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Johnathan Motley signed a two-way contract with the Mavericks on Saturday, Krista Pirtle of the Waco Tribune reports.


Motley is an area guy from Houston that played his college ball at Baylor. He averaged 17.3 points and led the Big 12 in rebounding at 9.9 boards per game in 2016-17. He can step into the NBA today and contribute as a rebounder and is a willing defender. The downside is his shooting.

Chris Paul (LAC)

Chris Paul officially exercised his early termination option to become a free agent Saturday, Paul Garcia of The Sports Daily reports.


As anticipated, Paul will pass on his final year with the Clippers in order to test the free-agent waters, which opens July 1st. His former team could offer him the heftiest contract – which could be worth upwards of $205 million on a five-year deal – but any other team could only offer him a maximum of $152 million over four years, according to ESPN.

DeAndre Liggins' option will not be picked up by the Mavericks, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.


This decision is unsurprising, as Liggins played in just the final two games of the season with the club. He was signed due to a plethora of injured and rested players. The Kentucky product played 79 games with the Cavaliers before ultimately being waived. He finished the season with an average of 2.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.7 steals across 12.3 minutes per game.

The Mavs have opted to pick up Yogi Ferrell's option for $1.3 million, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.


Ferrell made this decision easy for the Mavericks, as he excelled after initially signing a 10-day contract with the team mid-season. He started 29-of-36 games with the club, and tallied 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.3 dimes, 1.1 steals, and 1.7 triples across 29.1 minutes per game in the process. The Indiana product will presumably see his role reduced in the upcoming season, as the Mavericks drafted point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Also, J.J. Barea and Seth Curry are still both under contract with the team, so it remains to be seen how the rotation will play out. Barea would seem the likely candidate to be on the outside looking in if the team opts to air on the side of youth.

Lavoy Allen (Ind)

Lavoy Allen is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the Pacers informed him they will not exercise his $4 million contract option, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.


Allen signed a three-year deal with Indiana back in 2015 and has gone on to average just 4.3 points and 4.6 rebounds since then. This past season, he saw his minutes slip to a career-low 14.3 per game. After his option was declined, the 28-year-old will hit the open market when free agency begins July 1st.

Ray McCallum will sign a free-agent contract with the Rockets, Johnathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.


McCallum will link up with Houston for summer league action after spending part of this past season with the Hornets. Although he never played over the course of two 10-day contracts with Charlotte, McCallum averaged 17.6 points, 7.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds in the G League, and boasts previous NBA experience having played his first two seasons with the Kings before stints with the Spurs and Grizzlies in 2015-16.

Blake Griffin (LAC)

Blake Griffin (toe) has opted out of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.


Griffin was scheduled to earn over $21 million during the upcoming season, but, as expected, he'll forgo that salary in search of a new long-term deal this offseason. While Griffin opting out doesn't come as a surprise, it does drive home the reality that he could leave Los Angeles this summer. At 28 years old, Griffin has averaged just over 21 points each of the last three seasons, while posting around eight rebounds and five assists per game the past two. Although he's ended back-to-back campaigns injured, Griffin still figures to be one of the five most-coveted free agents this offseason, giving the Clippers stiff competition to retain their star forward.

Arron Afflalo (Sac)

Arron Afflalo was released by the Kings on Friday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.


Afflalo's release comes ahead of Friday's deadline for a contract guarantee. After signing a two-year, $25 million deal with the Kings last summer, Afflalo went on to average just 8.4 points and 2.0 rebounds despite shooting 41.1 percent from three this past season, leaving Sacramento in search of cheaper alternatives. At 31 years old, the veteran will now hit the free agent market going into his eleventh season.

Chris Walker agreed to a free-agent contract with the Bulls on Friday, Michael Scotto of The Associated Press reports.


Walker, once a highly prized recruit, has played for the G League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers since going undrafted in 2015. This past season, he averaged nearly six points and four rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. While that production is nothing to write home about, the bouncy forward will hope to impress the Bulls during summer league.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Det)

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been suspended for the first two games of the 2017-18 regular season, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.


