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The Washington Wizards announced today that the team has waived guards Jarell Eddie and Casper Ware and forward Johnny O’Bryant. The Wizards’ roster now stands at 15 players.

Eddie tallied three points in three appearances during the 2016 preseason, while Ware played in one game and scored eight points and O’Bryant averaged 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in four contests.

Kings exercise contract option on Willie Cauley-Stein

The Sacramento Kings announced today the team has exercised its third-year option on center Willie Cauley-Stein, according to Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.

This was an expected move. Cauley-Stein is one of the team’s main young building blocks.

Cauley-Stein is entering his second season with the Kings after being selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. An All-Rookie Second Team honoree last season, Cauley-Stein registered 7.0 points (.563 FG%, .648 FT%), 5.3 rebounds and 1.00 blocks in 21.4 minutes per contest over 66 games played (started 39) in 2015-16.

Bulls waive Spencer Dinwiddie

Bulls waive Spencer Dinwiddie

The Chicago Bulls waived guard Spencer Dinwiddie today.

Dinwiddie (6-6, 200) appeared in five preseason games and averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 14.9 minutes. He was originally acquired in a trade with the Detroit Pistons on June 17, 2016, was waived on July 7, and signed a contract with the Bulls on July 28.

Dinwiddie was also a member of the Bulls’ 2016 NBA Summer League squad, and he averaged 10.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 24.6 minutes through seven games during the team’s successful tournament run in Las Vegas.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 14,

Celtics waive Ben Bentil

Celtics waive Ben Bentil

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived forward Ben Bentil.

Bentil appeared in three games for the Celtics during the 2016 preseason and averaged 5.0 points, and 4.3 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game. Bentil was selected by the Celtics with the 51st overall pick during the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Grizzlies sign JaKarr Sampson, waive Kellen Dunham

The Grizzlies signed forward JaKarr Sampson and waived guard Kellen Dunham today.

Sampson (6-9, 214) has appeared in 147 career regular season games (72 starts) over his two-year NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets and holds career averages of 5.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.6 minutes. The 23-year-old has also competed in two NBA Development League games (two starts) for the Delaware 87ers and averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.00 steals and 1.00 blocks in 31.7 minutes.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Sampson went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft following his sophomore season at St. John’s University, where he was named the 2012-13 American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

Dunham (6-6, 205) was signed on Oct. 20 and did not appear in a preseason game. The 23-year-old Pendleton, Ind. native went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft following a four-year collegiate career at Butler University.

The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 20 players.

Celtics sign Ryan Kelly

Celtics sign Ryan Kelly

The Boston Celtics signed forward Ryan Kelly today.

Kelly, a 6’11” forward, appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2016 Preseason where he averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.0 minutes per game. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Kelly has appeared in 147 career games and recorded averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Kelly appeared in seven games (all starts) during the 2015-16 season for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League while on assignment from the Lakers and averaged 27.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three.

Nuggets exercise contract options on Gary Harris, Jusuf Nurkic and Emmanuel Mudiay

The Denver Nuggets have exercised the fourth-year options for both Gary Harris and Jusuf Nurkić and exercised the third-year option for Emmanuel Mudiay, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.

Harris, 6-4, 210, was drafted with the 19th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft by Chicago and was acquired by Denver in a draft-night trade. He has appeared in 131 games (82 starts) in his first two seasons, averaging 8.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.03 steals in 24.1 minutes per game.

Nurkić, 7-0, 280, was drafted with the 16th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft by Chicago and was acquired by Denver in the same draft-night trade along with Harris. The Bosnian center has appeared in 94 games (30 starts), averaging 7.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.19 blocks in 17.6 minutes per game.

Mudiay, 6-5, 200, was selected by Denver with the seventh overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. He played in 68 games (66 starts) as a rookie last season, posting averages of 12.8 points, 5.5 assists (1st among rookies) and 1.00 steals in 30.4 minutes per game.

Magic sign Ramon Galloway

The Orlando Magic signed guard Ramon Galloway today. Though, he may not be around long, since preseason ends soon.

