Jazz bring aboard C Jeff Withey
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2015) The Jazz have announced the signing of free agent center Jeff Withey to a multi-year contract, the terms of which were not disclosed.

Withey averaged 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 37 games for New Orleans last season.

Raptors sign C Jonas Valanciunas to contract extension
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2015) The Raptors have insured that emerging center Jonas Valanciunas will be sticking around for a while by signing him to a four-year extension worth $64 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The 23-year-old Valanciunas boasts a career .553 shooting percentage. He peaked last season at 57.2 percent and averaged a career-high 12.0 points a game while leading the team at 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots.

Valenciunas also averaged 11.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in four playoff games.

Sixers center Joel Embiid undergoes foot surgery
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2015) 76ers center Joel Embiid underwent foot surgery on Tuesday, the team announced.

"Moving forward, our sports performance staff will work with Joel to guide his return to play and monitor his progress against targeted benchmarks," 76ers president of basketball operations and general manager Sam Hinkie said. "Our team will work with Joel to create the best possible environment for healing so he can achieve his goals."

Embiid is expected to miss the entire 2015-16 season because of the foot issue. He also underwent bone graft surgery in May.

Mavericks C JaVale McGee still rehabbing leg injury
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/14/2015) Newly acquired Mavericks center JaVale McGee is still rehabbing from a lingering leg injury, according to ESPN Dallas.

The Mavericks, though, are confident McGee will be healthy for the start of training camp.

Report: Mavericks sign free-agent C JaVale McGee
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/13/2015) The Mavericks have reportedly reached an agreement with free-agent center JaVale McGee, according to ESPN NBA reporter Marc Stein. 

The deal is for two years at the league minimum, with a team option for the second year. McGee played in just 23 games last year for the Nuggets and 76ers before being waived in March. He has only played 28 games over the past two seasons. 

In seven NBA seasons, McGee is averaging 8.4 points and 5.5 rebounds. 

16-year veteran Elton Brand hints at retirement
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/11/2015) Elton Brand , a 16-year NBA veteran, is likely to retire this offseason, according to the Examiner News.

Brand, who appeared in 36 games last season for the Hawks, is a former All-Star who doesn't have much left to accomplish on the basketball court.

"I could get in shape if I got the call but this looks like the end of the run for me, right now it is family time,” Brand said.

Lakers, Mavericks interested in free agent JaVale McGee
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/8/2015) The Lakers and Mavericks are the front-runners to land free-agent center JaVale McGee, according to Basketball Insiders.

McGee averaged 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 23 games for the Nuggets and 76ers last season.

Mavericks set with PF Charlie Villanueva, C Samuel Dalembert
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2015) The Mavericks have made official the signings of power forward Charlie Villanueva and center Samuel Dalembert , per the Dallas Morning News.

Villanueva managed 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds a game as a reserve for Dallas last season. Dalembert averaged 4.0 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Knicks a year ago.

Trail Blazers waive C Brendan Haywood
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Trail Blazers announced Thursday they have waived center Brendan Haywood, whom they just acquired earlier in the week in a trade with the Cavaliers, per NBA.com. 

Haywood averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 22 games for the Cavaliers last season. 

Warriors, Celtics make Lee-for-Wallace swap official
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/27/2015) What was long reported became official Monday, as the Warriors finalized a deal with the Celtics to send center David Lee to Boston in exchange for forward Gerald Wallace and guard Chris Babb.

The trade was first reported on July 7, but the Celtics needed to make various roster moves in order to facilitate the trade. 

"On behalf of the entire Golden State Warriors organization, we thank David Lee for his contributions both on and off the court over the last five years," Warriors GM Bob Myers said.

Lee averaged 7.9 points and 5.2 rebounds last season in a reduced role, while Wallace was a non-factor for the Celtics, scoring just 1.1 points in nine minutes. 

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