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Clippers send Jared Dudley to Milwaukee


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) The Clippers opened up minutes at small forward Tuesday by sending Jared Dudley to the Milwaukee Bucks.

According to Yahoo Sports, Los Angeles will receive Carlos Delfino,  Miroslav Raduljica and a future first-round pick from the Bucks. Dudley averaged 6.9 points in 23.4 minutes per game last season for the Clippers. 


Kevin Love deal morphs into three-team trade


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) The Cavaliers' acquisition of Kevin Love is set to go down Saturday, and Yahoo.com reports it will end up being a three-team deal.

The Timberwolves will receive Andrew Wiggins , Anthony Bennett and a lottery-protected first-round pick from the Cavaliers in exchange for Love, and are set to move one of those pieces to Philadelphia to complete the deal.

The Wolves will move the first-round pick -- a top-10 protected pick from Miami -- to the 76ers along with Alexey Shved and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in exchange for Thaddeus Young, as first reported by the Minnesota Star-Tribune. 


Heat add Reggie Williams


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) The Heat signed guard Reggie Williams to a free-agency contract last week, the team announced. Terms of the deal are not known.

Williams appeared in just three games for the Thunder last season, and has played 180 games over parts of five NBA seasons. He averages 8.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three-point range for his career.  


Isaiah Thomas undergoes wrist surgery


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Suns newcomer Isaiah Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist, the team announced Thursday.

Thomas dealt with a sprained wrist last season but was able to play through it on his way to a career year. An MRI in February revealed no ligament damage, which would indicate this latest procedure is nothing to worry about. The team expects him to be ready for training camp. 


DeMarcus Cousins avoids serious injury at Team USA practice


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Kings center DeMarcus Cousins dodged a bullet Thursday when the MRI on his right knee came back negative.

According to Yahoo Sports, Cousins limped off the court during a Team USA training session after Anthony Davis landed on his knee during a scrimmage. Cousins later tweeted that he was "fine," helping to suppress any concerns of a serious injury. 


Pacers shopping Roy Hibbert, call Pistons about Greg Monroe


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Pacers are shopping center Roy Hibbert, and they have called the Pistons regarding a potential deal involving restricted free agent Greg Monroe, Detroit Sports 105.1 reports.

There's no word about whether the Pistons would be interested in a Monroe-for-Hibbert spot, but they are pretty well set in the middle with Andre Drummond in the starting lineup. It's a rumor that seemingly has very little chance of coming to fruition.


Report: Greg Oden faces felony charge


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Free agent Greg Oden is facing a felony charge after allegedly attacking his former girlfriend after a night of drinking, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Oden is accused of punching the woman in the face three times and fracturing a bone in her nose, according to court documents. The felony offense carries a penaly of one-to-six years in prison.


Markel Brown out with broken hand


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Nets guard Markel Brown will be held out of basketball activities for four-to-six weeks after being diagnosed with a nondisplaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand, the team announced Monday.

Brown was selected 44th overall in this year's draft, and the Nets acquired him for cash considerations on the night of the draft. He averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his senior season at Oklahoma State.


Report: Wolves to swap Anthony Bennett for Thaddeus Young


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Though the trade can't go official until August 23, the deal reportedly struck between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves will lead to another trade between Minnesota and the 76ers.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported early Friday that Minnesota, upon receiving Anthony Bennett from the Cavs as part of the Kevin Love trade, would then trade him for Thaddeus Young. The Timberwolves have been showing interest in Young since Love stated his desire to be traded.

Meanwhile, the 76ers want to move Young because he's entering his prime at age 26 and only has one additional year left on his contract. Acquiring Bennett would complete a core of young talent to develop over the coming years. Young was one of the most productive forwards in the league last year playing in Brett Brown's up-tempo offense, averaging 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. Bennett, on the other hand, failed to make any impact what so ever but did show signs of growth during the Summer League. 


Landing in Minnesota should improve Andrew Wiggins' value


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The prize of the trade that ultimately sent Kevin Love to Cleveland will likely be the Timberwolves' acquisition of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins , assuming there are no unexpected changes in the deal the two sides agreed to.

If Wiggins does ultimately land in Minnesota, as expected, this should be a boon to his Fantasy value. Though Wiggins will have substantially less help as he makes the transition to the NBA than he would have in Cleveland, he is also likely to be much more of a featured option than he otherwise might have been.

