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NBA News: Standout Guard Claims Casual Fans Are Sleeping On Sacramento Kings

Sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton is out to prove that he belongs in the NBA, and he has a message to a certain group of people that are counting on the Sacramento Kings to fail. "The casual fan is more focused on the top two or three teams in each conference....
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Hornets Releasing Wes Iwundu To Reach Roster Limit

Charlotte and San Antonio both entered Monday needing to make a move. The Spurs did so by officially waiving forward Al-Farouq Aminu. Iwundu, 26, is 6-foot-6 and was acquired by the Hornets in an August trade with the Pelicans. He split time between the Pelicans and Mavericks last season, appearing in a total of 41 games and averaging just more than 2 points.
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Landry Shamet, Suns Reach Agreement On Contract Extension

The Suns and shooting guard Landry Shamet have reached agreement on a four-year contract extension worth $43 million, agent George Langberg told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Shamet, 24, is 6-foot-4 and was traded to the Suns by the Nets on Aug. 6. He appeared in 61 games and averaged 9.3 points last season with Brooklyn.
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Lakers Sign Jay Huff To Available Two-Way Slot

The Lakers have signed rookie center Jay Huff to a two-way contract, the team announced in a press release. Huff, 23, is 7-foot-1 and went undrafted out of Virginia. He appeared in four summer league games with the Wizards before signing a training camp contract. He was released by Washington last week.
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Malcolm Brogdon, Pacers Agree To Contract Extension

The Pacers and guard Malcolm Brogdon have reached agreement on a two-year contract extension worth $45 million, agent Austin Brown told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Brogdon’s current deal runs two more years, meaning the extension will kick in for the 2023-24 season. He is now under contract through 2025. Because...
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Kings Not Expected To Extend Contract Of Marvin Bagley

The Kings are not expected to offer a rookie-scale contract extension to forward/center Marvin Bagley III prior to Monday’s deadline, according to Marc Stein of Substack. Teams must offer extensions to members of the 2018 draft class before 6 p.m. EST or allow them to become restricted free agents. Bagley was selected with the No. 2 overall pick that year.
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NBA Notes: Wizards, Jabari Parker, Nets, Raptors

Wizards star guard Bradley Beal could be available for the season-opener despite suffering a knee contusion during the preseason, new coach Wes Unseld Jr. told reporters. “He stayed away from the live stuff, but he did on-script, up and down, he was moving well, he was shooting,” Unseld said of Beal at practice, via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington. “I don’t think it is anything significant. We’re just being cautious right now. I don’t see any lingering effects.”
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Collin Sexton, Cavs Fail To Agree To Contract Extension

The Cavaliers and guard Collin Sexton failed to reach agreement on a rookie-scale contract extension prior to Monday’s 6 p.m. EST deadline, sources told Hoops Wire. Sexton, 21, is 6-foot-1 and led the Cavs in scoring last season at 24.3 points in 60 games. He also averaged 4.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds.
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Spurs Exercise Options On Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell

The Spurs have exercised their team option on forward Keldon Johnson, and guard Devin Vassell, team announced in a press release. Johnson is entering his third year with the Spurs after appearing in 69 games last season and averaging 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 28.5 minutes. He is one of three Spurs in franchise history (Tim Duncan and David Robinson) to record multiple games with 25-plus points and 10-or-more rebounds in their first 50 career games.
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Kevin Huerter, Hawks Agree To Four-Year Extension

The Hawks and guard/forward Kevin Huerter have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $65 million, agents Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Per Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, the contract is fully guaranteed. Huerter, 23, is 6-foot-7 and was a key member of the...
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Deandre Ayton, Suns Fail To Reach Agreement On Contract Extension

Center Deandre Ayton and the Suns will not agree to a rookie-scale contract extension prior to Monday’s 6 p.m. EST deadline, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The decision means Ayton will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Teams need to agree on rookie-scale extensions...
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Ty Lawson Reaches Deal To Join Puerto Rican Club

Lawson, 33, is 5-foot-11 and last played in the NBA during the 2016-17 season with the Kings. He spent 2019-20 with Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 27.3 points and 8.8 assists, as well as 2.5 steals. But Lawson was banned from the CBA in September of last...
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Lakers Claim Avery Bradley Off Waivers

The Lakers have claimed veteran guard Avery Bradley off waivers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Bradley, 30, is 6-foot-3 and appeared in 27 total games with the Rockets and Heat last season. He played for the Lakers in 2019-20 prior to opting out of the season ahead of the Orlando bubble (and LA’s title run).
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Grayson Allen, Bucks Agree To Rookie-Scale Extension

The Bucks and shooting guard Grayson Allen have reached agreement on a two-year, $20 million contract extension, agent agent Mitch Nathan told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Allen, 26, is 6-foot-4 and was acquired by the Bucks in a trade with the Grizzlies this offseason. He compiled averages of 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists with Memphis last season.
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Celtics Signing Brodric Thomas To Two-Way Deal

The Celtics have agreed to a two-way contract with guard Brodric Thomas, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Thomas, 24, is 6-5 and signed a two-way deal with the Cavs in September. He at first signed a two-way deal with the Cavs in February, appearing in 32 games for the Cavs and Rockets last season, averaging 3.9 points.
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Spurs Waive Al-Farouq Aminu To Reach Roster Limit

The Spurs have waived veteran forward Al-Farouq Aminu, the team announced in a press release. San Antonio was one of two teams that needed to release someone to meet the NBA’s roster limit before Monday evening. The Hornets are the other. But as Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors wrote, “The...
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Jaren Jackson Jr., Grizzlies Agree To Contract Extension

The Grizzlies have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $105 million with center/forward Jaren Jackson Jr., agent Austin Brown told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Rookie-scale contract extensions for the NBA Draft class of 2018 must be agreed upon by 6 p.m. EST on Monday. Jackson becomes the second bigger name in two days to land a deal, joining Suns small forward Mikal Bridges.
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