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Date Player
7/21/2017 Kyrie Irving, Cle, G
Two people familiar with the situation said Irving has asked the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade him. Irving made the request last week to owner Dan Gilbert, said the people who spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the star's demands. Irving's appeal was first reported by ESPN.

Analysis: A four-time All-Star, Irving has spent six seasons with the Cavs, who selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. The 25-year-old has overcome injury issues and developed into one of the league's elite point guards. Irving is under contract for two more seasons with Cleveland, which has had a tumultuous offseason following a loss to Golden State in the NBA Finals. GM David Griffin parted ways with the club after failing to work out a new contract with Gilbert.
7/21/2017 Pau Gasol, SA, F-C
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Gasol has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs. The 7-foot Spaniard and the Spurs came to agreement on Friday on a deal that is partially guaranteed for the third season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made an official announcement.

Analysis: Gasol declined the $16 million option on his contract in June with the intent of signing a longer-term deal with the Spurs. The Spurs re-signed Patty Mills and added free agents Rudy Gay and Brandon Paul. Gasol averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25.4 minutes for the Spurs last season. ESPN first reported the agreement.
7/21/2017 Dillon Brooks, Mem, SF
The Memphis Grizzlies signed Brooks, a second-round pick in last month's NBA draft. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed Friday. Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 45th overall pick. The Grizzlies acquired him in exchange for a future second-round pick.

Analysis: Brooks averaged 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a junior at Oregon last season. He was named the Pac-12 player of the year and helped Oregon earn its first Final Four berth since 1939.
7/21/2017 Ersan Ilyasova, Atl, F
Ilyasova inked a one-year, $6 million deal to stick with Atlanta.

Analysis: In 26 games (12 starts) with Atlanta last season, Ilyasova averaged 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24.3 minutes. He also appeared in 53 games with Philadelphia and three contests with Oklahoma City last season, playing in 82 games for the first time in his career.
7/21/2017 John Wall, Was, PG
A person familiar with the deal says that Wall has agreed to a $170 million, four-year contract extension with the Washington Wizards that will start with the 2019 season. The person confirmed the terms of the agreement to The Associated Press on Friday night on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Analysis: The four-time All-Star averaged career highs in points (23.1), assists (10.7) and steals (2.0) in 78 games last season, his seventh in the NBA. Wall was drafted No. 1 overall by Washington in 2010.
7/20/2017 Derrick Rose, NY, PG
Rose and the Cavaliers are said to be in serious discussions on a one-year contract, according to an ESPN report.

Analysis: The hard-capped Cavaliers can only offer Rose the $2.1 million veteran's minimum, which would be a steep cut from the $21.3 million he earned with the Knicks last season. A move to Cleveland also won't bode well for Rose's fantasy outlook with Kyrie Irving already cemented at point guard. On the other hand, a reduced role could be beneficial for the former NBA MVP considering the myriad of knee problems he's endured over the past few years.
7/18/2017 Manu Ginobili, SA, G-F
Ginobili is planning on returning for a 16th season with the Spurs and is closing in on a one-year contract with his longtime team, according to ESPN.

Analysis: Ginobili turns 40 later this month but apparently isn't quite ready for retirement. The two-time All-Star and four-time NBA champion's days as a major fantasy contributor have long since passed, though. He averaged 7.5 points and 18.7 minutes in 69 games off the bench this past season, though he did connect on 39.2 percent of his 3-point attempts.
7/18/2017 Mario Chalmers, Mem, G
Chalmers broke the news himself that he is returning to the Memphis Grizzlies. Chalmers used Instagram to post a picture of himself in a Grizzlies uniform with a caption that read "GNG... enough said." Grit and grind is the Grizzlies' motto. Multiple media outlets reported that Chalmers agreed to a one-year deal.

Analysis: Chalmers has recovered from a torn right Achilles tendon he suffered in March 2016 while playing for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies released Chalmers after he was injured, and he missed the entire 2016-17 season. The Grizzlies acquired Chalmers from the Heat in a trade that sent Beno Udrih to Miami early in the 2015-16 season. Chalmers averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 55 games with the Grizzlies in 2015-16.
7/17/2017 Lonzo Ball, LAL, PG
Ball will not play in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game. The Lakers announced Monday that Ball suffered a mild calf strain in the third quarter Sunday and will be cautious with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.

