J.P. Tokoto

J.P. Tokoto Reaches Deal With Israeli Team

Former second-round draft pick J.P. Tokoto has reached an agreement with Israeli team Hapoel Eilat, per Sportando. Tokoto spent last season with the Perth Wildcats of Australia’s National Basketball League. He averaged 15.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 2.8 APG in 30 games for Perth.

Tokoto, 25, was drafted 58th overall by the Sixers in 2015 and has spent his professional career in the United States in the G League. Tokoto has spent time with the affiliate teams for the Sixers, Thunder, and Knicks.

The Warriors signed the North Carolina product to a Summer League deal and he appeared in five games, averaging 7.0 PPG and 4.6 RPG while shooting 45% from the floor.

Knicks Cut Chasson Randle, Lou Amundson, Others

The Knicks have waived point guard Chasson Randle, according to multiple reports, including one from Shams Charania of The Vertical (via Twitter). In addition to parting ways with Randle, the team has also cut big man Lou Amundson and shooting guard J.P. Tokoto, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.com (via Twitter). The team confirmed those three cuts and announced two more, tweeting that small forwards Cleanthony Early and Damien Inglis have also been released.

New York had been carrying 15 guaranteed salaries on its roster, along with five non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed deals, so its roster decisions had looked fairly simple on the surface. However, Randle and Ron Baker – two players without guaranteed deals – had impressed the team in training camp, complicating those decisions. The Knicks also had to weigh the fact that Randle is set to miss the next few weeks due to a left orbital fracture.

Marc Berman of The New York Post had speculated earlier today that Randle and Baker would both make the cut for the 15-man roster, with the Knicks cutting a pair of guaranteed salaries – Amundson and Maurice Ndour – along with Tokoto. While the team did eat Amundson’s guaranteed contract, it appears Ndour is safe, given Randle’s release. The Knicks are down to 15 players, so their regular-season roster seems set.

Among today’s cuts, Tokoto and Randle each had partial guarantees of $100K on their contracts, so the Knicks will carry that money on their cap. Both players are candidates to join the D-League’s Westchester Knicks, as are Early and Inglis. Randle may also receive consideration to re-sign with the Knicks when he gets healthy — Baker’s salary won’t become fully guaranteed until January 10, so the club will have some flexibility with that final roster spot.

Atlantic Notes: Bogdanovic, Allen, Knicks

With the Nets seeking to forge a new identity as the team rebuilds, the 2016/17 campaign will be Bojan Bogdanovic‘s best chance to solidify a place in the NBA for himself, Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily writes. The team has let the 27-year-old know that he is in its plans this season, sending assistant coach Chris Fleming overseas to speak with the forward earlier this summer, Puccio notes.

It’s important for me that Chris came to Zagreb, that Nets sent him there,” said Bogdanovic. “That’s proof for me that Nets have big plans for me in next season. We talked a lot what I should improve in my game. He said me how to be more consistent in spot up shooting coming from screens. Also, I should post up more, because I did that a lot in Europe, but not in NBA.

Here’s more from the Atlantic Division:

  • The Knicks included partial guarantees of $100K in the contracts of Chasson Randle and J.P. Tokoto, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders tweets.
  • By virtue of remaining on the Sixers roster, Robert Covington‘s salary for next season worth $1,015,696 is now partially guaranteed for $50K, Pincus notes (via Twitter). The remainder of the forward’s deal won’t be guaranteed until January 10th, 2017.
  • Ray Allen has reportedly has had discussions with a number of teams regarding a potential NBA comeback. But if the veteran shooting guard is serious about a potential reunion with the Celtics, some fences would need to be mended with team ownership first, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe Opines (Video link).

Knicks Sign J.P. Tokoto

A day after announcing the signing of undrafted free agent Ron Baker, the Knicks have added another player to their offseason roster, confirming (via Twitter) that they’ve finalized a contract for shooting guard J.P. Tokoto. Details of the agreement aren’t known, but it’s likely a training camp deal with a partial guarantee, as Ian Begley of ESPN.com tweets.

Tokoto, who will turn 23 next month, was a second-round pick in 2015, coming off the board at No. 58. He spent last offseason with the Sixers, but was ultimately cut before the regular season began, and landed in the D-League with the Oklahoma City Blue. The former Tar Heel appeared in 48 D-League contests (25 starts), averaging 11.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 1.5 SPG, while shooting 46.0% from the floor. Tokoto also played for the Knicks in Summer League action last month.

A busy offseason has left the Knicks with 14 players on fully guaranteed contracts for the 2016/17 season, with Baker and likely Tokoto receiving partial guarantees. Assuming the team heads into the regular season carrying the maximum 15 players and doesn’t waive a guaranteed salary, Tokoto, Baker, and others should have the opportunity to vie for the one open roster spot.

