NBA News

Maalik Wayns    G  Mavericks

 

 

Wayns and the Mavericks have agreed to a contract, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

RotoWire

Aug 09 - 4:47 PM

Maalik Wayns    G  Mavericks

 

 

Mavs sign G Maalik Wayns. After playing in Russia last year, he's likely just going to be a camp body. Wayns was also in Italy earlier in his career, but he did spend some time with the 76ers and Clippers.

Aug 09 - 3:35 PM

Jonas Valanciunas    C  Raptors

 

 

Jonas Valanciunas appeared to turn his ankle in a friendly game against Croatia, but he was able to return. He was reportedly yelling from the pain, but it sounds like Valanciunas dodged a bullet. Valanciunas was reportedly on the trade block last month and now he's likely going to lose minutes to Serge Ibaka and maybe even Jakob Poeltl.

Hollis Thompson    G/F  Pelicans

 

 

Hollis Thompson is in advanced talks with Olympiacos. He was with the Pelicans in the second half of last season, but the team didn't bring him back when his second 10-day deal ran out on Mar. 15. Thompson was also in Las Vegas for summer league, but he didn't really show anything to suggest he could stick on an NBA roster. Philly fans will always have a soft spot for Hollis for his time during The Process, but he may not be back in the NBA.

Sport 24

Aug 09 - 3:29 PM

Yogi Ferrell    G  Mavericks

 

 

Owner Mark Cuban said Yogi Ferrell and Dennis Smith Jr. "are going to push each other" next season. "Yogi is super competitive," Cuban said. "He started a lot of games as a D-League call-up and basically a 10-day [signee], and I know that he’s just as competitive as Dennis is." The Mavs did use a Yogi-DSJ backcourt in summer league, so it's an option for them in a matchup against a smaller team. On the other hand, Ferrell did slow down as the 2016-17 season went on and the Mavs drafted DSJ for a reason, so Ferrell will likely come off the bench and get almost all of his minutes as a backup PG.

Mavs.com

Aug 09 - 3:06 PM

Dennis Smith Jr.    G  Mavericks

 

 

President Donnie Nelson said Dennis Smith will have to prove he's ready to take the reins during training camp in order to win the starting point guard job. "Those keys are earned. You know, it’s going to be an interesting training camp," Nelson said. "I think Dennis is going to play for one of the best coaches in the NBA. That being said, I think internally you can’t help but be excited by the potential, but he wouldn’t want it any other way." DSJ had a wow factor in Las Vegas and the Mavs are singing his praises at every opportunity, so he should be in a great position to win the job. He's a high-upside pick in the middle rounds.

Mavs.com

Aug 09 - 2:54 PM

Kelly Olynyk    F/C  Heat

 

 

Kelly Olynyk said he won't play in games with the Canadian national team this summer. He did say he will train with the team. One he starts his season with the Heat, Olynyk could get minutes at the four and the five, especially with how coach Erik Spoelstra likes to play the matchups. He figures to get most of his minutes as the backup five man, assuming rookie Bam Adebayo doesn't tear it up early.

V.J. Beachem    F  Lakers

 

 

Beachum signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Lakers on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

RotoWire

Aug 09 - 1:21 PM

V.J. Beachem    F  Lakers

 

 

V.J. Beachem has agreed to a partially guaranteed, training camp deal with the Lakers. The undrafted forward out of Notre Dame put in averages of 14.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 triples and 1.1 blocks per game during his senior season, and he'll now try and earn a spot on the regular-season roster in Los Angeles.

Willie Reed    F/C  Clippers

 

 

Willie Reed's wife, Jasmine Reed, issued a statement on Wednesday saying that she will not press charges against her husband after he was arrested on domestic-violence charges on Sunday. "This incident has been totally blown out of proportion. I did not call the police and I did not ask anyone to call the police on my behalf," said Mrs. Reed. "Willie is a good man and a great father. I have no intention of pressing charges and I have asked the authorities to immediately dismiss all charges against Willie. This is a private matter between my husband and I and for the sake of our family I would like to keep it that way."

Sun Sentinel

Aug 09 - 12:34 PM