NBA PLAYER NEWS
Hawks and Alex Len finalizing a deal
The Atlanta Hawks and free agent center Alex Len are finalizing a deal, per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
It is a reported two-year, $8.5 million deal for the 25-year-old center. Len will compete for minutes at the five with Dewayne Dedmon, John Collins and Miles Plumlee.
Len averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.2 minutes per game in the 2017-18 season. His .567 effective field goal percentage and 19.8% rebound rate were both career-best marks.
Magic trade Rodney Purvis to Thunder
The Orlando Magic have traded guard Rodney Purvis to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Dakari Johnson.
Purvis' contract is not guaranteed, so it would not be shocking to see the Thunder release him. He didn't see regular playing time last season until March, when the only thing the Magic were playing for was a draft pick.
Purvis averaged 6.0 points on just 32.7% shooting during the 2017-18 season.
Thunder trade Dakari Johnson to the Magic
The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded center Dakari Johnson to the Orlando Magic.
Oklahoma City receives guard Rodney Purvis, whose contract is not guaranteed. The move frees up $1.4 million for the Thunder. Orlando is fairly loaded in the front court, so it could be hard for Johnson to top last season's 5.2 minutes per game.
Johnson averaged just 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in the 2017-18 campaign.
Yogi Ferrell agrees to a two-year, $6.2 million deal with Kings
The Sacramento Kings have agreed to a two-year, $6.2 million deal with guard Yogi Ferrell.
Yogi was set to sign a two-year, $5.3 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks, but he decided to back out. We now know why. His minutes will likely decrease in Sacramento as he battles for playing time in the second unit.
Ferrell averaged 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 27.8 minutes per game during the 2017-18 season.
Michael Beasley agrees to a one-year deal with the Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with free-agent forward Michael Beasley.
Beasley is a solid addition to the Lakers' second unit and should get 15-20 minutes of playing time per night.
Beasley finished last season with averages of 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists, his best output in each category since the 2010-11 season.
Suns reportedly receive Richaun Holmes from Sixers
The Philadelphia 76ers will trade power forward Richaun Holmes to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for cash considerations, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
The 76ers needed to clear cap space in order to sign Jonah Bolden, the 37th overall pick from the 2017 draft, to a 4-year, $7 million rookie deal. Holmes figures to compete with veteran Tyson Chandler for backup center minutes behind 1st overall pick Deandre Ayton.
Holmes averaged 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 0.6 blocks in 15.5 minutes per game for the 76ers last season.
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