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The Hawks have signed Will Bynum and Ryan Kelly to non-guaranteed contracts to set their training camp roster, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Hawks will bring the maximum of 20 players to training camp on Sept. 26. Bynum and Kelly, each with NBA experience, worked out for the Hawks recently. Atlanta Journal Constitution
The Hawks also signed forward Richard Solomon (California) to a non-guaranteed contract this week. Matt Costello (Michigan State), who played for the Hawks Las Vegas Summer League entry, signed a partially guaranteed contract earlier this year. Atlanta Journal Constitution
The difference between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade was never more visible than Friday, especially if you were driving near the intersection of I-95 and I-395 in Miami. From that vantage point, a mere head tilt offered a parting shot of a thankful sort from Wade, with a billboard that read simply, "THANK YOU MIAMI" all in capital letters. South Florida Sun Sentinel
Friday, that had him promoting his namesake wine brand at several South Florida liquor outlets, including Mega Wine and Spirits in Coral Springs. On Saturday, Wade is staging the D. Wade CommUNITY Bike Ride in Miami, an event held in partnership with the City of Miami and the Florida Department of Transportation to promote cycling safety and unity within the community. South Florida Sun Sentinel
The San Antonio Spurs announced multiple changes to their basketball operations staff Friday, most notably the addition of Monty Williams as the vice president of basketball operations and Brian Wright as assistant general manager. Williams, a former assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder and head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans (2010-15), returns to San Antonio for his second stint with the organization. ESPN.com
Other announcements included the addition of Phil Cullen as director of basketball strategy and Pat Sund as pro personnel scout and assistant general manager of the club's NBA D-League team, the Austin Spurs. The club also added Nick Repole as director of basketball information systems and Landry Fields as a college scout, while promoting Andy Birdsong to director of pro player personnel and general manager of the Austin Spurs. ESPN.com
"I think I played a lot of games in China, in Asia, Olympics," said Yi Jianlian, who joined the Lakers on a one-year deal worth about $8 million, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein. "It's a lot of experience. For me I probably got stronger and more confidence." He also recognized that the Lakers have a "huge" fan base in China -– thanks largely to Kobe Bryant –- as well as all over the world. "I feel pressure, but I feel very excited for that," Yi said. ESPN LA
Acclimating to his new home, Warriors' freshly-signed superstar forward Kevin Durant spent Friday with the Giants. Durant, set to throw out the first pitch of the Giants-Cardinals game, toured the facility and met a few familiar faces. CSN Bay Area
Cleveland Cavs star Iman Shumpert has been hit with charges stemming from his arrest last month in Georgia ... TMZ Sports has learned. As we previously reported, the 26-year-old guard was pulled over outside of Atlanta on August 10th for a lane change violation. TMZ Sports
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