NBA Player News
|9/23/2017||Carmelo Anthony, NY, F|
|The New York Knicks agreed to trade Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to multiple reports Saturday. The Thunder will send center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick via the Chicago Bulls to the Knicks, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Anthony will waive his no-trade clause and his $8.1 trade kicker to accommodate the deal, according to ESPN.
Analysis: Anthony joins MVP Russell Westbrook and newly acquired All-Star forward Paul George in a reshaped and Western Conference contender. Anthony averaged 22.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting along with 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 74 games with the Knicks last season, his seventh in New York and 14th in the NBA.
|9/23/2017||Enes Kanter, OKC, C|
|The New York Knicks agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to multiple reports Saturday. The Thunder will send Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick via the Chicago Bulls to the Knicks, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Analysis: Kanter averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 72 games off the bench last season.
|9/23/2017||Doug McDermott, OKC, SF|
|The New York Knicks agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to multiple reports Saturday. The Thunder will send Enes Kanter, McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick via the Chicago Bulls to the Knicks, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Analysis: McDermott played in 66 games for the Bulls and Thunder last season, averaging 9 points while shooting 37 percent from 3-point range.
|9/22/2017||Markieff Morris, Was, F|
|Morris is expected to be out six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Analysis: On the six-to-eight-week timeline, Morris would miss at least the first six games of the regular season and possibly more. The 28-year-old Morris averaged a career-high 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds last season for Washington, which lost to Boston in the second round of the playoffs.
|9/22/2017||Troy Daniels, Pho, G|
|The Phoenix Suns acquired Daniels and a second-round pick in the 2018 draft from the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday in exchange for a second-round pick in the same draft.
Analysis: Daniels averaged 8.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 67 games last season.
|9/22/2017||Anthony Bennett, Pho, F|
|The Suns signed Bennett on Friday.
Analysis: Bennett played in 23 games last season for the Nets, his fourth team since being the surprising No. 1 overall pick by the Cavaliers in 2013. He averaged 5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes.
|9/22/2017||Peter Jok, Pho, PG|
|The Suns signed Jok on Friday.
Analysis: Jok had a successful four-year career at Iowa. He led the Big Ten with 19.9 points per game last season and earned All-Big Ten First Team honors while setting a Hawkeyes' single-season record by shooting 91.1 percent from the free throw line.
|9/22/2017||Noah Vonleh, Por, PF|
|Vonleh will miss all of preseason camp and is likely to miss the first two weeks of the regular season after suffering a right shoulder strain, multiple media outlets reported Friday. Vonleh sustained the injury while playing a pick-up game at the Trail Blazer's practice facility.
Analysis: Vonleh, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 draft, started 41 of the 74 games he played for Portland last season, and was a bigger factor late in the season. He averaged 4.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 2016-17. Any one of a number of players could fill Vonleh's spot in the starting lineup. Al-Farouq Aminu, Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard, Caleb Swanigan and Evan Turner are among the candidates.
|9/20/2017||Markieff Morris, Was, F|
|Morris will miss the start of training camp because he is scheduled to have surgery to repair a sports hernia on Friday, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.
Analysis: The Wizards begin training camp on Tuesday and their first preseason game is on Oct. 2. Their first regular-season game is Oct. 18, and Morris might be available for that contest. This type of surgery typically requires a few weeks of recovery time. Morris is entering his third season with the Wizards. He averaged 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 76 games, all as a starter, during the 2016-17 season.
|9/19/2017||Justise Winslow, Mia, F|
|The Miami Heat exercised their fourth-year option on Winslow, the team announced Tuesday.
Analysis: The Heat had until Oct. 16 to exercise that option for Winslow, who is guaranteed $3.44 million for the 2018-19 season. Had Miami elected against the move, Winslow would have become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Winslow was limited to just 18 games last season because of multiple injuries, including a shoulder ailment that required surgery.
|9/19/2017||Brandon Rush, Min, G-F|
|The Milwaukee Bucks added a veteran presence to the perimeter by signing swingman Brandon Rush to a training camp contract on Tuesday.
Analysis: Rush spent last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21.9 minutes over 47 games while shooting 38.6 percent from 3-point range. The 32-year-old is a career 40.2 percent 3-point shooter over nine seasons with Indiana, Golden State, Utah and Minnesota.
|9/18/2017||Mason Plumlee, Den, F-C|
|Plumlee has agreed to return to the Denver Nuggets on a three-year, $41 million deal.
