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Date Player
6/21/2017 Nick Young, LAL, G-F
Young will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after declining his $5.66 million contract option for next season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers announced Young's decision Wednesday.

Analysis: Young has spent four tumultuous seasons with the Lakers, averaging 13.1 points and 2.3 rebounds over 220 games.
6/21/2017 Tim Frazier, Was, G
The Washington Wizards have acquired point guard Tim Frazier from the New Orleans Pelicans for a second-round pick in the NBA draft. Wednesday's deal gives the Pelicans the No. 52 overall selection Thursday night.

Analysis: That was the only pick Washington had this year. Its first-rounder went to Brooklyn in the Bojan Bogdanovic deal at the trade deadline. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Frazier has averaged 6.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds in three NBA seasons with New Orleans, Philadelphia and Portland. He has played in 127 regular-season games, making 40 starts.
6/20/2017 D'Angelo Russell, LAL, G
The Lakers have reached an agreement to trade Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for center Brook Lopez and the 27th selection in this year's draft, The Vertical reported Tuesday.

Analysis: Trading Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, all but assures that Los Angeles will select point guard Lonzo Ball of UCLA at No. 2 Thursday. It also gives the Lakers three first-round selections in the draft. Russell averaged 15.6 points and 4.8 assists in his second season with the Lakers.
6/20/2017 Timofey Mozgov, LAL, C
The Lakers have reached an agreement to trade point guard D'Angelo Russell and Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for center Brook Lopez and the 27th selection in this year's draft, The Vertical reported Tuesday.

Analysis: The Lakers will free themselves from a four-year, $64 million contract that they signed Mozgov to in July 2016. The 7-foot-1 Mozgov averaged 7.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots last season - his seventh in the NBA overall.
6/20/2017 Brook Lopez, Bkn, C
The Lakers have reached an agreement to trade point guard D'Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Lopez and the 27th selection in this year's draft, The Vertical reported Tuesday.

Analysis: The 7-foot Lopez represents a dramatic upgrade for Los Angeles, particularly at the offensive end. He averaged a team-high 20.5 points last season for Brooklyn and owns career averages of 18.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in nine seasons with the Nets.
6/20/2017 Dwyane Wade, Chi, G
Wade has told the Chicago Bulls that he is exercising his $23.8 million option and will remain with them next season, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Analysis: Wade averaged 18.3 points on 43 percent shooting last season, his first with the Bulls after 13 years in Miami. He missed 11 games in March with a fractured elbow, but returned for the final three games to help the Bulls make the playoffs. Wade made $23.2 million this past season. He turns 36 in January.
6/20/2017 Nikola Pekovic, Min, C
The Timberwolves waived Pekovic on Tuesday, likely ending a career that was derailed by foot and ankle problems over the past three seasons. Pekovic missed all of last season and played only 12 games the previous season, a disappointing development for a player that was on his way to being one of the most effective centers in the league when he signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013.

Analysis: The 6-foot-11, 307-pound native of Montenegro averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 2012-13. He was limited to 54 games in the first season of his new deal, but still averaged 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds. The chronic foot issues really started to set in during the 2014-15 season, when he played in just 31 games.
6/20/2017 Pau Gasol, SA, F-C
Gasol declined his $16 million option on Tuesday with the intent of signing a longer-term deal with the Spurs so the franchise can gain some flexibility to hit the free agent market, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press

Analysis: Gasol signed a two-year deal last summer worth $30 million. He averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25.4 minutes for the Spurs last season, at times starting and others coming off the bench for a team that won 61 games and lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.
6/20/2017 Aron Baynes, Det, C
Baynes is set to become a free agent as he will decline his $6.5 million player option, according to The Vertical.

Analysis: Baynes averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 75 games (two starts) last season with the Pistons.
6/20/2017 Dwight Howard, Cha, F-C
The Hawks are sending Howard and the No. 31 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft to Charlotte for center Miles Plumlee, shooting guard Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the trade is not yet official.

Analysis: Howard will be playing for his third team in three seasons. Howard, who signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal with Atlanta last July, averaged 13.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 74 games during the 2016-17 season.
6/20/2017 Marco Belinelli, Atl, G-F
The Hawks are sending Dwight Howard and the No. 31 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft to Charlotte for center Miles Plumlee, Belinelli and the 41st pick, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the trade is not yet official.

Analysis: Belinelli averaged 10.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes last season.
6/20/2017 Miles Plumlee, Atl, F-C
The Hawks are sending Dwight Howard and the No. 31 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft to Charlotte for Plumlee, shooting guard Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the trade is not yet official.

Analysis: Plumlee, who signed a four-year, $52 million contract last season, averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds across 10.8 minutes in 2016-17. He began last season with the Milwaukee Bucks before being dealt to Charlotte before the trade deadline.
6/18/2017 Paul George, Ind, F
George informed the Pacers he won't resign with the franchise and plans to become a free agent after next season, according to multiple reports on Sunday. George can opt out of his contract following the 2017-18 season and become a free agent and is targeting the Los Angeles Lakers as his next club.

Analysis: George reportedly had his agent relay the news now to Indiana president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard so he was upfront with his plans as well as giving the franchise the opportunity to prepare for its future.The Pacers are already shopping George. While the four-time All-Star would prefer to be shipped to the Lakers, Indiana reportedly has discussed a potential deal with the Cavaliers.
6/16/2017 Monta Ellis, Ind, G
Ellis and Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Bullock were each suspended five games without pay for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, the league announced Friday. The suspensions begin during the 2017-18 regular season.

Analysis: Ellis, 31, averaged 8.5 points last season, his lowest output since his rookie season (2005-06).
6/16/2017 Reggie Bullock, Det, G-F
Indiana Pacers guard Monta Ellis and Bullock were each suspended five games without pay for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, the league announced Friday. The suspensions begin during the 2017-18 regular season.

Analysis: Bullock, 26, averaged 4.5 points in 31 games for Detroit last season.
6/12/2017 Tristan Thompson, Cle, F-C
Tristan Thompson scored 15 points Monday, going 6 of 8 from the field, as the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors 129-120. Thompson grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -7 in his 29:52 on the floor. He added one block and one steal.
6/12/2017 Kyrie Irving, Cle, G
Irving scored 26 points Monday on 9-of-22 shooting as the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors 129-120. Irving pulled down two rebounds and had six assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +4 in his 41:47 of playing time. He added two steals. Irving went 1 of 2 from 3-point range.

Analysis: He wasn't nearly as good as his 40-point effort in Game 4.
6/12/2017 LeBron James, Cle, F
James scored 41 points Monday on 19-of-30 shooting as the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors 129-120. James pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out eight assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -13 in his 46:13 of playing time. He added one block and two steals. James went 2 of 5 from 3-point range.

Analysis: James had a spectacular series, averaging 33.6 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists but it wasn't enough. When it was over, James went straight to Durant and gave a long embrace to his rival, who got revenge for losing the title with Oklahoma City to James' Miami Heat five years ago.
6/12/2017 Kyle Korver, Cle, G-F
Kyle Korver scored three points Monday on 1-of-3 shooting as the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors 129-120. Korver did not grab a rebound nor have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of 0 in his 17:48 on the floor. Korver went 1 of 2 from 3-point range.
6/12/2017 J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F
Smith scored 25 points Monday, going 9 of 11 from the field, as the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors 129-120. Smith pulled down three rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -2 in his 40:49 on the floor. He added two blocks. Smith went 7 of 8 from 3-point range.

Analysis: This was by far Smith's best game of the playoffs.
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