Pelicans' Nick Minnerath: Will play summer league with Pelicans
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(6/24/2016) Minnerath will play summer league with the Pelicans, David Pick of Basketball Insiders reports.

After being released by the Cavaliers last year, Minnerath played 49 games in the NBA D-League where he was very impressive. The shooting guard averaged 18.5 points while shooting 40 percent from three and 50 percent from the field on top of grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game. He'll look to get his second chance at the NBA after his stint with New Orleans this summer.

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.

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

The Magic gave up a lot of youth and upside in the form of Oladipo and Sabonis in order to acquire Ibaka, but ridding themselves of Ilyasova's $8.4 million cap hit for the 2016-17 season likely made the organization feel better about the deal. Ilyasova has now been with four organizations in just over a year, but still possesses some usefulness as a power forward who can stretch the floor while providing good energy on the glass. It's unclear if the Thunder view Ilyasova as a viable starting option entering the upcoming season, however, after he struggled for much of the 2015-16 campaign with the Pistons and Magic, averaging 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game while shooting 42.4 percent from the floor and 37.1 percent from three-point range.

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.

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

The Thunder announced prior to Thursday's draft that Ibaka was on the trade block, and they wasted no time in finding a suitor for the shot-blocking power forward. While Ibaka should give the Magic another springy big man to pair in the frontcourt with the uber-athletic Aaron Gordon and low-post scoring threat Nikola Vucevic, it's a steep price to pay, with both Oladipo and Sabonis representing intriguing assets as the Thunder potentially prepare for a post-Kevin Durant world. Ibaka has seen his points, rebounds and blocks per game fall in each of the last three seasons, but that may have partially been a byproduct of Durant and Russell Westbrook having oversized roles in the Thunder attack. With no true star players surrounding him on his new team, Ibaka could reverse the three-year statistical trend and become a greater focal point on both ends of the floor. He'll turn just 27 years old in September, so Ibaka is far from over the hill at this stage of his career.

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' Blake Griffin: Resumes shooting free throws on court
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(6/23/2016) Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Thursday that Griffin (quadriceps) has resumed shooting free throws on the court, Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Since free throws are a fairly static activity, it's difficult to gauge how far along Griffin truly is in his recovery from the partially torn left quad that he first injured back in December, and then aggravated in the Clippers' first-round playoff series loss to the Trail Blazers. Griffin ultimately required a bone marrow procedure to address the ailment, but the presumption remains that he'll be fully healthy for the start of training camp in the fall. Periodic updates on Griffin's rehab process should be made available throughout the summer.

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.

Willy Hernangomez: Expected to sign multi-year deal with Knicks
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(6/23/2016) Hernangomez plans to sign a multi-year contract with the Knicks this summer, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

The Knicks had been expecting all along that Hernangomez, their second-round pick from 2015, would be ready to join the team in advance of the 2016-17 season, and his arrival was made even more likely after the team dealt starting center Robin Lopez away to the Bulls on Wednesday. While the Knicks are expected to replace Lopez in the lineup with a veteran center available in free agency, the 22-year-old Hernangomez could still find himself as a rotation player in his first season. He excelled while playing in Europe's top league last season for Spanish club Real Madrid, averaging 6.1 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 65 percent from the field.

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