Demetri McCamey

International Notes: Collins, Joseph, McCamey

A day after we heard that former NBA first-rounder Mardy Collins was nearing an agreement in Italy, Sutor Montegranaro has officially announced the signing (hat tip to Sportando). As players continue to sign with non-NBA teams, let's round up a few more of today's international notes….

  • As Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun tweets, Team Canada has finalized its summer roster, and Kris Joseph isn't on it — he has left the team to sign a deal in China. It's not clear which team Joseph is joining, but we heard last week that he had a pair of offers from CBA clubs.
  • Former Illinois guard Demetri McCamey has signed a one-year contract with Australian team Cairns Taipans, according to Shams Charania of McCamey, who played for the Timberwolves in Summer League action last month, won't have an NBA out in the deal.
  • Italy's Mens Sans Siena has announced several new signings, including ex-Piston Kim English and Nuggets second-rounder Erick Green (hat tip to Sportando). We had previously heard that both players were heading to Italy for the 2013/14 season.
  • Former Laker Derrick Caracter has officially signed with Polish team Slask Wroclaw, according to the club (hat tip to Sportando).

Rockets Cut Kyle Fogg, Demetri McCamey

7:19pm: The team has put Fogg and McCamey on waivers, Feigen confirms

4:56pm: The Rockets will waive camp invites Kyle Fogg and Demetri McCamey, a couple of weeks after they were signed in tandem, tweets Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. The team is interested in having both play for its D-League affiliate, Feigen says. When the moves become official, Houston's roster will be at 18 players.

Fogg and McCamey are both 6'3" guards, but only Fogg saw action in the Rockets' preseason opener last night. He scored three points in over four minutes of court time, but it was evidently not enough to allow him to continue his pursuit of making the NBA with Houston after going undrafted out of Arizona this June. McCamey played in five summer league games for the Bulls this year, averaging 4.4 points and 1.6 assists in 13.7 minutes per game.

Both were on non-guaranteed, minimum-salary deals, so their subtraction from the roster won't do much to alleviate the team's logjam of 18 players on either fully or partially guaranteed contracts.

Rockets Waive Fortson, Sign McCamey, Fogg

5:34pm: The Rockets have made the series of transactions official in a press release.

1:24pm: Before training camp opens next week, the Rockets will waive Courtney Fortson and his non-guaranteed contract, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). That will reduce the team's roster to 18 players, at which point Houston will fill its last two roster spots by signing Demetri McCamey and Kyle Fogg, says Feigen.

We heard back in June that the Rockets had decided to bring back Fortson for this season, but the 24-year-old's contract ensured that Houston actually had to make two decisions on whether or not to retain him. As Mark Deeks of ShamSports explains, Fortson's deal included a team option for 2012/13, but despite that option being exercised, Fortson's contract was still non-guaranteed, meaning the Rockets won't take a cap hit by releasing him.

McCamey, 23, went undrafted out of Illinois in 2011, despite being ranked as the 53rd-best prospect of the class by's Chad Ford. The 6'3" point guard played in Turkey last season before joining the Bulls' summer league squad this July. Another 6'3" guard, Fogg went undrafted out of Arizona this June. The 22-year-old averaged 13.5 PPG in his senior year with the Wildcats, and played for the Rockets' summer league team in July.

Assuming the deals for McCamey and Fogg are fully non-guaranteed, the Rockets now have 18 contracts on their books that are at least partially guaranteed. Shaun Livingston, Greg Smith, and Scott Machado will all require small buyouts if they don't make the team's final roster and aren't traded.