Ex-Oak­land star Felder re­leased by fifth team

The Detroit News - - Sports - BY TONY PAUL The De­troit News Associated Press con­trib­uted

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.

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Min­nesota’s Jimmy But­ler was not with the team at Fri­day’s shootaround in Mil­wau­kee.

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