E.J. Singler
Raptors' E.J. Singler: Signs training camp deal with Raptors
E.J. Singler, SF, UTA
3:01 PM
News: Singler signed a training camp deal with the Raptors on Wednesday, Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic reports.

Singler spent five summer league games with the Raptors, finishing with averages of 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 19 minutes per game. He didn't do much to stand out, but the Raptors have opted to give him a shot and will bring him in for training camp. Singler obviously has a longs way to go to make the final roster and would likely be a NBA D-League option if he's unable to make the team.

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Toure' Murry
Toure' Murry: Signs deal with Timberwolves
Toure' Murry, SF, WAS
10:47 AM
News: Murry signed a deal with the Timberwolves on Wednesday, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.

Murry will get a chance to tryout for the team during camp, and try to earn a roster spot. The guard however is a long shot to make the final roster, as Minnesota has a deep guard roster. He'll have to compete with Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, rookie Kris Dunn, Andrew Wiggins, Tyus Jones and Shabazz Muhammed for a consistent role.

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Abdel Nader
Abdel Nader: Signs with D-League team
Abdel Nader, SF, BOS
8/22/2016
News: Nader confirmed Monday that he'll play for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League during the upcoming season, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports.

Nader was a second-round pick of the Celtics during the 2016 NBA Draft, but realized he was going to have a tough time making the team's final roster. Instead of going overseas on a potentially higher salaried contract, he'll play in the NBA D-League and should be an option for a call-up later in the season if the Celtics experience any injuries.

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Steve Novak
Steve Novak: Expected to re-sign with Bucks
Steve Novak, SF, MIL
8/21/2016
News: Novak (knee) is expected to re-sign with the Bucks later in the offseason, Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The Bucks currently have 13 contracts on the books for the upcoming season and appear to be looking at reserving their final two roster spots for veteran shooters who can supplement the team's young core. Jason Terry, 38, has agreed principle to a deal with the Bucks that's expected to be finalized Monday, and the team is likely to use its remaining cap space to re-sign the 33-year-old Novak, a Milwaukee native who appeared in three games for his hometown squad in the second half of last season before being sidelined the rest of the way with an left MCL sprain. Fortunately, Novak didn't require surgery to address the injury, and after taking the last several months off to recover, he'll be ready to go for the start of training camp in the fall. Due to his limitations on the defensive end, Novak doesn't figure to be a regular cog in the rotation for coach Jason Kidd, but as a 43.1 percent career three-point shooter, he's capable of providing the Bucks with a threat from the outside on the occasions he does see the floor.

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JJ Hickson
JJ Hickson: Headed to China to begin 2016-17 season
JJ Hickson, PF, WAS
8/21/2016
News: Hickson is finalizing a contract with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

Hickson gained little traction with NBA teams in free agency this summer after he underwhelmed across 35 appearances with the Nuggets and Wizards last season, averaging 5.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists across 12.5 minutes per game. While the 27-year-old has occasionally held some fantasy utility across various points in his career for his strong per-minute scoring and rebound totals, the 6-foot-9 big man is quite undersized for the center spot and has long been a liability on the defensive end. He'll look to show improvement in that regard during his stint with Fujian and could end up resurfacing with an NBA squad in the spring when the CBA season has concluded.

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Chris Johnson
Jazz's Chris Johnson: Chances of making club appear slim
Chris Johnson, SF, UTA
8/21/2016
News: Johnson isn't expected to crack the Jazz's 15-man roster for the start of the season, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

After the Jazz signed second-round draft pick Joel Bolomboy earlier this weekend, the team now has 17 players under contract heading into training camp. Since the Jazz are particularly deep at the small forward spot after adding Joe Johnson to the ranks earlier this offseason, Johnson, a minor role player last season, appears most at risk of missing out on a roster berth. Unless Johnson has an outstanding training camp, it's unlikely the Jazz will be anxious to clear room for him after he shot just 37.1 percent from the field across his 70 appearances in 2015-16.

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Nikola Mirotic
Bulls' Nikola Mirotic: Dealing with sore knee
Nikola Mirotic, PF, CHI
8/21/2016
News: Mirotic is going for "some tests" on his knee after briefly leaving Sunday's Olympic win over Australia, John Schuhmann of NBA.com reports.

Mirotic appeared to collide knees with fellow NBA player, Aron Baynes. He temporarily left the game, but was able to return and finished with 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and one assist over 30 minutes of action. Considering he was able to return, the injury isn't expected to be serious, but Mirotic did mention that it felt increasing sore following the game. He's expected to undergo tests, which should reveal the severity of the injury.

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Jeff Adrien
Jeff Adrien: Signs contract with Israeli team
Jeff Adrien, SF, NO
8/21/2016
News: Adrien signed a contract with Bnei Herzliya of Israel, David Pick of BasketballInsiders.com reports.

The 30-year-old small forward has five years of NBA experience, with his most recent stop coming with the Timberwolves during the 2014-15 season when he averaged 3.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists over 17 games. Adrien didn't appear to generate much interest during free agency this offseason and will instead, head overseas to Israel, where he likely received a more lucrative contract offer. A potential return to the NBA hasn't been ruled out following his international campaign.

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Pau Gasol
Spurs' Pau Gasol: Cleared to play against Team USA
Pau Gasol, PF, SA
8/19/2016
News: Gasol (calf) was cleared to play in Spain's semifinal matchup Friday against the United States in the Summer Olympics, International basketball writer David Pick reports.

Gasol was dealing with a calf injury heading into Friday's matchup, but it looks as if the the injury isn't going to hamper the forward's ability to play. Barring a setback, Gasol should, for now, be seen as healthy with the NBA season still a couple months away.

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Joel Bolomboy
Jazz's Joel Bolomboy: Signs deal with Jazz
Joel Bolomboy, PF, UTA
8/19/2016
News: Bolomboy announced on his Twitter account Friday that he signed with the Jazz.

Bolomboy is a fairly versatile forward who likely won't have a defined position over his time in the NBA. Regardless of where Bolomboy fits, he likely won't have much of an impact over the course of the 2016-17 season, with the Jazz having plenty of depth in the frontcourt.

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