Alex Poythress

Eastern Notes: Dotson, Poythress, Walker, Pacers

Knicks second-year swingman Damyean Dotson has seen his playing time expand with rookie Kevin Knox sidelined by an ankle sprain, but coach David Fizdale was eager to play Dotson anyway, Peter Botte of the New York Post reports. Dotson has averaged 14.0 PPG over the past four games after not playing the first two games. “It was hard not to play him right away, because we have a lot of young guys I’ve got to look at. But he’s really earned his way, and he’s got my trust, for sure,” Fizdale said. Dotson is the low man on the salary list for New York. He’s making $1.378MM this season and has a non-guaranteed $1.62MM contract for next season.

There’s more from around the Eastern Conference:

  • Hawks forward Alex Poythress will miss at least three games due to a left knee injury, according to a team press release. He was diagnosed with a capsular sprain and bone bruise and will miss the team’s upcoming road trip. Poythress averaged 5.3 PPG and 3.8 RPG in 18.0 MPG in his first four appearances with Atlanta. Poythress is one of the team’s two-way players after seeing action in 25 games with the Pacers last season.
  • The Hornets have never signed a player to a max contract since the franchise moved to 2004, something to keep in mind during Kemba Walker‘s foray into free agency, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer notes. The Hornets could offer Walker five seasons and just under $190MM, or up to $221MM if he earns an All-NBA selection. The most another team could offer is $140MM over four seasons. However, the franchise already has heavy financial obligations, so it’s uncertain how high the Hornets would go to retain their point guard, Bonnell adds.
  • All of the Pacers’ starters are averaging fewer minutes thanks to an improved bench, Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star points out. Victor Oladipo, at 31.4 MPG, is the only player averaging more than 30 minutes a game. “Oh man, it’s good for all of us,” guard Darren Collison told Ayello. “We’ve been chilling mostly the whole time at the end of games. We’ve had a lot of blowouts, either us doing it to them or the other way around, so all of the starters are mostly playing between 20-25 minutes. Hopefully, it will pay off in the long run.”

Hawks Sign Alex Poythress To Two-Way Contract

AUGUST 20: Nearly a month after agreeing to terms with him, the Hawks have officially signed Poythress, the team announced today in a press release.

JULY 24: The Hawks have agreed to sign free agent forward Alex Poythress to a two-way contract, per Chris Haynes of ESPN.

Poythress, 24, played his college ball at Kentucky before going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. After initially playing for the Pacers’ G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, to begin his rookie season, Poythress was signed by the Sixers near the end of the 2016/17 season, where he played in six games for Philadelphia.

Poythress returned to Indiana for the 2017/18 season, signing a two-way contract with the Pacers in August 2017. He appeared in 25 games, averaging 1.0 points and 0.7 rebounds in 4.2 minutes per game. He was waived by Indiana earlier this summer.

The Hawks already have Jaylen Adams under contract as one of their two-way players, so absent another move, he and Poythress will occupy Atlanta’s two-way contract slots for the upcoming season.

Pacers Waive Alex Poythress

The Pacers have waived forward Alex Poythress, according to RealGM’s transactions log. Poythress’ $1.54MM salary for 2018/19 was fully non-guaranteed, so Indiana won’t be on the hook for any of it.

Poythress, 24, signed with the Pacers last December and appeared sparingly in 25 games for the club, logging just 104 total minutes. In 53 G League games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants over the last two seasons, Poythress has averaged 18.7 PPG and 7.3 RPG with a .521 FG%.

Waiving Poythress was part of a series of roster moves completed by the Pacers that cleared the way for the team to sign Tyreke Evans and Doug McDermott. The club also renounced its rights to several free agents, including Trevor Booker and Joe Young.

Poythress will become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday if he clears waivers.

NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 3/14/18

Here are Wednesday’s G League assignments and recalls from around the NBA:

9:00 pm:

  • The Pacers have recalled Alex Poythress from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, according to the team’s website. The Kentucky product has played in seven G League games this season where he averaged 20.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

4:56 pm:

  • For the second consecutive day, the Jazz sent Dante Exum to the G League and then recalled him later in the day, the team announced in a press release. The former fifth overall pick is preparing for his return from a shoulder injury by practicing with the Salt Lake City Stars.
  • The Lakers have assigned rookie big man Thomas Bryant to the G League, according to the club (Twitter link). Bryant, who has averaged 19.2 PPG and 7.5 RPG in 32 G League games this season, is expected to suit up for the South Bay Lakers on Thursday night when they host the Agua Caliente Clippers.
  • Chris McCullough, who had been playing for the Northern Arizona Suns, was recalled today by the Wizards and then re-assigned to the Erie BayHawks, according to the team. Washington doesn’t have a G League affiliate of its own this season, so McCullough is eligible to play for other G League squads via the flexible assignment rule.

NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 3/10/18

Here are Saturday’s G League moves from around the NBA:

  • The Raptors assigned Nigel Hayes and Alfonzo McKinnie to their Raptors 905 affiliate for today’s game against Canton, according to a tweet  from the G League team.
  • The Knicks sent Isaiah Hicks to their Westchester affiliate for tonight’s game in Milwaukee, the team announced (Twitter link).
  • The Pacers assigned Alex Poythress to their Fort Wayne affiliate, according to a post on the team website.
  • The Thunder recalled Dakari Johnson from Oklahoma City Blue, the team announced in an email.

Pacers Sign Alex Poythress

The Pacers have signed second-year forward Alex Poythress to an NBA contract, the team announced in a press release on Thursday. Poythress was a two-way player splitting time between the Pacers and the G League affiliate, Fort Wayne Mad Ants.  Poythress will now be with the Pacers moving forward.

Poythress, 24, has played in 11 games with Indiana this season but has averaged less than five minutes in his appearances. With the Mad Ants, Poythress averaged 20.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG and 2.7 APG.

After a productive season with the Mad Ants last year, including a G League All-Star appearance, Poythress averaged 10.7 PPG and 4.8 RPG in six games with the Sixers.

With the signing, Edmond Sumner becomes the lone two-way player on the Pacers’ roster.

Pacers Sign Alex Poythress To Two-Way Contract

A year after bringing Alex Poythress to training camp, the Pacers have re-added the former Kentucky standout to their offseason roster, announcing today in a press release that Poythress has signed a two-way contract with the club.

Poythress, who will turn 24 in September, didn’t earn a spot on Indiana’s regular season roster last season, but the undrafted rookie excelled for the Pacers’ G League affiliate. In 46 games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the 6’7″ forward averaged 18.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG, and 1.4 BPG, with an impressive shooting line of .528/.403/.783.

Poythress’ performance for Fort Wayne earned him a spot on the All-NBA G League Second Team, and resulted in a late-season call-up to the Sixers. He made his NBA debut for Philadelphia in April and appeared in six games down the stretch, averaging 10.7 PPG and 4.8 RPG.

Previous reports have indicated that Edmond Sumner will be one of the Pacers’ two-way players, so it appears both two-way spots on Indiana’s roster have now been filled. In total, the club now has 17 players under contract, leaving three spots open on the 20-man offseason roster.

For more details on how two-way contracts work, be sure to check out our FAQ. Our full list of this year’s two-way players can be found right here.

Sixers Looking To Sell/Trade Second-Round Picks

Four of Philly’s league-high five selections are in the second-round and an anonymous executive tells Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the front office will look to sell one of their selections.

Another executive told Pompey that Philadelphia has been in contact with other teams regarding a trade for a couple of its picks. “Their last two second-rounders are in play [for possible trades]. The word is out there,” the second anonymous executive said.

Philadelphia owns the No. 36, No. 39, No. 46 and No. 50 overall picks in addition to the No. 3 overall selections. It’ll be difficult to add that many rookies to a team that will look to improve upon its 2016/17 record, as I discussed in the team’s offseason preview.

The front office is also considering taking a draft-and-stash prospect who would play overseas for at least one season. The team used this vehicle with prospects in the past, such as Dario Saric and Furkan Korkmaz.

Rosters will expand to 17 next season with a pair of two-way contracts being added to each team’s arsenal. It shouldn’t be assumed that the team will use both of those contracts on rookie players. Pompey notes that Alex Poythress, who played six games for Philadelphia near the end of last season, is a candidate to receive one of those two-way deals.

It’ll be tough for Philadelphia to add five rookies to a squad full of young talent, so it’s likely that the team makes some sort of move. Stay tuned to Hoops Rumors for the latest on the Sixers’ situation.

NBADL Announces All-NBA D-League Teams

The NBA Development League has announced its All-NBA D-League teams for the 2016/17 season, headlined by league MVP Vander Blue. While Blue didn’t play in the NBA at all this season, many of the players on the NBADL’s three All-NBA D-League squads received call-ups throughout the year, and some of them finished the season on an NBA roster.

Here are this year’s 15 All-NBA D-League players, many of whom will have a decent chance of finding their way onto an NBA roster next season:

First Team:

Second Team:

Third Team:

Sixers Sign Alex Poythress For Rest Of Season

The Sixers have signed Alex Poythress for the remainder of the season, the team reports in a press release on its official site. The team has one more game left this season, a matchup against the Knicks on Wednesday.

Previously inked to a 10-day deal because Philadelphia had qualified for a hardship exception, Poythress is eligible to re-sign with the club because that exception was extended.

The Kentucky product has appeared in five games for Philadelphia. He averaged 9.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 25.0 minutes per game.

Austin Kent contributed to this post