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Date Player
6/25/2015 Mario Hezonja, Orl, SG
The Orlando Magic have selected Croatian Mario Hezonja with the fifth pick in the NBA draft.

Analysis: Orlando entered Thursday's draft in need of both scoring and a defensive presence on the interior. The Magic are hoping the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Hezonja can eventually provide the scoring punch. The Magic also hold the 51st overall pick. The 20-year-old Hezonja can either play shooting guard or small forward and has spent the past three years playing for a Spanish club and in the Euroleague. Hezonja is the highest international pick the Magic have made in the draft.
6/25/2015 Willie Cauley-Stein, Sac, C
The Sacramento Kings have drafted Cauley-Stein with the sixth overall pick.

Analysis: Vice President Vlade Divac took Cauley-Stein on Thursday night in his first major move since taking over the organization this offseason from departed general manager Pete D'Alessandro. Cauley-Stein averaged just 7.9 points per game in three seasons at Kentucky but is considered to be an elite defender capable of blocking shots, playing in the post and defending pick and rolls. Cauley-Stein averaged 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game in college.
6/25/2015 Emmanuel Mudiay, Den, PG
The Denver Nuggets selected Mudiay with the seventh overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

Analysis: Mudiay averaged 18 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.9 rebounds in 10 games for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2014-15. He originally committed to attend SMU before turning pro. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Mudiay was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1996 and moved to Dallas with his two brothers in 2001.
6/25/2015 Stanley Johnson, Det, SF
The Detroit Pistons have selected Johnson with the eighth pick in the NBA draft.

Analysis: Johnson played one season for the Arizona Wildcats, averaging 13.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 2014-15. He could fill a need for the Pistons, who have said the only opening in their starting lineup is at small forward.
6/25/2015 Frank Kaminsky, Cha, C
The Charlotte Hornets have selected Kaminsky with the ninth overall pick in the NBA draft.

Analysis: The 7-foot-1, 242-pound Kaminsky was The Associated Press Player of the Year this past season, leading Wisconsin to the Final Four. He was the only Division I player to average at least 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and 1.5 blocks for the season. Kaminsky averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Badgers while shooting 54.7 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from 3-point range.
6/25/2015 Justise Winslow, Mia, SF
Winslow was taken by the Miami Heat with the No. 10 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

Analysis: Winslow spent his lone collegiate season at Duke, helping the Blue Devils win the national championship by averaging 12.6 points per game. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward was considered a top-five talent on many draft boards.
6/25/2015 Myles Turner, Ind, C
The Indiana Pacers have selected Turner with the 11th overall pick in the NBA draft.

Analysis: Turner, at 6-foot-11 and 240 pounds, averaged 10.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks as a freshman at Texas last season. The Pacers, who want to go with a faster, smaller lineup next season, are looking for their two draft picks to make an impact right away and potentially fill a starting role down the road.
6/25/2015 Trey Lyles, Uta, PF
The Utah Jazz have selected Lyles with the No. 12 pick of the NBA draft.

Analysis: The 6-foot-10, 241-pound forward from Kentucky is versatile with strong ball-handling skills for his size. Lyles averaged 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Wildcats and was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team after his lone collegiate season.
6/25/2015 Devin Booker, Pho, SG
The Phoenix Suns have selected the 18-year-old Booker with the 13th pick in the NBA draft.

Analysis: The 6-foot-6 Booker came off the bench for the national champion Wildcats, averaging 10 points per game. The youngest player in the draft class, Booker shot 47 percent from the field in his one season at Kentucky, 41 percent from 3-point range, 83 percent from the free throw line. Booker also was SEC sixth man of the year. He also was second-team all-SEC.
6/25/2015 Cameron Payne, OKC, PG
The Thunder selected Payne with the No. 14 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

