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Date Player
8/22/2017 K.J. McDaniels, Tor, SF
The Raptors have signed McDaniels to a contract.

Analysis: McDaniels averaged 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 49 games in 2016-17. A second-round selection by Philadelphia in the 2014 draft, McDaniels has averaged 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in 148 games with the 76ers, Rockets and Nets.
8/22/2017 Kyrie Irving, Bos, G
The Cavaliers have traded Irving to the Celtics for fellow All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic as well as a 2018 first-round pick Boston received from the Nets.

Analysis: Irving gets his wish after saying he wanted out of Cleveland and LeBron James' shadow, and he figures to be the No. 1 option in Boston even with the offseason addition of Gordon Heyward. Coming off a season in which he averaged a career-best 25.2 points per game, the four-time All-Star should go off the board early in fantasy drafts.
8/22/2017 Isaiah Thomas, Cle, PG
The Celtics have traded Thomas along with forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick originally belonging to the Nets to the Cavaliers for fellow All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

Analysis: Thomas may be hard-pressed to match last season's career-high 28.9 points per game as the clear-cut No. 2 option in Cleveland, though he'll surely still have a prominent role on one of the league's premier offensive teams. The standout guard should come in highly motivated with a chance to possibly secure a max contract as a free agent next summer.
8/22/2017 Jae Crowder, Cle, F
The Celtics have traded Crowder along with All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick originally belonging to the Nets to the Cavaliers for point guard Kyrie Irving.

Analysis: Though obviously not the headliner of the blockbuster deal, Crowder could be an astute pickup for a Cleveland squad that had its need for a shutdown wing defender exposed during the 2017 NBA Finals. The five-year veteran may not be a starter, but still should receive plenty of minutes in a role similar to Andre Iguodala's in Golden State.
8/22/2017 Ante Zizic, Cle, C
Zizic will head to the Cavaliers as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston and Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland.

Analysis: The 23rd overall pick of the 2016 draft, Zizic is expected to come over to the NBA after spending last season playing in Turkey. The 7-footer could be viewed as the long-term backup to Tristan Thompson in Cleveland.
8/21/2017 Jeff Withey, Dal, C
The Mavericks signed Withey, who spent the past two seasons with the Utah Jazz.

Analysis: The 7-foot Withey averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 51 games last season. He made one start. He has career averages of 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in four seasons with New Orleans and Utah.
8/19/2017 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil, F
Bucks star and Greece international basketballer Giannis Antetokounmpo says he will miss the Eurobasket because of a knee injury.

Analysis: In a Facebook post on Saturday, Antetokounmpo says he failed to complete physicals because of excessive pain. Antetokounmpo is in China to attend, but not play in, a basketball tournament in Shanghai. He was to have rejoined Greece after his China tour, but knee problems alarmed the Bucks, who administered the physical in China.
8/14/2017 Briante Weber, LAL, PG
The Lakers have signed Weber to a one-year deal.

Analysis: Weber, 24, appeared in 20 games last season with the Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors, averaging a combined 3.1 points and 1.1 assists.
8/11/2017 Carmelo Anthony, NY, F
After initial talks between the New York Knicks and Rockets about an Anthony trade stalled, the teams have re-engaged in discussions to send the 10-time All-Star to the Magnolia City, according to an ESPN report.

Analysis: Anthony will only waive his no-trade clause to be dealt to the Rockets, refusing to include more teams on his list of potential destinations, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
8/10/2017 Zach Randolph, Sac, F-C
Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, authorities said Thursday.

Analysis: Randolph, 36, was taken into custody late Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado. ''The charges are false and misleading,'' Randolph's agent and attorney Raymond Brothers told The Associated Press on Thursday. ''We're looking at all options to resolve this matter.''
8/10/2017 Patrick Patterson, OKC, F-C
Thunder forward Patrick Patterson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday, the team announced.

Analysis: Patterson, who will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks, is expected to start at power forward for Oklahoma City after agreeing to a three-year, $16.4 million contract in July.
8/9/2017 Ty Lawson, Sac, PG
Lawson has decided to leave the NBA and play in China, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

Analysis: Lawson averaged 9.9 points and 4.8 assists while playing 69 games, including 24 starts, for the Kings in 2016-17.
8/9/2017 Donatas Motiejunas, NO, F-C
Motiejunas has decided to leave the NBA and play in China, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

Analysis: Motiejunas averaged 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 34 games, all off the bench, for the Pelicans last season.
8/9/2017 Luke Babbitt, Atl, SF
The Atlanta Hawks signed Babbitt to a one-year deal Wednesday.

Analysis: Babbitt has averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds during his NBA career. He will bring experience to a young rebuilding Hawks roster. The 6-foot-9 forward started 55 games for the Miami Heat last season and shot 41.4 percent from 3-point range. He started 36 of the final 41 games when the Heat finished the season 30-11.
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