Sacha Killeya-Jones

Thunder Waive Sacha Killeya-Jones, Sign Robert Woodard II

Sacha Killeya-Jones, who signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Thunder on Sunday, has been placed on waivers, the team announced (via Twitter).

In a corresponding move, Oklahoma City has signed forward Robert Woodard II, tweets Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman.

Woodard spent the past two seasons with the Kings, appearing in 25 combined games. After being waived in February, he played for the Thunder’s G League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue, which is where Mussatto expects him to wind up again.

Killeya-Jones’ deal with OKC was first reported in late July, but it didn’t become official until over the weekend. He reached the Exhibit 10 agreement with OKC after playing for the Lakers during Summer League.

The 6’11” power forward spent three seasons overseas after going undrafted out of N.C. State in 2019. He will also likely join the Oklahoma City Blue and can earn a bonus worth up to $50K if he spends at least 60 days there.

Contract Details: Fernando, Herro, Nance, Adams

The Rockets used a portion of their mid-level exception to give Bruno Fernando a four-year deal and a guaranteed salary of $2,717,391 for the 2022/23 season, Hoops Rumors has confirmed. Fernando’s salary will dip to $2,581,522 for 2023/24 before rising back up to $2,717,391 for ’24/25 and increasing to $2,853,260 for ’25/26. As Michael Scotto of HoopsHype tweets, the second and third years of Fernando’s deal are non-guaranteed, while the fourth year is a team option.

Here are some details on a few more new contracts from around the NBA:

  • Tyler Herro‘s four-year extension with the Heat will pay him annual salaries of $27MM, $29MM, $31MM, and $33MM beginning in 2023/24, for a base value of exactly $120MM, tweets ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The deal also includes $2.5MM in annual incentives that are currently considered unlikely.
  • Larry Nance Jr.‘s two-year extension with the Pelicans will pay him $10,375,000 in 2023/24 and $11,205,000 in ’24/25, tweets Anil Gogna of Because Nance’s second-year raise exceeds 5%, he’ll be ineligible to be traded during the 2022/23 season.
  • Steven Adams‘ two-year extension with the Grizzlies features a flat base salary of $12.6MM in both 2023/24 and ’24/25, with no options or incentives, Hoops Rumors has confirmed. Adams’ new deal doesn’t exceed the extend-and-trade limits, so he’ll remain trade-eligible this season.
  • As expected, the recent contracts signed by Kaiser Gates (Nets), Brandon Rachal (Nets), and Sacha Killeya-Jones (Thunder) all included Exhibit 10 language.

Thunder Sign Sacha Killeya-Jones To Exhibit 10 Deal

OCTOBER 2: The Thunder have officially announced the signing of Killeya-Jones (Twitter link).

JULY 26: The Thunder have agreed to an Exhibit 10 deal with Sacha Killeya-Jones, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype tweets.

The 6’11” big man played six games with the Lakers’ Summer League team, averaging 6.8 PPG and 5.0 RPG in 19.1 MPG.

Killeya-Jones went undrafted in 2020 after passing through three major colleges, including a 14-game stint with Kentucky. He played for Hapoel Gilboa Galil of the Israeli Premier League last season and also suited up for Great Britain at FIBA EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers.

The addition of Killeya-Jones adds to Oklahoma City’s overload of players. As our roster counts page shows, the Thunder already have 19 players under contract and have reportedly reached agreements with four more. Some of their Exhibit 10 signees may end up being quickly waived in order to make room for others.

Killeya-Jones will likely be cut before the regular season begins and could subsequently join the Thunder’s G League team, the Oklahoma City Blue, as an affiliate player. In that scenario, he’d receive a bonus worth up to $50K if he spends at least 60 days with the Blue.

Official Early Entrants List For 2019 NBA Draft

The NBA has officially announced that 98 early entrant prospects will be eligible to be selected in the 2019 NBA draft next Thursday. Of those early entrants, 86 are collegiate players, while the remaining 12 are international prospects.

Although the number of early entrants is much higher than the number of picks in the draft (60), the list of early entrants is still significantly smaller than it was at the initial entry deadline in April. At that point, 236 early entrants had declared for the draft. After testing the waters, 138 of those players have withdrawn.

