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10/3/2015 Ben McLemore, Sac, SG
The Kings have picked up the 2016-17 option on McLemore's contract. General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.

Analysis: McLemore was Sacramento's first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.
10/3/2015 Nikoloz Tskitishvili, LAC, F
The Clippers have waived Tskitishvili. The move came Saturday, a day after he didn't play in the team's first preseason game, a 103-96 victory over Denver. The team signed him last week.

Analysis: Tskitishvili, a 32-year-old from Tbilisi, Georgia, played for Champville of the Lebanese Basketball League last season. He has appeared in 172 career NBA games with Denver, Golden State, Minnesota and Phoenix, averaging 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. He was chosen fifth overall in the 2002 NBA draft by the Nuggets.
10/3/2015 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cha, SF
Hornets coach Steve Clifford said forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the hospital for further evaluation Saturday night after injuring his right shoulder in Charlotte's 106-100 exhibition win over Orlando.

Analysis: Kidd-Gilchrist was curling off a screen late in the second quarter when he tumbled to the ground after absorbing a foul by a Magic player. He stayed down for several seconds, and got up holding his shoulder. He was immediately helped to the locker room. Clifford said that the injury put a damper on an otherwise productive preseason opener for the new-look Hornets, but didn't have an update on his status
10/2/2015 Tristan Thompson, Cle, F-C
Thompson declined to sign a one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer for this season and remains a restricted free agent.

Analysis: Thompson had until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to accept the offer. The elite rebounder and the defending Eastern Conference champions remain apart on a long-term contract. The Cavs practice Friday, and if he's not there he will be considered a holdout.
10/2/2015 John Henson, Mil, F-C
The Milwaukee Bucks have locked up Henson for the long haul. The Bucks announced a contract extension with the Henson on Friday.

Analysis: A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press it is a four-year extension worth $44 million. It could reach $48 million with incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team does not disclose contract terms.
9/30/2015 Pau Gasol, Chi, F-C
Gasol said he had sinus surgery in June.

Analysis: It was to address the chronic sinusitis he experienced the past few years.
9/29/2015 Iman Shumpert, Cle, G-F
Shumpert needs surgery on his right wrist and will be sidelined for at least three months.

Analysis: Shumpert injured his wrist last week while getting ready for training camp. He told the team about his injury on Monday and an MRI revealed a ruptured sheath in his wrist. The team said he will have the operation Wednesday and that he could need as long as 14 weeks to recover.
9/29/2015 Jabari Parker, Mil, F
Parker was a full participant when the Milwaukee Bucks opened training camp. It was the official practice for the forward since his rookie season ended in December because of a left knee injury.

Analysis: Coach Jason Kidd said Parker went through the whole practice on Tuesday. Parker said he was making progress, and he was encouraged by how practice went.
9/29/2015 Derrick Rose, Chi, PG
Rose had surgery to repair his left eye socket Wednesday, a day after being elbowed in the face. Coach Fred Hoiberg says the operation to repair a left orbital fracture "went as expected" and the team said Rose should be able to resume ''basketball activities'' in two weeks - about two weeks before the Oct. 27 opener against Cleveland.

Analysis: The injury is the latest in a long line for Rose and the last thing the Bulls needed with a new coach in Fred Hoiberg. Rose missed all of the 2012-13 season after tearing his left ACL during the first round of the 2012 playoffs, and played only 10 games two years ago after tearing the meniscus in his right knee. He also had a minor procedure on the right knee late last season.
9/28/2015 Anthony Bennett, Tor, F
Bennett signed with the Toronto Raptors on Monday, and the Canadian forward is looking toward a new start in his hometown.

Analysis: Bennett has had a rough two seasons in the NBA since he was the surprise No. 1 overall pick by Cleveland in 2013. He battled injuries in his rookie season with the Cavaliers and in second season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he landed with Andrew Wiggins in the Kevin Love deal.
9/26/2015 Mike Dunleavy, Chi, G-F
Dunleavy has undergone back surgery and will miss eight to 10 weeks.

