Hawks guard Trae Young injured, will undergo surgery on hand

During Friday’s game vs. Toronto, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young suffered a left hand injury. He underwent an MRI yesterday at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, which revealed a tear of the radial collateral ligament (RCL) in the fifth finger of his left hand. He will undergo surgery to repair the RCL on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Grizzlies sign Jordan Goodwin, waive Jacob Gilyard

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Jordan Goodwin to a two-way contract.

And in a related move, the Grizzlies waived guard Jacob Gilyard.

Goodwin (6-3, 200) has competed in 42 games (one start) and has averaged 5.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 14.5 minutes with the Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns this season. The 25-year-old has averaged 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 26.5 minutes in two appearances (one start) with Memphis after signing a 10-day contract on Feb. 13.

A native of Centreville, Illinois, Goodwin has played 106 games (eight starts) and has averaged 5.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 16.3 minutes in three seasons with the Washington Wizards, Suns and Grizzlies since going undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft out of Saint Louis. He also has seen action in 49 showcase and regular season games for the NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go.

Gilyard (5-9, 160) appeared in 38 games (14 starts) in two seasons with the Grizzlies and averaged 4.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 18.3 minutes. Unselected in the 2022 NBA Draft following his collegiate career at Richmond, the 25-year-old Kansas City native signed a two-way contract with the Grizzlies on April 8, 2023. He competed in 55 showcase and regular season games with the NBA G League’s Memphis Hustle, where he led the G League in assists per game last season and became the Hustle’s all-time leader in assists this season.

Trail Blazers sign Ashton Hagans to two-way contract

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Ashton Hagans to a two-way contract.

Hagans previously signed a 10-day contract with Portland on Feb. 8.

Hagans has recorded 2.8 points (41.7% FG, 50.0% FT), 1.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 14.9 minutes per game in four games (one start) with the Trail Blazers this season. In 29 games (25 starts) with the Rip City Remix during the 2023-24 NBA G League regular season and Showcase Cup, he posted 13.3 points (45.2% FG, 33.3% 3-PT, 78.3% FT), 4.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.0 steals in 28.8 minutes per game. Hagans competed in this year’s NBA G League Up Next Game at All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis after receiving the most fan votes. He previously appeared in two games with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a two-way contract in 2021 and holds NBA career averages of 1.8 points (41.7% FG, 50.0% FT), 0.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 10.6 minutes per game in six games (one start).

Pistons sign Stanley Umude, Buddy Boeheim and Tosan Evbuomwan

The Detroit Pistons have signed guard/forward Stanley Umude to a contract and signed guard Buddy Boeheim and forward Tosan Evbuomwan to two-way contracts.

Umude, 6-6, 210, has appeared in 17 games for the Pistons this season, averaging 5.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists while shooting 55% from 3-point range. A two-year veteran of the Motor City Cruise, Detroit’s G League affiliate, he holds career averages of 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists on .382 3PT% in 29.2 minutes in 38 G League games (19 starts).

Boeheim, 6-6, 205, enters his second two-way contract with Detroit after appearing in 10 games for the Pistons in 2022-23. The former Syracuse Orange has averaged 14.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists on .418 3PT% and 24.3 minutes in 36 games for the Motor City Cruise this season after averaging 10.9 points on .368 3PT% in 25.1 minutes in 35 G League contests last season.

Evbuomwan, 6-8, 219, has appeared in five career NBA games with Detroit and Memphis. The Newcastle, England, native signed with the Motor City Cruise this season after going undrafted out of Princeton and averaged 15.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 0.9 blocks in 34.5 minutes in 29 games for the Cruise. He signed a 10-day contract with Memphis on January 30 and recorded a career-high 12 rebounds on February 4 at Boston while on a four-game stint with the Grizzlies.

Timberwolves sign Mike Conley to contract extension

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed guard Mike Conley to a contract extension.

Per the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the deal is “a two-year contract extension worth $20.75 million overall.”

Conley, 36, is in the midst of his 17th season in the NBA, second with the Timberwolves, seeing action in 50 games (all starts), averaging 10.6 points on 44.4% shooting, including a career-best 44.2% from deep, 2.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 28.9 minutes per game. Conley has a career-high 6.08 assist-to-turnover ratio, ranking second in the NBA. Since 1977-78 (min. 50 games played), no player 36 years of age or older has had an assist-to-turnover higher than Conley this season.

Per the St., Paul Pioneer Press, “Conley has been a lynchpin for Minnesota’s massive success. The point guard — with his ball movement generation, lethal outside shooting and capable defending — has proven to be the missing piece that tied the Timberwolves’ two-big experiment together and turned Minnesota from a laughingstock into a title contender.”

