Pelicans' Larry Drew: Signed summer league deal with Pelicans
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(6/24/2016) Drew signed a summer league deal with the Pelicans Friday, David Pick of Basketball Insiders reports.

Drew served as a star for the Pelicans in last year's summer league, managing a league-high 7.8 assists per game to go along with 9.0 points. That, however, was not enough to get him an invite to training camp and he decided to sign with AS Monaco in France shortly after. Drew will get one more opportunity to prove his worth as a floor leader in the NBA this summer.

Thunder's Victor Oladipo: Traded to Thunder in four-player deal
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(6/23/2016) Oladipo was traded Thursday along with Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to No. 11 overall pick Domantas Sabonis to the Thunder in exchange for Serge Ibaka, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Oladipo is the headliner of the Thunder's three-player haul, as the former No. 2 overall pick provides the team with a scoring combo guard who is capable on the defensive end. Russell Westbrook's presence at the point guard spots ensures that Oladipo will spend most of his time off the ball, but he could immediately become the Thunder's secondary scoring option if unrestricted free agent Kevin Durant heads elsewhere this offseason. At the very least, Oladipo's acquisition appears to signal that the Thunder aren't looking to retain restricted free agent Dion Waiters, leaving an opening for Oladipo to step in as the team's sixth man or starting shooting guard.

Bogdan Bogdanovic: Draft rights traded to the Kings
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(6/23/2016) Bogdanovic was traded to the Kings on Thursday along with two first-round picks in the 2016 NBA Draft and a second-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft in exchange for Marquese Chriss, who the Kings selected with the eighth overall pick, Turner Sports' David Aldridge reports.

One day after announcing he would forgo joining the Suns during the coming season and instead return to his club team, Fenerbahce Ulker of Turkey, Bogdanovic's draft rights will head to a new organization. The Suns were already rife with young guards at both spots in the backcourt, but when he eventually joins the NBA as expected in the 2017-18 season, Bogdanovic should have an easier path to playing time with the Kings, who have fewer capable guards on hand. Even though he's just 23 years old, Bogdanovic has already excelled against the older competition of the Euroleague and profiles as a shooting threat from three-point range. While he won't have any fantasy relevance in single-season formats during the upcoming campaign, Bogdanovic should attract interest in deep dynasty leagues.

Clippers' Chris Paul: Fully recovered from broken hand
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(6/23/2016) Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Thursday that Paul is fully recovered from his broken right hand, Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Paul and Blake Griffin (quad) both suffered untimely injuries in Game 4 of the Clippers' first-round playoff matchup with the Trail Blazers, resulting in the dynamic duo missing the rest of the series as the Blazers came back from a 2-1 deficit to win in six games. While Paul is back to 100 percent health, he's already opted out from suiting up for the United States team in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, instead turning his attention to preparing for the upcoming campaign for the Clippers. Even with Griffin, his top running mate, missing most of the 2015-16 due to injury, Paul still turned in another excellent campaign, finishing with averages of 19.5 points, 10.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.6 three-pointers across 32.7 minutes per game.

Hornets' Marco Belinelli: Traded to Hornets for first-round pick
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(6/23/2016) Belinelli (foot) has been traded from the Kings to the Hornets in exchange for the 22nd pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Belinelli will join the Hornets as another shooting specialist that has a consistent three-point shot. He did struggle a bit last season, shooting career-lows of 38.6 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from deep. At 30 years old, however, the veteran still averaged 10.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists as a role player off the bench and he should provide a similar role in Charlotte. Belinelli has two years left on his contract, with a cap hit of $6.33 million in 2016-17.

Warriors' Klay Thompson: Commits to playing for Team USA in Olympics
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(6/23/2016) Thompson committed Thursday to play for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,'s Marc Stein reports.

While Warriors backcourt mate Stephen Curry won't be joining him in Rio, Thompson will try to shake off the team's disappointing NBA Finals series loss by playing in his first Olympic Games this summer. He'll join a stacked group of wings that already includes Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.

DeMar DeRozan: Will play for U.S. squad in Olympics
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(6/23/2016) DeRozan committed Thursday to play for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

It should be a busy summer for DeRozan, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and will be one of the top available players on the market. DeRozan, who averaged a career-high 23.5 points to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 78 games for the Raptors this past season, may have difficulty earning significant playing time with Team USA, as he'll be a member of a deep wing rotation that includes Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler and possibly even more big names.

Bulls' Jimmy Butler: Will play in Summer Olympics
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(6/23/2016) Butler has committed to playing for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Marc Stein of reports.

Talks have been swirling about the possibility of the Bulls dealing away Butler this offseason but he will now put his focus elsewhere as he is set to join Team USA for the first time in his career. The 26-year-old is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game during 67 games. While many NBA stars have already withdrawn their names from consideration, Butler joins veterans such as Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Paul George on Team USA this summer.

Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Will play in Summer Olympics
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(6/23/2016) Lowry has committed to playing for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Doug Smith of the reports.

Lowry continues to reach new heights as he is about to enter his tenth season in the league. The Toronto point guard will be on Team USA for the first time in his career, as he comes off his best season to date. He averaged 21.2 points and 6.4 assists on the year, while leading the Raptors to the Eastern Conference finals. Lowry has a chance to be the team's starting point guard with Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, and Russell Westbrook all withdrawing their names from consideration.

Suns' Eric Bledsoe: Plans to be at full strength for training camp
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(6/23/2016) Bledsoe (knee) has begun participating in basketball activities and plans to be back to 100 percent health for the start of training camp in the fall,'s Tyler Emerick reports.

Bledsoe's 2015-16 season came to an end after he suffered a torn left meniscus on Dec. 26 that required surgery, but he received rehab a few months afterward and has continued to make incremental progress in his recovery in the months that followed. The point guard has already gone through this rigorous process before, as he previously tore his right meniscus in 2011 and would later have it removed in 2014. The knee problems make Bledsoe more of a health risk than most other point guards, but if he endures no further setbacks throughout the summer, he should reemerge as one of the league's more athletic players at his position entering the coming season. He was on his way to career-best numbers before getting shut down last season, as he posted averages of 20.4 points, 6.1 assists and 2.0 steals in 31 games.

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