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Mavericks Exercise 22-23 Option On Josh Green

Oct 20, 2021 9:21 AM

The Dallas Mavericks have exercised their 2022-23 rookie scale team option for Josh Green. This is the third-year option for Green.

Dallas drafted Green with the 18th pick of the first round at the 2020 NBA Draft. As a rookie, Green played in 39 games with five starts. The Arizona product played limited minutes, as he found himself behind several veteran wing players.

Green also played for the Salt Lake City Stars during the 2021 G League bubble. In six games, he averaged 13.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

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Wizards Exercise 22-23 Options On Deni Avdija, Rui Hachimura

Oct 20, 2021 9:16 AM

The Washington Wizards have picked up their 2022-23 rookie scale team options for Deni Avdija and Rui Hachimura. It's the third-year option for Avdija and the fourth-year option for Hachimura.

Avdija was drafted with the ninth pick of the first round at the 2020 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-9 wing then played in 54 games with 32 starts as a rookie. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Hachimura battled some injuries during his sophomore season in the NBA, but showed notable improvement. Hachimura started all 57 games he played and upped his minutes per game to 31.5. The Gonzaga product averaged 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. Hachimura improved his shooting to 47.8% overall and jumped up to 33% from behind the arc.

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Tags: Deni Avdija, Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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Warriors Re-Sign Gary Payton II

Oct 20, 2021 9:09 AM

The Golden State Warriors re-signed veteran guard Gary Payton II. Payton inked a one-year deal at the veteran minimum with a partial guarantee. Payton had been waived by the Warriors on Sunday and cleared waivers on Tuesday.

By waiving and re-signing Payton, the Warriors lowered his cap hit. Due to Golden State being deep into the luxury tax, any additional salary they carry comes with prohibitive penalties.

Payton signed a two-year contract for the veteran minimum in mid-May last season. Payton had previously completed two 10 Day contracts with the Warriors. Golden State is said to like Payton's on-ball defense, as well as his ability to run the offense as a backup point guard.

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Knicks Exercise 22-23 Options On RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin

Oct 20, 2021 9:03 AM

The New York Knicks exercised their 2022-23 rookie scale team options for RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin. It's the fourth-year option for Barrett and the third-year options for Quickley and Toppin.

Barrett blossomed in his second season as the Knicks made the playoffs. Barrett played in and started all 72 games. He averaged 17.6 points, 5.8 assists and 3.0 assists per game. Barrett also upped his three-point shooting to 40.1%.

Quickley became a key part of the rotation as a backup guard in his rookie season. He averaged 11.4 points in just 19.4 minutes. Quickley shot 38.9% from behind the arc in his first NBA season.

Toppin was a rotation regular, but played limited minutes as Julius Randle's primary backup. Toppin did play more as the season went along, and was a solid contributor in the postseason.

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Tags: R.J. Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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Timberwolves Exercise 22-23 Options On Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels

Oct 19, 2021 8:49 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves exercised their 2022-23 rookie scale team options for Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels. This is the third-year option for both players.

Edwards was selected first overall at the 2020 NBA Draft. The Georgia product played in all 72 games (55 starts) as a rookie. He averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals.

McDaniels was drafted with the 28th pick of the first round at the 2020 NBA Draft. His rights were acquired by Minnesota in a three-team deal that involved the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks. McDaniels played in 63 games (27 starts) and averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Edwards will be under contract for the 2022-23 season at $10.7 million, while McDaniels will earn $2.2 million.

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Warriors Claim Jeff Dowtin Off Waivers, Convert Contract To Two-Way

Oct 19, 2021 8:37 AM

The Golden State Warriors claimed guard Jeff Dowtin off waivers. The point guard was waived after spending the preseason with the Orlando Magic.

The Warriors then converted Dowtin's contract to a Two-Way deal. Dowtin joins Chris Chiozza as Golden State's two Two-Way players.

Dowtin went undrafted out of Rhode Island at the 2020 NBA Draft. He played for the Lakeland Magic during the 2021 G League bubble. In 15 games, Dowtin averaged 6.5 points and 2.5 assists.

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Grizzlies Waive Sean McDermott, Romeo Weems; Sign Ahmad Caver, Matt Hurt

Oct 15, 2021 10:38 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies continued their roster shuffling by waiving Sean McDermott and Romeo Weems. Memphis signed Ahmad Caver and Matt Hurt to fill their open roster spots.

