Grizzlies waive center Gasol
The Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday waived center Marc Gasol days after acquiring his rights in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.
They acquired Gasol from the Lakers along with a 2024 second-round draft pick and cash for the draft rights to center Wang Zhelin (57th overall in 2016) on Sept. 10. The move saved the Lakers about $10 million against the salary cap and the league’s luxury tax.
The 36-year-old center spent his first 11 NBA seasons with Memphis. He averaged a career-low 5 points and 4.1 rebounds last season with the Lakers. The 7-foot-1 center never found a regular role in the injury-plagued Lakers’ rotation while they lost in the first round of the postseason.
Gasol made three All-Star teams during his career with the Grizzlies.
In another Grizzlies development, the Boston Celtics acquired forward Juancho Hernangómez from Memphis in exchange for guards Carsen Edwards and Kris Dunn.
As part of the transaction, Memphis will have the right to swap a 2026 second-round draft pick with Boston’s second-round pick that year.
Hernangómez, 25, has played 257 games for Denver and Minnesota, averaging 5.7 points on 43% shooting and 3.5 rebounds. .
Edwards appeared in 68 games over two seasons for Boston after being selected in the second round of the 2019 draft. He averaged 3.6 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists. Dunn was acquired by Boston last month as part of a three-team deal.
The Minnesota Timberwolves filled out their roster by re-signing forward Jarred Vanderbilt and guard Jordan McLaughlin
- , both of whom were restricted free agents. Vanderbilt got a three-year, $18.3 million deal and McLaughlin got a three-year deal worth about $6.5 million that comes with a team option for the third year.
Kamara’s three goals fuel D.C. United’s win
Ola Kamara scored three goals in the first half to take the lead for the Golden Boot Award and D.C. United beat the visiting Chicago Fire 3-0.
D.C. United (10-10-4) has won six of its last seven home matches. Chicago (6-13-5) lost for the ninth time on the road this season and has an MLS-low four away points.
Kamara leads MLS with 16 goals, two ahead of Seattle’s Raúl Ruidíaz.
Kamara scored on penalty kicks in ninth and 35th minutes. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth dived the wrong way on the first, and had a delayed reaction on the second.
Kamara completed the hat trick in the 44th. Paul Arriola sent a shot off the post that Julian Gressel gathered at the far post and sent back across for Kamara’s header.
Stenson named Europe’s vice captain
Henrik Stenson will still have a role for Europe at the Ryder Cup despite failing to get into the team.
The Swedish player was selected by European captain Padraig Harrington on Wednesday as the fifth and final vice captain for the event at Whistling Straits from Sept. 24-26.
Stenson, 45, has played in five Ryder Cups, including the last three.
It will be Stenson’s first stint as a vice captain and he joins compatriot Robert Karlsson, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell as assistants to Harrington.
Blues re-sign Bozak to one-year deal
Tyler Bozak re-signed with the St. Louis Blues on a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum of $750,000.
Bozak, now 35, was with the Blues in 2019 when they won the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. He put up 13 points during that championship run.
Injuries, including a concussion, limited him to 31 games during the shortened 56-game 2021 season.
Bozak has 449 points in 764 regular-season NHL games with St. Louis and Toronto.
— From wire reports