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Date Player News
7/18/2014 Darius Miller, G-F People familiar with the moves say the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to contract terms with guard Jimmer Fredette and forward Darius Miller. One person confirmed Miller's deal to the Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the transactions have not been announced.

Analysis: The 6-8 Miller was New Orleans' second-round pick in 2012. Last season, he averaged 4.4 points in 45 games.
7/18/2014 Eric Griffin, SF Griffin has signed a non-guaranteed one-year deal with Dallas.

Analysis: The 6-foot-8 Griffin played last preseason with the Miami Heat before going overseas. He is playing for the Mavericks summer league team in Las Vegas and averaged 9.8 points while playing 19.3 minutes in the first four games. Since two seasons at Campbell University (2010-12), Griffin has played professionally in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Italy. In 60 games at Campbell, he averaged 14.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.
7/18/2014 Udonis Haslem, PF Haslem has signed a two-year, $5.6 million contract with the Miami Heat. The Miami native opted out of a contract that would have paid him $4.6 million next season to give the team flexibility during free agency.

Analysis: Haslem has spent all 11 of his NBA seasons with the Heat and is the franchise's all-time rebounds leader. He and Dwyane Wade are the only players to appear on all three of Miami's championship teams. Haslem averaged 3.8 points last season. For his career, Haslem has averaged 8.6 points in 715 regular-season games.
7/18/2014 Drew Gooden, F-C Gooden has re-signed with the Washington Wizards.

Analysis: The 12-year NBA veteran originally signed a 10-day contract with Washington on Feb. 26, and eventually signed for the remainder of the season on March 18. The 6-foot-10 Gooden appeared in 22 regular season games for Washington last season, averaging 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. Over 10 playoff games, Gooden averaged 3.4 points and 4.2 rebounds.
7/18/2014 Jason Smith, F-C The New York Knicks have signed veteran center Jason Smith.

Analysis: The 7-footer spent last season with New Orleans, averaging 9.7 points and a career-high 5.8 rebounds in 31 games. The first-round pick in the 2007 draft has also played for Philadelphia and has a career average of 6.0 points.
7/17/2014 Paul Pierce, F The Washington Wizards have officially signed Pierce.

Analysis: Pierce, who turns 37 in October, spent 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets last season. Pierce averaged a career-low 13.5 points last season in his first year with the Nets. But he is a 10-time All-Star who has gained a reputation as one of the best big-moment players in the league
7/17/2014 Carlos Boozer, F-C The Los Angeles Lakers have claimed Carlos Boozer after he was waived by the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty clause. ESPN.com reported that the bid was $3.25 million.

Analysis: Boozer, a two-time All-Star, averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds in 280 games with the Bulls. His playing time diminished in recent seasons with the emergence of Taj Gibson, and the Bulls needed to clear his salary to sign Pau Gasol and European star Nikola Mirotic.
7/16/2014 Lance Stephenson, G-F A person familiar with the contract says free-agent shooting guard Lance Stephenson has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets. The deal includes a team option for the third season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made public. The person says Stephenson is expected to be introduced at a news conference Friday.

Analysis: Stephenson met with Hornets owner Michael Jordan and other members of the organization Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Stephenson is coming off his best NBA season, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He led the league with five triple-doubles. Charlotte turned its attention to Stephenson after Utah matched its offer to restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.
7/16/2014 James Jones, G-F A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Heat free agent James Jones will be joining James with the Cavaliers. Jones and the Cavaliers agreed to terms on a veteran minimum deal for $1.4 million on Wednesday. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

Analysis: Jones spent the past six of his 11 NBA seasons in Miami. Last year Jones shot a career-high 46 percent on 3-pointers, but only appeared in 20 games. He joins Mike Miller, who agreed to a two-year deal on Tuesday, as former James teammates that are following him to Cleveland.
7/16/2014 Anthony Morrow, G-F The Oklahoma City Thunder say they have signed free-agent guard Anthony Morrow. Morrow's agent, Wallace Prather, wrote in a text message to The Associated Press on Saturday that the deal is for three years and $10 million. The Thunder did not disclose terms of the deal Wednesday.

Analysis: Morrow, who played for New Orleans last season, has career averages of 10.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in six NBA seasons. He helps fill a void created when starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha became a free agent and ended up with the Atlanta Hawks. Morrow is a career 43 percent shooter from 3-point range, and similar production would be a major upgrade for the Thunder. He shot 45 percent from behind the arc for the Pelicans last season.
7/16/2014 Brandon Rush, SG Rush and the Golden State Warriors have agreed to a two-year contract. Agent Mark Bartelste says Rush will hold the option in the second season of the deal.

