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nba rumors The Washington Wizards, lacking wing depth due to injuries, have signed veteran swingman Rasual Butler to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, according to a person with knowledge with the situation. Butler was one of four players remaining vying for the final spot on the Wizards’ 15-man roster. He locked up that spot when the other three players — Xavier Silas, Damion James and John Lucas III — were waived, the Wizards announced Saturday. Washington Post Blog

The Wizards inked Butler, a training camp invite, to the league minimum of $1.448 million for players with 10-plus years in the league, which puts Washington $50,718 below the luxury tax threshold. The Wizards have until Jan. 10 to release Butler before his contract becomes guaranteed. Washington Post Blog

nba rumors [Lionel] Hollins remains confident center Brook Lopez will be ready for the season opener. Lopez did not practice Saturday, though. If Lopez cannot play, Hollins said he would start Kevin Garnett in the frontcourt with either Mason Plumlee, Mirza Teletovic or Andrei Kirilenko. Hollins said he hadn’t decided yet. ESPN NY

Hollins downplayed the tape point guard Deron Williams has been wearing on his right wrist/thumb. “He got hit on it I guess, I don’t know,” Hollins said. “It hasn’t kept him from playing or being effective. It’s just bruise and bumps of playing in this league, you know.” Hollins said the tape hasn’t affected D-Will’s shot. ESPN NY

nba rumors The New York Knicks are strongly considering parting ways with veteran forward Travis Outlaw, league sources told on Saturday. Outlaw is owed $3 million this season. If the Knicks released him, they would still owe him his full salary. They also could dump him on another team via a trade. ESPN NY

Orlando Sanchez, waived earlier this week, is expected to play in Westchester as well. It was widely expected Wear would end up in Westchester, too. If the Knicks get rid of Outlaw -- eating $3 million in the process if he's released -- to keep Wear, it's a sign the organization is committed under Phil Jackson to developing young talent, regardless of the financial cost. ESPN NY

nba rumors One of the biggest offseason questions surrounding the 76ers was answered on Saturday - sort of. Coach Brett Brown was asked whether injured point guard Michael Carter-William will make his season debut on Nov. 13 against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. "Maybe, but who knows?" Brown said of the reported target date. "We don't want to say that's the return date. "What we can say is Nov. 6 will be the day where we welcome him back [with] open arms and he can [scrimmage] and practice." Philadelphia Inquirer

Rookie forward Jerami Grant (sprained right ankle) could return to practice on Nov. 5. Grant hasn't practiced since the second day of training camp on Oct. 1. The Sixers are considering sending him to the Delaware 87ers, their NBA Development League team. Philadelphia Inquirer

Jason Richardson recently suffered a stress fracture in his right foot while rehabilitating his left knee. Philadelphia Inquirer

nba rumors The Indiana Pacers waived four players Saturday, officially trimming the roster to the NBA maximum of 15. However, the Pacers are still dealing with injuries to the players who remain, including starters David West, George Hill, Rodney Stuckey and backup point guard C.J. Watson. The four players cut are forwards Arinze Onuaku, Chris Singleton and Adonis Thomas and rookie C.J. Fair. All four attended the team's practice earlier in the day. Nearly two hours after the end of the session, the team announced the cuts. Indianapolis Star

Indiana had signed the four free agents to provide wing depth during training camp, however since the team already has 15 players signed to contracts, including the injured Paul George, the quartet had nary chance of making the roster. Indianapolis Star

During Saturday's practice, the four injured players -- West (ankle), Hill (knee contusion) and Stuckey and Watson, both dealing with varying degrees of foot soreness -- stayed on the sideline. They will be re-evaluated Monday, two days before the start of the regular season home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers. Indianapolis Star

nba rumors The Pistons have 16 players on guaranteed contracts for 15 roster spots. The candidates for release are center Aaron Gray, power forward Tony Mitchell and perhaps small forward Gigi Datome. Datome may be safe because he has the biggest contract and a definable skill, as a shooting specialist, which the Pistons might find useful. Mitchell plays for the second-year minimum and would be the cheapest cut. Michigan Live

