Kalin Lucas

Magic Waive Damjan Rudez, Kalin Lucas

The Magic have released Damjan Rudez and Kalin Lucas, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel tweets.  The decision brings Orlando’s roster down to 15 players.

Rudez, a 31-year-old veteran of three NBA seasons, played 45 games for the Magic last year but had a negligible impact on the court. Had Rudez managed to secure a spot with the team, it would have likely been because of his positive influence in the locker room.

Lucas, a 28-year-old point guard out of Michigan State last saw NBA action back in 2014/15 when he played a single game for the Grizzlies.

With Rudez and Lucas out of the picture, it appears as though Khem Birch will stick with the team through the start of the regular season.

Magic Sign Kalin Lucas

The Magic continue to fill out their roster for training camp, announcing today in a press release (Twitter link) that they’ve signed free agent guard Kalin Lucas to a contract. The announcement from the team also confirmed the signing of Troy Caupain, which we covered earlier this month.

Lucas, 28, went undrafted out of Michigan State back in 2011 and has played in a number of professional leagues and countries since then. In addition to spending time with clubs in Greece and Turkey, Lucas has extensive G League experience, having averaged 17.7 PPG and 4.9 APG with a .448/.391/.842 shooting line in 112 career G League contests.

Lucas was signed and waived multiple times by the Grizzlies in 2014, and ultimately saw his only NBA experience with Memphis during that 2014/15 season. His stint in the NBA was brief — he played in just one game and saw the floor for six minutes.

Having played for the Erie BayHawks last season, Lucas is a good bet to join the Lakeland Magic to start the 2017/18 campaign. Those teams are technically one and the same — the Orlando Magic bought the BayHawks and relocated the G League franchise to Florida for the coming season.

The Magic now have 18 players officially under contract, with an agreement also reportedly in place with undrafted rookie Rodney Purvis — when Purvis’ deal becomes official, Orlando would have just one open spot left on the team’s 20-man offseason roster.

Southwest Notes: Howard, McCallum, Lucas

After being the most coveted free agent on the market in 2013, the RocketsDwight Howard is generating little buzz with his potential 2016 free agency, writes Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel. Howard signed a four-year deal with Houston worth more than $87MM, but has a player option for 2016-17. With the salary cap expected to soar next summer, he will likely test the market once again. Schmitz argues that the lack of excitement about Howard’s availability signals either that he’s a lock to stay in Houston or that other franchises don’t want to make a large investment in a soon-to-be 30-year-old center with a history of back and knee problems. The columnist speculates that Houston would prefer that Howard sign a short-term contract, but probably will have to give him a long-term deal in excess of $100MM to keep him on the roster.

There’s more from the Southwest Division:

  • Ray McCallum could be an important addition for the Spurs if Tony Parker has another injury-plagued season, writes Buck Harvey of The San Antonio Express-News. San Antonio acquired McCallum in a July 9th trade, sending a 2016 second-round pick to Sacramento in return. Harvey notes that the Spurs don’t believe McCallum is as good a defender as Cory Joseph, the man he replaced, but they think he can effectively run the team if anything happens to Parker.
  • Kalin Lucas, who made a brief appearance with the Grizzlies last season, will spend another season with Kolejliler Ankara of the Turkish Basketball League, according to Enea Trapani of Sportando. Lucas played in just one game with Memphis before being waived November 20th.
  • Despite starting all six games in summer league, the MavericksJustin Anderson has a long way to go to earn playing time in Dallas, writes Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com. The first-round pick out of Virginia says the summer experience was beneficial, but he understands the learning curve ahead. “They know exactly what I’m capable of, and I want to be really good at things I’m already pretty good at,” Anderson said. “So, I just want to take that next step, being good defensively on the ball and off the ball, rotating and then being able to operate out of those corners, because that’s where I think our front office and coaching staff think I can be effective.”

Western Notes: Claver, Lucas, Jazz

Forward Victor Claver, who spent the last three seasons as a member of the Trail Blazers, officially has an offer on the table from the Spanish club Baskonia, the team announced (translation courtesy of Emiliano Carchia of Sportando). Valencia currently owns Claver’s rights in Spain and the team has five days to match the contract offer made by Baskonia to Claver, Carchia notes. Claver has appeared in 80 NBA contests and has averages of 3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.7 assists, and he owns a slash line of .398/.293/.585.