Analysis: Payne averaged 20.2 points and 6.0 assists per game as a sophomore last season. He shot 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. He'll back up Russell Westbrook.
6/24/2015 Luke Ridnour, OKC, G
A person familiar with the deal says The Orlando Magic have agreed to send reserve point guard Luke Ridnour to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the rights to forward Janis Timma. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not officially been announced. The trade was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Analysis: The 34-year-old Ridnour appeared in 47 games last season for the Magic, averaging four points and two assists per game. He has played a total of 12 seasons in the NBA for five different teams.
6/24/2015 Janis Timma, Orl, SF
A person familiar with the deal says The Orlando Magic have agreed to send reserve point guard Luke Ridnour to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the rights to forward Janis Timma. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not officially been announced. The trade was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Analysis: Timma, a 6-foot-7 Latvian, was drafted by Memphis 30th overall in 2013. He has yet to play a regular season NBA game and currently plays in Europe.
6/24/2015 Monta Ellis, Dal, G
Ellis is declining the player option for the final year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks and will become an unrestricted free agent. The guard's agent, Jeff Fried, said Wednesday the decision "wasn't about Dallas as much as it was about what's best for Monta."

Analysis: Ellis was set to make $8.7 million in the final year of a three-year, $25 million contract. Fried didn't rule out a return to Dallas, but the Mavericks are expected to make a push for either All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge or center DeAndre Jordan in free agency. The 29-year-old Ellis led Dallas at 18.9 points per game last season. He is one of three starters headed to free agency along with point guard Rajon Rondo, who won't return, and center Tyson Chandler.
6/24/2015 Kevin Love, Cle, F-C
A person familiar with the decision says Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has opted out of the final year of his contract and will be a free agent on July 1. Love can test the market, where he will likely draw major interest. He has to decide if he'd rather go elsewhere or stay in Cleveland and chase an NBA title with superstar LeBron James.

Analysis: Love came to Cleveland last summer in a blockbuster trade. He had a Thursday deadline to inform the Cavs of his plans. The former All-Star has said he wants to return to the Cavs, who made it to the NBA Finals this season despite not having Love after he suffered a shoulder injury in the first round. While his role changed during his first season with Cleveland, Love still averaged 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 75 starts.
6/24/2015 Gerald Henderson, Por, G-F
A person familiar with the situation says the Hornets have agreed to trade Henderson and power forward Noah Vonleh to Portland for small forward Nic Batum.

Analysis: Henderson is the longest-tenured player on Charlotte's roster.
6/24/2015 Nicolas Batum, Cha, G-F
A person familiar with the situation says Charlotte has agreed to trade guard Gerald Henderson and power forward Noah Vonleh to Portland for Batum.

Analysis: The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Batum spent the last seven seasons with Portland. He started 71 games in 2014-15, averaging 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
6/24/2015 Noah Vonleh, Por, PF
A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte has agreed to trade guard Gerald Henderson and Vonleh to Portland for small forward Nic Batum.

Analysis: Vonleh was the No. 9 overall pick in 2014.
6/23/2015 Timofey Mozgov, Cle, C
The Cavaliers have picked up Mozgov's $5 million contract option for next season.

Analysis: Mozgov was acquired by Cleveland in a trade from Denver for two first-round draft picks in January. The 7-foot-1 Mozgov averaged 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 45 starts for the Cavs, who were desperate for a rim-protecting big man after losing Anderson Varejao to a season-ending Achilles injury. Mozgov averaged 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in the postseason and scored 28 points in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
6/22/2015 Thaddeus Young, Bkn, F
Young has informed the Brooklyn Nets he will become a free agent, and general manager Billy King says they want to keep the forward and center Brook Lopez. Young told the Nets on Monday, bypassing the $10.2 million he would have made next season in the final year of his contract. King says the Nets were expecting the decision.

Analysis: Young was acquired from Minnesota for Kevin Garnett at the trade deadline and played well as the Nets overcame a slow start to make the playoffs.
6/22/2015 Brook Lopez, Bkn, C
Thaddeus Young has informed the Brooklyn Nets he will become a free agent, and general manager Billy King says they want to keep the forward and Lopez.

Analysis: Lopez has until the end of this month to let the Nets know if he is picking up his $16.7 million option. King says Lopez has been working out at the Nets' training facility, which he hopes is a good sign.
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