NBA Player News
|7/11/2017||Mike Miller, Den, G-F|
|The Nuggets have waived Miller.
Analysis: Miller hasn't had any fantasy value in the better part of a decade.
|7/11/2017||Dewayne Dedmon, Atl, C|
|The Atlanta Hawks and Dedmon reached agreement on a two-year deal worth $14 million, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.
Analysis: The 27-year-old, 7-foot Dedmon has seen his statistics improve every year since entering the NBA on a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors in November 2013. Last season, with the Spurs, Dedmon averaged 5.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 17.5 minutes in 76 games, including 37 starts.
|7/11/2017||Ron Baker, NY, G|
|The New York Knicks on Tuesday agreed to a two-year deal to keep Baker.
Analysis: The deal is worth a reported $8.9 million for Baker, according to ESPN and later confirmed by the New York Post. He was a restricted free agent. Undrafted out of Wichita State, the 6-foot-4 Baker averaged 4.1 points in 52 games in 2016-17 -- his first year in the NBA.
|7/10/2017||Kris Dunn, Chi, G|
|Dunn will miss the remainder of the Las Vegas Summer League as he deals with a family issue, the team announced Monday.
Analysis: "It's a personal family issue that he needs to attend to," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said prior to Monday's 75-55 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "Obviously we're supporting him fully."
|7/10/2017||C.J. Watson, Orl, PG|
|The Orlando Magic waived guard C.J. Watson, the team announced on Monday.
Analysis: The Magic had to decide whether to guarantee his $5 million salary for the final season of his contract, or pay him $1 million to buy out the final year.
|7/10/2017||Lonzo Ball, LAL, PG|
|Ball will have to wait for another shot at De'Aaron Fox. Their summer showdown Monday was canceled. The Lakers decided to rest their prized pick because of a groin injury, sitting him out of their NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas against Sacramento and fellow rookie point guard Fox.
Analysis: The No. 2 pick already knows there's no use trying to stay with the faster Fox at less than 100 percent. The Lakers said Ball, who struggled in his first game but responded with a triple-double in his second, had a sore right groin.
|7/10/2017||Joffrey Lauvergne, SA, F-C|
|The Spurs reached agreement on a contract with free agent forward/center Joffrey Lauvergne, The Vertical reported Monday. Lauvergne became a free agent when the Chicago Bulls pulled a qualifying offer.
Analysis: Details of his deal with the Spurs were unavailable, but apparently the Spurs felt they needed another big man. LaMarcus Aldridge appeared to be on the trading block at one point, and Pau Gasol, Dewayne Dedmon and David Lee are free agents. Gasol reportedly is likely to re-sign with the Spurs, however.
|7/9/2017||DeMarre Carroll, Bkn, F|
|The Raptors agreed to trade Carroll to the Nets. Brooklyn is sending center Justin Hamilton, a 2018 lottery-protected first-round pick and a second-round pick to Toronto.
Analysis: Carroll is owed $30 million over the next two seasons as part of the four-year, $60 million deal he signed upon joining the Raptors two years ago. Carroll was a disappointment last season when he averaged 8.9 points and shot 40 percent from the field. Injuries limited him to 26 games in his first season with the Raptors when he averaged 11 points.
|7/9/2017||Cory Joseph, Ind, PG|
|Joseph is headed to the Pacers in a sign-and-trade deal for C.J. Miles.
Analysis: Joseph played 25 minutes a game last year backing up Kyle Lowry, but he'll likely start in Indiana and should have the chance to put up solid numbers for a pretty bad team.
|7/9/2017||C.J. Miles, Tor, G-F|
|Miles is headed to the Raptors in a sign-and-trade deal for Cory Joseph.
Analysis: Miles shot a career-best 41.3 percent from 3-point range last season and should be in a much more efficient offense in Toronto.
|7/9/2017||Markelle Fultz, Phi, PG|
|Fultz will miss the rest of summer league with a lateral ankle sprain.
Analysis: Fultz suffered the injury in Saturday's game against the Warriors in Vegas, but it's not believed to be as serious as initially thought. Given the history of injuries to their recent top picks, no one will blame the 76ers for taking the safe approach here.
|7/9/2017||Aron Baynes, Bos, C|
|The Boston Celtics are expected to sign free-agent center Aron Baynes to a one-year, $4.3 million contract, ESPN.com reported Sunday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-10, 260-pound Baynes averaged 4.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 15.5 minutes per game last season with the Detroit Pistons.
|7/8/2017||Ivan Rabb, Mem, PF|
|Rabb will miss the first three summer league games as he recovers from a sprained left ankle. The Grizzlies said Saturday that Rabb would be re-evaluated and the team would update his situation after the first three games. Rabb, a 6-foot-10 forward from California, sprained his ankle during a pre-draft workout.
