Jamaal Franklin
Jamaal Franklin: Signs two-year deal with Chinese team
Jamaal Franklin, SG, DEN
3:24 PM
News: Franklin signed a two-year contract Tuesday with Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association, Sportando reports.

The 2013 second-round pick has only played in 24 games at the NBA level since his selection, and spent all of 2015-16 with Shanxi Zhoungyu. He averaged 34 points per game during his time with the club and figures to remain one of the top scorers in the league.

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Sergey Karasev
Nets' Sergey Karasev: Won't re-sign with Brooklyn
Sergey Karasev, SG, BKN
2:54 PM
News: Karasev's father, Vasily, recently said in an interview with Russian media that Sergey won't play for the Nets next season, Sportando reports. "Sergey is fine; he's already working for the next season," Vasily said. "It's too early to say where he'll play next season. We will consider all the options, both from NBA and Europe. One thing is for sure, Sergey won't play for the Nets next season."

The Nets can technically match any offer Karasev, a restricted free agent, receives, but it doesn't seem either side is interested in a reunion. The former first-round pick played only 73 games in his two seasons with the Nets, and saw his court time decline in 2015-16, despite the team being well removed from playoff contention by midseason. With the 22-year-old failing to show much ability from distance during his first three seasons in the league, it's doubtful many teams will be interested in bringing him aboard on a multi-year contract. If that's the case, Karasev may opt to return to Russia to continue his career.

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Josh Powell
Josh Powell: Signs with Chinese team
Josh Powell, PF, MIL
2:18 PM
News: Powell signed a contract Tuesday with Luoyang of the Chinese National Basketball League, Sportando reports.

Powell appeared in training camp with the Bucks last fall, but was ultimately cut before latching with teams in Argentina and Puerto Rico during the 2015-16 season. The move to the National Basketball League, a second-tier league in China, may net Powell a bigger payday than he enjoyed a season earlier, but the odds are still against him making another NBA appearance, especially now that he's 33 years old.

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Earl Clark
Earl Clark: Signs on with Chinese team
Earl Clark, SF, BKN
2:12 PM
News: Clark signed a contract Tuesday with Henan of the Chinese National Basketball League, Sportando reports.

The 14th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Clark hasn't appeared in the league since 2014-15, when he logged 10 games with the Nets. He failed to win a spot with the club in training camp last fall, and ended up finishing the season as a member of the D-League's Delaware 87ers. Clark will look to reestablish some value in China before perhaps getting another look from NBA teams.

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Kyrie Irving
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving: Scores 26 points, dishes six assists in Game 4 loss
Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE
12:34 PM
News: Irving generated 26 points (11-21 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six assists, three rebounds and one steal across 39 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 loss to the Raptors.

Irving demonstrated marked improvement over his 3-for-19 showing from the field in Saturday's Game 3 loss, but his efforts weren't enough to aid the Cavaliers to a victory. He's now scored 20-plus points in five of the last six games, so expect that to be more of the norm for Irving over the remainder of the series.

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Tristan Thompson
Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Just two points over last two games
Tristan Thompson, C, CLE
12:28 PM
News: Thompson was held to two points (1-3 FG), nine rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 loss to the Raptors.

Thompson has been even less of an offensive factor than usual in back-to-back losses for the Cavs, combining to produce just two points on 1-for-4 shooting. The Cavs don't often run many possessions through Thompson, who usually gets most of his points on put-backs and lobs, but with the energetic Bismack Biyombo controlling the glass for the last two games, Thompson has seen his opportunities dwindle.

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Channing Frye
Cavaliers' Channing Frye: Hits four three-pointers in Game 4 loss
Channing Frye, C, CLE
12:24 PM
News: Frye scored 12 points (4-8 FG, 4-8 3Pt) and added six rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 loss to the Raptors.

Frye ended up taking on more court time in the fourth quarter with Kevin Love (knee) getting held out for the entire period, and as per usual, he provided the Cavs with some solid three-point production. He's now hit multiple three-pointers in five straight outings, but with coach Tyronn Lue already indicating that Love will be good to go for Wednesday's Game 5, Frye isn't expected to see his role grow much from here.

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Iman Shumpert
Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert: Scores one point in 12 minutes in Game 1
Iman Shumpert, SG, CLE
12:20 PM
News: Shumpert put up one point (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound and one steal across 12 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 1 loss to the Raptors.

It's the fewest minutes Shumpert has seen in the series, as the close nature of the contest prompted coach Tyronn Lue to lean more heavily on LeBron James than usual. Shumpert has registered just one double-digit scoring outing in the postseason and seems unlikely to make many waves offensively whenever he takes the court.

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LeBron James
Cavaliers' LeBron James: Plays postseason-high 46 minutes in Game 4 loss
LeBron James, SF, CLE
12:10 PM
News: James played a postseason-high 46 minutes and provided 29 points (11-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 loss to the Raptors.

Though James was on the court for all but two minutes of the contest, he didn't see a significant jump in his shot attempts. That's been the case throughout the series, as James has attempted no more than 17 shots in any of the four contests to date. Any lack of offensive usage hasn't hindered James' production, however; he's averaging 25.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.3 steals across 36.8 minutes while shooting an impressive 64.4 percent from the field.

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Terrence Ross
Raptors' Terrence Ross: Plays just seven minutes in Game 4 win
Terrence Ross, SF, TOR
12:06 PM
News: Ross was held to three points (1-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt), one rebound, one assist and one steal across seven minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 win over the Cavaliers.

It's the second-fewest minutes Ross has seen in this postseason, as the swingman surrendered much of his court time to DeMar DeRozan (40 minutes) and DeMarre Carroll (36 minutes). With DeRozan shooting well from the floor (14-for-23) and Carroll tasked with locking up the Cavs' LeBron James, coach Dwane Casey had little need for reinforcements from the bench, but if either DeRozan and Carroll struggle early in Game 5, Ross could see his minutes pick up.

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