NBA Player News
|9/26/2017||Zach LaVine, Chi, G|
|LaVine (knee) will not be ready for the regular-season opener and appears likely to sit out at least the first couple of weeks.
Analysis: LaVine had said this summer he hoped to play in the opener, but that seemed somewhat unrealistic considering he tore his ACL in February. He's expected to need nine months off before playing again, and the Bulls will not rush back the young potential star. LaVine likely won't play until November at the earliest and maybe not until December.
|9/26/2017||Dwyane Wade, Chi, G|
|ESPN reported Tuesday that Wade was likely to sign a contract with the Cavaliers in the next day or two.
Analysis: Wade would reunite with LeBron James, but the Cavaliers have a pretty crowded backcourt so it's unclear how big of a role Wade will have. Granted, there's more playing time available for the first few months of the season while Isaiah Thomas is sidelined, but Cleveland also added Derrick Rose and Jose Calderon in the offseason, and J.R. Smith is expected to be the starting shooting guard.
|9/25/2017||Jarrod Uthoff, Ind, PF|
|The Indiana Pacers signed Uthoff on Monday.
Analysis: Uthoff appeared in nine games with the Dallas Mavericks last season, averaging 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. He also averaged 17.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in 11 games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League.
|9/25/2017||T.J. Warren, Pho, SF|
|Warren agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract extension, ESPN reported Monday.
Analysis: Warren, a first-round pick in 2014, averaged 14.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in 66 games, including 59 starts, for Phoenix last season.
|9/24/2017||Dwyane Wade, Chi, G|
|Wade and the Bulls agreed to terms on a buyout agreement Sunday, a person with direct knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press.
Analysis: Wade is considering several options, including a potential return to Miami or a reunion with longtime friend LeBron James in Cleveland, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the buyout has not been formally announced.
|9/23/2017||Carmelo Anthony, OKC, 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, NY, 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, NY, 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, LAL, 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.
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