Here’s the complete list of early entrant prospects eligible for the 2019 NBA draft:

College Underclassmen:

  1. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, G, Virginia Tech (sophomore)
  2. R.J. Barrett, G/F, Duke (freshman)
  3. Tyus Battle, G, Syracuse (junior)
  4. Darius Bazley, F, Princeton HS (OH) (N/A)
  5. Bol Bol, C, Oregon (freshman)
  6. Marques Bolden, C, Duke (junior)
  7. Jordan Bone, G, Tennessee (junior)
  8. Ky Bowman, G, Boston College (junior)
  9. Ignas Brazdeikis, F, Michigan (freshman)
  10. Oshae Brissett, F, Syracuse (sophomore)
  11. Armoni Brooks, G, Houston (junior)
  12. Charlie Brown, G, St. Joseph’s (sophomore)
  13. Moses Brown, C, UCLA (freshman)
  14. Brandon Clarke, F, Gonzaga (junior)
  15. Nicolas Claxton, F, Georgia (sophomore)
  16. Amir Coffey, G, Minnesota (junior)
  17. Tyler Cook, F, Iowa (junior)
  18. Jarrett Culver, G/F, Texas Tech (sophomore)
  19. Aubrey Dawkins, G, UCF (junior)
  20. Luguentz Dort, G, Arizona State (freshman)
  21. Jason Draggs, F, Lee College (TX) (freshman)
  22. Carsen Edwards, G, Purdue (junior)
  23. Bruno Fernando, F, Maryland (sophomore)
  24. Daniel Gafford, F/C, Arkansas (sophomore)
  25. Darius Garland, G, Vanderbilt (freshman)
  26. Kyle Guy, G, Virginia (junior)
  27. Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga (junior)
  28. Jaylen Hands, G, UCLA (sophomore)
  29. Jared Harper, G, Auburn (junior)
  30. Jaxson Hayes, F/C, Texas (freshman)
  31. Dewan Hernandez, F, Miami (junior)
  32. Tyler Herro, G, Kentucky (freshman)
  33. Amir Hinton, G, Shaw (junior)
  34. Jaylen Hoard, F, Wake Forest (freshman)
  35. Daulton Hommes, F, Point Loma Nazarene University (junior)
  36. Talen Horton-Tucker, G, Iowa State (freshman)
  37. De’Andre Hunter, F, Virginia (sophomore)
  38. Ty Jerome, G, Virginia (junior)
  39. Keldon Johnson, F, Kentucky (freshman)
  40. Mfiondu Kabengele, C, Florida State (sophomore)
  41. Louis King, F, Oregon (freshman)
  42. V.J. King, F, Louisville (junior)
  43. Sagaba Konate, F, West Virginia (junior)
  44. Martin Krampelj, F, Creighton (junior)
  45. Romeo Langford, G, Indiana (freshman)
  46. Cameron Lard, F, Iowa State (sophomore)
  47. Dedric Lawson, F, Kansas (junior)
  48. Jalen Lecque, G, Brewster Academy (NH) (N/A)
  49. Jacob Ledoux, G, UTPB (junior)
  50. Nassir Little, F, UNC (freshman)
  51. Trevor Manuel, F, Olivet (MI) (junior)
  52. Charles Matthews, G, Michigan (junior)
  53. Jalen McDaniels, F, San Diego State (sophomore)
  54. Ja Morant, G, Murray State (sophomore)
  55. Zach Norvell Jr., G, Gonzaga (sophomore)
  56. Jaylen Nowell, G, Washington (sophomore)
  57. Chuma Okeke, F, Auburn (sophomore)
  58. KZ Okpala, F, Stanford (sophomore)
  59. Miye Oni, G/F, Yale (junior)
  60. Lamar Peters, G, Mississippi State (junior)
  61. Shamorie Ponds, G, St. John’s (junior)
  62. Jordan Poole, G, Michigan (sophomore)
  63. Jontay Porter, F, Missouri (sophomore)
  64. Kevin Porter Jr, G, USC (freshman)
  65. Brandon Randolph, G, Arizona (sophomore)
  66. Cam Reddish, F, Duke (freshman)
  67. Isaiah Reese, G, Canisius (junior)
  68. Naz Reid, C, LSU (freshman)
  69. Austin Robinson, G, Kentucky Christian (sophomore)
  70. Isaiah Roby, F, Nebraska (junior)
  71. Ayinde Russell, G, Morehouse (junior)
  72. Samir Sehic, F, Tulane (junior)
  73. Simisola Shittu, F, Vanderbilt (freshman)
  74. Justin Simon, G, St. John’s (junior)
  75. D’Marcus Simonds, G, Georgia State (junior)
  76. Jalen Sykes, F, St. Clair College (Canada) (junior)
  77. Rayjon Tucker, G, Little Rock (junior)
  78. Nick Ward, F, Michigan State (junior)
  79. P.J. Washington, F, Kentucky (sophomore)
  80. Tremont Waters, G, LSU (sophomore)
  81. Coby White, G, UNC (freshman)
  82. Lindell Wigginton, G, Iowa State (sophomore)
  83. Kris Wilkes, G, UCLA (sophomore)
  84. Grant Williams, F, Tennessee (junior)
  85. Zion Williamson, F, Duke (freshman)
  86. Kenny Wooten, F, Oregon (sophomore)