The Ohio State University product has tallied four point/assist double-doubles this season and has dished out 10+ assists on five occasions. In the 118-103 Jan. 18 victory vs. Memphis, Conley added 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep and a season-high-tying 10 assists. His performance marked his second 15+ point/10+ assist game this season (52nd career), both coming against the Grizzlies, and his first such game doing so while shooting 63.0%+ from the field (fifth career). While dishing out 10 assists against Memphis, he did not commit a single turnover, the second time this season with 10 assists and zero turnovers (Jan. 12 vs. Portland) and the 16th in his career. In the Timberwolves 128-91 win at Portland on Feb. 15, Conley ended the game with seven points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and a career-high-tying three blocks. It marked the second time over the last five seasons where Conley has had multiple blocks and multiple steals in the same game (also Oct. 24, 2022, Utah at Houston). At 36y-125d years old, he became the second-oldest player in Timberwolves history with 3+ blocks in a game.

For his career, the 6-1 guard has appeared in 1,075 career regular season games (1,038 starts) with the Grizzlies, Utah Jazz and Timberwolves, averaging 14.5 points on 43.9% shooting, 3.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. Conley has seen action in 78 career playoff games (all starts) and has averaged 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game.

Conley is one of only seven active players and 19 in NBA history to total more than 15,000 points, 6,000 assists, 3,000 rebounds and 1,000 steals (James Harden, Jrue Holiday, LeBron James, Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook).

Raptors sign D.J. Carton to 10-day contract

The Toronto Raptors yesterday signed guard D.J. Carton to a 10-day contract.

Carton, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, is averaging 18.6 points, 5.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 35.4 minutes in 29 Showcase Cup and regular season games (all starts) with Iowa in the NBA G League this season. He is shooting .527 (184-349) from the field, .395 (51-129) from three-point range and .796 (74-93) at the foul line. Carton has scored in double figures 24 times, including 20+ points in 14 games. He has recorded three 30-point performances, highlighted by a career-best 38 points Feb. 13 at Rip City.

A native of Bettendorf, Iowa, Carton has played three seasons in the G League with Iowa (2022-24) and Greensboro (2021-22). He holds career averages of 15.3 points, 5.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 31.4 minutes in 61 regular season games (46 starts).

Prior to his time in the G League, Carton played collegiately at Ohio State (2019-20) before transferring to Marquette (2020-21). He was named 2019 Iowa Mr. Basketball and Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior in high school.

Nets sign Jaylen Martin to two-way contract

The Brooklyn Nets yesterday signed guard/forward Jaylen Martin to a two-way contract.

Martin (6’6″, 216) has appeared in 15 games (eight starts) for the Westchester Knicks in the NBA G League this season, averaging 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 27.9 minutes per game. He also appeared in 16 Showcase Cup games (five starts) for Westchester, recording averages of 9.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.8 minutes per contest. The Tallahassee, Fla., native went undrafted in the 2023 NBA Draft after spending the 2022-23 season with the YNG Dreamerz of Overtime Elite. The 20-year-old posted averages of 14.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 23.3 minutes per game in 10 regular season Overtime Elite games last season and finished second in the league’s Most Improved Player voting.

Brooklyn’s roster now stands at 17 players.

Wizards sign forward Justin Champagnie to 10-day contract

The Washington Wizards have signed forward Justin Champagnie to a 10-day contract.

Champagnie (6-6, 206) has started in all 34 games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G League this season, averaging 22.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. Champagnie is shooting .494 from the field in 37.6 minutes per game and his 15 double-doubles rank fourth in the G League this season.

The 22-year-old has previously spent time with the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics, averaging 2.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 41 total NBA games in his three-year career. Champagnie (pronounced sham-penny) attended the University of Pittsburgh for two seasons and was named a first team All-ACC selection as a sophomore after averaging 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

Cavaliers sign Pete Nance to Two-Way contract

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Pete Nance to a Two-Way contract, Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Nance (6-11, 230) played in two games for the Cavaliers this season after signing a 10-day contract with the team on January 18. He has also appeared in 29 games (24 starts) this season for the Cleveland Charge, the Cavaliers’ exclusively owned and operated NBA G League affiliate, averaging 13.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.34 blocks in 31.5 minutes. He posted the first Charge triple double in over two years on January 10 at Indiana, finishing with 27 points, a career-high 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes.

Per the Akron Beacon Journal, “I’m from right down the road, grew up a lifelong Cavs fan and so to be able to be in practice and just be around the team and be around these guys, obviously, it’s a dream come true,” Pete Nance said. “It’s something I’ve thought about my whole life, for sure, so it’s just a really awesome moment for me.”

Nance went undrafted after one season at University of North Carolina (2022-23) and four seasons at Northwestern University (2018-22), averaging 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 25.3 minutes in 137 games (104 starts) during his collegiate career. Last season at UNC, the Akron-born native started all 30 games and averaged 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.13 blocks in 30.0 minutes, while leading the team in blocks (34), finishing second in free throw percentage (.816) and ranking third in three-pointers made (32). Nance was also a member of the recent Cavaliers 2023 Summer League Championship team, appearing in all six games, averaging 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.4 minutes.