Andrew Andrews

Sixers Waive Andrews, Loving, Webb

The Sixers have waived Andrew Andrews, Marc Loving and James Webb III, the team announced in a tweet. All three players were signed earlier today and are expected to join the team’s G League affiliate in Delaware once they clear waivers.

Andrews, a 24-year-old guard, played in Turkey last year after being waived by the Hornets before the start of the season. He went undrafted out of Washington in 2016.

Loving, a 6’7″ power forward, played for Ohio State last year, averaging 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Webb, a 24-year-old forward, spent last season with the Sixers’ G League team in Delaware after Philadelphia waived him out of training camp.

Philadelphia is now down to the limit with 17 players on its roster, including two-way contracts for James Michael McAdoo and Jacob Pullen.

Sixers Sign Three Players, Retain Jacob Pullen On Two-Way Deal

11:10am: The Sixers have officially confirmed that they’ve converted Pullen’s NBA deal into a two-way contract. The team also announced in a press release that it has signed Andrew Andrews, James Webb III, and Loving. All three players will likely be waived soon and land with the Delaware 87ers in the G League.

9:47am: The Sixers will sign former Ohio State forward Marc Loving, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link). With the regular season around the corner, Loving seems unlikely to spend much time on Philadelphia’s roster — he’ll likely be waived and then join the Sixers’ G League team as an affiliate player.

Loving, a 6’7″ forward, averaged 12.3 PPG and 4.7 RPG for the Buckeyes last season, adding 1.8 three-pointers per game at a 38.2% success rate.

In a separate roster move, the Sixers intend to convert Jacob Pullen‘s NBA contract into a two-way deal, a source tells Derek Bodner of The Athletic (Twitter link). According to Bodner, the guard’s original contract with Philadelphia included an Exhibit 10 clause, allowing the team to turn it into a two-way contract before the regular season begins.

Pullen will join former Warriors forward James McAdoo as the two-way players under contract with the Sixers.

Assuming the Sixers waive Loving shortly after signing him and formally convert Pullen’s contract to a two-way deal, the team should be set for the regular season, having reportedly waived three other players as well.

Andrew Andrews To Play In Turkey

Hornets camp invitee Andrew Andrews is heading overseas, having agreed to a contract with Turkish team Best Balikesir, a source tells international basketball journalist David Pick (Twitter link). The exact terms of Andrews’ deal aren’t known.

Andrews, 23, is a 6’2″ point guard who played four years at the University of Washington, averaging 20.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 34 games with the Huskies as a senior last season. He went undrafted in June before playing for the Clippers in the NBA’s Summer League and later securing a training camp invitation from the Hornets.

In three preseason contests with Charlotte, Andrews played sparingly, averaging 10.4 minutes per contest and recording 4.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, and 1.0 APG. He was waived by the Hornets less than a week before the regular season got underway, as the team cut down its roster to 15 players.

Andrews’ new team in Turkey is off to an 0-9 start this season, so he’ll be tasked with helping Best Balikesir to get into the win column and turn things around.

Hornets Waive Andrew Andrews

The Hornets have waived Andrew Andrews from their preseason roster, league sources tell Oliver Maroney of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link). The transaction reduces Charlotte’s roster count to 18 players, meaning the team still needs to make at least three more cuts before the regular season gets underway.

Andrews, 23, is a 6’2″ point guard who played four years at the University of Washington. As a senior, he averaged 20.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 34 games with the Huskies, but went undrafted in June before later securing a training camp invitation from the Hornets.

Andrews didn’t get any guaranteed money on his one-year, minimum-salary pact, so Charlotte won’t carry a cap hit after waiving him. The Washington alum looks like a good bet to join the Greensboro Swarm, the Hornets’ D-League affiliate.

The Hornets, meanwhile, still have five players on their roster without fully guaranteed salaries, but will only need to waive three of those players to get down to the 15-man regular-season roster limit. Aaron Harrison, Perry Ellis, Rasheed Sulaimon, Mike Tobey, and Treveon Graham are the players on the bubble — Tobey and Graham have $75K guarantees, while the others are on non-guaranteed deals.