The Knicks’ roster and depth chart can be found right here.

NBA Teams Designate Affiliate Players

NBA teams cut as much as 25% of their rosters at the end of the preseason, but franchises that have D-League affiliates have a way to maintain ties to many of the players they release from the NBA roster. An NBA team can claim the D-League rights to up to four of the players it waives, as long as the players clear waivers, consent to join the D-League, and don’t already have their D-League rights owned by another team. These are known as affiliate players, as our Hoops Rumors Glossary entry details.

NBA teams allocated 46 affiliate players to the D-League at the beginning of the season last year, and this year, that number has risen to 56, according to the list the D-League announced today. These players are going directly to the D-League affiliate of the NBA team that cut them and weren’t eligible for the D-League draft that took place Saturday. Teams that designated fewer than the maximum four affiliate players retain the ability to snag the D-League rights of players they waive during the regular season, but for now, this is the complete list:

Boston Celtics (Maine Red Claws)

Cleveland Cavaliers (Canton Charge)

Dallas Mavericks (Texas Legends)

Detroit Pistons (Grand Rapids Drive)

Golden State Warriors (Santa Cruz Warriors)

Houston Rockets (Rio Grande Valley Vipers)

Indiana Pacers (Fort Wayne Mad Ants)

Los Angeles Lakers (Los Angeles D-Fenders)

Memphis Grizzlies (Iowa Energy)

Miami Heat (Sioux Falls Skyforce)

New York Knicks (Westchester Knicks)

Oklahoma City Thunder (Oklahoma City Blue)

Orlando Magic (Erie BayHawks)

Philadelphia 76ers (Delaware 87ers)

Phoenix Suns (Bakersfield Jam)

Sacramento Kings (Reno Bighorns)

San Antonio Spurs (Austin Spurs)

Toronto Raptors (Raptors 905)

Utah Jazz (Idaho Stampede)

Also, several players who were on NBA preseason rosters are on D-League rosters through means other than the affiliate player rule. Most of them played under D-League contracts at some point within the last two years, meaning their D-League teams have returning player rights to them. Others entered through last weekend’s D-League draft, while others saw their D-League rights conveyed via trade. Most of these players aren’t with the D-League affiliate of the NBA team they were with last month, with a few exceptions.

Roster information from Adam Johnson of D-League Digest, Chris Reichert of Upside & Motor and freelancer and Hoops Rumors contributor Mark Porcaro was used in the creation of this post.

Sixers Notes: Tokoto, Wroten, Okafor, Noel

The Sixers have traded their D-League rights to guard J.P. Tokoto to Oklahoma City, tweets Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. He will play for the Oklahoma City Blue in the D-League. Philadelphia waived Tokoto on Monday after he averaged 3.2 points and 10.4 minutes of playing time in five preseason games. He was the 58th pick in June’s draft and signed a one-year, non-guaranteed minimum deal with the Sixers.

There’s more news out of Philadelphia:

  • Injured point guard Tony Wroten is focused on returning to the court, not a possible extension, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Sixers hope Wroten can be back in the lineup by December, but the fourth-year player tweeted “NOVEMBER” Friday night, indicating that he hopes to beat that timetable. Pompey says it appears unlikely that the Sixers will offer Wroten an extension before Monday’s deadline, which would make him a restricted free agent next summer. He would become unrestricted if the team doesn’t make a $3.2MM qualifying offer by June 30th. “I’m not really focused on that,” he said of the contract situation. “I’m focused on my rehab and helping my team get better on and off the court. That’s not even on my mind right now.”
  • The addition of rookie center Jahlil Okafor has forced the Sixers to slow down their pace, writes Bob Ford of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The offensively gifted Okafor gives the Sixers a low-post weapon they didn’t have last season, but the team now has to wait for its big man to set up. Coach Brett Brown understands there will be an adjustment period as the team gets used to Okafor. “We’re going to experience some heartache over the next month. Everybody bunker in,” he said. “That’s a fact. We might draw one out and find a brilliant performance, but this is going to be a fist fight for a while. Let’s admit what’s going on right now.”
  • With Okafor on board, Nerlens Noel has had to adjust to playing power forward, according to Bob Cooney of The Philadelphia Daily News. Even though Noel’s shooting range is limited, Cooney believes the move is going well so far. “I’ve definitely improved,” Noel said. “I’ve improved from last season, and it’s all about improving and getting better and better.” The Sixers exercised their team options Friday on Noel and two other players.

Sixers Sign, Waive Jordan Railey

The Sixers signed and waived Jordan Railey, the team announced via press release. The move involving the undrafted Washington State center is designed to secure his D-League rights, the team says. Philadelphia will make Railey one of four camp cuts whose D-League rights it’s allowed to claim through the affiliate player rule, providing he clears waivers. The statement from the Sixers also confirmed that they’ve waived Jordan McRae, Furkan Aldemir, Scottie Wilbekin, Pierre Jackson, and J.P. Tokoto, as a series of five previous reports indicated.