Analysis: The Bulls say in a statement that Dunleavy "experienced some occasional back discomfort over the summer which had recently worsened." After "conservative measures" failed to end the symptoms, he underwent a microdiscectomy Friday at Rush University Medical Center. Dunleavy faces the possibility of missing 12 to 16 regular-season games. Training camp begins next week.
9/25/2015 Ricky Rubio, Min, PG
As the Minnesota Timberwolves prepare to open training camp, rumors have circulated that Rubio is available via trade. General manager Milt Newton tells The Associated Press that the Wolves ''are not talking to anybody about trading Ricky.''

Analysis: Rubio was limited to 22 games last season due to an ankle injury and is starting a new four-year, $56 million contract. He will turn 25 next month and has suffered serious injuries in two of his first four seasons in the league. Newton calls Rubio ''one of the best facilitators in the league.'' The Wolves believe they need the flashy playmaker to take charge of a young core featuring Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the last two No. 1 overall draft picks.
9/25/2015 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, LAC, F
The Clippers have signed Mbah a Moute

Analysis: Mbah a Moute averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 67 games for Philadelphia last season. His seven-year NBA career includes stints with Milwaukee, Sacramento, Minnesota and the 76ers. Mbah a Moute returns to Los Angeles, where he helped UCLA make three consecutive Final Four appearances before being taken in the 2008 NBA draft by the Bucks.
9/25/2015 Nikoloz Tskitishvili, LAC, F
The Clippers have signed Tskitishvili.

Analysis: Tskitishvili played for Champville in the Lebanese Basketball League last season. The 32-year-old native of Tbilisi, Georgia, averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 172 career NBA games with Denver, Golden State, Minnesota and Phoenix. Tskitishvili also played in Spain, Italy, Iran, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates in recent years.
9/24/2015 Kevin Durant, OKC, F
Durant hasn't always seen eye to eye with the media. Now, he'll be a part of it. The Players' Tribune announced Thursday the Oklahoma City Thunder star will join the company as deputy publisher. Editorial content from Durant is expected in the next few weeks.

Analysis: Durant will work closely with founding publisher and former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who started the website for athletes to tell their own stories earlier this year. Jeter said he sought Durant because he has an important voice off the court. Durant said he looks forward to building a place where "athletes can have our say and feel safe that nothing will be distorted."
9/24/2015 Jason Richardson, Atl, G-F
Richardson is retiring after a 13-year NBA career in which he averaged more than 23 points a game for Golden State 10 years ago. Richardson announced his retirement on Facebook, a move confirmed by the Hawks on Thursday. He says his decision was "hard and tough" but made easier by "choosing my family and my health."

Analysis: The 34-year-old swingman signed with the Atlanta Hawks in August. He played 19 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, his play shortened by a knee injury. Richardson also has played with Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte. He averaged 17.1 points a game, including three seasons over 20 points. He set a career high with 23.2 points per game with the Golden State Warriors in the 2005-06 season.
9/24/2015 Paul George, Ind, G-F
Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel says George is 100 percent healthy and close to what he was when it comes to "explosiveness, rhythm and timing."

Analysis: Training camp opens Tuesday for the Pacers, almost 14 months after surgery to repair George's broken right leg.
9/24/2015 Metta World Peace, LAL, F
The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed forward Metta World Peace to a one-year deal. He won a championship ring with the Lakers in 2010 when he was still known as Ron Artest.

Analysis: The 15-year NBA veteran has been out of the league since February 2014, when the New York Knicks waived him. He played in China and in Italy last season.
9/23/2015 Anthony Bennett, Tor, F
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement for a $3.6 million buyout with Bennett. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the buyout has not been announced.

Analysis: If Bennett clears waivers, he will become a free agent. Bennett was the top pick of the 2013 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was traded to Minnesota in the Kevin Love deal last summer, but struggled in his lone season there with injuries. Bennett played well for Team Canada this summer in the FIBA Americas tournament. But he was on a team filled with options at power forward and due to make $5.8 million this season.
9/23/2015 Kevin Durant, OKC, F
Durant has been cleared to play without restriction after recovering from a foot injury. General manager Sam Presti made the announcement on Wednesday.

Analysis: Durant, the league MVP and scoring champion in 2013-14, played just 27 games last season because of a broken bone in his right foot. He had surgery in October and returned to play in December with some pain. A screw rubbing against another bone was removed this February. Durant averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season. Without his full-time services, the Thunder struggled and missed the playoffs despite Russell Westbrook's excellent play.
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