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Date Player News
7/29/2014 Wesley Johnson, G-F The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed forward Wesley Johnson to a one-year contract.

Analysis: Johnson set career highs when he averaged 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing in a team-high 79 games last season, including 62 starts. The 6-foot-7 Johnson also shot a career-best 42.5 percent from the field in his first season with Los Angeles.
7/29/2014 P.J. Tucker, G-F Tucker was charged with 'extreme drunken driving' two months before he signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract - $12.7 million guaranteed - with the Suns.

Analysis: Scottsdale police say Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .222 percent nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 for operating a vehicle in Arizona. Tucker's Mercedes Benz was pulled over by a Scottsdale police officer on May 10. The police report says Tucker's speech was slurred and eyes were bloodshot, and he nearly fell over during the sobriety test.
7/28/2014 Mo Williams, G The Minnesota Timberwolves and free-agent guard Mo Williams have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.75 million.

Analysis: Williams' agency, Priority Sports, announced the agreement on Monday. Williams is coming off an up-and-down season with the Portland Trail Blazers, but the Timberwolves see the veteran combo guard as an ideal pairing with rookie Zach LaVine on the team's second unit. Williams averaged 9.7 points last season for his lowest total since his rookie year in 2003-04. He turns 32 in December.
7/27/2014 LeBron James, F James will go back to wearing jersey No. 23 in his return to Cleveland. He tweeted "23 it is! It's only right I go back. 2x3(equals)6 We still family 6." The tweet included an Instagram post with photos of James holding his No. 23 Cavaliers jersey on draft night, him later in a new version of the Cavs' jersey and a one of him in his high school jersey.

Analysis: James wore No. 6 in four seasons with Miami and with the U.S. Olympic team. He used No. 23 in high school and during seven seasons in Cleveland.
7/25/2014 Jannero Pargo, PG The Hornets have re-signed Pargo.

Analysis: Pargo originally joined Charlotte in March, 2013, and has played in 47 games averaging 6.1 points and 1.8 assists in 11.4 minutes. Pargo is expected to be the team's No. 3 point guard behind Kemba Walker and recently signed Brian Roberts.
7/25/2014 Noah Vonleh, PF Charlotte announced a deal with Vonleh on Friday, though the terms weren't released.

Analysis: Vonleh, the ninth overall pick in this year's draft, played one season at Indiana before turning pro. The 6-foot-10 Vonleh was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after averaging 11.3 points, nine rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game for the Hoosiers.
7/25/2014 Luke Ridnour, G The Orlando Magic filled out their rotation in the backcourt with the signing of Ridnour. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan announced the addition on Friday. Details were not disclosed. He is expected to serve as Orlando's third point guard behind Victor Oladipo and rookie Elfrid Payton.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Ridnour appeared in 61 games last season with Milwaukee and Charlotte. He started the season with the Bucks before being traded to the Hornets in late February. The 14th overall pick in 2003 the draft, Orlando becomes Ridnour's fifth NBA team. He has career averages of 9.6 points, 4.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.
7/25/2014 Adreian Payne, PF The Hawks have signed Payme, the team's first-round pick last month. The 6-foot-10 Payne, from Michigan State, was the 15th overall pick.

Analysis: Payne averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds while starting all six games for the Hawks' Las Vegas summer league team this month. He finished his college career as Michigan State's career leader with 141 blocked shots. He averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior.
7/24/2014 Andrew Wiggins, SF The Cavaliers have signed Wiggins, a contract that prevents him from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can't be finalized for at least 30 days.

Analysis: The Cavs had been reluctant to include Wiggins in a package for Love, but the team has softened its stance and may be willing to part with the former Kansas standout. Cleveland is interested in bringing in Love to form a ''Big 3'' with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. That trio would make the Cavs an overwhelming favorite in the Eastern Conference.
7/24/2014 Dionte Christmas, G Phoenix waived Christmas on Thursday.

Analysis: The former Temple player averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 6.4 minutes in 31 games last season as a rookie. He averaged 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in five summer league games this month in Las Vegas.
7/24/2014 Jameer Nelson, PG The Dallas Mavericks have signed Nelson as a free agent. Terms of the deal announced Thursday weren't released, but it is reportedly a one-year contract for the team's salary cap exception of $2.7 million.

