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Pelicans waive Cliff Alexander and Perry Jones

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forwards Cliff Alexander and Perry Jones.

Alexander, 6-8, 245, appeared in all four of the Pelicans’ preseason contests, averaging 2.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in just under nine minutes per game.

Jones, 6-11, 235, appeared in three preseason games for New Orleans and averaged 3.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in just over 15 minutes per contest.

The Philadelphia 76ers have waived guard Andrew Andrews, forward Marc Loving and forward James Webb III, 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today.

With the move, the Sixers roster stands at 17 players, including two Two-Way players (James Michael McAdoo and Jacob Pullen) who will spend time with Philadelphia and its G League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.

Mavericks waive Maalik Wayns, P.J. Dozier and Jameel Warney

The Dallas Mavericks have waived P.J. Dozier, Jameel Warney and Maalik Wayns.

Dozier (6-6, 205) was signed on August 8, 2017. He appeared in four games (starting one) for the Mavericks this preseason and averaged 5.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game.

Warney (6-8, 260) was signed on October 13, 2017. He did not appear in any games for the Mavericks.

Wayns (6-2, 200) was signed on August 9, 2017. He appeared in all six games for the Mavericks during the exhibition season and averaged 4.5 points and 3.2 assists in 12.5 minutes per game.

Bucks waive Gerald Green

Bucks waive Gerald Green

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on Gerald Green.

Originally signed to a contract on Sept. 24, Green appeared in four preseason games for the Bucks and averaged 4.0 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.0 steal per contest.

The Bucks roster stands at 14 players.

Thunder waive Isaiah Canaan, Semaj Christon, Chris Wright and Yannis Morin

The Oklahoma City Thunder waived guards Isaiah Canaan and Semaj Christon along with center Yannis Morin and forward Chris Wright, the team’s Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced.

Canaan saw action in three preseason games with the Thunder and averaged 5.7 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 12.8 minutes.

Christon appeared in two preseason games for Oklahoma City where he averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.0 minutes. Last season, he appeared in 64 games (one start) for the Thunder and averaged 2.9 points, 2.0 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 15.2 minutes.

Morin and Wright were originally signed on Oct. 11.

Raptors waive Davion Berry

Raptors waive Davion Berry

The Toronto Raptors announced Saturday they have waived guard Davion Berry. He was originally signed October 11 and did not appear in any preseason games.

With preseason ending Friday and the regular season starting Tuesday, teams around the NBA are trimming down their rosters and saying farewell to the vast majority of players who were signed just for training camp purposes.

Toronto’s roster now stands at 17 players.

The Indiana Pacers announced Saturday they have waived three players: 6-8 forward DeQuan Jones, 6-5 guard Trey McKinney Jones and 6-8 forward Ben Moore.

NBA preseason ended on Friday, and with the regular season starting Tuesday teams around the league are trimming down their rosters, which means waiving the vast majority of players they signed to non-guaranteed training camp contracts.

Jazz waive Nazareth Mitrou-Long

Jazz waive Nazareth Mitrou-Long

The Utah Jazz have waived guard Nazareth Mitrou-Long.

Mitrou-Long (6-4, 218, Iowa State) saw action in two preseason games with Utah, averaging 4.0 points and 1.0 assists in 7.0 minutes per contest. The 24-year-old totaled five points on 2-of-4 from the field, one rebound and one assist against Maccabi Haifa on Oct. 4.

During his career at Iowa State, Mitrou-Long appeared in 131 games (83 starts) averaging 9.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists, helping to lead the Cyclones to three Big 12 Championships. He would finish his collegiate career with 260 three-point field goals, the second most in school history, in addition to becoming just one of 11 players ever for Iowa State to tally 1,200 points, 300 rebounds and 200 assists over his career.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Mitrou-Long played high school basketball at Findlay College Prep in Henderson, Nev.

Following the move, the roster now stands at 18 players.

CJ McCollum suspended one game by NBA

CJ McCollum suspended one game by NBA

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been suspended one game without pay for leaving the bench area during an altercation, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 9:33 remaining in the fourth quarter of Portland’s 113-104 preseason win over the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 11 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

McCollum will be suspended for the first game of the 2017-18 NBA regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

Suns waive Elijah Millsap

The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Elijah Millsap.

Millsap appeared in four games for the Suns this preseason, totaling 10 points in 24 minutes. He originally signed with the Suns on April 9, playing in the club’s final two games of the 2016-17 season. Millsap averaged 19.7 points for the Northern Arizona Suns in 2016-17, leading the Suns’ G League affiliate in scoring during their inaugural campaign.

The Suns’ roster now stands at 17 players.

The Miami Heat have waived DeAndre Liggins, Erik McCree and Tony Mitchell.

Liggins, who was signed on October 10, started in his only preseason game with the HEAT last night against Philadelphia and totaled five points, three rebounds and a steal in 26:36 minutes of action.

