NBA Notes: Yurtseven, LaVine, Chriss, Jordan, Wizards

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Omer Yurtseven was re-signed by the Heat last month after initially latching on to the squad in May. The 7-foot center went on to average 22.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in five summer league games, which earned him a two-year contract.

“The biggest focus has been on being big inside, and I think that’s the presence that the Heat can use and I can provide,” Yurtseven said. “Being able to do that and guard the pick-and-roll, be the big presence inside and rebounding obviously has been a huge emphasis, as well. Also, with my talent and skill set, being able to stretch the floor, being able to post up and use my touch around the rim and also the midrange and step outside, as well.”

Yurtseven signed with the Thunder as an undrafted free agent last December but has yet to appear in an NBA game.

More NBA Notes

  • Zach LaVine will have the most pressure he’s ever had in his NBA career next season, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes. The Bulls have made a concerted effort to build their roster tailored to LaVine’s strengths and weaknesses. If LaVine can lead Chicago to a meaningful playoff run, then the Bulls may see him as a max contract-worthy player. If not, then the Bulls may not hand LaVine a contract he wants, leaving room for another team to swoop in.

  • The Nets tried offering multiple teams a first-round pick in order to shed DeAndre Jordan‘s contract but found no interested parties, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post. Jordan was ultimately dealt to the Pistons with four future second-round picks in exchange for Jahlil Okafor and Sekou Doumbouya.

  • Marquese Chriss has agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Trail Blazers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Chriss appeared in just two games with the Warriors last season, but averaged 9.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 59 games with them in the 2019-20 season.

  • ICYMI: Wizards GM Tom Sheppard seems to have a plan in mind for Deni Avdija. Sheppard also anticipates Rui Hachimura staying in the starting lineup.

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