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Warriors convert Anthony Lamb to standard NBA Contract

The Golden State Warriors have converted forward Anthony Lamb to a standard NBA Contract.

Lamb was originally signed by Golden State on October 5 and converted to a Two-Way contract on October 14.

Lamb is averaging 7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 20 minutes per game.


Lakers’ LeBron James not expected to return soon?

eBron James has been out of play since February 26th due to a tendon injury in his foot, and it is expected that the Lakers will not provide any updates about his return until next week.

However, according to Brian Windhorst, James is not expected to return soon. Windhorst added that this injury may not be one that James can play through, and that the three-week reevaluation period mentioned earlier does not mean that he will return after three weeks.

The Lakers have won 5 out of 9 games since James was injured.

Bogdan Bogdanovic to sign 4-year, $68 Million extension with Hawks

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks and Bogdan Bogdanovic have agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension.

The 30-year-old Serbian guard is producing 14.1 points and 2.9 assists per game this year, shooting 40 percent from long range on an impressive 6.7 attempts per game.

Bogdanovic had a player option for 2023/24 in his previous four-year, $72 million deal.



Bucks to keep Meyers Leonard until the end of the season

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed center Meyers Leonard to a contract for the remainder of the season.

Leonard played in five games with the Bucks this season while on two 10-day contracts and averaged 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 6.8 minutes per game.

The 7-foot center has now appeared in 452 games with Portland, Miami and Milwaukee in his NBA career and holds averages of 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game.

NBA hands Ja Morant a 8-game suspension

The NBA announced today that Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant has been suspended eight games without pay for conduct detrimental to the league. The discipline is in response to Morant’s live streaming of a video on March 4 in which he is holding a firearm in an intoxicated state while visiting a Denver area nightclub. Morant will be eligible to return for the team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, March 20.

A meeting took place today in the NBA’s New York offices between NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Morant to discuss Morant’s conduct. NBA Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars and NBPA Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio, among others, attended the meeting.

The league office conducted an investigation of the March 4 incident. Based on the information obtained during the investigation, the league did not conclude that the gun at issue belonged to Morant, was brought by him into the nightclub or was displayed by him beyond a brief period. The investigation also did not find that Morant possessed the gun while traveling with the team or in any NBA facility, and the Colorado authorities did not find sufficient cause to charge Morant with a crime.

“Ja’s conduct was irresponsible, reckless and potentially very dangerous,” said Silver. “It also has serious consequences given his enormous following and influence, particularly among young fans who look up to him. He has expressed sincere contrition and remorse for his behavior. Ja has also made it clear to me that he has learned from this incident and that he understands his obligations and responsibility to the Memphis Grizzlies and the broader NBA community extend well beyond his play on the court.”

Utah Jazz to keep Kris Dunn on a deal until the end of the season

According to Shams Charania, Kris Dunn has reached an agreement with the Utah Jazz on a deal until the end of the season.

The Providence product recorded averages of 11.6 points, 4.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals in his 20 days with Coach Hardy’s group.

NBA, NBPA discuss minimum games played requirement for major awards

As part of the NBA’s ongoing CBA talks with the NBPA, a stipulation is being discussed that a player must play in a minimum number of regular season games to be eligible for major awards, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Both sides are in agreement on tying major awards to games played over the course of the season. The parties can point to a precedent, where a player must appear in at least 58 games to qualify for the league’s scoring title.

Bulls’ Lonzo Ball may need a third knee surgery

Chicago Bulls player Lonzo Ball may require a third surgery on his right knee, which would necessitate six more months of recovery and rehabilitation, according to sources who spoke to ESPN on Thursday. Ball has not played in an NBA game since January 14, 2022, and has already undergone two surgeries on the same knee in the past 14 months. The Bulls and Ball’s representatives are consulting with specialists before making a final decision on surgery, but a procedure this month would further delay his potential return next season. Ball has yet to run, cut, or jump without pain, despite making incremental progress in recent months. The Bulls signed Ball to a four-year, $80 million contract as a free agent, which began with a promising start in the 2021-22 season, during which he played a significant role on offense and defense, averaging 13.0 points, 5.1 assists, and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 42% on 3-pointers. Since his injury, the Bulls have struggled and currently have a record of 30-36, ranking 11th in the Eastern Conference.

Ja Morant at risk of several game suspension by the NBA

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant could be facing a long and several games suspension if it’s proven that he had a gun on team premises or plane, as reported by Marc Stein. This doubt is the focus of NBA’s investigation.