Analysis: Plumlee averaged 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists after being acquired in a February deal that sent Jusuf Nurkic to Portland. Plumlee fit in seamlessly with fellow big man Nikola Jokic, who has become the face of the franchise.
|9/18/2017||Jason Terry, Mil, G|
|Terry will play in a 19th NBA season after agreeing to return to the Bucks on a one-year deal.
Analysis: The 40-year-old can still stroke it from deep, as he connected on 42.7 percent of his 3-point attempts while averaging 4.1 points and 18.4 minutes over 74 games last season. While Terry can still provide perimeter shooting and a veteran voice in the locker room, his days as a consistent fantasy producer are long behind him.
|9/18/2017||Andrew Bogut, Cle, C|
|Bogut has reportedly agreed to join the Lakers on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum salary of $2.3 million.
Analysis: Unless the Lakers plan on giving the chronically injured big man a major role, it's a low-risk move for Magic Johnson and the front office. Assuming his back isn't acting up and the broken leg that cut short his 2016-17 season has healed, the 32-year-old could be useful backup to Brook Lopez who still likely won't make much of a fantasy impact.
|9/15/2017||Jarrett Jack, NY, G|
|The New York Knicks signed Jack to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday.
Analysis: Jack, who turns 34 next month, is aiming to revive his career after two major injuries to his right knee. He tore the ACL early in the 2015-16 with the Brooklyn Nets and suffered a season-ending meniscus tear last season with the New Orleans Pelicans.
|9/14/2017||Diamond Stone, Chi, C|
|The Chicago Bulls signed free-agent Stone to a contract, the team announced Thursday.
Analysis: Stone averaged 1.4 points in seven games with the Los Angeles Clippers last season after being acquired in a 2016 draft-night trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. He fared significantly better in the NBA G League, posting 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in 13 games with both the Santa Cruz Warriors and Salt Lake City Stars.
|9/14/2017||Boris Diaw, Uta, F-C|
|Diaw is returning to his native France after signing a contract to play for Paris-Levallois this season, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. Diaw's contract includes the opportunity to opt out for both NBA and European teams, so he could sign with an NBA team late in the season.
Analysis: Diaw averaged just 4.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 17.6 minutes in 73 games, including 33 starts, for the Utah Jazz last season, his 14th in the NBA. The Jazz waived the 35-year-old Diaw this summer. His $7.5 million salary would have been guaranteed if he had not been waived by July 15.
|9/13/2017||Josh Richardson, Mia, SF|
|Richardson and the Heat agreed Wednesday on a four-year extension that could be worth $42 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The fourth year will be at Richardson's option, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the signing. The contract goes into effect in the 2018-19 season.
Analysis: Richardson will make about $1.5 million this coming season, and will likely be in the mix of candidates vying for the starting small forward spot with the Heat. Richardson is entering his third season with the Heat. He averaged 10.2 points last season, appearing in 53 games and making 34 starts. He shot 46 percent from 3-point range as a rookie, then 33 percent from beyond the arc last season - after missing training camp with a knee injury.
|9/12/2017||Shabazz Muhammad, Min, G-F|
|A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Muhammad has agreed to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves on a one-year deal. The Wolves and Muhammad agreed to terms on the veteran minimum deal on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed.
Analysis: Muhammad has spent all four of his NBA seasons with the Timberwolves. He averaged 9.9 points last season and was a restricted free agent when the summer began. The Wolves eventually rescinded their rights to him to make him an unrestricted free agent. He never got the long-term offer for which he was hoping. It was an important move for the Wolves, who were thin on the wing behind starters Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler.
|9/11/2017||Tony Allen, NO, G-F|
|Allen has agreed to a one-year deal with the Pelicans for the veteran minimum salary of $2.3 million.
Analysis: The 35-year-old lands in a good spot, as the Pelicans were seeking additional help on the wing with Solomon Hill out for much of the upcoming season with a hamstring injury. Allen won't help New Orleans much from an outside shooting perspective, but remains one of the league's better perimeter defenders. The 13-year veteran was named to the All-NBA defensive second team last season, the sixth time in his career he's landed on the first or second team.
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