The Suns, Hornets and Blazers are interested in Ryan Boatright, whom the Nets waived Tuesday, and it’s possible that Brooklyn circles back to him later this season, reports Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net. The undrafted point guard from Connecticut performed well during limited preseason time, averaging 4.2 points, 3.8 assists and 1.0 turnover in 13.9 minutes per game, but Donald Sloan outplayed him for the third point guard job on the Nets. Any NBA team could claim Boatright off waivers, so long as the team is willing to assume responsibility for his $75K partial guarantee. Teams could opt to see if he clears waivers if they want him on a non-guaranteed contract.
Phoenix is also one of the teams Amico hears is eyeing Jimmer Fredette, though the Suns are already down to 15 players. The Hornets have 14 fully guaranteed salaries, but recent addition Damien Wilkins appears to have a clear shot at the last spot on the opening night roster. Portland appears to have a much more open competition, with only 12 fully guaranteed deals.
Boatright helped Connecticut to the national championship in 2014. He spoke with Zach Links of Hoops Rumors before the draft in June, telling Zach that he’d heard from agent Aaron Goodwin that the Blazers, Nets and Clippers had strong interest.