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Southeast Notes: Li. Boule, Bridges, Huerter, Heat

Although the Hornets signed and subsequently waived LiAngelo ball Ahead of the start of the regular season, procedural issues will prevent the team from making Ball an “affiliate player” for the Greensboro Swarm, a source told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony (Twitter link).

NBA teams can obtain G League rights for up to four affiliate players by signing and relinquishing them prior to the start of the season, and then having those players sign NBAGL contracts. In Ball’s case, he signed his G League contract before the Hornets signed it, explains Rod Boone from The Charlotte Observer. That’s why Charlotte can’t make him an affiliate player.

Ball will now be eligible to be selected by a team in Saturday’s draft, and he could actually be one of the more intriguing targets in a somewhat thin draft pool. Greensboro currently holds the 14th, 23rd and 26th picks in the first round and could use one to select Ball – if he falls that far.

Here are others from the south-east:

  • Hornets president of basketball operations Mitch kuptchak said this week he believes a playoff berth is a realistic goal for the team this season, and added that the lack of a rookie-wide contract extension for Bridges miles in no way suggests that the club do not want to hold him back for the long term. “We love Miles Bridges,” Kupchak said, by Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer. “… We had conversations with his representative – until the last minute. And the decision was made to wait and see how the season unfolds. And we will approach it again in the spring when we can talk.
  • hawks swingman Kevin huerter, who signed a four-year, $ 65 million contract extension earlier this week, is excited that the team has locked up several of its core members, including Young Traé, John collins, and Clint Capela – long-term offers this off-season, such as Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution details. “We’ve signed a lot of people for a lot of money this offseason. … As players, that says a lot ”, Huerter said. “They kind of put their money where their mouth was. … There have been a lot of guys locked up for a few years now as we try to make some noise.
  • The Heat start the season without a 15th man on their roster, as carrying another player would push them past the luxury tax line. However, the team president Pat riley said the property would be ready to pay the tax this season if the Heat show they are a legitimate contender and it makes sense to do so. “(Not) paying tax, it’s never been a warrant, but it’s always been on my mind”, Riley said, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I’m not just going to say, ‘Every year we go into the tax’ then we don’t earn and (team owner) Micky (Arison)‘writes those big checks. I don’t think it’s fair. But, when we have a real competitor, which I think we have, then we’ll entertain him. I think we will entertain him this year too.

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