Analysis: Nelson spent his first 10 seasons with Orlando after the Magic acquired his rights from Denver, which took him with the 20th overall pick in 2004. The 32-year-old has career averages of 12.6 points and 5.4 assists. Orlando waived its career leader in assists on June 30. He joins a crowded list at point guard alongside Devin Harris and Raymond Felton.
7/24/2014 Roy Devyn Marble, SG The Orlando Magic will have all three of their draft picks in training camp following the signing of Marble. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan announced the signing of the 56th pick Thursday.

Analysis: Terms were not disclosed. Marble joins fellow Magic first-round selections Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, who have already signed contracts.
7/23/2014 Raymond Felton, G Felton has pleaded guilty in his New York gun case. He took a plea deal that involves admitting a felony but spares him jail.

Analysis: Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted criminal possession of a weapon under an agreement prosecutors outlined last month. He was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine. Felton was arrested in February. Authorities said his estranged wife's lawyer brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was his.
7/23/2014 Rashard Lewis, F The Dallas Mavericks have voided Lewis' contract because the free agent forward needs surgery on his right knee. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Wednesday the team discovered the need for surgery during a physical. Lewis had signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million

Analysis: The 34-year-old Lewis spent the past two seasons mostly coming off the bench in Miami. He averaged 4.5 points last season. He was expected to back up Dirk Nowitzki at power forward. Lewis has played 16 seasons since skipping college to enter the draft and going 32nd overall to Seattle in 1998. He has career averages of 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds.
7/23/2014 Brian Roberts, G The Hornets announced they've signed free agent point guard Brian Roberts. Roberts, who spent the last two seasons with the Pelicans, is expected to backup Kemba Walker in Charlotte this season.

Analysis: The 6-foot-1 Roberts started 42 games last season averaging 9.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game. He shot 42 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. Prior to joining New Orleans, he spent the 2008-09 season with Galil Gilboa in Israel's Winner League and then played for Brose Baskets in Germany's BBL from 2009-12.
7/23/2014 Al-Farouq Aminu, SF The Dallas Mavericks have reached a deal with Aminu after scrapping a contract with Rashard Lewis. Aminu signed a two-year contract for the veteran minimum of $2.1 million, with a player option on the second season.

Analysis: Aminu has career averages of 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in four seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans. His best year was with the Pelicans in 2012-13, when he averaged career highs of 7.3 points and 7.7 rebounds.
7/22/2014 Andrew Wiggins, SF A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavaliers will sign No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract, an imminent deal that would prevent any potential trade from being completed for 30 days.

Analysis: Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person familiar with the talks says he will sign with Cleveland as early as Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on its plans. The Cavs and Timberwolves have had ongoing discussions about a trade for Love since before the draft.
7/22/2014 Brandon Rush, SG The Golden State Warriors and swingman Brandon Rush have completed the deal they agreed to last week.

Analysis: The Warriors announced Rush's signing Tuesday. The contract is for two years and about $2.5 million. Rush will hold the option in the second year of the deal. Rush was Golden State's top reserve and best perimeter defender during the 2011-12 season before tearing two ligaments in his left knee in the team's 2012-13 home opener. He was traded to Utah last summer as part of a salary-shedding move.
7/22/2014 Doug McDermott, SF The Chicago Bulls say they have signed McDermott, their first-round draft pick and last season's college player of the year.

Analysis: Terms of the deal involving the 6-foot-8 forward from Creighton weren't released. The Bulls acquired 22-year-old McDermott after Denver drafted him with the 11th overall pick, then quickly traded him to Chicago. As a Creighton senior last season, McDermott averaged a nation-leading 26.7 points, becoming one of eight players in NCAA history to score more than 3,000 career points.
7/22/2014 Aaron Brooks, PG The Bulls announced Tuesday's signing of free-agent guard Aaron Brooks.

Analysis: The 6-foot, six-year NBA veteran last season averaged 9 points while splitting time with Denver and Houston. Terms were not disclosed.
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