Wiggins was likely going to be the third or possibly even fourth offensive option for the Cavs, and likely would have been so for some time, given the presence of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on long-term deals. Now, the Timberwolves get to build around Wiggins as their long-term centerpiece, and he should be given plenty of rope as the team tries to navigate their upcoming rebuild.

Wiggins is raw, but still put up 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in 32.8 minutes per game as a freshman at the University of Kansas. There are some questions about how well his game will translate to the NBA, but he will at least have some help, in the form of point guard Ricky Rubio, who knows exactly how to set up teammates for shots they like.

Wiggins is mostly upside right now, but should be considered a second-round pick in all keeper-league Fantasy formats. In yearly re-draft leagues, he is more of a mid-round option at this point, albeit one with tremendous upside. 


Anthony Bennett a bit more intriguing following trade


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) After a rookie season that can be charitably described as lost, a change of scenery is probably the best outcome Anthony Bennett could have hoped for this offseason. He got that Thursday, with the news that the long-awaited Kevin Love trade has landed him in Minnesota.

Last year's No. 1 overall pick luckily doesn't have to join the Cavaliers with the pressure of replacing Love as the face of the franchise -- this year's No. 1 pick, Andrew Wiggin, will take that on. Bennett gets to join a Timberwolves team that can give him more consistent playing time than last year's Cavaliers afforded him, but which won't ask him to do more than he is capable.

Bennett might end up starting at power forward for the Wolves, though a bench role seems more likely at this point. He had a disastrous rookie season after entering the season out of shape, but appeared to be in better shape while playing with the Cavaliers during the Summer League in Las Vegas. He still shot the ball poorly in Vegas -- 42.6 percent from the field and just 4 of 16 from three-point range -- but Bennett looked much more capable during his time there.

Based on his rookie season, Bennett has a long way to go before he is contributing at a high level. However, Fantasy owners in deeper category-based leagues should consider taking a chance on the 21-year-old in the later rounds, because he will have the chance to earn a large role if he proves worthy. 


Trade doesn't hurt Kevin Love's potential too much


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Though the move to Cleveland and a stacked Cavaliers roster should make life considerably easier for Kevin Love, should Fantasy owners be moving him down their draft boards a bit after Thursday's news?

Love carried a huge load for the Timberwolves last season, logging 36 minutes per game and finishing the season second in Fantasy scoring overall. He averaged a career-high 26.1 points and 4.4 assists per game, while adding 12.5 rebounds, but will now have to adjust to life as a second or even third option offensively.

With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving already on hand, Love is almost certainly going to take on a smaller scoring role. He attempted 18.5 field goals per game a year ago, which actually led this trio a year ago. However, he is also much more reliant on his teammates setting him up than the other two, so he should have the ball in his hands a little less by default.

Even if Love takes three fewer shots per game next season, there is little reason to drop him too much for Fantasy purposes. With his three-point range and offensive rebounding skills, Love still promises to be one of the most efficient scorers in the league. Even after adjusting his projection to reflect his new reality, Love is still projected for 23.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game next season.

Love likely won't be one of the three most productive Fantasy options in the league again next season, but there is no question he is still a slam dunk first-round pick. He shouldn't go much later than 8th overall on Draft Day. 


Report: Cavs, Wolves finalize Kevin Love deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The long-awaited deal to send Kevin Love to the Cavaliers has been agreed to, according to a Yahoo.com report Thursday.

Though the deal cannot be officially finalized until Aug. 23, the Timberwolves are expected to acquire the last two No. 1 overall picks in the deal, in the form of forwards Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins. They will also reportedly receive a 2015 first-round pick in the deal.

The report also indicates the Cavaliers have received a commitment from Love that he will opt out of his current contract next offseason and re-sign a five-year max contract worth $120 million. 


Nuggets sign former second-rounder Erick Green


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Nuggets signed guard Erick Green to a three-year contract Friday, the team announced.

Green was the team's second-round pick in 2013, when he went 46th overall. He spent 2013-14 playing in Italy, after leading the NCAA in scoring as a senior at Virginia tech the previous year. The deal guarantees him just $50,000 next season, and he can be waived at any point. 


Spurs announce three-year extension for Tony Parker


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Spurs announced the signing of six-time All-Star guard Tony Parker to a contract extension last week, believed to be worth $43.3 million over three years.

Parker is entering the final season of his current contract, and this extension will take him through the 2017-18 season. He averaged 16.7 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds over 68 games a year ago. 


