NBA Player News
|7/21/2014||Anthony Tolliver, F||The Phoenix Suns have announced the signing of forward Anthony Tolliver.
Analysis: The two sides reached a deal last week. This is the seventh NBA team for the 6-foot-8 Tolliver, an accurate 3-point shooter who could help fill the void left by the departure of Channning Frye. The two-year contract is worth $6 million, but only $400,000 is guaranteed in the second season. Tolliver shot a career-high 41 percent from 3-point range for Charlotte last season, averaging 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 64 games.
|7/21/2014||Matt Bonner, PF||The Spurs announced on Monday that they have re-signed Matt Bonner.
Analysis: Terms were not disclosed, but the veteran will return for a ninth season in San Antonio. That's the longest tenure outside of the trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Bonner only played sparingly last season, averaging 3.2 points in 11.3 minutes in 61 games. But he shot 42.9 percent from 3-point range and is a beloved member of the team both inside the organization and in the community.
|7/21/2014||Kirk Hinrich, G||The Chicago Bulls have re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal.
Analysis: The Bulls announced the move Monday, along with the signing of second-round pick Cameron Bairstow. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Hinrich will make $2.7 million next season. The contract includes a player option for the second year. The person requested anonymity because the team does not publicly comment on contract details. Hinrich has spent nine of his 11 seasons with the Bulls.
|7/21/2014||Marvin Williams, F||Nine years after leading the North Carolina men's basketball team to a national championship, Williams returns to the Tar Heel state as a member of the Charlotte Hornets.
Analysis: "North Carolina has always been like a second home to me," Williams said Monday at an introductory news conference after signing a two-year, $14 million deal. Coach Steve Clifford views the 6-foot-9 Williams as a combo forward, but says his stronger position is power forward. Williams has a good chance to win that starting spot in Charlotte.
|7/21/2014||Trevor Booker, PF||The Utah Jazz have signed free agent forward Trevor Booker.
Analysis: Booker has played all four of his NBA seasons in Washington, averaging 6.4 points and 5.1 minutes in 235 career games, including 105 starts. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds last season. The 6-foot-8 forward was the 23rd overall pick in the 2010 draft by Minnesota before his rights were traded to the Wizards.
|7/21/2014||Nick Young, G-F||Young has signed a multiyear deal to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Analysis: General manager Mitch Kupchak on Monday described Young as a ''bright spot'' during last year's losing season. He says he's glad to keep someone committed to the rebuilding of the team. Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points in his first season with the Lakers playing mostly off the bench. He started nine of 64 games. Young led the NBA in four-point plays with seven, a team record.
|7/21/2014||Robbie Hummel, F||The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Robbie Hummel.
Analysis: Bringing Hummel back gives president and coach Flip Saunders a shooter off the bench with the ability to play multiple positions. He averaged 3.4 points in just over 12 minutes per game as a rookie last season.
|7/20/2014||Donte Greene, F||Authorities say two professional athletes have been arrested after fighting outside a Miami Beach nightclub. Miami Beach Police Detective Vivian Thayer says Greene and St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar were arrested early Sunday outside Dream Nightclub in South Beach. Thayer says the athletes got into a fight with each other outside the club.
Analysis: Thayer says Greene and Dunbar each face charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Miami-Dade County jail records did not show either man in custody Sunday afternoon. Details about the bonds they posted were not immediately available.
|7/19/2014||Kobe Bryant, G||Bryant says he's "scared" about his future after basketball, although he's embracing the challenge of finding something that he can be as passionate about as sports.
Analysis: Bryant turns 36 next month and is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for two more years. He was limited to just six games last season because of two major leg injuries, leaving him with the kind of idle time he never had before in his career.
|7/19/2014||Kris Humphries, F-C||The Washington Wizards have acquired Humphries from the Boston Celtics for a protected 2015 second-round draft pick.
Analysis: Humphries appeared in 69 games, averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds, last season with Boston. In 10 seasons with the Jazz, Raptors, Mavericks, Nets and Celtics, he is averaging 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. Humphries had his best season in 2011-12 when he averaged 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds for the Nets. He was selected with the 14th pick in the 2004 draft by the Jazz out of Minnesota.
|7/18/2014||Kevin Love, F-C||The Cavaliers continue to pursue Minnesota All-Star Kevin Love.
