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Date Player
9/2/2015 Jordan Clarkson, LAL, PG
A person with knowledge of situation tells The Associated Press that Excel Sports Management has severed ties with Clarkson. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has released details of the split, which happened last month.

Analysis: The Lakers picked Clarkson in the second round of the draft in 2014. He averaged 11.9 points and 3.5 assists in his rookie season and was named to the All-Rookie First Team. Excel Sports Management represents some of the biggest names in the NBA, including Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love and Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce.
9/2/2015 Jarell Martin, Mem, PF
The Grizzlies announced Wednesday that Martin has a fractured left foot.

Analysis: The first-round draft pick out of LSU injured his foot while colliding with another player during a workout earlier in the day. Martin will undergo surgery Thursday, and there is no timetable for his return. Martin averaged 13.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in his two-year college career.
9/2/2015 J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F
The Cavaliers made the re-signing of Smith official Wednesday.

Analysis: Smith announced last month that he was returning for a second year with the Cavs, who acquired him last season along with Iman Shumpert in a trade with the New York Knicks. The 11-year veteran made 45 starts for Cleveland, averaging 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Smith initially opted out of his $6.4 million contract for next season before signing a two-year deal that includes a player option for 2016-17.
8/31/2015 Chuck Hayes, LAC, F-C
The Clippers have signed free agent veteran Chuck Hayes.

Analysis: The center-power forward averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 29 games for Toronto last season. The 10-year NBA veteran also has played for Houston and Sacramento. He has career averages of 3.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists.
8/24/2015 Jason Terry, Hou, G
Terry has re-signed with the Rockets.

Analysis: Though he'll be 38 in September, Terry remained an effective reserve last season. The 16-year veteran averaged 7.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range in 77 games.
8/24/2015 Jeff Withey, Uta, C
The Utah Jazz have signed Withey to a multi-year contract. The team announced the deal Monday but details weren't released.

Analysis: The 7-foot, 235-pounder was a second-round pick of the Trail Blazers in 2013 and played two seasons with New Orleans after a trade that sent Robin Lopez to Portland. Withey averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 95 games over two seasons.
8/24/2015 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cha, SF
A person familiar with the situation says Kidd-Gilchrist has agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets.

Analysis: The 6-foot-7, 232-pound Kidd-Gilchrist is known primarily for his defense but increased his offensive output last season. He averaged a career-high 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists, although he was limited to 55 games due to injuries.
8/20/2015 Jonas Valanciunas, Tor, C
Valanciunas signed a four-year extension worth a reported $64 million Thursday.

Analysis: The 23-year-old was rewarded for a second straight solid season. Valanciunas ranked second in the NBA with a .572 field goal percentage and averaged a team-high 8.7 rebounds along with a career-best 12.0 points in 2014-15.
8/20/2015 Bryce Dejean-Jones, NO, SG
The Pelicans signed Dejean-Jones Thursday.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie from Iowa State earned a training camp invite by averaging 12.8 points and 1.5 steals and shooting 62 percent for the Pelicans' summer league team in Las Vegas.
8/20/2015 J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F
A person familiar with the decision says Smith has agreed to re-sign with the Cavaliers.

Analysis: Smith declined his $6.8 million player option following the season. He looked at other teams before deciding to return to Cleveland, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been signed.
8/20/2015 Kevon Looney, GS, PF
Looney will miss at least four to six months after undergoing surgery on his right hip.

Analysis: Looney had the operation to repair a torn labrum on Thursday. He will begin rehabilitation immediately and will not be able to resume basketball activity for four to six months. Warriors general manager Bob Myers says it was best to address the issue now and the team is confident Looney will have a full recovery.
 
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