Recent 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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

76ers sign 2017 pick Jonah Bolden to 4-year deal

Philadelphia 76ers 2017 second-round pick Jonah Bolden has agreed to a 4-year, $7 million rookie deal with the team, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

The deal includes team options and was made possible after Richaun Holmes was sent to the Phoenix Suns for cash considerations on Friday. Bolden was taken with the 36th overall pick in last year's draft before being stashed overseas. The 22-year-old may have a tough time cracking a deep Philadelphia frontcourt.

Bolden averaged 6.9 points, 5.5 boards, 1.2 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.8 treys in 21.1 minutes per game for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Shelvin Mack nearing 1-year agreement with Grizzlies

Free agent point guard Shelvin Mack, previously of the Orlando Magic, and the Memphis Grizzlies are "progressing in talks on a one-year deal," according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

What It Means:

Mack logged 19.8 minutes per game for the Magic last season but he likely wouldn't see nearly as much opportunity playing behind a healthy Mike Conley.

Mack averaged 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 0.8 steals in 69 games (three starts) last season.

Nuggets sign Monte Morris to 3-year deal

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Monte Morris has agreed to a three-year, $4.8 million deal with the team, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Morris was on a two-way deal with the Nuggets last season but the 2017 second-rounder earned the long-term deal with a solid showing during Summer League play. He will likely be the third point guard behind Jamal Murray and Isaiah Thomas.

Morris averaged 3.3 points, 2.3 assists, 0.7 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 8.7 minutes over three games for the Nuggets last season.

Nets, Suns swap Darrell Arthur, Jared Dudley

The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to trade forward/center Darrell Arthur to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for guard/forward Jared Dudley and a 2021 second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

What It Means:

The Nets acquired Arthur from the Denver Nuggets last weekend. He will be bought out of his $7.4 million contract, per Woj, who adds that Dudley may face the same fate. Arthur, 30, has been limited to 60 games over the past two seasons due to injury.

Arthur averaged 7.4 minutes in 19 games for the Suns last season.

Update: Yogi Ferrell bails on Mavericks, will re-enter free agency

Free agent guard Yogi Ferrell has pivoted from his deal with the Dallas Mavericks and will re-enter the open market, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

"We felt uncomfortable and will weigh our options," said Ferrell's agent, Cervando Tejeda. It was reported on Thursday that the undersized shooting guard had agreed to re-sign with the Mavericks on a 2-year, $5.3 million contract, but perhaps Tejeda was able to swing a better deal.

Ferrell averaged 19.3 FanDuel points in 82 games (21 starts) for the Mavericks last season, with 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.6 3-pointers on 42.6 percent shooting from the floor and 37.3 percent from beyond the arc.

76ers send Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired guard/forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Luwawu-Cabarrot will likely compete for reserve minutes on the wing in Oklahoma City. The 23-year-old late first-round pick didn't make much of an impact during two seasons with the 76ers.

TLC averaged 9.2 FanDuel points in 15.5 minutes over 52 games for the 76ers last season.

Justin Anderson goes from 76ers to Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks acquired small forward Justin Anderson from the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.

What It Means:

Anderson figures to provide backup wing minutes for the Hawks.

Anderson averaged 10.1 FanDuel points in 13.7 minutes over 38 games for the 76ers last season.

Mike Muscala reportedly moves from Hawks to 76ers

Atlanta Hawks forward/center Mike Muscala will be headed to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Carmelo Anthony trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

What It Means:

Muscala provides some matchup flexibility for the 76ers and his departure creates even more upside in the Hawks' frontcourt for rising sophomore John Collins.

Muscala averaged 16.8 FanDuel points in 20.0 minutes over 53 games for the Hawks last season, with 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest.

Thunder reportedly acquire Dennis Schroder from Hawks for Melo

The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired point guard Dennis Schroder from the Atlanta Hawks in a deal centering around Carmelo Anthony's contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

What It Means:

It's a win-win for both sides, as the Hawks had reportedly been struggling to move Schroder for weeks and the Thunder were committed to dumping Anthony's contract. He obviously won't see nearly as much opportunity in Oklahoma City playing behind Russell Westbrook but Schroder's best years should theoretically be ahead of him, as next season will be only his age-25 campaign. Jeremy Lin and Trae Young will likely split most of the Hawks' point guard minutes next season.

Schroder averaged 33.3 FanDuel points with 19.4 points, 6.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 3-pointers in 67 games for the Hawks last season.

Carmelo Anthony reportedly traded from Thunder to Hawks, will be waived

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade forward Carmelo Anthony and a 2022 lottery-protected first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for point guard Dennis Schroder and forward/center Mike Muscala, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

What It Means:

Anthony will be bought out and is free to sign with a team of his choice. The Houston Rockets are the "frontrunner," according to Woj, who added that the Thunder will flip Muscala to the Philadelphia 76ers for guard/forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Justin Anderson will also be traded from the 76ers to the Hawks.

Anthony averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game while shooting just 40.4 percent from the field for the Thunder last season.