Here’s more from the Western Conference:

  • Kalin Lucas, who appeared in one game for the Grizzlies last season, auditioned for the Qingdao Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association, but was not offered a contract by the team, international journalist David Pick relays (via Twitter).
  • The Jazz announced today that the team promoted Mark McKown to director of sports science/assistant coach and Isaiah Wright to head strength and conditioning coach.
  • The Blazers aren’t quite starting over as a franchise, but the loss of LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency to the Spurs has forced executive Neil Olshey to invest in intriguing but unproven talent this offseason, Michael Lee of The Washington Post writes. “That’s one of things I’m looking forward to, is what this team is going to become,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “The way Neil has constructed the roster, it’s a strong plan with a lot of young players that have a lot of room to grow. I think it’s a plan that is going to be challenging, fun and very rewarding.

Kalin Lucas To Sign With Turkish Club

TUESDAY, 7:25am: Lucas is heading to Turkey’s TED Ankara, not Turk Telekom, Pick now says (Twitter link).

MONDAY, 10:59pm: Kalin Lucas has signed with the Turkish team Turk Telekom on a deal that will cover the remainder of the NBA season, reports David Pick of Eurobasket.com (on Twitter), although the team has yet to make an official announcement. Lucas had been playing with the Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate, but will now head overseas as the 2014/15 season begins to wind down.

The Michigan State product went undrafted in 2011 and played with Olympiacos of the Greek Basket League following his four years as a Spartan. He hooked up with the Grizzlies for training camp this past autumn, and although he was cut before opening night, he eventually re-signed with the team twice during the regular season, appearing in a single contest.

There hasn’t been much chatter surrounding Lucas, as his rumors page shows, so it isn’t surprising to see the 25-year-old guard head overseas. Still, he was able to put up an impressive mark of 19.3 points per night and a sharp 43.1% three-point field goal percentage in the D-League this season, so it’s possible he could draw NBA interest again this summer.

Grizzlies Waive Kalin Lucas, Hassan Whiteside

In what is rapidly becoming a repetitive trend between the team and these two players, the Grizzlies have announced in a press release that they have waived Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside. These moves will reduce Memphis’ current roster count to 14 players, one below the league maximum. Both players were signed just yesterday because five Grizzlies were sidelined for last night’s contest against the Raptors with stomach viruses.

This concludes Lucas’ third stint with the Grizzlies this season, as he was with the Grizzlies during the summer league and the preseason before the franchise cut him a few days shy of opening night. Lucas was then re-signed to provide depth behind starting point Mike Conley, who had been nursing a tender ankle. He was waived for the second time on November 9th. Lucas recorded one steal in six minutes of action in his NBA debut last night.

This was Whiteside’s second deal with the Grizzlies this season. He was originally signed on September 25th and he appeared in five preseason games averaging 3.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks before being waived on October 22nd. Whiteside did not enter last night’s game, and has not seen a single minute of NBA action this season.

Grizzlies Re-Sign Kalin Lucas, Hassan Whiteside

The Grizzlies have re-signed Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside, the team announced in a press release. The additions of Lucas and Whiteside today bring the Grizzlies’ roster count to 16 players, an allowance likely made because of the 20-game suspension that Nick Calathes is serving. The length and terms of the deals were not disclosed, though they are likely non-guaranteed, minimum salary arrangements.

This marks Lucas’ third stint with the Grizzlies this season, as he was with the Grizzlies during the summer league and the preseason before the franchise cut him a few days shy of opening night. Lucas was then re-signed to provide depth behind starting point Mike Conley, who had been nursing a tender ankle. He was waived for the second time on November 9th.

Lucas has not made a regular season appearance for Memphis after playing in all eight of the team’s preseason games, averaging 3.1 points and 1.0 assists in 8.0 minutes per contest. He contributed 17.0 PPG and 3.4 APG in 33.4 MPG during his senior year with the Michigan State Spartans in 2010/11 before logging time in Turkey, Greece and the D-League over the first three years of his pro career.

This will be Whiteside’s second deal with the Grizzlies this season. He was originally signed on September 25th and he appeared in five preseason games averaging 3.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks before being waived on October 22nd.

The league may grant hardship exceptions to the 15-man roster limit when a player goes down with an injury or illness after at least three players have already missed at least three games with injuries or illnesses of their own, as long as all four are expected to continue to miss time. A virus has sidelined Tony Allen, Kosta Koufos, Courtney Lee, Jon Leuer and Beno Udrih for the Grizzlies tonight, though none have missed as many as three games yet.