Analysis: Rush was Golden State's top reserve during the 2011-12 season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team's 2012-13 home opener. He was traded to Utah last summer as part of a salary-shedding move that allowed the Warriors to sign Andre Iguodala. Rush played just 38 games for the Jazz last season after returning from that devastating knee injury. He has averaged 8.3 and 3.3 rebounds in six seasons.
7/16/2014 Anthony Tolliver, F Two people with knowledge of the situation say free agent Anthony Tolliver has agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with the Phoenix Suns. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. Only $400,000 of the second year of the contract is guaranteed.

Analysis: The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 64 games last season with Charlotte, his sixth team in six NBA seasons. Tolliver shot 42 percent from 3-point range, and the Suns see him as a "stretch forward" to help fill the void created by the departure of Channing Frye, who opted out of the final year of his contract and signed with Orlando. Tolliver has a career average of 6.1 points.
7/16/2014 Rodney Stuckey, G The Pacers have agreed to terms with free agent guard Rodney Stuckey on a one-year deal to help replace the departed Lance Stephenson.

Analysis: Stuckey averaged 13.9 points last season, his seventh season with the Detroit Pistons.
7/16/2014 DeJuan Blair, F-C The Washington Wizards have acquired center DeJuan Blair in a sign-and-trade deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Analysis: The 6-foot-7 Blair averaged 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 78 games in his only season with Dallas. He spent his first four seasons with San Antonio and has career averages of 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds.
7/16/2014 Ed Davis, F-C A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Ed Davis has agreed to terms on a two-year, $2 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Analysis: Davis has played for Toronto and Memphis in his four-year NBA career. He was the 13th overall pick in 2010 and showed flashes of real potential early on with the Raptors. But after being traded to the Grizzlies as part of the deal that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto, Davis struggled to get consistent minutes on a team with a loaded frontcourt.
7/15/2014 LeBron James, F James' hometown is planning a big party for his homecoming. Akron city spokeswoman Stephanie York says details of the event are still in the works - but it will be big.

Analysis: The city is working with the LeBron James Family Foundation to coordinate the homecoming event. York says the date will be determined by the NBA star's schedule.
7/15/2014 Pau Gasol, F-C Gasol says signing for the Chicago Bulls over NBA champion San Antonio or Oklahoma City came down to a gut decision. Gasol says on Tuesday that after speaking with Bulls players Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, "instinct told me to pick Chicago."

Analysis: The 7-foot (2.13-meter) Spanish forward says Chicago was a logical choice since "without doubt it is one of the championship favorites in the East alongside Cleveland." The 34-year-old Gasol, who departs the Los Angeles Lakers after five-plus seasons, says while the Spurs and Thunder were options "nothing is guaranteed wherever you sign. I'm happy with my choice."
7/15/2014 Sebastian Telfair, PG The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed free agent point guard Sebastian Telfair. The Thunder made the announcement in a news release on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Analysis: Telfair joins the Thunder after spending last season with Tianjin Ronggang in China, where he averaged 26.1 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals. The 13th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, Telfair owns career averages of 7.4 points, 3.5 assists, 1.6 rebounds during nine seasons with Portland, Boston, Minnesota, the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland, Phoenix and Toronto.
7/15/2014 Boris Diaw, F-C The San Antonio Spurs completed their signing of veteran forward Boris Diaw on Tuesday. The Spurs announced the contract after agreeing to terms July 6 on a three-year, $22 million deal. The contract is only partly guaranteed for the final season.

Analysis: Diaw was invaluable for the Spurs last season, averaging 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 25 minutes while shooting more than 52 percent from the field. He was one of the team's best players in the NBA Finals in June, when the Spurs beat the Miami Heat for the franchise's fifth championship.
7/15/2014 Dwyane Wade, G A person familiar with the situation says Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat. Wade has agreed to a two-year deal with a player option for 2015-16, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because neither Wade nor the Heat immediately announced the terms.

Analysis: Wade made reference to the deal Tuesday, tweeting ''Home Is Where the Heart Is'' and calling himself a "HeatLifer" in a photo of him below Miami's three NBA championship banners. Wade is entering his 12th Heat season and is the franchise's all-time leader in games, points, assists and steals. Last month, he opted out of a deal that would have paid him $42 million over the next two seasons.
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