Steve Blake
Steve Blake signs with the Trailblazers
Steve Blake, PG, POR
7/10/2014
News: Veteran point guard Steve Blake inked a two-year deal with the Portland Trailblazers on Thursday, according to Yahoo Sports.

The deal is worth 4.2 million over two years and includes a second-year player option. Blake thrived in Mike D'Antoni's Lakers offense early on last year before being traded to Golden State to play a lesser role. He averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 assists per game overall on the season. 

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Greivis Vasquez
Raptors re-sign Greivis Vasquez
Greivis Vasquez, PG, TOR
7/10/2014
News: Restricted free-agent Greivis Vasquez came off the market late Wednesday when the Raptors chose to re-sign him to a two-year, $13 million deal, according to Yahoo Sports.

Vasquez had maintained that he'd like to return to Toronto, where he was traded last season by the Kings. He averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists backing up Kyle Lowry last year.

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Marcus Smart
Celtics sign Marcus Smart to rookie deal
Marcus Smart, PG, BOS
7/9/2014
News: The Celtics have agreed to terms on a rookie-scale deal with guard Marcus Smart , the No.6 overall pick in this year's draft.

Smart was the first of the Celtics' first-round picks this year, after starring at Oklahoma State University for two years. Smart averaged 18.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in 31 appearances as a sophomore.  

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Jordan Adams
Jordan Adams signs rookie deal with Grizzlies
Jordan Adams, SG, MEM
7/9/2014
News: The Grizzlies signed their first-round pick to a rookie-scale deal Tuesday, the team announced.

The Grizzlies selected guard Jordan Adams with the 22nd pick in the draft, after he spent two seasons playing at UCLA. He averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.1 minutes per game as a sophomore. 

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Zach LaVine
Zach LaVine signs rookie deal with Wolves
Zach LaVine, PG, MIN
7/9/2014
News: The Timberwolves announced the signing of first-round pick Zach LaVine Tuesday.

LaVine was the No. 13 overall pick in the draft this year, after spending just one year at UCLA. He averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 24.4 minutes per game as a freshman. 

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Gordon Hayward
Report: Gordon Hayward to sign max deal with Hornets
Gordon Hayward, SG, UTA
7/9/2014
News: The Hornets have agreed to a max contract for restricted free-agent Gordon Hayward, according to numerous media reports Tuesday.

The deal is expected to pay Hayward $63 million over four years, though it cannot be finalized until free agency officially begins Thursday. Hayward's former team, the Jazz, will have three days to match the deal once he signs it, and the team has given every indication they will do so, according to USA Today.

Hayward is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 16.2 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 77 games.  

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Marcus Thornton
Cavaliers, Nets, Celtics work out three-team trade
Marcus Thornton, SG, BOS
7/9/2014
News: The Cavaliers opened up cap space in a three-team trade Wednesday, according to ESPN.com.

According to reports, the Cavaliers have traded guards Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev to the Nets and center Tyler Zeller to the Celtics, while the Nets sent Marcus Thornton to Boston. It is not clear what, if anything, the Cavaliers will receive in return.

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James Anderson
James Anderson waived, becomes free agent
James Anderson, SG, PHI
7/8/2014
News: The 76ers waived guard James Anderson prior to the start of free agency, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Anderson started 62 of 80 games for the 76ers last year, averaging 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. 

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Chauncey Billups
Chauncey Billups' next career move undecided
Chauncey Billups, PG, DET
7/8/2014
News: The Pistons opted not to pick up a $2.5 million team option for veteran guard Chauncey Billups, and that might spell the end of his career as a player.

As he told BasketballInsiders.com, he has opportunities waiting for him in front offices or as a member of the media, if he does decide to retire. Though he has not made a decision on whether he will retire or not, Billups did say he is considering playing if the right situation presents itself.

"I know that in the right situation, I can really help a team win," he said. "But it would take the right situation. I'm not going to play just to play. I have nothing left to prove and I've accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish playing basketball, so it would take the right situation for me to play."

Billups appeared in just 19 games a year ago, averaging 3.8 points and 2.2 assists per game for the Pistons. 

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Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook to sit out World Cup
Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC
7/8/2014
News: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has opted not to play for Team USA during the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Spain, according to Yahoo.com.

There has been no reason given for Westbrook's unexpected absence, though he did deal with ongoing trouble with his surgically repaired knee through the season. Westbrook missed 36 games last season and spent much of the year under a minutes limit, so this could just be a chance to get him rest, after another deep playoff run. 

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