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|7/2/2015||Nik Stauskas, Sac, SG|
|The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Stauskas thanked the Kings and their fans on his Twitter page and wrote that he was excited to start a new chapter of his career in Philadelphia.
|7/2/2015||Jason Thompson, Sac, F-C|
|The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Nik Stauskas, Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Thompson just completed his seventh season and was Sacramento's longest-tenured player, having appeared in a franchise-record 541 games. Landry, an eight-year veteran, has battled injuries since coming to Sacramento two years ago.
|7/2/2015||Carl Landry, Sac, F|
|The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Landry, an eight-year veteran, has battled injuries since coming to Sacramento two years ago.
|7/2/2015||Omer Asik, NO, F-C|
|A person familiar with the negotiations says the New Orleans Pelicans and center Omer Asik have agreed on a five-year contract worth a minimum of $44 million and rising up to $58 million if incentives and benchmarks are met.
Analysis: The 7-foot Asik, who turns 29 on Saturday, started 76 games and averaged 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds this season, his first with New Orleans following a trade from Houston.
|7/2/2015||Greg Monroe, Det, F-C|
|A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that that free agent center Greg Monroe has chosen the Milwaukee Bucks over other big-market suitors like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been officially announced.
Analysis: Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, which is for three years and $50 million. Monroe has a player option on the final year of the deal that will allow the 25-year-old to become a free agent again in two years if he chooses.
|7/2/2015||Arron Afflalo, Por, G-F|
|Afflalo is about to team up with Carmelo Anthony again. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Afflalo has accepted a two-year, $16 million offer from the New York Knicks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no NBA deals can be completed before July 9.
Analysis: A shooting guard, Afflalo spent parts of two seasons as Anthony's teammate in Denver. Afflalo also has spent time with Detroit, Orlando and Portland, averaging 11.4 points per game in his first eight NBA seasons.
|7/2/2015||Monta Ellis, Dal, G|
|Ellis has found a new home in Indiana. A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Ellis has agreed to terms with the Pacers on a four-year deal worth $44 million. The deal includes a player option for the final year. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. The contract cannot be signed until July 9.
Analysis: Ellis averaged 18.9 points and 4.1 assists in his second season with the Dallas Mavericks last year. Ellis only shot 28.5 percent on 3-pointers last year, but his ability to score will help the Pacers, who ranked 24th in scoring last season.
|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.
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