News for Free Agent Players - 2018 9 Category, $200 Cap, 4G/4F/2C

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Tue Oct 2217:30Detroit's Griffin to miss start of seasonSekou DoumbouyaFree Agent
Markieff MorrisPFWizardsFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons will begin the season without star forward Blake Griffin, whose injury issues have flared up again.The Pistons said Tuesday that Griffin would not travel for Wednesday night's game at Indiana and would continue a treatment and conditioning regimen for left hamstring and posterior knee soreness. He will be re-evaluated for a return the first week of November.Griffin was mostly healthy last season until the very end, when he was limited in the playoffs. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason.First-round draft pick Sekou Doumbouya (concussion protocol) will not travel to Indiana either, and Markieff Morris (low back tightness) is questionable. Point guard Reggie Jackson (low back tightness) is probable.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Oct 2215:50Jimmy Butler gives a new look - and sound - to the HeatChris BoshPFHeatFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Hip-hop isn't always blaring from the speakers in the Miami Heat practice facility these days. Pat Riley's preferred sound is Motown. Erik Spoelstra hasn't had much of a chance to sneak U2 into the mix.These days, country music seems to be most prevalent in the Heat gym.That's part of the Jimmy Butler effect. He gives the Heat a new sound — and a new look.The noted country fan makes his official Heat debut on Wednesday night when Miami opens the season at home against No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies. Landing Butler was the big offseason move for the Heat, and the four-time All-Star said he already is convinced that his new team can compete."We've got some dogs," Butler said. "We've got some guys that have something to prove every single day. Not just in a game, but out here in practice. Guys that are competing, not scared of anybody in a Heat jersey, not scared of anybody that's not in a Heat jersey. That's what I love about it. You know each and... [More]
Tue Oct 2215:20Hornets' Borrego still not ready to name entire starting 5Dwayne BaconSFHornetsFree Agent
Miles BridgesSFHornetsFree Agent
Malik MonkSGHornetsFree Agent
Terry RozierSGCelticsFree Agent
Marvin WilliamsPFHornetsFree Agent
Cody ZellerCHornetsFree Agent
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets coach James Borrego still isn't ready to name his entire starting five on the eve of the regular-season opener.The second-year coach says point guard Terry Rozier and center Cody Zeller will start Wednesday night when the Hornets host the Chicago Bulls. However, he isn't disclosing the other three starters.Borrego says he'll make an announcement until just before tipoff.Miles Bridges, Dwayne Bacon, Nic Batum, Marvin Williams, Malik Monk and rookie PJ Washington are all in the mix to start.Borrego says he ran with one group of five in Tuesday's closed practice, but wanted to meet with his coaching staff before making a final decision.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 2119:10Pacers give Sabonis 4-year deal to keep core group togetherMalcolm BrogdonPGBucksFree Agent
Domantas SabonisPFPacersFree Agent
Myles TurnerCPacersFree Agent
Victor OladipoSGPacersFree Agent
T.J. WarrenSFSunsFree Agent
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have signed power forward Domantas Sabonis to a four-year contract extension.Team officials completed the deal Monday, less than two hours before an NBA deadline would have allowed players with rookie contracts to become restricted free agents next summer.The Pacers did not announce financial terms of the deal though ESPN.com first reported it was worth $77 million in guaranteed money and Sabonis could make as much as $85 million with bonuses.A message was left by The Associated Press with Sabonis' agent, Greg Lawrence."I'm very excited to remain with the Pacers, this is where I wanted to be," Sabonis said in a statement. "I appreciate the organization showing their confidence in me, and I'm ready to be part of what's going to be a great year for our team."It's dramatic turnabout from last weekend when reports surfaced Sabonis soon could be on the trading block.But now the Pacers have four of this season's projected starters under contract throu... [More]
Mon Oct 2119:00Sacramento Kings give guard Buddy Hield contract extensionBuddy HieldSGKingsFree Agent
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Fourth-year guard Buddy Hield has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Sacramento Kings.The team didn't provide details of the contract in announcing Hield's extension Monday and planned a news conference for Tuesday. The Kings open the season Wednesday at Phoenix.Hield started all 82 games for the Kings last season and averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. During his rookie season of 2016-17, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Hield was acquired by the Kings in the trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans."Buddy has made tremendous growth each season since joining the team and we are thrilled that he will remain a King as we continue to build an exciting future here in Sacramento," general manager Vlade Divac said. "He has quickly established himself as an elite shooter in the league and is an important part of our young, dynamic core."___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sport