That means it’s most likely that the allowance for a 16th roster spot springs from the team’s ability to transfer Calathes to the Suspended List. Teams may do so once a player suspended by the league has sat out for five games. Calathes, who received the suspension in April, has already served 18 games, spanning last season’s playoffs and the start of the 2014/15 regular season, and his placement on the Suspended List allows the Grizzlies to add an extra player in his stead.

Grizzlies Waive Kalin Lucas

The Grizzlies have waived guard Kalin Lucas, the team announced in a press release. This is now the second time this season that Lucas has been let go by Memphis. The 25-year-old was with the Grizzlies during the summer league and the preseason before the franchise cut him a few days shy of opening night.

Memphis later re-signed Lucas to provide depth behind starting point Mike Conley, who had been nursing a tender ankle. His latest deal was non-guaranteed, so the franchise isn’t on the hook for any additional funds as a result of letting Lucas go. This move reduces the Grizzlies’ roster count to 14 players, one shy of the league maximum. It is unclear if the team intends to sign another player to fill the now vacant slot. With Nick Calathes set to return from his drug-related suspension shortly, it’s possible the team deemed Lucas expendable and intends to keep the slot open in case of an injury, which has been an unfortunate trend in the league this season.

Lucas has not made a regular season appearance for Memphis after playing in all eight of the team’s preseason games, averaging 3.1 points and 1.0 assists in 8.0 minutes per contest. He contributed 17.0 PPG and 3.4 APG in 33.4 MPG during his senior year with the Michigan State Spartans in 2010/11 before logging time in Turkey, Greece and the D-League over the first three years of his pro career.

Western Notes: Moreland, Green, Lucas, Hancock

There are six Western Conference teams in action tonight on a slate that includes a matchup of unbeatens between the Rockets and Heat, who also went head-to-head in the pursuit of Chris Bosh this past offseason. Let’s take a look at what’s going on out west before tonight’s action gets underway:

  • The Kings have assigned undrafted rookie forward Eric Moreland to the Reno Bighorns, the team announced today. Moreland, who signed a three-year deal with Sacramento in July, had yet to touch the floor in four games for the Kings after impressing this summer. His contract is guaranteed for $200K this season and is non-guaranteed for the two years beyond that.
  • Draymond Green, who will become a restricted free agent next summer, has switched agents, reports Sam Amick of USA Today (via Twitter). Green was previously represented by Herb Rudoy of Interperformances, as our Agency Database shows, and will now be under the care of B.J. Armstrong and Arn Tellem of the Wasserman Media Group, according to Amick. Green originally signed a three-year pact with the Warriors as a rookie, the third year of which became guaranteed on August 1 when he remained on the Golden State roster.
  • The Grizzlies’ deal with Kalin Lucas, struck earlier today, is non-guaranteed for one year but will become fully guaranteed at some point in January, reports Shams Charania of RealGM (via Twitter). Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders confirms it is a minimum salary deal worth the prorated amount of $486,446 (via Twitter).
  • Luke Hancock, who was waived by the Grizzlies in October, signed with Panionios B.C. of Greece, the team announced today (translation via Sportando). Memphis brought Hancock into camp on a non-guaranteed deal in September before parting ways with the undrafted rookie out of Louisville.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

Grizzlies Re-Sign Kalin Lucas

The Grizzlies have signed point guard Kalin Lucas, the team announced. The move is intended to fortify the team’s depth as Mike Conley nurses a tender ankle, according to Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal, who originally reported the deal (Twitter link). Memphis has been carrying only 14 players, as our roster counts show, so the team has room to accommodate Lucas without letting anyone go. Lucas was with the Grizzlies during the summer league and in preseason before Memphis cut him a few days shy of opening night, as Tillery points out. Terms of the deal aren’t immediately clear, and while GM Chris Wallace has slightly more than the rookie minimum salary left on the team’s mid-level exception to float Lucas extra cash, make the deal a long-term arrangement, or both, it seems unlikely he would do so.

The 25-year-old Lucas went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2011, but he’s clearly made a strong impression on the Grizzlies in his time with the club. He played in all eight of the team’s preseason games, averaging 3.1 points and 1.0 assists in 8.0 minutes per contest. He put up 17.0 PPG and 3.4 APG in 33.4 MPG in his senior year with the Spartans in 2010/11 before spending time in Turkey, Greece and the D-League over the first three years of his pro career.

Memphis already had three point guards on its roster before adding Lucas, but Nick Calathes still has nine games to go on his 20-game drug-related suspension, which left Beno Udrih as the only available point guard if Conley had been unable to play. The Grizzlies haven’t felt any ill effects so far, having sprinted to a 4-0 start.

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