Hornets Sign Andrew Andrews, Rasheed Sulaimon

The Hornets officially signed Andrew Andrews and Rasheed Sulaimon, the team announced today. The signings give Charlotte 18 players under contract with training camp looming at the end of the month.

Andrews, 23, is a 6’2″ point guard who played four years at the University of Washington. As a senior, he averaged 20.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 34 games with the Huskies. Andrews received a training camp invitation from Charlotte in early August.

Sulaimon, 22, is a 6’4″ shooting guard who averaged 11.1 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds as a senior with Maryland last season. He played with the Bulls’ summer league team and reached an agreement with the Hornets on August 7th. Sulaimon will spend the upcoming season with Charlotte’s new D-League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm.

Eastern Notes: George, Stephenson, Andrews

Pacers swingman Paul George is excited about the team’s offseason additions and views next season as one that Indiana will use to vault back into championship contention, Michael Singer of USA Today relays. “I think Al Jefferson is as good as it gets in terms of low-post scorers,” George said. “Thaddeus Young has been very underrated, been forgotten about being in Brooklyn.

George, who chose to participate in this summer’s Olympic games despite suffering a horrific leg injury two years ago during a Team USA scrimmage, discussed his mindset now, telling Singer, “Being away from the game you cherish it a whole lot more. It’s a reality that one day this thing could be all over. So stepping on that court, it’s refreshing. I found a whole new love that I didn’t think I could find in basketball.

Here’s more from the Eastern Conference:

  • The Hornets have invited undrafted free agent Andrew Andrews to attend training camp with the team, Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops reports (via Twitter). The point guard appeared in 34 games for the Washington Huskies last season, averaging 20.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 33.8 minutes per outing.
  • While Lance Stephenson may be a fit with the Heat if he were willing to come off the bench, the team’s roster crunch (18 players currently under contract) would likely prevent the swingman from viewing Miami as a desirable landing spot for next season if the team were interested in him, Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel opines in his latest “Ask Ira” column.
  • Bobby Marks of The Vertical took a look at back an active offseason for the Hawks that saw the departures of longtime players Jeff Teague and Al Horford, plus the arrival of Dwight Howard via free agency.

Eastern Draft Notes: Sixers, Celtics, Pistons

LSU forward Ben Simmons may not work out for the Sixers or any other team prior to the draft, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Media Network reports. Philadelphia, which has the top pick, is trying to get Simmons in for a workout, Pompey continues. Simmons is expected to be the Sixers’ choice over Duke forward Brandon Ingram. “It’s not a red flag,” Sixers president of basketball operation Bryan Colangelo told Pompey. “Everybody deals with the draft process differently.”  The Sixers did not work out Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid or Jahlil Okafor before selecting them in the last three drafts, Pompey notes.

In other draft developments around the Eastern Conference:

  • The Sixers will bring in California small forward Jaylen Brown for a workout on Tuesday afternoon, the team announced via press release. Brown could be a darkhorse candidate for the top pick in the draft. He could also be an option if Philadelphia trades down in the lottery, or if they package their two late first rounders to acquire another lottery selection. He’s ranked No. 8 on ESPN Insider Chad Ford’s Big Board and No. 5 by Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony. The Sixers will bring in six second-round hopefuls earlier in the day, including Iowa State forward Georges Niang, Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff, UC Santa Barbara guard Michael Bryson, Iona guard A.J. English, Mississippi forward Tomasz Gielo and Dayton swingman Dyshawn Pierre.
  • The Celtics worked out two projected lottery picks on Monday, Oklahoma shooting guard Buddy Hield and Washington power forward Marquese Chriss, ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman tweets. The workouts were held in California, Goodman adds. Ford slots Hield at No. 7 and Chriss at No. 6 on his Big Board, while Hield is rated No. 7 and Chriss is ranked No. 11 by Givony. The Celtics have three first-rounders, including the No. 3 pick.
  • The Pistons worked out six players on Monday, the most prominent being Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson, according to Rod Beard of the Detroit News (Twitter links).  The Pistons, who hold the No. 18 pick, need a backup point gaurd and Jackson is ranked No. 26 by Ford and No. 16 by Givony. Washington point guard Andrew Andrews and a quartet of big men — Greece native Georgios Papagiannis, Clemson’s Landry Nnoko, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons and Maryland’s Diamond Stone — also participated in the workout, Beard adds.
  • Marquette power forward Henry Ellenson will meet with the Bucks on Tuesday, Gery Woelfel of Woelfelspressbox.com reports. The Bucks have the No. 10 pick and the 7’0” Ellenson is rated No. 11 by Ford and No. 13 by Givony.

