Kobe Bryant
Lakers finally choose Byron Scott to coach
Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL
7/25/2014
News: In an expected and long-awaited move, the Los Angeles Lakers offered coaching candidate Byron Scott a head coaching position. According to ESPN, the two sides began negotiating Friday, meaning Scott will soon be named head coach. 

Scott spent his most recent coaching stint in Cleveland, where he led the Cavaliers to a 24-58 record two seasons ago. He'll now attempt to balance Kobe Bryant's playoff ambitions with the Lakers' inevitable rebuilding around rookie Julius Randle. 

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Rashard Lewis
Rashard Lewis has contract voided, will require surgery
Rashard Lewis, PF, DAL
7/25/2014
News: The Mavericks voided forward Rashard Lewis's contract Thursday, after he failed a physical due to an issue with his right knee.

At this point, it is not clear how serious the injury is, but Lewis will require surgery, the team announced. The 34-year-old was expected to sign a one-year deal with the Mavericks, but his next move is not yet known. 

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Carmelo Anthony
Report: Carmelo Anthony's $124-million deal includes opt-out
Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY
7/15/2014
News: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has agreed to a $124-million, five-year contract, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

While Anthony has taken slightly less than the max, he will have the option to opt out of the fifth year of the contract, according to the report. He's slated to earn $22.5 million during the 2014-15 season.

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Alex Len
Alex Len to miss rest of Vegas Summer League with broken finger
Alex Len, C, PHO
7/14/2014
News: Suns center Alex Len was ruled out for the remainder of the Las Vegas Summer League because of a fractured finger on his right hand, the team announced. Len got his finger caught in the jersey of an opponent on Saturday breaking his pinky finger. He will fly back to Phoenix for further evaluation.
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Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol announces signing with Bulls
Pau Gasol, PF, CHI
7/12/2014
News: Free agent center Pau Gasol announced he is signing with the Bulls Saturday, confirming multiple reports that he was leaning that that way.

Yahoo.com reported the Bulls were working on a sign-and-trade with the Lakers for Gasol, but that deal fell through, limiting how much the Bulls can offer. Gasol will sign a mulit-year deal with a starting salary of approximately $6.5 million according to report, though exact details are not yet known.

Gasol played in 60 games last season, averaging 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. 

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Brendan Haywood
Hornets, Cavaliers announce minor move
Brendan Haywood, C, CLE
7/12/2014
News: The Cavaliers acquired center Brendan Haywood and the draft rights to Dwight Powell from the Hornets for guard Scotty Hopson, the team announced Saturday.

Haywood did not play at all for the Bobcats last year.  

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Kent Bazemore
Hawks add Kent Bazemore on two-year deal
Kent Bazemore, SG, LAL
7/12/2014
News: The Hawks added depth on the wings Friday, with the addition of free agent guard Kent Bazemore on a two-year deal.

Bazemore will reportedly sign for a $4 million over two years, choosing the Hawks over expressed interest from numerous teams. Bazemore finally broke into an NBA rotation last season following a trade from the Warriors to the Lakers, as he averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his final 23 games before his season ended with a foot injury.  

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Shaun Livingston
Shaun Livingston dealing with offseason toe injury
Shaun Livingston, PG, GS
7/12/2014
News: Warriors guard Shaun Livingston will spend part of his offseason recovering from an injury, as reported by the Bay Area News Group.

Livingston suffered a sprained right big toe during his playoff run with the Nets, and has been put in a cast to immobilize the toe. He will wear the cast 3-to-4 weeks before being re-evaluated, but at this point there is no reason to think this injury will impact him when the season begins in five months.

Livingston signed a three-year deal with the Warriors at the start of free agency, likely to serve as the team's backup point guard. He averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds while appearing in a career-high 76 games last season.  

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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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Josh McRoberts
Josh McRoberts agrees to join Heat
Josh McRoberts, PF, MIA
7/7/2014
News: Free agent forward Josh McRoberts had been reportedly been deciding between the Miami Heat and the incumbent Charlotte Hornets, but ESPN reported Monday that a decision has been made. The report suggests McRoberts has "verbally committed" to joining the Heat.

McRoberts will likely take Miami's full mid-level exception. NBA Insider Ken Berger reports that the deal is worth $23 million over four years. He had a successful season playing point forward for Charlotte last year, averaging a career-high 4.3 assists per game.

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