Pistons: Brandon Jennings will start at point guard, Josh Smith at power forward and Andre Drummond at center in the opener. Caldwell-Pope will start if healthy, or else Martin starts. That leaves only small forward and Van Gundy still hasn't committed to either Caron Butler or Kyle Singler. Martin also is in the mix there when the Pistons are healthy in the backcourt, though that won't be until at least Jodie Meeks' anticipated December return. Regardless, Butler, Martin and Singler all will have similar responsibilities. "They're all good cutters," Van Gundy said. "They can all shoot the ball. They've got to be tough, disciplined guys defensively, and they've got to be low-mistake guys. That's what we need out of them." Michigan Live

nba rumors It’s July 2010. Amar’e Stoudemire, his arms outstretched in front of the Garden after receiving a five-year, $99.7 million contract, proclaims, “The Knicks are back.” Stoudemire spoke about being the first domino that eventually would lead to a parade of stars to bring the Knicks a championship. Carmelo Anthony later arrived, via a trade from Denver. The championship? Not quite. But Stoudemire, ever the optimist, talks of a title for the city and team he chose. NY Post

Stoudemire had undergone microfracture surgery on his left knee in October 2005. He returned, played three games in March then required right knee surgery. As a Knick, he had additional knee surgeries before the 2012-13 season (left knee) then the following March (right knee). So 2012-13 saw him play just 29 games. Last season contained lots of rest-and-recovery days and a few injuries, but nothing serious. There will be caution and rest this season, despite the 32-year-old claiming he feels 19 again. NY Post

“Every year has been different since I’ve been here,” Stoudemire said, referencing Mike D’Antoni’s pick-and-roll, up-tempo style, Mike Woodson using him in back-to-the-basket fashion and now in the triangle offense being “more elbow, face up, post up, being a facilitator as far as passing the ball.” So forget fire extinguishers. Stoudemire wants to be remembered as a guy who came to New York when the Garden was as dead as Caesar. NY Post

nba rumors Mavs: The team announced Saturday afternoon they requested waivers on center Bernard James, forward Ivan Johnson and guard Doran Lamb. The move will move the Mavericks’ roster to 15. Dallas Morning News Blog

The Phoenix Suns announced Saturday they have waived veteran center Earl Barron. The seven-year NBA veteran was signed in late September ahead of the Suns' training camp. He appeared in six of the Suns' seven preseason games this month, averaging 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes. Arizona Sports

The Wolves announced Saturday that guard Brady Heslip had been waived. Heslip, 24, appeared in four preseason games, scoring five points with two steals. The former Baylor player had also played for the Wolves in the summer league. Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Cavaliers released Shane Edwards on Saturday, reducing the roster to the 15 players they are expected to start the season with Thursday against the Knicks. Edwards' release was expected and means other fringe guys such as Lou Amundson, A.J. Price and Alex Kirk all made the Cavs final roster. Edwards has spent time with the Canton Charge previously and is likely headed back if he clears waivers. Under league rules, a team holds first right of refusal over their final three cuts of training camp. Akron Beacon Journal

The Spurs made their final three roster cuts Saturday, announcing the release of forwards JaMychal Green, Robert Vaden and Fuquan Edwin. Green appeared in six preseason games, averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 73.3 percent. Vaden and Edwin were signed Friday so that the Spurs might obtain their Development League rights, and did not appear in any preseason games. San Antonio Express-News Blog

The Trail Blazers announced they placed guards Diante Garrett and Darius Morris on waivers Saturday following the team's final preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. The Blazers' roster now sits at 15 heading into Wednesday's regular season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oregonian

The Trail Blazers' biggest — and perhaps only — October mystery was solved Friday night, as they ended the preseason by easily dispatching the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. CJ McCollum and Joel Freeland have cemented spots in the player rotation and veteran Dorell Wright is next in line if coach Terry Stotts decides to feature a 10-man unit when the Blazers open the regular season Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oregonian

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