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|7/26/2017||Tyler Ennis, LAL, PG|
|The Lakers have re-signed Ennis, a late-season addition who played his way into a job.
Analysis: Los Angeles acquired Ennis from the Houston Rockets on Feb. 23 in a trade for Marcelo Huertas. Ennis appeared in 22 games for the Lakers, averaging 7.7 points and 2.4 assists. The Lakers are the fourth NBA team in three seasons for Ennis, a Syracuse product chosen 18th overall in the 2014 draft by Phoenix. Ennis is likely to vie for a backup role behind point guard Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 overall pick.
|7/25/2017||Lorenzo Brown, Det, PG|
|The Raptors have signed Brown to a two-way deal.
Analysis: Brown, 26, averaged 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 63 career NBA games with the Philadelphia 76ers (2013-14), Minnesota Timberwolves (2014-15) and Phoenix Suns (2015-16). Brown split the 2016-17 season between the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association and the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League.
|7/25/2017||Mike Muscala, Atl, F-C|
|The Hawks have re-signed Muscala to a two-year, $10 million deal.
Analysis: The 6-foot-11 Muscala, who was an unrestricted free agent, could play a bigger role as he returns for his fifth season following the departures of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. Muscala set career highs by averaging 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 70 games, including three starts, last season. He scored in double figures in 20 games and ranked second on the team by making 50.4 percent of his shots from the field.
|7/25/2017||Brandon Knight, Pho, G|
|Knight tore his left ACL while playing in a pro-am game last week in Miami and will be lost for the coming season.
Analysis: Knight's playing time diminished as last season progressed and the Suns chose to go with younger players. He appeared in 50 games, averaging 11 points and 2.4 assists. Knight came to Phoenix in a three-team trade with Milwaukee and Philadelphia in 2015. He has been unhappy with his role and the Suns had been expected to try to trade him, a deal that would be complicated by his contract. He has three years and about $44 million left on his contract.
|7/25/2017||Arron Afflalo, Sac, G-F|
|Afflalo has agreed to a one-year deal with the Magic, according to ESPN.
Analysis: Afflalo enjoyed his two best years in Orlando, but he's bounced around since then. He's still a solid 3-point shooter, but his defense has fallen off and it's hard to see him getting a ton of minutes for an awkwardly built Magic team.
|7/25/2017||Allen Crabbe, Bkn, G|
|Crabbe is headed to the Nets in a deal for Andrew Nicholson.
Analysis: The Nets tried to sign Crabbe when he was a restricted free agent last offseason, and now get him. He's an impressive shooter who needs to work on the other facets of his game, but he should have a chance for more playing time in Brooklyn.
|7/25/2017||Andrew Nicholson, Por, PF|
|The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Nicholson.
Analysis: Nicholson, who was traded from Washington to the Nets at the deadline in February, averaged 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds last season. Portland is expected to waive the 6-foot-9 power forward.
|7/24/2017||Luis Montero, Mia, SF|
|The Pistons have signed Luis Montero to a two-way contract.
Analysis: Montero played 49 games last season for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Reno Bighorns of the NBA G League. He played in 12 NBA games with the Trail Blazers in 2015-16, averaging 1.2 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.1 assists.
|7/23/2017||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James is one of three NBA players with no-trade clauses in their contracts, and the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar plans to enforce it during the 2017-18 season, according to an ESPN report on Sunday. The news emerged two days after ESPN reported Kyrie Irving is requesting a trade from Cleveland so the point guard could be a "number one option."
Analysis: With or without Irving on his team, James plans to play out his contract, which contains a $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season. James is expected to decline the player option and test unrestricted free agency next summer, fueling speculation he might leave Cleveland for a second time. James is frustrated with the developments concerning Irving, ESPN reported.
|7/21/2017||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|Two people familiar with the situation said Irving has asked the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade him. Irving made the request last week to owner Dan Gilbert, said the people who spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the star's demands. Irving's appeal was first reported by ESPN.
Analysis: A four-time All-Star, Irving has spent six seasons with the Cavs, who selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. The 25-year-old has overcome injury issues and developed into one of the league's elite point guards. Irving is under contract for two more seasons with Cleveland, which has had a tumultuous offseason following a loss to Golden State in the NBA Finals. GM David Griffin parted ways with the club after failing to work out a new contract with Gilbert.
|7/21/2017||Pau Gasol, SA, F-C|
|A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Gasol has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs. The 7-foot Spaniard and the Spurs came to agreement on Friday on a deal that is partially guaranteed for the third season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made an official announcement.