International Early Entrants:

  1. Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia (born 1999)
  2. Yago Mateus Dos Santos, G, Brazil (born 1999)
  3. Sekou Doumbouya, F, France (born 2000)
  4. Matas Jogela, G, Lithiuania (born 1998)
  5. Marcos Louzada Silva, G/F, Brazil (born 1999)
  6. William McDowell-White, G, Germany (born 1998)
  7. Adam Mokoka, G, France (born 1998)
  8. Joshua Obiesie, G, Germany (born 2000)
  9. David Okeke, F, Italy (born 1998)
  10. Luka Samanic, F, Croatia (born 2000)
  11. Deividas Sirvydis, G, Lithuania (born 2000)
  12. Yovel Zoosman, G/F, Israel (born 1998)

The NBA’s final list of early entrants doesn’t include North Carolina State junior forward Sacha Killeya-Jones or TCU sophomore forward Kouat Noi. Because those players pulled out of the draft between the NCAA’s withdrawal deadline (May 29) and the NBA’s deadline (June 10), they won’t be draft-eligible yet, but also won’t be able to continue their college careers. They can begin their professional careers in the G League or in an international league.

For details on which prospects originally declared for the draft, then withdrew their names, be sure to check out our previous unofficial early entrant list.

Pacific Notes: Durant, Suns, Kings, Clippers

As relayed by The Associated Press, this Tuesday is the next time we may know more about a possible return of Warriors superstar Kevin Durant. Having already been ruled out for tonight’s Game 2, Wednesday night’s Game 3 marks the next opportunity for Durant’s return, but Tuesday is Golden State’s next practice.

Head coach Steve Kerr, having already said that Durant will need to practice before playing in a game, expounded upon his stance today, saying that Durant could potentially only need one day of practice to be cleared for game action.

“It’s really a day-to-day thing,” Kerr said “If we had a crystal ball, we would have known a long time ago what we were dealing with. But it’s just an injury (where) there’s been a lot of gray area. So, literally, it’s just day-to-day and how the progress is coming. And at this point he’s still not ready.”

But, when further pressed on the issue, and asked whether Durant will only need one practice, said “it’s feasible.” Accordingly, we should know a lot more on Tuesday as to whether Durant can return for Game 3.

There’s more from the Pacific Division this afternoon:

233 Early Entrants Declare For 2019 NBA Draft

The NBA has released the official list of early entrants for the 2019 NBA draft, announcing in a press release that 233 players have filed as early entry candidates. Of those prospects, 175 are from colleges, while 58 are international early entrants.

That number falls just short of the previous record for early entrants, established in 2018. Last year, 236 early entrants declared for the draft, though ultimately only 91 of those prospects remained in the draft by the final deadline.

This year’s total of 233 early entrants also figures to shrink significantly by May 29 and again by June 10, the two key deadlines for players to withdraw their names from the draft pool. But it still looks like that pool will remain crowded, with the eventual number of early entrants almost certainly exceeding 60, the number of picks in the draft.

Our list of early entrants is now up to date and can be found right here. Here are today’s updates:

College underclassmen:

The following players were listed on the NBA’s official breakdown today, but weren’t yet noted on our own list.

The following players reportedly declared for the draft or planned to, but weren’t named in the NBA’s official announcement today. As such, we’ve removed them from our list.

International players:

The following players were listed on the NBA’s official breakdown today, but weren’t yet noted on our list.

The following international players reportedly declared for the draft or planned to, but weren’t named in the NBA’s official announcement today. As such, we’ve removed them from our list.