McDermott played on a Two-Way contract with Memphis last season. He appeared in 18 NBA games.

Weems went undrafted out of DePaul at the 2021 NBA Draft. He then played for the Grizzlies at Summer League.

Caver has played each of the last two seasons with the Memphis Hustle of the G League. In 54 appearances, Caver has averaged 11.8 points 3.5 assists per game.

Hurt originally signed a Two-Way contract with the Houston Rockets after going undrafted out of Duke at the 2021 NBA Draft. He was waived in late-September.

All four players are expected to join the Hustle as Affiliate Players.

The Grizzlies still have 16 fully guaranteed contract on their books. Barring a trade, Memphis will have some additional dead money on their cap sheet this season.

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Tags: Sean McDermott, Romeo Weems, Ahmad Caver, Matthew Hurt, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Official Signing, NBA Waiver

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Knicks Sign Brandon Goodwin; Waive Dwayne Bacon, Myles Powell

Oct 15, 2021 10:27 AM

The New York Knicks signed guard Brandon Goodwin. New York also waived guard Dwayne Bacon and Myles Powell.

Goodwin played for the Atlanta Hawks for the last two seasons. In three years, Goodwin has averaged 4.7 points in 97 career games.

Bacon didn't appear in a preseason game with New York. He's a four-year NBA veteran. Powell spent last year playing for the Westchester Knicks of the G League.

Powell is expected to return to Westchester as an Affiliate Player. The same could hold true for both Bacon and Goodwin, who are expected to be waived following the NBA preseason.

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Tags: Brandon Goodwin, Dwayne Bacon, Myles Powell, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Official Signing, NBA Waiver

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Bucks Waive Elijah Bryant, Rayjon Tucker; Sign Jalen Lecque

Oct 15, 2021 9:46 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have waived guard Elijah Bryant and Rayjon Tucker. In a related move, Milwaukee signed Jalen Lecque to a non-guaranteed training camp contract.

Bryant signed with the Bucks late in the 2020-21 season. He played in just one regular season game and scored 16 points. Bryant then appeared in 11 playoff games at Milwaukee won the 2021 NBA Finals.

Tucker rejoined Milwaukee on a sign-and-waive deal. He's expected to join the Wisconsin Herd of the G League as an Affiliate Player. Lecque will take the same path and will join the Herd following the preseason.

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Tags: Elijah Bryant, Rayjon Tucker, Jalen Lecque, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Official Signing, NBA Waiver

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Thunder Sign Melvin Frazier Jr To Camp Deal

Oct 14, 2021 9:37 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Melvin Frazier Jr. to a camp deal. It's expected that Frazier's deal is fully non-guaranteed.

Frazier spent the first two years of his career with the Orlando Magic. He played for the Oklahoma City Blue in the 2021 G League bubble. Frazier averaged 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12 games last season.

It's expected Frazier will rejoin the Blue as an Affiliate Player following the preseason.

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Kings Sign Damien Jefferson, Ade Murkey To Camp Deals

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Spurs Sign Damyean Dotson, Jordan Burns To Camp Deals

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Bucks Waive Jemerrio Jones, Sign Rayjon Tucker

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Warriors Sign L.J. Figueroa To Camp Deal

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76ers Sign/Waive Jared Brownridge, Braxton Key

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Rockets Convert Armoni Brooks To Two-Way, Waive Tyler Bey

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Knicks Waive Tyler Hall, Sign Myles Powell

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Nuggets Waive Matt Ryan, Sign Giorgi Bezhanishvili

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Nets Waive Bryce Brown, Josh Gray; Sign Jordan Bowden, Brandon Rachal

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Bucks Waive Johnny O'Bryant, Sign Jemerrio Jones

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Thunder Waive Rob Edwards, Sign Jaylen Hoard

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Nets Sign Bryce Brown, Josh Gray To Camp Deals

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Pelicans Waive Zylan Cheatham, Jared Harper; Sign James Banks, Malcolm Hill

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Hornets Waive DJ Carton, Xavier Sneed; Sign Jalen Crutcher, Cameron McGriff

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Knicks Sign Tyler Hall To Camp Deal

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Grizzlies Waive Shaq Buchanan, Sign Romeo Weems

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Spurs Sign Jaylen Morris To Camp Deal

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Spurs Sign Aric Holman To Camp Deal

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Pistons Convert Jamorko Pickett To Two-Way Contract

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Trail Blazers Re-sign Keljin Blevins To Two-Way Contract

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