NBA teams continue to pare down rosters in order to meet the maximum roster requirement of 15 by the start of the 2016-17 season, and there was a wave of moves Saturday afternoon.
Per Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, the Memphis Grizzlies are cutting Jordan Adams and D.J. Stephens, giving undrafted rookie Troy Williams a spot on the team. He also reported that the Jazz have waived Chris Johnson, leaving big man Jeff Withey on the roster.
Over in Detroit, the Pistons will keep Ray McCallum over Lorenzo Brown to be the backup point guard behind Ish Smith as starter Reggie Jackson recovers from his injury, per Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. Trey Freeman and the recently signed Mamadou N’Diaye will also be waived, although both are likely headed to the D-League.
According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves are parting ways with Rasual Butler and Toure’ Murray, meaning veteran point guard John Lucas III will officially reunite with Tom Thibodeau. Also, Haynes reports the Magic will keep around Damjan Rudez and Arinze Onuaku, and in turn waive Nick Johnson and Ramon Galloway.
According to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright, the Spurs’ Livio Jean-Charles, Patricio Garino, Ryan Arcidiacono and Joel Anthony are on the outs.
In Toronto, Fred VanVleet will make the final roster as Drew Crawford, Brady Heslip, E.J. Singler, Jarrod Uthoff and Yanick Moreira have gotten the ax, per The Undefeated’s Marc Spears.
Scotto also reports that the Charlotte Hornets will release Rasheed Sulaimon, and he’ll wind up with the D-League team. Also gone from the Hornets are Mike Tobey, Perry Ellis and Andrew Andrews, per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
The 22-year-old Adams highlights the bunch as his time with Memphis comes to a disappointing close. He was drafted by the team with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft (right before Rodney Hood) following a productive few years at UCLA. Unfortunately, injuries have kept Adams from ever making an impact in the Association, leading to his early dismissal despite still having guaranteed money on his rookie scale contract.
This list stretches a wide window on the age front, and where elder statesman Rasual Butler goes from here remains unseen. Butler, who was a member of the Spurs in 2015, was perhaps thought to be a shoo-in for Minnesota with the retiring of Kevin Garnett. The 37-year-old Butler has logged time with nine NBA teams since he was drafted by the Heat in 20o2.
Speaking of the Spurs, the dismissal of Jean-Charles is interesting given they just brought him over from overseas on a contract that had two guaranteed years. He apparently just hasn’t effectively gotten over his prior ACL injury.