Heat add Reggie Williams
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) The Heat signed guard Reggie Williams to a free-agency contract last week, the team announced. Terms of the deal are not known.

Williams appeared in just three games for the Thunder last season, and has played 180 games over parts of five NBA seasons. He averages 8.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three-point range for his career.  

Isaiah Thomas undergoes wrist surgery
by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Suns newcomer Isaiah Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist, the team announced Thursday.

Thomas dealt with a sprained wrist last season but was able to play through it on his way to a career year. An MRI in February revealed no ligament damage, which would indicate this latest procedure is nothing to worry about. The team expects him to be ready for training camp. 

Markel Brown out with broken hand
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Nets guard Markel Brown will be held out of basketball activities for four-to-six weeks after being diagnosed with a nondisplaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand, the team announced Monday.

Brown was selected 44th overall in this year's draft, and the Nets acquired him for cash considerations on the night of the draft. He averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his senior season at Oklahoma State.

Landing in Minnesota should improve Andrew Wiggins' value
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The prize of the trade that ultimately sent Kevin Love to Cleveland will likely be the Timberwolves' acquisition of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins , assuming there are no unexpected changes in the deal the two sides agreed to.

If Wiggins does ultimately land in Minnesota, as expected, this should be a boon to his Fantasy value. Though Wiggins will have substantially less help as he makes the transition to the NBA than he would have in Cleveland, he is also likely to be much more of a featured option than he otherwise might have been.

Wiggins was likely going to be the third or possibly even fourth offensive option for the Cavs, and likely would have been so for some time, given the presence of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on long-term deals. Now, the Timberwolves get to build around Wiggins as their long-term centerpiece, and he should be given plenty of rope as the team tries to navigate their upcoming rebuild.

Wiggins is raw, but still put up 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in 32.8 minutes per game as a freshman at the University of Kansas. There are some questions about how well his game will translate to the NBA, but he will at least have some help, in the form of point guard Ricky Rubio, who knows exactly how to set up teammates for shots they like.

Wiggins is mostly upside right now, but should be considered a second-round pick in all keeper-league Fantasy formats. In yearly re-draft leagues, he is more of a mid-round option at this point, albeit one with tremendous upside. 

Report: Cavs, Wolves finalize Kevin Love deal
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The long-awaited deal to send Kevin Love to the Cavaliers has been agreed to, according to a Yahoo.com report Thursday.

Though the deal cannot be officially finalized until Aug. 23, the Timberwolves are expected to acquire the last two No. 1 overall picks in the deal, in the form of forwards Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins. They will also reportedly receive a 2015 first-round pick in the deal.

The report also indicates the Cavaliers have received a commitment from Love that he will opt out of his current contract next offseason and re-sign a five-year max contract worth $120 million. 

Nuggets sign former second-rounder Erick Green
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Nuggets signed guard Erick Green to a three-year contract Friday, the team announced.

Green was the team's second-round pick in 2013, when he went 46th overall. He spent 2013-14 playing in Italy, after leading the NCAA in scoring as a senior at Virginia tech the previous year. The deal guarantees him just $50,000 next season, and he can be waived at any point. 

Spurs announce three-year extension for Tony Parker
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Spurs announced the signing of six-time All-Star guard Tony Parker to a contract extension last week, believed to be worth $43.3 million over three years.

Parker is entering the final season of his current contract, and this extension will take him through the 2017-18 season. He averaged 16.7 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds over 68 games a year ago. 

Nuggets sign first-rounders Jusuf Nurkic, Gary Harris
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Nuggets inked both of their first-round picks to rookie-scale deals last week, as the team announced the signings of center Jusuf Nurkic and guard Gary Harris.

Kurkic was considered a possible draft-and-stash option, but the 19-year-old out of Bosnia opted to head to the NBA after becoming the 16th overall pick. Harris was taken 19th overall after a two-year career at Michigan State, which saw him averaging 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. 

Jerryd Bayless joins Bucks on two-year pact
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Bucks signed free agent guard Jerryd Bayless to a two-year deal worth $3 million per season, the team announced last week.

Bayless joins the Bucks after spending the 2013-14 season with Memphis and then Boston. He averaged 9.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 72 games between the two teams. Bayless will likely come off the Bucks' bench in 2014-15.  

Kings, Knicks agree to four-play trade
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Knicks and Kings pulled off a minor trade involving four players Thursday, USA Today reports.

The Kings will acquire guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler in exchange for forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw, according to the report. The Kings will also receive a second-round pick in the 2016 draft.

The Kings are likely to waive Tyler, according to the report, and might not keep Ellington around for long either. The Knicks have opted to guarantee the $915,000 salary for Acy next season, while Outlaw enters the final season of a contract that will pay him $3 million for 2014-15. 

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