Mon Oct 2118:30Nets sign Prince to contract extension after good preseasonKevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Taurean PrinceSFHawksFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Taurean Prince quickly showed the Brooklyn Nets he was worth keeping around.The Nets signed Prince to a multiyear contract extension Monday, just a few months after acquiring him in an offseason trade.Prince came to Brooklyn in a July 6 trade with Atlanta and has quickly stepped into the starting forward spot that is open while Kevin Durant recovers from surgery on his Achilles tendon. He led the Nets with 16.8 points per game during the preseason, shooting 63.2% from the field and a team-best 69.6% (16 of 23) from 3-point range.Prince averaged 11.4 points in three seasons with Atlanta. Terms of the deal for the 2016 first-round pick were not disclosed.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 2118:20Pelicans' Zion Williamson out 6-8 weeks after knee scopeLonzo BallPGLakersFree Agent
Derrick FavorsPFJazzFree Agent
Jrue HolidaySGPelicansFree Agent
Brandon IngramSFLakersFree Agent
Nicolo MelliFree Agent
Zion WilliamsonFree Agent
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson will miss the start of the season after the No. 1 overall draft pick by the New Orleans Pelicans had right knee surgery, sidelining the hyped rookie for nearly two months.Williamson had his torn right lateral meniscus repaired on Monday. The club says his recovery will last six to eight weeks.The 6-foot-6, 285-pound former Duke star averaged 23.2 points in four preseason games. He missed New Orleans' final exhibition game in New York last Friday night.The 19-year-old Williamson turned pro after one season in college, during which he averaged 22.6 points and was voted to the Atlantic Coast Conference's All-Defensive Team. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocked shots.He was projected to start immediately at forward for New Orleans, alongside guards Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday, forward Brandon Ingram and center Derrick Favors.While it remains to be seen how coach Alvin Gentry will change his rotation in Williamson's absence, it appears 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward Nicolo Melli of Italy could be in line for more playing time.Melli, who was acquired in the offseason, averaged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds this season.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 2117:40Detroit Pistons waive veteran Joe JohnsonJoe JohnsonSFRocketsFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have waived veteran Joe Johnson.The Pistons announced the move Monday, setting their 15-man roster for Wednesday night's season opener at Indiana.Detroit signed Johnson last month, but the Pistons maintained that he would be competing for a roster spot, and there was no guarantee of that. The seven-time All-Star did not play in the NBA at all last season and came to Detroit after being named MVP of the BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league.Johnson appeared in four preseason games, averaging 3.8 points.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 2117:40Grizzlies exercise options on Jaren Jackson, Grayson AllenGrayson AllenSGJazzFree Agent
Mike ConleyPGGrizzliesFree Agent
Jaren JacksonPFGrizzliesFree Agent
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have exercised their third-year options on contracts for Jaren Jackson Jr. and guard Grayson Allen.The Grizzlies announced the moves Monday.Jackson was the fourth overall draft pick in 2018, and he averaged 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 58 games to earn NBA All-Rookie First Team honors. At 19, Jackson was the second-youngest player in the NBA last season. He turned 20 last month.The Grizzlies acquired Allen in a trade with Utah that sent Mike Conley to the Jazz this summer. The 6-foot-3 Allen was the 21st overall pick in 2018 after playing four years at Duke. He averaged 5.6 point in 38 games for Utah and had a career-high 40 points against the Clippers on April 2, the second-highest scoring game by a rookie last season.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 2117:30Celtics sign F Brown to extension worth up to $115 millionJaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGHornetsFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have signed forward Jaylen Brown to a contract extension, beating a Monday deadline to extend the player who has emerged as a key part of the team's future.The four-year deal could pay Brown as much as $115 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The total includes incentives, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because terms of the deal were not announced."Jaylen has made tremendous strides over the last three years and has become a fantastic player for us on both ends of the court," said Danny Ainge, the team's president of basketball operations."He's a great person and hard worker who, at 22 years old, can score and defend against the best players in the NBA," Ainge said. "Jaylen is a true professional who did a great job accepting his role last season, and he is a major part of our championship goals."The third overall pick in the 2016 draft, Brown averaged 14.5 points and almost fiv... [More]