Central Notes: Bucks, Lue, Bulls, Pistons

It’s a busy Wednesday for the Bucks, who are hosting seven prospects for workouts in Milwaukee, according to the team’s website. Utah big man Jakob Poeltl is getting a close look from the team in an individual workout, while the other six prospects are participating in a group workout. Those players are Jameel McKay (Iowa State), Alex Poythress (Kentucky), Wayne Selden (Kansas), Angel Rodriguez (Miami), Andrew Andrews (Washington), and Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova).

Here’s more from out of the Central division, including a couple more pre-draft workout updates:

  • In an interesting piece at Cleveland.com, Chris Haynes details a phone call that took place between Tyronn Lue and Cavaliers general manager David Griffin earlier this year, when Lue tried to convince Griffin that David Blatt shouldn’t be fired. However, the GM had already up his mind, and by the end of the call, Lue had agreed to become Cleveland’s new head coach. Now, Lue is preparing his team for the NBA Finals, while Blatt has signed a two-year contract to coach a team in Turkey.
  • Florida State guard Malik Beasley is scheduled to visit the Bulls on June 8th and 9th, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link). Chicago currently holds the 14th and 48th overall picks in this year’s draft.
  • Within his latest mailbag, David Mayo of MLive.com explains why he doesn’t think Ryan Anderson is a realistic target for the Pistons, and looks into Andre Drummond‘s long-term ceiling.

Western Rumors: DeRozan, Workouts, Nuggets

The Lakers are not that interested in Raptors free agent shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding told SiriusXM’s Noah Coslov in a radio interview. That comes as a surprise, as the Lakers were expected to make a strong push for DeRozan when he hit the open market. DeRozan indicated during his postseason press conference that he had every intention of staying with the Raptors.
In other news around the Western Conference:
  • The Jazz will work out six draft prospects on Tuesday, according to the team’s Twitter feed. That group includes forwards Zach Auguste (Notre Dame), Shavon Shields (Nebraska), Abdel Nader (Iowa State) and Anthony Gill (Virginia) and guards Andrew Andrews and Alex Caruso. Auguste is the only player considered a Top 100 prospects by both ESPN Insider Chad Ford (No. 86) and DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony (No. 80).
  • The Suns had two sets of workouts on Monday, with some big names coming in for evaluations, according to their official Twitter feed (Twitter links). The first set of workouts included guards Tyler Ulis (Kentucky), Gabe York (Arizona), Anthony Barber (North Carolina State) and Isaia Cordinier and forwards Robert Carter (Maryland) and Alex Poythress (Kentucky). The second group included forwards Perry Ellis (Kansas), Troy Williams (Indiana) and Thon Maker, center Damian Jones (Vanderbilt) and guards Michael Gbinije (Syracuse) and Tyrone Wallace (California). Ulis (No. 18 on Ford’s list, No. 19 on Givony’s list) and Jones (No. 23, No. 22) are the highest-ranked players among those groups.
  • The Nuggets will have difficulty freeing up enough salary-cap space to sign a star player this summer and will thus likely have to pursue a trade to make a significant upgrade, as Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post details in an examination of the team’s financial situation. It’s unrealistic for the team to max out a player in free agency, address other needs and sign draft picks, Dempsey adds.