On Monday, Colorado police confirmed they were investigating Morant’s actions and any laws were broken. Morant’s video is believed to have been filmed in Glendale.

Wizards sign Xavier Cooks to multi-year contract

The Washington Wizards have signed National Basketball League MVP Xavier Cooks to a multi-year deal that will keep him with the team through the 2023-24 NBA season, according to Cooks’ agent, Daniel Moldovan. Cooks had previously signed two 10-day contracts with the Wizards, showcasing his skills in the NBA G League. The 26-year-old Australian has played professionally in his home country, Germany, and Greece before making his way to the NBA. He played college basketball at Winthrop University and was named the NBL MVP last season while playing for the Sydney Kings. In his debut with the Wizards, Cooks had four points and five rebounds in just over 14 minutes of play.

Washington Wizards signs Xavier Cooks

Washington Wizards signs Xavier Cooks until 2024.

Cooks is MVP of the National Basketball League in Australia with Sydney Kings.

Bucks to sign Goran Dragic

Once free agent Goran Dragic completes his meetings in Milwaukee this afternoon, he plans to sign a deal with the Bucks for the rest of the season, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Nerlens Noel reportedly joining Nets

The Brooklyn Nets strengthen the frontcourt with the signing of Nerlens Noel, reports Adrian Wojnarowski.

The former Kentucky center has played only 3 games this season with the Detroit Pistons.



San Antonio Spurs release Isaiah Roby to sign Sandro Mamukelashvili

San Antonio Spurs release Isaiah Roby to sign Sandro Mamukelashvili.

Roby averaged 11.8 minutes this season.

Mamukelashvili played 24 NBA games with Bucks and averaged in G League with Wisconsin 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds.

Milwaukee Bucks re-signs Meyers Leonard

Milwaukee Bucks signs Meyers Leonard to a second consecutive 10-day contract.

American big man played 4 games with Bucks this month.

Milwaukee Bucks close to sign Goran Dragic

The Milwaukee Bucks are the frontrunners to sign guard Goran Dragic.

A formal agreement could be reached as soon as Friday as reported ESPN.

Jared Butler to join Thunder on Two-Way deal

Jared Butler is signing a Two-Way deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The Baylor product spent the season in G League with the Grand Rapids Gold (18.1 points, 5.5 assists per game, 40% from long range on 7.2 attempts).


Milwaukee Bucks release Sandro Mamukelashvili

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on Two-Way forward Sandro Mamukelashvili.

Mamukelashvili appeared in 65 games with the Bucks over the last two seasons while on a Two-Way contract and averaged 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game. Originally selected with the 54th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Mamukelashvili also played in 30 games (23 starts) with the Wisconsin Herd over the past two seasons where he averaged 20.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

Milwaukee’s roster is now at 15 players.

Warriors to sign Lester Quinones to 10-day deal

The Golden State Warriors will sign Lester Quinones to a 10-day contract, Shams Charania reports.

The Memphis product recently won the G League Player of the Week award with averages of more than 31 points and 9 rebounds  in 4 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Moving up to 15 players, Golden State will be able to continue using Two-Way Players Ty Jerome and Anthony Lamb, as Anthony Slater explains in this article.

Raptors to sign Will Barton, release Juan Hernangomez

The Toronto Raptors have finalized the signing of Will Barton, Shams Charania reports.

The Canadian team is releasing Juancho Hernangomez to free up a roster spot for Barton.



Bulls waive Goran Dragic

The Chicago Bulls have announced the release of Goran Dragic.

The veteran Slovenian point guard retains his playoff eligibility should he sign with another team.

Dragic produced 6.4 points and 2.7 assists in 51 games played with the Bulls.


Knicks sign Duane Washington Jr to a Two-Way deal

The New York Knicks announced the arrival of Duane Washington Jr on a Two-Way Contract.

The former Ohio State guard had started the season as a Two-Way Player for the Phoenix Suns (7.9 points and 2 assists per game, a career-high of 26 points and 7 assists against the Grizzlies).

According to Bobby Marks, Washington Jr will be eligible to play 12 regular season games.



Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry agrees to sell his team stake to Browns owner

Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry has an agreement to sell his stake in the Bucks to Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Haslam Sports Group.

The valuation would be $3.5 billion.

Edens and Lasry bought the Bucks from Herb Kohl in 2014 for $550 million.