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7/2/2015 Ed Davis, LAL, F-C
Davis is leaving Los Angeles for the Portland Trail Blazers. Davis' agent, David Bauman, says his client has agreed to a three-year, $20 million contract to join the Blazers.

Analysis: Davis averaged 8.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers last year.
7/2/2015 Tim Duncan, SA, F-C
Duncan is returning to San Antonio for a 19th season with the Spurs.

Analysis: Duncan tells the San Antonio Express-News that "I'll be on the court next year." Until Duncan made his announcement Thursday, there was speculation that he could call it a career after the Spurs lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in a thrilling seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs. Duncan turned 39 in April and accompanied the Spurs on a recruiting trip for star free agent LaMarcus Aldridge on Wednesday.
7/2/2015 Mario Hezonja, Orl, SG
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan reiterated that for now the plan for Hezonja is to play two of Orlando's five games during the Orlando summer league, which opens Saturday.

Analysis: While Hezonja comes in with lots of experience, having played professionally in Europe since age 11, new Magic coach Scott Skiles said he's not expecting him to necessarily come in contributing like a veteran.
7/2/2015 Marcus Morris, Pho, F
The Phoenix Suns have traded Morris, Danny Granger and Reggie Bullock to the Detroit Pistons for a future draft pick, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Morris averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and could compete for a starting job with the Pistons.

Analysis: The Suns trade again splits up Marcus and his twin brother Markieff, who have spent most of their lives playing together. The twins played at Kansas and spent three seasons together in the desert after Marcus was traded from Houston, which selected him with the 14th overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft. They were charged with felony aggravated assault back in January.
7/2/2015 Danny Granger, Pho, SF
The Phoenix Suns have traded Granger, Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock to the Detroit Pistons for a future draft pick, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

Analysis: Granger averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds with Miami before being traded to Phoenix last season. He did not play a game for the Suns because of a knee injury and exercised his one-year, $2.17 million option with the team last month.
7/2/2015 Reggie Bullock, Pho, G-F
The Phoenix Suns have traded Bullock, Marcus Morris and Danny Granger to the Detroit Pistons for a future draft pick, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press

Analysis: Bullock, a guard, averaged 1.9 points in 26 games with the Suns after a midseason trade last year.
7/2/2015 Damian Lillard, Por, PG
A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Damian Lillard has agreed to terms with the Portland Trail Blazers on a five-year extension worth more than $120 million. The two sides finished the negotiations on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

Analysis: Lillard has made two All-Star teams in his first three seasons in the league. He won the rookie of the year award in 2012. He averaged 21.0 points and 6.2 assists for the Blazers last season. The deal cannot be signed until July 9, per league rules.
7/2/2015 Dwyane Wade, Mia, G
Wade is staying with the Miami Heat. Wade informed the Heat on Thursday that he will accept their one-year offer to re-sign for $20 million for next season, said a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no NBA deals can be finalized this summer until July 9.

Analysis: The decision ends a weeks-long, sometimes-contentious saga between the Heat and their franchise player. Wade was open to the idea of leaving Miami over a contract dispute, moreso than ever before. An 11-time All-Star, Wade averaged 21.5 points this past season. Wade's agent, Henry Thomas, has not yet commented.
7/2/2015 LaMarcus Aldridge, Por, F-C
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says LaMarcus Aldridge and the Miami Heat have spoken about his future plans, and that a formal conversation is scheduled for Thursday night.

Analysis: The person says Heat President Pat Riley is to meet with Aldridge in Los Angeles. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side have publicly announced the meeting. Aldridge is one of the top free agents in this summer's class and has already met with several teams, including the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers.
7/2/2015 Timofey Mozgov, Cle, C
Mozgov has undergone successful right knee arthroscopic surgery and the team says he'll be out about six weeks. The Cavaliers say Mozgov had the procedure Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount Surgicenter.

Analysis: Mozgov transformed the Cavs on defense, giving them a rim-protecting, fear-creating big man after Anderson Varejao was lost for the season.
7/2/2015 Greivis Vasquez, Mil, G
Vasquez always thought he might end up in Milwaukee. It just took a little longer than he anticipated.

Analysis: The Bucks acquired the well-traveled Vasquez from Toronto last month for a conditional first-round pick and a second-round pick hoping he can bring some punch off the bench as team continues to rebuild.
7/2/2015 Jared Dudley, Mil, G-F
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Washington Wizards are close to acquiring Dudley from the Milwaukee Bucks for a future second-round draft pick.

