feigin has served as a senior advisor to the Milwaukee Bucks since the ownership change, helping reorganize and refocus its business operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College and completed the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ Financial Executive Program. 

“I’ve known Peter for many years and can’t think of a more capable person to drive growth for the Bucks organization,” said Marc Lasry. “Peter’s been an invaluable advisor and will be a terrific leader for a talented group of people working to build a world-class franchise. He brings a tremendous amount of NBA expertise and management experience to Milwaukee.”

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kings Hire Dean Oliver

The Sacramento Kings have hired Dean Oliver to provide statistical analysis and play a role in personnel decisions.

Oliver had been the director of production analytics at ESPN.

 

Pete D’Alessandro worked with Oliver in Denver before becoming the Kings’ GM last year. Oliver worked with the front office and coach George Karl.

“He’s going to be a big part of this team in terms of brokering deals,” D’Alessandro said. “His reputation throughout the league is stellar, and his contact base is as big as anyone’s.”

D’Alessandro believes Oliver will be a valuable asset to the Kings’ coaches and players.

“There’s plenty of coaches and players who’ve learned the right things,” Oliver said. “They don’t need an analytical approach in order to do things the right way. But there’s a lot more information. You’ve got players who want to know more about the details.”

Michael Malone said he is a “numbers guy” and believes they can be beneficial.

“I’m looking forward to working with anybody that can help us win games,” Malone said . “... We’re going to use whatever information that Dean and the entire front-office staff give us to help us become a winning basketball team.”

Via Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Celtics Release Chris Babb, Chris Johnson

The Boston Celtics have released Chris Babb and Chris Johnson, the team announced.

Both players signed with the Celtics last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Phil Weber Hired As Head Coach Of Sioux Falls Skyforce

Prior to joining the Heat as a consultant, Phil Weber worked as an assistant coach for the Knicks (2008-12) and Suns (1999-2008).

Sean Marks Named Spurs' Assistant GM

Sean Marks will return to the Spurs' front office as an assistant general manager
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