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Pelicans Sign DeAndre Liggins To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Jan 20, 2018 7:50 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard DeAndre Liggins to a second 10-day contract. 

Liggins, 6-6, 209, who was signed to his first 10-day contract with New Orleans on Jan. 10, has appeared in one game with the Pelicans, logging 11 minutes and recording four points, one rebound and one assist.

New Orleans’ roster currently stands at 18.

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Andrew Bogut Receiving Interest From Multiple Playoff Teams

Jan 19, 2018 5:26 PM

Andrew Bogut is receiving interest from multiple playoff teams.

Bogut is expected to sign with a team following the Feb. 8th trade deadline as teams are preserving extra roster spots in case of an unbalanced trade.

Bogut was released by the Lakers in early January.

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Celtics Sign Jarell Eddie To 10-Day Contract

Jan 19, 2018 11:33 AM

The Boston Celtics have agreed to sign Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract.

Boston has had an open roster spot.

Eddie has played in 31 career NBA games with the Wizards and Suns.

Eddie is averaging 17.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 32.3 minutes per game this season in the G League. Eddie is also shooting better than 50 percent on three-pointers this season.

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Enes Kanter Hopes To Spend Remainder Of Career With Knicks

Jan 19, 2018 11:20 AM

After bouncing from the Utah Jazz to the Oklahoma City Thunder and now the New York Knicks over the past few seasons, Enes Kanters believes he's found a home after just 45 games with the franchise.

Kanter has felt more at home in New York with its large Turkish community.

"You still miss your own food," said Kanter. "You still miss Turkish people, talking Turkish, you still miss your culture. That's why New York is the best place to be because everywhere you go there's Turkish people, your friends are here, you can go to eat Turkish food every day. In Utah we had none. OKC, we had one restaurant. ... It just makes you feel warmer, it makes you feel more welcome."

Kanter had low expectations for the Knicks before his arrival.

"Before I came here, you were hearing it or were thinking, 'Oh, it's New York, they haven't made the playoffs for the last whatever years. The organization is not good. They're changing the GMs and all this other stuff. People are not good there.' ... But after I came, I realized that this is the place that I want to be and to play for a long time. Because people in the organization are so warm and so welcoming."

Kanter was asked what led him to decide he wants his future to be with the Knicks.

"I remember during the draft I went to see a lot of organizations. But after you play in New York, you don't really want to go anywhere else. The people around are so cool. I remember maybe it was my second month here. I was thinking, 'This place is so cool, I want to retire here.' I remember one of the media guys was asking me, 'Is it too early to decide because you've been here for not even a half season? Why did you want to decide that you wanted to retire as a Knick?" I was like, 'This is the place I want to be.' You play at Madison Square Garden, you see all the famous people. I'm really cool with Ben Stiller."

Kanter has a player option for the 18-19 season.

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Lakers To Sign Nigel Hayes To 10-Day Contract

Jan 18, 2018 5:34 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will sign Nigel Hayes to a 10-day contract.

Hayes went undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2017.

Hayes is averaging 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30 games this season in the G League for Westchester.

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Nets Granted $6M Disabled Player Exception For Jeremy Lin

Jan 17, 2018 9:38 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have been granted a $6 million disabled player exception for Jeremy Lin.

Lin was injured and ruled out for the season following his opening night injury in which he suffered a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee.

The Nets do not own their first round draft pick this season

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Pelicans Receive $2.75M Disabled Player Exception

Jan 17, 2018 6:12 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have been awarded a $2.75 million disabled player exception for Alexis Ajinca.

Ajinca underwent surgery in December on his right knee and is likely out for the season.

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Pelicans Main Competition For DeMarcus Cousins Expected To Be Mavs, Lakers

Jan 16, 2018 2:26 PM

The free agency of DeMarcus Cousins is one of the NBA's most intriguing storylines of 2018 as the New Orleans Pelicans are expected to do whatever they can to re-sign him.

"I think most teams around the league believe that the Pelicans will re-sign Cousins unless he doesn't want to stay there," said Marc Stein on the Dunc'd On Podcast. "I think the Pelicans are the clear favorites. Now, I would say there's an expectation and maybe even speculation on the part of rival teams, but I've heard Dallas and the Lakers mentioned most frequently that those are teams that expected, whatever expected means, to make a run at him.

