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Date Player
7/6/2015 Cory Joseph, SA, PG
Joseph has agreed to a contract with the Toronto Raptors. The Pickering, Ontario, native agreed to a four-year contract, according to multiple reports.

Analysis: ''WeTheNorth here I come!!!!!'' Joseph posted on his verified Twitter account. Joseph played in 79 games this past season with the Spurs, averaging 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
7/5/2015 Lou Williams, Tor, G
The Los Angeles Lakers say they plan to sign guard Lou Williams, last season's Sixth Man of the Year.

Analysis: Williams averaged a career-high 15.5 points and helped Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games in 2014-15, his lone season there. The Lakers have upgraded their guard rotation by adding Williams after drafting Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick. Deals can't be signed until Thursday, but general manager Mitch Kupchak says Sunday in a release that the Lakers are negotiating with both players and intend to sign them once the free agent moratorium ends.
7/5/2015 Brandon Bass, Bos, F-C
The Lakers say they plan to sign Bass, who averaged 10.6 points in 82 games for Boston.

Analysis: Deals can't be signed until Thursday, but general manager Mitch Kupchak says Sunday in a release that the Lakers are negotiating with both players and intend to sign them once the free agent moratorium ends.
7/5/2015 Omri Casspi, Sac, SF
A person with knowledge of the details says the Sacramento Kings and Casspi have reached an agreement on a $6 million, two-year deal.

Analysis: The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because contracts can't be completed until the moratorium on NBA free agency ends Thursday. ESPN first reported the contract discussions.
7/4/2015 LaMarcus Aldridge, Por, F-C
Aldridge says he has chosen to join the San Antonio Spurs. Aldridge tweeted the news on Saturday after spending a week meeting with teams as the most coveted player on the market.

Analysis: He averaged a career-high 23.8 points per game for the Trail Blazers last season. The Dallas native says on Twitter, ''I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.''
7/4/2015 Tobias Harris, Orl, F
A person with knowledge of the details says the deal for Harris - a restricted free agent - is for four years and $64 million to remain with Orlando.

Analysis: The 22-year-old forward completed his fourth NBA season and second full year in Orlando after coming over in a trade with Milwaukee in 2013. He averaged a career-high 17.1 points last season, while also shooting a career-best 36 percent from the 3-point line.
7/4/2015 Kevin Durant, OKC, F
Durant said he would be ready for next season and he hasn't thought about the summer of 2016 when he likely will be the biggest domino in a free-agent class that already seems certain to earn incredibly large deals as the league's salary cap skyrockets.

Analysis: Durant is already a four-time NBA scoring champion and doesn't even turn 27 until September. He might not even be in his prime yet. Teams will do whatever they can next summer to get him, much in the same way LeBron James was pursued in 2010 when he wound up signing with the Miami Heat. For now, Durant said, everyone else can focus on that. He is just trying to play. "To be honest, my main thing is getting rid of distractions," Durant said.
7/4/2015 Kosta Koufos, Mem, F-C
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings and Koufos have agreed to a $33 million, four-year contract. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday night on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be completed until next week, said the fourth year is a player option. ESPN first reported the agreement.

Analysis: Koufos played behind Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in Memphis the past two seasons. In Sacramento, the 7-footer is another big man for a front court that includes All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins and sixth overall draft pick Willie Cauley-Stein.
7/3/2015 Wesley Matthews, Por, G-F
Matthews and the Mavericks have agreed on a four-year deal with financial terms that will depend on whether center DeAndre Jordan decides to join him in Dallas.

Analysis: A person with knowledge of the deal says Matthews and the Mavericks reached an agreement in principle late Thursday night and will wait on the decision from Jordan, who is apparently choosing between the Mavericks and his original team, the Los Angeles Clippers.
7/3/2015 Marco Belinelli, SA, G-F
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings and Belinelli have agreed to a $19 million, three-year contract. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because contracts can't be completed until next week. ESPN first reported the agreement.

Analysis: Belinelli gives the Kings the shooting guard they've been searching for to pair with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Sacramento was turned down Thursday by Wesley Matthews, who accepted a deal with Dallas. Belinelli has played the past two seasons with San Antonio, helping the Spurs win the NBA championship in 2014. He is shooting 43 percent in his eight-year career, including 39.2 percent from 3-point range.
7/3/2015 DeAndre Jordan, LAC, C
Jordan has chosen the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers in what turned into a tense boom-or-bust wait for Dallas in pursuit of the free-agent center. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that Jordan agreed to terms Friday. One said the deal was worth $80 million over four years.

Analysis: This is the biggest free-agent pickup in Mark Cuban's 15 years as Dallas owner. The deal comes two days after the Mavericks lost their backup plan when last season's starter, Tyson Chandler, bolted for Phoenix.
7/3/2015 Robin Lopez, Por, C
A person with knowledge of the details says center Robin Lopez has agreed to sign with the New York Knicks. Lopez will leave the Portland Trail Blazers to fill the open spot in the middle for the Knicks, the person says Friday on condition of anonymity because contracts can't yet be signed. Yahoo Sports reported Lopez would receive a four-year deal worth $54 million.

Analysis: Lopez would join his twin brother Brook in New York, picking the Knicks just days after Brook Lopez agreed to stay with the Brooklyn Nets for a reported $60 million over three years.
7/3/2015 Gary Neal, Min, G
Neal has agreed to a $2.1 million, one-year contract with the Washington Wizards.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Neal is returning to his roots: He was born in Maryland and played college basketball at Towson. He has averaged 9.9 points and 38.1-percent shooting on 3-point attempts during five NBA season with four franchises. He was traded to Minnesota by Charlotte in February.
7/3/2015 Rajon Rondo, Dal, PG
A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings and Rondo have agreed to a one-year deal for $10 million.

Analysis: Rondo's addition comes hours after the Kings and shooting guard Marco Belinelli agreed to a $19 million, three-year contract Friday, another person familiar with that deal said.
7/3/2015 Corey Brewer, Hou, G-F
The Rockets have reached deals with Brewer and Patrick Beverley to keep them in Houston.

Analysis: A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Brewer agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.
7/3/2015 Patrick Beverley, Hou, G
The Rockets have reached deals with Corey Brewer and Beverley to keep them in Houston. The agreements came on Friday, with Beverley's agent Kevin Bradbury saying his client got a four-year, $23.4 million deal.

Analysis: Beverley gives the Rockets a tenacious defender at point guard who was sorely missed when he went down with a wrist injury.
7/3/2015 Derrick Williams, Sac, F
Williams is headed to New York looking for another chance to fulfill the promise he once showed.

Analysis: A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the former No. 2 overall draft pick has agreed to terms with the Knicks on a two-year deal worth $10 million. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
7/2/2015 Nik Stauskas, Sac, SG
The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

Analysis: Stauskas thanked the Kings and their fans on his Twitter page and wrote that he was excited to start a new chapter of his career in Philadelphia.
7/2/2015 Jason Thompson, Sac, F-C
The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Nik Stauskas, Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

Analysis: Thompson just completed his seventh season and was Sacramento's longest-tenured player, having appeared in a franchise-record 541 games. Landry, an eight-year veteran, has battled injuries since coming to Sacramento two years ago.
7/2/2015 Carl Landry, Sac, F
The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

Analysis: Landry, an eight-year veteran, has battled injuries since coming to Sacramento two years ago.
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