NBA Rumor Round Up For Thursday, October 8:
Reggie Jackson: The Pistons starting point guard has been dealing with Achilles soreness, which has limited him during training camp. He is now feeling well enough that he might play on Thursday. "Reggie practiced (Wednesday); we didn’t go much full court, but he did practice the whole thing so that was good,” head coach Stan Van Gundy told The Detroit News. “We have to see how he feels in the morning after going through (shootaround). There’s a possibility he can play tomorrow."
Philadelphia 76ers: The team is currently without four point guards due to injuries. They include Kendall Marshall (ACL), Tony Wroten (ACL), Pierre Jackson (sore groin) and rookie T.J. McConnell (sprained left foot). At this time the Sixers have a full preseason roster and they won't go out and bring in another point guard, according to The Intelligencer.
Montrezl Harrell: Houston's rookie forward is currently sidelined due to a bruised thigh and he doesn't know when he will be cleared to play. “It’s up to the training staff to decide,” Harrell tells the Houston Chronicle. “I’m just following what they need me to do to get back out there playing. I was just sprinting back in practice and I felt this sharp pain, this sharp pull. ... It was just one of those things that popped out of nowhere."
Nazr Mohammed: The 17-year NBA veteran center has decided to retire after not receiving a training camp invite from any team. Mohammed writes: "So, if I’m really being honest with myself, I want to play basketball, but if I had to sign today or tomorrow, the answer would be "No!!" I look at it like this: I’m not willing to play the role that I’ll be needed for right now, which is to provide veteran leadership, a locker room presence, insurance in case someone gets hurt, etc. In a few months, if the right team that has an identity and a need for what I bring calls me, then maybe."
Orlando Magic: The team signed free agent Greg Stiemsma to provide depth at center if he makes the regular season roster. So far Stiemsma has been limited due to a strained right Achilles' tendon. "He's a veteran player," Magic head coach Scott Skiles tells the Orlando Sentinel. "He knows how to play, knows where to be. We've just got to try to get him healthy and hope he can come back and play." ... If Stiemsma can't get past this issue, there is a good chance he will be waived on or before Oct. 26 when the 2015-16 regular season rosters are set.
Indiana Pacers: The Pacers signed forward Kadeem Jack on Wednesday to a non-guaranteed deal with the plan to have him play with Fort Wayne Mad Ants after he is waived late in the preseason. "This is really a developmental league move," head coach Frank Vogel told The Indianapolis Star. "Someone who (the Pacers) wanted to get his rights so we sign him now. (The Pacers) can summon (Jack) into camp if we need him, but it’s really for the Mad Ants."
Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks made two roster moves on Wednesday as they placed forward Jon Horford and guard Charlie Westbrook on waivers, per the club website. The Bucks now have 18 players under contract with 18 days to go until the regular season roster needs to be set.
Detroit Pistons: The Pistons reduced their roster by one on Wednesday as they placed forward Eric Griffin on waivers, according to the club website. The Pistons now have 19 players under contract, so they need to remove four more off the roster by Oct. 26. ... In other news, forward Adonis Thomas is dealing with small tear in his Achilles. "(His practice time) is basically as he can tolerate. The target date is Saturday right now but certainly by next week, if not before that,” Stan Van Gundy told The Detroit News.. “It’s nothing bad but it’s pretty sore. He did some shooting on the side in practice." ... Thomas is a long-shot to make the 2015-16 roster.
Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies made a few roster moves on Wednesday as they waived center Michael Holyfield and signed forward/center Alex Stepheson to a non-guaranteed contract. Stepheson, 20, has played in Greece, Slovenia and Turkey after going undrafted in 2011.