DTDMarkelle Fultz G ORL 19 minutes ago
General manager John Hammond has "no idea" when Fultz will be able to play, Dan Feldman of NBC Sports reports. "We want to have patience with [Fultz] and get him ready and put him on the court when he can be most productive."
Hammond also noted that Fultz will not play in summer league, but that the point guard is in good shape. It's possible fantasy owners will go into drafts next season still without knowing if Fultz will play at all. But there's still plenty of time until preseason begins, and we may be able to get a glimpse of him then.
Amile Jefferson PF ORL 41 minutes ago
Jefferson was extended a qualifying offer by the Magic on Tuesday, making him a restricted free agent.
Jefferson saw limited action as a rookie last season, playing 68 minutes and totaling 27 points, 21 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. There's a strong chance he'll remain in the Magic organization, as it's unlikely he fields offers from many teams.
Khem Birch PF/C ORL 44 minutes ago
Birch was extended a qualifying offer from the Magic, making him a restricted free agent.
As a sophomore last season, Birch averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds across 12.9 minutes in 50 appearances. It seems unlikely he'll receive a lucrative offer from many other teams.
Mohamed Bamba C ORL 55 minutes ago
Bamba will be a part of the Magic's summer league team, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Bamba's last NBA game came back on Jan. 31 before he was sidelined for the remainder of the year with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. While Bamba was able to avoid surgery, the injury cost him valuable developmental time, though he's reportedly been working on adding strength and weight over the last several weeks. The No. 6 overall pick in 2018 will be the headliner for a Magic roster that also includes several members of the Lakeland Magic -- the team's G League affiliate. Orlando's 2019 first-rounder, Chuma Okeke, will not be available as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered during the NCAA Tournament.
Nigel Hayes PF FA 1 hour ago
Hayes agreed Friday to join the Clippers for the Las Vegas Summer League, Jonathan Givony of ESPN.com reports.
Hayes signed a two-year contract with EuroLeague club Zalgiris earlier in June, but his deal contains an opt clause that allows him to pursue NBA opportunities. While he would surely like to continue his career in the NBA, Hayes may need to turn some heads in the summer league in order to earn a training-camp invitation. After going undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2017, Hayes began his career in the G League but went on to make nine appearances at the NBA level in his first professional season.
Jake Layman F POR 5 hours ago
The Trail Blazers extended a qualifying offer to Layman on Tuesday, making him an restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Layman is coming off his most productive NBA season in 2018-19, posting career-bests across the board. Layman will have the opportunity to see what kind of value the market has him set at, and if he signs an offer sheet with another team, Portland will have three days to match. Given how much the league values versatile wings like Layman, there will surely be a market for him once free agency begins.
OUTJohn Wall PG WAS 5 hours ago
Wall (Achilles) is progressing well in his recovery from a ruptured left Achilles tendon, Ryan Homler of NBC Sports Washington reports. "I feel great, man," Wall said at Monday night's NBA Awards. "I'm doing a great job with my body, taking care of that."
The All-Star is still facing a length road to recovery, and the expectation remains that he'll miss much of the 2019-20 season after sitting out 50 games in 2018-19. Wall revealed that he plans to begin jogging within the next few weeks, and he's already to progressed to isolated movements like ladder steps and stand-up exercises. Even so, the former No. 1 overall pick cautioned that he won't attempt to come back before his body is fully ready. "Just taking my time and progressing and letting everything heal the right way so I don't force myself back and get another injury," Wall said.
Billy Garrett G NYK 5 hours ago
Garrett had his team option for the 2019-20 season declined by the Knicks on Tuesday, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.
Garrett signed with the Knicks in April through the end of the season after spending nearly two seasons with the team's G League affiliate in Westchester. However, with the Knicks wanting to keep as much cap room open as possible this summer, they'll send Garrett into unrestricted free agency.
Wes Iwundu SG/SF ORL 6 hours ago
The Magic picked up Iwundu's team option worth $1.6 million, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
At such a cheap price, this move was a no-brainer for the Magic, as Iwundu proved to be a productive player off the bench last year in his second NBA season. Where Iwundu saw the biggest improvement was in his perimeter shooting, as the swingman hit 36.7 percent of his shots from deep. He averaged 18.1 minutes per game last season and will likely play a similar role in 2019-20.
Naz Mitrou-Long G CLE 1 day ago
Mitrou-Long agreed Saturday to join the Cavaliers for the Las Vegas Summer League, Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News reports.
Mitrou-Long's two-way contract with the Jazz is set to expire July 1, so his decision to explore summer-league opportunities implies that Utah won't extend him a qualifying offer. The 25-year-old guard appeared in 14 games for the Jazz in 2018-19, averaging 1.1 points and 1.1 assists in 6.0 minutes.