Analysis: Gasol declined the $16 million option on his contract in June with the intent of signing a longer-term deal with the Spurs. The Spurs re-signed Patty Mills and added free agents Rudy Gay and Brandon Paul. Gasol averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25.4 minutes for the Spurs last season. ESPN first reported the agreement.
|7/21/2017||Dillon Brooks, Mem, SF|
|The Memphis Grizzlies signed Brooks, a second-round pick in last month's NBA draft. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed Friday. Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 45th overall pick. The Grizzlies acquired him in exchange for a future second-round pick.
Analysis: Brooks averaged 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a junior at Oregon last season. He was named the Pac-12 player of the year and helped Oregon earn its first Final Four berth since 1939.
|7/21/2017||Ersan Ilyasova, Atl, F|
|Ilyasova inked a one-year, $6 million deal to stick with Atlanta.
Analysis: In 26 games (12 starts) with Atlanta last season, Ilyasova averaged 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24.3 minutes. He also appeared in 53 games with Philadelphia and three contests with Oklahoma City last season, playing in 82 games for the first time in his career.
|7/21/2017||John Wall, Was, PG|
|A person familiar with the deal says that Wall has agreed to a $170 million, four-year contract extension with the Washington Wizards that will start with the 2019 season. The person confirmed the terms of the agreement to The Associated Press on Friday night on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
Analysis: The four-time All-Star averaged career highs in points (23.1), assists (10.7) and steals (2.0) in 78 games last season, his seventh in the NBA. Wall was drafted No. 1 overall by Washington in 2010.
|7/20/2017||Derrick Rose, Cle, PG|
|A person familiar with the decision says Rose has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose, a former league MVP who has battled knee injuries, will get a one-year contract at the veteran's minimum of $2.1 million, said the person who spoke Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announce the agreement.
Analysis: Rose played for the Knicks last season and averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists. The 28-year-old's role with the Cavs is still to be determined. He could be used as a backup or start depending on what the team does with All-Star Kyrie Irving, who recently asked for a trade.
|7/18/2017||Manu Ginobili, SA, G-F|
|Ginobili is planning on returning for a 16th season with the Spurs and is closing in on a one-year contract with his longtime team, according to ESPN.
Analysis: Ginobili turns 40 later this month but apparently isn't quite ready for retirement. The two-time All-Star and four-time NBA champion's days as a major fantasy contributor have long since passed, though. He averaged 7.5 points and 18.7 minutes in 69 games off the bench this past season, though he did connect on 39.2 percent of his 3-point attempts.
|7/18/2017||Mario Chalmers, Mem, G|
|Chalmers broke the news himself that he is returning to the Memphis Grizzlies. Chalmers used Instagram to post a picture of himself in a Grizzlies uniform with a caption that read "GNG... enough said." Grit and grind is the Grizzlies' motto. Multiple media outlets reported that Chalmers agreed to a one-year deal.
Analysis: Chalmers has recovered from a torn right Achilles tendon he suffered in March 2016 while playing for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies released Chalmers after he was injured, and he missed the entire 2016-17 season. The Grizzlies acquired Chalmers from the Heat in a trade that sent Beno Udrih to Miami early in the 2015-16 season. Chalmers averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 55 games with the Grizzlies in 2015-16.
|7/17/2017||Lonzo Ball, LAL, PG|
|Ball will not play in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game. The Lakers announced Monday that Ball suffered a mild calf strain in the third quarter Sunday and will be cautious with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
Analysis: Ball has averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He also posted two triple-doubles and four double-digit assist games in being named the league's Most Valuable Player.
|7/17/2017||Paul Pierce, LAC, F|
|The Celtics announced Monday that they have signed Pierce to a contract so the 10-time All-Star can retire with the team he spent his best 15 seasons in the NBA with. Pierce helped bring a championship in 2008 as part the ''Big Three'' of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
Analysis: Drafted by Boston at No. 10 in 1998, Pierce started a 15-season run that is behind only John Havlicek's 16 seasons for the most played in a Celtics uniform. The 39-year-old retires atop the franchise's lists in 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583). He is also Boston's second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 career points, trailing only Havlicek.
|7/16/2017||Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, LAC, F|
|Mbah a Moute reached an agreement to sign with the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN.
Analysis: The contract is believed to be for one year at the veteran's minimum salary. Mbah a Moute, 30, played the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, and he has been a starter each of the past three seasons. Mbah a Moute's strength is as a defender because he can guard small forwards on the perimeter or power forwards in the low post. Mbah a Moute averaged 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds last season while playing in 80 games, including 76 starts.
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