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Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Spurs, Hawks solidify rosters

February 17, 2016: LSU Tigers guard Tim Quarterman (55) shoots a layup during the NCAA basketball game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers at Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA. Alabama Crimson Tide defeated LSU Tigers 76-69. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire)
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With the 2016-2017 regular season looming, teams from around the league have continued to solidify their rosters. In doing so, the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs have trimmed their respective rosters down by parting ways with several players.

However, it is worth noting that the departure of some players means that others have earned roster spots for a NBA franchise.

While the Trail Blazers have elected to release forward Grant Jerrett and center Greg Stiemsma, the Nuggets have waived forward Robbie Hummel and guard Nate Wolters. As a result, swingman Tim Quarterman has made the Trail Blazers’ roster while forward Jarnell Stokes has made the Nuggets’ roster.

On the other hand, the Hawks have waived point guard Josh Magette to bring their roster to 15 players. The Spurs then elected to waive guard Ryan Arcidiacono on Saturday afternoon.

Perhaps the most notable name of the aforementioned list, Quarterman was a former star for the LSU Tigers. In his senior season in 2015-2016, the now 21-year-old averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and one steal across 28.8 minutes per game. Quarterman spent three years at LSU while ultimately being forced to take a backseat to the eventual No. 1 overall pick in the most recent NBA Draft in Philadelphia 76ers’ forward Ben Simmons.

Lastly, the Toronto Raptors have selected Fred VanVleet to make the team’s 15th and final roster spot while the former Wichita State Shockers’ signal caller will serve as the franchise’s third point guard to start the regular season.

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