Rockets' Bobby Brown: Signs one-year contract with Rockets
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(1:00 pm ET) Brown signed a one-year extension with the Rockets on Thursday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.

Brown was a minor contributor for the Rockets during the 2016-17 campaign, helping serve as a backup to Patrick Beverley at point guard with an average of 2.5 points over 4.9 minutes in 25 games. He should play a similar role after signing a one-year extension and while Beverley is no longer with the Rockets, Chris Paul was added in his place, which should leave little to no minutes for Brown.

Rockets' Troy Williams: Signs three-year extension with Rockets
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(12:20 pm ET) Williams signed a three-year contract extension with the Rockets on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Williams, a former undrafted rookie out Indiana, began the 2016-17 campaign with the Grizzlies, playing in 24 games, while notching 13 starts as an injury fill-in. However, he wasn't overly impressive with extended playing time and was eventually let go in January. Once he cleared waivers, the Rockets took that opportunity to sign him to a 10-day contract, before inking Williams to a deal for the remainder of the season. He was solid in limited minutes during that short stint, playing in six games (three starts) and averaging 9.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 23.2 minutes. After signing a three-year extension on Thursday, Williams should slot back in as an additional forward in the frontcourt, but likely won't see enough minutes to be a fantasy relevant. The first year of the deal is fully guaranteed.

Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins: Discussing contract extension with Wolves
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(9:54 am ET) Wiggins and the Timberwolves are working on negotiations for a five-year contract extension that could be worth up to $148 million dollars, ESPN reports.

Through three seasons in Minnesota, Wiggins has played and started in all but one of his 246 career games and has seen his scoring average rise considerably each year. He is coming off a season where he averaged a team-best 23.6 points per game to go along with 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists. With the arrival of Jimmy Butler, however, Wiggins may see his numbers drop a tad, but the 22-year-old has already done more than enough to prove that the Timberwolves should commit to him longterm. It will likely still take some time before all the details of the extension are ironed out, but it looks as if Minnesota is heavily invested in their young star.

Celtics' Shane Larkin: Agrees to join Celtics
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(9:44 am ET) Larkin agreed to a deal Thursday to join the Celtics, international basketball writer David Pick reports.

Larkin played for three years on three different teams in the NBA before heading to the Euroleague last season. There, he played for Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz and averaged 13.1 points, 5.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds across 29 minutes per game. Now, the point guard is ready to take a second chance at the NBA in Boston, but barring any injuries, Larkin will likely be buried in the team's backcourt rotation.

Spurs' Matt Costello: Earns two-way deal with Spurs
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(9:02 am ET) Costello has agreed to sign a two-way deal with the Spurs, ESPN's Zach Lowe reports.

Costello was a standout during the NBA Las Vegas Summer League earlier this month, pulling down an event-best 12.3 rebounds per game as a member of the Timberwolves' squad. The undrafted 2016 prospect won't be in line for immediate playing time in San Antonio, but the two-way contract allows for Costello to develop in the G-League.

Celtics' Kadeem Allen: Signs two-way contract with Celtics
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(7/19/2017) Allen, who was selected by the Celtics with the 53rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, signed a two-way contract with the team Wednesday.

Though Allen was unheralded out of high school, he improved enough in college to draw NBA interest. Last season, he averaged 9.8 points (on 45.3 percent from the field and 42.7 percent from three), 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals across 30.0 minutes per game as a redshirt senior at Arizona. In signing a two-way deal with the Celtics, who have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA, Allen can spend up to 45 days in the NBA, but will largely be a G-League presence for the team.

James Jones: Retires, joins Suns front office
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(7/19/2017) Jones has retired and will be joining the Suns as the Vice President of Basketball Operations, Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports.

Jones spent last season with the Cavaliers, playing in just 48 games. In those games, he averaged 2.8 points across 7.9 minutes per game. Jones largely made a career out of being a three-point marksman and will finish his career with a 40.1 percent mark from distance on 5.2 points per game. Arguably his best season as a player came during the 2005-06 season with Phoenix, when he averaged 9.3 points per game on 38.6 percent from beyond the arc across 23.6 minutes per game.

Clippers' Blake Griffin: Return during training camp 'realistic'
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(7/19/2017) Griffin (toe), who has met with five foot specialists, said it's 'realistic' that he'll be healthy for training camp, Jovan Buha of ESPN reports.

Griffin, who recently re-signed with the Clippers on a five-year, $173 million contract, has made it known that it's realistic to expect him to be healthy for training camp after undergoing surgery in early May to repair the plantar plate in his right big toe -- an injury he suffered in the first round of last year's playoffs. Griffin being ready for training camp is especially important this upcoming season, as the departure of Chris Paul to the Rockets means coach Doc Rivers will likely have to implement a new gameplan. While there's no guarantee that Griffin will be 100 percent healthy by the time camp rolls around, we should continue to see his status monitored as the season draws closer.

Lakers' Lonzo Ball: MRI confirms mild calf strain
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(7/18/2017) Ball had an MRI performed on his calf Tuesday, which confirmed a low grade strain, Mike Trudell of reports.

Ball was held out of the Las Vegas Summer League championship game because of the calf injury, but as expected, it's nothing too serious. It's being considered a mild calf strain, which should be healed by the time training camp arrives. Ball is coming off one of the best Summer League showings ever with averages of 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 1.2 blocks across 34.6 minutes, which earned him MVP rights at the completion of the tournament. Ball appears to be locked in as the team's point guard of the future.

Celtics' Semi Ojeleye: Signs contract with Celtics
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(7/18/2017) Ojeleye agreed to a contract with the Celtics on Tuesday, Jim Fenton of the Patriot Ledger reports.

Ojeleye's deal is expected to be for four years, with the first two being fully guaranteed. He was selected with the 37th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, but will likely be a bit buried on the depth chart considering the Celtics are already crowded on the wing. Ojeleye should spend the majority of the 2017-18 campaign in a developmental role and could even see time with team's G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

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