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The Oklahoma City Thunder waived strikers TJ Leaf and Admiral Schofield, the team said.
The Thunder acquired Leaf, November 23rd, and a selection for the second round in 2027 from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Jalen Lecque. In three seasons with the Pacers, Leaf averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 139 games.
Schofield, 23, was traded by the Washington Wizards with the drafting rights to Vit Krejci to the Thunder for Cassius Winston and a selection for the second round 2024 on November 19. The NBA Draft No. 42 for 2019, Schofield averaged 3.0 points in 33 games last season.
The NBA rosters must be set on the Monday before the opening day on Tuesday by 5:00 p.m. (CET).
Other Notable NBA Waiver Transactions On Saturday:
– The Dallas Mavericks requested waivers for security guard Courtney Lee, acquired in January 2019 by Kristaps Porzingis as part of a deal with the New York Knicks.
Lee averaged 4.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 24 games with Dallas during the 2019-20 season. He did not enter the league this summer due to a calf injury.
In the team’s last preseason game on Thursday, he scored three points in six minutes against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
– The Cleveland Cavaliers ditched two-way player Matt Mooney and guardian / forwards Levi Randolph and Charles Matthews. They also converted the Marques Bolden center into a two-way contract, signing forward Norvel Pelle.
The 6-foot-11 Bolden played in one game for the Cavaliers last season after signing a 10-day deal on Jan. 30. He played in 38 games (27 starts) in 2019-20 with the Canton Charge of the NBA G League with an average of 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds.
Pelle averaged 2.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 24 games for the Philadelphia 76ers last season.
– The Miami Heat did away with security guard / striker BJ Johnson, who joined the team on December 4th.
He appeared in two pre-season games with Miami, scoring three points, adding two assists and a rebound.
The 24-year-old has played 17 games in two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic. He has a career scoring average of 3.1 points per game.
– The Brooklyn Nets did without guards Chris Chiozza and Elie Okobo and forward Paul Eboua.
Chiozza originally signed a two-way deal with Brooklyn on January 4th and re-signed with the Nets on December 1st. He appeared on December 13 in Brooklyn’s preseason game against Washington with a total of eight points, two rebounds and two assists in nine minutes off the bench.
The 25-year-old Chiozza has averaged 4.2 points and 2.5 assists in 35 games with the Nets, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets.
Okobo, 23, originally signed with the Nets on December 16. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.2 assists in 108 games (19), starting with the Phoenix Suns from 2018 to 20.
Eboua, a 20-year-old rookie from Cameroon, signed with Brooklyn on December 18.
– The Sacramento Kings cut Frank Kaminisky in half as they lined up their squad to start the season. The little striker Glenn Robinson III, who had signed a partially guaranteed league minimum contract, got the last place in the squad.
Kaminsky, 27, was only guaranteed $ 50,000 in his deal with the kings. The ninth overall selection in the 2015 draft achieved an average of 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 321 career games with the Charlotte Hornets (2015-16 to 2018-19) and the Phoenix Suns (2019-20).
– The Minnesota Timberwolves dropped four players, including strikers Zylan Cheatham, Tyler Cook and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and security guard Charlie Brown Jr.
Hollis-Jefferson, who has 294 games of NBA experience with the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets, averaged 7.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in three preseason games with Minnesota. Cook played in a preseason game with the Timberwolves, scoring two points with three rebounds and two assists.
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