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Date Player
6/23/2016 Denzel Valentine, Chi, SF
The Bulls selected Valentine with the 14th pick.

Analysis: The 2016 Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-American is a dangerous outside shooter who knocked down 44.4 percent of his 3-point attempts as a senior, an elite passer with the court vision of a point guard and a tenacious rebounder on the defensive end. Valentine's exceptional instincts and feel for the game were evident during his sensational senior campaign, when he averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
6/23/2016 Georgios Papagiannis, Sac, C
The Suns selected Papagiannis with the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and have reportedly traded his rights to Sacramento.

Analysis: Phoenix will receive the rights to No. 8 overall pick Marquese Chriss, with the Kings also getting European guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and the No. 28 pick. A 7-foot-2 center who turns 19 in July, Papagiannis may spend another year or two in his native Greece before joining the Kings.
6/23/2016 Serge Ibaka, Orl, F-C
The Magic have acquired Ibaka from Oklahoma City in a blockbuster draft-night trade, with Orlando sending guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to rookie Domantas Sabonis to the Thunder.

Analysis: A three-time All-Defensive First Team selection and among the league's best shot blockers, Ibaka also adds a veteran presence to Orlando's young roster. His offensive production has declined in each of the last two seasons, however. Ibaka averaged career highs of 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14 but slipped to 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds last season.
6/23/2016 Victor Oladipo, OKC, G
The Thunder have acquired Oladipo as part of a blockbuster trade with Orlando during Thursday's draft. Oklahoma City also received forward Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to rookie Domantas Sabonis while sending forward Serge Ibaka to the Magic.

Analysis: The No. 2 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Oladipo averaged 15.9 points, 4.0 assists and 1.6 during his three seasons with the Magic and will likely take over as the Thunder's starting shooting guard. Oklahoma City hopes the 24-year-old's addition can help sway Kevin Durant to re-sign this summer.
6/23/2016 Ersan Ilyasova, OKC, F
Ilyasova will join the Thunder as part of Thursday's trade with Orlando that sent Serge Ibaka to the Magic.

Analysis: A 39 percent 3-point shooter over the last five seasons, Ilyasova can help the Thunder stretch the floor if the team opts to keep him. Only $400,000 of the veteran's $8.4 million salary for next season is guaranteed, and Oklahoma City could use those savings as it attempts to retain Kevin Durant.
6/22/2016 Jeff Teague, Atl, PG
The Hawks traded Teague to the Pacers in a three-team deal Wednesday, according to reports. The deal includes Pacers point guard George Hill going to the Jazz, who also will send the No. 12 pick in Thursday's NBA draft to Atlanta.

Analysis: Teague averaged 15.7 points and 5.9 assists 79 regular-season games in 2015-16. In 10 playoff games, Teague shot just 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range while averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 assists.
6/22/2016 George Hill, Ind, G
The Pacers traded Hill to the Jazz on Wednesday in a three-team deal, according to reports. The Hawks traded point guard Jeff Teague to Indiana, and Utah also will send the No. 12 pick in Thursday's NBA draft to Atlanta.

Analysis: Hill averaged 12.1 points and 3.4 assists in 74 regular-season games last season with the Pacers. He averaged 13.6 points and 2.1 assists in the Pacers' seven-game playoff loss to the Raptors.
6/22/2016 Jose Calderon, Chi, PG
The Knicks sent Calderon, center Robin Lopez and guard Jerian Grant to the Bulls on Wednesday for former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick.

Analysis: Calderon played in 72 games for New York last season and averaged 7.6 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 45.9 percent.
6/22/2016 Robin Lopez, Chi, C
The Knicks sent Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Bulls on Wednesday for former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick.

Analysis: Lopez averaged 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 53.9 percent in his first season with New York in 2015-16.
6/22/2016 Jerian Grant, Chi, G
The Knicks sent Grant, center Robin Lopez and guard Jose Calderon to the Bulls on Wednesday for former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick.

Analysis: Grant averaged 5.6 points and 2.3 assists in 76 games for New York in his 2015-16 rookie season.
6/22/2016 LeBron James, Cle, F
James told reporters Wednesday at the Cavaliers' championship parade that he plans to stay put next season.

Analysis: The unanimous NBA Finals MVP is expected to opt out of his contract to re-sign for more money, a move several NBA players are making because a new television contract is raising the salary cap and amount players can make under a max contract.
6/22/2016 Justin Holiday, NY, G-F
The Bulls traded Holiday, former NBA MVP Derrick Rose and a 2017 second-round pick to the Knicks on Wednesday for center Robin Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.

Analysis: Chicago acquired Holiday from the Hawks on Feb. 18, and he averaged 6.5 points in 27 games - four starts - for the Bulls.
6/22/2016 Tony Wroten, NY, G
The Knicks waived Wroten on Wednesday after acquiring Derrick Rose and Justin Holiday from the Bulls.

Analysis: Wroten never appeared in a game for the Knicks after being signed in March.
6/21/2016 Arron Afflalo, NY, G-F
Afflalo said Tuesday he will opt out of his contract with the Knicks and test free agency.

Analysis: Afflalo signed with the Knicks last summer and averaged 12.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting in 71 games.
6/21/2016 Derrick Williams, NY, F
Williams said Tuesday he will opt out of his contract with the Knicks and test free agency.

Analysis: Williams came off the bench in 71 games and started nine times this past season. He averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game.
6/21/2016 Dirk Nowitzki, Dal, F-C
Nowitzki will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 after opting out of his contract with the Mavericks on Tuesday.

Analysis: The prevailing thought is that Nowitzki will remain with the Mavericks, although there is some thought that the Warriors might make a run at him. Nowitzki has spent his entire 18-year career with Dallas and is sixth on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 29,491 points.
6/21/2016 Dwight Howard, Hou, F-C
Howard is opting out of his contract with the Rockets and will become a free agent July 1.

Analysis: The move isn't a big surprise because the Rockets recently hired Mike D'Antoni as coach. Howard wasn't all that fond of D'Antoni's system when the two spent one season together with the Lakers.
6/19/2016 LeBron James, Cle, F
James was named NBA Finals MVP after tallying 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Sunday's Game 7 win at Golden State.

Analysis: The Cavs became the first team in Finals history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, and James was the main reason why. The superstar forward scored 41 points in both Games 5 and 6 and averaged 35.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 8.8 assists in Cleveland's four wins. James captured his third career Finals MVP, having also earned the award during Miami's 2012 and 2013 championships.
6/19/2016 Kyrie Irving, Cle, G
Irving capped a 26-point night by hitting a tie-breaking 3 with 53 seconds left in the Cavaliers' 93-89 victory at Golden State in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Analysis: Irving was a huge part of the Cavaliers' run to their first NBA title, averaging 25.2 points per game and shooting 44 percent from 3-point range for the postseason. The standout guard scored 30 or more three times during the Finals.
6/19/2016 Draymond Green, GS, F
Despite Green's near triple-double of 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, the Warriors lost 93-89 to Cleveland in Sunday's NBA Finals Game 7.

Analysis: On a night where Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson struggled, Green almost single-handedly kept the Warriors in it by going 11 of 15 from the field, 6 of 8 from 3-point range and playing stellar defense. The versatile forward's importance was perhaps more underscored, however, when suspension-related absence for Game 5 helped the Cavaliers turn around the series.
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