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Spurs waive JaMychal Green, Fuquan Edwin, Robert Vaden

Spurs waive JaMychal Green, Fuquan Edwin, Robert Vaden

The San Antonio Spurs have waived forwards JaMychal Green, Fuquan Edwin and Robert Vaden.

Green, who was signed by San Antonio on Aug. 6, appeared in six preseason games for the Spurs, averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 8.5 minutes while shooting .733 (11-15) from the field.

Edwin and Vaden were signed by the Spurs on Oct. 24 and did not appear in any preseason games.

San Antonio’s roster now stands at 15.

The Spurs are the reigning NBA champions, defeating the Miami Heat in the 2014 Finals. They’ve brought back their entire core roster, now one year older. Though people have been calling the Spurs “too old” for what feels like many now. They still appear to be as good as any team in the league.

Rockets sign Akeem Richmond, waive Geron Johnson

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Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed Akeem Richmond as a free agent and requested waivers on Geron Johnson.

Richmond (6-0, 180, East Carolina), an undrafted free agent in the 2014 NBA Draft spent the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons at East Carolina after transferring from Rhode Island following his sophomore year. Richmond appeared in 139 contests over the course of his NCAA career (61 starts) averaging 11.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in 25.3 minutes played. In his senior season, the point guard was named to the 2014 All-Conference USA Second Team.

Johnson (6-3, 203, Memphis), appeared in 67 contests at Memphis University holding career averages of 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 28.3 minutes. Johnson was signed on October 24, 2014 and did not appear in any preseason games for the Rockets.

Cavs waive Shane Edwards

Cavs waive Shane Edwards

Cavs waive Shane Edwards

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived forward Shane Edwards today, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced.

This move brings the Cavs roster down to 15, which means they don’t have to cut any more players if they don’t want to as the regular season begins this Tuesday.

Edwards appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

The Cavs in 2014-15 are stacked with a revamped roster that includes new additions LeBron James, Kevin Love, Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and others joining Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao, Dion Waiters and friends, and on paper look like a serious contender coming out of the East.

Suns waive Earl Barron

Suns waive Earl Barron

Suns waive Earl Barron

The Phoenix Suns have waived center Earl Barron.

A seven-year NBA veteran and considered fairly solid as backup who provides bench depth, Barron signed with the Suns on Sept. 26. In six preseason appearances, Barron averaged 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.

The Suns’ roster now stands at 15 players.

Knicks waive Langston Galloway and Jordan Vandenberg

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The New York Knicks have waived guard Langston Galloway and center Jordan Vandenberg, team President Phil Jackson announced today.

Galloway, who in InsideHoops.com’s opinion has one of the best names in the league, at 6-2, 200-pounds, was signed on Sep. 9 and averaged 3.0 points and 1.0 assists over 6.1 minutes in three preseason games.

Vandenberg, 7-1, 245-pounds, signed as a free agent on Oct. 23 and did not appear in a preseason game.

NBA preseaon ended Friday, and the regular season begins Tuesday. Teams around the league are cutting players — mostly guys who were signed to non-guaranteed contracts — to get down to the NBA roster maximum of 15.

Clippers waive Joe Ingles

Clippers waive Joe Ingles

Clippers waive Joe Ingles

The Los Angeles Clippers have waived forward Joe Ingles, the team announced today. Ingles has talent, but the team’s roster was simply too crowded to keep him.

Originally signed on September 22, 2014, Ingles appeared in five preseason games (one start), averaging 1.2 points and 1.0 rebounds.

The Clippers roster now stands at 15, the maximum allowed in the regular season, which begins this coming Tuesday.

Timberwolves waive Brady Heslip

Timberwolves waive Brady Heslip

Timberwolves waive Brady Heslip

The Minnesota Timberwolves waived guard Brady Heslip today, bringing the team roster down to 16 players. The regular season starts Tuesday, and the maximum number of players a team can have on their roster is 15, so at least one more cut is coming.

