NBA Player News
|7/1/2015||Draymond Green, GS, F|
|Green announced on Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted website Wednesday night he has agreed to a five-year deal with the Warriors. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press the contract is worth about $85 million.
Analysis: The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because terms have not been disclosed. Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement.
|6/30/2015||Luke Ridnour, Tor, G|
|The Oklahoma City Thunder have sent Ridnour and cash to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a trade exception and the rights to forward Tomislav Zubcic. The Thunder will have one year to exercise the trade exception.
Analysis: Ridnour averaged 4.0 points per game for Orlando last season. He has played for five teams in 12 years, and has a career scoring average of 9.3 points per game. The Thunder acquired Ridnour and a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick last week from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for guard Jeremy Lamb.
|6/30/2015||Tomislav Zubcic, OKC, F|
|The Oklahoma City Thunder have sent Luke Ridnour and cash to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a trade exception and the rights to Zubcic.
Analysis: Zubcic was the 56th overall pick in the 2012 draft and has yet to play in the NBA.
|6/30/2015||Tristan Thompson, Cle, F-C|
|Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert all received qualifying offers from Cleveland on Tuesday, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offers those players get from other clubs this summer.
Analysis: Thompson is of particular importance to the Cavaliers, who went to the NBA Finals this past season. He has appeared in 308 consecutive games, has averaged 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds over his career and saw his stock soar by averaging 9.6 points and 10.8 rebounds in this year's playoffs.
|6/30/2015||Matthew Dellavedova, Cle, G|
|Dellavedova received a qualifying offer from Cleveland on Tuesday, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offers he gets from other clubs this summer.
Analysis: Dellavedova had big playoff moments, with seven double-figure games.
|6/30/2015||Iman Shumpert, Cle, G-F|
|A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Shumpert has agreed to terms on a four-year, $40 million contract that will keep him in Cleveland.
Analysis: Shumpert and the Cavaliers came to agreement on Wednesday evening. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. A contract cannot be signed until July 9.
|6/30/2015||Mike Miller, Cle, G-F|
|The Cavaliers said forward Mike Miller exercised his $2.85-million option for next season.
Analysis: Miller averaged 2.1 points in limited action this season.
|6/30/2015||Pero Antic, Atl, C|
|Antic is returning to Europe following two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, most spent as a backup power forward and center. The 6-foot-11 Antic, born in Skopje, Yugoslavia, has signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahce of the Euroleague. The team announced the signing.
Analysis: Antic averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 63 games, including only three starts, as the Hawks advanced to the Eastern Conference finals this season. The 32-year-old Antic had some success stretching the floor with his 3-point shooting, though his accuracy declined this season. He averaged 7.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in 2013-14.
|6/30/2015||Jared Dudley, Mil, G-F|
|Dudley has decided to return to the Milwaukee Bucks for the final year of his contract. A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the veteran forward exercised his player option for $4.25 million on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not been officially announced. Dudley had until the end of the day on Tuesday to exercise his option or become a free agent.
Analysis: Dudley averaged 7.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and shot 38.5 percent from 3-point range in 72 games for the Bucks last season. He gives them a veteran presence off the bench, and one of the few who can reliably hit 3-pointers.
|6/29/2015||Luol Deng, Mia, F|
|Deng has elected to stay with the Miami Heat next season, using his opt-in clause on a $10.1 million deal.
Analysis: Deng averaged 14.0 points with the Heat last season, starting all 72 games in which he appeared. He shot 47 percent from the field, his best showing there in seven years, and made 36 percent of his tries from 3-point range. Deng's agent, Herb Rudoy, said the small forward told the Heat of his decision at 2 p.m. EDT Monday.
|6/29/2015||Marreese Speights, GS, F-C|
|The Golden State Warriors have exercised their $3.8 million team option on reserve big man Marreese Speights for next season. The announcement Monday brings back a key member of the NBA champions' second unit.
Analysis: Speights averaged a career-high 10.4 points along with 4.3 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game during the regular season.He averaged 3.7 points in just 10 playoff games due to a left hamstring injury and the Warriors' move to a smaller lineup during the NBA Finals against Cleveland
|6/29/2015||Dwyane Wade, Mia, G|
|Wade has decided to forgo a $16.1 million deal with the Miami Heat for next season and become a free agent.
Analysis: The three-time champion and 11-time All-Star announced his decision Monday through a spokesperson. ESPN was first informed of the decision. Wade could have exercised an option to earn $16.1 million with the Heat next season. Instead he decided to roll the dice and test his worth on the open market.
|6/29/2015||Ben Gordon, Orl, SG|
|Gordon was waived Monday.
Analysis: Orlando held a team option on Gordon next season, but declined it. Gordon appeared in 56 games last season with the Magic, averaging 6.2 points and 1.1 rebounds. Orlando was the fourth stop in the 32-year-old's 11-year career.
|6/29/2015||Mario Hezonja, Orl, SG|
|Hezonja has completed a buyout with European club FC Barcelona.
Analysis: The 20-year-old Hezonja was the fifth overall pick in last week's draft. He is expected to soon arrive in Orlando. Hennigan said last week he expects Hezonja to play in one or two games during the Orlando Summer League, which begins July 4.
|6/29/2015||Bobby Portis, Chi, PF|
|Portis was introduced to Chicago media by the Bulls on Monday.
Analysis: Some projected Portis as a possible lottery pick but he fell to the 22nd overall pick at last week's draft.
|6/29/2015||Kirk Hinrich, Chi, G|
|The Chicago Bulls say guard Kirk Hinrich has exercised his player option and will return next season. Terms were not disclosed in Monday's announcement.
Analysis: A 12-year NBA veteran and fan favorite in Chicago, the 34-year old Hinrich has played in 833 regular-season games and averaged 11.4 points, five assists, three rebounds and 1.15 steals per game. He also has played in 65 playoff games.
|6/29/2015||Jarell Martin, Mem, PF|
|Martin says he has a stress fracture in his foot that will prevent him from playing in any summer league games.
Analysis: The Grizzlies chose the 6-foot-10 Martin on Thursday with the 25th pick. Martin averaged 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds for LSU this past season to rank third in the Southeastern Conference in both categories.
|6/29/2015||Kyle Korver, Atl, G-F|
|Korver will undergo his third surgery since March when a specialist removes loose bodies from his right elbow on Tuesday.
Analysis: Korver had surgery for a broken nose three months ago and earlier this month surgeons repaired ligament damage in his right ankle. The 34-year-old is still wearing a boot. He said last week that he expects to be ready by training camp, but the team said Monday that it's too early to set a timetable. Korver's ankle was injured in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals when Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova dove for a loose ball against his leg.
|6/28/2015||Michael Beasley, Mia, F|
|Beasley's third stint with the Miami Heat has ended. The Heat have declined their $1.3 million option to keep Beasley for next season, and the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft will officially become a free agent on Wednesday.
Analysis: Beasley averaged 8.8 points in 24 games with Miami last season after returning from China. He was also with the Heat from 2008 through 2010, plus was part of the 2013-14 team that went to the NBA Finals.
|6/28/2015||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that LeBron James will not exercise a $21.6 million option on his contract, making him a free agent on July 1.
Analysis: The decision was widely expected, but James has no plans to leave Cleveland again. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the Cavaliers nor James were publicly discussing the process. James made a celebrated return to Cleveland last season, and he decided to sign a two-year contract with a player option for next season. The decision allows James to sign a new max contract that will pay him more than $22 million next season.
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