NBA Player News
|7/17/2016||Nemanja Bjelica, Min, PF|
|Bjelica will miss the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of a right-foot injury.
Analysis: The injury has been described as an inflamed nerve. Bjelica said the injury needs another three weeks to heal. Bjelica is a longtime pillar of Serbia's team and his absence will be a serious blow to the squad's hopes of gaining a medal.
|7/16/2016||Wade Baldwin IV, Mem, PG|
|The Memphis Grizzlies have signed first-round draft pick Baldwin.
Analysis: Baldwin, a 6-foot-4 guard from Vanderbilt, was selected with the 17th overall pick in the draft. The 20-year-old averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 33 games as a sophomore for Vanderbilt last season.
|7/15/2016||Larry Nance Jr., LAL, PF|
|The Lakers say Nance has a ''probable fracture'' is in right hand.
Analysis: Nance played Thursday in an 88-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Las Vegas during the NBA Summer League, getting injured with only seconds remaining. The Lakers say X-rays taken after the game show a ''probable fracture.'' They say Nance will return to Los Angeles to be examined by a hand specialist on Friday.
|7/15/2016||C.J. Wilcox, Orl, SG|
|The Magic acquired Wilcox and cash from the Clippers on Friday in exchange for Devyn Marble and a future second-round draft pick.
Analysis: Wilcox struggled to find playing time with the Clippers but has played well in the Developmental League, averaging 17.6 points and shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc.
|7/15/2016||Devyn Marble, LAC, G-F|
|The Clippers acquired Marble from the Magic on Friday for third-year guard C.J. Wilcox and then waived him.
Analysis: Marble, a second-round pick in 2014, appeared in 44 games for Orlando over the last two seasons and averaged 2.2 points.
|7/15/2016||Dario Saric, Phi, PF|
|The 76ers signed Saric on Friday, two years after they acquired his rights on a draft-night deal. Saric was originally drafted by the Magic with the 12th overall pick of the 2014 draft and was quickly traded to the Sixers for Elfrid Payton.
Analysis: Saric, a 6-foot-10, 243-pound power forward, played the last two seasons with the Turkish team Anadolu Efes. He was named MVP of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament after averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds and two assists for his native Croatia.
|7/15/2016||Jarrett Jack, Atl, G|
|The Hawks signed Jack on Friday.
Analysis: Jack started his first 32 games last season after the Nets bought out Deron Williams and averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 assists before tearing his ACL in January.
|7/15/2016||Sasha Kaun, Phi, C|
|The 76ers acquired Kaun and cash considerations from the Cavaliers on Friday in exchange for the rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum.
Analysis: Kaun appeared in 25 games for Cleveland in the 2015-16 season and averaged 0.9 points and 1.0 rebound in 3.8 minutes.
|7/14/2016||Luis Scola, Bkn, F-C|
|Scola has signed a one-year contract with the Nets.
Analysis: The 36-year-old was a solid role player for Atlantic Division champion Toronto last season, starting 76 games and averaging 8.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 21.5 minutes. Scola should add a veteran presence to a Nets roster transitioning towards a youth movement.
|7/14/2016||Greivis Vasquez, Bkn, G|
|Vasquez has signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Nets.
Analysis: Vasquez figures to share time with another free-agent addition, Jeremy Lin, at point guard for Brooklyn. The six-year veteran averaged 5.7 points and 4.0 assists in 23 games for Milwaukee last season, missing the majority of the campaign after undergoing ankle surgery in December.
|7/14/2016||Pablo Prigioni, LAC, G|
|The Rockets have signed Prigioni to a two-year contract that contains a team option for the 2017-18 season.
Analysis: Prigioni previously played 24 games for the Rockets in 2014-15 after being acquired in a trade with the Knicks. The 39-year-old spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 2.5 points and 2.2 assists in 59 games.
|7/14/2016||Anthony Bennett, Bkn, F|
|Bennett reached an agreement on a two-year contract with the Nets, according to multiple reports Thursday.
Analysis: Bennett was selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Cavaliers but struggled mightily in three seasons with Cleveland, Minnesota and Toronto. He averaged just 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds during those stints.
|7/14/2016||Randy Foye, Bkn, G|
|Foye accepted a one-year deal with the Nets, according to multiple reports Thursday.
Analysis: Foye played in 81 games last season with Denver and Oklahoma City. He averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 assists in 54 contests with the Nuggets and 5.6 points and 1.8 assists in 27 with the Thunder.
|7/14/2016||Draymond Green, GS, F|
|Green will avoid jail time after reaching a plea agreement in his misdemeanor assault case.
Analysis: The All-Star forward's charge was reduced to a noise violation and he received a $500 fine. Green was arrested by East Lansing (MI) police on July 10 after allegedly striking Jermaine Edmonson, a former Michigan State football player. The verdict will allow Green to participate on the U.S. team for the upcoming Olympics.
|7/14/2016||Diamond Stone, LAC, C|
|The Clippers signed Stone, their 40th overall pick in this year's draft, on Thursday.
Analysis: He averaged 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his only season at Maryland, where the 6-foot-11 center set the school freshman record with 39 points against Penn State on Dec. 30, 2015. Stone averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in five games with the Clippers' team in the Orlando Summer League.
|7/14/2016||Michael Gbinije, Det, SF|
|The Pistons have signed Gbinije to a multiyear contract. The team did not announce any more details about the deal Thursday.
Analysis: Gbinije averaged 17.5 points as a senior at Syracuse and helped the Orange to a Final Four appearance last season. After being drafted by the Pistons, the 6-foot-7 guard missed most of summer league because of a sprained right ankle.
|7/14/2016||Anderson Varejao, GS, F-C|
|Varejao has agreed to return to the Warriors on a one-year deal, his representatives confirmed via Twitter.
Analysis: The veteran center initially signed with Golden State in February, shortly after being bought out by Portland following a trade from Cleveland, where he spent his first 11 seasons. Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 53 games with the Warriors and Cavaliers and appeared in 17 postseason games during Golden State's run to the NBA Finals.
|7/13/2016||Trey Lyles, Uta, PF|
|Lyles has been a standout in the summer league, and he continued his excellence in a 92-89 loss to Portland on Tuesday.
Analysis: Lyles had 30 points and nine rebounds and hit 5 of 7 3-point attempts. Lyles tipped in a rebound at the buzzer of the first overtime to force a second OT. As a rookie last season, the 6-foot-10 Lyles hit 38 percent from 3-point range.
|7/13/2016||Ben Simmons, Phi, F|
|Simmons had another quiet night offensively in the Las Vegas Summer League, scoring just eight points on 3-for-8 shooting in an 85-77 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday. The No. 1 overall pick has been in a pass-first mode all week and coach Brett Brown has hinted at the possibility of using him at point guard once the season begins.
Analysis: One of the few holes in Simmons' game is his shooting, and opponents in summer league are already laying off him to try to make it harder for Simmons to get to the rim. He can expect to see even more of that when the NBA season begins.
|7/13/2016||Justin Anderson, Dal, SF|
|Anderson was one of the top players in Vegas as a rookie and he is flexing his muscle in his second trip this summer. Anderson had 29 points and 11 rebounds in an 88-82 loss to Boston on Tuesday.
Analysis: He hit 6 of 12 3-point attempts in just 27 minutes. He also exhibited some of the defensive toughness that so endeared him to Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle when he swatted away an alley-oop attempt right at the rim.
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