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Sunday News and Notes

Breaking down the latest news around college basketball, recruiting, and the NBA

Southern California got the win over Villanova in an exhibition game. Daniel Utomi and Onyeka Okongwu lead the way for the Trojans with 15 points each.

The younger brother of Tobias Harris will join the 76ers G League team. Harris played his college basketball Houston Baptist, Eastern Michigan, and North Carolina A&T where he averaged 8.1 points, and 2.8 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game.

Michigan State and Gonzaga held a “Secret Scrimmage” with the Bulldogs reportedly getting the victory. The game which was held in Denver and closed to the public has had some stats leaking out: Cassius Winston led the way with 20 points and 7 assists for the Spartans while Corey Kispert scored 28 for Gonzaga.

Atlanta picked up the third year options of Kevin Heurter and Trae Young, in addition to the fourth year option of John Collins. This should come as no surprise with all three players figuring to be major pieces of the team going forward although Heurter has seen his name come up in trade rumors recently but it is unclear how realistic that possibility is.

The Thunder are reportedly looking into trading Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari. Another story that should not come as a surprise considering that Oklahoma City is moving into a new era and going younger, but it does lead to some interesting speculation about what teams could the two players. Both Gallinari and Paul have good basketball left in them, however Paul’s contract is not very team friendly so moving him his theoretically more difficult than Gallinari, not to mention he is younger.

The Hornets have converted the Jalen Mcdaniels deal to a two way contract after signing the forward in the last week. He definitely has a chance to play his way to Charlotte roster but he will be limited under this contract unless he is offered a standard deal at some point. The team has also signed Caleb Martin to a standard deal that is three years in length and partially guaranteed, putting the Martin twins on the same roster as they start their NBA careers.

Domantas Sabonis could be on the move in the near future with reports coming out that the two sides are not close to an agreement on a contract extension. The deadline to come to an extension deal is October 21st, so there is not much chance of that happening at this point and the team does not want to have Sabonis hit the open market without getting anything in return. He has been solid since being drafted in 2016, averaging 10.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game over his first three seasons.

Toronto and forward Pascal Siakam have agreed to an extension that is worth 4 years and $130 million dollars. Siakam saw a big jump in his production from year two to year three after averaging 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in 31.9 minutes per game. This is a move that the team needed to make due to the deadline, but there still is some risk involved considering Siakam’s small sample size of offensive production.

Dion Waiters has been suspended by the Heat due to conduct violations. The guard is reportedly unhappy with his current role on the team which led to some questionable decisions on his part, and he will now have to sit out the first game of the season. The suspension is a bit of a non story given the length, but it could be the start of the end for Waiters in Miami.

Utah coach Quin Snyder signed an extension that will keep him under contract for the next four seasons. The Jazz have made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons with a young core that has developed under the coach, while Snyder has gone 227-183 in five seasons with the team.

In our random story of the day, Nuggets guard Malik Beasley got into a fight in a apartment building lobby with NFL draft bust Su’a Cravens

NBA Transactions from October 19th: 

• Charlotte signed Caleb Martin

• Atlanta waived Kenny Gabriel and Mark Ogden Jr. 

• Boston waived Justin Bibbs, Yante Maten, Dorian Pickens, and Max Strus

• Brooklyn waived Devin Cannady, C.J. Massinburg, Lance Thomas, and C.J. Williams

• Chicago waived Milton Doyle, Simisola Shittu, and Justin Simon

• Cleveland waived Marques Bolden, and Jarell Martin

• Dallas waived Chad Brown

• Detroit waived Dakarai Allen, Donta Hall, Tra-Deon Hollins, and Tre’Shawn Thurman

• Golden State waived Jared Cunningham, Andre Harrison, Alfonzo Mckinnie, Kavion Pippen, Juan Toscano-Anderson

• Houston waived Shamorie Ponds, Matur Maker, and Ray Spaulding

• Indiana waived Stephen Hicks

• Los Angeles (Clippers) waived Donte Grantham

• Los Angeles (Lakers) waived Marcus Allen

• Memphis waived Bennie Boatwright, Miles Plumlee, and Ivan Rabb

• Miami waived Kyle Alexander, Skyler Flatten, Bubu Palo, and Davon Reed

• Milwaukee waived Jemerrio Jones, Trevor Lacey, and Rayjon Tucker

• Minnesota waived Tyus Battle and Barry Brown

• New Orleans waived Jalen Adams, Javon Bess, Kavell Bigby-Williams, and Aubrey Dawkins

• New York waived Kenny Wooten, V.J. King, and Lamar Peters

• Oklahoma City waived Sedrick Barefield, Vincent Edwards, and Kadeem Jack

• Orlando waived Jon Davis, Isaac Humphries, Daquan Jeffries, B.J. Johnson, and Vic Law

• Philadelphia waived Shizz Alston Jr., Jared Brownridge, Terry Harris, Haywood Highsmith, Christ Koumadje, Isaiah Miles, Xavier Munford, and Julian Washburn

• Phoenix waived Aaron Epps and Troy Williams

• San Antonio waived Daulton Hommes

• Toronto waived Tyler Ennis, Cameron Payne, and Devin Robinson

• Utah waived Anthony Lawrence Jr. 

• Washington waived Jalen Jones and Anzejs Pasecniks

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