Caldwell-Pope's suspension comes after he pled guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after being arrested on suspicion of DUI in March. A restricted free agent this offseason, Caldwell-Pope is expected to garner significant interest around the league, but the Pistons ultimately reserve the right to match any offer he receives. Despite the lottery selection of fellow sharpshooter Luke Kennard on Thursday, it's anticipated that Detroit will exercise its right to keep KCP, even though he'll now be forced to sit out the first couple games next season. Just 24 years old, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 three-pointers on 35 percent shooting from deep last season.

George de Paula signed a free-agent deal Friday with the Rockets, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.


De Paula was expected to be a second-round draft pick Thursday, but ended up going undrafted and will now join the Rockets for summer league and training camp. The 21-year-old comes from Brazil has had great physical tools for the point guard position as he stands at 6-foot-6 and has a 7-foot wingspan.

Jeremy Senglin agreed to a partially guaranteed deal Friday with the Nets, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports.


Senglin is coming off a stellar four-year career at Weber State and finished his senior season averaging 21.2 points per game while shooting a very impressive 43.7 percent from behind the arc. At just 6-foot-2, however, Senglin is undersized for a backcourt role in the NBA, so he'll have a lot to prove skill-wise before he finds himself making a final roster.

Bronson Koenig is expected to sign a two-way contract with the Bucks, Todd Sommerfeldt of the La Cross Tribune reports.


Koenig made a name for himself in college by proving to be one of the best clutch shooters in the country, but he was also one of the best pure shooters as well, shooting at least 39 percent from behind the arc in his last three years at Wisconsin. He'll be with the Bucks for summer league and training camp before likely spending the 2017-18 season with their new G League affiliate in Oshkosh.

Guerschon Yabusele (foot) will not play for Boston in this year's summer league, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.


As expected, Yabusele will need the summer to rehab and recover after having surgery to remove bone spurs from both of his feet. As Yabusele looks to transition back into the NBA after spending much of last season in China, his absence from summer league surely won't ease that move, so his status for next season is completely up in the air. Expect the team to provide updates regarding the 2016 first-round pick's health throughout the summer.

Luke Kornet signed a two-way contract Friday with the Knicks, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.


Kornet is coming off a four-year stretch at Vanderbilt, and he most recently averaged 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in his final season. At 7-foot-1, Kornet has shown the ability to stretch the floor, which has tons of value in today's NBA, but it's likely that Kornet spends most of his 2017-18 season in the G League.

Kris Jenkins signed a training camp deal Thursday with the Wizards, David Aldridge of Turner Sports reports.


Jenkins is best known for hitting the game-winner in the 2016 National Championship against North Carolina, but he still managed to put together solid couple of seasons in his last two years at Villanova. Jenkins was a solid three-point shooter, hitting 37 percent of his shots from behind the arc as a Wildcat, and he will now have the opportunity to go through summer league and training camp with the Wizards.

Nigel Hayes signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Knicks on Friday, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.


Hayes ended up playing four years at Wisconsin after considering leaving school early for the NBA on multiple occasions. The 22-year-old ultimately saw his stock drop after seeing decreases in shooting efficiency over his last two seasons, but Hayes still brings a versatile skill set that allows him to excel as a passer, rebounder and defender. He'll likely be with the Knicks through summer league and training camp before the team makes a final decision regarding his status on the roster.

P.J. Dozier signed a deal Friday with the Lakers, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.


Dozier was originally expected to be a second-round pick, but team's had concerns over a knee injury, which led to the former Gamecock going undrafted. Dozier is coming off a sophomore campaign where he averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game as the team's starting point guard. At 6-foot-6, Dozier has great size for the point guard position, but he still has plenty to prove on the offensive end before he makes an NBA team.

Beached signed a deal Thursday with the Timberwolves, David Aldridge of Turner Sports reports.


A four-year player at Notre Dame, Beachem is a versatile wing who excels on both ends of the floor. He's coming off a senior season with the Irish where he averaged a career-best 14.5 points per game and shot 36 percent from behind the arc. There's reason to believe that Beachem's skill set makes him a solid fit in today's NBA, but the rookie will have to make the most of his opportunity in summer league and training camp.

Jake Wiley signed a partially guaranteed two-way contract Friday with the Nets, Matt Norlander of CBS Sports reports.


Wiley is coming off a breakout season at Eastern Washington where he was named the Big Sky Player of the Year after averaging 20.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. In signing a two-way contract, Wiley is now expected to spend majority of the 2017-18 season in the G League.