Analysis: Memphis obtained Rabb for a future second-round pick after the Orlando Magic selected him in the second round. Rabb was the 35th overall draft pick. The 20-year-old Rabb played 31 games for California as a sophomore this past season. He averaged 14 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1 block.
|7/8/2017||Taj Gibson, Min, F-C|
|Gibson was arrested for a traffic violation in New York City. The New York Police Department says a 2016 Mercedes Benz sedan made an illegal U-turn in Queens early Thursday. Police stopped the car and Gibson, who was driving, produced a suspended Illinois driver's license.
Analysis: Gibson recently agreed to a two-year, $28 million contract to play in Minnesota. The deal reunites the 32-year-old power forward with Tom Thibodeau, who coached him for five seasons in Chicago.
|7/8/2017||James Harden, Hou, G|
|The Houston Rockets have signed Harden to a four-year, $160 million contract extension, giving him the richest contract in NBA history at $228 million over six years. The Rockets said Saturday the extension will run through 2022-23 season but will not kick in until 2019. That means it will not affect their salary cap this season, so the Rockets are free to continue their roster upgrade. They added Chris Paul earlier this summer.
Analysis: Harden is coming off of his finest season. Moving to point guard for new coach Mike D'Antoni, Harden averaged 29.1 points, an NBA-leading 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds and finished second in the MVP race to former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook.
|7/8/2017||Brandon Ingram, LAL, G-F|
|Ingram will miss the rest of the Las Vegas Summer League after his right calf cramped up during a game on Friday night.
Analysis: Ingram, who scored 26 points in the game, fell to the floor while clutching his right leg after missing a potential game-winning shot in a 96-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. "It was just a cramp," Ingram said after the game. "I was ready to get back to play but looked back over to the sidelines and saw Magic (Johnson)." Johnson, the Lakers' president of basketball operations, shot Ingram a look and the 20-year-old remained on the bench.
|7/8/2017||Tim Hardaway Jr., NY, G-F|
|Hardaway is set to rejoin the Knicks with the Hawks reportedly not planning to match New York's four-year, $71 million offer sheet to the restricted free agent.
Analysis: The Knicks drafted Hardaway with the 24th pick in 2013. The 25-year-old shooting guard played his first two seasons with the Knicks before being traded on draft day in 2015 to Atlanta. Hardaway is coming off the most productive season of his four-year career, averaging 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 27.3 minutes over 79 games (30 starts) in 2016-17.
|7/8/2017||Joel Embiid, Phi, F-C|
|Embiid was fined $10,000 by the NBA on Saturday for directing an obscenity at LaVar Ball, the father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, on social media.
Analysis: Embiid directed the obscenity at Lavar Ball in an Instagram Live video this this week. Earlier, Embiid tweeted about LaVar and Lonzo Ball to 76ers teammate Ben Simmons, saying: ''Please dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him.''
|7/8/2017||Jamal Crawford, Atl, G-F|
|Crawford has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Timberwolves. The cap-strapped Wolves only had the room exception left to use for the deal, worth about $4.2 million for the upcoming season.
Analysis: Crawford averaged 12.3 points in 82 games for the Clippers last season. He was traded to Atlanta to help make room for Danilo Gallinari and reached a buyout agreement with the Hawks. Crawford gives the Timberwolves a much-needed scorer off of the bench. It continues an aggressive summer that has also seen the additions of Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson.
|7/8/2017||Otto Porter, Was, SF|
|The Wizards matched the Nets' max contract offer to Porter, The Washington Post repored. Porter will receive $106 million for four years. The Nets and Porter had come to an agreement Wednesday on an offer sheet and the Wizards exercised their option to match.
Analysis: Last season, Porter started 80 games for the Wizards and finished fourth in the league's most improved player voting. The third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft averaged a career-high 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals. The 24-year-old Porter also improved his long-range shooting, hitting 43.4 percent on 3-pointers compared with 36.7 percent the previous season, as he emerged as the third scoring option with John Wall and Bradley Beal.
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