The Toronto Raptors have 14 players with guaranteed contracts in place for next season, meaning that any players they add to the training camp roster beyond that have a very slim chance of actually making the squad.
Nevertheless, the Raptors (like all NBA teams) are bringing in additional bodies to go through the motions, and two names have been recently confirmed, with another yet to be decided.
From Doug Smith of the Toronto Star:
Not sure if you saw the little tweet thing late Friday from Regina but there will probably be 17 players in camp, 14 with contracts, Julyan Stone, who had some injury problems when they thought about signing him in the summer, Chris Wright and one other still to be determined.
But I didn’t get any indication from anyone on whether or not that means they will go to 15, that is not a certainty.
Stone saw limited action with the Nuggets the past two seasons, but the connection is there in Toronto with the team’s new GM Masai Ujiri, who came over from Denver this summer.
Wright, meanwhile, spent the majority of last season in the D-League, where he averaged 18.3 points and 9.2 rebounds in 39 appearances for the Maine Red Claws.
Markieff Morris‘ frustrations last night didn’t end with his scuffle with teammate Archie Goodwin. They didn’t end with the Suns’ loss to the Warriors, either.
As Morris was leaving the court, a fan heckled him: “Markieff, you f—ing suck. I can’t wait until you’re traded.” Though Morris probably agrees with the second sentence, he flipped off the fan:
Though it’s difficult to confirm that video was from last night, it jibes with a previous report of the incident.
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7
Morris will likely at least be fined. Considering his previous behavioral problems this season – he threw a towel at Jeff Hornacek – I wouldn’t completely rule out a suspension. But a fine seems most likely.
An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.
Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.
But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.
The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.
Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.
The slow-motion replays are absolutely brutal.