Heslip, 24, appeared in four preseason games for the Wolves, tallying five points, two steals and one rebound in nine minutes of play. The 6-2 guard saw action in five games (two starts) for the Wolves entry in 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, shooting 61.1% from the field and 70.0% from three-point range. Heslip wrapped up his college career at Baylor as the best shooter in school history as well as one of the best shooters in Big 12 history, finishing his career with 1140 career points (20th in school history) and his 43.7% three-point percentage was the highest in school history and third-best in Big 12 history.

The Wolves begin their 26th NBA season this Wednesday, October 29, playing on the road in Memphis against the Grizzlies. The Timberwolves home opener will be the following night, Thursday, October 30, vs. the Detroit Pistons.

Cavaliers exercise contract option on Dion Waiters

As expected, the Cleveland Cavaliers exercised their fourth-year contract option on guard Dion Waiters, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Waiters, a shooting guard who must now adjust to having LeBron James and Kevin Love as teammates, has NBA career averages of 15.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game in 131 games (72 starts) in two seasons, both with the Cavaliers.

The Cavs look on paper like a championship contender for 2014-15. They should be exciting to watch, and Waiters has a key role on the team.

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The Washington Wizards announced today that the team has waived forward Damion James and guards John Lucas and Xavier Silas.

NBA preseason ended Friday, and the regular season begins Tuesday, October 28. The maximum number of players teams are allowed to have on their regular season roster is 15, and that’s how many the Wizards have after today’s move.

The Wizards have lots of potential for a solid season on paper, though they will begin their 2014-15 campaign while shooting guard Bradley Beal heals from injury.

Kings waive Trey Johnson

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The Sacramento Kings today waived guard Trey Johnson, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. The Kings roster now stands at 14 players.

Johnson, a 6-5 guard, appeared in four exhibition games for Sacramento, totaling eight points (2-3 FG, 0-1 3pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes off the bench.

mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that the team has requested waivers on center Bernard James, forward Ivan Johnson and guard Doron Lamb.

With NBA preseason now over and the regular season starting Tuesday, all teams are trimming their rosters.

James (6-10, 235) spent the past two seasons (2012-14) in Dallas and averaged 2.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 7.9 minutes in 76 career regular-season games (11 starts). He appeared in five preseason games for the Mavericks this year and averaged 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 12.2 minutes.

Johnson (6-8, 255) averaged 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 8.9 minutes in four games (one start) for Dallas this exhibition season.

Lamb (6-4, 200) played in five preseason games for Dallas in 2014 and averaged 3.4 points in 9.3 minutes.

The Mavericks’ roster now stands at 15.

lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers announced today that the team has waived guard Jabari Brown and forward Roscoe Smith, according to General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Brown, a rookie from Missouri, appeared in four preseason games for Los Angeles, tallying five points, two rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes.

Smith, a rookie from UNLV, saw action in seven of the Lakers’ eight preseason contests, averaging 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 45.0% (9-20) from the field.

Both players were originally signed to the Lakers training camp roster on September 23.

The Lakers roster now stands at 15.

grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies waived guards Patrick Christopher and Kalin Lucas, the team announced today. Both players were signed as free agents on Sept. 25.

Christopher (6-5, 209) posted 4.5 points and 0.6 rebounds on .452 shooting in 10.0 minutes in eight preseason games.

Lucas (6-1, 186) notched 3.1 points and 1.0 assists on .429 shooting in 7.9 minutes in eight preseason appearances.

The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 14 players.

Utah Jazz waive Brock Motum

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived forward Brock Motum. Following the move, Utah’s roster now stands at 14 players.

Motum (6-10, 235, Washington State) appeared in one game, scoring seven points, two rebounds and one assists in 11 minutes of play. He was signed as a free agent on Aug. 26.

The Orlando Magic have waived Kadeem Batts, Drew Crawford, Seth Curry and Peyton Siva, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Orlando’s roster now stands at 15 players (attached below).

Orlando begins the 2014-15 regular season at New Orleans on Tuesday, October 28. Orlando’s regular season home opener will be on Thursday, October 30 against Washington (7 p.m.).

Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Aaron Craft, guard/forward Jason Kapono, guard Sean Kilpatrick, forward James Michael McAdoo and forward Mitchell Watt, the team announced following tonight’s preseason finale against the Denver Nuggets.