Nuggets sign first-rounders Jusuf Nurkic, Gary Harris


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Nuggets inked both of their first-round picks to rookie-scale deals last week, as the team announced the signings of center Jusuf Nurkic and guard Gary Harris.

Kurkic was considered a possible draft-and-stash option, but the 19-year-old out of Bosnia opted to head to the NBA after becoming the 16th overall pick. Harris was taken 19th overall after a two-year career at Michigan State, which saw him averaging 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. 


Jerryd Bayless joins Bucks on two-year pact


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Bucks signed free agent guard Jerryd Bayless to a two-year deal worth $3 million per season, the team announced last week.

Bayless joins the Bucks after spending the 2013-14 season with Memphis and then Boston. He averaged 9.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 72 games between the two teams. Bayless will likely come off the Bucks' bench in 2014-15.  


Heat add Shawne Williams on two-year deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Heat signed forward Shawne Williams to a fully guaranteed minimum salary contract for the 2014-15 season, reports the Miami Herald. The deal also includes a team option for 2015-16.

Williams appeared in 36 games for the Lakers last season, after spending the 2012-13 season out of the NBA. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while also spending time in the D-League. 


Kings, Knicks agree to four-play trade


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Knicks and Kings pulled off a minor trade involving four players Thursday, USA Today reports.

The Kings will acquire guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler in exchange for forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw, according to the report. The Kings will also receive a second-round pick in the 2016 draft.

The Kings are likely to waive Tyler, according to the report, and might not keep Ellington around for long either. The Knicks have opted to guarantee the $915,000 salary for Acy next season, while Outlaw enters the final season of a contract that will pay him $3 million for 2014-15. 


Doctor: Paul George's injury could need 12-18 months to heal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Pacers forward Paul George will spend the next three days in a Las Vegas hospital following successful surgery to repair his broken right leg Friday.

George suffered an open tibula-fibula fracture during a scrimmage for Team USA Friday, and at this point the Pacers have no expected timetable for George's possible recovery. However, Dr. Patrick Kersey, who treated Louisville guard Kevin Ware following a similar injury, told NBA.com George could need 12-18 months to fully heal.

George's 2014-15 season is in doubt following this injury, though Ware was back on the floor less than eight months following his injury. The Pacers will likely begin carving out a recovery schedule in the coming months. 


Paul George suffers gruesome leg injury in Team USA scrimmage


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Pacers forward Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury while playing for Team USA during showcase scrimmage in Las Vegas on Friday.

George sustained the injury while contesting a layup from James Harden. He banged his right leg against the basket stanchion, likely suffering a horrific fracture. He was immediately attended by a medical staff and had a splint placed on his leg before he was stretchered off the court. The game was called after the incident.

George had a breakout season for the Pacers in 2013-14, averaging 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals in 80 games. He will likely miss a significant period of time moving forward.

Bulls have not guaranteed Pau Gasol a starting job


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Though the Bulls made him their marquee addition this offseason, the Chicago Sun-Times reports Tuesday the team has made no guarantees about Pau Gasol's role.

Gasol, who has started all but 13 of his NBA games in his 14 seasons, has not been guaranteed a starting spot for the Bulls this season. He joins a crowded frontcourt that already features Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, as well as fellow additions Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic. Gasol will likely vie for a starting spot with Gibson, but should see time at power forward and center.

Gasol comes to the Bulls on a three-year deal, after averaging 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in 60 appearances -- all starts -- with the Lakers last season. 


James Young recovered from offseason concussion


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Celtics rookie forward James Young missed all of Summer League while recovering from a concussion sustained in a car accident, but is symptom-free as of late July, he told USA Today.

Young, the No. 17 overall pick over of the University of Kentucky, suffered the concussion prior to the draft. He was held out of all activities at the Summer League in Orlando, but has been cleared to practice in recent days. 


Wesley Johnson re-signs with Lakers for one year


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Lakers announced the re-signing of forward Wesley Johnson Monday, though terms of the deal have not yet been announced.

Johnson appeared in 79 games for the injury-bitten Lakers last season, and put together the most productive season of his career as a result. He averaged 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. 


Jan Vesely signing with Turkish team


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Wizards forward Jan Vesely is expected to sign with Fenerbache Ulker of the Turkish Basketball League according to Sportando, likely bringing an end to the former lottery pick's time in the NBA.

Over three disappointing seasons, the 2011 No. 6 overall pick averaged just 3.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 162 appearances.