NAZ Suns Announce Opening Day Roster

The Northern Arizona Suns announced their 2016-17 roster today. The announcement comes after a week-long training camp.

Northern Arizona entered training camp with 16 players, including affiliate players, local tryout players, returning players and players selected in the 2016-17 D-League draft.

4 players were cut at the end of training camp. Bo Barnes, Mikh McKinney, Langston Morris-Walker and Waly Niang were all cut by the team to trim the roster to 12.

Celtics exercise team options on Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier

The Celtics made two moves Monday night that give insight into general manager Danny Ainge’s vision for the future, exercising the 2017-18 options on the contracts of Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier.

In addition, Ainge declined to pick up the fourth year option on Smart’s fellow draftee James Young, and didn’t extend Kelly Olynyk as other teams hurried to extend their ’13 draft picks before the midnight deadline last night.

Grizzlies’ JaKarr Sampson: Signs with Grizzlies

Sampson signed with the Grizzlies on Friday.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s most likely that Sampson signed a non-guaranteed deal and was signed in the hopes that he would ultimately join the Grizzlies D-League team. With Memphis’ roster at 20 players and just fives days till the start of the regular season, don’t expect Sampson to be a mainstay on the team’s final 15-man roster.

Danny Ainge: Terry Rozier the biggest surprise for Boston Celtics so far

Since the beginning of summer league, Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier has created opportunities, made shots and provided steady evidence he’s ready for an important second-unit role.

After a largely quiet rookie season, Rozier’s quick improvements have eased concerns about filling Evan Turner’s playmaking and impressed a lot of people, including Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

Bucs plan to sign John Hughes

The Buccaneers are signing veteran defensive lineman John Hughes.

The Bucs are the third team for Hughes in two weeks. He was cut by the Browns, then signed by the Patriots early last week but was released before the end of the week.

The Patriots had held out at least some hope that they could bring back Hughes this week, a source told PFT, but he saw the opportunity for immediate playing time and more certainty with the Bucs, who have been hit hard by injuries across the defensive line.

Eagles pick West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood, TCU tackle in NFL draft

The Eagles selected West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Smallwood, a Wilmington native, came with the No. 153 overall pick. The 5-foot-10, 208-pound running back led the Big 12 in rushing last season with 1,519 rushing yards. He added nine touchdowns and caught 26 passes out of the backfield, leaving West Virginia after his junior season. Smallwood ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at the combine.