McCree, who was signed on September 18, appeared in two games with Miami this preseason totaling six points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal while shooting 3-of-8 from the field.

Mitchell, who was signed on October 12, did not appear in a game with the HEAT.

The HEAT’s roster now stands at 17.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived Amile Jefferson, Melo Trimble and Shawne Williams.

Jefferson appeared in one preseason game for Minnesota totaling one rebound in four minutes of action. The Wolves originally signed Jefferson on September 18, 2017.

Trimble registered four points and one rebound in his lone appearance this preseason. Trimble was originally signed by the Wolves on September 18, 2017.

Williams was signed by Minnesota on October 13, 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on Vander Blue, Travis Wear and Briante Weber.

Blue played in five preseason games and averaged 3.4 points, while Weber notched 3.0 points, 1.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds in three games played.

The Lakers roster stands at 16.

Utah Jazz waive Kendall Pollard

The Utah Jazz have waived forward Kendall Pollard.

Following the move, the roster now stands at 19.

Pollard (6-6, 230, Dayton) appeared in 26 games (24 starts) as a senior in 2016-17, owning averages of 14.0 points on 52.5 percent from the field, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 25.9 minutes per contest. Named to the 2017 All-Atlantic-10 Third Team, Pollard ranked third in the conference in field goal percentage, helping the squad to a 24-8 record, a conference regular season championship and a NCAA Tournament appearance.

Over his four years at Dayton, Pollard appeared in 125 career games (76 starts) with averages of 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists, helping lead the team to the NCAA Tournament in four-straight seasons (2014-17), including a trip to the 2014 Elite Eight. As a sophomore in 2014-15, the Chicago native earned the Atlantic-10 Most Improved Player Award.

The 22-year-old attended Simeon Career Academy in Chicago and was a member of the 2013, 2012 and 2011 Illinois 4A State Championship teams.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived center Kendrick Perkins and guard Isaac Hamilton, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Perkins (6-10, 270) appeared in three preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 12.1 minutes. Hamilton (6-4, 194), who was originally signed on Oct. 11, 2017, did not play in a preseason game with Cleveland.

The Philadelphia 76ers have converted guard Jacob Pullen’s contract to a two-way contract, 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today.

And in separate moves, Philadelphia has agreed to terms with guard Andrew Andrews, forward Marc Loving and forward James Webb III.

Per NBA rules, teams are permitted to sign two players to two-way contracts in addition to the 15-man NBA regular-season roster. A two-way player for the Sixers will provide services to the team’s G League affiliate – the Delaware 87ers – but can spend up to 45 days with the Sixers, not including any time spent with the Sixers prior to the start of Sevens’ training camp or following the conclusion of the Sevens’ regular season. Pullen is the second player that the Sixers have signed to a two-way contract, joining James Michael McAdoo.

Pullen appeared in four preseason games with the Sixers, posting averages of 2.8 points and 1.0 assist in 6.8 minutes per game. He most recently played professionally for BC Khimki of the VTB United League in Russia. Across VTB and Eurocup play, Pullen appeared in 40 games and averaged 10 points and two assists per contest. Since 2011, he has played professionally in Italy, Israel, Spain and Croatia in addition to his most recent season in Russia.

A 6-foot-1-inch guard, Pullen starred at Kansas State from 2007-11, averaging 16 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals across 135 games (67 starts). As a senior in 2010-11, he posted 20 points and four assists per game as he was named First Team All-Big 12; an honor he also earned as a junior. The Wildcats reached the NCAA Tournament in three of Pullen’s four seasons at the school, including an appearance in the 2010 Elite Eight.

Andrews spent last season playing for Best Balikesir Basketbol Kulubu in the Turkish Basketball Super League. He appeared in 19 games (18 starts) and averaged 14.2 points on .431 shooting along with 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Andrews was undrafted in 2016, following a four-year career at University of Washington, which included 2016 Pac-12 All-Conference First Team honors after leading the league in scoring (20.9 ppg). The Portland, Oregon native spent 2016 training camp with the Charlotte Hornets, appearing in three preseason games.

Loving was undrafted in 2017. He played four seasons at Ohio State University, appearing in 134 games (86 starts) for head coach Thad Matta. For his career, Loving averaged 10.0 points on .419 shooting with 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 25.5 minutes for the Buckeyes. As a junior, he helped Ohio State reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament, earning 2016 All-Big Ten honorable mention honors. Loving is a native of Toledo, Ohio.

Webb III spent the 2016-17 season with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA G League, appearing in 39 games (all starts) averaging 13.1 points on .447 shooting and 9.3 rebounds in 34.8 minutes per contest. The Augusta, Georgia native was on the Sixers 2016 training camp roster, appearing in six preseason games before joining the Sevens for the regular season. Webb III was undrafted 2016 after three standout seasons with the Boise State University basketball program where he was named Mountain West All-Conference First Team as a senior.

