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Date Player News
8/19/2014 Dante Cunningham, PF The agent for Cunningham says his client plans to file a civil lawsuit against the woman who accused him of domestic assault. Agent Joel Bell tells The Associated Press that Cunningham wants to clear his name after authorities dismissed a felony assault charge against Cunningham on Monday. The woman accused Cunningham of choking her in April.

Analysis: After a four-month investigation, the Hennepin County prosecutor announced that the charge was dismissed because "there was not proof beyond a reasonable doubt for the charged offense." Cunningham had to put his search for a new contract on hold while the investigation was conducted. Now he says he is eager move on and sign a deal, perhaps with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team he has played for the last two seasons.
8/18/2014 Jordan Hamilton, SF The Toronto Raptors have signed Jordan Hamilton, a swingman who played last season with Denver and Houston.

Analysis: The 6-foot-7 Hamilton averaged 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 17.0 minutes in 60 games last year. In 126 career games, he has averaged 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 13.3 minutes while shooting 36 percent from 3-point range.
8/18/2014 Aaron Gray, C The Detroit Pistons have formally announced contract agreements with forward Cartier Martin and center Aaron Gray.

Analysis: Gray, a 7-footer, has averaged 3.4 points and 12.1 minutes in 318 career games with Chicago, New Orleans, Toronto and Sacramento. He split time between Toronto and Sacramento during the 2013-14 season, appearing in 37 games and averaging 1.8 points.
8/18/2014 Cartier Martin, G-F The Detroit Pistons have formally announced contract agreements with forward Cartier Martin and center Aaron Gray.

Analysis: The 6-foot-7 Martin has averaged 5.4 points and 14.3 minutes in 220 games for Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, Golden State and Charlotte. Martin played in a career-high 59 games last season with Atlanta and Chicago, averaging 5.6 points.
8/18/2014 Jarnell Stokes, PF The Memphis Grizzlies have signed their second-round draft pick Jarnell Stokes to a multi-year contract. The Grizzlies did not disclose the terms Monday.

Analysis: The 6-foot-9, 263-pound Stokes was drafted by Utah in June and traded to Memphis on draft night for a second-round draft pick in 2016. The Memphis native played three years at the University of Tennessee where he led the Southeastern Conference in offensive rebounding his last two seasons. He led Tennessee to three NCAA tournament wins and a trip to the Sweet 16.
8/18/2014 Dante Cunningham, PF The news Cunningham was long expecting finally came down on Monday when Hennepin County authorities announced they were dropping the felony charge against him, enabling the free agent to start looking for a job next fall in earnest and start putting a difficult period behind him. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman issued a statement on Monday saying that "based on further investigation, there is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt for the charged offense."

Analysis: Cunningham was charged in April after he was accused of choking his then-girlfriend at their suburban Minneapolis home. The Timberwolves abided by NBA rules and continued to play him in games the rest of the season, and Cunningham routinely heard boos and heckles from the crowd about the allegations. Cunningham spent the previous two seasons with the Timberwolves and carved a niche as a hard-nosed defensive forward with a solid mid-range jumper.
8/17/2014 Shawn Marion, F A person familiar with the negotiations says veteran free agent forward Shawn Marion has agreed to a contract with the Cavaliers. Marion informed the Cavs this weekend that he will take a minimum deal and play for them next season, said the person who spoke Sunday to The Associated Press.

Analysis: The 36-year-old Marion, a four-time All-Star, gives Cleveland another veteran with postseason experience to compliment superstar LeBron James. The team has previously signed shooters Mike Miller and James Jones, who won two NBA titles with James in Miami.
8/15/2014 Shaun Livingston, G Livingston is expected to be out six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot.

Analysis: The Warriors said Friday that Livingston's toe will be in a splint for the first three weeks of his recovery. The team says the procedure was performed Wednesday by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys.
8/11/2014 Markel Brown, SG Brown has a broken bone in his right hand that will keep him from basketball activities for four to six weeks.