"Now for the Lakers, they have other targets. I would think Cousins is lower on their list than certainly LeBron or Paul George, but Dallas going after Cousins would be a very Mark Cuban move. I obviously live in Dallas. There's been talk about Cousins here for awhile, certainly around town people expect the Mavs to go after him. Can they convince him to leave New Orleans if the Pels put that max deal on the table?"

Cousins is likely to have a limited market of teams that can offer a max contract.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Rockets Release Briante Weber, Sign Markel Brown To Two-Way

Jan 15, 2018 6:27 PM

The Houston Rockets will release Briante Weber from his two-way contract to sign Markel Brown to a two-way.

Brown had been playing for the Oklahoma City Blue of the G League.

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Wolves Sign Amile Jefferson To Two-Way Contract

Jan 15, 2018 6:15 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has signed forward Amile Jefferson to a two-way contract.

Jefferson, 24, has played in 22 games this season for the Iowa Wolves, the Timberwolves’ NBA G League affiliate, averaging 18.0 points and a league-best 13.1 rebounds per contest while shooting 64.0% from the field. Jefferson, 6-9, has 16 double-doubles on the season, including one in each of his last seven games dating back to Dec. 29. The Duke graduate was recently named to the NBA G League Showcase First Team, averaging 22.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 65.0% from the field over two contests. Jefferson’s best games include a 28-point, 21-rebound performance Jan. 6 at Texas and 29 points, 15 rebounds and six assists Jan. 10 at Canton (G League Showcase).

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76ers Sign Demetrius Jackson To Two-Way Contract, Waive McAdoo
Demetrius Jackson averaged 15.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 30.9 minutes per game in the G League.

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Pistons Sign Reggie Hearn To Two-Way Contract
Reggie Hearn has averaged 14.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 30.7 minutes per game.

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Nets Sign James Webb III To Two-Way Contract
James Webb III is averaging 11.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 27.4 minutes per game in the G League for Delaware.

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Rockets Sign R.J. Hunter To Two-Way Contract
R.J. Hunter has averaged 19.2 points in 29.8 minutes on 43.2 percent shooting.

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Lakers To Sign Gary Payton II To Two-Way Contract
Gary Payton II was waived by the Bucks on Dec. 18th when they signed Sean Kilpatrick.

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Hawks Agree To Sign Andrew White To Two-Way Contract
Andrew White is averaging 16.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the G-League.

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Grizzlies Agree To Sign Myke Henry To Two-Way Deal
Myke Henry has been playing for the Blue of the G-League.

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Trey Burke Agrees To Deal With Knicks For Remainder Of Season
Trey Burke spent last season with the Wizards.

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Kay Felder To Sign Two-Way Contract With Pistons
Kay Felder is a native of Detroit.

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Mike James Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Pelicans
Mike James was released last month by the Suns.

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Knicks To Waive Ramon Sessions
The Knicks are expected to sign Trey Burke with the roster spot of Ramon Sessions.

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Pistons Convert Dwight Buycks To Standard Contract
Dwight Buycks is averaging 8.8 points and 2.4 in eight games.

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Lakers Waive Vander Blue From Two-Way Contract
Vander Blue in 15 games (13 starts) for the South Bay Lakers, averaging 19.0 points and 5.3 assists in 34.7 minutes.

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Pacers To Sign Ben Moore To Two-Way Contract
Ben Moore had been playing in the G-League with the Mad Ants.

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Gregg Popovich Reveals LaMarcus Aldridge Requested Trade In Offseason
LaMarcus Aldridge signed an extension worth $72 million over three years.

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Jazz To Sign Georges Niang To Two-Way Contract
Georges Niang has played for Santa Cruz of the G-League this season, averaging 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

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Lou Williams, Clippers Have Held Extension Talks
Lou Williams is in the final season of a three-year, $21 million contract he signed with the Lakers in 2015.

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Mavericks Claim Jalen Jones, Waive Kyle Collingsworth
Both players have been on two-way contracts.

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Blake Griffin: DeAndre Jordan Knows I Want Him To Be A Clipper For Life
Blake Griffin was asked how he's taking DeAndre Jordan's pending free agency.

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Pelicans Sign DeAndre Liggins To 10-Day Contract
The Pelicans will use an injury exception to sign DeAndre Liggins.

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