Yogi Ferrell reportedly re-ups with Mavericks for 2 years

The Dallas Mavericks and guard Yogi Ferrell have agreed to a 2-year, $5.3 million contract, reports Sham Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Per Charania, the Mavericks guaranteed Ferrell the backup shooting guard job behind Luka Doncic for next season. He played 27.8 minutes per game in his second year but will likely see that number dip after Dallas added more talent to the backcourt.

Ferrell averaged 19.3 FanDuel points in 82 games (21 starts) for the Mavericks last season, with 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.6 3-pointers on 42.6 percent shooting from the floor and 37.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Dirk Nowitzki reportedly finalizing 1-year pact with Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks and forward/center Dirk Nowitzki intend to complete a 1-year, $5 million contract, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Nowitzki made it known he would return for the Mavericks next season, so this was more a financial formality than anything else. The 40-year-old veteran managed to play in 77 games last season before having to undergo ankle surgery in April.

At 39 years old in 2017-18, Dirk averaged 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds. His 8.3 rebounds per 36 minutes was his second-highest rate in his past 10 seasons.

Marcus Smart reportedly signs with Celtics for 4 years, $52 million

The Boston Celtics and point guard Marcus Smart have agreed to a 4-year, $52 million deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Things took a little longer than many expected but there really wasn't ever much doubt that Smart would stick with the squad that drafted him four summers ago. Assuming Kyrie Irving is healthy next season, Smart's playing time figures to go down after he logged 29.9 minutes per game last year.

Smart averaged 24.4 FanDuel points with 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in 54 games for the Celtics last season.

DeMar DeRozan traded to Spurs from Raptors in deal for Kawhi

The San Antonio Spurs acquired guard/forward DeMar DeRozan from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for guard/forwards Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.

What It Means:

The Spurs also landed 2016 lottery pick Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick in the deal. With little depth behind him on the wings, DeRozan should see even more opportunity on offense in San Antonio after recording a 29.2 usage rate for Toronto last year. He turns 29 in August.

DeRozan averaged 37.0 FanDuel points in 80 games for the Raptors last season, with 23.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 3-pointers in 33.9 minutes per contest.

Raptors receive Danny Green in trade with Spurs

The Toronto Raptors acquired guard/forward Danny Green from the San Antonio Spurs in a deal that also netted guard/forward Kawhi Leonard and yielded power forward Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick.

What It Means:

Green figures to compete with C.J. Miles, OG Anunoby, and Norm Powell for minutes in Toronto but the 31-year-old should have an opportunity to open the year in the starting lineup. He's shot below 40.0 percent in three straight seasons following a breakout 2014-15 campaign.

Green averaged 19.6 FanDuel points in 70 games (60 starts) for the Spurs last season, with 8.6 points, 1.7 3-pointers, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.1 blocks per contest.

Spurs acquire Jakob Poeltl, protected 2019 first-rounder from Raptors in Kawhi deal

The San Antonio Spurs acquired power forward Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick in exchange for guard/forward Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Wojnarowski says the pick is top-20 protected for 2019 but that it will become a pair of second-round selections after one year. Poeltl, 22, was taken by the Raptors with the 9th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Poeltl averaged 17.3 FanDuel points in 82 games for the Raptors last season while recording 6.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 18.6 minutes per contest.

Raptors reportedly land Kawhi Leonard from Spurs in exchange for DeMar DeRozan

The Toronto Raptors have reached an agreement in principle to acquire guard/forward Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for a package that includes guard/forward DeMar DeRozan, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

According to Woj, the trade is set to be finalized later on Wednesday and more players are involved on both sides. Leonard is set to become a free agent next summer and there are concerns about his troublesome quad, but even with the risk, this is a huge acquisition for a Raptors franchise that has repeatedly failed to get over the hump in the postseason. Kawhi turned 27 in June. On the other side of things, DeRozan could be even more active on offense in San Antonio after posting a 29.2 usage rate with the Raptors last season.

Kawhi only played 210 minutes last year, bu in the 2016-17 season he averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game on a 54.1 effective field goal percentage while adding 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game.

Garrett Temple traded from Sacramento to Memphis

The Sacramento Kings are trading guard Garrett Temple to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard Ben McLemore, forward/center Deyonta Davis and cash, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

The 32-year-old Temple stands to see a sizable role in the Grizzlies' rotation on the wing, replacing McLemore, whose 19.5 minuets per game were inflating by the Grizzlies' injury woes last year.

Temple averaged a career-best 8.4 points, along with 2.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals in 24.8 minutes per game last season. His .512 effective field goal percentage was the second-highest of his career, and the Kings' defensive rating was 1.1 points better when he was on the floor than when he was off.

Spurs' Kawhi Leonard may participate in Team USA minicamp

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is considering participating in minicamp for Team USA next week, per Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

What It Means:

This would be a chance for Leonard to show other teams how healthy he is after missing most of the 2017-18 season with a quad injury, which could advance trade talks if there are any squads concerned about the injury. This would also be an opportunity for Kawhi to work more with Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich, which could provide an opportunity for the two to find common ground and might increase the likelihood of Leonard staying in San Antonio.

Kawhi only played 210 minutes last year, bu in the 2016-17 season he averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game on a 54.1% effective field goal percentage while adding 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per game.

Source: ESPN.com

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