Mon Oct 2116:40Celtics sign F Brown to extension worth up to $115 millionJaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Boston Celtics have signed forward Jaylen Brown to a four-year contract extension that could pay him as much as $115 million.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced. The $115 million includes incentives, the person said.The deal was first reported by ESPN.The third overall pick in the 2016 draft, Brown has averaged 11.2 points and four rebounds in three seasons. He also played for the U.S. team in this summer's World Cup.The sides faced a 6 p.m. deadline for the agreement and beat it by several hours.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 2116:30Knicks exercise contract options on Ntilikina, Smith, KnoxKevin KnoxSFKnicksFree Agent
Frank NtilikinaPGKnicksFree Agent
Elfrid PaytonPGPelicansFree Agent
Kristaps PorzingisPFKnicksFree Agent
Dennis SmithPGMavericksFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have exercised their contract options on Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox.The options picked up Monday are on the fourth year of the contracts for Ntilikina and Smith, and the third year of Knox's deal.Ntilikina and Smith were taken one pick apart in the 2017 draft. The Knicks selected Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick and Smith went ninth to Dallas, which traded him to New York last season in the deal for Kristaps Porzingis.They are competing along with Elfrid Payton to be the Knicks' starting point guard.Knox averaged 12.8 points last season as a rookie. The Knicks drafted him with the No. 9 pick in 2018.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 2114:30GM Kupchak: Hornets won't build through free agencyDwayne BaconSFHornetsFree Agent
Miles BridgesSFHornetsFree Agent
Malik MonkSGHornetsFree Agent
Terry RozierSGCelticsFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGHornetsFree Agent
Cody ZellerCHornetsFree Agent
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mitch Kupchak doesn't see the Charlotte Hornets being major players in free agency as they attempt to build a winning franchise in the post-Kemba Walker era — at least not right away.Instead, the second-year general manager said Monday he anticipates the Hornets will construct the roster through draft picks and "savvy trades" during the season, while compiling as many assets as possible."We will not be an active player" in free agency, Kupchak said. "I think we can build a culture here and get enough assets and have a promising enough future and really attract the kind of free agent you want to spend that kind of money on — but I don't think you can do it right now."So in the meantime, the Hornets will give young players like Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, Malik Monk, Devonte Graham and even rookie PJ Washington extensive playing time this season as part of their No. 1 overall goal of player development after going 39-43 last season and losing Walker, a three... [More]
Mon Oct 2109:20Addressing growing fan behavior problem top priority for NBADraymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
About a dozen NBA players gathered for a teleconference with officials in the league office this summer, making their case about what they believe is one of the biggest problems in the game.Fan behavior, they said, is getting worse.The numbers show they're right, and if that isn't troubling enough race only adds to the complexity of the issue: Most NBA players are black, and it seems like most of those in the closest seats are white. Not every incident is racially motivated, though some clearly are.After high-profile incidents involving Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry and others last season — including ones involving racist taunts — zero tolerance for abusive or hateful behavior is now to become the NBA's policy going forward. The league is changing and toughening its code of conduct for fans, especially putting those in closest proximity to the players and the court on alert that anything over the line will lead to ejections and possibly more."We've added any sexis... [More]
Mon Oct 2102:30Addressing growing fan behavior problem top priority for NBADraymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
About a dozen NBA players gathered for a teleconference with officials in the league office this summer, making their case about what they believe is one of the biggest problems in the game.Fan behavior, they said, is getting worse.The numbers show they're right, and if that isn't troubling enough race only adds to the complexity of the issue: Most NBA players are black, and it seems like most of those in the closest seats are white. Not every incident is racially motivated, though some clearly are.After high-profile incidents involving Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry and others last season — including ones involving racist taunts — zero tolerance for abusive or hateful behavior is now to become the NBA's policy going forward. The league is changing and toughening its code of conduct for fans, especially putting those in closest proximity to the players and the court on alert that anything over the line will lead to ejections and possibly more."We've added any sexis... [More]
Sun Oct 2013:00The gimmick defense is rare in the NBA, but not unheard ofStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Bryn ForbesPGSpursFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
Jrue HolidaySGPelicansFree Agent
Kevin HuerterSGHawksFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Kyle LowryPGRaptorsFree Agent
Fred VanVleetPGRaptorsFree Agent
