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Lakers Waive Joel Ayayi From Two-Way Deal

Oct 15, 2021 3:15 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived Joel Ayayi from his Two-Way contract.

The Lakers also waived Chaundee Brown Jr., Cameron Oliver and Trevelin Queen.

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Pelicans Waive John Petty Jr.

Oct 15, 2021 2:14 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived guard John Petty Jr.

Petty Jr., 6-5, 184, most recently played four seasons at Alabama in which he averaged 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 131 games (105 starts), finishing his career with a school-record 311 made three-pointers. Petty Jr. is coming off of a senior campaign where he averaged 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists en route to First Team All-SEC honors. Petty Jr. led the SEC with 77 made threes during the 2020-21 season.

The Pelicans roster now stands at 17.

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Bryan Colangelo Seemed To Prefer Building Around Ben Simmons Over Joel Embiid

Oct 15, 2021 2:08 PM

When Bryan Colangelo ran the Philadelphia 76ers from 2016 until 2018, multiple sources say he seemed to prefer to build around Ben Simmons over Joel Embiid.

Embiid previously enjoyed a close relationship with Sam Hinkie, who was already gone by the time the 76ers won the lottery in 2016 and selected Simmons.

The arrival of Daryl Morey resulted in a sizable shift favoring Embiid in the power dynamic. Morey almost immediately began pursuing a trade of James Harden with Simmons as the centerpiece of the offer.

Simmons didn't run away from the idea of a trade to the Houston Rockets and even began looking at real estate as it looked like Philadelphia might actually get a deal done. Simmons imagined what it would be like to have a team built around him and playing his style.

Simmons moved past the trade talks by having an All-Star season and finishing second in Defensive Player of the Year voting. Sources say Simmons' comfort in the organization had diminished, confidantes said.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Convert Daishen Nix To Two-Way Contract

Oct 15, 2021 1:53 PM

The Houston Rockets are converting the contract of Daishen Nix to a Two-Way.

Nix played with Jalen Green on the G League Ignite last season. Nix went undrafted and played for the Philadelphia 76ers in Summer League.

Nix appeared in one game in Summer League for the Rockets.

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Some Within 76ers Suspected Ben Simmons Tried To Get Out Of Playing Game 7

Oct 15, 2021 1:50 PM

Less than 10 hours before the Philadelphia 76ers were set to host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Ben Simmons was in limbo on whether he would be allowed to play.

"They're not letting me play," Simmons told his brother Sean Tribe and several teammates via text message.

Simmons was being held out of the team's shootaround because of a possible exposure to a team masseuse who had returned an inconclusive COVID-19 test. Several players were questioned about whether they'd seen her that morning, but Simmons was the only one who said that he had. 

"He answered the question honestly, without thinking of the implications," says one source close to Simmons.

According to multiple sources, many within the 76ers questioned whether Simmons had actually seen the masseuse or was just trying to get out of playing. Simmons had attempted only 10 shots combined in Games 5 and 6. Simmons went on to pass up a possible dunk in the fourth quarter that has become an inflection point on his tenure with the 76ers.

"If you're trying to prepare for Game 7, you don't really want to be dealing with that in the morning," a source close to Simmons says. "Especially when the spotlight is already on you."

The staffer and Simmons' test results came back negative, according to sources, and he was cleared to play in the game.

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Luka Samanic, Knicks Agree To Two-Way Contract

Oct 15, 2021 1:26 PM

Luka Samanic and the New York Knicks have agreed to a Two-Way contract.

Samanic was recently waived by the San Antonio Spurs.

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Magic Sign B.J. Johnson, Waive Devin Cannady

Oct 15, 2021 12:41 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard-forward B.J. Johnson.

Johnson (6’7”, 200, 12/21/95) played and started in 14 games last season with Long Island of the NBA G League, averaging 18.4 ppg., 5.6 rpg., 1.6 apg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 31.1 minpg. He also appeared in 11 games with Brisbane of the National Basketball League in Australia, averaging 10.0 ppg. and 3.7 rpg. in 21.5 minpg.

In addition, the Magic have also waived guard Devin Cannady. He was signed as a free agent by Orlando on October 12 and did not play in any preseason action.

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Hawks Exercise 22-23 Options On De'Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, Onyeka Okongwu

Oct 15, 2021 12:38 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have exercised the fourth-year (22-23) contract options on De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish along with the third-year (2022-23) option on Onyeka Okongwu.

Entering his third season with the Hawks, Hunter averaged 15.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 29.5 minutes last season (.484 FG%, .326 3FG%, .859 FT%), appearing in 23 games (19 starts). 

