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Kay Felder Agrees To Contract With Raptors

The Raptors have agreed to a one-year, partially-guaranteed contract with point guard Kay Felder, Sam Amick of USA Today tweets.

Felder hit the free agent market when the Pistons, who signed him to a two-way contract in mid-January, declined to extend a qualifying offer to him this summer.

Felder, 23, appeared in just two games with Detroit. He averaged 3.9 points and 1.4 per game over 14 games with the Bulls last season before he was waived in December.

The 5’9” Felder, a second-round pick in 2016, played his rookie season with the Cavaliers and saw action in 42 games. He was traded to the Hawks during training camp last season and was subsequently waived. Chicago then claimed him.

Felder would appear to have little chance to make Toronto’s opening-day roster, barring injuries. The Raptors already have Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright, Lorenzo Brown, and two-way player Jordan Loyd at that spot.

Jarnell Stokes Agrees To Contract With Heat

The Heat have agreed to a contract with forward Jarnell Stokes, Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype tweets.

Terms were not disclosed but it’s almost certainly a training camp deal.

The 6’9” Stokes hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since the 2016/17 season, when he made two cameos with the Nuggets. He was in the Heat organization the previous year and saw action in five games. He also played 21 games with the Grizzlies after being acquired in a draft-night trade with the Jazz. He was the 35th pick of the 2014 draft.

Stokes played in China last season before getting waived in early February. He played for the Bulls’ summer league team in July and averaged 5.0 PPG and 2.8 RPG in 10.2 MPG over five Las Vegas games.

His biggest claim to fame was being the G League MVP in 2016 after posting averages of 2o.6 PPG and 9.3 RPG for the Sioux Falls SkyForce.

Rockets Sign Bruno Caboclo

AUGUST 20: The Rockets have officially signed Caboclo, the team announced today in a press release.

AUGUST 17: The Rockets have reached an agreement with free agent forward Bruno Caboclo, Chris Haynes of ESPN tweets.

Caboclo became an unrestricted free agent when the Kings declined to extend a qualifying offer in late June. The 6’9” Caboclo was acquired by Sacramento in February in a trade with the Raptors.

Caboclo received an Exhibit 10 contract, RealGM tweets, giving him a chance to make the roster in training camp. He could eventually fill a two-way contract slot, since the Rockets waived guard R.J. Hunter on Friday.

Caboclo, still just 22, never developed as Toronto hoped when it made him the 20th overall pick in the 2014 draft. He’s appeared in just 35 games in his four NBA seasons, averaging 1.5 PPG in 6.1 MPG. He saw action in 10 games with Sacramento, averaging 2.2 PPG in 10 MPG.

Hawks Sign Daniel Hamilton

AUGUST 20: The Hawks have finally made it official with Hamilton, confirming his deal today in a press release. The team now has 14 players on guaranteed NBA contracts, with Carter poised to become the 15th when he officially signs.

JULY 25: The Hawks will sign forward Daniel Hamilton to a one-year contract, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. According to Wojnarowski, the deal will be guaranteed.

Hamilton, 22, spent last season on a two-way deal with the Thunder, appearing in six NBA games and averaging 2.0 points in 4.7 minutes per night. He was a 16.1 PPG scorer in the G League and pulled down 7.2 RPG in 45 games with the Oklahoma City Blue.

A second-round pick by the Nuggets in 2016, Hamilton was traded to OKC on draft night. Today’s agreements with Hamilton and Vince Carter gives the Hawks 18 players heading into camp, two short of the league maximum.

Hawks Sign Alex Poythress To Two-Way Contract

AUGUST 20: Nearly a month after agreeing to terms with him, the Hawks have officially signed Poythress, the team announced today in a press release.

JULY 24: The Hawks have agreed to sign free agent forward Alex Poythress to a two-way contract, per Chris Haynes of ESPN.

Poythress, 24, played his college ball at Kentucky before going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. After initially playing for the Pacers’ G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, to begin his rookie season, Poythress was signed by the Sixers near the end of the 2016/17 season, where he played in six games for Philadelphia.

Poythress returned to Indiana for the 2017/18 season, signing a two-way contract with the Pacers in August 2017. He appeared in 25 games, averaging 1.0 points and 0.7 rebounds in 4.2 minutes per game. He was waived by Indiana earlier this summer.

The Hawks already have Jaylen Adams under contract as one of their two-way players, so absent another move, he and Poythress will occupy Atlanta’s two-way contract slots for the upcoming season.

