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Date Player
7/19/2016 Marc Gasol, Mem, C
Gasol will not participate in the Olympics as he continues his recovery from a broken foot.

Analysis: The two-time All-Star said he wants to make sure he'll be 100 percent at the start of the 2016-17 NBA season. Gasol, who helped Spain to a silver medal in each of the past two Olympics, underwent surgery in February to repair a non-displaced fracture of a navicular bone in his right foot.
7/19/2016 Joe Harris, Bkn, SG
The Nets have signed Harris to a multi-year contract.

Analysis: Harris played in 51 games as a rookie with Cleveland in 2014-15 but just five this past season. The former Virginia standout was traded to Orlando in January and promptly waived by the Magic.
7/19/2016 Mike Miller, Den, G-F
The Nuggets have signed Miller to a two-year deal worth a reported $5 million.

Analysis: The 36-year-old Miller played only 373 minutes last season for Denver but served a valuable role as a mentor on a young squad.
7/18/2016 Miles Plumlee, Mil, F-C
The Bucks have re-signed Plumlee to a four-year deal worth $52 million.

Analysis: The 6-foot-11 Plumlee averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 61 games in 2015-16, his fourth season in the league and first full year in Milwaukee. Plumlee received more playing time in the second half, giving the team an athletic spark off the bench. He started 14 games.
7/18/2016 Álex Abrines, OKC, SG
The Thunder and Abrines agreed on a three-year deal worth a reported $18 million Monday. The 6-foot-6 small guard/shooting forward was the No. 32 overall pick in the 2013 draft. He was acquired by the Thunder as part of the trade that sent James Harden to the Rockets.

Analysis: Abrines averaged 9.6 points in 19.6 minutes in the Spanish ACB and in Euroleague this past year. He has exceptional range, connecting on 49.1 percent of his field-goal attempts and 43.5 percent of his attempts from 3-point range.
7/18/2016 Tyus Jones, Min, PG
Jones won Summer League MVP honors and finished with 27 points in nearly leading the 24th-seeded Wolves to the championship. He won the Final Four Most Outstanding Player award after leaving Duke past Wisconsin for the 2015 national championship.

Analysis: The Timberwolves are pretty deep in the backcourt with the addition of Kris Dunn in the draft, but there's no doubt Jones turned some heads with his performance this summer.
7/18/2016 Denzel Valentine, Chi, SF
Valentine hit the tying 3-pointer with the final second of regulation, then made a jumper at the buzzer in overtime to give the Chicago Bulls an 84-82 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Analysis: Valentine was scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting through three quarters, but he proved that fortunes change quickly in Las Vegas. His 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds forced the extra period after Tyus Jones had just given Minnesota a 77-74 lead on a 3 with 3.6 seconds to go.
7/18/2016 Ben Simmons, Phi, F
Ben Simmons showed off the versatility that made him the No. 1 pick in the draft. The freshman from LSU played in four games for the Philadelphia 76ers in Las Vegas, averaging 12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists.

Analysis: If the 76ers do someday get the forward from Australia along with recent high picks Joel Embiid and Dario Saric on the court with second-year forward Jahlil Okafor, the future could be bright after a dismal recent past.
7/18/2016 Jerian Grant, Chi, G
Chicago figures to have a starting backcourt of Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo after signing both players earlier this month, and there's some good young talent behind them. Valentine showed he's a clutch performer, while Grant, acquired from the Knicks in the trade for Derrick Rose, was MVP of the championship game with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Analysis: Grant also shined at the end of last season for the Knicks, leaving some to believe he could be a sleeper fantasy pick next season.
7/18/2016 Devin Booker, Pho, SG
Phoenix got a look at a promising young core while going 4-2 in Las Vegas. All-Rookie selection Devin Booker averaged 26 points in his two games, top-10 picks Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss both showed potential and guard Tyler Ulis looked like a second-round keeper.

Analysis: Ulis averaged 14.5 points and Chriss had 10.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Bender, the No. 4 pick from Croatia, shot just 27.5 percent from the field but managed 8.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in his five games.
7/18/2016 Tyler Ulis, Pho, PG
Phoenix got a look at a promising young core while going 4-2 in Las Vegas. All-Rookie selection Devin Booker averaged 26 points in his two games, top-10 picks Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss both showed potential and guard Tyler Ulis looked like a second-round keeper.

Analysis: Ulis averaged 14.5 points and Chriss had 10.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Bender, the No. 4 pick from Croatia, shot just 27.5 percent from the field but managed 8.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in his five games.
7/18/2016 Dragan Bender, Pho, PF
Phoenix got a look at a promising young core while going 4-2 in Las Vegas. All-Rookie selection Devin Booker averaged 26 points in his two games, top-10 picks Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss both showed potential and guard Tyler Ulis looked like a second-round keeper.

Analysis: Bender, the No. 4 pick from Croatia, shot just 27.5 percent from the field but managed 8.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in his five games.
7/17/2016 Brandon Bass, LAC, F-C
Bass has agreed to a one-year contract with the Clippers worth a reported $1.55 million.

Analysis: Bass spent last season with the crosstown-rival Lakers, where he averaged 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 66 games as a reserve. The 11-year veteran reunites with Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who Bass also played under with the Boston Celtics from 2011-13.
7/17/2016 Nemanja Bjelica, Min, PF
Bjelica will miss the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of a right-foot injury.

Analysis: The injury has been described as an inflamed nerve. Bjelica said the injury needs another three weeks to heal. Bjelica is a longtime pillar of Serbia's team and his absence will be a serious blow to the squad's hopes of gaining a medal.
7/16/2016 Wade Baldwin IV, Mem, PG
The Memphis Grizzlies have signed first-round draft pick Baldwin.

Analysis: Baldwin, a 6-foot-4 guard from Vanderbilt, was selected with the 17th overall pick in the draft. The 20-year-old averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 33 games as a sophomore for Vanderbilt last season.
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