Analysis: Ball has averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He also posted two triple-doubles and four double-digit assist games in being named the league's Most Valuable Player.
7/17/2017 Paul Pierce, LAC, F
The Celtics announced Monday that they have signed Pierce to a contract so the 10-time All-Star can retire with the team he spent his best 15 seasons in the NBA with. Pierce helped bring a championship in 2008 as part the ''Big Three'' of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

Analysis: Drafted by Boston at No. 10 in 1998, Pierce started a 15-season run that is behind only John Havlicek's 16 seasons for the most played in a Celtics uniform. The 39-year-old retires atop the franchise's lists in 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583). He is also Boston's second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 career points, trailing only Havlicek.
7/16/2017 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, LAC, F
Mbah a Moute reached an agreement to sign with the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN.

Analysis: The contract is believed to be for one year at the veteran's minimum salary. Mbah a Moute, 30, played the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, and he has been a starter each of the past three seasons. Mbah a Moute's strength is as a defender because he can guard small forwards on the perimeter or power forwards in the low post. Mbah a Moute averaged 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds last season while playing in 80 games, including 76 starts.
7/15/2017 Rajon Rondo, NO, PG
Rondo has agreed to join the Pelicans on a one-year contract.

Analysis: After drawing little interest from teams needing a starting point guard, the 31-year-old heads to New Orleans to serve as a backup to Jrue Holiday. This will be the fifth team in four seasons for Rondo, who averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists for the Bulls in 2016-17 but stepped up his play in the playoffs. He averaged 11.5 points and 10 assists in leading Chicago to a pair of opening-round wins over the Celtics, then missed the rest of the series with a broken thumb.
7/15/2017 Jonathon Simmons, Orl, G-F
The Magic have signed Simmons to a three-year contract worth a reported $20 million.

Analysis: Simmons spent his first two NBA seasons with San Antonio and averaged 6.1 points in 133 regular-season games with the Spurs, who opted to renounce his rights in order to free up cap space. The 27-year-old particularly appealed to the Magic for his ability to guard multiple positions. "Jonathon is an elite wing defender that will provide toughness and athleticism to our team," Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said."
7/14/2017 Carmelo Anthony, NY, F
The Knicks have temporarily halted their attempts to trade Anthony and have renewed interest in keeping him with the organization, according to an ESPN.com report.

Analysis: The about-face comes one day after the team reached an agreement with Kings VP of basketball operations Scott Perry to become the new general manager. The Knicks were said to be heavily into talks with the Rockets on a trade involving the 10-time All-Star, with the Cavaliers also believed to have interest in acquiring Anthony as well.
7/14/2017 Anthony Tolliver, Sac, F
The Pistons signed Tolliver to a free agent deal.

Analysis: Tolliver, 32, played in 65 games and made nine starts for the Sacramento Kings last season. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 22.7 minutes. He also shot 39.1 percent from 3-point range.
7/14/2017 David Nwaba, Chi, SG
The Chicago Bulls have claimed guard David Nwaba off waivers.

Analysis: The move on Friday comes two days after he was waived by the Lakers. Los Angeles did that to create salary-cap room for guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, whose signing hasn't been officially announced. The 6-foot-4 Nwaba averaged 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 20 games for the Lakers last season.
7/12/2017 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL, SG
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract.

Analysis: Caldwell-Pope was among the top handful of talents remaining on the free agent market after spending his first four NBA seasons with the Detroit Pistons. The former eighth overall pick averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season while starting 75 games.
7/12/2017 Cedi Osman, Cle, SF
The Cavaliers have signed Osman to a three-year, $8.3 million deal.

Analysis: The Cavs picked the 22-year-old Osman with the 31st pick in 2015 after a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 6-foot-8 Osman spent last weekend with team officials in Las Vegas for the start of NBA Summer League. Osman averaged 7.1 points and shot 34 percent on 3-pointers for Turkish club Anadolu Efes in Euroleague games last season.
7/12/2017 Thabo Sefolosha, Uta, G-F
The Utah Jazz agreed to a two-year deal with Sefolosha, according to multiple reports Wednesday. The deal is worth a reported $10.5 million for the 33-year-old Sefolosha, who spent the past three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks.

Analysis: The 6-foot-7 veteran averaged 7.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 62 regular-season games (42 starts) in 2016-17. He played just eight minutes in a six-game opening-round series playoff loss against the Washington Wizards.
7/12/2017 Omri Casspi, GS, F
The Golden State Warriors signed Casspi, the team announced on Wednesday.

Analysis: Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the club for Casspi, who split last season with the New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves. He averaged 5.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 36 games with New Orleans and Minnesota.
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