Philadelphia first connected with Railey when he played for the Sixers summer league team in July, scoring three points in at least 15 minutes of action spread over three games. Railey had signed during the summer with BC Igokea of Bosnia, but either that contract included an NBA escape clause or the team decided to part ways with the 23-year-old 7-footer. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 block in 16.4 minutes per game as a senior last season at Washington State, where he played his final two collegiate seasons after starting at Iowa State.

Sixers Cutting J.P. Tokoto

The Sixers are waiving J.P. Tokoto, reports Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer (on Twitter). Coach Brett Brown confirmed the move, tweets Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News. Tokoto, this year’s 58th overall pick, signed the required tender of a one-year, non-guaranteed minimum salary deal that the Sixers had to make to retain his draft rights. Philadelphia is also releasing Pierre Jackson, as Pompey reported earlier, but the team still has to make three more cuts to reduce its roster to 15 by the deadline to do so at the close of business today.

Philadelphia will have a cap hit of about $6,178 for Tokoto, provided he clears waivers, though the team has ostensibly already paid him $8K in training camp compensation, which doesn’t count against the cap, as former Nets executive Bobby Marks explains (All Twitter links). That amount negates the $6,178, so all Tokoto cost the Sixers was $8K.

Tokoto, a 22-year-old shooting guard, averaged 3.2 points in 10.4 minutes per game over five appearances during the preseason. Philadelphia can make him an affiliate player for its D-League affiliate if he clears waivers, but the Sixers no longer have any NBA rights to the prospect from the University of North Carolina.

Sixers Make Four Signings Official

The Sixers have officially signed J.P. Tokoto, T.J. McConnell, Jordan McRae and Christian Wood, the team announced. All four moves were expected. The Sixers have 13 fully guaranteed deals.

Wood, McRae and Tokoto had already put pen to paper, according to reports, but the Sixers had yet to acknowledge the deals.

McRae, the No. 58 overall pick from the 2014 draft, is reportedly with the team on a non-guaranteed contract for the minimum salary that covers one season. McConnell’s deal includes a partial salary guarantee, according to reports. Wood reportedly has a deal for four years with a partial guarantee worth $50K. Tokoto has a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, it has been reported.

J.P. Tokoto Takes Required Tender From Sixers

Sixers second-round pick J.P. Tokoto has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Wojnarowski refers to it as a “$525,000 tender offer,” so it would appear that this year’s No. 58 overall selection signed his $525,093 required tender that the Sixers needed to offer him to retain his rights. Philadelphia has yet to make an official announcement. It would be the second offseason in a row that a second-round pick of the Sixers has taken the required tender route after K.J. McDaniels did the same a year ago. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer first reported last month that Tokoto would head to Sixers camp one way or another.

The Sixers have made it a habit to use their cap space to sign prospects to long-term partially guaranteed deals that tie up the rights to players for as many as four years. Still, it’s unclear if the Sixers had designs on signing Tokoto at all this year, as he’d reportedly told them before the draft that he would be open to becoming a draft-and-stash pick. However, a later report indicated that he had no intention of playing this season in the D-League or overseas, so perhaps his thinking changed. In any case, both Philadelphia and Tokoto assume risk, since the Sixers would lose his rights if they waive him at the end of camp and Tokoto would be without any NBA money in that circumstance.

Tokoto, a client of Steve McCaskill, is betting on his ability to quickly establish his footing in the NBA. McDaniels wound up with a three-year, $10MM contract from the Rockets in restricted free agency this summer, and Tokoto is surely dreaming of a similar fate should he stick on his Sixers deal all season, since he, too, would have a crack at restricted free agency after only one season. However, Tokoto doesn’t have the pedigree of McDaniels, a fringe first-round prospect who was the No. 32 pick a year ago. Tokoto, a 6’6″ shooting guard from North Carolina, was the 46th-best prospect at draft time this year, according to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, while Chad Ford of ESPN.com had him at No. 52.

Ford called him one of the best wing defenders in the draft, and that’s in contrast to his offensive shortcomings. Tokoto averaged just 8.3 points in 29.1 minutes per game for the Tar Heels this past season, and though he shot 37.1% from behind the arc, he followed that up with an 0 for 10 performance from three-point range in summer league. He’s nonetheless a strong rebounder for his size, having come away with 5.6 boards per game for North Carolina this year.

Philadelphia has been active in recent days, agreeing to deals with Kendall Marshall and undrafted power forward Christian Wood. The Sixers reportedly have signed contracts or deals with 21 players, as I examined in this post, so either one of the deals is off, or the team will have to waive or trade somebody before the start of training camp later this month.

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