Sixers waive Emeka Okafor, Kris Humphries and James Blackmon Jr

The Philadelphia 76ers have waived guard James Blackmon Jr., forward Kris Humphries and center Emeka Okafor, 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today.

Blackmon Jr. originally signed with Philadelphia on Aug. 30 after spending time with the Sixers Summer League teams in Utah and Las Vegas. He appeared in four preseason games and averaged 3.0 points in 5.6 minutes per game.

Humphries and Okafor both signed with the Sixers on Sept. 26. Humphries played in three preseason games, while Okafor appeared in four.

Grizzlies waive Durand Scott

Grizzlies waive Durand Scott

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the Grizzlies waived guard Durand Scott.

Scott (6-5, 203) appeared in one preseason game after signing with the Grizzlies on Oct. 8, recording two points, one assist and one steal in seven minutes in the team’s preseason finale on Oct. 13 vs. New Orleans.

The 27-year-old New York City native has played professionally in Spain, Israel, Puerto Rico and Italy following a four-year collegiate career at the University of Miami.

Hawks exercise contract options on DeAndre` Bembry and Taurean Prince

The Atlanta Hawks have exercised the third-year (2018-19) options on the contracts of DeAndre’ Bembry and Taurean Prince, the team announced today.

Bembry, the 21st overall pick by the Hawks in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 9.8 minutes (.480 FG%) last season. He compiled 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 26.3 minutes (.565 FG%) in four games at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2017 in Las Vegas.

Prince, acquired by the Hawks from the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade on July 7, 2016, was originally the 12th overall pick by Utah in the 2016 NBA Draft. As a rookie, he put in 5.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 16.6 minutes in 59 games (10 starts). He started all six games of Atlanta’s first round playoff series with Washington last season, recording 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31.2 minutes (.558 FG%, 1.000 FT%).

Hawks trade for Kay Felder, Richard Jefferson, then waive both players

The Atlanta Hawks have acquired Kay Felder, Richard Jefferson, two future second-round draft picks and cash considerations from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for the rights to Dimitrios Agravanis and Sergiy Gladyr, the team announced today.

The picks include the lesser of the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2019 second-round picks, and a protected 2020 Portland Trail Blazers’ second-rounder.

“These situations and decisions are some of the toughest to be in and have to make. Certainly, both RJ and Kay are two guys we also wanted to have here with us this season,” said Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman.

“RJ embodies all of the things you could want in a veteran player and teammate. His consistent success at a very high level over many years is a reflection of the kind of high quality player and person he is. His steady leadership, great attitude, dependability and performance helped us win an NBA Championship and we are grateful for all of his contributions on the court and within our locker room. Kay is a young, hard-working, talented player who has the potential for a bright and long future in this league as well. His daily dedication and hard work are going to help him greatly.”

“We thank RJ and Kay and wish them the very best as they move on to the next chapter of their NBA careers.”

The two draft picks that Cleveland is sending to Atlanta in the deal are Portland’s 2020 second round pick, provided such pick falls between 56-60, and the more favorable of Minnesota’s own 2019 second round draft pick and the Los Angeles Lakers’ own 2019 second round draft pick.

Agravanis (6-10, 235) has played for Olympiacos in the Greek Basketball League since 2013 and was the 59th overall pick by the Hawks in the 2015 NBA Draft. In 2016-17, he played in 51 total games (nine starts) for Olympiacos in Greece and Euroleague play with averages of 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game. Over his career, the 22-year-old has helped his teams capture the FIBA Intercontinental Cup (2013) and two Greek League titles (2015, 2016).

Gladyr (6-5, 190) was selected by Atlanta with the 49th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and has spent the past two seasons with the French League club AS Monaco Basket. Gladyr, who also participated in Summer League with the Hawks in 2010 and 2013, averaged 9.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 20.5 minutes over 53 total games (nine starts) for Monaco in the French League, Basketball Champions League and Leaders Cup during the 2016-17 season. He is a two-time Leaders Cup winner (2016, 2017), Leaders Cup MVP (2017) and French Cup winner (2014).

Jefferson (6-7, 233) spent the previous two seasons with the Cavaliers, playing in 153 games (18 starts) with averages of 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19.2 minutes. A member of the Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA championship team, Jefferson appeared in 35 postseason games for Cleveland and averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16.0 minutes. The 16-year veteran originally signed with the Cavaliers on August 5, 2015.

Felder (5-9, 176) appeared in 42 games for Cleveland in 2016-17, averaging 4.0 points and 1.4 assists in 9.2 minutes. He was the No. 54 pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks and was acquired by the Cavaliers on draft night.

UPDATE: The Atlanta Hawks have already requested waivers on Kay Felder and Richard Jefferson.

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