Ex-Oakland star Felder released by fifth team
The not-so-merry-go-round continues for Kay Felder.
The former Oakland University sharp shooter was waived Friday by the Toronto Raptors, marking the fifth team he's said goodbye to since entering the league in 2016.
Felder, 23, a history-making point guard in three years at Oakland, signed a one-year, veteran-minimum ($1.6 million) contract with the Raptors during the offseason.
He was waived after appearing in three preseason games, and averaging 7.7 points and 2.0 assists in 13.8 minutes.
Felder was drafted late in the second round in 2016 by the Atlanta Hawks, who sold his rights to the Cleveland Cavaliers. A year later, he was dealt back to the Hawks, who immediately waived him. He also played briefly with the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, bouncing between the GLeague and the NBA.
In 58 NBA games, Felder averaged 3.8 points and 1.3 assists. In 20 G-League games in Grand Rapids, he averaged 15.8 points and 5.8 assists.
The Raptors on Friday also waived center Eric Moreland, who, like Felder, spent last season with the Pistons.
NBA teams must set their Opening Night rosters by 5 p.m. Monday, with the regular season getting under way Tuesday.
Butler misses shootaround
Jimmy Butler was absent as the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up preparations for their preseason finale Friday night.
Butler has demanded a trade but returned to practice with the team Wednesday, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates and coaches. He was not with the team at Friday’s shootaround in Milwaukee.
Coach Tom Thibodeau, speaking publicly for the first time since Wednesday’s practice, said Butler was doing conditioning work in Minneapolis and had not been suspended.
Asked if Butler would play in Minnesota’s regular-season opener at San Antonio next Wednesday, Thibodeau said: “The situation remains fluid.”
Butler told ESPN following Wednesday’s practice that his issues with the Timberwolves have not been fixed.
“Let’s just be honest. It could be,” Butler said in the interview. “But do I think so? No.”
Spurs hit hard by injuries
San Antonio point guard Derrick White will miss sixto-eight weeks after injuring his left heel in his first game as a starter since replacing Dejounte Murray, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich announced during Friday’s shootaround that the secondyear guard will be out for up to two months. White was already ruled out of the preseason finale on Friday with the Orlando Magic.
White’s injury caps an injury-filled week for the revamped backcourt. The Spurs lost Murray to season-ending surgery after his knee buckled Sunday against Houston.
Rookie Lonnie Walker IV will miss at least six weeks after sustaining a knee injury last Friday.
Patty Mills is expected start in White’s place.
Nowitzki to miss opener
Dirk Nowitzki’s debut in his record 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks won’t be in the opener.
Coach Rick Carlisle said Friday the 40-year-old Nowitzki will miss “multiple weeks” with a longer-than-expected recovery from left ankle surgery in April.
The Mavericks open the season Wednesday in Phoenix.
Nowitzki said he had a setback when he started playing again about a week before training camp. He hasn’t practiced in the preseason.
Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler was not with the team at Friday’s shootaround in Milwaukee.