Craft appeared in four preseason games, averaging 3.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.00 steal in 14.7 minutes per contest.

Kapono appeared in five preseason games, averaging 3.2 and 1.6 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game.

Kilpatrick signed with the Warriors on October 20 and did not appear in a preseason game for Golden State.

McAdoo appeared in five preseason games, averaging 5.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.20 steals in 13.0 minutes per contest.

Watt appeared in two preseason games, averaging 3.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and a team-leading 1.50 blocks in 9.5 minutes per game.

The team’s roster now stands at 15 players.

trey burke

The Utah Jazz today elected to exercise its third-year team options for guard Trey Burke and center Rudy Gobert. The contract options for both players are through the 2015-16 NBA season.

Burke (6-1, 190, Michigan) is entering his second NBA season after averaging 12.8 points, a team-leading 5.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 70 games (68 starts) during his rookie campaign. He was named to the 2014 All-NBA Rookie First Team and finished third in 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year balloting. Burke was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month three times (December, January and April), becoming the first Jazz player to win multiple Rookie of the Month awards. He also registered 12 games with 20-plus points, and handed out 10 or more assists on seven occasions. Burke was also selected to the 2014 NBA Rising Stars Challenge and won the 2014 Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

The 22-year-old Gobert (7-1, 245, France) is also entering his second NBA season after appearing in 45 games (all as a reserve) for the Jazz in 2013-14 and averaged 2.3 points and 3.4 rebounds as a rookie. He led Utah in rebounding on three occasions in his rookie campaign and was second on the team in blocks per game (0.9). Gobert was named to the 2014 All-NBA Summer League Second Team after averaging 11.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 23.8 minutes over four games in Las Vegas. He also won a bronze medal with the France Men’s Basketball Team at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Both Burke (ninth overall) and Gobert (27th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, and their rights were acquired by the Jazz in separate draft night trades.

NBA preseason ends Friday night. The 2014-15 regular season begins Tuesday, October 28.

Spurs sign Robert Vaden and Fuquan Edwin

Spurs sign Robert Vaden and Fuquan Edwin

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard Robert Vaden and forward Fuquan Edwin. We assume these are non-guaranteed deals that likely expire pretty immediately, since preseason ends tonight.

Vaden, 6-5/205, most recently played for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Belgium. This past season he appeared in 10 games, averaging 9.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 27.0 minutes He has also played internationally for Telekom Baskets Bonn of Germany (2012-13), BK SPU Nitra of Slovakia (2010-11) and Aget Imola of Italy (2009-10).

The Indiana native also spent two seasons playing in the NBA D-League for the Tulsa 66ers (2010-12). In 81 career NBDL games, he averaged 11.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29.8 minutes.

Vaden, who played collegiately at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2007-09) and Indiana University (2004-06), was drafted 54th overall in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. Immediately following the draft, his rights were traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Edwin played collegiately at Seton Hall University from 2010-14. In 127 career games with the Pirates, he averaged 12.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.32 steals and 1.4 assists in 30.3 minutes. Following his senior season, the New Jersey native was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

This past summer, Edwin participated in the Orlando Summer League with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

earl clark

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has claimed forward Earl Clark off waivers and requested waivers on Josh Powell.

Clark (6-10, 234, Louisville), a sixth year forward appeared in 54 games during the 2013-14 season with Cleveland (45 games) and New York (nine games) averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.2 minutes. Over the course of his career, Clark has appeared in 251 games, including 54 starts, with the Cavaliers, Knicks, Magic and Suns. He holds career averages of 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 14.1 minutes. Clark was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 23, 2014.

Powell (6-9, 225, NC State), a seven year NBA veteran appeared in one preseason game for the Rockets this year collecting one rebound in six minutes played. Powell also played in the regular season finale of the 2013-14 season versus New Orleans on April 16th, recording four points and five rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

andre drummond

The Detroit Pistons have exercised team options on the contracts of center Andre Drummond and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the team announced today.

Both players’ contracts are now extended through the 2015-16 NBA season.

Drummond is clearly a building block for the Pistons; a rebounding machine with a lot of potential. Caldwell-Pope is still proving his value in the league.

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