Galloway (6’3”, 180, 2/10/91) spent last season playing in Italy with both OpenJobMetis Varese of the SerieA League and Fulgor Omegna of the SerieA2 League. In 26 games (20 starts), he averaged 11.7 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 3.0 apg. in 29.1 minpg. Galloway has also played professionally in Germany.

Galloway played collegiately with South Carolina (2009-11) and La Salle (2011-13). As a senior (2012-13), he averaged 17.2 ppg., 4.6 rpg. and 3.7 apg. in 33.3 minpg. in 34 games (32 starts). Galloway was named to the 2012-13 All-Atlantic 10 First Team and led La Salle to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Knicks waive Lou Amundson, Cleanthony Early, Chasson Randle, J.P. Tokoto and Damien Inglis

The Knicks waived guards Chasson Randle and J.P. Tokoto and forwards Lou Amundson, Cleanthony Early and Damien Inglis today.

A few of these players may wind up playing for the Westchester Knicks, the team’s D-League affiliate.

Randle, 6-2, 185-pounds, was signed as an undrafted free agent on Aug. 4, 2016 and appeared in three preseason games, averaging 7.7 points over 15.7 minutes. Tokoto, 6-6, 200-pounds, was signed on Aug. 1, 2016 and appeared in three preseason games, averaging 2.7 points over 12.1 minutes. Amundson, 6-9, 220-pounds, scored two total points over 15 minutes over two preseason games. Early, signed on Oct. 18, and Inglis, signed on Oct. 11, did not appear in preseason action.

The Knicks roster now stands at 15 players.

Pelicans waive Robert Sacre and Shawn Dawson

The New Orleans Pelicans waived center Robert Sacre and guard Shawn Dawson today.

Dawson, 6-6, 205, appeared in three preseason games for New Orleans, averaging 1.7 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists. The Israeli native was originally signed by the Pelicans on Aug. 12.

Sacre, 7-0, 270, appeared in one preseason game for the Pelicans, recording three points and two rebounds. Originally signed by New Orleans on Sept. 22, the Baton Rouge, La. native spent his first four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers after being taken 60th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Gonzaga.

New Orleans’ roster now stands at 18.

Nets waive Yogi Ferrell

Nets waive Yogi Ferrell

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on guard Yogi Ferrell.

Ferrell, who originally signed with Brooklyn on August 5, appeared in three preseason games with the Nets, recording averages of 4.3 points and 1.7 assists in 9.6 minutes per game.

Brooklyn’s roster now stands at 15 players, which means the team doesn’t have to cut any more players before the start of the regular season if they don’t want to.

The Chicago Bulls waived guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, guard/forward Thomas Walkup and forward J.J. Avila today.

The players originally signed with Chicago as free agents on Sept. 26, 2016.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 15.

Hawks waive Jarrett Jack

Hawks waive Jarrett Jack

The Atlanta Hawks have waived guard Jarrett Jack, it was announced today by General Manager Wes Wilcox.

The team roster stands at 17.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “The release of the veteran point guard, who has been unable to practice as he returns from torn right knee ligaments, reduced the training-camp roster to 17 players.”

More from the Journal Constitution: “Jack agreed to a one-year, veteran-minimum contract worth $980,431 this summer after the Nets waived the 6-foot-3 guard and his $6.3 million contract in June making him an unrestricted free agent. His guaranteed salary will count against the Hawks’ cap.”

Grizzlies sign Matt Costello and Kellen Dunham

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the team has signed center Matt Costello and guard Kellen Dunham. The deals are likely non-guaranteed and only for preseason, which ends in a few days.

Costello (6-9, 245) most recently was a member of the Atlanta Hawks’ preseason roster, coming off the bench in two games and averaging 4.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 9.0 minutes. The 23-year-old Linwood, Mich. native went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft following a four-year collegiate career at Michigan State University, where he was named Second Team All-Big Ten by the media and Third Team All-Big Ten by the coaches as a senior.

