Cavaliers' Ante Zizic: Traded to Cleveland
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(8/22/2017) Zizic was traded to the Cavaliers on Tuesday as part of a package that brings Kyrie Irving to Boston, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

The Celtics will send Zizic, Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas and the Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick to the Cavs in exchange for Irving. Zizic, who is yet to play an NBA minute, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 draft, and while he's a relative unknown, he's considered to have fairly high upside. The 20-year-old may not be a major factor right away for Cleveland, but at the very least he represents another young asset to build around should LeBron James leave after the 2017-18 season.

Cavaliers' Jae Crowder: Dealt to Cavs
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(8/22/2017) Crowder was traded to the Cavaliers on Tuesday as part of a deal that sends Kyrie Irving to Boston, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

In a blockbuster deal between the top two teams in the East, the Celtics will send Crowder, Ante Zizic, Isaiah Thomas and the Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick to the Cavs in exchange for Irving. It's unclear where, exactly, Crowder will slot in with the Cavs, who already have LeBron James and Kevin Love at the two forward spots, but whether he starts or comes off the bench, he'll undoubtedly play a key role for Cleveland, which was in need of an elite perimeter defender. Last season, Crowder averaged 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 39.8 percent from three.

76ers' Ben Simmons: Cleared for full basketball activities
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(8/22/2017) Simmons (foot) has been cleared for full basketball activities, Tom Moore of GateHouse Media reports.

According to the report, Simmons has actually been cleared "for some time", so it sounds like he was already taking part in full basketball activities earlier in the summer. That means he should be a full go for training camp, though the Sixers could ultimately take a cautious approach and limit his workload a bit prior to the opener. While Simmons was originally expected to start at point guard during the upcoming campaign, the Sixers ended up drafting point guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft and then signed shooting guard J.J. Redick during free agency. That likely means Simmons will start the year at small forward, though he'll surely get some time as the lead guard at certain points this season. With how careful the Sixers were with Joel Embiid last year, it wouldn't be surprising if Simmons saw some restrictions on his playing time early on.

Pacers' Alex Poythress: Signs two-way deal with Pacers
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(8/22/2017) Poythress signed a two-way contract Tuesday with the Pacers.

Poythress got to see extended NBA action for the first time in his career at the tail-end of last season with the 76ers, where he averaged 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds over the course of six games. He spent majority of last season with the Pacers' G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, where he averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 46 games, so the organization has plenty of familiarity with the former Kentucky standout. Poythress will likely spend most of the 2017-18 season with the Mad Ants with some occasional call ups to the Pacers.

Magic's Adreian Payne: Signs two-way contract with Magic
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(8/21/2017) Payne signed a two-way contract with the Magic on Monday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Payne has spent the last two and half season in Minnesota, but is coming off a 2016-17 campaign where he played in just 18 games. The bulk of those absences were due to thrombocytopenia, which is a disorder related to a low-platelet count in the bloodstream, but he's since been cleared for basketball activity. That said, Payne largely struggled to field interest during free agency and will have to settle for a two-way deal, which means he'll spend the majority of the upcoming campaign with the Magic's G-League affiliate.

Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Won't participate in EuroBasket
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(8/19/2017) Antetokounmpo, due to persistent knee soreness, has chosen not to participate in EuroBasket this season, Eric Nehm of ESPN Milwaukee reports.

Antetokounmpo missed a five-day chunk of EuroBasket practice earlier in August due to knee soreness, with the issue failing to subside. The star also cited exercises the Bucks' staff had him perform in China being too painful to complete, ultimately forcing him to withdraw from his national team to ensure his health for the NBA season. It remains to be seen if this issue will carry over into training camp.

Heat's Jordan Mickey: Finalizing deal with Heat
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(8/18/2017) Mickey is finalizing a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Heat, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Mickey was waived by the Celtics in mid-July due in large part to their offseason frontcourt acquisitions, as the 2015 second round pick never made had the opportunity to make his mark in Boston. He averaged just 1.5 points over 5.6 minutes per game last season, but will now have a second chance in Miami, where he'll likely continue to serve as a depth option.

Brandon Bass: Heads to China
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(8/17/2017) Bass signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Liaoning Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, international writer David Pick reports.

A 12-year NBA veteran, Bass has bounced around a bit of late, playing for three different teams in as many seasons. He spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Clippers, averaging 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds across 11.1 minutes, which was his smallest workload overall since the 2009-10 season. After failing to receive much interest on the free agent market, Bass will head overseas to resume his playing career. He could attempt to latch on with an NBA team following the international season, though it's unclear how many suitors he'd have.

Rakeem Christmas: Signs with Turkish club
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(8/17/2017) Christmas signed a contract with Turkish club Galatasaray Odeabank on Thursday, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.

In Christmas' first full season with the Pacers, he played in just 29 games, posting averages of 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds across 7.6 minutes. He was merely used as emergency depth in the frontcourt and didn't flash enough potential to give the Pacers a reason to keep him around. After being waived by Indiana at the start of July, Christmas failed to receive much interest elsewhere and will now head to Turkey to play for Galatasaray. He could attempt to find an NBA playoff contending team to join once his season overseas completes, though there's no guarantee he'd find a suitor.

Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele: Fully recovered from ankle surgery
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(8/17/2017) Yabusele has fully recovered from ankle surgery and will take part in Monday's informal practices, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.

This is great news for the Celtics' 2016 first-round pick, as foot problems prevented him from participating in this year's summer league, and he'll now get to spend some extended time with the team through training camp. Boston, however, is loaded in the frontcourt, and Yabusele will likely struggle to find quality minutes in his debut season with the team, so some extended time in the G League could be on the horizon for the rookie.

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