Analysis: The person described the deal Thursday night on condition of anonymity, because it can't become official until July 9, per NBA rules.
7/1/2015 Danny Green, SA, G-F
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Green has agreed to terms with the San Antonio Spurs on a four-year contract worth $45 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. Per league rules, it cannot be signed until July 9.

Analysis: Green was one of the most coveted shooters on the market. And the Spurs' pursuit of free agent power forward LaMarcus Aldridge led some to believe that they would have to let Green leave for a big money deal with another team. But after agreeing to a max contract extension with Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs locked down Green, who is also one of the best perimeter defenders in the league.
7/1/2015 Khris Middleton, Mil, G-F
A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached agreement with Middleton on a five-year, $70 million contract. The Bucks and Middleton came to agreement early Wednesday, a few hours after the free agent market opened. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. ESPN first reported the agreement.

Analysis: Middleton's breakout was one of the main factors in the Bucks becoming one of the surprise teams in the league last year. He averaged 13.4 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range in his third season. Middleton was a second-round pick of Detroit in 2012. He has blossomed into a versatile and important small forward for the Bucks.
7/1/2015 Mike Dunleavy, Chi, G-F
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Dunleavy and the Chicago Bulls have agreed on a new three-year, $14 million contract. The person confirmed the deal Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no contracts can be signed until July 9. Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement, and Dunleavy later confirmed it to the Chicago Tribune.

Analysis: Dunleavy was expected to get interest from several other clubs, including Cleveland. He turns 35 in September, and averaged 9.4 points in 63 games - all starts - and shot 41 percent from 3-point range last season. In the playoffs, he averaged 10.9 points and shot 48 percent from beyond the arc. The No. 3 pick in the 2002 draft has averaged 11.7 points in 902 career games.
7/1/2015 Goran Dragic, Mia, G
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Goran Dragic has agreed to a five-year contract worth about $90 million with the Miami Heat. The person says the deal includes a player option for Dragic to return to free agency a year earlier if he so chooses. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be finalized until July 9 per NBA rules.

Analysis: It was long assumed the Heat would keep the 29-year-old Dragic, especially after giving up two future first-round selections to land the point guard in a deal with Phoenix this past season. Dragic averaged 16.6 points on 50 percent shooting in 26 games with the Heat. Between Miami and Phoenix, he averaged 16.3 points in 78 games.
7/1/2015 Thaddeus Young, Bkn, F
Young says he's staying with the Brooklyn Nets. The free agent forward tweeted Wednesday morning that he is "extremely happy" to continue his career with the team. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the two sides have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $50 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. No NBA contracts can be signed until July 9.

Analysis: Young averaged 13.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and shot 38 percent from 3-point range in 28 games for the Nets after coming from Minnesota in the trade that sent Kevin Garnett back to the Timberwolves. Young is entering his ninth season in the league.
7/1/2015 DeMarre Carroll, Atl, F
Carroll is leaving the Atlanta Hawks to join the Toronto Raptors. He tweeted a picture of himself with Raptors GM Masai Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey on Wednesday and announced that he is headed to Toronto. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that it's a four-year deal worth $60 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the details have not been announced. NBA rules prevent the deal from being signed until July 9.

Analysis: After bouncing around the league for his first four years, Carroll blossomed last season with the Hawks. He averaged 12.6 points, shot 39.5 percent from 3-point range and played superb defense to help the Hawks to the best record in the Eastern Conference.
7/1/2015 Kevin Love, Cle, F-C
Love issued a statement through The Players Tribune on Wednesday announcing that he would be returning to Cleveland next season. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Love will get a five-year max contract worth more than $110 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not been released. No NBA contract can be signed until July 9.

Analysis: Love came to Cleveland from Minnesota last summer in a trade that sent Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves. He injured his shoulder in the first round of the playoffs and missed the rest of the Cavaliers' run to the NBA Finals.
7/1/2015 Alexis Ajinca, NO, F-C
The New Orleans Pelicans and Ajinca have agreed on a four-year, $20.2 million extension. The 27-year-old Ajinca's new contract was confirmed by his agent, Mark Bartelstein, in an email to The Associated Press.

Analysis: The 7-foot center, who is French, was used last season primarily as a reserve. But when he received more minutes, he usually produced. He reached double figures in scoring and rebounding on several occasions, pouring in as many as 24 points in a victory over Miami last season and grabbing as many as 14 rebounds in a loss at Philadelphia. He averaged 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 68 games in 2014-15.
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