Atlanta guard Kevin Huerter saw gimmick defenses throughout high school and college. Box-and-ones, triangle-and-twos and variations thereof, they weren't exactly uncommon for opponents to try.In the NBA, they're a rarity.And Huerter says the reason is simple."I honestly just think players are too good," he said.Coaches may agree. The Toronto Raptors famously and effectively slapped a box-and-one against Golden State's Stephen Curry late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 in last season's NBA Finals, though that was in a situation where the Warriors' other elite scorers from that team — Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson — were both out of the game at the time with injuries.So in that situation, the gimmick seemed apropos.But in most situations, coaches probably wouldn't dare go with one."That worked when there wasn't Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Gimmicks are gimmicks. You go into a game, especially with us or Golden State or any of about eight teams ... [More]
Sun Oct 2000:04Heat suspend Dion Waiters for season opener over conductJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
James JohnsonPFHeatFree Agent
Dion WaitersSGHeatFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Shooting guard Dion Waiters has been suspended by the Miami Heat for their season opener against Memphis on Wednesday night for what was described as "conduct detrimental to the team.""There were a number of unacceptable incidents this week, culminating with his unprofessional conduct on the bench last night," Heat President Pat Riley said in a statement Saturday night. "As a consequence, I feel we had to suspend him."Waiters got into a discussion with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra during Friday night's game, though the Heat did not specifically address what any of the incidents were.Waiters played only 10 minutes in Friday night's preseason finale — nine players got more, not even including Jimmy Butler, who got the night off for rest. Waiters averaged 14.3 minutes per game in four preseason appearances.Waiters is the second player to face publicly announced punishment from the Heat already this season. James Johnson was not permitted to attend training camp because his level of conditioning was not at the team's standards, and returned to practice late in the preseason.Waiters is entering his fourth season with the Heat. He's missed 126 of a possible 246 games over the last three years, largely because of ankle injuries and a subsequent surgery on his foot and ankle.Waiters averaged 12.0 points last season in 44 games. The Heat said he will be permitted to return to the team on Thursday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Oct 1916:24Hawks exercise 2020-21 options on Collins, Young, HuerterJohn CollinsPFHawksFree Agent
Kevin HuerterSGHawksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have exercised the 2020-21 contract options on three of the team's top young players — forward John Collins and guards Trae Young and Kevin Huerter.The team exercised the fourth-year option on Collins and third-year options on Young and Huerter.Collins led the Hawks with his averages of 19.5 points and 9.8 rebounds last season. Young was an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection after averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 assists.Huerter was a second team all-rookie pick after scoring 9.6 points per game.Also Saturday, the Hawks signed forward Mark Ogden Jr. Later in the day, the team requested waivers on Ogden and Kenny Gabriel, who signed on Friday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Oct 1915:04AP source: Raptors, Siakam agree on 4-year max extensionPascal SiakamPFRaptorsFree Agent
Pascal Siakam is officially a major part of the Toronto Raptors' long-term plans.The Raptors and Siakam have agreed on a four-year, $130 million maximum extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been publicly announced.ESPN first reported the agreement.Siakam was a breakout player — and the league's Most Improved Player — last season for the NBA champions, averaging career highs of 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He is entering his fourth season and now is under contract to the Raptors through the 2023-24 season.Siakam was even better for the Raptors in the playoffs last spring, averaging 19 points and 7.1 rebounds in 24 games as Toronto went on to win its first title.During the offseason, Siakam said he still believes his best basketball is ahead of him."I don't feel no limits at all," Siakam said. "I feel like it's only the beginning for me and there is so mu... [More]
Sat Oct 1913:44Hawks exercise 2020-21 options on Collins, Young, HuerterJohn CollinsPFHawksFree Agent
Kevin HuerterSGHawksFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have exercised the 2020-21 contract options on three of the team's top young players — forward John Collins and guards Trae Young and Kevin Huerter.The team exercised the fourth-year option on Collins and third-year options on Young and Huerter.Collins led the Hawks with his averages of 19.5 points and 9.8 rebounds last season. Young was an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection after averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 assists.Huerter was a second team all-rookie pick after scoring 9.6 points per game.Also Saturday, the Hawks signed forward Mark Ogden Jr. The 6-foot-9 Ogden, from Grossmont College in California and Dixie State in Utah, played overseas the last three years.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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