Also going into his third season, Reddish played in 26 games (21 starts) for Atlanta in 2020-21. He averaged 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 28.8 minutes. 

As a rookie in 2020-21, Okongwu averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 12.0 minutes, appearing in 50 games (four starts). The 6’9 big man scored 10-19 points six times and 20-29 once, pulling down 10-or-more rebounds twice and recording two double-doubles. In 18 games off the bench during Atlanta’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals, he averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 9.2 minutes (.548 FG%, .667 FT%). He was selected sixth overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.

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Jon Horst, Bucks Sign Multi-Year Extension

Oct 15, 2021 12:22 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed general manager Jon Horst to a multi-year contract extension.

Since taking over as general manager in 2017, Horst has restructured the Bucks’ basketball operations by reimagining roles, responsibilities and processes of the team’s front office staff, and has executed key roster decisions that have turned the Bucks into a consistent contender and the 2021 NBA Champions.

In his four seasons as general manager, the Bucks have made the playoffs all four seasons, which included two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals, an NBA Finals appearance and the team’s first NBA title in 50 years. In addition, over the last three seasons, the Bucks have owned the top regular season record (162-65) and have the most playoff wins (31) in the NBA.

“Jon’s preparedness, decision-making and leadership have been instrumental in the Bucks’ success during his tenure, and he has earned this extension,” said Bucks owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan. “We appreciate Jon’s hard work and creativity and are excited that he will continue to lead our basketball operations for years to come.”

“I am blessed and excited to continue with the Bucks,” Horst said. “Thank you to Marc, Wes and Jamie for your continued confidence and trust in me and for giving us the resources to be successful. We have the best ownership in sports, and I’m humbled to work with you. I also want to express my deep appreciation to my great partners and friends, Peter Feigin and Coach Bud, as we continue building sustainable success in Milwaukee. My executive team, led by Milt Newton, is incredible, and I appreciate your support and dedication every day.

“To our players, I’m grateful for your trust, commitment, and belief, and for working incredibly hard to get better every day. You are the reason I get to live my dream, and my family and I are forever grateful. Milwaukee is our home. Go Bucks!”

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Rockets, Armoni Brooks Agree To Four-Year Contract

Oct 15, 2021 9:37 AM

The Houston Rockets and Armoni Brooks have agreed to a four-year contract. The first season will be fully guaranteed, with the final four years being non-guaranteed with trigger dates.

Brooks played for the Rockets on a Two-Way contract as a rookie. He played in 20 games, with five starts. Brooks averaged 11.2 points per game on 38.2% shooting from behind the arc.

This offseason, Houston re-signed Brooks to a training camp contract. Because a training camp deal can't be converted to a new standard contract, the Rockets had to jump through some hoops to sign Brooks to his new contract. Houston converted Brooks back to a Two-Way deal. From there, the Rockets will sign Brooks to his new contract.

Houston could have waived Brooks from his training camp deal and attempted to re-sign him to his new four-year contract. However, that process would have exposed Brooks to being claimed on waivers.

The Rockets now have 16 fully guaranteed contracts. They'll need to trade a player, or they'll eat some dead money on their books.

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Jazz Waive Derrick Alston, Marques Bolden, MaCio Teague

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Kyrie Irving Has No Plans To Get Vaccinated

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Kyrie Irving Explains Decision, Adds He's Not Considering Retirement

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Nets Will No Longer Offer $186M Extension To Kyrie Irving

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Frank Mason III Signs Exhibit 10 Deal With Lakers

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Lakers Waive Mac McClung

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Pelicans Sign John Petty Jr.

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Pelicans Exercise 22-23 Options On Zion Williamson, Alexander-Walker, Jaxson Hayes, Kira Lewis

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Cavaliers Sign Ed Davis, Justin James

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76ers Engaged With Nine Known Teams, One 'Mystery' Team On Ben Simmons Trade

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Ben Simmons Meets With Daryl Morey, Doc Rivers

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Kyrie Irving's Position Not Anti-Vaccine, Wants To Challenge A Perceived Control Of Society

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76ers Currently Have No Interest In Pursuing Trade Of Ben Simmons For Kyrie Irving

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Sekou Doumbouya Signs Two-Way Deal With Lakers

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Hawks Sign Ibi Watson

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Cavaliers Waive Mfiondu Kabengele, Brodric Thomas

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Terance Mann, Clippers Agree To Two-Year, $22M Extension

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Nets Announce Kyrie Irving Won't Play At All Until He Can Participate Fully

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Nets Facing 'Real Moment Of Truth' Over Kyrie Irving's Status As Part Time Player

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Ben Simmons Returns To Philadelphia

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