Analysis: The Nets said Brown was injured while working out Monday in Las Vegas and was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand. His hand was placed in a cast. Brown was drafted by Minnesota with the No. 44 pick and the Nets acquired his rights on draft night.
8/8/2014 Kostas Papanikolaou, F A person with knowledge of the deal says the Houston Rockets have agreed to terms with Greek forward Kostas Papanikolaou. The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced by the team.

Analysis: The 6-foot-9 Papanikolaou was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2012. His rights were traded to Portland, then to Houston in July 2013. Papanikolaou most recently played for FC Barcelona. He has been a standout for the Greek national team, earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Under-20 European championship in 2009. Before playing for FC Barcelona, Papanikolaou helped Olympiacos win Euroleague championships in 2012 and 2013.
8/8/2014 LeBron James, F James is home to stay. The NBA superstar said Friday night that he intends to play the rest of his career with Cleveland.

Analysis: When re-signed with the Cavaliers last month to a two-year, $41 million contract that included an option after one year, there was speculation he would one day test free agency again. However, James said "I don't play to go anywhere" before an event Friday night celebrating his homecoming to Northeast Ohio. His legendary career will then consist of stints with only Cleveland and Miami, if James is to be believed.
8/7/2014 Kevin Love, F-C Two people with knowledge of the deal tell The Associated Press that Minnesota and Cleveland have agreed to a trade that will send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round draft pick.

Analysis: The deal will unite Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a new-look Big 3 in Cleveland. Love is a three-time All-Star but failed to make the playoffs in his first six seasons in Minnesota.
8/7/2014 Raymond Felton, G The NBA has suspended new Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton for the first four games of the upcoming season after his guilty plea in a New York gun case.

Analysis: Felton pleaded guilty July 23 in New York to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He admitted he knowingly had a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a semi-automatic pistol without a license.
8/7/2014 Kevin Durant, F Durant has withdrawn from the U.S. national team, the biggest loss yet for a weakening American team.

Analysis: The NBA's MVP informed USA Basketball on Thursday that he was ''physically and mentally drained from the NBA season,'' USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.
8/7/2014 Greg Oden, C Oden is out of jail following his arrest on battery charges for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face. Oden was released from custody Thursday evening. Online Marion County Jail records show Oden was released on a $10,000 bond.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Oden faces two preliminary misdemeanor battery counts after the incident Thursday morning at his mother's suburban home in Lawrence. A police report says officers were called to the home at around 3:30 a.m. and found a 24-year-old woman on a sofa with a swollen, bloody face. A friend of the woman told officers that Oden had "punched her in the face." Oden told officers he and the woman had dated for about two years but split up two months ago.
8/6/2014 Quincy Acy, PF The New York Knicks acquired Acy and Travis Outlaw from the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday for guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler.

Analysis: The 6-7 Acy averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 92 games in two seasons with Toronto and Sacramento. Last season, he averaged 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 63 games for the Raptors and Kings.
8/6/2014 Travis Outlaw, F The New York Knicks acquired forwards Quincy Acy and Outlaw from the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday for guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler.

Analysis: The 6-foot-9 Outlaw has career averages of 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 622 games in 11 seasons with Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers, New Jersey and Sacramento. Last season for the Kings, he averaged 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 63 games.
8/6/2014 Wayne Ellington, SG The New York Knicks acquired forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw from the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday for Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler.

Analysis: Ellington has played five NBA seasons with Minnesota, Memphis, Cleveland and Dallas, averaging 6.4 points in 312 games. The 6-4 guard was acquired by the Knicks from Dallas on June 25.
8/6/2014 Jeremy Tyler, C The New York Knicks acquired forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw from the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday for guard Wayne Ellington and Tyler.

Analysis: Tyler has averaged 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 104 games with Golden State, Atlanta and New York. The 6-10 forward averaged 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 41 games for the Knicks last season.
8/6/2014 JaMychal Green, PF The San Antonio Spurs signed forward JaMychal Green on Wednesday.

Analysis: The 6-foot-8 Green averaged 7.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 16.2 minutes in six games for the Spurs' Summer League team in Las Vegas. Last season for Roanne in the French Pro A League, the former Alabama player averaged 11.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 22.1 minutes in 25 games. Green spent the 2012-13 season with the Austin Toros in the NBA Development League, averaging 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in 40 games.
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