Dunham (6-6, 205) last played for the Grizzlies at the 2016 Summer League in Las Vegas, making four reserve appearances and averaging 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 8.9 minutes. The 23-year-old Pendleton, Ind. native was unselected in the 2016 NBA Draft after a four-year collegiate career at Butler University, where he was named First Team All-Big East as a junior.

The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 20 players.

Grizzlies waive Chris Crawford and Vince Hunter

The Memphis Grizzlies waived guard Chris Crawford and forward Vince Hunter today.

Crawford (6-4, 222), originally signed on Sept. 23, made four preseason appearances (zero starts) for the Grizzlies and averaged 3.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 16.3 minutes.

Hunter (6-8, 208), who was signed on Oct. 9, competed in four preseason games (zero starts) for Memphis and averaged 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 19.4 minutes.

The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 18 players.


The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived Marcus Georges-Hunt, Damion Lee and Jalen Jones.

The Celtics roster now stands at 17.

The Celtics this season are built around Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Al Horford, plus Marcus Smart, Gerald Green and rookie Jaylen Brown, among others.

Elton Brand to retire from NBA

Elton Brand to retire from NBA

Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand announced today that he has informed the team of his intention to retire at the conclusion of the 2016 preseason.

“Elton Brand symbolizes professionalism and class in every sense,” said Sixers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo. “A stellar college and 17-year pro career speaks to his high-level basketball ability, and his profound impact on people and his teammates represents what kind of incredible human being he is. On behalf of the entire organization, it has been an honor to have the opportunity to work with Elton and to have him be part of the 76ers’ family and larger Philadelphia community.”

Over 17 NBA seasons, Brand appeared in 1,058 career games with 868 starts for Chicago, the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia, Dallas and Atlanta. The 6’ 8” Brand posted career averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. His 1,828 blocks rank him 20th all-time in NBA history. He played 34,910 career minutes, which ranks him 67th all-time. Brand was also the recipient of the 2005-06 Joe Dumars Trophy, presented each season to the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court.

Brand originally joined the Sixers on July 9, 2008, when he signed a free-agent contract with the team. He spent four seasons in Philadelphia before spending 2012-15 with Dallas and Atlanta. Brand then signed with the Sixers on January 4, 2016 and then again on September 7, 2016. All told as a member of the Sixers, Brand appeared in 263 games (222 starts) and averaged 13 points and seven rebounds in 30.4 minutes per contest.

A two-time NBA All-Star, Brand was the first overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and was named Rookie of the Year.

A native of Peekskill, N.Y., Brand was named a McDonald’s All-American following his senior year of high school and attended Duke University. In his second and final season at Duke, Brand helped the Blue Devils reach the NCAA Championship game while also earning consensus National Player of the Year honors.

An active member in the community throughout his NBA career, Brand established the Elton Brand Foundation in the spring of 2000 and donated $235,000 to open a reading and learning center in his hometown in 2004.

Brand is also a founding member and president of Gibraltar Films, a company engaged in film investment, acquisition, production, and distribution of motion pictures.

Pistons exercise option on contract of Stanley Johnson

The Detroit Pistons have exercised their team option on the contract of forward Stanley Johnson through the 2017-18 NBA season.

Johnson, the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, averaged 8.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 23.1 minutes in 73 games (six starts) during his rookie season.

Pacers exercise option on Myles Turner contract

The Indiana Pacers exercised their team option on center Myles Turner’s contract for the 2017-18 season.

This was an expected move. Turner is one of the team’s main young building blocks.

The 6-foot-11, 243-pound Turner averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game last season as a rookie.

Warriors waive Phil Pressey, Cameron Jones and Elliot Williams

The Warriors waived guards Phil Pressey, Cameron Jones and Elliot Williams today.

Jones appeared in five preseason games, averaging 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 11.5 minutes. Pressey also appeared in five games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 assist in 10.7 minutes. Williams missed all six preseason games due to right knee surgery. All three players were originally signed on September 16, 2016.

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