Analysis: The latest development is that No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins could be included in a blockbuster deal.
|7/18/2014||Andrew Wiggins, SF||Since he arrived in Las Vegas and found out LeBron James was coming to Cleveland with him, Wiggins has heard his name brought up in possible trade scenarios as the Cavaliers pursue Minnesota All-Star Kevin Love. They continued on Thursday, with several outlets reporting that the Cavaliers have decided to make the No. 1 overall pick available, a prerequisite from the Timberwolves to get any deal for Love done.
Analysis: Wiggins is showcasing his immense talent in the NBA summer league, where he scored 21 points in 31 minutes on Thursday night in a loss to the Houston Rockets.
|7/18/2014||Jimmer Fredette, G||People familiar with the moves say the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to contract terms with guard Jimmer Fredette and forward Darius Miller. Two people confirmed Fredette's deal.
Analysis: The 6-foot-2 Fredette averaged 5.6 points in 49 games last season with Sacramento and Chicago, shooting nearly 48 percent from 3-point range. A former NCAA national player of the year with BYU, Fredette was picked 10th overall by Sacramento in 2011.
|7/18/2014||Darius Miller, G-F||People familiar with the moves say the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to contract terms with guard Jimmer Fredette and forward Darius Miller. One person confirmed Miller's deal to the Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the transactions have not been announced.
Analysis: The 6-8 Miller was New Orleans' second-round pick in 2012. Last season, he averaged 4.4 points in 45 games.
|7/18/2014||Eric Griffin, SF||Griffin has signed a non-guaranteed one-year deal with Dallas.
Analysis: The 6-foot-8 Griffin played last preseason with the Miami Heat before going overseas. He is playing for the Mavericks summer league team in Las Vegas and averaged 9.8 points while playing 19.3 minutes in the first four games. Since two seasons at Campbell University (2010-12), Griffin has played professionally in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Italy. In 60 games at Campbell, he averaged 14.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.
|7/18/2014||Udonis Haslem, PF||Haslem has signed a two-year, $5.6 million contract with the Miami Heat. The Miami native opted out of a contract that would have paid him $4.6 million next season to give the team flexibility during free agency.
Analysis: Haslem has spent all 11 of his NBA seasons with the Heat and is the franchise's all-time rebounds leader. He and Dwyane Wade are the only players to appear on all three of Miami's championship teams. Haslem averaged 3.8 points last season. For his career, Haslem has averaged 8.6 points in 715 regular-season games.
|7/18/2014||Drew Gooden, F-C||Gooden has re-signed with the Washington Wizards.
Analysis: The 12-year NBA veteran originally signed a 10-day contract with Washington on Feb. 26, and eventually signed for the remainder of the season on March 18. The 6-foot-10 Gooden appeared in 22 regular season games for Washington last season, averaging 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. Over 10 playoff games, Gooden averaged 3.4 points and 4.2 rebounds.
|7/18/2014||Jason Smith, F-C||The New York Knicks have signed veteran center Jason Smith.
Analysis: The 7-footer spent last season with New Orleans, averaging 9.7 points and a career-high 5.8 rebounds in 31 games. The first-round pick in the 2007 draft has also played for Philadelphia and has a career average of 6.0 points.
|7/17/2014||Paul Pierce, F||The Washington Wizards have officially signed Pierce.
Analysis: Pierce, who turns 37 in October, spent 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets last season. Pierce averaged a career-low 13.5 points last season in his first year with the Nets. But he is a 10-time All-Star who has gained a reputation as one of the best big-moment players in the league
|7/17/2014||Carlos Boozer, F-C||The Los Angeles Lakers have claimed Carlos Boozer after he was waived by the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty clause. ESPN.com reported that the bid was $3.25 million.
Analysis: Boozer, a two-time All-Star, averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds in 280 games with the Bulls. His playing time diminished in recent seasons with the emergence of Taj Gibson, and the Bulls needed to clear his salary to sign Pau Gasol and European star Nikola Mirotic.
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