Nets Sign Australian Wing Mitch Creek

The Nets have officially signed Australian swingman Mitch Creek to an NBA contract, the team announced today in a press release. The terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed, but it’ll almost certainly be a minimum salary deal that is non-guaranteed or includes a modest partial guarantee.

In addition to announcing their new deal with Creek, the Nets also confirmed the previously-reported signing of former USC guard Jordan McLaughlin, who is said to have signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the club.

Creek, a longtime standout wing for the Adelaide 36ers in Australia, eyed a deal with the Nets earlier this summer, but had to work through some contract-related roadblocks in order to free himself up to sign with Brooklyn.

Late in July, reports out of Australia began to surface suggesting that Creek was opting out of his contract with German club Wuerzburg in order to attend training camp with the Nets, as NetsDaily relayed at the time. However, the 36ers reportedly filed an injunction to prevent him from making the leap to the NBA without receiving compensation.

Creek had previously been under contract with Adelaide through the 2018/19 season, but exercised an out clause in that deal to play in Germany. As such, the 36ers believed they should be entitled to some sort of compensation, particularly in the event that he earns a spot on the Nets’ regular season roster. It’s not clear what sort of agreement the 36ers, Nets, and Creek reached, but Adelaide made an announcement earlier this month indicating that the 26-year-old was free to head to the NBA.

In 31 games in Australia last season, Creek averaged 14.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 2.5 APG. He was named to the All-NBL Second Team. He also played for the Mavericks’ Summer League team last month, recording 6.8 PPG and 5.2 RPG in five games in Las Vegas.

Brooklyn now has 18 players under contract, including 15 on guaranteed salaries.

Rockets Waive Guard R.J. Hunter

AUG. 18: The Rockets officially announced that Hunter has been waived.

AUG. 17: The Rockets have waived guard R.J. Hunter, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets.

That opens up a two-way contract slot for Houston, since Hunter was signed in January under one of those agreements. The 6’5” Hunter appeared in five games with the Rockets, including a start, averaging 3.8 PPG in 9.0 MPG.

Hunter played for Houston’s summer league team in July, the fourth consecutive offseason that he appeared in summer league games. He averaged 11.2 PPG in five Las Vegas appearances.

Hunter was chosen 28th overall by the Celtics in the 2015 draft. He played 36 games during his rookie season for Boston, then was waived during training camp the following season. He was claimed by the Bulls and saw action in three games before they waived him in December 2016.

Josh Gray To Play In South Korea

Former Suns guard Josh Gray has agreed to a deal with the LG Sakers of the Korean Basketball League, a source confirmed to Sportando.

Gray, 24, enjoyed a solid campaign in the G League with Phoenix’s affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns. In 28 games, the LSU product averaged 19.4 PPG, 6.4 APG and 4.8 RPG. Gray’s strong performance led to a pair of 10-day contracts with the NBA squad.

In five games with Phoenix, Gray posted 6.4 PPG, 2.4 APG and 2.0 RPG while playing just over 17 minutes per game. The Suns waived Gray in favor of Shaquille Harrison in late February.

Gray suited up for the Timberwolves in the NBA Summer League last month.

Tarik Black Signs Overseas

Tarik Black has agreed to a one-year contract with Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv, Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reports (Twitter link). The financial terms of the agreement have not yet been reported.

The big man played for the Rockets last season, scoring 3.5 points in 10.5 minutes per game. Black has played a total of 220 games over four seasons, making a stop in Los Angeles between Houston stints.

Cavaliers Sign Isaiah Taylor

AUGUST 17: The signing is official, according to RealGM’s transaction log.

AUGUST 9: The Cavaliers have agreed to a one-year deal with former Hawks point guard Isaiah Taylor, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets. Taylor saw action in 67 games during his lone season in Atlanta.

The Cavs, Charania adds, had been targeting an additional point guard for the past week and will welcome aboard a 24-year-old who averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 assists over the course of nine starts in 2017/18.

Taylor recorded 6.6 PPG and 3.1 APG overall in his 67 contests last season for the Hawks after initially debuting for the Rockets during the 2016/17 campaign. He appeared in just four games at the end of the season for Houston.

If he earns a spot on the Cavs’ regular season roster, Taylor will look to push veteran George Hill and 2018 lottery pick Collin Sexton for minutes at the point for Cleveland.